Over the past decade, tracks around the country have struggled to find ways to keep Super Late Models as part of their regular programs. For most tracks, it’s just no longer feasible. They can’t afford to pay what the drivers need. Similarly, the drivers can’t afford to run for what the tracks offer.
It’s been a vicious downward spiral.
Despite the struggles of many places, some tracks continue to seek new ways to reinstate the Super Late Model division on a regular basis. One such track is North Alabama Speedway.
“While there’s a very fine line available to make it work, I think I’ve devised a way to have Super Late Models as part of our shows again,” said track promoter, Brian Mitchell. “I’ve talked to some drivers to see what would get them back to the track. We’ve come up with a rules package that will allow a lot of guys to not only compete but to also be competitive.”
The Shoals Action Super Series is set to make its debut on a biweekly basis in 2019 at the Tuscumbia, Alabama oval. While the weekly purses are still being developed, the point’s champion will receive at least $5,000 courtesy of American Racer and Fitts Trucking. Additional sponsors are currently being acquired.
Standard Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series body rules will apply.
In the motor department there are a variety of eligible combinations including:
1)Open motor: 2,350 lbs. with an 8” spoiler
2)Open, steel block motor: 2,300 lbs. with an 8” spoiler
3)Spec SAS/SUPR/NLMS/525 engine: 2,2250 lbs. with a 12” spoiler
4)All steel 362 c.i. or less engine: 2,250 lbs. with a 12” spoiler
5)Sealed 604/602 crate engine: 2,200 lbs. with a 12” spoiler
“I’m kind of taking a page out of the way that things used to be with the smaller engines getting a weight break and a bigger spoiler,” Mitchell explained. “There’s still a lot of guys with Super Late Model cars in this area. However, they don’t think they have enough engine to compete with the way the rules are right now. Hopefully this gets them back out to the track.”
To keep shocks and springs in line, air shocks and dampers are not allowed. Other suspension restrictions include no progressive, barrel or split ratio springs. In addition, only one coil spring is allowed per shock with a 14” free-height maximum. Bump stops are allowed only on the right front.
In the tire department, the front tire selection is open. For the rear of the car, competitors must run specified American Racer compounds. In an additional effort to keep costs as low as possible, right-rear tires will be marked before time trials. These same tires must be used for the remainder of the night’s program. Drivers are allowed two mulligans for the season, which will allow them to replace the right-rear tire during the program. These replacements are contingent on tire failures and must be approved by tech.
“As you would expect, some drivers don’t like this rule or that rule, but the large majority of drivers are very positive and excited about what I’m putting together here,” Mitchell noted. “I’m hoping that this is the beginning of a rebirth of Super Late Model racing in our area. If this works the way that I think it will, then it will be a win-win for fans and racers.
The series is scheduled to make its debut on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
For more information on the series and North Alabama Speedway, please contact Brian Mitchell at 256-702-5852 or visit www.NorthAlabamaSpeedway.com.