the 17.5 class is still strong here in FL Minreg had a good turn out for both classes and strickland always has a bunch of both classes. I'll bet the birds has plenty in both classes.
The class that is getting lower turn outs is 13.5 open.
I have not heard anything about the D3.5 17,5 getting dropped from TOUR classes. Except a few here on HT.....and that is wishfull thinking. I am afraid too many racers own them and like them.
I don't know what going on locally where your at. The 13.5 class is growing since they came out with the Gen3.
Yeah, I run a traveling series, and we're lucky to get five or six cars in 17.5 Open, although, in our pre-season poll, there was like nearly 20 guys that said they'd run 17.5 Open.
As for the D3.5 17.5 motor, I thought I had read in the TOUR forums that after April (the end of this carpet season), the D3.5 17.5 motor would be "illegal" in that class (I also thought that I had read that after January 1, 2014, that motor would not be ROAR-legal, either, but, since carpet season goes through April, TOUR would let it run this year).
**EDIT**: After looking around, this is what I found:
Under the terms of the agreement, the TRINITY D3.5/17.5 Trinity motor will be reinstated on the ROAR approved list on July 1, 2013 and will remain on that list through the first quarter of 2014, upon the release of the new TRINITY D4/17.5, when it will be removed. Trincorp has guaranteed this will occur before March 30, 2014.
So it's looking like yet another "must-have" <?> motor will be coming later on.
13.5 Spec/Nationwide *is* about the largest class now, drawing nearly as many cars as 17.5 Sportsman Truck (well, I guess now it's TOUR "SuperTruck").