SECA Statement On Engine Declared
SECA officials have disclosed the information regarding
the GM crate 604 engine in the dirt late model driven by
Mac Owens in a weekly event at The Laurens County Speedway
on July 20th.
After the acceptance of the protest, the engine was
confiscated by track promoter as set forth by SECA rules.
The engine was then delivered to a neutral engine builders
shop, where the tear down process would take place.
The heads that were removed from the engine were found to
not meet the GM Performance Parts specifications for the
GM Performance 604 Crate Engine. SECA officials
disqualified Owens from the event held on July 22nd.
The CC’s (Cubic Centimeters) did not meet the legal limit.
After the inspection of the engine all parties involved (
both teams, SECA officials, Laurens County Speedway
officials, and a neutral engine builder) agreed with the
decision of disqualification, based upon the test
As a result of the infraction, in accordance with the SECA
Rulebook driver Mac Owens has been suspended from SECA
competition for 365 days and fined $1,000.
“This is a terrible deal for Mac, he has shown nothing but
class through the entire process. His and his entire teams
morale is still high considering what those guys have been
and are going through right now. You never want to see
this happen to anyone, especially knowing the entire
situation and history of the engine.” stated Timmy Mcabee
“It really sucks, but we all know the rules when we roll
out onto the race track. I took someones word on the
engine when I purchased it. I felt for sure the engine was
legal after calling and checking on multiple occasions. I
should have taken the engine and had it resealed for my
own peace of mind. I simply just put my trust into another
mans word. You live and you learn, and this time my entire
team has learned. We will not buy another used crate
engine. We will be back, stronger than ever in the
future.” Mac Owens added
Owens has indicated to SECA that he plans to file an
appeal on the penalties handed down by SECA.
The heads were taken to another certified engine builder
of other series where they also verified that the CC’s did
not meet the legal limits. SECA officials have passed all
the engine information along with the engine builders name
and seal numbers along to other crate series. Currently
there are no SECA seals on the market (This is in the
works), so in order to protect the integrity of crate
racing, we felt it was our duty to inform other crate
associations and series about the engine. SECA will
continue planning, looking and searching for better ways
to make an improvement to our program and continue to help
our drivers and promoters, and sponsors.
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