Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get a car?
Cars can be purchased used or new, directly from one of several manufacturers. Cars can also be found on our showroom page, racingjunk.com, ebay.com, minicup.com, autoracingtrader.com, stockcartrader.com, etc. You can search by name 'minicup' or 'supercup' on those websites. Just be careful what you purchase and make sure it's a "suspended" chassis, not a "rigid" chassis. Feel free to contact ASCS if you have a question about a specific car you've found for sale.
2. What else will I need?
Besides the car, you'll need a small trailer. 4'x8' trailers can be purchased for a couple hundred dollars from hardware stores, or snowmobile trailers are often used. Or if you have a large pick up truck, it might fit in the bed! A Snell certified racing helmet (not a motorcycle helmet) and a firesuit are required. Fireproof shoes and gloves are recommended but not required, mechanix gloves will work. If you ask, most ASCS drivers will have extras you might be able to borrow/rent/purchase. We also recommend a few good wrenches and nice tool box!
3. Do I need a pit crew?
No, that's the great thing about Super Cup racing. Everything is easy to work on, and if you have problems or questions, other drivers are ALWAYS available to help. Unlike most series where drivers want to keep secrets, we prefer to help everyone get up to speed and be both competitive and safe. Drivers, however, will often bring family members to lend a hand at the track, which is always welcome and encouraged. Drivers are allowed to have radio spotters but it is not required. Drivers have won races with and without spotters and have crashed with and without spotters, so its whatever you're most comfortable with.
4. How do I sign up to race?
You can always email us about your intentions or speak specifically with an ASCS. But simply put, you can fill out the registration form and just show up at the race track, ready to go. However, we do require contacting an ASCS first to make sure your car is both legal and race ready.
5. Can I fit in this car?
Yes, adults and children can drive these cars. We get in through the roof. The engine is in the rear, and the pedals are all the way in the front (inside the roll cage of course). We have had drivers as young as 8 up to 71 years old in our league. Drivers up to 6'4" tall and 300# can fit in these cars and because we have a minimum weight rule for the total car & driver, there is no advantage to the lighter drivers.
7. How fast do these cars go?
We can get up over 100MPH on the larger tracks. However, we generally run smaller tracks, like Plymouth Speedway where we averaged 85MPH a lap, and hit about 75 MPH at Rockford Speedway.
8. How safe are these cars?
It has all the same safety features as a full size stock car and yes, unfortunately we have crashed it over 60MPH head on in to the wall and walked away. The cars are built to meet quality standards and the chassis is very strong. It has a 5 point safety harness and drivers are required to wear helmets and firesuits. Most drivers wear some style of head & neck restraint as well.
9. What can you do to the car?
It has a sealed engine to keep all cars competitive, but otherwise it has all the adjustments available that a full size stock car has, including shock (ride) heights, caster, camber, track bar, weight distribution, tire pressures, etc.
10. How much do they cost?
It is very affordable! You get all the fun of a Late-Model stock car (specifically, nearly the same speeds on small tracks) for a fraction of the price. Used cars cost between $3000 to $6500 and new cars are around $15,000. Replacement parts/repair are also a lot cheaper than most forms of full size racing. A set of tires can last 3 seasons and you only need a quart of oil and 2 gallons of fuel to go racing every weekend. Generally your biggest expense during the season is gas money to and from the track.
11. Are you allowing other drivers to race in your program without an ASCS sealed engine?
All drivers are welcome, you must have a ASCS Sealed motor – Your motor can be built by anyone but must have ASCS seals (no charge for sealing), no other sealing option is currently available. ASCS sealed motors may be on hand to borrow for the race if you don’t have an ASCS seal, but please call ahead if possible so we can reserve an engine. Engine sealing's can be completed in 2 hours.
12. What will be your procedure if they are not registered ASCS members?
You can race with us as long as you conform to our rules – primary concern is the sealed motor
13. What will be the cost to race as a non-ASCS member?
To be a fully registered ASCS member is only $150.00. For non-ASCS members, the cost is $75 for the first race – you will not be entiltled to payout or prize money. You could join the series for $150.00 instead and you would be entitled to all benefits. The second time a non-ASCS member arrives, the cost will be $75, which will then make you an official ASCS member. (With winning payouts, you'll make your money back anyways in 2-3 races.)
14. What will be the tech issues without an ASCS engine seal?
To avoid any tech issues it would be in you best interest to have a ASCS seal. No ASCS motor – no race.
15. What seal is ASCS utilizing?
ASCS is utilizing our own seal and our own seal only which is provided free of charge.