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1  Race and Event Announcements / 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.

2  Race and Event Announcements / 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:

3  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / The 52nd running of the Twelve Mile 500 - Results on: July 06, 2014, 09:44:55 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
4  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / March 8-9, STA-BIL National Series at Avon Park Florida Mowerplex on: January 03, 2014, 02:21:16 PM
Avon Park Mowerplex to hold national event in March



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.
5  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / The 51st. Running of the Twelve Mile 500 on: July 04, 2013, 06:43:25 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
6  Race and Event Announcements / 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...
7  Race and Event Announcements / 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

* April 6-7, Charlotte Motor Speedway
With Food Lion Auto Fair

April 27-28, Windy Hill Mower Speedway, McDonough, GA

June 29-30, River Bottom Raceway, Carlisle, Iowa

July 20-21, Jim Keech Memorial Race For Huntington’s Disease Research, Sparta, MI

August 2-3, Bowles Farms, Clements, MD

August 17-18, Lancaster TNT Speedway, Tampico, IL

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

U.S. Open Races

Nov. 2-3, Sam Rogers U.S. All American Open, Stevenson, AL

Schedule subject to change.  
8  Race and Event Announcements / 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.

9  General / 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.
10  Race and Event Announcements / 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.


copy of the PDF File is attached.
11  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / 2013 USLMRA Membership on: December 05, 2012, 11:26:34 AM
The 1st round on 2013 USLMRA Memberships went into the mail today with the 2012 Keep Fresh Finals DVD included. For those wanting the DVD before Christmas I will make a 2nd mailing on the 15th. So go online and registure. After that I will be on schedule to send memberships the 1st of each month..
12  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / USLMRA Nationals Airdates "Race Freaks" on: October 10, 2012, 12:38:12 PM
Announcing “Race Freaks” Airdates on Fox Sports Net For 1st Two Shows of 2012 STA-BIL Keeps Gas Fresh Finals

“Race Freaks” on Fox Sports Net will air the 2012 STA-BIL Keeps Gash Fresh Finals on the following days and times.  Please check local listings and regional network websites for verification, as schedule is subject to change without notice.

Fox Sports Net

Root Sports (Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain)

IMOW, AP & FX Class Racing
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA Thu - 10/18/2012 02:30 PM Mountain
FOX SPORTS DETROIT Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Central
FOX SPORTS NORTH Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Central
FOX SPORTS OHIO Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Central
FOX SPORTS WEST Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Pacific
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Central
MSG PLUS Thu - 10/18/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region) Tues. - 10/23/2012 03:00 AM Pacific

SP, GP & CP Class Racing
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Mountain
FOX SPORTS DETROIT Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Central
FOX SPORTS NORTH Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Central
FOX SPORTS OHIO Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Fri - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Central
FOX SPORTS WEST Thu - 10/25/2012 03:00 PM Pacific
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Central
MSG PLUS Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
ROOT SPORTS (Pittsburgh Region) Thu - 10/25/2012 04:00 PM Eastern
MSG PLUS Fri - 10/26/2012 04:30 PM Eastern
ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region) Fri - 10/26/2012 02:00 PM Pacific

BP (20 laps), JP/GPK/FXS Highlights and FXT (15 laps) Class Racing
Air Dates Announced Soon.
13  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / We now have a App for that.. on: October 05, 2012, 08:23:56 AM
As most of you know I post all my race results on MyLaps.com.. Now for all you Iphone and Android/google users, AMB i&t / Mylaps has Apps for both.. Check it out and enjoy.. Search MYLAPS.. or http://www.mylaps.com/index.php/us_eng/Websites/corporate/product_overview/event_results_app
14  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / Speed Talk Radio with Cliff Tanner & Pete Lafaucia on: August 07, 2012, 10:02:21 AM
Here is the link to the recorded live show that Cliff Tanner & Pete Lafaucia did in Sparta (Mow-Town) MI. with http://www.radiospeedtalk.com/

15  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / 2012 Testing & Junior Pro Licensing Procedures and Future Considerations on: March 22, 2012, 07:48:41 AM
2012 Testing & Junior Pro Licensing Procedures and Future Considerations

The USLMRA is faced with several issues every year, but there is one issue that is always prevalent: participation. We have taken a long hard look at this issue and while the economy is largely to blame for lower numbers across the board, there are a few things we can do to help bolster participation now, and when the economy recovers our sport will be better for it.

Youth Participation:
Currently, our youth are limited to 2 restricted classes JP and GP. While starting out in one of these classes may “feed the need” at first, today’s youth has proven to tire quickly of restricted class racing and the desire to compete at higher levels soon develops.
All over this great nation of ours, there are teenagers (13-19) racing at high levels of motorsports competition on both the local and national levels. Many of these younger racers have been competing since a young age the and by the time they reach their early teens, they already have several years of experience under their belt. The USLMRA needs to embrace this critical demographic in order to grow our sport. These racers will turn elsewhere to find what they need.

Adult Participation:
Individuals turning to Lawn Mower Racing from other motorsports disciplines are intrigued by the flashiest, fastest, loudest machines we have, but when they look into what it takes to get involved they find they can’t race in those classes because they need to race in a slower class first. These experienced racers don’t want to hear that they can’t handle the speed and horsepower of a racing lawn mower, especially when they have been racing high horsepower machines all of their lives. These racers will also turn elsewhere to find what they need.

The USLMRA Testing and Licensing program can alleviate both issues outlined above.

1. Testing Procedure:
Driver(s) should contact the Race Day Chief Steward, prior to an LC/AC or National event, and notify them if his/her intent to "test" for the desired class during their upcoming event.

Based on resources for that event, the Chief Steward would either allow or deny the request. Chief Stewards have a lot on their plate on race day, if they can get time and resources scheduled to do a test for a racer they will be urged to do so, but not required.

Once a request to test is granted, the driver will present him/herself (and the machine on which to be tested) to the Race Day Chief Steward before registration, this serves a reminder to the Chief Steward to corral at least 3 other drivers in that class to help with the test, and gives the Chief Steward an opportunity to size up the driver.

Testing will take place at a time selected by the Race Day Chief Steward contingent upon factors including Race Day schedule, track conditions, weather, etc.  Note, Testing may take place before Tech and Registration opens on Race Day morning or may be necessary the evening before Race Day.   The racer may take hot laps alone, with other drivers or in a racing configuration at the discretion of the Race Day Chief Steward. 

Part #1 - The driver will be observed for no less than 3 laps under green flag alone.
Observers may be the Chief Steward and at least 3 other drivers from the class being tested into. This step in the process is to ensure that the racer has a firm grasp of the basics of lawn mower racing and that driver and machine are safe to be on the track at no risk to anyone else.

Part #2 - If the observation staff (majority) vote to allow, the testing racer will make no less than 3 more laps on track with the 3 drivers mentioned above. This step of the process is to ensure that the racer has the ability to control his demeanor and machine under simulated race conditions.

Part #3 - If the observation staff (majority) vote to allow, the testing racer can compete in that class immediately.

Part #4 - Notification of test results will be sent to USLMRA office following the event.
•   If the testing racer passes all parts of testing he/she will immediately possess a class license for the first year (or a predetermined number of races). If there are no incidents during the first or if a Probationary Period is instituted, the license may become permanent after that first year.

Other Considerations
•   Racers may only test once per event.
•   Racers must provide mower for testing (of appropriate class).
•   Racers may only test for a class they have a class legal machine for.
i.e. you cannot test for FX on a BP.
•   All racers having competed in the 2011 Season will be issued licenses based on those classes said racer competed in during the 2011 season.

USLMRA believes that if we use the Licensing Program in this way, we can give those racers that want it, an opportunity to race at higher levels, in a safe and controlled manor.
We also believe that the vast majority of racers in this situation will abide by the decision of the Testing Board.

2. Jr. Pro. License Qualifying:

The purpose of the Jr. Pro License is to allow experienced Jr. Races a method to move up in class to faster classes. Only Classes allowed to move up to are IMOW, GP, AP, SP, CP and FX/Single, not BP, FX or FX/T.

Testing procedures as outlined in Section 1 above will be followed:

1). Parents Signature of Release and Approval.
2). *16 years of age by December 31st of the race year and have or obtain a Valid Drivers License from the State of Residence.
3). *If 15 years of age, Racer must have a Valid Drivers Learners Permit from the State of Residence and obtain Drivers License when s/he turns 16 years of age of that race year.
4) 15 yr old drivers can test for IMOW, GP, AP, SP, CP and FX/Single only, BP FX or FX/T.
5). A minimum of one (1) year racing experience in the Jr.’s class, J/P or G/PK and have raced more than 12 Competitive Events races the year.  Definition of a Competitive Event:  On any given Race Day you have at least one (1) heat and one (1) main.  That equals two (2) Competitive Events. Two (2) heats and one (1) main = three (3) Competitive Events. 12 will add up quick.  In other words heats and mains count toward the 12 required Competitive Events.  The goal is seat time.
6). Allowed to be tested on Rules of Racing, such as Flags and passing.
7). To be tested in the class desired to class into, by at least 2 staff members picked by USLMRA Executive Staff.

It is recommended that this procedure be followed across all levels of USLMRA Lawn Mower Racing, A/C’s L/C’s US Open Series and the STA-BIL Nationals and that all racers age 15 years and under stay in classes that have governed engine controls until they meet these criteria. All Guidelines and Approvals must come from our either USLMRA Southern Office (Wilmer, Alabama, Kerry Evans) or Central Office (Northbrook, Illinois, Bruce Kaufman) for Final Approval.

*Note: If Racer has special reasons why they cannot obtain a valid State Issued Drivers License, and it is a non-criminal matter, they can contact either USLMRA Office and discuss.
Example: The State requires a driving course before a driving test can be given and the waiting list Is 6 months.  We can talk about it on your intentions. A birth certificate will be needed to verify age.

3. Future Considerations & Possibilities

In the future, the terms Rookie, Veteran and Pro may be removed from the Licensing Scheme as we realize they are somewhat confusing and, with the above changes may no longer be valid.  This will be evaluated during the 2012 season.

A Probationary Period may be instituted in the future.   Once testing has been completed and a racer has been approved to race in a given class that racer will receive a 1-year probationary permit to race in that class. If that driver completes that first year (or set number of races) without incident the racer will receive a class specific license. If the driver cannot complete a probationary year (or set number of races) without incident, the driver will need to be re-evaluated and may be required to serve a second probationary year (or set number of races) to receive a class license. Drivers holding a class license may be placed on probation. Written consideration could be placed in writing, electronic or otherwise, by a Race Day Chief Steward and submitted to the USLMRA for review and approval.

Attraction of new racers that may not have considered racing with the USLMRA because of participation restrictions will now have an opportunity to test into their desired class without having to race in a less desired class first.

Youth driver retention:  Racers that have become complacent with current class offerings will be afforded an opportunity to move into faster classes and remain challenged at a controlled and safe rate.

Possible class structure consolidation/management – The issuance of a license with endorsements per desired class, eliminates the need for class divisions based on age, ie GP-K vs GP, with the exception of JP. The age requirements for JP could remain intact to provide an opportunity for our youngest drivers to cut their teeth among like age/ability type racers.

Link:  http://www.letsmow.com/2012/03/2012-testing-junior-pro-licensing-procedures-and-future-considerations/

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