The 2006 Clevite Engine Builder Showdown preliminary rounds on May 2, 3 and 4 opened with a bang. The Showdown build record was once again broken and a mix of Showdown veterans and rookies advanced to the third round of competition. The competing engine builders assembled 357 cubic inch Ford engines – similar in design to those used by NASCAR’s Ford race teams. The first round of the Showdown, which was held May 2 and 3, served as a qualifying round. The eight fastest times advanced to Round Two – beginning the head-to-head competition. Mike Maiwald and Shane Parsnow of Hendrick Motorsports – long time Showdown participants and 2004 and 2005 Showdown Runners-Up, set another new engine build record during the second round of competition. The former record of 18 minutes and 54 seconds set by Maiwald and Parsnow in 2005 was shattered with their new record setting build time of 18 minutes and 45 seconds. Race fans and engine building enthusiasts will be able to check the results of the various rounds by going to the Clevite Engine Parts web site at www.engineparts.com, then clicking on “Motorhead Heaven”. In recent years, Showdown fans have been able to view highlights of the Showdown on the Speed Channel, and this year will bring another nationally televised audience to the most exciting 20 minutes in Motorsports. Since 1990, Clevite Engine Parts has presented the Clevite Engine Builder Challenge Series in which NASCAR’s top engine builders compete to see who can assemble and run an engine the fastest. In 2000, the series developed into a structured and tiered competition with a total prize package worth over $50,000 and has become a huge hit with both engine builders and racing fans across the country. Clevite Engine Parts is a division of Dana Corporation, and provides a wide scope of under-the-hood products for the global replacement parts market.