Tri-StateSpeedway
GENERAL RULES
  1. No expressed or implied warrant of safety shall result from publication or compliance with these rules and 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 track promoter shall be empowered to permit reasonable and appropriate deviation from any of the specifications written herein or impose any further restrictions that in his opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirement. No expressed or implied warrant of safety shall result from such alteration of specifications. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.
  2. All IMCA rules apply at all IMCA sanctioned events. IMCA members agree to abide by the official decisions.
  3. Any rule amendments that are published during the course of the season in Inside IMCA, the official newsletter of IMCA, will be amended on www.imca.com and will be considered a part of the rules and all personnel are responsible for carrying out these rules.
  4. Track officials shall have responsibility for rules and regulation enforcement at IMCA weekly sanctioned events. At discretion of track official(s) in charge, any competitor may be disqualified for rule violations, hazardous equipment or hazardous actions. All disputes developing as a result of local track rules must be settled at the track.
  5. No driver or crew member may enter the racing area until he/she has completed all releases, registrations and/or entry forms. No person will be allowed to sign release and waiver sheets for anyone other than themselves.
  6. Consumption of alcoholic beverage by driver or his/her crew in advance of, or while competing in any IMCA sanctioned program is strictly forbidden. Any driver showing evidence of alcohol consumption will be required to leave the premises immediately and may be subject to a fine of no less than $250. Use of illegal drugs at any time shall be cause for immediate, indefinite suspension and/or fine of no less than $250.
  7. No driver changes will be made at any time without previous notification of officials. All changes must be made in the pits only, at discretion of officials.
  8. The driver is qualified and receives points, not the race car. Any driver wishing to change cars or engine options must be qualified to compete in the race for which he/she is changing cars or engine options, and must start at the rear of that race. Once a driver has changed race cars or engine options, he/she must finish the program with that race car or engine. NOTE: This rule does not apply if a track or event has a policy not allowing driver changes. Drivers changing race cars or engine options are not eligible for provisional position. Drivers changing cars, engine options, or provisional drivers cannot claim. Once race cars are staged, no driver/car changes allowed. Any driver allowing another driver to use his/her race car, or any driver changing cars when not qualified to do so, forfeits any points earned in that event.
  9. No driver shall participate in any fight on the premises, or take part or participate in any action or activity considered detrimental to racing. Fighting on Tri-State Speedway property may land you in jail and a minimum of one year suspension from the property. Alcohol in the race area is prohibited and is restricted to designated areas.
  10. No driver or crew member shall subject officials to abuse or improper language.
  11. Driver is sole spokesman for car owner and pit crew in any and all matters pertaining to the race and the driver only shall take part in any arbitration with the officials.
  12. Driver is responsible for the conduct and actions of their crew members. Unsportsmanlike conduct by drivers, owners and/or pit crews shall be grounds for disqualification and/or punitive action.
  13. IMCA and promoter reserve the right to inspect race car at any time. They further reserve the right to disqualify any driver and race car from competition and confiscate any and all illegal parts. It is the responsibility of the driver and crew to disassemble race car for inspection when requested to do so. Refusal to comply will result in disqualification and forfeiture of prize money and points and may be subject to fine and/or suspension.
  14. Approval of a race car by inspector shall mean only that it is approved for participation in a competitive event and shall not be construed in any way to mean that it is guaranteed mechanically sound, safe, or completely legal. IMCA, Tri-State Speedway and/or the inspector shall not be liable for any mechanical failure nor for any losses, injuries or death resulting from same.
  15. Any car, under protest or claim, taken from premises without first clearing with official in charge will subject car and driver to disqualification and forfeiture of prize money and points.
  16. Any driver or race car under suspension may not participate in any IMCA event.
  17. No driver, car owner, or mechanic shall have claim for damages, expenses or otherwise against IMCA, Tri-State Speedway, promoter, or any officials, by reason of disqualification, confiscation, or damage to, either race car or driver or both; and car owner, driver and mechanics agree the track is in safe condition if they take part in racing activities.
  18. All drivers, car owners and mechanics assume full responsibility for any and all injuries sustained including death and property damage, at any time they are on the premises, or en route to or from the premises.
  19. Any driver hitting another driver’s car under non-racing circumstances, at any time, for any reason, will be suspended with no pay, no points and a minimum two weeks, and up to a maximum life time, suspension.
  20. The race director will make all final decisions during a race and his/her decision will be final. No exceptions!
  21. Officials shall have the responsibility for rule/regulation enforcement at Tri-State Speedway weekly events or specials, unless a sanctioning entity provides their own officials. At the discretion of a track official, the rules may be changed for safety reasons. Any competitor may be disqualified for rule violations, hazardous equipment or actions by themselves or their crew.
  22. Tri-State Speedway reserves the right to change and/or modify these rules at any time, without notice.
  23. You are responsible for checking the lineup boards and being ready for your race. When it is time to race, cars must be lined up (pre staged) prior to the completion of the race in progress. If you fail to pre-stage you will go tailback. If you are racing the next race in another car/class, it must be in the pre-stage area ready to go for the next race.
  24. Rain out policy will be absolutely no cash refunds if races are cancelled due to inclement weather. Tri-State Speedway will issue rain checks (your ticket stub or wrist band) that will be good for a make-up race. Go to Tri-StateSpeedway.com for details on dates.
  25. Drivers must furnish Tri-State Speedway their valid social security number using the required registration form. Failure to furnish a valid social security number, or using a false social security number, shall result in disqualification. A tax ID Number, or EIN, is acceptable if driving for an owner or company.
  26. All drivers under the age of 18 must have a signed and notarized parental consent form from a parent or legal guardian and said document must be on file at Tri-State Speedway before the participant will be allowed on the track. If you are under 18 and driving an IMCA sanctioned class, please see IMCA rule below.
  27. You must wear proper fire and safety equipment when racing. No T-shirts, shorts or tennis shoes allowed.  Fire resistant gloves, horseshoe collar or neck restraint device are recommended.
  28. Raceivers are recommended in 2015 and will be mandatory in 2016.
  29. If the leader takes the white flag and a yellow falls before the checkered flag falls, the race is final.
  30. We do not race back to the yellow. After the yellow flag falls, all cars must get nose to tail. Do not argue about your position. We will put you in the proper line up position as you were scored on the previously completed lap, not where you were running when the yellow came out.
  31. Two solo spins in the same race you will result in you being black flagged and no longer scored for that race and must leave the track. You will still receive any points/money for your finishing position.
  32. Do not stop on the track to force a yellow/red flag. Doing so will count as a solo spin and you will be placed tailback.
  33. If involved in an accident, the courtesy “two lap” rule will apply only during a feature race. In a heat, or other race, you will not receive the “two lap” courtesy rule. In either case, you will be placed tailback when re-entering the race or for causing a yellow/red flag.
  34. If any person, other than a track official, works on your car on the track during a race or yellow/red flag, you will be placed tailback.
  35. The top four finishers from each race will go to the tech area, as well as one more car, at the officials’ discretion. Failure to go directly to tech area will result in a disqualification. Only the tech officials, the top four finishers, and the car that was chosen by the officials, will be allowed in the tech area.
  36. The race begins at a slow pace with the front row car(s) exiting turn 4. The pole sitter/leader sets the pace. The other cars shall follow no more than a half a car length behind the car in front of them. No lagging.
  37. We use single file restarts in heat races, nose to tail. All cars must run between the cone and the outside front stretch wall. If you hit cone, or go below the cone, you will be docked two positions on the next caution or at the end of the race, whichever occurs first. On a single file restart, you may not pass until after you have passed the cone.
  38. We use the Delaware Double File system for restarts in all features with the leader alone on the front row and the rest of the field lined up behind the leader side by side. 2nd & 3rd place cars must stay behind the leader and not beside his rear quarter panel. Restarts will start at the exit of turn 4 when the flagman throws the green flag. When the green flag drops, the race has begun and you may then pass after exiting turn 4.
  39. We will give you two attempts to start a race. If the front row can’t stay side by side in a feature, we will move the second row cars to front row and front row to second row.
  40. We will give you two tries on a double file restart per yellow. The third attempt will be single file.
  41. If you jump the start, or you pull out of line, you will be docked two positions, or the number of cars you jumped, if more than two, at the next yellow or at the end of the race, whichever comes first.
  42. Flags:
    • Green means the race has started.
    • White means there is one lap left to race.
    • Yellow means caution. Slow down to a slow pace do not race back to yellow.
    • Red means the race has been stopped, so stop.
    • Black means you have been disqualified and leave the track immediately.
    • Black/Orange means you have mechanical problems with your car it is not safe to continue.
    • Blue/Yellow Stripe means the leaders are approaching and you should hold your racing line.
    • Checkered means the race is over. Take one cool down lap and look for track officials to direct you where to go.
  43. ROOKIE STATUS: To be considered a rookie in any division, driver must not have previously participated in any more than four races in that division. Driver may not drop down a division and still be considered a rookie - progression of order is as follows: Pure Stock, Factory Stock, Super Stock, SportMod™, Modified.
  44. Races will be scheduled to start at 7:00 PM with driver sign-in/draw ending at 6:45 PM by Tri-State Speedway clock. If you are not signed in by that time, you will start tailback in your heat. Please see rules below regarding sign-ins and draws.
  45. All race procedures, not listed above will follow IMCA rules below. There are other general rules and regulations specific to IMCA divisions that a driver competing in those classes should be aware of, in addition to their class rules. Those rules, which contain the excerpts below, can be found here:  https://www.imca.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/General-Rules.pdf
RACE DRIVER LICENSE (License information applies only to IMCA classes)
  1. Issuance of race driver’s license by IMCA binds driver by rules as set forth by IMCA, and such rules as may be added during the season. Ignorance of rules is no excuse for infraction thereof. A copy of IMCA rules will be issued to each licensee and he/she is required to read and be familiar with the rules herein. In acceptance of the license he/she agrees to comply with all IMCA rules. IMCA reserves the right to refuse issuance of a license, and further reserves the right to revoke a license if and when deemed necessary.
  2. Any person competing in an IMCA event must be a licensee in good standing with IMCA. Non-licensed drivers may not participate. License fees for 2015 are as follows: IMCA Modified - $115; IMCA SportMod™ - $90.
  3. All licenses will be issued by IMCA only, but application thereof can be made with local track officials. An applicant for license will be allowed to compete with receipt of payment for license only until such time as IMCA issues regular license.
  4. Any IMCA member who allows anyone to use, or attempt to use, or any member who uses, or attempts to use, another member’s license and/or claim card, will be subject to loss of all points, and/or fine or suspension.
  5. IMPORTANT - Participants are not employees of IMCA but are independent contractors and assume all responsibility for all charges, premiums and taxes, if any, payable on any funds they may receive as a result of their participation in any events as drivers of IMCA.
  6. If proof of driving ability of any applicant is deemed necessary, tests shall be conducted at the discretion of track officials and their decision shall be binding on the applicant. When deemed necessary, officials may insist on a physical examination of any applicant or license holder.
  7. Drivers under 18 years of age are required to submit to IMCA a NOTARIZED parental consent form - signed by both parents or legal guardians and a copy of birth certificate, prior to competition. Drivers in the SportMod division must be at least 14 years of age, and drivers 14 or 15 years of age must also furnish a recap of their racing experience, and a list of tracks at which they will be competing. Drivers 14 or 15 years of age wishing to compete in the Modified division must submit all forms, and licenses will be issued at the discretion of IMCA. These forms are available for $50 processing fee from IMCA and must be received in the IMCA office and approved prior to any competition - NO EXCEPTIONS.
  8. The valid period of the license is from date of issue until December 31 of year in which license was issued. All licenses become due and payable on January 1 of each year. IMCA emblems and decals will be furnished to each licensee, as well as Inside IMCA, the official monthly newsletter of IMCA (excluding Canadian licenses).
  9. All current IMCA members receive a $5,000 accidental death, dismemberment and paralysis insurance policy, effective from date of license through December 31. Also included will be a $50,000 excess medical policy. This will pay up to $50,000 after a driver’s personal policy and the track’s policy have been exhausted. These policies will cover a current member only while participating in an IMCA sanctioned race and to and from the IMCA track.
  10. IMCA and its promoters and sponsors reserve the right to use photos of any licensee or their car for promotional purposes.
ASSOCIATE LICENSE (License information applies only to IMCA classes)
  1. Any person may apply for an associate license, but it is not mandatory. The associate license is valid from date of purchase to December 31 of the year in which purchased.
  2. The fee for an associate license is $60 annually.
  3. IMCA decals, and emblems will be issued each associate licensee, as well as Inside IMCA, the official monthly newsletter of IMCA.
  4. The holder of the associate license will receive the $5,000 accidental death, dismemberment and paralysis policy, as well as the $50,000 excess medical insurance policy described above. These policies will cover an associate member only while as an observer at an IMCA sanctioned race,and will not cover them if they are competing as a driver.
RACE PROCEDURES (Applies to ALL 2015 Tri-State Speedway classes)
  1. The number of cars starting a race is determined by the track officials and depends on the type of event, width, length and condition of track.
  2. Race car must display number as assigned by track personnel. It must be minimum four inches thick and 20 inches tall and clearly visible, on both sides, top and back of car, and front, if possible. Recommended that no holographic or reflective numbers be used. All race cars must display the official IMCA decal and required contingency decals, which will be furnished by IMCA
  3. Promoter and IMCA officials will not be responsible for allowing a late entry to compete. Rejection of entrants at any given time is allowed but pit gate closing time should be known to all competitors.
  4. Any driver not ready to compete when called may be sent to rear of starting line-up, or left out of balance of program at discretion of official in charge.
  5. Once a race is started on a preliminary line-up lap, disposition of cars not in position shall be at discretion of officials.
  6. A race may be stopped at discretion of officials at any time, if considered dangerous to continue, but only officials have the right to stop a race. No driver, car owner, pit man or mechanic may use starter’s flags for purpose of signaling competitors.
  7. If track has pre- or post-race inspection, those drivers not reporting to the inspection area may be disqualified and given last place points.
  8. No race is official until officials make declaration of final scoring of positions.
  9. No race car is to receive assistance after white flag is displayed and all finishes must be made under car’s own power or momentum.
  10. A dead heat may or may not be re-run at discretion of officials. If dead heat is not re-run, prize money and points for both positions under contention shall be divided equally.
  11. No person shall be allowed on track during a race except officials.
LINE-UP PROCEDURES (Applies to ALL 2015 Tri-State Speedway classes)
  1. First night, all drivers draw for heats. Qualifiers redraw for starting positions. One heat - 5 redraw; two or five heats - 10 redraw; three, four or six heats - 12 redraw. NOTE: IMCA late models draw first two nights.
  2. From second night on, heats are lined up by season IMCA point average, stagger inverted, lowest point average to front, highest point average to rear. New drivers carrying no point average start at the rear. Two or more drivers having no average or same point average will be lined up at discretion of officials. Point averages are figured from IMCA point system. Average is figured by driver’s track IMCA point total divided by the total number of times he/she has competed at track.
  3. “B” mains are lined up straight up from heats with highest finishers to front.
  4. When one heat is run, top five qualifiers will be inverted for feature lineup according to season IMCA point average. When two or five heats are run, the top 10 qualifiers will be inverted for feature lineup according to season IMCA point average. When three, four or six heats are run, top 12 qualifiers will be inverted for feature according to season IMCA point average. IMCA and promoter reserve the right to relocate a driver from an invert position to the rear of the field if deemed necessary for the safety and well-being of all involved. Remainder of “A” feature is lined up straight up from heats and/or “B” features. NOTE: IMCA late models - 18 or more cars will require at least three heats. (Half-mile tracks have the option of not using three heats until there are 22 or more cars.)
  5. A driver that qualifies but has no point average shall be lined up in last invert position. Should there be more than one driver with no point average, positions will be lined up at discretion of officials.
  6. If a driver is absent for two consecutive events (excluding rain-outs), upon his/her return shall be treated as a new car (rule #5) for the first week he/she returns.
  7. There are no double feature nights allowed, excluding rainout make-up features. A program is not considered a rainout unless qualifying races have been completed. If feature is rained out and will not be run at later date, all drivers are to be awarded last place points.
  8. Track option to line up season championships straight up by total points.
  9. Track may have two programs, other than opening night, where a draw-redraw system may be used for line up. Must be requested in writing and approved by IMCA prior to race.
POINT STRUCTURE (Applies to ALL 2015 Tri-State Speedway classes)
  1. Weekly ‘A’ Feature win is 40 points, with each subsequent position worth one point less, with 24th position in feature worth 17 points. If more than 24 cars start feature, all positions from 24th back receive 17 points. If track runs a ‘B’ feature(s), first non-transferring driver receives 16 points and each subsequent position, back to sixth position, receives one less point per position. Sixth position and back in ‘B’feature(s) receive 11 points. This applies to all ‘B’s, even if more than one is run. Drivers must compete in heat race or feature to receive minimum 11 points – NO SHOW-UP POINTS. If no points are awarded, the event will not be figured into driver’s point average. (IMCA Late Models — heat points are awarded as follows: 1st - 3 points; 2nd - 2 points; 3rd - 1 point.)
  2. Shuld a driver qualify for ‘B’feature or ‘A’feature, and is unable to compete, they will be scored in last position and receive points accordingly. (Promoter’s discretion whether vacated position is filled in feature by next qualified driver.) In the event of a track running make-up features, if driver competes in first feature, but is unable to compete in second feature (crash, blown engine, etc.), driver will receive last position points in ‘A’ or ‘B’ feature, accordingly.
  3. If less than ten entries for any given night, for each car less than ten, one point fewer than normal is awarded for feature finish. For example, if nine cars entered, feature win would then be worth 39 points; for eight entries, win would be worth 38 points, etc.
  4. Driver must participate at minimum 50% of weekly sanctioned point events at a track to be eligible for IMCA track point fund. Track must complete at least four race programs to crown a champion. All NATIONAL and REGIONAL champions are expected to attend the IMCA national awards banquet. Any NATIONAL and REGIONAL champions not attending the national banquet will receive 50% of advertised NATIONAL and REGIONAL point fund.
  5. TRACK standings are based on driver’s total cumulative points at that track.
  6. The 2015 Tri-State Speedway point season is from March 26 through September 26, with the exception below for IMCA classes.
  7. Rules 8-15 below apply ONLY to IMCA classes.
  8. STATE standings are based on driver’s total cumulative points for first 55 sanctioned events at tracks located in that state.
  9. REGIONAL and NATIONAL standings for 2015: Modified, SportMod™ drivers will use their BEST 30 finishes of their FIRST 55 starts at sanctioned events in their region to determine their regional and national standings. (Non-point disqualifications will not be included in race starts)
  10. SERIES standings for 2015: Must be a minimum of eight scheduled races in the series to award bonus points.
  11. NATIONAL standings are based on driver’s regional standings (if division has regions). Driver may cross regional boundaries and receive ‘home’ region points at specified IMCA special events. Those events must be identified and published prior to the event occurring. No ‘home’ region points will be retroactively applied for any reason – no exceptions.
  12. BONUS POINTS: A bonus will be awarded for winning a track championship, one per division per track. One bonus point will be awarded per each track’s average car count in that division, with a maximum of 20 points earned for any track or series championship. For example, if a track averages 15 cars, the track champion will be awarded 15 bonus points; if a track averages more than 21 cars, the bonus is capped at 20 points. Bonus points will be ADDED to the driver’s year end point total (they will not replace finishes). Two track championship bonuses will be awarded in Modifieds, SportMod™, with a maximum of 40 cumulative bonus points. A maximum of one series championship can be used for national bonus points. Should a track run more than one feature per division, the average number of cars per feature event will be used to figure bonus. A track or series must schedule and complete at least eight race programs for full bonus point structure to apply; bonus will be pro-rated for track or series completing less than eight scheduled events. For tracks or series that schedule between four and seven races, IMCA will recognize a champion, but will not award or pro-rate any bonus points.
  13. TIE-BREAKER: Should two or more drivers have the same point totals at season end in track, series, state, regional or national standings, number of sanctioned 40-point feature wins will decide tie-breaker, then 39-point finishes, then 38-point finishes, etc.
  14. Any additional IMCA sanctioned events to be added to original schedule must be submitted in writing and approved prior to that event. After September 1, no schedule changes (except season championship) or additions will be considered.
  15. The 2015 IMCA point season is from January 1 through September 28. There are no IMCA points awarded Super Nationals week – September 1-7.