New Era for NASCAR Grand National Division Features Cost-Effective Initiatives * Teams experiencing widespread success with spec engine * Popularity of composite body continues to grow DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2007) -- A...
New Era for NASCAR Grand National Division Features Cost-Effective Initiatives
* Teams experiencing widespread success with spec engine
* Popularity of composite body continues to grow
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2007) -- A new era that dawned on the NASCAR Grand National Division this year brought with it many changes, including the upcoming first-ever combination races between Busch East Series and West Series teams and expanded travel to exciting new venues and markets.
This year also marks the first full season for some cost-effective measures instituted by NASCAR, with a new spec engine that was introduced into competition last August and a composite body that had already seen on-track action.
The new engine is expected to save teams considerable amounts of money while delivering stellar performance. It appears to be a big success in both areas. Matt Kobyluck relied on a spec engine to power his Mohegan Sun Resort Chevrolet to his biggest career victory, winning the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown last October.
The popularity of the spec engine has quickly spread in the Grand National Division. The new power-plants were under the hood of 19 of 39 cars in the West Series event at Phoenix International Raceway last month. Once again they performed well, finishing in seven of the top 10 spots, including first and second place.
The success of the new power-plant was evident as well in the Busch East Series season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway last month, with spec engines gaining the top three finishing spots.
Similar to the spec engine, saving teams money has also been the aim of a composite body that was introduced into competition in the Grand National Division last year. Repair of the composite bodies is considered much less time consuming than the hand-shaped metal bodies. The composite bodies are available from Summit Racing, BSR Products and Eshleman Racing.
The spec engine, which can be purchased complete or ordered as a kit and assembled by an independent engine builder, is available through Provident Auto Supply, a North Carolina-based performance parts distributor owned by former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship crew chief Gary Nelson, who also worked with NASCAR as NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Director, Vice President of Competition and Vice President of Research and Development.