Hahn to guide 410 Sprint Bandits in 2004

Emmett Hahn Set to Lead 410 Sprint Bandits in 2004 TULSA, Okla. (July 29, 2003) - With the 410 Sprint Bandits poised to revitalize the upper echelons of Sprint Car racing in 2004, series founder Emmett Hahn is ready to serve as ...

Emmett Hahn Set to Lead 410 Sprint Bandits in 2004

TULSA, Okla. (July 29, 2003) - With the 410 Sprint Bandits poised to revitalize the upper echelons of Sprint Car racing in 2004, series founder Emmett Hahn is ready to serve as Competition Director to guide the series through its formative stages.

"This is the same way we started the American Sprint Car Series back in 1992," stated Hahn. "When we got that deal going, I served as Competition Director for the first few years before I handed it off to Tommie Estes, Jr., and that deal has worked out pretty well."

"Pretty well" would be an understatement. Under Hahn's guidance, the American Sprint Car Series has, without question, evolved into the nation's premier 360-ci Sprint Car touring series. In addition to the more than 400 cars that competed in ASCS-sanctioned competition in 2002, another 600-plus cars throughout the country utilized the Brodix 360 spec head during the year, putting the grand total to well over 1,000.

"When we started that deal, 360's were just barely coming onto the scene and the idea that you could build something out of that was unheard of. There were plenty of naysayers when we got that going. I knew we were onto a good thing though, and it caught on in a hurry and just snowballed. The same thing is going to happen with the 410 Sprint Bandits."

"I haven't set any timetable for how long I'll be Competition Director for the 410 Sprint Bandits. Whenever we find the right person, someone that's capable of handling the duties and responsibilities, and someone that we're comfortable with, then I'll hand it off to that person. That'll take care of itself in time. Until then though, I'm ready to roll."

A key component of the new 410 Sprint Bandit series will be the use of the Brodix-developed series head. The head has been specifically developed to significantly reduce the cost of 410-ci engines as well as extend engine life, making 410 Sprint Car racing affordable for many that have long since been out priced by the current 410 set.

"With the series head, teams can easily run a minimum of 20-25 races before refreshing their engines," Hahn explains. "And these series-head engines aren't exactly boat anchors either, a couple of guys have been running them the past couple of years and they've been winning features against top-notch competition in some of the toughest Sprint Car hotbeds of the country. These heads put out plenty of horsepower. And with these heads, a guy can take an engine that he hasn't been able to afford to keep up-to-date over the last several years, and now he's going to be on a level playing field with all the others."

Engines without the series head will be allowed to compete with the 410 Sprint Bandits as well. Open engines will be required to run sleeved-down injectors.

The Brodix series heads aren't the only facet that will lead to more competitive 410 Sprint Car racing either. The 410 Sprint Bandits will implement several other rules to facilitate the revitalization of 410 Sprint Car racing.

Wing rules, including the removal of wicker bills along with degree and setback rules will be implemented. This, along with rear tire width and compound rules, will aid in unhooking the cars, thus enabling the driver to become a greater part of the equation and resulting in better racing.

The end result will be a significantly more cost-effective and competitive form of 410 Sprint Car racing. This is true for not only the competitors, but also promoters and the paying fan, who will get to enjoy vastly more competitive and entertaining racing at a reduced cost.

The 410 Sprint Bandits will present a schedule of approximately 30 races in 2004. Negotiations are already under way with a number of tracks and a preliminary schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

-lw-

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