2013 Rule Book
I. Car Restrictions
II. Pavement Specifications
III. Safety and Driver Restrictions
IV. Program Procedures
V. Race Procedures and Rule Applications
VI. Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs
VII. Rookie Program
IX. Point System
Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints will hereafter be referred to as AVBBSS.
Rule Book Disclaimer:
These rules and/or regulations 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 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.
I. Car Restrictions
1. Mandatory at all events.
2. Mufflers are to remain unaltered.* Note: There is a one race allowance for new members to purchase the required mufflers. Any muffler that is used must have noise reading under 100dB as measured by local authority at all times. Non compliance will result in a disqualification until the car is made legal.
1. Car must weigh at least 1,600 pounds with driver at all times.
a. Added weight must be bolted to and within the confines of the frame rails. Added weight must be securely fastened between the front and rear motor plates. No filling of nerf bars, bumper or other tubular parts.
b. Cars will be weighed at the post race inspection immediately following the feature event. Crew WILL remain clear of their cars until the inspection has been completed.
c. AVSS scales to be used unless otherwise specified by the Race Director.
d. Top three finishers will be weighed and additional cars could be randomly checked after the feature.
a. The penalty for not making weight:
1. Loss of all points for the night.
2. Loss of all earnings for the night.
b. Penalty for interfering with inspection process:
1. If the infraction is someone getting too close, or in the way, a $100.00 fine will be imposed on the team the crew member represents and will be deducted at payoff.
2. If the infraction involves a crew person making physical contact with the car before the inspection process has been completed, the car becomes subject to immediate disqualification, at the discretion of the AVBBSS Race Director.
3. Failure to report directly to the scales will results in a $100.00 fine for the first infraction. Second infraction will result in disqualification for that event.
1. Steel and aluminum blocks allowed.
a. Overhead cam engines prohibited.
b. Engine size is limited to a maximum of 410 CID.
2. Penalties for an oversize engine, or refusing inspection:
a. Loss of all points for the season.
b. Forfeiture of all earnings for the event.
c. A fine equal to the amount of the forfeiture. Fines must be paid before competing in another AVSS event.
3. Top three feature finishers may be pumped, or the top two and one at random. Cars can be pumped before the races, by appointment. Once a car is pumped, they are to be sealed and tagged. Two intake manifold bolts must be drilled to allow for the engine to be sealed by an AVBBSS official.
4. Standard Vertex style magnetos with internal or external coils are required. Magnetos and coils must remain as a point/ condenser style magneto. NO SPECIAL BUILT MAGS ALLOWED. Only standard Vertex internal parts allowed.
5. Electronics that provide traction control are prohibited. All electronic components may be inspected, sealed or confiscated by AVBBSS at any time. The penalty for utilizing traction control is a one year suspension, and loss of all points earned for the season.
6. The use of electronic logic processors to control any function of the race car, and/ or any system for continuous gathering of data from any function of the race car is strictly prohibited.
7. A throttle kill switch is required for the car and drivers safety. In 2013 you will have a one race warning if you do not have the throttle kill switch. If you attend a second race you will not be aloud to run. In 2014 you will not be allowed to start without a throttle kill switch.
1. A protest fee of $250.00 must be submitted to an AVBBSS official before the inspection.
2. The fee will be returned if the engine is found to be illegal.
3. The protester must be present during the inspection.
1. All drive shafts must be completely surrounded (360 degrees) by proper tubing. No buckley style drivelines.
2. A metal torque tube hoop is mandatory; it cannot be altered in any way.
3. Maximum 1 u-joint must be located at the front of the driveline closest to the engine.
1. Alcohol only.
2. Fuel additives of any kind are PROHIBITED.
3. Fuel to be tested at random.
4. Penalties for use of illegal fuel or refusing inspection:
a. Loss of all points for the event.
b. Loss of all earnings for the event.
c. $200.00 fine must be paid before competing in another AVBBSS event.
G. Aerodynamic Devices
1. Top Wing: Must be on car for all events (competing without wing requires the Race Director’s approval).
a. Must have car number displayed LEGIBLY on both sideboards and on top surface of the wing.
b. Top Area
1. Maximum of 25 Square Feet.
2. May be no wider than 5 feet.
3. May not extend beyond confines of the rear tires.
4. May not be moved side to side (no lateral movement) from the cockpit. Any side to side device MUST BE REMOVED.
5. All four corners of center section must be 90 degrees.
c. Sideboards must be no longer then 30 inches tall and 75 inches long. They Must remain flat, front to back with no added aerodynamic devices, or kick-outs.
d. Wicker bill- 2″ maximum measured from top surface of wing.
2. Nose wings
a. Top area may not be larger than six square feet.
b. Width may be no wider than 36 inches.
c. Sideboards must remain square with no added aerodynamic devises or kick outs
d. Shall not extend beyond the front bumper. Front bumper may not extend forward more than 28″ from the front axle.
e. All four corners of center section must be 90 degrees
3. Side Shields
a. Cockpit side shields shall not extend rearward beyond the rear roll cage.
b. No other devices are allowed.
4. Body panels cannot extend beyond the frame rails.
1. No shock absorbers or other ride controlling or dampening devices that can be adjusted while race car is under motion are allowed (except the top wing). Only adjustable items from the cockpit are top wing front to back movement, brake bias adjuster, and dial-a-jet fuel adjuster.
2. All such devices must be removed, disabled, or approved by the competition director.
I. Body Style
1. Sprint car type body and tail only with belly pans under the engine and driver’s area.
2. No tire enclosures of any kind allowed.
1. All four tires shall be Hoosier Racing Tires.
a. Left Front, 20/10
b. Right Front, 20/45-50
c. Left Rear, 20-20/20
d. Right Rear, 20/M40
2. Tire rule may be changed with advance notice for the safety and financial benefit of race teams.
3. Changing any tire at any time during a race event will result in car restarting at the rear of the event.
4. The right rear tire used for qualifications will also be the tire the car starts the feature on with the exception of a one tire per night rule.
5. Any car starting on a non-qualifying tire must be approved by the Race Director and will start last.
6. Any solvents or a chemical applied to the tire that alter the chemical makeup of the compound or have the effect of altering tire durometer is prohibited.
7. A right rear tire may not be removed from the car for any reason after the car has qualified. If the tire is to be removed, an AVBBSS official must be present to observe, and approve any changes that are made.
II. Car Specifications
A. All cars must be of the open wheel, open cockpit type:
1. All cars must have tubular front bumper, and nerf bars. The front part of the body, known as the nose assembly, shall not be wider than the parallel lines of the main chassis and may not extend forward more than 28″ from the front axle. This includes the front bumper.
2. The engine, driveline, and rear axle center section must be mounted on the chassis center line with a .5 inch variance (one inch overall) at a ninety-degree angle to the chassis in a vertical position. A maximum of one degree of variation will be allowed as measured from the crankshaft center line. The driver may not be positioned beside or in front of the engine and driveline must pass between the driver’s legs. Cars utilizing a front torsion bar suspension may not have the bars mounted below the horizontal center line of the front spindles.
3. Tubular front axles must incorporate the spool wrap around design in their construction. Independent suspension systems are not allowed.
4. The front wheel width is limited to a maximum of ten inches. The rear wheel width is limited to a maximum of eighteen inches.
5. All cars shall be rear wheel drive only. The rear axle offset shall be determined by measuring from the farthest portion of the wheel to the center line of the rear axle assembly. The maximum distance allowed is forty-three inches. The total overall width is seventy-eight inches, front and rear.
6. Wheelbase must be a minimum of 84″, and a maximum of 92″.
7. Nerf bars cannot extend beyond the outside width of the tires. (Right side nerf bar cannot extend beyond the outside edge of the right rear tire)
1. No Aluminum Frames. Frame must be constructed using chrome-molly tubing. .095 minimum thickness on main cage surrounding driver.
2. The maximum width of the main tubes as measured from the bottom of the rear motor plate (bottom frame rail) 30″ vertical will be no wider than 31″.
III. Safety and Driver Restrictions
1. Mandatory Items Required:
a. Fuel Bladder.
b. Quick release steering wheel.
c. Nomex underwear.
d. One piece driving suit, minimum two layer, with nomex underwear and gloves made of Nomex.
e. Full faced helmet, 2005 Snell approved or newer.
f. Arm restraints.
g. 5 point seat belts. No more than three years old.
h. Shoulder harness must be mounted to frame at shoulder height of driver.
i. One way radios that enable driver to hear AVSS officials.
2. Suggested items:
a. Side head rest.
b. Roll bar padding.
c. Horse Collar or a head and neck restraint.
d. 3 layer driving suit, with the option of nomex underwear.
e. Use of a full surround seat and upper body restraint.
3. One Way Radios:
a. One way, receive only, AVBBSS approved radios required for each driver, for each event. Radios will be available from AVSS.
b. Radio frequency 454.0000, (channel 000 on raceceiver radios) unless otherwise directed by the race director.
IV. Program Procedures
1. Hot lap sessions will be determined by the Race Director.
2. Qualifying order will be drawn by number. Groups will divided as equal as possible. Group qualifying orders will be followed as close as the event will allow. If a driver misses his or her groups qualifying, you will be allowed only one lap.
3. In the event time does not permit qualifications, all heat race starting positions will be based on current point standings with inversion.
4. Cars arriving after sprint qualifying has ended will not be allowed to qualify.
5. Non-qualifiers will start at the back of all events.
6. Each competitor will receive two consecutive laps, with no spin out or wave off allowance.
7. The above procedures may be altered by the Race Director.
8. If a competitor sets a new track record, the engine of the record setting car will be pumped for cubic inch requirement, at the end of the night before the record is official.
B. Heat Races
1. Under normal circumstances, all heat races will be aligned in a staggered and inverted order with six cars being inverted in each heat race.
a. Cars finishing in the top five of their heat race, and on the lead lap, will receive their qualifying times back for the A-main.
1. Any car not finishing in the top 5, and on the lead lap, will be lined up behind all cars that finished in the top 5, and on the lead lap. These cars will be lined up by qualification time.
b. Non-qualifiers will start at the discretion of the Race Director.
c. Number of heat races, and number of cars transferring to A-main will be dependent on total number of cars.
d. The above procedures may be altered by the Race Director.
1. Cars not qualifying for the feature through heats will run the B-Main, getting their times back. No inversion.
2. DNQ’s will start last in B-Main and feature.
3. Cars advancing to the feature get their qualifying times back, but start behind cars that finsih in the top 5 of their heat race, and on the lead lap.
1. Lineup determined by finish of preliminaries and qualifying times with invert determined by the draw. Fast time will draw the feature invert after the heat races.
a. In the event there is no qualifying or that no heat races being run, the feature will be set by the current point leader rolling the dice for the invert, with the rest of the field being set by points. If no qualifying is done but heat races are run, the winner of the first heat will draw. Scratches will be filled from B-Main. NO EXCEPTIONS!
2. The above procedures may be altered by the Race Director.
E. Driver/Car Change
1. pertains to all races except the A-main:
a. A driver can change cars and run the event for which the car is qualified. (must start last).
b. A driver and/or car will run one heat race only.
c. If a driver qualifies more than one car, points are awarded for only the last car qualified.
d. A car will be qualified by one driver only.
a. A car and driver must have earned a starting position. It could be a different car and driver, but they both have to have earned starting positions.
V. Race Procedures and Rule Applications
A. Race Starting Procedures:
1. After two unsuccessful attempts to start a race, a single file restart will be used.
2. Competitors will start or restart at the rear of their respective event if they go to the pits for any reason or if they stop for any reason not listed below:
a. For a red flag they did not cause.
b. Stopped on the track by an official.
c. You can stop on the track near an AVBBSS official if your seat belts come loose, or any other safety concern.
3. Disqualification can occur if you work on a car on the track, or in an area that would prevent a safe restart, or if you’re not ready to restart when we give the one to go signal.
4. Competitors will be allowed two assisted starts per event in which they are in. Getting pushed off does not constitute as an assisted start.
5. Crew members are not allowed on track when a yellow is out. Crew members cannot check a car on the track. Inspection of any car by the crew must go to the pits, unless they are stopped by an official.
6. If the car and driver can be on the track and ready to race before the one lap signal is displayed, they will be allowed to start at the rear of the field.
7. You will be penalized two positions: (on the next available restart, or at the finish of the race)
a. The pole car (inside or outside) picks up speed before the designated starting spot on the track.
b. A competitor that jumps on any start or restart will be penalized a minimum of two spots. If you jump more then one car you will be scored as the last car on the lap you complete.
1. Jumping: Any part of your car even with any part of the car in front of you before the lead cars have reached the designated starting spot.
8. Single file restarts, the cars must be nose to tail.
a. Regaining the proper starting position before reaching the designated starting point does not erase the jump.
b. Driver has two laps to fall into the proper position after being notified by radio or white board. You will be black flagged after two laps.
c. Competitors should consider that jumping is a judgment call and is not reversible. The call is made from the perspective of the AVBBSS officials.
9. Rough driving and/or unsportsmanlike conduct infractions are subject to penalties determined by the Race Director.
a. Includes anyone connected with the car.
b. Includes conduct on or off the track.
10. Thirty yellow flag laps after the first green will constitute a fuel stop, unless otherwise directed by competition director at the drivers meeting.
11. The Race Director decisions will be final.
12. Any car that causes a yellow flag to be flown will restart at the tail.
13. In the event a red flag is displayed, no one shall enter the track without approval of AVBBSS officials. A car will be subject to disqualification if any member of their crew enters the track without approval.
14. In the event of an open red flag (crews are allowed on the track):
a. No more than 2 crew members per car allowed on the track.
b. No Jacks, or any other type of lifting device allowed on the track.
c. Removal, or replacement of any part on the car must be done in the pit area only. Any car that leaves the racing surface during a red flag, will restart at the tail.
B. Decal Requirements
1. All participants must display required decals as prescribed by the AVBBSS organization to be allowed to compete.
2. Contingency sponsors: to be eligible for contingency sponsorships each participant must follow the requirements of each company. i.e. decals, patches, product, etc. These requirements will be provided.
1. In pits or on race track will result:
a. First offense, $250 fine.
b. Second offense, $500 fine, and three race suspension.
2. Physical contact with AVBBSS or track official:
a. First offense, $500 fine, three race suspension.
b. Second offense, suspension for one calendar year.
D. Verbal Abuse
Any competitor that verbally abuses a series official by using profane and/or disrespectful language is subject to a fine of $500. $750 and a one-race suspension for the second offense. More than two offenses will be subject to a one month or more suspension. * Note: The above penalties are to be considered a basic guideline. Additional penalties can be considered depending on the severity of the infraction.
E. Penalized Members are considered suspended until all fines are paid in full. Suspended individuals will be suspended from all AVBBSS events.
VI. Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs
A. Use of any illegal drugs before, during, or after racing on the track premises is PROHIBITED!
B. The consumption of alcoholic beverages before the entire race program has been completed is prohibited.
1. Suspension from five AVBBSS events.
2. $500.00 fine, must be paid before returning to the pits for any AVBBSS event.
VII. Rookie Program
A. To be eligible for rookie status, you must:
1. Have not run more than 25% of the races with AVBBSS on pavement.
2. All rookie points will coincide with the standard AVBBSS point system.
3. ALL rookies will start LAST in all events the first night of racing.
4. Rookie is defined as a driver who has little or no 410 sprint car experience.
5. The final decision will be made by the competition director.
1. Any team found practicing at a race track within fourteen days before an AVBBSS race will be fined $500.00 and will start last in all events if it was not an open practice to all teams.
B. All Terrain Vehicles (push vehicles)
1. Any vehicle used for pushing sprint cars must have the car/ team number displayed on the vehicle. Vehicle can only be used for the purpose of pushing sprint cars. Unsafe operation of push vehicles will not be tolerated. No ATV or other push vehicle will be allowed on the race track without approval from AVBBSS officials.
C. Age Requirements
1. Driver must be at least 16 years of age. Any underage driver must have written authorization from the track you are competing at, and give it to the Race Director before you will be allowed on track.
1. One provisional starting position will be offered at each event.
2. Car owner with highest percentage of races competed, with a minimum of 80% attendance, will be offered the provisional. If more than one car owner has the same percentage, car owner points will be used.
3. Car will start at the tail of the field.
4. Car owner who accepts to use a provisional, will “buy” their way into the A-main. The difference between tow money, and A-main start money will be subtracted at payoff.
5. Maximum of 2 provisionals may be used per car, per year.
6. The first five events, provisionals will be awarded based on the final 2012 owner point standings.
IX. Point System
A. Points are accumulated for car owners and drivers.
B. Car owner and driver must be a registered member with the AVBBSS to earn points.
C. No points will be accumulated until the AVBBSS membership has been paid in full. No exceptions!
D. If a driver/ car change occurs after the first event, owner points will only be awarded to the original owner. First event is the first hot lap session.
E. 25 “Show Up” Points:
1. Will be awarded to any car attempting to compete.
2. In the event of a rain out, show up points will only be awarded if the car is signed into the pits and ready to race.
3. If a car comes to an event and is unable to take the green flag to start the feature, no feature points will be awarded. Points accumulated up to that point will be given. (Show up, qualifying, and heat points). Last place money will be paid if the field is not full.
F. Heat race, B-main, A-main: (B-main points are awarded to first car not transferring to A-main)