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Primary Series Contacts

Name Position Phone Number E-Mail Address
Sam Driggers Director, Series & Sanctioning (704) 467-7786
Jim Magill Points Coordinator (618) 302-0032
Jordan DeLucia PR Coordinator (315) 440-2662

World Racing Group Contacts

Name Position Phone Number E-Mail Address
Corrie Goss Sr. Manager, Client Services (724) 464-3649
Tracey McDaniel Director, Human Resources/Competition Membership (704) 795-7223
Jim Chiapelli General Manager, DIRTVision (704) 707-0275

A World Racing Group, event is a competitive racing event which is intended to be conducted and officiated in accordance with the rules herein. These rules provide the guideline for all events. The rulebook may be amended from time-to-time and special rules may be published and/or adjusted at any particular event with the participants receiving prior notification. By participating in these events, all participants agree to comply with these rules and regulations. The rules are not intended to express or imply the warranty of safety as a result of publication of, or compliance with the rules and regulations as stated herein. The rules are intended to offer a guideline for the conduct and officiating of an event.

The Supervisory Official shall be empowered to permit any reasonable and/or appropriate amendment from any of the specifications and/or procedures herein or impose any further restrictions that in their opinion does not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. Revisions to the rules are not intended to express or imply the warranty of safety shall not result from any such deviation or restriction of the specifications, rules and/or procedures. Any interpretation of, or deviation from, these rules herein, are left to the discretion of the racing officials and their jurisdiction is final.

Any equipment changes, alterations to existing parts and/or performance enhancing changes to previously approved parts or equipment must be approved in writing prior to introduction into competition.

Supervisory Officials reserve the right to immediately determine the legality and use of any equipment that has not received prior written approval for introduction into competition. It is ultimately the obligation of each participant to ensure their conduct and equipment complies with all of the applicable rules, as they may be amended from time-to-time. The rules are in no way a guarantee against injury and/or death to participants, spectators, officials and/or others.


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Place Points Place Points
1st 75 14th 37
2nd 70 15th 36
3rd 65 16th 35
4th 60 17th 34
5th 55 18th 33
6th 50 19th 32
7th 48 20th 31
8th 46 21st 30
9th 44 22nd 29
10th 42 23rd 28
11th 40 24th 27
12th 39 25th 26
13th 38

(Points drop by one (1) point for positions twenty-six (26) to forty (40) if more than twenty-five (25) starters are approved)

A. Drivers not in an A-Main Feature, where a B-Feature is run, will receive finish points starting with the first non-transfer.  Points will drop one (1) point per position to a minimum of ten (10) points.  Any driver participating in the event will receive a minimum of ten (10) finish points.
B. Drivers not in an A-Main Feature will receive 10 finish points.
C. The 2022 point season will begin on January 1, 2022.
D. Only a driver’s highest finish points race will be counted each week for events from January 1, 2022, to March 31, 2022.
E. All races will count towards accumulated points starting April 1, 2022 going through September 25, 2022.
F. The 2022 point season will conclude following all events originally scheduled on or before October 1, 2022.  The exception is an A-Feature that is postponed due to weather, which must be completed within fourteen (14) days from the original race date, but may not be held during or after the National Championship event(s).
G. Western region(s) or state points may continue past October 1, 2022, but only for regional/state points and events must be completed by November 12, 2022, and points will include championship events.
H. For any event to award points, a sanction agreement must be in place.  Added events must be approved ten (10) days prior to the event.
I. Drivers may not participate in multiple top divisions (i.e. Late Models and Pro Late Models) without approval.

Bonus Points

A. Bonus points of one (1) point for every car over twenty-five (25) entered in the event will be awarded at each race.  The maximum bonus points awarded is five (5) points per race.

Event Points

A. Event points are described as the combined total of finish points and bonus points for a given race.
B. All races must have ten (10) or more cars entered in order to receive full points.  If a race has nine (9) or fewer cars, their points will be reduced by ten percent (10%) for each car missing.
C. Tracks may be allowed to run more than one (1) feature event per night for any division.  Each feature must pay at least the same purse as a weekly show and each feature will be required to pay an additional sanction fee.  “Double” features must be approved in advance.

Replacement Races

A. A driver may begin replacing event points after the driver has completed the minimum number of races.
B. Replacement races start with a driver’s lowest event points race.
C. A driver will never lose points with a replacement
D. Minimum number of races before event points may be replaced:

Class Number of Races Class Number of Races
DIRTcar Late Model 35 races DIRTcar Pro Modified 20 races
DIRTcar UMP Modified 30 races DIRTcar Stock Car 20 races
DIRTcar Pro Late Model 20 races DIRTcar Factory Stock 20 races
DIRTcar Sportsman 20 races DIRTcar Sport Compact 20 races

Distribution of Point Funds

A. DIRTcar Racing will distribute the driver’s point fun to each eligible member driver according to the posted awards.  Driver’s must be a valid, current year member to be eligible.
B. All ties will be broken using the greatest number of 1st place finishes during the season.  In the event a tie still exists, the number of 2nd, 3rd, etc. place finishes will be used in the same manner until the tie is broken.
C. Eligibility to participate in the point fund may be forfeited by any member in violation of the posted DIRTcar rules.

Chapter 3 - Technical Rules

  • These rules are recommended for the 2023 DIRTcar Sport Compact Division. All participants must follow track rules.
  • The 2023 DIRTcar Sport Compact rules have been established to include the rules in several different regions of North America.
  • The following are the 2023 DIRTcar Sport Compact rules. All amendments supersede any previous rules regarding any technical article and/or aspect.
  • Under the guideline of the 2023 DIRTcar Sport Compact rules and as stated in the 2023 DIRTcar rulebook, all DIRTcar rules apply to all sanctioned divisions.
  • The specifications published shall be considered a section of the “General Rules and Specifications” for all events, series and sanctions by World Racing Group. All sections should be considered when determining specifications and governance.

A.  General

a. Only three (3) or four (4) cylinder in-line engines will be permitted.
b. All engine components must remain unaltered and OEM for the year, make and model of the car being used in competition.
c. All valve-train components must remain unaltered and OEM including but not limited to; crankshaft, connecting rods, valves, valve sizes and the bore and stroke.
d. Aftermarket and/or racing-type cylinder heads will not be permitted.
High performance and/or sports car engines of any type will not be permitted.
e. Turbo charged and/or supercharged and/or rotary engines and/or engines utilizing a variable cam-timing system will not be permitted.

B. Electronics and Ignition Systems

a. All ignition components must be unaltered, OEM and match the year, make and model of the car in competition. Only 12-volt ignition systems will be permitted.
b. Ignition boxes and/or performance chips and/or any ignition enhancing devices will not be permitted.
c. Traction control of any-type will not be permitted.
d. Only one twelve (12) volt battery, securely mounted with both terminals covered will be permitted. If the battery is moved from the OEM location, the battery must be mounted in a Marine-type case.
e. Only stock OEM starters in the OEM location will be permitted.
f. Only one aftermarket tachometer, oil pressure and water temperature gauge(s) will be permitted.
g. The vehicle computer (ECU) must be mounted in a visible location providing ease of inspection.
h. In-car cameras, recording devices and/or data transmitting devices of any-type will not be permitted.

C. Exhaust System

a. The exhaust manifold must remain unaltered and OEM for the year, make and model of the car in competition.
b. Removal of the catalytic converter, air conditioning compressor and smog pump will be permitted.
c. Track rules may require a muffler.

D. Engine Compartment

a. The engine and radiator must be OEM and mounted in the stock OEM location for the year, make and model of the car in competition.
b. Solid engine mounts and/or safety chains will be permitted.
c. Accumulators and/or Accusumps will not be permitted.
d. Reinforcing will not be permitted with the exception of the front strut bar.

A. The transmission and/or transaxle must remain OEM and unaltered for the year, make and model of the car in competition.
B. All forward and reverse gears must be operational.
C. The flywheel, flexplate, clutch and/or torque converter and/or assembly must remain unaltered and OEM of the year, make and model of the car in competition.
D. Mini-type clutches and/or couplers will not be permitted.
E. Transmission coolers in the driver compartment will not be permitted.
F. Torque dividing final drive systems will not be permitted.
G. Locked differentials of any type will not be permitted.
H. A minimum one (1) inch inspection hole must be located in the bell housing.

A. The fuel system must be complete, unaltered and OEM for the year, make and model of the car in competition.
B. Only standard pump gasoline will be permitted for competition. A maximum of 93 octane. Performance additives will not be permitted.
C. The gas tank/fuel cell may be mounted ahead of the rear axle with a minimum 1/8-inch shield mounted under it.
D. If the gas tank/fuel cell is mounted behind the rear axle the gas tank/fuel cell must be replaced with a maximum eight (8) gallon fuel cell relocated to the trunk area of the car. The cell must be mounted with two (2) solid magnetic steel straps around the entire cell two (2) inches wide and .125-inch thick. A magnetic steel or fuel cell cover must be between the driver and the fuel cell.
E. A fuel cell vent, including cap vent, must have a check valve. If the fuel cell does not have an aircraft-type positive seal filler neck, then a flapper, spring and/or ball type filler roll-over valve is mandatory.
F. External electric fuel pumps wired to the ignition switch with an aftermarket fuel cell will be permitted.
G. Cool cans will not be permitted.
H. Fuel lines that pass through the driver compartment must be magnetic steel.

A. The battery must be securely mounted and shielded.
B. The battery must not be mounted inside the driver’s cockpit.

A. All chassis and frames must remain unaltered and OEM. Any front wheel drive, compact car frame will be permitted.
B. A maximum wheelbase of 107-inches will be permitted.
C. The magnetic steel floor pan must remain unaltered and OEM. Any work that is done in the form of patches must be completed with magnetic steel.
D. Unless otherwise noted all tubing utilized in the construction of the roll cage must be 1.50-inch Outside Diameter, .095-inch thick magnetic steel tubing.
E. A six-point, full perimeter, using 1.50-inch Outside Diameter, .095-inch thick magnetic steel tubing is required.
F. The rear hoop must have bracing that crosses in an ‘X’ configuration. Rear kicks up supports are required.
G. A minimum 1.25-inch outside diameter cross bar is required across the top of the halo bar.
H. The roll cage must be securely fastened (welding is required) utilizing a minimum of .250-inch plating to mount the cage to the frame. Only magnetic steel will be permitted. Iron, galvanized pipe, fittings, square tubing, brazing and/or soldering will not be permitted.
I. A minimum of three (3) door bars on the driver side and two (2) door bars on the passenger side, mounted in a horizontal manner will be required. Vertical bracing from the top-to-the-bottom of the door bars on both sides is required.
J. A minimum of three (3) windshield bars and protective screen will be required in front of the driver.
K. The driver compartment must be sealed completely from the track, the engine and the fuel cell. The front and rear firewalls must remain and any holes must be patched with magnetic steel.
L. Mirrors will not be permitted.
M. Gutting of the car will not be permitted with the exception of clearance for the roll and door bars.
N. All material considered flammable including but not limited to the radio, airbags must be removed.
O. The interior must remain open.

A. Additional weight of any type will not be permitted. Any item(s) that are deemed to provide additional weight must be removed.

A. Any front wheel drive, compact car will be permitted for competition. Station wagons, and/or convertibles and/or two seat sports cars will not be permitted.
B. The body must remain unaltered and OEM in appearance.
C. The inner fenders must remain unaltered and OEM. Removing the inner fenders will not be permitted.
D. The hood and trunk lid / hatchback must be positively and securely fastened.
E. All doors must be positively and securely fastened.
F. All glass, exterior lights, chrome and/or plastic trim and hood insulation must be removed.
G. The dashboard may be removed.
H. Front and rear bumpers must be positively and securely fastened. Welded, chained and/or cabled to the frame will be permitted.
I. A front and rear tow hook easily accessible will be required.
J. The OEM bumper covers must remain on the vehicle, but may be altered to allow for tow hook.
K. A maximum seven (7) inch sun visor will be permitted.
L. The opera windows may be closed and/or sealed.

A. All brake components must be unaltered, OEM, magnetic steel and operative on all four wheels.
B. Disc and/or drum brakes will be permitted and they must match the year, make and model of the vehicle in competition.
C. Only OEM Master Cylinders in OEM locations will be permitted.
D. Brake shut off and/or valve bias adjuster(s) will not be permitted.
E. Only magnetic steel brake lines will be permitted.

A. Only OEM DOT 13, 14, 15 or 16-inch passenger tires will be permitted. Racing, mud, and/or snow tires will not be permitted.
B. Alterations of any type including re-caps, softening, chemical alteration, conditioning, siping and/or grooving will not be permitted.
C. All wheels must be OEM steel or aluminum wheels with a maximum width of seven (7) inches and a standard bead.
D. All four (4) tires and wheels must be of the same series, size and offset.
E. All tires must remain inside of the body.
F. Wheel spacers and/or bleeder valves will not be permitted.
G. Wheel reinforcement is strongly recommended.
H. One (1) inch Outside Diameter magnetic steel lug nuts on steel wheels are required.
I. Only approved wheel discs will be permitted. Approved wheel discs are wheel discs that are fastened to the wheel using a minimum of three (3), 1/4 or 5/16-inch diameter magnetic steel hex head bolts. The use of wheel discs with any other type of fastener will not be permitted.
J. Approved fastening (nut assembly) systems:

a. Keyser Manufacturing, part #100 7-101.
b. Wehrs Man. Part # WM377A-312 Aluminum 5/16 / WM377S-312 Steel 5/16
c. Triple X Chassis Part # SC-WH-7810(1” spring) / SC-WH-7820(1 3/8” spring)
d. Pit Stop USA Part #:
e. Smith Precision Products Part # MC-516-18

A. All components and mounts must remain unaltered and OEM and must match the year, make and model of car in competition.
B. Weight jacks, modifications, racing components, aftermarket or homemade traction devices will not be permitted.
C. The car must remain in alignment from front-to-rear and must track straight.
D. A maximum of 5 degrees of camber will be permitted on any wheel.
E. Center mounted steering will not be permitted.
F. A quick release, aftermarket steering wheel will be permitted. The steering column must remain OEM and unaltered.
G. Aftermarket remote reservoir power steering will not be permitted.
H. All shocks and struts must remain unaltered and OEM in the OEM location.
I. Spring rubbers will be permitted.

A. General

a. Each competitor is solely responsible for the effectiveness and proper installation, per the manufacturer’s specifications, of personal safety equipment and determining it to be adequate for competition at every event. Each competitor is expected to investigate and educate themselves for continuing improvement regarding their own personal safety equipment.
b. Different safety regulations may be in place depending on the local and/or state government rules and/or laws and/or regulations in the specific location of the racetrack. Helmet and seatbelt dates and/or specified equipment requirements, worn, utilized and/or otherwise may be different than specified in the rulebook. Contact your local track officials for more information regarding this.
c. Each division section will cover the General and Specific Safety and Personal Protection minimum requirements. All participants are solely responsible to meet the requirements in the specific division.
d. Only SFI 45.1 roll bar padding may be used. Knee, steering pads and/or additional padding may be utilized.
e. All teams should have an easily accessible fire extinguisher or its equivalent in the team’s pit area.

B. Seat Belts and Restraint Systems

a. Each car must be equipped with a minimum of an SFI 16.1 or SFI 16.5 approved restraint system. Restraint system will be eligible for use in competition until the expiration date or for 2 years from the date of manufacture. Seat belt restraint systems shall be installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
b. In any type of manufacturer’s installation, the fasteners must be as supplied by the manufacturer.
c. Seat belt material should not be permitted to come in contact with any sharp or metal edge, including when the material passes through the seat.

C. Protective Clothing

a. All drivers will be required to wear a fire-resistant driving uniform meeting the minimum of the SFI 3.2A/5 specifications and display a valid SFI 3.2A/5 label on the outside of the uniform.
b. Drivers must wear gloves at all times they are on track. Driver’s gloves must meet or exceed the SFI 3.3 specification and have a legible and valid SFI 3.3 label.
c. Drivers must wear shoes that meet the minimum of the SFI 3.3 specifications and display a valid SFI 3.3 label.

D. Seats

a. All current seats must be full containment type constructed of aluminum or approved carbon fiber and must adhere to the general design specifications of SFI 39.2 seat construction standards. Design shall include comprehensive head surround, shoulder and torso support system, energy impact foam, and removable head foam.
b. Carbon fiber seats must have a current valid SFI 39.2 certification.
c. SFI 39.2 seat compliance for the World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series, 358 Modifieds and DIRTcar Late Models will become mandatory at a future date.
d. SFI 39.2 seat compliance for the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Pro Modifieds, NE Sportsman will become mandatory at a future date.
e. Up fitting a current seat with bolt-on kits will be permitted with a seat manufacturer produced kit and an acceptable base seat approved by the seat manufacturer. Components must include a comprehensive head surround, shoulder and torso support system, and energy impact foam. Must be installed in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions. Combining components may not meet SFI 39.2 Certification.
f. Seats must be used as supplied and installed following instructions provided by the seat manufacturer.
g. If the left side head surround is 7”-inches or less when measured from the back of the headrest, then a left side head net meeting the SFI 37.1 must be installed with a quick release latch. A minimum left side head surround of 4”-inches is required.

E. Helmets

a. All drivers must wear a full-face helmet with a minimum safety rating of FIA 8860-2010, FIA 8860-2018, Snell SA 2015, Snell SA 2010, Snell SAH 2010 and/or a valid SFI 31.1/2005 label.

F. Head and Neck Restraints

a. Drivers, at all times they are on the track, must have their helmets correctly (following manufacturers installation and use instructions) connected to an approved head and neck restraint.
b. The head and neck restraint must be SFI 38.1 approved and display a legible and valid SFI 38.1 label.

G. Fire Suppression

a. Required for DIRTcar Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar 358 Modified, DIRTcar NE Sportsman and DIRTcar NE Pro Stocks. It is recommended for all other divisions.
b. All racecars shall be equipped with a thermally deployed automatic fire suppression system. The fire suppression system will consist of a DOT approved cylinder manufactured from aluminum or steel with a capacity of ten (10) lbs. of fire extinguishing agent, steel or steel reinforced lines, and has a minimum of two (2) thermally activated discharge nozzles.
c. All systems must meet or exceed SFI 17.1 specifications.
d. Systems must be fully charged with ten (10) lbs. of DuPont FE-36, 3M NOVEC 1230, FireAde or 4Fire and display a legible and valid SFI and manufacturer label depicting fire extinguishing agent, capacity, and certification date. Cylinders that are beyond useful certification date must be inspected, serviced and re-labeled by the manufacturer.
e. Cylinders must be mounted forward of the fuel cell. Cylinders must be securely mounted to the frame/roll cage assembly. The certification label must be unobstructed and easily accessible for inspection when the mounting is complete. For systems with one activation point, the activation point may be mounted in the cockpit or rear of the car close to the fuel cell.
f. The cylinder must be connected to the nozzles with steel or steel reinforced lines.
g. 2 (two) thermally activated nozzles must be used. One (1) nozzle must be located directly above the fuel cell in the fuel cell area and the second nozzle located in the driver cockpit area.
h. An optional manual override cable is recommended for two (2) thermal automatic nozzle systems but is mandatory for systems with one (1) activation point.

H. Other

a. No sharp or protruding edges in or around the cockpit, which would impede the driver’s rapid exit from the car.
b. Windshield screens with a minimum of .090-inch screens must be securely fastened
c. An electrical engine shut off switch is required. The switch must be clearly labeled and within the reach of the driver.
d. A fuel shut off valve is required. The valve must clearly labeled and within reach of the driver.
e. Flame retardant seat, roll bar, knee and steering pads or padding are recommended

A. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must remain clearly visible and unaltered in a minimum of one (1) of the OEM locations. Any car missing the VIN will not be permitted to enter competition.
B. The entire car may be claimed and/or exchanged by the track operator/promoter and/or another competitor who finishes on the lead lap in the stated feature event. A competitor may make only one such claim per season;

a. $1,000 cash claim and/or exchange on complete car.
b. The claim does not include any of the following; Seat, seatbelts, any other permanently mounted safety items and/or the fuel cell and/or electronic fuel pump.