Let me explain a little further.. an extra $100 would not take away from my daughter. As I’m entering my mid 40’s now and I’ve played with these cars since the 90’s and owned over 40 of them, my priorities and tastes have a changed. I’m no longer concerned about having things like the custom cam or a Holley intake so that the engine is 100 percent. I’d rather have the (becoming) rare 93 cobra intake and a cam that drives nice and has good performance... I’d rather spend my money on things (like I have been) oem 18 Roush wheels, Recaro seats and a Momo steering wheel... if I want more performance I’ll slap an s trim on it....Well, you could B-cam and B-done.......
In all seriousness though, if you are buying a new cam you are within $50-75 of a custom cam. And if that's too much and would take too much away from your kids racing program, maybe the build isn't worth it. There are places to save a few bucks, but the cam isn't the best place to skimp. Nobody is saying run Jessel's and a solid roller or a stroker. But you gotta do what you're comfy with.
In your shoes, with a XE274 in my hands already, I'd run that.
I appreciate all the help and feedback.