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Young engine builders set national record

Local auto engine builders are setting national records for speed and skill, and they're all in high school.

Peach County High's team is number one in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Competition. Now they hold the national record.

"It feels good to be number one," said Kyle Windham.

The contest requires a team of five properly dissemble and reassemble a car engine using hand tools.

You can think of Windham as the quarterback of the team. His task doesn't look like much compared to his teammates, but his job requires details.

"I have to make sure everything is ready to go back on the engine whenever they bring it to the table," said Windham.

The team swept the Sema competition early this month in Las Vegas. They beat the old record by 11 seconds, and set a new one of 16:11.

Teams also win money. So all five on Peach County High's team have about $45,000 in scholarship funds.

"We could actually get more scholarship money this year depending on how we do," said Preston Kersey.

The team gets $30,000 more to split if they win the national championship.

"That's quite a bit. That's better than applying to all these scholarships out there that I'd probably never get," said Daniel Mayorquin.

For all of these boys, joining the team, has helped mold them into men.

"Really want to be successful in the automotive industry," said Dakota Ezell.

They'll proceed to finals from December 10-12 in Indianapolis,Indiana.


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