2014 Car Craft Summer Nationals
Memphis, TN – 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™.
2014 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals
Du Quoin, IL – The COMP Cams® Engine Builder Duel hit the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals for the second straight year in 2014, with the largest margin of victory during the weekend’s competitions being just under two minutes.
With close contests and skilled participants, the COMP Cams® Engine Builder Duel is one of the most exciting parts of any major automotive event. Each duel pits a pair of two-person teams head to head to see which one can assemble and crank a Small Block Chevy in the shortest amount of time. Armed with only their knowledge and the tools on hand, the participants may not ask questions of anyone in the audience.
The duels held on June 27-29 in Du Quoin, Illinois, certainly did not disappoint the fans on hand during the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals. The single contest on Friday, June 27th, was the closest of the weekend’s four competitions, as Larry and Aaron Johnson of Team FAST™ finished with a time of 41:45 to barely edge Team COMP® members Dan Lewis and James Milburn’s 42:05 mark. Two competitions were held on Saturday, June 28th, with Team FAST™ again taking home the win in the morning contest. Nick and Jesse Watts turned in a time of 33:42 to defeat the 35:00 effort turned in by Jim Cagle and Stew Langer of Team COMP®. The Team COMP® participants saw their luck turn around in the weekend’s final two duels however. On Saturday afternoon Jim Dixon and Todd Davis of Team COMP® completed their build in 30:18 as compared to the 31:03 mark of Todd and Roger Davis of Team FAST™. Finally, on Sunday, June 29th, Vinnie and Michael Morrison of Team COMP® turned in a time of 37:01 to claim the victory over Josh and Jacob Wright of Team FAST™ and their time of 37:45.
2014 Hot Rod Power Tour
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 33:01effort 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®.
2013 Lone Star Nationals – Fort Worth, TX, OCT 4-6 2013
The Engine Builder Duel pits a pair of two-person teams against each other with the task of completely assembling and running a Small Block Chevy engine in the shortest amount of time. The contest awards each member of the winning team a $250 COMP Cams® gift certificate, with $125 certificates going to the runners-up. The Fort Worth weekend’s first duel on Friday afternoon saw the father-son team of Dennis and Robert Edwards from Team FAST™ turn in a time of 44:25 to gain a close victory over Jeffrey Tallent and Bae Cmet of Team COMP®. On Saturday, Team FAST™ scored another win, as Tommy Moffett and Curt Hutchens finished with an impressively fast time of 30:29. Sunday morning saw a major victory for Team COMP® as Ken Yott and Frank Eberle turned in a lightning-fast time of 24:43, edging out the formidable effort of 25:54 achieved by James Fox and Dustin Glasscock of Team FAST™. The Fort Worth duels brought an end to an impressive year of competition, which featured a new all-time record set for the contest. To see more results and find information about next year’s season, visit www.enginebuilderduel.com.
2013 Car Craft Summer Nationals – St Paul, MN, July 19-21 2013
A popular spectator sport, the Engine Builder Duel pits a pair of two-person teams against each other with the goal of completely assembling and running a Small Block Chevy engine in the shortest amount of time. Every contest awards each member of the winning team a $250 COMP Cams®gift certificate, with $125 certificates going to the runners-up. The weekend’s first duel on Friday afternoon saw Ian Rabanus and Bob Whebbe from Team FASTTMturn in a time of 34:46 to gain victory over Nick Wernett and Tom Whebbe of Team COMP®. On Saturday, Team COMP® scored a close win, as the duo of Mike Povolny and Mike Stanton finished with an impressive time of 32:11 over brothers Bob and Tom Whebbe. Saturday afternoon saw another victory for Team FASTTM, as Brock Viersba and Jim Konija finished with a time of 31:40, edging out the team of brothers Mark and Dave Storlien by just a few minutes. The weekend’s final competition on Sunday morning proved to be a momentous occasion, as Jim Schmittinger and Jesse Nelson of Team FAST™ finished with the best time in the history of the Engine Builder Duel- an unheard of 22:32. The Engine Builder Duel will make one more stop before the end of the year, wrapping up in Ft. Worth, TX, in its debut appearance at the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals on October 4th-6th. Visit www.enginebuilderduel.com to learn more.
16th Goodguys PPG Nationals – Columbus, OH, July 12-14 2013
The first-ever COMP Cams®Engine Builder Duel at the GoodGuys PPG Nationals proved to be a successful one, with Team COMP®and Team FAST™ each netting first place victories in the four competitions held over the course of three days. A popular spectator sport, the Engine Builder Duel pits a pair of two-person teams against each other with the goal of completely assembling and running a Small Block Chevy engine in the shortest amount of time. Each contest awards each member of the winning team a $250 COMP Cams®gift certificate, with $125 certificates going to the runners-up. Each of the competition’s four duels in Columbus proved to be close races, with the final duel being tight enough that both teams were given first place recognition. The weekend’s first duel on Friday afternoon saw Ryan Manson and Kev Elliott from Team COMP®turn in a time of 37:40 to gain victory over Jake Amatisto and Steven Rupp of Team FAST™. On Saturday, Team COMP®scored another win, as the father-son duo of Jody and Dee Comer finished with a lightning-fast time of 30:06. Saturday afternoon saw yet another victory for Team COMP®, as Steve Marsa and Curtis Finch finished with a time of 36:56, narrowly edging out the 38:58 time posted by the father-son team of Dave and Devin Ruhs. The weekend’s final, and narrowest, competition took place on Sunday morning and featured two teams that finished so close to one another that each team was awarded the first place prize. Team FAST™ members Kevin Gass and Kevin Douglas finished their build at 30:54, just ten seconds ahead of the Team COMP®father-son duo of Chris and 12-year-old Carson Ellis. The next stop for the Engine Builder Duel will be in St. Paul, MN, for its second consecutive appearance at the Car Craft Summer Nationals July 19th -21st, before wrapping up the year in Ft. Worth, TX, for its debut appearance at the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals October 4th-6th. Visit www.enginebuilderduel.com to learn more.
2013 Hot Rod Power Tour
Each year the COMP Cams® Engine Builder Duel presented by Snap-On Tools is one of the most popular events during Power Tour. The event pits a pair of two-person teams head to head to see which one can assemble and crank a Small Block Chevy in the shortest amount of time. Three duels took place in 2013, with one a day being held at the Little Rock, Memphis and Birmingham stops. At Memphis International Raceway, Team COMP®, made up of Tony Keeth and Joe Leuthen, built their engine at a blistering time of 25:02—smashing the previous record time by over a minute. Meanwhile, Joe Claire and Matt Goben won in Little Rock with a team of 41:58, and Tim Weber and Kevin Gass took home the win in Birmingham with a time of 25:37. Tim and Kevin had previously held the Engine Builder Duel record time. They broke their own record in 2013, but fell just shy of the historic mark set in Memphis. Runner-up honors went to Brad and Meredith Lawson in Little Rock; Kyle and Charles Baker in Memphis; and Milton Kinnison and Cleave Easterling in Birmingham. All were members of Team FAST™. The winners at each duel received a $250 COMP Cams® product certificate, while the second-place finisher earned a COMP® certificate worth $125. The next Engine Builder Duel will be held at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH on July 12th-14th.
2011 NSRA Street Rod Nationals – Louisville, KY
It was an exciting four days of duels that saw the youngest ever competitor at just 12 years old. During the first duel, held Thursday afternoon, Ronnie and Casey Geeslin of Team COMP® turned in a super fast time of 34:25 and beat out Kagan Witt and Allison Rice of Team RHS®. Friday morning Team RHS® picked up its first win when Peter and Tony Satherny edged out Steve and Logan Tatalousch of Team COMP®. Later that afternoon, a large crowd saw Kyle and John Boris defeat Cory Potts and Debby Douray. One of the most exciting duels took place Saturday morning when Gary and Brett Laird beat out Harry and Harrison Newman by just 4:34. In the afternoon competition, Jeff Altemus and Randy Anderson of Team COMP® beat Greg and Tyler Redden of Team RHS® and earned the second spot in the championship round. Ronnie and Casey Geeslin came back as Team COMP® for Sunday’s Grand Champion match and set the fastest time of the Street Rod Nationals. Completing their build in just 27:27, they beat out Jeff Altemus and Randy Anderson who switched to Team RHS® for the final competition.
2011 Hot Rod Power Tour
Both entertaining and educational, the COMP Cams® Engine Builder Duel presented by Snap-On Tools engages automotive enthusiasts and casual observers alike whenever it’s held. Despite the heat, both duels held on the 2011 Hot Rod Power Tour drew big crowds. At the Nashville, TN, stop, Scotty Schehan and Kevin Gass of team COMP Cams® faced off against Tim Weber and Ken Farris of team RHS®. With a near-record time of 26:31, team COMP Cams® pulled out a blazingly fast win. The Hot Rod staff filmed the exciting Nashville Duel and will have video footage available on their website soon. In Indianapolis, IN, Mark Reese and Jeff Williams of team RHS® narrowly beat Milton Kinnison and Marcus Wilson of team COMP Cams®. Just three minutes separated the two teams. COMP Cams® will bring the popular Engine Builder Duel to the Street Rod Nationals on August 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY. For more information on upcoming Engine Builder Duels and to sign up to participate, visit enginebuilderduel.com.
2010 Hot Rod Power Tour
Kevin Gass and Scotty Schehan of Team RHS® won the first Engine Duel of 2010 in Bowling Green, KY. They completely assembled their engine in 30 minutes and 15 seconds. Team COMP® membersMichael Frommholz and Michael Forchiane finished exactly one minute later at 31:15.
The following day, in Chattanooga, TN, Team COMP® won. Teammates Jake Kretzschmar and Arlando Johnson beat out Brad Pierson and Dave Freeman to win with a time of 32:19. This may have been the most exciting duel, as spectators watched the COMP® Team’s carburetor catch on fire and the RHS® Team’s engine drop several oil pan bolts as soon as it fired up.
Tim Weber and Ken Ferris set a new Engine Builder Duel record in Birmingham, AL, by completely assembling their engine in just 26:08. That’s the fastest time by any team that has ever competed in the COMP Cams® Engine Builder Duel. Birmingham Power Tour visitors also saw the first ever husband and wife team compete in the duel. Danny and Lisa Morson, of Team RHS®, came in a close second and dedicated their performance to their 4-month-old twins.