The inaugural American Iron 2-valve Shootout Race Engine Challenge, presented by VP Fuels and Lubricants, held October 2-6, 2018 in Charlotte, NC, featured 12 engine builders from across the United States putting their most creative builds against each other in a dyno racing competition. Following five days of competition, Greg Brown, Hammerhead Performance Engines, Snellville, GA, was crowned the victor of the 2018 Race Engine Challenge with a score of 1634 with his smallblock Ford Hemi.
Final Scores are:
Canted/Hemi Final Scores
1634 Ford Hemi – Greg Brown, Hammerhead Performance Engines
1582 GEN III Hemi – Carlo Aghbashian, Raceheads & Dyno Geeks
1579 Cleveland – Ron Stanislawczyk, RCS Racing Engines
1554 SB2 – Darrick Vaseleniuck, Vaseleniuck Engine Development
1513 SB2 – Buck Hinkle Performance Engines
In Line Valve Final Scores
1549 SBM – Jack Barna, Valley Performance
1548 Olds – Nick Vaseleniuck, Vaseleniuck Engine Development
1442 LS Hybrid – Jammie Wells, WCH Racing
1435 SBC – Jammie Wells, WCH Racing
1370 SBM – Corey Short
1362 Pontiac – Len Caverly, Len Caverly & Sons
1332 Olds – Dale Robinson, Robinson Analytical Limited
*SVO/C3 – Randy Malik, RM Competition
Randy Malik had a score of 1623. Upon tear down, however, his reverse dome pistons were not what he thought and it pushed him just over the compression limit, according to technical officials.
The five-day event featured multiple dyno runs per day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with the two top engines battling each other on Saturday, as well as an interactive technical conference for participants and guests.