Figure 8 Rules

2021 Rules

  • If car does not pass inspection or driver is unwilling to change car to pass inspection – absolutely no refunds!!

  • All rules will be followed, or you will not run!! Judges Decisions are FINAL

  1. Any American make sedan or station wagon can be run. No 03 or newer Fords, 4×4’s, ambulances, hearses, trucks, limousines, or Imperials etc…
  2. Drivers must be 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Ages 14-17 must have a notarized permission slip and some form of driver’s license. The person that signs in as the driver must be the driver for that event and that car!
  3. Driver must wear seat belt and helmet, along with eye protection.
  4. All drivers must attend the drivers meeting.
  5. DO NOT hit the driver’s door! Sometimes this happens, but if it looks intentional or carelessness, you will be disqualified. Don’t’ use your door as a shield; it may cause you to get disqualified.
  6. No hot rodding in the pits, keep it at an idle.
  7. Any open driver’s door or fire will cause disqualification. If in heat, you may fix it and come back in the consolation.
  8. No sandbagging, Holding/Pinning!!! You will be disqualified! You are given 20 seconds to aggressive hits, 2 minutes for restarts and 2 minutes if you are hung up.
  9. No alcohol in the pits, if anyone is caught with alcohol they will be disqualified, this includes pit crew members. Law Enforcement will be on hand to assist. Anyone in the pit area that is causing a disturbance with the officials, drivers, or spectators will be escorted off the property by Law Enforcement.
  10. Cars are subject to re-inspection before any prize money is handed out.
  11. Any controversies will be taken up at the drivers meeting. If you have a complaint or issue address it at the drivers meeting.
  12. Any questions give us a call! If it doesn’t say you can do it, don’t do it. Call first!!! Judges decisions are FINAL!!

Car Preparation:

  1. All cars must be stock, unless modification is stated in the rules.
  2. All glass, plastic, chrome, and interior must be removed from car before arriving to the derby.
  3. All decking in station wagons MUST be removed!!!
  4. Tires no bigger than 15 inch, No splt rims, No studded tires. Foam filled or Doubled tires OK-we don’t want any flats!!! Valve stem protectors OK. Tires may be screwed to rims on the inside of wheel. Remove any wheel balancing weights!
  • Drivers must have a fire coat or non-flammable jacket to wear while driving in event. NO SHORT SLEEVES. GLOVES ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  1. Driver must have safety approved glasses or face shield. Driver needs to have FULL faced helmets.
  2. You must use a radiator and it must be in stock location. All cars must have working brakes.
  3. A-arms, ball joints remain stock.
  4. All trailer hitches and braces must be removed.
  5. Original gas tanks must be removed. You must use a boat tank or well made fuel cell and it must be properly secured and covered. No gas cans. Plastic tas tanks must be placed in a metal box!! Fuel line must be secured and fastened properly. Keep away from exhaust. Place fuel cell behind driver’s seat or in the center of the car where the back seat, use to be. Compacts read additional rules below.


  1. Suspension must be at stock height. Leaf springs must be stock, you may add one spring as long as the main leaf spring, you can’t wrap the added leaf spring to make a double main – tow packages OK. The main leaf spring must be the top spring in the spring pack and leaf springs must stagger down with at least a 2 inch stagger from longest to smallest. You can re-clamp springs, 6 clamps per side homemade or factory. Homemade clamps can’t exceed 2x4x1/4 inch. You can put spacers in sagging coil springs to get your height. You can bolt or wire coil springs to rear-end and frame to prevent springs from falling out. You may weld leaf spring mounting brackets to prevent them from becoming unbolted. You can loop chain or wire from rear end to frame in 1 spot on each side. No bigger than #9 wire or ½” chain or cable may be used.
  2. Mopars can weld mounting brackets to uni-body where leaf springs are mounted factory to uni-body frame. Include rear shackle box.
  3. Rear-end control arms may be reinforced, but must be workable. They may be shortened or made longer as well. No Homemade!!!!
  4. Use rear end of choice, must be factory 5 lugs. You can tilt rear end if you wish. Welded or posi-track highly recommended.
  5. Rear-end Housings may be re-enforced. Hybrid rear-ends are allowed
  6. Front arms may be bolted or chained down to get your bumper height.

Engine Mounting:

  1. Engine mounts may be welded to engine cradle. Engine must be mounted in stock location.
  2. Use motor and tranny of choice, motor must be in stock location. You may chain or weld motor and tranny to keep in place (don’t strengthen the frame). Distributor Protectors are allowed. (See Rule 27)
  3. You may have a 2-2” strap from the motor head to frame on top side of frame next to A-arm on front side of motor and can be welded with no added metal! You will be allowed 2-2” straps on the rear of the motor connected from the motor heads to the Frame, but must be on the top side of frame within 3 inches of the back side of A-arms. If this is used to re-enforce frame, straps will be cut!


  1. Tie-rods ends must be stock, but the center can be re-enforced, A-arms, ball joints and all other steering/suspension must remain stock. You may alter your steering column to prevent loss of steering. Steering knuckles, homemade steering shafts, etc.


  1. You may cut wheel wells for tire clearance & you may weld fender over tire back together. Fenders may also be bolted together with 5-3/8” bolts or each. The rear quarter panel is considered part of the rear fender.


  1. For safety, you are allowed 1 strap in each door window opening straps can be 2” wide – ¼” think and can be welded 5” on the door and 5” on the roof – you may not use fire if you use straps ** Hardtop cars may have another strap on the door post. You must have 2 bars in windshield from roof to dash for safety reasons.
  2. You can run shifter through floor and you can have a switch panel. You may also have a hand throttle. If you are running an electric fuel pump – must be hooked up to your ignition switch – so when your car shuts off – it shuts off.
  3. You are allowed 2 spots with 4 loops of wire (no cable or chain) in each window opening and may go to the frame. No welding washers around holes on car body.
  4. You may run wire from frame rail to frame rail underneath back of car, behind rear-end with 4 loops of wire or 1 loop of 3/8 chain/cable in 1 spot only. This must go around the frame; this cannot be bolted to the frame. You may also have a metal strap on each side of the radiator no bigger than 2” wide-1/4” thick from the core support to the bumper. It cannot cover the front of the radiator.
  5. You are allowed to weld Factory body seams weld 6 skip 6. Body seams only NOT FRAME!!!!! DRIVERS DOORS ONLY CAN BE WELDED SOLID.
  6. Dist. Cap Protector allowed. The protector must be mounted to engine heads and intake only. There must be 12 inches of clearance between the Dist. Cap protector and the dash bar at the start of the event. Dist. Cap protector can’t be mounted to body, frame or cage. Dist. Cap Protector or firewall sheet metal.
  7. Body Mounts may be removed/replaced with washers and there must be space between body and Frame. Body Bolts may also be replaced with bolts no bigger than original stock bolts.
  8. You are allowed no more than 8 hood bolts or fasteners no bigger than 3/4” bolts or all thread. None can be attached to the frame other than the 2 on each side of the radiator. Those 2 can go through the frame or be welded to the frame in the same location as the original body mount hole. If using angle iron bolted together for fasteners they can be no more than 5” long with 1 bolt through it. If using plates as washers on your hood bolts they can be no more than 5”x5” square or round. You are allowed to run all thread through the trunk area in 2 locations only. They can go through the frame but must go through an original body mount hole.
  9. You must have a hole cut in the hood large enough for fire extinguisher to be able to put out a fire.
  10. Absolutely NO GRADER BLADES, Channel Iron or angle iron only covering drivers door and can only be 5” past drivers door seams.

Rust Repair & Frame Repair:

  1. You may repair rusted out sheet metal with sheet metal only. Leave the rust in place and repair over it. Rusted out frames may be repaired with 1/8 inch or less. You are allowed to weld the patch 2 inches past the rusted out area, leave the rust in place.
  2. Bent frames may be repaired with 1/8 inch metal 2 inches past the bend, but only on 1 side of the frame. The patch may be welded solid, but you must have a ½ inch hole in the patch. You can only repair the frame once in each place. No re-patching or layering of patches.
  3. No fresh undercoating in frames. We have the right to make you burn it off.

The Drivers Compartment:

  • You may use no bigger than 6” pipe or channel iron in the drivers compartment area for protection. One can go from driver side to passenger side above the steering column, and one from drivers side to passenger side directly behind driver seat. Neither of these can go to the floor or connect to the frame in anyway. You may also run a protection piece from each of these on driver side and passenger side, but same rule applies. (Fig 8 cars only can have full race cages)
  1. Make sure that everything is secure in the drivers compartment. Hoses should be double clamped, batteries must be covered and secure. If running an electric fuel pump you must have a working shut off switch that is visible, and accessible.


Compact Class: In addition to the above rules – 4 & 6 Cylinders only.

  1. Any-Front wheel drive compact car with 108” or less wheel base but rear wheel driver cars must have a 106” or less wheel base.
  2. If the stock gas tank is located under the car but in front of rear axle, the stock gas tank may be used.
  3. Compact Trucks will be allowed.

There will be a Crazy Cruiser Compact Class for the Figure 8 races this year!

The Following Rules will be additional to above

  1. Must have door protection on both doors
  2. Fuel cell and battery cannot be located next to each other.
  3. Battery must be contained and covered completely, can also leave in engine compartment if you want to.
  4. Must move Throttle to passenger side out of reach of Driver.

Depending on car count there may be heats, bring spare parts.