New rules for 2018 in bold print
Southern Ground Pounders Rules
Updated Jan 2018
The purpose of the SGPRC is to represent and preserve the heritage of vintage racing in a competitive atmosphere while having fun and fellowship as a club.
I. General Rules
1. As voted on by the board of directors and stated at all of our SGPRC events, No driver will run away with any event and make that show look bad for the club, track, and fans. As long as you have a competitor racing with you, race as hard as you can. As stated strongly at our drivers meetings, if you break this rule more than once neither you nor your car will compete with the SGPRC at that race track for the rest of the season.
2. IMPORTANT NOTE: At all of the SGPRC races, we are a guest of the track! If you have a problem or complaint with anything pertaining to our races at any track, SGPRC members are not to complain to track officials or the management. If you have a problem or concern you must find a SGPRC official and talk to them. They will try to help remedy the problem. There will be no discussion regarding club business at any race function between any member and a board member
3. Driver eligibility, Board of directors will have final approval of all drivers. Starting with 2018 racing season and beyond, all Southern Ground Pounder drivers must be dedicated to vintage racing. This means all drivers are not permitted to drive in any other division other than a vintage division. Breaking this rule will result in termination from the club. (New Jan 18)
4. Drivers Meeting, All drivers are expected to attend the club and tracks drivers meetings! Club will be held immediately after track meeting. NO STAND INS!! If you miss either meeting you will start last in the field.
5. Race start lineup. This will be determined by draw. If you draw a pill you start where you draw! No exceptions.
6. Passing of Lapped traffic. Lead lap cars are expected to pass LAPPED traffic to the right. This does not affect the initial start of the race as there are no lapped cars on lap 1! If a lead lap car passes a lapped car to the left and it is deemed aggressive driving by the BOD, there will be the possibility of a 2-4 race suspension. If a Board member is the offender, they will abstain from the decision process. BOD decision is final with no appeals process. *** Remember most cars now have cameras in them. The tapes generally tell the story***
II. Driver and Cockpit Safety *Tracks may require more stringent rules*
1. Helmets are mandatory
a. SA rated and full face helmets are recommended for all competitors.
b. Head and neck restraint system is highly recommended for all competitors.
2. Fire suits are mandatory (recommended to be at least SFI 5 rated).
3. Fire resistant underwear is recommended.
4. Gloves and driving shoes that are SFI are highly recommended (may be required by some tracks.)
5. Seats must be attached securely to the roll cage or frame.
6. Lap belts must be 3 inch wide with a minimum of 2 inch wide shoulder belts and must be attached as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
a. Belts must be no more than 5 years old.
7. Window nets are mandatory. (Fastening system should be easily assessable from inside and outside the cockpit)
8. Rear view and driver’s side mirrors are mandatory.
9. It is mandatory that each car have a fire extinguisher mounted within reach of the driver and be in good working order. (A Fire suppression system is recommended but not mandatory)
III. Mandatory firewalls front and rear of the cockpit are required. It is recommended that all holes be filled and sealed.
IV. General Car Safety Rules
1. Fuel cells are mandatory and must be in good condition. Any size permitted.
2. Fuel cells must be securely fastened and be adequately protected during a collision.
3. Fuel lines may be of a material other than metal if it is of the 250 psi type.
4. All cars must have a catch can or overflow can attached to the radiator.
5. No anti-freeze allowed on the racing surface. ** NOTE: some tracks may fine you if the find it in your car! Water Wetter or some other type of aftermarket cooling additives is recommended.
6. Cars with bad fluid leaks, oil, water or grease, will not be allowed on the racing surface unless the problem is corrected.
7. All Batteries must be securely fastened down.
8. Lug nuts must be a minimum of 1 inch with large wheel studs recommended.
9. All drivelines must have at least one safety hoop. Multiple are recommended.
10. It is recommended that all drive shafts and lead be painted white.
11. Hoods and trunk lids must be securely fastened down.
V. General Car Rules (All Divisions) - Cars must be American-made style race cars of vintage age from 1929 to 1975 that raced up until the early 1980s. The roof and all quarter panels of all bodies must be original appearing per the year of manufacture for both classes. The modified division will include, but not be limited to, Coupes, Coaches, Pintos, Gremlins and Vegas that would have been allowed in this time frame. Cars can be actual race cars that have been restored or accurate reproductions of cars that raced during this time period. No trucks or station wagons allowed. Fiberglass bodies that are true reproductions will be allowed. All cars must be dedicated to vintage racing and all cars will be subject to approval by the board of directors for the SGPRC.
1. Radiators of any type are allowed as long as they are in good working order.
2. Coil-overs are allowed.
3. No Cannister or remote cannister shocks of any type allowed. (1/18)
4. No externally adjustable shocks of any type allowed. This includes Schrader valves! (1/18)
5. Rear ends of any type are allowed.
6. Transmissions of any type are allowed. It is recommended if you are running a mini-clutch to have an explosion proof or steel bell housing.
7. Steering of any type is allowed, except for chain driven gear boxes.
8. Will allow a newer than 1975 model body if the car is at least a 30yr old documented racecar that adheres to all other class rules and is board of director approved.
9. All chassis must be at least 10 years old. No new chassis. (1/18)
10. No bump stops allowed on front or rear suspensions. (1/18)
a. Hydraulic drum or disc brakes working on all four wheels allowed. (disc brakes are highly recommended)
b. No mechanical style brakes allowed
B. Wheels and Tires
a. 10 inch rims only.
b. No new tires on race day. You may purchase tires but they must be scuffed on another date before being allowed for race day.
c. Hoosier F-45 is the preferred tire. No tire shall be softer than a 40 on durometer when checked. Penalty will be assessed by the BOD. * This may change as availability of tires at local tracks change.
C. Frame and Cage Specifications
1. Frame tubing and roll cages must meet or exceed NASCAR specifications for size weight and strength. Roll cages must be securely welded to the frame.
2. No uni-body framed cars will be allowed to run unless they are placed on a solid frame or a full tube style frame.
3. Offset chassis allowed. **NOTE: See specific division rules for eligibility
4. No more than 4 inches of tire should extend beyond the rub rails or fenders on the rear of any car. It is recommended that all cars have substantial rub rails to protect the wheels to prevent unintentional wheel hopping!
5. Bumpers and rub rails shall be securely fastened to the frame of all cars
6. Roll bars are mandatory
7. A minimum of 3 door bars in the driver’s door
8. A minimum of 2 door bars in the passenger side door.
9. A minimum of 4 bars overhead.
10. No black iron pipe or galvanized pipe allowed.
11. No exhaust pipe allowed in the construction of the roll cage.
D. Engines General Rules
1. Only V-8 or inline 6cyl engines allowed! No V-6 engines allowed. Any make or model allowed and mixing of make and model of car and engine combinations allowed.
2. 23 degree cylinder heads only on Chevy engines
3. Carburetors of any type allowed.
4. Multiple carbs are allowed.
5. Fuel injection allowed if it is of the type available in the fifties and sixties.
6. Racing gas or unleaded gas only.
7. No alcohol allowed
8. No nitrous systems allowed.
9. Oil systems must be a wet sump system. No dry sump systems allowed in any class.
10.Distributors of any type allowed.
E. Sportsman engine rules by Cubic Inch weight
1. All Sportsman cars must declare their cubic inches at the beginning of the season.
Weight by Motor Cubic Inch Size
361 + - 5 cubic inches (add 25 lbs. per 5 cubic inches over)
361 = 3000 lbs.
377 adds 50 lbs. to = 3050 Perimeter chassis Offset 3150
383 adds 75 lbs. to = 3075 Perimeter chassis Offset 3175
400 adds 150 lbs. to = 3150 Perimeter Chassis Offset 3250
This will require all car owners to declare motor cubic inches. Motors will be subject to random Cubic Inch check. If motor checks over 5 cubic inches of declared size cold and does not meet weight requirements for the higher size, you will be suspended for remainder of the year. To continue racing you will have to bring another motor. Weight is based on track scales. If you do not know your cubic inches, make sure you add enough weight. Cubic Inch checker will be provided by the Club. Motors will be checked cold.
V. Modified Division Section - A vintage modified car shall be defined as an open wheeled stock car with either factory box frame or homemade tubular chassis that resembles the modified class racecars that ran up until the early 1980’s. It must be of original vintage styling. All the above general car and engine rules apply with the following specific class rules.
A. Chassis and Weight Specifications
1. Any type frame allowed. Must be at least 10 years old
2. Offset chassis are allowed
3. Cars must weigh a minimum of 2600 lbs. with the driver after the race. No allowance for fuel burn off!
VI. Sportsman Section - A sportsman car shall be defined as a full bodied car with original style front fenders that may be cut for clearance. Bodies should be representative of what was allowed in the sportsman divisions from the 60s through the early 80s. All the above general car and engine rules apply with the following specific class rules.
1. As of Jan 2018, the SGP Club will no longer allow any new to the club Offset chassis. Perimeter chassis only. (1/18)
2. If car raced in club in 2017 and had an offset chassis it will be grandfathered until needing replaced. Any grandfathered offset chassis that is wrecked and needs a front clip will no longer be grandfathered. The chassis will need to be replaced with a perimeter chassis. BOD will have final say on clip replacement on the night of the wreck. The BOD decision will be final and non-appealable.(1/18)
3. No underslung rear suspensions allowed on Sportsman cars. If car raced in 2017 and had an underslung rear suspension, it will be grandfathered until it is damaged and needs replacing. It must then be replaced with an over the rear type rear clip. (1/18)
VII. Limited Sportsman Division- Same rules as Sportsman, but car eligibility will be based on past performance, car design, construction and drivers attitude. BOD reserves the right to determine eligibility.
A. Sportsman Chassis and Basic Weight Specifications.
** weight requirements may change based on declared cubic inchs of cars engine** See section IV E, Sportsman engine rules by cubic inch
1. Perimeter chassis racecars must weigh a minimum of 3000 lbs. with the driver after the race with no allowance for fuel burn off.
2. Any Grandfathered offset chassis racecar will have to weigh a minimum of 3100 lbs. with the driver after the race with no allowance for fuel burn off.
3. All inline 6 cylinder sportsman cars will be allowed to weigh 2600 lbs. after the race with the driver and no allowance for fuel burn off.
VIII. Administrative Section
1. At any time the SGPRC board of directors can make changes to our rules for the safety and betterment of the club.
2. Any Car that shows up to a club event that does not meet the rules set forth by this club starting in 2018, will be allowed to participate in that nights event however they will not receive points for the night or trophies. The car will be suspended for two events and must be brought to current rules before it can be brought to the next event .
3. These rules are not open to individual interpretation. If you have any questions about any of these rules please contact a member of the board of directors for final approval. If you do not know who the board members are, please ask or check out our website where they are listed with contact information.