THE SHOP

February '20

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FEBRUARY 2020 THE SHOP 17 I t's that time of year again. Much like we reported on oval track cars in December, thousands of drag cars are also now throttling down, coming off the track and trailering home for the winter. They'll get unloaded, torn down, inspected and then begin the annual ritual of being rebuilt for next season—hopefully gaining a tenth of a second or two in the process. Of course, from the economy to fuel prices to the weather, there are plenty of factors that can and will affect this year's drag racing season. The good news is that parts manufacturers are optimistic that the sport is on the straight and narrow path to success. Shops can take advantage by giving these weekend warriors the parts, service and expert advice they need to find fun and success at the strip. GROWTH CYCLE So, why are parts suppliers high on 2020? For starters, they liked what they saw last year. "From what we've seen, 2019 was a great year for the aftermarket," notes Jason Rueckert, regional sales manager of VP Racing Fuels and an active drag racer. "The economy is looking good and racers are spending money on new engines and chassis and moving up to faster classes— all adding up to what should be a strong 2020." From a business perspective, the great thing about the drag racing market is that drivers are always looking for more. "Racers aren't happy with a 600-hp big- Manufacturers explain why they're optimistic about the upcoming drag racing season. KEEP IT STRAIGHT By John Carollo The economy is looking good and racers are spending money on new engines and chassis and moving up to faster classes—all adding up to what should be a strong 2020. (Photos courtesy VP Racing Fuels)

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