All decisions made on race night are final.
Speedway officials reserve the right to update, modify, and/or delete rules at any time deemed necessary to ensure safety, fair competition or any other reason that may be deemed appropriate.
Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the officials.
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements of such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all such events.
Speedway rules 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.
*No Standing on top of race haulers without proper railing*
Fuel for all weekly classes: No E85, alcohol, methanol or oxygenating agents or additives allowed.
SUNOCO FUEL ONLY. We offer fuel for sale on race nights. No drums or barrels are allowed to be brought in.
CAR NUMBER REGISTRATION:
Every car in every regular track division must be registered for a number. Even if you are only making one start, you will be required to purchase a number for the season. Car number registration is $50 per number per division.
CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION:
*Rain Policy – ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS!
*Rain Check Policy – Once three feature races or the headline division of the night is official no rainchecks (grandstands) or armbands (pits) will be honored.
*Management reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone into the pit area or grandstands.
*Everyone entering the pit area must sign a release/waiver.
*MINORS: A parent and/or guardian must sign a minor release for minor(s) for the season, and must sign-in minors at each event. Parent and/or guardian must accompany the minor(s) in the pit area always.
*Admission armbands must be worn always. (No exceptions).
*Anyone caught in the pit area without an armband will be escorted out and will pay $50 for an armband for the night. Additionally, the team this individual is with will pay a $50 fine before being allowed to compete and/or will be disqualified from the nights racing event.
*Additionally, if you are in the infield and see someone who snuck in the pits, we will give you $20 for every person that we catch that you tip us off about once we get them to pay for their armband.
*It is forbidden to consume any alcoholic beverages in the pits during any race event.
*You MAY NOT go to the grandstands and consume alcohol and return to the pits.
*No alcohol consumption within 25 feet of the tech area until tech is closed.
*GLASS BOTTLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRACK PROPERTY AT ANYTIME!
*Violations could mean immediate ejection from the pit area as well as disciplinary action not limited to a two-week suspension and/or $500 fine. This applies to any person in the pit area.
Franklin County Speedway reserves the right to retain, confiscate or otherwise, any illegal part or parts on any racing vehicle.
All divisions will have numbers 18″ tall, 3″ thick on the roof facing the grandstand side and both doors. Numbers may be 1, 2 or 3 digits only. NO DUPLICATE NUMBERS ALLOWED.
*All cars must run the division sponsor decals on the top of the windshield or just above on the roof. YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FOR NOT RUNNING THE SPONSOR DECALS.
*Franklin County Speedway reserves the right to require a contingency sponsor packet for the front fenders of any/all divisions.
*No obscene decals, paintings, expressions, etc. on race cars, trailers, flags and etc.
*Four-wheelers, scooters, golf carts and other two or four wheel vehicles are not allowed in the pit area or on the race track during race events unless registered with the track with proof of insurance.
*No One Under 16 is allowed to drive a vehicle on the track premises for any reason.
RACE EVENT PARTICIPATION:
*All Competitors, Car Owners, Crew Members and/or Mechanics AGREE THE TRACK IS IN SAFE, RACEABLE, AND USABLE CONDITION IF THEY TAKE PART IN DRIVING ACTIVITIES.
*No Car Owner, Driver, Crew Member and/or Mechanic shall have any claim for damages, expenses or otherwise against Promoter, Operating Corporation of Officers, Directors, Officials, Agents, or Employees by reason of disqualification or damage to either the Car, Driver or both.
*All Car Owners, Drivers, Crew Members and/or Mechanics assume full responsibility for any and all injuries sustained, including death and property damage, any time they are on the racing premises, en route thereto or therefrom.
ENTRY FEES & FORMS:
*Any and all entry forms, license forms or registrations submitted by a competitor MUST BE LEGIBLE and contain all information requested.
*Race entry fees are for the car and do not include the pit pass cost for car owner/driver/crew members.
*For any special races, all divisions must go through tech, register and pay any entry fee before you can practice. Registration is in the tower.
*Every Car Owner/Driver at an event is expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner.
*Every Car Owner/Driver is directly responsible for any person(s) deemed to be associated with his/her car at the discretion of Franklin County Speedway Officials. Any Conduct Violations committed by these individuals will be charged to Car Owner/ Driver.
*Failure to obey track Officials or Security could result in fines, suspension and possible disqualification with the loss of all points, money and trophies for that race date or all points accumulated for the entire point’s season.
*If you are disqualified and do not return a trophy, you will be charged for the trophy and suspended from the next race.
*Suspensions or Penalties include both Driver and Car. Suspension duration will be at the track’s discretion.
*Anyone, be it Car Owner, Driver, Crew Member and/or family member entering a pit area other than their own will be considered at fault if they are involved in a disturbance and could result in a minimum TWO (2) week suspension, possible disqualification with loss of all points, money and trophies for that race date or all points accumulated for the entire points season and/or a fine of a minimum of $500. This applies to the Driver and car as well as the individual involved.
*Anyone, be it Car Owner, Driver, Crew Member and/or Family Member who is determined to be guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct on or off the track by a Franklin County Speedway Official, could result in a minimum of TWO (2) week suspension, possible disqualification with loss of all points, money and trophy for that race date, or all points accumulated for the entire points season and/or a minimum fine of $500.00 the first time; $1,000.00 the second time and $5,000.00 the third time and full suspension for the remainder of the season. This applies to the Driver, and Car as well as the individual involved.
*Anyone, be it Car Owner, Driver, Crew Member and/or Family Member who performs an act or participates in actions deemed by Officials as detrimental to the sport, including but not limited to verbal abuse of any Official could result in a minimum TWO (2) week suspension, possible disqualification with loss of all points, money and trophies for that race date and/or a fine of $500 minimum. This applies to the Driver and car as well as the individual involved.
*Any Competitor(s) who assaults or threatens bodily harm to any Official or persons serving under his direction could result in a minimum TWO (2) week suspension, possible disqualification with the loss of all points, money, trophy for that race date or all points accumulated during the entire point season and/ or a minimum fine of $500.00.
*Any Competitor(s), Owner(s), Crew Member(s) or any other person(s) deemed to be associated with a specific car, who participate in fights in the Pits, on the track, or on the track premises could result in a minimum TWO (2) week suspension, possible disqualification with the loss of all points, money and trophy for that race date or all points accumulated for the entire point season and/or a minimum fine of $500.00.
*Any Competitor(s), Owner(s), Crew Member(s) or any other person(s) deemed to be associated with a specific car, who is found to be the aggressor(s) in a fight in the Pits, on the track, or on track premises can result in a minimum SIX (6) month suspension, disqualification with the loss of all points, money and trophy for that race date or all points accumulated for the entire point season and/or a minimum fine of $5000.00
*ALL FINES MUST BE PAID IN CASH PRIOR TO BEING ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN THE NEXT EVENT. Verification required the next race.
*Everyone must be aware that posting in social media is like speaking into a live microphone. Media outlets, potential new sponsors and fans can and quite often do pick up on social media comments. Be aware all teams and speedways depend on their sponsors to race weekly.
*Therefore, we request all competitors and their teams respect the value of ours and your fan base and sponsors. By the time an offensive post or tweet shows up, it is too late to stop the spiraling effect for the Competitor and or the Speedway. You may feel that you cannot control the comments made in support of your initial comments, but that is not the case.
*Negative social media in any form posted about the above Speedway, Speedway officials and/ or Competitors and their Crews will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity of the incident, fines or suspensions may be assessed. We request you to partner with us by speaking with your entire team of this newly adopted policy.
*It is HOWEVER all of our goals to personally address any issues or concerns you, your team or your sponsors may have in a professional and respectful manner for resolution. Again, we ask you and your team to partner with us to preserve, protect and promote short track asphalt racing in Virginia. We thank you in advance for this consideration and look forward to seeing you at the races.
*Anyone injured during the racing program MUST notify the track EMS/EMTs and provide all required information prior to leaving the premises on that date in order to be eligible for any insurance benefits.
*Notifications made after that date will not be accepted and the insurance eligibility will be forfeited.
*If you are injured and you put in a claim for insurance or you have an injury visible to officials, you will be required to provide a Doctor’s Release before you will race again. Doctor’s Release must state that you are cleared to compete in stock car racing.
*ANYONE INJURED WHILE FIGHTING IS NOT COVERED BY TRACK INSURANCE
*All driver’s/spotters should have the ability to monitor race control by scanner, standalone radio or raceceiver at all times during the event. 452.8500 is our frequency.
*Competitors are independent contractors and not agents, servant or employees.
*Competitors will use their own methods in performing their duties in accordance with the Speedway rules, as they may be amended from time to-time.
*It will be the competitor’s obligation to furnish any tools, supplies, or materials, which he/she deems necessary to perform his/her duties.
*Competitors will be responsible for competing, and all actions of-competitor’s employees, crew and agents.
*PIT ROAD SPEED IS 15mph. Excessive speed and/or careless driving in the Pits will not be tolerated and could result in suspension, disqualification, and possible Car Owner/Driver fines or both. No passengers will be allowed in or on the race cars for any reason.
*No scuffing tires around safety workers/officials on track, pits or pit road you will be parked after the first warning.
OFF LIMIT AREAS:
*Anyone entering the pit area must have a wristband and be signed in for the nights events.
*Anyone in the pit area must be cognizant of all areas that are off limits including the turn 1 pit area, turn 4 pit area, front and back grass along the inside track wall.
*Crossing over the pit wall or guard rail at any time that the track is hot (practice/qualifying and race) will result in a $100 fine payable before returning to track for the next event and/or parking the competitor you are with for the event. A second offense will result in a $200 fine and immediate disqualification for the competitor you’re signed in with or we know you to be with for the event.
*If a feature is stopped at less than 50% of its scheduled distance and is not restarted, it will be considered incomplete and organizers will NOT be obligated to distribute funds.
*If 50% or more has been run, the event will be considered complete.
*RACES MAY BE LAP OR TIME LIMITED DURING THE RACE SEASON.
*Franklin County Speedway will run advertised laps unless the drivers from that division affected contact officials about lowering number of laps.
* Time limits will be enforced as needed on all races. The time limit will be one minute per scheduled lap. We will explain the procedures during the drivers meeting as necessary. Special events will be ran under a different plan which will be announced in advance of the event to the competitors.
*All divisions will compete for a set purse during each race event. Some of those purses/payouts will be advertised on our flyers or other materials and others will be the standard purses paid each for each race event.
*Starting in 2023 every division will have a 7 and over purse as well as a Under 7 car count purse. Purses from the 2022 season will carry over as the 7 and over purse and a new purse will be constructed for the under 7 car count purse.
*All competitors must file an updated W9 every year. No payout will be given until completed. *Competitor assumes and takes full responsibility for reporting and paying to the appropriate authorities all charges, premiums and taxes, if any, due or payable to any funds the member may receive as a result of his duties and/or activities as a competitor including but not limited to social security taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, compensation insurance, income taxes and withholding taxes.
*ALL COMPETITORS MUST PICK UP THEIR PAY AT THE END OF EACH RACE NIGHT. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STAY AND GET YOUR PAY.BY SIGNING THE PAY SHEET, YOU AGREE TO THE RACE FINISH. MONEY WILL NOT BE HELD.
*Checks ARE NOT accepted. Cash is the only method of payment for anything at the track. Come prepared as we do NOT have an ATM on premises.
*We also pay in CASH ONLY. We will NOT write you a check for anything.
RACE CONTROL/ SCORING COMPLAINTS:
*If the Car Owner/Driver has a complaint about scoring they MUST notify an official and wait until the races are completed to consult with the PROPER OFFICIALS. The Track Officials are available for thirty (30) minutes AFTER the race program is complete.
*NO ONE, for any reason, will disrupt or halt the program to voice a complaint. Any attempt at this may result in an immediate disqualification from the night’s event and/or further penalties as warranted.
*ABSOLUTELY NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN THE SCORING TOWER TO DISCUSS ANY CALLS MADE DURING OR AFTER THE RACE.
*Transponders are required for every division, every race.
*Transponders are required for practice, qualifying and races. You will be black flagged if you don’t have your transponder on or if it’s not working.
*We use yellow Westhold transponders. You may buy your own or you can rent them from us at every race.
*You are required to have a pouch to hold the transponder on your car. They are available to buy at the track.
*You are required to turn your transponder in at the end of your race upon request of a track official if you have rented one. Failure to turn it in or if you give the officials a problem when they come to pick it up, you will be required to buy one or you will have to pay a $200 deposit at each rental.
*For all divisions the winner of the previous race MUST start last or 10th (whichever is shorter) in the next regular race event for that division. If you miss the next regular race, you will be starting from the rear of the next you attend.
*If you are disqualified through tech, you must start at the rear of the field for the next event.
*These rules do NOT apply to special events, extended lap races, or etc. for any division.
*Points will be available for any announced points paying event.
*The points system is available on our website to view at any time.
*Points penalties will be assessed following any race event by Thursday of the week.
*Double points events are advertised at different points in the season. They simply double the amount of points available for all positions in the field.
A. Drivers meeting is mandatory. Random roll call may be called at any time for any division. Failure to attend will result in starting in the rear for heat and feature races.
B. Qualifying procedures will be announced at each event and may include inversions. The track deserves the right to reduce or eliminate qualifying due to inclement weather or circumstances beyond the control of the track.
C. On the initial start of the event, racing will begin when the Flagman waves the green flag. Cars MUST maintain their position as designated by track officials, until they have crossed the line at flag stand.
D. Restarts will be DOUBLE FILE and take place in the restart zone in turn four when the leader fires. Leader needs at least 2 tires in the zone before making a move. Flagman will restart the race if leader hasn’t fired by end of zone. The field will be able to choose their position based on the Choose Cone. The cone will be put out with two laps to go back green, and you will pick the inside or the outside lane based on how you pass the cone. Whatever lane you pick will be the one you will start in. If you change lanes before the green flag is displayed, you will be black flagged upon the restart unless it is deemed necessary to hold the green flag and move you to the rear.
E. The yellow will be displayed when the front of the field reaches the middle of the backstretch if Race Control determines the start or restart wasn’t clean among the leaders. Field will be put back in the order they were in previously and we’ll try again. All drivers get one warning per day (unless otherwise noted by race control), the second time you’ll be black flagged and fall to the rear under green. If you don’t maintain position nose to tail until the leader restarts you will get the black flag and be forced to come to pit road to serve your penalty at a reasonable pit road speed. Laying back on the restart or jumping the restart will be penalized in the same manner.
F. When the caution flag is displayed SLOW DOWN, because WE DON’T RACE BACK TO THE LINE! Drivers are to hold their positions for the restart. Lineups will be reset based on the last completed green flag lap. Driver’s proceeding in a reckless manner on track or pit road under caution will be penalized accordingly.
G. Competition cautions may be used in any division. An explanation will be addressed during the drivers meeting and could be modified at the discretion of the race director if necessary.
H. All SCORING is controlled by the tower. SCORING will determine the placement of the cars at all times. Track OFFICIALS will correct the lineup accordingly as determined by SCORING.
I. Any race car is subject to inspection at any time deemed appropriate by an official. The driver/crew will assist the inspector at his request with the inspection.
J. We go back to the original lineup if a lap isn’t completed at the original start of race, minus the cars that were involved in the caution. Cars that were involved in the caution will go to the rear and the lineup will be adjusted by moving up rows and no crisscrossing.
K. If caution or red is displayed after the leader has taken the white flag, it must be safe to complete the race or the white flag will be pulled back in and we’ll do a green, white checkered finish, with no limit on attempts, until the leader takes the checkered under green flag status.
L. Time limits may be initiated at any point to complete a race in any division. If you don’t give us a reason to shorten your race it will not be shortened.
M. At the finish of the event, the top three finishers will proceed to the front stretch, with everyone else returning to their pit area. Top three finishers will proceed to the scales after all have been interviewed.
*YOU MUST BE ON THE LEAD LAP AND FINISH IN TOP 5 TO HAVE THE OPTION TO PROTEST. PROTEST MAY BE MADE BY DRIVER OR CAR OWNER.
*Protests must be made in writing and protest fee paid in cash. Cannot be bumper to bumper and no spite protests will be allowed.
*Fees: All fees must be paid in cash.
*Pricing is listed in the rules for each division or will fall back to the NASCAR rulebook. Protest fees for specific items (transmission, clutch etc.) will be at tech inspector’s discretion
*TIME LIMIT: All protests must be filed within FIFTEEN (15) minutes after race ends.
*Protests must be registered with Head Tech Official.
*Drivers must remove all parts/etc that are being protested. Tech is not responsible for removing such parts/etc. *If you protest a car your car will be inspected for the same reason as to the protest.
*If the car is found to conform to the rules and the protest is disallowed, the protest fee minus the track fee will go to the protested car. If the car is found to be in violation of the rules and the protest is allowed, the protest fee minus the track fee will be returned to the protester.
*ONLY the protested car’s Owner or Driver, two (2) people max, the party protesting the legality and Track Officials will be allowed to be present at protest ruling. Party means: The person who protests must be a car owner or driver participating in the race.
*More than one driver may protest any one car if they pay the protest fee for a specific rule violation.
*All motors will be torn down at the track and inspected. Track reserves the right to impound the motor and inspect it later agreed on by the tech inspectors, the protesting party and the party being protested.
*Franklin County Speedway reserves the right to pull any motor at any time to dyno and/or inspect and verify the legality of the motor. Any refusal will automatically deem that the motor in question is illegal and will result in immediate disqualification from the event.
PROTEST REFUSAL: *Any Car Owner/Driver refusing an engine protest of any kind will lose all money, points and trophies earned for that race date.
*The next time the car competes it will be inspected after the race regardless of the finishing position.
*Any competitors who fail to tear down a car for inspection when requested to do so by the Official in charge of the event will be subject to disqualification.
*If you borrow a car for points, it must be within the same class or close enough to be reasonably considered the same type of racecar. This is at the race director’s approval and must be approved before entering the track.