Derby Rules

Seneca County Derby Rules 2016

2016 RULE CHANGESCOMPACT:  front bumper brackets if they’re not stock to the car, they cannot be any longer than 10″ if you run a bumper shock inside of frame it can only be 10″ long and must have an inspection hole to verify where it stops!  You cannot have bracket on the side of frame and a shock bracket inside of frame!
STOCK CLASS:  Must have facory stering but you can add one extra knuckle.  No reinforced rearends!  A 4″ body spacer can be added to front body bolt for radiator clearance.
MODIFIED CARS:  Body CANNOT be welded to frame!
TRUCKS:  1/2 ton trucks CAN run kicker bars off front cage bar down to the a-arms cannot go past the a-arm!
1/2 ton only!! Same rules as 2016 but rear leaf springs:  10 stock leafs per side with a mandatory 1 stagger at both ends 5 leaf clamps per side!  Front leafs on 4×4 trucks must remain stock no front leaf conversions!  Front kicker bars will be allowed!
1. Each driver must fill out an entry blank in its entirety.
2. Each driver and pit crew member must sign a release form prior to entering the pit area. All injuries must be reported to the officials at once. Only drivers, owners, mechanics, crew members that sign the release sheet will be allowed in the pit area.
3. Each driver must be 16 years of age or older and must hold a valid driver’s license. If under 18 yearsof age, the driver must have a notarized release signed by a parent or legal guardian.
4. If you are pregnant and/or have back, heart, or health problems, you are not permitted to compete.
5. Any driver or crew member not obeying the rules will be disqualified. Drivers are responsible for the actions of their crew members.
6. All competition rules are explained at the mandatory drivers meeting.
7.The track owners, fair board have the right to approve or reject any entry.
8. The track owners, fair board is not responsible for any vehicles, parts, or personal property at any time.
9. Transporting vehicles to and from the show must meet Ohio Highway
Safety codes, including towbars, trailers, chains, lighting, etc.
10. Any American made hardtop automobile or station wagon is permitted. NO 1964,’65,’66 CHRYSLERIMPERIALS. No convertibles, jeeps, hearses, ambulances, or 4 wheel drive cars will be permitted.
11. Pre-entry fee of $35.00 if paid before day of show. Entries made day of derby will be $50.00. CASHor MONEY ORDER made out to the Seneca County Agricultural Society. (NO ENTRY FEE WILL BE REFUNDED!)
B. Inspection
1. Only the driver and 1 pitcrew member will be permitted with each entry into the inspection area. NOSPECTATORS PERMITTED.
2. Each entry will ONLY be permitted one additional attempt through the inspection area. Build your vehicles to the rules! NO REFUNDS will be awarded for illegal entries.
3. All entries will be required to open hoods in the inspection area. If the hood is wired shut and the entry must leave the inspection area to cut them open, it will count as 1 time through inspection.
4. All entries must be inspected 1 hour prior to show time.
C. Safety
1. Remove ALL glass, fiberglass, headlights, taillights, trim, interior, trailer hitches, etc. Vehicles must be swept clean. No junk tires, wheels, metal parts, etc. allowed.
2. All rear seats and flooring decking must be removed. Any sharp or protruding fins must be cut off thevehicle.
3. Standard safety belts, Z-90 approved helmet, and eye protection (face shield or safety glasses) are required. Neck braces highly recommended. Fire retardant suits, clothing, or hood is recommended. No shorts or shirtless drivers will be permitted.
4. Exhaust (either zoomies or headers) must point away from fuel lines and headers must be straight in the air.
5. All hoods must have a square hole directly cut above the carb.  All hood and deck lid hinge springs must be removed. All hood and deck lid latches must be removed.
6. Firewalls may not be totally removed. If holes are cut for clearance purposes, the holes must becovered by something fireproof. If patched with metal, the metal must not be thicker than 16 gauge.
7. No spray devises or cans permitted in the vehicle.
8. All vehicles must have dependable brakes at all times.
9. Stock gas tanks must be removed from the original position. A replacement tank must be securely fastened in the rear section (no farther forward than the back of the front seat) of the drivers compartment. Steel gas tanks or Neoprene construction approved tanks may be used. No original tanks permitted. Gas tank must be securely fastened by means other than ratchet straps or wire. Tanks must be securely bolted to the floor. Tanks must be covered in a fireproof fashion. Any vehicle that spills gas will be disqualified immediately. Gas tank protectors maybe used must have a gap between the rear deck.
10. Electric fuel pumps are permitted, but the switch must be CLEARLY marked ON/OFF.
11. Stock batteries must be removed from the original position. A batter
y must located in the driver’s compartment and securely fastened to the floor. The battery must be covered.
12.No use of alcohol or drugs in the track, emergency vehicle, or pit area. Any driver or pit crew member under the influence of alcohol or drugs w
ill be immediately disqualified. COOLERS WILL BE INSPECTED.
13. No profanity will be permitted on any vehicle.
D. Engine/Transmission
1. Welded solid or chained down engine mounts are recommended. Fabricated engine mounts must not strengthen the car in any manner. Engine cradles are permitted, but must fit tightly to engine and not reinforce the car in any manner.
2. Radiators must remain in the stock location. Overflow hoses must point straight down. No anti-freeze permitted, strictly water.
3. Bottom radiator support may be fabricated, but may not be welded to the frame. All fabrications must be welded to the existing core support structure. Maximum angle size is 3”x3”x¼”.
4. Transmission coolers may be relocated to the driver’s compartment. If so,
they must be securely fastened inside another durable and vented container (box). If ice is to be used, the container must be leak proof with a secured lid. If competition is continually stopped to determine if gas or water is leaking
from your car, you will be disqualified. Steel or hydraulic lines are required.
5. Distributor protectors will be permitted. They may not touch or attach to the cage in any manner. The maximum width is 12”.
E. Hood/Front Clip
1. All vehicles must have a hood in place and operable. Hoods may be bolted or wired in six locations. Four of the six locations may use hood bolts. The bolts must attach to the core support or fenders only (not to the frame). Therefore, body mount bolts may not be extended to also use to bolt hood. 4”x4
”x¼” plates may be attached to core support/fenders to mount the hood bolts. Wire may be used from core support/fenders to the bumper or from sheet metal to sheet metal. Hoods must cover fans. Two strands of wire may run to bumper or frame.
2. Front fenders may be trimmed or folded under and bolted with two 3/8” bolts or welded. No additional metal permitted.
3. Front inner and outer fender may be rolled and/or welded or bolted together directly over the wheel. No additional metal permitted.
4. Washers may be welded onto sheet metal, core support, and bumper for wiring. Maximum outside diameter of washer is 3”.
5. No welding of seams, sheet metal to frame, sheet metal to core support, or core support to frame.
6. Square hole over the engine may be bolted with two 3/8” bolts per side (8 total bolts) or may have the inner webbing and outer skin welded together.
F. Doors
1. Doors must be fastened shut by wire, chain, or welded. No loose doors permitted.
2. If welded, use steel no wider than 3” and no thicker than ¼”. If steel is thicker or wider, it will be cut completely off to run. Strapping may not be attached to the frame in any manner. Doors may be weldedall the way around.
3. If wired or chained, use enough to securely and safely fasten the door. No wiring or chaining to the frame.
4. A protection plate may be welded over the original driver’s door skin. It may not be thicker than ¼”and must remain within the boundaries of below the window, behind the clip/door seam, in front of thefront/back door seam, above the bottom of the driver’s door.
5. Welding of doors on the inside of the vehicle is permitted. No metal may be added to weld.
G. Trunk/Tailgate
1. Deck lids and tailgates may be wired in six locations. Trunks and tailgates may be welded. 40” total may NOT be welded to the bumper. Two strands of wire may be used in each location. Locations may be from sheet metal to sheet metal or from sheet metal to bumper or frame. ONLY TWO LOCATIONS CAN
2. Washers may be welded onto the sheet metal and bumper for wiring. Maximum outside diameter of washers is 3”.
3. Trunks must have a 12” by 12” hole cut if welded.
4. Inner and outside rear wheel wells may be rolled and or welded or bolted together with 4 bolts maximum bolt size 3/8”. Deck lid webbing and outer skin may be welded or bolted together with (8) 3/8” bolts. No additional metal permitted.
5. Body rust may be patched. Metal may not be thicker than 16 gauge. Original metal from rusted area must be completely removed. The overlap of new and old metal must not exceed 2”. Official’s discretion on abuse.
6. Rear quarter panels cannot be smashed down.
H. Body
1. Body mount rubbers may be removed. If they are removed, a ½” spacer must be replaced (not toexceed 3” in diameter) between body and frame. Spacer may not be welded to the body or the frame in any manner.
2. Replacement body bolts may be used. Maximum bolt size is 5/8”. Washers not to exceed 3” in diameter or standard thickness (¼”). If bolts are changed, a ½” spacer must be replaced between body and frame.
3. No extra body mounts permitted.
4. Body bolts may not travel through both sides of the frame. Body must be to the top of the frame.
5. No welding of interior or exterior body seams.
6. Floorboard rust may be patched. Metal may not be thicker than 1/16”. The overlap of new and old metal must not exceed 2”. Original floorboards may remain. Official’s discretion on abuse.
7. One location of wire or rod must be placed from front cowl to the front of the roof to prevent hood entry into the driver’s compartment.
8. One location of wire or flat bar no more than 3” may be placed from rear cowl to back of the roof aswell. Do not abuse.
I.  Frame
1. No seam welding of frame will be permitted.
2. No undercoating or painting of the frame will be permitted. Your vehicle will be inspected!
11. May change body mount bolts. To a max ½” bolt with a max 3” washer.
12. 5 lug rear end only.
13. Frames may be notched BUT NOT welded back together.
14. IF IT DOESN’T SAY IT IN THE RULES, DON’T DO IT! This a stock class.
1.Full engine cradles,distributor protectors,header protectors,carburetor protectors,front/mid engine plates,etc are not permitted
2.Lower engine cradle is permitted for mounting purposes only!May not reinforce or strengthen the car in any way!
3.Engine swaps are permitted must be mounted to factory K-member/cradle only
4.Stacks/headers are permitted.Engine may be weldedor chained to K-member only not to frame!!
1.Aftermarket shifters and slider shafts ARE permitted!
2.Trans protectors,braces,aftermarket bellhousing,and tailshafts are NOT permitted!!
1.MUST BE 100% STOCK!Tilting,cold bending,reshaping,of frame is NOT permitted!!!!
2.2003 and newer fords are permitted,must have factory cradle steering and suspension!!!
3. Front suspension may be welded.If welded a maximum 2”x2”x1/4”plate is allowed on front and rear of upper a-arms bottom a-arms may NOT
4.Must run factory front suspension components.No aftermarket or reinforced ball joints or spindles.
5.You maycut/notch/dimple the rear frame to hep roll.Notched areas may NOT BE REWELDED!!!
6.Frames may NOT be shortened,front or rear!!!
7.Rear suspension may NOT be soild.No all-thread shocks. Must bounce!
8.Hump plates are NOT permitted.A chain or two stanes of wire may be attached between the humps to prevent rear frame from hitting the tires.
9.Rear frame and bumper height must be at least 15”
10.Front sway bars may only be attached using factory brackets and mounts.NO WELDING!
1.Any air filled tires are permitted.
2.Stock wheels only.Full wheelcenters,wheel protectors,bead protectors,bead locks are not permitted!
Electrical and Battery
1.only one battery allowed must be securely fastened and covered before inspection.
1.Must have visibleand significant damage!
2.May use 2 fix it plates per side PLATES NO LARGER THAN 4”X4”X1/8” and may only be welded on 3 sides of plate.
3.If size or thickness is abused it WILL be cut completely OFF!!!
Rear – end
1.Any factory 5 – lug automotive/passenger car rear – end housing is permitted.
2.Rear- end braces,and housing reinforcement is not permitted.Spider gears may be welded.
Drivers Compartment
1.May have a 4 point cage around drivers compartment for safety.Maximum material dimension is 3” bar,square tube,channel,ect.One bar may be located behind the drivers seat,across dash,and two connecting bars along driver and passenger doors.
2.The bar behind the seat can sit no further back than 6” past front door post.
3.A roll over bar is permitted May not be attached to the floor or frame
4.The cage bars may be attached to sheet metal only with a maximum 12”x12”x1/4”plate.Cage may NOT attach to frame . If the cage bars are not weld securely,they must be removed for your safety!
5.A gas tank “holder” is permitted. Holders may attach to floor or cage.If attached to cage ,the holder may be up to 24” wide and must be 5” away from ALL sheet metal on all car. This rule will be strictly enforced.If less than 5” gap the holder will be removed.
Youth (follow all full size and compact rules unless diff
erent below)
This class is for the kids AGES 11-
15. Bring Birth Certificate in case of a challenge of age. To let them
learn to strip cars out and build a car to the rules and sportsmanship win or lose. Upon arrival a notarized parent and/ or legal guardian consent form must be filled out or you will not be allowed to participate. A parent and/ or legal guardian must ride with the driver. This is for instructional purpose as
well as a possibly emergency situation.
1. An factory 4 or 6 cylinder front wheel drive only.
2. Both front doors must be painted white.
3. Hoods may wired in six locations. 2 strands of 9 wire per hole. Sheet metal to sheet metal NO frame or bumper. Hoods MUST be open for inspection. Front and rear fenders may be trimmed for clearance.
No bolting or welding inner fender to outer fender or rolling fenders.
4. Drivers and passenger doors can be welded solid. All other doors can be welded shut with 2 3”x3” plates OR 6 locations per side 2 strands of 9 wire per hole not both. Sheet metal to sheet metal.
5. Trunks and tailgates may be wired shut in 6 locations. 2 strands of 9 wire per hole and sheet metal to sheet metal. Hoods and trunks MUST be open for inspection.
7. NO extra body mounts. MUST have stock rubber mounts, spacing, and bolts.
8. ALL suspension parts MUST be stock. May weld or wire in the rear coils.
9. Two locations of wire or rod must be placed from front cowl to the front of the roof to prevent hood entry into the driver’s compartment.
10. Stock batteries must be removed from the original position. A battery must located in the driver’s compartment behind the front seat and securely fastened to the floor. The battery must be covered.
U. Power Wheels
This class is for the kids AGES 4-
10. Bring Birth Certificate in case of a challenge of age. Upon arrival a
notarized parent and/ or legal guardian consent form must be filled out or you will not be allowed to participate. This is a Fun Class to get small kids there first taste, of a Derby, any Power wheels that are too fast or heavy will not be allowed to run, This is for the Kids to have Fun!
1. Derby entry fee is $10.00
2. Power Wheels for Kids 4 years old and up. 3. Stock, Electric, Regular Size, Power Wheels with up to a 12 volt lawn mower battery. Battery can not be mounted in the passenger seat. 4. Helmets must be worn. 5. All doors, hoods, and tailgates must be strapped shut. 6. Use zip ties or duct tape to fasten shut
doors, hood, and trunk. No sharp or protruding edges.
Track official and or inspectors decisions are final.
Ryan Tittle 419-618-8785,
Jayvid Opp 567-207-4090,
Joey Bowman 419-937-3568.