KTC

Chuck Keech came to the show with a 402 cubic inch Gen III Chrysler Hemi. The modern engine featured a carbureted induction and a tall single plane intake manifold. The effort was compromised by a severe valvetrain stability issue at over 6500 rpm, making the engine labor to meet the required 7000 rpm. Despite the problem at the top of the rev range, the Hemi delivered very strong output, with as much as 677 peak horsepower and 602 lb-ft of torque. Chuck was disappointed that the high rpm woes curbed the score, leaving qualifying at 2609.5 points. Still, the Hemi’s power potential was nicely displayed.