WELCOME TO SYCAMORE SPEEDWAY
RULEBOOK FOR 2013
The Management would like to welcome you and thank you
for your interest in racing at Sycamore Speedway. This
rulebook is written to give you information about the operation of
our events and the rules, both mechanical and procedural.
Please read this rulebook carefully. All racing events
require that each and every one of us remember our first obligation
is to the race fans. The racing officials and management
of Sycamore Speedway will resolve any disagreement over technical
questions, establish the length, frequency and administration of
all racing events and determine all finishing positions.
Their decision is final.
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to
provide for orderly conduct of racing to establish minimum
acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall
govern the conditions of all events, and by participating in these
events, all participants are deemed to have complied with the
rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT
FROM PUBLICATIONS OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR
REGULATIONS. They 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, spectator or official. The race director shall
be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the
specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that, in
his opinion, do not alter the minimum acceptable
requirements. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY
SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH AN ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATION. Any
interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the
discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.
Other items not covered in this information will be decided by
OFFICIAL STOCK CAR RACING
These general rules apply to each and everyone, car owners,
drivers, mechanics, pit crew members, fans and anyone in the pit
area, grandstands or on the racetrack. We will not
tolerate any fighting and unnecessary recklessness or any type of
retaliation. Profanity is prohibited. Consumption of
any alcoholic beverages or controlled substances within the pit
area and on the racetrack is prohibited. Race cars and
personal clothing will not display profane signs, sex signs,
swastika, ethnic or racial slurs. Use of radio signals that
interfere with our track frequency is prohibited.
A. To compete at Sycamore Speedway your car must have a complete
body and adhere to the rules described for your class. All
cars must willingly pass a technical inspection each race
date. Any refusal for inspection results in disqualification
for that night. No inspection-no race.
B. All competing cars must complete a Sycamore Speedway
Membership Card and have a number assigned.
The same number will be reassigned IF applied for by March
1. To reserve a number call 815-895-5454 BETWEEN 10 A.M to 4
P.M Monday through Friday.
C. During the races, the only people allowed on the
racetrack and infield is drivers, disabled cars and racing
officials. Everyone must stay behind the fences at all times
unless requested by the officials to assist for some special
D. In case of accident, car must be taken into pits or
infield (at a safe distance) to be worked on, subject to official's
Competing cars and drivers found in violation of rules will lose
any purse money & points won for that night.
1) Insurance coverage exists beginning 30
minutes prior to scheduled race time and ending 10 minutes after
the finish of the last event.
2) FLAG RULES:
Green - Track is clear.
Red - Indicates that all cars are to stop at
once. The race has been halted. Once cars have started
to lineup for restart, latecomers will lose their positions.
Any car not ready for restart shall go to rear of pack.
Yellow - Hold your position. Do not
pass. The lead car must slow down to parade lap speed, and
ALL cars remain in single file at a constant slow speed all around
the track. Failure of the car to trail the car ahead will
cause violator to lose position. It is the responsibility of
the lead car to slow down to parade lap speed. When
there is a yellow on the white flag lap, the race is over!
Cars will be scored on the finished lap previous to white
NOTE: YELLOW FLAG LAPS NOT COUNTED. ANY CAR OR CARS
INVOLVED IN A YELLOW FLAG SITUATION SHALL RESTART IN THE
REAR. ANY CAR CAUSING OVER TWO YELLOW FLAGS IN ONE
RACE MUST LEAVE THE RACETRACK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT
RACE. Any driver, pit crew member or family disturbing
flagman or scorers before conclusion of racing program, will
disqualify that car or be fined.
Black - The scorer will not count the laps of
the black flagged car until he enters the pits and remedies the
hazardous reason causing the car to receive the black flag.
Failure to see the black flag will not be considered as an
Blue w/Orange Stripe - Starters Signal - Move
over to right, you are being lapped.
White - One more lap.
Checkered - Race is over. When lead car
gets checkered flag, race is over for all cars as they cross the
3) The placement of the cars in order of finish
as determined by the scorer will be final.
4) The track steward reserves the right to
increase or decrease the field of cars at his discretion.
5) Any driver, who in the opinion of the track
steward or flagman, shows evidence of exhaustion, drinking, under
the influence of controlled substance or other physical incapacity,
may be barred from the events in the interest of safety to himself
and to others.
6) Any person or persons willfully blocking the
track or attempting to obstruct the race program will be requested
not to return to the track for future race meets.
Remember…when a rule is enforced, one or more people aren't going
to like it.
7) A race will not be stopped because of a car
or cars spinning out in the first curve or turn on the first lap
unless the situations, determined by the flagman, would warrant
8) Intoxicating beverages, including beer, are
not permitted in the pit area before or during a race meet.
Any car whose crew has been drinking in the pits, will be fined,
suspended or both.
9) Cars not at the gate at least thirty (30)
minutes before race time will be placed in position at the
discretion of the steward, if situation so requires it.
10) Abandoned car will be towed away.
11) When qualifying, an allowance of one spin
or wave-off will be permitted per night. When time trials are
over for a given class, they are over - no
exceptions. You will be allowed one or two qualifying laps or
other means to facilitate positioning as time permits to be
determined by the track officials.
12) PIT PASS must be conspicuously tied on your
person before entering the pits and displayed at all times while in
the pits and displayed at all times while in the racing area.
Wristband appropriate for the event is also required.
13) Finishing positions are paid according to
the distance traveled regardless of whether the car is still
running or not, except in cases of ties between cars that both
might have completed the same number of laps. In case, the
car running at the finish has the preference over the car that is
not running, but which may have an equal number of laps
14) Only the tow vehicle will be allowed in the
pits. No other car will be permitted.
15) Any driver or crewmember deemed detrimental
to the sport of auto racing will be refused entry to the
pits. Auto racing is a competitive sport, but like any other
event that lives from the support of fans there is, along with
competition, a great deal of showmanship required. STARTING
ON TIME, running the events in a professional manner, PROPER
UNIFORMS, race cars BRIGHTLY PAINTED and the CONDUCT of the
competitors as viewed by the fans; these requirements form an
important part of the contest rules and must be considered for the
growth of auto racing.
16) Abuse of any official and use of improper
language at any time will be subject to disciplinary action.
The penalty imposed will depend on the severity of the act.
17) If in the combined opinion of the flagman,
track steward and timer, a driver did not make the best effort to
qualify, he will be positioned in the race lineup as judged
18) If for any reason a race stopped (such as
red, yellow or checkered flag), only the persons allowed out on the
track are officials, safety crew, wrecker and ambulance crew.
NO ONE ELSE! Anyone not conforming to this rule is subjecting
themselves to a severe fine or expulsion from the grounds subject
to discretion of track steward.
19) Any driver, car owner, mechanic or any
other person trying to organize others against the track or the
officials in any way, will be immediately suspended from Sycamore
Speedway and barred from further competition.
20) The following procedures must be observed
in the pits:
- The cars will lineup in the pits for an event according to the
positions posted on the pit bulletin board immediately after the
cars enter the track. Any car not in line at this time will
miss the event.
- Any car missing an event because of this rule may start the
next as an added starter; exception - those cars missing the
consolation race cannot automatically start the feature as added
- Added starters in any event will start in the rear of the
- Added starters MAY RACE upon special permission of the chief
- Any car that comes too late to qualify will start at the back
end of feature only as an added starter.
- To change drivers, the driver going into the car must have
qualified the car that night. If they don't qualify the car,
they forfeit any and all starting places, i.e. you start in the
back. At this point you are running for owner points and new
- If your car breaks mid event, you cannot run someone else's car
with your number.
- Any fines and/or suspensions will be decreed by the officials,
subject to the following: mechanical violations - maximum of
$200 fine, safety violations - maximum of $500 fine and/or two
weeks suspension. Rain outs or race night
cancellations do not count towards penalty. While
under penalty cannot run for owner points.
- All cars must be removed from pit area after the conclusion of
the evening events. ANY car left on the premises after ten
days will be charged "storage". Pit lights out and pit area
emptied and locked thirty minutes after race event.
- The track will reserve the right to reject any entry.
- Cars may be painted as you choose, but number must be a bright,
contrasting color. WHEELS MUST BE PAINTED WHITE for easy
visibility in the event one is thrown. Day-Glo paint is
strongly recommended. NO PRIMERED CARS. NO TWO CARS
- Car numbers MUST be MINIMUM of 18" SQUARE WITH 4" BRUSH STROKE
ON RIGHT AND LEFT DOORS. NUMBERS MUST BE PAINTED ON
CONTRASTING COLOR TO THE CAR ALSO 18" NUMBER ON ROOF OF CAR.
- POOR NUMBER = NO SCORE!
22) WEARING APPAREL
- We recommend all pit participants wear white pants or coveralls
for visibility reasons.
- We STRONGLY RECOMMEND all drivers wear a flame
resistant driving suit at minimum long sleeves, long pants, gloves
and closed toed shoes are REQUIRED.
23) ROLL BARS: Super Late Models and Late
A. All cars must be equipped with welded cage
types. ROLL BARS WELDED TO THE FRAME OF THE CAR. Bars
must pass inspection of the chief steward. Suggested specs
for roll bars are: wall thickness; .095. Outside
diameter; 1-1/2". No pipe joints; bars must be welded and
angle joints reinforced.
24) SAFETY BELTS AND HELMETS
- Passenger type seat belts required for all spectator, compact
and powder puff cars.
- All Super Late Model and Late Model cars must be equipped with
a 5 point racing harness. MANDATORY. Certification must
be visible and show 3 yrs or newer. They need to be securely
fastened to the frame of the car. Belts must have quick
release metal buckle. Shoulder harness is mandatory.
Shoulder harness must be quick release type.
- Approved crash helmets must be worn for all classes. This
is strongly enforced.
25) SAFETY RULES - the following safety
rules must be strongly enforced:
A. NO BATTERIES, FUEL TANK, FUEL LINES, or any
object that may create a hazard in the driver compartment.
Batteries will be permitted if securely fastened down and covered
with a sponge rubber and then a rubber covering. i.e. boat
B. Cars MUST HAVE FULL STEEL FIRE WALLS
between driver and engine compartments and driver and fuel
C. Seats must be securely fastened to frame of
D. All cars must be self-starting. Cars
must leave pits under their own power.
E. Fire extinguishers are mandatory for all
cars and must be securely fastened. Quick release type only
and be in reach of driver.
F. Dirt screens are subject to
G. All gas must be in proper marked RED CANS
in the pit area.
H. Flame resistant driving suits and a window
restraining net are strongly recommended.
I. Fuel cell strongly recommended.
26) Must run trophy dash to receive fast time
27) If a driver misses the prior event,
driver's best starting position in the feature will be no better
than 11th position.
28) All cars must remain in pits ten minutes
after final race so that race fans may come and look at cars and
talk to drivers.
29) Due to limited pit space, maximum trailer
length 28 feet.
30) All exhaust must exit at the side of the
car - left side recommended.
31) Under yellow & red flag conditions,
only track officials can be on the racetrack!
32) Rear view or side mirrors not allowed on
Super Late and Late Model cars.
33) We recommend you to make an appointment to
have your car inspected before the season begins. For any
questions regarding these rules OR to make an appointment, please
call 815-895-5454 between 10 am to 4 p.m. Monday through