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2017 Track Rules



Drivers, Crew Members and Fans: Rules for each respective division are posted for your convenience here on the Volunteer Speedway website. Drivers especially, make sure you are familiar will ALL RULES!!! Above you will see respective rules for each section that you will find by scrolling down the rules page.

We have tried to make racing as competitive, affordable and safe as possible for all racers and fans. VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY’s rules and procedures are explained in detail. The management of VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY wishes all of you a successful and safe 2017 racing season.

*** NOTE: For the 2017 racing season all classes will be required to run a RACEceiver!!! Drivers will be told over the RACEceiver where to line up (behind of or in front of cars) while under caution. ANY driver who pulls down to the attention of a pit official on the front straightaway without being instructed to over the RACEceiver to argue/fuss about where they’re told to line up or to be checked to see if sheet-metal needs to be pulled away from a tire, will automatically be placed at the rear of the field to restart the race.

Also, only one RACEceiver unit permitted inside driver compartment, if more than one unit is found … the driver/car will be disqualified for the night’s racing program. The RACEceiver units will be for sale at the track on race nights.

Driver’s under the age of 18, before you compete in your first race you must bring either your driver’s license or birth certificate with you to the track to verify your age. Plus, a consent form must be signed by both parents. Also, anyone under the age of 18 wishing to enter the pit gate (pits and backside tier-parking), you “must” have your parent(s) or legal guardian sign the proper paperwork to allow you access. The paperwork only needs to be properly filled-out one time, and it will then be kept on file.




For the 2017 racing season, Volunteer Speedway has entered into an alliance with other East Tennessee racetracks – 411 Motor Speedway, Tazewell Speedway, I-75 Raceway, Wartburg Speedway and Crossville Speedway, along with Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. – regarding penalties assessed at the respective tracks pertaining to fighting and misconduct involving competitors; such as deliberately ramming into another race car either on-track or in the pit area.
Anyone/everyone (driver/crew member/fans) involved in an incident which results in violent physical contact (throwing punches/wrestling), will be suspended. The time-frame for a first offense is a minimum of two weeks, unless further time is deemed warranted (respective track’s discretion). While you’re under suspension you will be suspended by all alliance-participating tracks under this mutual agreement for the set amount of time handed out. In other words, you won’t be permitted to race anywhere in East Tennessee.
If you enter someone else’s pit and start a fight you’re gone period and suspended. … Each track will make a judgment call regarding individuals involved and suspensions. If a fight takes place away from both parties’ pit area, everyone is considered guilty and will be suspended.
All tracks entered into the alliance related to fighting and misconduct hope to let it be known that physical violence will not be tolerated. Anyone/everyone (driver/crew member/fans) needs to seriously think before getting into any confrontations at tracks. Because anyone/everyone involved in fighting or misconduct will suffer the consequences (suspension/and possible monetary fines before once again being allowed to compete).


 *** Any driver/car that comes to a stop (accident/mechanical) on the track, you MUST remain in your car until being told by a Volunteer Speedway official or emergency/safety worker upon their arrival on the scene that it’s OK to exit – unless there is eminent danger (fire). Drivers that exit a car without permission, are subject to disqualification, fine and/or suspension at the discretion of track management. ***


10-1 … All drivers MUST have full driving suit to include racing gloves (Mechanix Gloves not permitted) and shoes.

10-2 … All cars MUST have working fire extinguisher within reach of driver.

10-3 … Helmets MUST meet ANSI Specifications.

10-4 … Racing seats are mandatory, but MUST be factory manufactured aluminum and acceptable to Track Officials. Positively NO HOMEMADE aluminum, plastic, or fiberglass seats allowed. Seat MUST be properly installed and seat backrest cannot be moved back further than the trailing edge of the door.

10-5 … Five-point racing harness required. MUST have manufacturers label and date and must be within two years. Any belts older than two years or that has no label WILL NOT be allowed.

10-6 … Roll cage must be constructed of no less than 1 1/2 inch seamless steel tubing with a minimum wall thickness of .090. The cage MUST be welded to the frame in at least six places.

10-7 … No bars outside of car. All bars within reach of driver MUST be padded.

10-8 … All cars must have an approved fuel cell. Fuel cell MUST be enclosed in metal and mounted securely between rear frame rails with 1-inch square tubing. MUST have two straps going under and over the fuel cell. Must have rear firewall between driver and rear fuel cell.

10-9 … All cars MUST have three windshield bars in front of driver, 1/8 inch x 1 inch minimum.

10-10 … MUST have drive shaft loops. (Front and Rear) 1/4 inch x 2 inch minimum. Driveshaft MUST be painted white.

10-11 … All added weight must be securely fastened and MUST be painted white with driver’s car number written on the weight. Any car losing a piece(s) weight will result in the disqualification of the driver for the night’s racing.

10-12 … Window net is required for all cars in all classes. Must be securely mounted with tension when fastened. Sprint Car type nets WILL be permitted. Must extend full length of window opening mounted to roll cage at B-post and A-post with quick release. Full size nets must have quick release at top. Suggested window net minimum of 12 inches x 12 inches (3/4-inch webbing recommended).

10-13 … Battery MUST be enclosed in box and mounted securely.

10-14 … All cars MUST have complete firewalls front and rear.

10-15 … Blow-proof bell housing recommended or floorboard covered with belting.




*** No two-way radio communication, or cellphone communication (electronic device period), between driver and crew members will be permitted in 2017 in any class. No cellphone permitted inside race car! ***

20-1 … Track Officials’ decisions will be final. We cannot make and will not attempt to make rules to fit everyone’s needs and desires. Be willing to go by the rules outlined in the following pages (sections).

20-2 … We expect courteous conduct from ALL participants at all times. Each and every one of you have an image to uphold for the fans and sponsors. We will not tolerate profanity and/or any other unprofessional actions in front of race fans, officials and management. Fighting will not be tolerated. ANYONE caught fighting will be suspended and/or fined from the day’s events and possibly future events. ALL drivers are responsible for their crew members and their actions.

20-3 … At any time your dress, actions and conduct are not in the best interest of the speedway, you may be asked to leave the grounds with suspension and/or fine.

20-4 … No driver may get out of his/her car on the track or infield to argue or discuss the race with officials. If this rule is violated the driver may be disqualified and/or fined for the event and/or future events. ALL drivers are responsible for their crew members and their actions.

20-5 … There will be no alcoholic beverages or controlled substances before or during the race program in the pits. Anyone caught with either of these on their person or in their equipment may be suspended and/or fined. Volunteer Speedway also reserves the right to submit ANYONE they see fit to a breathalyzer test at any time.

20-6 … The speedway is private property. Through your admission ticket you have been given the right to be on this property in conjunction with racing activities. However, the management of the speedway reserves the right to revoke and cancel this right 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 management of the speedway.

20-7 … Drivers will be paid according to laps completed.

20-8 … As driver/owner, you are an independent contractor and assume all responsibility for all charges, premiums and taxes, if any, payable on funds you may receive for your participation at any racing events at the speedway. Arrangements of purse payments to anyone other than the driver must be made in writing PRIOR to race night.

20-9 … All (car/driver … prize/purse) money must be collected on race night, no exceptions. If you leave the track without collecting your winnings, the winnings are therefore forfeited.

20-10 … ALL drivers earning $600 or more will receive a 1099 form at the end of the year. ALL forms will be made out to driver only, unless previous arrangements (car owner) have been made.

20-11 … In case of protest, payoff may be held until the following week.

20-12 … ALL cars are subject to inspection at ANY time.

20-13 … Driver will be held responsible for entire pit crew and their actions.

20-14 … Any car or cars caught illegal receives no money. Points are lost on the race in which you are disqualified. If a driver/car owner refuses to a tear-down, they forfeit all monies and points for that night’s events. Flagrant cheating will draw a substantial fine.

20-15 … Refusing to obey Track Officials while on the track will result in laps being taken away, and driver parked in the pits for the remainder of his/her race, suspension and/or fine.

20-16 … No driver can qualify two cars for any ONE division.

20-17 … After car and driver have qualified/drawn for starting position, if driver chooses another car the car and driver MUST start in the rear. No driver will be allowed to change cars DURING the race. Failing to notify officials of said change BEFORE race will result in no monies and/or points for that nights racing event.

20-18 … No work can be done on race cars on the track. ALL work on race cars must be done in pit area. No courtesy laps will be given for repair work. One lap will be taken away if car repairs are made on the track.

20-19 … Pit crews will be able to work on cars during red flag. Any car entering the pits under red or yellow flag conditions must restart in the rear.

20-20 … Track management reserves the right to update, modify, add or delete rules at any time without prior notifications.

20-21 … Any infraction of the rules may result in extra weight being added to the car in question to compensate for infraction.

20-22 … Track Officials and Management may refuse to allow any driver to compete in any division at their sole discretion.

20-23 … Amount to be fined will be decided by track management and person or persons fined will not be allowed on speedway grounds until said fines are settled.

20-24 … Track Officials may inspect any car at any time before or after an event. Volunteer Speedway reserves the right to inspect/protest any car using the same methods as protest. No extra money will be awarded for SPEEDWAY tear-downs.

20-25 … The Speedway reserves the right to alter and/or amend any rule in the interest of fair competition.

20-26 … Nobody is allowed on the racing surface during the race under caution. In the event of a wreck ONLY emergency personnel and speedway officials are allowed on the track. Any crew member, family member, or spectators entering the track will be fined. All of this is in the interest of safety. While we realize the concerns involved during a wreck we provide the best care possible and will summon any family members, crew members, etc. when necessary.

20-27 … No driver, car owner, mechanic or anyone else shall have any claims for damages, expenses, or otherwise against the track, its officials, or anyone associated with Volunteer Speedway. Volunteer Speedway will not be responsible for automobiles damaged in parking area.

20-28 … Injuries received AT the track MUST be reported to officials BEFORE leaving premises. Failure to do so may result in non-payment of insurance claims. All claims MUST first be submitted to YOUR insurance carrier.

20-29 … The official scorer at the speedway shall be responsible for timing and scoring of all events. Actual rechecks of scoring will not be addressed until AFTER the completion of the night’s racing program and MUST be accompanied with $100 cash.

20-30 … The decision of the race officials on interpretation of rules, scoring, flagging and race procedures will be FINAL.

20-31 … Entrance to restricted areas, such as pits, must be limited to legitimate “waiver” signed participates. NO children under the age of 16 permitted in the inside pits.

20-32 … A waiver and release MUST be signed at every event by EACH participant, including driver, crew members, officials, etc.

20-33 … ALL drivers and car numbers MUST be registered with the speedway.

20-34 … Car numbers will be distributed on a first come and first served basis to car owners.

20-35 … Volunteer Speedway reserves the right to require modification of the number as displayed by visibility such as duplicate numbers and/or hard to read numbers. Cars not meeting requirements may not be scored.

20-36 … Car numbers MUST be a minimum of 18 inches high and 3 inches wide on each door and roof. Roof numbers MUST read from passenger side. Numbers MUST be legible.

20-37 … Volunteer Speedway retains the rights to reserve a section on the cars to display class sponsors.

20-38 … Driver is responsible for having car in safe condition.

20-39 … All cars MUST have an operating starter.

20-40 … Any part not complying to the rules will result in disqualification of car.

20-41 … Track officials may at their own discretion, on any given night, choose to check any finishing car.

20-42 … Anyone who brings a four-wheeler, an all-terrain vehicle, etc. to the speedway MUST show proof of insurance on it and valid driver’s license before they will be allowed to operate it. Only the person operating the four-wheeler, all-terrain vehicle, etc. is to be on it.



30-1 … All green flag starts/restarts will be made by flagman, with cars expected to stay in line double-file until the green flag waves. Absolutely no anticipating the start/restart before the green flag waves and firing (accelerating) early will be tolerated. Jumping the start will result in front row cars being moved back one (1) row after a second (2nd) failed start attempt. … Jumping restarts will be called back at the discretion of the Race Director/Flagman. … Any driver coming to a stop during the first lap, and, in the opinion of the Race Director has done so deliberately to cause a restart, will be put to the rear of the field.

30-2 … In the event of a caution, if one (1) lap is not completed on the initial start, the field will be lined back up for a complete restart in the original order (providing any driver doesn’t enter the infield hot pits). Any car going into the hot pits during this caution that returns to the track will restart in the rear. No exceptions. … Double-file restarts up until the halfway point of the event, after that point all restarts will be single-file. Track reserves the right to go to single-file restarts when deemed necessary at any time.

30-3 … Any car bringing out three (3)  cautions, you’re done for the event and parked in the pits. If it becomes a problem, track reserves the right to park you with two (2) charged cautions.

30-4 … If you spin to avoid an accident and aren’t part of the original accident, you will get your spot back – track (Race Director) judgment applies. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT OR ROUGH DRIVING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY.

30-5 … After the “one-to-go” has been shown to the leader, any car stopping to talk to a track official, or for any other reason will be put to the rear of the field.

30-6 … Under caution go into single-file and scoring will line you up by the last green flag lap according to the transponders. Failure to line back up under caution where you’re instructed, could lead to you being sent to the rear or disqualification. There will be no arguing positions. Transponder results are final.

30-7 … All cars in every division will be needed to help pack the track throughout the year. PLEASE help us with this. Failure to do so will result in loss of practice.

30-8 … Enter track only at Turn 2 for cars pitting on hillside for practice and qualifying, and Turn 1 for cars pitting inside track during the feature race. During the race any car entering track other than Turn 1 exit will be black flagged for a stop and go penalty.

30-9 … Exit the track to hillside pit area at Turn 3 gate only.


30-11 … All cars pitting in the infield pit area will be given two courtesy caution laps to make a pit stop (for flat tires only). No cars will be allowed to exit the track to the hillside pit area during their respective race.

30-12 … YELLOW FLAG: No racing back to the flag. The scorers will determine positions according to the last SCORED green flag lap.

30-13 … BLACK FLAG: Report to pit area immediately. Black flag will be displayed three times to the driver. Failure to obey the flag after third time will result in score card being pulled.

30-14 … MOVE OVER FLAG: You will be advised by the Race Director that the leaders are coming and to hold your line. If you’re racing for position on the lead lap it will be up to the leader to find his way through. We will not give the leader a free pass to the checkered flag. If you’re a lapped car you will be told to lay over, no exceptions.

30-15 … Drivers are scored at the flag stand.

30-16 … Armbands must be worn at all times. Failure to do so will result in the purchase of another pit pass.

30-17 … All car owners, drivers, and crew members must comply with all safety, general, and race procedures set forth in the VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY Rule Book (website rules). It’s up to car owners, drivers and crew members to know the rules.

30-18 … Track Officials reserve the right to make judgment calls.

30-19 … All drivers must sign-in and obtain their scoring transponder at the trailer located beside the B-side concession stand and, register for qualifying order no later than 6:30 p.m. Any drivers arriving after 6:30 p.m. must notify a Track Official upon their arrival. They will then be placed at the rear of the qualifying order. All drivers in classes that draw for position need to register for the feature lineup positions. Any driver arriving late on classes that draw will start at the rear of the field.

30-20 … All drivers are responsible for looking at the qualifying lineups, which are posted at the concession stands by track officials. If driver is not in line to qualify in the order drawn, driver will not qualify.

30-21 … If you are competing in more than one division you MUST pay an entry fee (purchase additional pit pass for driver) for the other division(s) to be run. If you don’t purchase the second armband you will be disqualified from both events. No money will be paid.

30-22 … Any driver winning three consecutive races, will start no better than the sixth position at the next event attended.

30-23 … If on the initial attempt(s) to start the feature a driver is involved in an on-track incident and goes into the infield pits for attention from their crew once the yellow flag has waved, the driver WILL NOT be permitted to go back into their regular starting position for the double-file restart. The driver must restart from the rear of the field!!! We will not pull sheet medal, plastic, or anything hanging loose on your car. You must go pit-side and return to the tail of the lap you’re running on.



“Only Top 3” finishers in feature event will be allowed to protest. A protested driver may counter protest.

3rd-place may only protest 2nd-place.
2nd-place may protest 1st-place, and counter 3rd-place.
1st-place may counter 2nd-place only.

The driver (solely) must lodge protest before leaving the scales after the feature event. Money must be paid in “cash” at that time. Protesting driver must state exact protest.

Any driver that refuses to tear down will be deemed illegal, and will forfeit all monies and points for that event and will no longer be eligible for the points championship. Also, said driver will start at the rear of the field in the next event they compete in at Volunteer Speedway.

During a protest/tear-down, all technical specifications will be inspected and enforced.

Three (3) people from each team involved will be allowed in the tech room only, unless granted permission by the Race Director.

Protest/tear-down will take place night of the event; all monies will be held until tear-down is completed.

Any driver that is deemed illegal in anyway during the 2017 season more than once, will not be eligible for the track championship in their class.

Crate engines must be sealed, GM, NeSmith or Fastrak: Any other seals, call before you haul (excluding Sportsman class). All crate engines will be teched by the GM tech manual.


The speedway will retain 30 percent of all protest fees to cover additional expenses incurred regardless the outcome.


$600 – Complete tear-down, carburetor to oil pan.
602 and 604 engine will be teched by a NeSmith or certified tech.
$400 – Remove one (1) head. Check head, bore and stroke.
$250 – Cubic inch (P&G) check.
Certified tech fee will be deducted from protest money.

Will go by the 2017 NeSmith or Fastrak weekly protest rules. These can be found at or

$600 – Complete tear-down, carburetor to oil pan.
602 and 604 engine will be teched by a NeSmith or certified tech.
$400 – Remove one (1) head: Check head, valves, bore and stroke.
$250 – Cubic inch (P & G) check.
Certified tech fee will be deducted from protest money.


$600 – Complete tear-down, carburetor to oil pan.
602 and 604 engine will be teched by a NeSmith or certified tech.
$400 – Remove one (1) head: Check head, valves, bore and stroke.
$250 – Cubic inch (P&G) check.
Certified tech fee will be deducted from protest money.
Any B-engine will be teched by track tech official.

Visual Protest $50



Rules are designed to provide for orderly conduct of racing events. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY SHALL RESULT FROM THE PUBLICATION OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES. Any specifications set forth herein will be subject to change as necessary, in the interest of fair competition. The officials of VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY will make interpretation of rules. Any adjustments, additions or amendments by officials in the interest of equal competition can be made without notification.

*** For any class (Late Model, Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Classic Cars) of racing, track reserves the right to delete, change or amend rules in the interest of competition. Track officials’ decisions are final in disputes/protests!!!



Engine A: Weight 2275 lbs.

Max Cubic Inch 365

All steel, flat top piston, flat tappet cam, 23 degree style heads with a 2 degree tolerance and a max of 205 cc intake runner. NO RAISED RUNNER HEADS. No titanium rods.

Spoiler: 8 inch spoiler and sides.

Tires: Hoosier 1600 or American Racer 56. Both rears must punch 55. Fronts open.

Engine B: Weight 2275 lbs.

604 Crate: Engine must be sealed from factory. NeSmith or Fastrak. All engines must meet specifications of NeSmith, Fastrak, or GM. The engine tech will only involve the motor as it comes out of a crate.

For example: Headers and carburetor space thickness aren’t from GM.

Spoiler: 12 inch spoiler and sides.

Tires: Left rear tire – Hoosier 1350/21 or American Racer 48. Right rear tire – Hoosier 1600 or American Racer 56 only. Left rear must punch 45, right rear must punch 55. Fronts open.

602 Crate: Weight – no minimum

Engine must be sealed from factory. NeSmith or Fastrak. All engines must meet specifications of Ne Smith, Fastrak, or GM. The engine tech will only involve the motor as it comes out of a crate.

Spoiler: 12 inch spoiler and sides and 12 x 32 sideboard.

Tires: Open front and rear.

Engine C: GM 525

Weight 2300 lbs. As is from GM.

Spoiler: 8 inch spoiler and sides.

Tires: Hoosier 1600 or American Racer 56. Both rears must punch 55. Fronts open.

Engine D: Weight 2350 lbs.

Max cubic inch 365. All steel, flat top piston, roller and flat tappet cam, 23 degree style heads with a 2 degree tolerance. NO RAISED RUNNER HEADS or titanium rods.

Spoiler: 8 inch spoiler and sides.

Tires: Hoosier 1600 or American Racer 56. Both rears must punch 55. Fronts open.

Engine E: Weight 2400 lbs. Max 365 cubic inch, all steel, 23 degree style heads with a 2 degree tolerance.

All weights are after qualifying and the race. No burn-off!

Spoiler: 8 inch spoiler and sides.

Tires: Hoosier 1600 or American Racer 56. Both rears must punch 55. Fronts open.

***Any crate tear down will be done by an outside official such as NeSmith or Fastrak.***

Lucas Oil body rules apply.

Rear Deck Height: Deck height 38 inches high all the way across to the bottom of the t-bar at any time.



Crate Engine P\N 88958602 – 2200#
Crate Engine P\N 88598604 – 2300#
All weights are after qualifying and the race. No burn-off!
Engines must meet GM factory specs and rebuilt engines must meet GM rebuild specs
Must have all GM parts
Assemble height on GM 604 engine can be no less than 1.780″
Must have GM 604 stock valve springs
All engines must have factory GM sealing bolts, any Crate Sanction Seal System Allowed
No Black Market Seals, Any other Seal System call for Approval
604 Engine 1″ max Carburetor Spacer
602 Engine 2″ max Carburetor Spacer
No tri-y headers
Engine placement 7″ from center of Ball Joint to #1 Spark plug
SAS Body Rules
8″ Spoiler and 8″ Sides Max
Racing Gas or E85 Only
Tires: Front Open
Rear Hoosier 1600 or Equivalent … American Racer 56 or Equivalent
All Rear Tires must Punch 55
Sipe and Grooving Allowed
No Grinding off of numbers or compound
Any Tire that has been altered will be illegal and confiscated
All tires will be checked with a durometer
No Chemical treating of tires allowed
All tires subject to sampling at any time
All Engines are subject to impound and tear-down.



In order to be eligible to run in this class you cannot have won a race in either a Super Late Model or Limited Late Model in the past 3 years (Calendar Date) at any track.

If you move up in class on any given night, such as Limited or Crate Late Model, to try and earn extra money because the car count is low or a special event for that class, you will be penalized by having to start the next 2 Sportsman events that you attend on the rear.

This class is intended for the low budgeted and entry level late model teams.

Body Rule: Same as Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Rear Deck Height: Deck height 38 inches high all the way across to the bottom of the t-bar at any time.

Engine A: 604 or 602 GM Crate.

Must remain stock as they came from GM. Must remain as listed in GM technical manual p.n. 38958668. Fastrak and NeSmith specs are legal. Rebuilt motors are allowed. Do not have to be sealed.
Weight: 604- 2350 lbs
602- 2250 lbs

Engine B: 362 max cubic inch.

Weight for Engine B is 2400 lbs.

All weights are after qualifying and the race. No burn-off!


GM cast steel block. No after market blocks.
One or two piece rear seal, no block lighting, no splayed main caps.
All components must remain in stock location.
No raised or over sized cam journals.
No over sized lifters. (.842).
Max bore 4.065.
Stock stroke 3.480.


Steel rods – 5.700 length only.
I-Beam Style – 3/8″ bolt, press fit pins or floated rods.
No titanium or aluminum.
Piston flat top 2 or 4 valve pocket style.

Oiling Systems:

No dry sump.
No vacuum pumps.
No external pumps.


Steel stock stroke (3.480).
Min. weight 48lbs. with key & front timing gear.
Stock – OEM Journals main (2.448) and rod journal (2.100).
Balancing OK.

Cam – Lifter:

Hydraulic only, max valve lift .460″ (checked at push rod with no rocker arm).
0.842 lifter diameter only.
No mushroom lifter.
No ceramic lifter.
No roller lifter.
Cam bearing journals must be OEM (1.868).
Timing chain only, no gear drive, no belt drive.
Protest fee is $150, track retains 30%.


Steel only must be GM head.
No after market heads allowed.
Straight plug only.
Heads must be 23 deg.
Angle milling allowed, not to exceed 1 deg.
All heads must remain as cast.
Steel valves only no titanium or other materials.
Under cut stems allowed – no hollow stem.
Max valve size 2.02/1.60 minimum valve weight 2.02 109 grams 1.60 94 grams.
Must remain 11/32 stem diam.
CC limit on intake runner 175 max.
60cc min.
Limit on combustion chamber.
No porting, polishing, grinding, excessive deburring in any breathing area.
No shot preening, no media blasting.
Heads may be deburred on outside areas only.
Valve spring pockets may be machined.
Max spring pressure 105 lbs seat-260 lbs open. It will be checked on the engine with a LSM gauge.
Multi-angle valve job permitted machine cut only.
Max .600 below seat.
No hand blending allowed.
All angles must remain concentric with valve guide.
May be machined for push rod clearance.
No shaft style rockers, stud style only.
No raised runners.

Intake Manifold:

Intake must be cast aluminum.
Porting or polishing not allowed.
Two piece manifolds not allowed.


One 4 barrel 650 Holley.
Carburetor buy rule $500.
Gas or E85.


Any ignition.
No magnetos.
No traction control.
No crank triggers.
Electronic boxes buy rule $300.


No “tri-y” style allowed. All headers must be standard 4 into 1 style. No stainless headers.
Headers buy rule $300.
All pumps and pulleys must be mounted in the standard location on the engine.
No bell housing mounted pulleys. No electric fans.
No adjustable suspension devices mounted in the driver’s compartment. Brake adjusters are permitted.

Shocks & Suspension:

Shocks must be non-adjustable, no external reservoirs permitted, shocks may be steel or aluminum. Schrader valve OK, no external reservoirs permitted or turntable knobs. Any shock may be claimed for $200, coil over kit not included.
Steel drive shafts permitted. Carbon fiber drive shafts allowed, but not mandatory. They are encouraged for safety, but not required because of added cost.
Standard steel axles only, no titanium axles. Axles may be solid or gun drilled.
No oil filled hubs.
Brake rotors must be steel. No lightened or cut rotors. Brake rotors can be solid or drilled. Rotors must be 1.25 inch thick, unless using stock style GM brakes. No . 810 rotors.
All suspension components must be made of steel or aluminum, no titanium parts, no spring bars on rear 4 link
Standard slip yoke transmission only. No ball-spline transmissions. Transmissions
must be aluminum or steel, no magnesium transmissions. Reverse starter mount bell housings permitted, steel or aluminum only

Tire Rule:

Rear tires must be Hoosier 1600, American Racer 56 or equivalent. Must punch 55 (durometer) before qualifying and feature race. No tolerance.
Once in line to qualify, if your rear tires punch less than 55 – you will not be permitted to qualify and will start your race from rear of the field.
No front tire rule.
Tire may be checked for chemical soaking
Random samples may be taken and sent to a lab for testing. If samples are collected, winnings will be held until test results come back from lab.
If lab results prove tires to be illegal, you will be disqualified. There will be a $300 fine before you race again at Volunteer Speedway.
*** Track will make weight adjustments if needed to equal the competition between engines. ***

General Rules:

1.Tires must have all numbers and name on the tire. No grinding off numbers or names. Anytime this is altered, will be illegal.
2. Engine set back will be 6 inches from center of top ball joint to the most forward spark plug.
3. Track reserves the right to delete, change or amend rules in the interest of competition.
4. Any gasoline will be allowed. No alcohol. E 85 gasoline will be allowed. The specific gravity may not exceed .750 Protest fee will be $50.
5. Weight must be posted on right side A pillar.
If weight is not posted, you will only have 1 qualify lap.
Failure to post correct weight will result in disqualification.
Late Model drivers and Sportsman drivers are not allowed to run in Late Model and Sportsman races same night. Must run in only 1 of these.
Time limit on tear-down must be done in a timely manner. Track official will monitor this. If the official declares that this has not been done in a timely manner, the track official reserves the right to declare disqualification.
The track reserves the right to amend, delete or change rules in the interest of competition.
All protest ( engine, buy rules) with the exception of a visual is to be done after the race is completed.




a. Any cubic inch allowed – open engine.

b. Cast iron block and cylinder heads (only). Absolutely no aluminum block or heads!

c. Aluminum or cast iron intake permitted.

c. No dry sump.

d. One carburetor permitted (2-barrel or 4-barrel).

e. Gas only.

f. No turbo. No supercharger. No nitrous oxide. No nitro methane.


a. Stock or MSD ignition permitted (no magneto).

b. Absolutely no traction control permitted!


a. 104-inch wheelbase (minimum).

b. Coil spring rear suspension cars must have full frame to center of the rear end. Coil spring cars will use factory design (Example: Metric cars will use 2 triangulated upper and 2 lower trailing arms).

c. Camaro and Nova front stub cars may be tube from the front clip back for leaf spring rear suspension ONLY. … Full frame leaf spring conversions are OK.

d. Rear control arms to be: Upper 10-inch minimum, 12-inch maximum … Lower 18-inch minimum, 21-inch maximum. (Can be aftermarket)

e. One (1) shock per corner, total of four (4) on car. Schrader Valve shocks are OK.

f. No canister shock. No aluminum body shock.

g. No coil over shock. No adjustable shock.

h. No coil over eliminators, brake floaters, j-bars, panhard bars, lift bars, birdcages, or pull bars.

i. Upper ball joint to be even with #1 spark plug.

j. No quick change rear ends. 9-inch floated rear end acceptable.

k. No strut cars.

l. No wide 5 hubs or wide 5 adaptors.

m. Weight jacks are permitted.

n. Leaf spring rear end acceptable.

o. No progressive springs. No spring rubbers.

p. Minimum 5-inch diameter springs.

q. Stock steering box (no late model type rack and pinion). May use quick release steering wheel with steering column in stock location.


a. 3,000 pounds

b. Driver will receive 25 lb. weight break if wearing approved HANS device.

Weight is after qualifying and the race. No burn-off!


a. Open tires.

b. Steel wheels only (No aluminum wheels permitted)

c. 10-inch maximum width.

d. Longer studs permitted, can be double-nutted.


a. Any transmission permitted (stock, Bert, Brinn, etc. – but must have reverse gear).


a. Headers are permitted, but no turn-down headers are allowed to be turned down toward the racing surface.


a. Aluminum, steel, and composite body panels are permitted (rear may be left open). … Wagon roofs are allowed.

b. After market stock appearing nose pieces are permitted. No wedge style Late Model noses.

c. 8-inch rear spoiler height maximum.

d. Spoiler supports to be no more than 23 1/2 inches long with no more than three (3) supports permitted.

e. Front bumpers must be constructed of 1 3/4-inch round or 1 1/2-inch square .095 tubing (maximum). Must turn and extend rearward behind the nose a minimum of 6 inches (no welded 90* or sharp edges).

f. Rear bumpers must be constructed of 2-inch round or 2-inch square .095 tubing (maximum). Must turn and extend forward behind the quarter panel a minimum of 18 inches (No welded 90* or sharp edges).

g. Hood and trunk must be fastened with hood pins.


· Body must maintain standard windshield openings and standard body size, no narrowing of bodies of any kind. No spoilers, air dams or aerodynamic enhancing devices of any kind allowed any place on car or chassis. These cars are intended to represent the era when they were originally racing.
· Bodies must be made of fiberglass and in the style of 1932, 1934, of the 1940 era cars. Must have solid firewall and floorboard.
· No covering of side or rear windows is allowed. The passenger side window must be cut out to allow driver exit. A roof hatch is allowed. Rear window openings no larger than: SEDAN 9 ½ inches tall 44 inch width, COUPE 7 ½ inches tall 47 inch width.
· No part shall protrude through the hood other than hood retaining hardware.
· No mirrors allowed.
· Side nerf bars can be of owners design as long as they protect from tire climbing as much as possible. The front and rear of the nerf bars must be curved in toward body closer than outer edge of tire. No open end bars exposed to other cars are allowed. The nerf bars can come through the body and connect to the roll cage and or the frame. They cannot be built of any stock over 1 ¾” outside diameter.
· A firewall and floorboard must cover as much of interior area as is reasonably possible. The firewall and floorboard may be constructed of aluminum or metal.
· Bumper Mounts (2 per side).

· The frame must be from the 1978-1988 mid size metric GM. 106″ wheel base minimum. The frame must maintain its stock dimensions no holes or cutting to lighten. Roll cage set back: 22 inches from center of rear end housing to closest point of roll cage, with a 1 inch tolerance. A minimum of 1 ¾ inch by .095 inch O.D. Round steel tubing must be used for roll cage. All 4 points of hoop bar must be welded directly to frame.
· The frame is required to have an x-brace built in to the bottom of it. It must be attached to the original frame no brackets off of frame.
· Only steel shocks. $75 buy rule each.
· A fully adjustable dual master cylinder brake pedal and master cylinder assembly is allowed. Any aftermarket steel caliper is allowed.
· Springs, minimum of 5 inches outside of diameter. There is no minimum or maximum length requirement. Front and rear springs must mount in original locations. No coil-over shock and spring combinations allowed. The spring mounts on the top of the rear end housing can be made or modified so springs set on them properly.
· Weight jack bolts are allowed on all 4 corners as are spring buckets. The side of the frame beside the front springs can be cut out to owner’s choice.
· Any size diameter front sway bar is allowed from any stock production vehicle. Any mounting and adjustment design can be used. GM, Ford, Chrysler or other allowed. Any rear sway bar allowed.
· Any power steering gear allowed that will bolt on original GM location.
· Any power steering pump and pulley assembly allowed. Any manual steering box allowed. Steering quickeners are allowed. No rack and pinion units allowed!
· Tie rods, drag links, idler arm and steering arm must all be OEM parts for this chassis. Steering box and idler arm can be shimmed at the frame mount for best alignment or clearance problems as from wreck damager or front frame rail alignment.
· Aftermarket steel rotors are allowed on front spindles and any size lug studs are allowed. OEM rotors can be reinforced for safety.
· Only metric 1978 to 1988 chassis spindles are allowed. No big metric spindles allowed.
· Both front lower A-frames and all 4 rear control arms must be stock and original length. Stock rear uppers may be modified.
· All frame and control arm mount points must be in original location.
· Any upper A-frames can be of owner’s choice. Any location is allowed for vertical placement of inner mounting point of upper A-frame or center line of A-frame pivot shaft. No minimum clearance from frame to pivot shaft centerline is required. Upper A-frame mount holes can be slotted vertically or horizontally if wanted.
· The front chassis cross member can be trimmed off below drag link assembly for ease of repairs or clearance.

· A catch can is required to be connected to all radiators.
· Radiator must mount in front of engine.
· OEM type belt drive water pump.

· Steel driveshaft only.
· A driveshaft loop is required just rear of the front u-joint.
· The driveshaft must be painted white.

· All cars are required to have a master shutoff switch mounted in clear view and reach of the driver’s window for easy emergency crew access.
· No traction control.
· No radios are allowed.
· OEM type distributor is required. Any HEI Large Cap Distributor.

· No 265, 283, 302, 327, 350 or 400 engines allowed.
· Any cast steel crank that weighs minimum of 50 pounds may be used. Any steel rods that weigh the same or more than the factory 5.7 length, no polishing of any kind.
· Only 305 cubic Chevrolet engines allowed. They must be original 1 or 2 piece rear main seal design. Cast iron blocks only. No 4-bolt main blocks allowed. A maximum of 0.060 overbore plus tolerance equaling 3.806″ allowed or 316 cubic inch. No additional tolerance allowed.
· Legal heads consist of the cast iron emissions GM factory head. Replace it with this: Any 305 head with 184 max valves 53cc up to 1996 model. No Vortex heads. They must be totally of the same design as original on the early 305 engines such as valve angles, valve cover mounting and total bolt pattern for head bolts and intake bolts. Any head that shows definite performance gains will be omitted from competition. No vortec head or intake combination allowed.
· No porting or polishing allowed. Valve face and seat angle combinations are to owner’s option. Valve guides and seat replacement is ok but do nothing to improve placement or locating angles. Heads are meant to only have a good basic head job done and nothing to build significant horsepower gains in flow or other characteristics. Resurfacing is allowed. The boss shoulder where the short head bolts go through cannot be shorter than 7/8″ or 0.875″. Head gaskets must be no less than 0.038″ minimum thickness after compressed.
· Balancing of all rotating parts allowed. No excessive metal removal. Must be a GM stamped crankshaft. It can have your normal engine rebuilding work, but no major weight saving or knife edging of throws allowed. Journal radius work is ok. The stock 3.48″ stroke must be maintained. A 2.065″ rod journal allowed. The oil flow holes may be chamfered.
· Minimum crank weight of 50 pounds.
· Any of the 5.7″ length normal production line stock GM rods for small blocks allowed. Only 2.100″ rod bearing size rods can be used. Any rod bolts allowed. The beams cannot be polished.
· Valves must be of original 1.50″ and 1.84″ diameters or smaller. Aftermarket stainless steel valves or such equivalent are allowed. Brush or swirl finish valves are allowed but no mirror finish valves. OEM stem size is required. Valve springs cannot be more than 1.275″ diameter. Springs can only be of original style consisting of 1 outer spring and 1 inner flat style damper spring. Springs must have no more than 120 pounds closed seat pressure.
· Any type steel springs retainer and keeper assembly allowed. Any screw-in or press-in rocker studs allowed. These include 3/8″ or 7/16″ rocker studs. Guide plates are allowed, as are hardened push rods of any length. Stud girdles are optional. Stamped steel long-slot rocker arms, roller tip rockers, or roller rockers are allowed. Rocker ration is optional.
· The cam must be a flat tappet hydraulic design with original size diameter lifters. No mushroom or roller lifters allowed. Hydraulic lifter only. The cam lift cannot exceed .420″ at the valve. This is checked with a solid lifter in place of the hydraulic lifter. A 0.005″ tolerance will be allowed or maximum due to production tolerances allowed by cam manufacturers. Nothing more than that will pass as legal. This is the maximum left allowed regardless of ration rocker you have chosen to use.
· Pistons can be cast or forged. They must have 4 eyebrow marks defined in the piston dome flat top design. Defined dish pistons allowed with only 2 eyebrows but no solid dome pistons allowed. Wrist pins can be floating or pressed and bushings allowed. No gas porting of pistons from the top allowed.
· Block decking is allowed. This is checked with a straight edge held in line with wrist pin and engine cranked over with starter. Piston must not hit straight edge above block while cranking. All normal engines rebuilding machine work allowed on block. Oil drain holes can be screened. Oil paths can be polished to assist in return flow. Do not get exotic with your work as you could push over the limit. Minor work is allowed.
· Any standard production stamped GM small block Chevy intake for trucks and cars allowed. Commonly used casting numbers are 14057055, 14014432 and 10185063. They can be of 2 or 4 barrel design and cast iron or aluminum. They must be of the late model emissions type with EGR valve mount on the intake. It must be plugged off and not functional. No vortec, off-road or marine intakes allowed. No porting or polishing allowed. A carburetor spacer or adapter with a 1.5″ maximum thickness allowed.
· Any timing gear and chain allowed. No gear drives allowed. A cam walk button and cam thrust bearing allowed.
· Any harmonic balancer may be used. There is a $100 buy rule for balancer.

· Engine location is to be setting as close as possible to the center of the race car chassis between the front frame rails.
· Setback-Second plug back to be no further back than center of upper ball joint. 1 inch tolerance.

· Any header may be used. There will be a $300 buy rule for headers.

· Gas Only, NO E85 or Oxygenated.
· Box stock Holley 2 barrel 4412 only. No other 2 barrel or 4 barrel carburetor allowed. $300 buy rule on carburetor.
· Any fuel pump allowed that mounts on original engine fuel pump location. No belt drive or electric fuel pumps allowed.
· Any air cleaner is allowed as long as it does not force outside air into the air cleaner as in a ram air effect. Any flow directional device used inside the air cleaner is permitted.
· A fuel cell is required of no more than 8 gallon capacity. It must be mounted above and between the rear springs. Rear side of fuel cell cannot be further than 3 inch rear of rear most point of rear end assembly cover. A maximum of 2270 cubic inch outside displacement allowed.

· Engine must retain a wet sump system. Flow routing can be of owner’s choice. Remote oil tanks are not allowed.
· No dry sump allowed.

· The rear axle assembly for 78 thru 88 midsize GM metric cars such as Monte Carlo, Cutlass, Regal or Grand Prix. Either 7.5″ or 7.625″.
· No 9 inch Ford or quick change rear ends.
· Gear ration – ANY
· Any steel axle may be used for safety.
· The carrier for the ring gear can be of owner’s choice no full spools, a locker positrack and spider eliminator or welded spiders or mini locker. GM CARRIER ONLY.
· Standard drum brake set-up or standard OEM disc brakes on rear axle assembly with steel caliper such as Camaro or Firebird. NO AFTER MARKET ALLOWED.

· Only the GM TURBO 350 automatic transmission is allowed. No turbo 400, Power Glide or MANUAL transmissions allowed. All length 350 turbo transmissions allowed. Cases with Chevy and B.O.P. bolt patterns allowed. Transmissions buy rule $450 with convertor.
· A stock torque convertor is required. A 12 inch outside diameter is required.
· No valve pedals.

· Maximum tread width on front and rear is 76 inches.
· Width is determined at the axle of the spindle centerline and at the widest point on the tire sidewall.

· Minimum car weight is 2500 pounds with driver. Weight is after heat race/qualifying and the race. No burn-off!

· Only 8 inch wide and 15 inch diameter steel wheels allowed.
· Only 2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch offset wheels are allowed on either side.
· Only 8 inch wide by 15 inch tires.
· 26.5 Or 27.5 American Racer Medium Compound or Hoosier Medium Compound Tire.

· No drilling, grinding, acid dipping, coating, cutting or any other means allowed for purposes of weight reduction, aerodynamics, air flow or any other purpose allowed on engine, body, frame, or any other part of car.

PROTEST AND SAFETY – See Race Track Rules and Fees.

REAR BUMPER – Safety cable ¼ or larger or chain on both sides

HEADS – Any 305 with 184 max valve 53cc up to 1996 model NO vortec

FUEL – NO E-85 or oxygenated

BUY RULES – Shocks $75 each
Headers $300
Transmission and Converter $450
Balancer $100
Carburetor $300
Motor $2500
Option to protested can swap for $500
Minus Carburetor and Adapter, Fuel Pump, Power Steering, Fan Blades and Pulleys

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