WENATCHEE, Wash. –Technical officials with the Northwest Super Late Model Series are in discussions with Jeff Bird, owner of Bird Racing Engines, to bring a spec engine to Northwest super late model competition. Once final approval is given, the engine would be allowed into the series no later than the start of the 2017 season and can be offered in a variety of cost-saving packages.
“Jeff approached the series last year about an option for a spec engine in this division. With our oversight, specific parts inventory used for the completed power plant and having it be offered in a Ford and Chevrolet option we feel this may be something that could benefit the sport in our region,” said NWSLMS Competition Director Jarrod Goodwin. “While not quite ready to be put onto the track for testing this spring, our hope is that Jeff will continue to build a few options that we can see run on the dyno, then decide on the next step of getting it into a car and testing in the coming months. This is his design and concept and as a series we are appreciative of Jeff seeking us out to provide oversight throughout the design process.”
For the engine to be approved for series competition, Bird has been required to provide a build sheet for each of the options his company is considering, allow NWSLMS inspector’s full access to his shop anytime needed to oversee the building process, and allow full observation of multiple dyno runs and tear downs. These engines will be required to be sealed, and subject to the same engine rules and car weights that the other sealed engines allowed to run in our series have to follow.
“To be clear, this is an option that could save race teams money, be competitive with what is currently being run in our series, and also provide longevity using parts that are built to last. Jeff and the series are working diligently to finalize the parts to be used and complete the dyno testing required for approval by the series. We hope to have this package approved by the summer break for our series in July,” Goodwin added.
Teams interested in learning more about Bird Racing Engines spec engine concept may contact Jeff Bird directly at (509) 961-6359 or series specific questions should be directed to NWSLMS inspectors Dan Garber or Jarrod Goodwin.
-Northwest Super Late Model Series Press Release & Photo