2016 General Rules
These rules and regulations are designed to provide drivers and crew members with a safe, exciting and family racing atmosphere. It is everyone’s responsibility to read these rules, understand them, and abide by them, assuring that your equipment, vehicle, and personal safety habits meet these standards.
We hope to continue to offer a fresh, exciting, and family racing experience at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (GPS). Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance or contact us with any questions you might have.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway Officials
Promoter / General Manager
Race track office phone:(864) 269-0852
Operations Manager / Competition Director
Phone: (704) 453-7048
3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway
Easley, SC 29640
220 Kay Dr.
Easley, SC 29640
Greenville-Pickens Speedway Interpretation of Rules
Greenville-Pickens Speedway regulations contained herein are presented in a positive manner. Final translation and rule interpretations are solely and completely the option of Greenville-Pickens Speedway and it officials.
It is the competitor’s responsibility to keep his/her car legal at all times. If a car passes entry inspection, it is not automatically declared legal for the event.
GENERAL RULES & CONDUCT
Competitor And Crew Licensing
The National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) will be the sanctioning body at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. All competitors must secure and maintain a valid NASCAR NWAAS license. All division drivers must be 14 years old or older. 14 and 15 year old drivers must secure and maintain a valid NASCAR Learner's Permit. See NASCAR Weekly Series 2016 rulebook for more details. All crewmembers must secure and maintain a valid NASCAR crew license. Applications for NASCAR licenses are available through the Speedway Office.
“Participant” is defined as a driver, owner, crew member, family member, official or speedway employee who has been issued a pit pass by Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville-Pickens Speedway carries insurance for all race events. All injuries must be reported to the Competition Director before exiting the track that night. REPORTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATER.
Anyone under age 18 entering the pit area must have a Minor’s Release signed by one or both parents on file at the Speedway Office.
Any driver change, car change or number change must be reported at sign-in and approved by the Competition and/or Race Director. Failure to do so will result in not being paid at the end of the night and no points will be issued. Drivers competing in multiple events will be required to pay a $30.00 entry for each additional event entered.
Each driver will receive a check for their racing efforts (provided there is no DQ). The driver, the owner or a racing business may receive the check, but must provide SS# or FEIN# for the person or entity to which the check is written. Purse checks will be honored for three months. Drivers wishing to have their purse checks mailed must notify the Speedway Office. Issuance of a replacement check for any reason is subject to a $30.00 fee. In most cases, payoff checks may be picked up upon completition of all the scheduled events. No monies will be distributed unless federal W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification information is on file with the GPS office.
All Competitors must run any Division Sponsorship Decals for all of the events they participate in to be eligible for season ending and/or individual event Greenville-Pickens Speedway point fund monies.
Any and all payouts totaling $599.99 or more for the year will receive a 1099 form at year-end. Anyone receiving monies from Greenville-Pickens Speedway must fill out the appropriate tax forms (forms available at the Speedway Office).
Each driver/owner is responsible for the actions of his or her crew members, family and guests. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES. IGNORANCE OF THE RULES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AN EXCUSE FOR ANY INFRACTION. We expect courteous behavior from all participants at all times. We will not tolerate profanity to discredit Officials, other drivers, crew members, associates, fans or the management; nor will we tolerate any racist or incendiary comments or threats. Any time your actions, dress or conduct are not in the best interest of GPS you may be asked to leave the facility immediately and suspension may be levied. Weapons are not allowed in the pit area. The display or use of a weapon may result in the arrest of involved parties.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the pit area before, during or after any racing event. Anyone caught in the possession of alcoholic beverages will be guilty of an infraction of these rules and the driver associated with such person will be held responsible. Greenville-Pickens Speedway reserves the right to test anyone in the race track facility for alcohol or any controlled substance at any time.
Fighting or disrespect of officials, and/or security, and or GPS staff will not be tolerated. Anyone found involved in these activities are subject to suspension, fines and/or arrest. Any team member entering another team’s pit area and becoming involved in an altercation will be escorted from the premises and harsh punishment will be forthcoming. 1st Offense - Could result in a minimum $200 fine and/or probation and/or suspension from the facility.
HITTING OR DAMAGING ANOTHER COMPETITOR’S CAR/TRUCK UNDER PACE LAPS, CAUTION OR AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE RACE
Will result in a fine (based on severity) and/or disqualification and/or loss of finishing position and/or loss of points and/or suspension and/or probation
Minimum $300 fine (base on severity) and/or disqualification and/or loss of finishing position and/or loss of points and/or suspension and/or probation
Greenville-Pickens Speedway is private property. Through your admission ticket and/or pit pass you have been given the privilege to be on this property in conjunction with racing activities; however, the management of Greenville-Pickens Speedway reserves the right to revoke or cancel this privilege at any time that it is felt that your presence or conduct is not in the best interest of the sport of auto racing, your fellow competitors, the fans or the management of Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
Any rules infraction or unapproved part could result in a fine (based on severity), loss of winnings, confiscation of unapproved or illegal part or parts and/or finishing position relegated to last place with last place points and/or disqualification with no points for that event as per the discretion of GPS Officials.
A second rules infraction or unapproved part could result in a minimum $300 fine (based on severity), loss of winnings, and confiscation of unapproved or illegal part or parts, disqualification and loss of all points for that event as per the discretion of GPS Officials.
Penalties will escalate quickly
GPS TRACK RULES
Track Rule Conflicts
If one or more NASCAR rules are inconsistent with track rules, the track rules shall prevail. If this rulebook does not specifically state that you may change, add or alter something, then you must consider that change or modification is illegal. Ask first!
All licensed participants must purchase their pit passes at pit registration. All competitors must be properly signed-in and must display their pit passes and/or wristbands at all times. We will sell a Pit Pass to NASCAR license holders after the start of the event at the GPS track office for the regular price of the event.
Non-Licensed Pit Passes
Non-Licensed Pit Passes are sold as a courtesy to our guests who are not doing any work on race cars, or involved with the racing events in any manner. These passes are for usage by your sponsors, non participating family members, etc. Anyone working around or on racecars in any manner is required to have a current NASCAR license and approved Pit Pass for the event.
Race day expenses are extremely high and are incurred by the speedway regardless of whether any racing events are run. When the pit gates open, insurance, salaries, etc. are spent and cannot be recouped. For that reason the following rain out/race cancellation policy has been implemented:
In the event of race cancellation because of inclement weather or any type of incident that may prevent completion of the racing program, rain checks for pit fees will be issued only if less than ½ of the total number of laps of the feature event scheduled for the evening’s program have been completed. Rain checks will only be issued to competitors in divisions that did not complete their schedule of events and those rain checks will ONLY be honored for the next regular scheduled event for said division.
Any individual race in a program will be considered complete if at least ½ of the scheduled laps for that race have been completed
Except as otherwise provided when an event is halted, the event may or may not be rescheduled to a mutually agreeable date.
The driver shall be the sole spokesperson for the car owner and pit crew. The driver assumes all responsibility for the actions of his or her crew, including any unpaid fines.
All drivers and crew members entering the pit area must wear shirts with sleeves (NO tank tops) and shoes that fully cover each foot. Sandals are NOT permitted. No short-shorts. Drivers must wear Greenville-Pickens Speedway approved uniforms and safety apparel anytime while on the track in the race car. Fire retardant gloves are highly recommended.
Head & Neck Restraints
While Greenville-Pickens Speedway does not mandate Head & Neck Restraints, we STRONGLY encourage you to wear some form of GPS approved Head & Neck Restraint. See SAFTEY SECTION below for a list of approved systems. While they are “pricey”, they are much cheaper than a trip to the Emergency Room or loss of your ability to work.
All cars, haulers and equipment are subject to inspection by GPS officials at any time and in any manner as determined by said officials. GPS officials have the right to confiscate any and all parts which fail to meet applicable specifications. Failure to submit to a post-race inspection or failure to surrender parts deemed illegal may result in a fine, disqualification, confiscation of racing equipment and/or loss of points at the discretion of Track Officials. Failure or refusal to submit to a post -race inspection a second or recurring time could result in suspension for the remainder of the year.
Only licensed competitors can file Protests. Protests may only be filed against the two finishing position ahead of your finishing position. The protest must be filed with the Competition Director or designee within 20 minutes of the checkered flag signaling the completion of their event. The only competitors allowed to file a protest will be the Car Owner, Driver, or Crew chief. The first item of a protest will be accompanied by a $300.00 fee; with each additional protest item costing $100.00. Exceptions will be as follows: the removal of a cylinder head will be accompanied by a $500 fee, piston and/or connecting rods will be $750.00 per item and the crankshaft will be $1000. Any non-approved modifications to a “crate” engine will result in confiscation of the illegal part and possible confiscation of the entire motor. The Competition Director or designee shall decide if a matter is protestable and shall inform all parties of their decision. Any illegal components discovered during a protest are subject to confiscation, even though the items were not protested. If protested items are found to be illegal, protesting driver will get 50% of the protest fee and track will retain the remaining 50%. If protested items are found to be legal, protesting driver forfeits all money and the protested driver receives 50% and track retains the remaining 50%. All illegal items will be confiscated and disposed of and will not be returned. Extra fees will be charged for any items requiring off-site inspection. Fees will be based on the cost of further inspection.
A disqualification shall result in the driver receiving NO POINTS and NO PURSE for that particular event in which he or she was disqualified.
No driver changes shall be made without proper notification to the Competition or Race Directors or their designee; drivers failing to do so will not be paid and will not receive any points.
The track will maintain a registration of car numbers for each division. Duplicate numbers will be allowed with a letter added that is at least 30% the height of the numbers. Track retains the right to change any car numbers as needed. Drivers competing in five or more events during a given season will have first priority on renewing numbers the following season, with deadline January 1st of the upcoming year.
Competitors are solely and directly responsible for the safety of their race cars and their racing equipment, they are obligated to perform their duties (whether driver or crew member) in a manner that will minimize the risk of injury to themselves and to others. Racers are required to utilize all safety equipment any time the car is on track, whether during a race or practice.
Rookie Of The Year
Rookie of the Year honors will be available to drivers who have not competed in that division or a higher division of competition more than five times previously or to be determined by GPS officials. Drivers should declare their eligibility at the start of the race year. Rookies of the Year will be determined through final points standing; races, finishes and conduct, both on and off track. This decision will be made at season’s end by track management with selected officials and veteran competitors.
To compete in a Greenville-Pickens racing event, competitors must:
Have valid NASCAR license. If requested by track officials, submit to and pass driving ability tests conducted by and at the discretion of track officials, whose decision as to the applicant’s driving ability is final and binding.
Be physically fit as determined in the sole discretion of GPS. GPS may require a competitor or applicant to submit to and pass one or more physical examinations by a qualified physician(s). All costs to be the responsibility of the competitor or applicant.
Be at least 14 years of age for all NASCAR divisions, drivers must provide proof of birth date if requested.
Transponders must be installed on the rear end housing before you will be able to practice. Transponders are deemed an item that could be inspected. Transponders not located in the specified position may result in penalties that could result in loss of qualifying position and/or disqualification from the event, and/or loss of points and/or loss of purse. Transponders must be returned to the tire building immediately after your event. Failure to return transponder will result in a monetary fine; also, no event monies or points will be distributed until your transponder is returned. Each driver/team is responsible for the transponder and its cost replacement if lost or damaged until its return to the tire building.
No one is allowed on the racing surface at any time, for any reason unless that person is directed to go onto the racing surface by a GPS official. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE MAY RESULT IN IMMEDIATE INDEFINITE SUSPENSION at the discretion of the Competition or Race Director. In the event of wrecks, NO ONE except authorized safety personnel and GPS Officials are allowed on the track. Keeping the congestion to a minimum will allow trained professionals to do their jobs in the most efficient manner.
A mandatory driver’s meeting will be held each week prior to the actual race. One crewmember (Spotter) from each team plus the driver unless excused in advance shall attend. Roll call may be taken; any driver not present by the roll call may forfeit their starting position and start at the rear of the field; at the discretion of the Competition Director missing the driver’s meeting may also result in a fine of $50.00. If you feel that you will be unable to attend the Drivers Meeting on time, you may obtain permission from the Competition or Race Director.
Unless prior notice is given, a full field will be limited to thirty-six (36) cars. Any starting positions beyond 36th will be at the sole discretion of the Promoter and Competition Director.
The qualifying line-up will be determined by the Competition or Race Director and will be announced in the drivers meetings. Qualifying will normally be one lap; additional laps may be given to all competitors within a division at the discretion of the Competition Director. No driver may attempt to qualify more than one (1) car per division in time trials or qualifying races. Should a car spin during qualifying, it will be the sole discretion of the Competition Director if any further qualifying attempts for that event will be permitted. In all circumstances, no more than two qualifying attempts will be permitted. If qualifying is not completed in its entirety due to weather or other circumstances, the field will be lined up based on points or draw at the discretion of the Competition Director.
In the event of duplicate qualifying times, preference through track point standings will break the tie. If track point standings will not prevail, the driver to post said time first would be given preference.
The start/finish line is considered to extend across pit road, however, during all events a green flag can only be taken on the track racing surface. At the Competition or Race Director’s discretion, cars entering the racing surface from the pits, as the field takes the green, may be considered to have taken the green flag with the field, provided they leave the pits after all cars on the track have passed. Any cars that have taken the track during pace laps will be considered to have started the race.
Races will be run the scheduled or advertised number of laps. Cautions will not count unless specified prior to the start of the event. All races will be run until the leader has completed the advertised distance. The race can be considered officially completed after the halfway mark has been reached by the leader, provided circumstances make it impractical to continue the race within a reasonable period of time after it has been stopped. Races stopped after the halfway point will be considered a full race. It will be the sole discretion of the Competition Director to impose race time or lap limits before or during any event.
Start Of Race
Once the pace laps have begun, the race will officially have started even though distance/time is not yet being measured. Any car entering the pits and reentering the racing surface before the green flag is displayed will be considered as having made a pit stop and must start in the rear unless the competitor was directed to pit by the Competition or Race Director for safety reasons. Any car that enters the pits during the pace laps will be considered as officially starting the race and may reenter the racing surface at any time, even after the initial green flag unless otherwise directed by a stop-and-go official.
All cars must be lined up in their correct position on the track or pit road at the beginning of the pace laps. The pole sitter will choose their starting position during the pace laps and move to that position. No other cars will move; any car not in line when the pace laps begin will forfeit their starting position and must start in the rear.
Making Up/Losing Laps Under Caution
Lapped cars cannot make up a lap under caution. No competitor can lose a lap under caution unless the race was designated as “cautions will count”. Scoring will always revert to the last completed green flag lap by the race leader. There will be no racing back to any Yellow Flag!
The Competition or Race Director will assess all lap penalties.
A request for a scoring re-check will be honored if requested within fifteen minutes of the posted finishing order. The request must be made to the Competition or Race Director. After the fifteen minute time period, the finishing order will become official, unless adjustments are necessary based on post-race inspection.
In the event a driver causes another competitor to spin, and in the opinion of GPS Competition or Race Director, it was anything other than a normal racing incident, you will be penalized. Normally this means being put to the rear of the field, however, more severe penalties may be levied for repeat offenses or for extreme cases. This judgment call on the part of GPS officials is not subject to appeal. Any driver intentionally hitting another car under caution or after completion of race may be parked immediately, penalized position and/or fined. Any driver stopping his car and getting out on the track to confront another driver or official will immediately have their scoring stopped and be ordered/towed to the pits.
In order for a driver to receive points and prize money, the driver must start the race. Driver changes will not be permitted from the start of pace laps until after the car completes its first scored lap. All driver changes must be authorized by the Competition or Race Director.
All competitors in every event or division are required to supply a Spotter in radio contact with the driver any time the car is on track. During racing events, Spotters are required to report to the GPS Spotters Stand or approved area before Pace Laps before their event begins. If Officials have to wait for your Spotter to start the event, your car will be sent to the back of the field or pit road. It is recommended that you supply your spotter with an extra charged battery for your event. Greenville-Pickens Speedway recommends that all spotters monitor race control with a radio or scanner that is separate from the one used to communicate with the driver.
The Race director will review the race procedures in its entirety for each event during the drivers meeting.
Race Start Procedure
All initial starts will be made double-file. The pole-sitter will choose whether he or she starts on the inside or outside during the pace laps. No other cars will move. Each car should stay in line and keep pace with the rest of the field. When the pace car pulls onto pit road, the pole-sitter should bring the field to the green flag gradually and consistently (no brake checking etc.); the race does not begin until the flagman waves the green flag. The flagman starts the race, not the competitors on the front row. They are only responsible for pacing the field. The number two (#2) qualifier shall not beat the number one (#1) qualifier to the Start/Finish line. The Race Director has the option of starting the race single file if a successful attempt by the front row to start the race is not obtained. Repeated unsuccessful attempts by the front row could result in their starting position being relinquished and either or both drivers sent to the rear.
Passing On The Initial Start
On the initial start, no car will be permitted to pass to the inside until he or she crosses the start/finish line. A penalty for improperly starting the race may be imposed in the form of a black flag, requiring a complete stop on pit road.
Caution Before One (1) Lap Completion
In the event of a caution before one lap is completed, there will be a complete restart EXCEPT for the cars involved in the caution, or those entering the pits. They will be placed to the rear of the field. Any cars causing the race to be stopped, such as a spin out, shall be considered as involved in an accident. Any cars stopping due to a mishap and not driving immediately to the starting line shall be considered as involved in the accident. Interpretation of the words ‘spin out’ and ‘immediately’ shall be left to the sole discretion of the Race Director.
During the course of any event GPS will not have a spin to avoid rule in place. All cars that are deemed by the Race Director to be involved in the caution will be sent to the rear of the field.
The leader will have the option to choose the inside/outside line when the one to go (White Flag) is displayed. When one to go has been given, please keep all cars straight and up to the pace speed. The Leader will restart the race at any time their front tires are inside the restart box in Turn 4. Caution laps will not count on race of less than 100 laps. Races greater than 100 laps will be clarified on the entry blanks or at the drivers meeting.
If you receive a black flag for any reason, you must slow down and come to the pits immediately for consultation. There is NO “Three Lap Rule”. Failure to honor the black flag will result in the car no longer being scored and further penalties. If the race has concluded and the driver has not responded to the black flag, the Race Director can impose penalties by removing completed laps from the driver.
All cars must pass pre-race technical inspection or will not be allowed to race.
Post Race Inspection
At the completion of the event the finishers announced in the drivers meeting must report to the tech-shed immediately for post-race inspection. Other cars may be chosen to report to inspection at random at the discretion of the Competition or Race Director. Failure to submit to post-race inspection will result in the driver being disqualified and receiving no points and no purse. Failure to submit to a post race inspection a second time or on a recurring basis will result in the driver not being allowed to compete in future events and/or being fined. When cars are weighed after the race (except Late Models) no additional fluids may be added to make weight. In the event that your car loses sheet metal during the event, you will be allowed to place the sheet metal atop the car to make post-race weight. However, every effort must be made to secure or reattach displaced sheet metal to the satisfaction of GPS Officials during the event.
Pit Road Speed
Cars entering or leaving pit road must maintain a reasonable safe speed in order not to endanger other teams, track officials or spectators. Obvious violations will be penalized as explained in pre-race drivers meeting. Stop and go penalty and/or a $100.00 fine.
Completion Of The Event
For the safety of our competitors, it will be at the discretion of the Race Director to display the caution if necessary on the white flag lap. At this point the scoring line up (with exception of the cars involved in the caution) will go back to the last completed lap for a green/white/checkered finish. There will be a maximum of 3 attempts at a green/white/checkered to complete the race. No flags will follow the White Flag except the Checkered or the combination of Checkered and Yellow. In the event that the White Flag has been displayed to the leader and a caution should occur, the race is over. The officials will attempt to illuminate the yellow caution lights indicating for all competitors to maintain their position and slow to a safe speed, the event is complete, and the finishing positions will be determined by the last completed lap (with exception of the cars involved in the caution) for those that had not taken the White Flag when the caution had been displayed. The finish order is frozen and there will be NO racing back to any flag. Lap penalties will be issued for this violation at the sole discretion of the Competition or Race Director.
All competitors will be required to purchase Sunoco Racing fuel from Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Late Models will be required to purchase at least ten(10) gallons of fuel, Renegade and Super Renegade divisions will be required to purchase at least five (5) gallons of fuel, and the remaining divisions required to buy (3) gallons of fuel per race event. Track Fuel purchased during the week of the race does count towards your race night fuel purchase requirements. This is the only fuel that is approved in competition at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. If you do not purchase the required amount of fuel, it will be deducted from your purse check from that event. Any competitor caught using illegal fuel or fuel additives will be penalized.
Decisions regarding approved/unapproved fuels will be determined by color and testing by Greenville-Pickens Speedway officials. Although color is a factor, further testing will be the determining factor of whether a fuel will be deemed legal or illegal. If fuel is deemed illegal through GPS testing, fines will be imposed as indicated below:
1st offense - $250.00
2nd offense - $500.00 and probation for the balance of the season
3rd offense - $1,000.00 and/or suspension from future activities at Greenville-Pickens Speedway
*Greenville-Pickens Speedway will not offer any fuel testing prior to any Official Testing during each event*
Tires raced at GPS must be purchased from the track. A record of tires purchased will be kept for each division. Any tire found not purchased from GPS will be deemed illegal and the driver and or team will face possible disqualification and/or fines. Tires may not be defaced, changed, or subjected to any hand or machine preparation that in the sole discretion of GPS officials be deemed to provide the competitor an advantage.
Tire softening or treatment of any kind is illegal. A gas sniffing device or a durometer, both prior to, and after any event may be used for testing as well as laboratory testing by a third party of GPS’s choice. If a tire or tires are suspected by GPS of tampering the entire set of 4 tires and wheels they were mounted on will be impounded. If tests indicate tampering with a tire or tires had been performed the complete set of wheels and tires will be confiscated and destroyed. A minimum fine of $1000, forfeiture of any race purse, monies, and points as well as suspension from future events may also be assessed for tire soaking.
Racing seats are mandatory and must be factory manufactured aluminum and acceptable to Track Officials. Positively no homemade aluminum, plastic or fiberglass seats allowed. Seat must be properly installed with minimum 3/8” steel bolts and steel fender washers minimum 1/8” think under the bolt head and between the nut and mounting surface. An added padded headrest is mandatory and must be securely mounted to the seat back and roll bars. There must also be sufficient clearance to allow proper operation of a head-and-neck restraint system.
Head And Neck Restraints
At all times during an event (practice, qualifying, and competition), drivers should connect their helmet to a Track approved head-and-neck restraint device/system. The head-and-neck restraint device/system when connected, should be configured, maintained, and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DRIVER, NOT TRACK OFFICIALS OR THE PROMOTER, TO INSURE THAT HIS/HER DEVICE/SYSTEM IS TRACK APPROVED, CORRECTLY INSTALLED, MAINTAINED, AND PROPERLY USED.
The following are the currently TRACK approved Head and Neck Restraint Devices/Systems.
• HANS Device Professional Series Fixed or Sliding Tethers
• HANS Device Extra/Economy Series Fixed or Sliding Tethers
• HANS Device Sport Series Fixed or Sliding Tethers
• Hutchens Device Hybrid
• Safety Solutions Hybrid Pro Rage
• Safety Solutions Hybrid Rage
• Safety Solutions R3 Rage
Seat Belts And Shoulder Harness
A quick-release belt no more than three (3) inches wide is mandatory. Both ends of the lap belt must be fastened to the roll bar cage with high quality bolts no less than 3/8 inch in diameter. Belts must be rated SFI 16.5 with SFI 16.5 label.
Shoulder harnesses are also mandatory and must be no less than two (2) inches wide and must come from behind the driver’s seat. They should extend beyond the driver’s shoulder at a horizontal plane or slightly down hill such that they hold the driver back and down in the seat. Where the harness crosses the roll cage, it must pass through a steel guide welded to the roll cage that will prevent the harness from sliding side to side. Shoulder harness inertia reels cannot be used.
A center (crotch) belt must be securely mounted to the lower seat frame at the bottom and to the lap seat belt on top.
Where the belts pass through the seat edges, it must have a grommet installed, be rolled and/or padded to prevent cutting of the belt. All seat belts and shoulder harnesses must connect at the lap belt with a NASCAR approved quick-release buckle.
Harness systems must have the date on the belts and may not be older than 3 years. Track officials reserve the right to not accept any belts that have no date, are frayed, or stretched. Manufacturers recommend that belts be replaced every three (3) years regardless.
Each driver should use a track-approved helmet with a valid SA2000 or SA 2005 Standard Snell and/or a valid SFI 31.1, SFI 31.2 or SFI31.1/2005 label. NO motorcycle helmets.
It is recommended that each car have, within driver’s reach, built-in fire extinguishing equipment. This extinguisher system should meet the SFI 17.1 specification and display a valid SFI 17.1 label. This cylinder should contain a minimum of five (5) pounds of fire extinguishing agent, visibly designated on the label as DuPont FE-36 or equivalent type agent. The fire extinguisher must be securely mounted beyond the right side or to the rear of the seat.
Any car not equipped with a built-in fire extinguisher system must have a track–approved fire extinguisher securely mounted beyond the right side of the seat within the drivers reach while the seat belts and harness are attached. Tie wraps, worm drive clamps or hose clamps are not allowed. Fire extinguisher must have a quick-release latching mechanism. All fire extinguishers must have a gauge on the bottle indicating the condition of the bottle and a manufacturer’s date label certifying inspection every 2 years.
It is recommended that at all times, while the car is being refueled on a pit stop or while fuel is being transported to and from the pit area, all crew members involved should wear a fire resistant suit, gloves, shoes, and head and face shield that effectively covers the body.
It is mandatory that drivers compete in a track-approved flameproof driver’s uniform with a valid SFI 3.2A/5 specification. The uniforms may either be one or two piece. No holes will be allowed in uniforms. Track has discretion to prohibit a driver from competition if they feel their fire suit is unsafe.
An approved nylon window net must be used on the driver’s side of the car. The net must be raised and securely fastened each time the car is on the track. Net should be mounted so that the forward edge of the net must be equal to or in front of the steering wheel. No mesh nets.
No aluminum or stainless steel steering wheels.
NO antifreeze allowed in any race car.
2016 Late Model Rules
2016 GPS – Division 1
Late Model Stock Rules
The Greenville-Pickens Speedway (GPS) Late Model Stock division will be run under the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rules, with the following allowances.
1. “Built” engine as per 2016 NASCAR rulebook
Carburetors allowed are:
Holley 500 HP Series part #080583-1 500-HP
Holley 500 Ultra HP and XP 2BBL part #’s 4412HB and 4412HBX
These carburetors must remain as manufactured. The only changes allowed will be to change jets, power valve, and the screw in air bleeds in the top of the carburetor. See NASCAR 2016 rulebook.
2. GM Fast burn 350/400 Circle Track Engine part# 88958604
Fast burn crate engine will use only the Holley 650 Carburetor part #0-80541-1 with NO spacer. This carburetor must remain factory stock with no modifications. Only changes allowed are the power valve, squirters, screw-in air bleeds, and jets. Recommended that boosters be epoxied to carburetor body, only Holley replacement parts allowed.
Engine must remain completely stock except for valve covers and oil pan. See Late Model Stock NASCAR rulebook for oil pan rules. All crate engines must be located with the # 1 spark plug lining up to right side upper ball joint. GM 604 Crate Motors may run any 1.5 or 1.6 aluminum self-aligning rocker arms with 3/8'' stud. A combination of 1.5 and 1.6 rocker arms is approved; however, 1.6 rockers must be on the intake valves with 1.5 rockers on the exhaust valves if mixed rockers are selected.
GM 604 Crate Motors may use aftermarket valve spring retainers, keepers, locators/spacers, but all parts must be magnetic steel.
In the interest of reliability and long-tem cost savings the CompCams part number 26975 valve springs will be allowed in GM crate engines for competition. They must remain unmodified and used as supplied by CompCams. The 26975 spring is a 1.320 O.D. and .920 I.D spring without a damper and will be checked at the installed height of 1.780 and maintain a seat load of 103 pounds. Or the ‘Bee-Hive’ replacement 26915 with O.D. of 1.055/1.290 and I.D. of .650/.885 spring without damper and will be checked at the installed height of 1.800” and maintain a seat load of 105 pounds.
Crate motor technical specifications will be based on the GM Performance Parts Circle Track Crate Engine Technical Manual part# 88958668 revised 2012.
Any unapproved modification to crate engine could result in confiscation of illegal parts as well as entire engine at the discretion of the GPS officials.
3. GM ZZ4 350/355 Circle Track Engine part# 88958603
ZZ4 crate engine will use only the Holley 650 Carburetor part# 0-80541-1 with no spacer plate. This carburetor must remain factory stock with no modifications. Only changes allowed are the power valve, squirters, screw-in air bleeds, and jets. Recommended that boosters be epoxied to carburetor body, only Holley replacement parts allowed.
Engine must remain completely stock or use the following options which have been approved. See Late Model stock NASCAR 2016 rulebook for oil pan rules. Pro Comp PC-22031 Intake - Note: Absolutely no modification or altering of this intake with the exception of milling or grinding of the 4 pads for fitting.
Any 1.6 self aligning aluminum rocker arms with 3/8 stud
GM Valve Springs part # 12499224
Comp Cam Retainers part # 787-16
Comp Cam Spring Locators part # 4863-16
Standard Keepers 11/32 (NO offset keepers)
Absolutely no other shimming or altering allowed with these parts
Valve covers may be changed for clearance or you may use GM or Narrow body rocker arms with existing stock GM valve covers.
A kit with all parts except the Carburetor can be purchased at Harrington Machine or individually via the part numbers from a dealer of your choice.
All crate engines must be located with the # 1 spark plug lining up to right side upper ball joint. Overall Weight for this package will be 3000 lbs with 1350 lbs right side. Rules may be adjusted as needed Crate motor technical specifications will be based on the GM Performance Parts Circle Track Crate Engine Technical Manual part # 88958668 revised 2012.
Any unapproved modification to crate engine could result in confiscation of illegal parts as well as entire engine at the discretion of the GPS officials.
4. Ford part # M-6007 D347SR engine
Carburetor Holley HP80507-I 390-cfm stock out of the box. You may change jets, squirters, screw-in air bleeds, and power valve only. Only Holley replacement parts allowed.
Holley 650-cfm Carburetor part #0-80541-1 with NO spacer. You may change jets, squirters, screw-in air bleeds, and power valve only. Only Holley replacement parts allowed.
If the 390-cfm carburetor is selected a single one piece open-hole solid, aluminum carburetor spacer, a maximum 1” in thickness, may be used on the Ford 347SR between the intake manifold and the carburetor. The spacer must be centered on the intake manifold with a single open hole which must be cut perpendicular with the base of the carburetor. Taper, bevels, or any other modifications will not be permitted.
A one piece, one-hole paper gasket maximum .065” thickness that matches the exterior dimensions of the carburetor throttle base plate must be installed between the carburetor and spacer. A one piece paper gasket maximum .065” thickness must be installed between the spacer and the intake manifold. The gasket must not be larger than the top of the intake.
Engine must remain completely stock except for valve covers and oil pan. See Late Model Stock NASCAR rulebook for oil pan rules. Additional approved part #s which may be installed:
7mm Intake Valve-Rev PN X813
7mm Exhaust Valve-Rev PN X914
7mm Valve Guide-Rev PN VG9804
All crate engines must be located with the # 1 spark plug lining up to right side upper ball joint. Crate motor technical specifications will be based on the 347 Series Ford Racing Tech Spec Manual. Only original equipment valve springs allowed – NO PAC springs. Rules may be adjusted as needed.
Overall car weight
If the 390-cfm carburetor is selected total weight is 3100 lbs & 1375 lbs RS
If the 650-cfm carburetor is selected total weight is 3100 lbs & 1400 lbs RS
Any unapproved modification to crate engine could result in confiscation of illegal parts as well as entire engine at the discretion of the GPS officials.
General Claim procedure
Part claims will be administered under the same procedures as protests.
Carburetor will include the components that ship with a new unit from the manufacturer. Claim amount is $850 and the claimed carburetor must pass track technical inspection. The claimee will receive a new replacement carburetor from a dealer of GPS’s choice.
The complete set of shocks may be claimed by a competitor for $2200. The complete set of shocks does not include any coil-over hardware, springs, travel limiters, or related items.
NASCAR approved ignition amplifier boxes must either have a clear plastic back or a removable back. Any box with a riveted or non-removable back may be cut open for inspection.
All and any wires, switches, or connectors must be functional and run point-to-point without interruption or splices between the terminals for their labeled and specified use. Any wire or signal not terminating at its intended location will render the ignition system illegal and not approved for competition regardless of the device it is or is not connected too. This may result in disqualification and forfeiture of all monies and points due for the current event as well as all track and championship points accumulated for 2015.
All race tires must be purchased from GPS the day of the event and will be impounded until released for qualifying. Tires will be Hoosier F-45. Tires when purchased must be registered to the selected car # and may not be “shared or swapped” between cars owned by the same team. The tire rules may be adjusted in the interest of fair and equal competition and is in the sole discretion of the Promoter and Competition Director.
All Late Model Stock events at GPS in 2016 will be twin 75lap events. Each competitor will be allowed to purchase up to 4 new Hoosier F-45 tires for the nights races. They must use all new tires purchased to run the 1st 75lap race. During the break between events, tires may be moved around the vehicle but it will be the team’s responsibility to get approval and have the swap observed by a track official. Failure to do so will result in the team’s disqualification. Once the green flag had started the 1st event and until the end of the 2nd event no wheel or tire may be removed from a vehicle without the approval of the Competition Director for any reason.
In the event any competitor fails to complete the 1st 75 laps but is able to start the 2nd race there will be at least 8 mounted scuff tires available in the tire building. It will be up to the Competition Directors desecration to allow them to put the appropriate laps on their tires or have them choose from the mounted scuffs. These may also be the tires used if a competitor has a cut or damaged tire between events. In any case, any tire change must have prior approval of the Competition Director.
GPS clarifications to NASCAR 2016 Rulebook
20F - 2.2 Overall Car Weight
All cars will compete with a minimum weight of 3100 lbs with a right side minimum weight of 1375 lbs. with the following exceptions. The Ford SR347-SR with a 650-cfm carburetor will compete with the total minimum weight of 3100 and a minimum right side weight of 1400 lbs. The GM 603 (ZZ4) engine with a 650-cmf carburetor will be 3000 lbs with a right side weight of 1350 lbs.
20F - 12.1 Coil Springs / Spring Mounts / Jacking Bolts
The front coil springs must be heavy-duty magnetic steel and you will be limited to 1 spring per wheel. The rear coil springs must be heavy-duty magnetic steel and will be limited to 1 spring per wheel. The rest of the specifications in 20F-12.1 are optional
As an option, one (1) Track-approved, non-metallic, mechanical type front suspension travel limiting device per front wheel may be used. The travel limiting device may be installed on the shock absorber external shaft or an optional bar-type slider mounted separate from the shock. The upper end will be mounted to the front sub-frame bars (#16A & B) with a 1/2 inch magnetic steel bolt and nut and the lower end must be mounted to the lower control arms with a 1/2 inch magnetic steel bolt and nut.
20F - 12.3 Shock Absorbers
Only single adjustable non-external canister style shocks will be allowed and limited to 1 per wheel. The balance of section 20-F-12.3 is optional and will be controlled thru the shock claimer rule.
20F - 12.8.2 Ground Clearance Requirements
No ground clearances will be monitored, however, during practice and competition any car or part dragging or scrapping the ground or unable to cross the scales will, at the discretion of the Competition Director, will be stopped and/or removed from the event.
All measures relative to ground clearance such as, but not limited to, roof height, spoiler height, wheel base, tread width and other body heights will be taken with 4” minimum front frame rail height. The car may be ‘squashed’ or jacked up if need to insert 4” reference blocks under the front of the frame rails, however, all measures must be in tolerance at the same time.
20F - 13 STEERING COMPONENTS
Thru F. remain unchanged
G.Rack and pinion steering components and mounts acceptable to track officials will be permitted.
All racers are encouraged to have their carburetor checked by track officials PRIOR to qualifying. If a carburetor does not pass Post-Qualifying or Race Inspection it may result in a disqualification and/or loss of points and/or loss of any prize money. Unapproved modifications to any carburetor parts will render the entire carburetor illegal and subject to confiscation by the Competition Director and will not be returned.
GPS, the Promoter, and the Competition Director reserve the right to adjust these rules at any time during the season.
2016 Limited Late Model Rules
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2016 Mulligan Power Truck Rules
2016 Super Stock Rules
2016 GPS – Division 4
Car numbers must be painted in a minimum of 24" high numerals on side panels and on the roof in a contrasting color. All lettering must be in good taste.
Any part or assembly deemed to be illegal by GPS oficials will be confiscated
Competition open to 1965 to 2005 models of American manufactured hardtop rear wheel drive passenger car frames with a minimum wheel base of 107 inches. Wheel base must be stock for chassis used. Body must be an approved, unaltered OEM body and centered over wheel wells (front to rear and side to side). Body, frame sections and engine make/manufacturer must match. May use any other rear wheel drive body or 1988-to present front wheel drive, two door body, on any 108 inch or longer wheelbase full frame. Note: Body sides may be fabricated using steel but must be stock appearing.
All seating, carpeting, flammable materials must be removed. Driver compartment must be completely sealed off from engine compartment and trunk compartment with steel.
Must have stock or completely stock appearing steel body panels.
Hood and trunk latches must be removed and car must be equipped with properly installed hood pins. Hoods and trunk lid bracing may be removed. Fiberglass hoods allowed.
Doors must be welded or bolted. Doors may be gutted.
The stock steel floor pan and trunk floor MUST BE RETAINED. Front fire wall may be modified as needed for engine clearance and must be approved by GPS officials.
No part of the tire can protrude past the body of the car. Body cannot be wider than outside edge of tire by more than 1 inche.
Headlights, taillights, and molding must be removed. No outside mirrors.
Fiberglass or plastic nose pieces and tail pieces are legal. No dirt style noses. A one (1) piece rear spoiler maximum 5” tall by 60” width allowed. No additional spoilers, air dams or fins allowed.
A complete set of approved roll bars are required in driver's compartment. Round steel 1-3/4 inch seamless bars are compulsory. Roll bars must be welded. Must have foot bar approved by officials. Hoop bar may be installed (Front and Rear).
All cars must have windshields, back glass is optional. All other glass must be removed.
Take-off/quick-release steering wheels recommended.
Car must have a front and rear hook/loop for wrecker to lift by.
Radiators must be mounted in front of engine.
Tread width may not exceed 74 inches when measured at the rear outside edge of the wheel tire bead mounting lip at spindle height.
Stock type lower control arms only. Absolutely no moving or replacing suspension or spring mounts or cutting any cross-members.
Spring adjusters allowed.
Minimum 6 inch ride height on frame and body must be maintained. Right side of car cannot be higher than one inch of left side height when measured at the outermost part of the frame rails. 4 inch minimum clearance on exhaust pipes.
Spindles must be stock type.
All steering components forward of the firewall must be stock or stock replacement for make and model.
No steering quickeners.
All shocks must be non-rebuildable, non-adjustable with a steel body and shaft. Shocks are subject to a $50 per shock claim by the driver finishing no more than two (2) positions behind claimed driver.
TIRES AND WHEELS
Racing wheels with 10” inch maximum width permitted.
Left and right side wheels must have the same offset; front and rear do not.
No aluminum or magnesium wheels allowed.
No bleeders allowed.
Large diameter lug nuts allowed.
Steel wheel spacers may be used; left and right side must be equal with in 1/4"; front and rear do not have to be equal.
Tires must be purchased through Greenville-Pickens Speedway. No softening of tires will be permitted.
Engine must be mounted so that the forward most spark plug is no further rearward than the front left upper ball joint.
Maximum cubic inch—GM 350 .060 over; Ford 351 .060 over; Dodge 360 .060 over
Heads - OEM cast iron only. No aftermarket heads. No grinding, porting or polishing. No machining into the bowl beyond the guide boss. Guide boss may not be altered.
Maximum valve sizes; intake 1.94 inches, exhaust 1.50 inches. Valves must be stock length with .340 maximum minimum stem diameter.
Camshafts- Stock type hydraulic flat tappet camshafts only.
Lift at valve- Intake .410 Exhaust .410
Stock or stock replacement hydraulic flat tappets only.
Stock or stock replacement rocker arms only. Screw in studs and guide plates allowed. Lock style adjuster nuts allowed. 1.5 stud mount style aluminum roller rockers allowed.
Stock or stock size valve springs, retainers, and locks only. No beehive springs.
Stock forged or cast steel cranks only. Stock stroke only. Must not be lightened or modified in any way.
Stock appearing steel connecting rods only. Rod length must be stock for engine.
Flat top pistons only. Pistons may not come above deck surface.
Carburetors must be stock for make and model; 2 or 4 barrel permitted. No modifications. No dual line Holley carbs.
Any stock OEM intake manifold or Edelbrock Performer Intake is legal. The Performer RPM is NOT legal. The intake cannot be modified in any way.
The air cleaner cannot be bigger than 4 inches high x 14 inches across and must be in the correct location.
Stock or stock replacement electronic or point style distributors only. No MSD or other aftermarket ignition components. FIRING ORDER must be stock for the engine
Magnetic steel tube type headers allowed. Primary tube size maximum 1-5/8” diameter 4 into 1 style connected to a maximum 3” diameter collector. No stepped primaries no merge style joints or try-Y style headers permitted. Tube sizes may only increase and not decrease from the engine exhaust port through out the exhaust system (no chambered exhaust). Exhaust must exit car behind driver.
The track has right to check engine and/or confiscate any part found to be illegal. Refusal to check engine will result in engine being declared illegal.
GM crate engine Part # 8858602 is optional. Carburetor allowed is Part # 80541 Model 4150HP Holley 650-cfm HP series. No carburetor spacer permitted and the carburetor must remain stock out of box. Only changes permitted are to the value of the power valve, jets, or air bleeds. Epoxying of the boosters to the carb. body recommended. All crate engines must run an H.E.I. type ignition. One (1) piece open hole paper gasket maximum 0.065 inch thickness that matches the exterior dimensions of the carburetor throttle base plate must be installed between the carburetor and intake manifold, with no air leaks.
GPS officials have the right to check engine and/or confiscate any part found to be illegal. Refusal to allow engine inspection by GPS officials will result in the entire engine being declared illegal.
Must have racing fuel cell enclosed in a steel container not to exceed 12 gallons and must be securely mounted and adequately protected.
Only origional equipment sytle engine mounted fuel pumps maounted in the stock engine location may be used. No electric fuel pumps.
If the fuel supply line is routed through driver compartment it must be of braided steel construction or be routed through metal tubing and must be securely fastened to the satisfaction of GPS officials. The metal tubing must be painted red and be clearly marked “fuel line do not cut”.
Fuel cell cannot be lower than rear frame rails.
Battery location optional
Battery must be enclosed and securely mounted in metal box and approved by GPS officials.
All cars must have stock type transmission either automatic or manual.
Automatic transmissions must have full size, functioning stock or stock replacement torque convertor. No modifications to any part of the transmission or convertor. No powerglides. Any coolers must be in stock location.
Manual transmissions must be stock 3 or 4 speed transmissions with all working gears. Ratios must be stock that was produced by the manufacturer. Flywheels must be steel and weigh no less than 26 pounds. Stock type clutch disc and pressure plate only. No light weight clutch components. Clutch disc must have a minimum diameter of 10.5 inches. Must be equipped with a steel explosion proof bellhousing.
Stock type and length driveshaft for make and model. Must be no smaller than 2.5 inch diameter and must be made of steel. Driveshaft must be painted white. Car must have drive shaft loop mounted securely within 10 inches of the front of the driveshaft.
Rear Ends must be stock type; no floater hubs; no positive traction or locking differentials. No excessive shimming of gears in differential or anything that causes both rear wheels to pull. Must use stock lower arms and rubber bushings but may be reinforced for strength. Rear ends must be stock type housings with the lower control arm mounts in the stock location for make and model, floater axel style hubs allowed, “small-5” wheel bolt patterns only. No Wide-5 hubs will be permitted. If an open differential is used no excessive shimming of gears etc. in differential or anything that causes both rear wheels to pull will be allowed and the vehicle’s weight may be 3200 pounds. If a locked differential or spool is used the vehicle must weight a minimum of 3250 pounds. In either case the minimum right side percentage of 45% must be maintained. No camber or toe in the rear end will be allowed.
Must have working brakes at all 4 wheels
No driver accessable brake adjustments allowed
Must have steel brake pedal
Aluminum racing seat acceptable to GPS officials required. Five (5) or six (6) point seat belts and shoulder harness system required. All must be properly mounted acceptable to GPS officials with a minimum 3/8” bolts and minimum 1/8” thick fender washers required.
Fire suit required; may be of one (1) or two (2) piece style.
Fire extinguisher required and must be mounted within reach of driver.
Must have Snell SA-05 (or newer) approved helmet.
NASCAR approved nylon window screen must be used on driver's side and fold down.
Minimum weight of 3200 pounds with a right side minimum weight of at least 45% of total. Cars with 602 crate engine may have minimum weight of at least 3,000 pounds after race with driver. Right side minimum weight must be at least 45% of total.
All added weight must be in block form not less than five pounds per piece.
All weight must be painted white, have car number on it and be securely fastened.