Two years of development have led to the new DIRTcar Pro
Sprint Car division, an entry-level sprint car class for weekly tracks
spearheaded by motorsports veteran Larry Kemp.
Pro, FOX and AFCO have approved products.
Identical in appearance to a World of Outlaws winged sprint car, the Pro
Sprint specifies a number of components based around the Chevrolet
Performance 602 sealed engine.
"Tracks are excited to add an economical winged sprint car division to
their schedules," Kemp said. "Promoters may run this class weekly or
occasionally and it gives fans a chance to experience one of the most
exciting dirt racing divisions at their local track. The key is using
specified parts from one supplier for the base Chevrolet Performance 602
engine, plus specifying carburetor, shocks, tires, ignition and adaptation
parts that will make this division easy entry for the competitor."
Additional mandated parts installed by the exclusive supplier, Pace
Performance, include Crate Innovations Crank Balancing Hub and Yoke
Assembly, Crate Innovations Carb Spacer and linkage, MSD #8728 Soft Touch
DIRTcar-branded Rev Control with a 6,200 RPM chip, Holley 750 CFM Classic
HP methanol Carburetor, Chevrolet Performance HEI distributer and
ignition, Schoenfeld Headers, Hoosier Racing Tires, and DIRTcar approved
PS shocks. Pace Performance will also have complete "plug-and-play"
packages for the program.
"DIRTcar is always working with tracks and promoters to build the weekly
program," DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. "The time has come for the
addition of an entry-level winged sprint car that people can afford to
race weekly, and it will blend well into the current DIRTcar program.
Working with Larry, strict control of the rules, a ceiling on purse awards
and regional and national recognition will make this division an immediate
success. The Chevrolet Performance engine, combined with a smaller and
harder Hoosier tire package, will work well for this class and we expect
it to provide an introduction to winged sprint cars to build the future
stars of the World of Outlaws."
Competition will focus as a weekly DIRTcar-sanctioned division with North
America divided into nine regions. Each region will accumulate points with
National standings maintained. The National Champion will receive
recognition at the World of Outlaws National Banquet. Regions and
participating tracks will be announced in spring 2016.
A unique feature will be an optional 5-foot-wide-by-4-foot-long wing that
will retain the existing dimensions for the sideboards and traditional
sprint car appearance, but take away a significant amount of downforce and
need for horsepower.
Randy Hannagan, a World of Outlaws 410 participant, was one of the primary
test drivers and confirmed the race-ability of the combination.
"This combination of the traditional winged sprint car and the Chevrolet
Performance 602 with the specified parts make the perfect weekly entry
division into winged sprint cars," Hannagan said. "The power created is
more than plenty and I see this car becoming very popular."
Pace Performance is the exclusive supplier of the base engine performing
the adaptations to a new engine supplied by Pace or the customer. An
approved up fitter will install additional mandatory and approved
components. A three-seal program, with bar code recognition, that will
access to the database will be implemented. With a smart phone, anyone can
verify the history of the seal and engine.
"We believe this new division will help to increase interest in sprint car
racing while also giving competitors who feel they've been priced out of
sprint car racing a chance to get started in the division," Pace's Matt
Fullerton said. "This program, with DIRTcar's support, will make sprint
car racing affordable at more tracks across the country."
The division will also use the DIRTcar "Approved" shock program where the
shock manufacturer installs a decal seal indicating it meets the shock
program. Currently, Bilstein,