But the biggest change occurs in the roof where there is an NHRA Funny Car-style escape hatch. "It's something that I have been thinking about for a long time," C.J. explained. "I think it will be possible to bring out the driver after an accident still in his seat. And another safety consideration is the lack of use of fiberglass because of its fire danger."

Now for the best news, you will be able to purchase these cars turnkey from Rayburn for about $39,850 decaled as either a 2010 Chevy Camaro with the CT525 or a 2010 Ford Mustang which will tentatively feature Ford's new Boss 351 oval track engine. Indications are that the latest Ford engine will make horsepower and torque numbers comparable to those of the CT525, meaning that you could see Chevy versus Ford battles at short tracks around the Midwest in the very near future.

"I think it will help bring some real excitement back to the racetrack," says Rayburn. "What would be better than seeing the Camaro race against the Mustang at dirt tracks across the country?"

Not much except for maybe that sub-$40,000 price tag which puts Rayburn's new car well below the price of a typical open-motored Dirt Late Model. Rayburn may have sharpened his pencil and taken advantage of the CT525's low cost to get to that number but he didn't skimp on the car's components.

"It's all high-quality stuff. C.J. Jones (Jones Racing Products) did the pulleys and frontend. It's got an oil cooler, braided-steel lines, a vacuum system, and more," says Rayburn.

It's truly a turnkey car. All the racer has to do is fill it with fuel and go racing. Speaking of fuel, another cost savings in this car is that the CT525 runs on pump gas. That's right, no need to spend upwards of $8 per gallon on race fuel. Just head down to your local gas station and fill 'er up.

"I think that it will make for more exciting racing for the fans," says Rayburn. "This is the logical way to make Dirt Late Model racing affordable again."

The Sanction In addition to designing, building and selling the new car, Rayburn has also started his own sanction so his customers can race their new Rayburns right out of the box. He named it the National All Stars Racing Association and with input from drivers, teams, and tracks developed a set of rules that could fit on a single sheet of paper.

Now understand that these cars will be competing head-to-head with traditional Super Late Models. "I am looking for equality between the two types of cars. There will be adjustments required to get them on equal footing. We could work with the spoiler or engine set-back distance."

And that's pretty much where Rayburn ended up. NASRA is open to all Late Model chassis, regardless of manufacturer and the sole governing rules revolve around weight, spoiler, and tires. For example, if you run a car with a 602 or 604 motor, you must abide by a minimum weight of 2,100 pounds and you'll be allowed to run a maximum 12-inch spoiler. Run one of Rayburn's new CT525-equipped cars and you still have to weigh 2,100 pounds but your max spoiler size drops to 8 inches. If you have an open aluminum motor, your spoiler stays at 8 inches but the minimum weight increases to 2,300 pounds.

Rayburn said that as the series gets established he could tweak the rules to ensure a level playing field. "There could be a slight difference in the weight balance of the cars. With the standard Super Late cars, the weight bias has about 57-58 percent on the rear, while these new cars with their lighter engines might have slightly more rear-end weight. At this time, the engine set-back on the crate cars is the same as the standard Super Late.