Our third day of qualifying brought out some of the strongest showings in street, with the lineup including D&A Machine and Storlien with LS Chevy engines, SKMFX with an iron EQ-headed Mopar small-block, the FE Ford of Survival Motorsports, and the School of Automotive Machinists with a CHI-headed Ford. The SAM team broke out with a score of 2,471, easily grabbing First position, while Porting Dynamics’ Storlien grabbed the Second position occupying an alternate position given up by Kustom Kemps. In Xtreme, the exotic engines came to the fray, with the Triple S Chrysler Hemi, LTR’s Arias-conversion Hemi Ford, Zepp’s wicked CHI-headed Cleveland, and Dan Miller’s early Hemi fielded by Bob Holmes and crew. As it turned out, none were enough to challenge the lead set by Elan the previous day, though these engines each put on a spectacular show. Worth particular note was the magnificent tuning performance of Scott Clark working Miller’s early Hemi through eight oxygen sensors while dialing in the engine’s MegaSquirt EFI system.

It all came down to the final day of qualifying, with some of the competition’s noted heavy hitters yet to come to bat. In Street, the lineup included RM Competition and Weingartner with Chevy small-blocks, Automotive Machine and Performance with a Buick, TPIS running an LS, and Power Shop with a Clevor Ford. One by one they ran, but none could bust the numbers set previously to qualify for the finals. The story proved different in Xtreme however, with McKeown and BES running SC1 Fords, Race Engine Design and SAM’s both fielding SB2 Chevrolets, and finally multiyear champion Jon Kaase with an incredible Shotgun Ford. When the numbers were tallied, McKeown, BES, and SAM all made the qualifying field, dropping the previous leaders out of contention. Kaase’s monster Ford produced a spectacular 1,182 hp from its 604 ci, but fell short of the mark. McKeown, BES, and SAM were all solidly over the 2 hp per cubic-inch level, leaving little doubt that these Xtreme engines lived up to their name.

The Finals

Leading up to the finals, it was anyone’s guess how things would shake out. In Street, we had Storlien with his Porting Dynamics LS pitted against the SAM Ford and RED’s LS. Of the three it seemed Storlien had the most left in his tune, but the SAM was solidly ahead in qualifying, while Bret Bowers and RED are never ones to underestimate. Disaster struck the RED team, however, when the engine would not communicate with the EFI management system. The engine was barely capable of running during final eliminations, but it did complete the required pulls to lock in the Third Place position. Storlien wisely decided not to risk it, and ran the engine in a conservative tune for Second Place. SAM entered the finals with a substantial lead in qualifying for the Street division, and methodically ran through the final elimination pulls, finishing with almost exactly the same score earned in qualifying for a compelling victory.

In Xtreme we had the former Champion and top qualifier Bischoff and his BES Racing team fighting off McKeown and SAM. Both Bischoff and McKeown were running brutal SC1 Ford combos, and showing unbelievable torque and power. SAM was taking them on with an SB2 Chevrolet, a pure-race arrangement proven in NASCAR competition. In the Ford-versus-Chevy final, we had a virtual dead heat between these engine types for Second and Third Place, with McKeown falling to SAM by just a single point with 3,098.6 to the SAM 3,099.8. Bischoff and crew, however, set a new high water mark with their SC1 Ford, resoundingly taking the win with a score of 3,124.5, and a back-to-back Championship.

We enjoyed seeing these builders show their stuff with two different categories of competition. The Street engines reinforced what we already believe—outrageous power can be made with moderate specifications and components. The Xtreme class breaks new ground on the type of engines in the game at Engine Masters, and it illustrates the kind of insane power these guys are capable of when they are set loose. At over 2 hp per cube for the leaders, there is no denying the engine-building talent. We will soon be featuring some of these engines in-depth throughout the year to give you the full scoop on where that power and torque is coming from.

2011 AMSOIL EMC Final Results Street Division
Team: Score:
1. School of Automotive Machinists 2,471.0
2. Porting Dynamics 2,414.9
3. Racing Engine Design 738.5

Xtreme Street Division
Team: Score:
1. BES Racing 3,124.5
2. School of Automotive Machinists 3,099.8
3. McKeown Motorsports 3,098.0