The new Super Late Model body designed by Five Star Race Car Bodies will not be approved for the Champion Racing Association (CRA), which will abide by the current standards of the ABC (Approved-Body-Configuration) Committee in 2019. Appearing on Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” talk show Monday morning, CRA Series Director Glenn Luckett indicated that the sanctioning bodies, tracks and events involved with the current ABC Committee have claimed they will not allow the body to be used this season.
“No, you won’t see any of those with us (CRA) in 2019. We’re with the ABC Committee,” Luckett said. “We’ve got a group of people here trying to work together, a great group of people, trying to accomplish some good things. We’ve always had a process about getting things approved and unfortunately the process hasn’t been met that we feel like we need for our racers. It’s not approved for 2019 and it’s not going to happen in 2019.”
Although Luckett ruled out the chances of the body being approved by the Champion Racing Association in 2019, he offered an encouraging note regarding the possibility of the body being approved by the current ABC Committee down the road.
“I think so. I think there’s some things that got to change,” he stated. “The big thing is that we’ve got to get the two together, ARbodies and Five Star. AR (ARbodies) has been involved since we started; they’ve been there side-by-side making bodies and doing things. There’s a lot of AR customers and a lot of Five Star customers and we want to keep both companies involved. We’ve just got to get those two people together and they need to work out a plan that works for both of them that is good for our racers; that’s the big thing.
“Yes, the body looks great. There’s some cool things about it. There’s some things we like and some things we don’t like. The big thing is cost. The cost of the body, yes it’s the same coming out of the box, but it’s going to be the maintenance of the body that we’re most worried about because people are going to spend money. The big teams, it’s not a problem because they put new bodies on all the time. But, it’s the little guys, the guys that are the backbone of our series, that we need to keep on the race track.”
Speed51 is currently gathering all information we can to produce a comprehensive story on the entire new Late Model body situation.
The list of sanctioning bodies, tracks and events that will not allow the new body in 2019 include: ARCA/CRA Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, Big 8 Late Model Series, CARS Late Model Stock Tour, CARS Super Late Model Tour, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Race of Champions, Southern Super Series, SRL Southwest Tour, Dixieland 250, Florida Governor’s Cup, Oktoberfest Race Weekend, Snowball Derby; South Boston 250, SpeedFest, U.S. Short Track Nationals, Winchester 400, Winter Showdown, World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Vores CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Junior Late Model Series.
Although none of the sanctioning bodies, track or events listed above are not expected to allow the Five Star Gen-6 body to be used in 2019, this doesn’t mean that the body will not be used this coming season.
A trio of sanctioning bodies and tracks in the Northeast, Northwest and Midwest have approved the body. Most notably among those series are the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models, Northwest Super Late Model Series and the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series.
Race tracks including Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME), Evergreen Speedway (WA), Meridian Speedway (ID), Norway Speedway (WI), Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), South Sound Speedway (WA), Stateline Speedway (ID), Tucson Speedway (AZ), Wenatchee Valley Super Oval (WA) and Yakima Speedway (WA) have indicated that they will allow the new body in 2019.
Notable events that will allow the body to be used include the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway, the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and the Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway.
The New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association (NHSTRA) – which consists of Claremont Speedway, Hudson International Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway and Star Speedway – has made the body legal for the Late Model Sportsman division.
The American-Canadian Tour and Granite State Pro Stock Series, sanctioning bodies which are not directly involved with the ABC Committee, will not allow the body to be used in 2019.
As indicated above, Luckett commented on the Late Model body status during Monday morning’s episode of The Morning Bullring on Speed51.com. Race fans will be able to watch a new episode of The Morning Bullring every Monday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. ET.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor
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