Interestingly, NASRA's tire rule focuses on the rear tires only. The rule mandates all cars run an American Racer No. 56 or Hoosier 1600, WRS-2-55, D-55, or M-40. And regardless of your tire choice, every one must punch a minimum of 58 on the durometer. Plus, any rear tire changed during the running of an event has to be done with a previously checked and properly marked tire. Front tires are your choice and do not require a minimum durometer reading.
The interest, according to Rayburn, has been amazing and very encouraging. "I have had lots of calls from drivers, teams, along with a number of tracks who presently can't afford to have a Late Model class. I have also been working hard for a national sponsor and an announcement could be made in the near future."
Rayburn isn't restricting his crate versus open series idea to just the Super Late application either. "I think that the NASRA concept has equal application to the Modifieds. We would use the existing 602 and 604 crate engines for the Modifieds with a 200-pound weight brake against Modifieds using open engines."
For now, Rayburn is concentrating on the Late Models and things are coming together nicely. His new Super Late car has quickly found success racing against open motors at tracks in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. In fact, Mike Marlar won with the car in its very first race at Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio, beating out a number of open motors in the process.
Rayburn's new Super Dirt Late Model is ushering in a new era of competitive affordability to motorsports. It's an interesting technical experiment in an era of economic uncertainty. Can't think of a better man to give it a shot!