Winter Showdown Updates and Helpful Information: January 25, 2017

Winter Showdown Updates and Helpful Information: January 25, 2017

Winter Showdown Updates and Helpful Information:

January 25, 2017


The following is to help you be better informed for the upcoming Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway.


If you have any questions regarding rules, tech or procedures for this event, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly – understanding the procedures and the rules of the Winter Showdown is the responsibility of each team.


Helpful Items:


The following are only highlighted rules and specifications – the complete Winter Showdown rules are in full force. See the complete Winter Showdown rules updated on January 10th at:




  1. All cars will undergo inspection on Wednesday or Thursday in assigned order. Any infractions must be fixed and cleared by returning to the tech line, but not until all cars have been through the line at least once. All cars must go through technical inspection prior to taking to the track for Thursday practice.


  1. Tech issues discovered on Wednesday or Thursday that are not fixed to satisfaction by end of practice Friday, or if a car makes more than two attempts to pass pre-qualifying tech, it will result in the slower of two qualifying laps.


  1. Pre-qualifying tech opens at 3pm on Friday; all cars are required to be on the ground ready to roll to tech at 3pm sharp. An official will direct your team into the qualifying tech line in order. Cars will be impounded after qualifying. The cars will remain in impound until your Qualifying Heat.


  1. Right front carburetor stud must be drilled to accommodate a 1/16-cable seal.





  1. Bodies must meet ‘ABC’ standards – please study the ABC rules in their entirety so you are well-prepared for inspection.


  1. Rocker panels must be produced by Five Star or AR for ABC Bodies used in stock dimensions, single plane with no contour.


  1. The rocker panel in front of the right rear tire may only be pulled out a max. (½) inch outside the crown of the tire. The right front fender and the right side quarter panel behind the tire, may only be pulled-in a max.(2) inches measured at the crown.


  1. No B-Pillar deflector allowed.


  1. Nose measurement – A minimum measurement of 20 inches is required from the point where the hood and nose intersect, measured to the bottom of the nose. The grill and its openings must remain as produced. Also, at all times, the ABC “A” measurement must maintain a min. length of 11.5 inches, may include wear strip.


  1. When trimming the nose flap, the cut that forms the front of the wheel opening must be 90 degrees to the ground, without modifying fender.


  1. 79 ½ maximum body width at any point (top of fenders, bottom of nose, rocker to rocker, etc.)


  1. No trimming the rear bumper cover, including the bottom lip.


  1. Vent window deflector must be to ABC specifications.


  1. Do not bow or contour body panels in any way. (Such as: Quarter panel behind rear tire or doors cannot be contoured inward must be shaped as manufactured.)


  1. No holes or gaps in body or windows for the purpose of exhausting air.


NEW FOR 2017 –


  1. No roof rails or rear window deflector.


  1. Quarter panel height is measured at the base of the spoiler. Quarter panels will measure 34 1⁄2” max. left side and 34 1⁄2 max. right side.
  2. The standard opening for the grill screen area, as approved for manufacturers production, must be maintained at all times. Only ABC manufacturers standard mesh screen may be used for the radiator opening in the nose.
  3. Tape may not be used anywhere on the car to control the flow of air or seal/secure seams between body panels (unless approved for repairs) … Only exception is that tape may be used on radiator grill.
  4. The wheelbase difference from left to right may not exceed 1⁄2 inch.






  1. Fuel tests will take place during the race weekend – it is your responsibility to insure your fuel is pure SUNOCO Standard 110. You can request to have your fuel tested by a race official at anytime. SUNOCO 110 will be available at the event. Reserve a drum by replying to this email.


  1. A muffler must be used and installed in a configuration that will suppress exhaust noise to a maximum of 99db’s at 100 feet.


  1. Maximum left side weight rule must be met at all times before and after the race. For post-race total weight rules, teams may refuel, or officials may utilize “1 lb. per lap” burn-off.


  1. Transponder must be mounted 24 inches (center of axle tube to the center of transponder) behind the rear axle housing on outside of right side frame rail. Transponders are mandatory for all practice sessions. Transponders are available at the SRL Tech Trailer, $35/weekend.


  1. Duplicate Car Numbers – cars running the same number is allowed, but each car will be required to display a four inch first letter of the drivers last name low and behind the car number on each side.


  1. The pit area has slope to it, so we recommend you bring at least four-inch blocks to set your scales on to level them up. Wheel chocks are also advised.


  • Minors release form mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 in the infield pit area.
  • No minimum age limit in the infield pit area.       An adult must accompany minors at all times.
  • No BBQ’s or open flame allowed in Pit Area.