RULES AND REGULATIONS
Lahontan Auto Racing Association (LARA) considers it a
PRIVILEGE, not a right, for any competitor/participant to compete/participate
in any Rattlesnake Raceway Event.
The general rules section applies to each and every
competitor, mechanic, and pit personnel. If you have a question, ask an
Official. You're expected to know the rules.
Ignorance of the rules is no excuse for failure to comply. The rules
and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly
conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for
such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all Rattlesnake Raceway
events. All racing competitors are
deemed to have read and comprehend these rules, and will comply with their
content. No express or implied warranty of safety shall result from publication
of, or compliance with these rules and regulations. They are intended as a
guide for the conduct of the sport and in no way are guarantee against injury
or death to participants, spectators, or others. The LARA Officials shall be
empowered to permit minor deviations from any of the specifications herein or
impose any further restrictions that, in their opinion, do not alter the
minimum acceptable requirements. No express or implied warranty of safety shall
result from such altercation of specifications. Any interpretation or deviation
of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is
CONDITION WILL EXIST. ANY UNSAFE CONDITION IDENTIFIED BY THE TECHNICAL
INSPECTOR, RACE DIRECTOR OR ANY LARA TRACK OFFICIAL WILL BE FIXED IMMEDIATELY
OR THE CAR CANNOT COMPETE.
Any member involved in an accident or injured while on the racing
premises must report to a track official before leaving the premises in
order to be eligible for insurance benefits (provided ANY member involved in an
accident or injured while on the racing premises must report to a member is
physically able to make such a report).
1. Rattlesnake Raceway reserves the
right to refuse admission
to anyone/party. Three track officials shall have responsibility for rules and regulation
enforcement at LARA’s weekly sanctioned events. At the discretion of the track officials in
charge, any competitor may be disqualified for rule violations, hazardous
equipment or hazardous actions. All disputes developing as a result of track
official's decisions must be presented to a track official in writing by the
end of the race night. LARA's board will
discuss the protest and make a final decision.
The protesting party will be notified by mail of the board's
decision. The board's decision is final.
All drivers, car owners, pit crewmen and other
participants agree that by entering a race event they shall abide by the rules
and regulations as set forth herein.
Drivers will assume responsibility for the actions of
crew/family/friends. The driver is the sole spokesperson for
car/crew/family/friends (regardless of where persons are located, pits or
grandstands) and must talk to Officials when approached. When a driver is in
consultation with a Track Official, no other person may approach or interfere
in anyway. The only exception to this rule is for a minor driver under the age
of 18. The parent/guardian, who authorized and signed the minors release form, will
accompany the minor driver when dealing track officials. Fighting, interfering
with a track official/security or threats of violence will result in automatic
disqualification, the loss of points, the loss of money, and/or suspension from
racing at Rattlesnake Raceway. The use of profanity
or profane gestures at anytime towards any person or officials shall not be
permitted. Violators may be removed from the raceway for the race night. Repeat offenders may be suspended for the
season. If a conflict arises in the pit area of a driver at the time he is
participating in a racing event, he will be black flagged and required to
return to his pit to correct the problem. Any and all individuals in the pit
area shall at all times follow the requests of any and all track officials.
Refusal to follow the requests of a track official, regardless of the
individual’s opinion, may result in fine, suspension or expulsion.
Pit Admission: LARA board of directors and track officials have the
right to revoke this authority (Pit Admission) at anytime that it is deemed
that a participant's presence or conduct is not in the best interests of the
sport, fellow competitors, spectators, officials, employees and or management.
Unauthorized presence at Rattlesnake Raceway is considered trespassing and
violators are subject to the penalties prescribed by law. Any and all
participants, pit crews and guests to the pit area are required to fill
out any and all appropriate forms and waivers and pay all required fees
including any possible unpaid fines, BEFORE entering the pit area. All
participants must sign for themselves. NO
EXCEPTIONS. All pit area
participants shall be required to obtain a valid wristband in order to access
the pit area. The wristband shall be placed on the wrist snugly in order to
disallow removal of the wristband. Any and all persons not in possession of a
valid wristband shall be escorted out of the pits. Minors 17 years and under, must have a parent or
guardian prepare/complete and sign a minor’s release form. ANYONE UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE MUST BE ACCOMPANIED
BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES IN THE PITS!!!!
All participants, 17 and younger, must have a notarized minors release
form on file with LARA. Minimum Driving
age is 16 years of age. Drivers under
age 16 will be considered by LARA's board members on a case by case and driver
experience. Any driver
failing to fill out all appropriate forms/waivers and pay all required fee's
including unpaid fines shall forfeit all points/prize money for that race
event. NO EXCEPTIONS! Any attempt to circumvent any aspect of pit
registration as listed is subject to fine, suspension and or expulsion.
Once a person has paid entry into and has entered the pit area, there shall be NO
PIT REFUNDS MADE. Any refund exceptions will be decided by the DOC.
A check written to LARA and returned by the bank due to
insufficient funds needs to be paid in cash or a money order, and include a $25.00
bank service charge. Check writing privileges may be suspended from that point
5. Rattlesnake Raceway allows the courteous and careful
use of three or four wheelers within the Restricted Pit Area as push vehicles,
equipment transportation or personal transportation. Car number and class must
be placed on three/four wheeler for visual identification. (i.e.: HS-6, IMCA
21, etc) No ID = No use. Excessive speed, reckless operation or improper
operation will result in the loss of authorization to use three/four wheelers
and may DQ associated car/driver. Riding on race cars, tow/push vehicles is not
6. The Pit Area
is designated as the 'restricted area' for
the preparation of cars for competition. All drivers must operate their
vehicles within the Pit Area in a manner that is safe and under control. The
Pit Area is not a test area for racecars. Drivers are responsible to watch for
pedestrians and other vehicles and to exercise caution due to congestion in the
pit area. Entry to and exit from the pit area during hot laps, heats and races
is controlled by the Pit Stewards. When entering or exiting the pits drivers
must observe a speed no greater than 10 MPH.
Failure to observe the directions of the Pit Stewards, excess speed or
reckless driving may result in disqualification, loss of money, loss of points
All cars will be required to have in their pits a
minimum of one 2 pound dry chemical fire extinguisher. This is to be visible to
track officials when they drive past your pit.
Fire Extinguisher will be marked with car number and class. (HS-1, RM-81)
Race teams with more than one car can mark their extinguisher/s with
team name. All crewmembers must be aware
of its location, and knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguisher.
Alcohol is not allowed to be present and visible in the
Restricted Pit Area before or during a racing event. Alcohol may not be
consumed in the Restricted Pit Area until after the final checkered flag of the
last race of the night. There is no tolerance with any alcohol use before the
checkered flag of the last race of any event. There is no tolerance with the
possession and/or use of drugs on the racetrack property at any time. Any
person suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be
asked to leave, and could be subject to suspension or loss of winnings based
upon the discretion of the race officials.
Any driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or
drugs, and has operated a race car; LARA officials will notify law enforcement
for possible legal action. If driver is
arrested and convicted, the driver and crew will be subject to a lifetime
Each race team is allowed a
tow vehicle and trailer inside the pits.
Please be considerate and only use enough space your team requires and
park your race car in line with your trailer.
Non-tow vehicles may park in the pits at the cost of $5.00 per
vehicle. Vehicles will be insured and
insurance cards must be presented when inquired for by a track official. Track officials can refuse non tow vehicle
parking in the pits if space is required for more race teams. Refunds will be
made to non tow vehicles if they have to be removed for space.
10. A driver is allowed substitute drivers, with the Board
discretion. To have a substitute driver it needs to be approved by the board
prior to the scheduled event and must be in the original driver’s original car.
The points will go to the car for those approved races. If a Rookie driver
needs a substitute driver it must be another Rookie driver for that class.
11. The car that the driver starts with in the heat race must
be used in the main event.
12. LARA track officials reserves the right to inspect a race
car at anytime. They further reserve the right to disqualify any driver and
race car from competition. It is the responsibility of the driver and crew to
disassemble the race car for inspection when requested to do so. Refusal to
comply will result in disqualification and forfeiture of prize money and
13. When there is a tie in the points of any class, it will
to the driver that has won the most heats, main events and if that does not
break the tie it will go to the Dirt Track Championship, where there will be a
14. Approval of a race car by inspector shall mean ONLY that
is approved for participation in a competitive event and shall not be construed
in any way to mean that it is guaranteed mechanically sound, safe or completely
legal. LARA and or the inspector shall
not be liable for any mechanical failure nor for any losses, injuries or death
resulting from same.
15. Any car under protest taken from premises without first
clearing it with the tech official, will subject car and driver to
disqualification and forfeiture of prize money and points.
16. Any driver under suspension may not participate in any LARA
sanctioned event, until further written notice from the President.
17. No driver, car owner or mechanic shall have claim for
damages, expenses or otherwise against LARA, promoter or any officials, by
reason of disqualification or damage to either race car or driver or both. Car
owner, driver, pit crew, and mechanics agree the track is in safe condition if
they take part in racing activities.
18. All drivers, car owners and mechanics assume full
responsibility for any and all injuries sustained including death and property
damage at anytime they are on the premises, in route thereto or there from.
1. All vehicles engines must start
and move forward and
backward without assistance at time of pre-tech.
In no class shall
electronic traction control devices be used.
No in-car communication devise can be used, without
proper approval of Rattlesnake Raceway. The only exception is the mandatory
non-scan-able. If a person is found to be using a scan-able
raceceiver, they will be disqualified for the enter night.
All fastening points
for suspensions, drive train and body must appear functional.
The tech inspector board
and/or track officials have the right to change classification of any vehicle
at any time.
If not passing tech
due to a safety issue, there will be no grace race.
1. GREEN: Official start of race. A driver
does not have to take the initial
green flag to enter a race.
2. YELLOW: CAUTION!! WE DO NOT
RACE BACK TO YELLOW! Slow down and form a single file line. Any
driver causing two (2) yellow flags in one race will be Black Flagged. You will not go down a lap under yellow. A self-invoked
avoid an accident is not considered a spinout. However, it is considered a part
of the yellow condition and you must go to the back of the line up for the
restart of the race. All vehicles entering the track are considered official
entries for that event. Any car leaving the track for any reason will start at
the back of the lineup regardless if the race has started or not. A driver leaving the track under yellow flag
will be given two (2) courtesy laps to return to the event. The courtesy laps will start counting when
the last car leaves the track. Once the
lineup is correct and the flagger has crossed the cars up for a re-start, any
car leaving at the time will not receive the two courtesy laps. Any
driver caught trying to take advantage of the yellow flag by moving up
positions, may be placed in the back of the pack. Remain in a single file line
while scorekeepers confirm lineup is correct or track officials correct the
lineup. There will be a lucky dog position, the first car a lap down will be put
to the back of the pack on the lead lap at restart of the race. The flagger
will signal you to cross up.
RED: Stop as safely as possible! SHUT OFF ENGINE! This lap will not be
scored. Do not get out of your car unless it is on fire. No working on your car or receiving of
assistance from pit personnel off the track.
Do not re-start your engine or move your car until the yellow flag is
displayed. Do not leave the track under
a red flag unless directed by a track official, then do so very slowly and
proceed to the tech pad. You must wait
on the tech pad until the track is under yellow. Your pit crew can access the damage to your
vehicle; however no work can be done until the track is under yellow. If repairs are made, you will be disqualified
and cannot return to the track. Remain
in your car with all your safety gear on.
NO EXCEPTIONS. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN
WHITE: One lap before checkered flag.
5. CHECKERED: Race is complete. Drivers are
allowed one (1) cool down
lap and then must exit the track.
6. RED and YELLOW: Complete restart.
Go back to original starting positions.
ROLLED UP BLACK
FLAG: Warning for rough/aggressive/out of control driving, intentional or
unintentional, of vehicle. Next incident
may or may not result in full black flag.
BLACK: Driver must leave the track immediately and may be
disqualified with loss of points and money for the event you are in. You may
receive a full black flag without a warning. Driver must proceed to the tech
pad. A track official will inform the
driver of the cause of the black flag.
No one else is allowed on the tech pad at that time. If you receive the
BLACK flag, you are to leave the track right away and are not allowed to return
for that event. If you do not leave the
track, a yellow will be thrown, if you still do not leave a red flag will be
thrown and you may be towed off the track.
You will be subject to discipline as determined by the LARA board.
9. BLACK WITH ORANGE
DOT: Mechanical problem with car. Excessive smoke, flat tire or loose body
parts, etc. Driver must leave the track immediately. After problem is fixed,
driver may return to the track. This
flag will only be given twice during any one race. If this flag is not adhered
to the driver will be given the black flag and may not finish that race.
10. BLUE WITH ORANGE STRIPE: Use to
notify drivers that lead cars are approaching.
Hold your line. Do not move up or
down. If you are not up to track speed, you must drive as close to the wall as
possible. This flag will be used at the discretion of the flagman.
If a driver should abuse or continually
flags when given, corrective action may be applied by LARA's board of
PAINT AND NUMBERS
All cars must be
2. Take pride in your
car. Cars must be washed prior to race
day. Tech may refuse to inspect car
until it has been cleaned.
Car numbers must be on
both doors and roof, at least 18” in height on the doors and 24” in height on
the roof and of contrasting color to the color of the car. All numbers and letters on car must be
neat. No free hand spray can numbers
are allowed. Must be stenciled. Tech will issue a citation and must be fixed
by next race.
All classes may use two digits and must be in
compliance with above rule #3. All numbers must be of a contrasting color from
the color of the vehicle. Senior LARA
member's have priority for their numbers. If they do not register their number
with their membership by March 31st, 2012, then those numbers are
open to anyone who applies for them. (Except retired numbers). Non-member
drivers from out of town with the same number as a LARA member, will be
assigned a letter by the tech inspector. If your number cannot be instantly
recognized, the car may not be allowed to compete. Track officials will make
the decision with the tech inspector. If numbers cannot be easily read by the scorekeepers,
the car may not be scored.
Driver’s name must be
on roof above driver’s and passenger's doors.
The retired numbers of
Rattlesnake Raceway and LARA are as follows:
The #3 in memory of
Dennis and Brad Kirn
The #4 in memory of
Dave Banovich, Sr. and Dave Banovich, Jr.
The #8 in memory
Marilyn and Hank Cornu
The #44 in memory of
Jim and Myrtle Baglin
any of these numbers you need to get written permission from the families.
TRACK PROCEDURES AND
All cars are subject to
inspection at anytime. It is the
responsibility of the driver, car owner, and mechanic to have their car in a
safe racing condition. All safety
equipment must be in the car at time of tech inspection.
All drivers are
required to pass their car through safety/tech for each event prior to driving
on the racetrack. The safety/tech pads
are located in the center of the pits.
Safety/tech officials will normally begin their procedures two hours
prior to race time. Please be considerate with track officials and being late
interrupts their race program preparation time.
A Tech Inspection Sheet will be used. If your car does not meet technical rules,
you will be issued a repair citation. You will be allowed a grace race that
night for no money or points. You must
start scratch. If the safety equipment does not pass tech, you will not race
until repaired/replaced. All citations must be inspected and cleared prior to
next tech race inspection. It is the driver's responsibility to clear citations
with tech. An outstanding citation is cause for a vehicle to fail tech inspection.
If a car has been cleared for race day, any
driver may drive that car as long as he starts the race in that car. If you
change drivers in the main event of the racing night, the car will start
scratch. A driver may drive in more than one (1) class. You must register and
pay for both cars when signing in at the pit gate.
Packing the track will be done at the discretion
of the Flagman. Drivers must wear appropriate racing attire while packing the
track. The procedure for wheel packing will be single file, no spinning tires
and top to bottom formation.
Hot lapping occurs after wheel packing and is
optional. Keep in mind that hitting other cars while hot lapping is considered
a sign of poor driving skills and is held in extremely bad taste. Hot laps shall
be permitted by class. Pit crews are allowed to hot lap vehicles provided they
have a pit pass, appropriate racing attire is required. Hot laps will be made
at the discretion of the Flagman depending on the condition of the track.
All drivers or representative of the driver must
attend the driver’s meeting prior to racing in that day’s events. Pit crews are also encouraged to attend.
Roll call may be taken prior to meeting
starting. NO EXCUSES/EXCEPTIONS. (IF YOU ARRIVE AT THE TRACK LATE, AND MISS
THE MEETING, YOU WILL START YOUR HEAT AT THE BACK OF THE PACK.)
Drivers must be aware of the track line up
and what class is next to race. When called to stage, all cars must do so IMMEDIATELY. If you are late to the
line-up or cannot start your car under its own power, you must start at the
rear of the field. If you show up late and your position has been filled, and
the Pit Stewart feels you should retain your position, it will be corrected.
Arguing with the Pit Stewart will not be tolerated and could be subject to
disqualification for that event. All drivers will be treated equally regardless
of their class of racing. DRIVERS AND PIT CREWS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRACK ENTRANCE RAMP.
While most events consist of heat races, and
feature events, management reserves the right to add dashes to the program as
required to keep the program length acceptable. In particular, drivers should
check to ensure if they qualified for a dash and listen for the call to line up
for that event. Quite frequently a lead driver will bow out of the dash making
a third or fourth place heat finisher eligible to run the race.
Upon entering the racing surface, you will
remain lined up in the order of the start of the race. When cars are entering
the track surface, the pole position car will maintain a nice even speed not
fast, but not slow. If the track has just been watered, the flagger may motion
the drivers to speed up and work it in. Do
not do so, until motioned to. The flagger will give the signal to line up
to original positions and will most of the time but not always give the one to
Any driver who delays the start or restart of
any event may be sent to the back of the pack. No stopping on the track will be
allowed. Do not stop on the track to protest a call or ask questions to a track
official. Stopping may result in being disqualified for that event.
OUTLAW restarts are used at this track. An
outlaw re-start is when the first position goes out by itself, second position
goes to the inside behind the leader and third position will move to the
outside behind the leader and so forth all the way back through the field. The
leader can pick a high or low line. You cannot pull along side or pass the
leader until after the green flag has waved.
Pay attention to the track lights in turns 1, 2,
3, and 4. All lights out, be prepared for the start/re-start of the race.
If a driver jumps a start, the race may go green
and then back to yellow. The driver may be sent to the back of the pack for the
All drivers starting a race have to exit turn
two on the first lap for a race to be considered an official start. However,
the flagger may call for a re-start any time during the first lap. No re-starts
will take place after all cars in that event have completed one lap. After a
race has used its restart, the next start will be the outlaw restart.
If caught in a wreck on the track, stay in your
vehicle unless it’s on fire. If you are
not injured, lower your window net to show the rescue crew that you are
ok. This will help keep the number of
personnel entering the track to a minimum.
This track will go red for any driver that hits the wall, or a multi-car
wreck. All drivers must be aware that
track officials will be coming to your aid.
Do not drive away in a manner that will endanger rescue crews. All vehicles involved will be re-started at
the back of the pack.
16. Do not leave the track without your car unless you are
instructed to go with the safety crew. Leaving your car is an automatic
disqualification from that event.
17. At the end of your race, take one cool down lap and then
leave the track so the next race can start. Anyone taking more than one cool
down lap could receive the black flag for that event. (Celebration lap with the
checker flag doesn't count.)
18. Heat race line up’s are by pill draw. Main event line
are 1st and 2nd in points and the winner of the last main
event are in the back. If you win a main event and miss a race, when you race
again you will start in the back.
19. Rookie drivers must identify their cars. All rookie
drivers will display a red painted sheet metal square the size of a normal
license plate mounted securely on the rear window deck facing aft of the
vehicle. This must be displayed for the entire first season.
driver whose car is destroyed may race another car, with the same number, and
keep the previous points. If a car is bought or sold to another driver the
points for the car will be reset to zero.
POST MAIN EVENT INSPECTIONS:
All I.M.C.A. Modifieds and Northern Sport Modifieds must comply with all
I.M.C.A. Modified and Northern Sport Modifieds rules and regulations per
I.M.C.A. All classes are required to have the top four (4) go DIRECTLY
to tech area when leaving the racetrack. Failure to go directly to tech area is
an automatic disqualification. Only driver and car are allowed in tech area.
One crewmember can be standing by for tech assist if required. Tech inspector will summon crewmember if
If track officials determine
after the main event that a vehicle
in tech does not meet applicable specifications, then officials has the right
to impose a penalty which may result in disqualification and loss of that
events points and prize money. If LARA tech inspectors discover any violation by
any driver, the offending competitor will be immediately disqualified for that
event. If a disqualification occurs
reasons, they may lose any and all points for that evening.
No protest of any type will be
allowed after prize money has been paid.
procedural protest must be in writing and filed with a track official by the
end of the race night. The protest must be specific
in alleged violation to determine whether protest is allowed or rejected. One
item per protest, per event only. All protests will be filed individually and
must be accompanied with a $35 cash deposit, $10 of the deposit will be
retained by the track for administration. If item being protested is
found legal, the entire deposit will be forfeited. If found illegal, $25 of the deposit will be
refunded to the protester.
must be presented in writing to the Director of Racing, (DOR) along with a $200
protest fee (cash only), no later than 30 minutes after the conclusion of the
Main Event in which the protested car is competing. Only drivers competing in
their class may protest cars within that class (i.e. a driver is Pro Stock may
not protest a Hobby Stock, etc.). The protest document will describe
specifically and fully what is being protested. The DOR, in conjunction with
the Technical Inspectors, and LARA Board members may defer the teardown to
minimize the damage done from dirt at the racetrack. However, steps will be
taken to ensure that the evidence is not destroyed or altered. In all cases the
inspection will take place before the protested car is allowed to compete
again. Protested cars found to be within the prescribed limits will result in
the presentation of the protest fee to the owner of the car being protested. If
the car being protested is found to be illegal, the car and driver will be
disqualified for that nights events and suffer the loss of all points and money
earned. Driver will also be awarded an
additional fine, additional loss of drivers’ points and possible race
suspensions as decided by the LARA board members. All illegal items must be corrected in
accordance with LARA class rules prior to racing. If fines are assessed, the
car will not be allowed into the pit until all fines are paid. The LARA board
will assist the DOR and the Technical Inspector in interpreting the rules
applicable to the protest. A driver may not protest more than one car per event, and
may not protest the same driver more than once per race season. Drivers may not join forces to file a protest
against another driver.
The party against whom the
protest is made has a right to know the
charge and have a written copy thereof so that they may adequately defend
themselves against any action.
All cars shall meet all safety and
building rules mandated by the track rules and those in their classes specific
rules set forth by LARA. (Membership in any stock car association shall be
honored.) You must be a member of LARA to receive Rattlesnake Raceway points
and qualify for the point’s championship at the end of the year. All drivers'
points will be tracked for the first three (3) races attended. If no dues are
paid the points totals for non-members will be erased and no points will be
tracked in the future. Membership dues may be paid at any time before entering
fourth (4th) race to guarantee point tracking.
Trophy/Cash dash- No points will be awarded for the dash.
Place- 10 points
Place- 9 points
Place- 8 points ETC... all positions -1 point on down
Place- 30 points
Place- 29 points
Place- 28 points ETC... all positions -1 point on down
All points stay with the car number.
A trophy award will be given to the drivers
of all established classes with the most points.
THE GOLDEN RULE
NOT SAY YOU CAN, IT CANNOT BE DONE!!!
rules and/or regulation/s set forth herein are designed to provide for the
orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable
requirements for safe events. These rules shall govern the conditions of all
events. By participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have
complied with these rules. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL
RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are
intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are no way a guarantee
against injury or death to a participant, spectator or official.
Board of Directors shall be empowered to permit minor deviations from any
specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in their opinion
do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
WARRANTY OF SAFTEY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any
interpretations or deviations of these rules are left to the discretion of the
Officials. Their decisions are final.