THE NEW HUMBERSTONE SPEEDWAY
RULES AND PROCEDURES
The officials of Humberstone attempt to be fair an yet maintain a certain amount of firmness in these rules to keep stock car racing on a par with the leading tracks of the United states and Canada. Our objectives have been fairness and safety. With each new season, we will attempt to keep in step with the times in the face of rising costs. We have developed rules to minimize the cost of competition. Every organization, to be successful, must have rules and enforce them fairly. The cooperation of officials and competitors will assure our sport of a bright future. The management reserves the right to change any rule or rules if they feel it is necessary, and refuse any protest if they feel it is unnecessary and being used for harassing reasons. All fines, and/or suspensions will be in effect at all Humberstone events. Humberstone officials in their professional discretion shall determine the interpretation and invoking of the rules published herein.
The speedway is private property. Any person on this property without the permission of Humberstone owners is guilty of trespass and subject to penalties prescribed by law. Through your license and registration, you have been given the authority to be on this property in conjunction with racing activities. However, the Administration reserves the right to revoke and cancel this authority at any time that it is felt that your presence or conduct is not the best interests of racing, your fellow competitors, the fans, management, and employees of Humberstone.
It is ultimately the obligation of each participant to insure that his/her conduct and equipment comply with all applicable rules and regulations, this may be amended from time to time. No express or implied warranty of safety shall result from publication of, or compliance with, these rules. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sports and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to participants, spectators, or to others.
BENEFITS AND INSURANCES
If any questions or problems come up about benefits, contact the speedway management.
Our liability insurance insures the race track, the car owner, driver and sponsors.
Every driver must inspect the racing surface and racetrack area to learn any defects, obstructions, or anything that in his/her opinion is unsafe and he/she shall report that condition in writing to a track official. Any driver entering any racing events is considered to have inspected the track and agreed all conditions are satisfactory to him/her…if not, HE/SHE SHOULD NOT RACE. The further indicated that he/she is aware of these risks with full awareness and knowledge.
The speedway assumes no responsibility for damages to or loss of your equipment, vehicle, or any parts by any means, whatsoever.
MINORS: 14 yr. – 18 yr. require parents or guardians to fill out and sign a release form. No one under the age of 14 permitted in the pit area.
CLAIM INFORMATION AND/OR INJURY INFORMATION
When involved in an accident involving injury to yourself, advise the racing officials immediately so the necessary reporting will be accomplished…NO CLAIMS WILL BE CONSIDERED UNLESS REPORTED PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SPEEDWAY PROPERTY THAT DAY. Contact the rescue vehicle driver or track official and give him/her a full report before you leave the Speedway. If you are physically unable, your crew is responsible for the report.
1. Drivers may purchase a Season Pass at the discounted rate until April 1st . A person with a Season Pit Pass will be admitted at no extra cost during regular season.
2. Humberstone honors both DIRTcar Racing memberships plus Humberstone Speedway Memberships. When Drivers purchase a Humberstone Speedway membership they will be admitted in at a discounted price. Owners, and/or Crew Members may purchase a Humberstone Speedway membership and pay a reduced admission at the gate.
A) Only members will share in any season-ending awards/point funds, etc… If a driver and owner separate, both must be members to share point fund.
3. A membership is issued to one person and non-transferable. The license must be shown at each race meet in order to get a pit pass, and can only be used once at each race meet. Season end awards will be distributed at the annual awards dinner or opening day of the following year.
4. In event a car is owned by a partnership or corporation, the membership will be issued to one person only. But corporate names may also appear on the membership application a license, and all point fund money will be issued in the name of the corporation.
2. Any member who permits someone else to use his/her membership license shall be fined not less than $100 and/or disqualified.
1. A car number will be reserved when buying a track license. Whenever possible, requested numbers will be assigned, but the handicapper reserves the right to issue numbers in order to prevent duplication.
2. All numbers will be limited to 1, 2, or 3 digits. If 3 digits are used, two shall be primary numbers.
3. If numbers 3, 6, or 9 are used, make sure they are distinguishable. Do not let nerf bars block visibility.
4. The number of cars to be qualified in each heat will be decided by the track handicapper and announced before the first heat for each division.
5. If a driver qualifies 2 or more cars, he/she must drive the last car qualified in the feature race. The other cars are not eligible. Car and driver must be qualified except for guaranteed starters. In the event the car the driver qualified is unable to compete, the driver may use another car however, must start in the scratch position.
6. All driver changes must be recorded to the pit steward/handicapper. All drivers that change cars must go to the rear (driver’s responsibility).
7. On postponed events the driver is qualified.
8. No car or driver can compete in two classes on a sanctioned event, unless approved by the handicapper or race director.
9. Driver and car must report to the handicapper one hour before the original race program starting time to use handicapped starting position.
10. It is the driver’s responsibility to read the pit notes each week, the notes are posted at the pit board each week.
1. It is highly recommended that all drivers wear a helmet Snell 1997 rated. Snell 1997 will be allowed. Fire suits, belts, harness and submarine strap must be used at all times. Drivers must wear fire retardant underwear, gloves, and racing shoes.
2. All cars should be neatly painted and carry numbers at leas 18” high on both doors, and roof, 8” numbers on front and rear of the vehicle. The use of number decals is acceptable if the number is legible.
3. It is recommended that there be no solid black or dark blue paint jobs. All dark colored cars shall have a contrasting light color somewhere else on the car.
4. Director of tech reserves the right to request body sheet metal to be replaced and painted should it get beaten out too badly.
5. All vehicles shall have an ignition switch; which is easily accessible within the driver’s compartment. The ignition switch should be labeled ON/OFF with bright colored paint.
6. The fuel shutoff valve shall be labeled ON/OFF with bright color and mounted to the right side of the driver.
7. Two (2) throttle return springs and steel toe loop in gas pedal is recommended
8 No air jacks for any division.
9. No drums for fuel on track premises.
10. No FOR SALE signs or any wording painted on the car that may be offensive. Information will be supplied in the pit area for announcements.
11. If a car has a part that no ones else has, and it’s not mentioned in the rules, it’s not assumed legal. Ask first.
12. Seat Belts and Shoulder Harness:
a. A quick release belt no less than three (3) inches wide is compulsory. Both ends of the lap belt must be fastened to the roll bar cage with high quality bolts not less than three-eighths (3/8) inch in diameter.
b. Shoulder harness must be no less than three (3) inches wide and must come from behind the driver’s seat where the harness crosses the roll cage, which will prevent the harness from sliding from side to side. Shoulder harness inertia reels cannot be used.
c. A centre crotch belt must be securely mounted to the lower seat frame at the bottom and to the lap seat belt on the top.
d. Where the belts pass through the seat edges, it must have a grommet installed, be rolled and/or padded to prevent the cutting of the belt.
e. All seat belts and shoulder harness must connect at the lap belt an approved quick release buckle.
f. All seat belts must be dated 2000 or newer and have an identification tag.
14. Seats: only custom manufactured aluminum seats acceptable to Track Officials are permitted. All seats must have padded rib protectors. Seats must be securely mounted to a set substructure integral with frame and roll cage members. No fiberglass eats allowed.
15. An adequate padded headrest is mandatory.
1. All decisions by the officials at the track involving race procedures and tech are final. Videotapes are not admissible as evidence for protests.
2. Practice-regular practice is scheduled before racing time. All practice laps are at the discretion of the starter. No practice whatsoever unless the starter, race director, pit steward, tow trucks, safety crew, and safety equipment are in position. No practice during intermission. Practice is for a set time no guaranteed set number of warm up laps for each class.
3. No drinking of intoxicants by any participants allowed at any time before or during the racing program, or any evidence there of by any driver, owner or crew member.
4. At all race meets, driver assumes responsibility for the action of their pit crew in every respect. The driver is the only spokesperson for the car and pit crew.
5. Physical or verbal abuse of any official or unsportsmanlike conduct by a driver, owner, or crewmember may result in the driver being disqualified, suspended, and/or fined.
6. Any member taking physical action against an individual or personal property, for any reason, may be fined and/or suspended. If the owner, the suspension includes the owners car. Suspension and fine may be extended at the discretion of officials and/or management.
7. No one shall enter judge’s tower during the racing program. All officials have radio or phone contact with judges tower and can straighten out any problem.
8. Anyone deliberately disobeying an order of any official may be subject to a fine and/or suspended. The car he/she is connected with will not be allowed to participate in future events until fine is paid.
9. No excessive speeding in pit area.
10. Only safety crews and wrecker crews will be allowed on the track in the event of any accident. At no time will any of the driver’s crew be allowed on the track
11. No repairs to cars are to be made on the track at anytime; you must pull off the track to make any repair no matter how minor. During restarts, if a car needs any attention and pulls off the track for any reason, this car must restart in scratch position.
12. Each car will start each event on his/her own power or will go to the rear.
13. All equipment is subject to the approval of track officials. No equipment will be considered as having been approved by reason of having passed through inspection unobserved. Any equipment which does not conform to specifications or tolerances contained in this rule book will not be eligible for approval.
14. All cars must take the green flag to be eligible for payoff and points.
15. All drivers must be ready to compete and have their cars in line before each event enters the track or will be sent to the rear.
16. The starter has complete charge of track while racing. No protest allowed on starter’s decision.
17. If there is an accident before the first lap is official, the field will be completely restarted with the car or cars bringing out the caution going to the rear of the field.
18. On a caution or red flag, any car going to the infield or pit area must return to the rear of the field.
19. The yellow flag signifies caution and the caution flag will be given to the first car passing the starter. After the yellow flag is displayed, cars MUST hold their position until the green flag is again displayed or the red flag, which would automatically stop the race.
20. When caution is displayed, the lap of which the leaders are about to complete will be counted. Likewise, when the race is restarted, the next completed lap will also be counted.
21. Any car falling out of position during a caution flag must pickup their position whenever he/she picks up his/her momentum again. If the field passes him, he must fall in at the rear. The only exceptions are if the car is coming to the start-finish line to either check his/her position or inform the starter of track hazards. (This rule is designed to keep the race under as little delay as possible. Sometimes it will work to driver’s advantage, other times disadvantage however, as long as the rules are understood, there will be little or no problem getting restarted.) NO racing back to Start/Finish line.
22. Any car involved in or spins to avoid and accident where the yellow flag is displayed must pick up position in the field wherever they fall in. All others must maintain position.
23. Passing under caution will be penalized two (2) positions for each car passed. When the caution flag flies, cars will fall into single file, passing car giving way to the lead car. The passing cart must be completely ahead to assume the forward position.
24. The driver receiving the checker flag in any feature race must bring his/her car to the starting line and must participate in victory lane ceremonies. The race winner is to remain in victory lane until released by track official in charge of event.
25. All restarts will be double file until the halfway point or three cautions. From then on, single file.
26. Any driver causing excessive delays in a race, such as spinning out three times on his/her own will be disqualified at starter’s discretion.
27. Any driver guilty of violating any of the flag or light rules will be penalized at the discretion of the starter.
28. Rough driving will be left up to the discretion of the starter. If he feels that the occasion warrants, whether intentional or not, the driver may be fined, suspended and/or disqualified. Fined driver will not be allowed to compete until the fine is paid.
29. Once the field of cars is lined up and the starter signals the drivers to be ready, preliminary laps may be set at the discretion of the officials. During the preliminary laps, if a car does not maintain its designated position in the starting field, the car may be repositioned in their discretion.
30. The race begins at the commencement of pace laps however, scoring and official distance begins when the green flag is displayed
31. Any persons under the age of 18 must submit a fully completed minor’s release by a parent or legal guardian. At no time is the minor authorized to be in the pit area when the said parent or legal guardian is not present. No persons under the age of 14 shall be permitted in the pit area.
32. Any drivers caught jumping before the green flag is displayed will be set back two cars for every car passed prior to the race start.
33. Any driver new to a division will be under a probationary period.
34. No person will be permitted to ride on the outside of a car at any time.
35. Cars being teched are allowed to have two (2) of their crew working on the car. Please help us to keep others away from the car being teched. It will allow you and us to do our jobs quicker.
36. When given the black flag, the driver has one lap to pull off the track. The car will be scored for only one lap after it is given the black flag.
PROTEST PROCEDURES AND RULES
1. Any driver may protest any violation of the rules including specifications. Visible protests must be made before any event. Any time a tool or mechanical device has to be used by an official to determine a car’s rule compliance, it is not a “visible protest” situation. For the purpose of an appeal, any official’s measurement is presumed to be correct, absent and showing of mistake or prejudice. All track equipment-scales and other measuring devices, etc., shat be assumed to be accurate.
2. Any competitor who institutes a tech tear down inspection must tear down his/her car as well
3. All tech protest involving a particular event must be in writing the alleged violation occurred. Each separate protest shall be given to the Director of Tech accompanied by a $100 protest fee, with the following exception on fees:
a. P&G Test – $50.00
b. Motor tear down $300.00 – $200.00 going to the protested car if the car is legal or returned to the protester if the car protested is illegal. The protester must specify what is to be checked.
4. A protested race results must be orally made to the pit steward by the driver within five (5) minutes of the official announcement of the order of finish. A recheck of scoring will then be made if necessary and these results will be considered final. Only driver’s protests on racing results will be considered.
5. Any car found to be illegal will not receive any money or points for that event and may lose all points driver has to date.
6. In order for a team to appeal an illegal part, the part must be surrendered to tech officials on race night and the appeal must be placed with the Director of Tech within ten minutes of notification of being illegal. The driver has three days to prove the legality of the part to the Director of Tech. If the part is ruled illegal the driver will lose the points and money for that event that he/she was disqualified.
1. Track points will be awarded for all events, unless sanctioned event is by invitation or otherwise stated. The number of cars in the heats, consolation and feature events are determined by the handicapper.
2. Track points will be awarded to drivers only. Drivers and owners must have track membership to obtain point fund moneys.
3. In the event of a driver change during a point race event, the driver of the pace lap will earn the points based on their car’s finish.
4. Point’s funds will be awarded to the owner of the race team as stated on the membership form. Point fund money will be awarded at the Banquet or Opening Day of the following season.