First off I would like to congratulate the winners of the shootout. Mark whitener,AED,and APD you all did very well. Just being in the elite 8 is an honor with such great competitors in attendance.
I was going to post this in the 2012 thread , but it seems to be taking on a life of it's own(negative).
As far as scoring we were not given any results other than 1st and 2nd in the small block shootout,but the big block results were posted(pg. 49 on this thread I believe).It would have been nice to have a scoreboard for results like drag race qualifying,but everyone was so close in the elite 8 it would have been like pro stock qualifying.A lot of people seem to be worked up from not having all the numbers,but really they are just numbers! I agree with some that a little info on each entrants carb would be a plus,but the results were so close on both engines that the acceleration rate and a/f numbers etc.would have been some drab reading.
Speaking of numbers I was amazed by how close the power and acceleration #'s were on the big block,considering the wide range of carburetor sizes. I think that it boils down to the fact that some will work better with a clutch or a throttle stop, etc.On the small block (being a circle track engine) it would come down to track size and surface conditions to make a carburetor choice.
I didn't fare as well in the small block competition as I had hoped for as I under estimated the dyno a bit.The big block carburetor was the same for the open comp and the 2.130 side pot.I was very pleased with our results on the big block after seeing what some of the competiters brought to the shootout. I was quite happy to make the elite 8 in each shootout.It was quite amazing to see everyone competing against each other on the small block and working together to beat the big block!
A big thank you to all the folks at BLP,they put a lot of effort(and money) into this competition. Some things need to be tweaked but for the most part this competition came off very smoothly for a first time event.
Thanks again to Mike Laws and crew,David vizard, and all the competiters who had the guts to show up. I am already looking forward to next year and hope more carb shops step up to compete. Those who didn't missed a great event...KB