Nut Up Pro Late Model Series 2020
All nine races of the Series will be televised on MAVTV!
This is a nine race TELEVISED SERIES in 2020, the March Season Opener is a $5,000 to win race on March 14th, the July 25th race also pays $5,000 to win and the final race of 2020 on October 3rd/10th pays $10,000 to WIN! All other dates pay $2,000.00 to win! The dates for the 2020 Nut Up Pro Late Model races are March 14th, April 4th, April 25th, May 23rd, June 27th, July 25th, August 22nd, September 19th, and the $10,000 to win show on either October 3rd or the 10th.
There is a $100.00 entry fee due the day of the event at the track for car and driver, 100% of the entry is returned to the purse. *The Entry Fee does not include the price of Transponder Rental ($25 per car, or you can use your own if you have one)
"The concept for the Nut Up Pro Late Model series grew from a series of Open Shows I promoted beginning back in 2006 with the last one being in 2011, and the rules evolved from those races. I learned we could have a very competitive series that is enjoyable for our drivers to compete in, while at the same time only having roughly a dozen rules that are easy to understand and follow. The key is to insure it is a driver's class, and not a horsepower class. With that said, for 2020 we have a format with minimum rules and maximum competition. Again, the intention of this class is to provide good competition with a variety of race cars, and the tire not being able to get all the power to the ground is a key component to the long term success of this class that has influenced adjustments in the rules. We are proud that we have built a series where talent can shine, and now that talent shines on nationwide on MAVTV for the sixth consecutive season" Kenny Shepherd.
Nut Up Pro Late Model Series Rules
• BODY and CHASSIS - Any traditional late model type perimeter or straight rail chassis is allowed. Body must be a factory stock Five Star or AR pavement style body, body must be mounted in a stock manner as it was intended from the manufacturer, no extra panels may be used to extend the body in any way, hood must cover the air cleaner with no holes other than a small opening at the windshield for air to the carburetor, complete rear bumper cover must be used with no holes drilled in it, no extra material may be removed from the rear bumper cover, rear spoiler must be mounted in the stock location. Maximum quarter panel height is 34.5”.
No under body air deflectors or wings of any kind. Teams are allowed to mount two ½” tall roof rails running front to rear on the roof of the car, but these rails are not allowed to extend down the rear window or onto the deck lid. No passenger windows are allowed, maximum for the vent window along the top of the door will be 12 inches and must go 90 degrees from the top of the door up to the A-post. No fans, ducts or hoses to the rear brakes, no holes or hoses are allowed through the interior sheet metal. Ride height rule; all cars must be able to get on and off the inspection scales without the use of any extra ramps or boards and the car must not drag on the scales, if your car drags on the scales you will not pass tech and will be forced to return to your pit area for corrections.
Rear Spoiler may be no wider than 60", and no taller than 6 1/2". Spoiler must be centered on the rear bumper cover and may not be offset in any direction. There may be NO forward support of any kind, no boxed ends or runners. No Gurney lip, or any type of wicker bill on the upper edge of the spoiler. It is mandatory that the Upper 2/3's of the spoiler and the rear window of the car be made of “clear” lexan to enable other drivers to see through them.
2. ENGINES - Any cast iron block wet sump engine allowed. The only rule on the open engine is that it must be a wet sump engine with only a single 4bbl carburetor allowed. The open engine car weight for a straight rail chassis is 3075lbs and a maximum of 58% left side weight. The open engine car weight for a perimeter chassis is 3025lbs and a maximum of 58% left side weight. Maximum RPM for the open engine is 7,200 and cars must run a 7,200 RPM chip from the track or you may use the FAST/Crane ignition box part # 6000-6700 and coil part #730-0192.
The CT525 crate engine with an aluminum block will be allowed and will be the only aluminum block allowed. The CT525 will be treated as an open engine at the 3075lb weight with a maximum of 58% left side weight with both the straight rail or perimeter chassis, the engine set back is 2” to the center of the forward most spark plug to the center of the upper ball joint on the same side and left side weight for the CT525 is 58%, all CT525 cars must bolt 40 pounds of weight to the front clip (20 pounds on each side after the kick up just behind the front cross member). CT525 cars may also bolt the 40 pounds to the engine block via a weight belt. CT525 cars must run a 6,800 RPM MSD rev chip. Any single 4bbl carburetor allowed.
602 CRATE ENGINE CARS that have a straight rail chassis are to be a minimum of 2900lbs total weight and a maximum of 60% left side weight. 602 crate engine cars that have a perimeter chassis are to be a minimum of 2850lbs total weight and a maximum of 60% left side weight. Maximum RPM for the 602 crate engine is 6,200 and cars must run a 6,200 RPM chip from the track or you may use the FAST/Crane ignition box part # 6000-6700 and coil part #730-0192. 602 engines must remain OEM from factory and may be either break off bolt seals or new style seals. To avoid having an engine taken out at the track for inspection after an event teams may take their engine to Valley Balancing for a pre event inspection and seal. Valley Balancing contact is 209-538-8956.
DRY SUMP ENGINE CARS- You may run a steel engine block tour legal car with a dry sump engine in the Pro Late Model series. Track width must not exceed 76" it will be measured from the bulge outside to outside of the front tires at the spindle height. Must use an all steel shock (aluminum rod end on shaft end ok, aluminum coil over kit ok). Left side weight not to exceed 58%, minimum weight is 3,075 pounds prior to race and qualifying for both a straight rail and perimeter chassis. Must use 8" steel wheel and the Hoosier 8.0-15/970 treaded tire. Maximum RPM for the dry sump engine is 7,200 and cars must run a 7,200 RPM chip from the track or you may use the FAST/Crane ignition box part # 6000-6700 and coil part #730-0192.
The engine set-back rule is 2" back for all open engines (the center of the forward most spark plug hole to the center of the upper ball joint on the same side). Maximum engine set-back for the 602 crate engine is 6" measured the same way. Any single 4bbl carburetor allowed on all engine packages.
3. TIRES AND WHEELS - Tires are the Hoosier 8.0-15/970 treaded tire. ALL tires MUST be purchased from the track, and tires MAY NOT be cut, soaked or altered in any way. Any team wishing to run used tires must submit the tires for inspection and scanning prior to qualifying, note these used tires must have been purchased from Madera as well. Wheels must be steel and not exceed 8" in width. Competitors must start the race on the tires they qualified with.
4. SUSPENSION - Minimum wheel base is 101", rear wheel drive cars only. Any steel shock, all external parts must be steel (Aluminum rod end on the shaft end ok, and an aluminum thread in body cap on the shaft end is ok). One shock per wheel, no remote adjusters or reservoirs of any kind may be used on a shock. REAR SUSPENSION – No fifth (5th) coil, torque arm or lift bar suspensions will be permitted. No bird cages of any kind (3 or 4 link). Trailing arms must mount to the rear end and chassis in a solid manner (heim allowed). No springs, sliders, rubber biscuits allowed on any of the rear trailing arms. Truck arm suspensions will be approved on a race by race basis. Any non-traditional rear suspension layouts will be approved on a race by race basis.
All wet sump cars will not exceed 79" inch track width, it will be measured from the bulge outside to outside of the front tires at the spindle height. Track width on dry sump cars must not exceed 76" it will be measured from the bulge outside to outside of the front tires at the spindle height. No independent rear suspension.
5. No traction control devices. Only one ignition box allowed and ignition box will be mounted as far to the right side of the car as possible with the chip or RPM dial facing the right side. All wires to the distributor must be run separately and not be part of a bigger wiring harness. All wiring must be sealed with no unplugged wires.
6. FUEL - All cars must run the track fuel, the track spec fuel is Sunoco 110 Purple race fuel or Sunoco E-85R race fuel. Teams may also run stock Chevron 91 octane pump fuel with NO additives and NO mixing of fuels.
7. Drive shaft, NO carbon fiber drive shafts allowed.
8. SAFETY – Approved seat belts and double shoulder harness and a crotch strap is required, no older than five years. A full face helmet required with a 2010 (recommended 2015) Snell sticker. SFI rated full driving suit and gloves for fire protection mandatory, SFI undergarments are recommended. Driver’s window must be equipped with a safety net and quick release latch of minimum size 22” wide by 16” high. Resilient padding must be installed anywhere the driver can reach on roll bars. Onboard charged Fire System Mandatory. Head and Neck Restraint System mandatory. All teams must have a fire extinguisher in their pit at all times. All cars must have a clearly marked electrical cut off switch easily accessible to the safety crew. Batteries must be securely mounted outside of the driver’s compartment. 1/16” steel side plate in driver’s door is mandatory. Roll cage must be constructed of 1 3/4” o.d. steel x.090 round tubing, the main frame and clips from the radiator area to behind the fuel cell must be made of steel, main frame must be minimum 2”x3” rectangular steel.
All cars must run a transponder mounted 12" behind the rear axle.
Note, the following infractions will result in a BIG penalty which could include a huge fine, suspension or a LIFETIME ban from the series.
A. Being caught with traction control.
B. Bypassing the RPM limiting control device in any way.
C. Altering the 602 crate engine under the seals in any way that is non OEM. (you may run after market valve springs but they must be the same spring pressures as OEM, you may run any carburetor, you may run the approved aftermarket replacement distributer, you must run a mechanical fuel pump in the stock location, and you must run the stock oil pan and stock harmonic balancer).
D. Altering the Hoosier 970 tire, such as soaking the tire, or cutting the tire. Tires are to be a stock 970 tire.
E. If you are caught cheating the fuel in any way, the fuel must be stock as provided by the manufacturer, and must not have ANY additives whatsoever.
Illegal components WILL be confiscated by Madera Speedway and become property of the speedway.
We reserve the right to adjust the rules at any time in the interest of safety and maintaining an even playing field.
All races will pay a guaranteed $2,000 to win. The March and July races will pay $5,000 to win, and the last race in October will pay $10,000 to win! All other races pay $2,000 to win.
$5,000 to the Champion of the nine race televised series!
The Hoosier blind draw happens at the driver's meeting each race, the first car number drawn will receive a $200 bonus.
Race Procedures; note, we use the Madera Speedway track rules except where noted different on this page.
Madera Speedway Race Procedures
• Start and Restarts: All Starts will be double file. All restarts are double file with the leader accelerating first in the start box. The leader starts the race by accelerating in the start box, the flagman will throw the green flag as the leader takes off in the start box as long as neither driver on the front row has jumped the start. The Start Zone box is painted with yellow lines in Turn 4.
Once the lights are out on the “one to go lap” the leader must maintain pace truck speed to the Start Zone with no brake checking or variations in speed and the leader may not accelerate until they are in the start box (meaning all four tires of the car are inside the box and not just the nose). No Passing/Pulling out of line is allowed once the green flag is thrown prior to reaching the Start/Finish line.
The leader will have a nose length lead from the time the one to go lights go out at the start/finish line until the leader accelerates in the start box in turn four. If the second place car is not a full nose behind the leader the entire lap or if the second place car lags back too far from the start/finish line to the start box when the leader accelerates it will be considered a jumped start by the second place driver. If the second place driver accelerates prior to the leader accelerating in the start box it will be considered a jumped start by the second place driver. If the leader accelerates prior to getting into the start box it will be considered a jumped start by the leader. If the leader slows down, speeds up or brake checks the field prior to the start box it will be considered a jumped start by the leader.
THE PENALTY FOR A JUMPED START WILL BE; The guilty driver will be moved back one position, note a driver can moved back one spot on the first offense if the jumped start is cut and dry (or the race director may issue a single warning per car, per race). Example of how cars will be moved, if the leader jumps the start by slowing down the pace or going prior to the start box no green flag will come out and the leader will become the second place car and the second place car will now become the leader/control car. The new leader will now have the choice of the top or bottom of the track for the restart. If the second place car jumps the start the yellow lights will come back on and the second place car will switch places with the third place car for the restart. Note, if the second place car is not a full nose behind the leader the entire “one to go” lap then the yellow light will come back as the cars enter turn three and the second place car will be moved to third place with the third place car moving into second place.
• Caution Flag Procedures: When the Caution Flag is displayed, you are to slow down in a safe manner and proceed with caution back to the start /finish line single file. No Racing or Passing. Stay in Line. Violators are subject to penalty. Your restart position will be the position you were in the previous completed lap unless you are deemed to be involved in the incident that brought out or led to the yellow flag being displayed. If you are directed by Race Control to correct your on-track position, you must do so within 2 laps or you will be penalized 1 lap and will no longer be eligible for a Lucky Dog. If you are involved in an incident causing a caution flag you will be sent to the rear of the field. Caution Flag laps may be counted if we deem necessary.
• Involvement: If you are deemed to be the cause of an incident or involved with it, you will be placed to the very rear of the Field. Cars may be parked if charged with causing 3 on track incidents. Rough driving will not be tolerated as well as any retaliation. Depending on the incident, you may be parked, issued a fine, and penalized.
• Lap Down Cars: All lap down cars will be moved to the rear on all restarts. There will be a Lucky Dog on every yellow flag giving one driver the least amount of laps down, one lap back and putting them to the very rear of the field unless the eligible car was involved in the yellow flag incident. ALL LAP DOWN CARS MUST STAY ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TRACK when being passed by the leaders of the race.
• Blue Flag; Blue flag means move over, the leaders are coming. Follow the Flagman’s direction and move to the bottom of the Race Track. Make sure you hold your line. Use hand signals to notify Drivers of your intentions
• Black Flag: Black flag pointed at you is a warning in regards to your actions on the track. If it is displayed, you must go to the pits within 3 laps
• Red Flag: Red flag means stop in a safe manner and follow Track Officials directions. Only Cars in the Hot Pits may be worked on.
• Hot Pits: If you enter the Pits for any reason you will restart at the rear of the Field.
• Tires: Cars must start and finish the Main Event with the same tires they qualified with. Any tire changes after Qualifying must be approved. Driver will start at the rear field and tires will be subject to impound by Race Control
1. The main event line-up will be set by a card draw; all in the top ten will draw for their starting spot unless the race director feels the need for a straight up start due to the amount of caution flags in a previous race.
2. Teams can work on their race cars all the way up until the green flag of the first 50 lap segment without penalty, or position loss.
3. Teams can work on their cars at the halfway break, they may change anything they want except tires (the four marked tires can change locations on the car at the half time break, example, the right front and right rear may be exchanged), and each car must remain on the tires the car qualified on. A team may work on the car before the green flag of the second segment without penalty, or loss of position.
4. If a car is worked on after the green flag has been thrown for either the first 50, or second segment, then the car must re-enter the race at the rear of the field.
5. Championship points are awarded for the main event with 50 points going to the race winner, 48 for second, 46 for third and so on... There are bonus points for the segment leaders in each race, 1st-5 bonus points, 2nd-4 points, 3rd-3 points, 4th-2 points, and 5th - 1 point. There are also points for qualifying, 4, 3, 2, 1, for the top four cars. The car the least amount of laps down (no more than 5) at the halfway break will be awarded the Lucky Driver Award and will be placed back on the lead lap.
HOW TO MAKE THE RACE - 16 cars will qualify their way into the A main event, then we will take 6 cars from the B main,
The series is open to all drivers 14 years of age and older, a driver under the age of 14 that has won three times or more in the televised 51FIFTY Jr late Model Series may apply for a single race exemption for the PRO Series. If granted the driver will be evaluated on a race to race basis.