Poor French. Seventeen years with more or less the same engine rules. Agrees to have the Racesavers participate with the Schwanke engines for two years after which time the Schwankes are phased out. Then the All Pro heads are added for some reason. Then even talk of allowing the Fast 305's to participate. Then the crank weight is not enforced. Then the two year phase out disappears. Supposedly there are about 600 Racesaver engines out there in the USA. That's seventeen years worth. French also says the top prize should not be more that twice the amount paid to start. ASCS starts a 305 division and announces a $5,000 to win race. I'll bet it didn't pay $2,500 to start. Paying $5,000 to win is a great way to keep the 305 engines affordable. Hey French, where were all these people seventeen years ago? And if Sharon had gone with the Racesaver rules................... .
We offered Racesaver 305 Sprints a chance to run Mercer this year. If they showed up with a sealed Racesaver motor, Mercer Raceway Park would allow them to race with The Outlaw Sprint Warrriors. That prompted an immediate call from French Grimes who called me personally to tell me he would not allow that to happen without consequences to the drivers. According to Mr. Grimes any Racesaver that runs a non-Racesaver event the driver must have their engine completely reteched including sending the heads in to be recertified, before they are allowed to compete again with Racesaver. Grimes went so far as to immediately toss Walt Tutak off the Western Pa. Racesaver Board. All Walt did was try to help the racers and he got dumped on for it.
Also remember racing with Racesaver is by invitation only. I presonally know a driver who had his invitation to race revoked without being told he was "uninvited". To top it off he was not told until he paid his pit fees at the next race and then was told he was suspended, and no refund of pit passes would be given.
The Racesaver rules package is a pretty solid rules package, but you better not cross Mr. Grimes. It's his way or the highway. No exceptions.