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Granite State Pro Stock Series to approve Five Star Gen-6 SLM body

The body will come with a 20 lb weight penalty for those who use it …

Granite State Pro Stocks Series

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will allow the Five Star Bodies Gen-6 shell during the 2020 season, albeit with a caveat.

Series operator Mike Parks issued a rules bulletin to teams on Monday night that revealed the body would be allowed, albeit with a 20-pound weight penalty.

The unified consortium of leading North American promoters and industry leaders that comprise the Approved Body Configuration Committee revealed over the weekend that it would not approve the body moving forward, tasking Five Star and AR Bodies to develop a new body together that would be approved for the 2021 season.

READ MORE: January story that detailed why the gen-6 body has not been approved

The current members of the ABC Committee are made up of the CRA Super Series, 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.

Parks told his teams that he is still an advocate of the ABC process but wanted to ensure a means for those who invested into the new bodies to participate with them next summer.

“What we need you all to understand is that we believe in the ABC package and will always lean our rules in that direction,” Parks wrote. “As the ABC committee is working to come to a resolution on a new look, we feel this is in the best interest of the GSPSS.

“We will take a look at the new AR Package once it is released and we have a chance to see what they come up with and make a decision on that when the time is correct.  In our opinion the ABC package is where we want to be. Also, do not think the weight penalty is just a temporary thing as at this point, we do not see that going away.”

The Five Star Gen-6 body was conceived, developed and produced against the intent of a charter Five Star drafted in 2004 — one that was signed by the ABC Committee that ensures any new body would be developed jointly by the entire industry.

READ MORE: Read the original ‘Requirements of Participating Manufacturers’ charter

Five Star has reached agreements to utilize the Gen 6 body with the Pro All Star Series, TUNDRA Super Late Model Series, APC United Pro Late Model Series and many other weekly tracks across the country.

NASCAR has approved a variant of body for Late Model Stocks last month to mixed opinions. AR Bodies also agreed to produced a reskin of its current generation body to provide an alternative new look.

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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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