MOORESVILLE, NC — A single cross-threaded oil pan nut stood between Lanny Barnes and the Clevite Engine Builder Showdown record build time. Despite the minor oversight, Barnes and his Richard Childress Racing partner, Todd Hamm, defeated Mike Maiwald and Shane Parsnow of Hendrick Motorsports in a closely matched race to capture the 2004 Clevite Engine Builder Showdown championship.
The championship was held on Tuesday, May 25, at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. Richard Childress of Richard Childress Racing, and Chad Knaus, crew chief of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports, served as the celebrity judges for the championship round.
Terry Shively, vice president and general manager of Clevite Engine Parts, presented Barnes and Hamm with trophies and a first place check for $20,000. Maiwald and Parsnow also received trophies and a $5,000 first runner-up check.
The Clevite Engine Builder Showdown began in 2000 and continues today as a tiered competition for engine builders in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck, NASCAR Grand National Busch North and NASCAR Grand National West racing series. The competition has a total prize package worth more than $50,000.
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