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2017 Sportsman Rules

Sportsman Specific Rules

 1.  Age.  Drivers age 14 and up may compete in the "Sportsman" Class.  
2. Roll cage.  Roll cages shall be at least 1 inch .062 wall thickness.  CARS WITH 1” OD ROLL CAGE MUST BE DOWN TUBE DESIGN.  .065 wall thickness allowed on tubing 1 1/8 inch diameter or larger.  Roll cage shall be made of chromoly steel or equivalent material.  The front section of the cage shall be no further back than the steering wheel.  Roll cage shall have sufficient fore and aft bracing and strength to support the weight of the car & driver in case of an upset.  Cage shall have gussets at the intersecting bars to the uprights.  Bends must have at least 3 inch radius.  No square or pointed corners allowed.  Roll cage must be a minimum of 3” above the drivers helmet.  It is mandatory to install a cross brace behind the seat to support the shoulder harness. 
3. Bumpers And Nerfs.  Car must have bumpers extending beyond the front and rear tires.  Nothing may extend beyond a tangent line from the outside edge of the tires to the bumpers.  Nothing may extend beyond the outside edge of the tires or wheels, whichever is the widest.  No sharp corners or design as to hook or damage.  All cars must be equipped with nerfing  bars.  Nerfing bars must extend to inside edge of tires, but not beyond the outside of tire. 
4.  Safety.  Seat belts must be securely attached to the car and used at all times.  Metal to metal latches only.  5 point seat belts, shoulder harness and sub strap are required.  Belt dates must not be over three years old.  (Example: Oct 09 may be used in 2010, 2011 and 2012.)  Arm restraints are mandatory and must be adequately adjusted to keep the drivers hands below the top of the roll cage.  Helmets must be full head coverage, competition type with one of the three latest SNELL approvals or SFI 24.1 for Youth Helmets.  All drivers will wear a name brand flame-retardant uniform SFI 3.2-1 or higher.  Neck braces, cage nets and/or head and neck restraints are mandatory.  SFI gloves are mandatory for safety.  Flame retardant undergarments (long underwear, long sleeve shirt, socks and head sock) and shoes are strongly recommended. ALL CARS MUST HAVE SAFTY CELL OR BLADDER.
5.  Electric's and Electronics.  On and off switches must be on dash, top of the cowl or on steering wheel.  On/off switch must be connected and functional.  No radio communication is allowed with the car or the driver. ONLY ONE BATTERY ALLOWED IN THE “SPORTSMAN” CLASS. 
6.  Battery.  All wet cell batteries mounted in the cockpit must be covered and vented outside the cockpit area. 
7.  Fuel.  "Sportsman" Class cars must run pump gasoline(no racing Fuel)  No performance enhancing additives are allowed! 
8.  Weight.  "Sportsman" Class cars, minimum car and driver weight 790 lbs. Cars with motors older then 1998 can run at minimum weight of 750 lbs. 
9.  Suspension. Tread:  Maximum 50 inches center to center of rear tires.  Wheelbase:  Maximum 70 inches. Minimum 50 inches, center of front axle to center of rear axle. Steering:  Front wheels must be connected by a solid or tubular tie rod.  Rear wheel drive only.  All suspension bolts except wheel nuts must be secured by some type of locking device. 
10.  Shocks.  Any non adjustable shock absorber legal,
11. Brakes.  Brakes will be of sufficient strength so as to slide the wheels while the car is in motion at any given time.  NO FRONT BRAKES ALLOWED IN THE SPORTSMAN CLASS. 
   
12.  Tires And Wheels.  “OLD STYLE” TURF TIRES ONLY.(NEW HOOSIER TURF or Smoothie TIRE IS ILLEGAL).  8” OR 10” DIAMETER WHEELS IN ANY COMBINATION OF ANY TYPE.  BEAD LOCK WHEELS ARE PERMITTED.  TIRE PREP/DOPE/GROVING IS NOT ALLOWED. Wheels must be held on with 3 or more standard lug nuts or knock-off hubs. 
13. Bodies.  All cars must have complete bodies with tail section in place(sprint car ).  There must be a metal firewall between driver and engine, made of 24 gauge steel or .0625" aluminum.  No rear view mirrors.  The only part of the car allowed to be dismantled for driver to enter or exit is a quick release steering wheel hub.  The minimum opening on the right side of the car will be 10” from the bottom of the roll cage to the top of the mud guard or sissy bar and 14” minimum width (a 1” tolerance in either direction is allowed).  Floor pan must extend from the front of the seat to a place forward of the driver’s feet on top of cross members and lower frame rails.  All mechanically operated devices must be mounted below the driver’s shoulders for safety.  All fuel tanks must be equipped with a one-way check valve designed to prevent the spillage of fuel from the fuel tank vent in the event of a rollover.  Body Panels may not extend more than 1" beyond the rear cage downtubes on sprint car bodys. 
14. Transmission.  stock  transmission is legal.  Any car equipped with a shifting mechanism must have this device mounted in the driver’s compartment.  Shift levers may be mounted outside the driver’s compartment on opposite side of car from the chain drive.  Chain guards will be made of .090 inch thick aluminum or equivalent and will run on top of chain from the front of the front sprocket to the center of the rear axle.  Driver must not be able to touch the chain or sprockets while sitting in the cockpit. 
15.  Wings. special occasions only no nose wings 10sq ft only
16.  Numbers.  All cars must have legible numbers on both sides of car and the nose.  Minimum height of numbers is 8" on the nose, 10" on each side of the tail plus number plate  
17. Ballast.  Any material used for ballast must be firmly attached as a part of the car's structure.  No loose ballast allowed (including fuel). must be painted white
18.  Engine Rules.

No traction control

  1. Any 1998 Yamaha or older, 2005 & older 600 cc Suzuki, Honda up to 2004, Kawasaki 600 up to 2005 engines only, Naturally Aspirated . Aftermarket airbox and exhaust allowed. 
2. STOCK engines only must be as it came from factory(Injection must stay injected ,carburated stay carbureted,oem ).  Aftermarket airbox and exhaust allowed.All engines must be STOCK as the engine was run on the motorcycle with the charging unit.  Pistons, rods, cams, etc. must be stock parts as used on the motorcycle the engine came from.  No engine work (no ported heads, no lightened cranks, no lightened flywheel, no lightened pistons, no cam degreeing, no head cleanup).  Valve jobs will be allowed as long as they are within manufacturer tolerances.  Stock valves must be retained.  Aftermarket timing advancers are illegal.  Cam gears that are redrilled, slotted or altered are illegal.  Internal charging system components must remain in the engine.  Crank case ventilation (to atmospheric pressure only) is allowed.  Any exhaust will be allowed, but all cars must start each race with a muffler.  All original transmission gears must remain intact and functional.  Any engine sprocket (520 or 530) is allowed.  Outer cosmetic changes will be allowed to mount the engine in the car (i.e. cut part of the engine off to get it to fit, relocate oil pan drain plug, etc.).  CDI black box must be stock  .   
19.  Engine Claiming Rules.  There will be a $1000 "A" Main  (engine only) claim or exchange(must be same motor) on the first three finishers by the 10th finisher forward.  The person being claimed has the option of taking the $1000 or the other person’s engine(must be in running order.If engine is damaged you will be required to pay 1000 or not race until paid.). If your engine is claimed, you will retain the complete exhaust system including the exhaust nuts, the carburetors or fuel injection system and air cleaners, the coils and spark plug wires, the CDI (black box), the voltage regulator and the wiring down to where it plugs into the engine or into the connectors coming from the engine, the shift lever, the chain drive sprocket & bolt/nut, chain guard designed to protect engine from broken chain plus all of the mounting plates and bolts etc. required to mount the engine.  Aftermarket parts including: Carburetor Boots, Thermostat Housing, Water Pump Housing and Oil Pan and Pickup, to be retained provided stock is available from engine owner night of claim.(one claim per year per team)
   
The person claiming the engine gets the engine with all covers, pan, starter, charging system, carburetor boots, water neck, head and valve cover intact.  The person removing the engine will unplug all wiring and unhook all hoses at the engine.  Do not cut wiring or hoses.  Any driver, owner or crew who tries to damage the engine, car or parts of the opposite party while the engine is being removed for a claim will be subject to fines, suspension, or disqualification as deemed appropriate.  You need to remember that when you sign in at the races each night with a Sportsman Class 600cc four cylinder engine, you are agreeing to have your engine claimed.  If two people claim the same engine, the highest finisher of the two would get the engine.  When requesting an engine claim, the $1000 must be presented in cash or certified check.   Absolutely no personal or company checks will be accepted for claiming purposes. 
The penalties for refusing an engine claim are:

 1. Loss of all Points accumulated in THAT CLASS for the season.

 2. Disqualification of the DRIVER from racing in THAT CLASS at GCS for the remainder of the point season.