Harris Speedway Post Race Inspection Report
At the conclusion of the SECA Crate Sportsman event this
past Sunday at Harris Speedway, SECA officials held the
Top 3 finishers for post race inspection. In addition,
both the transmission and distributor of winner Bryan
Mullis were protested by a fellow competitor.
The transmission was inspected and approved by SECA and
Harris Speedway officials. During the inspection of the
distributor, questions arose about the cap and rotor
button. The SECA Crate Sportsman Rules state that
competitors "Must run HEI distributor as delivered from
factory. May run MSD HEI module." In an effort to
thoroughly review the situation, SECA officials retained
the distributor for further examination and research.
SECA officials contacted certified rebuilders (SECA,
NeSmith, Rush, & FASTRAK) & Chevrolet Performance
representatives to determine if the cap and rotor button
on this distributor were ever a "stock" component on the
"stock" distributor produced from the factory. After hours
of research, it has been determined that the cap and rotor
button on the distributor do not meet the requirements "as
delivered from factory".
In light of the information gathered and in our continued
effort to abide by the rules that were set forth to all
competitors, the distributor in question cannot be
accepted as "delivered from the factory". As a result of
this ruling, Duvall is now the official winner and all of
the other drivers will be moved up one position
In closing, our first responsibility is to uphold the
rules we have established. Our rules are written with the
intention of preserving the integrity of competition.
While this is the correct decision as the rulebook
currently reads, we realize that this was not an
intentional rules infraction. It was simply an honest
mistake by the team and likewise an honest mistake in how
the rule was originally written by series officials. It is
SECA's responsibility to write and enforce the rules to
the best of our ability. It is also our obligation to
review the rules should we learn information that allows
us to improve the association for our member tracks and
teams and we will do so accordingly.