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Race Format

RRQMA Race Format

Approved 2021

Sign-ins will begin at 8:00AM and close at 9:00AM. Late sign-in will automatically be slotted to
the rear of their first race regardless of time in position or draw number. Safety will start at
7:45AM. Controlled practice, weather permitting, runs from 8:30-9:30 in three minute sessions,
practice will be region format order. Cars must be signed in prior to practicing.

The RRQMA Board will have the authority to cancel or alter the schedule.

Pit meeting is at 9:30 AM

Racing begins at 9:45AM

Work Rule:

There will be absolutely no working on cars that are on the racing surface. RRQMA has a two
minute work rule. The time begins when the car passes the yellow tire/line at the pit area
entrance. The tower will keep time. The flagger will announce to the pits 1 minute count

*If car count exceeds 35 cars the 2 minute work rule is abolished & we will follow Region 9
format. Once tower posts lineup & the cars are lined up correctly the green flag will be thrown.

Track Records:

Track records will be open at two of the ten races at RRQMA, missed track record dates will not
be made up. On qualifying days, no warm up laps will be allowed, with eight laps on the clock.
Track records will be open to any USAC member. Track records will be timed utilizing the
RRQMA electronic timing system. In the event that the timer fails to work the car on track will be
black flagged, returned to the pit area for the duration of two timed sessions and will return to
the track for a full warm up and timed qualifying run. RRQMA board has the authority to cancel
or reschedule a qualifying date due to weather conditions.

General Rules:

With the exception of the rules established within this document as agreed upon by the club,
RRQMA racing rules will follow those rules as established in the national rule book. In addition,
national guidelines established for scoring procedures, flagging and judging will be utilized.

Judging:USAC does not use judges. All races will be called by the race director with assistance from the

Corner Workers:

All corner workers will be in their respective corners, coinciding with the numbers on the race
cars prior to the start of the race. For Novice races two corner workers are required in each
corner, for all other classes, one per corner. If corner workers are not present it is the discretion
of the Tower Head or Race Director to red flag the race until corner workers are present.

Warm Ups:

There will be NO warm ups , we will race hot out of the chute.

Race Time Limits:

All races will have a maximum time limit of 20 minutes per heat race and 30 minutes per main.
This time begins when the flagger calls for the initial “line up”.

Race on Track Called for Time:

When time is up per the tower, the race will finish on the next incident flag or at the checkered
flag. If an incident occurs that brings out the yellow or red flag, the field will be lined up in
re-start order and that will be the finish of the race signified by the waving of the cook-out and
checkered flags together.

Move up Points:

Rookies moving up will start with 1 point less than the last place driver in the new class with the
equal number of races in the point series. Novice drivers must move up by the start of the 4th
club race to participate in the point series. Drivers moving from Jr to Sr and from Lt to Hvy, will
move up one point below the last place driver, in the new class, with the equal number of races
in the point series.

Rain Out of Event:

If a race is called for rain or other cause, then it will be rescheduled at the earliest available date
if possible. It is the discretion of the Race Director to call the race for cause. There will be no
points awarded for races called for cause prior to the start of the race day. Scoring procedures
will dictate point awards for any races already run during that day.

In the event that a race is called prior to the race event beginning, no refunds will be given.
Drivers signed in will receive credit as an “attempt to race” toward year end award eligibility.Race on Track Called for Rain:
Races on the racing surface called for rain will move the cars to the hot chute area, cars will
remain there until race is resumed or called. No working on cars in the hot chute during rain

Race Day Laps & procedures:

Flag ceremony will open every race day

Qualifying Dates: 1 heat and 1 main per class unless there is over 35 cars then 1 heat race will
be dropped. All RRQMA racers will receive max points for the “lost” heat race for points

Qualifying finish order will dictate heat race 1 order, 1st place car starts as #1 car etc. Top four
qualifiers will be inverted for the main event. The rest of the field will line up in the order they

Race Dates: 2 heats and 1 main per class unless there is over 35 cars then 1 heat race will be
dropped. All RRQMA racers will receive max points for the “lost” heat race for points purposes.

Heat race 1: Order will be determined by pill draw number.

Heat race 2: Order will be determined by the finish order of heat race 1 with a full field invert
(1st place car starts last etc).

Main event: Line up order will be dictated by the finish of heat race 2 completion order with top
4 cars inverted at the front of the pack and the rest of the field in the order they finished.

In the event that the RRQMA board decides to run 1 heat and a main on a race day, pill draw
will dictate line up for the heat race and the top 4 cars will be inverted for the main event.
Maximum points will be awarded for lost heat race.

Laps: Rookie/Juniors Heat 15 Main 25

Seniors Heat 20 Main 35

Class Combining:

Light & Heavy classes may be combined, allowing heavy drivers to start at the front of the field.
All points and awards will be kept separately. Class combining will only be done if either, or
classes have 3 or fewer cars and with consent of all handlers involved.

Throw Out Race:No throw out races for the 2021 season

Year End Awards:

Eligibility for year end awards will be defined as attempting to race a minimum of 6 scheduled
races in the point series or 60% of the races available to you in the point series for late starting
novices, as long as move up as happened by 4th race of the race season.
Code of Conduct

National Code of Conduct rules will be strictly followed at all RRQMA events. USAC code of
conduct and all club rules will be adhered to at all races and all USAC functions. It shall be up to
each and every member to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times.

Any race related disagreements are not to be directed toward the flagger or tower workers. If
you have a concern, please discuss it with the race director. Protests or disputes will be settled
by the Race Director, and his/her decision is final.

Entry Fees for RRQMA Club Events

$10 per rookie

$35 for the first car, $10 for the second car, based

upon per family for races.

$10 maintenance fee for first race at RRQMA per family


Fuel can be tested periodically at the discretion of the tech director on any race day. Fuel must
be purchased at the fueling station determined by the tech director for all club races. The
selected station and fuel grade shall be posted on the club website and at the track. Fuel will be
purchased at the Gear Jammer 2310 Rudkin Road Union Gap WA 98903 Midgrade fuel only

Spec Tire

RRQMA spec tire will be the same as specified by USAC.

Technical Procedures

The top 4 finishers in each A Main of all events will automatically be impounded to a specified
holding area for Technical proceedings. Fuel will be checked on all cars in impound before they
are released. The Technical Director, and one RRQMA club board member will coordinate in the
tower on how tech will be handled at each race. The Technical Director will draw a minimum oftwo divisions that will be inspected for that event in the presence of at least 1 club board

The extent and level of tear downs will be at the discretion of the Tech Director. If there is a
problem with an engine, the specific problem (s) will be submitted to the Regional Tech Director
(or his designee) for 1) review by not less than a total of three tech personnel (if not already
done) and 2) a final determination. Only the claimed and the claimer will be allowed in the tech
area during teardowns. Decisions of the Technical Committee will be rendered at the race event
and shall be final.

In addition, cars will be checked for weight and conformance per USAC rules such as nerf bars,
tread width, etc., when leaving the track after heats and Main Events. Do not leave scale area
until you are released or you will be DQ’d.

Engine DQ at tech- If you are handling another driver because a handler can’t attend the race,
the handler handling the driver, and the driver each receive thirty days suspension.


Sealing will be done per USAC procedures/rules on qualifying days immediately after each car
qualifies. Those who leave the sealing area prior to getting their car sealed will receive a ‘no


A-Main Events 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place

B-Main Events 1st, 2nd

C-Main/Lower 1st

Points System

Qualifying: 1 point spread per position
1st – 20
2nd – 19
3rd – 18Heats: 1 point spread per position
1st – 20
2nd – 19
3rd – 18 etc.

Heat race line-ups to be determined by pill draw at sign-in.

Main Event: 2 point spread per position

A-Main: 1st – 150, 2nd -148, 3rd -146, 4th -144, 5th -142, 6th -140, 7th -138 etc.
B-Main 5th – 130, 6th -128, 7th -126, 8th -124, 9th -122, 10th -120
(Rookie & Jr Classes Start at 134)
C-Main: 5th - 118, 6th -116, 7th -114, 8th -112, 9th -110, 10th -108
(Rookie & Jr Classes Start at 126)
D-Main 5th – 106, 6th -104, 7th -102, 8th -100, 9th -98, 10th -96
(Rookie & Jr Classes Start at 118)
E-Main: 5th – 94, 6th -92, 7th -90, 8th -88, 9th -86, 10th -84
(Rookie & Jr Classes Start at 110)
F-Main: 5th – 82, 6th -80, 7th -78, 8th -76, 9th -74, 10th -72
(Rookie & Jr Classes Start at 102)
G-Main: 5th – 70, 6th -68, 7th -66, 8th -64, 9th -62, 10th -60 etc.(Novice & Jr Classes Start at 94)


Each driver will receive 20 sign in points for each race regardless if the race actually starts.

If two or more cars are disabled together and are unable to continue, the points will be
added together and divided between them equally.

Flagrant black flags will receive no points for that race. Technical DQ’s at tear down will receive
no points for the entire event but will still receive credit for year end awards. All other DQ’s will
result in last place points for that race. If more than one driver is disqualified in a race, then
both drivers will receive last place points. For example, if two drivers are DQ’d in a race with ten
cars, then both drivers would split points for 9th and 10th place.

If a race is rained out during the heats, only those divisions who have completed all their heats
will receive points for the heats. If rained out during the Mains, only the divisions who have
completed the A Mains will receive points for mains.

In the event of a tie for places at the end of the series, two equal places will be awarded. (Ex. tie
for 1st there will be 2 - 1st place awards given, and the next best finisher would receive third
place). Rollover awards will be given only if the rollover occurred under green flag racing
conditions. (Heat or Main warm-ups do not count).

Drivers who score DNS (Did Not Start) or DNF (Did Not Finish, as the result of a crash, third
chargeable DOT, or any other instance identified as a DNF under USAC rules ) in a race will
receive points according to when they drop out in relation to other drivers. DNS must attempt to
warm up and/or race.

DNA (Did Not Attempt) means that the car was not present for either the warm up or the race
and/or did not attempt to start the car for either the warm up or the race. A DNA will not receive
any points for the race they “Did Not Attempt.”

Rookie Class is NOT racing for points or championships. Their attendance is logged for
year-end participation awards

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