I enjoy watching each of those drivers and their ability to get a car through the corners well. What's interesting about watching crates especially showed at Tri City last Sunday. From the front runners to the back markers they were all the same speed down the back stretch. It seems who wins a crate race is usually about who gets around the corner best and is the best racer. Heck all crate racers should be able to afford an Xr1 with the money saved on engines. Fans on this board would expect anyone who can't afford one to get out of Late Model racing. You know if you can't afford Xr1 to race you have no business racing, but then everyone would complain about low crate car count.
It still goes farther than everything being equal and being a better driver. Now you need to look at the chassis, suspension, and every other bolt on piece. Because i would guarantee they are very close to being the best, which makes them much easier to drive. Lets be real, how hard can a car be to drive that only has 400 horsepower? Racing was built on progressively increasing divisions, and hence horsepower. If you cant handle a higher division, you drop back down to less horsepower. How is that saving the driver any money?
And no, you cant buy an XR1 with the money saved from the crate engine. Do you know what JUST those chassis cost? As a student, do your research. While you're at it, look on the classifieds. Youll find SLM engines for cheaper than you think. What is with everyone's thought process these days that you must spend $50000 on brand new engines to be competitive around here? And people wonder why racing is dying. Everyone thinks they save money by buying a $5000 crate, yet they all lose their ass at the pay window all year long and constantly getting beat by guys that still spend more money. If you come to races in a toter and stacker and havent run anything more than a crate engine, you need to move up.