1)We will now REQUIRE all drivers to wear a head and neck restraint system that meets the S.F.I 38.1 certification.
2) The rear support for the top wing must use either a quick release pin or a 3/8 bolt and hex nut that will use a 9/16″ wrench on both sides. This is so that in the case of a driver extraction we will be able to remove the top wing and fold it away from the halo without needing multiple tools to do so
The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series will require ALL teams to use a Full Containment seat or a version of The Safer System™ by The Joie of Seating, Simpson or a company with a compatible version. (effective immediately)
A. BODY AND FRAME
- Must be sprint car design: no roadsters or super modified.
- Special racing types only: Aluminum or titanium frames and roll cages are NOT allowed. No bolt-on roll cages.
- Approved Sprint car tail and tank only. Approved fuel bladder mandatory.
4.a All cars must have effective hood latches and must be securely fastened at all times during competition.
4.b. Surface width not to exceed two (2) inches wider than frame. Side risers not to exceed two (2) inches.
4.c. Front body work sheet metal maximum length as measured from front of front axle not to exceed 28”. NOTE! Front wing including sideboards, is considered part of the front sheet metal. (See Diagram A Below)
- Cars will be neatly painted, lettered and presented in a clean professional appearance. Cars not meeting appearance standards may be denied permission to compete.
- Front and Rear Bumpers and Side Nerf Bars are required. NO SIDE PANELS ALLOWED IN NERF BARS.
- 6.a Front bumpers and nerf bars must not exceed 1” O.D. Nerf bars cannot extend beyond the limits of the wheels/tires on either side and front bumper cannot exceed 28” from front of front axle.
- 6.b Rear bumpers must be constructed of 1” minimum O.D. x .065” wall all steel tubing and should be pinned to allow for lifting
7. All body panels must be securely attached to the frame.
- Seats must be securely attached to the frame. Aluminum seats recommended. All seats must be mounted to the frame as required by the seat and chassis manufacturer.
- Wheel base must be a minimum of 84″ up to a maximum of 100” center to center of the hubs.
- Drivelines must be between the driver’s legs. NO open drivelines permitted.
- No cantilever rear or front ends, (exception of standard dirt car torsion bar setup)
- NO aluminum chassis. NO titanium front or rear axles.
- NO titanium or carbon fiber including drive shaft, lower shaft, brake rotors.
- The engine driveline and center section of the rear axle must be mounted on the chassis centerline at ninety (90) degrees angle to the front and rear axles of the car. The engine must be mounted to the chassis in a vertical position, a maximum of one (1) degree variation will be allowed as measured from the crankshaft centerline. Drivers must not be positioned on or beside the engine. ALL cars must be rear drive.
- Centerline of frame. To establish the centerline of the frame do the following: Establish the center of the front frame cross member and center of rear cross member. Establish a line between these two points, which will be considered the centerline of the chassis. Fuel tank, seat, driveline and engine must be within ½” of this centerline in either direction.
- Suspension system. Independent suspension systems, front or rear will NOT be allowed. Front axle must be single tube with kingpin bosses securely welded at each end as ordered from any sprint car supplier or manufacturer.(Note: may be straight or dropped axle but must remain one piece.
- Maximum amount of offset for right rear wheel. The maximum distance from the centerline of driveline to the outermost portion of the right rear wheel is forty four inches (44”) Note: This measurement is to the outermost part of the right rear wheel or beadlock and not the sidewall of the tire. (see diagram below)
- No electronic traction control devices are allowed. No on-board computers or any other computer adjustable devices are allowed.
- Location of liquid carrying devices. All liquid carry devices must be mounted inside the frame rails and may not be more than 12” from the pre-established centerline of the chassis with the exception to the oil tank. The oil tank may be just to the outside of the chassis and within the nerf bars
B. ROLL CAGES AND RESTRAINTS
- Main members of the roll bar should be constructed with a minimum of 1 3/8″ O.D.X.095″ wall 4130 chrome-moly tubing. For 1020 Shelby tubing, 1 ½” x .125” wall is recommended.
- Main members of the roll bar must be braced to the front or rear with material having a minimum of the same wall thickness as the main members with at least 7/8″ diameter.
- 2.a. It is recommended that rear bracing be used.
- 2.b It is recommended that bracing be the same diameter as the main members.
- Braces must be attached to the main members at a point within six (6) inches from the top of the rear transverse member as close to the top as possible.
- Roll Cage must extend two (2) inches above the top of driver’s helmet when sitting in an upright position. Roll cage padding is recommended.
- Seat Belts must meet a minimal tensile strength of 8,000 pounds loop test. Worn appearing belts can be rejected by series officials or technical inspector. Belts must be no older than three (3) years.
- 5.a Belts must be equipped with a metal quick release buckle
- 5.b Belts must come through the seat at the bottom of each side, therefore wrapping and holding the greatest possible area of the pelvic region of the body.
- 5.c Anti-submarine (crotch) seat belts are required.
- Shoulder harness must be a minimum of double over the shoulder style or any approved racing harness. Shoulder harness must be a minimum of two (2) inches wide with a minimum tensile strength of 3,000 lbs. Belts must not be older than three (3) years.
- The driver restraint assembly must conform to the SFI 16.1 specifications and be no older than three years of manufacturers date on harness. 3” wide lap belts and either 2”or 3” wide shoulder harness will be allowed.
- Cage nets are required for safety on the left and right side of car unless the car has a full containment seat in which a cage net will not be required.
- 1.a Any American manufactured block for automobiles or trucks with a stock camshaft location and had (8) cylinders.
- 1.b Aluminum blocks will be allowed with a 50lb placement penalty split equal between the front and rear motor plate.
- 1.c displacement is 366 cubic inches.
- 2.a Ignition is optional. Must have a shut off switch within easy reach of the driver or the outside rescue crew in case of an accident.
- 2.b NO crank sensored ignition is permitted.
- NO SUPERCHARGERS OR TURBOCHARGEERS ALLOWED.
Only stock appearing heads for the engine with two (2) valve and one spark plug per cylinder allowed. Any aftermarket of original design in aluminum or steel may be used with the exception of Barnes, Cosworth, Bordix #12, 18 degree heads or cantered valve heads. No heads other than original twenty-three(23) degree valve angle heads. All heads must remain within two (2) degree of twenty-three (23) degree valve angle heads. This rule pertains to small block Chevy: however, any engine may be used after approval of the Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series. Spread port exhaust will be allowed.
4a. Visiting Teams from other sanctioning bodies that have cylinder heads that do not meet The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series guidelines (23 degrees +/- 2) may be allowed to run with the following requirements.
4a-1) Must contact the series technical director and declare what heads you are running ahead of the event.
4a-2) You will be required to run 1 and 7/8 inch Injector Stacks
4a-3) a weight penalty may be imposed.
4a-s) The above requirements are a starting point and may be adjusted in the fairness of competition.
NO titanium in engine excluding valves and the valve retainers. Oil pan inspection plug of at least 1” N.P.T. is recommended so as to be able to check crankshaft material. If you do not have an inspection plug, you will have to pull the pan if inspection is required.
D. Fuel and Air Systems
- Fuel must be methanol only with no additives other than top lube. No nitrous oxide.
- Car must have fuel shut-off valve that is clearly indicates “OFF”.
- All fuel is subject to testing at any time. Any fuel that does not conform to the Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series standards, as administered at the track, will be considered illegal.
- Any device(s) or material(s) that artificially reduces the temperature of the fuel is prohibited.
- NO down nozzle injection system is permitted. If heads are so designed, the down nozzles must be plugged.
- NO plenum type injector systems allowed. One injector and butterfly per cylinder is required. Injectors with sleeves to reduce intake volume will be allowed.
- As a result of manufacturing processes, some injector stacks may be slightly larger. A tolerance of .005” will be permitted on all stacks.
- Reducing sleeves a minimum of three (3) inches in length must be installed in the stacks above the butterflies.
- On Chevy engines, the injectors must be no larger than 2-3/16” plus .005” inside diameter of the injector stacks. All Fords are not to exceed 2.100” plus .005” inside diameter.
- No relief holes or grooves may be exposed above or below the butterflies on the injectors.
E. WHEELS AND TIRES
- Any wheel designed for racing is permitted.
- 1.a Bead locks are optional.
- 1.b Maximum width of right rear wheel is 18 inches, left rear is 15 inches and fronts are 12 inches.
2. All tires must be on the Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series approved tire listing. Tire numbers will be announced. All Tires are thru Steel Performance at (813)-871-1989
- 2.a Fronts: LF 2010, RF 2030 Hoosier ONLY
- 2.b Left Rear: M30 Hoosier ONLY
- 2.c Right Rear: M450 Hoosier ONLY
- 2.d A minimum durometer reading will be in effect as stipulated by Hoosier Racing Tires Technical Developers.
- 2.e You may run a USED M40 for the first two (2) races of the 2018 season, provided it was used in competition at a BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series event will the current tire stamp applied by Danny Kramer.
- If at any time the Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series makes a change in the tire rule, a rules update will be provided to all participants.
- Illegal tires will result in disqualification for that event. NO TIRE PREP ALLOWED.
- All cars transferring directly to the A-Main MUST use the same right rear tire in the Heat/Time Trials.
- Teams that run the consolation race may change the RR tire to start the race, but ALL transfer cars must run original RR in the A-Main that was used for the heat race or Time Trials.
- Recommended to have a safety pin or wire tied in axle tube outside wheel nut.
F. Aerodynamic Devices:
1. TOP WING
A. Top wing must be on the car at all required events. (NON Wing races will be run)
A1.) Wing must have the car number displayed legibly on both sideboard surfaces and recommended on the top surface of the wing.
B. Top Area:
The rear support for the top wing must use either a quick release pin or a 3/8 bolt and hex nut that will use a 9/16″ wrench on both sides. This is so that in the case of a driver extraction we will be able to remove the top wing and fold it away from the halo without needing multiple tools to do so
B1) Center foil size of 25 square feet with the maximum width and length of 5 feet. Center foil must be square or rectangle in shape with all four corners set at a 90 degree angle.
B2) May not extend confines of a line parallel to the outside of the rear tires. (see diagram below)
B3) The top wing may be adjustable in the cockpit by the driver. Other than the slider mechanism, moving parts will not be allowed on or in the foil structure. Only one slider mechanism is permitted on the too wing, which allows forward and backward adjustment. There may be NO side to side (lateral movement) from the cockpit.
B3) Sideboards must be no longer than 30 inches tall and 75 inches long. Side panels must be fabricated flat. Turn outs on all edges of the wing must not exceed 1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ and must be a 90 degree angle to flat portion of the side panel.
B4) Split, stepped or bi-wings are not permitted.
B5) Center foil must be fully sheathed in aluminum. Vent holes, dimples, ridge and or any other fabricated modification will not be permitted anywhere on the wing. No carbon fiber construction is allowed on center foil.
B6) No alterations of a standard manufactured wing, including but not limited to wedges, foils, rudders, or air veins are allowed.
B7) Wickerbill 2 inches maximum. Measured from the top surface of wing. All wickers must be CONTINUOUS and the same size across the wings.
2. NOSE WINGS
A. Allowed but not mandatory.
B. Top Area may not be larger than six (6) square feet with 12 inches by 28” inches on both side boards.
C. Width may be no wider than 36 inches.
D. Side boards must remain square with no added aerodynamic devices or kickouts.
E. Shall not extend beyond the front bumper. The front bumper may not extend forward more than 28 inches from the front axle.
F. All four corners or center section must be 90 degrees.
G. Wickerbill 1 inch maximum. Measured from the top surface of wing. All wickers must be CONTINUOUS and the same size
H. Leading edge must be mounted forward of the front axle centerline and aft of front bumper.
I. No rudders, air veins or ribs allowed.
J. Wing to be mounted above nose of car.(see example diagram below)
G. DRIVELINE SYSTEMS:
1. All cars must utilize a driveline strap or a driveline hoop restraint constructed of .065 steel either welded or bolted LEFT TO RIGHT CONNECTED to the chassis.
2. Maximum 1 u-joint must be located at the front of the driveline closest to the engine.
3. ALL Teams running the torque swivel ball unit will be required to run a Torque Tube Strap (ie: tether strap), tied left to right to the chassis, forward of torque tube housing.
4. Driveline U-Joint scatter shields, steel torque ball housings, minimum .120 thick and or torque ball U-Joint with S.F.I. CERTIFIED containment blankets are required including the Buckley unit. BUCKLEY units must be covered or enclosed at all times. Driveline scatter shield must react positive to magnet testing.
The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series will continue to monitor these products, if at any time a safety concern arises we will re-evaluate both items with the possibility of OUTLAWING both units from competition in ALL sanctioned events
- Steering system must be engineered and assembled in accordance with sound engineering principles.
- Approved removable type steering wheel disconnect only. No plastic parts allowed.
- Any welding on steering mechanism must be approved by inspector.
- Car must have operable front and rear brakes .
All cars are required to have a floorboard or underpan under the cockpit area and engine compartment extending from the radiator to the rear motor plate. (exception: Visiting legal dirt cars) NO louvers in floor pan.
Effective fire wall must be installed between engine compartment and cockpit.
Headers must merge into a collector. All cars must meet decibel requirements of the individual speedways. Some tracks may have a particular muffler requirement. Participating race teams should always check with each track if requirements are unknown.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks are not allowed. NO weight jackers inside driver cockpit.
A.) Each competitor is the solely responsible of for the effectiveness and proper installation, per the manufacturer’s specifications, of personal safety equipment and determining it to be adequate for competition at every event. Each competitor is expected to investigate and educate themselves for continuing improvement regarding their own personal safety equipment.
2 Seat Belt/Restraint Systems.
A.) Each car will be equipped with minimum of an SFI 16.5 or SFI 16.1 approved Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series Rulebook restraint system, until the date of the belt expiration (three years from the date of manufacturer).
B.) Seat belt restraint systems shall be installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. In any type of manufacturer’s installation the fasteners must be magnetic steel unless using type of mount in which the seat belt wraps around the roll cage. A seven-point harness is recommended.
C.) Seat belt material should not be permitted to come in contact with any sharp or metal edge, including when the material passes through the seat.
3 Protective Clothing
A.) All drivers will be required to wear a fire resistant driving uniform meeting minimum of the SFI 3.2A/5 specification and display a valid SFI 3.2A/5 label.
B.) All drivers should wear fire resistant accessories including but not limited to; head sock, under garments, shoes, and socks.
C.) All drivers will be required to wear fire resistant gloves. Shoes and gloves will be required to meet minimum of the SFI 3.3 specifications and display a valid SFI 3.3 label.
A Full Containment seat or a version of The Safer System™ by The Joie of Seating, Simpson or a company with a compatible version is Required (effective immediately)
A.) Aluminum and/or carbon fiber-type seats will be permitted. All seats must be mounted to the frame as required by the seat and chassis manufacturer. All seats must be installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
B.) The driver’s left side head rest / helmet surround must extend at least 4”-inches forward from the back of the headrest (where the helmet contacts the back of the headrest). All areas surrounding the head should have padding.
C.) A right side head restraint net and support are required. All head restraint nets should be equipped with quick release mechanisms.
We will now REQUIRE all drivers to wear a head and neck restraint system that meets the S.F.I 38.1 certification.
A.) All drivers will be required to wear a full-face helmet with a minimum safety rating of FIA 8860-2004, FIA 8860-2010, Snell SA 2005, Snell SA 2010, Snell SAH 2010 and/or a valid SFI 31.1/2005 label.
B.) It is strongly recommended that helmets should have the Eject ™ helmet removal system installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
C.) Safety equipment must be worn at all times
D.) Arm restraints are required and must be connected and used as instructed by the manufacturer.
6. Other RECOMMENDED
A.) No sharp and/or protruding edges in and around the cockpit.
B.) Windshield screens are strongly recommended.
C.) A clearly marked electrical engine shut off switch within the reach of the driver.
D.) A clearly marked fuel shut off valve within reach of the driver.
E.) Only SFI flame retardant seat, roll bar, knee and steering pads and/or padding should be utilized.
F.) A drive line containment system; either a steel torque ball housing made of a minimum .120 wall thickness magnetic steel attached to the firewall with steel and/or titanium bolts and/or a torque ball u-joint containment blanket is mandatory to shield revolving parts within the cockpit.
G.) All teams should have an easily accessible 2.5 gallon FFF fire extinguisher or its equivalent at the back of the team’s transporter.
- All drivers must wear approved helmets securely fastened.
- All drivers are required to wear uniforms, including driver’s suits, underwear, gloves, approved racing shoes and socks, covering the body made of fire resistant material.
- Arm restraints are mandatory.
- Fireproof head socks, knee guards, and some type of neck/head device are highly recommended.
Mirrors are NOT allowed.
P. WEIGHT RULE
p.1. Minimum weight requirement
- 1550 pounds with driver after the race.
- Added weight must be bolted on, safely and securely, to and within the confines of the frame rails, between the axles and no higher than 12” above the bottom of the lower frame rails.
- Any bolt on weight must be painted white and the car number must be on the weight.
- The weight must be securely attached and must remain in place during a race. It must not be moved or removed during a red flag situation.
- Series officials reserve the right to weigh any car at any time during an event.
- The top 5 finishers in the feature will proceed directly to the scales to be weighed immediately after the event has been completed.
- Crew members will remain clear of their cars until the weight inspection has been completed.
- Aluminum block will be allowed with a 50lb placement penalty split equal between the front and rear motor plate.
p.2. PENALTIES – The penalty for not making weight, there is NO LEEWAY
- Will be credited with last place points and money in the event you are competing in.
p.3. DISQUALIFICATIONS LIST – DO NOT GO TO YOUR PIT AREA FIRST!
- Failure to report directly to the scales (locations of the scales will be announced at the drivers meeting)
- Loss of any bolt-on weight during competition
- Weight mounting procedure does not meet our specifications.
- Rough Driving
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct
- The above infractions are a basic guideline and are not limited to the above.
p.4. CHECKING YOUR WEIGHT
- Chunk weight up to 20 lbs (2-3/8” grade 8 bolts with nylock nuts or safety wire)
- Chunk weight up to 50 lbs (2-1/2” grade 8 bolts with nylock nuts or safety wire)
- Plate steel up to 30 lbs (4-5/16” grade 8 bolts with nylock nuts or safety wire)
- Plate steel up to 60 lbs (4-3/8” grade 8 bolts with nylock nuts or safety wire)
- Numerals 18″ high must be displayed on both sides of race car tail section radiator shell if possible and both sides of top wing sideboards. Numerals 18″ or larger must be in the center section of the top wing, also.
- Anyone using duplicate numbers must use a letter designation. Letter must be at least 9” high and visible from both side and center of the wing and tail.
A.) No on-board or crew radios will be allowed.
B.) A one-way radio (Raceceiver channel 454.0000) will be required.
C.) One-Way Radios will be in use anytime car enters the race track.
X. POST RACE PROCEDURES
- Post Race Inspection-At the completion of the feature, the top five (5) finishers will report to a designated post race inspection area. The series director of competition will announce the designated area at the mandatory series driver’s meeting. As a reminder to all, the designated area will be written on the feature lineup board. NO excuses for not knowing the location of the inspection area will be allowed. If you are not sure of your finishing position, report to the inspection area and a series official will notify you if you’re in the top five. Only the driver plus the total of 2 others, being car owners or crew members will be allowed in the tech area.
- The A-Main winner will draw a pill numbered two (2) through five (5). The numbered pill drawn will determine which finisher 2 through 5 will receive a post race inspection along with the A-main winner.
- Any of the top five (5) finishers not reporting directly to the designated inspection area after exiting the racetrack will be disqualified. He/She will receive show-up points along with heat points and honest attempt money. He/She will receive no points for the average points system and will be listed as not having been present for the race date regarding the average points.