Procedures

The rules are subject to change in the better interest of racing or safety.

At the initial race meet of the season starting positions in the qualifying heats will be determined by luck of the draw. Consolation and feature starting position will be heads up from the heat finish. (If no qualifying heats are held, feature starting position will be by the luck of the draw). At subsequent meets through the season starting position will be determined by a handicap point system.

Time trials or draw may be used to determine starting position at other times at the discretion of the track officials and particularly for special racing events.

Inexperienced drivers, drivers who fail to maintain racing speed, or drivers who do not exercise proper control of their race car may be required to start at the rear of the racing events until track officials are satisfied that they do not jeopardize the safety of themselves or fellow competitors.

Track officials will determine the number of qualifying events, the number of qualifiers from each event, and the total number of cars that will start the feature event for each racing division. Handicapping will be determined by the number of entries in each division for that evening’s racing program. The purse will be set by the Port Royal Speedway and is subject to change during the season. Participants will be made aware of purse changes before they occur and if requested, the purse will be made available to any participant before the start of a race meet.

Race teams have 30 minutes following the last checkered flag of the racing program to pick up their pay, or it will be held until the next racing date.

All divisions must have their cars ready to compete in the events for which they are scheduled. All drivers must have their cars in the staging area prior to the event for which they are scheduled in order to hold their starting position. All events will be prestaged to help speed the program along.

Any car entering the track late or in any way delaying the start of an event will start at the rear of that event. Once a race event begins, cars may enter the track only during yellow or red flag situations. A red light will be used at the discretion of track officials. When used, it will be closed as the field of cars enters the first turn and is given indication that the green flag will be forthcoming. The pit gate will be opened for each yellow or red flag situation during the race and closed with each restart.

When the pace vehicle is being used, immediately after the line-up has been announced, cars will proceed to their proper starting positions. No car under any circumstances may pass the pace vehicle. Passing the pace vehicle will results in a $50.00 fine.

All race starts and restarts will be at the discretion of the flagman. All cars must maintain starting or restarting position until the green flag is displayed. Jumping will result in the violator(s) being required to start at the rear of field, penalized at the end of the event for the positions jumped, or disqualified from the event. In the event of a false start, the green flag will be displayed initially, and then the yellow flag as the field exits the second turn, upon signal from the flagman of a false start, the cars will realign in the positions occupied prior to the false start. A cone on the frontstretch will be used to restart heats and features. Any car passing inside cone or hitting the cone will be sent to the rear on the next restart. If no restart occurs, car or cars will be put back positions at the end of the event.

Lining Up For Restarts- Form a single file line, nose to tail, and do not race. Officials will correct the line-up when they receive it from scorers. When a yellow or red flag is dropped, cars already crossing start/finish line will be scored as if that lap was completed. Cars not passing start/finish line will be lined up by previous lap completed (minus cars charged with yellow/red). You cannot come out of the pits if one-lap signal has been given. If you do, you will be black-flagged.

A race event may be stopped for a spin, an accident, a disabled car, debris on the track, or any time officials consider conditions too dangerous to continue.

If The Yellow Flag Is Displayed- Drivers should reduce speed and align themselves in the order they were running on the last lap scored when the yellow lights were turned on and remain in that position while continuing to circle the track at a reduced speed. Any car stopping on the track and any car pitting during the caution must restart at the rear of the field. Cars that bring out a yellow and do not stop on the track will restart in the position where they rejoined the field.

If The Red Flag Is Displayed- All Drivers MUST stop. This will be a closed red until all cars have reached the 4th corner in order to allow equal time for all participants. Anything except tires may be changed.

If a fuel stop is needed (55 laps, sprints only) crew members have 2 minutes to refuel. If you are not ready you must go to the rear.

When the yellow flag is displayed following a red flag or fuel stop, the pace vehicle will make one complete lap. If race car is not ready to push off after the one circuit of the pace vehicle, that race car must go to the rear. No repairs to cars causing a yellow flag while on the track. Cars will be disqualified.

Any car causing two yellow and/or red flag periods, (excluding yellow flag periods for flat tires) in any one event will be disqualified from the remainder of that event. Cars not maintaining racing speed, being lapped regularly, or jeopardizing the safety of others will be black-flagged at the flagman’s discretion.

Any car(s) desiring track time other than during warm-ups and scheduled events, must request permission from the flagman or pit steward, and be notified that their request has been granted. No radio communication of any kind between drivers and anyone else.

All events, when possible, will be run until the race leader has completed the advertised distance. If a race is stopped due to rain, curfew, etc. and deemed a complete event by track officials, the official race finish will be determined by the position each car would have held, had the race been restarted.

In the event the scheduled events must be cancelled due to rain, curfew, etc. and all qualifying events have been completed – rain checks will not be issued. In this case, the feature events will precede the regular events on the make-up date and the qualifying positions from the cancelled event will still stand. However, if the scheduled events are cancelled due to rain, curfew, etc. and the qualifying events are not completed, rain checks will be issued.

In all events, finishing positions will be determined according to the total distance traveled by each car whether that car is running at the end of the event or not. In the instance that cars have completed the same number of laps, the order in which the cars completed that number of laps, the order in which the cars completed that number of laps will be the finishing order. Cars which cannot continue after a yellow or red flag period will finish in the order they were running on the last lap scored. In order to receive prize money for an event, a car must be on the speedway for a start or restart during that event.

All events will be prestaged to help speed the program along. Anyone not willing to cooperate will start at the rear of the field for that event.

Points & Handicapping
You must be present at the year’s end Awards Banquet.
Or you will forfeit your awards and point money.

Finish Position Points Finish Position Points
1 120 13 60
2 115 14 55
3 110 15 50
4 105 16 45
5 100 17 40
6 95 18 35
7 90 19 30
8 85 20 25
9 80 21 20
10 75 22 15
11 70 23 10
12 65 24 5

(Plus 20 Appearance Points)

Points will be awarded to drivers only.
If the event is deemed a non-competitive point race, all cars entered will receive 50 appearance points.

Heat Starting Position

All drivers that have competed in the last two regularly scheduled race meets and those drivers who have competed in at least one race during the current season and are driving a car that has competed in the last two regularly scheduled race meets will start at the front of the qualifying heats by inverted point average (the driver having the lowest average points per appearance will start first in the first head, second lowest average points first in the second heat). The remaining drivers will start behind the first group heads up on the basis of the number of race meets entered by car or driver and by point average. (Drivers with same number of races entered will start with highest point average first to lowest point average last).

To hold point average for heat race, you can’t race at another track on any given day.

Consolation Starting Position

All non-qualifiers from the heats will be started in the consolation(s) in the order in which they finished heats. If no consolation is required, heat non-qualifiers will start the feature behind the qualified cars in the order they finished the heats. Cars that were not in attendance prior to the start of the last qualifying event are not eligible to start the feature.

Feature Starting Position

An announced number of cars will be handicapped from each heat event. The cars that competed in the last two regularly scheduled race meets and finished the qualifying heats in a handicapped position will start at the front of the feature race by inverted point average.

Any remaining cars that finished heats in a handicapped position will start behind the first group on the basis of the number of race meets entered and point average. The remainder of the heat qualifiers will start directly behind the handicapped cars in heads up order by heat finish. The consolation qualifiers will start behind the heat
qualifiers in heads up order by consolation finish.

Although points are kept for drivers only, the car qualifies for feature race. Any registered car may be driven by any eligible driver under the following stipulations:

1) Drivers cannot change cars during any one racing event.

2) A driver may change cars, but in doing so he must forfeit his eligibility to drive the original car and relinquish the qualifying position held by the original car.

3) Drivers changing cars must start at the rear of the next scheduled event.

4) Any driver change must be reported to his pit steward prior to the start of the event.

The number of consolations required is determined by the number of cars available to race when the consolation line-up is made.

All drivers must attend drivers’ meetings. Race cars are to be signed in 15 minutes before practice laps begin.

Qualifying heat line-ups will be made during the warm-up period for each division. Cars not in attendance prior to warm-up time will be placed at the rear of the heats. (Notification that a car is in transit but will be late will preserve the normal heat starting position for that car). In order to maintain the same number of participants in each heat, cars desiring to change heats due to difficulties must find someone in another heat that is willing to switch. All changes must be reported to the pit steward prior to the start of the heat.

All drivers are expected to understand the meaning of all flags and the simple signals that the flagman will use in conjunction with the flags. Any questions should be addressed to the flagman or pit steward prior to racing events. Any driver who does not obey the flag rules and signals will be subject to fine and/or disqualifications.

Flags and their meanings are as follows:

Green Flag- Start or restart of a race, racing should start and continue as long as the green flag is displayed.

Yellow Flag- Caution! Reduce speed and continue to circle the track in single file holding the position occupied when the yellow flag was displayed.

Red Flag- Danger! An accident has occurred or track conditions make it unsafe to continue. All drivers MUST stop.

Crossed Flags- Half of the scheduled number of laps in the event have been completed.

White & Checkered Flags- Two laps to go in the event

White Flag- One lap to go in the event.

Checkered Flag- Even has been completed. Each driver should continue to race until he has received the checkered flag.

Blue Flag With Yellow Marker-Layover flag. Indication that faster cars are about to overtake and lap slower cars. Cars receiving the layover flag may continue to race but should not impede the faster cars.

Black Flag (furled)- Warning to car at which flag is pointed. If accompanied by a sign, driver must follow instructions immediately.

Black Flag (unfurled)- Car has been disqualified. Driver should reduce speed and enter pit area at nearest pit entrance. Pit Steward will notify driver or crew of reason for disqualification whether the car may continue if the problem can be corrected. Any car running more than two (2) laps down or hopelessly out of competition and/or creating a hazard may be black flagged at the starter’s discretion. After two (2) laps car will be stopped being scored.