2014 Official Southern Raceway General Rules

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1. All decisions, judgment calls or interpretations of rules by track officials will be final. ALL decisions from tech are final. Competitors in track events, by entering said events, agree to abide by all official decisions. Every effort will be made to ensure that safety and fairness is extended to all participants and management reserves the right to amend any rules or regulations that would promote a better quality program or safer program.

2. No driver, car owner or mechanic shall have any claim for damages, expenses, etc. against promoter, track operator or participating raceway or it’s officials by reason of disqualification, or damage to either car or driver, or both and they agree the track is in a safe and usable condition if they take part in any of the racing activities.

3. All drivers, car owners, mechanics or any other persons assume full responsibility for any and all injuries sustained, including death and or property damage, any time they are on racetrack premises or in route to or from track.

4. Promoter, race director, or participating track officials have the right to reject entry of any car, driver or individual.

5. Management reserves the right to inspect any race car at any time. Failure to allow this will result in disqualification without refund of money.

6. Track Officials may run any type race program.

7. There must be at least eight (8) cars to be considered a class. No LESS than four (4) cars are permitted per heat race.

8. CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED IN THE PITS WITH A VALID PIT PASS - $25.00

9. NO ONE allowed in pit area without a visible, dated pit pass and must maintain hand stamp. (If it washes off, get it stamped again).

10. Drivers for Hobby, Vintage, Late Model and Modified classes must be at least 16 years old; drivers between the ages of 16 – 18 must sign a minors release. For Street Stock class drivers can be 14 to drive.

11. Do Driver or crew member may enter racing area (pits of track) until he/she has signed all releases, registrations or entry blanks. No person will be permitted at any time to sign the release sheet for anyone other than themselves.

12. Either the car owner or driver will be required to attend pit meeting and be on time.

13. No competitor shall subject any track official to abuse or improper language at any time. Any violations will be subject to fine or suspension. Drivers and car owners are responsible for their pit crew and family members actions. Any complaints must be presented to the pit steward, in a civil manner (preferably written) , who will  confer with judge. Only driver is allowed to issue protest. If a driver cannot control his pit crew, he and his crew can and will be suspended from the track for any given period of time. NO ONE, under any circumstances, is allowed on the FLAGSTAND or SCORING TOWER or in its area – this will cost the driver a fine of $200 and/or suspension.

14. Any competitor, driver, owner, mechanic, etc. who takes part in demonstrations or fights on the track premises before, during or after the race shale be subject to fines of $100 minimum, loss of prize money and championship points and/or suspension. This is no idle threat.

15. Drivers leaving or entering the pits in a reckless manner will be subject to disqualification and/or suspension.

16. Any privately owned vehicle not used to tow race car or supplies for track use will not be allowed to park in pit area unless personal clearance is obtained and fee paid.

17.  After entering the track for a race, if you have to exit the track for ANY reason, you must restart in the rear. This also includes red flags. No working on the race car on the track or on the apron.

18. All cars must start under their own power.

19. no “off color” drawings or slogans on car.

20. All race cars must be clean and neat in appearance upon arrival at races.

21. Race car number is secured only when membership is paid. Drivers may exchange their numbers before season begins if both are in agreement. Because of scoring problems, only numbers (two digits) 0 – 99 will be issued in each class on a first come basis. Drivers showing up with a duplicate number on race night  may be required to add a number or letter to their existing one to avoid scoring issues. The class champion’s number will be reserved free of charge.

22. Each car will have minimum 18” high and 3” wide numbers, NEATLY DISPLAYED on each side of the car and also on the rood (visible and readable  from the tower as you pass under the flag stand). Smaller, visible numbers will be placed front and rear (headlight and taillight area) for on-track workers and line up officials.

23. All races will be conducted under “Green Flag conditions”. Caution laps will not count.

24. Under no circumstances will vehicles other than eligible race cars be permitted to enter the track after green flag drops.

25. Drivers or pit crew members (with track officials consent) must be with car that is being handled by wrecker or tractor on track or in pit area. Wrecker, tractor and 4-wheeler drivers are considered track officials.

26. No vehicle or crew member will go to accident scene until signaled y flagman and/or on-track official. No exceptions. The flagman is the absolute authority concerning racetrack surface.

27. When you are called to line up for a race, you must quickly take your position. If you are not in place when cars pull out for the race, the pit steward will decide if you take up rear or return to pit area.

28. Pole position is responsible for orderly start and needs to maintain a consistent speed. No “break checking” or flying starts! Any driver who breaks out of position to pass before green flag drops is subject to be black-flagged, or put to the rear of the field.

29. Any car causing two cautions will go to the pits; if you spin two times, you need some adjustments.

30. Any intentional bumping, spinning, or unsportsmanlike  driving will be black-flagged.

31. Any car involved in a caution will be sent to the rear of the field. The car causing the caution is subject to being black-flagged.

32. Anyone who feels he is not in his right position for lineup should pull up to the high side of the track and continue until notified where to line up.

33. Race participants are not employees of the track and are considered independent contractors and assume and take all responsibility for all charges, premiums, and taxes, if any, payable for any funds they may receive as a result of their participation in any event at the track.

34. SOUTHERN RACEWAY must have a completed driver information sheet on file before any monies will be disbursed. Prize money shall be paid to driver only and he will be soley responsible for settlement with car owner. Prize money must be picked up on race date – no money will be held. Everyone must fill out a driver sheet. On the sheet there is a place for the person receiving prize money to sign. This is the person, or business, who receives the 1099 and is responsible for taxes. If this section is not filled out the 1099 goes to the driver. If the information changes during the year, you must inform Southern Raceway or the 1099 will go to the driver. This same rule applies to address changes.

35. When and if any race is called off because of weather conditions with less than half the race program completed, no purse will be paid and spectators will keep ticket stubs for rain check to be used the following week. If more than half the race program has been completed, he race program will be considered complete with no refunds. Uncompleted feature races will be run the next regular race night.

36. No refunds will be given under any circumstances.

37. No mirrors in race cars in any class. No two-way radios in any class except Late Models.

38. If these rules don’t say you can, YOU CAN’T!!!

39. Illegal parts are subject to confiscation by SOUTHERN RACEWAY.

40. Drinking allowed only in designated areas and must be purchased at SOUTHERN RACEWAY. Absolutely no alcohol allowed in pits or in areas other than those designated. Illegal drug possession or use will not be tolerated by SOUTHERN RACEWAY. Offenders of this alcohol and drug rule will be subject to immediate ejection from premises. Pit crew offenders will subject driver and car to ejection from track.

41. Any driver participating in the racing program may be suspended if caught in the beer garden.

42. you MUST have a membership in order to race at SOUTHERN RACEWAY. Membership fee is $20.00.

43. NO traction control devices of any kind in or on any class car.

44. Driver sign in time is 6:00pm. If a driver signs in after 6:00pm he/she will start in the rear of the last heat or feature.

PROTESTS


1. To file a protest of another competitor the following procedure must be followed:

      A.  Only a driver who competed in the event will be allowed to file a protest of another competitor in the same event.

      B. Item to be protested must be filed with the Chief Tech Inspector in writing and accompanied by  $350.00 cash within five      minutes of completion of said event. Driver must present his membership card with protest. Only one item will be allowed per protest. Example: Bore & Stroke = CID.

      C. Only driver  finishing in the top three of said event and on lead lap will be allowed to file a protest.

      D. The Chief Tech Inspector will not accept any protests he feels is done in an un-sportsmanlike manner, is filed after the five minute time limit, is not filed in the complete manner as specified above or is filed in spite.

2. If all criteria is met and protest is accepted, the car being protested will be delivered to the tech are for inspection. The only persons allowed to be present in the inspection area will be the tech officials, tractor operator, driver and one mechanic of car being protested, and the protesting driver. No exceptions.

3. Only the item being protested will be available for inspection by the protesting driver. (Example: if pistons are the listed protest item, the protesting driver will be allowed to inspect the pistons but does not have the right to inspect the heads or other items while engine is apart.)

4. If the item being protested is found to be legal, the protesting driver will forfeit the $350.00 protest fee with $300.00 going to the car being protested, $50.00 to the track.

5. If the item being protested is found to be illegal, the protesting driver will receive the entire $350.00 protest fee back, plus any additional monies and/or points that my be paid if he is moved up in finishing order due to the disqualification of the illegal car.

6. Tech Inspectors will be allowed to inspect any item on the car being protested during the protest. Tech Inspectors may deem a car to be illegal and disqualify the car from the night’s events but find the car to be legal on the item being protested to therefore win the protest.

7. Any driver refusing to accept a properly filed protest will be disqualified from the night’s events and will forfeit all monies and points for the night.

8. Any driver found illegal during a protest, or refusing a protest, may be required to undergo an inspection of this item before he is allowed to compete again at Southern Raceway.

9. All decisions of Southern Raceway Officials will be final.

10. $150.00 protest fee for transmissions, carb, clutch assembly, suspension or rear end. $100.00 to protest winner, ($50.00 to track if found legal).

SAFETY


1. Cars going in and out of the pits and traveling through the pits must travel at a slow, moderate, safe rate of speed.

2. All competing cars must be equipped with a dry type fire extinguisher no smaller than 2lbs with gauge mounted within easy reach of the driver.

3. All fuel cells must be in trunk area with a minimum of two straps surrounding it. Straps must be at least 1/8 inch thick and 2 inches wide. No duel fuel cells.

4. No electric fuel pumps allowed.

5. A quick-release 5-point racing belt harness no less than 3” wide is mandatory. Both ends must be fastened to the roll bars or frame with a minimum 3/8” grade 5 bolts.

6. Approved helmets with face shield or goggles required.

7.  Fire suit, helmet, seat belts, shoulder harness, ee protection and gloves will be worn at all times while on the track.

8. All cars must have a roll cage approved by track officials. Minimum .095 thickness and must be welded to frame. Minimum 1 1/2” O.D.  with four bars in drivers side. If 1 3/4”, must have three bars in drivers side. Must have center bar in roof, vertical bar in center of windshield area, and vent bar on drivers side. Vertical bar minimum 1” O.D. (four small bars to protect driver are acceptable).

9. All glass and upholstery must be removed.

10. Boxing of drivers compartments are not permitted in Hobby, Vintage or Street Stock classes. Track officials or medical personnel must be able to remove driver from either side of car.

11. For drivers protection, screens over windshield or vertical steel bars in front of driver are required.

12. Doors must be welded, bolted or strapped securely

13. Drive shafts must be painted white.

14. All cars must have a 360 degree loop placed at the front of the drive shaft. Loop should be made of steel not less than 1/4” thick and 2” wide.

15. Scatter shield is recommended on standard transmissions.

16. No glass, plexiglass or lexan allowed.

17. Radiators, oil coolers, water, oil, or gas lines are not allowed inside driver’s compartment of car.

18. NO ONE is allowed on the track in case of an accident except wreckers, ambulance crews, and track officials.

19. Battery box must be bolted or securely mounted and battery must be covered or sealed and securely held down.

20. There must be a firewall between driver and gas tank and between driver and engine.

21. No Uni-Body cars unless frame is tied together, and must be approved by track official.

22. Window nets are mandatory on driver side window in all classes with approved hardware. Strictly enforced.

23. Track officials reserve the right to inspect any race car at any time. No unsafe cars will be allowed to participate. Failure to allow inspection will result in disqualification without refund of money.

24. SOUTHERN RACEWAY reserves the right to change, omit, and/or enforce any rules necessary to maintain a safe program.

25. Approved Fire Retardent Racing suits mandatory in all classes.

Race Procedure

1. It will be the driver’s responsibility to be lined up prior to the start of the race. If the car is not in the proper position prior to cars rolling onto the track, It may be required to start at the rear of the field. Lineups will be posted on the board located in the pits.

2. Track reserves the right to have inverted starts in all classes except Late Model.

3. All starts will be running starts, two cars abreast (double file). If the race is stopped for any reason after the first completed green flag lap, the cars will be restarted in single file in the order they were scored at the flagstand. All restarts will be at the "cone" exiting turn four. Cars must stay in the same position until the green flag is dropped. The flagman reserves the right to stop a race at any time.

4. Any driver stopping before the completion of the first lap to bring out the caution, will be put to the rear.

5. Cars on, the pole and outside pole positions will have two chances for a green flag start. After two false starts, both cars will be put in the rear of the field.

6. There will be no courtesy hot laps, unless approved by the race director and flagman (time permitting).

7. In case of caution, cars will race back to the yellow flag except Open-Wheel Modifieds and Late Models. Caution lap will count as part of the race. Should caution occur after white flag, cars will be scored as they take the checkered flag without consideration given to cause of caution.

8. Any car(s) that are involved in any accident that brings out the red or yellow flag will be lined up at the rear of the field.

9. Cars that appear to be unsafe by the flagman or race director for any reason will be black-flagged and must go to the pits for corrective action.

10. Slower cars given the "move over" flag (blue flag with yellow stripe) must move to the outside (top) of the track. (Leaders are comming)

Starts


1. No jackrabbit starts. No "Break checking" Maintain pace truck speed.

2. No racing until the green flag is dropped. Pole position is responsible for a clean, fair start.

3. If flagman starts the race by waving the green flag it will be considered a start. If a caution comes out after the green flag is waved, you will race back to the caution, except Open Wheel Modified and Crate Late Model, and that lap will count regardless of who brings out the caution.

4. Flagman may start any cars that are unable to complete the first lap, in single file.

5. Cars must pass under the green flag for their laps to start counting. A car entering a race from the pits after a start must be ahead of the lead car before the lead car reaches the flag stand to be in the same lap.

Flag Rules


GREEN FLAG - Signals drivers to begin racing, racing conditions exist while the green flag is shown.

YELLOW FLAG - Caution! Be aware of a potential hazard ahead. Used to signal when unsafe conditions exist on the track such as an accident or debris. Drivers will SAFELY race to the yellow flag.

RED FLAG - STOP RACING! Bring car to a complete stop as soon as it is safe to do so. This flag is used when track conditions present a danger to race participants. Cars will be realigned to the previous lap.

WHITE FLAG - Signals one lap before finish of race.

BLUE FLAG WITH YELLOW STRIPE - used to signal drivers they are about to be passed by race leaders. Upon this signal, you must give the leaders ample opportunity to pass by moving to outside (top) of track.

CHECKERED FLAG - Signals end of race.

BLACK FLAG - Go directly to pit steward. This flag signals a driver his car represents a potential danger or is a result of un-sportsman-like conduct. If black flag is for equipment, the driver may return to race when the problem has been eliminated. Pit steward will be able to advise driver.

CROSSED FLAGS - Two flags crossed signals race is half complete.

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