2020 Winter Nationals Rules and Procedures

GENERAL RULES
1. Driver meetings are mandatory for ALL racers every night they compete.
2. “A” Features will start a maximum of 24 cars.
3. Lap counts are as follows:
a) Heat races will be 8 laps in all classes.
b) “B” Features will be 10-15 laps depending on car count.
c) “A” Features will be 20 laps or 20 minutes for Hobby Stocks, SportMods, and Stock Cars; 25 laps or 25 minutes for Modifieds.
4. RACEceivers and Transponders are REQUIRED for all drivers.
a) The default RACEceiver channel (454.00) will be utilized.
b) For transponders, the AMB system will be used. If a competitor does not have a transponder, they will be available to rent each night of the event.
c) It is your responsibility to maintain a working RACEceiver and Transponder.

RACE PROCEDURES
1. No driver may attempt to qualify more than one car in heat races. No car may be driven in more than one heat race. If qualified driver scratches after heat, lineup will be made and positions adjusted by crisscross. If qualified driver changes car for the “A” feature, or if non-qualified driver changes car for the “B” feature, they must start in the last position in their respective race.
2. Races will be lined up according to these rules:
a) In all qualifying races (heats and “B” features), on a first-lap restart, the “cause” car will be sent to the pits and there will be a double-file restart. Cars move straight up to fill positions.
b) In all races, after one lap is completed, all restarts will be double-file, nose-to-tail, with the leader alone out front, second place has lane choice, and the “cause” car is sent to the pits (the “cause” car is sent to the rear only after 1 caused caution during the “A” feature).
c) Once a caution flag is out, the field is frozen. Any car that has crossed the start/finish line will line up as such. Any car that has not crossed will revert to the running order of the last completed lap.
d) Track officials reserve the right to institute single-file restarts at any point of any race at their own discretion. Once single-file restarts are instituted, they remain until the end of the race.
3. A 1-spin rule will be in effect in each qualifying race (heats and “B” features). A driver causing a caution will be sent off the track. In the “A” features, drivers are sent off the track once they have caused 2 cautions.
4. Rough driving will result in a black flag to be sent off the track. Refusal to cooperate will result in loss of points and pay.
5. Intentional cautions and retaliation on or off the track will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification and loss of points and pay.
6. Drivers are NOT to leave the speedway under green flag conditions. If a driver cannot continue under their own power, they must pull to the infield.
7. A race may be stopped at the discretion of track officials any time they consider it dangerous or unsafe to continue.
8. Track officials reserve the right to send any driver to the rear of the field if they do not cooperate while lining back up during a caution period.
9. Racing begins or resumes once the green flag is waved and the green light blinks on. Any driver that jumps a start will be docked 2 spots at the next flag.
10. If a heat or “B” feature is stopped after the white flag is displayed, the race is scored on positions as though there is a restart. “A” feature races must be finished under green flag conditions. If an “A” feature race is stopped after the white flag is displayed, there will be a green, white, checkered restart. If the checkered flag has been taken and the race is stopped, the cars that did not cross are scored on positions as though there is a restart.
11. All work on cars must be done in the designated work area, and the car will go to the rear of the field. There will be no waiting for cars to change tires, etc. Driver can take cars to the work area at any time during a caution flag.
12. Procedural rules not addressed here will be referred to IMCA rulebook regarding general procedures.
13. EIRI—Except in rare instances. Decisions of officials are final and binding without exception. In some cases, track procedural or safety rules may take precedence over IMCA rules.

TECHNICAL PROCEDURES
1. All cars in the redraw plus one must report to technical inspection after their respective heat races to be weighed and inspected. Immediately following each “B” feature, all qualifying cars plus one will report to be weighed and inspected.
2. The top five cars in each “A” feature will be weighed and report directly to the inspection area.
3. Any driver required to report to technical inspection after any race that does not immediately report will be disqualified.
4. Any car disqualified for weight rule violation after “A” feature shall be awarded last position points and pay.
5. Any car disqualified for illegal equipment after feature shall receive no points or pay.

LINEUP PROCEDURES
1. Every driver will run a heat race each night. When drivers check in, they will draw from a pool of 100 numbers to determine the starting grid for the heat races.
2. If a driver is late to check-in, they will tag their heat race.
3. In order to maintain the timing of the show, drivers need to be in staging at the proper time. Drivers will be properly lined up in the staging area by a track official before each race. Cars will be sent out as soon as possible after the previous race unless attention is needed on the track.
4. Drivers that miss their heat race or “B” feature may not tag onto another heat or “B” feature. Any driver that attempts to do so will not be scored.
5. Depending on car count, the first 3-6 rows of “A” Feature lineups will be determined by redraw (see table). Redraw participants will be clearly communicated over the RACEceiver system after each heat race.

LINEUP PROCEDURES TABLE

Cars# of Heats# Redraw per Heat# Transfer per Heat# of B's# Transfer per BTotal Cars in the "A"
<915All--Up to 9
10-2024All--10-20
21-2634All--21-26
27-303461624
31-404341824
41-505232525
51-606232624
61-808123325
81-10010114426