The 2017 racing season was packed full of highs and lows for all-motor superstar Alex Hays, with everything from engine failures to winning big-time events. Hays and his team are ready to roll into 2018 with some momentum as they prepare their Ultra Street Mustang for the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park, where they hope to get back to their winning ways.
After scuffing a cylinder wall at the Yellow Bullet Nationals a year ago, Hays was ready to have Uratchko Racing Engines build a formidable new mill for his Mustang to begin an assault on the Ultra Street class. Hays got a set of Sr23 heads from Slick Rick Racing Heads and a Marcella Manifolds intake to top off the new engine that Uratchko built. A dyno failure that locked up the dyno caused damage the new engine and delayed his season, but when the engine was repaired Hays was ready.
Some initial growing pains caused issues for Hays, but Dean Marinis provided some advice that allowed the team to take advantage of their new engine in a big way. After Hays made the adjustments recommended by Marinis, he returned to the Yellow Bullet Nationals where he set the Ultra Street record, was number one qualifier, and won the event. Hays went on to pick up another win at Cecil County Raceway and showed the potential of his engine program.
Even with all that success this season Hays isn’t sitting back — he plans on coming into the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals and the 2018 racing season ready to improve even more.
“We are going to be making a few changes to the car this winter, the biggest one being the move to Holley fuel injection from a carburetor. I want to take on the challenge to show that it can be done and the car will be faster. We are also adding beadlocks to the rear wheels for safety, and will continue to work on our torque converter program as there is always work to be done there,” Hays says.
For Hays, the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals provides an outstanding opportunity to work on his program while enjoying some great weather. “We have never been to Bradenton Motorsports Park and we’re looking forward to getting out of the cold white north of Detroit, Michigan in December, as the snow and cold weather get old quick,” Hays says.
Even with no data at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Hays plans on showing up and trying to pick up the victory at the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals.
“We always try to come out to win…that is our main goal. We run the car as hard as the track will allow us. There is no backing it down for a slow opponent…if the track will hold it we will try it.”