2017 SECA Crate Sportsman Rules
The rules and/or regulations 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. NO EXPRESSED OR
IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATIONS
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.
Will be placed on the website
and relayed to each track.
2017 membership fees: $60
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO RECEIVE WEEKLY POINTS. POINTS ARE
NOT 'RETROACTIVE'. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE POINTS UNTIL
MEMBERSHIP HAS BEEN PAID IN FULL . If membership is paid
'after' event, that event does not count towards points or
the mandatory 15 required for season ending events/and or
payouts. Points start the first race of each weekly track
and will run through September 17.
The following system will be utilized for all of the above
Races with 8 or more drivers:
any other starters - 11 pts drivers attempting but not
making main event will 10 pts.
Races with less than 8 drivers:
any other starters- 11 pts drivers attempting but not
making main event get 10 pts.
Points will begin Jan 1st and will run through Sept 16th.
Awards Banquet/Point Funds/Tie-Breakers: SECA Awards
Banquet will be held at the conclusion of the season.
Drivers/Car Owners are expected to attend or have a
pre-determined representative to accept awards.
canít make the banquet, please make arrangements to have
someone there to collect your awards, otherwise you will
waive any money or awards that you have earned. In the
event of a tie for any of the above championships,
tiebreaker will be determined by the driver with the most
wins followed by most second place finishes, etc. until
the tie is broken. If a tie happens in any other position,
the tie will remain with point fund monies added up
between the tied positions and split equally.
Stock unless otherwise stated.
Body: Please see drawings at bottom of rules: The
objective of body rules are to keep the cars looking as
similar to each other and as close to stock while keeping
them RACE CARS. SECA officials will show up unannounced,
and measure and observe bodies. Bodies are not protestable
items, if SECA officials do not like it, you will be asked
to change it, add weight or anything the officials seem
fit but not limited to being told you canít race. ( If a
weekly tech man has a problem with your body, it is your
job to fix it.)
1- Wheelbase - Stock wheel base for chassis being ran. ANY
CHASSIS WITH A WHEEL BASE SHORTER THAN 108" WILL NOT BE
ALLOWED.- NO jeeps or station wagons.
2- Rubber nose OKÖ Nose must match tailpiece. (If you have
a Camaro nose, You must run a Camaro tail piece, Monte
Carlo, Nova Charger etc.) No Exotic or late model style
noses, or elephant ears allowed.
3- Must run FULL tailpiece rear of car. Tailpiece must
match "model" of nose. (M.C tail=M.C nose) (Camaro tail =
Camaro nose) Bumper Cover can not be made of sheetmetal.
4- Must run complete, enclosed cockpit. Must have steel
floor pan under driver. Front firewall location may be
moved for engine clearance. (unibody cars, please see
5- Spoilers max Height 6". May run side spoilers. 6"
height x 12". May have one 4" spoiler inside car.
Unsealed engine 3200 lbs with driver
SECA sealed engines 3100 lbs with driver.
GM Factory sealed engines 3050 lbs with driver
ATTN: 2018 SECA will require ALL engines to be sealed. The
only seal weight break will be for GM seals only.
25 lb weight break for Hans, or containment seat. (Not
both, it is either or). SOME TRACKS MAY NOT ALLOW THE 25LB
WEIGHT BREAK. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE ASSUMING.
7- NO exposed bars.
8- Body must sit on frame in OEM position.
9- Aftermarket dirt bodies allowed. Must be approved by
10- All bodies should carry original body lines.
11- AR Bodies OK.
Chassis & Suspension:
1- Front Suspension components must remain stock or stock
type for type of chassis running, unless otherwise stated.
This includes draglinks, tie rods, spindles etc. FRONT
2- Steering - stock type - Quickeners OK.
3- Front spring spacers OK. NO front screw jacks allowed.
OEM rear trailing arms only. Rear spring- jack bolts OK.
Rear spring buckets Ok. (Rear Jack Bolt Buckets can be NO
taller than 6 inches)
4- Springs may be changed. Must remain in stock location.
(Racing springs OK) No stack springs. One spring per wheel
5- A-Frames -
Upper control arms may be tubular steel or modified OEM.
Longer GM stock type Balljoints OK on upper only (No Screw
in ball joints)
Lower control arm must be OEM for frame used, must remain
un-altered in stock position. Stock type replacement ball
joints only. (NO long balljoint may be used on lower) (NO
Screw In Balljoints Allowed). No mono-balls allowed. Must
run rubber bushings only.
Front - Bilstein AK1043 ONLY (Front shock can be raised 3
inches only. May lower 2 inches Only must use lower stock
Rear - Bilstein SSR1 ONLY. May move rear shocks.
No bumpstops allowed
on front or rear shocks. (Unibody cars will need to make
brackets with a stud to allow SSR1 shocks to mount up)
7- Engine setback - #1 plug even with center top ball
8- Framework may be reinforced. Uni-body cars (frames)
must have stock floor pan and must be in stock location.
Tubing may run from front most rear spring mounting points
(at intersection of frame and rear portion of the uni-body)
to the first turn-up of the front frame rail only.
Mounting points for front frame rails must remain bolted
in position. Frame may be X braced. Rusted out portions of
floor pan may be patched. All suspension points must be in
stock location. (Shock mounting points may be reinforced.)
As announced in 2016: ALL UNIBODY CARS MUST HAVE STOCK
FLOOR PAN and FIREWALL and MUST BE IN STOCK LOCATION. NO
2017 we will allow the JOHNSON RACING X.Y.G Metric
CHASSIS. (This is the ONLY aftermarket chassis that is
allowed). Please visit his site at
Johnson SECA or Crate Racin USA X.Y.G TUBULAR FRAMES
ALLOWED. ALL TUBULAR FRAMES WILL BE SERIAL NUMBERED. ANY
TUBULAR FRAME WITHOUT THE SECA OR CRATE RACIN SERIAL
NUMBERS WILL BE CONSIDERED ILLEGAL. ANY Johnson FRAME OR
REPAIRED CLIP FOUND ALTERED COULD RESULT IN SEVERE FINES
AND SUSPENSIONS FOR THE RACER.
Stock Metric frames have the option to be repaired with
SECA or Crate Racin USA tubular front and/or rear clip.
Front and Rear Clips will also have SECA or Crate Racin
USA serial numbers.
Stock Metric frames have the option to run the following
Left Upper A Frame - JCI-09-02-003R
Right Upper A Frame - JCI-09-02-003L
Left Lower A Frame - JCI-09-02-01RC-L-SP
Right Lower A Frame - JCI-09-02-01RC-R-SP
Rear Upper Trailing Arm JCI-09-03-04B
Rear Lower Trailing Arm JCI-09-03-03B
1- GM crate motor only. Part #88958602 (350 stock circle
track engine-88958602) May rebuild, must use GM parts as
set forth by GM. (Notice: GM changes parts/ and or part
numbers more often than we would like. This is often done
without notice to SECA, parts distributors, and engine
builders. We all take this into consideration. Common
sense must sometimes be applied)
2- Any HEI distributor - Can be locked out. Vacuum
optional. (May use any stock or any replacement cap, any
rotor button) May run a MSD,DUI etc HEI module. (No
Magnetos. No Crank Trigger Systems) (No ignition boxes
3- Carburetor - Boxstock 650 Holley #4777. May remove
choke flap only. No four corner idle screws. May drill
holes through butterfly. (May change jets, power valve,
plastic secondary squitter arm replacement OK ) Must run a
1" open spacer . Spacer can not be tapered, radiused or
beveled. Inside walls must be flat. Please use Allstar
Performance 25981 for a reference of what an open spacer
4- NO cold air boxes, (No metal or plastic allowed under
the breather/and or carb. This includes any metal or
plastic that may direct air), may cut hole in hood for air
cleaner with max. 4 1/2" tall scoop or air deflector.
Scoop may be no more than 4" wider than air cleaner.
Spacer from Air Cleaner seal surface on Carb to base of
Air Cleaner seal allowed, with max length of 4 inches.
5- Exhaust system- Schoenfeld #186 & #186CM ONLY (There
are multiple #186 headers, these are the only two that
measure as follows 1 3/4 Tube Diameter. 3 1/2 collector
diameter x 8 collector length) No "X" or merge type pipes
allowed. Maximum of 12" pipe ONLY (measured from end of
collector), has to be the same diameter of collector. No
additional pipe/tube/obstructions etc can be used to
extend or create an extension of the exhaust or to create
more back pressure. (ex. leaving a gap and mounting or
hanging another pipe)
6- No electric radiator cooling fans.
7-No mufflers allowed (unless track has mandatory
8- Aftermarket pulley system & belts OK
9- Any plugs and plugwires OK
10-No electric water pumps
1- Fuel -Track fuel ONLY. Must pass track test.
2- Fuel pump - stock type, mechanical only.
3- Fuel cell - MANDATORY
1- Clutch- Single disc, stock or stock equivalent
replacement clutch only. Must have solid lining only. Must
have spring(s) in clutch.
2- Pressure plate- stock or stock replacement only, steel
Hydraulic throw out bearing ok. Pressure plate must weigh
a minimum of 12 lbs. (This is to be weighed alone) If it
is determined that you have modified, or altered the
pressure plate, IT IS WRONG)
3- Flywheel- GM P/N 14088646 or aftermarket equivalent.
12.75" diameter. 14 lb. Min. weight.
4- Scatter shield or 3/16" plate around flywheel
5- Transmission- GM Saginaw or Muncie manual transmission
3 speed only. ALL working gears forward & reverse. All
forward gears must be helical cut teeth. May run 350 or
400 turbo automatic with OEM working torque converter.
Flexplate must be GM #14088765 or GM #14088761. No
Powerglides. (Transmission internal parts can NOT be
polished, coated, or lightened.)
6- Drive shaft - steel only. 1 1/2" min. diameter.
7- Rear end - Stock factory or 9" Ford. Any ratio OK. Posi-traction
or locked OK. Floater OK. 9" Ford mounting points must be
stock type with NO adjustability. 4 1/2" max - 3 1/2" min
from center of the axle tube to center of trailing arm
bolt. (ANY ADDITIONAL HOLES MUST BE REMOVED) Gundrilled
axles OK, Any gear. polished & lightened ok. No titanium.
8- Rear Trailing Arms
Lower- OEM rear trailing arms, only must remain stock
Upper- May change length or relocate bolt hole for pinion
Left & Right lower trailing arms must be same length
Left & Right upper trailing arms must be same length
1- Stock type - 4 wheel disc OK. No aftermarket, no
aluminum. Must have operational 4 wheel braking system.
(No brake cutoff allowed. This means functional or non
functional, it is illegal to have on the car) Scalloped
Rotors are NOT ALLOWED. Drilled Rotors OK
2- Racing pedals OK. Adjusters OK. Dual Master cylinders
Tires & Wheels:
8" Tread width racing tires. Hoosier M500 all the way
around. H500 is an optional tire.
2- 8" max. width steel wheel. Large wheel studs OK. Bead
locks OK. Outward facing only.
ANY ITEM NOT SPECIFIED ABOVE MUST BE APPROVED BEFORE HAND
OR IT IS NOT LEGAL!!!
(after main event only) Any driver finishing inside the
top 5 can claim from another driver in the top 5
Shock claim- $80 Per Front Shock. $125 per Rear Shock.
Transmission claim - $300.
Carb claim - $450.
Claim cost may change due to increase/decrease of price
Any parts being claimed, will be inspected as follows.
Carb- Check Part number only.
Transmission- Jack car up, check for three working forward
gears and reverse.
Shocks (ALL)- visual inspection for part number only
Distributer- Distributor is to be pulled out and handed
over, there is no inspection, claim is sold as is.
Distributor, cap, rotor, module is all included.
If claimed part is visually wrong based on above, the
claim is VOID. Driver with illegal part will be
disqualified with no points or winnings from the event.
Any protest items not specifically covered below are
considered track protest items, track protest rules will
apply (this does include Claimable items).
1-Complete engine teardown:
$800 ($400 acceptance fee) -
Engine will be impounded and checked by certified builder.
$200 to the builder, $200 to the track $800 to the winner
of the protest.
Non Sealed (engines that have been unsealed, not resealed
by certified builder)
$600 ($400 acceptance fee)
- Engine will be impounded and checked by a certified
builder ($200 to builder- $200 to the track $600 to winner
of the protest).
2- Clutch Assembly- Includes Clutch disk, Pressure plate &
flywheel : $200. Track retains $100.
3- Tire Chemical Protest: $100.00 per tire to protest-
$100 per tire acceptance fee. 3 grooved strips removed
from tire & sent for lab testing.
4- Fuel Protest: $50.00
Track protest rules apply: This is in regard(s) to the
protest process, along with who and when a car can be
protested. Please check the tracks rule books.
Looking for small or unimportant errors or faults
(Nitpicking) will not be tolerated or allowed as nor on
protested items. We are well aware that this rule book
will not cover every situation or issue that may arise.
Track Tech man has final say on ALL protested, claimed
item issues. (Full engine teardowns are teched by a
certified SECA builder)
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT CHEATING "WITHIN THE BOLTS"
Driver is fined $1000 and suspended from SECA Crate
Sportsman competition for 30 days. All weekly championship
points are forfeited. Cannot compete at any WEEKLY
SANCTIONED TRACK In Crate Sportsman during the suspension.
Track event: (Track receives 50% of $1000 fine once paid).
2nd Offense - Will result in an immediate disqualification
and a suspension will be set at SECA officials discretion.
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT COMPETING WITH TIRES THAT FAIL TO MEET
THE BENCHMARK SET FORTH BY THE TIRE MANUFACTURER:
(Penalties based on calendar year)
1st offense: $1000.00 fine, loss of points, prize money -
(minus one race at end of year standings). We will only
score your best 14 races. Also a 50 point deduction to
year end points total.
2nd offense: $2500.00 fine, loss of points, prize money -
(minus one race at end of year standings). we will only
score your best 13 races. Also a 100 point deduction to
year end points total.
3rd offense: $5000.00 fine, loss of points, prize money
suspension to be set at SECA management discretion.
$500 of each tire fine will go toward the track where the
tire was found not to conform with the benchmark.
Please note, there are NO appeals, NO 2nd,3rd 4th samples
sent. THE LAB RESULTS ARE FINAL.
INDIVIDUAL TRACK RULES
Note that track rules on an individual basis may over ride
SECA rules. This is in relation to mufflers, safety items,
etc. such as window nets, gloves, etc. Please check with
the individual track before attending an event. SECA
officials reserve the right to amend/change add or remove
any rules at anytime as seen fit by SECA officials in the
interest of competition. SECA officials decision is final.
SECA Officials, and SECA sanctioned race tracks reserve
the right to refuse any racer or race car to compete,
without notice at anytime for any reason.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. YOU ARE ENTERING INTO A LEGAL
AGREEMENT BY COMPETING AT ANY EVENT HELD AT ANY SECA