MRE added "enhancing" to the 604 crate engine for IMCA racers in 2017. We did not realize how big of a deal this was going to be at the time. When adding this new product, we were getting more calls asking if we do the 602 as well. So over the course of the racing season, we have developed a 602 program for IMCA racers. Our goal for either engine was to take a racer’s current used up crate engine, freshen it, then enhance it to whatever level the racers budget or local tracks' tech would allow them to do.


complete-system-modelWe get fuel system questions all of the time. When it comes to open racing, we prefer a belt drive pump. The engines make so much power anymore it’s hard for a mechanical pump to keep up with it. For example, when the mechanical pump is working 100%, it can barely keep up with the demands of today’s engines. So, when a small percentage of the pump goes away, it will start leaning the engine out, potentially causing major problems. The system we have available has worked really well for our personal race team and others who have installed it on their own cars.


melling-shark-toothWe have a high volume of calls from different racers and engine builders wondering what oil systems we're using. We are putting this on our site to give people the opportunity to buy exactly what we're using. Our first kit is the Melling Shark Tooth system. With the changes Melling has made with the gear system it has cured all the issues we had in the past with breaking drives and pump gears. The smooth transition on the gas to off the gas has made this pump very reliable.


The MRE version of the concept engine is available for USMTS/USRA racers. We get the question all the time if it's an advantage or disadvantage. We feel like it's both. If you're racing on primarily slick or smaller race tracks, we feel it has advantages. One is just the fact that the engine is less responsive due to the flat tappet cam, it's almost like it has a built-in restrictor plate. On a slicker surface this will have drivability advantages. Then on top of that the rules allow the car to have a one inch taller spoiler. From wind tunnel testing adding one inch on top of the deck is not near the advantage that adding a one inch spoiler to an existing five inch would be.


mathews12000nov18Jeff Mathews of Apollo Beach, Fla., started outside of the front row in the 50-lap Reutimann Memorial Saturday night at Bubba (FL) Raceway Park and proceeded to lead all but two laps as he cashed in on a $12,000 payday. Photo by Trace

Jeff Mathews started on the tail of the Modified portion of the National 100 Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway but didn't stay there long as he charged to the front to take the $2,000 victory.

scott3000nov4Taking the lead on the tenth lap, fifth starter Stormy Scott cruised to an over three-second advantage as the checkers flew in the USMTS season finale Saturday night at 81 Speedway. His seventh win of the season was worth $3,000. Racindirt Photo

gustin13000sep23Ryan Gustin cashed in on a $13,000 payday Saturday night at Deer Creek Speedway as he drove to victory in the finale of the USMTS Fall Jamboree. Starting in the middle of a three-wide front row, Gustin raced door-to-door with the leader for the first five laps before edging ahead on lap six. Fellow MRE pilot Stormy Scott got into the mix on the 11th lap as he pulled even with Gustin running the bottom of the track with Gustin riding the rim. “Stormy (Scott) was giving me all I wanted, Gustin said. "I didn’t want to set any faster pace than that but I didn’t want to lose the lead either.” Gustin would eventually put a cushion between himself and Scott. Gustin caught the back of the field with eight laps to go slowing him enough to allow Scott to close back in. A caution flew with five laps to go giving Gustin a clear race track ahead of him as he held on for the win. Buck Monson Photo

bollinger5000sep23Ray Bollinger earned his first career American Modified Series victory Saturday night at Peoria Speedway in the annual running of the Fall Classic. Bollinger took the lead on the fourth lap and held it until lap 31 when he fell back to second. After a caution on the 38th lap, Bollinger retook the lead on the restart and held it throughout the remaining 60-lap distance as he scored his 24th feature win of the seasonJosh James Photo

flanary1500sep23Shon Flanary continued his September surge on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway as he picked up his fifth special event win of the month. He has banked over $8,000 in race winnings including an American Modified Series victory along with three Iron-Man Modified Series wins.

gustin6000sep22Taking the lead on the 17th lap, Ryan Gustin pulled away to an over two-second advantage as he cruised to the $6,000 USMTS Fall Jamboree win Friday night at Deer Creek Speedway. Buck Monson Photo

hughes2Jason Hughes clinched his third straight USMTS national championship Thursday night at Deer Creek Speedway. He bested fellow MRE driver Stormy Scott by 38 points. Ryan Gustin finished fifth. Todd Boyd Photo