RULE COMPLIANCE RESULTS
Following the Patriots Park Raceway 10/27/2018 race:
SHARP Engineering LLC is penalizing the 08 team for their actions both on and off the race track. This year has been a tough year with multiple warnings to several teams related to the conduct section of our rules. We issued a penalty letter reviewed by the Rules Committee. Received and reviewed the appeal by the 08 team. The Committee concluded that the intentional contact between the 08 car and 101 car leaving the track is in direct violation of our rules and this action, regardless of severity, will not be tolerated. It is a serious safety concern for everyone. The negative use of social media by our drivers and or crew to initiate a conversation that creates a negative perception of both the track and the series will also not be tolerated.
The penalties sum up to a $350 fine and a one race suspension for the car, driver and crew.
Moving forward I hope everyone reviews the rules prior to our postseason drivers meeting and seeks clarification. We encourage your input and suggestions to rules that need attention PRIOR TO THE START OF THE 2019 SEASON. Please utilize the driver feedback form immediately to start making suggestions. We value your input for the betterment of the class!
This one issues has consumed well over 25 man hours that could have been spent doing something more productive for the class. Lets work together to ensure this doesn't happen again!
Infraction 1: The deliberate hit/contact between the 08 car and 101 car leaving the track surface, after passing the entire field under caution post race.
“7. Any incidents that are judged to be deliberate acts of aggression, whether on or off the track, under green or caution, will result in disqualification and a monetary fine to be determined by the Rules Committee / Appeal Board.”
Penalty 1: $300 fine, disqualification
Infraction 2: Your social media post promotes negative discussion regarding the track, class, and participants.
“8. Any and all actions, including negative use of the internet, including any social media, by person or persons ruled detrimental to the Series, or its officials, drivers, and/or owners will receive a minimum $50 fine, along with a possible suspension, and/or lifetime ban from participating and any SHARP mini late model event. These actions or any similar will not be tolerated”
Penalty 2: $50 fine and mandated removal of post
UPDATE:We have received a check for the fine and the 08 team will be eligible to compete following this weekends race. 100% of the funds from the penalty will be utilized by the tech program over the course of the next few races.
Following the Patriots Park Raceway 10/27/2018 race:
SHARP Engineering LLC conducted post race camshaft measurements on the 08 car. Prior to the inspection we discovered it was possible to exchange cams from a 750/1000 into the 04/05 engine. Our existing method of checking the cams prior to sealing the engine was measuring total lobe height. We uncovered that while the lobe height might be the same the total lift is different based on center line location. We developed a fixture to get an accurate reading on the measurement, measured and recorded data from multiple engines to develop a baseline, and then conducted the inspection on the 08 car. The camshafts in the 08 car passed the inspection having cam lift falling within the specs. It is worth noting that there was no resistance from the 08 team when asked to conduct this test.
We are putting the finishing touches on a tech tool that will electronically measure and graph crank angle and lobe profile. With this new tool we will be able to extract a graphical representation of the camshaft profile relative to piston travel. Think of it as a digital degree wheel. With this tool, we can capture piston stoke, cam profile, total lift, duration, and cam timing. All of this data can be then compared to the control data for that engine.
Following the Oglethorpe Speedway Park 9/21/2018 race:
Tire samples were taken from the 08 team due to a discrepancy in durometer readings on a single new tire, and sent to the lab. The sample came back as ‘meeting the benchmark’ of the SHARP plated American Racer tire. The lab results are posted below. In conjunction with the traditional post race inspection the top three cars pulled envelope items including shock, wiring harness inspection, and throttle body inspection.
Following Screven Motor Speedways season opener:
On 2/17/2018 tire samples were taken from the top two finishers and sent to the lab. Both came back as ‘meeting the benchmark’ of the SHARP plated American Racer tire. The lab results are posted below.
2018 BOOTLEG TOUR
Following Modoc SMLS series opener 3/10/2018 fuel samples were taken from the top three finishers and sent to the lab. Prior to receiving lab results back a driver admitted to running illegal fuel.
The following penalty will be issued:
Any competitor (driver and/or owner) caught using any of the illegal fuel, is subject to disqualification, forfeit of winnings and points, and minimum fine of $300 to cover the cost associated with lab testing. Further penalties and suspensions will be determined by SHARP Engineering based on the chemical composition of the additive in question.
Points are to be redistributed to the field accordingly, and the winnings are to be added to the points fund. The driver is suspended until fine payment is received by SHARP Engineering LLC and a public statement is made by the driver clearing Randy London of any wrong doing.
A full write up can be read here along
with the additional fuel rule clarification-
Modoc SMLS series opener 3/10/2018 fuel samples were taken from the top three finishers and sent to the lab. Matt Lawson was DQ for the oxygenated fuel, giving Derek Chance the Win. Points were redistributed, money is to be returned to the series and added to points fund, driver was fined $300 to cover fuel testing. Results are below:
4/26/2018 Bootleg Series Tech Update:
Lawson in the #85 paid his fine and complied with the assessed penalty.
6/1/2018 Bootleg Series Tech Update:
SHARP Engineering tech official and endorsement removal.
Effective Immediately SHARP Engineering will no longer endorse and support the actions of the Southern Mini Late Model Series. We can’t support a series which doesn’t support the core values of our program. Per rule #8 under the conduct section of the SHARP Mini Late Model rules for 2018
“Any and all actions, including negative use of the internet, including any social media, by person or persons ruled detrimental to the Series, or its officials, drivers, and/or owners will receive a minimum $50 fine, along with a possible suspension, and/or lifetime ban from participating in any SHARP mini late model event. These actions or any similar will not be tolerated”
Past and Present actions performed by the series and its officials were ruled detrimental to the drivers and owners. The issues were discussed with the board and the series is receiving a lifetime ban from participating in any SHARP Mini Late Model event.
We will be working with the drivers to ensure a smooth transition.