General Track Rules


 

 

 

 

 

 

General Track Rules

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events. These rules shall govern the conditions of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. No express or implied warranty of safety shall result from publications 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 property damage, personal injury or death to a participant, spectator or official.

Specifications for each class are contained in separate documentation. Officials of Prescott Valley Raceway are empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose further restrictions that do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements.  Rules and/or regulations set forth herein are automatically amended by directions contained in subsequent official entry blanks and official technical bulletins issued by Prescott Valley Raceway. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is at the discretion of the officials of Prescott Valley Raceway and their decision is final.

All rules and/or regulations contained herein are subject to deletions, additions and/or modifications by the above or verbal directive of Prescott Valley Raceway , officials without prior notification. No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from such interpretations, deviations, alterations or specifications. Drivers, car owners, and/or crewmembers shall not have claim against Prescott Valley Raceway  or its officials and hereby hold harmless by reason of disqualification or damage to either car, personal property or physical injury.

When an event or class in sanctioned by an outside organization; and the rules governing that sanctioning organization conflict with the rules stated herein, the rules of said sanctioning organization shall apply. If rules stated herein are not addressed by the sanctioning organization they will apply as published.

 

Registration, Sign-In & Pit Passes

A separate registration is required for each car wishing to participate at an event. Driver registration is open to persons 16 years of age and older.

Access to the Restricted Pit Area is granted to minors who are between the ages of 14 and 18 who have on file with Prescott Valley Raceway , a signed and notarized Parental Consent and who each week have read and signed a Release of Waiver of Liability, and Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement and a Minor’s Assumption of Risk Acknowledgement. They must wear the appropriate wristband given them on payment of the fee for a Pit Pass.

 

Conduct

The conduct of a participant, car owner, crew member or any person associated with a racing operation during the course of any event is subject to the loss of points, prize money, trophy, and/or suspension without recourse against Prescott Valley Raceway . Drivers will be held responsible for the conduct and actions of their crewmembers and other persons associated with the racing operation. Fighting or threats of violence will result in disqualification, the loss of points, the loss of money, and/or suspension from racing at Prescott Valley Raceway.  Any participant whose driving is categorized as being un-sportsman like or rough will be warned by race officials through the use of a furled black flag. If a second incident occurs within the same race the offender will receive an unfurled black flag and must pull into the pits on the next lap for consultation with race officials. If warranted by the severity of the initial incident, a driver could be shown an unfurled black flag and called into the pits for a consultation with race officials. All infractions of rough driving or un-sportsman like driving will be noted, and recurrent offenses can result in disqualification, a suspension and/or the loss of points and/or money.

 

Alcohol and/or Drug Use: Alcohol is not allowed to be present and visible in the Restricted Pit Area before or during a racing event. Alcohol may not be consumed in the Restricted Pit Area until after the final checkered flag of the last race of the night. There is no tolerance with any alcohol use before the checkered flag of the last race of any event. There is no tolerance with the possession and/or use of drugs on the racetrack property at any time. Any person suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be asked to leave, and could be subject to suspension or loss of winnings based upon the discretion of the race officials.

 

SAFETY WITHIN THE PIT AREA

Prescott Valley Raceway allows the courteous and careful use of three or four wheelers within the Restricted Pit Area as push vehicles, equipment transportation or personal transportation. Excessive speed, reckless operation or improper operation will result in the loss of authorization to use three or four wheelers. The use of motorcycles, motor scooters and bicycles is strictly prohibited within the Restricted Pit Area.

 

Operation of Racing Vehicles in the Pit Area: The Pit Area is designated as the 'restricted area' for the preparation of cars for competition. All drivers must operate their vehicles within the Pit Area in a manner that is safe and under control. The Pit Area is not a test area for racecars. Drivers are responsible to watch for pedestrians and other vehicles in the pit area, and to exercise caution due to congestion in the pit area. Entry to and exit from the pit area during hot laps, heats and races is controlled by the Pit Stewards. When entering or exiting the pits drivers must observe a speed no greater than 15 MPH. A failure to observe the directions of the Pit Stewards, excess speed or reckless driving will result in disqualification, loss of money, loss of points and/or suspension.

Fire Extinguishers: All cars will be required to have in their pits a minimum of one 2 pound dry chemical fire extinguisher. This is to be visible to track officials, and all crewmembers must be aware of its location, and knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguisher.

TECH INSPECTION-GENERAL RULES

At the discretion of the Prescott Valley Raceway , tech officials, any car may be inspected at any time. Any car may be rejected from competition for safety reasons at any time. Any car, team or driver not meeting Prescott Valley Raceway , specifications, standard racing or safety procedure(s) and/or equipment specification is subject to automatic disqualification. Any owner/driver refusing tech will forfeit all moneys and points earned that evening, and can be subject to disqualification, and/or suspension.  No radio communication equipment (transmitting or listening devices) is allowed in any car. No one is allowed in Tech area except AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL AND DRIVER.

CAR APPEARANCE

All vehicles participating at PVR will be neat and clean in appearance. All damage must be repaired prior to the next scheduled event. All advertising, lettering, or symbols must be professionally lettered and is subject to track approval. Any unapproved display on any vehicle will required to be covered or removed at the track officials direction. Any vehicle not conforming to the track officials direction will not be allowed on the track and will be asked to leave the premises. 

CAR NUMBERS

Car numbers are registered on a "first come/first served" basis each season and each driver must be registered with Prescott Valley Raceway , each season before being eligible to participate in any event. A separate registration is required for each car.  Car numbers are unique to each class. Car numbers can be any single, or double digit. If a number is determined to be a duplicate at the time a driver registers a car, the driver must alter or change the current number of his/her car. The number can be altered by: Adding an initial to the rear of the preferred number, such as 20J or, adding an 'X' to the rear of the preferred number, such as 20X. Once preferred number has been altered or changed, the driver must alter or change the numbers on his/her car to reflect the change so that scoring personnel can differentiate between cars.

PROCEDURAL INFORMATION & RULES

In order for a car to be placed appropriately in the heat races, the driver must be in line at the registration area not later than one hour before posted starting time. Late arrivals will be placed at the rear of a heat race.

Driver's Meeting

Driver's meetings are mandatory. The Driver's Meeting is held every race night after hot laps at the line up board. If the Driver's Meeting is postponed or the location is changed, a general announcement will be made over the Pit Area PA system. Hot laps will generally start one hour before the posted starting time. All cars to compete will be expected to pack the racetrack prior to starting the program. Drivers must present their car to the appropriate staging area when called for hot laps. No additional hot laps will be provided for any car that did not make the call.

Order of events

The order of events will be announced at the Driver's Meeting and will be placed on the line up board. The number of heats, number of laps per heat, B Main and A Main, and the time limitations for each event will be posted. Track officials will also post the line-ups at the line up board. It is the responsibility of each driver to check the postings to know the exact starting position. It is the driver's responsibility to be in the staging area when his/her class has been called for hot laps or an appropriate race has been called to start. Prescott Valley Raceway officials will not delay any event for any driver who is late for lineup. The staging area for all classes is the turn number 2 entrance to the track at the south end of the pits. Drivers are responsible for lining up in two rows. Cars should line up in a manner that leaves an access path to the track for the safety vehicles.

RAIN OUTS AND POSTPONEMENTS

If an event which is a regularly scheduled weekly event is interrupted prior to the start of the A Mains the race will be rescheduled to be run before the start of racing on a date determined by the raceway, or cancelled, at the discretion of raceway management. If the event is rescheduled the entry fee and admission for these races only, will be rain checked to the rescheduled date. If the event is canceled competitors will be paid based on the finish of heat races and subsequent position of the starting grid. The makeup week's regular events will require the usual admission fees. If a qualifying race of a special multi-day event is interrupted prior to its completion it will be rescheduled at the earliest opportunity. Any entry fee paid for the qualifying event will be rain checked to the rescheduled date. If the qualifying event is held on the same date as the final event, the standard charges for the final event will apply. If a special event, which is the “finals” of a multi-day event, is interrupted prior to the start of the featured A Main the race will be rescheduled or cancelled, at the discretion of track management. If the event is rescheduled the entry fee and admission will be rain checked to the rescheduled date. If the event is cancelled the pit admission and fifty percent of any entry fee will be refunded to the entrant If the special event is a single day event, the event will be considered completed if all heat races for the feature class have been run. Competitors will be paid based on the finish of heat races and subsequent position of the starting grid. In the event an event is threatened by weather, the schedule of racing events for the "support class" may be altered at the discretion of track officials. If "support class" qualifying races are run and the feature is cancelled, the feature will be paid based on the starting grid.

 

TRACK SAFETY

ANYTIME CAR IS MOVING WITH MOTOR RUNNING, DRIVER MUST WEAR HELMET AND SAFETY HARNESS.

General Track Entry & Exit; All cars enter the track at turn two and exit the track on turn one.

Track Entry & Exit During Races: Drivers must leave the track at the most convenient exit during hot laps or racing if his/her car has become disabled. Cars can not be worked on by the driver, any crew member or any race official while it is stopped in a position that is: on the racing surface, in an exit from the track or blocks an entrance to the track. Cars may enter the track only when directed by a race official. Drivers must enter and exit the track at a slow and reasonable speed. Drivers can be subject to suspension for reckless driving in the pits.

Post Race Track Exit: After a race has been concluded, all cars must exit the track through turn one.

Black Flag for Safety Reasons: If, in the judgment of track officials, a car represents a safety hazard to himself or other competitors he may be black-flagged from any race.

Cars Disabled on the Track: When a car becomes disabled all drivers must remain in the car, keep helmets on and belts secured until the race is stopped or until directed differently by a race official, unless there is a present danger from spilling fluids or fire. If a driver is involved in a collision with other cars or with track barriers, or if a car rolls over, only race officials and safety personnel are permitted on the racing surface. At an appropriate time one crewmember will be allowed on the track at the direction of a race official. Car owners, crewmembers and other persons associated with a racing operation who enter the racing area and/or obstruct any safety or rescue operation, can cause a driver to lose points, lose money, be disqualified, and/or suspended.

RACING RULES

The race officials will determine the race conditions at all events held at the Prescott Valley Raceway , Should it be deemed dangerous to continue an event by Prescott Valley Raceway officials, the event may be stopped and/or terminated at their discretion. Any car not running at a reasonable racing speed may be subject to disqualification for safety reasons. A car and driver qualify as a team. Each driver can qualify only one car per class, per event. No driver will be permitted to change cars after taking the green flag of his qualifying heat race.

 

A “GREEN” flag lap has been completed when all of the cars on the track have crossed the start/finish line.

A “YELLOW” flag condition takes effect when the yellow flag comes out and the yellow light comes on. Cars are scored in the positions that they were in the last time that they crossed the start/finish line under a green flag condition. Cars do not race back to the start/finish line for position scoring.

A “RED” flag condition takes effect when the red flag comes out and the red light comes on ALL cars must stop on the straight farthest from the incident until track officials give other directions. Cars are scored in the positions from the last completed lap. Cars do not race back to the start/finish line at ANY TIME.

Any car that stops on the track, FOR ANY REASON, (unless instructed to stop by a track official) during a heat or Main event race will go to the rear of the field. DO NOT STOP TO ARGUE ABOUT YOUR POSITION.

Any car that delays a start, or restart, of any race shall be sent to the rear of the field. Any driver causing two yellow flag situations, or one yellow flag and one red flag, or two red flag situations will exit the track and go to the pits. The race officials will use the ‘two spin’ rule. Any driver spinning a second time will be sent to the pits. You may go to the pits on a yellow flag and re-enter at the rear with the permission of the race officials. Drivers that enter the pits on a Yellow Flag or Red Flag condition will start at the rear when the race resumes. Drivers who have entered the track under Yellow Flag or Red Flag conditions may only re-enter at the rear with the permission of the race officials.

RACE SCORING AND RESULTS

The scorer will determine the lineup for re-starts and the final position of each car in every race. Driver's or car owners may request to review the score sheets after the race in question, however the decision of the officials is final. If a race is stopped due to a red flag, and it is ruled completed, the finishing positions will be paid according to the last officially scored lap previous to the red flag. Any car or cars red flagged will be put to the rear of the field.

APPEALS: Questions about a rule(s), disagreements with the decision(s) of race officials or disagreement with scoring decisions, must be made through the appropriate appeal channel. The driver is the only team member who is allowed to appeal to the race director. Race officials, competitors, car owners and other persons associated with a racing operation will be treated with courtesy and respect! Verbal abuse, verbal attacks and/or physical threats towards others will not be tolerated

STARTS: Starts will be official only upon the starter signaling with the green flag. Original starts are with the cars lined up two (2) cars abreast (side by side) in rows. In the event a pace vehicle is used, all cars shall take their proper position behind it at a reasonable distance to insure safety. The pace vehicle will speed up to exit the track at the first exit. (In the event a pace vehicle is not used, the pole car is responsible for setting the pace which shall be consistent with track conditions and as required to keep the field in formation.) When the yellow light goes out on the straight and the pace vehicle has exited the track, drivers should prepare for the start of the event. Cars must stay nose to tail in two rows until the green flag is displayed. Once the pace vehicle has exited the track the car on the inside pole position is responsible for maintaining a reasonable pace after the control lights go out and before the green flag is displayed. The start line will be in turn four for all double file starts. All cars must remain in proper order in two lines until the lead car or cars reach this point. The flagman will not show the green flag until the pole car reaches the line. If officials judge the front row car or cars are out of position, that cars back in the field are out of line, or that someone has jumped the start, a yellow light will be displayed on the back straight after the green flag is shown, and the offender(s) will be put to the rear. If the race is yellow/red flagged before all cars have completed one lap, the cars will be lined up for the restart with the cars in the original starting positions. This will be signified by the flagman holding up the restart flag. If after two failed attempts to start the race the cars will be lined up single file for the start. When the green flag is thrown all cars may start racing. JUMPING (Texas start) the start or DISRUPTING STARTS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED - OFFENDERS WILL BE SENT TO THE REAR ON THE FIRST OFFENSE. If the same car causes a false start two times during the same race they may disqualified and sent to the pits.

RESTARTS: All lineups for restarts will be in a single file line with all cars nose to tail. The line up for the restart will be determined by the order of cars on the last lap completed under a green flag. All cars that stop on a yellow flag, for any reason, (other than at the instructions of a race official); will be placed at the rear of lineup at the re-start. Cars causing yellow/red flag and remaining on racing surface that are able to restart without service will be placed at the rear of the field in the order they were running prior to yellow/red flag. Cars going to pits will be placed at the rear in the order they return to the track. Any driver who works on his car or permits any other person (other than a race official) to work on his car on the racing surface, during a yellow flag must go to the pits.

Under a Red Flag, crewmembers may not enter the racing area. Crewmembers may not perform any work on the cars or add fuel to any car except in the pits. If race officials authorize work, any car that has work performed on it must join the lineup at the time that they are called by the race officials. These cars will rejoin the field at the tail of the field. Race officials will not extend a red flag in order to allow work to be completed on a car. It is the responsibility of driver's to follow the directions of the track officials, and to get into proper order. A car that refuses to get into the specified order will be directed to the rear after two attempts. If the offending driver refuses to go to the rear then he/she will be disqualified and sent to the pits. The leader is responsible for setting a reasonable pace for the start. ALL CARS MUST REMAIN NOSE TO TAIL. Any driver viewed as lagging or hanging back to gain an advantage will go to the rear on the first offense. On restarts the yellow light will be turned off when the single file line approaches the cone. No car may pass until the yellow light is off and that car has passed the cone. The leader must start the race at or before the cone and all cars must go to outside ( wall side) of the cone in the proper single file order. Any car going on the wrong side of the cone or hitting the cone will be immediately black flagged and must go to the pits.  On a restart, if a car is unable to join the field and a green flag is given, but no laps are scored, then the car may join the field at the rear for the next restart. If it is determined that a driver has jumped positions on a restart and the driver does not follow the instructions of the race officials with regard to the order of the lineup, then they will be disqualified and sent to the pits. If a driver has been instructed to go to the rear, they must go there without delay. If the offending driver refuses to go to the rear then they will be disqualified and sent to the pits. It is the drivers’ responsibility to move to the position that has been indicated and not the responsibility of the other cars to attempt to pass him/her.

FLAGS and LIGHTS

Green Flag Start all races, racing for positions, clear track. All starts shall be slow with pole car setting pace. Any car attempting to "jump the start" will cause a false start.

Yellow Flag There is an obstruction such as a stalled car or debris on track. Passing is not allowed. Slow down immediately to a cautious pace and remain in single file until the restart of race. Laps do not count toward the total.

Red Flag There has been a severe collision, or the track is blocked. Stop racing advance slowly to straightaway farthest from the incident and stop. Drivers must watch race officials for restart orders. The lap on which the red flag is thrown will not be counted.

Black Flag - Furled A furled black flag will be shown to a driver or group of drivers as a warning. The furled black flag is shown when the flagman has determined that a driver or group of drivers has committed an infraction of the track rules. The flagman will point the black flag at the offender(s).

Black Flag - Unfurled Leave track, return to pits and check with race officials. Laps will not be counted for a car that receives a black flag. Failure to leave track after being black-flagged may cause car to be disqualified from the current event, and could be suspended from further racing.

White Flag - One lap to go, last lap before checkered flag.

Blue Flag w/Yellow Diagonal Stay on your line, do not switch lanes there are one or more faster cars overtaking your car.

Red w/Yellow Diagonal Re-start flag. Return to original lineup starting position for restart.

Checkered Flag The race is over. A race is not considered complete until the checkered flag appears. If a yellow or red flag must be thrown after the checkered flag appears, the race will be considered officially over. The payoff will be done in accordance with the line up resulting from a yellow or red flag situation.

SIGNAL LIGHTS

No Lights Prepare to race.

Green Light: Race.

Yellow Light: Caution. Reduce speed and remain in single file until the restart of race. Laps do not count toward the total. DO NOT race back to the yellow flag.

Red Light: Stop race immediately. Advance slowly to the straightway farthest from the incident and stop.

GRID POSITION DETERMINATION

The race officials will determine the number of heats once the total number of cars registered per class at any racing event has been determined. Race officials will post on the line up board the number of heats per class and the number of finishing positions that will transfer to the A Main. If there are an uneven number of cars to equally distribute between heats, the odd cars will be placed at the back of each of the heats. It is the preference for heats to have a minimum of six cars and a maximum of ten. At each racing event the specific heat and position within that heat will be determined by random draw at the time of registration.

 

GRID POSITIONS FOR TRANSFERS AND A MAIN’S: Heat races will determine the starting position for the balance of races scheduled. The grid positions for the transfer will be "straight up" and grid positions for the A Main will be determined by a driver's finishing position in the heats.