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Roush-Yates Engines branching into NHRA?

By admin | February 19, 2009

By Richard Allen


The world of racing is known as a hotbed of rumors. Among the various forms of racing and the numbers of drivers, crew members and other employees involved in the industry it is difficult to keep secrets.

One rumor to have recently made the rounds in drag racing circles is that Roush-Yates Engines, better known for their NASCAR exploits, may be about to enter the realm of the quarter-mile.

In particular, they have their sights set on NHRA Pro Stock. Completely unofficial word has it the racing engine conglomerate is in the process of developing a 500 cubic inch pro stock motor, apparently with the blessing of Ford.

If the rumor is to be believed they have established a Ford parts number for the cylinder heads and engine block. NHRA rules mandate a Pro Stock engine must have a factory part number to be raced in that division.

The company, a joint operation of Ford Motor Company’s two main NASCAR organizations, has proven itself as a top builder of stock car engines. Last year their engines won a total of 11 Sprint Cup races as well as races in various other divisions of circle track racing. And just last week one of their engines won the Daytona 500 for driver Matt Kenseth.

Jack Roush, half of the Roush-Yates duo, was involved in drag racing long before coming to NASCAR. The former Ford Motor Company engineer’s teams have won NHRA events and championships. However, he left straight-line racing to venture into various other forms of competition. Could it be that he plans to return to the place of his racing roots in some form or fashion?

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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3 Responses to “Roush-Yates Engines branching into NHRA?”

  1. Callaway Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Wonder of this will somehow translate into someone already in NHRA buying the 5th Roush car that will need to be spun away from the herd in 2010 or putting a sponsorship agreement together for one of the Yates cars going week to week in trade for engine help from Roush-Yates?

  2. Charles Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I think drag racing has long been underated, it is a ‘Car Guy’ sport and has great driving personalities!

    Bruton Smith must think so to with the building of the new drag strip in Charlotte NC!

    If done right it has the potenial to give racing fans another choice to watch on Sundays!

    Just hope they dont use Nascar type rules that will hurt it!

    Glad to see if true, that Roush-Yates is getting involved!

  3. racerman Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    what everybody seems to forget is this..drag racing ain’t nothing new to Jack Roush by any long stretch of the imagination..he used to be involved with Pro Stocks back in the ’80’s with a team called Gapp and Roush..which was one of the more successful teams back then..and don’t forget,between the two types of racing,he was also involved with Trans-Am too..