the No. 39 Class Auto Center/Worldwide
Express Chevrolet. “They’re putting in a lot
of e;ort and we racers really appreciate it.
We’re getting product and good money to
race for. It’s given new hope for the series,
which last year was looking dim.”
One thing that has fueled some
growing pains is the move to a spec motor.
For those with a heavy investment in open
engines, it’s bitter medicine. But it will
likely pay dividends down the road by
reducing the cost of entry into the class.
“At first it wasn’t a very popular
decision,” says Neveau. “People don’t
want to give up their open motors. But
once you understand that you can run a
spec motor for two seasons or rebuild your expensive open
motor after eight races, over the long term it makes much
more sense to run spec motors. If you win, you’re not going
to win down the straight, you’re going to win in the middle
of the corner getting the car to roll.”
A Super Late Model and Late Model share many
similarities. Both are steel-bodied stock
cars, but the Super Late Models have more
power, bigger tires and more technology
thanks to the rules being a bit freer.
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