DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Crate Racin’ USA founder and director Mike Vaughn and Chevrolet Performance officials announced the formation of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series that will utilize the all-aluminum $7,000 Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine for a 10-race series that will pay $10,000 to the champion.
The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series will be the first in the history of dirt late model racing where the race cars will be powered by a production-based engine. The Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine is based on the LS engine that is used in the Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Camaro and the new Chevrolet SS production cars.
This LS engine has been adapted for dirt late model racing by Chevrolet Performance where it has been sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. The Chevrolet Performance CT 525 has undergone an extensive on-track five-year research and development program where drivers such as Ronnie Johnson, David Earl Gentry and Ross Martin have won Super Late Model races with the powerplant.
In addition to being a winning engine on the track, the Chevrolet Performance CY 525 Engine has performed trouble-free. The only maintenance competitors have had to perform is to just change the oil.
“The affordable future of super dirt late model racing is here today,” Vaughn said. “The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series has been five years in the making, and we are proud to announce today the 2013 10-race schedule for super late models featuring the all-aluminum $7,000 Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine. It is basically the same engine one can purchase in a passenger car at their local Chevrolet dealer.”
Chevrolet Performance officials are also excited to continue their marketing relationship with Crate Racin’ USA to promote the CT 525 Engine to both competitors for their race cars, and to the fans, who can have the engine in the passenger cars they drive to the track. The race cars in the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series will be branded as a Chevrolet SS with special nose piece decals.
“This is a great opportunity to brand the new Chevrolet SS passenger car with the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series by using the same LS Engine,” Chevrolet Performance Special Projects Manager Bill Martens said. “Not only can we market the new Chevrolet SS in NASCAR, but we can now also market the engine that comes in the production car to even more race fans with the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series at dirt tracks across the country.”
The first nine races of the 2013 Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series will be 50-lap $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start events. The season opener will be at Penton (Ala.) Raceway Aug. 2. The series moves to East Alabama Motor Speedway the following night.
Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway will host the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Aug. 10. Boyd’s Speedway will present the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Aug. 16, with 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn., presenting the series Aug. 17.
Four races are on the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series schedule for the month of September with Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., on the calendar Sept. 6, and Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., hosting the series Sept. 7.
Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway on Sept. 14, will be a special event on the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series schedule, as National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Purvis will co-promote the event in his hometown.
Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn., will present round nine of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Sept. 21.
Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., will host the season finale on Oct. 12 with a $5,000-to-win $500-to-start 75-lap race.