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WELCOME TO SYCAMORE SPEEDWAY
RULEBOOK FOR 2016
The Management would like to welcome you and thank you for your interest in racing at Sycamore Speedway. This rulebook is written to give you information about the operation of our events and the rules, both mechanical and procedural. Please read this rulebook carefully. All racing events require that each and every one of us remember our first obligation is to the race fans. The racing officials and management of Sycamore Speedway will resolve any disagreement over technical questions, establish the length, frequency and administration of all racing events and determine all finishing positions. Their decision is final.
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for orderly conduct of racing to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the conditions of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with the rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATIONS OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator or official. The race director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that, in his opinion, do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH AN ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATION. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final. Other items not covered in this information will be decided by racing officials.
SYCAMORE SPEEDWAY 2016
OFFICIAL STOCK CAR RACING GENERAL RULES
- These general rules apply to each and every one, car owners, drivers, mechanics, pit crew members, fans and anyone in the pit area, grandstands or on the racetrack. We will not tolerate any fighting and unnecessary recklessness or any type of retaliation. Profanity is prohibited. Consumption of any alcoholic beverages or controlled substances within the pit area and on the racetrack is prohibited. Race cars and personal clothing will not display profane signs, sex signs, and swastika, ethnic or racial slurs. Use of radio signals that interfere with our track frequency is prohibited.
- To compete at Sycamore Speedway your car must have a complete body and adhere to the rules described for your class. All cars must willingly pass a technical inspection each race date. Any refusal for inspection results in disqualification for that night. No inspection-no race.
- All competing cars must complete a Sycamore Speedway Membership Card, a W9, driver profile and have a number assigned. The same number will be reassigned IF applied for by February 20. To reserve a number call 815-895-5454 BETWEEN 9 A.M to 3 P.M Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
- During the races, the only people allowed on the racetrack and infield is drivers, disabled cars and racing officials. Everyone must stay behind the fences at all times unless requested by the officials to assist for some special reason.
In case of accident, car must be taken into pits or infield (at a safe distance) to be worked on, subject to official’s decision.
Competing cars and drivers found in violation of rules will lose any purse money & points won for that night.
Insurance coverage exists beginning 30 minutes prior to scheduled race time and ending 10 minutes after the finish of the last event.
- Green - Track is clear.
- Red - Indicates that all cars are to stop at once. The race has been halted. Once cars have started to lineup for restart, latecomers will lose their positions. Any car not ready for restart shall go to rear of pack.
- Yellow - Hold your position. Do not pass. The lead car must slow down to parade lap speed, and ALL cars remain in single file at a constant slow speed all around the track. Failure of the car to trail the car ahead will cause violator to lose position. It is the responsibility of the lead car to slow down to parade lap speed. When there is a yellow on the white flag lap, the race is over! Cars will be scored on the finished lap previous to white flag.
NOTE: YELLOW FLAG LAPS NOT COUNTED*. ANY CAR OR CARS INVOLVED IN A YELLOW FLAG SITUATION SHALL RESTART IN THE REAR. ANY CAR CAUSING TWO YELLOW FLAGS IN ONE RACE MUST LEAVE THE RACETRACK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT RACE. Any driver, pit crew member or family disturbing flagman or scorers before conclusion of racing program, will disqualify that car or be fined. *At the discretion of the promoter, yellow flag laps may be counted.
- Black - The scorer will not count the laps of the black flagged car until he enters the pits and remedies the hazardous reason causing the car to receive the black flag. Failure to see the black flag will not be considered as an excuse.
- Blue w/Orange Stripe - Starters Signal – Hold your Line.
- Checkered - Race is over. When lead car gets checkered flag, race is over for all cars as they cross the finish line.
- The placement of the cars in order of finish as determined by the scorer will be final.
The track steward reserves the right to increase or decrease the field of cars at his discretion.
Any driver, who in the opinion of the track officials or flagman, shows evidence of exhaustion, drinking, under the influence of controlled substance or other physical incapacity, may be barred from the events in the interest of safety to himself and to others.
Any person or persons willfully blocking the track or attempting to obstruct the race program will be requested not to return to the track for future race meets. Remember…when a rule is enforced, one or more people aren’t going to like it.
A race will not be stopped because of a car or cars spinning out in the first curve or turn on the first lap unless the situations, determined by the flagman, would warrant it.
Intoxicating beverages, including beer, are not permitted in the pit area before or during a race meet. Any car whose crew has been drinking in the pits, will be fined, suspended and/or both.
Cars not at the gate at least thirty (30) minutes before race time will be placed in position at the discretion of the steward, if situation so requires it.
Abandoned car will be towed away.
When qualifying, an allowance of one spin or wave-off will be permitted per night. When time trials are over for a given class, they are over – no exceptions. You will be allowed one qualifying laps or other means to facilitate positioning as time permits to be determined by the track officials.
Wristbands appropriate for the event are required at all time. No Exceptions
Finishing positions are paid according to the distance traveled regardless of whether the car is still running or not, except in cases of ties between cars that both might have completed the same number of laps. In case, the car running at the finish has the preference over the car that is not running, but which may have an equal number of laps completed.
Only the tow vehicle will be allowed in the pits. No other car will be permitted.
Any driver or crewmember deemed detrimental to the sport of auto racing will be refused entry to the pits. Auto racing is a competitive sport, but like any other event that lives from the support of fans there is, along with competition, a great deal of showmanship required. STARTING ON TIME, running the events in a professional manner, PROPER UNIFORMS, race cars BRIGHTLY PAINTED and the CONDUCT of the competitors as viewed by the fans; these requirements form an important part of the contest rules and must be considered for the growth of auto racing.
Abuse of any official and use of improper language at any time will be subject to disciplinary action. The penalty imposed will depend on the severity of the act.
If in the combined opinion of the flagman, track officials and timer, a driver did not make the best effort to qualify, he will be positioned in the race lineup as judged appropriate.
If for any reason a race stopped (such as red, yellow or checkered flag), only the persons allowed out on the track are officials, safety crew, wrecker and ambulance crew. NO ONE ELSE! Anyone not conforming to this rule is subjecting themselves to a severe fine or expulsion from the grounds subject to discretion of track officials.
Any driver, car owner, mechanic or any other person trying to organize others against the track or the officials in any way not limited to but including all forms of media, will be immediately suspended from Sycamore Speedway and barred from further competition.
The following procedures must be observed in the pits:
- The cars will lineup in the pits for an event according to the positions posted on the pit bulletin board immediately after the cars enter the track. Any car not in line at this time will miss the event.
- Any car missing an event because of this rule may start the next as an added starter; exception – those cars missing the consolation race cannot automatically start the feature as added starter.
- If you do not race your heat event, regardless of reason, you will forfeit your starting position for the feature.
Added starters in any event will start in the rear of the pack.
Added starters MAY RACE upon special permission of the track official.
Any car that comes too late to qualify will be added to lineups as officials deem appropriate.
To change drivers or cars, the driver going into the car must have qualified the car that night. This change must be reported to Pit Tower before race event. As a driver you can only qualify one car per class and you must race that car all night.
If your car breaks mid event, you cannot run someone else’s car with your number.
Any fines and/or suspensions will be decreed by the officials, subject to the following: mechanical violations – maximum of $200 fine, safety violations – maximum of $500 fine and/or two weeks suspension. Rain outs or race night cancellations do not count towards penalty.
PROTEST RULE: If you feel one of your competitors is cheating, for $200 you can request that the car be inspected. $50 will be retained by the racetrack regardless of the outcome; the remaining $150 will go to the correct party. If you claim a competitor is cheating and you are correct then you get your $150 back, if you are wrong the $150 will go to the competitor you wrongly accused. The $200 you are paying is for a full tech, should this inspection result in an illegal car than the repercussions are the same as if the car was randomly picked for a full tech inspection, i.e. loss of points & money for the night.
All cars must be removed from pit area after the conclusion of the evening events. ANY car left on the premises after ten days will be charged “storage”. Pit lights out and pit area emptied and locked thirty minutes after race event.
The track will reserve the right to reject any entry.
- The cars will lineup in the pits for an event according to the positions posted on the pit bulletin board immediately after the cars enter the track. Any car not in line at this time will miss the event.
II. Car & Driver General Rules
- PAINTING OF CARS
- Cars may be painted as you choose, but number must be a bright, contrasting color. WHEELS MUST BE SOLID WHITE OR FLOURESCENT COLORED for easy visibility in the event one is thrown. Day-Glo paint is strongly recommended. NO PRIMERED CARS. NO TWO CARS PAINTED IDENTICAL WITHIN THE SAME CLASSES!
Car numbers MUST be MINIMUM of 24” SQUARE WITH 4” BRUSH STROKE ON RIGHT AND LEFT DOORS. NUMBERS MUST BE PAINTED ON CONTRASTING COLOR TO THE CAR ALSO 24” NUMBER ON ROOF OF CAR.
POOR NUMBER = NO SCORE!
B. WEARING APPAREL
- We recommend all pit participants wear white pants or coveralls for visibility reasons.
We require all drivers, for SLM, LM, Pure Stock, Modified Compacts, & any visiting class to wear a flame resistant driving suit, a closed toed shoe & gloves. For Spectator, Powder Puff, Compact & Socker Stocker at minimum , long sleeves, long pants, gloves and closed toed shoes are REQUIRED.
C. ROLL BARS
1. Super Late Models, Late Models, Pure Stock, Modified Compact …All cars must be equipped with welded cage types. ROLL BARS WELDED TO THE FRAME OF THE CAR. Bars must pass inspection of the tech steward. Suggested specs for roll bars are: wall thickness; .095. Outside diameter; 1-1/2”. No pipe joints; bars must be welded and angle joints reinforced. No galvanized pipe. DOM type tubing is recommended.
2. Friday night Compacts: This is MANDATORY to run at minimum a roll bar. See Compact Rules for specifics.
D. SAFETY BELTS AND HELMETS1. Passenger type seat belts required at minimum for all Spectator, Compact, Socker Stocker and Powder Puff cars.
2. All Super Late Model, Late Model, Pure Stock and Modified Compact cars must be equipped with a 5 point racing harness. MANDATORY. Certification must be visible and show 3 yrs or newer. They need to be securely fastened to the frame of the car. Belts must have quick release metal buckle. Shoulder harness is mandatory. Shoulder harness must be quick release type.
- Approved crash helmets must be worn for all classes. This is strongly enforced. No Motorcross or Motorcycle only helmets.
E. SAFETY RULES – the following safety rules will be strongly enforced:1. NO BATTERIES, FUEL TANK, FUEL LINES, or any object that may create a hazard in the driver compartment. Batteries will be permitted if securely fastened down and covered with a sponge rubber and then a rubber covering. i.e. boat box. All fuel lines that run through the driver compartment must be covered. 2. Cars MUST HAVE FULL STEEL FIRE WALLS between driver and engine compartments and driver and fuel tanks.
3. Seats must be securely fastened to frame of car.
4. All cars must be self-starting. Cars must leave pits under their own power.5. Fire extinguishers are mandatory for all cars and must be securely fastened. Quick release type only and be in reach of driver.
6. Dirt screens are subject to inspection.
7. All gas must be in proper marked RED CANS in the pit area.
8. Flame resistant driving suits and a window restraining net are strongly recommended.
9. Fuel cell with roll over valve strongly recommended.
10. Over Flow Tubes must be pointed down.
F. Must run trophy dash to receive fast time point.
G. If a driver misses the prior event, driver’s best starting position in the feature will be no better than 11th position.
H. All cars must remain in pits ten minutes after final race so that race fans may come and look at cars and talk to drivers.
I. All exhaust must exit at the side of the car – left side recommended.
J. Under yellow & red flag conditions, only track officials can be on the racetrack!
K. Rear view or side mirrors not allowed on any racecar for any class. NO EXCEPTIONS.
L. For All Classes running at Sycamore Speedway, all drivers must use a race receiver. Fusion 1600 is a very common type and is most common at a lot of other facilities.
M. We recommend you to make an appointment to have your car inspected before the season begins. For any questions regarding these rules OR to make an appointment, please call 815-895-5454 between 9 am and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please note the phone will not be answered outside of these hours.
2016 LATE MODEL RULES AND REGULATIONS
- COMPETING MODELS
- Open to any American 8-cylinder car with a stock wheelbase no less than 107 inches.
- No convertibles or compacts
- WEIGHT RULE
- Car must weigh a minimum of 3300lbs. with driver after the race.
- Weights up to 50 lbs must be securely fastened by 2 ½ inch, minimum grade 5 bolts with a minimum of 2 weight clamps. Threaded rods will not be permitted. All weights must be painted white and clearly labeled with the car number on it.
- Any weight(s) must be securely attached to the frame below the body decking.
- Any car that loses any weight/ballast during an event may be subject to a penalty. If you lose your weight and it’s not marked with your number, you do not get it back.
- Weights attached to the rear bumper and/or outside the frame will not be permitted.
- Pellet-type and/or liquid-type weight/ballast will not be permitted.
- Driver operated weight adjustment, ‘weight jacking’ devices will not be permitted.
- Body must be in original position on frame and cannot be altered and must sit level with frame. STEEL BODIES ONLY. Example: Stock Style Five Star Steel bodies. Stock style appearing fiberglass roof and hood are permissible.
- Front bracing must be behind factory nosepiece mandatory. MANDATORY Cable or chain exposed at front & rear of car for towing purposes.
- All bracing and reinforcing must be inside car. NO solid material used for bracing. All bracing above original floor.
- All reinforcement must be below trunk lid or hood and covered with stock bumper
- NO COCKPITS
- Any cutting of the hood for vents or radiators must be covered with sheet metal and painted same color as car.
- Hoods—Air scoops permissible (4” maximum height).
- Filler disk in steering wheel recommended (i.e. AFCO).
- Remove all glass and remove rear seat before coming to track.
- All doors must be securely fastened, either welded or chained.
- Exposed cable or chain on front of car for towing purposes.
- Screens are mandatory for windshield and must be mounted from A-Pillar to A-Pillar.
- ENGINE - No V6's
- All engines must be stock appearing and in stock position. Rigid mounts are allowed. Engine in stock location only. NO aluminum heads. NO angle spark plug heads. Right front spark plug must be straight in line with right front upper ball joint; no tolerance. NO aluminum engines. Stock steel firewall is required but may be modified for engine clearance.
- Cylinder heads – any cast iron 23 degree straight plug allowed.
- Stock cast iron 2 barrel intake manifold mandatory.
- Oil cooler permissible and oil pans with increased capacities permissible.
- ENGINES & TRANSMISSIONS: May be interchanged with other makes such as a Chevy motor and trans in a Ford, etc. Engine must be mounted in original mounts or if altered, front spark plug must be in line with right front ball joint. Engine must be stock appearing.
- Carburetion is limited to 1 two-barrel Rochester carburetor. Maximum Venture opening is 1.250”.
- CARBURETORS: must be stock mounted. NO drilling of carburetor or manifold. No altering to mount.
- No 4-barrel intake manifolds.
- Ford and MoPar may use a carburetor adapter.
- Carb should be stock and unmodified. Note: Choke may be removed.
- FLYWHEEL, CLUTCH, TRANSMISSION, REAR AXLE ASSEMBLY
- STOCK STEEL STICK SHIFT FLYWHEEL ONLY. NO ALUMINUM OR ANY OTHER TYPE.
- Relocation of shifting mechanism is permissible. Any stock OEM transmission allowed. No five-speed transmission allowed. No in and out boxes. Stock type clutches only.
- If running automatic transmission must have liquid filled torque converter.
- Must have inspection cover for clutch and/or torque converter.
- Must have a scatter shield.
- No racing transmissions, automatic or manual OEM 3 or 4 speed only.
- Rear axle-only one set up; either leaf or coil spring.
- You may reinforce the right front wheel and A-frame. NO repositioning allowed of A-frame. Right front wheel may run increased camber. Fords may lengthen bottom of right front only A-frame. (1 1/2 inch maximum) General Motors may shorten top of right front A-frame 1 1/2 inch maximum. The above will be measured from stock ORIGINAL POSITION
- Spindles; STOCK TYPE ONLY, NO heavy duty.
- All springs must be uniform and sit level with the ground. Cars must sit level (reasonable). Five inch minimum frame clearance from center of front cross member to ground. No sway bars on rear. Stock appearing suspension only. Stock diameter on front sway bar; NO adjustable bolt; stock only.
- REAR SPRING - 4 maximum. 58 inches maximum length. BOTH SIDES-SAME SPRINGS. STOCK TYPE ONLY. No use of extra long leaf spring. Must be of stock length. Mounted in stock position.
- Screw jacks permissible.
- SHOCKS: Any stock appearing steel bodied shock with stock mounting allowed. NO helper spring type. Shocks must be same diameter all 4 corners. NO added shock mounts. Front may be moved as necessary for screw jack placement. NO adjustables. NO tampering with shocks.
- Spring and shock hangers must be in O.E.M. stock position and WILL BE MEASURED. Front shocks may be moved for screw jack placement.
- Leaf Spring—may have adjustable front mounts.
- REAR ENDS
- Stock type rear end or Ford 9” permitted.
- Must be stock style O.E.M. brackets. Must run O.E.M brake calipers. All brackets must be in O.E.M. mounting position. Stock control arms with factory rubber bushings (no monoballs), may be reinforced. Floater permissible
- All rear ends must be locked.
- FRAMES AND ROLLCAGE
- Roll bars must be installed. NO welding on threads or threaded joints allowed. All cars must have driver’s door protection. No galvanized pipe.
- All cars must have stock appearing steel floor pan installed in original position. Camaros may connect sub-frames.
- Wheelbase-107 inches minimum.
- No modifications or change in engineering of car whatsoever.
- Standard steering only. No steering assist or quickeners. Power steering recommended.
- FUEL CELLS
- Fuel cells mandatory. Rollover valve recommended on vent tube. If you purchase new fuel cell make sure it has a rollover valve on vent tube
- Must be installed in trunk and equipped with a steel firewall between driver and tank.
- Fuel lines running inside the car must have rubber coating.
- Fuel pumps mechanical only. No electrical fuel pumps.
- GASOLINE ONLY. Racing gasoline allowed.
- Twenty Five (25) gallons maximum.
- EXHAUST SYSTEM
- Headers permissible. Exhaust pipes must extend to the rear or left side only. Diameter of rear exhaust pipes can be no larger than exhaust pipe from manifold. No more than two exhaust pipes allowed on any car. NO 180-degree headers allowed.
- COOLING SYSTEM
- All radiators must fit under the hood. No antifreeze.
- Wheels 15” steel only. Max. rim width 8”. One-inch pipe permitted over valve stem. No spacers unless approved by tech.
- Racing studs and nuts recommended
- Racing wheel optional. All wheels must be painted WHITE or FLUORESCENT OR CHROME COLORED.
- Steel rims and wheels recommended. Bead locks allowed on right rear only.
- BRAKES – Single stock brake master cylinder in stock location only. Disc brakes optional. NO brake balance systems. Front to Rear brake proportioning valve is permissible. No brake gauges.
- Tires must be purchased from Sycamore Speedway only. NO WARRANTIES.
- No grooving or altering of tire. Grinding permissible.
- THINGS NOT TO USE
- No high performance products of any type. No nerf bars, no traction control, lengthened spindles, heavy shocks, aluminum head and manifold, and MSD boxes,etc.
- PAYOFF LATE MODEL CLASS ONLY
- Eligibility - Must compete in 90% of races at Sycamore Speedway. No point money if you race at another track on a night that Sycamore Speedway is racing. $1500 will be used for a final point fund. All payouts & point fund payments are paid to car owner.
Points will follow driver & car meaning if you are driving more than one car in the same season you will have points as a driver for each car that you run. Before any payout will be paid the driver and/or car owner, whoever will be receiving the 1099 for the season, must complete a W9.
- If a Late Model Driver is champion for two consecutive years, he must move up to Super Late Model Class or take a season off.
- MUST meet point fund qualifications to be eligible for any points money. All final point money paid at end of season.
- POINTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
|Time Trials||1 point for Fast Time (remember you must run the dash in order to get this point|
|Trophy Dash||1 point for who qualifies & starts the trophy dash|
|Heats & Semi Features||1st place = 3 points||Fast Heat||1st place = 4 points|
|2nd place = 2 points||2nd place = 3 points|
|3rd place = 1 point||3rd place = 2 points|
|4th place = 1 point|
|Feature||1st place = 14 points||8th place = 6 points|
|2nd place = 12 points||9th place = 5 points|
|3rd place = 11 points||10th place = 4 points|
|4th place = 10 points||11th place = 3 points|
|5th place = 9 points||12th place = 2 points|
|6th place = 8 points||13th place & below = 1 point|
|7th place = 7 points|