Crate Motors in Street Stock Racing = Bad Idea
After reading your article in the June issue ("Track Tech Q&A") and after thinking for a week or so I decided to send my comment. I've been a grassroots dirt track competitor and fan since the mid '60s—20 years at West Memphis—and I have seen many changes.
From the beginning, I appreciated the fact that I met the rules and as a mechanic I could do all the work on my car. I know that on many occasions I was able to race because I could work on my own engine. But now we find crate engines in the Street Stock class without carb or vacuum restrictions and with a weight break.
Of course, we can continue to build our own engines, but if the crate motor is allowed into the grassroots class with obvious advantages we can expect to see a continued loss of cars. Just think about it. Everyone would like to win, but consider how disheartening it is to start out at a disadvantage. Thanks.
This division is just the place for those who like to tinker and create, and building your own engine is a prime example of that. We see your point where taking that away, or making it less attractive and competitive, is damaging to the sport.
We continually speak out in defense of those who want to do their own work on the car, be it chassis design or engine building. Those who the tracks are trying to please with these new rules would do well to be more innovative and creative.
Racing as a family endeavor fits right in with building your own engine. I can see a great father/son or daughter time spent in the garage building the race motor up from teardown to firing it up the first time. I still remember the thrill of hearing a motor that I personally helped build run for the first time.