Rules

*No changes to the rules are anticipated.  We will update this page when RACESaver.com updates.

Below are the National and ONLY official rules for Racesaver.  Our mission is Bringing FUN, ENTERTAINMENT to the fans while providing a fair and cost effective Sprint Car experience.

***RACESAVER® Sprint Series 2014 rules***

 Rules are meaningless, if not consistently enforced. RACESAVER® participants should insist on proper rules enforcement. Passionate racers, supporting RACESAVER® principles, are the bedrock of rules enforcement.

 RACESAVER®  maintains files on every RACESAVER® head and tech inspection enabling consistent application of the rules nationwide. Beginning in 2014, a hard card identification system will be instituted to assure acceptance of RACESAVER® seals throughout the country.

 A RACESAVER® sanction is offered, without financial cost, to groups that agree to abide by RACESAVER® rules. RACESAVER® registered cars are eligible to run in regional and national RACESAVER® events. 2014 will mark the 15 th annual RACESAVER® Nationals and will be held at Eagle Raceway in Eagle Nebraska.

 Preventing racers from spending their last dollar is nearly impossible, but, RACESAVER® rules, nationally proven over 18 years, make it possible for budget racers to be competitive. You can build an engine for less than $6000 that can compete with engines costing 3 times as much. We have documented proof of RACESAVER® engines producing over 435 hp. using stock rods, crank, and cast pistons.  One engine (serial #004) has raced over 10,000 laps in 15 years without an overhaul.   RACESAVER® cylinder heads are in stock at all times.

 Disclaimers: These rules are offered on an advisory basis only. Suitability of use must be determined by the user.
The rules and/or policies 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 conduct of all events and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules or policies.
NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF, OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS.
They 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 or official. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM USE OF THESE RULES.
The RACESAVER® Sprint Series is comprised of all volunteer, uncompensated officials who may not be held accountable for any actions taken by participants, host race tracks or their safety crews. By participating in said race events, all participants acknowledge that: Racing is a dangerous sport that could result in injury or death to a participant, spectator or official, and the suitability of the track, race conditions, and safety considerations is solely their responsibility.
For Information on rules, or to order RACESAVER® heads:
Call: RACESAVER® Sprint Series @ 540-923-4541  540-923-4543 cell 540-229-1828
Web sites: www.racesaver.com or www.frenchgrimes.com

 Objectives:
This is recreational racing. Safety and cost containment are our objectives. Respect, for competitors, fans, and promoters, is fundamental to our success. Racers and crews are reminded that we are guests of the race tracks. We should be respectful of our hosts decisions and procedures. We should all leave our pit area trash free. All teams should carry containers to remove their trash and any waste fluids. 

Safety Recommendations: In order to facilitate rapid response, Fire extinguishers should be readily available. A teams support personnel on a four wheeler should wear a fire suit, gloves, and a helmet.  Four wheelers should have fire extinguishers mounted on them. Water based foam systems will help pull heat away from driver in a fire. Firefighting efforts should concentrate on suppressing the fire on the driver and removing him first.  Tracks should be made aware that methanol burns without much visible flame. As a precaution, anytime there is a significant crash, fire apparatus should respond, even if there is no apparent fire.  Safety awareness is everyone’s responsibility and this should be stressed at each drivers meeting.

In support of our emphasis on safe recreational racing; specific safety protocols must be followed by all regions. These procedures need to be integrated with host race tracks.  Events have demonstrated that our safety protocols should be observed, and must take precedence over track procedures that could possibly be less effective.

1: All new prospective RACESAVER® drivers will be interviewed by their regional director and advisory board before being allowed to compete.

2: Drivers new to sprint cars must demonstrate their understanding and ability to properly start and stop the car safely before they are permitted to compete.

3: Cars are not permitted to be started or moved under their own power in an active pit area.

4: A driver must wear all safety gear, including helmet, and must be fully strapped in, before being permitted to start the car.

5: Cars may only be started in one of 2 places:  A: On the race track. B: In a specifically designated starting area. Such an area must be reserved for the car being started and the push vehicle; and not accessible to the active pits.

6: Upon exiting either the racetrack or designated starting area the car must be placed in neutral. Cars will be moved back to their pit area by push vehicles.

7: On board fire suppression systems are strongly recommended, as are fire extinguishers racing in each tow and push vehicle.

8: Injuries can happen even when cars are not running. In the event the facilities ambulance and EMT’s do not arrive at the same time as the pits open, participants must be aware there is no safety net for any injuries until they arrive.

Beginning with the 2014 season RaceSaver® competitors must obtain a registration hard card from RaceSaver®. The hard card will carry their name and address, head serial numbers, seal serial numbers, and home region. Possession of the hard card will allow racing venues a means to verify legality of that sealed engines. All new engines will be required to obtain a hard card at the time of engine sealing. Existing engines may obtain a hard card by contacting RaceSaver®. 

Heads are not certified for RACESAVER® competition until they are measured, certified, and carry both sets of serial numbers (Brodix &RACESAVER® ) and both logos ( RACESAVER® & FGRS), and are registered with RACESAVER® . Note: All head serial numbers are in our master head files, and must match, before being allowed to compete in  RACESAVER® events. RACESAVER®  sanctions must be obtained by prior consultation and agreement with RACESAVER®.

All engines must be sealed with RACESAVER® serial numbered seals before they are permitted to compete. The bolts must be drilled for sealing wire on: 2 adjacent cylinder head bolts on each head, 2 intake bolts, and 2 timing cover bolts. All logo and trademark stamps must be intact at time of inspection.

Engine Rules:
1: Only the following engine blocks will be permitted. GM 305 V-8s with the following approved casting numbers: 361979 460776 460777 460778 14010201 14010202 14010203 14088551 14016381 14016382 14016383 14094766 355909 14093627 14101147 10243878  4715111 10046164 14102058   A specific Dart Machinery block, purpose built and approved for RACESAVER®, competition is the “Little M”  “B” block: pn. 31151411. This block is available in both standard and lightened versions. See rule #2 below. 

2: Ballast weight will not be permitted in cars that utilize a lightened block.
3: A maximum of 315.9 cubic inches will be permitted (+/-0.0). Stroke 3.480″(+/-.020)  Max bore 3.801.   If 3.5” stroke, max bore is 3.790 Bore: Plain cast iron. Sleeves will be permitted for repair only.
4: Only flat top pistons with valve reliefs will be permitted. Pistons may not protrude from cylinder bore.
5: Only an iron or steel crankshaft, with a minimum weight of 48 lbs. will be permitted,     (-1% ). The main bearing diameter will be 2.450 ( -.030).  Weight added to crank except balance metal, which must be welded in place, will not be permitted.
6: Only 5.700″ steel connecting rods, with a rod journal dia. 2.100 (-.030) will be permitted. Oil pan may be removed for inspection at any time.
7: Only chain cam drives will be permitted. Variable cam timing will not be permitted.
8: Only plain hub or SFI approved damper will be permitted. The water pump must remain in the stock location.
9: Only solid .842 diameter ferrous metal flat tappets will be permitted.
10: Only a cast iron cam, with a firing order of  (18436572) will be permitted.
11: Only a straight wound spring with a flat damper, that conforms to the specifications will be permitted.  PSI @ seat 90-120#, @.500 lift 330-355#, Inst. Ht. 1.700 -1.820, Dia. 1.262 +- .005, Wire dia. .193 +- .002, Free ht. 2.120 max. 1.950 min., 5 full coils +/_ 1/8th turn as measured from tail to tail.    12: Only vented, wet sump, in pan, oil systems will be permitted.
13: Only rockers centered on, & retained by the 3/8″rocker studs will be permitted.
14: The maximum valve lift permitted is: (.510″ int. .535″ exh.) @ zero lash @ valve retainer. Only standard size & configuration, 7 degree retainers and keepers will be permitted.
15: Stud girdles, rev kits, or valve train stabilizers, will not be permitted:
16: Repositioning, boring or bushing of cam or lifter bores will not be permitted. The maximum cam diameter will be 1.869 + .002
17: Only valves that retain their original size, configuration, length & weight will be permitted.  The sizes are as follows stem size 11/32″, Intake 1.94″ NO stem undercut. Exhaust 1.60″, Orig. stem undercut to .315
18: Ferrous material only: Valves, Seats, Retainers, Keepers, Push rods, Springs, Tappets, Cam, Crank, Rods, Wrist pins, Fasteners, Main Caps.  Materials and processes including, but are not limited to; Titanium, Inconel, Ceramics, DLC, Nikasil, will not be permitted.
19: Only point type Magnetos, or Kettering style ignition, will be permitted. Only constant flow fuel injection will be permitted.
20: An additional 100 lbs. penalty will be added to the minimum car weight for use of any electronics, including but not limited to: ignition, ECU’s and/or active driver aids.
21: RACESAVER® SPEC cylinder head: Alterations of any type will not be permitted. Machining, milling, resurfacing, grinding, polishing, welding, acid or caustic work, shot peening, glass beading, coating, or any other process that will alter the machined surfaces or the natural sand cast finish, will not be permitted. The cylinder head must retain all original dimensions & configurations including; Valves, springs, retainers, stems, & guides. Only re-seating the valves is permitted. Top cuts that extend into the aluminum of the chamber will not be permitted. Under the seat relief cuts, will not be permitted.  Alterations to as delivered throat size, 1.810 Int. & 1.345 Ex. (+ .000 – .005) will not be permitted. Bowl changes will not be permitted. Every dimension of these heads has a gauge dimension that must be met for them to be certified. Any changes will result in disqualification. The stamped identification marks may not be altered.
22: Compression Ratio: 10.25 to 1 will be the maximum allowable compression ratio. The compression ration may be checked with a whistle, or by measuring the volume of the assembled cylinder using liquid.  The absolute minimum assembled cylinder volume measured at Top Dead Center (T.D.C.) is 70 cc.  Any type of surfacing the heads will not be permitted. In the event a cylinder head needs to be repaired, a repair authorization may be obtained by contacting RACESAVER® at 540-923-4541 before attempting repairs.  After repair, the cylinder heads must be re-certified and marked accordingly. Original serial numbers and certification marks must remain intact. They may not be altered or obscured. Any & all repairs MUST be pre-approved and the cylinder heads must be re-certified. If any spec head is found to be modified; it must be replaced with a certified spec head.
23: The spirit and intent of RACESAVER® Engine Rules will prevail.

Any attempt to circumvent the rules may result in confiscation of suspect parts, and other significant penalties. We reserve the right to exchange any spec cylinder head at any time. If the cylinder heads are altered, there will not be an exchange made. Altered cylinder heads will be removed from approved head registry. If a RACESAVER®  engine competes in a non- sanctioned race, the engine must be re-teched before returning to RACESAVER® events.

For Information on Sanctioning requirements, rules clarification, or to order call:
RACESAVER® Sprint Series @ 540-923-4541   540-923-4543    Cell 540-229-1828  Web site: www.racesaver.com

Car Rules:

These car rules apply to all interregional and national events.

1:  Sprint car appearance. The minimum wheelbase is 80”- inches with a maximum of 95”- inches.
2:  The minimum weight with a driver after race: 1550 lbs. with a fire suppression system. Cars without a fire suppression system must weigh 1575 lbs  Starting weight must allow for fuel burn off.  Any ballast must be securely bolted, and located between the front motor plate to 12″ behind rear motor plate. Ballast will not be permitted when using a lightened engine block.
3: Ballast will not be permitted in the rear bumpers and rub rails, which must be steel, with a maximum wall thickness of .095
4: A right rear bead lock is required. Bleeders will not be permitted.  Beginning in 2014 we will phase in a Hoosier RaceSaver®  right rear tire. Teams may use up right rear tires that met previous rule, until July 1, 2014. Beginning July 1, 2014, several tire rules changes will take effect. 1: Any new right rear tire must be the Hoosier RaceSaver® plated tire,  priced at $169 through Hoosier dealers.  Any used right rear tire that meets a 45 durometer minimum will be permitted for the remainder of 2014. Beginning July 1, 2014, Left rear tire durometer will be 35 minimum.
5: Wing(s): The main wing may have a maximum of 25 sq. feet, 61″- wide, with 30″-inch x 72″-inch side boards.  The front wing must be a maximum of 2′-feet x 3′-feet with the leading edge no more than 6”-inches ahead of front tires.
6: Cockpit adjustable weight jacks, shocks, or wings will not be permitted. Additional reservoir shocks (internal or external) will not be permitted.
7: Titanium, carbon, and/ or ceramic brake materials will not be permitted.  Titanium and/or carbon rotating parts larger than 1.5″ diameter will not be permitted. Carbon drive train parts will not be permitted.
8: Open drive lines will not be permitted. Safety hoop or strap is required. Center section of the rear end must centered within the frame rails.
9: A fuel bladder and/or tank shut off  is required. An on board fire suppression system is   recommended.
10: Only pure methanol  is allowed.  Additives of any type will not be permitted. Fuel is  subject to chemical analysis.

11: Safety requirements: Approved  helmet, 5 point harness, fire suit, gloves, roll bar padding, shoes, arm restraints. Hans® type device strongly recommended.