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We had the chance to catch up with the Series Director, David Sell, who told us more about the series.

For those who may not be familiar, what are the basics of your series? (Car type, surface, engine, region)

The 602 Tour is an asphalt tour with 2 divisions.  Super Limiteds which can be perimeter or offset chassis, and 602 Modifieds which are nascar tour type modified, not stock clip modifieds.  Both divisions utilize the Chevrolet 602 Crate Motor.  The Super Limiteds run a Holley 350 carb, while the Modifieds can run either a Holley 390 or Holley 650 carb.  We are a NC based series that travels between Hickory NC and the NC coast, although we do travel to Virginia and in the future, SC and eastern TN.

Tell us how your Series was founded

I have been running the Mischa Sell Memorial race for limited late models for 5 years, and this seemed like a natural progression.  I wrestled with what motor package to go with, and based on my observations and conversations with engine builders and racers who utilize a 602 on dirt, it seemed like a great motor that didn't compete directly with any other asphalt tours currently being run.

How do your rules align with other similar series?

Not a lot of other late model type chassis run the 602 platform in the south.  Some classes of street stocks and charger divisions run a 602 motor, but our division would be like Late Model and Super Late Model divisions running 602s..  The modifieds at Riverhead, Wall and Stafford run a 602 platform for tour type mods, so our modified division is really close to theirs.

What has been the biggest challenge?

The same as all racing.  Finding marketing partners and sponsors who see the value of being involved with a racing series and continuing to develop and nurture those relationships to turn them into long-time commitments.

What is the one thing that people misunderstand the most about your role as the Series Director?

I wouldn't say misunderstand, but i would say most people dont realize that the work required to do and accomplish everything needed is a full time 60 an hour week job.   I actually do a lot more on the off season than during the actual racing season.

What is your view/opinion of the future of Crate Racing?

Crate motors will continue to be the affordable spec engine package, until they price themselves above what a comparable built motor would cost to build.  Racing will always continue to have avenues for the engine builder, because ultimately, racing is about speed and divisions like super late models will continue to push the speed envelope, which is an area in which the crate motor will not be a part of.