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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:22 pm    Post subject: What a day......... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had a family reunion 60 miles from home this noon, and a birthday party 20 miles away at 3:30.

At the reunion, a cousin and another cousin's son-in-law and I talked stock car racing most of the time. My cousin and I were in it in the past and the other guy still is.

The birthday party was the 80th for a retired medical doctor. I taught him to water ski in 1967, right after he hung out his shingle, and we've been water skiing and deer hunting buddies ever since. Although neither of us skis anymore. He delivered our daughter when she was born, and he attended her baptism, confirmation, and 8th grade, high school, and college graduation parties. We reciprocated for his kids. (Minus the deliveries, obviously).

The fellow who is still racing said their engines have to be absolutely stock. They have to buy a crate engine and have an inspector watch them open the crate. The inspector then puts seals on the engine so it can't be opened up.

The rules we ran under when I was racing were we had to run stock sheet metal within the last five model years, wheelbase had to be the same as the sheet metal, the engine had to be the same make as the sheet metal, and our front spark plug couldn't be over 2" behind a line across the upper ball joints. Beyond that, it was pretty much "run watcha brung". We all ran quick change rear ends. That makes a whole new ballgame out of it.

My recliner's calling me.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: What a day......... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There's a while bunch of classes at the dirt tracks here. Some are claimer classes to keep owners from putting too much in to them,others aren't.
In a claimer class,anybody who finished the race can buy the engine out of a car from the top five finishers for whatever the set price is in that class.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: What a day......... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I like the idea of a guy "claiming" an engine rule. Guys will figure out how to get past those seals .
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:46 pm    Post subject: Re: What a day......... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We never ran under a claim rule with our late model modifieds, but on the classes where there was a claim rule, the claimant had to put up the money in cash before the race. The "claimee" could then opt out of the race if he didn't want to let his engine go for that price. After the race the engine was the claimant's, regardless of condition.

I know of one situation where a claimed engine blew all to hell in the feature race and the claimant got one cylinder head and an intake manifold that he could still use. It kinda kept the claim sensible.
 
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