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#1 Steve Adkins

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:51 PM

21369548_1923742991197776_12049985796717Here is what racers are using in the AWRA events as of 9/5/2017. This information is taken from the tech sheets that each racer fills out for each class he races in, so the information is as accurate as we can make it.

Chassis - The venerable Parma brass is still the chassis of choice, with the Parma steel chassis second. The Champion Thumper is third, but gaining ground on the Parma chassis. The LVJ Charger is a distant fourth, but has performed admirably in the Stock Car class on short ovals. The Riggen 5003 is last on the list, probably because it has a reputation of being easily bent. It is rare to see a Riggen at an AWRA event. Only three have been raced in AWRA events, but the 5003 has scored two podium finishes.

Motors - The JK Hawk 7 is the king of the Sportsman class, and the most popular motor for AWRA racing, The Parma 501 is second, and still a solid performer, scoring numerous podium finishes. The motor of choice for the Legends and Stock Car classes, and third most popular overall, is the JK Mini Brute. The Kelly Bullet is the fourth most popular overall, and the second choice for the Legends and Stock Car classes. The JK Retro Hawk is fifth in popularity. The Retro is said to be a shade slower than the JK Hawk 7, but much smoother. On shorter tracks, the Retro Hawk is more than a match for the Hawk 7. The ProSlot 4000 and 4001 are sixth and seventh in popularity. They are legitimate contenders, but are seldom seen on the track.

Bodies - The Legends class remains impossible to really track, but the 1937 Chevrolet Coupe is clearly the top dog in popularity and podium appearances. This is probably due to sheer numbers, as there seems to be no aerodynamic advantage to the Coupe over any of the Legends bodies. There is always a variety of coupes and sedans at AWRA events, most of which are hard to tell apart. The Caveman Bodeez 1940 Ford Coupe seems to be gaining in popularity. It is easily recognizable by the air cleaner on the hood of the car. Bottom line - No performance difference.

The Sportsman class is a different story. The Parma Kremer Porsche outnumbers all others in the class, and is the most successful body. The Caveman Bodeez Late Model Wedge is second, with the Caveman Bodeez C-100 GTP third and gaining on the Kremer and Late Model. The Parma 1973 Corvette still shows up from time to time, and it is still a competitive body.

The Stock Car class is still very new, and any call on popularity would be being made without much data. That said, The Thunderbird and Monte Carlo bodies are popular, but all of teh Stock Car bodies are mid 1980- late 1990 vintage, and none of them are very aerodynamic. The class is becoming popular due to the familiarity of the bodies and the close racing on short tracks so far. There are three Stock Car races remaining in 2017. They are Staunton Miniature Speedway and Hobbies in Staunton, Virginia, on October 28th, November 4th at The Slot Car Track Concord in Concord, North Carolina, and November 18th at Thunder Road Raceway in Saluda, Virginia.

Gearing - The gear ratio of choice is a 9 tooth pinion and a 29 tooth crown, but 9:30, 9:28, and even 9:27 are also used. The best bet is to start with the 9:29 and fine tune from there.

Look for further updates later in the year, and good luck at the track!

The Sportsman class is a different story. The Parma Kremer Porsche outnumbers all others in the class, and is the most successful body. The Caveman Bodeez Late Model Wedge is second, with the Caveman Bodeez C-100 GTP third and gaining on the Kremer and Late Model. The Parma 1973 Corvette still shows up from time to time, and it is still a competitive body.

The Stock Car class is still very new, and any call on popularity would be being made without much data. That said, The Thunderbird and Monte Carlo bodies are popular, but all of teh Stock Car bodies are mid 1980- late 1990 vintage, and none of them are very aerodynamic. The class is becoming popular due to the familiarity of the bodies and the close racing on short tracks so far. There are three Stock Car races remaining in 2017. They are Staunton Miniature Speedway and Hobbies in Staunton, Virginia, on October 28th, November 4th at The Slot Car Track Concord in Concord, North Carolina, and November 18th at Thunder Road Raceway in Saluda, Virginia.

Gearing - The gear ratio of choice is a 9 tooth pinion and a 29 tooth crown, but 9:30, 9:28, and even 9:27 are also used. The best bet is to start with the 9:29 and fine tune from there.

Look for further updates later in the year, and good luck at the track!

n the Stock Car bodies, make sure that you have a legal body. The rules have part numbers. Please check those. The Champion T type body is NOT legal. The legal bodies are close to scale and narrower than a WOMP body.

Also, make sure that your Legends motor is legal, The motor rule in that class changed on July 1st, and the JK Hawk 7 is no longer legal in legends. The JK Mini Brute is the popular choice for Legends,

General body information - The rules for each class include a list of legal bodies and their part numbers. Please reference the rules when preparing your car. Nobody wants to see a racer fail tech. If you have any questions, ask before going ahead.

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