Exciting News for 2013 Sprints

Posted 05 Jul 2012 in Headlines

The Facts for 2013 Sprints

2013 will bring IMCA sanction and rules to Eagle Raceway for the Sprint car class in an attempt to bolster the sprint car count. We feel that the sprint show has lost its fan appeal with the low car counts and feel it is unfair to the fans to not try a change.

In fairness to Eagle Raceway’s loyal sprint cars, there will be a one year phase in period through the end on 2013. Any sprint car competitor without an IMCA RaceSaver engine will be allowed to compete with a restrictor, supplied by Eagle Raceway at no charge, on top of the stacks. Details and specifications will be coming soon. There is also a few other cost saving minor changes with the RaceSaver rules: example…minimum weight, minimum right rear durometer 35, less titanium, etc.

The IMCA sanction will allow drivers to compete for track, state, regional and national points while providing a nationally uniformed set of rules. This move to IMCA is not an attempt to slash the purse as falsely rumored. The sprint car purse will be similar to the existing purse with the same car count provisions as used for the last 2 years. We will be working hard for the same point fund structure also for 2013 and beyond.

Eagle Raceway will be offering help to existing and new participants in an attempt to make this a successful move. We realize the first years of change will be a struggle as we experienced with the hobbys, sport compacts and sport modifieds in their inception into Eagle Raceway’s family, and hope for the same success with the IMCA Sprint cars.

We are sure the next 9 months until the 2013 season opens will be full of questions with both pessimism and optimism. We are optimistic and open to hear everyone’s questions and input. We are available Monday thru Friday at the office 402-238-2595. Sprint car rules can be found at IMCA.com under sprint rules, then click on RaceSaver.

Here are the current 2012 RaceSaver Rules:
RACESAVER® SPRINT SERIES
2012 Rules
Rules are meaningless, if they are not consistently enforced. RACESAVER® participants must
insist on proper rules enforcement. We are fortunate to have dedicated regional directors and
tech men. Our full technical support is available to every region. We maintain master
technical files on every RACESAVER® head supporting each regions technical staff. This
enables common rules compliance throughout the Nation. Passionate racers, supporting
RACESAVER® principles, are the bedrock of rules enforcement. These rules were specifically
created to provide a national rules base.
RACESAVER® rules provide an advisory format. They are offered without financial cost to
groups that agree to compete under RACESAVER® rules. The basis is an agreement between a
region and RACESAVER® wherein we offer a consistent rules format for nationwide
competition. Cars that run in RACESAVER® regions are then eligible to run in other regional
and national RACESAVER® events. 2012 will mark the 14th annual RACESAVER® Nationals
and will be held at Fork Mountain Raceway.
Preventing racers from spending their last dollar is nearly impossible, but, RACESAVER®
rules, nationally proven through 16 years of hard racing, make it harder for money to buy a
win. RACESAVER® rules allow budget racers to be competitive. You can build a engine for less
than $5000 that can compete with engines costing 3 times as much. We have documented
proof of RACESAVER® engines producing over 435 hp. using unmodified stock rods, crank,
and cast pistons. These engines have raced 3 or more seasons without an overhaul or failure.
The RACESAVER® Spec head, is the foundation of our rules. We keep heads in stock. All
engines must be sealed before they are allowed 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.
Disclaimers::
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. The race advisor shall be
empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein imposed and
further restrictions that in his opinion do not alter minimum acceptable requirements.
NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH
ALTERATIONS OF SPECIFICATIONS.
The RACESAVER® Sprint Series is comprised of all volunteer, uncompensated officials who
can not be held responsible 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
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 Recomendations: In order to facilitate rapid response, Fire extinguishers should be
readily available. A teams support personel on the 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. Fire fighting 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 everyones responsibility and this shoud 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.
3: NO cars may be started or moved under their own power in an active pit area.
4: Any time a car is to be started, the driver must wear all safety gear, including helmet, and
must be fully strapped in.
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 accesible 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 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.
For Regional Series Directors and direct links, see REGIONS:
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 will be
maintained in RACESAVER® master head files, and will be cross checked, and must match our
master file, before being allowed to compete in RACESAVER® events. RACESAVER® sealed
engines that participate in, so called, “305″ events, that are not specifically sanctioned by
RACESAVER®, must be re-teched prior to competing in subsequent RACESAVER® events.
RACESAVER® sanctions must be obtained by priorconsultation and agreement with R
RACESAVER®
See “news” for updates on registration.
Engine Rules:
1: Blocks, GM 305 V-8s w/ approved casting #’s 361979 460776 460777 460778 14010201
14010202 14010203 14088551 14016381 14016382 14016383 14094766 355909 14093627
14101147 10243878 4715111 10046164 14102058
2: NO ballast weight can be added to a car using a lightened block.
3: Max C.I. 315.9 No Tolerance. Stroke 3.480″ +/- .020. Max bore 3.801. If +.020, max bore
3.790
Bore: Plain cast iron. Sleeves allowed for repair only.
4: Flat top pistons with valve relief’s. Cannot protrude from cylinder bore.
5: Crank, iron or steel, min. weight 48 lbs. 1% tolerance, Main brg. dia. 2.450 -.030. NO
weight added to crank except balance metal, which must be welded in place.
6: Steel rods 5.7″, rod journal dia. 2.100 -.030. Pan may be removed for inspection.
7: Cam drive: Chain only. No gear or belt drives. No device to vary running cam timing.
8: Plain hub or SFI approved damper. Stock location water pump.
9: Flat tappets, stock (.842) dia. . NO roller, hydraulic, mushroom or radius tappets.
10: Cam: orig. material, config. & firing order (18436572) No billet or hardened cams.
11: Springs: Straight wound w/ flat damper. PSI @ seat 90-120#, @.500 lift 330-355#,
RACESAVER® : Inst. Ht. 1.650 -1.850, Dia. 1.262 +- .005, Wire dia. .193 +- .002, Free ht.
2.120 max. 1.900 min., 5 full coils .
12: Wet sump, internal pump only, no crankcase vacuum systems.
13: Rockers: Centered on, & retained by the 3/8″rocker studs. NO shaft systems.
14: Absolute max. valve lift: (.510″ int. .535″ exh.) @ zero lash @ valve retainer.
15: No girdles, rev kits, or valve train stabilizers. Tappet access for inspection required.
16: No repositioning, boring or bushing of cam or lifter bores. Max cam dia.1.869 + .002
17: Valves must retain: Orig. size, length & weight. Stem 11/32″, Int.ake 1.94″ NO stem
undercut. Exhaust 1.60″, Orig. stem undercut to .315 , No altered or hollow stems.
18: Ferrous material only: Valves, Seats, Retainers, Keepers, Push rods, Springs, Tappets,
Cam, Crank, Rods, Wrist pins, Fasteners, Main Caps, NO Titanium, Inconel, Ceramics, DLC,
Nikasil, or similar materials & processes in engine.
19: Point type Magnetos, or Kettering style ignition. Constant flow fuel injection only.
20: 100 lb. wt. penalty for use of any electronics, incl: ignition, ECU’s or active driver aids.
21: RACESAVER® SPEC head: Absolutely NO changes. NO 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. Must retain
all original dimensions & configurations including; Valves, springs, retainers, stems, & guides.
The ONLY work allowed is: Re-seating the valves. NO top cuts that extend into the aluminum
of the chamber. NO, under the seat relief cuts. NO alterations to as delivered throat size, 1.810
Int. & 1.345 Ex. (+ .000 – .005). NO bowl changes. NO CHANGES! 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 absolute maximum. C.R. checked w/ Whistle, or by pouring
the assembled cylinder. Absolute minimum assembled cylinder volume: 70 cc. Heads may
NOT be milled !!! Only exception is pre-approved milling to repair surface. All repairs MUST
be pre-approved. Contact RACESAVER® @ 540-923-4541 before attempting repairs. A repair
authorization number will be issued. After repair, heads must be re-certified and marked
accordingly. Original serial numbers and certification marks must be intact. They may not be
altered or obscured. Any & all repairs MUST be pre-approved and heads 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 theRACESAVER® 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 Head at any time. If heads are
altered, NO exchange will be made. Altered 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
Web sites: www.racesaver.com or www.frenchgrimes.com
Car Rules:
These car rules apply to all interregional and national events. Variances on tire rules, may be
allowed at single region events.
1: Sprint car appearance. Wheel base 80″ minimum, 95″ max.
2: Min. wt. w/ driver after race: 1550 lbs. W/ fire system. No fire system 1575 lbs. Starting
weight must allow for fuel burn off. Ballast must belocated between the front motor plate to
12″ behind rear motor plate. NO ballast allowed when using a lightened engine block.
3: Rear bumpers & rub rails, steel only, .095 max. wall (Can NOT contain ballast.)
4: RR Bead lock required. No Bleeders. Min. RR tire durometer 35.
5: Wing: Max. 25 sq. ft., 61″ wide, side boards 30″ by 72″, Front wing 2′x3′ Leading edge no
more than 6” ahead of front tires.
6: No cockpit adjustable weight jacks, shocks, or wings.
7: No Ti, carbon, or ceramic brakes. No Ti or carbon rotating parts larger than 1.5″ dia.
8: No open drive lines. Safety hoop or strap required. Center section centered in frame.
9: Fuel bladder & tank shut off required. On board extinguisher strongly recommended.
10: Pure Methanol only. No additives allowed. Fuel lube subject to test & review.
11: Safety requirements: Approved SFI helmet, 5 point harness, fire suit, gloves, roll bar
padding, shoes, arm restraints. Hans® type device strongly recommended.
12: Tech official decides legality of entry. Penalties determined by comp committee.
Procedures: Participation is by invitation. We reserve the right to limit the number of entries
at any event. Events require pre-entry. All cars must have valid RACESAVER® seals, and meet
all rules.
Penalty Procedures Stages:
Stage 1: If the first incident is minor, a meeting will be held between the competition
committee and the drivers involved. This meeting will include only the drivers and competition
committee.
Stage 2: Should a second incident occur; or if the first incident is significant, the driver (s)
involved will be advised of the penalties. The driver (s) deemed responsible may be required to
start at the rear of the field for 2 weeks. The driver (s) will also be on probation for these 2
weeks.
Stage 3: Should a third incident occur; a letter will be sent to the driver (s) involved advising
them of the length of suspension.
Any member of a team who goes to another competitors pit, or race directors, or the track
officials and engages in a verbal or physical confrontation; may subject that team to
immediate suspension.
Disclaimers::
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 condition 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. The race advisor shall be
empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein imposed and
further restrictions that in his opinion do not alter minimum acceptable requirements.
NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH
ALTERATIONS OF SPECIFICATIONS.
The RACESAVER® Sprint Series is comprised of all volunteer, uncompensated officials who can
not be held responsible 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 re sult 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 heads:
Call:RACESAVER® Sprint Series @ 540-923-4541 540-923-4543
Web sites: www.racesaver.com or www.frenchgrimes.com
I have read, understand and agree to abide by the aforementioned disclaimers, rules &
specifications. Signed:
Please initial all pages, sign and return to your Regional Director.

2013 Racesaver IMCA Sprint Purse:
1st $700, 2nd $500, 3rd $400, 4th $350, 5th $325, 6th $300, 7th $295, 8th $290, 9th $285, 10th $280,
11th $275, 12th $270, 13th $265, 14th $260, 15th $255, 16th-20th $250.

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