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Street Stud Classes
The street stud classes are a relatively new thing to ice racing. One of the intricacies of ice racing is that as the rubber-to-ice cars have more races the ice becomes polished by all the wheels spinning on it and the track becomes slower and more difficult to drive on with each successive lap.
The street stud tires are all the same brand of tire, and they contain a short rounded stud in the tread. This doesn't give the traction of a full racing stud, but it does ensure that there is a moderate and consistent level of traction through the entire race which many drivers prefer.
For the 2011 season, the number of interested competitors in the street stud class has risen to the point where there will be a second driver class for these tires as well for the first time.