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USLMRA Races / 2019 USLMRA Rule Book & Revisions
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:05:57 AM »
As States last year we would not rewrite the 2019 Rule Book, but would add a revision to the 2018. Here is the revision.

Rule Changes/Clarifications of the USLMRA Rule book
As of 1 Jan 2019

As stated in the 2018 edition of the USLMRA Rule Book, every year beginning with this edition, a change document will be written noting changes, updates and reminders.

 For the 2019 racing season the following are items to be noted:

Rule reminders:

   No push pull steering in any class,

   Rear axles either have lock collars or a nut and bolt through the axle, no longer will C-clips be allowed,

   Front spindles will use either lock collars or castle nuts with cotter pins, lock nuts will no longer be sufficient.

   Age for J/P will start at 9 year old by the December 31 of the race year.

   The age of GPK is 11 years old and you must have at least 1 race year with more than 6 Races in the J/P class before moving up to the GPK Class. (Cleared by NKA)

   FXS or FXT Class, No front or rear wing are allowed. Only original mower fenders, hoods and Frames

   No Tubular frames allowed in FXS/FXT or any other class. Must use original frame, which can be reinforced.

   All Governed classes will remain on the track after feature and kept running for RPM checks and for JP and IMOW Tire Pressure check. Leaving the track or shutting the engine down will result in Disqualification

   Race numbers should be of a sharp contrasting color from their background, and should be visible from all four sides of the mower for grid line up and scoring purposes. Class letters, should be a minimum of 2” high, and be shown on both sides of the mower.

   Transponders should be mounted with the bottom pointing downward in order to for its signal to be picked up by the scoring cable across the start finish line.
Rule Changes:
   In all classes with exception of FXS & FXT only actual lawn mower seats will be used
   No pressurized  or electric fuel pumps are authorized
   Homemade kill switch devices will not be authorized for use
   Mowers with fuel, oil or brake fluid leaks will not pass tech or allowed to race
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Addition of G/P Twin with following guidelines: 
1) Engine must be originally manufactured for use in lawn mowing equipment and be completely stock with the exception of air filter, air cleaner or velocity stack. Must have stock air filter assembly and filter) Crankshaft must be in original orientation and clearance hole in the frame. Max RPM will not exceed 3650. Maximum Engine Size of 44ci.
2) Exhaust design is open, but must terminate away from driver and competitors, in a rearward and/or downward direction and present no apparent safety hazard.
3) Starter must be onboard, either electric or pull-rope.
4) Driveline may be modified from the engine pulley to the rear wheels, but must utilize a shift able lawnmower transmission or transaxle. No Veri-Drives, No centrifugal and or torque converter clutches.
5) Rear axle may use open differential, locked, “live” or solid axle. No single wheel drive.
6) Rear axle should use shaft locks, center bolts, or thru-bolts to secure the rear wheels.
7) All steering linkages must use ball-type or spherical threaded rod ends.
8) Front axle may be pinned, bolted or welded into stock position. No suspension, no shock absorbers. Axles must be a 1-piece beam design.
9) Front axle and steering may be reinforced, substituted or fabricated. In the case of racer-fabricated axles, these will be subject to the judgment of the Technical Inspector as to their apparent safety for racing.
Aluminum may not be used as the material for the one-piece axle
10) Rear axles must be either lock collars or a nut and bolt through the axle, no longer will C-clips be allowed, Front spindles will use either lock collars or castle nuts with cotter pins, lock nuts will no longer be sufficient. Cotter pins, E-rings and C-rings alone, bent nails, hitch pins; over-center pins and quick-release pins are not sufficient for wheel retention and are not approved.
11) Wheels must be the same size on each axle, of any origin, made of metal. No dual or tandem wheels.
12) DECK: Mowers must mount steel factory decks: The deck must be at least as wide as either running boards    or body edge whichever is wider. Decks may not extend any more than 2” beyond the tire sidewalls on each side.    Deck halves may be mounted to running boards. Decks must be secure.
13) SAE-rated trailer or lawnmower tires must be used. Kart tires are not authorized for this class.
14) Footholds must be discrete, and no more than 2” high, made of flat or “L” stock (no rod stock), and made such that the foot cannot become entangled in a roll over.
15) All parts should be of lawn mower origin with the exception of those specifically mentioned above or otherwise allowed under Sec. VII.
16) Hoods and body parts such as fenders may be upgraded from year to year only if the parts are from the mother company and any subsidiary company of said mother company.
17) External ignition Systems are not allowed.
18) Mower must have original stock flywheel.
19) Fenders may be discreetly moved and altered as noted in section VII, (BB).
20) Must use axle mounted brakes, no lawnmower transaxle or transmission mounted brakes.
With the lower mower count in the past several years it has been decided to merge the SP and CP classes in to one. With the extremely low mower count in the AP Class We will run AP one more year then Eliminate the class entirely in 2020.  However AP can be run at local and affiliate chapter races in year 2020

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USLMRA Races / 2018 USLMRA Rule Book
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:48:46 AM »
Here is your 2018 USLMRA Rule Book..

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USLMRA Races / 2016 USLMRA Rule Book
« on: January 12, 2016, 09:14:46 AM »

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6 May 2015
          Subject: Amendment/Change to the 2015 Rule Book

1.   After ongoing discussion with the National Chief Steward Rich Webb and having spoken to several Drivers last season and at Avon Park, Charlottes Motor Speedway and Atlanta race this year it has been agreed upon to make the following changes to the 2015 Rule Book effective on this date 5 May 2015.

2.    Due the increased speeds that today's race mowers are achieving it has been decided to change the 2015 rule book to allow all “Prepared Class Mowers and  the FX Class” to have Side Bars commonly known as Nerf Bars mounted on the running boards as long as they meet the set dimensions noted below. Note that sheet metal/aluminum will be used to cover the side for added protection if they are used on these mowers.

(Image in attachment)
                                                    
3.   Additionally “Prepared Class” Mowers with Horizontal Engines that were factory built with such will be permitted to have driveshaft’s as long as the Mower has an operational Clutch, however the drive shaft will go to a shift able transmission and the transmission will connect to the rear axle by either Chain or belt.

4.   In the FXT Class Driveshaft’s will be permitted as long as the driveshaft connects to a gear box. At no time will the driveshaft be connected directly to the rear axle.

5.   As stated previously these changes take effect immediately and will be included in to the 2016 rule book

6.   Questions can be directed to Manny Torres @ csm.torres@netzero.com or the National Chief Steward Rich Webb.



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USLMRA Races / New A/C GRASSCAR LMRA
« on: February 05, 2015, 03:26:35 PM »
We're thrilled to announce the addition of Grasscar Lawnmower Racing to our community of USLMRA Local Chapters & Affiliated Clubs: http://LetsMOW.com/…/uslmra-affiliated-club-southern-flori…/

Grasscar was founded in 2007 and races 5 mower classes (as well as 4 Kart classes) at Victory Speedway in Fort Myers, FL. The organization believes in family, fun, and entertainment at a low cost. Sound like your type of club? Get more info: http://Grasscar.net

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USLMRA Races / A/P Class Age Change
« on: December 26, 2014, 11:55:42 AM »
Of special note is that effective this year Age Limits have been modified for racing in the AP class for those drivers who meet the following criteria;

  Be at least 13 years of age  
  Have 2 years’ experience in JP at National level events
  Have 1 year experience in GPK at National Level events

This will allow the AP Class to grow and expand while allowing some family members to compete with each other.




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USLMRA Races / 2015 USLMRA Rule Book
« on: December 26, 2014, 11:20:12 AM »
The 2015 USLMRA Rule Book is now uploaded and on-line on www.letsmow.com.  Here is you direct link:

http://www.letsmow.com/rules-tech/offical-rules/

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USLMRA Races / The 52nd running of the Twelve Mile 500 - Results
« on: July 06, 2014, 08:44:55 AM »
Here are some links to the 52nd Running of the Twelve Mile 500 run in Twelve Mile, IN. This is the oldest consistently ran Annual Lawn Mower Race know to us.

Results: http://www.letsmow.com/2014-season-schedule/race-results/?mylaps=type,event,eventid,1044244

News Link: http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140705/SPORTS/140709823/1013

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Avon Park Mowerplex to hold national event in March

http://www.newssun.com/news/010314-mowerplex

By BARRY FOSTER

News-Sun correspondent

AVON PARK -- The United States Lawn Mower Racing Association once again will be bringing their national competition to the City of Charm. Officials from the North American Grass Racers and Sod Slingers have inked the contract that will see competitors from all over the United States converge on the Avon Park Mowerplex.

"We're excited, we're absolutely thrilled to death," said NASGRASS President Wes Pyburn.

Noting that the March race will represent the first of the USLMRA season, he compared the planned two-day event to the "Daytona 500 of the mower racing season." Moreover, the March 8 date will set the competition in between the annual Sebring Historics and the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh From Florida.

"This is going to be the opening race of the USLMRA season, when the eyes of the racing community already are focused on Highlands County," he said.

Pyburn predicted more than 100 drivers and mowers from as far away as Maryland and Texas could arrive to race at the track located on the western end of the Avon Park airport.

"We are hearing there might even be some from Canada who could come down," he said.

Because the Avon Park Mowerplex is the first of the for-purpose mower racing tracks, Pyburn said there is added interest to come here.

"I think there is a certain prestige to be able to race in the oldest facility in the country," he said. "Plus, with the improvements we have made, this is easily the fastest track in the southeast as well."

In addition, there may be yet another appearance by longtime racer Bobby Cleveland. It was Cleveland who set a record for lawnmower speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Because the NASGRASS competitions regularly run on the second Saturday of each month from September through June, the national races will be integrated with the regular racing schedule. That will me that local racers will be run as part of the features along with the national competitors.

"The only real difference will be that local racers will be earning local points as well as national points for their finishes," he said.

Logistics still are being hammered out, but Pyburn said races are planned both on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9.

Monday has been scheduled as a work day, with several truckloads of clay scheduled to be dropped off and worked into the racing surface as well as improvements to the lights, sound system and other structures planned.

The next scheduled NASGRASS race will be run Jan 11. Dubbed "Tourist Nite," a competition will be held to see which state has the most fans on hand that night.

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USLMRA Races / The 51st. Running of the Twelve Mile 500
« on: July 04, 2013, 05:43:25 PM »
Today was the running of the 51st Twelve Mile IN 500. This is the oldest running race in the US. The Course is a 1/4 track with 60 laps (15 Miles) running 3 classes.
I have posted a link through the WWW.LETSMOW.Com address to today's results.. Link: http://www.letsmow.com/2013-season-schedule/race-results/?mylaps=type,event,eventid,922450

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USLMRA Races / STA-BIL Series Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway
« on: March 08, 2013, 09:25:08 PM »
We are thrilled to announce we’ll be bringing STA-BIL Series Lawn Mower Racing to the Charlotte Motor Speedway this April 6th & 7th as part of the World’s Largest Automotive Extravaganza, the Food Lion AutoFair! Two days of dirt track racing on lawn mowers in the Speedway.

For Details go the Link:  http://www.letsmow.com/event/sta-bil-series-racing-at-charlotte-motor-speedway
Before everyone call me and ask all the crazy questions let me say this first..
Yes this is a USLMRA National Points Race not a OPEN Race.. so you have to have USLMRA Membership.. It is simple, go to LETSMOW.com membership and join. We will be taking memberships at the track, but they are $5 cheaper online.

You “MUST” read the USLMRA Rule Book because all rules inside applies. So you MUST have Billet Flywheels to get through tech.. We do NOT Run 6” wheels on the rear of B/P’s our Licensing process is in effect so to run B/P’s, F/X’s and F/XT you must have the qualifications according to the process.

This will be the Biggest Spectator and Media event ever done by our organization and potential any lawnmower organization. We want all who want to come and join in to do so.. JUST Understand the RULES.. This is Charlotte Motor Speedway.. And it is going to be GREAT..

We will be racing on Dirt as they are hauling in dirt to the Modified Garage Area and building a track on top of the Asphalt Parking area. Pit Stalls will be limited so be prepared to off-load you mowers and equipment and we will park outside in a area with shuttle service.. Tents will need to have Sand Bag or some type of weights to hold them in place.. No Spikes in the Asphalt.

More info to follow…..


For Questions feel free to Contact me at evansop@bellsout.net       I do not answer PM's on heymow...

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USLMRA Races / 2013 USLMRA Early Bird Schedule
« on: February 08, 2013, 03:16:07 PM »
"Greetings from Mow Central and Mow South!  Here is the 2013 USLMRA Early Bird Schedule for the STA-BIL Series and U.S. Open Races. 

This year the STA-BIL Keeps Gas Fresh Finals will be held two weeks later, on September 14 as part of the Delaware (OH) County Fair.  Event-specific web pages and blog posts will be published soon, so please stay tuned to www.letsmow.com, www.facebook.com/uslmra,  www.twitter.com/uslmra

Be sure to sign up for the NEW USLMRA eNewsletter. Sign up link at http://LetsMow.com/go/EMailSignup/."

2013 USLMRA Early Bird Schedule

STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series

Feb 16-17, Florida State Fair, Tampa, Florida
http://www.letsmow.com/event/the-2013-sta-bil-sunshine-state-winter-nationals-at-the-florida-state-fair-in-tampa/,
http://www.floridastatefair.com/

* April 6-7, Charlotte Motor Speedway
With Food Lion Auto Fair
http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/food_lion_autofair/

April 27-28, Windy Hill Mower Speedway, McDonough, GA
http://www.facebook.com/glmrawindyhill.mowerspeedway?ref=ts&fref=ts


June 29-30, River Bottom Raceway, Carlisle, Iowa
http://cprraceway.webs.com/,
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Iowa-Lawn-Mower-Racing-Association/171920732888385


July 20-21, Jim Keech Memorial Race For Huntington’s Disease Research, Sparta, MI
www.hdmowerraces.com
http://www.facebook.com/USLMRA#!/pages/HD-Mower-Races/177121298086

August 2-3, Bowles Farms, Clements, MD
http://www.bowlesfarms.com/

August 17-18, Lancaster TNT Speedway, Tampico, IL
http://www.tlmra.com/
http://www.aermacchisprint.com/index.html
http://www.facebook.com/ron.lancaster.9?ref=ts&fref=ts

Sept. 14, STA-BIL Keeps Gas Fresh Finals, Delaware, OH
5th Annual Induction Ceremonies:  National Lawn Mower Racing Hall of Fame & Museum of America
http://www.delawarecountyfair.com/

U.S. Open Races

Nov. 2-3, Sam Rogers U.S. All American Open, Stevenson, AL
www.allamericanmowerchampionships.yolasite.com

Schedule subject to change.  

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USLMRA Races / Rule Update: FXS & FXT Frame Width
« on: January 31, 2013, 10:06:49 AM »
From the Desk of Manny & Kerry,

From our understanding there have been numerous comments about the width of the chassis on the FXS & FXT class mowers. However after discussing this several upper class racers we all agree that the width does not give an advantage in any way to the driver, it only eliminates the need of adding a third bearing to the jackshaft. So having a frame with of up to 15” in width wouldn’t be a problem. We have removed the word “and width” from this section to cover this and will now read as below. The Rule Book Date has not changes as we feel this is a minor correction.

2. CHASSIS: Frames, parts, must retain original manufacturers (OEM) specifications (no chopping) re: wheel base length unless modifications specified in particular class.  Material (steel) may be added for structural strength.  It is recommended that front axles be bolted or welded rigid eliminating the stock pivoting.  No rear engine lawnmowers must be front engine traditional style lawn tractor with a hood covering the engine and rear fenders.  No handlebars, to prevent a racer from being pierced in the event of a roll over. All tractors must have been a factory built lawn cutting tractors.

http://www.letsmow.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/2013-USLMRA-Rule-Book-PDF.pdf  

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Coffee Shop / The Passing of Dr. Art Neavill
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:57:37 PM »
I am sadden and regent to inform everyone that Dr. Art Neavill of the Michigan Lawn Mower Racing Association, USLMRA Hall of Famer and friend to all Lawn Mower Racers, Passed away last night after a period of Illness. All that knew him his has there own personal remembrances of him. Keep Art’s Family in you prayers and memories.

Arrangement to be posted later.

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USLMRA Races / 2013 USLMRA Rule Book
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:35:20 AM »
The 2013 United States Lawn Mower Racing Association Rule Book is now up on www.letsmow.com.. Her is the Link to the opening page.

http://www.letsmow.com/rules-tech/offical-rules/

copy of the PDF File is attached.

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