Driver Meeting

2017 HUNTSVILLE SPEEDWAY RACE PROTOCOLS

WELCOME ALL DRIVERS

QUALIFYING – 2PM; RACING WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 3PM

THE WEEKLY EVENT SCHEDULE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT REGISTRATION AND AT THE SCALES

***LAP COUNTS MAY BE ADJUSTED BASED ON TIME AND/OR CAR COUNT***

TRACK/PIT SAFETY

TRAFFIC MAY EXIT THE PITS UNDER RACE CONDITIONS OUT OF TURN ONE AND TURN THREE. YOU MAY ENTER AT ANY OTHER PIT ENTRANCE FROM THE RACING SURFACE. DURING PRACTICE, WE ASK THAT YOU EXIT THE PITS ONTO THE RACING SURFACE OUT OF TURN ONE ONLY SO THAT WE MAY CONTROL THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC ON THE TRACK AT ANY GIVEN TIME. THIS IS TO HELP ELIMINATE SPEEDING IN THE PITS. DRIVERS  TRAVELING AT EXCESSIVE SPEEDS IN THE PITS MAY RECEIVE ONE WARNING BY A TRACK OFFICIAL. UPON THE NEXT VIOLATION THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO FINE AND/OR SUSPENSION BY SPEEDWAY MANAGEMENT. ALWAYS BE AWARE AND GO SLOW!

PEDESTRIANS AND CREW MEMBERS REMAIN IN YOUR PIT AREAS AND OUT OF TRAFFIC LANES. STAY OFF OF THE PIT WALLS. LINES ARE IN PLACE INSIDE THE PIT LANES. THE INSIDE LANE IS TO BE USED FOR PITTING. WE EXPECT YOU TO HAVE YOUR RACE VEHICLE INSIDE THAT LANE WHILE PITTING. THE OUTSIDE LANE IS INTENDED FOR EXITING THE PIT. DO NOT BLOCK THE EXIT LANE WHILE YOU ARE PITTING. DURING RACE CONDITIONS ALL CREW MEMBERS, FAMILY, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN, SHOULD BE BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE AT THE END OF THE PIT BOX. ONE WARNING WILL BE ISSUED! YOU MAY THEN BE ASKED TO MOVE TO THE GRANDSTANDS OR TO EXIT THE PROPERTY. AROUND THE WALLS IN THE PITS, YOU NEED TO BE A MINIMUM OF 10 FEET BACK FROM THE WALL WHILE THE TRACK IS HOT!

ONE WARNING WILL BE ISSUED, THEN YOU WILL BE ESCORTED OUT OF THE PITS! NO EXCEPTIONS!

NO ONE MAY CROSS THE TRACK WHILE RACE VEHICLES ARE ON THE TRACK. PEDESTRIANS MAY CROSS THE TRACK UNDER THE RED FLAG AND WHEN THE TRACK IS CLOSED.

DURING A CAUTION, THE DRIVER(S) INVOLVED SHOULD STAY IN THEIR VEHICLE UNTIL THE FIELD HAS SLOWED AND MUST STAY WITH THEIR VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES. DRIVERS WHO ABANDON THEIR VEHICLE ON THE RACE TRACK MAY BE SUBJECT TO PENALTY NOT LIMITED TO A FINE AND/OR SUSPENSION FROM COMPETITION FOR A TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY MANAGEMENT.

DRIVERS MAY NOT APPROACH A MOVING RACE CAR ON FOOT. NO OTHER CREW MEMBERS ARE ALLOWED ON TRACK DURING A CAUTION PERIOD. ALLOW THE TRACK OFFICIALS AND SAFETY CREWS TO DO THEIR JOBS.

BE AWARE OF THE TRACK PRO FIRE AND RESCUE VEHICLE AND SAFETY PERSONNEL AS THEY MOVE AROUND THE PITS AND TRACK DURING CAUTION. THESE GENTLEMEN ARE HERE TO HELP PROTECT YOU!

WE ALSO ASK THAT YOU PLACE SOME TYPE OF REFLECTIVE STICKER ON YOUR ROLL CAGE TO INDICATE WHERE YOUR WINDOW NET LATCH IS LOCATED.

RADIOS ARE AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MEANS OF COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR CREW AND THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY FOR THEM TO NOTIFY YOU OF IMPENDING DANGER. YOU NEED TO HAVE A RADIO AND IT NEEDS TO BE IN PROPER WORKING ORDER.

NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED IN THE PIT AREA…PERIOD. NO BARBECUE GRILLS OR OTHER APPLIANCES WITH OPEN FLAMES ARE ALLOWED IN THE PIT AREA…PERIOD. THIS CAUSES AN ISSUE WITH TRACK LIABILITY INSURANCE AND CANNOT BE ALLOWED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

QUALIFYING PROCEDURES

PLEASE CHECK THE HUNTSVILLE SPEEDWAY WEBSITE AT WWW.HUNTSVILLESPEEDWAY.COM OR THE RACE DAY SCHEDULE UPON ARRIVAL TO THE SPEEDWAY TO SEE IF YOUR DIVISION IS QUALIFYING THAT WEEK. IF YOUR DIVISION IS QUALIFYING, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION FOR YOUR DIVISION TO BE CALLED FOR QUALIFYING. AFTER YOUR DIVISION IS CALLED TO QUALIFY, A THREE (3) MINUTE TIMER WILL BE STARTED. AFTER THE TIMER EXPIRES, YOU MUST BE IN THE QUALIFYING LINE, IN YOUR RACE VEHICLE, AND READY TO QUALIFY. A CONE WILL BE PLACED AT THE END OF THE RACE VEHICLES IN LINE, AND NO OTHER VEHICLES WILL BE QUALIFIED FOR THAT DIVISION. WE WILL NOT HOLD UP THE EVENT TO WAIT ON RACE VEHICLES TO COME TO THE LINE TO QUALIFY. FREQUENTLY, WE WILL CALL THE NEXT DIVISION TO QUALIFY AND ASK THAT THEY LINE UP ALONGSIDE THE DIVISION CURRENTLY QUALIFYING ON PIT ROAD TO EXPEDITE PROCEEDINGS. AGAIN, FROM THE FIRST TIME YOUR DIVISION IS CALLED, YOU HAVE THREE (3) MINUTES TO GET IN LINE AND BE READY TO QUALIFY.

PRACTICE LAPS AFTER THE RACE EVENT BEGINS

THE SPEEDWAY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MOST GENEROUS IN ALLOWING COMPETITORS WHO NEED IT THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PRACTICE LAPS BETWEEN RACES. IN 2017, THESE OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE EXTREMELY LIMITED AND RESTRICTED TO CASES WHERE SAFETY/CAR INTEGRITY ARE IN QUESTION.

FEEDBACK FROM OUR FANS IS MOST DECISIVE AND TELLS US THAT THEY PAY TO WATCH RACING, NOT SINGLE CAR PRACTICE. WE WILL ENDEAVOR TO PROVIDE THE BEST RACING COMPETITION WITH THE MOST CONSIDERATE SCHEDULE FOR OUR FANS.

SCORING

ALL RACES ARE LINE SCORED. YOU CANNOT LOSE A LAP UNDER CAUTION, ONLY UNDER GREEN. IF YOU HAVE A FLAT TIRE, YOU WILL BE ALLOWED THREE LAPS TO CHANGE IT BEFORE WE WILL GO GREEN. WE WILL ALWAYS GO BACK TO THE LAST COMPLETED GREEN FLAG LAP FOR THE LINEUP.

FLAGS AND THEIR MEANINGS

GREEN – START/RESTART

YELLOW – CAUTION, SLOW DOWN!

BLUE/YELLOW – MOVE OVER, LEADERS ARE APPROACHING. AT HUNTSVILLE, THIS MAY BE REPLACED BY THE FOLDED YELLOW FLAG AND A GESTURE TO THE INSIDE.

BLACK – YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED, GO TO THE PITS IMMEDIATELY.

RED – ALL RACE VEHICLES STOP.

WHITE – ONE LAP REMAINING

CHECKERED – THE RACE IS COMPLETE.

STARTS/RESTARTS

ALL DIVISIONS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LATE MODEL AND OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED WILL UTILIZE THE CONE RESTART PROCEDURE.

RACE RESTART PROCEDURE USING THE RESTART CONE RACE RESTARTS, FOLLOWING THE INITIAL GREEN FLAG TO START THE EVENT, SHALL BE SEQUENCED USING THE “RESTART CONE.” THE PROCEDURE FOR THIS PROCESS IS AS FOLLOWS.

WHEN THE FLAGMAN GIVES THE FIELD THE INDICATION THAT ONE LAP UNDER CAUTION REMAINS UNTIL THE GREEN FLAG, A STANDARD ORANGE SAFETY CONE WILL BE PLACED AT THE MIDPOINT OF THE RACING SURFACE BY A TRACK OFFICIAL. WHEN THE FIELD APPROACHES THE CONE, THE LEADER WILL RETAIN LANE OPTION, MEANING THE RACE LEADER MAY ELECT TO RESTART THE EVENT IN THE UPPER RACING LANE, OR IN THE LOWER RACING LANE. ONCE THE LEADER HAS COMMITTED TO HIS LANE, DRIVERS IN POSITION 2 BACK THROUGH THE FIELD MAY VOLUNTARILY ELECT TO CHOOSE THE UPPER RACING LANE, OR REMAIN IN THE LOWER RACING LANE TO RESTART THE EVENT. DRIVERS MAY CHOOSE TO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RESTART CONE AND STAY IN THE LOWER, PREFERRED RACING GROOVE. HOWEVER, THOSE DRIVERS MAY BE SURPASSED IN THE STARTING ORDER BY DRIVERS BEHIND THEM WHO ELECT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CONE AND START IN THE UPPER RACING LANE, TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEMPT TO BETTER THEIR POSITION.

ONCE A DRIVER HAS PASSED THE CONE AND MADE THEIR LANE SELECTION, THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THAT STARTING POSITION FOR THE BALANCE OF THE RESTART. THEY MAY NOT MOVE BACK INTO THEIR PREVIOUS POSITION PRIOR TO USING THE RESTART CONE.

ONCE ALL DRIVERS HAVE PASSED THE CONE, THE RESTART CONE WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE RACING SURFACE, AND THIS WILL CONSTITUTE THE RESTART ORDER FOR THE FIELD AS IT COMES TO THE GREEN FLAG.

AFTER THE FIELD TAKES THE GREEN FLAG ON THE RESTART, THE FIELD MUST COMPLETE ONE FULL LAP UNDER GREEN. IF THE FIELD DOES NOT COMPLETE ONE FULL LAP UNDER GREEN, SCORING WILL REVERT TO THE LAST COMPLETED GREEN FLAG LAP FOR THE RUNNING ORDER, AND THE CONE WILL BE REINTRODUCED. DRIVERS MAY THEN MAKE THEIR LANE SELECTIONS OVER AGAIN, BUT WILL NOT BE COMMITTED TO THE CHOICE THEY MADE PREVIOUSLY.

THE DRIVER(S) WHO PRODUCED THE CAUTION PERIOD NECESSITATING A RESTART, AND/OR RACE VEHICLES 1 OR MORE LAPS DOWN WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THE RESTART CONE, AND THEY MUST RESTART IN THE LOWER RACING LANE. ONE FULL GREEN FLAG LAP MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE DRIVER WHO CAUSED THE PREVIOUS CAUTION WILL BE ALLOWED TO UTILIZE THE RESTART CONE.

RESTARTS FOR LATE MODEL AND OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED STARTS AND RESTARTS WILL BE MANDATORY DOUBLE FILE. DRIVERS IN POSITIONS 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, ETC.

WILL NOT HAVE AN OPTION OF REMAINING ON THE BOTTOM. THE LEADER OF THE RACE WILL HAVE LANE OPTION ON THE RESTART, WITH THE REMAINDER OF THE FIELD FALLING IN LINE DOUBLE FILE.

WITH 5 OR FEWER LAPS REMAINING, THE RESTART WILL BE SINGLE FILE.

JUMPING THE START

THE FLAGMAN STARTS THE RACE. DO NOT FIRE BEFORE THE DOUBLE LINES BETWEEN TURNS 3 AND 4. IF THE FLAGMAN DEEMS YOU HAVE JUMPED THE START, HE WILL ISSUE ONE WARNING. IF YOU JUMP THE NEXT START, YOU WILL BE PLACED ON THE REAR OF THE FIELD. ON RESTARTS, THE LEADER OF THE RACE CONTROLS THE START. AGAIN, DO NOT FIRE BEFORE THE DOUBLE LINES BETWEEN TURNS 3 AND 4, BUT YOU MUST FIRE BY THE TIME YOU REACH THE DOUBLE LINES AT THE EXIT OF TURN 4 OR THE FIELD WILL FALL BACK UNDER CONTROL OF THE FLAGMAN.

MOVE OVER FOR LAPPED RACE VEHICLES

MOVE OVER AT HUNTSVILLE WILL BE TO THE INSIDE! YOU WILL SEE THE FLAGMAN DISPLAY THE BLUE FLAG WITH THE YELLOW LINE OR IF THINGS ARE HECTIC HE MAY JUST MOTION YOU OVER WITH THE FLAG. PLEASE COMPLY AS QUICKLY AS YOU SAFELY CAN!

CAUTIONS

SLOW DOWN, GO SINGLE FILE, WATCH FOR TRACK OFFICIALS TO PUT YOU IN LINE.
DO NOT INTENTIONALLY HIT ANOTHER RACE VEHICLE UNDER CAUTION. THIS WILL RESULT IN A BLACK FLAG AND BEING PARKED FOR THE NIGHT. NO CREW MEMBERS MAY WORK ON A RACE VEHICLE ON TRACK DURING A CAUTION. IF THIS OCCURS, YOU WILL BE SENT TO THE REAR FOR THE RESTART.

IF TRACK OFFICIALS STOP YOUR CAR TO ASSESS LEAKS OR DAMAGE AND YOU ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE, YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR CURRENT POSITION.

IF YOU LOSE AN ENGINE DURING A RACE, QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, OR ANY OTHER ON TRACK ACTIVITY, PLEASE MOVE TO THE APRON AS QUICKLY AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. THIS IS TO MINIMIZE TRACK CLEAN UP TIME AND TO PRESERVE A GOOD RACING SURFACE FOR EVERYONE.

SPIN RULE

THE DRIVER(S) FOR WHOM THE CAUTION WAS THROWN WILL BE PLACED TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD.
BOTH THE DRIVER WHO SPINS AND THE DRIVER WHO CAUSED THE SPIN OR CRASH WILL GO TO THE REAR. THE INTENTION SHOULD BE TO RACE OTHERS THE WAY YOU WISH TO BE RACED. WE HAVE AND WILL  CONTINUE TO BE CONSISTENT ON THIS.

SPORTSMANSHIP CLAUSE (NEW FOR 2017): IF A DRIVER INSTIGATES A SPIN OR CRASH AND WISHES TO CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR CAUSING THE INCIDENT, HE OR SHE MAY REACH TO THE ROOF OF THEIR RACE VEHICLE AND TAP THEIR ROOF WITHIN VIEW OF THE FLAGMAN AND RACE CONTROL. THE DRIVER WHO WAS SPUN/WRECKED WILL BE ALLOWED TO RETAKE THEIR POSITION IN THE RUNNING ORDER AND THE DRIVER TAKING RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE PLACED AT THE REAR OF THE FIELD FOR THE SUBSEQUENT RESTART.

OVERAGGRESSIVE DRIVING

ANY COMPETITOR WHO IS DEEMED TO BE ENGAGING IN BLATANTLY OVERAGGRESSIVE DRIVING WILL BE ISSUED ONE (1) PULL OVER WARNING BY AN ON TRACK OFFICIAL. OVERAGGRESSIVE DRIVING BY THE SAME  DRIVER OCCURRING AFTER THE PULL OVER WARNING WILL BE DEALT WITH BY IMMEDIATE BLACK FLAG. ANY DRIVER WHO PERSISTS IN THIS BEHAVIOR AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN BLACK FLAGGED WILL BE SUBJECT TO FINE AND/OR SUSPENSION FROM COMPETITION FOR A TIME PERIOD THAT WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF TRACK MANAGEMENT.

PREVIOUS RACE WINNER

IN ALL DIVISIONS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LATE MODEL , OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED, AND TRUCKS, THE WINNER OF THE LAST RACE WILL START IN THE REAR OF THE FIELD FOR THE NEXT RACE HE OR SHE COMPETES IN. THIS APPLIES TO BOTH THE DRIVER AND THE RACE VEHICLE. IN THE TRUCK DIVISION, THE WINNER OF THE LAST RACE WILL START NO BETTER THAN SIXTH IN THE NEXT RACE THEY ENTER.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT CALLS BY TRACK OFFICIALS

WE HAVE NO EXPECTATION THAT ALL COMPETITORS WILL AGREE WITH EVERY CALL RENDERED BY TRACK OFFICIALS. HOWEVER, DURING THE RACE EVENT, NO CALLS WILL BE DISCUSSED AND/OR CHANGED. YOU ARE WELCOME TO EXPRESS YOUR GRIEVANCE SO THAT IT MAY BE REVIEWED BY TRACK OFFICIALS. WE ASK THAT YOU SUBMIT YOUR GRIEVANCE IN WRITING, TO THE SPEEDWAY EMAIL ADDRESS (HUNTSVILLESPEEDWAY@MAIL.COM) EXPLAINING YOUR COMPLAINT, WHEN IT OCCURRED (LAP NUMBER, RESTART, TECH INSPECTION, ETC.), AND THAT YOU CITE THAT PORTION OF THE RULE BOOK THAT SUPPORTS YOUR CASE IN QUESTION AND DISPROVES THE RULING OF THE TRACK OFFICIALS.
THIS PROCEDURE ALLOWS COOLER HEADS TO PREVAIL AND WILL PROVIDE FOR A CIVIL, FACT-BASED DISCUSSION OF DISAGREEMENTS. WE REMIND YOU, THE DECISIONS AND RULINGS OF THE RACE DIRECTOR AND TRACK OFFICIALS ARE BINDING AND FINAL.

BLACK FLAGS

IF YOU ARE SHOWN THE BLACK FLAG BY THE FLAGMAN, YOUR SCORING IS STOPPED AND YOU MUST LEAVE THE TRACK IMMEDIATELY. ONCE YOU ARE GIVEN THE BLACK FLAG, YOU ARE FINISHED FOR THE EVENING. YOU WILL HAVE THREE LAPS TO COMPLY OR YOU WILL FORFEIT POINTS AND PAY FOR THE EVENT AND POSSIBLY FACE A FINE AND/OR SUSPENSION.

LAST LAP

ONCE THE WHITE FLAG HAS BEEN THROWN FOR THE RACE LEADER, WE WILL RACE BACK TO THE CHECKERED FLAG UNLESS THE TRACK IS BLOCKED OR UNSAFE.

PERSONAL CONDUCT – DRIVER AND CREW

ABSOLUTELY NO FIGHTING OR PHYSICAL VIOLENCE BETWEEN DRIVERS, CREWS, SPECTATORS WILL BE TOLERATED! WE UNDERSTAND THIS IS AN EMOTIONAL SPORT. CHECK YOUR TEMPER BEFORE YOU ACT!
FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN BEING ESCORTED FROM THE PROPERTY AND POSSIBLY BANNED FROM COMPETING AT HUNTSVILLE SPEEDWAY. THERE CAN ALSO BE LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS FOR PHYSICAL ASSAULT ON AN INDIVIDUAL AND/OR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON CHARGES FOR GOING AFTER ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL OR THEIR CAR WITH YOUR RACE VEHICLE. THE RACE TRACK DOES NOT EXIST IN A LEGAL VACUUM WHERE LEGAL REMEDIES CANNOT BE PURSUED AND SIGNING THE WAIVER AT THE BACK GATE PROVIDES YOU NO PROTECTION FROM THE LAW. THESE ARE THE TIMES WE LIVE IN FOLKS, WE MUST BE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. THINK, THINK, THINK, BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING YOU’LL REGRET!

HAVE FUN AND BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE!