MWT: Engine diversity update 2007-05-24

Engine Diversity in ASA Midwest Tour Proving Successful DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 24, 2007) -- When was the last time anyone can remember engine rules as diverse as those of the American Speed Association Midwest Tour existing, let alone being...

Engine Diversity in ASA Midwest Tour Proving Successful

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 24, 2007) -- When was the last time anyone can remember engine rules as diverse as those of the American Speed Association Midwest Tour existing, let alone being successful? While there were doubters early on, Saturday's race at Jefferson Speedway proved that a level playing field can be maintained even with several engine packages in use. Dan Lensing set fast time with a McGunegill Ford Equalizer engine. Travis Sauter and Michael Pickens qualified sixth and eleventh, respectively, in the forty car field with sealed crate engines. Nathan Haseleu won the race powered by a Cornett Thunder Ford ACE engine, Russ Blakely finished second with a B&B iron concept engine, and Brian Johnson Jr. finished third with a Pro Power Racing Engines 9:1.

"I use the Ford Equalizer Motor by McGunegill. I like it a lot because it has the power to be competitive and the price is very affordable ($17,500). You also can't help to love the one year warranty it comes with and the fact that it has become the National Sealed Engine combination, so I can run it pretty much it anywhere. It makes you feel better if you are racing on a budget that if the engine blows up and it wasn't your fault, you won't have to be stuck with the rebuild costs," Lensing explained.

"All these engines have different weights and they all look very good on the race track. Tim (Olson) and I have worked very hard at this to try to give all types of engines the same type of level playing field. At the opener, some cars ran with a special Elko Speedway spec engine, a Schwanke Sealed Engine, and there was even a Colorado Speedway spec engine in the field. We will do what we can to let every type of engine compete. Doing so looks out for everyone's best interest and by looking at the crowds we are drawing, it's what the fans want to see. Super Late Model's and high horsepower racing engines are obviously what fills the grandstands," stated Tech Director Mike Lemke.

"Tim called me early in 2004 and asked me to work for him in what he was going to call the ASA Minnesota Challenge Series. We set up rules for all types of cars and engine packages from spec engines to Super Late Model 9:1 engines. Most people told us that we could not run all those engine packages together and that it would not work. That year I think we had every type of engine combination either win or run very good. We had built a series that could run all these engine packages in the same type of car and still compete at a high level," Lemke described of his experience equalizing engines on the market.

Weights range from 2,650 lb. for American Speed Association-sanctioned Madison Late Models to 2,825 lb. for steel concept engines with flat tappet cam and 4779 4 bbl Holley- 750 CFM. Full 2007 American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment rules are available online at www.asamidwesttour.com and Lemke can be reached directly by e-mailing mike@asamidwesttour.com.

-credit: asa

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Series Stock car
Drivers Michael Pickens