Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center, Choctaw, Okla., took first place in the Division 4 region of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, and will move on to the national competition at the SEMA Show in November.
Automotive wiring and electrical products company Painless Performance hosted the Division 4 championship earlier this month at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. Sponsored by MSD, Eastern Oklahoma County Tech beat out seven other schools with a time of 60 minutes, 15 seconds.
The competition pits teams of young engine builders against one another to see who can disassemble and reassemble a small-block Chevy engine in the fastest time with the fewest penalties.
As an added bonus, Kim Klevenhagen, director of development from the School of Automotive Machinists, offered scholarships to the top three teams at this event.
Eastern Oklahoma County Tech will compete at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas against Division 2 winner Team ARP – East Ridge High School, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Division 3 winner Team PRW -“ Fremd High School, Palatine, Ill.; Division 7 winner Team Edelbrock – North Orange County ROP, Anaheim, Calif., and the to-be-determined winner from Division 8, plus the top second-place team in the nation.
The Division 4 results were:
- 1st Place – Team MSD – Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center, Choctaw, Okla., 60:15
- 2nd Place – Team Royal Purple – Hereford High School, Hereford, Texas, 76:48
- 3rd Place – Team Comp Cams – Pampa High School, Pampa, Texas, 113:07
- 4th Place – Team Auto Meter – Magnolia West High School, Magnolia, Texas, 123:05
- 5th Place – Team Be Cool – Ennis High School, Ennis, Texas, 123:14
- 6th Place – Team Edelbrock – Birdville Tech Center #1, North Richland Hills, Texas, 125:24
- 7th Place – Team Moroso – Birdville Tech Center #2, North Richland Hills, Texas, 145:36
- 8th Place – Team Hedman Hedders – Canyon High School, Canyon, Texas, 146:25