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Seven teams qualify at UTI/NASCAR Technical Institute for Hot Rodders of Tomorrow challenge

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 07:00
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The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge’s fifth event of the season was held at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC. March 31st.

A total of four schools from Georgia and Virginia fielding 11 teams competed, with seven new teams of the eleven advancing to the 2018 Dual National Championship Playoffs where they’ll have a chance to win thousands of dollars in College scholarships at the SEMA Show and PRI shows.

To qualify for the Dual National Championship, a team must finish disassembling and reassembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties. 

Forsyth Central High School from Cumming GA fielded six teams total with five qualifying for the playoffs and the sixth just missing out by 50 seconds. Team RHS Heads placed 2nd with the time of 21:18, Team Allstar Performance placed 3rd with 24:57. Teams Moroso, Scat and McLeod Racing all qualified with times of 26:31, 31:20 and 32:42 respectively. The Forsyth Central automotive program is headed up by Marlo Miranda. Who said that he has “300 students in the program and of those he has 45 on the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine team.” That he has had 26 of his past engine team students go on to a tech college, and that about 90 to 95% of the students take advantage of the scholarships they’ve won.
The first-place team over all was Burton Center for Arts & Tech from Salem, VA- team Vibrant Performance, with the time of 19:17. (Team Vibrant had already qualified at the Summit AutoRama with a 18:12 time). Burton Center for Arts & Tech #3 - team Magnaflow qualified with a 26:04 time.

Americus Sumter High School from Americus GA fielded 2 teams and has 1 going to the playoffs, Team Aeromotive clocking in with a 32:35 time.

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