(Stafford Springs, CT)—With the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season winding down, Stafford Speedway officials have released their 2017 rules for its SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Ltd. Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. Each rulebook has been released with minimal changes from 2016 and those changes are highlighted below.
In the SK Modified® division, the first change from 2016 deals with Tires. Per rule 20E-10.8 Tires, a tire compound has yet to be determined for 2017. The second rule change deals with rule 20E 12.1 Coil Springs, which states only coil spring suspension is permitted. The third change deals with rule 20E 12.2 Sway Bars, which states that when front sway bars are used they must be for the purpose of anti-roll only. The final change deals with rule 20E-5 General Spec Engine Requirements and it states that with the exception of engine machined components, all Spec Engine listed parts and components must be used as purchased, with no modifications permitted, unless otherwise noted.
Stafford’s Late Model division has only 3 changes from the 2016 rules. The first change deals with rule 20E -4 General Engine Requirements, which mirrors the SK Modified Spec Engine rule change that with the exception of engine machined components, all Spec Engine listed parts and components must be used as purchased, with no modifications permitted, unless otherwise noted. The second change for the Late Models deals with rule 20G-10.6 Rear Axle, which states that cambered rear axle housings or other cambered components (axles, drive flanges, etc.) will not be permitted. Crown type axles or spline adapters will not be permitted. The final change for the Late Model division is rule 20G-12.2 Sway Bars, which mimics the SK Modified® sway bar rule that states front sway bars must be for the purpose of anti-roll only.
The SK Light division only has 2 minor changes from the 2016 season. The first change deals with rule 20E-2.2 Overall Car Weight which states all cars will have a minimum weight of 2,650 pounds. The second change mimics the SK Modified tire rule for 20E-10.8 in which a compound for the 2017 season has yet to be determined.
The Limited Late Model division also has only 2 changes from the 2016 season. The first change deals with rule 20H-10.6 rear Axle wich states that axle splines must be straight cut, not crowned and cambered components of any type are not permitted in or on the rear axle housing assembly. The second rule change deals with rule 20H-11.1 OEM Frames, which states that the Hamm’s Welding front frame section (# TBD) may be installed from the front edge of the front spring pocket forward that incorporates the correct OEM steering box, idler arm and sway bar mounting locations.
Stafford’s DARE Stock division has several changes from the 2015 season. The first change deals with rule 20F-2.2 OVERALL CAR WEIGHT stating that the minimum weight at all times will be 3,100lbs. with 100 lbs. added to the car for a first win with no other weight penalties for further wins. SMS Officials reserve the right to modify these rules in the interest of safety and equality of competition. The second change deals with rule 20H-11.1 OEM FRAMES- The Hamm’s Welding front frame section (# TBD) may be installed from the front edge of the front spring pocket forward that incorporates the correct OEM steering box, idler arm and sway bar mounting locations. The third change deals with 20H-12.4 A-FRAMES and adds Speedway Motors P/N 91031134L and 91031134R with steel cross shaft to the approved parts list. The fourth change deals with 20H-12.5 SPINDLES & HUBS and states that GM Metric or Camaro Stock OEM steel spindles must be used. The Coleman two piece steel stock Metric replacement safety hub # 16798 and rotor # 140-753, or the Camaro hub # 20651 and rotor # 130-750-2 are permitted (and recommended). The fifth change deals with rule 20H-12.6 TRACK WIDTH stating that the track width of the tires is TBD. Lastly, a change has been made to the DARE Stock Handicapping with feature winners posted to start no higher than 5th in a feature starting lineup.
All five of Stafford’s 2017 Rulebooks can be found online at www.staffordspeedway.com by moving your mouse over the TEAMS tab on the homepage and then under Paddock (Racers Area), click on Rulebooks by Division.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.