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Tim Sears Jr. disqualified from Gnome Cup for non-conforming seals, engine tear-down/inspection identifies no additional discrepancies

RickMiller-GoNuclear-lmwinnerMay 20, 2014   During post-race inspection following Sunday night’s “Gnome Cup” Go Nuclear Late Model Series event at Utica-Rome Speedway, series tech officials identified a discrepant seal configuration, with two engine-builder seals in place (incomplete) and nominal GM bolts in other required locations. A follow-up with the car owner, as well as the engine builder who’s seals were on the engine, provided confirmation that the original builder’s seals had been removed in order to facilitate a repair by a non-authorized rebuilder. As a result of the non-conforming seals, Tim Sears Jr. was disqualified from the Gnome Cup Event.   In order to determine the extent of the penalties to be imposed, the series elected to have the engine torn down and inspected by a certified and bonded NeSmith Series engine rebuilder. The inspection identified no discrepancies within the engine.   All parameters/parts were confirmed to be within specification. Therefore, there will be no additional suspension.   Said series promoter Shayne Tenace, “while the results of the inspection confirmed that all internal parts are within specifications, it is critical that the integrity of the seal program be maintained.   Non-authorized repairs simply cannot be allowed, nor can fake bolts be tolerated. With that being said, I would like to thank Larry Wight for his candor during this process as the inspection confirms what he told us.”   The Go Nuclear! Late Model Series official rulebook is being updated to provide additional clarification regarding requirements for incomplete seal packages and additional penalties for non-conforming seal bolts.   The Go Nuclear! Series is proud to associate ourselves with our many fine sponsors, without whom we could not be successful.  We would like to thank Excel Tower Service, Humber Nurseries, Tenace Diversified LLC, Lias Tire, Fox Shock Absorbers, Atomic Chassis, Tenace Home Music and Cinema Systems, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Grills N Ovens, Gandrud Chevrolet, Trick Race Parts, Schaeffer Oil and Finish Line Web Design for their support, as each company is an integral part of the success of our Series.  We also want to thank the fans and competitors for their continued support this season.   Today, more than ever, motorsports offers one of the most unique and effective opportunities to promote and sell products and services. Compared to other programs, motorsports marketing offers diverse demographics, economical promotional programs and a significant return on investment.  The Go Nuclear! Late Model Series is currently seeking additional sponsors and marketing partners for the 2014 season.  For more information, contact Shayne Tenace at or call at 315-530-3591.   For more information on the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series please check out our website,

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