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John Gibson One Dirt Editor

John Gibson has been around dirt track racing his entire life. In fact he was almost born at Monett Speedway in Monett Missouri. He has raced everything on dirt and asphalt from karts, to Indycars, to the 650 hp stock cars in the USAR Pro Cup where he currently races.


While walking the 2011 PRI show we stumbled across the Penske Racing Shocks booth and found Corvette Racing’s #4 Compuware Corvette. Corvette Racing’s Vettes have captured two of the last three checkered flags at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Read more about this impressive ride here.

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One of the many tech seminars that was a huge success at the 2011 PRI show was the seminar by King Engine Bearings’ Ron Sledge. Over 100 people packed the small room, if you weren’t one of the lucky ones to get in, there’s good news. You’ll have another chance to hear about the latest engine bearing technology.

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Starting a high performance engine when you don’t have oil pressure can really shorten the life of the engine. Simply by priming the engine and building oil pressure can ensure that all your bearing surfaces are properly oiled. Now it’s easier than ever with Peterson’s new filter mount with an attached primer.

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We compiled a list (in no particular order) of the Top Ten rides from the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals. Keep in mind that the possibility that we didn’t see all 2,000 rides still exists, but these are the ones that caught our attention for obvious reasons.

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Every October Charlotte Motor Speedway is flooded by over 2,000 of the most rare and powerful hot rods one will ever see. They all converged at the speedway recently for the 19th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals.

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The common assumption is that you have to take a product to a powder coating shop to get a high quality powder coat applied to a product. But thanks to Eastwood, you can fulfill all your powder coating needs within your own shop for less than $200.

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Pulstar plugs are known throughout the automotive industry as a way to add horsepower and fuel mileage. They have seen such good results that, everyone has been keeping a close eye out for a Pulstar high-performance plug for quite some time. Well we got some good news at SEMA 2011!

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When we stopped by our friends at Fragola Performance Systems booth at SEMA 2011 they had a variety of new adapters and products that caught our attention and can reduce the hassle that is commonly associated with plumbing a vehicle.

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The common thinking is that cold air makes more power, but is that really true? Well we ran into our friends at Spectre Performance at SEMA 2011 and they showed us some of their new Muscle and Modern Muscle Cold Air Intakes, and explained to us how it can help make some serious power!

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Whether you choose to go with a modern or throwback style of gauges, says a lot about what you are trying to accomplish with your ride. We were happy to see a nice throwback look available through Classic Instruments at SEMA 2011.

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Whether you attend track days or just simply drive to and from car shows, you might want to take a look at upgrading your stock brake package to an aftermarket system. One aftermarket system that caught our eye at SEMA 2011 was an aftermarket brake package through Performance Friction Brakes.

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There’s nothing more frustrating then getting an engine up in the air and just about into the engine bay, only to learn that you put the chain in the wrong hole on the engine plate. Well it seems that MAC’s Custom Tie Downs has eliminated this problem with their new engine pivot plate.

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Good news for all of you LS engine owners out there, Powermaster Performance is now creating a vast arrangement of chrome alternators for LS engines. But they didn’t stop there, they also unveiled a new vintage flat head starter.

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At SEMA 2011, we were reminded just how good a stop Steele Rubber products is if you are looking for rubber products. Steele Rubber has over 12,000 products that are all licensed and all original.

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What really turned some heads at SEMA 2011 was an existing product from Billet Specialties that is getting a little makeover. Their popular pro-touring style rims now offer a powder coated center for added flare.

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What if there was a way you could change tire sizes, or gears without ever having to calibrate your speedometer again? That’s just what has been achieved from Autometer’s new universal GPS module.

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