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Montgomery Pro Late Model disqualification leads to engine builder penalty

Following the events of the Show Me The Money Series season finale at Montgomery Motor Speedway on September 30th, the Rackley WAR No. 26 Pro Late Model driven by Dawson Sutton was disqualified over an engine infraction — specifically an excessive compression that had led to additional penalties being levied against Jeff Hamner’s HP Elite Racing Engines.

The engine builder has been fined $5000 and placed on probation, with the official Sealed Engine Alliance Leaders statement detailed in its entirety below:

(Mt. Summit, IN) – Officials with the Sealed Engine Alliance Leaders (SEAL) announced penalties to an  engine builder today, following their findings of multiple crate engines by the builder being out of spec.   Jeff Hamner’s HP Elite Racing Engines has been fined $5000 for multiple rebuilt crate engines exceeding the stated compression limit, as well as failing to provide proper documentation for these and other previously built engines, as specified in the builder’s agreement.  HP Elite Racing Engines must pay the fine, provide the required documentation for all of their engines, and provide a detailed plan to rectify the engines in question and communicate with the SEAL leaders for their approval, by the deadline supplied by SEAL.  

HP Elite Racing Engines will also be placed on permanent probation, which means any other violation of SEAL procedures will result in immediate (and permanent) removal from the SEAL Program. 

It was a stated goal of the SEAL leaders that all of the steps for reconciliation will be completed without incident, and they will be able to continue their positive working relationship with HP Elite Racing Engines into the future. 

Also of note, racers currently utilizing engines from HP Elite Racing Engines will be able to race without carrying additional weight penalties.  SEAL reserves the right to enact a weight penalty at their discretion if the mandated reconciliation steps are not taken by HP Elite Racing Engines.

Stan Narrison, General Manager of Montgomery Motor Speedway, told Short Track SCENE that engines are checked throughout the season for such specifications. However, Narrison couldn’t state whether or not this specific Hamner engine had been checked. Ricky Brooks, a representative of SEAL, stated that the specifications for engine compression have been a hard line in the sand for the better part of a decade, if not longer.

Rackley W.A.R. did not respond to a request for comment.

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  1. Richard Scott

    November 4, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    Do they check the compression hot or cold on these engins?

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