Snowflake 100 Victory Caps Off Successful
Season for Ford Racing Sealed Engine Program
Fords Take Seven of Top Twelve Finishing Positions
Ford Racing finished the 2010 Short Track racing season by dominating one of the biggest Late Model crate engine races in the country, the Snowflake 100 at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola Florida. Ford Racing's D347SR "Blue Oval" engine dominated finishing 1-2 and took 7 of the top 12 finishing spots. Chase Elliott's win was nothing short of amazing after qualifying off-pole, only to have his time thrown out in tech and start from the 31st spot. Bubba Pollard switched to a Ford Blue Oval D347SR after running GM crates for the past few years and finished a close second. In all, Ford Racing D347SR engines took 7 of the top 12 finishing positions. In addition, Ford Racing D347SR Blue Oval engines dominated qualifying as well – taking P1, P2, P3, P5, P7, and P11 – 6 of the top 11 positions. To put the magnitude of this in perspective, two D347SR engines competed in last year's Snowflake 100 with a best finish of 19th.
This performance at the Snowflake follows other impressive wins for Ford Sealed Racing Engines at some of the biggest Asphalt Late Model Crate Engine races including the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire International Speedway and the World 100 at Gresham Motorsports Park.
Ford Racing successfully tested and developed the 350 Horsepower S347JR sealed racing engine with the American Canadian Tour in 2009. The 2010 race season saw the first use of this engine in the full ACT Tour where it scored 5 wins including the prestigious ACT Invitational at New Hampshire International Speedway and the Milk Bowl at the historic Thunder Road Speed Bowl. The performance at the ACT Invitational was impressive as the Fords of Joey Polewarczyk and Wayne Helliwell finished 1-2 in the 43 car field.
Ford D347SR engines made another strong showing at the season ending race at Gresham Motorsports Park by finishing 1-2 again in the World Crown Pro Late Model race. By this time in the year it had become clear that the D347SR engine was the engine to have in Pro Late Model Racing. One of the best racers in the southeast, Augie Grill made the switch to Blue Oval power just for the World Crown 125. In fact, Augie took the D347SR out of the crate from Ford Racing on Monday, had it running on Wednesday, and ran away from the field on Saturday to take a convincing win. Chase Elliott finished second with the Blue Ovals of Daniel Hemric and Hunter Robbins finishing 5th and 6th. Augie's performance proved that Ford Sealed Racing Engines have the power to win right out of the crate.
Ford Racing Short Track Program Manager Mike Delahanty summed up the season this way. "There are a number of reasons and a number of people that contributed to the dramatic improvement this year. On the track, the performance of Chase Elliott, Joey Polewarczyk, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Coleman Pressley and Augie Grill made it clear that the 347 Series is the engine to have to run up front. Behind the scenes, a collective effort from just about everyone in Ford Racing led to quality and build improvements. Improved awareness of the product and its superior product attributes and an attention to customer service clearly demonstrates Ford Racing stands behind its products. And from a brand perspective, we have switched top teams from GM power to Ford – and in doing so given Ford fans something to cheer about".
Although originally designed for Circle Track racing, Ford D347SR Sealed Racing Engines made the move to TORC Off-Road Truck Racing in 2010 and won the Pro-Lite Championship. Casey Currie replaced his high-revving and expensive 4-cylinder engine with a Blue Oval D347SR right out of the crate and raced it all season long. Expensive regular rebuilds were eliminated leaving his team with time and money to dedicate to improving other parts of the Race Truck.
More information on the full line of Ford Racing Sealed Engines for competition can be found at the Ford racing website – fordracingparts.com/circletrack.