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Super Late Model engine builders, promoters reach agreement for Hamner parity push

Hamner Racing Engines have reached a resolution with the prevalent group of Super Late Model promoters that regulate the sealed engine program as part of the S.E.A.L. agreement — Sealed Engine Alliance Leaders.

Following a rigorous testing protocol with multiple parties present, Hamner Racing Engines has received approval for an intake change which will bring their sealed engine to a performance level agreed to by all parties.

Additionally, the parties further tested the restrictor package put in place last month and will honor the rule change until all the intakes can be replaced on their engines.

The following statement from Hamner founder Jeff Hamner was released via email late on Thursday night.

“Our testing on Monday revealed that this new intake met the goals that we had as a company as well as those of the S.E.A.L. organization,” Hamner said.

“Additionally, we found that the restrictor package that S.E.A.L. previously announced performs almost identical to the performance we have with the new intake, so our teams will be able to compete at the highest levels of performance in the interim. Teams have already won with this restrictor package and will continue to do so until we get these intakes swapped out for everyone.”

Hamner Racing Engines says it will release details about the intake changes to their teams as soon as possible.  

On March 13, S.E.A.L. Committee members mandated that Hamner Sealed Engines utilize a 1.350″ restrictor plate to achieve competitive balance within the participating regional divisions.

S.E.A.L. is made-up of CRA Super Series founder RJ Scott, veteran technical inspector Ricky Brooks, Southern Super Series and Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant, Southwest Tour promoter Larry Collins, Jack McNelly of CARS Tour and Gregg McKarns of the ARCA Midwest Tour.

The decision came after multiple efforts of dyno testing, including the use of restrictors on the Dyno.

Following December’s Snowball Derby, Brooks sent the engines used by Noah Gragson (Kyle Busch Motorsports’ owned Hamner Racing Enginger), Jeff Choquette (Jett Racing owned Progressive Engine) and Ty Majeski (Team M Motorsports’ owned McGunegill Performance Engine) to an off-site dyno test to check for consistency.

The decision was initially met with criticism from Hamner leadership.

New Hamner Engines owner Justin Oertel told Speed51.com that the S.E.A.L. program was fundamentally broken. Representatives from Progressive Race Engines and McGunegill Engine Performance told Short Track Scene the rule change was needed to ensure competitive balance.

Jeff Hamner told Short Track Scene the following weekend that the entire ordeal was “a well-planned out attack to discredit myself and our product.

It appears that after a month of testing that cooler heads have prevailed.

“We are still working on the plan to get the intakes changed out, and want to do it as fast as we can. We are pleased with the effort the S.E.A.L group and Ricky Brooks have put forward and are happy that we all have a solution that maintains the proper competitive balance. No engine package is at a disadvantage with these recent decisions and we look forward to getting back to race track and winning races in the Hamner Racing Engines tradition.”

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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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Russell Baird

    April 26, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I’m owner and my son driver #17 late model crate motor series uniontown pa.considering late model engine in future. Article caught my eye . Currently competing fastrak,rush,sanctioned events.

  2. Matt Weaver

    April 26, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    As you probably know, this sort of situation is more common than most people realizes. With social media, it’s just made more public than ever before. It’s part of the normal process of making sure there is a level playing field for everyone who wants to compete.

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