Utah - The
American Rock Crawlers Association (ARCA) posted its 2002 preliminary
The 2002 preliminary
rulebook was open for change from the previous 2000 and 2001 seasons
of an Open Class, to having a modified stock and an Open Class.
After weighing the pros and cons of two classes versus one, the
ARCA found it in the sport's best interest to stick with the previously
used Open Class. Although the Open Class, used in previous years,
prevailed over the possibility of having two classes, it didn't
do so without some changes from the previous season.
One of the
biggest changes would be the controversial rule with rear steer.
In 2001, competitors were fined three points per obstacle for
the use of rear steer. The rulebook for 2002 states that competitors
will now be awarded eight (8) points per obstacle for the use
of rear steer.
change states "the gates will be marked numerically beginning
with 0 at the start gate and counting up. A score credit of two
points wills be issued upon completion of the obstacle for every
gate cleared after gate 0. For example, a competitor who points
out on an obstacle can, after the total of 40 points is given,
reduce his score by 2 times the number of gates cleared. A gate
is considered cleared once the rearmost position of the vehicle
is past the imaginary line between the gates."