St. Paul, MN – The COMP Cams Engine Builder Duel competitions at this year’s Car Craft Summer Nationals featured some stunning times, including a new record of 20:59 set by competitors Jim Schmittinger and Jesse Nelson.
The Engine Builder Duel is one of the most popular events throughout the three days that make up the Car Craft Summer Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota. Some of the fastest builds in the history of the competition have come from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and the 2014 edition did not disappoint. The duels, in which a pair of two-person teams compete to determine which one can assemble and crank a Small Block Chevy in the shortest amount of time, kicked off in St. Paul on the afternoon of Friday, July 18, and continued through Sunday, July 20.
In the first build of the weekend the duo of Mike Newcombe and Lee Wickenhauser of Team COMP completed their engine in 31:14 to edge the time of 32:44 turned out by Brad Schnabl and Rich Sokorra of Team FAST. On Saturday morning Team COMP were victors once again, as Christopher Pittman and Todd Erickson set a lightning-fast time of 27:29 and defeated Bob Lee and Mike Povolny of Team FAST, who also turned out an incredibly fast build in 30:19.
On Saturday afternoon the world-record holding team of Jim Schmittinger and Jesse Nelson returned to defend their crown and attempt a new record. They did both, winning the competition for Team COMP and completing their build in an amazing time of just 20:59, shattering their old record by nearly two minutes. Brian and Keith Letarski finished as runners-up for Team FAST with a time of 31:03. The final duel of the weekend, taking place on Sunday morning, featured Mike Newcombe and Lee Wickenhauser returning for their second competition in three days. They accomplished their goal of eclipsing the 30-minute mark, finishing their engine in 28:06 and sweeping the weekend for Team COMP. Nick Wernet and Jason Bertram meanwhile completed the build in 37:52 for Team FAST.
The participants on each first-place team received COMP Cams gift certificates worth $250, while the runners-up each received COMP certificates for $125. For more information on the Engine Builder Duel and to see a full schedule of events, check out www.enginebuilderduel.com.
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