Welcome to the official website of Joe Warren and JW Motorsports; the home of the #11 dirt late model. The car is a 2011 Rocket; powered by a S374W Ford 374 c.i 540 HP crate motor and regularly competes at Delaware International Speedway. Please take a few minutes to check out our sponsors at the bottom of this page. They are very important to our race team and we would appreciate it if you would keep them in mind if you can use their services.
I got the motor back Thursday morning. By Thursday night, she was fired up and ready to go. Saturday night at the track went ok. We started the night finishing a strong fourth in the heat. The top four were all close together, so I felt like the car was fairly good to start the night. The feature didn't go as well. I started on the pole, but by the time we got out of turn 2, I was running second. The track was fairly heavy. I ran second for a few laps until the first caution. I knew I would be in trouble on the restart because the preferred line was up on the cushion, and I would be restarting on the bottom. I was pinned on the bottom as car after car used their horsepower advantage to motor by be in the top groove. I would end up finishing 8th in my first night back in over two months.
Overall, it was a decent night to shake the car down and bring the car home in one piece. Next week, I will travel to Winchester to see how we do on a slick, shorter track. Wish me luck!!
Hoping to get the motor back soon. It was diagnosed as a lifter failure. Part failures: just a freak thing that sometimes happens sometimes. It was unfortunate that I missed one of the biggest races of the year: the Camp Barnes Benefit Race. I'm hoping to get the motor back soon and finish out the year much stronger than it began.
The start of the season has not begun as I was hoping, to say the least. With front end damage in the first race, and then motor problems while leading in the next race, this is not what I was hoping for to start the year in with the next generation S374W Ford test motor. Ford has the motor right now checking it over. I am confident that they will get it ironed out and have me back on the track real soon. I am started to go into withdrawal!
Well, opening night did not go quite the way I pictured it going. I was very excited to test the new S374W Ford crate motor with aluminum block. However, significant contact to my nose in the heat race caused me to scramble to be just be able to run the feature. I would have to start near the rear of the pack and ride around to collect a tenth place finish. It was not the night I was looking forward to, for sure. I did get the car back together this week and am looking forward to rebound with a better night this Sat. night at the Delaware International Speedway. Hope to see you there!
Less than a month, and engines will be roaring around the local tracks. I've got the car together and just need to get get in wrapped and get the motor back from Ford. I put the new AR Bodies dirt late model nose on this past weekend and have to say it looks pretty trick. It should put down lots of down force and am looking forward to it improving my program.
Tentatively, I'm looking at starting the season at Winchester Speedway on April 4th, then Test n Tune at DIS the following weekend, and the season kicks off on April the 11th. Hope to see you soon!
The off season is starting to pick up. The banquet is in the books and I ended up fifth in points and picked up the rookie of the year award in the super late model division. I am pretty proud of that considering I was down about 300 horsepower to the front runners running that stout Ford S374W crate motor. We all had a great time at the banquet and I think it made all of us want spring to get here sooner rather than later.
The following weekend brought the annual AARN Motorsports show. I enjoy going to that show every year where I look at the new products and race cars for the upcoming year. I also enjoy talking to people and making new contacts. To me, it begins the next racing season. I am still in the shop maintaining the car for this coming season and getting things in order. Keep in touch as the the season approaches. See you all real soon!
The cold winter is here, but it is not slowing me down. The car has been stripped and gone over. New parts have been installed and others have been maintained. The annual banquet is this weekend at the Dover Downs casino and banquet hall. Im looking forward to celebrating everyone's accomplishments for the 2014 season and then moving ahead to the 2015 season. Before we know it, this cold weather will be gone, spring will be here, and we will be pulling into the gates once again. Keep checking back for news of what's happening for JW Motorsports in 2015!
The Super Late Model division at DIS has integrated Ford's S374W crate motor and Chevy's CT525 crate motor with weight breaks and a softer tire compound to compete against the open motor super late models. There is a lot of work to do before the season starts, and there will be an equal amount of work to do as I attempt to figure out how to make this new package competitive with the open motors. I can say this, It's going to be a very exciting year and I am looking forward to this new challenge! For more information on Ford's race built crate S374W motor, click here
and go to Ford's crate racing engine page. More information to come!
After talking with CJ Jones of Jones Racing Products, I'm thrilled to be running a Jones Racing Products front end drive kit on my new Ford motor. I admired their products at the AARN Motorsports show in Philadelphia this past winter and know that this package will finish off this motor quite nicely. If you are interested to see what kind of front drive kits they have for you, visit JonesRacingProducts.com