The Unruly Race: Three Rules, $3,000 to Win

The Unruly Race: Three Rules, $3,000 to Win

If you’re tired of a bloated rule book, The Unruly Race may be a breath of fresh air. The event scheduled for Sunday, September 12, at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, New York, boasts of three rules. That’s it.

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More specifically, the rules are as follows:

  1. A minimum weight of 3,000 lb.
  2. DOT 235 or smaller tire, or a Hoosier Racing Tire G60-15. Must durometer 54 or more.
  3. Must be safe for all.

“I love the outlaw stuff,” said The Unruly Race promoter Nathan Stevens, of Binghamton, New York. “I’m not a fan of how the race cars have become more and more like each other, with no creativity at all.”

Stevens believes oval-track racing’s rules have not kept up with the times.

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“[With] these 40- to 50-year-old rules, we don’t see modern cars anywhere [in oval-track racing],” Stevens said. “You don’t see fuel injection in anything but the four-cylinder class. We’ve never seen turbos and superchargers, which is a large percentage of the performance industry.”

Plus, Stevens contends the rules actually cost racers more in the long run.

“You can spend $40,000 to $50,000 to work your way around a set of rules to make 400hp,” said Stevens. “Or, you can find a totaled Corvette that makes that stock, and take that engine out.”

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Admittedly, Stevens said the rules for The Unruly Race may seem vague, in particular the safety one, but that’s by design.

“The car has got to be safe — and I’m leaving it general like that,” Stevens said. “It’s got to be up to similar standards as to what a street stock would be — no enduro-type cars. If it remotely seems unsafe, contact me. Because if you show up and it’s unsafe, I’m not going to let you run.”

Stevens expects to attract a variety of cars. The possibilities seem endless.

Sprint cars? Sure, if you can safely bolt enough weight to one.

Center-steer modifieds? It’s certainly within the realm of possibility.

Electric cars such as a Tesla? Legal.

However, Stevens anticipates more conventional race cars, with some modifications.

“Most of the cars will be street stocks, factory stocks, because of the DOT tires and the 3,000-lb. weight rule,” said Stevens. “There are no engine, chassis, and body rules. If you want to show up with 15-foot side panels with the car, sure.

“I got people who want to run front-wheel-drive four-cylinders. If all the cars are lined up on the bottom of the track, a four-cylinder might drive around the top and do pretty good.”

If The Unruly Race is a success, Stevens said it might spark more events of the same concept.

“I have a huge goal of making a series out of this, and a sanctioning body,” said Stevens. “I’ll grow the rules a little bit, but only if it’s necessary.”

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