2014 CRATE LATE MODEL RULES
A. Nosepiece and roof must match body style of car.
B. All cars must have a minimum of one inch (1”) and a maximum of two (2”) inches of roll at top of fenders, doors, and quarter panels. A sharp edge or angle will not be permitted. Body roll must go from sides over interior, not interior over sides.
C. Floorboards and firewall must cover the driver’s area and be constructed to provide maximum safety.
D. Driver’s seat must remain on the left side of the drive line.
E. Front window bars are mandatory.
F. Legible numbers, at least eighteen inches (18”) high are required on each side of the car and roof.
G. No fins or raised lips of any kind are permitted anywhere along the entire length of the car.
H. Bodyline must be a smooth even line from front to rear.
I. No slope noses or wedge cars permitted. Noses must be stock appearing, subject to Series template.
J. No belly pans or any type of enclosure on bottom of cars will be permitted. Skid plate to protect oil pan is permitted.
K. No wings or tunnels of any kind are permitted underneath the body or chassis of the car. A maximum of one (1) stone deflector, for rear mounted oil pumps, oil filters, and for the main oil tank will be permitted. The deflector may be made of steel, aluminum, or heavy gauge wire. The cover may only be mounted near the unit it is designed to protect with a maximum size of 18”x 18” and mounted only from the upper right frame rail to the lower right frame rail.
L. All body panels must be solid. No holes, slots, or air gaps are permitted.
M. All non-approved bodies or any section/s of the body can or will be assessed a fifty pound (50#) minimum weight penalty at the discretion of the Technical Director.
N. No panels of any kind under the rear deck running from the front to the rear of the car. Bracing from fuel cell top from front to rear is legal.
O. Any air cleaner scoops used must be positioned in front of or around the air cleaner and cannot exceed one (1”) inch in height above any part of the air cleaner. The scoop cannot be designed with fins or raised edges to direct airflow. The scoop cannot extend behind the rear of the air cleaner and must have a maximum width of seventeen inches (17”) at the rear, with a maximum of ten inches (10”) width at the front and cannot have more than one inch (1”) opening in height at the front.
P. No cockpit or driver adjustable shocks, hydraulic or pneumatic weight jacks, trackers, MSD boxes or similar adjustable components of any kind are permitted inside the cockpit of the car. Taping over of any adjuster is not permitted. The offending component must be removed from the cockpit.
A. All stock nosepieces must be approved.
B. Nosepieces must be made of molded type material.
C. Two (2) piece noses must be fastened together in the center. No spacers to gain width are permitted.
D. The nosepiece must be mounted so as not to alter its original shape.
E. Adding to the bottom of the nosepiece in the front achieving lower ground clearance is permitted.
F. A stock nosepiece can extend a maximum of fifty-two inches (52”) from the center of the front hub to the farthest point extending forward.
G. Front fender flairs must be made of plastic and cannot alter the original shape of the nosepiece. The front fender flairs cannot extend beyond the front tire more than one inch (1”) in width with wheels pointed straight.
H. Front fender flairs must have collapsible support.
I. Front fender flairs can extend a maximum of three inches (3”) above the fender tops and hood.
J. Front fender flairs can extend a maximum of four inches (4”) above where the filler panel meets the hood.
K. The nosepiece must have a headlight decal package attached. One warning will be permitted and then the car must run contrasting color tape in the shape of a headlight.
ROOF AND ROOF SUPPORTS
A. The roof length size must be a minimum of forty-four inches (44”) to a maximum of fifty-four inches (54”).
B. The roof width size must be a minimum of forty-eight inches (48”) to a maximum of fifty-two inches (52”).
C. Roof must be stock appearing and mounted level.
D. Roof height must be between forty-five inches (45”) and forty-eight inches (48”) from the ground.
E. The roof must be mounted parallel to body and near center of the car.
F. A maximum one and one half inch (1.5”) roll, turned downward, is permitted along the front edge of the roof. A maximum one-inch (1”) roll turned downward is permitted along the rear edge of the roof. (Roll permitted to help strengthen roof).
G. No flat or odd shaped roofs permitted.
H. All roof side (sail) panels must extend to the edge of the body. Maximum (no tolerance) right side sail panel size – seventeen inches (17”) at the top, forty-three inches (43”) at the bottom. Maximum (no tolerance) left side sail panel size – seventeen inches (17”) at the top, forty-three inches (43”) at the bottom and minimum fifteen inches (15”) at the top, forty inches (40”) at the bottom. The window area may be covered with clear Lexan or transparent material. Both roof support openings must be covered or both must be left open, if left open the openings must remain the same size. Decals will be permitted but must meet the dimensions in the drawing and must be approved by the Technical Inspector. Maximum two-inch (2”) bow in either direction in rear roof side panels is permitted.
I. Sail Panel Windows Openings must be the same size on both the left and right sides. They must be in the same location and orientation on both the left and right sides.
J. All cars must have a minimum of three inches (3”) and a maximum of four inches (4”) between sail panel and spoiler side where they meet the deck.
K. Front posts must be flat and in uniform width from top to bottom – four inch (4”) maximum width.
L. Any sun shields, four inch (4”) maximum, must be able to hinge for easy exiting of car.
FRONT FENDERS AND HOOD
A. Must be level and flat from left to right side of car.
B. Fenders are not permitted to gain height from rear to front of car.
C. No part of fender or hood can be outside of the bodyline.
D. The front fender can be a maximum of thirty-six inches (36”) in height. Height is measured vertically from the ground to the top of the fender behind the front tires.
A. Door to door cannot exceed seventy-seven inches (77”) in width at the top of the doors.
B. Door to door cannot exceed eighty- two inches (82”) in width at the bottom in the center of the car.
C. Doors cannot exceed thirty-six inches (36”) in height measured from the ground.
D. At no point can the door sides break in towards the center of the car between the top and bottom measurements.
E. The minimum ground clearance permitted is three inches (3”).
A. No offset quarter panels permitted. Must be equally tapered towards the center of the car.
B. Tire clearance from body must be a minimum of two inches (2”). No wheel skirts permitted.
C. At no point can quarter panel sides break in towards center of the car.
D. Right side quarter panel must be straight in line with the door or taper in a maximum of one inch (1”).
E. Left rear quarter panels must extend downward from the deck a minimum of thirty-three inches (33”) and a maximum of thirty-six inches (36”) including the plastic. Measured at the front and rear of the quarter panel. Right rear quarter panels must extend downward from the deck a minimum of twenty-seven inches (27”) without the plastic and thirty-one inches (31”) with plastic. Measured at the front and rear of the quarter panel. One inch (1”) tolerance.
A. No aluminum frames permitted in construction of car.
B. Minimum 103” wheelbase.
C. Rectangle or Square Tubing: The frame of all cars must be constructed of two inch (2”) by two-inch (2”) minimum rectangular or square tubing with a minimum of eight inch (8”) circumference and a minimum of eighty-three thousands inch (.083”) wall thickness.
D. Round Tube Frame:
The frame of all cars must be constructed of a minimum of one and three-quarter inch (1¾”) round tubing and must have a wall thickness of eighty-three thousands inch (.083”) wall thickness minimum.
E. If rear bumper is stubbed, it may only extend a maximum of eight inches (8”) beyond frame. Any stubbed rear bumpers that extend eight inches (8”) or more beyond frame must be rounded and directed towards the front of the car.
F. It is recommended that all cars be equipped with a tow hook or strap.
G. All battery supports must be braced in two axis - two horizontal and one vertical.
A. Cars must have a suitable steel roll cage in drivers compartment including headrest.
B. Side roll bars are mandatory and must extend into the door panels.
C. A minimum of three (3) bars must be used on the left side of the car. Each bar must be a minimum of one and one-half inch (1½”) in diameter with a minimum thickness of ninety-five thousands inch (.095”).
D. Roll cage must be welded to the frame.
E. Roll cage must be above the driver’s helmet.
F. No fin-shaped or foil-shaped add-ons permitted on any part of the roll cage. The entire roll cage must be constructed of round tubing only.
G. Roll cage padding certified to SFI Spec 45.1 is required anywhere the driver’s helmet may contact the roll cage while in the driving position.
A. Interior is permitted to be dropped to the middle of the car a maximum of three inches (3”) below the top of doors and a minimum of twelve inches (12”) below the roll cage.
B. Interior must gradually taper up to the quarter panel height and be level for thirty-two inches (32”) from the rear of the quarter panel.
C. Interior must be fastened flush at the top of the door and quarter panels and must taper gradually towards the center of the car not creating a lip effect.
D. Interior must run in a straight line from behind the driver’s seat to the rear spoiler.
E. If interior is flat through the car, it must maintain a twelve-inch (12”) clearance from roll cage for easy exiting from either side of the car.
F. All cars with interior panels must at NO point in the car be over three inches (3”) in height. The portion of the panel running beside the driver must taper to zero or end in line with the steering wheel.
G. If interior is dropped at firewall, that portion of the firewall must be filled for safety reasons. Dropped Interiors will be monitored by the Technical Director and his calls on dropped interiors are final.
A. Rear spoiler must be manufactured of material of adequate strength such as Lexan or Aluminum.
B. Rear spoiler material maximum eight-inch (8”) height measured from deck to tip of material. Maximum seventy-two inch (72”) width.
C. Rear spoiler is not permitted to be suspended above the deck to create a wing effect.
D. Rear spoiler must begin where quarter panels end. No extended decks permitted.
E. Maximum of three (3) rear spoiler supports. Option of two (2) additional one-inch (1”) aluminum braces.
F. Spoiler supports cannot be mounted wider than the top of the quarter panel.
A. GM part number 88958602 & GM part number 88958604.
B. These engines are sealed at the intake manifold, cylinder head, front cover, and oil pan with special twist off bolt heads originally from GM. No RM Bolts. For any other sealing system contact Florence Speedway for approval. Crate engines must not be altered, modified or changed from factory specs.
C. The sealed engines must remain intact and not be tampered with; any seals that have been removed or tampered with will make the engine illegal and not eligible for competition.
D. All crate engines must remain stock as they came sealed from the factory. Crate engines must not be altered, modified or changed from factory specs. No changes are allowed to the engine - intake manifold, heads, valve covers, front cover, oil pan, harmonic balancer or any other part / or parts on / or in engine.
E. Officials may test any engine at any point to verify that the engine meets the GM factory specs. Testing can include compression checks, valve spring checks, rocker arm checks, and any other tests officials deem necessary. Officials may also confiscate any engine at the completion of any event to perform a complete tear down of the engine.
F. Any driver finishing a feature event may protest any other driver finishing in the top 5 in that same feature event. The driver must make protest to speedway officials immediately after feature event and must pay official $1,500 cash at that time. $500 will go to the speedway designated inspector. $1000 will go to the winner of the protest.
G. A driver and/or car owner refusing to allow his engine to be tested or confiscated for official teardown or protest will be penalized the same as those found to be cheating within the sealing system.
H. Any violation of the engine rules and/or factory specs inside the sealing system of the engine will result in the driver and/or owner being disqualified from that event, and suspended from racing for one year and be fined an amount to be determined. Any illegal parts will be confiscated for destruction and/or further inspection. After that period, the driver and/or car owner can only compete in events with an engine equipped with original factory GM sealing bolts.
I. Any violation of the engine rules and/or factory specs outside the sealing bolts of the engine will result in the driver being disqualified from that event. Driver and/or owner may be suspended and fined at official’s discretion.
J. Engine’s GM serial number and any seal certification number must be clearly visible.
K. No vacuum pumps.
L. No fuel injection devices, electric fuel pumps, turbo chargers, or blowers permitted.
M. Engine must have an operating self-starter.
N. The engine may be set back a maximum of six inches (6”) from the center of ball joint to front spark plug hole.
O. Carburetor is limited to one four barrel. 604 may use one 1” inch maximum carb spacer. 602 may use one 2” inch maximum carb spacer. One gasket per surface .070” maximum.
P. No engines using coil packs are allowed. Engine must operate using a single distributor. No distributor-less engines allowed. No crank trigger or magneto ignition system.
Q. No dry sump oil system. No external oil pumps.
A. An approved fuel cell (32 gallon maximum) must be securely mounted in the trunk area of the car inside a 20-gauge metal box supported by two (2) 1/8 x 2” steel straps.
B. A firewall must be installed between the fuel tank and driver’s compartment.
C. Gasoline or racing gas only. No methanol, alcohol, E85 ethanol, or nitrous oxide. No propylene oxide, or chemical additives.
A. No titanium chassis or suspension components
B. No titanium fasteners
TRANSMISSION, CLUTCH AND REAR END
A. Any transmission with working reverse and working forward gears is permitted.
B. Manual transmission must be equipped with an operational clutch.
C. Automatic transmissions are permitted.
D. The transmission must be mounted to the rear of the engine and lead to one drive shaft.
E. No live-axle rear-ends are permitted.
F. No independent rear suspensions are permitted.
G. All rear-ends using a cable to lock in the rear end must have the cable mounted outside the cockpit area and not in reach of the driver.
H. No titanium parts within rear end including the wheel studs.
A. All drive shafts must be a minimum of two inches (2”) in diameter. All drive shafts must be painted silver or white.
B. Only one drive shaft is permitted.
C. The drive shaft must be protected with a secure drive shaft hoop or sling.
A. Tire Rule
B. Largest permitted tire is twenty-nine inches (29”) by eleven inches (11”) by fifteen inches (15”).
C. Maximum circumference permitted is ninety-three inches (93”).
D. Maximum cross section width permitted is sixteen and three-quarters inches (16 ¾”).
E. Hoops for inspection must pass over tire freely.
F. No tire softeners, no conditioners, no altering of tires with any natural or un-natural, no hazardous or un-hazardous components or chemicals which alter the factory set baseline-settings of a given tire.
G. All sidewall markings must visible at all times. No buffing or removing of the compound designations.
H. Any chemical treating of tires is illegal.
1. Officials reserve the right to check and or confiscate any tire used in competition at any time. A driver is fully responsible for any tire used in competition regardless of the source of the tire and/or when the tire was put on the car.
2. Officials can take tire samples using two methods.
a. Officials can remove samples using destructive methods. In this case, no tires will be returned regardless of results. Drivers with treated tires will receive no compensation. Drivers with untreated tires will have the tire replaced.
b. Officials can remove sample grooves from the tread of the tire. No compensation will be given to the driver for tires.
3. Any tire used in competition may be protested for chemical treating by any driver competing in that same individual event(same feature, heat, qualifications, etc). Protest must be made to track officials prior to when the protested car returns to pit area. Protester must present $500 cash to official at time of protest.
a. If tire is found to not have been treated, the protested driver will receive $150 for tire replacement even if destructive methods are not used.
b. If tire is found to be treated, protester will receive $400 of their fee back with $100 being held for processing fees.
4. All prize monies of drivers with tires taken for testing will be held until lab tests are received. If tire samples do not match the factory benchmark for that compound, the driver forfeits all monies won that night, not only those from the specific race where the driver was protested. (ie – A driver using a tire during qualifying that is found to be illegal will forfeit any monies won in heats, consis, or features that night.)
5. Drivers with tires that do not match the factory benchmark will be disqualified for the event the samples were taken, be suspended 5 races, lose all championship points earned up to that point, be disqualified from any contingency programs for that season, and be subject to a $1,000 fine. These penalties are for a driver’s first offense. Further offenses will be handled on a case by base basis.
6. Any driver refusing to submit tires for any testing or intentionally avoiding officials attempts to secure tires will be subject to the same penalties as those found using chemically altered tires.
7. Any driver making a protest then backing out of protest may be subject to fines, suspensions, and/or other penalties.
A. Steel, aluminum, carbon fiber or plastic wheels are allowed.
B. Wheels must be mounted with lug nuts: no knock-off mounting devices are allowed.
C. Maximum wheel width is fourteen inches (14”).
D. Maximum width outside of front tires is ninety inches (90”).
E. Maximum width outside of rear tires is eighty-eight inches (88”).
A. Must be equipped with sufficient four (4) wheel braking system.
B. On track three wheel braking is allowed.
C. Steel Brake rotors only. No titanium, carbon fiber or other exotic material brakes are permitted.
SHOCKS & SPRINGS
A. All shocks must be Twin-Tube shocks. No monotube or other adjustable shocks. Anyone found tampering with a shock’s design or using specially built shocks to get around this rule will be subject to disqualification and/or suspension.
B. Drivers/car owners may have a five time per season exemption to the Twin-Tube shock rule. However, the use of the shocks must be declared prior to competition and the car must add 100 pounds in front of the firewall. This is in addition to the existing weight requirements. Anyone running monotube or adjustable shocks without declaring them at the beginning of the racing program will be disqualified.
C. Coil springs must be steel. Leaf springs may be composite or steel.
REMOTE CONTROL SUSPENSION DEVICES
A. NO “in-cockpit driver controlled” suspension devices permitted. NO weight jacks of any kind permitted. (This includes fifth [5th] coils, etc.). ANY driver using “in-cockpit driver controlled” suspension devices or weight jacks WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM COMPETITION!
EXHAUST AND MUFFLERS
A. Mufflers are MANDATORY.
B. Exhaust is not permitted to be directed towards ground. Exhaust must be parallel to the ground.
C. Collector type headers required. Must have four (4) tubes into one (1) collector of a consistent diameter.
D. No tri-y headers, merged headers, or square-tube headers allowed.
TRACTION CONTROL DEVICES
A. All Traction Control Devices are strictly prohibited during any form or portion of an event, race or practice/test session.
B. All traction control devices whether electronically controlled in the ignition system, wheel sensors or any means of measuring ground speed to control wheel spin are strictly prohibited. All devices not mentioned in the above that are found to control wheel spin, timing or fuel delivery control will be considered strictly prohibited.
C. At NO time will there be any type of ping control devices, dial a chip controls, timing controls or any modifications to the ignition control boxes, distributors, or any other part of the Ignition System. This includes any add on component or components inside or outside the cockpit of any competitors racecar. There shall be NO driver controlled wheel spin, timing or fuel delivery control devices in the cockpit area of any racecar.
D. A competitor found with any of the above mentioned will lose the complete device permanently and will lose all points earned to that point in the season. NOTE: A competitor may be asked for his electronic ignition at any time by the Technical Director to be sent for testing and inspection. Failure to hand over the electronic ignition will result in the holding of any purse monies won.
E. GPS and/or any other type of electronic tracking and/or locating device will not be permitted for any reason.
A. GM crate engine #88958602 (602 engine)
- 2200 lbs.
B. Any attached weights must be securely attached to the frame, painted white or bright silver and have the car number clearly displayed on them. Weights of up to fifty (50) pounds must be secured by two (2) half inch (1/2”) Grade 5 or higher bolts on two (2) weight clamps. Weights secured by one bolt and/or held on by a means other than accepted by the Technical Inspector will not be permitted. Due to the high risk factor involved, any car that loses lead weight during an event may be fined or face disqualification.
C. No weights may be attached to rear bumper.
D. No driver-operated weight adjustment devices are permitted.
A. NO batteries to be located in the driver’s compartment/cockpit.
B. Full containment racing seats are Strongly Recommended. All seats must be mounted properly & securely per the Technical Directors recommendations. The use of Grade 5 or better hardware is also required to attach the seat to the chassis.
C. The use of a 5, 6 or 7 point driver restraint system certified to SFI Spec 16.1 or 16.5 is REQUIRED no exceptions. All driver restraint systems shall not be in excess of 3 years of age past the date of manufacture. The use of a 7 point driver restraint system is strongly recommended. All mounting points of the racing harness MUST be mounted properly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and securely mounted to the chassis with the use of grade 5 or better hardware.
D. Window Nets certified to SFI Spec 27.1 are highly recommended and must be mounted in accordance with the manufacture’s instructions and technical director’s satisfaction.
E. A driveline “sling” is REQUIRED.
F. A helmet certified to Snell SA2000, SA2005 or SA2010 Standard or SFI Spec 31.1A, 31.1/2005 or 31.1/2010 is REQUIRED.
G. A driver suit certified to SFI Spec 3.2A/5 is REQUIRED.
H. Gloves certified to SFI Spec 3.3/5 are REQUIRED.
I. Fire resistant socks are Required.
J. Eighteen (18)-gauge steel or one and one-eighth inch (1 1/8”) aluminum “cockpit tub” to protect front, sides and rear of driver is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
K. Drivers under the age of 18 are REQUIRED to have a window net, gloves, and either a neck collar or a head and neck restraint system in addition to all other required safety equipment in place.
L. Head and Neck Restraint Devices/Systems are Highly Recommended
1. At all times during an Event (practice, qualifying, and competition), drivers must connect their helmet to a head and neck restraint device/system certified to SFI Spec 38.1. The device/system must display a valid SFI Spec 38.1 label. The head and neck restraint device/system, when connected, must conform to the manufacturer’s mounting instructions, and must be configured, maintained and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
2. It is the responsibility of the driver, not speedway officials, to ensure that his/her device/system is certified to SFI Spec 38.1, correctly installed, maintained, and properly used.
CAR CONSTRUCTION INFRACTION PENALTIES
A. You may be given a simple warning.
B. You may be asked to correct the infraction.
C. You may be assessed a weight penalty.
D. You may be disqualified when found and/or noticed with an infraction.
E. You may choose to leave.
A. NO two-way radios. No crew to driver radio or transmitted communications of any kind.
B. NO “in-cockpit driver controlled” electronic devices of any kind permitted.
C. NO computer controlled devices of any kind permitted
D. NO rearview mirrors of any kind permitted.