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APC Series approves next-gen body in 2020 rules update

Ontario’s Pro Late Model tour will receive a fresh new look

Five Star Bodies

Five Star Bodies inched one step closer to gaining widespread approval of its next-generation Super Late Model body over the weekend with the revelation that the APC United Pro Late Model Series in Ontario, Canada has approved the shell.

The body remains unapproved for use in Approved Body Configuration Committee promoted sanctioning bodies in the United States, but the APC Series joins a growing list of divisions across North America to include the body in its 2020 rules package.

The ABC Committee is comprised of the ARCA CRA Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, Big 8 Late Model Series, CARS Tour, Northwest Super Late Model Series, the Race of Champions, Southern Super Series and SRL Southwest Tour.

The reason for that pushback has come down to two key points of contention: The ABC Committee does not want to approve the Five Star body without having a similar product on the market from the other national provider, Aluminum Racing (AR) Bodies.

AR has, to this point, refused to build such a body, encouraging a reskinned nose and tail of the current approved body. AR founder Jerry Criswell has long maintained that his company does not have the resources to develop an alternative amidst a rivalry with Five Star that at times has gotten personal.

A variation of the new Five Star Body was recently approved by NASCAR for use in its Late Model Stock divisions across the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee to mixed opinions from the competitors.

The APC United Pro Late Model division joins other notable regional divisons like the Pro All Star Series and TUNDRA in the upper midwest as supporting the movement.

The complete APC Pro Late Model rule book can be read in its entirety here. Matt Pritiko was crowned champion last month at Delaware Speedway in Ontario. The league featured six winners in 10 races.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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