ask me about crate motors. I feel they don't belong in late models.
Late model cars are innovative and cutting edge but at the same time
the equality among our competitors has included many different winners
across America. Our engines have extra and for that reason it has become
a training ground for talented young drivers learning to use throttle
control to succeed.
Engine builders have worked hard to build the racers engine assets.
Racers use these assets to build their teams and liquidate to upgrade
their teams through resale value. Late Models and other premier race
cars allow you to have a return investment that will only get stronger
when we get common engine rules and common sense ideas.
Drivers will not only be able to compete in weekly shows but also be
competitive at the big events.
Crate engines can't compete in existing rules, so they outlaw or make
illegal existing engine packages and create their new rules that exclude
all the existing engine assets, devastating current engine programs.
We as a group must work together to keep quality an innovation in our
By using quality parts we have built power and longevity so that many
engines built 10 years ago are still competitive today. If we change
the ecosystem of our racing community then who will buy the used engines?
Where will the money come from to buy new engines? Who will buy the
used parts? Who will buy new parts? Which manufacturers of race engine
parts will survive?
How can we side with the "monopolies", the corporate engine
builders who have no competitors and no personal contact with their
customers? Who becomes accountable for failures? Many engine builders
help their customers through labor, time and parts when they need it.
America is about free market and freedom of choice. Competition on price,
competition on product keeps the engine builders in check. Who keeps
the crate builders in check? Follow the money and look who gets paid
when crate motors are sold. Who gets a cut and who benefits from their
They talk about engine builders self interest but imagine monopolies
self interest with no rules or regulations. Look at ASA prices for example.
To buy crate motors for the first year $13,000, last year $18,000, freshen
engines $8,000? Who controlled these prices? ASA lost control of their
crate engine from a competition stand point and a price stand point.
Now they are gone. We have people making decisions that don't understand
what it takes to be competitive in a competitive market. Who is trained
to tech these crate motors? What about the black market break away bolts
already sold? What about the cheaters? We have to as a group, give all
the competitors a fair chance and stop paying the guy that cheats the
most when he wins. The people are pushing these engines are getting
a cut per engine sold, greasing the promoters and or sanctioning bodies
while building a monopoly for themselves.
These crate providers need to be held responsible because as they get
parts from foreign countries at cheap prices and low quality, who is
held responsible when they begin destroying all the mom & pop manufacturers
and builders as they did and are doing in our asphalt racing community?
Even the raw material suppliers and machinery sales people are affected
when these engine builders go out of business.
Please understand I believe in hard work, competition, innovation,
quality, and trust. That being said, I believe we must put our trust
in these American companies, the innovators, the teams, the competitors
that love racing, support racing, and especially dirt late model racing.
What about the PRI show? Who will be there when these companies are
gone? We all must pull together to fight the monopolies. Thru R.A.C.E.,
we can fight the monopolies and the people who promote the spread of
crate engines in racing before our whole racing community is affected
and our ecosystem destroyed.