Richmond Raceway Announces 2016 Division Rules Package


Richmond, KY(December 8, 2015) Richmond Raceway track promoters Larry, Chad, and Sarah Yantz are pleased to announce the 2016 division rules package for all divisions that will compete at the 3/10 mile semi-banked red clay oval better known as “The Beast of the East” during the upcoming 2016 season.

Of note, the Pro Late Model division will be combined with the Super Late Model division to form one Late Model division for the season.  Also, there will be a completely revised payout for all divisions and these will be released shortly.  Those drivers that compete at Richmond Raceway in 2016 in the Late Model division that utilize a Crate engine package will be eligible for a weekly money bonus each week, with the highest finishing driver using a Crate engine receiving an extra $100, with the second highest finishing driver that is using a Crate engine receiving an extra $75, while the third highest finishing racer using a Crate engine will receive an extra $50.  Other rules including weight and tire rules are listed in the division rules section included at the end of the release.

Richmond Raceway is located at 328 Greens Crossing Road, just a short drive from the city limits of Richmond, KY.  Larry, Chad, and Sarah Yantz are the track promoters and will present dirt track racing on Saturday evenings.  For more information about Richmond Raceway, contact track co-promoter Larry Yantz at (606) 510-5331 or track co-promoter Chad Yantz at (606) 510-4836 or by social media on the world wide web at or via Facebook at or of via Twitter @MichaelDespain or @RichmondRaceway.  The phone number at the track for information concerning race events and raceday information is (859) 624-5640.   

Richmond Raceway 2016 Late Model Division Rules Body Rules:  Lucas Oil or UMP
Weight:  Aluminum Block: 2300 lbs.; Steel Block (Including Sealed Crates): 2200 lbs. NO BURN-OFF, WEIGHT IS WITH DRIVER AT CONCLUSION OF RACE!!
Spoiler:  8” Spoiler on all cars
Front Tires:  Any tire or manufacturer allowed –Open Rear Tires:  Open Motors:  Hoosier: 1300, 1350, 1600, LM20, & LM40; American Racer: 44, 48, & 56; Sealed Crate Motors:  Hoosier: FT200, FT400, LSB21, LSB55, Crate 21, Crate 55, 1300, 1350, 1600, LM20, LM40, 1640, Spec D55; American Racer: Crate Spec 48, Crate Spec 56, 44, 48, 56  NOTE- Anyone found with chemically altered tires, will be suspended for 3 races and will lose all their points accumulated up to that race.  Anyone found a 2nd time with chemically altered tires will be suspended for the remainder of the season. If a Tire Sample is taken from any car out of the “A”-Main, the drivers money will be held until the tire sample has cleared the lab.
Carb & Fuel:  Only 1 Carburetor permitted, naturally aspirated. Racing Fuel or Gas Only. (No Alcohol, Methanol, Nitrous)
Misc:  RACEceivers and Transponders are MANDATORY at all events.(Rentals are Available at track)

Richmond Raceway 2016 Open Wheel Modified Division Rules
Body:  UMP Rules Apply
Weight:  Open Steel Block - 2400 lbs. (minimum); GM602 or GM604 Sealed Crate – 2350 lbs. (minimum)
*No Aluminum Motors Permitted*
Tires:  Hoosier: A40, H40,or Hard (Must Punch 54 “Cold” Minimum)(A40S is Not Allowed); American Racer: Hard or Extra Hard(Must Punch 54 “Cold” Minimum); Siping Is Allowed; No Grooving Allowed
NOTE- Anyone found with chemically altered tires, will be suspended for 3 races and will lose all their points accumulated up to that race.  Anyone found a 2nd time with chemically altered tires will be suspended for the remainder of the season. If a Tire Sample is taken from any car out of the “A”-Main, the drivers money will be held until the tire sample has cleared the lab.
Carb & Fuel:  Only 1 Carburetor permitted, naturally aspirated. Racing Fuel or Gas Only. (No Alcohol, Methanol, Nitrous)
Misc:  RACEceivers and Transponders are MANDATORY at all events.(Rentals are Available at track)

Richmond Raceway 2016 KDRA Super Stock Division Rules GENERAL A. Must have stock frame that extends to at least the center of the rear end. (Tube Frame and Front Clip Only cars NOT ALLOWED) B. Unibody frames acceptable. Must be tied together with 1”x2” 3/16” wall square or 1 3/4” 120 wall round tubing (Minimum) C. 104” Wheel base. (Minimum) D. Front bumpers must be constructed of 1 3/4” round or 1 1/2” square .095 tubing (Maximum). Must turn and extend rearward behind the nose a minimum of 6” (No welded 90* or sharp edges).
E. Rear bumpers must be constructed of 2” round or 2” square .095 tubing (Maximum). Must turn and extend forward behind the quarter panel a minimum of 18” (No welded 90* or sharp edges).
A. Visible Numbers required on both sides and roof. 20” Minimum B. Steel, Composite or Aluminum body panels will be permitted. Aftermarket stock appearing plastic nose is permitted. (Wedge late model type front nose pieces NOT ALLOWED) C. 8” overall Maximum height rear spoiler permitted. (No other spoilers permitted) D. 3 spoiler supports Maximum. All spoiler supports will be no more than 23 1/2”overall length, 4” max overall front height, and 8” max overall rear height. (See template for example KDRA site) SAFETY A. Racing seat required.
B. 5 point nylon quick release harness and safety belt required. Must be in excellent working condition at all times. (Harnesses must be attached to frame) C. Approved fire suit mandatory. Fireproof; hood, gloves, socks, shoes and underwear recommended.
D. Full face helmet is required with lexan shield. (Must be minimum of snell 85approved) E. Driver side window net minimum of 12” X 12” with ¾ webbing is Recommended.
F. An operational fire extinguisher properly mounted within the driver’s reach is mandatory.
G. Drive shaft loop required. Drive shafts must be painted white.
H. Cockpit mounted master power kill switch required. (Must be acceptable from drivers window) I. Isolators required on all fuel pressure gauges located inside the cockpit. (No fuel permitted inside the drivers compartment) J. Battery must be securely fastened and contained away from fuel cell.
K. Fuel cell must be secure and firmly mounted in the trunk area. Fuel line must run under floor and/or covered in1 ½ inch tubing.
L. Must be approved fuel cell. M. All other safety rules will be governed by the hosting track.
A. Cast Iron Blocks ONLY. (No Aluminum Blocks) B. Cast Iron Heads ONLY. (No Aluminum Heads) C. Center of the #1 Spark Plug must be Centered with Front Ball Joint.
D. Only 1 Carburetor permitted, naturally aspirated. Gas Only. (No Alcohol, Methanol, Nitrous) E. MSD ignition boxes allowed. F. No traction control devices of any kind allowed.
TRANSMISSION- Any transmission is allowed. (Must have working forward and reverse gears) SUSPENSION A. Weight Jacks are allowed.
B. 1 shock per wheel. (No Adjustable Shocks, Canister Shocks, or Coil Overs) (Schrader Valves Acceptable) C. Control arms can be aftermarket.
D. No J Bars, No Pull Bars, No Lift Bars, No Coil Over Shocks, No Brake Floaters E. Leaf spring rear suspension is acceptable F. Coil spring cars will use factory design (Example: Metric cars will use 2 triangulated upper and 2 lower trailing arms) G. 9” Ford rear ends are permitted. Floated rear ends acceptable. (No Quick Change Rear Ends Allowed) H. No traction control devices of any kind allowed TIRES & WHEELS A. 8” Tires - Hoosier: A, H, or Hard / American Racer: Hard or Extra Hard(Hoosier A40s is Not Allowed) (Tires must durometer 54 “cold punch”) B. No chemical alterations of tires allowed.
C. No grooved tires (Burn off period will allow for grooved tires on FRONT ONLY until June 1 2016, after which grooved tires will not be permitted.) D. 1” lug nuts required E. Racing wheels and bead lock wheels are permitted.
NOTE- Anyone found with chemically altered tires, will be suspended for 3 races and will lose all their points accumulated up to that race.  Anyone found a 2nd time with chemically altered tires will be suspended for the remainder of the season. If a Tire Sample is taken from any car out of the “A”-Main, the drivers money will be held until the tire sample has cleared the lab.
WEIGHT- 3000 lbs MINIMUM weight
MISC- RACEceivers and Transponders are MANDATORY at all events.(Rentals are available at track)

Richmond Raceway 2016 Stock Four Cylinder Division Rules
1.            Any car or truck that came from the factory with a single or dual cam 4 cylinder engine permitted.
2.            Steel body must be used. Aftermarket replacement body components allowed but must be Steel. No aluminum bodies or body panels allowed.
3.            Stock engine type that came in the car/truck must be run. (No aftermarket blocks, heads, or intakes allowed this Includes Esslinger & Other Performance Companies) Engine modifications allowed but block, head, and intake must remain stock. (No Exceptions)
4.            Aluminum heads permitted on engines that came from the factory with an aluminum head. No aftermarket heads allowed.
5.            Fuel injection permitted on engines that came from the factory with fuel injection. No aftermarket fuel injection allowed.
6.            Stock type intakes only. No aftermarket intakes allowed.
7.            Aftermarket headers will be allowed.
8.            All glass, mirrors, body molding and trim must be removed. All insulation and any other combustible material must be removed. Pedals must remain stock. Dash may be modified for roll cage clearance.
9.            A box type 6 point roll cage of 1 1/2″ X .095 wall minimum steel tubing is required. Roll cage legs must be welded to 1/8″ plates, 4″ X 8″ minimum size. Truck frames may use a 2″ X 3″ tubing to construct a perimeter frame to attach roll cage and door bars. Doors on both sides must have 3 bars, 1 1/2″ X .095 minimum. Passenger side may be an “X” but must have 3 bars. The roll cage must be a box over, behind and in front of driver. The hoop behind the driver must have a diagonal brace. Roof loop must have a center bar. Extra bracing inside the cockpit is allowed.
10.          Doors must be welded or chained shut. Windshield must be replaced with heavy gauge wire mesh. 3 bars of 3/8″ diameter must be welded to the roll cage in front of driver.
11.          Tow Hooks/Chains MUST be Securely Mounted on Front and Rear of carto provide towing points.
12.          Stock suspension only. Absolutely NO modified suspension components of any kind will be permitted. This includes weight jacks, adjustable rod ends, etc. Replacement bushings ok.
13.          Strut towers may be reinforced. Right front hubs may be reinforced. Wheel centers may be reinforced. Larger wheel studs and nuts are recommended.
14.          Street type radial tires only. Racing tires and recaps are strictly prohibited. Hoosier and American Racer tires prohibited.
15.          13″ or 14″ tires only. 15″ tires prohibited.  NOTE- Anyone found with chemically altered tires, will be suspended for 3 races and will lose all their points accumulated up to that race.  Anyone found a 2nd time with chemically altered tires will be suspended for the remainder of the season. If a Tire Sample is taken from any car out of the “A”-Main, the drivers money will be held until the tire sample has cleared the lab.
16.          Aftermarket wheels allowed. Maximum width is 8″. No bead lock wheels.
17.          Fuel cell in steel can, or steel tank may be securely mounted in trunk. It must have a firewall between the tank and driver. Must meet the safety approval.
18.          Pump Gas or Racing Fuel is Okay. (No Alcohol, Methanol, Nitrous)
19.          Battery must be securely fastened down, if in cockpit it must be completely enclosed. Must run battery master disconnect switch within reach of driver.
20.          Racing seat mandatory. A quick release 5 point racing type seat belt is required. Seat and seat belts must mount to frame or roll cage, and meet safety approval.
21.          Must wear approved helmet and fire suit.
22.          Raceceivers and Transponders are MANDATORY at all events. (Rentals are Available at track)

Richmond Raceway 2016 Mini-Cup/Cyclone Division Rules GENERAL BODY REQUIREMENTS -Hood and trunk must be held with positive fasteners. Roof opening must be hinged in front only, positive latches that can be opened from inside and outside body required. Chassis must be painted or powder coated. Body interior may be left unpainted. Body exterior dimensions shall be no more than 120 inches long measured from nose to spoiler, and 50 inches in width measured at bottom of doors. Body must remain level with chassis and cannot be offset on frame. Window supports may be no more than 6 inches in length in length each direction up or back. No wings or tunnels of any kind allowed under body. Bodies cannot be altered from original manufacturer. Any reinforcement of the body must be acceptable to officials. An Adjustable spoiler may be attached to the rear deck lid. A third spoiler brace may be used but must match the outer spoiler side dimensions. Left side speedway window must have approved window net fastened to roll cage (may have quick release mechanism).  No enclosures of any kind will be allowed in the left speedway window. No mirrors or radios are permitted in mini cup cyclone cars. NASCAR appearing bodies are also allowed. Winshields are optional for driver’s preference.
-All dashboards must be constructed of aluminum and fastened in place. All switches must be installed in dashboard on the left side of the steering wheel. All dashboards are subject to approval by officials. Ignition shut-off must be labeled, showing on and off. Foot box interior must be constructed of aluminum. Panels must be securely fastened to chassis. Panels may be added to keep debris from driver’s compartment. All interior panels are subject to approval by officials.
-When enclosing front of foot box, material used must be aluminum. Bumpers must be .875x.065 wall steel tubing, fastened to chassis. An additional support using .875x.065 wall steel tubing can be welded to the corner of the front bumper and run diagonally to the chassis. A spud approximately 1 1/2" long may be welded to the chassis and utilized for attachment of the new bumper support system. Subject to approval by officials.
-Cars must be fitted with an aluminum racing seat that the drivers physical characteristics. All seats must be securely mounted in the centerline of the vehicle. The seat can’t be off set. No driver shall compete in any event with head or arm extended outside of car opening. The top of the drivers helmet must be at least 1 inch below the top edge of the roll cage. This will be measured with the driver securely buckled in the car's seat. All belts must consist of a 5 point harness system. Both ends of the lap belt must be fastened to the seat mounting rails with grade 8 bolts not less than 3/8" diameter. DOT approved helmet, race suit certified 3.2a/1, race gloves and shoes recommended.
-The Home Depot has a 13 hp Clone electric start engine for $329.00 or may use 13hp Honda gx390. Only Honda GX390 13 hp , GX340 11 hp or the 13 hp "clone" Engines will be used in competition. No 420 cc harbor Freight engines allowed. No interchanging of parts from a 13 hp to 11 hp or vise versa allowed. No STOCK APPEARING PARTS. If the rules do not say that "you can"... Then don't do it. No lightweight parts. (Piston, wrist pin, & etc) Engines cannot be altered from stock Honda specs. Unless otherwise noted in the rules. No light weight parts unless otherwise specified.
-Zero piston pop up is allowed. Bore may be clearanced. Bore may be oversized by 10, 20, or 30 thousands with a Honda 3 ring piston only. No gapless rings allowed. Rings must be the same thickness and width with no collapsing.
-Crankshaft must have stock stroke. Crankshaft may be turned or shortened to accommodate various clutches. No lightening, polishing, or balancing of the crankshaft isallowed.  Crankshaft may be ground to .010 and the use of a .010 replacement rod is permissible.
-Piston and connecting rod must remain standard stock size with no grinding or sizing modifications allowed. OEM ARC connecting rod OEM length allowed. Piston must not exceed above the top of the block. Top of piston crown may be sanded to ensure "0" piston pop out. Dish in top of piston must remain a minimum of .80 plus or minus 5/1000 measured in the dish. Rotating the piston or rod is expressly forbidden.  Any replacement Rod bolt is allowed. Wrist pin OEM inside hole diameter-.600. Stroke must not be altered (2.530) +/-.
-Cylinder head must remain stock. No material to be added in port or taken out. No material to be added to anywhere at all of the cylinder head. Old or warped heads may be machined to the minimum 3.730 thickness. No porting, polishing, sand, bead blasting, or sizing of any part of the cylinder head is allowed. No acid baths allowed.
-Three angle valve seats are not allowed. No multi angle on valves. (45 degrees stock only). Multi angle valves are not allowed. "o-rings" (one per valve) are allowed as a safety procedure. Valves may NOT be grooved to accommodate o- ring. Head gasket must be OEM. (fiber) .040 minimum. No metal head gaskets allowed at all.
- Any degree timing key is permitted.  Any size camshaft is permitted.  All pressed gears shall remain in stock position. OEM balancers cannot be removed. No shims of any kind. EZ spin must be unaltered. All valves, lifters, push rods and rocker arms must remain OEM stock. Cylinder head may use modified 32lb valve springs. Valve guide replacements are allowed in stock location. Internal and external governor systems may be removed. Hole must be sealed up or used to VENT the block. 
-Flywheel minimum weight is 11 pounds 10 ounces. Charging magnets on the Inside of flywheel may be removed. Balancing of flywheel is allowed. No machining of the inside of the flywheeI allowed what so ever. Outside magnets must remain stock and in the Stock location. No exceptions.
-Choke assembly may be removed from the carb. Any size jet is allowed. No remote carb adjuster is allowed from the inside of the car. Carb spacer may be drilled for pulse pump fitting for fuel pump. Stock unaltered insulator blocks must run with stock gaskets one per side, unaltered intact. Maximum size bore of carb is .883 no modifications to the carb are allowed at all.  No machining of carb in any fashion. Choke may be removed. No modifications to carb at all except the jet size and choke removal.
-Exhaust must be a minimum of 26 inches long from end to end. Exhaust can be no longer than 33 inches long from end to end. No coating of header. No staged headers. Header wrap is allowed.
-Altering the ignition timing from stock Honda gx390specs is only allowed using timing key. No alterations to the starter coil, mounting  bolts and holes or other electrical parts are allowed. No advancing or retarding of the crankshaft gears allowed. Stock Honda or clone coils only. No alterations to the coil.  Note- If it doesn't say you can...then you can't. Stock, unaltered means just that. That means no machining, sanding, scraping, blasting, or Etc. unless the rules say you can. We are trying to keep the cost down on the engines so racers can afford to race. Oil brands are optional. No additives. No decking of block and NO bump heads allowed at all.
ELECTRICAL SWITCH LOCATIONS- All electrical switches must be located on the left side of the dash panel and must be labeled on/off positions. A switch must be wired so as to ground the ignition. A working gravity type shut off switch is mandatory on cars with electric fuel pumps.
ACCESSORIES- Lap timers and other automated electronics (oil pressure, temperature and rpm) are allowed providing they are mounted securely. Data acquisition devices are not allowed. Tach/temp sensor devices may be attached to the spark plug or exhaust. A small hole can be drilled in the exhaust pipe to accommodate the sensor.
ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM- Air cooling components cannot be altered from Honda GX390. The stock shroud covering the head can be replaced with aluminum shroud with maximum dimensions of 5”x10”. The replacement of this shroud is not a performance enhancement. The shroud must not extend further forward than the leading edge of the fins on the head. The intent is to equalize cooling over the surface of the aluminum head thus adding durability.
ENGINE EXHAUST SYSTEM- Exhaust pipe must be a minimum of 18” in length. Mufflers permitted. Exhaust must be approved by officials FUEL SYSTEMS- Racing gasoline is allowed. No aviation fuel or additives of any type are allowed. 110 octane maximum. The CRL approved fuel cell location shall remain unaltered from stock location. Fuel cell container as supplied from factory is mandatory (steel or aluminum). Electric fuel pumps may be used ONLY if they have a gravity switch or device that will shut the pump off should car be overturned. All fuel lines must be secured by clamps or safety wire.
CLUTCH- Only a dry centrifugal clutch is allowed. No transmissions, belt driven torque converters, oil bath clutches or axle clutches. Also any disc clutch allowed by mini cup rules.
CHAIN/GEAR SPROCKETS- Only #35 chain allowed. Chain guards are permitted and must be acceptable to officials. No automatic or manual chain oiling systems permitted.
BRAKE COMPONENTS- Only hydraulic disc brakes with steel rotors are permitted. All cars must have brakes on rear wheels. Rear brake rotor/disc must be stock. Rotor may not be altered from stock size, no lightening or drilling allowed. Front brakes are optional and brake bias may be adjusted from driver compartment. All brake cooling component parts and installation for front brakes only must be acceptable to officials. No cooling components for rear brakes allowed.
REAR AXLE- The rear axle must meet the following requirements: Axle must be mounted solid to suspended chassis. Only 1.25” steel or chrome-molly axles permitted. Maximum axle length is 42”, and must be magnetic. No alternate materials allowed. Both rear hubs must be keyed securely to axle. No floating hubs allowed. Snap rings must be in place and safety wired. Axle key stock must be secured in an additional fashion on all cars. Self-oiling carrier bearings are prohibited.
WHEELS & TIRES- Any 6” or 8” wide wheel allowed. Wheels may be painted or polished. Hoosier MC780 and American Racer MD32 slicks only. TIRES MUST DUROMETER 55 OR HARDER when “Cold”. No tire grooving or prepping in any fashion is allowed. No liquid or any other tire softeners allowed. Nitrogen is allowed.  NOTE- Anyone found with chemically altered tires, will be suspended for 3 races and will lose all their points accumulated up to that race.  Anyone found a 2nd time with chemically altered tires will be suspended for the remainder of the season. If a Tire Sample is taken from any car out of the “A”-Main, the drivers money will be held until the tire sample has cleared the lab.
SUSPENSION- Mini cup/Cyclone cars with suspended suspension must have four steel body shocks.  AFCO 1561, 1563 or Carrera 3361, 3363 or  Pro SB series. (No adjustable shocks) Spring rates and manufacturer are open. Threaded body shocks may be used but must have the same 61 or 63 numbered shocks. Springs and shocks cannot be altered and must meet original factory specs. A-arms, pan hard bar, and other suspension related components must be approved. All suspension and steering components are tunable without component modifications. (No interior suspension adjusting devices allowed) Rigid suspension cars must be rigid on all 4 corners. No half suspended half rigid.
SPINDLES- All spindles must be factory type spindles. King pin angles, spindle diameters, spindle arm length and angle, and the location of the outer ball joint mounting hole must remain as manufactured. Alternate heavy duty left spindle and heavy duty right spindle and hub are permitted.
STEERING- All cars must be equipped with a steering column constructed of .750 x .065 steel tubing. A quick release coupling acceptable to the officials on the steering wheel is mandatory. Only rack and pinion steering is permitted. Steering rack may be shortened on either end. All steering linkage must be properly secured. A universal joint may be added to the column between dash-mount and steering rack.
SEAT AND PEDALS- Seat must be aluminum racing seat made by a reputable manufacturer. No home-made seats are allowed. Seats must be bolted in place. A minimum of grade 8 hardware only to secure seat. The use of straps or tape to anchor the seat is prohibited. Seat size will be appropriate for driver. All pedals must be within appropriate reach of the driver. Any deemed inappropriate by tech official will have to be modified prior to the car being allowed on the track. A raised foot box may be constructed for elevating the drivers feet or legs above the steering rack and to allow for moving pedals closer to the driver. The box may be constructed of aluminum or steel of a thickness sufficient to support the driver’s feet and allow bolting of the pedal assembly directly to the box if necessary. Minimum .040 gauge aluminum or a maximum of 14 gauge steel may be used. The box must be easily removed for safety inspection of steering and suspension components. The sole purpose is to allow proper pedal location for a small driver.  Any attempt to utilize the box for ballast or weight distribution is expressly forbidden. All pedals must be securely fastened to the chassis rails using grade 8-hardware. The car will fail tech, if at the discretion of the tech inspector, the seat, pedals or box are mounted in an unsafe or inappropriate manner.
WEIGHT RULE- All drivers must weigh their cars after heats and feature events unless leaving on tow rig or EMT unit. All suspended cars must weigh a minimum of 680 pounds and rigid suspension 640 pounds with driver ready to race.  Any weights added must be securely mounted to chassis. They must be painted white and have car number on them.
PRE/POST RACE TECH- Trunk and hood must remain closed until such time as a tech official or Group Tech opens one or the other. The driver and car must remain in tech until given permission to leave by the official in charge. Drivers failing to follow this procedure are subject to disqualification. No equipment or car will be considered as having been approved by reason of having pass through inspection unobserved. If a protest is made, only 2nd and 3rd place can protest, and must finish on lead lap. Engine claim rule is as follows: Clone protest Clone-exchange engine and $250.00, Clone protest Honda- exchange engine and $750.00, Honda protest Honda-exchange engine and $250.00. If protest is made driver is allowed to keep clutch, exhaust header, air filter/air filter adapter and carb turn table.  NOTE:Pre Race Tech is done as Group Tech by drivers/Official. Post Race Tech is done as Group Tech by Top 3 Drivers/Official. Any Driver Refusing to allow Group Tech on Any Part of Car will be Disqualified. If Disqualified, No Money or Points will be Awarded for that event.

MISC- RACEceivers and Transponders are MANDATORY at all events. (rental available at track)