GAS Announces Engine Ban Out of Competitive Fairness
McGunegill Ford Sealed Motors No Longer Allowed Beginning with Saturday’s Event at Senoia
Fairness to all competitors is the reason the Georgia Asphalt Series has disallowed the McGunegill Ford sealed motors, part numbers ASA 425LM and GAS 425LM, effective immediately. Drivers will not be allowed to compete with these two model-numbered engines beginning with this Saturday’s event at Senoia Speedway (GA) throughout the remainder of the 2007 season.
This ban does not affect the McGunegill GM sealed motors, nor the Ford Blue Oval or GM Crate motors.
“Over the last three or four months, we’ve been researching these sealed motors, and we’ve been doing a lot more research on them in the last week or so,” said GAS Director Micky Cain. “We have found inconsistencies in what is supposed to be a sealed engine. The inconsistencies range in variations in cam shaft timing and cam shaft durations to questions about the cylinder heads. None of the motors that we have completely disassembled, all done voluntarily by the competitors,
were found to be the same. The GM crate motor and the Ford Blue Oval crate motor are basically identical pieces, like they should be. The motors in question are a night-and-day difference from the way they’re supposed to be. They’re basically a built engine.
“You hear it every Sunday in NASCAR to every short track series; competitors and fans want the series to be consistent in their rulings and the competition to be fair and equal. We had this same problem two years ago with an engine builder and we ran into the same problem. Basically, we disallowed his product in the series, and we’re doing the same thing with these engines to stay consistent in our approach.”
Since its inception in 2004, the Georgia Asphalt Series has prided itself in providing fair competition for the elite Pro Late Model racers throughout the Southeast. To accomplish this, GAS officials have developed a strict rulebook that is enforced and policed at every stop on the series’ tour. When one part begins to give any competitor an unfair advantage, GAS officials are there to do the proper research and, if necessary, make sure that advantage is equaled out to the rest of the competition.
This move by GAS officials does not mean that the teams that currently run the McGunegill sealed Ford motors have to go out and buy all-new powerplants, either.
“I know it leaves some racers scrambling, but the guys with the McGunegill sealed engines can take their motors to a Ford-approved engine builder. They can have the bottom end of that engine tech'd, as far as stroke, cam shaft lift, duration, deck height and the entire short block assembly. If it meets the specification of the Ford Blue Oval engine, then they can purchase a set of Blue Oval cylinder heads, Blue Oval intake and the rockers that go along with it. The bottom line is, if the bottom end of that motor is right, all they need is the head, intake and rocker arms.
“All three of the competitors whose motors we took after the last race are already planning on either switching to GM motors or putting the correct parts on their current motors, so they are not out of the entire deal.”
The first race under the new engine package rules for the Georgia Asphalt Series comes this Saturday, April 28th, at the new Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA.
Competitors with questions on this rule change are urged to contact Micky Cain at (706) 387-7490 or via email at SeriesDirector@GeorgiaAsphaltSeries.com
For more information on the Georgia Asphalt Series, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.georgiaasphaltseries.com.
The GAS Series has seen several different winners so far this season.
The sole reason for this move by GAS officials was not to slow down a certain competitor or boost the performance of others. Instead, it was all done to level the playing field so that everyone has a fair shot to visit GAS victory lane, regardless of engine package.
“The last race at Lanier, we put a spacer on the cars to reduce the air flow to the engine. It leveled the playing field well. We did a lot of R&D work before we did it and it did what we thought it would. It showed us that by restricting that motor that bad, the engine was still able to be as competitive as the rest of the motors, and that meant we had a serious problem on our hands.
“It would not be fair to keep adding parts to the Ford sealed motors to slow them down, and it would not be fair to add parts to make the GM and Blue Oval engines faster. Rather than add or take away parts to every competitor, we just eliminated the problem by putting a ban on the motors that only a handful of guys in our series were running.”
The Georgia Asphalt Series has already put on some geat racing so far in 2007. Now it is expected to get even better.