2016 Modified Compacts Rulebook

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General Rules - click here to read



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.



  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  1. Insurance coverage exists beginning 30 minutes prior to scheduled race time and ending 10 minutes after the finish of the last event.


  1. Green - Track is clear.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Blue w/Orange Stripe - Starters Signal – Hold your Line.
  3. Checkered - Race is over. When lead car gets checkered flag, race is over for all cars as they cross the finish line.
  1. The placement of the cars in order of finish as determined by the scorer will be final.
  2. The track steward reserves the right to increase or decrease the field of cars at his discretion.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Abandoned car will be towed away.

  9. 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.

  10. Wristbands appropriate for the event are required at all time. No Exceptions

  11. 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.

  12. Only the tow vehicle will be allowed in the pits. No other car will be permitted.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. The following procedures must be observed in the pits:

    1. 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.
      1. 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.
    2. If you do not race your heat event, regardless of reason, you will forfeit your starting position for the feature.
    3. Added starters in any event will start in the rear of the pack.

    4. Added starters MAY RACE upon special permission of the track official.

    5. Any car that comes too late to qualify will be added to lineups as officials deem appropriate.

    6. 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.

    7. If your car breaks mid event, you cannot run someone else’s car with your number.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. The track will reserve the right to reject any entry.

II. Car & Driver General Rules

  1. 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!



  1. We recommend all pit participants wear white pants or coveralls for visibility reasons.
  2. 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.


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.


1. 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.

  1. 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.

Modified Compacts Rules - click here to read
We have followed UMP rules for this class but will have our own points system and payout.  We are not UMP sanctioned but welcome all that has a car to fit those specifications.


    1. Any front wheel drive, compact car will be permitted for competition.
    2. All chassis and frames must remain unaltered and OEM.  Any front wheel drive, compact car frame will be permitted.
    3. A maximum 107-inch wheelbase is allowed.
    1. This class will be running on Saturday only, you may run for points in this class as well as any Friday night class, i.e. Spectator, Powder Puff, Socker Stocker and/or Compact. But you may not use the same car to do so.
    2. We will draw for qualifying positions.  You will be granted 1 qualifying time.  All lineups will be determined by qualifying time.
    3. The number of events, number of cars in each event, type of racing (normal or novelty) and finishing positions will be determined by the officials and their decision is FINAL.
    4. First and second place cars must start at the rear of the pack the next racing feature event.
    5. All cars will be inspected before the race.  Top winning cars will be inspected after the race.
    6. Racecars will be inspected by officials at times they so designate.
    7. All cars must run heat races in order to preserve their feature position. If for mechanical reason you cannot run heat, tech must be informed and you will start in the rear of the feature.
      1. DOT approved helmets with faceshields.  No Motorcross helmet
      2. Driver must wear a full flame retardant racing suit.  A 2-piece suit is ok
      3. Gloves.
      4. Closed Toed Shoes.
    9. Weight Rule:  At minimum car with driver must weigh 2300 lbs crossing Sycamore Speedway scale.
    1. STRICTLY ENFORCED:  All glass including mirrors (side & rearview), head and tail lights, must be removed before arriving at the speedway.  Cars must be swept clean.  No junk tires, wheels, metal parts, etc. allowed in car.  Any sharp protruding objects on cars must be smashed down or cut off.
    2. The body must remain unaltered and OEM in appearance
    3. ALL DOORS must be positively and securely fastened.
    4. Hood and deck lids must be operable until after inspection.  Hood and deck lid must open for inspection.  Hood & Trunk Pins mandatory.
    5. Insulation under hood must be removed
    6. Dash may be removed when a 4 point cage with dash bar is installed at oem dash height
    7. The inner fenders must remain unaltered and OEM. Removing of the inner fenders will not be permitted.
    8. Front and rear bumpers must be positively and securely fastened. Welded, chained and/or cabled to the frame will be permitted.
    9. Seats: Racing seat with 5 point harness required.  Belts must be 3 years or newer.
    10. No special bumpers, reinforcements or fabrications other than stock replacements will be allowed.  No aftermarket nose and tail allowed. No chopping the ends of the bumpers off.
    11. The magnetic steel floor pan must remain unaltered and OEM. Any work that is done in the form of patches must be completed with magnetic steel.
    12. Firewalls:
      1. Front Firewall must be sealed.  No Holes
      2. Rear Seat must be removed and tinned to create a rear firewall
      3. No Holes in the Hood or Roof.  NO EXCEPTIONS
    13. A front and rear tow hook easily accessible will be required.
    14. The OEM bumper covers must remain on the vehicle, but may be altered to allow for tow hook.
    1. Windshields or windscreen are required.
      1. Screen must be .090 inch
      2. At minimum 3 bars must be installed in front of driver
    1. Only three (3) or four (4) cylinder in-line engines will be permitted
    2. All valve-train components must remain unaltered and OEM including but not limited to; crankshaft, connecting rods, valves, valve sizes and the bore and stroke.
    3. Aftermarket and/or racing-type cylinder heads will not be permitted
    4. High performance and/or sports car engines of any type will not be permitted.
    5. Turbo charged and/or super charged and/or rotary engines will not be permitted.
    6. Solid engine mounts and/or safety chains will be permitted.
    7. The engine and radiator must be OEM and mounted in the stock OEM location for the year, make and model of the car in competition.
    8. Accumulators and/or accusumps will not be permitted.
    9. Reinforcing will be not be permitted with the exception of the front strut bar
    10. An electrical engine shut off switch is required.  The switch must be clearly labeled and within the reach of the driver.
    1. All ignition components must be unaltered, OEM and match the year, make and model of the car in competition. Only 12 volt ignition systems will be permitted
    2. Ignition boxes and/or performance chips and/or any ignition enhancing devices will not be permitted.
    3. Traction control of any-type will not be permitted
    4. Only one twelve (12) volt battery, securely mounted with both terminals covered will be permitted. If battery is moved from OEM location, the battery must be mounted in a Marine-type case.
    5. Only stock OEM starters in the OEM location will be permitted
    6. Only one aftermarket tachometer, oil pressure and water temperature gauge(s) will be permitted.
    7. The vehicle computer (ECU) must be mounted in a visible location providing ease of inspection.
    8. In-car cameras, recording devices and/or data transmitting devices of any-type will not be permitted.
    1. The exhaust manifold must remain unaltered and OEM for the year, make and model of the car in competition. Exhaust must exit under the car not outside the car.  Headers are allowed.
    2. Removal of the catalytic converter, air conditioning compressor and smog pump will be permitted.
    3. May require a muffler
  8. BATTERIES may be moved to any reasonable position in the car, but they must be securely fastened and covered in a sealed battery box.
    1. The transmission and/or transaxle must remain OEM and unaltered for the year, make and model of the car in competition.  The transmission may be welded.
    2. All forward and reverse gears must be operational.
    3. The flywheel, flexplate, clutch and/or torque converter and/or assembly must remain unaltered and OEM of the year, make and model of the car in competition.
    4. Mini-type clutches and/or couplers will not be permitted.
    5. Transmission coolers in the driver compartment will not be permitted
    6. Torque dividing final drive systems will not be permitted
    7. A minimum one (1) inch inspection hole must be located in the bell housing.
    1. All components and mounts must remain unaltered and OEM and must match the year, make and model of car in competition.
    2. Weight jacks, modifications, racing components, aftermarket or homemade traction devices will not be permitted.
    3. A maximum of 5 degrees of camber will be permitted on any wheel.
    4. All shocks and struts must remain unaltered and OEM in the OEM location
    5. Spring rubbers will be permitted.
    1. Unless otherwise noted all tubing utilized in the construction of the roll cage must be 1.50-inch Outside Diameter, .095-inch thick magnetic steel tubing
    2. A six-point, full perimeter, using 1.50-inch Outside Diameter, .095-inch thick magnetic steel tubing is required
    3. The rear hoop must have bracing that crosses in an ‘X’ configuration. Rear kick up supports are required.
    4. A minimum 1.25-inch outside diameter cross bar is required across the top of the halo bar.
    5. The roll cage must be securely fastened (welding is required) utilizing a minimum of .250-inch plating to mount cage to the frame. Only magnetic steel will be permitted. Iron, galvanized pipe, fittings, square tubing, brazing and/or soldering will not be permitted.
    6. A minimum of three (3) door bars on the driver side and two (2) door bars on the passenger side, mounted in a horizontal manner will be required. Vertical bracing from the top-to-the-bottom of the door bars on both sides is required
    7. A minimum of three (3) windshield bars and protective screen will be required in front of the driver.
    8. The driver compartment must be sealed completely from the track, the engine and the fuel cell. The front and rear firewalls must remain and any holes must be patched with magnetic steel.
    9. All material considered flammable including but not limited to the radio, airbags must be removed.
    10. The interior must remain open.
    1. Center mounted steering will not be permitted
    2. A quick release, aftermarket steering wheel will be permitted. The steering column must remain OEM and unaltered.
    3. Aftermarket remote reservoir power steering will not be permitted.
    1. The fuel system must be complete, unaltered and OEM for the year, make and model of the car in competition
    2. The gas tank/fuel cell may be mounted ahead of the rear axle with a minimum 1/8-inch shield mounted
    3. If the gas tank/fuel cell is mounted behind the rear axle the gas tank/fuel cell must be replaced with a maximum eight (8) gallon fuel cell relocated to the trunk area of the car. The cell must be mounted with two (2) solid magnetic steel straps around the entire cell two (2) inches wide and .125-inch thick. A magnetic steel or fuel cell cover must be between the driver and the fuel cell.
    4. A fuel cell vent, including cap vent, must have a check valve. If the fuel cell does not have an aircraft-type positive seal filler neck, then a flapper, spring and/or ball type filler roll-over valve is mandatory.
    5. External electric fuel pump wired to the ignition switch with aftermarket fuel cell will be permitted.
    6. Cool cans will not be permitted.
    7. Fuel lines that pass through the driver compartment must be magnetic steel.
    8. A fuel shut off valve is required.  The valve must be clearly labeled and within reach of the driver.
    1. Cooling system must remain in engine compartment.  Aluminum radiators permissible.  NO antifreeze.
    2. Reinforcement support is allowed for radiator, ie kicker bar allowed.  This is nothing more than to hold radiator in upright position.
    3. Discharge from overflow tube must be pointed to the ground.
    1. Only OEM DOT 13, 14, 15 or 16-inch passenger tires will be permitted. Racing, mud, and/or snow tires will not be permitted.
    2. Alterations of any type including re-caps, softening, chemical alteration, conditioning, siping and/or grooving will not be permitted.
    3. All wheels must be OEM steel or aluminum wheels with a maximum width of seven (7) inches and a standard bead.  Racing rims permissible.
    4. All four (4) tires and wheels must be of the same series, size and offset
    5. All tires must remain inside of the body.
    6. Wheel spacers and/or bleeder valves will not be permitted.
    7. Wheel reinforcement is strongly recommended
    8. One (1) inch Outside Diameter magnetic steel lug nuts on steel wheels are required.
  16. BRAKES
    1. All brake components must be unaltered, OEM, magnetic steel and operative on all four wheels.
    2. Disc and/or drum brakes will be permitted and they must match the year, make and model of the vehicle in competition
    3. Only OEM Master Cylinders in OEM location will be permitted.
    4. Brake shut off and/or valve bias adjuster(s) will not be permitted
    5. Only magnetic steel brake lines will be permitted
    1. 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 and all payouts will be paid to that individual.
    2. Changes for 2016: All cars will qualify and lineups will be based on qualifying time.  Heats are slowest to fastest.  If only 1 heat is run then points will be awarded as the fast heat.  If 2 or more heats are run then the last heat will be considered the fast heat; all others will be awarded points according to the table under the Heats heading.  Feature Lineups will be the same as SLM & LM.  There will be no trophy dashes for this class.
    3. f a Modified Compact Driver is champion for two consecutive years, he must move up to Late Model Class or take a season off.
      Fast Heat 1st place = 3 points Heats 1st place = 2 points
        2nd place = 2 points 2nd place = 1 point
        3rd place = 1 point
Feature 1st place = 6 points 4th place = 2 points
2nd place = 4 points 5th place = 1 points
3rd place = 3 points