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GM brass a little more upbeat about their engines than Stewart

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Saturday, Jun. 04, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Tony Stewart may believe everyone is “bringing a knife to a gunfight right now” when it comes to competing with Ford engines, but that is not necessarily the view of Chevrolet officials.

“I have seen the (chassis) dyno numbers and we are pleased with them,” said Alba Colon, manager of GM Racing's Cup program.

“We have seen the numbers. We have discussed the numbers with our teams. I am pleased so far; we just have to keep working on it.”

NASCAR tested engines from each manufacturer after last month’s race at Dover, Del., on its chassis dynamometer, which measures rear-wheel horsepower.

Colon pointed out that through 12 Cup weekends this season, Chevrolet drivers have won six races and five poles.

“We want to win them all, but we are constantly working on our parts – us and the teams,” she said. “We are constantly looking to get better.”

On Friday, Stewart was asked how engines at Stewart-Haas Racing (which come from Hendrick Motorsports) stack up with those from Ford.

“I think Ford definitely has an advantage right now over the whole field,” Stewart said. “They’ve been working on this motor for a long time and we’re still on about a six-year-old model.”

Ford was the last to complete an upgrade to its engine. The current version debuted in the Cup series last season.

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