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Author Topic:   What are the cruiser like down south?
Gofastturnleft
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted February 20, 2002 11:13 PM
I was just wondering what the cruisers are like down south--I race in Fairmont MN and we just started the cruiser class 4 yrs ago. The first year was run what you brung, but now its getting to the point we are spending more on our cars then the hobby stocks--this year we plan on building at least 2 more complete motors at about $1500 a pop. Is it this way down south or not?

dirtfan76
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted March 13, 2002 04:51 PM
I am not an actual driver, but we do watch the cruisers often, many are customers of mine. The way that I have heard they run here is run what you brung, excpet, the gas pedal, roll cage, ect, you know that...I do have one question though, there are many people that complain here because of the debri left on the track after the race. Do yall race this class last? or is there another solution? The late models and IMCA cars are tearing tires up here and there..just wondering?

cruiser88
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted March 13, 2002 06:58 PM
I too race at Fairmont. The cars are all pretty well built, they don't really loose many parts. We are the first to race each week and I haven't really noticed anyone complaining about debris and such. We have basically the same safety rules as hobbystocks as far as having to have an SFI helmet, firesuit/gloves, 5-point harness, aluminum seats, 4-point cage w/kickers, etc... Most guys take it pretty serious now, and it really isn't too rough. Anyways, I'd like to see them switched to having the same rules with out having a gasman and limiting motors to a 360 max and running all 8 cylinders, like a 4-door bomber class. So what are cruisers like down south?

racer17j
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posted March 14, 2002 12:06 PM UIN: 54865418
cruiser you should come down to webster city or britt and see the econo's thats basicly what your looking for. as for the stuff on the track we never had a problem at belmond but we ran it like a regular class none of this standinfg start crap and they used the black flag we have alot of figure 8 races in the area so most of the crash happy rough guys just run that our track closed a few years ago or i would be racing cruisers still loved that class i could race another track in the area but they are all crazy and race for a pit pass and thats it

Oldman77
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted March 14, 2002 05:26 PM
Down in Ga. they have a $500 claim rule for the car. Your car can only be claimed if you win. Only thing you can take out is your safety equipment. So you have to keep the car cheap. No Chevies bodies or motors allowed. No limit on motor size - alot of guys run cadillac motors. Have to have a 4-5 inch steel pipe from the roof to the floor, safety harness, helmets, no fire suits. We run last for the night. No cautions thrown except for fire, track blocked, or injury.
We run for $100 first prize and they pay back to 5th.

24s52
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted March 15, 2002 05:04 AM
You guys all sound pretty high class...My track is only a loop from the floor to roof and back for a roll bar. No Chevy...Harness is optional...$350 claim for anyone on the track, you don't even have to finish and you can be claimed. We have to have the whole car stripped so there's not much falling off of them. We run two features every week. One right after they water and prep the track in the middle of the night and one as the very last race. What do we get to win a race? A trophy...no $$$. I try to collect as many as I can. It isn't easy.

24s52
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted March 15, 2002 05:06 AM
OH yeah....we also only run on 7 spark plugs.

racer17j
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posted March 15, 2002 09:32 AM UIN: 54865418
thats a nice look'n car gofast gotta love those purple ponchos lol and 24 hit it right if they strip the cars they don't have anything to fall off i also noticed that when you run with cautions it helps get away from alot of the pushing and banging. as for a pay out we didn't race for much 40 to win and then down to 5 dollars tow but we also got 2 trophies i know 40 isn't much but it payed for the gas to get there and a few beers lol

cruiser88
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Total posts: 19
posted March 15, 2002 03:33 PM
We run for $100 for first and then 75, 50, 25, 20, 20, 15, 15, and then 15 for 9th. Nothing for 10th on back. We also get two trophies for a win. 7 spark plugs for us too.

Gofastturnleft
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted March 17, 2002 06:25 PM
Thanks Racer17j--I was trying to find out what it is like down south because we are thinking about going down to the Cruiser Nationals in Beatrice NE--wanted to know how strict they are on they rules and if there are claims during the Nationals and do we even have to worry about the claim--where we (Cruiser88 and I) run there is no claim--and if there was you wouldnt have to worry about it anyway because it would only take one person to start and it sould be an all out war, so nobody even thinks about it. So if anybody can fill me in on the Crusier Nationals I would really appreciate it.

ryan
Dirt Freak

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posted March 18, 2002 01:21 AM
I don't remember for sure but I was down there a couple years ago and the only claims is on the first place car. It was somewhere between 500-1000 to claim. If you refuse you lose the 1000$ for winning

racer17j
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Total posts: 1565
posted March 18, 2002 03:01 AM UIN: 54865418
you might want to go to www.whowon.com and try there stock and hobby forum there is alot of guys from that area on there

dirtfan76
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted March 18, 2002 02:53 PM
This past November, the Columbus Speedway in Columbus Mississippi held a huge Cruiser race, I believe 55 cruisers showed up and the 1st place winner received $2000-$3000. The rules here say the race does not stop unless there is a car flipped or on fire...if a car is blocking the track, they beter hope no one hits them for the rest of the race, cause they ain't stoppin!

24s52
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Total posts: 38
posted March 19, 2002 07:23 AM
We went to Beatrice in 2001. They will throw a yellow flag for wheels coming off and such. $1000 claim for 1st and I think 500 for 2nd. But that gives you the right to claim someone else. Otherwise no claim. You can go to their site for rules. www.beatricespeedway.com. Two days and maybe 3 if it rains. Friday we ran twice. Saturday it was rained out halfway thru and we didn't run at all. A lot of fun, about 120 cars. We will be back.

Gofastturnleft
Dirt Roller

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posted March 24, 2002 09:16 PM
Beatrice sounds like alot of fun hope to see you down there 24--I went to the Beatrice site and got the rules a couple months ago and there are a couple things in there that dont agree with our car--like the hood scoop we have on there (which isnt a big deal we could take that off),the rule about spring spacers, and the biggest problem is the fuel line that runs through the drivers compartment--but I dont think that it should be that big of a deal, the fuel line runs through copper conduit all the way from the fuel cell to the fuel pump-maybe I will just have to call or e-mail Beatrice Speedway and find out how strict they will be on this stuff.

Tacky
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Total posts: 21
posted April 10, 2002 09:20 PM
the cruisers here are as fast as our hobby class. One time my uncle tore his car up ( runs hobby) and so he got with a friend who owns a cruiser and his friends son gassed the car and my uncle drove it in my uncles hobby feature. They were like in 3rd place and started dead last like maybe with 10 or 11 cars and some car spun right in front of them and put them up and almost over the wall. That was 2 years ago and they are even faster now. It's almost like a hobby car with 2 people driving here in North Central Arkansas.

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