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With the 2017 Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) season hitting the one-third mark (4 of 12 races complete), series officials spent time Monday afternoon assessing the level of competition; particularly with the engines being used in the series.

“We work very hard to maintain a level playing field for all our teams,” said Series Director Renee Hackett. “With the different engine combinations used on the tour, we thought it was a good idea to assess each and make sure the various combinations were all producing similar horsepower.”

The test was conducted at the Pro-Motors Engines, Inc. facility in Mooresville under the guidance of engine specialist Frank Good.
The series has three engine packages available:  a spec engine commonly used on various tours, a progressive spec engine and a built engine.  Four of the top SMRS teams participated:

  • No. 1 Myers Brothers Racing – (Driver Burt Myers) – tour-type spec engine
  • No. 14 Hughes Motorsports – (Driver Bobby Measmer Jr.) – tour-type spec engine
  • No. 15 Shady Grady Motorsport – (Driver Jeremy Gerstner) – built engine
  • No. 19 Spaugh Racing Technologies – (Driver Brandon Ward) – progressive spec engine

Each car was placed on the chassis dyno and tested three different times, with one representative from each team monitoring the readings.  SMRS officials were also present.

“We learned a lot in the test,” continued Hackett. “And, we are pleased that each of the combinations was within a very small margin of each other.  Out of respect for the teams and their respective engine builders we don’t feel it’s right to release the actual numbers, but they were all very, very close and that is ultimately what we were hoping for.  And, we now have a benchmark moving forward.

“We appreciate each of the team’s time and effort in bringing cars to the test session.  It shows the passion of our drivers and teams who are committed to a strong and fair series which is what we strive for in each decision we make.”

The next challenge for SMRS teams and drivers is Friday night at Caraway Speedway where they will compete in the Keller Williams Realty 125.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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