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V8 Thumper
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posted 03-09-2003 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, and Ricky Rudd (Wood Bros. lease Roush motors)

What the hell is going on in that motor shop???

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Dave Gibson
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posted 03-10-2003 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm starting to wonder the same thing. Mark Martin blew up last week, also. That's five engines in a week. Something aint right in the engine shop. I'm waiting to see what Rouch Racing has to say about it. Ought to be interesting.

Dave & Terri

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Mpcoluv
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posted 03-10-2003 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, it tough to build a pushrod motor that revs to 9400 for 500 miles......
A lot of motors exploded yesterday....

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Rustang
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posted 03-10-2003 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rustang   Click Here to Email Rustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those things were like SCUDS going around the track

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-10-2003 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there anyway we can find out exactly what on the engine failed? Do they share that kind of info?

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Tea'sGrabber
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posted 03-10-2003 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tea'sGrabber   Click Here to Email Tea'sGrabber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They were having piston problems???? Rumor???

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Dave Gibson
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posted 03-10-2003 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last week Martin's engine died due to a broken crank shaft. After this weekend, all of the engines that died are getting torn down right now. Should know something soon.

Dave & Terri

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mustangs68
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posted 03-10-2003 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Burnt pistons..all 4

"While trying to gain fuel milage we crossed the line and caused damage to the pistons"

...ROUSH RACING.

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bifs66
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posted 03-10-2003 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bifs66   Click Here to Email bifs66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's see now.. Chevy has a newly designed, pure NASCAR racing engine that has no relationship to any production engine, either the traditional SBC or the LS1-6 series of engines. Chrysler has an even newer designed NASCAR racing engine that, like GM, has no relationship to any previous production engine. Ford is still using an engine that is a combination of the 30 year old Winsor/Cleveland PRODUCTION engines. No wonder they are having trouble keeping them together racing against the competition! NASCAR finally has Ford where they want them, just able to hang on and win a few to keep things interesting. Ford had the best engine of the production-based lot (HP wise), and GM couldn't compete with the SBC so NASCAR allowed GM to design a whole new engine (copied a lot of the Ford design); likewise Chrysler. These newer designs have only begun to reach their potential while the Ford is about maxed out. IIRC, Ford petitioned NASCAR last year for a slight head change to even things up with their competitors; but NASCAR turned them down. Penske knew the score and switched to Dodge. You never hear this aspect of the engine issue discussed on the TV or NASCAR influenced publications.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 03-10-2003 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jack Roush has been known to cross over the 'lean' a/f boundry looking for fuel economy, but jeez

Last week Mark's motor came apart... I read it was connecting rod failure. Now they're reporting it was actually crankshaft failure. Hmmmmmmm....

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TomP
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posted 03-10-2003 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right on Bernie , that's how i see it too. They put handicaps on the Fords until Chevy could get a "Ford-style" engine of their own.
I would rather see regular SBC's again and Fords restricted to Windsor wedge heads. I think Ford's could still kick 'em.

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Mpcoluv
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posted 03-11-2003 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out there heads that Mopar now uses in NASCAR....
Looks a lot like a 340 huh :P
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2406253990&category=33617

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Tea'sGrabber
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posted 03-11-2003 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tea'sGrabber   Click Here to Email Tea'sGrabber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lightweight, lightweight,lightweight...... I heard the motor shop was playing with pistons.... guess it didn't work..except on the dyno... Cars where hot during happy hour and really hot during the race....

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