2017 SECA Late Model Rules
RULE BOOK DISCLAIMER:
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.
SECA officials retain the right to make all final
decisions and in the continued interest of competition
reserve the right to make any rule changes/amendments with
dispute or appeal.
TECHNICAL UPDATES: Posted on website (secaracing.com)
and relayed to each track.
MEMBERSHIP FEES: 2017 SECA Late Model Membership
You MUST be a SECA MEMBER to receive weekly points. Weekly
Points are NOT retroactive. You will NOT receive weekly
points until SECA membership is 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/payouts. Points start with first race
at each weekly track and run through final weekend of
September. The 2017 Weekly Championship ends on September
POINT SYSTEM: The following system will be utilized
for all of the above programs: Races with 8 or more
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. Weekly Championship Points
are available from January 1, 2017 – September 17, 2017.
Awards Banquet will be held at the end of the season.
Drivers/Owners are expected to attend or have a
If you do not send someone to
the banquet to collect your awards, winnings, we consider
it as you do not want/need them. You will forfeit all
awards, money that you have earned.
In the event of a tie for any championship, tiebreaker
will be determined by the driver with the most wins
followed by most 2nd 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.
ENGINES: All Engines and parts must be as from
factory and all components thereof.
Any "unauthorized" changes will result in
disqualification, no points, fines and other possible
penalties including but not limited to being barred. This
includes, but is not limited to, harmonic balancers, valve
springs, push rods, rocker arms, and after market valve
NO upgrades are allowed to any engine that may produce
power via "performance enhancing methods". This includes
any "breather system" modification.
IF CAUGHT CHEATING "WITHIN THE BOLTS" (INCLUDES
"AFTERMARKET" VALVE SPRINGS)
Driver loses points, is fined $1000, and is barred from
competition for 365 days. Driver cannot compete at any
WEEKLY SANCTIONED TRACK. Track event: (Track receives 25%
of $1000 fine once paid). Car owner (if separate) will be
fined $500, or any penalties decided by SECA management.
SECA upholds other crate sanctioning body suspensions for
engine tampering inside the bolts. (engine infractions
Engine Seals: New GM bolts from factory, SECA, FASTRAK,
NeSmith/Rush, or NDRA seals ONLY!
All engines MUST meet rules set forth by the South Eastern
PROTESTS: (Member Track Protest Rules APPLY) Top 5
can protest anyone in top 5 positions.
ENGINE CLAIM RULE: GM 602 HP $3500 Claim. GM 604 HP
$6000 Claim. Participant refusing to allow claim will be
considered 'illegal within the bolts' and penalties
according to such will apply. Tear Down Rules: All fees
much be paid in full within 5 minutes of protested car
crossing scales. Protestor must have money in hand for
protest. ONCE PROTEST IS DECLARED, IT CANNOT BE WITHDRAWN!
COMPLETE TEAR DOWN: $1000.00 Protest fee and
$400 Acceptance Fee.
$200 goes to track, $200 to "SECA" selected technical
inspector. $1,000 to winner of protest.
In the case of a full engine protest…Track promoter will
claim entire engine, and meet at "selected" tech
inspectors business (usually the following Monday or
Tuesday). Illegal parts may be confiscated and destroyed!
APPEAL PROCESS: By participating in any SECA
sanctioned event, you are agreeing that the decision made
by SECA will be final. There is no appeal.
GM 602 Car & Driver: 2200 lbs (Sanctioned track may or may
not allow burn off). GM 604 Car & Driver: 2350 lbs
(Sanctioned track may or may not allow burn off).
Any Car utilizing a factory GM sealed engine will get a 25
lb weight break from the above weight(s).
25 lb weight break for Hans device or Full containment
seat. (This is either or, not both)
NO lead can be bolted to the rear axle.
Please display any weight breaks on the hood where it can
easily be seen by techman at scale area.
CARBURETORS: One 4 barrel Carburetor only. Must
have 1 11/16th (standard) base plate maximum. No
exceptions. Billet base plates may be used (.780 maximum)
604 Engine: 1 inch carburetor spacer maximum (0
TOLERANCE). 602 Engine: 2 Inch carburetor spacer maximum
Please take time to check your plate with a gauge, not a
tape measure. Spacer may not protrude into carb or intake
at any point. One gasket per surface allowed (.070
maximum). No fuel injection, nitrous oxide or other type
systems allowed. Aerosol carbs are not legal.
FUEL SYSTEMS: Mechanical fuel pumps only. NO
electric fuel pump of any type allowed.
EVACUATION SYSTEMS: EVACUATION SYSTEMS ARE NOT
ALLOWED! This means any type vacuum system. Includes
vacuum from that of breather system and/or any other means
of "pressure evacuation"
HEADERS: Tri Y headers are not legal. No merge
OIL PUMP: Wet sump only. No external oil pumps.
Even if considered "wet". Remote oil filter and lines
permitted. (One) remote oil filter. Oil cooler allowed
DISTRIBUTOR: No magnetos. Electronic ignition
allowed. MSD type box allowed. No crank triggers or
devices that allow external adjustment of timing.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: No electronic devices allowed
on car thereby enhancing adjustment of that car. Traction
control is NOT legal. No remote control devices allowed on
any car during any event. No electronic devices
controlling shocks. Exotic Materials: ALL exotic materials
are illegal including titanium and/or carbon fiber. Carbon
fiber drive shafts legal for safety purposes
No In and out boxes. Transmissions without "exotic
materials" allowed. It must have working clutch with
forward and reverse gear. Drive shafts should be painted
white with car number. This is a safety issue! Drive shaft
loop is highly recommended. This is a safety issue for all
competitors. Automatic transmission allowed. Air shifters
not allowed. Carbon fiber, aluminum or steel drive shafts
permitted. Engine setback is 25 1/2 inches (measured from
center of ball joint to front of engine plate).
REAR ENDS: Any Standard Quick Change Rear End. No
open type (sprint car) rear ends. 9” Ford rear end or
similar type rear end not permitted. No exotic metal
moving parts within rear end including wheel studs.
Traction control not permitted.
BRAKES: All cars must have operational 4 wheel
braking systems. Electric or manual proportioning valve
permitted. Carbon fiber, titanium or other exotic
materials are not legal. Brake Rotors must be magnetic.
WHEELS: Maximum 14 inch wheels permitted. Steel or
aluminum wheels only. Bead locks are permitted. Carbon
fiber or titanium wheels are not legal.
TIRES: Hoosier HTS Spec 1350 & HTS Spec 1600
No grooving or siping. Crate Racin' USA D21 & D55 OK. NO
Steer Tires Allowed! SECA recommends member tracks utilize
the use of HTS1600 on the right rear for main events.
Tires may be checked by officials at any time and may be
subject to meet minimum durometer requirements. (Check in
advance with your weekly track). Tires may be confiscated
by track at any time (for checking numbers, spec,
altering, etc). Tires may be checked by independent lab
for ‘treating’ and other alterations. Tires that do not
conform to the manufacturer’s submitted benchmark will be
deemed illegal. Buffing is permitted.
SECA reserves the right to alter tire rules for the
standpoint of "SAFETY AND LOCAL TIRE RULES" SOFTENING,
CONDITIONING, and TIRES NOT CONFORMING TO MANUFACTURER'S
BENCHMARK ARE ILLEGAL! TIRE PROTEST (Not all weekly tracks
have this) SECA is working to help build this process
throughout all of our member tracks.
Please note, there are NO appeals, NO 2nd, 3rd,
4th samples sent. THE LAB RESULTS ARE FINAL.
Each track may have different fee and/or procedure for
tire protest. Contact the track and be aware of track
(Penalties based on calendar year)
1st offense: $1000.00 fine, loss of points, loss of prize
money, ONE race reduction on end of year standings (SECA
will only score 14 races), and a 50 point deduction to
year end points total.
2nd offense: $2500.00 fine, loss of points, loss of prize
money, ONE race on end of year standings (SECA will only
score 13 races), and a 100 point deduction to year end
3rd offense: $5000.00 fine, loss of points, loss of prize
money, and suspension to be set at SECA management
$500 of each fine will go toward the track where the tire
was found not to conform with the benchmark set forth by
FIREWALL: Must be approved firewall (Series
Official). Edges of firewall should be completely ‘sealed’
with silicone or similar material in case of fire. Floor
should be reinforced for safety. Sheet metal beside driver
should be strongly reinforced or use heavier gauge in this
2017 SECA will share body rules with the Nesmith racing
For all body
drawings, please visit:
NO RAISED OR GURNEY LIPS OF ANY TYPE ALLOWED ON BODY.
DOORS AND QUARTERS MUST BE FLAT, OR MAY HAVE AN OUTWARD
BODY ROLL. NO DOORS OR BODY PANELS
ALLOWED TO BE ROLLED OR CURVED INWARD. NO TUNNELLING OF
ANY TYPE ALLOWED UNDERNEATH BODY,
ALONG FRAME, OR AROUND FUEL CELL AREA. A STONE SHIELD FOR
REMOTE OIL FILTER OR TRANSMISSION IS
ALLOWED, 24" X 24" MAXIMUM LOCATED NEAR REAR ENGINE PLATE.
2. SPOILER SIZE - MAXIMUM 8". SPOILERS MUST BE MADE OF A
SOLID MATERIAL SUCH AS LEXAN,
SHEET ALUMINUM, OR MATERIALS OF EQUAL STRENGTH. SPOILER &
SPOILER SUPPORTS SHOULD BE MADE
OF EQUAL MATERIAL ON ALL AREAS. NO OPEN SPOILER
SUPPORTS. SPOILER HEIGHT, WIDTH, AND ANGLE
MUST BE THE SAME AT ALL TIMES FOR THE ENTIRE AREA OF THE
SPOILER. NO VARYING SPOILER HEIGHTS OR
3. ROOF SUPPORTS OR “C” PILLARS ON BOTH SIDES MUST BE MADE
OF EQUAL MATERIAL. WINDOW OPENINGS ARE
ALLOWED BUT MUST BE THE SAME SIZE OPENING ON LEFT AND
RIGHT SIDE. IF CLEAR LEXAN WINDOW IS USED
IT MUST BE USED ON BOTH SIDES. BOTH
SIDES HAVE TO BE EITHER OPEN, OR BOTH SIDES CLOSED.
ELEPHANT EARS: NO MORE THAN 5" TALL (measured with
straight edge down to hood)
INTERIOR: Interior body work may be dropped a
maximum of 4 inches below the door. Drop interior must be
enclosed at firewall in. Flat interior must maintain a
minimum of 11 inches from roll cage to allow for easy exit
in case of emergency. Plastic glare shield permitted at
front of cockpit as normal method (4" max height).
ROLL CAGE: No aluminum or titanium cages permitted.
All tubing must be a minimum of 1 1/2 inches and a minimum
of .083 wall thickness. Three bars in driver’s side
mandatory, two bars in right side mandatory. Must have a
minimum of 1 inch bar, .083 wall thickness in halo section
running either front to rear or diagonal across
DRIVER SAFETY IS THE DRIVERS RESPONSIBILITY! THIS IS NOT
THE AREA OF THE RACE CAR TO TRY AND SAVE MONEY, ANY MONEY
SPENT ON DRIVER SAFETY WILL ALWAYS BE WELL WORTH IT!
1. ALL CARS MUST HAVE 3" SEAT BELTS WITH SHOULDER HARNESS
AND MUST BE ATTACHED TO ROLL CAGE. 3YRS MAXIMUM AGE
2. ALL CARS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST A 2 POUND ABC
FIRE EXTINGUISHER. SECA STRONGLY RECOMMENDS A 5LB HALON
3. SECA STRONGLY URGES AND RECOMMENDS SOME TYPE OF HEAD
AND NECK RESTRAINT SYSTEM, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED.
4. ALL DRIVERS MUST WEAR A COMPLETE FIRE SUIT.
5. GLOVES ARE NOT REQUIRED, BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
6. CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR OWN
SAFETY. WE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO TELL YOU THIS.
FUEL CELL: Fuel cell must be mounted behind rear
end housing between frame rails in what is known as
"industry standard". It must be securely strapped with
minimum of two steel straps. (Other state laws may
apply…NJ, etc). Straps must be 2 inches wide x 1/8 inch
thick. It must be mounted inside fuel cell steel box. No
part of fuel cell may be below bottom of rear housing.
FUEL: Gasoline and Racing Gasoline ONLY! Fuels must
have a Specific Gravity of .745 or less. Fuels with a
Specific Gravity greater than .745 are illegal and driver
will be disqualified! 2017 the following fuel companies
have sent fuel samples to our lab for testing.
Shocks at any position on the
car including torque arm, lift bar must be constructed of
magnetic steel or aluminum. Shocks of the “thru rod” style
are NOT permitted. Remote reservoirs ARE permitted. Each
shock may have a maximum of two external adjustment
mechanisms. External reservoirs may only have one external
adjustment. Adjuster mechanisms may not be hidden by the
rod end. All adjusters must be located on the shock body,
on the shock rod, or on the remote reservoir. Cockpit
adjustable shocks are NOT permitted. No remote adjustments
of shocks is permitted, including electronic adjustment
whether hard wired or wireless. Shock/damper devices that
are defined as inerter or damper(s) are NOT permitted
anywhere on the car.
NO Air Shocks, Air Springs, Air Bump Stops, or Air Dumps.
(These are disallowed in all SECA competition or
Standard Late Model Suspensions Only. No Spring Loaded or
Shock Type 4 Bar Rods.
Standard SOLID 4 bar rods ONLY. No torsion bar front or
rear suspension. Sway bar OK
Standard one piece bird cages. No split bird cages.
Standard late model suspension equals one (1) shock per
wheel, except on the left rear. Left rear is allowed two
shocks, one in front of the rear end, and one behind the
rear end. Shocks must be mounted verticle to axle tube,
No wings or tunnels of any kind allowed on/under the body
or chassis of the car.
NO Air Shocks, Air Springs, Air Bump Stops, or Air Dumps.
(These are disallowed in all SECA competition or
RADIOS: Radios ARE NOT legal at any time (Tracks
discretion). Raceceivers are mandatory at Bonus Races.
Raceceivers must be in working order at all times. Should
there be an issue with your raceceiver during an event,
pull down and advise race official.
INDIVIDUAL TRACK RULES: Note that track rules on an
individual basis may over ride SECA rules. This is in
relation to burn off, RR tire selection, weight breaks for
safety items, mufflers, safety items (window nets, gloves,
etc). Check with individual track before competing.
BONUS RACES: Bonus Races points go towards weekly
championship total. These races are run by the track
staff, using track's format. SECA will set purse on these
events (minimum $2,000 to win.) In order to receive bonus
points, it must be determined by SECA that a driver made a
legitimate attempt to race. EX: (If driver has mechanical
issues during hot laps and can’t make the race, they will
be awarded points). Drivers are allowed to count a maximum
of 4 Bonus Races towards weekly championship total.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. YOU
ARE ENTERING INTO A LEGAL AGREEMENT BY COMPETING AT ANY
EVENT HELD AT ANY SECA SANCTIONED TRACK. SECA RESERVES THE
RIGHT TO ADJUST THE RULES AT ANY TIME AS SEEN FIT FOR
SAFETY AND/OR COMPETITION REASONS.