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2014 Ends On A High Note
If anyone sees a monkey running around it's ours!
Post Date: November 17th 2014 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Braylon Khun Taking his winners circle photo at Cecil County Jr Dragster 2014 Turkey Day

Braylon Khun Jr Dragster Runner Up Finish NumidiaOur 8.50 Index season ended with a rain out of the last race at Cecil County on November 1st, but a week before we took Braylon's Junior Dragster to Atco Raceway in New Jersey for their rescheduled Summit Junior Dragster Challenge event. This was our first time there with his car so we would have normally been out in left field at a new track but our trusty Kestrel 4250 weather station told me that the air conditions were comparable to the event a couple weeks earlier at South Mountain. We rolled off the trailer and ran right where we left off, but as usual in the fall, we were battling a wind that changed directions more than a GPS in a Manhattan.

Braylon had a close call in the first round and escaped with a win by a mere six thousandths of a second margin of victory while fighting an 8 mile per hour headwind. He and his opponent both left the starting line separated by only one thousandth of a second and were neck and neck down the track and he was fortunate enough to get the win light. The second round would be the end of the day and the end of Wally Hunt 2014. The wind that was in his face earlier decided to give the car a big push down the track. We weren't ready for the change and our day ended on a break out run, but we did have a little lesson on driving the stripe and overtaking a car that is going 20 mile per hour slower than ours. Losing is always a loss, but it's also always a lesson.

Braylon Khun Jr Dragster Runner Up Finish NumidiaA couple weeks later on November 9th we loaded up and headed back to Cecil County for the Turkey Day Race. This was the race we debuted Braylon's car at last season and it resulted in a runner up finish and the first trophy of his Junior Drag Racing Career, and his first frozen turkey! I love free food! Now if we could figure out how to cook it.

Anyway, we had 8 hard-core cars and drivers in the 8-12 year old age group on the premises and of course enough wind to power the Santa Maria, Nina AND the Pinta back to Spain with Captain Morgan at the helm. In the first round Braylon took the win and avoided a breakout run by two thousandths of a second. In the second round he had a bye run when the opponent had issues on the starting line. The third and final round we ended up getting the monkey off our backs when he was on the right side of a double breakout against the much slower 11.90 car that put us on the trailer a couple weeks earlier at Atco.

We discussed the lessons learned weeks prior against this young driver and how to drive the end of the track. I am guessing it paid off because we left with his first win of his career in his first full season of racing. It wasn't a conclusive victory by any means, we just screwed up less than our three opponents, but a win is a win and he was stoked.

Braylon Khun Jr Dragster TrophysThe season record wasn't bad at all in my mind as it included a quarter finals finish at the Eastern Conference Finals in Bristol, a runner up in the Huddleston/Boss race in Bristol, a runner up at the Division 1 event in Numidia, a runner up at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Dragster Wally race at Cecil County and we finally put one together at the Turkey Day Race at Cecil for our first win!

On my end with the Nova we finished with two number one qualifiers, a pair of runner up finishes, and one semi final finish for the year. We have plans to improve in a few areas on the car over the winter as always and keep aiming for the winner's circle.

It's been a fun, rewarding and busy season for both of us and we couldn't have done it without our friends and marketing partners including Lucas Oil, Mickey Thompson Tires, Boccella's Performance, Martin Painting, DJ Safety, GDR Mark, NGK, Clark Industrial Supply, BMS Racing Engines, Quick Fuel, ATI, Jesel, Total Seal and Moroso. We are already planning for next season with new crew shirt designs and our annual pilgrimage to the PRI show in Indianapolis in a few weeks. My motor is out of the car earlier than ever and Braylon's will follow shortly.

Thanks everyone for your help and support and I hope we did a good job for everyone in 2014 and if you see a lost monkey, it's ours. We need it back!

pagebreak Inside The Mind Of A Drag Racer: What Was I Thinking?
Post Date: October 20th 2014 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

wheelstand yellow bullet nationalsHave you ever asked yourself that? I know I have, at least couple of times, in my 561 months of existence on this Bonzai Blue Metallic sphere called earth. It was way back in my 560th month of existence that I spent eight and a half seconds inside my blue money-pit averaging somewhere between 0 and 161 miles per hour asking myself the same thing. "What was I thinking? What just happened? Did I do that? Was it mechanical?" Lots of things went through my mind in less time than it takes for me to get spaghetti sauce on a white dress shirt at an Italian buffet, but that's another story.

nova-wheelie-nhra-index-racingEveryone knows and recognizes the guys who get the glory when it comes to racecars, those who build the killer engines, the folks laying the killer paint jobs, and the chassis builders and tuners who make pass after pass look effortless. These are the quarterbacks of the team, the starting goaltenders, like Norm from Cheers, everybody knows their names, but there is another potential key or member to a successful race team. These guys deal with the mental element of getting down the track and to the winner's circle. These unsung heroes have written books and literature to help "understand the role that motivation, confidence, and self-control can play in racing." It looks easy sometimes for guys like Dan Fletcher, Frank Manzo or John Force, who have enough Wallys to fill the Smithsonian, but they are mentally tough as well. If you aren't mentally prepared for competition, then no matter how much money you have spent on the best equipment and resources you won't achieve the desired results. If you don't have confidence in yourself, your equipment, over think or are over confident and under think, then 'here's your sign'.

yellow-bullet-nationals-qualifying-sheetThis whole update started in my head on another one of my solitary, long rides home from the track in the dark that didn't end the way I thought it would. It was a five-week layoff from driving our Chevy II down the track between the Yellow Bullet Nationals at the beginning of September and the Cecil County Street Car Shootout on October 4th where I qualified in the number 2 spot in the 17-car field.

I had it scripted and I could see that this was going to be our day, not that I thought I could win, (that might be a sign) but I was going to give it a try. (Another sign?) I had ran my first round opponent earlier in the day in qualifying so I knew the performance his car was capable of. He had the horsepower to get there first, but he was young and new to the class so we had a good shot at the win light. (Overconfidence?) After watching car after car launch with their front wheels in the air like Cecil County forgot to pay their gravity bill last month, I was kind of worried for the safety of my back bumper and oil pan. We made the suspension changes needed so it wouldn't happen to us, but I couldn't help but wonder about my decisions. (See a pattern?) Long story short, we staged, the lights flashed a bright amber in the crisp autumn night, the car launched and then hesitated just after the slightest rearward incline of my cloth clad aluminum racing seat. What just happened? Did I do that? Was it mechanical?

Eight and a half seconds later the next amber light I saw was the WIN light at the end of the track in his lane. It wasn't till I got back to the pit and pulled the computer data that it was confirmed that I lifted off the throttle for a fraction of a second or the equivalent of an eternity that put a win out of reach. Good thing almost everyone loses more than they win so I am in good company but it still isn't as fun as winning or so I am told.

rainy-maple-grove-raceway-nhraThis past weekend I entered the P.C. Richard & Son Pennsylvania Dutch Classic presented by Penske Truck Leasing at Maple Grove Raceway. This is the first year that the NHRA and Division 1 has ran the 8.50 Index class at the PC Richards Summer Series, including the race at Atco Raceway earlier in the year we participated in.

After dealing with rain for the first two days of the event, and not making any passes, we were on the track early Sunday morning for our first qualifier and first round of eliminations all in rapid succession.

We were the number one qualifier and lost in the semi finals to the eventual class winner, but we assured ourselves a great pit spot with plenty of visibility for the three days by arriving two days early to park the trailer. If you aren't going to win you have to have a professional appearance on and off the track and that might be our saving grace.

chevy-II-burnout-nhra-index-racingTrust me, we want to get to the winner's circle and hoist some hardware to get the monkey off our back, and after another race it will be into the planning mode for the winter. Some items needing addressed are an engine freshen-up for the first time since before the Iphone 4 debuted, transmission and suspension upgrades, and a chance to add the psychological member to my team in the form of reading from the works of Bruce Deveau and The Racer's Mind.

Braylon has been busy at a couple races and grabbed another runner up at a Summit Junior Dragster Challenge event since the last update. He will probably run two or three more in his junior dragster before the end of the season. We are real proud of him and he doesn't let me forget who has taken home the most money, trophies and has the most round wins in the house in 2014. I hope to get an update here soon as he winds down his season, but as it stands right now I own the most blog updates in 2014 in this house! See you at the track.

pagebreak Feeling Blue After Yellow Bullet Nationals
Post Date: September 12th 2014 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Marschan motorsports nova wheelie at Yellow Bullet Nationals 2014The 2014 outlaw street car equivalent of the Stanley Cup is over, that being the Yellow Bullet Nationals. It started with good promise for us being on our "home track" and running an 8.518 in the heat in testing on Friday.

But since test sessions do not count and the weather Friday night left me with more questions than Alex Trebek, actually he gives answers but you get the idea, and some other mistakes we ended up on the outside looking in on race-day. Hats off to the 32 guys that got the job done of the 75+ on the property! The bump spot was an 8.535 on an 8.50 index and our 8.541, after three rounds of qualifying, was only good for the number 35 spot. It wasn't like we brought a knife to a gunfight, but this was a field that would impress an NHRA Pro Stock fan.

I take full responsibility for over thinking a couple of things that cost us and for that I apologize to our supporters for not being in the lanes on race-day. The event unfortunately ended up getting rained out after the first round of eliminations and next year will be bigger and better than ever, and we will be back.

Marschan motorsports Chevy II in the lanes at Yellow Bullet NationalsMarschan motorsports Chevy II in the Pits at Yellow Bullet Nationals

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster In the staging lanesI made a quick exit on Sunday because Braylon was going rounds for the second consecutive day in his Junior Dragster an hour or so away at Maple Grove and I wanted to be there to support him. He lost in the second round on Saturday and in the third round on Sunday against some stiff competition as always at Maple Grove, but our friends the Brinkman family had his car dialed in after a phone call to me early on Saturday for some advice. The next stop for the Mar-Schan Motorsports Junior Dragster will be to Cecil County Dragway for two days of racing and 3 or 4 races within those two days including the chance for a Wally.

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Magazine StandingsBraylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Burnout Box

Thanks to all the companies and individuals we relied on to keep us rolling at these events: Boccella's Performance, Mickey Thompson Tires, ATI Racing, NGK, Lucas Oil, DJ Safety, and to the photographers that make us look good and my web site guru that keeps the world informed via the interweb, GDR Mark.


August 2014 Update, Driving The Junior Dragster With Senior Expectations
Post Date: August 18th 2014 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Runner up Numidia RacewayOne thing my Step-Son Braylon doesn't like to do is lose. That is a good thing and a bad thing. Unlike team sports like basketball or hockey there are only two people to blame here for failure on the track, him and I. Well I am sure you can blame his mom or the banker and an Indian chief, oh wait, can I say that?

Anyway, most opponents can be beaten at any given time save for the few perfect run packages that happen to be out there, which do happen, but for the sake of simplicity it's just us. The way to improve on the track is off track practice on Braylon's reaction times and me studying the nuances of the single cylinder methanol gulping chunk of aluminum used for motivation of our KCS chassis / Chris McGee powered slingshot, and of course seat time.

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster In the staging lanesSeat time might be the most important, because that is where you put all the rest of your efforts and ideas to the test. Since October 2013, when John Martin laid the brilliant, Nova matching, Bonsai Blue Metallic paint on the car and we first took it out to test, we have put almost 70 passes on the car.

In the last three weeks and two NHRA events contained therein, we have made 40 of those passes.

From an 8-day stay, three-race week in Bristol, Tennessee to a 3-day, three-race event at Numidia Dragway in the town of the same name in the coal regions of upstate Pennsylvania, we have honed our respective job duties together, with some decent results on a National and Divisional level. Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Making first runs at NumidiaPrior to heading to Bristol for the NHRA Junior Dragster Eastern Conference Finals at the picturesque Thunder Valley Dragway, only a day after arriving home from a month long work assignment 700 miles from home; I had "Hero Cards" made for Braylon to show our thanks to our marketing partners and help promote them and our team.

I thought it was a professional touch for an amateur team. Tim Charlet of Lumin8 Lifestyle Brands and my Webmaster GDR Mark deserve the credit for that project.

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Hero CardsBraylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Storm burning off at Thunder Valley

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Thunder ValleyBraylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Thunder Valley

We left on July 19th and by the 20th we were racing on a track I had only previously seen on television Thunder Valley Raceway in Bristol Tennessee.

Picture a mist filled valley in the morning that burns off thanks to rising of the summer sun, where the sound of even these little engines echoes off the lush green and rocky walls on either side of the 3800' strip of asphalt and concrete laid in the middle.

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Huddleston trophyBy Monday night the 21st, Braylon was holding his first trophy of the year.

After weaving through 6 rounds of competition he was the runner up at the Huddleston Performance Junior Dragster Nationals in the 10-11 year old age group.

Not a bad showing for our first race on a big stage with tons of quality cars and the best of the best from the country. It still was heartbreaking for him to come so close and not seal the deal and his demeanor reflected that until he got his trophy and his first check! That always works for me too.

Tuesday was a day off for us and we worked on the car and got through tech for the upcoming NHRA national event that would begin on Friday for us. We also took a little drive and met some people that I had talked with prior to our arrival in Bristol on the phone to create relationships for next year and possible marketing partnership for the race. I want to thank Boomershine Pizza for stepping up with some great food and beverages for our family this year. Families helping families is what racing is all about, especially at our level. Best pizza and Italian food right down the road from the entry gate, hands down!

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr Dragster Bristol HardwareWednesday July 23rd was the next event scheduled as a precursor to the Big Show and that was the Huddleston Performance Fun Race for ages 10-12. We got through three rounds of competition only to be stopped in the fourth on a break out pass somehow. To win that round would have put him in line for some more hardware and cash.

We took some good information away from the day and were looking forward to the following day with two time runs scheduled to begin the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. Friday brought another round of time runs and then into first round of eliminations Friday night.

EVERYONE wants to get through the first round and be standing in the lanes on Saturday with a chance for the big trophy in the likeness of Wally Parks just like they give the pros on TV.

Fortunately for us we were still eligible for competition on Saturday, with help from Boccella's Performance, DJ Safety, NGK Spark Plugs, Clarke Industrial, Martin Painting, Lucas Oil and of course Boomershine Pizza. Unfortunately Braylon had another lesson on how to lose as gracefully as an 11-year-old can. I want to thank Puffs with Aloe for an associate sponsorship that they probably didn't even know they had with us.

At the end of the weekend he walked away with a couple trophies, a participation medal, new front wheels and a car cover paid for with winnings, plus enough left over to put some in the bank, and great memories. As of July 26th the pilot of the Mar-Schan Motorsports LLC Junior Dragster has won more than yours truly this year.

I want to congratulate Jarrod Kissinger for winning the 12-year old class and our neighbor Ben Spotts for the runner up as well as K.K. Kershner for going to the semi finals in the 10year old category. Team Maple Grove won the Team Spirit contest out of all the teams in attendance and Maple Grove Team #2 just missed the Wally trophies given to the 10-person team from a track with the most points obtained by drivers still in competition at the end of the various rounds, by only 1 point. That was a nail biter as well but an exciting addition to the event.

Marschan Motorsports Index racing time slipOK now on to me, you know the guy with "expensive hobby". We towed to Cecil County Dragway the following week for the Street Car Shootout on August 2nd. I ended up qualifying in the 10th position in the 16-car field after some starting line issues in round 1 of qualifying and driving through a wheel stand in round 2 of qualifying. That put us up against last years champion Mike Good, who we would have faced in the finals of the April race had the weather not cut the night short. I knew to beat Mike I had to be good on the tree and for me, I was! The starting line advantage still went to Mike with his .019 light to my .024 and that was all it took. The race was decided by .0028 at the end of the quarter mile or a margin of about 7" at 159 miles per hour. It was a good drag race and we made him earn it and then I had to learn to lose as gracefully as a 46-year old could. No Puffs necessary at this event but another round of anger management class could be in order.

Mom strapping in Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr DragsterFast forward a whopping 5 days and it was off again to the aforementioned Numidia Dragway, another strip of sticky asphalt with its own set of atmospheric challenges up in the higher elevations. This place has a great management staff and was chosen to host The NHRA Division 1 Junior Dragster Nationals, and another chance for Braylon to hoist a Wally. The weekend started off on Friday with a Gamblers Race and a chance to get a feel for the track and the air. We were stopped in the third round of the event but this was just testing for the Divisional set for the following day, at least that's what we told ourselves.

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr DragsterSaturday was a beautiful day for racing. Once again the blue car marched, well not like a band or an army, but more like Abbott and Costello in Buck Privates, yeah, I'm old and watched that on Sunday afternoons, through four rounds of eliminations into the finals and the fifth round.

Anyway, it was Ground Hog Day again for Braylon when the win light came on in the lane of our friend James Paylor, selecting him as the winner of some lovely parting gifts including the coveted Wally. Congrats to James, Keith and Christina on the 10-11 year old class win and future stardom. It's a good thing we love this sport and want to win one soon.

Braylon Kuhn, Division 1 NHRA Jr DragsterWe elected to stay Saturday night as well, and what's a night at the track without a fire and food? Thanks to the Branca family as well as the Prices and Rothenbergers and whoever else helped with the spread and especially Lisa Branca for her home made cannoli's!

Sunday was the High Rollers race, but they let us in anyway. That was supposed to be funny! Bray was racing in the 8-12 year old category and was stopped in the semi finals, but was given a portable practice tree for his efforts so he can work on his reaction times anywhere. Bob DiMino is a gracious track owner, announcer and host and I know our group appreciated his tell it like it is approach and sense of humor.

I tried to keep this short and current because there is the Summit Racing Junior Dragster Challenge as well as the biggest, baddest, street car race in the Mid Atlantic area, The Yellow Bullet Nationals at Cecil County Dragway over Labor Day weekend for the big car coming up soon and that will no doubt deserve some coverage on here as well.

Special mention goes to Brenda Williamson, Lesley May, Sharon Taylor, and Jamie Wettsain for helping us make the trip to Bristol a reality. We appreciate your support and being a part of our team.


June 2014 Wrap Up, Family, Work, Travel and Racing, not necessarily in that order
Post Date: July 16th 2014 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Team Mar-schan motorsorts Index Chevy II and Braylons Jr. Dragster in the pits

Marschan motorsports index Chevy II At Cecil County If you read the last write up you know that updates of the caliber that I like to supply don't happen overnight. Actually they do just not in a punctual manner. Obviously I haven't hired a PR firm to get them out, and to take time to get the creative juices flowing usually involves a large plate of silence and thought with a side order of guilt. Short of a few social media updates no one even knows if we still have race cars or if we sold them and ditched NHRA for FIFA, traded Christmas trees for referees, or finish lines for goal lines. Trust me that hasn't happened and I only knew what FIFA was because I saw a commercial, do you know? To each his own I guess but with the hype and interest generated we all could take a lesson from the marketing strategy.

I'm going to try to keep this short. Two teams, four events, one runner up, no wins, 20 passes, no damage, catastrophic loss or mechanical failures. Thanks for reading, see you next month! Wait, I was just kidding!

Let's roll back to May 31st actually, when we took the Kuhn Racing Junior Dragster to the Mid Atlantic Junior Dragster Nationals at Cecil County with assistance from Lucas Oil, Clarke Industrial, Boccella's Performance, NGK, DJ Safety and of course our body man John Martin who keeps us looking good. Braylon ran three different classes that day and put 8 passes on the car. We ran within an off the trailer 8.85 to an 8.92 all day on an 8.90 index. After the first pass we got the KCS chassis dialed in closer to the 8.90 and he won a round in two of the three classes. He is learning at each race and I don't want to fill his head with too much information about the ins and outs of bracket racing or he might want to change his last name to Fletcher or Biondo. I think its better that he experiences the scenarios and learn as they come up with a little coaching before each pass about his opponent and maybe a little strategy. The event was well run and we want to thank everyone involved.

Now after the event is where the fun began. The following day was a points race at Maple Grove for Braylon and coincidentally they also had an 8.50 index race as well that my car would fit into. I wanted to have the opportunity to race both cars at the same event for the exposure and the rare opportunity to try to double up in the winner's circle with Braylon at an early point in his career because the chance to race both cars together won't happen often. Our new car hauler was never designed to haul both cars plus the golf cart so on the way home from Cecil County on Saturday night I stopped at Maple Grove. I unloaded Braylon's car and good friend Tony Branca helped us by keeping an eye on the car till I could get home, load my car and get back to the track for the night. Congratulations to Tony's son Vincent for taking a win and a runner up finish in the Saturday and Sunday race at The Grove.

Team Mar-schan motorsorts Index Chevy II and Braylons Jr. Dragster in the pits

Packing Drag Racing Chutes 101Sunday morning rolled around and I had the challenge of getting both cars through tech inspection and taking care of the pre race maintenance. We had no clue to the run order for the day since it was a special event, and Junior Dragster was called to the lanes first. My crew was a little late getting to the track and I didn't see them before we took the junior dragster to the lanes. The next thing we knew they were calling the 8.50 index class and my car wasn't ready. I sent a text to Rob Puller about what needed done, knowing he was on his way to help, and when Braylon was done his run I sprinted back to the golf cart, yes sprinted that was not a typo, and headed to the pit. Rob was already there along with Keith Allen and the Nova was ready to go. What a relief!

Braylon lost in the first round unfortunately but I made it to the finals and lost to one of the regular 8.50 index racers in the area, and unbeknownst to me at the time we would line up again in eliminations 6 days later as well. All in all we had a great weekend and made 16 passes total on both cars at two tracks and did a great job of representing our marketing partners. Our neighbor Marlin Spotts took Braylon's car back home for us and I got mine home as usual. I left mine in the trailer as I would be heading out of state to work for a few days the following morning. Thanks Tony, Rob, Marlin, Keith and of course Jen for her help in keeping things together.

Nitrous Purge Chevy II At Cecil CountyWork in Columbus, Ohio ended late in the week and I headed home and hooked up the trailer and headed to Cecil County for the Street Car Shootout the next day. With the summer heat moving in I was having trouble running close to the 8.50 index, after our first qualifying shot netted me an 8.60. That wasn't going to cut it in the long run, but was good enough to qualify 13th out of 31 cars. The decision was made by my crew chief, Marc Schankweiler, that's me, to increase the power output of our little BMS Racing Engines small block Chevy by increasing the nitrous and fuel jet sizes in our Induction Solutions fogger system. On the second qualifier we ran an 8.495, which is just five-thousandths too fast, but we had them right where we wanted them now. I got by the first round but in the second round I was put back on the trailer by my latest arch rival Super Villain Delon Pleasants. I attempted to adjust my staging procedure to help my reaction time and things didn't come together the way I had planned. Then after some top end driving antics I "gave him the stripe" as they say, when I got off the gas for fear of going too fast for the index and he drove by me for the win. Lesson learned! Great race with lots of cars and a good time was had by all, some more than others I would imagine.

MichiganA few days after the race a truck was sent by Continental Cargo to pick up my trailer to take it back to the factory in Indiana to make some adjustments to it that were quite up to par or as ordered. The guys at the factory stepped up to the plate and made it right and went beyond the call of duty. The trailer will be home by the time you read this and we will be loading it up for the NHRA Junior Dragster Eastern Conference Finals in Bristol, Tennessee plus the Huddleston Performance and Mike Boss Fun Races the week before.

Nuclear plantCurrently I am starting my third week working in Michigan at a nuclear facility, but have had the chance to help fellow racers Andy and John Warren the last two weekends at races in Kentucky and hope to be at the NMCA/NMRA event in Joliet later this week.

I also had the chance to spend some time in my wife's home town and some time along and on the Ohio River.

My New DJ Safety Firesuit for Drag RacingI also took delivery of a new semi-custom fire suit from DJ Safety with some love thrown on the sleeves and chest of a few long time supporters to show our thanks. We are working with Tim Charlet of Lumin8 Lifestyle Brands to develop some "hero cards" for Braylon to help promote and educate the younger ones that stop by the pits to look at his car.

A little tweaking and some pictures with better resolution and we are there. If you need any marketing ideas Tim is a wealth of information.

Braylon Kuhn's Drag Racing Hero CardsI hope to be out of this state soon and back at track with our own cars soon and hopefully make some events mid to late July and the first couple weeks in August, just to reassure myself that a two layer fire suit is miserable in the summer and get my money's worth out of the air conditioner in the trailer. Hope to see everyone soon and stay cool!


From Hero to Zero! 8.50 Index Drag Racing -NHRA, SCSO Cecil, Jr's at The Grove
Post Date: May 16th 2014 | Author: Marc Schankweiler
Photos By Studio 413 Don Carrick and Edge Of Speed

From Hero to Zero! 8.50 Index Drag Racing -NHRA, SCSO defines the phrase Hero-To-Zero as an adjective "pertaining to a very sudden rise in popularity or success." I wouldn't say our program has had a lot of success and as far as popular goes I haven't been asked to sign any autographs lately so you be the judge.

We were suddenly successful at our first race of the season on April 5th at the Cecil County Streetcar Shootout. Myself and my test pilot Rob Puller ended up qualifying in the number one position when an 8.500 flashed on the scoreboard in qualifying for the 18 car 8.50 Index field.

We ran the number 16 qualifier in the first round who had entered his first 8.50 race and was learning the ropes and sorting out his combination. Rob got the win light. In the second round we won by virtue of a red light start in the other lane and in the third round we won again as our opponent had to chase us down after his late start and broke out. So it was onto the final round against last season's champion Mike Good.

8.50 Index Drag Racing Chevy II CecilUnfortunately the temperature was in the low 40s and after a crash in another class we decided it wasn't worth scratching our paint and we split the pot with Mike. We, meaning Rob, left with the points lead by virtue of the final round appearance and the low qualifier point.

Not that we were heroes because there aren't too many of those around, but follow along as I wrap up Mar-Schan Motorsports' activity from April into May and see how suddenly things turn around.

kuhn racing maple grove jr dragster

kuhn racing maple grove jr dragsterTwo weeks later we took Braylon out for his 2014 debut in our 8.90 KCS Junior Dragster. We went to our home track at Maple Grove Raceway and signed him up for points to give him something to work toward instead of just random wins and losses plus the benefits of being on Team MG for future events.

We made 4 runs with a total spread of twelve hundredths of a second between them, which had me slightly pleased. There is definitely room for improvement but these little one cylinder alcohol burning chunks of cast aluminum are sometimes finicky.

We are running Fred Craws horsepower and we have plenty of it, I just have to do a better job reading the weather.

Braylon In HospitalBraylon won the first round against a faster and older 7.90 driver, which was a confidence booster, but I missed the tune up in the second round and we ended up on the wrong side of a double breakout when trying to chase the other car down. The lesson Braylon took away from this race was if you aren't going to catch the other car and take the stripe first, lift off the gas and don't break out yourself. Let the other car have its 50/50 shot at missing their mark. Hopefully that will stick in his gray matter under the hair gel and blue helmet.

Two days later Braylon had his tonsils and adenoids removed along with some sinus surgery for good measure.

After two weeks of eating a diet that helped put Ben and Jerry's kids through college and losing weight I now have to add more weight to his car. I might have to get on that program myself!

Marschan Motorsports 8.50 Index QualifyingThe following week we loaded up our Nova and headed to Atco for the NHRA PC Richards National Open Series with enough nitrous oxide from Boccella's Performance for root canals for all of Division 1. We qualified in the #9 position out of I believe 22 cars with an 8.531. We fought a headwind on Saturday during the first round of eliminations and didn't have the extra power needed to run the number and got put in the trailer by Carey Cable Sr. and his beautiful Nova. It was our first taste of an NHRA event atmosphere and it was a well-run event. I learned some things in the tech line that were never brought to my attention before. This is a good thing because the sport is risky enough and the rules are written with the blood and pain of those that have raced before. A new fire suit from DJ Safety is being sewn up using measurements from places on my body that I didn't know a seamstress could put a cloth ruler. I can't wait for it to show up!

Marschan Motorsports Chevy II At Atco NHRAI elected to stay on Sunday and test for the race the following weekend at Cecil County where Rob would be back in the driver's seat. I had to put more power to the ground to be able to make consistent 8.50 passes as the weather warms up. "That's easy, just jet it up!!" That was the plan after establishing a baseline for the day with Saturday's tune up. I made a few passes to try and work the bugs out with the suspension and newfound power. The constant headwind made it impossible to judge where we were really going to be at in normal conditions, but everything was done on the mechanical end to give Rob the best car for the following weekend to help keep his points lead.

It is now May 3rd and we are definitely getting some seat time in and seeing some different venues. We are back at Cecil County for the monthly Street Car Shootout and with Rob in hot seat. On our first qualifying pass for the 8.50 index class we ended up running an 8.487, which was just a little fast. That headwind the previous weekend made it hard to dial in the car when the air was still. We added weight to the car for the second pass confident that we would end up in the mid 50s and comfortably in the field. Now this is where the "Zero" part of our cliché comes into play. Due to a mental lapse on the starting line with all the things that need to be done inside a nitrous car prior to staging Rob failed to arm the electrical system for the nitrous oxide. I am pretty sure it's something I have done myself and many others have as well. Unfortunately that was our last attempt to make the field for the race and we picked up Zero points for our efforts and slipped to 4th place in the point standings by the end of the day. We did jump over into the Pro Drag Radial class to get some more runs in and hoping for the $3000.00 payday. We qualified 2nd in a very short field but lost in the first round like we should have against the car and combination we were running against but you never know, you don't race on paper.

All in all it wasn't a bad month. The good thing is nothing got broke or scratched and we are planning our next outing this weekend with Braylon's Jr. Dragster at Maple Grove Raceway. Stop by the pit and see us or give one of our sponsors a call for their great products and services and tell them you saw their parts on our cars. Thanks for hanging in there and reading a month worth of updates. When one of us makes the big time I promise we will hire someone to get the news out quicker and with more feeling and emotion. Till then you are stuck with me! See you at the track!


Mar-Schan Motorsports - Springing Forward
Post Date: March 9th 2014 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Mar-Schan Motorsports - Springing ForwardIt must be getting close to springtime because the grass that is visible along the edge of the melting snow is a muddy mess. A few more days, and inside the patio door, the kitchen floor will be a beautiful shade of mud. Can't wait!

Another sign of spring is the packed house at South Georgia Motorsports Park for this weekend's Lights Out V event. If watching the live feed doesn't help by wetting your appetite for racing then you have obviously inadvertently clicked on the wrong website!

It was warm enough to actually turn the heat off in the garage and open the doors while I put the recently freshened ATI Superglide back in position under the 48-year old floor of our Nova.

recently freshened ATI SuperglideThanks to JC and the gang down at ATI Performance Products it was quickly turned around, and even delivered close to home by one of their shop guys. While I was sliding around on my back it was a good time to inspect and clean the dirty side of the car including the suspension.

In the last couple of months I have had the opportunity to attend my first Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis. It was a far cry from attending PRI in the sunshine state in December but it was a great opportunity to meet new people and work on partnerships and relationships.

my first Performance Racing Industry show in IndianapolisTo be successful in racing and in life one needs to have a solid blend of both, and having a chance to see and meet the people that help you out from across the country always helps.

We are fortunate enough to have kept most of our racing partners and sponsors happy and they have acknowledged that we have their support again in 2014. I did attend trying to focus on growing our performance parts business and to that end I was successful as Mar-Schan Motorsports LLC is now an official dealer for Nickels Performance Warehouse.

Minimal changes are in order for our engine combination this season and it is out and at BMS Racing Engines for some inspection and updates. Bullet Racing Cams has tweaked the grind of our bump stick adding some lift and duration as required to be able to take advantage of the nitrous oxide we introduce to the combustion chamber.

Bullet Racing Cams has tweaked the grind of our bump stick adding some lift and durationThe old grind was kind of a dual-purpose cam that would be good to cruise around in and still be fast. Well the "fast" of just a few years ago and the "fast" of today have a totally different meaning. With electronics and engine technology and tires like the Mickey Thompson ET Drag Radial Pro tire times have really changed. We still plan on starting the season in the 8.50 index class but maybe we will dabble in some X275 racing or True Street events.

The NHRA in Division 1, which we are a part of, has added three 8.50 index races to their National Open Series events this season in the North East. This will be a first for the division and we hope to put on a good show for the fans seeing it for the first time. The schedule includes adding the class to the Penske Truck Leasing Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove, which is an iconic event and we are stoked have an opportunity to be on the same stage as some of sportsman racing's best.

Braylon is a member of the NHRA Junior Drag Racing LeagueSpeaking of NHRA, my stepson Braylon is a member of the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League and he is getting ready for his first full season in an 8.90 car of his own. He has been practicing in a junior dragster simulator, which is based on the cockpit and of an actual racecar. It's hooked up to a full size starting line "Christmas Tree" like the one that would signal the start of a race, and he is improving his reaction times because of it. Unfortunately it's set up in our modest living room and I want to apologize to my dogs for interrupting their favorite lines where they used to run laps. Oh and my wife and anyone who has wanted to walk around the cocktail table for the purpose of personal comfort.

We have Lucas Oil back on board with our car again for a third season and they are helping out with the lubricants that Bray needs on his car like their SAE 5W-20 Junior Dragster oil and Chain Lubricant. Several of our marketing partners have been able to cross over to both of our cars including NGK, Clark Industrial Supply, Boccella's Performance, DJ Safety, Mickey Thompson, and John Martin Painting. Maybe you see a spot or opportunity to add to your company's exposure on one or both of our cars.

One of the other changes you might notice in our pit is that the old motor home is gone and so is its fuel bill along with our old 26' trailer. A new 32' custom trailer will replace that with some creature comforts like air conditioning and a bathroom package. This will give us convenience of a pickup truck with a sizeable hauler that we can stay in.

If you are tired of hearing terms like Polar Vortex, suffer from cabin fever, all the while wondering how Hannah Montana became Miley Cyrus the "Wrecking Ball", then keep following along with us because in a little more than a month we will be racing at a track near you!

Mar-Schan Motorsports - Cecil County Streetcar Shoot Out
Post Date: November 4th 2013 | Author: Marc Schankweiler
Photos Courtesy of Bill Robaey Photography and Click Click Boom Photography

Mar-Schan Motorsports - Cecil County Streetcar Shoot Out 8.50 IndexThe leaves are signaling a change here in the Northeast, but even before they started changing colors to signal fall, we made some changes here late in the season. We raced our 66 Nova in the 8.50 index class at the Cecil County Streetcar Shoot Out in October and November, but we had a new driver. I put Rob Puller in the seat to end the season to compare his reaction times with mine. Rob recently sold his nitrous small block 8.50 index Camaro and needed a ride to keep up in the points and I needed to see if it was the car or me that wasn't working right. Unfortunately that's still out for debate depending who you ask, but the good news is he did a great job of driving and when things weren't right he noticed and gave us good feedback.

Mar-Schan Motorsports - Cecil County Streetcar Shoot Out 8.50 IndexAt the October race we missed the first round of qualifying due to a faulty starter. We replaced it with a spare before the second qualifier and Rob rode a nice 100-foot long wheel stand the very first time he let go of the trans-brake. I prepared him for the possibility of that happening since he is a little smaller than me and we needed to move some weight around to compensate. Apparently we didn't compensate enough because he did it a second time the next pass. We finally dialed the suspension in and he made a clean pass to end the night with an 8.39. Still too fast for the index but it would give us something to build on for November.

Mar-Schan Motorsports - Cecil County Streetcar Shoot Out 8.50 IndexThere were no tricks to our program and the only treat we had was great weather for the November Shootout. We made the call for the first qualifier without any issues this month after detuning and taking power out of the car to slow it down from the previous month's 8.39. Rob ran it out and the scoreboard flashed an 8.42. Not what we wanted to see! We added another 60 pounds to the car, made another nitrous adjustment and Rob shut the car off 7.98 seconds into the 2nd qualifying attempt and it still went 8.48! We didn't get to turn the clocks back till midnight but I wanted to get that hour back right then and do it again. Talk about curveballs, but it's hard to dial in a car with a new driver and cooler weather in two races but we tried. We did qualify for the field though but when lining up for the first round the car sounded sluggish and Rob noticed that it felt funny inside too and he aborted the pass. We found some valvetrain damage back at the pits and our day was done.

As always though we had a good time and made a good showing in our pit area answering questions and garnering many thumbs up for the look of our operation thanks to the help of our sponsors and partners.

Mar-Schan Motorsports is done for the season with the big car as the motor will have to be pulled to address the issues, but we still have another race with the Kuhn Motorsports Junior Dragster that now resides in our shop. A full update on that will follow as we were out with that twice in October as well.

I hope to see many of you in the next month at PRI and hopefully some warm Orlando air will blow up toward Indy.

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Yellow Bullet Nationals 2013 "Parked In The Weeds"
Post Date: September 18th 2013 | Author: Marc Schankweiler
Photos Courtesy of Edge Of Speed Photography and Bill Robaey Photography

Yellow Bullet Nationals 2013 8.50 IndexI could start and stop this write up by just saying a few words, "You Had To Be There!"

If you weren't there you will have no idea what went on, from the blazing heat, packed grandstands, pits and staging lanes, vendor booths, kids games, post race get together spots, and great side by side racing action. Just in case you were out to sea filming an episode of The Deadliest Catch or attending the Great Bathtub Race in Nome, Alaska and couldn't make it, I will give you some details through my eyes.

Mother Nature didn't stop the fans or the racers from coming out. There were 570 cars on the premises according to one report despite the heat on and off the track. Thousands of bags of ice were sold for beer coolers and intercoolers. Gallons of ice cream were sold at the concession stands and a refineries worth of nitrous oxide was purged into the air and ingested by flame throwing outlaw door slammers. Tanker trucks of VP Racing Fuel and alcohol were added to the mix to propel the cars down the track and some of the finest jars of alcohol distilled for drinking pleasure were on hand to be sampled. For the record we didn't have any ice cream!

Racing and testing for some began on site midweek with a Pro test session during the day on Friday. We arrived Friday after work with some help from our buddy Jim Martin who was kind enough to lend us his 2011 F-250 diesel as a tow vehicle. As some may know we had our combination motor home and tow vehicle for sale for several months. Well, as things usually happen, it sold and was taken delivery of the week before this event, leaving us without a reliable puller unless you count Rob Puller. Thanks for the help Bugsy.

Yellow Bullet Nationals 2013 8.50 IndexFriday nights first round of qualifying was at 7pm and what would a race be without rushing around after work, getting set up, warming up the car, and sprinting to the lanes to get our tech card and roll right into the water box? It just wouldn't be the same. All things considered my one-man crew was there when I arrived and we made the Friday night qualifying session count running a wheels up 8.58 at 160mph. Somehow this would hold through two more rounds on Saturday to put us in the show at number 29 in the 32-car field out of 54 cars in the 8.50 index class. Flash back to last year's event and the 32 cars were all sandwiched between 8.500 and 8.550. The track and weather this year were tricky.

Our Saturday qualifiers consisted of a tire spinning second round due to being "parked in the weeds" and not hearing the call to the lanes and only a phone call from another volunteer Mar-Schan Motorsports crew member alerted us to the fact that they were already halfway done the round. The car wasn't even warmed up, no nitrous bottles were ready, no spark plugs were in the cylinder heads, no parachute was packed, and a forgotten tire pressure gauge reeked havoc with our efforts. Hey but the car looked good! Instead of polishing the car and cleaning the windows for what I misconstrued as a car show with a burnout contest, I should have been getting the engine ready. Oh well, just a 6 or 7-hour wait till the last attempt to better our position. We were ready for this one but had to short shift as the horizon disappeared as our Nova clicked the 60' timers with the back tires. That killed the ET and we held our breath for a few more pairs of cars flexed their muscles to make the show and send us home in our borrowed truck. We were not to be denied and were proud to be racing on Sunday with a tough group of 32 cars separated by less than nine hundredths of a second.

Yellow Bullet Nationals 2013 8.50 IndexCecil County on Sunday was still super soupy but we advanced into the second round by beating the number 4 qualifier as he had trouble on the starting line and we scrubbed some speed and ET at the big end running an 8.59 at only 135mph. Running the numbers showed that it would have been an 8.481 pass, which is perfect considering power sucking air that everyone had to contend with. That gave us a little bit "in the tank" in case of an issue and hopefully we could tap the brakes and drive the stripe, as they say, to get the win in the next round. One thing that has been an issue though has been the car having a reaction time measured with a sundial. A good reaction to the amber lights would be needed to have success to make it to round three and marching toward the $5,000.00 payout. We have made several changes this season to lower our reaction times but to no avail. The next round the beautiful 1969 Camaro of Joe Alagana grabbed a starting line advantage and I had to use up all of that top end ET buffer that I had to run him down and we broke out with an 8.482. It was a good race with two blue 40 plus year-old Chevrolets fender to fender down the track.

Congrats to Joe Albrecht for taking home the money this season but we will be back next year for sure and hopefully have some answers that will get us to the winner's circle.

I need to thank my crew, Cecil Walton, Mike Richardson, John Kokinda and Wanna Be Crew Member Ron Rhodes for putting us in the groove, Mike Boccella from Boccella's Performance, Jeff Kundratic representing Lucas Oil, Bud and Tom from Mickey Thompson for being at the track again this year supporting the racers, Kris from NGK for keeping our tune up consistent and Josh and Vince at BMS Racing Engines for building our bullet. Honorable mention goes to Induction Solutions, Quick Fuel Technology, FireCore wires, DJ Safety, Holeshot Wheels, and all the other great companies on the decals on our windows that have helped us over the years with parts and support.

Stay tuned for more updates on our progress and Braylon's Junior Dragster that is just awaiting the return of the engine from Fred Craws in New Jersey in the next week of so.

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Back On The Track, Drag Racing The Chevy II
Post Date: July 15 2013 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Drag Racing The Chevy II Mar-Schan Motorsports at Maple Grove Raceway 8.50 IndexWelcome to summer! It's been a while since my last update, but we have probably raced three out of the last four weekends if not all four, two with Braylon and the Jr. Dragster and myself the last two weekends in our Chevy II in 8.50 index.

I am proud to announce that Braylon won his first round of racing at Cecil County June 22nd! Unfortunately for him it was bittersweet as it was his first time at the County and he misjudged the turn off at the hole in the wall and nipped the bottom of the Jersey barrier with the front wheel resulting in a flat tire and the end to his day. He kind of has a lead foot sometimes. I don't know where he gets it. I felt bad because I wasn't there to see the win or to help with the emotional or mechanical aftermath because I am sure we could have fixed both. I was actually taking delivery of an 8.90 car that he will be able to call his own and Kuhn Racing will soon be beginning. It's a used local car in excellent condition and I am in the process of doing the bodywork along with John Martin from JM Paint in Norristown. The shell will be in primer in a couple of days and I hope to have the proper shade of blue pigment on it by the end of the week. George Pavell is working his magic with our graphic wrap ideas and I hope to surprise Mini Me with the car when he gets home from his summer vacation at Granny's in Kentucky in a week or so.

Drag Racing The Chevy II Mar-Schan Motorsports at Maple Grove Raceway 8.50 IndexWe have raced the last two weekends and have gone back to our racing roots from several years ago when we were excited and had fun at the track. I am back in the 8.50 index class which has a HUGE following and participation here in the Northeast and I know we can run the number without constantly leaning on our equipment or cutting up our car trying to find a few pounds and a few tenths. In our first full 1/4 mile pass in over a year last weekend at Maple Grove Raceway in the Boninfante B1 8.50 Index Series we ran and 8.486 off the trailer in testing and had all the ground straps on our NGK spark plugs at the end of the track. It's always a good feeling when you get back to the pits and pull the plugs and every strap is intact. The starting line officials apologized prior tour run for the lack of track prep due to the fact that they thought that Friday night's test session would be rained out. A flip-flop wouldn't have pulled off my foot, that is, if I wore flip-flops! Anyway, much to our surprise after doing a burnout long enough to heat the tires and feel the flat spots from the garage floor disappear, the old Nova took the full hit of the Boccella's Performance nitrous at the launch and the old Mickey Thompson radials pulled the front wheels two feet in the air. Where did that come from? All cliche's aside, about hooking on the beach or in a carwash, I have all the confidence in the world in these tires as do my crew guys. That's one less thing to worry about on race day, which is good. We ended up losing in the semis though to a tough racer John Razler, whose father unfortunately passed away two days later. Our thoughts are with the Razler family.

Drag Racing The Chevy II Mar-Schan Motorsports at Maple Grove Raceway 8.50 IndexFast forward to this weekend where we went to the Cecil County Street Car Shootout to run at their first class monthly event in the 8.50 index class again. In the fifteen car field we qualified number 9 trying to get a handle on the life and horsepower sucking 100 degree heat. We ran and 8.604 and an 8.607 in qualifying but unfortunately for us it isn't the 8.60 index class and we had to make changes quick. We made them and got the win in the first round scrubbing about 20mph so as not to break out and what would have been around an 8.53 wide open ended up an 8.61 but it was enough to beat the big tired number 8 qualifier as he spun bad off the line. In round two we beat ourselves much to my displeasure, or should I say I beat MYSELF, as it was all driver error. I made some changes inside the car with the placement of the trans-brake button trying to cut a better light and in doing so I have to make a move to the shifter after the launch. I wasted the best 60' in the last two weekends and the best reaction time by going up to the handle a little hard when the wheels came up a bit in almost a textbook launch and I short shifted by accident. Practice makes perfect so between prepping Braylons car I will be sitting in the cockpit of my car getting familiar with the new layout for the next few weeks till the next race. We had a good time again and heard a few times "you are back in the game", or "you should have never left 8.50." I can't agree more and can't wait to let Bray see his car and get it out there.

See you at the track!

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Racing Jr. Dragsters With My Son And Our Sponsors Announcement
Post Date: July 12 2013 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Braylon Mar-Schan Motorsports at Maple Grove Raceway In His Jr. Dragster 2013It's been a while since I have written or updated my website. Not sure if anyone noticed, but in the interim I have been taking my time trying to figure out the best course of action for all of us. As of right now my car has not set a Mickey Thompson tread out of my garage since October 2012. I had been working 7 days a week for months up until a few weeks ago and in my "spare" time I have supported my stepson Braylon in his Jr. Drag racing career. We have been using my neighbor's spare car and helping to get that sorted out until his daughter who will be 8 in a few weeks takes over the wheel. I am actively trying to find Braylon an 8.90 Jr. Dragster that we can call our own and customize it and letter it up as we please. This has been my priority and my motivation the last few months. I haven't had that killer instinct that I have had in the past to get out there and race my own car and dedicate all my time and financial resources to our program. Not having this would be a disservice to our sponsors and partners. My car will be here in the future but the time I spend with Bray will help him to develop life skills for the future that he might not otherwise have a chance to learn, things like good sportsmanship, attention to detail, dedication, responsibility, respectfulness, and the value of a dollar, and I can't miss it if it's something we can do together.

As of this time I have not taken or received any product or financial support from any companies that graciously agreed to support Mar-SchanMotorsports for the 2013 season and I hope that I haven't messed up and budgets. That would weigh less on me than having shiny new parts sitting here not being used, and the providers not receiving their due return on their investment. I plan on still racing this year but on a limited schedule and hopefully having fun. I will still run all of the decals currently on our Nova and continue to hand out the informational material I still have at the events I do attend. I wouldn't be out there at all if it wasn’t for many of the awesome products in the car at this time.

Oh wait...I retract that statement above about receiving any products or support. DJ Safety and Loren Hill did provide us with a new Jr. Dragster harness for our loaner car and the owner of the car actually purchased another set for his son's car as well through us as a dealer. There is market there and many of your companies cross over into the Jr. Drag Racing arena. If anyone would care to rethink our product allotment and help us with Braylon's car, which I assure you be clean and detailed as our Nova is, please let me know. We have a car in mind from KCS in New Jersey and are just waiting for the motor to come back freshened up. If everything works out George Pavell from will hopefully be working with us on a wrap for the car, which we would love to be able to incorporate some of our friends and partners logos into the design.

Hopefully you will see some pictures and updates from our local tracks in both cars as I ask and thank you all in advance for your understanding with my change in focus for the time being. As always, I welcome any feedback or your honest thoughts on our plans.

Thank you,
Marc Schankweiler
Mar-Schan Motorsports LLC

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Decisions On Another Year In X275 With Marschan Motorsprts
Post Date: December 1st 2012 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Marc Schankweiler at the 2012 Atco Raceway X275 Drag Radial

Well it's that time of year again where the cold weather takes over in the north and racing is put on hold. It's the time of year where indoor car shows and manufacturers expositions like PRI and SEMA bring racers together for glimpses into the future of the latest gizmos and gadgets to take you to the next level. For some, the off season is one of questions and decisions, and others it's full steam ahead looking to try to keep pace with the Joneses.

For us here at Mar-Schan Motorsports LLC, we are in a questioning and decision making mode. Do we continue to try to just qualify at next seasons x275 Drag Radial events with our portly piece of nostalgia or possibly go back to the always popular 8.50 Index class that flourishes here in the Northeast? I know we can run the number in the 8.50 class with less stress on our combination which is appealing, but the exposure isn't as great, but neither is the exposure for a DNQ.

Our last event back in October had our team at Atco Dragway for the last Super Saturday event of the season and the x275 class. What worked at the Yellow Bullet Nationals weeks earlier didn't work here! The air was slightly better but I didn't expect the car to respond with wheel standing anger. I had the same engine and suspension tune up as the YB event but for some reason the Boccella's Performance sponsored Chevy II decided that the track was no match for the Mickey Thompson Drag Radial Pros, and it didn't matter how much the front end of that car weighed, it was heading skyward! A quick short shift brought the front end down softly, but some more suspension tuning was in order. Drag Radials and BMS Racing Engines power-1.... Successful qualifying effort-0! We had one more qualifier and even though this time the front end lift was measured in feet instead of yards, we would have had to run a career best ET to qualify and that was just not in the cards. We decided to make another test hit even though we would not be racing for the glory, but wanted to lay down a decent number and get some more on track exposure for our marketing partners. Once again, in a class that is a designed for tuners, we failed to meet our expectations as it seemed like a crane hooked the front bumper and lifted us skyward at the green light. The pictures were great, don't get me wrong, but we leave 2012 with uncertainty as mentioned above.

There are two things you need to be successful in drag racing if you measure success in trips to the winner's circle, time and resources. This season my allotment of time was greatly diminished due to having to travel almost extensively for work. It's not the same as it was a few years ago in construction where you could work 40 hours a week and sleep in your own bed. I am actually writing this as I begin my fourth week some 1200 miles from my house and family trying to find the resources to take care of them and do some racing in the future. Out of the 11 months gone by in 2012 I have been on the road in hotels, campgrounds, and rental houses for approximately 5 of them putting in upwards of 90+ hour weeks as required by the schedule of the project. That being said, sometimes the resources are there but the time is not, so we do the best we can to promote brand awareness and provide exposure for our sponsors at every opportunity off the track as well. I don't measure my success on wins and losses alone. Every time someone asks me via email, phone call or messaging about a company that we work with or that we endorse and I get a chance to spread the word, it's a successful and winning opportunity. Trophies are nice and shiny to look at and checks are nice to cash don't get me wrong, but relationships don't tarnish if taken care of and can last a lot longer than a few dollars in the pocket, at least mine anyway, and I cherish the friends in the business that I have met and believed in us.

Marschan Motorsports Jennifer Schankweiler Holding ShotgunSpeaking of relationships, I had the chance to dash away from South Florida for a couple of days to make a surprise visit to my wife and son while she was visiting her family in Kentucky over the week of Thanksgiving.

She had no idea that I was coming up until she saw me walk out of the terminal at the airport in Louisville as she waited supposedly for a relative of her best friend.

I am pretty sure she was shocked and happy at the same time. I had about a day and a half to relax and shoot some targets along the Ohio River with her and her relatives, which has become a 16 year ritual for them. Tell you what; I wouldn't want to make her mad with a gun in her hand!

Now I just need to find out if Lucas Oil makes gun oil in their massive line up of lubricants.

Marschan Motorsports Marc Schankweiler Holding ShotgunSince I am short on time and long on work hours right now, I think I may end up missing the PRI show this weekend for the first time in 6 years. The only way I will make it there is if they tell me I have the day off on Saturday, and I make the 5 hour trek north on Friday night.

So for those of you that are going and displaying I hope you have a safe and very positive final event in Orlando since everyone will be braving an Indianapolis winter for next years meeting. I also will not have time to formalize much in the way of proposals for 2013 and I realize this may cost me some partners, but I do want to thank the many great companies that have supported us over the years of ups and downs and I will be in touch in one way or another in the future.

Feel free to comment or reply with any tips, thoughts, or advice, I am all ears!

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Marschan Motorsports At Yellow Bullet Nationals 2012
Post Date: September 10th 2012 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Marc Schankweiler at the 2012 yelow Bullet Nationals X275 Drag Radial

I skipped the write up about the Super Saturday Swim Meet... I mean Shoot Out at Atco a few weeks back because my wife was right, it was going to rain, and it did. I hated to say that but I did. I should have stayed home and saved for the following week at another track but you have to jump when you have a chance so I did. Trust me you didn't miss anything but we did get a pass in and got some data. Fast forward to this past weekend if you will please.

Man, what a weekend! If you missed the 3rd Annual Yellow Bullet Nationals at Cecil County you missed one of the great outlaw street car races in a long time. Mar-Schan Motorsports was glad to be part of it and want to thank Monte Mikho and the crew at Cecil County for putting it on.

Read The Complete Yellow Bullet Race Review Here, Photos And Video included

Maple Grove Super Chevy Show 2012:
Out Testing The X275 Drag Radial Chevy II At Super Chevy
Post Date: July 24th | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Super Chevy Show Maple Grove And Marschan Motorsports

As a student of the great contributors and successful sponsored racers in magazines like National Dragster who write in weekly with their own experiences on and off the track, and a one time reader of The Power Of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, it has been hard to attempt to craft an update for our sponsors and our website when times are tough. My hat goes off to those racers that can take the pressure, failures, economic and family issues and still be able to look their marketing partners in the face and say 'we are trying to get it done and get out there when it feels like you are letting everyone down'. It’s my job to keep everyone up to speed with the Mar-Schan Motorsports program and I haven’t done that this year as well as I should have and for that I apologize. Mr. Kris Zdral from NGK once told me that he would rather hear from us if we lose than us win and not hear from us at all. Great advice!

We spent February through mid-June working 7 days a week sometimes close to home, other times out of town for months. That was the good news. Now we have been laid off for 5 weeks but that did give me time to get the car done in quick order. We made some updates to the motor in the form of some top end induction work on the cylinder heads and adding a pair of Quick Fuel 4150 series carburetors to the top of our M&M Competition Engines tunnel ram. This necessitated a very time consuming stop at the local chassis shop for linkage fabrication, but it came out looking and working great. I also moved all of the fuel and nitrous plumbing around under the hood to make it a more maintenance friendly layout using Aeroquip StarLite hose from Clark Industrial Supply.

The last several weeks off has given us quality family time that was missing earlier in the year with all the work, including a trip to see my wife’s family in Kentucky. This gave me a chance to hit the Bowling Green shop of Quick Fuel Technology and see some of the behind scenes activity at the shop including the custom work and shipping area where there are tons of carbs ready to go out. The shop had real people taking pride in their work and putting out a great product for all out racecars and OEM type applications.

Our induction changes over the winter unfortunately have left us still way heavy for the x275 class, but I figured it was better to have a heavy car with a happy engine instead of a light car and a bunch of broke parts. Hopefully we can keep it all together now and we started this past weekend with some shakedown passes at the Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway. The car looked and sounded real good and we already noticed some changes in our tune up that we will have to make. We had our display table lined up with brochures and products from many of our sponsors and passed on our experiences and how our program has benefitted from the use of these products both in quality and technical support. Saturday was a big spectator day at the SCS Show and I was even asked for an autograph by a young fan on a Hero Card that BMS Racing Engines had made featuring our car on the front. My wife thought that was real neat. We had previously pushed our car into a display space at the North East Custom Car Show back in late March with our almost completed engine and BMS had the cards made for distribution and promotion of their great shop.

We are hoping to be able to make it to Super Saturday Shootout at Atco this weekend and then Cecil County Dragway the following for their legendary Street Car Shootout and keep this rolling now. Hopefully work will break soon close to home again and stay steady as well so we could better cope with the ups and downs of the economy and have a more visible presence on the track for our partners. Thanks again to the great companies that support and believe in us because without your help we wouldn’t even be able to make it down the track.

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Our 2012 Schedule Is Released:
See Where The x275 Drag Radial Nova Will Be this Year
Post Date: January 30th | Author: Marc Schankweiler

2012 X275 Drag Radial Schedule

Racing this season in the northeast is going to be a blast again with our X275 Drag Radial Nova. We have quite a few engagements planned for our fans along with our usual bevy of sponsors products available at most races. Our 2012 sponsors have given us the "OOMPH" needed to again regain our standing as one of the most successful cars to run in many different classes. We thank our fans and sponsors who follow us and the Nova at each and every event and hope to see you soon at any one of them.

View Our 2012 X275 Drag Radial Schedule Here

Marschan Motorsports Gets Ink In RPM Magazine
December Issue Features The x275 Drag Radial Nova In The Pages
Post Date: January 28th | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Marschan Motorsports Gets Ink In RPM MagazineWith the release of the December RPM Magazine, inside the pages of this premium racing publication is the article entitled "Shakedown at E Town" The Northeast Unleashed. This event article is the 9th published exclusively through its entire history from day one.

This year at the 9th Annual, more than eight classes were featured which as with any publication a race this large and an article have limitations as to images and words. Though Marschan Motorsports X275 Drag Radial Nova was not at the top of the field it certainly caught the editors eye as it always does.

The glistening blue flamed body shimmered in the brilliant sun and topping it off with the flames gave the editor "Chris Biro" more than enough fuel to add this into the outstanding article.

RPM Magazine is available in both print format and online but the print version is just too nice with heavy stock glossy oversized paper. They also have revamped their website into one of the best there is. Stop in and see them here at RPM Magazine Dedicated to Extreme Horsepower Worldwide

2011 Mar-Schan Motorsports - Our Year Year in Review
National Media Coverage And Sponsor Thanks
Post Date: December 10th, 2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

The 2011 season had its ups and downs as many seasons do but we still look back and while our high expectations weren't met we still worked as hard as we could to provide exposure for our marketing partners.

Mar-Schan Motorsports began the season with some repairs to our combination from the end of 2010. Even after the repairs we were met with some mechanical issues right from the outset that necessitated another attempted repair and finally a replacement of our block. The time investment and financial hassles associated with this unexpected problem slowed us up right away and took us out of competition for the heart of the season. With help from ATI Performance Products we were able to rebuild and get back out. We were not satisfied with this past year and will exert the needed energy and dedication to put our best foot forward on the track and off the track for our sponsors and marketing partners.

We did gain national media coverage in 2011 again for our efforts. I wrote and article for Fastest Street Car Magazine's Blog which can be found here: Fastest Street Car Magazine's Blog

There was also a condensed version that made the print issue of the magazine. Fastest Street Car Print Version

We also garnered some coverage from the MIR NMCA event in the Fastest Street Car Magazine located here: MIR NMCA event in the Fastest Street Car Magazine

We were also mentioned in the November 2011 issue of Chevy High Performance Magazine where we were called one of their "favorite cars on the property" which featured two pictures of the car and engine combination and mentioned several of our sponsors.

The car has also been featured in a couple of our partner's catalogs including Quick Fuel Technology, Smith Brothers Push Rods, Moroso and Diamond Pistons.

We appreciate the all our sponsors and the help they have provided and look to continue our growth as a valuable asset to their company and hopefully yours. We are looking for a primary financial sponsor for 2012 that will help us take our program to the next level. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas you may have to make your goals a reality.

I want to thank the following companies, in no particular order, for their support this past season:

Best Regards,
Marc Schankweiler

Marschan Motorsports X275 Drag Radial Nova Back on Track!
Cecil County, Shakedown At E Town Now MIR Coming Up.
Post Date: October 23rd, 2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler
Photos Courtesy of Seth at GoneDragRacing and

We are hoping that we have turned the corner and removed the thorn in our side that has caused us problems since last season. Mar-Schan Motorsports has been to two races in October, the Cecil County Street Car Shootout and the 9th Annual Shakedown At E-town, since we put the new bullet in the car. Unfortunately we were also a victim of the economy at the same time and got laid off due to a change in contractors where I was employed. Hence, the delay in keeping everyone up to date, as we reach out to our contacts in the industry and look for a new place of employment, but we have a motor!

X275 Drag Radial Nova Hanging The Tires At 2011 Shakedown At E Town

Drag Racing News From M&M Competition EnginesI want to thank ATI Performance Products for working with us and Dart to procure the new block to get us up and running as well as M&M Competition Engines for donating the machine work and Josh at BMS Racing Engines here in Pa for staying late and letting me steal room in the shop to weed through all the issues when building a new motor. It's never a "bolt together" as I always think it will be.

Working Out The X275 Drag Radial Nova At Cecil County Photo By Seth At GoneDragRacingBack to the track: We got the motor fired up the night before the Cecil County race as usual and shook out a few cobwebs with the car and tried to remember how to drive and tune for track conditions and neither worked out so well and we were a disappointing DNQ. I was hoping for some test runs after that but the constant mist in the air put a damper on the program and it was postponed.

The following week our team attended the Shakedown At E-town in Englishtown, New Jersey. We had the typical Mar-Schan Motorsports luck just getting to the track, let see, fuel leak in the motor home fuel tank, blown radiator hose, and broken cylinder head exhaust flange. Yes, the head actually broke along the New Jersey Turnpike. What a noisy ride that turned into! I guess 52,000 miles can be a lot on a Ford, go figure. It didn't matter we would deal with that after the race. There were 29 cars in the x275 class at The Shakedown and we qualified I believe around number 18 with our first pass being our best. We started to add some power to our baseline tune up but the weather got worse each time and negated our efforts. The track took a turn for the worse when the sun came out Sunday afternoon, and after a last minute change on the starting line, we still spun the tires. We did however, set up a table at our trailer and put out brochures and decals from Moroso, Quick Fuel, Stoner Solutions, ATI, Mickey Thompson and Jesel and answered a bunch of questions about the products and our program so that part of the weekend was a big success! I want to thank Boccella's Performance for helping us with expenses for the weekend as well as a place to store and repair my motorhome once we got home. Thanks Mike!

The good news was that we drove the car out of the trailer and into the garage after each day, which is always good!
Our next event once we get the new head for the motor home will be the U.S. Army World Cup Finals at MIR. Here is a link to the event as well as a promotional video,

The place is PACKED to say the least plus its a quarter mile event! We hope to make a good showing and catch some people's attention to our program and our sponsor's products. If you would like to have a bigger share or have your logo more prominently displayed on the car for this event just let me know. Our future plans beyond this event include a trip once again to Orlando and the PRI show in December to personally thank our friends and partners and check out the latest products in the business.

Hope to see you there!

Now enjoy our photos from the Shakedown At E Town 2011 by

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NMCA ATI Performance Products X275 In Fastest Street Car Magazine
Marschan Motorsports Featured In MIR Coverage
Post Date: September 3, 2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

X275 Small Block Build In Fastest Street Car BlogThe NMCA headed south towards MIR on the middle leg of their series featuring the X275 Drag Radial Class where-as Marc Schankweiler followed into the class and qualified well only to lose in the first round agianst some of the stiff competition nowadays in this growing venue.

The little Nova with a nitroused small block couldn't hold off the charge of Mike Fratena. Marschan Motorsports is now awaiting delivery of a new iron block to help dismiss the problems of the earlier aluminum block setup but will still rely on the same heads and intake for the coming year.

Read The Complete Story At FSC Magazine Online HERE

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X275 Small Block Build In Fastest Street Car Blog
Post Date: September 1, 2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

X275 Small Block Build In Fastest Street Car BlogLast year FSC published an article on the build-up of one badass SB2.2 headed small-block that Marc Schankweiler aimed to run in 275 Drag Radial classes at Maryland International Raceway, as well as other venues. M&M Competition prepped some wicked SB2.2 heads for Schankweiler's 1966 Chevy II, while BMS Racing Engines out of Plymouth Meeting, PA, handled the assembly.

He admits he's had an unusual amount of bad luck the past two seasons, but Schank is not one to give up and is constantly improving his SB2.2 engine recipe. Read The Complete Story At FSC Magazine's New Blog HERE

Yellow Bullet Member NMRacing / Nick Mancuso needs some YB help!
X275 Drag Radial Racer Nick Mancuso, Flash Fire Destroys All His Belongings
Post Date: 7/28/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Drag Radial Racer Nick Mancuso, Flash Fire Destroys All His BelongingsYB Member and X275 racer Nick Mancuso had a flash fire in his storage bay burning his race car and his DD mustang. Nick had just finished getting the car back together after upgrading just about everything on the car. His truck was parked in front of the bay and as the fire broke out he couldn't get to the keys as they were on a work bench in the front part of the unit. Trying to get the truck out of harms way he broke the gear selector and was able to get the truck rolling but recieved significant burns in the process, everything in the storage unit is a complete loss. Nick is a pretty private guy but in light of the events I figured I'd put this out there, I am not sure if the DD mustang was covered by insurance and I know the race car wasn't, please keep Nick in your thoughts for a speedy recovery from his burns. "John Sears"

Below are Nick Mancuso's and Yellow Bullet Members Comments and Links to help; and Information to further the cause of getting Nick Mancuso back on track through both Yellow Bullet Forums and the Nick Mancuso Benefit Car Show Facebook Page that will give updates on Benefit Car Shows to be held and other ways to contribute:

X275 Drag Radial Racer Nick Mancuso"Nick Mancuso Stated:" Wow guys, I am sitting here in tears as I write this, I can't eat or sleep or even know what to do next. Anyone who knows me knows that I am just a normal working guy that has sacrificed his life to racing and always trying to help out where I can. I never bought a house and have always tried to do a lot with a little and somehow managed to build trash which sometimes I was ashamed to admit, but pretty much built that car on my back from the ground up in a 10x20 storage unit. I originally bought the car as a roller after losing my 93 reef blue notch in a serious car accident from 2 non licensed drivers running a red light resulting in the car being totaled and my breaking my femur and now limping forever. Nevertheless I went back to work and ever since then have spent every dollar on the car, and tools, sacrificing going out to a lot of places or buying lots of clothes etc.. I always liked to keep pretty private and keep to myself because I guess I enjoyed keeping the competition with all of my friends and keeping the sport interesting and alive.

Originally trash was just supposed to be a car that I salvaged whatever I could out of the reef blue notch and keep it all going until I found another nice clean car like the 93 reef blue one was. So along came my chance when I bought stocker, giving the guy a little money at a time until I had it, a beautiful 93 white notch perfect interior, pin straight, never been painted, perfect working ac etc. When I looked at this car, I didn't have the heart to touch it or cut into it in anyway, anyone who knows the car knew how nice she was. Trash was always such a great working car that hooked and just plain out meant business from day one and had a reputation to say the least. So after all these years, little by little it became what it had been. I bought tools as I needed them and tried to keep making things out of nothing.

X275 Drag Mustang Nick MancusoI really laid myself out on the line this winter to get her going again and trying to build just a little more than I had to be competitive with a normal appearing simple car in x275. I was so happy as only a few days earlier I had it running and was ready to try and put on a show for the x275 family and its fans. I honestly spent every dime I had; the only money I have left is my next paycheck after all the little things for the car just killed me.

I honestly would never believe something like this could happen, it's what we have all done a million times and nothing different. The car had ran out of gas, so I went and filled up my 5 gallon plastic rci fuel jug with 93 gas went back, opened up the garage, car was powered off with the battery switch, opened up the cap on the fuel cell, put my plastic funnel in and started filling. The fuel cell is aluminum, grounded, an bolted to the trunk so grounding and static was not the issue, however the conditions were one and a million with the hot weather, The fan that was blowing air from up front of the garage, an extra heat from the lighting, which out of nowhere a giant flame ball which seemed to just come funneling up from the inside of the fuel cell and into the jug I was holding came out of nowhere. I turned and put my hand up and let go of the jug onto the floor, my pants caught fire and I turned away and was able to put myself out fast, within seconds the entire entrance to the garage was in flames as high as the building. I couldn't even get near it as it was just in a fury. My keys to my truck and to my garage next door with my other car in it were inside and there was no way to them. I tried to grab my jack which was already outside thinking I would be able to jack the truck and pull it out of the way but the jack even that far away was so hot that it instantly burned my hand. I managed to break the shifter in the truck to get it into neutral and push it out of the way, it had already melted the front grill, headlight and mirror and a few seconds later would have lit up and been gone too. I really still can't believe this is all really happening and am lost without my hobby. Pretty much I have lost everything I owned in there, 2 cars, all my tools, equipment, childhood stuff, memories of things from my father who passed away, but I feel very lucky to be alive and ok and whatever burns I got are minimal and will heal. I can't thank everyone enough for anything they are trying to do for me and you guys are all like family. Hopefully one day ill try and put on a show again. I really do appreciate this all everyone. I'm at a loss for words

Marschan Motorsports X275 Drag Radial Nova At NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
MIR Dragway 275 Drag Radial Results
Post Date: 6/5/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

marschan-motorsports-nmca-X275-drag-radial-nova-MIRMar-Schan Motorsports participated in the 9th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals featuring the 3rd Annual Late-Model HEMI Shootout this past weekend at MIR Dragway in Mechanicsville, Md. The team participated in the ATI Performance Products 275 Drag Radial class along with some of the top cars in the country.

Shaking out their new combination, with only their second time at the track, they managed a best of 8.37. Team owner / driver, Marc Schankweiler, noted that the motor will be coming out after the race to make sure everything is "up to par" after the mechanical issues at the season ending Shake Down At E-town in 2010.

nmca-X275-drag-radial-nova-MIR"We are no where close to where we want to be performance wise, but getting a handle on the touchy combination takes time," said Schankweiler. Seven passes were made by their blue flamed 1966 X275 Drag Radial Nova down the 1320 deviating in stark contrast to the multiple modern Mustangs and stray Camaro 2 decades newer.

Marc wants to thank ATI Performance Products for sponsoring the event and providing him with a bullet proof transmission and converter package. Also helpful were the Mickey Thompson tires providing the grip and M&M Competition Engines for prepping their engine for battle, and the rest of their great partners; Smith Brothers, Quick Fuel Technology, NGK, VP, Invisible Glass, PWD Lubricants, Total Seal, Moroso, Jesel, Clark Industrial Supply, DJ Safety, BMS, Boccella’s Performance, and Miller Welders.

Miller Welding And Mar-Schan Motorsports Prepare For The Season In X275 Drag Radial
New Sponsor On Board For 2011
Post Date: 6/1/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler


Mar-Schan Motorsports LLC is pleased to announce and welcome Miller Welders to our team for the 2011 drag racing season as a co-marketing partner. By aligning ourselves with Miller we will strengthen brand awareness of their products and services, and benefit ourselves by having a company that is committed to excellence in our corner.

About Miller Electric Mfg. Co:
Miller Electric Mfg. Co., with headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin, manufactures arc welding and cutting equipment designed for manufacturing, fabrication, construction, aviation, motorsports, education, agriculture and marine applications. Its famous tagline, "The Power of Blue®," is inspired by the blue color of Miller equipment.

We want to thank Mr. Andy Weyenberg and Miller Welding Motorsports for allowing us to represent them on and off the track, and putting faith in our program.

Visit The Official Miller Welding Equipment Website Here

Firing Up The SB2 Small Block Chevy At Philly Racing Engines
Video Of the 8,500 RPM Dyno Pull - Ready for X275 Drag Radial Action
Post Date: 5/28/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

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Fortunately the world didn't end today and we fired up our new motor on Philadelphia Racing Engine's Superflow 901 dyno. It doesn't get any better than that! Seven pulls were made on motor only and I know we gained some data that is going to help us out. From our shift points to working the bugs out of some fuel delivery issues.

We picked the motor up last week in Indianapolis from M&M Competition Engines and the first thing that jumped out was the huge new custom aluminum oil pan. I want to thank Scott and Tim for finding some problem spots with our program from last year and taking care of them.

Our next step is to consult with our partners and work with the information gathered today to get this thing up to speed as fast as possible. We hope to be testing next weekend at Cecil County, Md in preparation for the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals the following week at Maryland International Raceway. We will be competing in the ATI Performance Products 275 Radial class which promises to be off the hook at this event.

We are still looking for a major sponsor interested in great visibility on the door or quarter panel of our car to help us for the season or on a prorated per race basis to help us with fuel costs to get to and from the events.

Stay tuned for updates on a more regular basis now that we are up and running.

Best Regards,

Mar-Schan Motorsports Vendors Spot At The 2011 Northeast Custom Car Show
The Largest Rod And Custom Car Show Was a Hit For Both Us and Them
Post Date: 3/29/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Alternate Construction Concepts Northeast Custom Car Show Vendors AppearanceWe want to thank all our marketing partners and sponsors who invested some time and money for shipping us catalogs, stickers, and banners for our booth at the first North East Custom Car Show. The turn out was tremendous for both cars and spectators. I can't believe I didn't lose my voice by the end of the third day of answering questions, handing out business cards and pointing potential new customers in your direction. We made some new contacts and have made some follow up sales already for a few of our partners.

Mar-Schan Motorsports hopes to be on the engine dyno at Philadelphia Racing Engines in a few weeks and out to the track by the end of April. Thanks to everyone for your help and trust. You Can View Our Gallery Of Personal Images Here In Our Dedicated Page As Thanks To All From Marschan Motorsports.

And The Complete Gallery From The Northeast Rod And Custom Car Show Event By The goDragRacing Photographers Here

Marschan Motorsports Welcomes Our Returning Sponsors In 2011
Gettin By With A Little Help From Our Friends
Post Date: 2/11/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

We would like to welcome back our friends at Jesel Valvetrain. The Jesel family is back on board again for a third year of support and has stepped up not only with our personal program but we are also now an authorized dealer for their full line of products. Give us a call or send us an email for pricing on parts for your ride.

Josh and Vince from BMS Racing Engines / Budz Motorsports are back again offering their knowledge and support to help us keep our 421" small block healthy and strong. If you are in the South Eastern Pennsylvania area these guys are conveniently located right off the Pa Turnpike in the Plymouth Meeting area.

M&M Competition Engines is back again to offer their knowledge and technical expertise with our SB2.2 heads and custom cast intake manifold developed in house. Scott and Tim will be doing the machine work to the block as well as the assembly of the complete engine to start the season. Their shop in Indy is more than just cylinder heads and intake manifolds for SB2.2 engines.

We welcome back and thank PWD Lubricants in Warminster, Pa for providing us with access to their full line up of products including Brad Penn Racing Oil. Philadelphia Warehouse Distributors has been selling lubricants for over 70 years in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware area. They are full line distributors for several companies providing lubricants for your automotive and industrial needs as well as many other automotive chemical accessories.

We want to welcome Stoner Solutions , makers of the world famous Invisible Glass cleaner, to our team this season. Stoner manufactures specialized cleaners, lubricants, and coatings for both business-to-business and consumer applications. Professional auto detailers, collectors, and enthusiasts use Stoner car care products to clean, shine, and protect their favorite vehicles and we want to thank them for helping us keep our race car and our personal vehicles looking their best.

We are happy to announce that Alternate Construction Concepts is back as our primary sponsor. Owner, Ivar Galilea, has expressed his desire to be part of our team again in 2011. If you are looking for a construction company that has the resources to turn the impossible into something routine. Alternate Construction Concepts is a full service engineering and management company that can meet your deadlines. Give Ivar a call at (610) 727-4166.

We want to thank NGK Spark Plugs for their support again in 2011. After a many years of using their plugs to provide the spark for our engine and a couple of years of discussion they came on board in 2010. It's such a small part but every engine requires them and NGK is who we trust. We thank them for choosing us to be a part of their marketing plan. Since 1936 NGK has lead the industry in technology, innovation and world class design of its entire product line.

We also appreciate the help of our friend Mike Boccella and his performance and repair shop, Boccellas Automotive. Mike will be providing us with some of the products needed to keep us in the hunt from companies that we do not deal directly with as well as nitrous. Boccella's Automotive Performance is a custom speed shop that serves the Montgomery County and surrounding areas. They specialize in installing custom performance parts and doing general automotive work on all makes and models of cars. We deal directly with many distributors such as Turbonetics, Cold Fusion Nitrous, and Mickey Thompson Tires. Stop by for nitrous refills, race fuel and official state inspection and emission inspection.

Mar-Schan Motorsports welcomes back Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels to our team for the x275 Drag Radial racing season. This great company with a nostalgic history in all forms of Motorsports has been our longest sponsor. If you want a TRUE 275 DOT approved drag radial this is the part number you want, 3754R.

Thanks to the Moroso family for helping with our program again this season. Moroso Performance Products is one of the world's most respected suppliers of automotive equipment for racing and street performance applications. Moroso manufactures over 3000 products, from oil pans and oiling systems, to ignition wire, ignition components, valve covers, fuel system equipment, air cleaners, hard-core racing tools, chassis and suspension equipment, marine performance engines and numerous other performance parts. The company has an impressive list of customers, ranging from grass-roots racers to top level NASCAR Nextel Cup and NHRA / IHRA race teams.

Smith Brothers Pushrods Smith Brothers has been supplying the industry with superior quality pushrods since 1953. From Top Fuel to Tractor Pulls and everything in between Smith Brothers continues to evolve with the racing industry to offer the strength and durability that it takes to stay at the front of the pack.

Thanks to Kevin at Total Seal Piston Rings for stepping up and helping us with a set of their custom piston rings and their tech support for a second season. The rings were designed to be used in conjunction with our nitrous power adder and our vacuum pump for maximum ring seal. We will be using a TNT top ring that is specifically engineered to withstand the rigors of extreme abuse such as in a nitrous or boosted application. The unique hybrid material and aerospace coating makes them easy on the cylinder walls for long life in street and strip duty. Total Seal's 32,000 square foot facility is in Phoenix, Arizona. It houses the latest in research and development equipment, manufacturing machinery and technology focusing on developing and manufacturing piston rings for any and all applications. So whether you are a professional racer or weekend warrior Total Seal has you covered with a ring set for your addiction.

I want to give a big thanks to Diamond Pistons for their associate sponsorship this season. I have been using their pistons exclusively for about 6 years now. Both BMS Racing Engines and M&M Racing Engines use Diamond pistons in the engines they sell. Since 1968, Diamond Racing has been producing the highest quality racing parts around. From the early 70's Diamond has been concentrating on manufacturing forged pistons for the racing industry and building championship winning engines. From the late 90's to current day Diamond has solely dedicated itself to manufacturing forged pistons. Diamond is also dedicated to customer service and has a strong commitment to quality. They also have one of the most knowledgeable tech staffs in the business today. The tech staff has over twenty years experience between them. Give them a call today and get a recommendation for your engine.

ATI Transmissions And Marschan Motorsports In 2011
ATI Performance Products Taking X275 Drag Radial And True Street To A New Level
Post Date: 1/27/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

ATI Transmissions ATI Performance Products Sponsorship With Marschan Motorsports X275 Drag RadialMar-Schan Motorsports LLC is proud to partner with ATI Racing for the 2011 x275 Drag Radial season. We will be running a Superglide 1 transmission as well as a custom ATI torque converter and harmonic dampener to get all the potential out of our M&M Competition Engines SB2.2 small block. Along with the performance gains we will have the reliability benefits from utilizing components that are built in house at ATI in a controlled environment.

About ATI Transmissions: A company founded on innovation, precision and service.

ATI and Jim Beattie are synonymous in the field of drag racing. It is common to find ATI equipped vehicles winning races throughout the United States. However, this tremendous success didn't happen overnight. ATI Performance Products is the creation of over 40 years of transmission and performance component manufacturing and racing experience.

ATI manufactures a multitude of high performance parts including Competition Transmissions, Treemaster Converters, Torsional Super Dampers, Compu-Flow Valve Bodies, Flexplates, and Adapter Kits as well as a wide variety of performance enhancing internal components. ATI's commitment to racing has allowed the company to maintain a prominent position on the cutting edge of high performance component design and manufacturing. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, ATI's corporate headquarters houses one of the most advanced machine shops in the industry. By investing in this technology, Jim Beattie has insured that his customers receive the highest quality performance components available anywhere.

ATI has maintained a close relationship with racers and racetracks, no matter what the class, bracket or size of the track. As a major sponsor of the NHRA, IHRA, NMCA and ARCA, Jim and the entire ATI staff have made a strong commitment to the sport of racing and the tradition of providing the finest performance parts in the industry and we are proud to be part of that team.

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Marschan Motorsports 2011 Schedule Is Released
X275 Drag Radial, NMCA, Fastest Street Car, Cecil, Atco And More!!
Post Date: 1/10/2011 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Marschan Motorsports X275 Drag Radial 2011 ScheduleMarschan Motorsports has released its 2011 Drag Racing schedule.

We hope you join the team and come with us again as we do battle in the major drag racing classes like the newest rage of x275 Drag Radial, 8.50 Index series over many venue's in the tri state area's and of course we will be heading into the True Street again with our SB2 headed small block sniffing the laughing gas.

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Look for us again n at all the major events, stop by and check out our car and team.

pagebreak Marschan Motorsports 2010 Season in Review
X275 Drag Radial, NMCA, Fastest Street Car, Sponsors Thanks !!
Post Date: 11/21/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Marschan Motorsports 2010 X275 Drag Radial Year In Review Topic

The 2010 season had its ups and downs unfortunately, and when many teams would have pulled the plug and called it a season, we kept at it if for no other reason to work the bugs out for 2011 and to give our sponsors the return on their investment they deserve. Our website, has come a long way since it made its debut in late 2009 and can be spotted on the early pages of the internet search engine results when looking for information on our sponsors.

Mar-Schan Motorsports began the season with a new combination that was designed to run in the ultra competitive X275 Drag Radial class here in the North East, stop by and see my profile here at the new X275 Drag Radial Website. This class is taking off with car counts double what the other heads up classes are bringing to the table and the recognition for the class in the media and internet message boards is unprecedented. We started the season with some mechanical issues and fought through some more as we strived to learn about the nuances of an aluminum block. We qualified in the front half of the fields at the races we attended and twice qualified #3 in 16 car fields but we were never able to seal the deal at the end of the day. We were not satisfied with this past year and will exert the needed energy and dedication to put our best foot forward on the track and off the track for our sponsors and marketing partners.

We did gain national media coverage in 2010 again for our efforts. Mar-Schan Motorsports’ engine build had a full article in the October issue of Fastest Street Car Magazine which highlighted many of our sponsors and the products we use. The article can be found her on pages 110-113 of The October Online Issue of Fastest Street Car Magazine

We were also honored by the NMCA to have our car prominently displayed on the 2010 Quick Fuel Technology Muscle Car Nationals event T-shirt for their Bowling Green, Ky. event. The best part about this is the QFT is one of my longer running sponsors and I am proud to be linked to their event. A picture of the shirt can be seen here: Fastest Street Car Drag Racing T Shirt

The car has also been featured in a couple of our partner’s catalogs including Quick Fuel Technology, Smith Brothers Push Rods, and hopefully some more in the near future.

We appreciate the all our sponsors and the help they have provided and look to continue our growth as a valuable asset to their company and hopefully yours. We are looking for a primary financial sponsor for 2011 that will help us take our program to the next level. Please feel free to Contact Mar-Schan Motorsports with any ideas you may have to make our goals a reality.

I would like to thank all of the people and companies that supported us in 2010: Alternate Construction Concepts, BMS Racing Engines, M&M Competition Engines, Quick Fuel Technology, Aeromotive, GRP, Jesel, Manley, Smith Brothers Pushrods, Hole Shot Wheels, Mickey Thompson Tires, Induction Solutions, Clark Industrial Supply, Boccella’s Automotive, VP Racing Fuels, Brodix, PWD Lubricants, Diamond Pistons, Total Seal, Pro-Torque, NGK, J&B Motorsports and Moroso.

Marschan Motorsports Wild SB2 Motor Build
Featured In Fastest Street Car Magazine October Issue
Post Date: 10/18/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

Marschan Motorsports SB2 Chevy Motor Build Fastest Street Car Magazine

Well, the guys over at Fastest Street Car Magazine did a special job of making one wild article about the SB2 small block in our True Street / Drag Radial Nova. Nothing was left out for the imagination, straight facts, "undisclosed secrets" of the build featuring all our sponsors that laid hands or were part of this undertaking in either parts or machine work on this small block that isn't just for Nascar.

Above is a preview of this article and we have it here for download in a PDF version but really guys, go on over to the magazine online and read about us there in the cool flip style version. Many other great articles are also featured in this magazine, if you don't get it, you should, something for everyone each month.

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Mar-Schan Motorsports Break Down At The Shakedown At E Town
Next Year A Shot at Extreme 275 Drag Radial Will Net Better Results
Post Date: 10/8/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler, Photos By

Marschan Motorsports Drag Radial Nova At ADRL Shakedown At E Town 2010I don't think even Shakespeare could pen the words to accurately express my feelings and emotions that split second when I heard and felt the concussion and the resultant flame from under my hood. I knew it wasn't going to be good. I reached my hand up to the handle conspicuously attached to my roll cage and marked FIRE in preparation for the possibility of an oil fire. Fortunately that didn't materialize so I switched to the next handle to deploy the parachute and slow down our racecar.

Before I go on, let's discuss the time leading up to this issue first.

Marschan Motorsports Burnout At ADRL Shakedown At E Town 2010As you know if you have been keeping up with our tumultuous season fraught with delays and mechanical issues we just finished rebuilding the motor after an issue at the Yellow Bullet Nationals and were headed to the 8th Annual Shakedown At E-town the weekend of October 1-3. We just returned to action with a fresh motor from BMS Racing Engines stuffed with pistons from Diamond and sealed in the Brodix bores tighter than Brett Michael's jeans, thanks to the rings from Total Seal. There was no X275 class, but only an Outlaw Drag Radial class which could possibly lead to a quick first round exit, if we even qualified, and less exposure for our sponsors and us. I decided to race in the 8.50 index class which is the class I have ran the last two seasons with success including qualifying in the number three position last year at this event. This is a class that races a full quarter mile instead of the eighth mile we have been racing, and the first car to the finish line wins as long as it's not quicker than 8.50.

Marschan Motorsports In The Pits At ADRL Shakedown At E Town 2010First we had to get to the event, and on Thursday night when changing the oil in the tow vehicle I asked the guys at J&B Motorsports to check a noise I had just started to hear in the front end. Turns out it was a bad hub and wheel bearing assembly and it was not available till the next day from most of the stores in the area. This wasn't going to work because we were leaving for The Show on Friday morning and needed to load up that night. After some phone calls we found the part and after some low fat pepperoni pizza and extra low fat cheese the guys switched it out in short order. Thanks Joe and Brian!

ADRL Shakedown At E Town 2010 Qualifying For 8.50 Index Not Drag RadialOk back to racing right? Where were we? Oh yeah, 8.50 index. There were 61 cars that went through tech and safety for this class all trying to fit into a 32 car field for Sunday morning. First qualifier was Friday night after another Seattle-esque week of rain. The track crew had the track in top shape in a matter of hours after the last drop hit. I took a shot in the dark at the tune up since we hadn't raced 1/4 mile or an index race where we had to run within a couple of hundredths of a second to qualify since last season's event. The first pass netted us an 8.66 pass, which would never make the cut for Sunday, but it was a start. Part of our regular between round maintenance is to pull all 8 NGK spark plugs to check for signs of detonation and lean or rich conditions. All 8 ground straps were present on the plugs, which were 2 more than we had remaining after our last pass at the YB Nationals. (Insert smiley face HERE)

ADRL Shakedown At E Town 2010 Preparing For A RunSaturday morning came around early as usual and we heard the call to the lanes for the 2nd round of qualifying. I made a couple of small tuning changes to try and find the sweet spot and an 8.50 time slip. We got to the water box for our burnout with the game face on hoping to find sixteen hundredths of a second from Friday night and no more. Everything was going along as normal the first 7 seconds into the run and then with no warning the Mar-Schan Motorsports aluminum bullet let me know in no uncertain terms that it was VERY unhappy. Please revert back to paragraph one of this blog to review if you skipped right to the bottom hoping for a happy ending and pictures of me with the trophy girl and big check in the winner's circle. (Insert unhappy face HERE)

Nitrous Purge ADRL Shakedown At E Town 2010It certainly could have been much worse from the initial inspection. Unfortunately due to mechanical failure we did not make the field this year. Each year Dave Hance and his crew make this race better and the way it sounds is that there will be an X275 Drag Radial class next year. We are looking forward to it.

Thanks everyone for your support and stay tuned for an update featuring the article from Fastest Street Car Magazine that detailed our engine build this season. Mark from WTF Web Design and is just waiting to receive a digital copy to post here.

Sitting This Weekend Out:
Not Making The Ultimate Outlaws MIR Drag Radial Session
Post Date: 9/16/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler

I knew immediately that the motor was hurt in the middle of the first round of eliminations at the Yellow Bullet Nationals, two weeks ago, and pretty much wrote the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout this weekend off. After pulling the motor and assessing the damage we knew it would be a long shot to make the race but I decided to give it a shot. We have never been to MIR in Budds Creek, Md., but reading about the legendary track surface and the venue itself lit a little fire to test it out.

I want to thank the companies that stepped up and gave us priority service like Brodix and Total Seal. It's great to have the same guys in my corner that support the big players in the game.

Unfortunately the "stars didn't align" and we weren't able to make the race this weekend, but we gave it our best shot. We are looking forward to making it to Atco next weekend for the Super Saturday Shootout and then on to the northeast's marquis event, The Shakedown At E-town. We will follow that up with the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout on October 9th at Cecil County.

Thanks everyone for your help and support!


The Engine Assembler General Has Determined That Smoking May Lead To Terminal Engine Failure!
Post Date: 9/11/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler |
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BUT FIRST THE GOOD NEWS | Yellow Bullet Nationals

Giant Wheelie Nova At Yellow Bullet NationalsMar-Schan Motorsports competed at the First Annual Yellow Bullet Nationals at Cecil County Dragway over the Labor Day weekend.

As usual we had a blast at the track with our competitors but we had to do a little work too, much to the disappointment of my crew. Sorry guys!

I tested the week prior with a new torque converter from Pro Torque but it was a little tight and my engine couldn't get into the power-band where it needed to be so Joe Rivera sent me another one to get us a little closer to that sweet spot.

The weekend began on Friday with a test session at the track that was interrupted by a nuisance named Earl swirling off the coast who was determined to get in the way. Earl made a hasty exit a little after the noon hour when he realized that the atmospheric conditions were changing rapidly as some nasty Outlaw engines started gulping the oxygen in the area and exhaling fire. The rest of the weekend turned out beautiful!

The new converter still didn't get us where we wanted to be so after 4 test runs in went our Old Faithful converter and we decided to make a test hit late in the evening during the normal Friday night test and tune session dominated by diesel trucks and imports. SIGH! The track was not there to hold the power and we spun the tires but I could tell that the motor liked the change.

Read Our Extended Coverage, Featuring Highlights, Photos And Videos Of Marschan Motorsports At The Yellow Bullet Nationals Here: Yellow Bullet Nationals Results Page On Marschan Motorsports

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Recent News Article Featuring The Story Of The 66 Nova
Post Date: 8/18/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler
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275 Drag Radial 66 Nova On Dragzine Magazine

For most of us car enthusiasts, it all started with the first car we ever had. That is the vehicle that defined what kind of "guy" we were going to be. If you were rolling around in a Ford Mustang the day you got your license, than it is pretty certain you would be a Ford guy from then on – that goes for Chevy and Mopar as well. Marc Shankweiler, owner of MarSchan Motorsports, has the same story, so read more about him and his bad, blue, True Street '66 Nova II.

Like many car fanatics, Marc got hooked on drag racing from early on, although his parents didn't quite like it. His first car was a '66 Nova that he had in high school. It was a garage project with a 327 – enough to put a smile on any kids face. The car quickly stole all of Marc's time (plus money) and he soon found himself finding ways to get around his parents and down to the dragstrip.

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Trying To Make Up For Lost Time
275 Drag Radial Atco Raceway Ultimate Outlaws Shootout 2010
Post Date: 8/16/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler
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275 Drag Radial WheelieIn drag racing the object is to go from point A to point B as quick as possible. There is a very good chance that if you do not make a perfect run and lose any time you are going to be sitting in the stands watching those that didn't, wishing you were still in the game. Unfortunately, I lost months of data earlier this season by not having control of the time it takes to put a new program together. At this point I am trying to make up for lost time so that we can compete at a high level near or at the front of the pack.

In the past two weekends we have qualified #3 both times out of fields made up of 14 and 15 cars respectively. You already have the story of the first weekend, but this past weekend we were at Atco Dragway in New Jersey for the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout presented by Coast Chassis Design, Pritchett Brothers Racing, VP Fuel, Racing Junk and Holeshot Wheels to name a few. I arrived at the track Friday afternoon in order to test that evening and to get some data on a slightly more powerful tune-up than the prior weekend. The track was in great shape all weekend thanks to Jason from VP Fuels and their traction compound. We made 3 passes, including 1 aborted pass where the front end headed skyward. The tune up was looking good so we packed up for the evening of relaxation and some bench racing with the other 275 drag radial competitors.

Marc Schankweiler 275 Drag Radial Burnout AtcoSaturday morning I was woke by the sun shining in through the back windows of my truck where I spent the night. It wasn't the Marriot or even a Motel 6 but it got the job done and the price was right! The air was crisp and the smell of horsepower could be sensed just through the nostrils of the seasoned racer.

It was going to be a great day for racing. My crew showed up and we went to work warming the car up and sticking a new set of NGK spark plugs into the combustion chambers of the engine so we could get a good reading of what was going on inside the fiery small block.

Ultimate Outlaws Time Sheets"Pritchett Controls Extreme 275 Drag Radial to lanes 7 and 8 for your first round of qualifying!" It was time to get rolling and see how we would do. After the first round we were qualified in the number 6 position with a 5.419 but wanted to improve in the second round and we all felt that the track could handle what we could throw at it, and it did. We stepped up to the number 3 slot with a 5.307 and ahead of most but behind the front runners of the class Chris Evans and Ron Rhodes.

In round 1 of eliminations I ran the number 14 qualifier and ran a 5.337, not where we wanted to be but good enough for the win. In the other race to see who I would face, on paper there was a big upset but if anyone knows the hardware under the hood of Wally Pfister it wasn't a surprise. Wally improved from a 5.679 in qualifying to a 5.141 in the first round easily dispatching his opponent. I ran all over the pits between rounds looking for that proverbial kitchen sink to throw at my engine to see if it would help, but couldn't find one so we stuck with the same tune up we had hoping that Wally the contender would somehow be transfigured back to Wally the qualifier. Well that didn't work either. When the amber lights flashed and I released the trans brake button allowing the fluid to engage the valve body in the G&C Pro Trans I was looking up at the clouds in the sky thanks to the rapidly improving atmospheric conditions and the torque multiplication of my Pro Torque torque converter. When the front end of the car came back down after being five feet closer to the planets, Mr. Pfister, as I now call him, was long gone, running a 5.088!

So there I found myself in the stands a little bit later trying to make up for Lost Time and wishing I was still in the game.......

It was a great weekend of racing and we look to be back out testing a new torque converter in a week and then to the Yellow Bullet Nationals at Cecil County Dragway over the Labor Day weekend. Thanks Everyone!

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Mar-Schan Motorsports: The First True Test of 2010
Our 275 Drag Radial / True Street Chevy II At Cecil County
Post Date: 8/9/2010 | Author: Marc Schankweiler
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The Drag Radial Chevy II Launching HardIt's been a long time in coming but it was a good feeling to get up on that starting line with the eyes wide open and focused with a little help from Vegas Fuel Energy Drink!

Doing the burnout, purging the nitrous into the air to clear the lines, bumping the momentary switch 3 or 4 times giving the carburetor a fresh dose of VP fuel and the chemical compound known as N2O and hearing that motor rev effortlessly……..ah what a great sound! I slowly creep forward into the pre-stage beam then precisely grabbing another precious piece of asphalt as I roll into the staging beam ever so that when those 3 amber LED lights flash and the nerve impulse from the brain tells my left thumb to release the trans brake button it's game on in thousandths of a second. The Mickey Thompson 275 drag radials hook, the front end comes up slightly and then that second stage of nitrous comes on pushing me further back in the seat all the while the M & M massaged SB2.2 heads create a low pressure system around the car as they inhale copious quantities of oxygen through the venturies of the QFT carburetors. The yellow shift light on the dash comes on in front of me, the right hand pushes forward the lever to shift into high gear as we are in the heat of the battle hoping we brought enough ammo to keep the enemy visible through the side window behind us long enough to get the win light.

Marc Schankweiler At Cecil County Dr JekyllIf all goes well we can do this 3 or 4 times in the same day for a total of 15-20 seconds. It's less time then it takes to pay the lady at the gate my entry fee, but it's what we do and keeps us going. That frozen space of time where I feel in control of the laws of physics and the elements, like a modern day Dr. Jekyll, is priceless.

The past week we tested on 2 days and raced on another. The first test day seemed to be going well but at the end of the day in a matter of a couple of seconds our engine was almost headed back BMS Racing Engines for some new aluminum pistons and maybe worse. While working on our tune up with the second stage of nitrous, the combustion chamber overheated in the number 2 cylinder and it melted the ground strap on the spark plug. The Brodix aluminum bullet ended up with a small flesh wound but nothing was terminal. I decided after a discussion with a fellow racer and doing some reading to change the fuel blend that I have ran for a couple of years to one of less octane.

Cruising the pits for testing passes at Cecil CountyI decided to start out Saturday morning with a 330' nitrous pass right off the bat, but the car felt so good and that cone flew by the driver's door so fast I kept the butterflies open on the Quick Fuel Technology carburetors for another 330' and ran it to the 1/8th mile cone.

Clicking it off early netted us a 9.44 pass coasting the last half of the track. That was promising and pulling the NGK Spark Plugs after towing back told us that the tune up wasn't bad and later on Saturday night I made a 1000' pass.

Drag Radial 275 Results Cecil CountyWe tested again on Wednesday night with the new fuel and we made some big strides with new confidence heading into Saturday's Cecil County Streetcar Shootout. I bought tech cards for 2 classes so I could get 2 or 3 extra test runs in a class other than 275 Drag Radial and the extra expense and commitment by my crew paid off in the end. We qualified number 3 out of a 14 car field and lost in the semi final round when the starting line didn't have the teeth we thought it would have and we missed the setup.

Marc Shanckweiler 275 Drag RadialI have some routine maintenance to do this week and then we head into Atco Friday to get a couple of test hits at the track before the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout on Saturday with more power than the week before, determined to be the rolling billboard that all my sponsors count on us to be.

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Marschan Motorsports At Super Chevy Maple Grove
Targeting Our Performance Goals For Our Sponsors

Our Drag Radial Nova Burnout At Super Chevy 2010The Mar-Schan Motorsports crew was out at Maple Grove Raceway this past weekend making some test hits during the 30th Annual Super Chevy Show.

There was plenty of heat in the air with temps soaring into the upper 90's but we feel there is just as much heat on us to get our sponsors the recognition they deserve.

We elected to test at the 30th Anniversary Super Chevy Show even though we might not get the amount of runs we could have had elsewhere, the media opportunities outweighed that negative.

Team Marschan Motorsports at Super Chevy We had lots of compliments on the Nova and the way it performed and the execution of the assembly of the car, we were even asked for a group shot of the team by goDragRacing who was with the Northeast Pro Modified Association and remarked on the way the car was represented amongst their members on quality and our teams uniforms.

Dressed to kill we headed out as a family and team to the backdrop of Maple Grove Raceway.

Our Nova At Super Chevy LaunchingI decided to start out Saturday morning with a 330' nitrous pass right off the bat, but the car felt so good and that cone flew by the driver's door so fast I kept the butterflies open on the Quick Fuel Technology carburetors for another 330' and ran it to the 1/8th mile cone.

Clicking it off early netted us a 9.44 pass coasting the last half of the track. That was promising and pulling the NGK Spark Plugs after towing back told us that the tune up wasn't bad and later on Saturday night I made a 1000' pass.

After clicking it off, towing back and another plug read later I could see that this new combination was more timing sensitive than the old motor, and some adjustments were going to be required if I was going to thwart the efforts of the gods of molten aluminum. We did manage to run an 8.84 on just 1 stage of nitrous even though we lifted early.

Our Nova At Super Chevy LaunchingSince I am not a bracket racer I had a feeling I would end up in the Last Chance Race for 1st and 2nd round losers on Sunday and that's what happened. A few bucks later I was in the lanes for what surely would be my last pass.

As the photographers scrambled over the wall to my side of the track to capture on film a launch that might surprise the casual fan but one the engineers at Mickey Thompson would consider routine, the performance we were hoping for never materialized as the driver, that's me, decided for some reason to disarm the nitrous system just prior to the launch.

My staging routine is different this year due to the single Aeromotive fuel system that we are using as opposed to the previous dual system that fueled the motor and the nitrous sides respectively.

We hope to be out testing on July 31st and then continuing on with the schedule as follows: "See Where We Will Be Racing Here"

Mar-Schan Motorsports would like to thank everyone that has helped us get to where we are this year, but there is no time to rest as we have a busy schedule ahead of us in the coming months.

Thanks to:, Mickey Thompson, Alternate Construction Concepts, GRP, Diamond Pistons, Total Seal, Jesel, Brodix, M&M Competition Engines, BMS Racing Engines, Aeromotive, Quick Fuel Technology, Smith Brothers Pushrods, NGK, Pro Toque Converters, PWD Lubricants, VP, Induction Solutions, Moroso

We are getting there as we work out this new combination and look forward to seeing you at the track. Thanks for your support.

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We Finally Made It To The Track!
The Bad Blue Chevy II Testing At Maple Grove

Our Drag Radial Nova Burnout At Maple GroveIf you are a sponsor or a potential marketing partner and had a chance to read my last emailed update you already know that we finally got the engine in the car and fired up on Friday night July 2nd only to have oil pressure issues. Something just didn't seem right. The pressure was fluctuating when running the motor in some higher RPM ranges and at one point dropped to single digit pressures and even with our PWD Lubricants Brad Penn oil this could be fatal.

The Marschan Motorsports Chevy II At Maple GroveThroughout the week Josh from BMS Racing Engines and myself made calls and sent emails to various manufacturers and other engine builders and in the end it seems like the oil is not being returned to the oil pan for the Moroso Performance Products billet pump to pick it back up. The strange thing was that the pressure was good at idle and when trying to duplicate the results from the initial start up night I couldn't do it. Since I don't have a 1/4 mile track in my garage we towed up to Maple Grove to see what would happen on the track.

Man did it feel good to pull into the water box and scrub the tires again! I hit the line lock button and lit up the Mickey Thompson 275 Drag Radials for the first time, shifted into 2nd gear and looked at the oil pressure gauge pegged at 100psi. That was a good feeling. I made the pass with one eye on the track and the other on my oil pressure gauge. At the end of the track I clicked it off and we towed the car back and pulled the data log which showed us good pressure through the run. Hmmm……..what happened to my problem? Was something stuck in the bypass valve in the pump? Does the oil pump HAVE a bypass valve? Who cares it was working!

SB2 Small Block No Oil Pressure ProblemsI was going to make one more motor pass, but while waiting for the call we fired up the nitrous bottle heater and checked the flowing fuel pressure on the first stage of nitrous in anticipation of juicing it up a little later. I drove up to the staging lanes and made another pass a few minutes later. This time I decided to drive the car back to the pits after the pass since the run was uneventful, but by the time I got to the time slip booth I had NO OIL PRESSURE! Here we go again.

I killed the power on the SB2 small block and sat there to test the theory that the oil was getting trapped in the top of the motor and not returning quick enough. After a minute or two I hit the start switch and brought the motor back to life and the pressure was back. We might be onto something here. We watched a little bit of racing and then packed it in for the day.

New SB2 Small Block Chevy Lifter ValleyOlder SB2 Lifter Galley Oil Drains Comparison

Lifter Valley In SB2 Awaiting Tunnel RamAs she sits now a few hours later, the car is in the garage and the intake manifold is off the motor thus exposing the lifter valley with all its engineering glory.

In comparison to my previous block the oil return is minimal and complicated at best and we are considering some careful surgery to help get the life blood of the motor back to the heart for circulation.

Our Drag Radial True Street Chevy II Ready For Super ChevyHopefully it is of the outpatient variety and my insurance covers it and we can get to the Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway this coming weekend July 16-18 to compete in the Shoebox Shootout.

We are getting there as we work out this new combination and look forward to seeing you at the track. Thanks for your support.

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Marschan Motorsports T Shirt Feature
NMCA Shirts Feature The Bad Blue Chevy II

Marschan Motorsports T Shirts For NMCAMarschan Motorsports found out a just couple of weeks ago that our True Street / Drag Radial Nova was featured on the event T-Shirt for the 9th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals.

This event was to take place on April 30th at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky but was unfortunately rained out.

Marschan Motorsports was in attendance at this event last year and that too was rained out.

We want to thank the NMCA for appreciating the appearance of our car.

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Building The Marschan Motorsports SB2 Small Block
The Beginning Through Our Sponsorships !!

A Close Up Look At The Quick Fuel Technology QFX CarbsWe traded in our older model split dominator's and now have the latest QFX carbs from Quick Fuel Technology with the raised venturies that help mid range and enhance airflow and signal to the booster venturi to sit atop our cast aluminum SB2 intake manifold with the plumbing for fuel and regulators being placed next.

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Building The Brodix SB2 Small Block ChevyWell the last of the big parts finally arrived thanks to our amazing Alternate Construction Concepts sponsorship deal giving way to the final build. Josh at BMS Racing Engines is making little pieces of aluminum from the big Brodix SBC block. He set the sleeves in the block prior to decking with the torque plate to finish off the needed machine work on the SB2 block and ready for adding the rest of the reciprocating assembly soon.

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Jesel SB2 SBC Belt Drive SystemWe have enlisted Jesel with the responsibility of keeping track of our valve and cam timing using their raised cam belt drive system for accuracy and adjustability, the belt drive system is the only way to keep this high horsepower SB2 Valvetrain harmonics in check spinning at these high RPM. Marschan Motorsports Is also A Primary Dealer and Distributor For Jesel Valvetrain Components

Stay Tuned !! As The Building Of The SB2 Small Block Chevy Continues And We Begin Getting It To The Drag Strip

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Newest Sponsors Back At Mar-Schan
Clark Industrial Supply and Boccella's Performance:

Clark Industrial Supply:
Visit Clark Industrial Supply TodayMar-Schan Motorsports wants to thank Clark Industrial Supply for committing their resources and knowledge to our team for a fourth year. Clark is a full line Aeroquip distributor providing fittings and custom made hoses for a variety of applications and pressures. We are using Aeroquip braided stainless and Starlite hose where possible as well as their new black anodized fittings where possible. Clark specializes in industrial applications of on-site hose assembly and replacement. Clark will come to your job site with their Express Hose Van and Aeroquip ProCrimp machine to keep your down time to a minimum and profits to a maximum.

This family owned business was started by Dave Clark Sr. Dave over 30 years ago in 1971. Since then Clark Industrial Supply has become the area's premier hose and fitting service provider. Now run by Dave Clark Jr. and third generation Ken Clark heading up the repair team they have a solid foundation for success. Give them a call for all your hydraulic and other hose needs.

Clark also has a large inventory of trailer and towing related items for replacement or upgrade purposes. They also have the experience and technicians to install all the parts they sell as well as maintenance and inspection of your trailer.

Boccella's Performance:
Visit Boccella's PerformanceWe also appreciate the help of our friend Mike Boccella and his performance and repair shop. Mike will be providing us with some of the products needed to keep us in the hunt from companies that we do not deal directly with.

Boccella's Automotive Performance is a custom speed shop that serves the Montgomery County and surrounding areas. They specialize in installing custom performance parts and doing general automotive work on all makes and models of cars. We deal directly with many distributors such as Turbonetics, Cold Fusion Nitrous, and Mickey Thompson Tires. Stop by for nitrous refills, race fuel and official state inspection and emission inspection.

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Fastest Street Car Magazine "Bitchin Website:
Marschan Motorsports Website Featured !!

Fastest Street Car MagazineMany Drag racing venues take into account the series and the racers combined, but the NMCA has gone a step further and made some racers feel particularly special by using their valuable magazine "Fastest Street Car" for showing off some cool websites. Marschan Motorsports got the deal this time for the "Bitchin Website" section of this great publication.

Team Marschan Motorsports and the True Street / Drag Radial Chevy II take this as an exceptional accolade. It was just a year in the making and so much of this website is able to be viewed and navigated easily with everything from drag racing coverage of all their years, to videos that you can download or stream, big photo galleries and of course the stats of building this impressive ride that has been featured so much over the years as a force in both Drag Radial and True Street.

Marc Schankweiler openly talks of his tedious work to create a reliable race car and always thanks his sponsors of the car and team for their help by documenting his build ups, trials and tribulations while making the SB2 Chevy II run like it does, a great combination of press and web presence helps this team immensely now and into the future. Always stop by the NMCA forums and talk with the racers and administrators of the series, it's a great one and one of the oldest running with so many classes it's one you want to be a member of.

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Marschan Motorsports Is Proud To Announce Their Sales of Jesel And Holeshot Wheels Through Our Retailers / Distributors Services

Hole Shot Wheels Distribution And Sales:

hole shot wheelsPlease feel free to visit our Holeshot Performance Wheels Sales Webpage dedicated to the sales and ways to get your hands on the baddest wheels for all types of drag racing, street or strip. Show cars and more all have their eye on these fine wheels by Hole shot Performance Wheels for looks, fit and excellent quality and lightweight, made for all the best sizes and styles of your likes and needs with great pricing.

Jesel Valvetrain Innovations Distribution And Sales:

Jesel Valvetrain Innovations WebsitePlease feel free to visit our Jesel Valvetrain Innovations Distribution And Sales Webpage for our sales and services regarding our distributorship of Jesel products. Our SB2 Drag Radial / True Street / 8.50 Index Chevy II has performed outstandingly with the use of their products and parts, Jesel has never let us down in competition, and we have the wins and records to show from their quality products.


Marschan Motorsports "Heavy Metal" Sponsorship's
GRP Connecting Rods, Diamond Pistons, Moroso, Total Seal

SB2 Small Block Chevy Marschan MotorsportsJust in time for the assembly of the engine, our sponsors at Marschan Motorsports come through with the ultimate in "Heavy Metal" for this Drag Radial / NMCA True Street Chevy Nova.

The block is in the shop getting ready for our build in the hands of BMS Racing Engines / M&M Racing Engines for a season of unmatched power and performance.

The Chevy II should be moving back into the limelight of the racing scene ready for photographers and video journalists to capture the sound and action of Marschan Power at your local track or racing series in our schedule.

GRP Connecting Rods
GRP Connecting Rods Mar-Schan Motorsports would like to thank Brian at GRP Connecting Rods for supporting our efforts this coming season. GRP a world leader in manufacturing billet aluminum connecting rods and is celebrating their 7th year in Denver, Colorado.

They supply high quality connecting rods for some of the fastest race engines in the world.

We will be using a set of their 1200 Pro series aluminum connecting rods that were originally developed for use in a blown small block top alcohol dragster. This rod will provide shock absorbing qualities that will help to protect the bearings in our BMS / M&M SB2.2 small block on the track and the street.

Check out their website and I am sure you will find a connecting rod for your application.

Diamond Pistons Website
Diamond PistonsI want to give a big thanks to Diamond Pistons for their associate sponsorship this season. I have been using their pistons exclusively for about 5 years now. The last set of pistons survived the harsh punishing environment and sometimes unforgiving nitrous tuning in my engine for almost 3 seasons. Both BMS Racing Engines and M&M Racing Engines use Diamond pistons in the engines they sell. Since 1968, Diamond Racing has been producing the highest quality racing parts around.

From the early 70's Diamond has been concentrating on manufacturing forged pistons for the racing industry and building championship winning engines.

From the late 90's to current day Diamond has solely dedicated itself to manufacturing forged pistons. Diamond is also dedicated to customer service and has a strong commitment to quality. They also have one of the most knowledgeable tech staffs in the business today. The tech staff has over twenty years experience between them.

Give them a call today and get a recommendation for your engine. I am sure you won't be disappointed unless you like to lose.

Moroso Performance Products Website
Moroso Performance ProductsThanks to the Moroso family for helping with our program again this season. We will be utilizing their billet oil pump, spread rail oil pan and racing oil filters to keep the reciprocating assembly happy as we try to push it to the limit.

Moroso Performance Products is one of the world's most respected suppliers of automotive equipment for racing and street performance applications.

Moroso manufactures over 3000 products, from oil pans and oiling systems, to ignition wire, ignition components, valve covers, fuel system equipment, air cleaners, hard-core racing tools, chassis and suspension equipment, marine performance engines and numerous other performance parts.

The company has an impressive list of customers, ranging from grass-roots racers to top level NASCAR Nextel Cup and NHRA / IHRA race teams.

Total Seal Piston Rings Website
Total Seal Piston RingsThanks to Kevin at Total Seal Piston Rings for stepping up and helping us with a set of their custom piston rings and their tech support.

The rings were designed to be used in conjunction with our nitrous power adder and our vacuum pump for maximum ring seal. We will be using a TNT top ring that is specifically engineered to withstand the rigors of extreme abuse such as in a nitrous or boosted application.

The unique hybrid material and aerospace coating makes them easy on the cylinder walls for long life in street and strip duty.

Total Seal's 32,000 square foot facility is in Phoenix, Arizona. It houses the latest in research and development equipment, manufacturing machinery and technology focusing on developing and manufacturing piston rings for any and all applications. So whether you are a professional racer or weekend warrior Total Seal has you covered with a ring set for your addiction.

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"Fueling the Fire" Marschan Motorsports Chevy II's Sponsorship 2010
VP Racing Fuels, Quick Fuel Technology, Aeromotive Fuel Systems

Our newest sponsors updates comes right from our fuel suppliers and products running inside the bad little Marschan Motorsports Drag Radial / True Street Chevy II. With the major help from these fuel system icons, it's no doubt we will be returning to the track with more power and quicker times due to their products and fuel system technologies, look for our edge getting in the winners circle from these sponsors of Marschan Motorsports.

VP Racing Fuels Website
VP Racing Fuels Website logo We are happy to have Racing Fuels back as our fuel supplier for this season! VP has a great on track presence with many tracks selling their products and actual VP personnel at a number of events.

To have a winning vehicle you need the best components like camshafts and pistons, but racing fuel is another critical component in the combination.

With almost 70 blends available VP is sure to have a fuel that can optimize your performance for your application.

Quick Fuel Technology Website
Quick Fuel Technology Sponsor Mar-schan motorsportsWe will be using Quick Fuel Technology split dominator carburetors again this season, but they will be upgrading our existing splits to the new QFX series.

In 2009 Quick Fuel Technology launched the QFX-Series. This design incorporates significant race engineered main body upgrades. Each carburetor is individually hand-assembled and engine tested.

Quick Fuel has been in business since 1998 and has grown into the benchmark by which performance carburetors are measured. This growth is attributed to the strength and determination of its staff. At QFT technology and innovation are only matched by their customer service which is only a phone call away!

Aeromotive Fuel Systems Website
Aeromotive Fuel Systems Aeromotive is back again in 2010 and we want to thank the crew over there for trusting us with their newest products. Last season we ran the Stealth Fuel System in our factory tank, but this season we will be utilizing the latest Eliminator Stealth Fuel Cell in an effort to get some weight out of our 66 Nova.

The Aeromotive Stealth Fuel Systems (ASFS) are a complete line of "IN TANK" fuel systems that feature 1 of 2 popular Aeromotive fuel pumps, built right into an aluminum fuel cell or an innovative fuel tank sump box. Aeromotive Stealth Fuel Systems save you time and money and take the guess workout out of plumbing your system.

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NGK Spark Plugs
Marschan and NGK Spark Plugs As Sponsor Since 1936 NGK has lead the industry in technology, innovation and world class design of its entire product line.

You can depend on NGK for quality and reliability. When it comes to spark plugs, NGK is the World Leader.

Makers of spark plugs for virtually every automotive, motorcycle, marine and small engine application, NGK dominates.

Smith Brothers Pushrods
Smith Brothers Pushrods Sponsor Mar-schan motorsportsSmith Brothers has been supplying the industry with superior quality pushrods since 1953.

From Top Fuel to Tractor Pulls and everything in between Smith Brothers continues to evolve with the racing industry to offer the strength and durability that it takes to stay at the front of the pack.

Alternate Construction Concepts
Alternate Construction Concepts Sponsors Mar-schan motorsports We are happy to announce that Alternate Construction Concepts is back as our primary sponsor. Owner, Ivar Galilea, has expressed his desire to be part of our team again in 2010.

We will be updating our crew's starting line shirts with Ivar's support to increase visibility for ACC and our other sponsors. If you are looking for a construction company that has the resources to turn the impossible into something routine.

Alternate Construction Concepts is a full service engineering and management company that can meet your deadlines. Give Ivar a call at (610) 727-4166.

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Mar-Schan Motorsports Sponsorship Update 2010.

We are welcoming back some returning companies and friends and would like to introduce some new ones, as of February 3rd, 2010.

We would like to welcome back our friends at Jesel Valvetrain. Bob Macdonald and the Jesel family are back on board again for a second year of support and have stepped up not only with our personal program but we are also now an authorized dealer for their full line of products. Give us a call or send us an email for pricing on parts for your ride.

Josh and Vince from BMS Racing Engines / Budz Motorsports are back again offering their knowledge and support to help us keep our 421" small block healthy and strong. If you are in the South Eastern Pennsylvania area these guys are conveniently located right off the Pa Turnpike in the Plymouth Meeting area.

M&M Competition Engines is back again to offer their knowledge and technical expertise with our SB2.2 heads and custom cast intake manifold developed in house. Scott and Tim will be preparing a brand new set of GM SB2.2 cylinder head castings to get the fuel and air into engine.

We would like to welcome Joe Rivera and ProTorque torque converters to the team. Joe will be using his magic to give us a killer competitive torque multiplier to get the power from the bullet back to the tires. Joe has been around the heads up door slammer scene for years providing converters to numerous champions and class winners.

Brodix Cylinder Heads will be offering their support and confidence in our program by offering us special pricing on one of their 8B 1000 aluminum blocks. Brodix has been in the aftermarket manufacturing business for almost 40 years and their aluminum blocks have been the foundation on which winning engine combinations have been built since the mid-90s. They have become the standard to which other blocks are measured.

We welcome and thank PWD Lubricants in Warminster, Pa for coming aboard to provide us with their full line up of products including Brad Penn Racing Oil. Philadelphia Warehouse Distributors has been selling lubricants for over 70 years in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware area. They are full line distributors for several companies providing lubricants for your automotive and industrial needs as well as many other automotive chemical accessories.

Check back often to see what winning companies will be helping us to the winner's circles in 2010.

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Marschan Motorsports Announces 2010 Racing Schedule:

Marschan Motorsports New 2010 ScheduleAfter many successful events in 2009, Marschan Motorsports is primed and ready for the upcoming 2010 season with many new racing series announced and growing in the northeast, we feel we will be a major player in all arena's of what the series and tracks are offering for not only us but you as spectators and fans of Drag Racing.

Between Cecil County, NMCA, Ultimate Outlaws, Atco Raceway, Super Chevy and Shakedown At E Town, we will be fixated on taking home a championship.

Take a look at our new schedule, come see us at the track and watch the internet for our name to ring prominent again in 2010.

Also, Thanks To Many Interested Parties The Toterhome Has Been Sold !!

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Marc Schankweiler's Chevy II In January Issue Of Fastest Street Car Magazine True Street Champion

Blue is the Color of the Day
"I miscalculated his potential during testing." Marc Schankweiler

Detroit is the undisputed home of American automotive muscle and it is just a short drive from beautiful Milan Dragway. A great bunch of racers gathered for NMCA's fastest growing class, Tremec True Street, to flex some of those American muscles and vie for the title of King of Michigan.

The scenic area around Milan, Michigan was the backdrop for the mandatory True Street cruise and it offered up a host of challenges for the competitors. Said Marc Schankweiler, "We had a really good time. It was actually a 32-mile cruise with a lot to deal with. There were construction zones with flagmen, rutted roads, loose gravel, train tracks and a stretch of highway where I was doing 60 miles per hour at 3200 rpm and I was hoping the valve train would hold up."

Marc Schankweiler's nova from powers out a Shakedown at E Town WheelieMt. Pleasant, Michigan's Mark Willis drove his '92 Mustang on the cruise and added, "It (the cruise) could have been better, but it wasn't the NMCA's fault; there was road construction. My car stayed at about 200 degrees, but got up to 210 once." After beating themselves half to death on the toughest cruise of the season, 26 drivers made their way to the staging lanes to cool off a bit before making three back-to-back passes. Schankweiler was having issues with his immaculate 1966 Chevy II and held his fingers crossed as he cranked the SB2-headed small block. "I was having problems with the car starting.

During testing, it acted just like the battery was dead and we found out later it was the starter. When we got back from the cruise, I shut off the car to let it cool down and I was worried it wouldn't restart. Thankfully, it started up, but I didn't shut it off between rounds. It just ran for 17 minutes," said Schankweiler.

Those 17 minutes proved to be worth letting the car run that long. As the tire smoke started rolling out of the burnout box for round one, it was apparent there were some real players in the house. Schankweiler's Deuce flashed an 8.809 up on the scoreboard, Willis' Fox-body knocked down a 9.100, Steve Critchlow mustered up a 9.478 with his familiar Mustang and Ben Nau had his 1972 AMC Gremlin set on kill as he hiked the front tires way up in the air and blasted to a 9.383.

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2009 IS A WRAP For Mar-Schan Motorsports Chevy II
Shakedown At E Town, Our Biggest Qualifying Of The Year

Marc Schankweiler's nova from powers out a Shakedown at E Town WheelieThe Mar-Schan Motorsports team finished the year at the Shakedown At E-town in Englishtown, NJ in somewhat of a strong fashion. We qualified out Nova in the #3 position, with an 8.521 out of 63 cars vying for the 32 available spots with our first qualifier on Saturday morning in the 8.50 index class. The weather threw everyone for a loop it seemed as only 9 cars ran between the magic index 8.50 and 9.00. After a long wait for the second qualifier we had another shot to dial the car in and try to take home the low qualifier award but it was getting colder by the minute and so was the track. The launch was ok but about 300 feet out the Nova moved around a little and I decided to keep the car between the lines knowing we were comfortably in the show on Sunday.

Sunday we woke to perfect weather conditions and a great day for racing. We were the second pair of cars down the track and Jason Penna left the starting line together and I could see him down track in my mirror so I lifted approximately 8 seconds into the run and took the win with an 8.55 @149mph. As I was coasting to a stop looking forward to turning the car around for the next round I heard a dreadful noise coming from under the car somewhere in the driveline. The way the car was bumping and banging around as we were towing it back we assumed it was the gears in the rear differential, so we got back to the pits and Harry Gerb from H&J Motorsports already had a spare set of gears and gear oil ready for us. We pulled the wheels, brakes, drive shaft, and axles prior to pulling out the center section and gears only to discover that it was in pristine shape.

Marc Schankweiler's nova having the rear changed at the shakedown at e town 2009The call for the next round was looming but we decided to pull out the only other thing it could be and that was our transmission. That proved to be the culprit and the search was on for someone with a spare that we could borrow. Finally one was located, but as we were switching parts between the two the call to the lanes for the second round was heard over the loudspeaker and our weekend and season was over. It was a tough way to go out when we had a pretty good combination for the weekend. The good news is that we will have a fresh transmission from G&C Pro Trans and the torque converter was sent home with Joe Rivera from ProTorque so he could do what he does best.

I want to thank again all my sponsors and my family as well as the guys who help me out during the season for the occasional hamburger, unless of course Seth Cohen from is cooking nearby and then we all eat like royalty.

I am busy right now preparing my sponsorship proposals and marketing for the Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando, Florida that I will be attending December 10-12. Check back for more updates and changes as well as our schedule for 2010.

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Marschan Motorsports Nearing The End Of The Season Review
Ultimate Outlaw Shootout Series And Cecil County
Wrapping Up Our Expectations, Heading To The Shakedown At E Town
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The Chevy II At Cecil County Dragway,Photo By gonedragracing.comWell another month has FLOWN by and the season is almost wrapped up. At the beginning of September we missed the Cecil County Street Car Shootout because of the repairs to our engine after the valve to valve seal interference issue but the Josh from BMS Racing Engines and myself made quick work of that and we were back on the track for the Cecil County Real Street Car Shootout on September 19th running the 275 drag radial class. There were only 5 cars in attendance because many were recovering from a race the week earlier down south and were saving their cars for the following weeks Ultimate Outlaw Shootout presented by Coast Chassis, Holeshot Wheels, Pritchett Brother's Racing, and BMS Racing Engines. We did manage to qualify in the number 3 position and won a close race in the first round. We then lost a close one in the second round ending our day.

Here is a look at the ladder.

The following week we were at the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout at Cecil County Dragway dodging the raindrops again running in the 275 drag radial class. This week there were 11 cars in the class and we qualified in the number 7 position fighting some issues and taking a guess at the tune up.

We increased our potential power output with the addition of more nitrous and fuel but we hadn't had the time to really examine the tune up by reading the spark plugs at the end of a run due to the lack of a proper tow back vehicle, which was damaged in Milan, Michigan a month or so earlier. We ended up losing in the first round by .012 to 275 standout racer Bobby Flippen.

We did garner some more exposure for our team and sponsors though when the show Inside Drag Racing aired on Fox Sports Net nationally on October 18th.

Here is a clip of an interview with Nate Pritchett prior to the first round of eliminations and that run.

A copy of the complete show divided into 2 parts hosted on You tube can be seen here:

Part 1 Inside Drag Racing

Part 2 Inside Drag Racing

Our Renegade Toter Home Is SOLD !!In the middle of September I purchased a used Renegade toterhome to better serve the team and my family's needs. It is a sweet unit that sleeps 6 and has full shower and bathroom facilities. We can't wait to use it more.

We also were victims of the current economic situation when I was laid off from my job of 10 years on September 30th. I lost many of the extra benefits I had grown accustomed to, a company truck, gas card, cell phone, guaranteed 40 hours etc. This is compounded by the fact that I just extended myself, isn't that what most racers do, to purchase the toterhome only one week earlier. I did find work only a few days later, but the basic things most people pay for on their own that I didn't have to do is taking its toll.

We sat out a couple of weeks in October but planned on racing at the Shakedown at E-town at Raceway Park in New Jersey, but it has been postponed due to rain until November 6th and 7th. We look forward to running in the 8.50 index class at this prestigious event. The team and family may travel to the final Ultimate Outlaw Shootout race the following weekend in Virginia if finances permit.

Thanks again to all of my sponsors and I look forward to seeing many of you again at the Performance Racing Industry show in December.

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Marschan Motorsports Chevy Nova At Cecil Conty On Hole Shot Performance WheelsWe got our first taste of competition since the Wayne Keegan, Competitive Wiring updates at the Cecil County Street Car Shootout on August 1st. We jumped into the 8.50 index class without much of a tune up and not holding any extra power in the bag. The weather was typical August summer weather with temps in the upper 90s. We qualified in the middle of the 17 car all-run field and ran an 8.55 in the first round, an 8.57 in the second round and an 8.59 losing effort in the semi-finals. The weather was getting better and I think the car was leaning out because the numbers fell off but we didn't have much time between rounds to address the tune up. It was good to be back at the track having fun again. Thanks Wayne!

We were back at Cecil County for the Real Street Car Shootout on August 15th running in the 275 Drag Radial category. There were 11 cars in the class and we qualified #6 with a 5.49 in the 1/8-mile at 129mph. It was hot again and the track temps were around 150* but our Mickey Thompson shod Nova was up to the task. We had both nitrous stages in within a tenth of a second after the initial launch. Again we are still in the beginning stages of working on our tune up after wasting the first 4 months of the season. Unfortunately we lost in the 1st round on a red light after I rolled through the lights.

Hole Shot Wheels Lebenon Valley Outlaw SeriesThe following weekend we headed north to Lebanon Valley Dragway, just outside Albany, New York, for the Holeshot Wheels Ultimate Outlaw Series race. We entered the 8.50 index race and after getting rained on all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday the track was finally dried late Sunday afternoon to begin the battle for the custom trophies designed by Holeshot Wheels.

Hole Shot Wheels Lebenon Valley Outlaw SeriesWe got through two quick qualifying rounds to once again land in the middle of the pack qualifying #6 out of 10 cars.

Shortly after the second qualifier the skies opened up again and the decision was made to call the race due to time constraints and another front coming in behind that one.

Marschan Motorsports In The Winners Circle NMCA Speed Freak ClothingOn Thursday August 27th we headed to Milan, Michigan for the NMCA JE Pistons Muscle Car Nationals and the Inaugural Speed Freak Clothing Quick-16 race. We got rained out on our testing day on Friday but were up early to catch a test run on Saturday prior to the True Street Cruise. We had a little extra nitrous in the first stage that we didn't have earlier in the month and wanted to see what would happen. The weather was good and the track was even better!

The car launched well carrying the front wheels past the 60' mark but at the same time the back tires started to shake while the front end was still in the air, because of the aggressive nature of the launch and lack of tire pressure for the extra weight we were carrying in the rear of the car to meet the needs of a True Street race. My crewman Cecil Walton and I went back to the pits and decided to detune the first stage to what we had been running throughout the month of August because it looked like it would be enough to cover the field. I also took a bunch of timing out of the car on the launch to help tame things down and make sure we could go A to B and get down the track.

We met up for the True Street cruise around midday and drove 32 miles through Milan, Saline and Ann Arbor before returning to Milan. We had about an hour cool down time prior to our 3 hot laps down the ¼ mile. The decision was made to not shut the car off during the race due to a starter issue we were having earlier in the weekend, which was the same problem we had at Super Chevy in July that I attributed to a bad battery.

We ran 3 passes in 17 minutes without shutting the car off. We went an 8.80, 9.02 and an 8.85 for an 8.89 average and the quickest average of the 26 cars in the class and the win. The second pass was a little off because of a bad purge of the nitrous prior to the run. I was just purging the lines of the evaporated gas instead of the actual liquid nitrous. I didn't wait long enough for the good stuff to get from the bottles in the back of the car to the front before I made the run. I got it right the last pass though. Keep in mind our times in general were down because of pulling the power out of the car to get us down the track with a quick enough ET to win the race, not set any records.

Marschan Motorsports In The Winners Circle NMCA Speed Freak ClothingOn Sunday the quickest 16 cars in the class went head to head on a sportsman ladder in the Speed Freak Clothing Quick 16. This time we put a little more power back in the engine and went an 8.54, 8.51, 8.52 and an 8.56 in the finals for the win and a double up on the weekend.

I want to thank the guys that help me out, Keith Allen, Jim Dolbin, Cecil Walton, and John Kokinda as well as my wife Jennifer.

I also want to thank Alternate Construction Concepts, Mickey Thompson, Inaugural Speed Freak Clothing, Quick Fuel, M&M Competition Engines, Buds Motorsports, VP Racing Fuels, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, Boccella's Performance and many other sponsors for helping me get through the rough times and to the winner's circle.

Now for the bad news.

It's Monday September 7th and we are in the midst of pulling the motor out because of what appears to be at least one valve seal that has been destroyed by possibly the failed inner spring on a triple valve spring. There are pieces of the seal and its tensioning spring as well as other metal shavings in the oil and filter. We will have it out and back to BMS for a good look and cleaning, but will have to sit this weekend out. Keep an eye on the schedule for where we will be next.

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It's Hard Work. There Are No Shortcuts, Unless You're Rich:
Tommy Johnson Jr. Funny Car drag racer when asked if he could describe the drive within him?:
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Marschan Motorsports True Street Chevy Nova At Super Chevy 2009 I was coaxed into writing an update for the web site by Mark, from / WTF Web and Graphic Designs, because it's been a month or two since we posted. The quote from Tommy Johnson Jr. above couldn't be truer at this point in the 2009 season. We have been working and testing, trying to spend our budget wisely to diagnose the problems that have plagued us since the start of the season. Things went well last season but we wanted to step up the program and try to coax some more power out of our Alternate Construction Concepts / Buds Motorsports / M&M Competition Engines SB2.2 small block. Somewhere along the line, that plan was thwarted by some cantankerous electrons that didn't want to do what they were supposed to do. It has been a long and draining, both emotionally and financially, season so far, but we hope that this weekend at the Cecil County Dragway Street Car Shootout 8.50 index race will be the turning point.

We have been to several events and test sessions since the last update but nothing was more frustrating than the showing we had at the Super Chevy event at Maple Grove. We seemed to be getting a handle on the electrical problems and isolating where there were coming from. The problem was that our nitrous system was losing power going down the track intermittently. We were racing in the True Street class, which we won last year at this event. After the approximately 15-mile cruise and the first of three back-to-back passes we were the quickest car in the class. That's where our latest problem reared its ugly head. The car was dead when it was time for a restart for the second pass! To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. The class win would go to someone else this year.

We did make a couple of laps after that with another battery and we lost in the first round of Super Pro with a breakout pass which was fine with me, at least the car got down the track. The crew came back on Sunday and we entered "The Last Chance Race" or "The Easiest Way To Get $35 From A Loser Race" as I call it. All I wanted to do was back up Saturday nights pass to see if we could get down the track without incident two times in a row. You already know where this is going, right? It didn't. We lost fuel pressure due to another electrical gremlin that no one can figure out. That was it!

Wayne Keegan Comptetive Wiring LogoMonday I called Wayne Keegan at Competitive Wiring in Freehold, New Jersey and he had an opening. I dropped the car off Monday night and told him to work his magic. I picked the car up on the next Saturday all finished up with a schematic drawing of what he did. It looks great and should function without issues like the many other cars he has wired like Craig Buscio's Nova, Jack Boerer's Monte Carlo and the late Leo Barnaby's Corvette.

Wayne Keegan Competetive WiringOur future plans and schedule will now also include a couple of stops on the Pritchett Brothers Ultimate Outlaw Racing Series circuit. Nate and Adam Pritchett have joined with ORSCA and Fox Sports Network to provide a series here in the Northeast that will have unprecedented coverage of outlaw drag racing. We will be participating in their 8.50 index category and plan on being a contender in this growing and competitive class. We look forward to the challenges and the opportunities this series will afford us as well as our sponsors.

We know there are no shortcuts to success, and we will never be rich, so all that's left according to Tommy Johnson Jr., is hard work and we are ready. Bring it on!

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A Timeline View Of Getting The Motor Together

Josh From BMS Racing Engines Takes Care Of The Crank and BuildIn our last update we were waiting to see the status of our crankshaft to determine the fate of our 421 SBC and the direction we would take for the rest of the season. On Wednesday we were told that our 1-year-old Callies Magnum Crankshaft was now suitable for use as a doorstop or jack stand. This sport is now officially starting to get expensive! In talking to Scott at M&M Competition Engines it was decided to stick with the same combination of rod length and stroke now and into the future even if we decide to go with another engine block sometime soon.

We called BMS Racing Engines / Buds Motorsports, and talked to Vince and Josh. These guys were eager to step up to help us recover from the loss and get back on the track. They called Callies and got me a great price on the same crankshaft and connecting rods we just trashed. The rods showed up on Thursday May 26th and the crank showed up on Monday June 1st, and BMS had it balanced and ready to install on Tuesday just 4 days before the NMCA race at Maple Grove.

We started putting the motor together at Bob Hartsock’s shop again on Tuesday night. It wasn't long before we encountered a problem; the snout on the crankshaft seemed to be undersized. Wednesday morning I called Callies and the told me the acceptable tolerance for the snout and it was 1.5 thousandths undersize. The gear to drive the camshaft and the harmonic balancer slid on instead of pressing on. After some persuasion Callies decided to believe that one of their products got through the quality control phase thus costing me precious time and money for the balancing that was done. They took the bob weights from the balancing process here and did a stand up job of balancing one in house on Thursday and sending it red label UPS to us Friday morning. This is where the fun begins!

At 9:15 AM parts are organized ready to go in the motorI had pulled all of my engine components out of Hartsock's shop on Wednesday night when we decided that if I had any chance at all of getting this thing done it needed to be done locally by someone who didn't work a 40 hour job for another company. We needed dedicated service on Friday and BMS was up to the challenge. The crank showed up around 9am, a mere 24 hours before I needed to be at The Grove for tech. Josh was ready to go.

At 11:15 AM parts are organized ready to go in the motorEverything was laid out and cleaned for assembly. I arrived around 10:30 and he had already checked main bearing clearances and was getting ready to file fit the new top rings for the pistons.

File Fitted Piston Rings On The Bench The level of precision and accuracy was incredible during the assembly underlying Josh's background as a mechanic on local alcohol funny car legend Carl Ruth's crew and his time spent in Roger Penske's organization.

Hour By Hour BMS Racing Engines Began Assembling The Small BlockHour by hour the motor was assembled with the occasional little hitch but nothing that these guys didn't have the resources to solve.

It always helps to have a great shop like Big Time Automotive right next door to help out when you are in a jam! Thanks Bob!

BMS Racing Engines Installing The Head StudsBMS Racing Engines Degrees The CamshaftThe Heads Going On The Motor At BMS Racing EnginesThe Heads Going On The Motor At BMS Racing Engines And A Final Look Before It's Buttoned Up

The camshaft was degreed in and all final torque specs were checked and double checked before the oil pan and cylinder heads were installed and the cold valve lash was set by around 5pm. It was complete, ready to shrink wrap for the rainy Friday rush hour ride home.

From The UPS Shipment Of The Crank To The Finished ProductThe finished motor on the stand at BMS Racing Engines The clock tells the tale of how fast the work gets done at BMS Racing Engines Just In Time To Start Dropping It In The Nova

The Motor Installed At 8PM, Great Time On The Whole Job at Marschan MotorsportsI arrived back in Berks County around 6:30pm and my help started arriving by around 7pm. The Dart Little M block housing all that precision assembly was once again residing in the Mar-Schan Motorsports 1966 Chevy II by around 8pm. Keith Allen, John Kokinda, Joe and Brian Costira from J&B Motorsports and Mike Cerrano were on hand the help out and keep the atmosphere light even though I had my game face on. With less than 12 hours left till tech we had everything ready to go and the decision was made to wake the neighbors and fire this thing up. Power-Check. Water pump-Check. Ignition-Check. Fuel pump-Check. Fuel pressure…………fuel pressure. Houston we have a problem. The pump was running but there was no pressure. It was about 10:30 and it was getting late and we were running out of time.

Areomotives Stealth Sump and Fuel Pump, Prefilter Fuel System Before Instalation in The Stock TankPrevious to this night, in my spare time, while waiting for my new rotating assembly to arrive, I decided to install the new Stealth FS fuel system that Aeromotive Fuel Systems provided as big time sponsorship donation to our program. The Eliminator Stealth Kit has a powerful Eliminator Fuel pump and pre-filter, built right into the sump. It's a weld-in universal sump that gives you the advantage and flexibility of a custom, in-tank fuel system without building a custom tank. The Eliminator pump can support 2300 naturally aspirated horsepower and 1700 in boosted applications. Also provided by Aeromotive was their Fuel Pump Speed Controller which works via a tach output signal that allows the pump to slow down at cruising speed when all that fuel isn't needed. Thus extending the life of the pump and keeping the circulating fuel cooler by not circulating it as much.

A very Clean and Subtle Look From The Sump Sytem By Aeromotive Fuel SytemsThe system was new to me and we couldn't figure out the problem so I took a chance and called Jesse Power from Aeromotive on his cell phone around 12 mid-night. He actually called me back at 12:10am Saturday morning to help me diagnose my problem. Now that's customer service! I found out that when installing the system in the car I ended up turning the pre-filter housing inside the tank 180 degrees out of rotation thus blocking the flow of fuel from the sump into the filter housing. Oops.

The Aeromotive Stealth Sump InstalledEverything was buttoned up and back in place. We had fuel pressure now but we also had a fuel leak from the filter housing area and the sump. From taking the housing off and messing with it the rubber gasket was trashed. We tried till about 2:30am to get the tank to stop leaking with it in the car, and around 3am the decision was made to pull the tank and see what was happening instead of having the $15.00 a gallon VP C-23 run down our arms onto the floor.

Brian Costira was still hanging around, risking the wrath of his fiance', to make one last ditch effort to get ready for Saturday morning. It was not to be though. The gasket was beyond repair and we were out of gas, no pun intended………well maybe a little.

Saturday morning a few hours later I headed up to the track with no car. It was a sad day indeed. We fought and thrashed for a week only to be defeated in the end. Thanks to all the guys that helped out and my wife for putting up with me. I did however meet Steve Matusek, president of Aeromotive Fuel Systems, at the track and we scavenged a new gasket from their display Stealth Sump to get us going, Aeromotive supplied us later with some more gaskets and O Rings for the sytem to make sure we had some on hand.

Brian and Joe came back to the house Saturday night and we put the tank back in the car with no leaks and fired the car up and we made the decision to load it up Sunday morning and head to the NMCA event and at least make some passes in support of our sponsors in the Super Pro category. We made a time trial run and all was well. The car sounded great and we seated those new rings with a 2-stage nitrous pass the length of the ¼ mile and we had killer oil pressure and our electrical problems were solved by the addition of a new ignition coil or the new timer that activates the 2nd stage of nitrous. We ended up winning the first round of competition but lost in the 2nd round. Oh well that was the least of our worries. We might have lost the race but more importantly we seemed to have solved our problems both mechanically and electrically and we are looking forward to the next race on June 20th at Cecil County Dragway for the 275 Radial Tire Race. Hope to see you there.

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Going From Bad To Worse:
We Sure Have Had A Hard Start This Year:

The Mar-Schan Motorsports team can’t seem to catch a break this year. I think in the last 6 weeks we have had more problems than in the last 6 years, but in this sport when things go bad they tend to go really bad.

Marc Schankweilers New MotorThe week following the NMCA race in Bowling Green I upgraded some of my wiring still trying to nail down our electrical gremlin that keeps rearing it’s ugly head. I installed Cole Hersee continuous duty solenoids to control the power to both nitrous systems hoping for longevity and durability. I was convinced after BG that my MSD ignition box was the cause of my problem so I sent it out to them for repair. I put my old ignition coil back in and decided to try the car again at the Northeast Pro Street Shootout at Maple Grove Raceway on May 10. The car left good on the initial qualifying pass but as soon as the second stage of nitrous was activated the motor started to misfire again.

Marc Schankweilers New Motor I scoured the pits looking for another coil I could try, but of course it wasn’t the same size so we tie wrapped it to the panel and thrashed to get ready for the second qualifier. I started the car prior to leaving the pits and all sounded well. We towed the car to the lanes with a fresh set of plugs to get a reading on our tune up because for sure we were going to make it down the track. As I begin to pull into the water for my burnout I look at my oil pressure gauge and it was on 0. My motor that hadn’t caused me a problem for 2 years and about 180 passes now had no oil pressure!

We towed it back to the pits and pulled the filter and drained the oil and we didn’t see any debris in it. Put a fresh filter and fresh oil back in it hoping maybe the filter was to blame, but still no pressure. The distributor was spinning but no oil was coming out of the line to the gauge. Time to pack it in.

I pulled the intake and distributor the next day and found that the distributor wasn’t down far enough to turn the oil pump. Somehow it worked the first 8 days at the track! I put the primer on it and we had tons of pressure. I left the old crab cap distributor that I wasn’t using any longer anyway, since I put the belt drive in the front, off and replaced it with a billet plug from MSD that just has the gear on it to drive the oil pump. In went some fresh oil. Back on went the intake, and we fired the car up. 75 pounds of pressure at idle cold and 55 hot after about a 3 mile cruise around the neighborhood. Maybe, just maybe we caught it soon enough.

Saturday May 16 we headed to Cecil County with a new coil of our own installed, a much larger and blinding low oil pressure warning light, and an RF noise filter from MSD installed prior to the ignition box to help prevent damaging power spikes. Again precipitation was keeping us from running the car so we were homeward bound by 10am. That’s 6 hours I will never get back.

Instead of waiting for another weekend to come to see if I fixed the problems I decided to call Ray at Performance Specialties and set up an appointment to make some dyno pulls on his Dyno-Jet chassis dyno 3 days later.

On The Dyno At Performance SpeciltiesMaking A Dyno Pull At Performance SpeciltiesPerformance Specialties Finds Some Problems

I found a small glitch on the 2nd pull in my wiring that was causing the ignition box to pull timing out while running on just motor as if the nitrous was being activated. No big deal since I rarely race the car on just the motor anyway. After the 2nd pull though the oil pressure seemed low and erratic, but we attributed it to very hot oil from the pulls. I left it cool down and we put a pressure sensor in line so we could record the oil pressure on the computer during the pull.

Well I never got to make that pull. Time To Pack It In Damage Is DoneWhen I tried starting the car again the battery seemed very sluggish and we put the charger on it and tried it again. I got it to fire but it wouldn’t idle and it shut off. I pulled the oil filter off and it looked like the ground at a scrap yard! Time to pack it up. She was hurt and hurt bad! The next day, Wednesday, Keith Allen and I pulled the motor. When I got under the car to turn the flywheel so I could remove the torque converter bolts I realized just how tight the motor was. It wasn’t looking good.

Lifter Valley With Lots Of Metal In ItThursday I pulled the intake, valley pan and cylinder heads off, and if there were a copper thief looking in the lifter valley his heart would have skipped a beat. I cleaned all the parts in the valve train and the cylinder heads and took the short block to Bob Hartsock’s for disassembly. It was pretty much a wasteland. The rods are scrap and the crankshaft is questionable. The pistons can be saved and the block is fine.

I guess we will wait to see if the crank can be fixed to determine the direction we go with it.

These Rods are Cooked BlackOne Torn Up CrankshaftThese Bearings Are Really Spun !!

All I know is that my racing alarm clock is set to go off on Friday June 5th for the Kooks Headers NMCA race at my home track Maple Grove, and we hope to be there to continue our season and see if we replaced enough parts to chase away our electrical gremlins.

A lot of teams with greater resources might decide to take some time off, but we will persevere, learning as we go, in continued support of our sponsors by missing as little time at the track as possible.

Sincerely Marc Schankweiler

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Bowling Green NMCA Was A Wash:
We Did However Get Some Needed Publicity:

Marschan Motorsports and Power TV, Street Legal TV, NMCAThanks to Power TV and The NMCA interviewing Team Mar-Schan Motorsports for their website recap "Our interview starts around three minutes in" if you would like to just skip ahead, our weekend wasn't a complete wash. Don't get us wrong, traveling 1,600 miles to Bowling Green was definitely on our agenda for this season since we have family in the area and so on. Also our True Street standing needs to stay intact as much as possible as we iron out this new combination so far.

The Back Window Advertising From MarSchan MotorsportsHere is a little coverage we got this weekend at our first big race out of town this year. Most of you "Our Sponsors” have been an integral part of our program so far and I want to thank you. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate for race day, but that's drag racing.

Believe it or not most if not all of the companies on board have their logos on those killer shirts from Pro Manufacturing Custom Promo & Marketing Products.

What Our Fans Saw At Bowling Green, Shined To Perfection !!Team Mar-Schan hopes to get a lot more coverage from many sources including our website which you can see we updated promptly and adequately for not only us but you also and our fans as the year goes along. again keep in mind this was only our first attempt and we really didn't even do much besides make some test runs and park the car for your prospective customers to take a positive interest in, just click a picture in this area and see we had her cleaned to perfection and race ready.

Our interview was one of our best attempts at thanking all involved and the track / series event staff battling against the weather that just wouldn't give in. We will be back again to the NMCA as our schedule permits and thanks again to all that are behind us this year already and remember the camera adds 10 pounds.

Sincerely Marc Schankweiler

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In Search of the Surge:
On Our Way To NMCA, With Or Without It:
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We finally got to the track since our last update two and a half weeks ago four times to test out our new combination and it has been a fight each time. I haven’t had this much trouble with electrical problems since I started racing, but we are packed up and the team is heading out on the 12 hour drive to NMCA Bowling Green, KY this weekend still not sure where our electrical gremlins are coming from.

Testing With Marschan Motorsports On April 18th we made our debut pass for 2009 at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md. The car ran nice and straight as expected on our first and only motor pass. Next pass it was time to turn on the 1st stage of the dental hygienists best friend. The car immediately started to surge so I put the Nova in coast mode and limped to the end of the track. I thought maybe we were running lean with the new tune-up and the new VP C-23 fuel that we changed over to. We bumped up the fuel pressure but the same thing happened the next pass. I decided to change to a 2 jet spread on the nitrous jetting like last year from the 4 jet spread the Induction Solutions set me up with for the next pass. Same exact results and the wallet was a little lighter. I made some calls and decided to check the Launch History in the MSD box but it didn’t record, or so I thought. Monday I realized that I forgot how to download the history and it was there all the time.

I installed the Jesel front belt drive distributor during the week hoping to be able to see the rotor phasing a little better and maybe that would help the problem. I also installed a new wide-open throttle switch and replaced the first stage relay.

Of course the next weekend the weather greeted us with 90+ degree record temperatures all weekend. We went to Cecil County again on April 25th for a track rental and made another motor pass to make sure all was well still on just the motor and it was. I turned the spray on again and same thing. This time I downloaded the Launch History and the Trace Analysis box and could see that the nitrous was actually being turned on and off as I went down the track. I went through the wiring and found a connector that was about to break and actually did when I touched it on the panel and figured this had to be it. Nope! I took the second stage system and plugged it into the first stage power to see if it was related to the first stage solenoids, but had the same results. Time to pack it in. 275 Drag Radial Event I decided to go to Atco Raceway on the 26th and enter the 275 drag radial race put on by Small Block Posse to see if we could figure anything out. A suggestion was made by one of the racers to try a stronger relay on the first stage instead of the standard Bosch 30 amp. I wired up a Ford type solenoid instead and we finally made a successful nitrous pass and we were on easy street headed to the winner’s circle from there right? Wrong! When the second stage was activated by the timer; the car started to immediately misfire. I couldn’t believe the hassles we are having. I tried a freshly charged battery that I brought from home in case mine was getting weak. I tried another racer’s 16-volt battery with my alternator disconnected, same thing. Another racer said he chased a similar problem for a year before he found it in the battery disconnect switch so I decided to bypass mine and make a hit. This time the car went down the track and it was time to pack it in. I decided to leave the car and trailer at Atco and come back the next day for another track rental to get ready for the NMCA race at Bowling Green the next weekend.

Monday morning we made another pass with the kill switch bypassed and again success. Seth the Iceman from was helping out and again it was 90+ degrees out but his snow cone machine was perfect. Thanks Seth. I decided to get a good plug read on another pass with both stages on so I could start to jet up my tune up. The car took off and at 1.4 seconds when the second stage came on the engine started to break up again. I went to the speed shop and bought another battery disconnect switch as well as another Ford type solenoid for the second stage end wired them in. Made a hit, do I even need to continue? Same thing. I found a loose power feed wire to the second stage and hoped this was the problem. With sweat in the eyes and a fresh grape snow cone in the gut we made another pass. It was breaking up of course but this time at the end of the track I could smell fuel and heard a hissing noise. I popped the hood and the second stage nitrous lines were frozen and there was nitrous coming out from the carbs. Turns out that new Ford solenoid went bad inside and the relay was hot all the time. Good thing it happened at the end of the track and not on the starting line when I started the car or I might have needed a new hood. Seth grabbed another solenoid from the speed shop and we wired it in and made another pass and I thought all was finally well until Seth got to the end of the track with my time slip 9.19? It then hit me that the second stage didn’t come on because I inadvertently left the 2nd stage power wire disconnected at the firewall while testing current. I popped the wires back together and we hot lapped the car and made another pass and it’s still misfiring. It was finally time to eat some food and pack the car up.

Marschan Motorsports Working Out Some Electrical IssuesIn the last 2 days I have cleaned up some of the wiring that was left over from the progressive controller that isn’t being used and I rerouted my 2nd stage ground wires. I also got some 4 gauge wire from Clark Industrial Supply and ran a dedicated ground from the battery to the front of the car with a pass through lug in the floor and ran 4 gauge leads from that to my two chassis ground locations and also to the bottom of the started. I cleaned all the grounds and greased them up with some dielectric grease. I put a spoiler under the front nose of the car to scoop some air up into the radiator and also to hopefully find someone who wants his or her name on it for some advertising exposure.

For now it’s off to bed for about 6 hours of sleep then the 12 hour ride to Bowling Green to see if anything I just did helped. Kind of a long ride for a test and tune, but we will be with family and friends and get to see some of our sponsors there. If anyone is interested in helping to rewire the car give me a call.

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Well It Fits Under The Hood:
That Was The Easy Part:

Looks tight but makes it under the cowl hoodThere are several things to take into consideration when installing a tunnel ram intake manifold besides the hood clearance. You may also run into a distributor clearance issue and possibly a thermostat housing issue if you don’t have the right parts at your immediate disposal. I didn’t have the right parts in stock but Harry Gerb from H&J Motorsports did. My Ford type cap distributor didn’t fit, but Harry had an MSD crab cap distributor in stock that fit but was a little tight. I have since decided to go with a Jesel front belt drive distributor.

The other item I overlooked and just assumed would fit was my vertical water neck with a –20 90* fitting attached to the hose. That wasn’t going to work either so another call was made to Harry who had a CSR –20 AN housing from his motor that wasn’t being used at the moment so off we went to Bristol to pick it up. With a little grinding on the belt sander it fit like a glove. Now I just have to get Harry a new one. Thanks Harry! Little did I know that the guys at M&M Competion Engines developed offset housings to eliminate this problem.

We got the engine running a couple of nights before our first day at the track on April 4th. The engine had a valve train noise that I couldn’t find no matter what I tried. I decided to pack it up in the trailer and head to Cecil County the next day anyway. I backed the car out of the garage and took it for its maiden voyage around the neighborhood. Man was that tapping LOUD!

We arrived at The County with hopes that someone could help identify the problem or at least convince me that it was “normal.” Neither happened, I decided after several hours of trouble shooting to take the car up to tech anyway. I jumped in and put it in gear and it didn’t move. After several more trouble shooting ideas it was determined that the Trans had gone bad too!

We packed up and went to Bob Hartsock’s shop and left the car there on Saturday night. Sunday we pulled the motor and the Trans and while I was under the car pulling out the Trans Bob quickly found the valve train noise after pulling one of the cylinder heads. The #7 and #8 pistons were in the wrong holes. Both pistons now sport a couple of custom valve pockets, but there were surprisingly no bent valves. The motor was fixed up and buttoned up and was back in the car that afternoon and off we headed into the sunset with just the Trans to get fixed. It turns out that the transmission company had purchased a bunch of pump gears that weren’t heat-treated and they quickly decided to make a mess of my Trans fluid. Problem solved under warranty. I love when that happens. As a silver lining, if the Trans didn’t let go I might have actually made a pass only to bend a valve and cause major damage.

Just clears but more reworking will be doneAs of right now everything is back together and the car is at Precision Chassis in Limerick getting a real pedal put in the car and a rod type linkage through the firewall. The Lokar pedal did not have enough throw open the throttle completely 100% of the time without stretching and not activating the micro switch for the nitrous. I hate to do it but ½ of those custom linkage brackets from Philadelphia Racing Products will be removed and shelved.

We were rained out of the April 11th Test and Tune at Cecil County so we will try again. Next stop……………..Cecil County to test and maybe enter the 275 Drag Radial race on April 18th, and try to get some data and runs in before heading to Bowling Green for the NMCA race on May 2nd.

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Recent Engine Assembly Updates:Looks Almost Ready To Run !!
Trials, Tribulations, But Solid Progress:

We finally got most of the pieces back from the various sponsors and vendors and started putting the Mar-Schan Motorsports SB2.2 motor back together. It was not without it’s share of problems though.

Bob Hartsock assembled the short block only to find out when degreeing the camshaft in that there was a lack of intake piston to valve clearance. He installed the new Comp Cams custom 4/7 swap camshaft 4* retarded and we still didn’t have enough clearance.

Bob Harstock Grinding Some Clearance This is partially due to the new intake valves we waited 3 weeks to get from Manley Performance. The margins were about .050” thicker than the old valves and this was causing the problem.

After discussing fly cutting the pistons, which couldn’t be done due to thickness issues, and regrinding the cam, which offered no guarantees we decided to put the old valves back in the heads. This enabled Bob to install the cam at the specified location and gave us the clearance we needed.

Piston Tops ViewThe next obstacle came when we installed the new 7/16” Smith Brothers pushrods. These are awesome pieces of steel that look like they could hold up a building. They were also an improvement over the 3/8” pushrods we had previously. It turns out that with the offset lifters and the angle of the pushrods, the lifters were gouging out the bronze lifter bushings due to the extra thickness pushing on the side of the lifter barrel. A quick call to Dennis Marshall at Smith Brothers Pushrods came up with a solution.

Inside The SB2They are going to build new push rods with an extended tip for inside the lifter and they are going to taper the top 4” of the pushrods from 7/16” to 3/8” up at the top. This will eliminate the clearance issues with the pushrod slot in the heads also. They are turning the new rods around next day to remedy the situation. Thanks Dennis!

Steve Johnson at Induction SolutionsNext up was getting the new dual fogger nitrous system installed by Steve Johnson at Induction Solutions.

Steve Johnson at Induction Solutions Powdercoated and PlumbedSteve also handled the powder coating of the intake as well. The intake was flow tested and the solenoids were blueprinted. Those guys did a great job and even threw in some shirts.

Steve shipped the intake and carburetors up from Florida overnight to Philadelphia Racing Products

Philadelphia Racing Products where Jay and Rich Schonberger designed and machined a pair of custom throttle cable and return spring brackets for the Quick Fuel splits.The guys turned around this project in less than 24 hours and did some custom modifications to the carbs and spacer bushings to get me out the door.
These are the same guys who make a lot of the carburetor brackets for many of the companies out there like Jegs that you see.

Philadelphia Racing Products Side ViewThey also make fuel regulators, nitrous solenoid brackets, water pumps and fittings. Check them out at Philadelphia Racing Products. Oh yeah they gave me some more shirts!

Quick Fuel TechnologySince I keep mentioning the carburetors I want to thank Quick Fuel Technology for doing a beautiful job on the splits and for coming up with the idea for a 275 drag radial legal combination.

Of course a big shout out goes out to Scott and Tim at M&M Competion Engines for designing the foundation of the induction system. That being their cast aluminum tunnel ram for the SB2.2 motor.

M&M Competion EnginesThis little baby can be tailored to your motor combination and the work inside the runners and plenum is magnificent.
These guys also designed the camshaft and added a new CNC port program to the exhaust side of my cylinder heads.
Thanks for all the help and faith guys!

Now that the intake is home and sitting on the short block it became apparent that the old MSD distributor would not fit with a plenum this deep.

We are hoping to solve that problem with a crab cap style distributor that Harry Gerb from H&J Motorsports has in stock for us to try.

Check back soon and see if this thing actually fit under the 4” cowl hood and see how our first test session went !!

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The New SB2 Tunnel Ram, Split Dominators Update:
Fresh Looks At This New Setup:

Wild New IntakeRacers and fans alike were treated to a first hand look at Mar-Schan Motorsports new split dominator cast tunnel ram manifold in Illinois over the last weekend being displayed in all its glory.

The the new intake and carb system is ready now for powdercoating and plumbing for the nitrous system Marc Schankweiler will be using as we will update on very soon. This wild looking combination is a hand in hand compilation of race proven innovation between the many years of expericance of M&M Competion Engines and Quick Fuel Technology.

A Topside LookThis result is something not seen often in Drag Radial cars or even True Street but results are going to show its tunability and practicality both on and off the track will be a winner for big numbers and MPH when running at the many events planned for Team Mar-Schan Motorsports.

Both companies are proud sponsors of this team and their efforts have shown through in his combination of expert craftsmanship and design to make us go into the season at a level we've wanted to with their help.

SideviewA Complete Top ViewFunction, Form, Power, and Creativity stand out in the final product that will improve as we add the "Squeeze" to it in upcoming installments.

M&M Competion Engines
Quick Fuel Technology

Stay Tuned For More !!

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Winter Intake Revisions With M&M Competion Engines
Press Release

Mar-Schan Motorsports New Intake And Carburetor Package On Display At Race & Performance Expo

Intake Coming Soon From M & M Machining SB2 SpecialistsMar-Schan Motorsports new intake and carburetor package will be on display February 14 & 15 at the Race & Performance Expo in St. Charles, Illinois at the M&M Competion Engines booth.

The intake features the new cast aluminum tunnel ram with a flat top that would normally be used for a dual carburetor application. For our class racing a dual carb set up is not legal so Quick Fuel Technology has provided us with a single split dominator that will be mounted on the top by M&M.

Last years Inaugural Race & Performance Expo was a huge success. In its first year it became the Midwest’s Largest Trade Show of its type. 300 Booths with over 250+ Exhibitors were on Display including 6 Semi Trailers. Almost 9,000 people were in attendance for this historic the 2 Day event and this year should be even better. Stop by and see Tim and Scott from M&M and check out their new products.

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Atco Raceway True Street Rivals
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The Toughest Obstacle To Overcome Was The Heat.

Atco True Street Runner Up Marc SchankweilerAs the excitement heated up in anticipation of Tremec True Street’s first seven-second pass, so did the weather. Heat and humidity bore down on Atco Raceway Park as the True Street contingent set their sights on the historical milestone. As testing concluded Saturday morning, four cars had blasted deep into the eight-second zone.

Included in that list were three-time T/S champ Paul Ferrucci and his 1981 Chevy Malibu which ran a string of passes in the 8.40 range during testing on Friday.

Marc Schankweiler was making some solid hits in the mid- to high-eights with his freshly updated and repainted 1966 Chevy II. Craig Cusamano fired his familiar 1970 Chevelle deep into the eights and was poised to be a contender. Newcomer, Vince Fiore fired an 8.74 shot with his pump gas-powered 1969 Camaro on his last test pass and got everyone’s attention. Fifty-six cars left Atco Raceway Park for what would prove to be one of the toughest cruises in the NMCA’s history.

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Maple Grove Raceway - Holy Hot Rods, Batman!
By Mike Ficacci
Photography by Team Super Chevy

The Amish Country Of Eastern Pennsylvania Was Invaded By A Cornucopia Of Bow Ties.

Tremec True Street Winner Marc SchankweilerTremec True Street was an absolute blood bath, with 28 competitors cocked, locked, and ready to rock. The tour began out the rear gate of Maple Grove Raceway, past the once-legendary/now dry and filled-in swimming pool that catered to many a drunken encounter through the years. They continued some 20-plus miles through Morgantown and back again without a single hitch.

As per the request of most competitors, they made haste through the hills in an attempt to keep off the high-stall converters. In the end, perennial butt-kicker and December 2006 feature car owner Marc Schwankweiler once again proved the worth of his blue '66 Chevy deuce. He rattled off a 9.174, 8.698, and 8.611, good enough for a class average of 8.83-seconds and $200 prize in Tremec True Street.

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1966 Chevy II - 8 Second Asphalt Eater
By Patrick Hill
Photography by Mike Harrington

This Street/Strip Nova Packs Nascar Power And Nitrous.

Team Mar-Schan Motorsports RacingIs it really a street car? Marc Schankweiler won the 2005 NMCA True Street race at Maple Grove in 2005, in which he averaged 8-second e.t.'s in the quarter-mile after back-to-back-to-back runs after a 30-mile street cruise. And he did it with 10.5-inch-wide tread-width tires on Hole Shot Performance Wheels.

Marc found his Chevy II in a local sell-it paper an hour away from his home in Douglasville, Pennsylvania. When he set eyes on his future project, it wasn't in the best of shape. The six-cylinder-powered Deuce was missing its rear window and the interior was shredded, but it was in running condition. After money and the title changed hands (about $900), Marc drove the coupe home on the Pennsylvania Turnpike without the rear window.

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MSD True Street Challenge - One True Street-Car Drag
By Johnny Hunkins

The One And Only MSD True Street Challenge Hits Maple Grove.

True Street ChallengeOver the next 45 minutes, street-car fans were treated to a spectacle that even the most hard-core late-night street race in Chitown or Newark would be hard-pressed to beat. Pennsylvania's own Mark Schankweiler (of Douglassville) fittingly took home the title of King of Pennsylvania with a three-run average of 9.095 seconds.

Schankweiler's bonzai-blue metallic '66 Nova is packed with 421 inches of small-block thunder. The SB2-headed bullet gets help from a 300hp Gene Fulton 300hp fogger and a outhouse-solid Powerglide from Dynamic. Schankweiler's best pass, a 9.017, even eclipsed his previous best of 9.03/150. In all, eight cars posted averages in the 9-second range, with four more in the 10s.

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NMCA Drag Racing Event - Street Fighters
By Johnny Hunkins
Photography by Robert McGaffin, Johnny Hunkins

NMCA/NMRA Superbowl Of Drag Racing True Street Results - Joliet, IL

Street FightersThere's no question that the Chevy II has become the posterboy for hot rodding-find the lightest body possible, then stuff the biggest motor inside it. Starting with a $700 six-cylinder hulk he bought in 1993, True Street competitor Marc Schankweiler started modestly, initially hoisting a 327 small-block over the fenders.

A collection of small-blocks subsequently made a series of guest appearances over the years. Marc has, however, resisted the urge to go over to the dark side-aka a big-block. Instead, his desires focused on the ultimate small-block, a NASCAR SB2.2, which might as well be a big-block, considering the copious airflow made possible by the SB2.2's sewer-pipe ports.

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