SISKIYOU MOTOR SPEEDWAY RUNNING RULES
General Rules for All Participants
1. This general rules section applies to each and every driver, mechanic, and/or pit personnel. Some items obviously do not apply to all classes. You are expected to know the rules. Ignorance of the rules will not be tolerated as an excuse.
2. Any disagreement over technical questions or operations will be resolved by race officials. When their decision is rendered, such decision is final and binding. There will be no protest. The flagman and race official’s decision are final.
3. Siskiyou Motor Speedway is a private business and reserves the right to eject any person whose conduct is determined by the officials to be detrimental to the best interests of the sport of auto racing, your fellow competitors, the fans, management and volunteers of Siskiyou Motor Speedway.
4. Any event may be deemed completed when over one half of the scheduled length has been run by the leader or terminated by the officials for safety or time reasons.
5. All drivers that enter any race are assumed to acknowledge that racing can be a dangerous sport and that they assume these risks of their own free will. Drivers who have been injured away from the track, or who have been hospitalized for treatment an/or undergone surgery, or have been fitted by a physician with a cast, brace or prosthesis, or who suffer from a chronic or progressive debilitating illness: Siskiyou Motor Speedway reserves the right to require the driver to present certification from the treating physician stating that participation as a driver will not exacerbate any medical condition or complicate the process of normal healing. Siskiyou Motor Speedway reserves the right to require such certification in the case of pregnant women wishing to participate in racing activities. In any such case, Siskiyou Motor Speedway reserves the right to decline the entry of any individual whose participation as a drier might endanger their own health or safety, or the health or safety of other drivers, participants or spectators.
6. The Speedway assumes no responsibility for any damage or loss of racing or non-racing equipment, vehicle, or any parts, i.e. tow rig, trailer, car, etc. by any means whatsoever.
7. A competitor must fully cooperate, including tear down of the car, as requested by the officials to facilitate inspection of the car.
8. The Speedway reserves the right to confiscate any illegal equipment found on any car following post- race inspections.
9. The Speedway reserves the right to impound and hold any car involved in a wreck where a serious injury or fatality has taken place, until a proper safety inspection of the car and investigation of the accident has been completed.
10. If rain checks are given to the spectators, all racing events, monies and points can be voided for the night. Armbands must be turn in for rain checks if a rain-out occurs. There will be no exceptions.
11. Anyone going to the grandstands from the pits must surrender his/her pit band and he/she will not be allowed to return to the pit area until all racing is completed for the night.
12. Any questions a driver has concerning his/her event must be handled by the Pit Steward and all tech questions will be handled by the Tech official.
13. The driver is responsible for all pit crew members and can be fined and/or disciplined accordingly. Fines may be imposed for unauthorized use of equipment (golf cars, etc.) and/or destruction of property.
14. All unpaid fines may be deducted from a driver’s purse winning and/or points fund monies. All fines must be paid before allowed to race.
15. Scoring re-check decision are final, non-appealable and non-litigable.
16. Penalties for violation of rules may include, but are not limited to: disqualification, fines, permanent suspension from track, loss of points and/or track membership being revoked.
17. The decision of the Race Official regarding race procedure and program is FINAL, NON-APPEALABLE AND NON LITIGABLE.
18. Radio communication between the driver and the pit is not permitted. No radio equipment may be in place even if it is disconnected. No communication devices are allowed in the car period. This includes cell phones, mirrors of any kind and data collecting devices. Racievers will be allowed.
19. All quads, ATV’s or similar motorized vehicles used in the pit should have proof of insurance and provide proof at any time it is requested by S.M.S. personnel. There should be only one person per quad. Each motorized vehicle mentioned above must display a bright orange safety flag.
In order for drivers to be eligible for the season’s points championship must purchase a Siskiyou Motor Speedway track license. This will entitle the driver to earn points during weekly points races from the date the license is purchased. Drivers who do not wish to purchase the license will be not be eligible to receive money or trophy for the year end championship standings. The track license entitles the driver to the car number of his/her choice (if available). Each class maintains its own set of numbers. License holders may also receive other benefits that non license holders will not.
Heat Races: 4-3-2-1
Trophy Dash: 4-3-2-1
Main Events: 60-58-56-54-52-50-48-46-44-42-40-38-36-34-32-30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-10-10-10-10-10.
Cars that are disqualified will receive 0 points for that event.
In the event of a season points tie, the driver with the most main event wins will be deemed the points champion.
1. All persons entering the pit area must be at least 13 years old. Anyone under 18 must have a minor release waiver signed by a parent or a legal guardian. Minor release form must be presented with an original age-verifying document such as a birth certificate, picture ID, etc.
2. Driver age requirements:
Mini Stocks, 13 years old
Super Stocks, Sport Mods 14 years old
Pro-Stocks, Modified, Dwarfs 16 years old
3. All drivers will fill out a driver profile sheet and a W-9 form for tax purposes. No driver/owner will be paid without a completed W-9 on file. No exceptions! Any driver that earns $600.00 or more during the season will receive a 1099 form.
4. No person will be allowed to enter the pit area unless he/she has a secured wristband and has signed all proper release forms.
5. Wristbands cannot be transferred at any time. Anyone caught doing so will be ejected and not permitted to return that night and may face a fine or suspension upon return.
6. The Siskiyou Motor Speedway reserves the right to refuse service to any driver, pitman or car owner.
7. All persons entering the pit area are required to attend the pit meeting which is held before qualifying. Drivers that do not attend the pit meeting will start at the rear of the last qualifying race in their event.
8. All cars must pack the track to the discretion of the track officials. Any car not packing enough or at all will start at the back of their main event and forfeit hot laps.
1. A driver is considered a rookie unless he/she has completed 3 races in that class the prior season. A driver will be considered a rookie for his or her entire first season. All Rookie drivers in non-sanctioned classes will display a minimum of three 24” length ribbons off the rear of the car and must start at the rear of the field for a minimum of his/her first three (3) races. If after three (3) races and track officials deem a rookie is competent, or he/she wins a main event, the rookie flags may be removed and he or she will not be required to start at the rear of the field. If a driver moves down a class (such as modified to sport mod) he/she is not considered a rookie in that class.
1. Any fighting in the pit area will subject all parties involved to suspension and/or a fine depending on the severity of the incident and the decision of the officials. The average suspension is 12 months. Any continuing problems from the same individual may result in permanent suspension and/or fines. Any driver, car owner or pit crew member that enter any other driver’s pit area and causes trouble will be suspended and/or fined plus loss of all points and money for that night.
2. We expect courteous conduct from all participants at all time. We do not tolerate profanity directed toward any person, including officials. We expect all participants to look like ladies and gentlemen and to act accordingly. An infraction of this rule may incur up to a 12 month suspension and/or fines.
3. Driver is responsible for the conduct of anyone registered with his/her car.
4. No race motors are to be started after 11:00 p.m.
5. Unsolicited tampering with another driver’s car is grounds for suspension and/or fines.
6. The Starter’s Stand (by the launch area) is for official use only.
7. The drinking of any intoxicating beverages or use of any drugs by anyone in the pit area is strictly prohibited. A driver or pitman violating this rule will result in the driver’s disqualification for the night and/or other penalties. There will be no refunds issued for entry fees. A second offense will result in fine and suspension on top of disqualification of the driver.
1. A written protest may be filed by a driver or owner whose race car is participating in the event. The protest must be filed within 15 minutes after the completion of the class feature event. A $50.00 cash protest fee must accompany a written protest for any single item. A $100.00 fee is required for any additional or tech item. If a protested part is found illegal, the protest fee will be refunded to the protester. The driver of the illegal car will be fined $250.00 and up to a two week suspension at the discretion of the tech official. Any parts found to be illegal will be confiscated and disposed of by the speedway.
1. All race-incurred injuries to any driver owner, pit person or official must be reported to a track official immediately. All accidents must be reported no matter how minor they may seem. If an injured person is transported to the hospital, he/she must have a doctor’s release to return to the pit area. Injuries due to fighting are not considered “race incurred”.
1. The management requires that pit areas be clean during and after the races. Use the trash cans that are placed along the fence to avoid a “clean up” fine. Take a look around the pit area before leaving the track.
2. Anti-freeze or other fluids, motor oil, brake fluid, gear oil or any other liquids other than water, may not be dumped at the speedway. Bring container for collecting and disposing of all liquids. Anyone caught dumping anything liquid on the ground may be suspended for up to 12 months. No oil is to be sprayed on the car without a drop cloth to protect the ground.
3. No extra cars or pickups are allowed in the pits unless they are approved by the pit steward. No one should ride in the back of a truck, trailer or on the back of a 4-wheeler.
4. Each pit area must be equipped with a serviceable A-B-C type (dry powder) fire extinguisher with a minimum 10 lb capacity. This is in addition to the extinguisher in the car. The extinguisher must be visible from pit road.
5. A 5 M.P.H. speed limit will be strictly enforced in the pit area. An automatic $25.00 fine will be assessed to anyone breaking rule and putting others in danger.
1. The only people allowed on the racetrack and in the infield are racing officials. Pit crews, owners and personnel related to any car are not allowed on the track following an accident or injury.
2. Neither driver nor crew allowed to “walk the track” between races unless given permission from Launcher.
3. Drivers may seek a place of safety in the infield following disablement. If a wreck occurs, remain in the car. No driver may exit the car unless it is on fire or if okayed by a track official. Do not examine the car while other cars are racing on the track.
1. Repairs are never to be made on the racing surface or infield area at any time. Repairs are to be made in the pits only. An official at the track entrance will OK and signal safe re-entry onto the racing surface. If a driver fails to stop at the track entrance or enters before being directed to re-enter, he/she will be black flagged.
2. Track officials are not allowed to perform any repairs on a car. All repairs must be performed by pit crews. Repairs include: removing of loose body panels, moving fenders to allow for tire clearance, or any other work to a car.
Car and Driver Safety
1. All cars are subject to inspection at any time. It is the responsibility of the driver, car owner and pit crew, individually and as a group, to have cars free from mechanical defects and kept in safe racing conditions.
2. Drivers caught on the track without all safety equipment in place will be black flagged from the racetrack. Once the driver has all safety equipment in place and has been cleared by an official, he/she may return to the track at the rear of the field.
3. All cars must be neatly and brightly painted. Car numbers must be readable and in good color contrast to the car.
1. Any car losing its muffler or making excessive noises, popping or smoking will be black flagged. Drivers must pull off his their accord. This is an automatic black flag and if the black flag has to be displayed driver will be disqualified and lose point and money and pay a $25.00 fine. All cars must meet the 95 decibel at 100 feet rule. This will be strongly enforced.
1. All cars are required to run transponders for scoring and position placement.
1. The racing program is based on the availability of enough cars qualifying in each class. If this number is not available, alternate scheduling or programming will be used. Racing events will be lined up in various way to accomplish the best racing program.
2. A minimum of four cars in a class is required to qualify as a race. If less than four cars are present, drivers have the option of purchasing a standard pit pass and will be allowed hot laps only.
1. Qualifying positions for heat races will be determined by drawing a number when registering. A driver can only qualify one car per class for the program. Once a car has been qualified, it cannot be driven by another driver for a racing event.
2. The pill draw concludes at the beginning of the pit meeting. Any driver failing to register before the pit meeting will start at the rear of the last heat race.
3. Siskiyou Motor Speedway follows IMCA mandated line up system for sanctioned classes.
Start of Race
1. Cars must report immediately to the staging area for any race in which they are scheduled. Driver is responsible for getting the car lined up for the event. Do not rely on an official to call for lineups. If a driver is not in the staging area and ready to race when their event has entered the racing surface, the car will start at the rear of the field. An alternate car should pull to the rear of the field in the staging area in case a qualified car cannot make it for their race. If the alternate car is not needed, it will return to the pit area. Once an alternate car has entered the racing surface, the disabled car is out of the race.
2. Once the race has begun (green flag waved) there will be no late arrivals allowed to enter the racing surface.
Green Flag: (Start of Race) At the start of the race and all restarts, cars must maintain position until the the green flag is waved.
Red and Yellow Flag: (Restart) Cars will line up according to the original start. At the flagman’s discretion, cars causing the restart may be put to the rear of the field.
Yellow Flag: (Caution) All divisions at SMS do NOT race to the yellow flag. All drivers should be aware of the caution lights. All cars should slow to a reasonable pace and stay in single file until directed to their restart positions. Cars causing or involved in the caution may be put to the rear of the field. No crew members are allowed on the racing surface at any time while under caution. When the caution is over and cars are properly lined up, the flagman will signal ‘one lap to go’ and the race will restart with the green flag.
Red Flag: (Stop-Danger) The red flag signals that it is unsafe to continue racing and all drivers should come to a complete stop as soon as safely possible. NO driver should move from where stopped on the track until instructed by an official. Any driver going to the pit area under red flag conditions (with permission of an official) will be placed at the rear of the field when returning to the track. The race will revert to the last completed lap and the line-up will be based on such. Failure to obey red flag rules may result in fine and/or disqualification.
White Flag: (One lap to go) The white flag will be displayed when there is one lap remaining in the race. It will be held and not waved to help drivers keep the white from being confused with the yellow flag. If a yellow or red flag falls during the white flag lap, a restart using the lineup from the last completed lap will line up the field for a green-white-checkered finish.
Checkered Flag: (Race completed) The checkered flag signals the end of the race. All cars will be paid on how many laps they completed in accordance with how they crossed the start/finish line. Cars are allowed to make one cool-down lap before going to the pits. The requested number of cars of each feature must drive directly to the tech area before returning to their pit area.
Black Flag: (Leave the racing surface immediately). The black flag is disqualification from the event. Any driver receiving a black flag must leave the racing surface and forfeits all winnings and points from that race.
Blue & Yellow Flag: (Hold your position) This flag will be displayed to cars that the leaders are approaching to let the driver know to hold his/her position so the leaders can pass. It is up to the flagman’s discretion to determine if a car is holding up the leader. If a car does not allow the leader to pass, he/she may receive a rolled-up black flag as a warning. If the warning is not heeded, the black flag may be flown.
Black & Red Flag: (Mechanical Black Flag) This flag indicates a mechanical problem. The driver must go to the pits to correct this problem and may return to the back of the race after it is corrected. Any driver that fails to heed the mechanical black flag for more than 3 laps will be disqualified immediately and will forfeit all winnings and points.
Racing and Scoring Rules
1. Cars must not pull out of position during pace laps. On restarts, racing resumes when the green flag waves. Any front row driver who deliberately stalls for a slow start may be sent to the rear. The pole car must bring the field in at a reasonable and constant speed. Any car not taking the original green flag will not be allowed to participate in that event. No one may first enter a race on a restart. If a car is missing in the lineup for an event, the cars in that row will move up. Do not cross from another row.
2. Any car pulling out of the lineup before any green flag and stopping on or off the track will be sent to the rear of the field. This is to eliminate stalling on the starts. The exception is if an official orders the car to stop.
3. Any race in which the green flag has been flown is considered officially started even if there is a restart. Any car damaged early in the race may re-enter the track at the back later in the race and will scored down the number of racing laps completed by the leader. Cars that do not complete one lap will be scored off of the starting lineup.
4. The yellow flag will be used at the flagman’s discretion. Stalling or spinning will not necessarily cause a yellow flag to be thrown.
5. Cars must line up single file while under yellow flag. Any car that will not get into the proper lineup may be put in the rear of the field. The flagman will give the double up sign before restarting the race.
6. All restarts will be double file with the leader out front (Texas Style). The leader sets the pace. The 2nd place car has the choice of inside or outside lane. The remaining cars line up accordingly.
7. In the event a red flag is thrown after more than one racing lap has been completed, cars will be scored and restarted as they crossed the start/finish line the lap previous to the red flag. Cars involved in the accident will be put to the rear of the field.
8. There will be an automatic red flag in the event of a rollover, a car is on fire, or dangerous debris is on the racing surface (wheels, driveshafts etc.).
9. When a red flag is used and the race cannot be restarted because of the 11:00 pm curfew, the race will be considered completed by going back to the last completed lap. The cars causing the red flag will be scored at the rear of the field. This applies to any condition in which racing cannot continue
10. The black flag will be flown for any of the following reasons: cars dropping anything on the racing surface including tie rods, cars with flat tires, a hood that comes loose and is blocking the driver’s vision, cars that have items hanging off of the car that pose a danger to other racers, themselves or officials, and/or loss of a muffler or is too noisy. If a driver is aware of any of these occurrences, he/she must pull off the track on his/her own. If the black flag has to be thrown, the driver is disqualified and loses points and money for the event. A left front flat tire is not a cause for a black flag providing the driver is handling the car properly (flagman’s discretion)..
11. Intentional spinning, flipping or ramming of another car (especially the leader) or waiting a lap to ram a car will not be tolerated. These are causes for a black flag, a fine and/or other penalty.
12. Cars continuously spinning out or appear to be out of control will be black flagged at the flagman’s discretion and receive a DNF for that race. If driver ignores the black flag, the flagman may use a caution flag to display the black flag. If a caution flag is required to remove a driver from the field, they will receive a disqualification.
13. Cars not maintaining a racing speed which interferes with other racers will be black flagged at flagman’s discretion.
14. Cars must re-enter the race track from the staging area only. Cars should use the turn one exit at all times to leave the track. Turn 4 may be used in some cases. No car may exit the racing surface through the staging area. Any car exiting through the staging area may be fined.
15. All classes (unless otherwise noted): The winner of the main event from the previous week will be required to start at the rear of the field for the main event the following week only, no matter where you qualify in your heat race.
Time Limits/Race Length
1. Races will have a time limits as follows: One minute per lap for all races. The clock starts ticking when the green flag waves. Exceptions may be made during red flag conditions. All racing will cease at the 11:00 pm curfew.
1. All participants acknowledge and accept full responsibility for injuries, damages or other losses that may occur to themselves and their property as a result of participation in this sport. They further acknowledge that they have read the general release contained in the application form and understand its meaning.
Official Policy Statements
1. Any modifications not covered in these rules will not be allowed unless approved by the SMS officials.
2. Equipment will not be considered “legal” simply because it went through inspection unobserved or because rule has not been written against it.
3. Officials reserve the right to confiscate and hold any parts and/or equipment not conforming to the rules.
4. Officials reserve the right to judge, decide and establish what constitutes a legal part or car.
5. There will not be any grace races for cars that do not meet the 2015 SMS class rules.
1. It is ultimately the obligation of each participant to insure that his/her conduct and equipment comply with all applicable SCMA rules and regulations as they may be amended from time to time.
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirement for such 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 expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from publication of or compliance with these rules. They are intended as a guide for conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to participants, spectators or others.
The race officials shall be empowered to permit minor deviations from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from such alterations of specifications. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.
Rules and tech questions should be addressed with the tech officials.
Procedure questions should be addressed with the pit steward.
On track questions should be addressed with the flagman.
The Board of the SCMA
THESE RULES ARE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015 AND SUPERSEDE ALL PREVIOUS RULES