CAR RULES FOR THE 2008 SEASON
Effective January 1, 2008
Follow rules set by U.M.P.
To All Drivers
v UMP state at the beginning of the 2007 season they would implement 4 to 5 rules for the 2008 season. These new rules are included below.
v Any rules not covered below are subject to track rules.
v About July or August 2008, UMP will introduce more rules for the following year.
v UMP will have a standard set of rules by 2009.
v Red print indicates a new rule for 2008.
1. American made cars or full size Uni-body cars. Stock wheelbase of 107 inches or more.
2. Full Frame Cars only are allowed. Stock O.E.M. Frames only.
3. No altering of stock frame except to repair rusted rear frame rails. Rear frame may be replaced from rear shock mounts back.
4. Drive Shaft loops are required within 12 inches of front U-joint. No aluminum drive shaft.
5. Minimum weight is 3200 pounds at all times.
1. All glass, chrome, and upholstery must be removed.
2. Top may be removed to install the roll cage, but the top must be replaced in the stock location.
3. Doors can be cut out for door bars.
4. Fender wells may only be cut out for tire clearance.
5. Floorboards and firewalls must be stock and in stock location, except to cut the floorboard for the roll cage. No open holes in firewall allowed.
6. Trunk area may be cut to allow for mandatory fuel cell.
7. The fuel cell must be a steel container with two inch by 1/8 inch steel strap on each side to securely mount the fuel cell.
8. Body must be mounted in stock location. No exposed tubing or bracing outside of the bodyline of car. Body must be steel stock appearing body.
9. Plastic or aftermarket noses are allowed but cannot be the Late Model slope aerodynamic type nose. Nose must be stock appearing for make of car.
1. All suspension components must remain stock except for racing shocks and springs that are mounted in stock locations.
2. Steering shaft and steering wheel can be modified by adding shaft and quick release for safety.
3. Steering quickners are allowed.
4. Sweet steering is optional.
5. Stock upper ball joints only. No adjustable or truck ball joints. No cutting of frame allowed to accept any other ball joint.
6. A Frames may be reinforced along edges by welding round stock (no changing lengths).
7. Lower rear training arms to be stock length to frame being used, metric to metric, Chevelle to Chevelle, etcÖ.
8. Upper rear trailing may be shortened or lengthened to obtain correct pinion angle.
9. Aftermarket bushings are allowed as long as arm is not altered. No slots or adjustable ends.
10. After market upper A-Arms are allowed.
1. No aluminum blocks or heads allowed. Any cast iron head is allowed.
2. Aluminum intake manifolds are allowed, exhaust headers are allowed. Exhaust must exit away from track surface.
3. No racing distributors allowed. HEI distributors are allowed. No MSD boxes.
4. Roller tip rockers are allowed.
5. Aluminum radiators are allowed.
6. The 500 CFM 4412 Holley is the only carburetor allowed. The choke blade can be removed, but the original choke tower must be retained. No other modifications.
7. The engine and body must be manufactured by the same corporate manufacturer. (i.e., GM to GM, Ford to Ford, etc.)
WHEELS AND TIRES
1. Steel racing wheels up to eight inches maximum width are allowed. No aluminum or mag wheels or homemade wheels are allowed. One inch lug nuts are mandatory on both sides of the vehicle.
2. The only tire allowed is the Hoosier Emod tire. D, H, or A compounds (the track may only allow certain compounds)
1. A competition-type 4 point roll cage is required and must be constructed with tubing that is a minimum of one and one-half inches in diameter, with a minimum of .095 wall thickness. A minimum of three horizontal door bars is required in the driverís door. A minimum of three horizontal door bars are required for the passengerís side of the car. Three driver protection bars are required in the windshield ahead of the driver. You may run front and rear bars through the firewall, with 1 kicker bar to the frame. A radiator protection bar is optional.
2. A competition-type racing seat is required. An aluminum seat is highly recommended.
3. A five point, three inch safety harness is required.
4. An approved, Snell SA 2000 or a Snell 2005 (Snell sticker must be in helmet) helmet is required.
5. An approved complete racing fire suit is required. Fireproof gloves, fireproof shoes, and neck collar are highly recommended. Also, a driverís side window net is highly recommended.
6. All batteries that are mounted inside the driverís compartment must be completely enclosed in a marine-type box with a lid, and mounted securely.
7. All weights must be securely mounted with two half inch bolts and be painted white with the car number clearly marked. All weights must be mounted under the body of the car.
8. Drive shafts must be painted white and must remain white all season.
FYI Ė From Sam Driggers, UMP Dirtcar Racing:
All tracks that have been UMP sanctioned with the Street Stock class, must set a time line in the 2008 season for all of their cars to be legal by the above rules.
If you are a new UMP Street Stock track, you have 1 year to bring your cars up to code.
All drivers do not forget if the rule is not listed in the above rules, you must conform to track rules. By the 2009 season, we will have a complete set of rules.
Some of you people need to understand that we at UMP Dirtcar started this class for you. We wanted you to be a part of something bigger and better. We have not ever done or said one thing that we did not follow through on. With that being said, you also need to know I will not tolerate people calling my office and disrespecting me or my staff. We do not owe you anything and will not be yelled, cursed, and screamed at by anyone, we do not do this to you and you will not do it to us.
THUNDER CAR RULES
The purpose of this division is to provide an inexpensive way for a beginner to get into racing. All Thunder Cars must be stock. Inspections will be made by track techs. Motor includes fan to flywheel, carburetor to oil pan including ignition.
Car must weigh 3,200 lbs. with driver at the finish of the race. Top 3 can be weighed immediately after the feature.
Car and Body wheelbase and eligible models: any American made, standard, full frame is eligible. No unibody vehicles, Camaro, Firebird, Nova, Pinto, Jeeps, Trucks or convertibles are allowed. No T-Tops or sunroofs.
Rough driving will NOT be tolerated. First offense will be suspension for one (1) week. Second offense will be one (1) year from date of race. Any drivers or crew involved in fighting will automatically be suspended for a minimum of one (1) year.
1. The stock steel unaltered floor plan, firewall must be used. Trunks may be cut for fuel cell only, no more than three (3) inches of clearance around fuel cell, 1 Ĺ inch per side, no exceptions. Stock wheel wells must be retained in rear.
2. Cars must be strictly stock. No holes in the hood or roof. Hood must be kept in place at all times. Body sheet metal must be in place at all times.
3. All doors must be welded. Window net on driverís side mandatory.
4. A complete firewall must seal the trunk from the driver compartment.
5. The only modifications allowed to the floor pan, firewalls, or trunk floors are for repair of rust area or to mount fuel cell.
6. Fuel cell must be mounted to trunk between frame wells, minimum 12 inches ground clearance.
7. No ballast will be allowed.
8. After market nose panel permitted.
9. Tow chains on front and rear mandatory.
10. Stock style bumpers only if nose and tail piece are not used.
WINDSHIELD AND GLASS:
1. ALL glass, headlights, chrome, and mirrors must be removed. These parts must be removed prior to arrival to the track.
2. No broken glass shall be in the car. Car must be swept clean.
3. Full screens mandatory across the whole windshield and must have four (4) vertical bars, 3/8 inch diameter in front of the driver, mounted to cage, 3/8 inch bars minimum. Number on right top of window, 12 inch square.
1. Engine block must be exactly as produced by the manufacturer. Small block only. No aluminum blacks. No 400 blocks. No guide plates or poly locks on valves. Block numbers will be checked, all blocks must have legible numbers.
2. Stock appearing only from carburetor to oil pan.
3. After market air filter is permitted.
4. Must idle stock.
1. OEM stock heads only. No aftermarket, bowtie, or aluminum heads. No port work allowed. NO roller rockers. Stock head for year, make, and model of body. Tall valve covers are allowed.
1. Must be strictly stock for make and model. Case iron intake manifold only. NO tall performance or marine intakes allowed. NO cutting on inside of intake area. NO porting or polishing of intake runners, you will be made to pull the carburetor to inspect the intake.
1. Cast iron stock exhaust manifolds, with no modifications, as provided on engine NO center dump style permitted.
2. Exhaust must terminate behind driver and within 18 inches of rear end housing.
1. Carburetor must be stock OEM street applicable, 2 barrel Rochester only. Air filter mandatory, must be stock type. No air induction, ram rubes, or air boxes.
2. No double pumps.
3. Fords and Mopars may run Holley carburetor applicable to year, make, and model.
1. Stock components only as produced by manufacturer.
1. NO dial point distributors.
2. Stock coil in stock location, must use stock distributor.
3. Battery must be securely mounted in battery box and covered.
1. Stock automatic transmission with at least three (3) forward gears, reverse must work.
2. NO Power Glides at all.
1. Stock radiator in stock location.
2. Aluminum or plastic radiators allowed. No electric fans.
1. Posi-traction, limited slip, locked, or welded rear ends permitted.
2. Rear end differential must match make and model of body used. Nine (9) inch Ford rear ends, including floaters, are legal. Brakes must be in stock location. Race axles are highly recommended.
1. No altering of stock brakes allowed.
2. Brake pedal must remain in stock location.
3. Cars must have functional brakes on all four (4) wheels.
4. No brake bias/proportional valve permitted.
1. Body and frame components must be exactly the same as year, make, and model used. No shifting or moving of any body parts allowed.
2. Complete bumper to bumper stock frame must be retained other than repairs needed to fix areas due to rust or damage.
3. Repairs to stub must maintain exact measurements as originally produced.
1. No modification of the suspension allowed. Suspension arms must remain absolutely stock and unaltered for the make and model used.
2. No coil over, overload, cargo ratchet, or air assisted shocks permitted.
3. Racing springs allowed. All springs must be/retain stock height.
4. No racing shocks permitted.
5. Metric cars can reinforce upper frames only.
1. Re-inforced racing type wheels mandatory. Right rear bead locks permitted.
2. Maximum wheel width is eight (8) inches.
3. Any loss of a wheel or tire requires a driver to immediately pull into the infield.
4. One-inch lug nuts are mandatory.
1. No grooving, siping, or soaking.
2. Absolutely no racing tires disguised as DOT tires.
3. May run 70 series DOT approved tires.
4. Bead lock wheels permissible on right rear and right front.
GAS TANK INSTALLATION:
1. Fuel cell mandatory. 32 gallon maximum capacity. Bracing in trunk for fuel cell permitted.
2. No electric fuel pumps permitted. No fuel lines in the driver compartment.
3. Tech inspector must approve installation.
4. Fuel line from trunk to the engine compartment must be steel or steel braided. No copper or rubber allowed.
1. A four post roll cage must be used with three (3) door bars on the driverís door. Driverís door must have 1/8 inch steel plate on door bars. Window net on driverís side mandatory.
2. Cage can be braced rearward to the frame where it starts to kick up over the rearend. Bars may be added from firewall forward to protect frame and radiator. Front firewall, front or rear hoops optional.
3. All drivers must use an approved, 5-point safety harness and crotch belt. The tech inspector must approve all seatbelt installations. None shall be more than five (5) years old.
4. All drivers must wear both a firesuit and helmet. Helmet must have a Snell rating of 9 or newer. Both are mandatory and must be approved by track tech. Racing shoes are gloves are also mandatory. Full racing suit required.
5. Always stay in your car with seatbelts and helmet on. Do not get out of car during race unless you have a fire.
6. If a hood raises during a race, go to the infield immediately.
7. Drive shaft must be painted white and have a driveshaft loop. No chains.
If you are caught cheating after a race, you will be disqualified for the night. You will lose winnings for the night, plus your points for the night. If you are caught cheating a second time, you will be barred for two weeks and lose all points for the year.
The rules and/or regulation set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATIONS OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. These rules are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator official.
THE RACE DIRECTOR/PROMOTER SHALL BE EMPOWERED TO PERMIT MINOR DEVIATION FROM ANY OF THE SPECIFICATION HEREIN OR IMPOSE ANY FURTHER RESTRICTIONS THAT IN THEIR OPINIONS DO NOT ALTER THE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE REQUIREMENTS. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATIONS OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Official decisions are final.