Peach County engine builders going for record at AMS Motorama

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A group of Peach County High School students are hoping practice pays off at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama.

“What they do is they take a small block Chevrolet engine, they take it completely apart,” says Johnny Rickerson, automotive instructor. “It comes apart in order. There’s a certain order they have to follow to be within the rules, and then they put it back together.”

“They have to torque the fastener,” he continues. “Everything has to be adjusted. The valves are adjusted. The distributors are timed. Basically, this engine’s ready to crank once they finish it.”

That’s a lot to get right, but these guys don’t miss anything.

And they can do all of that in less than 20 minutes.

“It’s kind of like muscle memory at this point,” says Daniel Mayorquin, a junior on the team. “We’ve done it so much, we could practically do it blindfolded and still put out a good time.”

They practice at least four times a week. Their times have gotten shorter, but not short enough–not at a competition anyway.

“We’re hoping to set a new national record,” Rickerson says. “Right now, we’re at 17 minutes, 35 seconds which is the fastest build time that’s ever been turned in in qualifying. We’re a full two minutes and 30 seconds ahead of everybody else.”

The team did perform at the Motorama last year. It was only a demonstration though, without the added pressure of a competition.

“We ended up running a little over 18 minute build,” says Preston Kersey, a junior on the team. “It was one of our fastest build times in competition. It all actually went really well, but this year we plan on really going for it.”

The team is scheduled to compete on Sunday. The school’s “B Team” will be in action on Saturday.

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