New Schools and Qualifiers for HROT

Mar 29, 2017

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The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge held its third event of the 2017 season this past weekend at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. Nine teams from four different schools competed with hopes to qualify for the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA and PRI Show later this year.

Two schools participated in HROT for the first time in Fort Worth. Pontotoc Tech Center from Ada, Oklahoma had one team and Caddo Career & Tech Center out of Shreveport, Louisiana had three teams participate.

“HROT has really energized the students and really forged a team spirit with the kids,” said Thomas Evans, instructor at Caddo Career & Tech. Dillon Risley, a student at Caddo Career & Tech, said that his first year in the program is all about learning and training, while “next year is about increased competitiveness.”

Two teams qualified at the Tarrant County College Qualifier in Fort Worth.

The first place finisher was Team FEL-PRO from Tulsa Technology Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The team’s qualifying time was 22:32.

“HROT has helped motivate some students and has increased student retention for the second year,” said Greg Gilliam, instructor of team FEL-PRO. “It seems to have given the students more confidence with what they are capable of doing.”

Coming in at second place was Team BE-COOL from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville Arkansas, with the qualifying time of 29:09.

“HROT has shown me that with some effort and hard work I can achieve great things I never realized,” said Richard Johnson, a BE-COOL team member.

There will be two Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competitions Saturday, April 1, giving another group of teams a chance to qualify for the National Dual Championships. On the west coast, the NMCA WEST Spring Nationals is set to take place in Fontana California, while the midwest region will host an HROT event at the Coker Tire Chattanooga Cruise-in.

At the Dual National Championship, every student that participates will have an opportunity to be awarded college scholarships somewhere between $25,000 and $50,000 total from five different colleges.

Visit to see the complete results from this past weekend.

For additional information in starting a team or sponsorship opportunities, contact Rodney Bingham at or call 815-722-5460.