CARQUEST PRO STOCK TOUR PROCEDURES (As of May 4, 2004)
1. WELCOME* Changes from previous season are bold.
1.1 The following is information on how events in the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour are organized and the rules that govern them. The rules, regulations and/or procedures set forth the guidance for the conduct of participants and conditions under which competitors will race. It is essential that you know and understand them. Every attempt will be made to apply them firmly, fairly and justly. Ignorance of the rules will not be accepted as an excuse for infractions. The successful presentation of racing events
requires that we each keep in mind that our first obligation is to the racing fan, which keeps us both in operation. When we offer consistently clean, well controlled, and entertaining events, everyone will be successful. Most of you race as a hobby and we want you to enjoy it. No set of rules will please everyone. Our success in presenting entertaining, crowd-pleasing shows rests on clear communication and understanding of the rules and regulations. 1.2 Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. (MPST) reserves the right to final and non-appeasable interpretation of all rules and specifications. Any situation not specifically covered in the rules or procedures will be
decided upon by the Race Director or official in charge. 1.3 These regulations are a guideline. Since it is virtually impossible to cover every anticipated situation all descriptions may be subject to the EIRI rule. Rules are subject to change without notice.
1.4 For additional information contact:
Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd.
P.O. Box 3487 D.E.P.S., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2W 3G4
Phone: (902) 481-2514 Fax: (902) 468-3591
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing and to establish minimum requirements for such events. These rules shall govern all events, and by participating in these events, all participants agree to be bound by all of these rules. NO EXPRESSED 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 deviations from any of the specifications or to 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 OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of the rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.
2.1 Disqualification: To make a driver or car ineligible to participate in a race or meet with the loss of credit for an official finishing position, including the loss of prize money and points for that race or meet and possible suspension of driver, car owner, crew, or all of the above. The decision to disqualify can be made before, during, or after a race or on the completion of the race meet. The length of any suspension is at the discretion of the Race Director.
2.2 Illegal Drugs: Illegal drugs are those substances defined and prohibited by provincial or federal laws. Illegal drugs also include prescription drugs not prescribed for the participant. Jan 15/04 Procedures04.wps 2
2.3 Participant: A participant is any person taking part in any portion of a CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour event in any form, including but not restricted to drivers, car owners, crew members, sponsors, track officials, or pit area observers. All such persons shall be considered public figures who have by their own choice become involved in auto racing events with the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour, with full understanding that he or she must abide by the rules and regulations established and published or announced by the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour or participating facilities. All participants are considered to be responsible for their personal conduct.
2.4 Penalties: These are measures applied by officials to participants who require closer regulation of their behavior. Some rules have specific penalties defined for an infraction. Others leave it up to the judgment of the officials dealing with the problem at the time. Penalties may be applied to an individual, a group, or a car.
2.5 Race Meet: A race meet shall, for the purpose of rules enforcement, be considered to be the period between the opening and closing of the pit gate.
2.6 Restricted Areas: The rules and procedures apply to the entire venue in which the race meet is held. There are areas within the venue that have additional requirements. These include but are not limited to the pit area, tech area, tower, flag stand, and track. Within restricted areas, additional restrictions may be
placed on access and activities.
3.1 All participants desiring admission to the pit area must register by personally PRINTING and signing their name, and include CAR NUMBER on the Insurance Waiver before entering. A copy of the waiver will be posted in the tire trailer for reference.
3.2 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour events take place on private property. Any person on this property without the permission of the facility owner(s) or Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. is guilty of trespassing and subject to the penalties prescribed by law. Through your registration, you are given the authority and the right to be on the property in conjunction with racing activities. However, Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. or the facility owner(s) reserve the right to refuse, revoke, or cancel this authority at any time that it is felt your presence or conduct is not in the best interest of either the sport of auto racing, your fellow competitors, the fans, management, officials, or the employees of the facility or Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. reserves the right to accept or reject any participant (car owner, driver,
crew member) for any or all events.
3.3 Normally, no person under 16 years of age will be permitted in the pit area during a CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour event. Some venues may have different insurance carriers, which may allow exceptions.
3.4 Each person should sign his/her own waiver and pay his/her own admission.
3.5 Any vehicles, which enter the pit or track area, are entered at the vehicle ownerís risk. Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. assumes no responsibility for damage to or loss of equipment, vehicle, or any parts, by any means whatsoever.
3.6 Any person in a restricted area who refuses to obey the request of an official may be subject to further action by the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour management or its designated officials.
3.7 Given the nature of competition, there may be times when relations among competitors become strained. All participants are expected to show restraint on the track and in the pit area. Should tensions become unmanageable participants involved are expected to return to or remain in the pit area assigned to their car. Any person that deliberately goes into another persons pit in a violent and/or threatening manner could be at the discretion of officials. Any person involved in a fight, regardless of who was the aggressor, may be removed from the premises, disqualified, and/or suspended. A fight shall be defined as making physical contact. Negative action by a crewmember could affect the car.
3.8 Anyone who, by word or deed, disrupts, impeded, jeopardizes, or in any manner hinders the smooth and orderly presentation of the racing program, or anyone who commits, or causes to be committed, any action detrimental to stock car racing, or the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour will be considered to have abused the privileges of entry or admission to the property and may be subject to the cancellation of those privileges or disqualification as determined by management or designated officials.
3.9 Any person who has evidence of alcoholic beverages or chemical substances about his or her person, or who is seen by an official taking either during a race meet, may be either denied admission or asked to leave the property, and may be subject to further action at the discretion of CPST or designated officials.
3.10 No participant shall subject any CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour official, track employee, or sponsor representative to any abusive or improper language at any time. No participant shall touch an official in anger.
3.11 Anyone who goes to the flag stand to protest, or otherwise jeopardizes the flow of the racing program, is violating these rules and could be subject to further action by officials.
4.1 Safety is paramount at a race meet. Whether it be the care taken driving, avoidance of rowdiness that might lead to injury in steeply sloped stands or viewing areas, the use of jack stands or similar safety devices when working beneath a vehicle, we must all be aware of the inherent hazard that casualness toward safety can create in the racing environment. 4.2 Any participant who has been injured, no matter how minor the injury, must report to the first-aid attendants and the participating track management at the time of the accident.
5. PIT PARKING
5.1 Certain tracks may have paved or concrete stalls. Stalls may be rented by the facility, or used on a first-come first-served basis. Each track has its own policy. Check with series officials for track policies.
6. RACE DAY SCHEDULE (Subject to track cooperation)
6.1 Pit gates open 5 hours before the posted start time.
6.2 Pre-race inspection begins 4 Ĺ hours before the posted start time.
6.3 Practice begins 3 ľ hours before the posted start time.
6.4 Pre-race inspection ends 1 ľ hours before posted start time.
6.5 Practice ends 1hour before posted start time.
6.6 Driversí meeting begins 1 hour before posted start time.
6.7 Time trials begin 30 minutes before posted start time.
6.8 Draw for Dash takes place on track following time trials.
7. DELAYS OR CANCELLATION
7.1 Whenever officials determine that continuing a race could be dangerous, the race or meet may be stopped and terminated at any point. Fifty percent of the advertised distance could constitute a complete race.
7.2 If a race or meet is shortened for any reason, drivers will be paid or credited for those races in which they participated.
7.3 After the initial round of qualifying heats are completed, on any given race date, rain checks may not be issued. Any remaining features will be rescheduled to another date. Only cars, which participated in the postponed date, will be eligible for the held-over portion of any affected meet. Should a race be postponed, it may be restarted from the beginning at the discretion of officials.
8. DRUG POLICY
8.1 General Prohibition: Possession or uses of illegal drugs or drug substances, as defined above (sec. 2.2), is prohibited in any form, by any participant in the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour, either on speedway properties or any area considered to be used in the operation of any CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour event, such as parking lots or leased properties.
8.2 Penalties: Any person found to be in possession of, or under the influence of, an illegal drug or substance on any CPST contracted facility property, or any person who is formally charged by a court of law with illegal drug violations, shall be subject to the following penalties by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd.: Suspension from competition and eviction from CPST event, and denial of further entry to CPST events for a period to be determined by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. Any participant who is formally charged by a court of law with an illegal drug violation, upon notification to Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. by that agency, shall be suspended from all forms of participation at CPST events until such time as the charges are fully adjudicated through legal process. Any participant convicted of a formal drug charge by such process of the law will be prohibited from taking part in any CPST event from the date of conviction until further notice.
8.3 Right To Test: Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. reserves the right to test any participant for alcohol and/or illegal drugs.
8.4 Appeal and Hearing: Any participant suspended for violation of these rules may be granted an appeal hearing by a board of officials designated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd., provided the suspended participant requests such a hearing, in writing, within 14 calendar days of the date of suspension. It is the responsibility of the suspended party to make such a request if a hearing is desired.
8.5 Reinstatement: A participant suspended for violation of these rules, except in the case of persons charged with selling drugs, may, as a result of a decision reached through the hearing process detailed above, be reinstated, if it is mutually agreed that the participant, at his or her own expense, will produce documentation from a physician licensed within the affected province, certifying that he or she is drug independent, as a result of random and periodical examinations of urinalysis testing, made at the request of Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd..
8.6 Prescribed Drugs: If a participant is using prescription drugs on the advise of a physician, such use must be reported to the pit steward or race director prior to the participants entry into any CPST activities. Failure to notify could subject the participant to penalties prescribed above.
9. SUSPENSIONS AND REINSTATEMENT
9.1 Participants must be approved for competition by management. Decisions are based on a driverís previous experience, as well as his past and/or projected performance. All decisions are the opinion of management and are solely administered by the management, without the right of appeal. All decisions are made in the best interest of competition, safety to the individual participant and all other participants, and in the overall best interest of the positive enhancement of the division, sport, facility and participants.
9.2 After any suspension, rejection, penalty, or restriction from participation has been issued to the participant, whether verbally or in writing, Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. reserves the right to review the individualís circumstances on a case-by-case basis, and after having done so, to make a decision at that time as to whether or not the person or persons involved should be allowed to continue competing in the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour. Certain restrictions may apply.
10.1 The driver is that person who enters into the racing competition on the track. A car is entered by number and in the driverís name. Drivers are responsible for the conduct of all persons signed in on their car. The driver shall be the sole spokesman for the car owner and pit crew in any matters pertaining to the meet. Penalties incurred by a crewmember may affect the driver. Car owners, crewmembers, sponsors, spouses, or associates of a driver may not represent a driver in any concerns, whether they are signed in as a crewmember or as a member of the audience.
10.2 Drivers must be 19 years of age or over, or 16 to 18 years of age provided they submit an official Notarized Minors Release, available from the MPST office, prior to their entering competition.
10.3 All drivers must fully complete a CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour competitor registration form.
10.4 There may be times when two or more individuals wish to share the driving of a car. The second (or more) driver will be considered a co-driver. Since various methods may evolve to determine when each will drive, no hard rules can be made. Consultations with the race director should take place to ensure compliance with the intent of the rules. In part, it must be clear who will be undertaking the responsibilities outlined above (sec. 10.1) and elsewhere in the rules and procedures. If the co-driver is a rookie this could further complicate matters.
10.5 Illness, work schedules or other considerations may require a substitute driver for a car, either for a race or an entire meet. Should this occur, the substitute driver might represent the driver of record? However, the driver of record is still responsible for his car. Any action taken by the car, driver, and/or crew, or by officials in regard to the car, could relate back to the driver of record.
11.1 New drivers racing in the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour could qualify for rookie status. A rookie driver must not have competed regularly in any touring division, considered equal to or higher than the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour. A regular competitor will be one who has not competed more than five times in a single season in any series. One or more races (e.g. heat, dash, semi, feature) in the same meet will count as one time in competition.
11.2 Drivers seeking rookie status must make application to Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd. Acceptance or rejection can be made at any time at the discretion of the race director. The driver must disclose all previous racing experience. If officials request proof of rookie status, the onus will be on the driver to provide it.
11.3 Should a registered rookie switch numbers during the season, he will be allowed to maintain his rookie status. However, he could be required to start either the car handicap, or the rookie handicap, at the discretion of the race director or handicapper. Any car switching should be done before registering for an event. Driver changes should be confirmed with the handicapper or race director at daily registration (sign in).
11.4 A registered rookie may put a substitute driver in his car. The car would maintain its season pointís standings. However, the rookie points would not be awarded unless the substitute driver was also a rookie meeting all of the criteria. An experienced substitute driver cannot qualify the car, turn it over to the rookie, and maintain rookie points. A rookie driver cannot qualify the car, turn it over to an experienced substitute driver, and maintain rookie points. The pit steward, handicapper, or race director must be made aware of any driver changes. Driver changes that have not been directed to the officials , but are later noted and confirmed before the completion of the weekly standings, will be at the discretion of the race director. Violators of the official notification rule could be penalized or removed from the rookie program at the discretion of officials.
11.5 Two or more rookies sharing the driving on one car will qualify for rookie status. They will be listed as one in the pointís standings. Acceptance will be at the discretion of the race director of handicapper.
12.1 Each car entering competition will be assigned a number by CPST officials. The number may be used to identify all activ ity associated with that car and driver. The assigned number is to be displayed prominently on both sides and on the roof of the car (readable from the grandstands) at least 20" high and 4" thick in a color that contrasts with the car color. A 6" white number must be on the top right front windshield. No gray, gold, silver, metal flake, or trick numbers.
12.2 If a driver is notified that his numbers are difficult to score, no scoring protests by that driver will be accepted until scorers approve numbers.
13.1 A driver will sign in to only one car per event. A driver will only attempt to qualify one car per meet. Driver changes should be brought to the attention of the Pit Steward prior to the car going onto the track. In the event of a driver change, CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour officials reserve the right to rehandicap the car. Replacement drivers who are involved in situations may affect the regular driver.
13.2 Once a car has been signed into the pit area for any meet, the car number may not be switched to another car nor can a back-up car be used, nor can a different number be placed on that car. Any cars bought or borrowed in the pit area must not be raced under a different number until the next race meet. A held over feature is considered part of the meet in which it is raced for the purpose of this rule.
13.3 Drivers, car owners, sponsors, crew members, or anyone associated with a car, shall have no claim against the racing facility, Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ltd., or its sponsors, offic ials, agents or contractors by reason of disqualification, penalization, damage to vehicles, personal property, or personal injuries.
13.4 If a participant creates problems in the pit area, or other parts of the facility, the car under which they are signed could be subject to further action by officials.
14.1 All cars must go to the tech area for pre-race inspection. Cars may not be permitted on the racing surface until they have been inspected. All cars must meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the rules. It is mandatory for all racecars to attend pre-race inspection. However, situations may arise where the race director or official in charge waives the pre-race inspection to one car or any number of cars.
14.2 The deadline for pre-show inspections is 1 1/4 hours before the posted start time. Cars on which inspection has not been completed by the deadline will be inspected as time permits.
14.3 CPST officials reserve the right to inspect any car at any time. Officials will determine inspection items. Tech inspectors are not empowered to determine penalties but will be empowered to apply predetermined penalties.
14.4 Any illegal parts may be confiscated by officials. If the illegal parts are found in post-race inspection, the car could be disqualified. Refusal to forfeit illegal parts or refusal to tear down or to be inspected, or weighed, will result in disqualification and could lead to suspension from further meets. Anyone who refuses to tear down or refuses to allow their car to be checked by the officials could be required to prove their legality before they can participate in any future CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour meets. Officials will set the time and place for the check and the participant will pay a minimum of fifty dollars ($50.00) based on not more than one hour of one officials í time, including travel.
14.5 Once a car has failed an inspection, it could be required to show (using the procedure described above Sec. 14.4) that corrections have been made before the car is allowed to compete in future CPST meets.
14.6 Only the driver and one pit crewmember are permitted in the tech area with their car for post race tech inspection unless specifically asked by the technical inspector.
14.7 In the event of a held over feature, any car found illegal at the completion of the entire meet could lose their highest finish of the meet.
15. ILLEGAL TIRES*
15.1 Illegal tires or tire regulation infractions could result in penalties. Such penalties could include loss of tires, loss of race privileges, loss of credit for finishes at that meet, loss of points, loss of payout and or tow money, loss of attendance for that meet, fines, or any combination of penalties at the discretion of CPST officials.
16.1 All points will be awarded to the car. In the event of a substitute (or renumbered) car (must be registered at sign in), the original driver must remain. However, a substitute driver can be used in the original car (not a borrowed car with the same number). Changing drivers could affect handicap.
16.2 In the case of substitute drivers, championship points (for banquet presentation purposes) will be awarded to the designated driver of the car. In the case of co-drivers, the points will be accounted as if there is only one driver (majority driver). Points money and/or tow money will be paid to the car number that meets the above criteria as well as that outlined in Sec. 17 of this document.
16.3 Rookie points will be awarded the same as car points. However, a regis tered rookie (Sec.11) must qualify and drive his own car to receive rookie points.
16.4 In a meet with a held over feature, where two features are held on the same day, any car unable to compete in the regular feature, due to mechanical failure or damage sustained in the held over feature, will be awarded last place points for the regular feature held on that day. Should a car break prior to the held over feature, and it was able to compete on the original date, it may be credited with last place points for the held over portion of the meet only. The intent of this rule is to not have a car lose points for two features in one day because of a held over feature. All situations will be at the discretion of the officials and must be brought to their attention prior to the start of any affected feature.
16.5 Qualifying races will not award championship points. Separate points may be tracked for qualifying races based on sponsor requirements.
16.6 The Main Feature will award 200 points to the winner and decrease by two points per position. The top non-qualified car that competed in the "B" Feature or Semi will receive 150 points and decrease two points per position for each non qualified car. All cars that lead a lap in the Main Feature will receive 5 bonus points. The car leading the most Main Feature laps will receive an additional 5 bonus points. Should a Pole Challenge be in effect, the car taking the challenge will receive 5 points for finishing in the top five. Should that car lead a lap and lead the most laps, it will forfeit its five points for finishing in the top five.
16.7 All cars that attempt to compete will receive a minimum of 100 points per event.
16.8 In the event of a tie for position in a race, the two positions will be divided equally for money and the higher pointsí position will be awarded to both competitors.
17. GUARANTEED MINIMUM PURSE*
17.1 The guaranteed minimum purse for 100 lap races will be as follows: 1. $1500, 2. $1000, 3. $800, 4. $600, 5. $550, 6. $500, 7. $475, 8. $450, 9. $425, 10. $400, 11. $350, 12-15. $300, 16-19. $275, 20-25. $250, 26-40. $100.
17.2 The guaranteed minimum purse for 200 lap races will be as follows: 1. $3000, 2. $2000, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $600, 9. $550, 10. $500, 11-15. $400, 16-19. $350, 20-25. $300, 26-40. $100
17.3 In addition to purse money, eligible participants will receive tow money at each event (see Sec.18).
17.4 In order to get credit for a finishing position in a race, a car should have made the initial on-track lineup (pass under starters stand under itís own power) or taken the green flag to start the first official lap of the race prior to the leader completing one lap. Any exceptions must be pre-approved by the race director.
17.5 Cars that qualified to advance to a feature but failed to answer the call to the lineup for that feature for any reason, will not forfeit their spot to an unqualified car, nor will they receive credit for a finishing position in that feature (except as described in Sections 16.7, 17.4). Bubble cars will not be used. Cars that do not get points or prize money from another feature that fail to start the Main Feature may receive a minimum payout at the discretion of officials.
18. TOW MONEY
18.1 Tow money is paid based on the distance a competitor travels to attend a meet. All competitors will declare one of the CPST tracks as their home track in agreement with CPST officials. Casual cars may have to compete in a minimum number of events to qualify for tow money. Casual participants should check with MPST officials before coming to an event to see if they qualify. Depending on the number of expected entries, tow money eligibility may require that it be the cars second appearance of the season at a MPST event other than the cars home track and he attempted to compete at the most recent MPST event at his home track.
18.2 Tow money will be as follows: Nova Scotia to Fredericton: $160, Halifax to Antigonish: $60, Fredericton to Nova Scotia: $160, PEI to Fredericton or Nova Scotia: $200, Fredericton and Nova Scotia to PEI: $200. Cars that travel beyond their home track a minimum of 100 kms. (e.g. Annapolis valley, N.S., Centreville, Grand Falls, N.B.) will receive an additional $40 tow money with approval from MPST officials.
18.3 No tow money will be paid at the home track.
19. GUARANTEED MINIMUM BONUS AWARDS*.
The year end Bonus Awards will be a minimum of $50,000 distributed as follows: 1. $10,000 2. $5000 3. $4000 4. $3500 5.$ 3000 6. $2650 7.$2500 8. $2300 9.$2200 10. $2000 11. $1800 12. $1700 13. $1650 $14. $1600 $15. $1500 16. $1200 17. $1000 18. $850 19. $800 20. $750 ($50,000) There is an 80% participation requirement to qualify for this plan.
19.2 Additional bonus money and/or awards could be distributed to participants either at each show or post season or both, based on criteria negotiated with the providers of the funds.
20. SUNOCO FUEL
Sunoco Standard Fuel will be the "Official Fuel". Contingency money will be available to eligible users based on total consumption. Eligible fuel must be purchased from R&D Performancentre, R.R. #5 Truro, N.S. B2N 5B3 (902- 893-3795) for use on the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour.
19.3 CIRCLE of CHAMPIONS
A. Twenty positions will be available on the CIRCLE of CHAMPIONS plan. Starting with the completion of week two, cars with 100% attendance (2 races) receive a $50 weekly bonus for each race attended in the current season, so long as its attendance remains at 100% and they remain in the top 20 in points on the CPST.
B. A car with 100% attendance that falls out of the top 20 can be added to the CIRCLE of CHAMPIONS plan based on points standings (highest first, etc.) should a top 20 car miss a race.
20.1 Drivers will draw for their starting positions in time trials based on their finish at the last meet. The winner of the most recent meet will draw first, second place finisher second, etc. New drivers, or drivers who missed the most recent meet, will draw in order by points standings, high to low, following the finishers from the last meet.
20.2 The draw will take place at the beginning of the drivers meeting. Drivers not at the drivers meeting, when their turn to draw is called, will time trial first and only get one timed lap.
20.3 Cars will get two timed laps with the better lap being their official time. At the completion of their timed laps, all drivers will return their car to pit road and park in single file. Drivers will leave their car, proceed to the CPST trailer for results and redraw. Cars will be released to a crewmember at the discretion of officials. The top 8 will be shuttled from the CPST trailer to the front stretch immediately following the final timed lap. The remainder of the field will complete their redraw at the CPST trailer immediately following the completion of the last timed lap. Failure to report to the CPST trailer immediately could result in a heat or dash start from scratch.
20.4 The top 8 (or 9, or 10 see 20.6) will draw on the front stretch for their starting positions in the Dash for the Pole, based on time, with the fastest time trailer drawing first, second fastest second, etc.
20.5 Non-qualifiers from the time trials will draw in the pit area for starting positions in the heats based on time. Odd-numbered positions in time trials will make up one heat, and even numbered the other heat.
20.6 Qualifying formats are determined before the beginning of the racing. They are based on the number of entrants. Twenty-four cars or less, eight cars go to the dash. There will be two heats, qualify all cars straight-up behind Dash finishers. Twenty seven cars or less, nine cars go to the dash. Thirty cars or less, 10 cars go to the dash. Not less that 10 cars will qualify from two heats. Not less that 9 cars will qualify from three heats. Heats and dash are10 laps each.
20.7 A Semi or "B" Feature will only be run if all cars do not qualify for the Main Feature. The Semi or "B" feature lineup will be straight up based on the finish of the heats. A semi with 9 cars or less on the track will be 10 laps; 11-15 cars 12 laps; 16 or more 15 laps. The finish will determine the remainder of the main feature starting lineup. Finishers will line up behind heat qualifiers, straight up from their finishing position.
20.8 Qualifying positions will stand for the entire meet. NO positions may be bought, sold, traded, given away or otherwise transferred.
20.9 In place of qualifying through heats, and/or by handicap, there could be occasions where qualifying could be determined by other means. Competitors will be informed of any changes to qualifying procedures prior to the start of the racing.
A. 25 positions are available in the feature lineup. 22 cars will qualify through heats and semi or "B" feature. Position 23 will be a MPST provisional. Position 24 will be a track provisional. Position 25 will be a MPST provisional. Additional tour positions could be added by MPST. Any additional track provisional requires a mutual agreement between track operator and MPST officials. Provisionals added beyond 25th may have to meet certain criteria such as staying on the lead lap for a specified period.
B. Each car begins the season with one provisional. On a cars fourth and eighth race of the season, it will add one additional provisional. Provisional can be banked throughout the season. They cannot be carried forward into the next season except for full-time cars from the previous season which can carry one forward to be added to their total for the current season. They cannot be used ahead of elig ibility.
C. Eligible tour cars will be awarded provisionals based on current points standings. The first race of the season will go back to last yearís standings. The number of available provisionals any car may have accumulated will have no bearing on getting a provisional. Each car can only use one provisional at any one meet. Cars receiving a track provisional must meet same criteria as tour cars except points standings.
D. Provisionals will not be charged to any car if there are 25 or fewer participants at the event, or if announced at the drivers meeting that all cars are going to make the show. Provisionals cannot be bought, sold, traded, given away or otherwise transferred.
21. LINEUPS AND ATTENDANCE
21.1 Cars will be lined up in the pit lane in their proper starting order. Any car called to the lineup that does not come immediately will be positioned at the discretion of the pit steward.
21.2 Any car that has broken in practice will be considered a bona fide participant. It will count as far as bonus awards and tow money are concerned provided the race director accepts the breakdown as legitimate.
21.3 The race that a car is listed as being eligible for is the only race it may enter. No car may join a different race. No car may "Hot Lap" at the rear of a race EIRI.
21.4 Lineups will be determined from the list of cars that have checked in by the deadline time (60 minutes before the posted race time). Any car that checks in after the deadline time must be inspected (EIRI). The "buddy s ystem" can be used for check-in at the CPST trailer.
21.5 Lineups will be listed on the pit lineup board at the tire trailer. Drivers are responsible for knowing which event they are in and for getting to the lineup area on time.
21.6 Cars that do not make it onto the track and past the start/finish line before the leader completes one lap shall not be credited with entering that race. Late entries, entering the racing surface before the green flag is displayed could be placed at the rear of the field.
21.7 Any car not in the Main Feature starting lineup prior to the beginning of driver introductions will wait on pit lane until the on-track activities are complete before entering the racing surface. He will then join the rear of the field EIRI.
22.1 Only one division will practice at one time unless otherwise indicated by the official in charge.
22.2 Cars waiting to go on the track will line up on the pit line-up road.
22.3 Pre-race day practice (day before) at the participating facility could be subject to authorization from MPST, depending on arrangements made with that track. Pre-race day practice could be tied to such things as showing cars or driver appearances.
23. RACE PROCEDURES*
23.1 The race director and/or flagman shall enforce flagging and track procedures. Anyone disobeying or ignoring outlined procedures or a flag could be subject to disciplinary action.
23.2 Green Flag- When the green flag is displayed by the starter, cars must maintain position until they have crossed the starting line or a designated position on the race track, to be made known to the competitors in the pre-race drivers meeting. The first place car should determine the start or restart if he maintains reasonable speed and holds the field. Minimum and maximum speeds could be used for lead cars on starts and restarts. False starts will be yellowed and all cars will be expected to return to their start/restart lineup immediately. Those deemed to be responsible for the false start might be penalized at the discretion of the officials. Cars that do not maintain speed through the field could be warned, penalized over the radio, or at the next restart, or at the end of the race, or could be singled out by the race director as passable before the start line.
23.3 Yellow Flag- Will be displayed when, in the opinion of officials, there is no immediate danger to anyone in competition and the field must be slowed to enable cleanup or removal procedures. Once the yellow flag is displayed all cars will slow immediately, hold their position, and move into single file before they cross the start/finish line (see section 24.1). Cars that do not slow down and get into line once the yellow is displayed, or cars that continue to race back to the start/finish line could be penalized at the discretion of officials. The only exception to racing back to the yellow flag would be if the leader has already taken the white flag. Only then, would it be permitted to race back to the yellow and checkered flags. Should the last lap yellow/checkered situation occur, drivers are expected to use caution. The Main Feature will not end under caution. There will be a minimum of two laps (green, white, checkered) to end a Main Feature.
23.4 Red Flag- Is displayed when officials want the race to stop immediately. Scoring will revert back to the last completed lap. Should a red flag be displayed after the leader has taken the white flag the race could be restarted or if the red and checkered flags are displayed the cars will be scored as they took the white flag. Cars involved in bringing out the red flag will be placed on the rear.
23.5 White Flag- Indicates the leader has started his final lap of competition. All other cars will be shown the white flag to indicate their final lap regardless of how many laps they have completed. No car may receive assistance on the white flag lap to gain a finishing position. (E.g. getting pushed across the start/finish line).
23.6 Checkered Flag- Indicates the completion of the race.
23.7 Black and Orange Flag- Is shown to a competitor who is having apparent mechanical difficulties (e.g. gas leak, body parts, hood up, oil leaking, wheel pointing in the wrong direction, etc.). The competitor must go to the pits. Should he be able to make repairs, he can rejoin the field at any time during the race. Ignoring the Black and Orange flag could result in a Black flag.
23.8 Blue with Orange/Yellow stripe- Indicates the leaders are approaching. Drivers are expected to be courteous and observe this move-over flag and not run interference to the leaders.
23.9 Black Flag- Indicates a driver is under penalty. A black flag area (PENALTY BOX) could be established for each track, usually in the pit area. If, in the opinion of officials, the black flag was thrown because of over-aggressiveness or impatience on the part of the driver, the car may be allowed to continue once it has worked its way toward the rear of the field. A driver should immediately pull to the inside or outside of the track and proceed toward the Penalty Box. Should the crew be able to communicate positively to the driver, often he simply has to find the rear of the field, or fall in behind a particular car and then proceed. The penalty box could be given for such things as not holding your position on a start or restart, racing through the infield, entering or re-entering the track with little or no concern for competitors
who remained on the racing surface, spinning someone out and he gets going without bringing out a yellow. If, in the opinion of officials, the black flag was thrown for a deliberate unsportsmanlike maneuver the offending car and driver could be disqualified for that race, that meet, or additional meets and be subject to further action by MPST. Should a driver ignore a b lack flag, further disciplinary action could result
23.10 Should a car and/or driver receive several black flags for rough riding throughout the season, the car and/or driver could be penalized or suspended for an entire meet or longer.
23.11 Black flag penalties could result in a loss of positions, awarding of last place points and money for the effected race or meet, no points and/or money for the effected race or meet, and/or further action at the discretion of officials.
24. RESTARTS AND RESTART LINEUPS*
24.1 Whenever the yellow flag is thrown, the field will be frozen. Cars are expected to stop racing and slow down, immediately, hold their positions, get into single file as is reasonably possible, and continue back to the start/finish line. Cars which make it back to the start/finish line without incident will be lined up according to their last completed lap, unless someone had completely cleared another competitor prior to the yellow being displayed, at the discretion of officials. Cars which brought out the caution, spun to avoid, spun after the fact, left the racing surface, stopped on the track, or any other situation that could cause a car to fall out of the lineup, will fall into line based on where they are once they recover from their situation. Once the field has slowed, should a lane become blocked, no lineup penalty would occur should
one lane pass the other in double file situations, or if someone refused to allow a car to move around the blockage. Once the yellow flag is thrown there will be NO passing coming back to the start/finish line unless it is the final lap of the race (Sec. 23.3). Cars involved in bringing out the caution will be placed at the rear of the field. Cars that did not get back to the start/finish line with the field, to take the yellow, will be placed at the rear of the field. A car which may have contributed to the situation and not lost positions could be subject to disciplinary action.
24.2 There could be times where cars are lined up using the restart lineup.
24.3 Cars which bring out two or more yellow flags by themselves in any race may be subject to disciplinary action. Any competitor who intentionally causes or attempts to cause a yellow flag by stopping, spinning out, or other action could be subject to disciplinary action. Such action could include the loss of laps or positions.
24.4 On red flag situations lineups will be determined from the last completed lap.
24.5 On restarts cars will be lined up in the order they crossed the start/finish line regardless of what position they may have in the race. Restarts will be double file until there are lapped cars in the field (on the track at the restart). Once the field goes to single file restarts, it will remain that way for the remainder of the race whether or not there are any lapped cars on the track at the restart. Once the field goes to single file restarts, the lead lap cars will start on the inside at all tracks except Riverside Speedway. Lapped cars will be allowed to either go to the rear of the lead lap cars or form a second line outside (inside at Riverside) the lead lap cars (main feature only) at their option until there are 20% or less laps remaining in the feature. Then, they must start behind the lead lap cars. Heat races will be double file restarts.
24.6 Once the field has been lined up, should someone pull out of the lineup, the remainder of the field simply moves ahead. If the field is doubled up, the row that the car dropped out of moves up. No cris -crossing is to take place on the track.
24.7 Any car coming out of the pit area and joining the field prior to the restart lineup being completed must wait at the track entrance until the field is completely lined up and/or he is invited to join the field by the officials. A lead lap car coming out of the pits with less than 20% laps remaining (main feature only) would join the rear of the lead lap cars provided the field has not been given the one to go (green) signal by the flagman.
24.8 The yellow flag will remain out for a minimum of 4 laps, unless the race director calls it a "quick yellow". In that case, the race would resume as soon as possible.
24.9 Once the starter has given the "one to go" signal to the field, the yellow flag will not come back out simply because a car went to the pits late.
24.10 Cars must hold their restart position and formation until they have passed the starting point described in sec. 23.2.
24.11 The leader must maintain a minimum and maximum speed until he gets to the starting point or
line. No slowing down and powering away. No speeding up until the starting point or line. Likewise for the outside car if double file restarts, or for any lapped cars that may be at the front of the field. Lapped cars should not take off before the leader of the race.
24.12 Once the field has taken the green for a restart, should the yellow come out for any situation other than a false start, the field must complete the lap and be scored at the start/finish line as described in sec. 24.1. Cars involved in the incident will be placed at the rear of the field and credited with that lap.
Radio communication Cars with two-way communication must provide their frequency to MPST officials. Frequency must be scanner friendly (it must be able to be monitored by multi-channel scanners without alteration to the scanner.) One crewmember must monitor officials at all times during the race in which the car participates. Instructions, lineups, penalties, general information could be broadcast over the radio, and the driver would be expected to follow through. Failure to follow broadcast instructions could result in penalties at that point or later. No 900 frequencies. 100, 400 and 800 frequencies only.
25. OTHER SITUATIONS ON TRACK
25.1 Cars may pit at any time and must maintain a pit speed that is acceptable to officials. Should they rejoin the field, they must do so in a safe manner.
25.2 Cars re -entering the track from the pit area, under green-flag conditions, must do so in a safe manner. They must allow the field to pass safely and remain on the high (or low) side of the track until they are up to speed and can blend in with the remainder of the field.
25.3 Any driver, who in the opinion of officials, intentionally hits another car after the race is over or in a yellow or red flag situation, could be placed in the Penalty Box (Sec. 23.9), and/or temporarily held in the tech area, and/or disqualified from the race in question or the entire meet, and could be subject to further action at the discretion of CPST officials.
25.4 Ill handling cars, or any car that is deemed to be causing unnecessary interference to the rest of the field will be at the discretion of the officials.
25.5 No "on-track" repairs of any kind, by the driver (or crew) on the racing surface are allowed. These will be treated the same as a pit stop. Crew members should remain in the pits at all times unless otherwise directed by officials.
25.6 If a car catches fire, usually, the safest course is to drive into the infield to allow safety crews access and increase driver safety as he exitís the car.
25.7 Following the completion of each race, all drivers, except the winner and any others directed by officials, shall proceed around the track and enter the pit area slowly. Speeding or imprudent driving in the pit area at any time will not be tolerated.
26. DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS*
26.1 Racecars and drivers will proceed to the front stretch and park, as directed by officials, in an orderly fashion. Driver should keep fire suit fully fastened, place helmet on the roof of the car, stay by the drivers door of their car and pay attention to the announcer. When their name is called they should wave to the crowd and shake the hands of the people in the reception line. Once introduced, the driver should stand at his driverís door and wait for the national anthem to be played. Only one crewmember per car will be allowed on the track with the car during the entire Driver Introduction Ceremony. Where pits are in the infield, pit crewmembers should stand side-by-side facing the flag while the national anthem is being played. Following the national anthem, the driver will belt into his car and wait for the command to start
engines. Once the driver is ready, the crewmember on the track with the car will raise one hand in the air.
27. VICTORY LANE*
The top three finishers will stop on the front stretch in the designated Victory Lane area. The drivers will be available for interviews over the PA system, and with the media, as directed by officials. The winning driver will be available for photos wearing hats as supplied by sponsors. No crewmembers can approach a car on the racing surface, before, during, or after an event, without the presence of, and permission from, an official. One crewmember will be allowed to check tires (only), with the assistance of one jackman, on the track in Victory Lane following the main feature, after receiving permission from the official assigned to that car. No one else is allowed near the car until the driver has gotten out. Should the driver need assistance, he will get it from the attending official. Once the driver is out of his car, the driversí side window net must be fastened in place. Should the checkered flag not be returned to MPST officials following victory lane ceremonies, the winning car, or any other if it is determined they misplaced it, will have $50 deducted from its payout for that race.