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2018 GENERAL RULES
 
 
Unless otherwise noted, these rules apply to ALL classes!
 
 
 1. No private vehicles in the pits.
 

 2. No dogs. Service animals only.
 
 3. The minimum age for a driver is 16.
 
 4. Any driver who gets out of his/her race car, crew member who goes onto the racing surface or any participant who threatens any track official, driver, or track employee will be suspended. Term (up to one year) will be at the discretion of track management.
 
 5. The driver is responsible for the action of his/her pit crew in all aspects. The driver shall be the sole spokesperson for his/her car owner and pit crew in all matters.
 
 6. No driver or member of the race team is permitted to go to the flagstand or scorers booth. Doing so will subject the race team to penalty or disqualification. THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
 
 7. No one will be permitted to enter another person’s pit in an aggressive manner.
 
 8. No profanity.
 
 9. Alcoholic beverages in the pit area or being under the influence are prohibited until the entire program is completed.
 
10. There will be no engine claimer at Hummingbird Speedway.
 
11. All vehicles must have a bright (sprayed on) paint job with bright numbers that have a PROFESSIONAL appearance. Vehicle must be properly cleaned and washed before each night. Numbers (three-digit max.) must be at least 24” tall and at least 3” wide. An 18” tall roof number is mandatory. (Base of number should be on passenger side of roof, facing the grandstand.) A 4X4 number in the upper right hand corner of windshield screen is mandatory.
 
12. All weight will be based on track scales. This is the only weight that will be considered “official”.
 
13. Cars may not be “re-numbered” after registration for the evening’s events. (In other words… a competitor’s car number may not be changed after they have “pulled a pill” at the beginning of the program, thus restricting drivers from running cars other than their own.)
 
14. Examination by tech inspector (including pumping of motor) may occur at any time in any class. Tech Inspectors reserve the right to perform inspections before or after competing, in the pits, on the track, or in the designated tech area.  When inspection is taking place in officially designated area, only two representatives from the race team will be permitted. Competitors are responsible for providing tools and means to remove a car's components such as valve covers, intakes etc.  Removal of components is the responsibility of the driver and/or crew member at tech inspector's direction.  Refusing to allow any type of inspection will result in automatic disqualification with -0- points and $0 pay awarded for the evening  
 
15. Track is not responsible for any parts or gaskets. It is recommended that you carry gaskets from heads up, in case of a pre-race inspection.
 
16. The tech inspectors have the right to make judgment decisions on other items not specifically spelled out in the rules, or to make any competitor change any component on the car - anytime throughout the season - for the interest of safety and/or the spirit of competition.  If you believe any issue may fall under these terms, please seek one of the tech inspectors and they will assist in resolving the issue. 
 
    A. Any car found illegal will (at the discretion of the tech inspector or other track official) not be permitted to take part in an event unless changes can be made on the spot.
 
17. Disqualification for anything found illegal after an event is complete will result in a car being credited with a last place finish and 25 points. A second violation will result in forfeiture of all points accumulated to date in the current season. A third violation will include suspension for all remaining events in the season. Not meeting minimum weight requirement will not include the points penalty. (Points consistent with a DNS/DNQ will be given.)

 
18. Anything not covered elsewhere in the Hummingbird Speedway rules and policies will be acted upon by track officials as situations arise. Track officials and management reserve the right to allow minor modifications or deviations from the rules as necessary in the interest of safety and competition. This also includes imposing penalties (disqualification, fines, and/or suspension) as necessary to regulate and maintain an orderly and safe level of competition. 
 
  
PROCEDURAL NOTES
 
 
The following are guidelines as to how the race program is run. They are published here for informational purposes only. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive description of all policies. Slight variations may occur but Hummingbird Speedway strives to conform to the notes listed below as closely as possible.
 
 
 1. All competitors will pull pills to determine their heat starting position.
 
    A. New cars (first time at the track this season) will automatically tail the field in the heat.
 
 2. A random pill will be drawn (usually by a spectator) to determine the number of cars to invert for the feature. The pills will range from 1-12.
 
 3. The prior week’s feature winner will start 13th on their next visit to the track. (If they are not there the following week after the win, this will be enforced the next time they DO compete – in which case they will start 14th, behind the previous week’s winner.) This rule will NOT be enforced in races with an increased purse or points.
 
    A. Anyone who wins three features in a row will start last.
 
 4. Cars must be at the track before the qualifying events (heats/consis) for their class are complete to be eligible to run the feature. If they are there but do not run in a qualifying race they will start at the tail of the feature if a full field is not already set. If they arrive after qualifying is finished they will not be allowed to compete. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director.
 
 5. If a provisional starting position is used in qualifying for a special event, the competitor receiving the provisional must make an attempt to qualify by starting their heat/consi.
 
 6. The flagman is in charge at all times when cars are on the track. Although he will make decisions based on input from other officials, the flagman has the final say on calls that are made. His ruling on all matters is final.
 
 7. Flags used and the procedures followed when they are displayed are typical and common to most other racing venues. Specifically, without going into a long explanation, they are as follows:
 
    A. GREEN – Go. (Also, see #s 8-10 below.)
 
    B. YELLOW – Caution. There has been an accident or a safety issue that necessitates racing to be temporarily halted. Competitors should remain in position and will be instructed by track personnel how to proceed.
 
    C. RED – Stop immediately! There is a critical condition that requires emergency attention and all competitors must stay where they are to allow safety crews to handle the situation. Any race vehicle that does not stay in position (for example, exiting the track to go to the pits) will be disqualified.
 
    D. BLACK – Displayed to a competitor notifying them that they MUST leave the race. The reason could be for a safety issue, rules infraction, penalty, or otherwise as determined by the flagman.
 
    E. WHITE – One lap to go.
 
    F. CHECKERED – Signals the end of the event.

 

    G. OTHER… The flagman will display crossed flags to indicate the half-way point of an event. He will also use a hand signal showing five laps to go, and use two flags to indicate two laps to go.
 
 8. The leader sets the pace (which must be at a moderate speed) coming to the line. The start of the race will be when the flagman throws the green flag. Cars (no matter where they are on the track) may pass as soon as the green flag is displayed / green light is turned on.
 
    A. Competitors will be instructed where the starting point is during the drivers’ meeting and it will be clearly marked.
 
    B. At the flagman’s discretion, he may throw a “lazy green” if cars are not aligned properly.
 
    C. If three attempts at an initial start do not result in any completed laps, the flagman may elect to go with a single-file lineup for the start.
 
    D. The assistant flagman or scoring booth coordinator will inform other officials over the radio when the green is thrown.
 
 9. Cars that “jump the start” will be penalized two spots for every one gained.
 
10. Restarts (during a feature) will be:
 
    A. For all classes EXCEPT Steel Block Late Model… Double-file until an event reaches the halfway point. (Cars will be lined up single file, then put in a double-file formation before racing resumes.)
 
    B. Single file after the halfway point in an event has been reached.
 
    C. Restarts in all qualifying events (and ALL events for Steel Block Late Model class) will be single-file.
 
11. All cars involved in a caution will be sent to the rear of the field. Determination of “being involved” will generally be: a) if the car stops; or b) if the car makes contact. If a competitor stops on the track to miss an accident and no contact is made, he will get his spot back.
 
    A. If the caution occurs and a subsequent incident takes place AFTER the flagman displays the yellow, competitors involved in the separate incident are NOT penalized.
 
    B. Any car making contact with an infield tire that causes a caution to occur will be sent to the rear of the field.
 
    C. Unsafe or intentional rough driving will be subject to a black flag. (This may result in an exception to the above. (For example, if one car intentionally spins another the “spinee” will be penalized and the “spinner” may get his spot back.)
 
    D. Being charged with two cautions in a heat race (or three in a feature) will result in a black flag.
 
    E. If a competitor stops to intentionally bring out a caution, he may be black-flagged.
 
    F. All decisions will be based on judgment of the track officials and at the discretion of the flagman.
 
12. If a driver gets out of his/her car during a caution, the car MUST go to the pits. They will NOT be allowed to re-enter competition during that event. Also, any driver or crew member that approaches or attempts to approach another driver's car on the track or in the pits, regardless of whether or not it is moving, will result in the their driver being retired for the night.  This could also result in a possible suspension for the driver, crew member, or anyone else involved.  Suspension, and terms of suspension will be at the sole discretion of Hummingbird Management.  Multiple offenses could warrant a lifetime ban from the speedway.  Any suspension would include the driver AND their car. Remember, the driver is responsible for the actions of their entire team.
 
13. Whether or not a lap “counts” when the yellow flag is thrown is up to the discretion of the scorers and/or flagman. As a general rule, if the leader and approximately half of the field has crossed the start/finish line, the lap WILL be counted. All cars will be lined up according to the last completed lap. (Example:  A caution on Lap counted as #10 will be lined up according to the running order of Lap #9 to avoid any need to "race to the Line".)
 

    A. The flagman or assistant flagman will notify all other officials over the radio immediately when a caution is out.
 
14. If there is a need for the flagman to display the caution on the last lap, once the leader has taken the checkered flag, the event is complete.
 
15. No cars will be allowed to enter the track under racing conditions. Cars that have pitted during a feature must wait until a yellow flag condition to re-enter the race. No re-entry will be allowed during heat races.
 
    A. The flagman or assistant flagman will notify all other officials over the radio of his intention to go green on the next lap. The next time by, when the leader reaches a pre-determined spot on the backstretch, the turn four flagman will not allow any cars to enter the track from the pits.
 
16. Any competitor (driver only) with questions or problems should direct their conversation to the head pit steward. In no case should anyone approach the corner flagmen, flagstand or scorers/announcer’s booth. Doing so will be subject to disciplinary action (disqualification and/or suspension) at the discretion of track management. This includes crew members and family; a driver is responsible for his entire team. THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
 
17. Points will be handled as follows:
 
    A. Late Model, Semi-Late, and Street Stock classes… Points will be based on a combination of driver AND car #. The only exception to this is that a driver will be allowed to have a substitute driver race his car up to three times in a season. (In that case the points would go to the regular driver.) This will only be permitted when the “regular car” is run. (A substitute driver AND car are not permitted.)
 
    B. Pure Stock and Front-Wheel Drive Four Cylinder classes… Points will be awarded to the car number only.
 
    C. All decisions on how points will be distributed are the decision of the Program Director.
 
    D. As for the numbers, it works like this:
 
       Heats: The winner will receive 5 points, second place - 4, third place - 3, fourth place - 2, and all other cars that start the heat will be given 1 point.
 
       Features:
 
        1) 70    7) 54   13) 42   19) 35
        2) 67    8) 52   14) 40   20) 34
        3) 64    9) 50   15) 39   21) 33
        4) 61   10) 48   16) 38   22) 32
        5) 58   11) 46   17) 37   23) 31
        6) 56   12) 44   18) 36   24) 30
 
    E. Cars unable to start the feature or those who do not qualify will be given 25 points.
 
18. Any driver who has won a feature in an “upper class” within the previous two seasons will not be eligible to move back down any more than one class. (In other words… Limited Late Model drivers can run Street Stock, but not Pure Stock, or Front-Wheel Drive. Street Stock Drivers can run Pure Stock, but not Front-Wheel Drive. And Pure Stock drivers can run Front-Wheel Drive.)
 
    A. An exception will be granted for feature wins by a driver who is a regular driver in a lower class and participates as a substitute driver in the upper class.
 
19. Regarding rain-outs:
 
    A. If more than half the scheduled races have been completed, the program will be considered “official”. No rain checks will be issued. Double features will be run the following week for all classes not completed. (If an event is in progress when the rain-out occurs, it will be restarted where it left off.) Depending on the number of “make-up races” to be run, they may be split and run on two separate weeks.
 
    B. If a rain-out occurs BEFORE the completion of half the scheduled events, rain checks will be issued and the following week will be a regular program. Rain checks will be good for the next two regularly scheduled events.
 
    C. If the Saturday program is completely cancelled or called before reaching the half-way point (see B above), a Sunday rain-date may be used. Sunday programs WILL be point events and will begin at 6:00pm.
 

 

2018 SAFETY RULES
 
 
Unless otherwise noted, these rules apply to ALL classes!
 
 
 1. Doors must be welded shut.
 
 2. Flammable materials such as interior door panels, dash components, and seats MUST be removed.
 
 3. All glass MUST be removed.
 
 4. Driver side windshield screens and driver side window nets are mandatory.  (Note:  This does not apply to either Late Model class.) Only Web-type window nets will be acceptable.  Mesh-Type and Sprint Car-Type nets are prohibited. 
 
 5. Competition race seats must be securely fastened to the frame or roll cage, secured top, back, and bottom.  No movement!!
 
 6. A competition shoulder harness and a lap belt at least 3 inches wide are required.  Crotch belts and neck braces are strongly recommended. Belts/Harnesses may be no more than 5 Years old (Belts used for 2017 must be 2012 or newer).  Belts must be in good condition with no burns, cuts or frays.
 
 7. Flame resistant fire suits and approved racing helmets are mandatory.  Gloves and flame resistant hoods are
highly recommended.  Suits that are oil-grease contaminated, or have numerous holes or tears are not considered safe.  Replace your suit if yours is in a condition described above.
 
 8. Any time a car is on the track, driver must wear fire suit & helmet and belts must be fastened.
 
 9. Drive shaft hoops (full or complete circle) are required.  The drive shaft must be painted white.
 
10. Any added weight must be painted white and marked with the car number.
 
11. Tow hooks mounted in front and rear, mandatory.  Must be mounted on outside of body and each end secured separately to solid mounting point.  Tow chains 3/8” minimum thickness, cable 3/8” minimum thickness (no nylon reinforced cable) in a manner that car can be raised and towed without the need to remove the hood or rear deck lid, or without causing damage. Neither the hauler nor the speedway will be responsible for any damage or problems that arise from improper tow mechanisms. Wrecker crews are a courtesy service and improper treatment of said crews may result in refusal of assistance.
 
12. Must have working, approved dry powder fire extinguisher securely mounted within reach of the driver.  Required mounting position is center of car or right side of car, mounted to roll bar or decking securely.  Bottle secured with 1 locking strap only.  No wire ties, duct tape, etc.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Ignition switch must be located in the same manner. This will be checked in accordance with routine safety inspections. The Speedway reserves the right to prohibit a car/driver from competing if not in compliance.

 
13. No mirrors permitted.
 
14. The only radios allowed are “Raceceivers” allowing one-way communication from the Program Director to drivers. These are MANDATORY and all drivers must have one.
 
15. Fuel cells are mandatory (except in the front wheel drive four cylinder class).  Fuel cells should be secured firmly with a strap or an angle to hold it in place.  Must have steel firewall between trunk area and the driver.
 
16. Fuel lines must either run under the floor or be covered and sealed at both ends by rubber hose.
 
17. Roll cage must be constructed in a safe manner.  Determination will be made by the tech inspector based on the following description:
 
Roll cage must be constructed of a four-post design following the contour of the windshield and the rear roll bar must be ties into the rear frame.  The top roll bars must be connected and form a box at least four inches above the driver’s head.  All tubing must have a wall thickness of at least .090 inch thick.  (NO EXHAUST TUBING.) Cage must have a minimum of 4 bars on the driver’s side and a minimum of 3 bars on the passenger side.  All joints must be welded solid.  All cage corners and the driver’s side door must have gussets.  Padding is highly recommended.
 
18. No electric fuel pumps (except in the front wheel drive four cylinder class).
 
19. Front and rear firewalls are mandatory.
 
20. Batteries mounted inside car, must be mounted securely and in a battery box with lid secured properly to prevent leakage of acid in the event of damage or rollover.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
 
21. Steering wheels and columns must not have any movement. (Loose or worn out)
 
22. There is absolutely NO SPEEDING IN THE PIT AREA.  Driving in an unsafe manner will be subject to disqualification and/or suspension.
 
23. All classes must have working brakes on ALL four wheels.
 
24. No rub rails anywhere on car, except in the FWD class. Please see FWD rules. 
 

25. Speedway Tech Inspectors have the right to act accordingly to anything not covered in the above Safety Rules that are not covered, are unforeseen, or that may arise at any time.  Any decision made will be made with the best interest of the Safety of fans, competitors and track personnel.