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2012 General and Policy Rules
NOTE: The Management of 85 Speedway reserves the right to alter the race program at anytime for the improvement of the quality and/or convenience. Special events may be governed by different rules and rule changes. Decisions of the speedway personnel are official and final. The Promoter will make no decisions concerning competition on race night, except on an appeal from a speedway official.
Pit Admission / Track Admission
NOTE: Track officials and management reserve the right to do random trailer checks, when entering the pits. Don’t get caught with people hiding in your trailer, or with beer or alcohol. You could be disqualified for the night.
Track officials and management reserves the right to refuse entrance to any car, driver, owner, or any other person or persons to the pit area, infield or grandstand area.
Anyone entering the racetrack premises does so at his/her own risk. Any persons wanting admission to the pit area, for even just a short period of time, must pay the regular pit fee and sign the release form, each time that they attend an event. If you fail to sign the release, then you are not covered by the track’s insurance. The minimum age of minors entering the pit area is 14, and a signed parent release is required. Proof of age may be required (i.e. birth certificate). The insurance carrier determines age limit.
Any vehicle other than tow vehicle with trailer and car, will buy a $25 pit pass for that vehicle.
Anyone caught in the pits without a pit pass, will be taken from the pits, and will be required to purchase a pit pass or a ticket for the grandstands. Track officials and management may also refuse entrance, if it is warranted. If there is someone in your pit, associated with your car, and they don’t have a pit pass, you could be disqualified for the night also.
Management is not responsible for accidents of any nature, or damage incurred, or for loss by theft while on the premises of 85 ....Speedway..... The management will carry insurance. No claims will be paid for the injuries unless these injuries are reported before leaving the premises on the day or night the injury occurred. The track management will file the first claim. After the first claim is filed, it becomes the injured person’s responsibility to fill out papers and forms and send all bills to the insurance company. Promoter is not liable for any claim that is more than the track insurance covers. No one shall claim any damages against any speedway official for any reason of disqualifications or damages to any property not covered under the current insurance policy. All insurance will be through the Track Promoter, Roger Archer. Report all claims to Front Office Manager.
NOTE: Injuries sustained from fighting and/or being under the influence of alcohol forfeit all rights to any insurance claims.
Beer / Alcohol in the Pits
Absolutely no alcoholic beverages will be consumed in the pit area by anyone before or during the race program. Any person in the pit area with liquor on his breath will be immediately removed from the pit area for the remainder of the race program. A second such offense will result in a permanent suspension from the pits.
Fighting / Unsportsmanlike Conduct
STAY IN YOUR PIT! NO EXCEPTIONS! IF YOU GO TO ANOTHER PIT TO FIGHT, YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE ....SPEEDWAY....!
Any participant starting a fight or conducting himself in a manner detrimental to the track or the sport of auto racing, may be suspended for two (2) weeks from the speedway. The guilty party will not be allowed in the pit, parking lot or grandstands for the duration of the suspension. A $100 fine, payable to the Promoter, is mandatory for fighting, and may be levied in other incidents as determined by the Promoter. A second offense will constitute a levied in other incidents as determined by the Promoter. A second offense will constitute a two (2) week suspension, plus a $200 fine. Abuse of an official is grounds for permanent suspension.
Rough driving and unsportsmanlike conduct on the track will not be tolerated, and the driver will receive the black flag. If you receive the black flag while racing, you must leave the track immediately due to safety issues with your car or because the officials believe that you have acted in an unsportsmanlike way with your car. Any car disqualified for rough driving or unsportsmanlike conduct will not be paid for that event, but must be inspected and approved by the pit steward before entering any following events. Any driver disregarding a black flag more than twice in a race, will be disqualified, receive no winnings for that event, and will be suspended for the remainder of the night. Disqualifications of a driver results in disqualification of the car he is driving for the remainder of the night. These offenses may also carry a fine (see above paragraph).
For Drivers and Owners
Adult drivers must be 18 years old and have a valid Texas Drivers License. Any drivers that are 16 years old and wanting to drive, must have a signed parent release form, and the parent must be present at the facility during the race. Youth drivers (11-15) must have signed waiver on file (with appropriate birth certificate or legal guardian forms) and parents must be present at track.
All cars must be registered with speedway officials. A registered car, not appearing before June 1, will forfeit his number and registration for that year. A driver must compete in at least 50% of season’s races to retain number for next year.
All cars must have presentable paint job with the assigned 1, 2, or 3-digit number (or letters). Paint used for the number must contrast in color to the remainder of the car. No obscene or off-color remarks, slogans, words, or pictures will be allowed on cars.
NOTE: Judges/scorekeepers look for car number on the right passenger side of the car and on the top of the car, in order to score your car each lap. It is your responsibility to make sure that the number is clear, even at high speeds.
New cars which are not legal to compete, may be allowed to compete one (1) time only, at the discretion of the tech inspectors and Promoter.
At no time will an unsafe car be allowed on the track. No cars will be allowed on the track unless there is an ambulance present.
All components are subject to inspection and approval of inspecting officials. No equipment will be considered as having been approved by reason of having passed through inspection unobserved.
Point fund and/or all end-of-year awards will only be presented if a driver competes in half of the race nights, and finishes in the Top 10 in each class. Driver must also be present at the banquet to receive trophy.
If a driver changes cars during the season, the season points will be split between car and driver.
Weekly Event Policy and Procedures
At all times during a race program, all persons in the pit area are responsible for listening to the pit steward’s announcements. While in the pits, each participant should be prepared to cooperate with the pit steward(s), and any requests that they make. This will help keep the show on schedule and safe. Any driver, owner, pit crew member, or spectator associated with a registered car, whether involved in an accident or not, entering the track area, beyond safety fences and pit area, may have that car automatically disqualified for the remainder of that night’s race program. No money or points will be paid for that car. If you are needed you will be called.
After checking in at the pit gate and/or chalkboard, you will be added to the line-ups. You should be prepared to pack the track, no later than ..6:30 p.m... It is the responsibility of each racecar owner and driver, and failure to do your share of packing may result in forfeiture of starting position for that night’s races (i.e. you may run the back of the consolation and the back of the feature only). Races will start on time even if all classes have not had time to pack and hot lap. Only exceptions are accidents or weather-related delays. Pit stewards will be responsible for making this decision.
Any driver change without notifying speedway officials will result in the disqualification of the driver and car, forfeiture of winnings in that event, and suspension of the remainder of the night. No backup cars allowed. No driver change will be allowed after that class has run their heat race. No car may run in more than one (1) heat race. If a driver changes cars after signing in for that night’s event, he will start at the rear of the field. If he qualifies for the feature, he will start at the rear of the lineup.
After the first night, and for regular weekly events, lineups are determined by point average, except for Twister class (see Twister rules). Lineup for B-Feature are by finishing order of the heats, except for the cars that qualified for the A-Feature in their heats. The cars that qualified for the A-Feature in their heats will be inverted by point average. Any driver that misses two (2) consecutive racing events will loose his point average. If the driver qualifies for the A-Feature from their heat, they will start behind the cars that have not missed two (2) consecutive racing events.
Make sure to check the chalkboard in the pits often, so that you don’t miss your event. The pit steward will also call the lineup for the event when it is time to bring the car to the lineup area. It’s the driver/owner’s responsibility to get the lineups off the board and be in their spot when it is time to lineup for the race. If you are unable to make it to the lineup area, with your car, when you are supposed to race, immediately notify the pit steward. Any car that does not take its position when called will go to the rear of the lineup. If you are able to repair your car before your Feature race starts, make sure to advise the pit steward so that you may be added to any additional lineups.
The flagman has the authority to start any event whether all cars called to the track area are ready or not, and has complete control of the cars on the racing surface, and will utilize flags, lights, and hand signals, to assist the drivers during each race. Drivers should watch for all of these signals and should act accordingly. Drivers are to follow all instructions given by the flagman or track crew, at all times, and may be disqualified from the race if they hold up the race or cause any problems during the race.
The only people allowed on the racetrack and infield during competition are racing officials. Everyone must stay away at all times unless required to assist for some special reason. Drivers may seek a place of safety in the infield following disablement. Drivers are not to work on or examine disabled racecars in the infield during a race event. Only wrecker and safety crews will be allowed on the racetrack in the event of an accident.
For any maintenance or repairs during a race, the car must move behind the railing in the service area (top three and four turn – inside fence). Only pit crew members from cars in the service area should enter the service area. If you go to the service area, you go to the back of the lineup (even if the lineup has not been changed on the board). If you are caught not starting at the back after going to the service area, you will be disqualified.
On the start of the race, if either of the two cars on the first row cause two (2) successive bad starts, the car causing the problem may be placed back one row. If both cars are at fault, both front row cars may be moved back one row.
Once the flagman has dropped the green flag and started the race, no cars will be allowed to enter a race from the pit area, even if they are supposed to be in that event. Notify the pit steward(s) and the car may get added onto the next race, if possible.
Time limits will not be put on the Feature races unless there are excessive delays or multiple red/yellow flags. After 30 minutes, Track officials may decide to shorten the race, especially if there is only a few cars left in the race, or if there are numerous cars causing unnecessary delays.
Drivers should pick-up winnings within one (1) hour of the last event of the night. In the event of a protest, money for the affected class must be picked up within 30 minutes of the officials protest decision. Protest information is covered in each class’s rules. Money not picked up within the time limit will be held until the following week’s race only. If money is not picked up then, the money will become the property of the management.
Once the pit lights are off, you are expected to leave the pit area. Failure to leave the pit area can result in suspension.
Interruptions in the Races
NOTE: Track vehicles will not be used to help perform maintenance on any racecar during racing events.
Any vehicle whose whole speed has been reduced to a point where it causes a safety problem, will receive the black flag and be removed from the track, at the discretion of speedway officials.
If, before the white flag of any race event, a hood pops up or a flat tire occurs on the right side of the car, the driver must immediately leave the track.
Yellow Flag - A green and yellow light will be used in the event of a situation where caution is needed to warn all drivers. Race will continue under the green/yellow light.
If a single car stops on the track, and does not cause a hazard to other drivers or himself, a yellow flag will be shown and drivers will race to the flag stand. Cars will be realigned according to the way they cross the start finish line that lap. The single car causing the interruption in the race, will go to the rear of the lineup and may be penalized one (1) lap even if restarted before race stops.
Red/Yellow Flag – Racing stops and track is cleared of hazards. Lineup will be redone and the car causing the red/yellow will be put on the back of the race. A red/yellow flag will be used to clear the track on minor accidents. Under the red/yellow condition, all cars must reduce their speed to a slow pace and fall into position with no passing. The first two restarts, after a red/yellow, will line-up will be the leader alone on the front row and all trailing cars aligned two (2) abreast determined by the last completed lap under the green flag. If a car drops out on the re-start, the car directly behind will move up. No criss-crossing. After two restarts, all cars will line-up in a single-file line, and will not pass on the start, until they have passed the cone (that will be placed on the front straightaway).
Any race car deliberately stopping on the speedway and causing a red/yellow or red light to improve his position, to protest an official’s call, or deliberately cutting through the infield, will go to the rear and suffer a one (1) lap penalty for each offense as determined by the speedway officials. Any car stopping on the racetrack with a flat tire and causing a red/yellow and not waiting for the wrecker may be disqualified from that race with no pay or points.
If a car receives a red/yellow flag multiple times, and he is not involved in an accident with any other car, the car may be disqualified. (i.e. After two (2) red/yellow on the same car, that car may be removed from the race).
Any part falling off a racecar, causing a red/yellow or red flag, will result in that car going to the rear.
NOTE: Any car that loses a muffler during a race will be disqualified for that event and any car loosing a fuel tank in the course of a race, will pass a rigid safety inspection, by the pit steward, before being allowed to compete in any event.
Red Flag - In the event of a red flag, all cars must slow immediately, stopping at the top of turn four (4), if it is safe. Once the cars are realigned and moved out on the parade lap, any car not in the lineup will go to the rear of the race. Cars may re-enter the race at anytime after the green flag drops from the service area ONLY. If you leave the track, to work on your car during the red flag, you will automatically go to the back of the race, if you are allowed to come back on the track.
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. No express or implied warranty of safety shall result from publication of or compliance with these rules and/or regulations. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator, or official.
The race director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in his opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from such alteration or specification. Any interpretation or deviation of these results is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.
The Management of 85 Speedway, Inc.