SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY 2018 GENERAL RULES FOR ALL CLASSES
2018 Showtime Speedway Starting Procedures:
A. FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON – The first race of a new season will use the “pill draw” system to determine the heat race line-ups. The winner of the 1st heat will pull a pill for the inversion of the top finishers from the heat race. This must be done directly following the heat race or a full field inversion will be done.(ie: by the conclusion of 2 proceeding heats)
B. AFTER THE FIRST RACE- After the opening race, the average points inversion system will be used. Once a driver has raced in at least one race he/she will carry a points average. The driver’s average will be figured from the points earned over a 4 race period (a floating average) once a driver has raced in 4 events the oldest event will be dropped, always caring a TRUE 4 week average. (Ex. If you have 54 total points and have raced in 2 of the 4 races, your points will be divided by 2 and you will carry a 27 points average. NOT a 13.50 points average.
B-1. IT does not matter if you ran 1 week or 4 weeks you will be lined up by the average points of all drivers.
C. HEAT RACE LINEUPS – Heat races will be lined up in reverse order of the field’s points average. The driver with the lowest points average will start in the 1st position of the 1st heat, 2nd lowest will 1st of the 2nd heat, 3rd lowest will start 1st of the 3rd heat etc.(All heats will be staggered)this will continue till ALL drivers have been placed in a heat race. ANY driver that misses the draw or does not carry a current points average will start scratch in their heat race. WE will lock in the top 12 finishers from the heats (1 heat 12, 2 heats top 6, 3 heats top 4, and if 4 heats top 3) Driver(s) with a 0 points average that transfer to the Feature will then start in the 12th position or behind the drivers with points averages in the “FAST 12”
D. FEATURE LINE-UPS – The “fast 12” transferring drivers from the heats to the A-Main will then be lined-up in reverse order with the driver with the lowest points average starting in the 1st position(Poll) then the remaining transferring drivers in reverse order, basically inverting 12 drivers by their points average. If a driver or drivers with 0 points lock into the feature inversion he/she will be lined up by finishing order behind the drivers that have a current points average. The remaining drivers will be lined up by your points average with the highest points driver NOT transferring in the 12 driver lock in, will then start in the 13th position and so on until the field is set. Any driver that does not start a heat race will start at the rear for the feature or “B” main if applicable.
D-1. Feature winners: The previous weeks feature winner will start no better than the 12th starting position as long as he/she finishes in the 12 car lock in. If he/she misses the next event, this will carry over to the next event he/she competes in.
E. “B” MAIN (if necessary)- If a car count in excess of twenty four (24) signs in for a given event, it may be necessary to run a “B” Main to fill out the field. The “B” Main will receive no points or money for this race, but the top (TBD) finishers will transfer to the A-Main
F. Driver Changes: Any change in car/driver combinations after signing in at the event will result in said combination starting in the rear of the next event that night. If a driver changes cars between the heat, B-Main or Feature that driver will start at the rear of the field of the next event they are scheduled to compete in.
G. TIME TRIALS SYSTEM- (promoter’s option) In the event a promoter request time trials in place of heat races, a system for line-ups will be announced to the drivers at the drivers meeting.
Example of points average
Driver A has 57 points divided by 3 races for an average of 19 points
1st night earns 27 points
2nd night 20 points
3rd night absent
4th night 10 points
CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION:
1.All drivers, car owners and crew are responsible for knowing and complying with all class, racing, safety and flag rules.
2.Any injury that occurs to any driver, pit crew or spectator must be immediately relayed to the Track Manager, Danielle Yoho, ASAP. All injuries have to be reported within 24 hours to (727) 545-3596 or Robert Yoho at (727) 544-0999.
3. Everyone entering the pit area must sign a release.(3.1.) No one under the age of 16 is allowed in the pit area unless pre-approved by the Track Manager. (3.2.) A parent or guardian must sign a special release form for minors for the season, and must sign minors in at each event. (3.3.) Parent or guardian must accompany the minor(s) in the pit area.
4. Admission wristband must be worn at all times, no exceptions.
5. The Track Manager has the right to refuse entry of any car, driver, or pit crewman to the pit area or grandstands.
7. Glass containers are not allowed in pit area, backstretch, or grandstands.
8. No consumption of alcoholic beverages before, during, or after any events in the pit area is allowed. The Track Manager and Pinellas Park Police Department will deal with any car owner, driver, or crewman under the influence of alcohol.
9. Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are not allowed in the pit area.
1. Showtime Speedway is private property. Through your entrance ticket, you have been given the privilege to be present on this property for the purpose of attending the racing activities. Showtime Speedway Management reserves the right to revoke and cancel this privilege at any time if it is determined that your presence and conduct are not in the best interest of the sport of auto racing, your fellow competitors, the fans, Showtime Speedway Officials or management.
2. We expect courteous conduct from all participants at all times. Everyone has an image to uphold for the fans and reputation of Showtime Speedway. We will not tolerate profanity in front of the fans, officials or management.
3. SS will not tolerate unsportsmanlike conduct. Any car in the opinion of the race director or head official in charge that feels a car intentionally causes a yellow flag may be disqualified from that event. Car owners, drivers, pit crew, and spectators must remain in their respective pit area in the event of a dispute. If they do not comply, they may be subject to suspension, loss of points and pay and/or a fine. Any fighting that occurs is subject to arrest and prosecution, and will be deferred to the Pinellas Park Police Department.
4. Any car owner, driver, pit crew, or spectator guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct will be suspended from SS at the Track Manager’s discretion.
5. Any car owner, driver, pit crew, or all crew members may be penalized if they do not comply with the rules.
6. The Track Manager reserves the right to retain purse money to settle unpaid tires, fuel, fines, and admission fees.
GREEN: Start / restart race
BLUE w/ YELLOW STRIPE: Passing or move over. This will be displayed to cars that are being lapped.
YELLOW: Caution, pace lap speed, single file. Hold position, no passing.
RED: Danger, race is stopped immediately.
BLACK: Pull off track for consultation.
WHITE: One lap to go.
CHECKERED: End of race.
1. On a red flag, cars must stop as soon and safely as possible. Any cars not confirming to the red flag are subject to DQ. Cars that enter the pits will go to the rear of the field when racing resumes.
2. Cars do not race back to the caution, if the white flag has been displayed you will come to a checkered as long as the leaders can get back to the checkered flag, If the yellow is needed to be displayed on the white, we will restart with a Green/White/Checkered. We will make two attempts at the Green/White/Checkered.
3. If a caution occurs, the order in which the car crosses the start/finish line on the last completed lap will set the restart line-up. If there is a yellow before the first lap is completed, there will be one attempt at a complete restart with all cars returning to their original starting position, this is at discretion of speedway management. A second yellow will result in the ALL Involved rule.
4. Any driver that refuses to go to the rear or change any position as directed will be penalized one lap.
5. Any car receiving the black flag will immediately exit the track. If this car does not exit after two laps, any further laps made will not be scored until the black flag is acknowledged.
POINTS: (addendum”May 24, 2017” : Anytime your division has a rain out, you will receive DOUBLE points the next time your class races.)
1. It is the driver responsibility to ensure the correct addresses, names, sponsor names, and financial information is in order before the first point race.
2 Points are awarded to the driver who starts the initial green flag.
3. Criteria to receive points:
3.1. Must start initial green flag under own power. OR
3.2. Must complete (1) lap under own power during the course of the race.
4. If you experience problems that night you may borrow a car ONLY in your own class. Track Officials must be Informed of the changes prior to the start of the race.
5. Make sure you sign in your car every night prior to 6pm, even if you time trial.
6. If you alternate drivers each week, please inform the person signing in cars.
7. To receive point money, you must start the main event 80% of the season.
8. If your car is found illegal, you will forfeit all race points and money for the event, 2nd offense you will forfeit ALL accumulated points for that points season.
9. Points are not carried over if you move to another division.
10. Points money must be claimed at the end of the season. Money will not be carried over to the next season.
11. Points will be awarded every night your division is scheduled to compete. You will be allowed to drop your two(2) lowest events for classes that run weekly(ie: Street Stock, Mini Stock) other classes will get one(1) drop (ie: Gagels Auto Parts Open Wheel Modifieds, Super Late Models & Figure 8 classes) this excludes DQ’s and Suspension’s. Your drops will be figured the start of October and then we will race to crown the champions.
12. If you contest the points or have any other issues with the results, contact the Track Manager directly to review and address the problem. (No one else).
**On awards night, we would be grateful if all drivers would race their cars in the main event. Our spectators deserve to see all the point winner’s race on the last night.**
1. Drivers cannot switch from one division to another without the authorization of the Track Manager.
2. No driver can qualify (2) cars in any one division.
3. In the event that (2) cars post the same lap time during time trials, the first car to post that time will be given the top position.
4. If pit lane becomes empty during time trials, a time limit of (5) minutes will be set before the next division will be called.
5. In the event that (2) or more cars cross the finish line at the same time in the race, the flagman makes the final decision.
6. No car owner, driver, pit crew or spectator will approach the flag stand or race control (scoring tower) to protest anything during the race program. If one needs a question answered, one must see the Track Officials.
7. Drivers may review the score sheet in a gentlemanly manner.
8. The decisions of the speedway officials on interpretation of rules and race procedure will be final.
9. No car owner, driver, pit crew, or mechanic shall have any claim for damages, expenses or otherwise against the Track Manager or Track Officials by reason of disqualification or damage to car, driver, or pit crew.
10. The race may be stopped or called off due to the condition of the track, weather, or lateness of the hour at the Track Manager discretion.
11. Any race will be considered completed if 1/2 of the laps are completed, and a winner determined if it is necessary to call a race.
12. You can only run ONE car in any division per night with the exceptipn of Figure 8. You may run a Street Stock as a Street Figure 8 or Mini Stock as a Mini Figure 8, but you must purchase a second pit pass(double dip) if its the same driver in the same car.
1. Drivers must wear approved safety helmets. Helmets must meet the specifications set forth in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Regulations or American National Standards Institute Inc., or SFI.
2. Driver fire suits are mandatory. Fire retardant gloves, shoes, and neck protection are required.
3. Five point seat harness required. Must be mounted to the roll cage. Belts must be in good condition and no older than (4) years from date of manufacture. Safety belts and straps must be used at all times while on track.
4. No homemade seats allowed. No holes in seats or lightweight seats.
5. Quick release steering wheel. Couplers are highly recommended.
6. When a race is stopped during an event, NO ONE except speedway officials are allowed on track at anytime.
7. If a wreck occurs on track, remain in the car unless a fire is present.
8. After an accident, if the driver is okay, signal by dropping the window net or raise a hand up outside the window.
9. No car is allowed on track without an ambulance present and the flagman on duty.
10. No car owner, driver, pit crew or spectator may cross the track during practice, time trials, or race.
11. Any car deemed to be of an unsafe condition will not be allowed to run.
Showtime Speedway has implemented the following rules for the safety of our drives and longevity of the racing surface in reference to ground clearance. There will be NO skid plates, rub rails etc attached to the cross members or frames of any racecars be it aluminum bars, lead ballast, cross support MUST BE STEEL. Showtime Speedway will give a car three(3) laps for the air pressures to build up, if a car continues to bottom out and/or throw sparks after the initial three(3) laps that car will be black flagged from the event.
1. Track officials may change general or class specific rules within a one-week notice.
2. No antifreeze or color additives – water only.
3. No tire soaking.
4. No direct drives.
5. Automotive gasoline only. Gasoline may not be blended with alcohols, ethers, or any other oxygenates. It shall not be blended with aniline or its derivatives, nitro compounds, or other nitrogen containing compounds. All divisions must use track Racing Fuel provided at the track. Stock classes shall use pump gas as found at any typical service station.
6. All cars will have forward and reverse gears in working condition.
7. Body alterations are limited to trimming for tire clearance. Cars basically will keep stock appearance.
8. All cars must start the race with hood. If damaged in the race, the hood may be removed.
9. No weight in driver‚Äôs compartment except Four Cylinder. All weight must be bolted in securely with grade 8 fasteners and painted white with car number written on it.
10. Window nets required; net lock must be quick release type. Nets must be up while on track.
11. Roll bars must be installed both front and rear:
11.1. (4) driver side door bars and a minimum of (3) bars on the right side.
11.2. Minimum tube size 1-1/2, Chrome Moly or low carbon steel. (Iron Pipe) No galvanized tube or pipe.
12. All roll bars must be padded anywhere within the driver‚reach.
13. Drive shafts must have a 214 safety loop midway. Drive shafts must be painted white.
14. Cars must have an electric kill switch in the middle of the dash where the driver can reach it.
15. Fuel cells are required unless otherwise noted. Minimum 10″ ground clearance under fuel cell. A safety bar must be installed behind the fuel cell.
16. Fuel line must be routed safely for the driver, and must be in conduit, close to the door.
17. Cars must have an approved steel firewall between fuel cell and driver. (Must be sealed front and rear).
18. Cars must have solid floorboards.
19. Exhaust must exit safe for driver.
20. Battery must be located outside the driver’s compartment.
21. All cars must be equipped with a 2-1/2lbs fire extinguisher in reach of the driver. An additional fire extinguisher must be in the pit with the team as well.
22. Cars must have chains on front and rear bumper for wrecker. (Optional)
23. Muffler is required for all divisions:
23.1. Must be installed where it can be easily inspected with a flashlight. If not, they may be removed for inspection.
23.2. Any mufflers that have been gutted or altered will result in a disqualification and loss of points and pay for that event.
23.3. Mufflers determined as being too loud at the discretion of the track officials will require replacement.
23.4. Exhaust must exit underneath the car, with the pipe turned down to the ground.
24. LUG NUTS: ALL wheel studs must have a lug nut firmly attached. If you have 4 studs=4 lug nuts, 5 studs=5 lugs nuts. Missing lug nuts will be grounds for disqualification.
1. All divisions must register car numbers through online registration or the payoff booth in the pit area.
2. Drivers from previous season will also have to register, but have the first choice of car numbers.
3. If the car has not been registered, the Track Manger has the right to temporarily change the number. Any changes must be done before time trials and heat races. The Track Manager may also temporarily change the number to avoid duplication. Teams with the longest recognized use of the duplicated number will be given first choice to keep the number.
4. Car numbers must be 18″ on each side of car, and on top facing scoring tower.
5. Letters are permitted to distinguish between duplicate numbers. Letters must be on the car visible to race officials.
TECH: Rule Addendum: March 17. 2017
Showtime Speedway reserves the right to send any part(s) in question during technical inspection, to an outside party to determine if they confirm to Showtime Speedway rules and regulations.Showtime Speedway also reserves the right to swap items in question with a new out of the box item.
1. All cars, full or part time, must be registered and inspected prior to racing for any event.
1.1. An inspection schedule will be posted by class to process all the cars at the start of the season. Post race inspections will still be in effect regardless of whether or not the class has been previously registered and inspected.
1.2. A sticker will be applied to the upper right hand corner of the windshield signifying the car has been registered and inspected. Once the cycle of class inspections is complete, the sticker will be required to receive pay and points. After the sticker is applied, the car will only be subject to post-race and random inspections.
1.3. Anyone not complying with the inspection or inspection process will not be allowed to run. Visitor or part-time competitors will have to be registered and inspected as well.
1.4. It is the sole responsibility of the team to present the car for inspection in a timely fashion well in advance to any racing activity.
2. The top (5) finishing cars in each class must stop on the front straight-away directly after the feature race for tires to be durometer checked for shoftness, then go directly to the tech area. The top 3 will undergo a post-race inspection in the Tech area after crossing the scales. Position 4 & 5 will be held for inspection if needed. The Head tech inspector will make the decision if he will inspect the 4th and 5th place finishers.
2.1. Cars will proceed directly to Tech for inspection after crossing the scales. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
2.2. No more than (2) team members being a car owner, driver, or pit crewman per team are allowed in the Tech area during a protest inspection.
2.3. Team members must remain by their respective cars at all times.
3. Any weight penalty, parity or other adjustments applied to a car by Tech can only be changed by the Tech Official that originally applied the adjustment.
4. Weight adds or penalties, (total values), are to be displayed below the car weight. Weight break example: Weight add example:
5. Tech Officials reserve the right to make adjustments for parity on a case by case basis.
6. Cars may be randomly inspected in the pit area at the Tech Official’s discretion.
7. The decisions of the Tech Officials on interpretation of rules will be final.
8. For any question on technical rules, criteria, intent or even reviewing a car from another speedway for use in an event, contact a Tech Official directly. Your fellow competitors, spectators or other Speedway Officials cannot give advice in this area.
- ALL Claims must be made to the head tech official in charge. NO claims will be accepted by any other officials.
- Any Car finishing in the top three (3) may fall under claim rules.
- Any car finishing forth (4th) and back and on the lead lap may claim one (1) of the top three (3) finishers.
- Claim must be in writing with CASH funds (see class rules for dollar amounts), must specify exactly which car/item being claimed.
4a. A Claim on the shocks (one or all four) will be considered as one claim.
- No driver may claim more than one (1) item on any one night of competition.
- In the event of multiple claims on the same driver, the claiming driver with the worst finishing position will be the accepted claim of record.
- Driver is the sole spokesperson for car/item being claimed and the first acceptance or refusal is final.
- A driver may only be claimed and then sell 4 times in any current point’s season.
- Any refusal will result in loss of all winning and points for the night. 2nd refusal will result in loss winnings for the night and ALL accumulated points for the current point’s season.
- Showtime Speedway reserves the right to refuse any claim deemed to be a grudge claim.
- Showtime Speedway reserves the right to claim any item and it will be an outright claim, NO exchanges. If a driver has filed a claim sheet on the same item as Showtime Speedway, the driver claim will have priority status.
- Any buddy claims may result in both teams being disqualified.
- Any sabotage to any claimed item is grounds for disqualification.
13a. Sabotage will be deemed as any attempt to alter car/items in any way from what that car/item was used in competition.
13b. Sabotage must be discovered at time of exchange.
1. All protests must be submitted to Tech in writing. State your name, team, team position, (owner or driver) and the car being protested, and reason.
2. Protest fee is $300 per car, cash only. $100 will go to track.
3. Only a car owner or driver may submit a protest.
4. If the protest is a visual item, it must be submitted no later than (1) hour before the main event.
5. If the protest occurs after the event, it must be acknowledged within (5) minutes after the race has ended in the tech area.
5.1. A protest can only be made against a car finishing directly ahead of the car/team filing the protest.
5.2. The owner or driver submitting the protest must be a competitor in one of the top (5) positions protesting another competitor in the top (5).
6. The team making the protest is subject to the same inspection as the car being protested.
6. Any protest that is deemed a grudge/buddy/malice protest may be refused by Speedway Tech Official.
7.Protest can only be filed by Driver/Teams that have competed in 80% of the current seasons events. Visiting Drivers/teams are NOT eligible to protest.
8.1. No more than (2) team members being a car owner, driver, or pit crewman per team are allowed in the Tech area during a protest inspection.
9.2. Team members must remain by their respective cars at all times.
10. Points and pay will be lost for either car if found illegal.
11. Refusal to submit to a protest will result in a loss of points and pay for the event and suspension from the next racing event.
12. Decisions made by Track Officials will be final.
13. Matters not subject to protest:
A. Timing & scoring
B. Inspection decisions
C. Race procedure
Any rule or condition that is intentionally broken by anyone or gives a Car or Driver an unfair advantage as determined by a Track Official can result in loss of points, point penalty, loss of money, a fine of $50.00 to $500.00 and suspension. Will be determined solely by the Tracks discretion.