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posted January 11, 2004 09:38 PM
Just read in the paper that the local track I race is getting rid of the street stock calss to put in a stock truck class. Sounds cool and everything, but what the heck did I spend all winter building a new car for. You would think they would have made this decision more than 3 months befor the new season. This year will be the phasing out year and full blown trucks in 2005. Is there any other tracks out there with trucks on dirt. Jammin, ever think of a truck section on here?? Guess I can throw everything I have learned about cars out the window. Supposed to be S10, dakotas, and rangers with V8s, thats the rumor anyway. There still is no rules on the Fonda Speedway website. Where should I turn for truck dirt racing info? Anyone.....

posted January 11, 2004 09:46 PM
it would all depend on the rules. there are a few trucks that race at a track around here. they a full size based of metric frames. setup is just like a car.

posted January 11, 2004 11:17 PM
I thought I saw somebody post they run an S-10 with a camaro body on it about 3 or four months ago.

We used to have a "strucks" class where cars and trucks both raced. It was a super stock class just above our factory stocks if I remember. The people who built trucks instead of cars didn't fair very well from what I recall.

posted January 12, 2004 05:32 AM
Could you use a car frame and just mount a truck body to it?

posted January 12, 2004 07:47 AM
we tried that here a few years ago basicly bomber trucks s-10 or ranger frame with a 320 cid limit so needless to say the one guy with the 318 won every week beings you could only run a 305or7 chevy or 302 ford i was going to run them but got wind of them being dropped in time so i didn't get stuck with something i couldn't race. we also have two other truck classes around here one is a full size class they get about 5-8 trucks a year have no idea why they still run them and we have a outlaw truck class thats a metric car frame with fiberglass truck bodies. and let me tell you what a money pit those suckers are but from what i have heard they are just as fast and some are faster then the imca late models. basilcy guys that got tired of getting claimed in imca stock cars started the class so they could spend a **** load of money and not get claimed most of those guys are running 400+ cid small blocks and they run 10 in asphalt take offs

JDF Motorsports
posted January 12, 2004 04:54 PM
Tracks have a habit of creating classes that can't race at other tracks. That way when you flip over and destroy your racer, you do it in front of that tracks fans! Keeps the grandstands full. Our track just-out of the blue---cut the sportsman (superstock) division and is attempting to replace it with a 6 cyl FWD class. Who in their right mind would build a car that could only be raced at one track--and then when the track gets a low car count-cancels that class?
There are a couple full size Dodge trucks that race Tazewell pure stock division-but the tech man over there is clueless about Mopars and ....well you know the rest!

posted January 12, 2004 09:28 PM
As far as I can tell we are not going to be able to put truck bodies on car frames. Supposedly the purpose of going trucks is to make it safer because he had people complaining about having to add bars to their cars to make them safe. Dont get that one... robhbk24 thanks for the offer, I actually was gonna run the boss series this year but cant justify driving 2-5 hours one way to some of the tracks just for fun. Backwoodsracer look in the Leader for a friendly letter to the editor soon.... maybe you could too, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.... Does anyone know of a dirt truck website or where we can turn to for set up advice like what front end parts for cars are the same as S-10 etc. I have been so depressed about this that I can hardly sleep, I have no money to build another new car (truck) next year, I dont even have a garage!!!!!

[This message has been edited by NYhick (edited January 12, 2004).]

posted January 12, 2004 09:37 PM
try here in the mini stock forum some guys run um there front end wise they are the same as a metric car so you should be able to take alot from those cars and incorperate it in. i wish they would bring them back here was a good low budget class and i just got an s-10 the other day for free lol

posted January 13, 2004 07:06 AM

There is a track in Dundee, NY (Blackrock)that has a truck class.

Here is their website, I hope this helps.

Mrs. KP

posted January 13, 2004 02:32 PM
Rob, they are FAR from a DIRT "anything". They have VERY much more limited engine rules, they run pure stock tires (Towel City Retreads, or something similar on an 8" rim that lasts all year), the chassis are NOT any more expensive than building the average purestock these days, either.
Their front clips are sometimes metric clips (same as an S10), or sometimes a camaro clip I'm told. 9" rears but no floaters. No rocket science there...
And as for DIRT....only the label still hangs at Black Rock, there are no DIRT-sanctioned classes there in '04. Even the superstocks don't have PPG as a sponsor anymore as PPG corporate has dropped all their "small" sponsorships nationwide.
For the cost of a competitive DIRT prostock, or Sportsman car, you could field TWO good protrucks at Black Rock....

JMHO...I have no vested interest in them, just build carbs for those that come our way...


posted January 14, 2004 05:55 AM
we have three trucks that run in our hot stock class. after they got their set up right they were running up front with the leaders. they were BAD FAST.......

posted January 16, 2004 04:57 PM
Ok not trying to get too far off track here but why no floaters? They only make the vehicle safer, not faster.

posted January 16, 2004 10:27 PM
no floater rules fall under the $$$$$$ factor keeps the disc brakes out of it thats a performance enhancer and you can't get a floater out of the junk yard

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