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Author Topic:   Mini-Stocks...General Questions?
KSGerry
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted February 10, 2003 07:45 AM  
With the introduction of smaller cars built over the past fifteen years that are front-wheel drive, have electronic fuel injection, computer-controlled ignition, etc, my questions regard the future of the mini stock class. I don't favor one over the other(rwd or fwd). However, with so many of these types of cars being built, they must be in the majority of what is filling the salvage yards or being abandoned. These are also issues that the other classes will eventually face too unless everyone follows NASCAR's thoughts...put "traditional" OHV engines and driveline under car bodies that only came with front-drive, fuel injected V-6s.

1). Does your track allow front-wheel drive cars? Separate class or grouped together?
2). How to address the subject of newer engines that are all-aluminum, single or dual overhead cam 4-valve per cylinder.
3). Stock fuel injection vs the old carburetors. Perhaps a conversion to carburetors? Conversion to older ignitions too?
4). How will these changes affect the "hobbyist" or sportsman racer? Those of us racing on a small budget and using junkyard parts.
5). Anything else I didn't list?


Lets's keep this a friendly discussion please!

Thank you and best regards,
Gerry Dedonis

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wallbanger17
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted February 10, 2003 10:09 AM  

1). Does your track allow front-wheel drive cars? Separate class or grouped together?
2). How to address the subject of newer engines that are all-aluminum, single or dual overhead cam 4-valve per cylinder.
3). Stock fuel injection vs the old carburetors. Perhaps a conversion to carburetors? Conversion to older ignitions too?
4). How will these changes affect the "hobbyist" or sportsman racer? Those of us racing on a small budget and using junkyard parts.
5). Anything else I didn't list?

Hi
The tracks we run are simular in regards to rules(dirt) and pavement(special events).
1.most tracks allow both, only a couple are FWD only (these are paved tracks)
2.allow unaltered prodution 2 valve alum. heads specific for the block (no mix&match
ie 20r&22r)
3.most tracks allow both w/350 holley carb.
the biggest allowed (but not always) as for ignition systems STOCK only
4.FWD is here to stay but RWD is not dead yet either (don't forget the mini trucks).we
run a ranger sucessfully against both because we don't worry about having the biggest and baddest engine. we spent our time
on handling and driving technique(setting up & driving a ranger IS DIFFERENT than a FWD or RWD car!!). ingenuity rules!
5.tires & headers. a couple of tracks around here have a $425 engine claim yet allow racing tires and headers. imho there shouldn't be any engine claim. if rules read
stock OEM intake (no EFI),stock TBI or carb
w/350 holley allowed on 1" spacer,stock exhaust manifold (tubular allowed) and 2"exaust pipe max.,and a sensible tire rule,
no racing or recapped tires) with a UTGC rating of 400 or higher and 7" or less tread width would provide a good class base to expand upon. a lb. per cc rule could be implemented to level the playing field between engine and/or car type. SAFETY is paramont! a fuel cell should always be manditory and a safely constucted cage required and track approved by an expert if there is any doubt about its integrity. some of the stuff i have seen racing the last few years would scare the crap out of you.
sorry about the length of this reply but there is a lot more that could be added. always enjoy your posts both here and on 4m
Denny


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