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Race Engine Challenge Announces Competitors and Sponsors

Engine building experts will put their reputations on the line when they meet in Charlotte, NC for the inaugural Race Engine Challenge, Oct. 2-6.


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The inaugural American Iron 2-valve Shootout Race Engine Challenge presented by VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants will include 17 competitors from 13 different engine building facilities putting their most creative builds against each other in a dyno racing competition. The event will be held in Charlotte, NC, Oct. 2-6, 2018.

“There is already a lot of discussion on forums and between competitors and fans about what it takes to build a winning engine,”  says Greg Finnican, contest director. “It will be really exciting when they’re all on site, proving to their fellow engine builders and the rest of the world how good they really are!”


This year’s competitors include:

  • Carlo Aghbashian, Raceheads & Dyno Geeks, St. Andrews, Ontario, Canada
  • Jack Barna, Valley Performance, Ionia, MI
  • Greg Brown, Hammerhead Performance, Snellville, GA
  • Buck Hinkle, Hinkle Performance Engines, London, KY
  • Aaron Kuhn, School of Automotive Machinists, Houston, TX
  • Randy Malik, R.M. Competition, Roseville, MI
  • Zack Nelson,School of Automotive Machinists, Houston, TX
  • Dale Robinson, Robinson Analytical Limited
  • Michael Semchee, Semco Performance
  • Lawrence Shaw,Vaseleniuck Engine Development, Mooresville, NC
  • Corey Short
  • Ron Stanislawczyk, RCS Racing Engines, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Darrick Vaseleniuck,Vaseleniuck Engine Development, Mooresville, NC
  • Nick Vaseleniuck, Vaseleniuck Engine Development, Mooresville, NC
  • Jammie Wells, WCH Racing Engines, Midlothian, TX
  • Clay Witt, TPIS, Chaska, MN.

More information about the competitors and the engines they plan to build will be updated regularly on the Race Engine Challenge’s web site.


In addition to VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants, the competition will be sponsored by a broad list of engine building parts and equipment suppliers. The current list of sponsors can be accessed online and includes:

In addition to the dyno pulls, contestants and their guests can also participate in the 2018 Technical Engine Conference (TEC) seminars at the same location as the Race Engine Challenge. Technical experts and industry leaders will cover topics such as valve train dynamics, cam selection, exhaust header design, EFI systems, lubrication, cryogenics and more.


Finnican says Charlotte is the ideal location for the Race Engine Challenge and the dyno location is only seven miles from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. “There’s a wide range of hotels, dining options and shopping all within a five minute walk, and Charlotte’s Center City and the NASCAR Hall of Fame are only a short ride on the light rail, boarding just a half block from the dyno testing location.”

Engine Builder magazine is the official media partner of the 2018 Race Engine Challenge.

For more information about the event visit www.RaceEngineChallenge.com.

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