Bradley Nagel of Bradley Built Engines brought a sledgehammer to Wednesday’s Street Divisi
As we entered our second day of qualifying, the sessions would be divided among four competitors in Xtreme Street, and four in Street. The Xtreme Division featured KMF Racing Engines with a 455ci SB2 Chevy, RCS Racing Engines fielding a radical Chevy big-block with the Pro Stock-style "Oldsmobile" cylinder heads, Mike Philips with a "real" Buick, and Dove Manufacturing running a conventional Ford FE big-block. Our Street competitors were represented by Dove Manufacturing running a vintage Ford SOHC big-block, a pair of big-block Mopars from RM Competition and Hinkle Performance Engines, and the lone Mopar small-block of the event from SKMFX Engines.
Randy Malik kicked off the day's qualifying in Street with his low-deck Mopar, based on a production 383 block topped with Procomp cylinder heads. The 403-cube Mopar produced as much as 573 hp in testing, but it wasn't enough to challenge the leaders from the previous day. Dove's exotic 493ci cammer Ford followed, and with over 650 peak horsepower showing, it was proving to be a stout piece, however, a component failure before completing the qualifying session torpedoed the team's score. Hinkle's 412-inch low-deck Mopar also showed promise, however, disaster struck when a freeze plug blew, flooding the dyno cell and leading to a DNF. Closing the field in Street was Jesse Robinson with an EngineQuest Magnum-headed Mopar small-block at 417 ci. The iron-headed Mopar performed admirably, but just didn't have the juice to pose a threat to the leaders. The second day competitors failed to meet the qualifying mark set the previous day.
Nagel shattered the competition in Street, posting a score of 2,485.8, and making peak numbers of 675 hp and 606 lb-ft
Excitement filled the air as our Xtreme Division competition kicked off with KMF Racing's SB2 Chevy. These guys were clearly ready, performing flawlessly while churning out peak numbers of 911 hp and 692 lb-ft of torque for a score of 3,066.7. RCS Racing Engine's big-block Chevy closed on the 1,000hp mark, with peak output of 993 hp, but was short of KMF's score due to the larger cubic-inch factor determined by the engine's 499-inch displacement. Automotive Machine's 466-cube Buick was a real crowd pleaser, being a conventional Buick in a field of purpose-built race engine types. Although Phillips' mighty Buick presented no threat to the dedicated race powerplants, it proved seriously impressive, revving to the required 8,000 rpm and belting out over 800 hp in the process. Dove Manufacturing's FE Ford was the last on deck in Xtreme, but the effort ended in a DNF when a mysterious problem prevented the engine from obtaining the required 8,000 rpm.
The action is always interesting inside the dyno cell during the competition period, as th
Wednesday's qualifying eliminations presented a full and varied field, with five engines competing in Street and four in Xtreme. In the Street Division, Malik, teaming with D&A Machine, brought a 331-cube Chevy small-block. The Ford camp was represented by Survival Motorsports running an FE big-block, and Raceheads/Dan McCullum running a Cleveland-headed Ford small-block. A pair of Hemi engines carried the Mopar banner, with Bradley Nagel competing with a rework of Bischoff's 2010 Engine Masters-winning Gen III Hemi, and Hot Heads running an incredible Gen I Hemi.
As the Street Division eliminations unfolded, Malik's little Chevy performed admirably, but the score posted would not be enough to menace the leaders. Always a serious contender, Barry Rabotnic and the Survival Motorsports team scored well with the 433-cube FE, briefly capturing the Third qualifying position with a score of 2,256.9. Coming next with the 417-cube Gen III Hemi Mopar, Nagel shattered the competition in Street, posting a score of 2,485.8, and making peak numbers of 675 hp and 606 lb-ft in the process. That performance clearly redefined the playing field in Street. Following the Nagel engine, the Raceheads/McCullum Ford had a tough act to follow, and it performed admirably, posting a score of 2,294.3 to put the engine in the Second qualifying position. That was not to last, however, as the Hot Heads team led by Bob Holmes entered the dyno. With a blistering score of 2,423, the early Hemi handily captured the Second qualifying position, arguably within striking distance of Nagel's Gen III Hemi.
The incredible Dan Miller/Hot Heads/Gene Adams/Smithberg Racing Gen I Hemi proved to be th
Larry Trefz, working with the Shelby Engine Company, opened the day's Xtreme lineup, competing with an Arias-developed Shelby Hemi conversion for the Ford small-block. Although the team completed the required qualifying pulls, the combination failed to perform to its potential due to a broken rocker arm. Shawn Voldberg followed in Xtreme, running a 532-cube Jon Kaase Racing-built Shotgun Ford, with Kaase on hand to crew. This impressive engine is one of Kaase's Boss '9 powerplants, and had actually run a full season in Voldberg's pulling truck before being prepped for the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge competition. Spinning to 8,000 rpm, the giant Ford was the first of our engines to top a peak of 1,000 hp, with 1,072 showing on the dyno printout, temporarily grabbing Second position in the standings with a score of 3,052. Racing Engine Design entered the test cell with an SB2 and was nearly washed out when a cooling system check resulted in flooding the engine's electronics. Overcoming this potential disaster and completing the eliminations, the team finished qualifying on the bump spot taking hold of the Third Place position. Last on the day's grid was Brad Wise with a "real" production-based Oldsmobile. Although no match for the outright race engine combinations, this outstanding 465-cube engine delivered a remarkable peak output of 876 hp.
Our final day of qualifying arrived and it was still anyone's game. In the Street Division we had Performance Crankshaft with a Chevy big-block, Power Shop Racing Engine's small-block Chevy, a Cleveland-headed Ford from MPG Head Service, and the Chevy LS from Racing Engine Design. In Xtreme, the heavy hitters were on deck: Kaase running a Reher-Morrison Raptor-headed Chevy big-block, the School of Automotive Machinists with an SB2 Chevy, BES Racing with a Profiler RDP splayed-valve Chevy small-block combo, and McKeown Motorsports with a Glidden SC-1-topped Cleveland Ford. Yes, this was some serious hardware!
Performance Crankshaft's 433-cube Chevy kicked things off in Street, with the team working nicely in the cell, but falling short of the qualifying mark with a score of 2,238. The modest-looking 403-cube Chevy of Joe Carroll and the Power Shop Racing team up next didn't break records in peak horsepower, but it packed a wickedly fat torque curve. It's heft across the entire power curve that piles on the points, as illustrated by Power Shop's 2,425.9-point tally-enough to grab the Second Place qualifying position. MPG Heads followed with their CHI-topped small-block Ford combo. These guys are always dangerous and a team to watch, but the deeply underdriven water pump pulley failed to circulate coolant. Scrambling to remedy that problem devoured most of the team's qualifying session, undoubtedly hampering their qualifying score. Racing Engine Design also encountered problems, with a failure to start killing most of their LS Chevy's qualifying session. The team finally had the engine lit, but a lack of time spelled curtains, resulting in a DNF. With the Street Division qualifying completed, we had Nagel's Gen III Hemi as top qualifier at 2,485.8 points, followed by Power Shop's Chevy small-block at 2,425.9, and Hot Heads Gen I Hemi at 2,423.4 going into the Street Division finals.
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Mike Philips of Automotive Machine and Performance came to the Xtreme Division competition
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