Student-built engines from Mooresville’s NASCAR Tech taking driver’s competition to a new level


Pictured above: The post-race celebration at Bowman Gray with Burty Myers who won a championship race Saturday using a student-built engine from NASCAR Technical Institute, Burt Myers and John Dodson are pictured on the far right – Picture courtesy of NASCAR Technical Institute


MOORESVILLE, N.C. – When driver Burt Myers won his fourth consecutive Bowman Gray Stadium Modified Championship on Saturday, he did it with an engine built by students from Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Mooresville campus, NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). Myers’ win caps an incredible season for NASCAR Tech’s student-built engine program, where honors students have also built engines for race teams competing in the K&N Pro Series East and the DIRTcar Modified Series.

Myers has been racing with NASCAR Tech’s student-built engines for the last several years, and they’ve helped him take competition to a new level at Bowman Gray Stadium, “The Madhouse”, one of NASCAR’s most storied tracks. On Saturday, Myers drove his No. 1 car in the Carolina Farm Credit 150, the final modified series race of the season. The race was an exciting one, going into overtime with multiple lead and position changes throughout.

“What a night and what a race,” said Myers. “It took a little while to get to the front and I really wanted to win the race, but the championship was our first priority. I can’t say enough about my NASCAR Technical Institute student-built engines. The performance and durability has been there all year and it was there again on Saturday, when we needed it the most. The honors students that build these engines are fantastic and I can’t thank NASCAR Tech enough for the support.”

NASCAR Tech’s VP Business Alliances & NASCAR, John Dodson, was there to celebrate with Myers as he hoisted his newest piece of hardware.

“It was thrilling to watch Burt Myers win another championship with a NASCAR Technical Institute student-built engine under the hood,” said John Dodson, VP Business Alliances & NASCAR at Universal Technical Institute. “We’re proud to partner with Burt and other incredibly talented drivers, and I congratulate our students and instructor Darrell Hoffman on their success. This was their win as well.”

NASCAR Tech is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR and the only campus in the country to offer NASCAR-endorsed training. NASCAR Tech’s Mooresville, N.C. campus offers the standard Universal Technical Institute core automotive training program, with an optional 15-week elective to train students preparing for a career in motorsports. The 15-week elective trains students in everything from engines, fabrication, and welding, to aerodynamics and pit crew essentials.

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Author: Niakeya James