GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION
1. It is the intent of the Southwest Racing Association to produce a racing environment, which promotes good sportsmanship and enjoyment among all people who love the sport of auto racing. We can only do this with the help of everyone who participates. Competition creates a high rate of emotion and this sometimes creates difficulties. But we must always project a positive image. It is totally up to our association to govern ourselves in order to continue racing. There will be calls made that will no doubt effect someone in a negative way. But we must keep things in proper perspective at all times. We all want to succeed, but the only way we all win is to keep an eye on the big picture, even when the call is against us.
2. Any person involved with a racecar who confronts a member of the Imperial Valley Expo Board or their representatives in a derogatory or abusive manner shall be immediately suspended from involvement with racing at the Imperial Valley Speedway or with Southwest Racing Association.
3. Southwest Racing Association officials have full authority over the Imperial Valley Racing events. At the discretion of Southwest Racing Association; official(s) in charge, any competitor may be disqualified for rule violations, hazardous equipment, hazardous actions or personal conduct.
4. All drivers must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. In the Pure Stock class drivers must be at least 14 years of age. Non-licensed drivers must have an official form of identification: State Identification Card or a Certified Copy of Birth Certificate. Competitors without a valid driver’s license will start tag for their first three events.
5. There is no minimum age for persons entering the pit area. All persons under 18 years of age (pitmen and drivers) must obtain a parental/guardian consent/release form to be allowed entry as per track insurance. Any person under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
6. All participants entering the pit area must obtain a valid pit pass, which is to be worn in an easily visible place at all times. Any unauthorized person(s) in the pit area will be removed and may be subject to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
7. Southwest Racing Association management reserves the right to require drivers and pitmen to show proof of medical qualification to be allowed pit entry. The right may be exercised on a case-by-case basis.
8. All drivers must be members of the Southwest Racing Association to be eligible for championship point fund money. No exceptions. Southwest Racing Association memberships may be purchased at anytime. Points start to accumulate from date of purchase. Membership fees will be $50.00 for drivers, $25.00 for mini dwarf drivers. Associate memberships (non drivers) will be $30.00 for the 2006–2007 season.
9. Nightly pit entrance fees will be $35 SWRA member drivers, $40.00 for non member drivers. SWRA member pit person $30.00, non-member pit person $35.00. Pit entrance fees will be $25.00 for SWRA member Mini-Dwarf drivers, Non-member Mini-Dwarf driver $30.00. First Adult for Mini-Dwarf driver $25.00 Payment of pit/entry money is non-refundable.
10. All outstanding fines will be paid prior to entry of the next scheduled event.
11. The driver has sole responsibility for the actions and conduct of his/her crew. The driver is the sole spokesman for his/her crew. No exceptions. Any unsportsmanlike conduct by drivers, owners and/or pit crews shall be grounds for disqualification and/or punitive action by Southwest Racing Association management and will be strictly enforced.
12. All drivers are required to attend pit meetings. Drivers not attending pit meetings may forfeit points and may be fined for the event.
13. Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages will be consumed by drivers or pit crew prior to, or during Southwest Racing Events. Use of prescription drugs, which have a physical or psychological effect on the user, will prevent the user from participating as a driver or crewmember. Use of illegal drugs at ANY TIME shall be cause for immediate, indefinite suspension from all Southwest Racing Association events. Southwest Racing Association has the right to request drug testing at any time and at the expense of the individual being tested.
14. Fighting will not be tolerated. Violation will mean immediate removal from the pits, fined up to $500.00 and/or suspension and/or loss of points earned to date at the discretion of the official in charge. Only drivers may question officials on official matters. No arguing will be tolerated with officials and anyone laying hands on an official will be fined up to $500.00 and disqualified and/or suspended for a minimum of one year from all Southwest Racing Association Events.
15. In the event a fight occurs, the officials will investigate the facts to the best of their ability. The incident will be reviewed by the Board of Directors at the following meeting, to determine any action deemed necessary. However, the parties involved will be disqualified for that night. Any monies or points earned up to that point will be awarded after the board meets. The party or parties found guilty will forfeit all money and points for the night and may be suspended for as long as the board deems appropriate. All parties will be notified as to the outcome of the board’s decision.
16. Driver changes will not be allowed.
17. Each participating car will participate in wheel packing the track. If failure to comply, first offense will cause for you to tag in your designated heat race, second offense penalty shall be no better than 10th starting position in the main event and no passing points.
18. All competing vehicles must pass technical inspection each event in order to compete. Drivers must be with cars during Tech Inspection. Approval of a competing vehicle by the Southwest Racing Association inspectors shall mean only that the vehicle is approved for participation in the competitive event and shall not be construed to mean, in any way, that the vehicle is guaranteed to be mechanically sound. Nor does this guarantee that the car is fully legal for the division it has been approved to run in. Be it further declared that the Southwest Racing Association inspector and the Southwest Racing Association shall not be liable for any mechanical failures nor any losses or injuries resulting from the same. Driver must have helmet and fire suit at time of tech.
19. Each racecar is allowed one (1) support vehicle, either trailer, car or truck. No personal vehicles will be allowed in the pit area. No exceptions.
20. Loading of race cars in the pit area will be allowed with permission from a Southwest Racing official during a racing event. The driver must report to the pit board in order to obtain permission to leave the pit area. Violators will be subject to a minimum $50.00 fine.
21. All cars must be removed from the pit area following the completion of the final race of the evening/event.
22. No videotape replays will be allowed for officiating purposes. All judgment calls are final.
23. The State of California has a noise control policy. This requires all cars to undergo a Decibel test. This will happen before the first heat races take place. More than likely it will be during hot laps or qualifying. The testing is done on the backstretch between turns 2 and 3. Each driver must do what he feels is appropriate to pass this test. Mufflers mare recommended but not mandatory.
24. The State of California also has a noise curfew. The main event must be complete no later than 11:00 p.m. All excessive noise must cease by 11:30 p.m. Because of this, it has been decided to run the main events for 25 laps or 25 minutes, which ever comes first.
25. All vehicles are subject to inspection at any time while on the racing grounds. 26. There shall be no electronic communication and/or devices with the car and/or driver.
27. All class rules will apply for the next two (2) years. The date in which the class rules may be altered is July 14, 2006. The only exception will be alterations done to safety rules which must pass by a two-thirds majority vote by the Board.
28. A Snell 95 or newer helmet is mandatory for all classes except the Mini-Dwarf class.
SECTION II / SAFETY RULES
1. Speed limit in the pits is 5 MPH. Violation will result in a fine or disqualification at the official’s discretion.
2. Repairs to any racecar will be conducted completely inside the pit area only.
3. No one from the pit area is allowed on the track unless specifically authorized by Southwest Racing Association officials. Failure to comply may result in that individual being banned from the pits for the remainder of that event.
4. No one is allowed to work under a vehicle without safety stands in place. Violators are subject to a $25.00 fine.
5. Drivers may not get out of their car onto the racing surface or infield at any time without permission from a Southwest Racing Association official. This rule does not apply to emergency situations.
6. No push starts will be allowed in the pits except in the staging area.
7. Each pit crew will maintain a fully pressurized five pounds or greater fire extinguisher, any car running alcohol must have five gallons of water in the pit.
8. No passenger’s will be allowed in or on any competition vehicle at any time the vehicle is moving. No riding on trailers, sideboards or bumpers while on Imperial Valley Expo property. A fine of $25.00 per person will be imposed.
9. All ambulance bills incurred will be the sole responsibility of the participant using the ambulance service.
10. No glass containers are allowed at any time in the pits. No alcoholic beverages allowed in the pit area during the races.
11. All cars running alcohol as a fuel must have a minimum four (4) inch clearly marked letter “A” located within six (6) inches of either side of the car number on the left and the right sides of the car.
SECTION III / COMPETITION RULES
1. All cars entering the track surface must keep a slow pace, unless an official motions to speed up.
2. Original starts and restarts will begin at the cone on turn four (4). When leader picks the pace up and the green light comes on, the entire track is green and you can pass at that time.
3. Any car the jumps a start or restart will be put to the back of the pack. Second offense will be sent to the pits. If no yellow is thrown, you will be scored two spots back for each car passed during restart.
4. Any Car involved in two yellow flags on his own in one race will be black-flagged from that race.
5. A race will be considered officially under way after all cars have completed one full lap. Only two attempts at a clean start will be permitted, after which the line up will be single file.
6. Any car leaving the track during a race may return to the track if done so in a safe manner with the pit steward’s approval, providing they took the original green flag. If you exit the track during a heat race you will not be allowed to return.
7. The flagman may black flag any car, as he feels necessary. Rough driving to the point of unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a black flag and may result in further disqualification, suspension and/or fine.
8. No hot lapping prior to the beginning of each race. No passing the pole car.
9. When the pace car is used no car may pass the pace car while it is on the racing surface unless motioned to do so by an official or proceeding directly to the pits.
10. Races are concluded on the checkered flag regardless of number of laps completed.
11. Once the white flag is displayed and an accident occurs the yellow and checkered will be displayed and the race is over. The last lap will be scored by the last full running green flag lap.
12. Track rules / class rule violations may result in penalties against the involved car. This may be anything from a position change to a fine, to be determined by the Southwest Racing Association chief steward.
13. Top four (4) finishers in each main event must report directly to the scales after taking the checkered flag. Any car not reporting directly to the scales following the main event will be disqualified and shall forfeit all points as well as all prize money for the feature race.
14. Any part lost off a car during the main event may not be replaced before crossing the scales. However, flat tires may be changed prior to scaling the car with officials permission, tires must be replaced with exact weight and offset wheel and tire.
15. Lost weights will result in a $25.00 fine.
16. Under a yellow all cars must line up in single file. Side by side disputes will result in disqualification of both cars. Racing will not resume until line up is correct to last completed green flag lap.
17. Any car damaged to the point of being unsafe will not be allowed to re-enter the track.
18. Officials are not allowed to assist in any repairs of vehicles while on the racing surface.
SECTION IV / LINE-UPS
1. The number of cars signed in will determine the number of heats per division. Ten or less cars in any class will result in only 1 heat for that class. Any driver not making the call for the scheduled heat race will tag their designated main event.
2. First race night-all drivers will draw to determine the starting position in the heat(s). Qualifiers will redraw for starting position in the main. (One heat -5 redraw, two heats -10 redraw, three, four, or six heats-12 redraw).
3. From second race night on-heats are lined up by SWRA point average, stagger inverted, lowest point average to the front, highest point average to the rear. New drivers carrying no point average start at the rear. Two or more drivers having the same point average or no average will draw for starting positions. Point averages are figured from the SWRA point system. Average is figured by the driver’s SWRA point total divided by the number of times he/she has competed at the track during the current season.
4. “B” mains are lined up straight up from the heats with the highest finishers to the front.
5. When one heat is run, the top five qualifiers will be inverted for the “A” feature according to the season’s SWRA point averages. When two or five heats are run, the top ten qualifiers will be inverted for the “A” feature lineup according to the season’s SWRA point averages. When three, four, or six heats are run, the top 12 qualifiers wikll be inverted for the “A” feature lineup according to the season’s SWRA point averages. Remainder of the “A” feature is lined up straight up from the heats and/or “B” feature. A driver that qualifies but has no SWRA point average shall be lines up in the last inverted position. Should there be more than one driver with no SWRA point average; position will be determined by the evenings pill draw. 6. If a driver is absent for two consecutive events (excluding rain-outs) , upon his/her return shall be treated as a new car (rule5) for the first week he/she returns.
7. The number of laps for each main event will be determined by the Race Director according to the number of cars entered. The Race Director will determine the number of laps run in each heat according to the number of cars entered.
8. I.M.C.A. Modified lineups will be determined as per national rules.
SECTION V / POINTS
1. Points are awarded to the driver. Only SWRA driver-members will be awarded points.
2. Any SWRA driver-member taking the original green flag in the main event will receive points.
3. Points will be awarded as follows: The main event winner is to receive 40 points, with each subsequent position worth 1 point less. This makes the 24th position worth 17 points. If a “B” main is run, the first non-transferring driver receives 16 points and each subsequent position, back to the sixth non-transferring spot, receives 1 less point. The sixth non-transferring spot and each position on back will receive 11 points.
4. Should a driver qualify for the “A” feature or “B” feature and not be able to compete due to mechanical or other difficulties, They will be scores in last position and receive points accordingly.(SWRA’s discretion whether vacated position is filled in the feature by the qualifies driver).
5. If there are less than ten entries for any given night, for each car less than ten, 1 point fewer than normal is awarded for the feature finish. (I.E. if nine cars are entered, the feature win would be worth 39 points, for eight entries, the win would be worth 38 points, etc).
6. Any driver (except IMCA Modifieds) signing in but not making any race will receive 1 point for the night.
SECTION VI / FLAGS
1. GREEN…Start or restart. The Green flag will drop between the Apex of Turn 3 and Turn 4 and the exit of Turn 4 and the flag tower if all cars are in position.
2. YELLOW…CAUTION. Slow down. Do not pass; do not race to the start / finish line. Restart will be single file and lined up according to the last green lap. Cars considered involved in the incident causing the yellow flag would be placed at the back of the pack.
3. RED…All cars will come to an immediate but safe stop, and will not move unless instructed by an official. You may proceed at 5 MPH to the front straight or pits, only when the flagman displays yellow lights and flag. You must stay in you car while waiting for the restart. Red flag will supersede any other flag.
4. BLACK…Pull immediately into the pits and remain there for the duration of the race. Failure to heed the flagman’s signal may result in suspension, disqualification and / or fine.
5. BLACK / WHITE STRIPE… Pull into the pits immediately for repairs. You may re-enter the race after the repairs have been made. There is no penalty for compliance except for the loss of laps while off racing surface. Failure to heed the flagman’s signal may result in penalties.
6. BLUE / YELLOW STRIPE…Move over signal. You are being lapped. Maintain your line unless directed high or low by the flagman. Failure to comply may result in a black flag.
7. RED / YELLOW…Complete restart.
8. CROSSED WHITE / GREEN… Halfway point in the race. The race is official.
9. WHITE…Last lap. When displayed the checkered must follow.
10. CHECKERED FLAG…END OF RACE.
SECTION VII / NUMBERING AND PAINT
1. Legible numbers must be applied to both left and right door panels and roof no less than 18” in height. Minimum 6” numbers must be visible from the front and rear of the car. Color of numbers must be in sharp contrast to body color. It is the driver’s responsibility, that numbers be clearly legible at the discretion of the head scorekeeper. ABSOLUTELY NO REFLECTIVE NUMBERS ARE ALLOWED. Failure to comply will result in a minimum of a $25.00 fine and the possibility of not being scored.
2. Numbers will be assigned to drivers of the Southwest Racing Association on a first come, first serve basis. All Southwest Racing Association members will use numbers from 0-99.
3. Visiting drivers may run the number on their car provided that it does not create confusion with the scorekeepers. In the case of duplicate numbers, the driver may be required to add an “X” or some other identifying mark to the number.
4. Any Southwest Racing Association driver who fields a car number more than 3 races in a single season has first rights to that car number the following year.
5. Any driver registering a car number must field that car number within the first three races of the season in order to retain that number. DEFINITIONS Participant: Each and every driver, car owner, sponsor, mechanic, crew member or any other pit personnel taking part in any way in any Southwest Racing Association racing event. All such persons have voluntarily become involved in a Southwest Racing Association racing event, with the full understanding that he/she must abide by all of the rules and regulations of the Southwest Racing Association. By their participation in a Southwest Racing Association racing event, all such persons acknowledge that they are fully aware of the risks involved in the sport of auto racing and that by participating in such a racing event they assume all such risks. Track Official: An employee, independent contractor or agent of a promoter who assists in the conducting and promoting of the racing event, and interpreting and enforcing the rules, at a promoter’s racing facility. Track Rules: The rules for a racing event at a particular racing facility, as published by the promoter, posted at the racing facility, or announced at any drivers’ or pit meeting prior to any racing event.
The Southwest Racing Association rules shall apply to each and every participant who participates in any Southwest Racing Association racing event. All participants subject to the Southwest Racing Association rules are expected to know the rules and any claimed ignorance of the rules will not be accepted or tolerated. All racers, competitors, suppliers or sponsors having any question regarding the legality of any product must request the Southwest Racing Association Board to review the same and render an opinion as to legality. All new products must be pre-approved by the Southwest Racing Association Board. Any and all parts including but not limited to clutches and transmissions that have not been prior approved by the Southwest Racing Association Board will be considered illegal until such time that the Southwest Racing Association Board has reviewed the product and rendered its decision as to whether or not the products falls within the Southwest Racing Association racing rules. The decision of the Southwest Racing Association Board is final. The Southwest Racing Association Board’s decision will be premised upon the intent and spirit of these rules. The Southwest Racing Association Board will delineate what is authorized and not authorized under the rules. The Southwest Racing Association Board reserves the right to adjust any or all weight differences as they see appropriate
AMENDMENT OF RULES
The Southwest Racing Association reserves the right to add to, delete, supersede or modify any rules that the Southwest Racing Association deems necessary for the betterment and/or safety of racing.
The Southwest Racing Association rules are applicable to all Southwest Racing Association events
FINALITY OF DECISIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE 1) THE DECISIONS OF SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION RACE OFFICIALS, OR TRACK OFFICIALS, AT A SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION EVENT, INCLUDING THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF RULES AND THE SCORING OF POSITIONS, SHALL BE FINAL, BINDING AND NON-APPEALABLE, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THE REVIEW AND APPEAL RIGHTS AND PROCEDURES SECTION. 2) ALL PARTICIPANTS, AS A CONDITION OF PARTICIPATING IN A SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION RACING EVENT, AGREE THAT ALL DECISIONS OF SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION RACE OFFICIALS, OR TRACK OFFICIALS, REGARDING THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF THE SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION RULES, AND THE SCORING OF POSITIONS, SHALL BE NON-LITIGABLE. ALL PARTICIPANTS FURTHER COVENANT AND AGREE THAT THEY WILL NOT INITIATE ANY TYPE OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION, OR A SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION PROMOTER, TO CHALLENGE SUCH DECISIONS, TO SEEK MONETARY DAMAGES, TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE RELIEF OR TO SEEK ANY OTHER KIND OF LEGAL REMEDY. IF A PARTICIPANT PURSUES ANY SUCH LEGAL ACTION WHICH VIOLATES THIS PROVISION, THEN THE PARTICIPANT EXPRESSLY AGREES TO REIMBURSE THE SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION, OR THE SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION PROMOTER, FOR ALL OF ITS ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS IN DEFENDING AGAINST SUCH LEGAL ACTION. VIOLATION OF SPIRIT AND INTENT OF RULES –
Any participant who defies or violates the intent or spirit of the Southwest Racing Association rules shall be considered to have engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct and shall be dealt with by the Southwest Racing Association Board or track officials depending upon the nature of the infraction. Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a fine of up to $1,000.00 and/or a suspension of up to one year and/or probation for up to one year from the date of infraction.
RESERVED PARTICIPATION RIGHT
Southwest Racing Association or the track promoter reserves the right to refuse to accept the entry of any car or participant. Furthermore, Southwest Racing Association, or the track promoter, reserves the right to revoke or cancel any entry, or any participant’s claimed right to be on the track premises, if it is felt or determined that a participant’s presence or conduct is not in the best interest of the sport of auto racing, the other competitors, the spectators, track management and/or employees or the Southwest Racing Association.
Illegal Parts: Illegal parts shall be any parts or components of a racecar, or any alterations or modifications to any such parts or components, that do not meet the particular Southwest Racing Association rules and specifications of the class in which the racecar is competing. Illegal: Being illegal consists of any aspect of the racecar which violates, or results in a violation, of any Southwest Racing Association rules or specifications. Disallowed if Not Allowed: If the rules do not specifically allow a part or component, or do not allow specific alterations or modifications to a part or component, then that part or component is disallowed. Penalty: Except for a specific penalty as otherwise provided, the penalty for illegal parts, or being illegal, as defined above, whether discovered through a post-race inspection, through tear down, or as a result of a protest, shall be up to a $500.00 fine and or a suspension of thirty (30) days, loss of all points, and forfeiture of all money and awards earned for that event.
RESERVED TEAR DOWN RIGHT
Tear Down: After the feature race, the Southwest Racing Association tech official, reserves the right to tear down the engine of any racecar in any class. This reserved tear down right is separate and distinct from any inspection to which any race car in any class is subject. Procedure: A tear down shall consist of the disassembly of the upper end, or lower end, or both, of the engine. An upper-end tear down includes, but is not limited to, the removal of the carburetor, spacer plates or adapters, valve covers, intake manifold, exhaust manifold, headers, valve train components and heads. A lower-end tear down includes, but is not limited to, removal of oil pan, crankshaft, rods and pistons. Fee for Tear Down: The Southwest Racing Association, or the track official, shall advise the driver that a tear down is requested and shall provide a gasket set. Illegal Parts: If any engine parts are found to be illegal, the provisions of illegal parts, shall apply.
COMPETITOR AGREEMENT REGARDING RULES
1) A participant, by competing in a Southwest Racing Association event, specifically agrees and acknowledges the following:
2) That he or she is familiar with and understands all of the Southwest Racing Association rules and procedures as set forth in this rule book.
3) That by applying for a Southwest Racing Association membership, or by participating in a Southwest Racing Association racing event, he or she specifically agrees to abide by all of the Southwest Racing Association rules and procedures. 4) That by entering a Southwest Racing Association racing event, a competitor certifies that his or her race car meets all of the requirements of the Southwest Racing Association rules for participating in a Southwest Racing Association racing event.
5) Those, if as a result of an inspection, tear down, protest or claim, a competitor’s race car is determined to be illegal, it is the sole responsibility of the competitor, who bears the burden of proof, to prove that his or her race car is in compliance with the applicable Southwest Racing Association rules and requirements.
GENERAL POLICIES PREVAILING POLICY
Any disagreements over technical questions or operations will be resolved by the Southwest Racing Association or track officials. When their decision is rendered, such decision is final and binding, except as provided in REVIEW AND APPEAL RIGHTS AND PROCEDURES. The Southwest Racing Association or track officials will establish the length, frequency and administration of all events and programs, and when their decision is rendered, that decision is final and binding and non-appeal able.
The top four (4) race cars, for all classes, in each feature race, and a wildcard which will be determined by pill draw, must scale. Any driver required to scale immediately following the feature events, who: A. Does not go directly to the scales, or B. Avoids going to the scales, or C. Does not remain at the scales until scaled, or D. Does not meet the minimum weight for the class, according to the scale at the race track for the event, THEN: Shall be disqualified and shall forfeit all points as well as all prize money for the feature race.
Timing and Scope of Inspection: All race cars competing in Southwest Racing Association racing events are subject to inspection by the Southwest Racing Association, or track officials, at any time, and to any extent or degree, as determined by the Southwest Racing Association, or track officials, in their sole discretion. The decisions by the Southwest Racing Association, or track officials, regarding the specific race cars to be inspected, and the timing, scope or extent of any inspection, are final, binding and non-appeal able, except as provided in REVIEW AND APPEAL RIGHTS AND PROCEDURES Types of Inspection Minimum Specifications Inspection: An inspection, usually conducted at the beginning of a racing season or a racing event, to determine whether a racecar complies with the minimum applicable chassis and body specifications and all safety requirements. Any deficiencies or rule violations discovered must be corrected before the racecar will be allowed to compete in the racing event. Pre-Race Inspection: An inspection, conducted in advance of a racing event, including a minimum specifications inspection, to determine whether a race car complies with applicable chassis and body specifications, safety requirements and any other rules or specifications, in the discretion of the track officials. Any deficiencies or rule violations discovered must be corrected before the racecar will be allowed to compete in the racing event. Post Race Inspection: An inspection, conducted after a racing event, to determine whether a race car complies with all of the applicable rules and specifications, for that class of race car, with the scope and extent of the particular items to be inspected to be determined by the Southwest Racing Association, or the track officials, in their sole discretion. Post Race Inspection Procedure: All competitors that have their cars scaled after the race will need to immediately take their car to the inspection area. Once in the inspection are the driver is the only person allowed in this area. The car cannot be prepared for inspection until a tech official or appointed official is present. This rule applies to all classes and failure to comply with this rule will be a disqualification for that event. Effect of Prior Inspection: The fact that a racecar has passed a minimum specifications inspection, a pre-race inspection or any inspection at another racetrack or event, is no guarantee or assurance that the racecar will pass a post-race inspection. Cooperation of Driver: In connection with any type of inspection, the driver must cooperate with the Southwest Racing Association, or track officials, to enable track officials to conduct or complete an inspection, including removing or disassembling various parts or components. Refusal or Termination of Inspection: Any driver who refuses to allow a pre-race or a minimum specification inspection to be conducted will not be allowed to compete in the racing event. Any driver who refuses to allow a post-race inspection, or who terminates an inspection in progress, shall be fined $500.00, suspended for thirty (30) days, lose all points track points, and forfeit all money and awards for that event.
At any time, before, during or after an event, the Southwest Racing Association or track officials may require additional measures or equipment, or make additional determinations, as they deem necessary to further reduce the risk to competitors. It is the responsibility of the driver to prepare his/her car to comply with all minimum specifications, to be free of defects, and in safe racing condition
PROTEST RULE APPLICATION
The protest rule is applicable to all Southwest Racing Association classes at all Southwest Racing Association regular shows and specials. IMCA racecars are excluded to this protest rule.
RACE CARS SUBJECT TO BEING PROTESTED
All race cars competing in the feature event.
RACE CARS ELIGIBLE TO PROTEST
1) Any race cars competing in the feature event, which;
2) Have a driver who possesses a Southwest Racing Association membership and has entered to drive that class of car.
3) Have a driver who executes a confidential, written, “silent protest” with a tech official prior to the start of the feature race and has tendered the required protest fee.
RACE CARS NOT ELIGIBLE TO PROTEST
Those drivers who are not Southwest Racing Association members are not eligible to protest.
Factory stock and Pro Stock the fee is $200.00 Disposition of protest fee: If, after tear down, the car in question is found to be legal, $150.00 of the protest fee will be paid to the protested driver and $50.00 of the protest fee will be paid to the Southwest Racing Association. If, after tear down, the car in question is found to be illegal, all of the protest fee will be returned to the protesting driver.
After the feature race, a track official will notify the driver of the relevant racecar that his racecar has been protested. The protested driver shall then proceed directly to the area designated for inspection and tear down pursuant to a protest. Track officials will then proceed, in accordance with the class of racecar protested, to tear down the engine in the protested racecar, as follows: Factory Stocks – Tear down of upper end, or lower end, or both. Removal of necessary components to check bore, stroke, heads, rods and crankshaft. Pro stocks – Tear down of upper end to include all components necessary to check lifter diameter, mushroom lifters and roller camshafts.
SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO PROTESTS
1) Only the driver may protest.
2) A driver may only protest one car per race.
3) Only the tech inspector has the final word on the legality of the racecars involved in a protest.
4) No person shall prevent or interfere with the protest procedure.
5) Protest fee must be submitted in cash at the time a protest is made. PENALTIES OR SANCTIONS RELATED TO PROTESTS OR CLAIMS
If any parts are found to be illegal, the provisions of rules regarding illegal parts shall apply. Refusal of protest or claim: A driver who refuses to allow an inspection/tear down pursuant to a protest shall be subject to the following penalties: First refusal: Upon first refusal to allow an inspection/tear down pursuant to a protest or claim, driver forfeits all cash and all contingency winnings for the event, any trophies earned in the feature, plus loss of all points earned to date, plus the driver shall be fined $500.00 and suspended for thirty (30) days. Second refusal: Upon second refusal, driver forfeits all cash and all contingency winnings for the event, any trophies earned in the event, and loss of all points earned to date. In addition, driver shall be fined $1,000.00 and suspended for one (1) calendar year from date of the infraction.
Revised (11/12/03) Revised (3/10/04)
Revised 7/14/04 Valerie Vellas, SWRA Secretary
Revised 9/1/05 Amy Brinnon. SWRA Secretary
Revised 9/12/06 Earl Rosenbaum
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS SOUTHWEST RACING ASSOCIATION