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Julie Knutson

Marketing Manager

I started my career as Marketing Manager, at Performance Bodies, in August of 2011. I come equipped with over 25 years of experience, with the majority of it in the hardware industry, where I worked with the major players in the retail market, such as Sears, Lowes, and Home Depot.

Although I’m relatively new to the Circle Track market, I’m starting to “catch the fever” that our customers have for the sport, and have attended several local races. One of my favorite race events is the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa, where I’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of racers.

I’m always looking for feedback on our marketing materials, so if you’d like to call me or drop me an email, I’d be interested in hearing from you.

Good luck at the track!

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Pat Loy


As a small boy, I started out in the racing industry selling the Hawkeye Racing News paper for Keith Knaack at our local track – Tunis Speedway.
In the years to come I would become very passionate about the sport of racing.

As soon as I was old enough to get in the pits, I started helping friends with their racecars. I even raced a few times here and there with mixed results!!

In 1982 Scott Braun called to ask if I could help him for “a couple of weeks” with his fledgling body business – Performance Bodies. Needless to say it has been a long and very fun journey!

I have been very fortunate to work in the racing industry my entire life.
I have met a lot of GREAT people in this industry we all love.


Dan Bauler


I started working at Performance Bodies in the fall of 2004 boxing orders and stocking shelfs. At the time I had no idea how big the racing industry was outside of what I saw on TV. I have enjoyed learning more about the sport at work as well as when I get the chance to make it out to the races.

As I have work here over the years I have had the opportunity to work in most areas of the company. For the last several years I have had a few different roles from purchasing to freight logistics. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for me, Performance Bodies, and the racing industry.


Joel Rust


My dad bought me my first go-cart when I was 6 years old and I have been enjoying the sport of racing ever since. I started racing in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod Division when I was 14 and raced for 5 years. I currently run in the IMCA Modified Division hitting as many dirt tracks as possible throughout the Midwest.

When offered a job at Performance Bodies, there was no hesitation, as racing is something I am very passionate about and devote a majority of my free time to it away from work. I learn new things everyday in this industry and enjoy helping everyone else out with any questions they might have.


Alec Braun


Performance Bodies has been part of my life from the very start. As a kid, I use to go to the race track with my dad. Growing up heading to the races was something fun and different every time. The first big race I remember was at Eldora Speedway. I was lucky enough to be there when Donnie Moran won a Million.

After graduating college in the spring of 2017 I am excited to get further involved in the industry and getting to know more and more about racing. I look forward to seeing some of you at the race track. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call and if you happen to see me at the track please come say hi!
Good luck and have fun!


Brett Suckow


Racing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Going to the races, sitting in the stands and cheering on my dad was the start of it all. Later, you would find me spending my nights working on the race car, getting it ready to race, and getting it to the track on the weekends. Like then, today I still spend my weekends at the race track and I am looking forward to many more years of racing ahead of me.

Whether you have been racing for years or you’re just starting out; if you have any questions do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give me a call, I’d be glad to help!!
Thanks and Good Luck!!!

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Darin Duffy


I've been involved in racing since I was eight years old. I started driving my own Demo and Enduro cars when I was 14 years old. From there I went to Hobby Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models. I currently run my own Modified in races all over the Midwest.

If you ever see me at the races, stop by and say “hello.”

Good Luck!!

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Michael Horton


I have been attending races since I was little in the early 80s, both as a fan in the stands or in the pits. I have been extremely fortunate to grow up in a family that loves racing – it’s an involvement that I will always treasure. I grew up around open-wheel modifieds as my dad has raced and owned them since the early 80’s and I have been able to be at the track almost every weekend my entire life.

I spend a lot of nights at the race track. If it’s not with our car, then I’m usually helping someone else or talking to fellow racers. That is why it was a dream come true to work at Performance Bodies. Being around racing 24/7 is what I know and what I enjoy.

I know what it means to need professional and timely service. If you need help with anything, give me a call and I will do everything I can to help you and your race team.

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Brian Gerst

Vice President

As a kid I spend a lot of time at our local track watching my dad either help prepare the track before the races or in the Flag Stand the night of the race. Week after week, all I could think about was when were we going back.

As I got older my dad took me to a few of the different local race shops were I had to sit back and watch as some of our local greats worked on their cars. All I dreamt about was getting older so I could be one of the guys working on a racecar. In high school I got my opportunity and since then I have been involved with building, repairing and even owning part of a few Dirt Late Models.
For 22 years of my professional career, outside of racing, was spent working for an international distribution company holding positions from Sales, Purchasing and finally U.S. Warehouse Operations.

Being able to work here at Performance Bodies is like coming around full circle. Getting to work with some of the drivers that I grew up watching along with the next generation drivers has been exciting.

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We at Performance Bodies continue to manufacture the best stock car bodies and stock the highest quality parts at competitive prices. We guarantee you our World Famous Same Day Shipping to keep you winning races. Give our knowledgeable sales staff a call today, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for your business and the best of luck at the track!