Motors The motor rules are:
• Crate - No Chip allowed
• Limited - Spec with 650 Carb or Original 2 bbl motor with 500 cfm
• Super Lates - Spec motor with governor or 2 bbl carb
• 9-1 - With governor or 2 bbl carb and 2,825 weight
• Steel head Chevrolet - with governor or 2 bbl
• Steel head Ford - with governor or 2 bbl
• Hamner spec - with governor or 2 bbl
• McGunegill - with governor or 2 bbl
The idea of using rev limiters was not a consideration and using weight differences truly was the fair way to regulate the competition. And the weight rules can be modified as they see fit. That is my observation, not theirs.
Unique Rookie Program
In addition to an overall winner for each race, there will be a Rookie program that will reward the top finishing Rookie with a podium appearance along with the overall winner. The Rookie with the most points at the end of the year will be awarded the Rookie Championship at a traditional year-end ceremony. Alan states, "There are a lot of young men and women in Florida who want to compete within a series on a regular basis and this gives them the opportunity to compete at a higher level and still have their own race within a race."
The Rookie division will be limited to a maximum age of 22 (no older than 22 at season's start). You must not have won a Late Model track or series championship in the past prior to racing in this series. And, you must have participated in more than 10 Late Model races or more than five in one year. This will be some serious racing and the organizers don't feel that this is the place to learn how to drive a Late Model.
Where most series ask the track to pay them to come and race at their tracks, this series wants to make sure the track makes money. They have done this with a guaranteed field count that is made possible with sponsor involvement and reduced back-gate prices. Wayne was asked the obvious question, "What's in this for you?" His answer, "Absolutely nothing. There is no angle, I'm just to trying to make racing in Florida a success for the teams and the tracks."
The Series Managers Gary Salvatore will serve as the Series Director along with Mark Tanner assisting him as the Technical Director. The tracks the series will run are Citrus County Speedway (Inverness), Auburndale Speedway, New Smyrna Speedway, Charlotte County Speedway, Columbia Motorsports Park
(Lake City), and Orlando Speedworld.
While Wayne and partners will oversee the series, once the racing starts, they will be relegated to ordinary participants just like everyone else. And, there is a rumor that Dick is coming back out of retirement to race again. He has been on a weight loss program over the winter and expects to be in great shape for the first race.
A Model For Other States
New Smyrna Speedway held a combined class race on October 24, 2009, and the racing was excellent. There were numerous lead changes and the finish was very close, 3 feet between First and Second. Dick told me that he hadn't seen that good a race in years.
So, could this new series be a model for other states and/or regions? I don't know. I do know this, if things aren't working in your part of the country, there is a saying, "if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always got."
It's time for some changes in short track racing and in the area of promotion and team involvement, maybe we're long overdue. We are going to be on the lookout for new ideas in promoting short track racing and we will bring those ideas to you. In the mean time, let us know what your promoters and teams are doing to make racing more successful in your area. We can all work together to promote ideas and systems that work.
For more information about the F.A.S.T. series, you can reach Mark Tanner at marktanner@organized jungle.com or visit the series website at www.floridaallstars.org.