McGunegill Engines Ready to Defend Snowball Derby Crown
MEP Sweeps All American 400 Weekend to Build Momentum Headed Towards Derby
The staff at McGunegill Engine Performance in Muncie, IN prepare all season long for the big year-end races such as the Winchester 400, the All American 400 and the Snowball Derby.  Those three races are what every employee in the MEP shop, just like every Super Late Model racer in the country, yearns to win.

MEP kicked off the big-event stretch last month with a sweep of the top-five finishing positions in the CRA Super Series’ Winchester 400 at the famed Winchester Speedway in Indiana.  They continued the success with a podium sweep in the CRA Super Late Model portion of the historic All American 400, plus a dominating victory from the pole in the ASA segment at Nashville’s Music City Motorplex on November 4th and 5th.

With success in two of the biggest short track racing weekends in the country already, the staff at McGunegill Engine Performance now looks ahead to the crown jewel of short track racing events, the 40th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.  MEP helped lead Clay Rogers to victory in last year’s edition of the Snowball Derby and everyone in the shop hopes to repeat their Snowball success from a year ago on December 2nd.

“We’ve gotten all kinds of calls from people who are already out testing their cars for the Snowball Derby,” said DeWaine McGunegill of MEP.  “The Snowball Derby is the king.  It’s the biggest short track race
The MEP guys helped Eddie Hoffman (center) celebrate his ASA victory in Nashville
out there and we want to win it again.  When Clay won it last year, we were all very proud. 

“We’re busy getting ready for that race.  We actually had two orders this week from people wanting their engines for the Snowball Derby.  We’ll burn the midnight oil around here to get their engines ready for that race and we all hope to win that one again.  It meant a lot to win it last year, but it would mean even more to win it again with one of our many customers that will be in that race.” 

McGunegill Engines lead their customers into the Snowball Derby weekend on the back of numerous milestones during the All American 400 weekend in Nashville.   MEP-powered racecars swept the podium in the historic All American 400 CRA Super Late Model race, led by winner Johnny Van Doorn.  MEP also led Eddie Hoffman to another victory in the ASA Late Model portion of the All American Weekend at Nashville’s Music City Motorplex, which made for another banner weekend for McGunegill customers headed into the crown jewel of the short track racing season, the Snowball Derby on December 2nd.

The MEP guys helped Eddie Hoffman (center) celebrate his ASA victory in Nashville
“It was a great weekend for us in Nashville,” added McGunegill.  “That whole All American 400 weekend has so much tradition.  That’s one race that everyone gets excited for.  For a guy my age, the All American 400 is where it’s at when it comes to short track racing.  We have always wanted to win that race.  Not only did we win it this time, we swept the top-three.  That’s pretty incredible.  This was a real thrill for us.”

Like in Winchester, a young driver utilizing a McGunegill SLM sealed engine took the checkered flag in the All American 400 and added his name to the list of legendary short
Johnny Van Doorn brought MEP into victory lane during the All American 400.
trackers to win those prestigious events.  Twenty-year-old Ryan Lawler won the biggest race of his career when he won the Winchester 400 on October 14th and 19-year-old Johnny Van Doorn brought home the famed Copley Champion’s Guitar for his All American 400 triumph on November 5th in Nashville. 

“It’s a real honor to be in victory lane in the All American 400,” added McGunegill.  “Just looking at the names that have won the race in the past, it’s amazing.  Now knowing that we helped add Johnny Van Doorn to that list, it’s a great feeling.  But having Jason Hogan right there battling with Johnny with one of our engines, plus Robbie Pyle third, it was an all around great weekend for us.”

As MEP prepares for the Snowball Derby, customers and potential customers have a new avenue to explore the benefits of McGunegill engines via an all-new website, created by 51 Sports of Concord, NC.

Contact McGunegill Engine Performance for more information on how McGunegill sealed motors can step up any Super Late Model racer’s program affordable price.  Give them a call at 765-282-1913 and check them out online at