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Spring & Southern Nationals Series Release Details of New Safety Rules for 2018


(December 19, 2017) Officials with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series, the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series and the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series have released details regarding the new safety rules, including left-rear rule for the upcoming season. This new rule will be in effect for all three of the Ray Cook-promoted tours in 2018.

The new rule is an amendment to the 2018 Rule Book and will read as follows:
-13 inch maximum height on the front nose piece of the car (right-front corner)

-No drupe limiters permitted, chain only.
-Pre-race height must be between 37 inches and 39 inches (no tolerance) and the “T” Bar must be straight.
-Post-race height must be no higher than 47 inches (1/2 inch tolerance maximum).
-Left-rear tire will be adjusted to 6 lbs.
-Car will be measured with the left-rear jacked up (behind the left-rear axle tube under the under swung) in the air until the left-rear tire will turn forward or backwards.
-Car must have a frame (under swung) on the left-rear between the bell of rear-end and the birdcage with a jackpeg or weight clamp bolted on for the jack to lift the car.
-During inspection, left-rear chain must be tight and right wheel tire must be touching the ground.
-Note to all technical inspectors, if rear “T” Bar is bent, use a straight edge across the back of the car to make the best judgement to be consistent.

Promoter Ray Cook made a video last week that will be publicized on the series website,, and various media outlets. This video goes over complete details of the new safety rule.

In addition, cousin tour, the Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Late Model Series presented by will utilize this at their second points event of the season on January 20, 2018 at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. during the Tenth Annual Cabin Fever 40 paying $3,500-to-win and continue throughout the 2018 season.

“There are several race tracks in the Southeast and other sanctioning bodies that we have requested to join in with us in this effort to increase safety in the sport and the response has been great. Everyone is waiting to see how good it works,” stated Series Promoter Ray Cook.

The 2018 season for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series begins on Friday March 16th at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C. paying $3,000-to-win then Saturday March 17th at Toccoa (Ga.) Raceway paying $6,400-to-win.

The 2018 season for the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series opens on Friday March 30th at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway paying $4,000-to-win and Saturday March 31st paying $6,000-to-win.

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at



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