posted February 09, 2002 01:05 AM
PA 305 Sprinters Set Second Engine Seal Feb. 23
The Pennsylvania 305 Sprinters will tech and seal engines for the second
time this season starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at Tom Worrick's Garage on
Route 64 north of Pleasant Gap, PA.
French Grimes of Madison VA will test the engines and seal those that pass.
Grimes is a nationally known expert on maximum engine performance who
developed the high performance specification (spec) 305 racing engine some
five years ago.
According to group spokesmen Tom Worrick Sr. and Todd Lynn of Hollidaysburg,
at least 9 and probably 13 motors are already scheduled for this second
session. Each engine will be thoroughly inspected inside and out and then,
if it passes, the engine is sealed against further work. Those who need
information, directions or who have engines that will be ready should call
Worrick at 814-383-4332.
Grimes sealed 16 motors at the first session Jan. 19 and took two sets of
heads to his shop for intense examination and stamping. Grimes and his
disciples promote true sprint car racing for the workingman. A PA 305 Sprint
based on a used chassis and the spec engine generally costs the same or even
considerably less than a V-8 street stock dirt stock car - about $10,000 or
less, according to Worrick and Lynn.
The innovative 305 Sprint is a low cost full size sprint car with a high
performance 305 motor that produces more than 400 horsepower and speeds of
more than 100 miles per hour timed on the Hesston Speedway. It is based on a
pair of high performance Racesaver ® heads developed by French Grimes and
manufactured by Brodix. Every car races with the same engine.
All engines are required to be sealed before they are allowed to compete.
The engine must have drilled for sealing wire; 2 adjacent cylinder head
bolts on each head, two intake bolts, and two timing cover bolts. Seals must
be intact, or the engine may be disassembled after the event's completion.
These motors are so durable that they commonly race two seasons without the
seals being broken for engine repairs and "freshening."
The 305 Sprint group will conduct their own technical inspections and
enforce their own internal competition rules in 2002. The 305 Sprint season
opens at Path Valley Speedway Park on March 16 and at Hesston Speedway on
April 20. They will race at each track every other week and are seeking show
dates at other area tracks on the weekend nights that they are off.
Rules are available from the group and the tracks and on the Internet at www.pathvalley.com.