Updated GoodGuys Rules, Shootout Changes, and New Vehicle Eligibility
GoodGuys is by far the biggest nationwide car series out there. You know that when you go to a GoodGuys event exactly what you’re going to get. From shows in California to Texas, they with hold the same standard nationwide.
But they are always looking to improve and make the show even better. There’s a few things they have changed for the 2022 season and we wanted to let you know about those. Especially the changes that affect all of our autocross racers.
First, there’s now a 25-year cutoff. That means for 2022 any vehicle from 1997 or older is eligible to register and participate all weekend at any Good Guys event. That means all those cool third-gen Camaro’s, Fox body Mustangs and first year C5 Corvettes can enter. We are excited as it doesn’t seem like these are classics but they really are! These are the cars a lot of people drove in high school and are eager to get another one to show off. C5 Corvettes will bring another level of competition to autocross as well.
Speaking of Autocross, there’s a few rule changes for that as well. Let’s take a second and break down each class.
2022 Speedtech Performance PRO-X Class Basics
- PRO-X class consists of vehicles weighing less than 3000 pounds (less driver)
- PRO-X will expand eligible year models through 1997
- Any commercially available 200 UTQG treadwear tire is legal
- Any front tire size over a 315mm is allowed
- Full tube chassis race cars run in PRO-X
2022 Summit Racing Equipment PRO Class Basics
- PRO will maintain 1987-and-earlier model year eligibility
- Weight minimums have been revised as follows:
- PRO car with 8-cylinder engine: 3,200 lbs.
- PRO car with 6-cylinder engine: 3,000 lbs.
- PRO car with 4-cylinder engine: 2,500 lbs.
- Maximum front tire width is 315mm, 200 treadwear minimum, commercially available in a minimum of four sizes
2022 Forgeline Street Machine Class Basics
- Street Machine will maintain 1987-and-earlier model year eligibility
- Weight minimums have been revised as follows:
- Street Machine car with 8-cylinder engine: 3,200 lbs.
- Street Machine car with 6-cylinder engine: 3,000 lbs.
- Street Machine car with 4-cylinder engine: 2,500 lbs.
- Maximum front tire width is 285mm, 200 treadwear minimum, commercially available in a minimum of four sizes
2022 LMC Truck Class Basics
- Truck Class will expand to 1997 model year eligibility
- Weight minimum remains at 3,500 lbs.
- Tire rule updated to allow up to 315mm 200 UTQG treadwear tires commercially available in a minimum of four sizes
2022 FiTech Challenger Class Basics
- FiTech Challenger class will expand to 1997 model year eligibility
- The “breakout rule” will remain in place to ensure Challenger class is a competitive AutoCross entry point; this rule states that if any of the top 10 competitors in Challenger class run 2-seconds or less on average quicker than the average of the top 10 in the class after the first three runs, they will be moved up in class
- Challenger class will no longer compete in event shootouts or Duel in the Desert
2022 Sports Car Class Basics
- This class is very similar to Street Machine, with the biggest difference being tire guidelines; tire rules were still being determined at press time, so be sure to visit goodguysax.com for final rules
- Weight minimums are as follows:
- Production car with 8-cylinder engine: 3,200 lbs.
- Production car with 6-cylinder engine: 3,000 lbs.
- Production car with 4-cylinder engine: 2,500 lbs.
2022 Tremec All-American Sunday Class Basics
- The only rule update for All-American class is the year model update, welcoming 1998-and-newer vehicles for Sunday competition
- Maximum tire size is the largest production size tire for that model vehicle; treadwear should be production-equipped rate or 200 minimum, commercially available in a minimum of four sizes
- Tremec will offer a healthy year-end All-American Class champion prize
GOODGUYS CPP AUTOCROSS 2022 POINTS, SHOOTOUT FORMAT, AND AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR CHANGES
Points System Updates
Goodguys has revised the CPP AutoCross points system for 2022 to allow ALL racers in all competitive classes the ability to earn points for a completed event. The new points system assigns 100 points for 1st place, 99 points for 2nd place, and so on down the competitor list. In past years only the top ten in each class earned points.
Points earned during event shootouts have also been updated, with points being awarded to ALL shootout competitors. The new shootout points values are as follows: 100 points for 1st place; 90 points for 2nd place; 80 points for 3rd place; 70 points for 4th place.
Yearend Shootout Changes
One of the biggest changes for 2022 is the way Goodguys is handing year-end competition during the season-finale Duel in the Desert at the 25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals. A new Duel in the Desert format will pit class racers against their class contemporaries.
Instead of a 32-car elimination shootout as has been done in the past, Goodguys CPP Autocross will now run five separate eight-car class-specific shootouts (five classes and 40 cars total) in Scottsdale. Each class bracket will be composed of:
- Top five in points for each eligible class following the Meguiar’s So-Cal Nationals in Del Mar Sept 30-Oct 2, 2022
- The three remaining spots open for each Duel in the Desert class shootout will be earned by racing in at the Duel in the Desert event on Friday-Saturday
- Shootout points will be earned at Duel in the Desert in consideration for CPP AutoCrosser of the Year honors (100 for 1st, 90 for 2nd, 80 for 3rd, 70 for 4th, 60 for 5th, 50 for 6th, 40 for 7th, and 30 for 8th)
King Of The Desert
The new Duel in the Desert format will culminate in an exciting new feature at the 25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals: an eight-car King of the Desert Shootout. After each of the class-specific Duel in the Desert shootouts are complete and the respective champions are decided, the fastest eight cars from all shootouts will compete for the new King of the Desert title.
The King of the Desert Shootout will be a multi-lap format, and in the end there will be one King of the Desert – a title that is sure to be coveted among racers. Shootout points will be earned for King of the Desert in consideration for CPP Autocrosser of the Year honors. Points will be awarded as follows: 100 for 1st, 90 for 2nd, 80 for 3rd, 70 for 4th, 60 for 5th, 50 for 6th, 40 for 7th, and 30 for 8th.
Goodguys CPP AutoCrosser Of The Year
For 2022, the prestigious CPP AutoCrosser of the Year title – part of the Goodguys Top 12 – will be awarded to the top overall performer of the series – that is, the racer with the highest total season points. Class points plus shootout points will be considered for all National events, and up to two Get-Together events, plus any points earned in the Duel in the Desert class shootout and King of the Desert shootout.
To accept the award, the AutoCrosser of the Year driver and vehicle must be present at the 25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals. If the racer cannot be present, the title will go to the racer with the next highest points total competing in the Duel in the Desert. The winning car will go from the winner’s circle to the Meguiar’s Top 12 Of The Year display as the final Autocrosser Of-the-Year award winning car. The CPP AutoCrosser of the year will also be eligible for the Top 12 Of The Year award winners prize package.
Get Fired Up!
Those are the basic updates for the season. More detailed rules and explanations can be found online at GoodguysAX.com. The stage is set, the tracks are getting prepared, and soon it will be your turn to join the fun in the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series. We’re excited for the starting-line flag to drop and look forward to seeing you on the track!