Any suggestions for how to test cars for lube?

Dadvball Sunday, 12/26/2021

I belong to a club that doesn't allow any type of lubricant. We have in the past periodically looked at the wheels on winning cars to see if they have been lubricated. We run about 10 or so different classes and will be making a point to try thoroughly checking the wheels on the top 3 finishers as well as maybe 2 random cars, hoping to eliminate the possibility of someone bending the rules. Does anyone have any tips on how to go about checking the wheels and axles, for say graphite?

We've tried Q-tips, very bright light, magnify glass, compressed air, and who knows what else. 

We have had a few instances in the past and there is a penalty for it if you're caught. It's just not tolerated. So if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thank you!


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BlueLineRacing 12/26/21

It can be very difficult to detect if someone ran the car over and over and cleaned up the outside which is why most races allow it. The only way to be sure is to open the car. No matter how well the car has been cleaned up if it has ever received a proper dusting you'll see evidence of it inside. 

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Dadvball 12/29/21

Thanks guys. We don't usually have to deal with this but every once in a while someone tries to pull a fast one.

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DXPRacing 12/29/21

Is there a reason why a dry lube would not be allowed?  I understand following rules.  Maybe the cars need to be brought sealed for a race, then opened to ensure nothing has been done to them.  

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