Deadman Pro Minis

Deadman Pro Minis

Dig you own grave rule:  Each car is permitted 6 total 4” x 4” x 3/8” max flat square fix it plates. This is 6 over the course of the Portland Indiana, Resurrection event.  This is a heats and feature event. You choose if you would like to start with 2, 4, 6.  There is no bias to fresh or pre ran cars, all rules apply the same.  During the course of the even plates cannot be moved. These plates must have a full 1” gap between plates however, you are permitted a ½” bead of weld all the way around the plate.  No building up weld or grinding welds down

******* There are no restrictions on where these 6 plates can be.  Use them as you desire, however if the plate is 4 and 1/8” it will be cut or removed. We are giving you all you need, do not take advantage and try for more. 

After the heats, each car is permitted 10 total locations of nine wire.  This nine wire can me a max of 4 loops of double braided nine wire.  No alternatives to nine wire will be permitted. No criss-crossing the nine wire.  


All general safety and time clock rules apply. See general rules. 

For any questions or clarification on rules, please call Ryan Ruhe at 937-408-7269

Please allow 24 hours for reply based on availability with work.  If you have not been contacted back please reach out to TJ McCullough at 301-707-6870.


  • Any  seam welding outside of what is directly stated within the rules will result in an automatic load. This includes the BODY, FRAME, and UNIBODY.  If there is an area of concern it MUST BE PRE APPROVED BY RYAN RUHE. 
  • Any frame plating, including additional fix it plates from prior shows, capping frames etc will result in an automatic load.
  • These rules are for your convenience and to avoid lengthy inspection times.  If you follow the rules, inspection will be quick and painless. 
  • Although our rules may be similar to other events, we will inspect each car directly to our rules and will not accommodate to another promoters interpretation of a rule.  Please understand that by doing so we avoid a conflict between fresh and pre ran inspections. It is better to tech all cars directly to our rules despite what other promoters have allowed.
  • With all of the above being said, it will always be better to call as it pertains to perceived grey areas or unclear areas.  CALL AND ASK.  
  • When using aftermarket pedals, plates for pedals or battery box may not exceed 20”x20” they may only be attached to the floor with 6-3/8” bolts and no bigger than a 3” round washer under the floor. Must maintain at least a 1” gap between body mount washers and battery box/pedal plate. If seat is not using factory bolts and brackets then it may have no bigger th
  • an a 3”x3”x1/4” washer where each bolt goes through the floor.

General Rules:

  1. Any Front Wheel Drive car with 109” wheelbase or less will be permitted.
  2. Any Rear Wheel Drive car with a maximum of 109” wheelbase is permitted.  

*** No full frame cars ***

  • All frame or body patching must be Pre-approved by Ryan Ruhe prior to inspection.  
  • No frame painting or undercoating
  • All trailer hitches must be removed
  • You must make an Aggressive hit every 60” in order to remain in competition.  Deadman Derby Productions does not classify scraping or rubbing with the side of your car as an aggressive hit.  An aggressive hit is defined as an attempt to incapacitate or inflict damage to another car. 
  • We will strictly enforce safety as it pertains to fires.  2 fires max.   if the following the first fire a Professional firefighter determines that it is not safe to continue, or the imminent threat of a second fire is there then we must disqualify that car from further competition.  If said car is returning to an addition consolation or feature a safety check must be performed to make sure that all fluids are clean from engine and engine bay and that no accelerates are removed.  
  • No holding, No PIN to WIN

Wheels and Tires:

  1. Any round wheel and tire combo permitted. Beadlocks, solid wheels doubled tires, foam filled tires are all permitted.  4 tires and wheels per car max


1. Any OEM loaded bumper. Replica Bumpers are permitted. Must taper over 32” and be no larger than 8×8” max and max point must be 4” max from flat front unless it is a Replica Chrysler pointy see below. 

Homemade and Chrysler pointy bumpers are permitted. They must be no bigger than 81⁄2“ at any point. No sharp or excessive points are permitted. This will be measured with a fixture bumpers larger will not run no exceptions. There will not be a tolerance for the 81⁄2” measurement. If using a factory bumper, it may be loaded or stuffed full.  Point must taper over 32”.  Max bumper size 8”x 8” 

  1. Bumpers may be no lower than 14” and no higher than 20” to the bottom of the bumper. This will be strictly enforced. Bumper seams may be welded. Metal may be added to the bumper. This must be done on the inside of the front bumper only. Rear bumpers may be seam welded but no metal may be added to the rear bumper. 
  2. The rear bumper shocks must be mounted in the factory configuration (no angling up through the trunk floor). They will be measured from the back side of the bumper back. You can hard nose the front bumper. You may use a 2” x 6” x 1/4” plate to weld the bumper to the frame (2 per mounting point). These plates must be on the side of the frame. They are not permitted on the top or bottom of the frame. You may weld the shock to the frame. Factory bumper shocks can only be 12” from the end of the frame and may not be moved back on the frame. 
  3. Bumper mounting options are as follows: Option 1 – On the outside portion of the frame you may weld a 4” tall ¼’ thick by 12” long flat plate with a ½” bead of weld. Must be on the outside wheel facing side of frame.  Option 2– On outside portion of frame facing wheel you may weld a 2”x2” x 12” x ¼” thick square tubing with a ½” bead of weld.  Option 3– on the inside (meaning internal or inside the frame) you may weld one of the following tubing  2”x2”, 2”x4”, or 3”x3”. Choose One.  All internal tubing is limited to max length of 12 inches and must start at the back of the bumper.  


  1. You may weld one seam per side of car firewall forward with a single ½” bead of weld. If it is a pinch seam you may fold it over and weld it to the frame.1 per side, firewall forward.  No weave passes or building the weld up is permitted. 
  2. No frame creasing or hammering is permitted. You can notch or crease the rear frame. This is to help the rear of the car roll not to strengthen the frame. 
  3. If a frame section needs to be replaced or repaired (rust) you must call first. On pre-ran cars, if the frame is shortened in the rear and bumper replaced the bumper shocks may not be located closer than 6″ from the hump plate. 
  4. You must have the core support in the factory location. Frame may be shortened to the front of the core support, the furthermost forward point of core support. 
  5. Angles for the cross member can not be longer than 5″ and max of 3”x3” angle and must be within 12″ from the factory location. Max of 2×2” crossmember
  6. For coil sprung cars, you may use a hump plate. They may be 1/4″ x 6″ x 16″ centered in the hump. They will be measured from the top center of the hump and must start no lower than the center of the frame. Hump plates must be at least 2″ from the rear end housing. On leaf spring cars, you may use a 1/4″ x 6″ x 10″ hump plate to be measured the same way. These hump plates may contour the frame or run straight across. 
  7. You may clip pre-ran cars with a single butt weld with no metal added. You must use the same make and model of the frame. All factory holes in the frame must remain open. No welding these holes shut is permitted. To clip a car, you must call to get approval. cross hump. Hump plates must remain flat plate. No bending of this over the top or bottom of the frame. 
  8. Front mounting points on K-members may be welded to the body of the car. No more than a 3” welded area per side is permitted. They may be bolted solid. 
  9. The sway bar and bracket may be welded to the frame. This must be in the stock location and configuration and must only be welded to the bottom of the frame. 


  1. All doors may be welding solid with maximum 3” wide ¼” thick strapping. No Overlapping straps. The two front doors mean front drivers and front passenger may have 1/8” door skin overlapping a maximum of 3” past seam. 
  2. The seam where the windows slide down into may be covered with 3” strapping
  3. Trunk lids or tailgates may be welding in a 5” on 5” off fashion with a maximum of 3” wide strapping.
  4. Deck lids or tailgates may be cut but must be located in the factory position and above rain channels.  
  5. Deck lids: Must be the factory deck lid for make and model, may be dished but quarter panels must remain upright.  A 2” space must remain between the trunk lid and floor for inspection purposes.  (2) 8”x 8” holes in trunk lid must be present for inspection purposes.  Around each hole you are permitted 8 total 3/8” bolts a max of 2” long. All 8 of these bolts must be within 2” of the inspection hole.  
  6. Speaker deck may be removed, however the trunk lid must remain in the factory location and the most forward seam of the trunk lid at bottom of rear window cannot be welded to anything. 
  7. Hoods: May be bolted in 6 places.  Maximum bolt size 5/8”.  No more than 6 bolts total.  You may use the front two body mounts as two of your hood tie downs.


OPTION 1: MAX OF 1” all thread 3 total Nuts max washer size 3”.  The all thread may run from bottom of frame through the top of frame, through the core support and through the hood. 


  • You may weld the all thread to the core support but the all thread cannot be sleeved in any fashion.  
  • Hood must be open for inspection
  • Around the holes for your headers you may use 10 3/8” bolts to bring sheet metal together.  Bolts must be within 2” of the hole.
  • No extra body panels, doubling of panels, sheeting torn areas etc.  
  • Body creasing is permitted
  • Quarter panels must remain upright, no wedging
  • You may bring the roof down level with the upright quarters but must have 10” gap from highest point of trunk floor to bottom of roof.  In no fashion can the roof be attached to the quarter panels.  
  • If you cut open the transmission tunnel to fit a transmission brace, you are not permitted to plate over the tunnel with any material greater than 18 guage sheet metal.  No 1/8”plating or staggered overlap plating. 
  • Sheeted bodies will be required to be either cut away to factory or will simply not be permitted to run. No exceptions.  

Core support

  1. Core support cannot be moved. 
  2. A piece of 4”x4” angle may be welded to the top of the core support but can be only 2 inches wider than the radiator.  
  3. Core support may be welded to the bumper 
  4. On the front of the core support you may have expanded metal or flat plate with design cut in a max of 1/8” thick.  May be welded to core support in 10 spots 2” long or can be bolted with (10) total 3/8” bolts max 2” long


  1. You must have a 4 point cage surrounding the drivers compartment and a halo bar.
  2. Maximum thickness of cage material is 6” 
  3. Cage can only be welding to sheet metal
  4. Cage must be 5” away from Transmission tunnel, firewall and floor.  The gas tank protector is the only part of the cage that be break this rule. It may be tight to packing tray or tight to front side of rear end housing floor. 
  5. Side door bars may not touch the firewall and must stop 3” away front  rear wheel well.
  6. Rear seat bar cannot be further back than 12” behind drivers seat and must remain 3” away from rear wheel well. 
  7. Dash bar must remain 4” away from firewall. A center bar may be ran in between the front dash bar and rear seat bar but must be 5” off of the floor. All corners of cage may be gusseted with a maximum of 3”x 3” material. No vertical gussets aside from 2 to the halo off of the rear seat bar.  
  8. Halo bars must run straight up and across roof. Halo may have two 6” 2”x2” tails bolted to the roof with max of 5/8” bolt. 
  9. Front window bar may attach to the halo bar and can run down and attach to the front dash bar. However, it must follow the cage rules and remain 5” away from the firewall.
  10. You may use 2 down legs to the frame from the rear seat bar down to the frame.  These must run straight down and cannot be angled and cannot be gusseted. 
  11. You may have 1 down leg per side of car that may go from side bar down to the frame but must be between the dash bar and the rear seat bar.  No gusseting of the down bars. These down bars must run straight up and down.  We recommend using this down bar to protect driver and to protect equipment.  
  1. Gas tank protectors must stop at packing tray on FWD and must stop at the rear axle on RWD.  Tank protector may be tight to sheet metal.  Maximum width of tank protector is 24”. You may have 2 total bars from gas tank protector to halo bar. Gas tank protector must contain the fuel cell and must be centered in car.  
  2. Rear window bar: Option 1: Maximum of 3”x 3”material may attach to roof or to halo bar.  The bottom of rear window bar may attach directly on top of rear axel on RWD cars or directly in front of the spare tire tub on FWD cars. Maximum 4”x4” plate

Option 2: Maximum of 3”x 3”material may attach to roof or to halo bar. Bottom of bar may be welded to where the speaker deck and trunk lid meet with a 4”x4” plate. 

Rear window bar may touch but cannot be welded to, wired to etc to the gas tank protector. 

Engine transmission, & Drivetrain

  1. Any 4 or 6 cyl engine
  2. Transmission braces are permitted but may not be welded to the body. Transmission pan skid plates are permitted but cannot be more than 1” outside the width of the transmission.  
  3. Steel bells are permitted  
  4. Solid Mounts are permitted but cannot be relocated. Must be in factory location.
  5. Full engine cradles are permitted.  Must mount in factory location.  Engine cradle may only be as wide as the headers.  Header protectors are permitted.  RWD cars may pressure into firewall ( no doubling or plating the firewall).  FWD cars are permitted to use their dig your own grave plates to weld cradle to frame. 
  6. Any 5 or 8 lug rear permitted.

Suspension and steering

  1. Aftermarket tie rods are permitted both factory style ends or heim joints are permitted.  If using heim joints a max of ¾” bolt may be used and cannot be longer than 4” max
  2. Struts may be solid and cars do not have to travel.  If making struts solid, you may weld them, run aftermarket struts, swap struts, however it must direct bolt top and bottom and must remain in factory location. 
  3. Factory RWD suspensions with an upper and lower control arm may run 1” all thread as front shock but are limited to 3” washers. A Arms may be welded down with a max of 2 3”x3” ¼” straps that must touch the a arm and frame. The center of the A Arm may be plug welded to the frame.  
  4. Spindles and A arms may be swapped OEM to OEM or you may reinforce spindle or run aftermarket direct bolt spindles.  Nothing from reinforcement of spindles may strengthen any other part of the car.  
  5. Coil sprung cars may weld the coil to the rear end or use 2 strands of double braided nine wire to hold coils in position.  
  6. Cars must only have the factory number of trailing arms for the make and model.  
  7. RWD cars may have any 5 or 8 lug braced rear.  Bracing cannot come in contact with the frame.
  8. Rear shocks may be replaced with 1” all thread or you may place a piece of 2”x2” from the bottom of the frame to your read end. ONE OR THE OTHER
  9. Factory leaf sprung cars may have a maximum of (7) ¼” leafs. Must have a minimum of 2” stagger and 2” stairstep.  No short leafing, must be in factory location.  However, aftermarket brackets may be made in factory location using a max of 3”x3” x 1/4” 
  10. A maximum of 6 clamps per pack.  You may use one of the following style clamps. Bolt together clamps 2” wide 4” long with 2 ½” bolts or you may choose formed wrap around OEM style clamps that may be a maximum of 1” wide ¼” thick and can be welded together but CANNOT be welded to the leaf springs.  6 total clamps per pack. 
  11. The idler arms must be bolted to the frame using factory hardware and in the factory manner.
  12. Sway bar may be welded to the bottom of the frame in the factory location. You may use a 1 ½” x 4” bracket or 2”x 2” square tubing to weld to the sway bar to attach to the frame.  MUST BE IN THE FACTORY LOCATION.  
  13. On FWD cars only, you may reinforce the rear axle assembly with 2”x2” square tubing, 2” angle or 2” wide flat plate.  None of these reinforcements can strengthen the body in any fashion.  

For any Rules Questions, interpretations please contact Ryan Ruhe 937-408-7269

Please allow 24 hours for response.  Texting is acceptable.  Calling will not cost you anything but in turn will save you time at the track the day of inspection. Don’t rely on your interpretation.  

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