Team 10 Triple S
Bill Short and the Tripple S team gained a place in the qualifying ladder, running their 514-cube Hemi engine in the Xtreme division. The engine was built with only 11.5:1 compression, though the class rules allowing unlimited compression had most engines running significantly more. Equipped with Indy Legend heads, the single four barrel Hemi nevertheless put on quite a show of brute force, producing as much as 809 peak horsepower in the qualifying pulls. Though the score of 2496.2 was shy of the level needed to upset the leaders, the excellent power output with a moderate compression ratio gave the team plenty to be proud of.
Team 9 LTR Racing Engines
LTR Racing Engines' entry quite an exotic combination for the Xtreme division, featuring a Shelby aluminum Windsor block displacing 428 cubic inches. Topping the short block is a full Arias conversion top-end package utilizing a hemispherical combustion chambers. This unique engine just seemed to be built to make power, spinning the horsepower dial right to the 748 hp mark, just seeming to gain output as the rpm's climbed. The engine completed qualifying with a score of 2689.1 points. While peak power was excellent, the overall score was short of making the finals.
Team 8 Shotgunhemi Parts/ Tim Zepp
With a 386-cube Windsor Ford bottom end topped with the deep breathing CHI Cleveland-style heads, Tim Zepp brought a proven combination to the fight in Xtreme Street. The team was clearly well prepared as the engine fired right to life, and easily handled the warm-up pull. Tim scrutinized the dyno sheets and determined that a carburetor calibration change was in order, and the team went to work on the big Holley. Buttoned back up the qualifying pulls went off without incident, hitting as much as 819 peak horsepower on the way to a qualifying score of 2832.6, just missing the bump for a chance at the finals.
Team 7 AMS Racing
Raymond Kittler and the AMS Racing team brought a 428-cube LS sporting LS7 cylinder heads to compete in the Xtreme division. An apparent electrical problem resulted in a DNS.
Team 6 Hot Heads Gene Adams Performance
The Hot Heads/ Gene Adams Team led by Bob Holmes is a story of coming together to pay tribute to a friend. With the death of team leader Dan Miller, who was the life and driving force behind the entry, it seemed as though this entry would be withdrawn. Dan's close friends, team members, and associates from across the country came together to see Dan's final engine project to completion as a tribute to Dan Miller. The early Hemi engine had to be one of the most intricate and complex ever to run in Engine Masters competition. With a top end from Hot Heads, a Mega Squirt EFI, and a unique inline throttle body, this piece was genuinely one of a kind. In a groundswell of support the dyno room was packed with team members and supporters as the engine met the dyno. Scott Clark worked the tune as the 385-cube early Hemi prepared to fire in qualifying for the Xtreme division. The engine put down a very strong show, showing a peak power output of 689 horsepower, with a score of 2767.1. Dan would have been proud.