Following the confirmation of details concerning one of two engines in question coming out of Upchurch Performance, the S.E.AL. organization announced the modification of penalties today.
Upchurch Performance had been an approved crate engine rebuilder, contingent upon their performance during a stated probationary period. The committee viewed their decisions as an engine builder during this period to be inconsistent with the goals of a sealed engine program, and determined that they would remove them from the certified crate engine rebuilders program. They will no longer be allowed to purchase any more seals, but their current engines will NOT be eliminated from competition nor will their teams be forced to carry any weight penalties for the 2021 season (as long as no further infractions involving Upchurch Performance are discovered).
In the area of Super Late Model SSPE Engines, Upchurch Performance has not been removed from a program that builders currently don’t have to be approved for. Upchurch customers will NOT have their engine packages eliminated from competition or be forced to carry any weight penalties for the 2021 season (as long as no further infractions involving Upchurch Performance are discovered).
As a result of the recent investigation and findings, S.E.A.L. will soon announce complete details of a new, more secure, program for SSPE engines. This new program will require all builders to be approved, and each engine will have a new type of seal. The SSPE engines will NOT be required to have seals until the spring of 2022.
-Sealed Engine Alliance Leaders Press Release
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