Doesn’t it suck when what should be a fairly straightforward engine build turns into a long, drawn-out ordeal? It happens. Parts aren’t available or other more pressing issues take up most of your time—in our case, travel becomes an issue, and weeks turn into months. You go into something with a game plan, but a few seemingly innocent circumstances start a snowball effect, and things get out of hand.
In fact, I’m referring to our 362, er, 355 Drit Late Model Engine. As a few readers pointed out once the story hit newsstands, what we thought was a 362-inch small-block Chevy is only 355 cubic inches. Sad, right? It is, and for two reasons. One (more importantly), because the owner of this engine was lied to and completely taken advantage of. Second, we didn’t catch the displacement discrepancy during teardown. Shame on us.
That being said, the “362” build is not back in the magazine this issue. We are still amassing parts and finalizing the build plan with Steve at SRE Engine Techniques, but hopefully, that engine will be back on track (literally and figuratively) very soon.
In the mean time, there is a lot of great stuff on the horizon for Circle Track. Recently, Devin McCleod piloted our 2012-bodied Mustang Super Late Model to a Top 5 finish in the first Florida United Promoters Late Model Series race at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. Devin is just 19 years old and comes from the Legends Car and Modified ranks. The car is owned by Dick Anderson and was on display in Circle Track’s PRI booth at the trade show this past December. We are still ironing out the schedule for 2013, but you will be able to see the Mustang with Devin behind the wheel at multiple stops in the Sunshine State.
The young driver showed tons of talent behind the wheel. Not having wheeled many Late Models, the car is new to him. A few on-track incidents slowed his drive to the front, but on multiple occasions, he was able to work his way into the front half of the field, ultimately finishing in the Fifth spot. Had the race been just a few laps longer, a Top 3 position could have been in the cards.
With Ford Racing power under the hood plus Dick Anderson’s expertise in the chassis (and coaching the young driver), Devin and our Mustang project car show loads of promise. We have a few body panels to replace, but that is just a little evidence that Devin had to work to get to the front.
“It was a good deal,” Devin tells us. “I wasn’t necessarily pleased with how we ran. I think we could have easily had a Top 3 run. I just had to learn some things the hard way I guess.”