Each summer, some of the most talented gearheads in the nation take on the challenge put forth by the COMP Cams Engine Builder Duel at a variety of prestigious automotive events. The contest pits a pair of two-person teams head to head to see which one can assemble and crank a Small Block Chevy engine in the shortest amount of time. Each team is equipped with nothing but their knowledge and a handful of tools. Technical advisors are on hand, but participants may not ask questions of anyone in the audience. The 2014 Engine Builder Duel schedule kicked off on Hot Rod Power Tour, with contests taking place in Charlotte and Knoxville on the first two days of the weeklong event.
On Saturday, June 7th, Mike Knapczynski and Laura Suba of Team FAST took the win at Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway with a time of 49:11. They bested the Team COMP Cams duo of Geoff Garfield and Patrick Frost, who completed the build in 65:22. Charlotte’s second build featured a close battle, but the Team FAST pairing of Patrick Watson and Kenny Wasyluk ultimately finished in 30:36, topping the 33:01 effort turned in by the father-and-son team of Paul and Riley VanderLaan representing Team COMP. On Sunday, June 8th, the venue shifted to Tennessee and Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park. During the day’s single competition Team American Powertrain, made up of Grant Rimback and Jon Camp, completed their build in 35:23 compared to the 38:40 time of Matt Damewood and Wayne Augsburger on Team COMP Cams.