Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region Rules & Procedures
Welcome to the 2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP! The series has grown significantly since its initial announcement in December 2013 through the support of racers, fans, track promoters and marketing partners.
Our mission for this series is to provide a manageable schedule of races attainable to the weekly racer that also offer lucrative pay structures, not only for the winners but all drivers through the field. We believe we have done that with our North and South regional schedule for 2017.
Below, we outline our standard operating procedures for the 2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region season. Please read carefully and feel free to reach out to series organizer Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 or firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
ATTENDANCE: Again this year there will be one “drop” race in the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region. Each driver’s best seven finishes (first eight events sorted by points accrued – the event with the least points accrued will be dropped) from the first eight events will be utilized to set the point standings entering the season finale ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Orange County Fair Speedway. The first eight events on the series operate on 100-point schedules. The series finale at Orange County Fair Speedway offers increased championship points, on a 150-point schedule. Point breakdowns are included at the end of this document. Point standings will be posted at www.shorttracksuperseries.com the day after each series event.
ATTENDANCE BONUS: Drivers with perfect attendance over the first eight events will receive a 75-point bonus entering the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in October.
BODY RULES: Sail panels are permitted at ALL 2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region events. Sail panels must be even and mirror each other in size and shape, side-for-side. Maximum height when measured from the ground is 65 inches. Sail panels must extend no further forward than the rear of the driver’s seat and no further back than the end of the quarter-panel. A roof spoiler/wickerbill, no taller than four inches, is permitted.
Door height will be measured with driver in car, immediately after the race. It will be measured 60 inches from the centerline of the rear axle. The left-side door 60 inches in front of the rear axle is maximum 41 inches from the ground. The right-side door 60 inches in front of the rear axle is maximum 40 inches from the ground. All other standard/DIRTcar body rules will be in effect. Anything deemed not within the spirit of the rules will need to be altered per the direction of series tech officials.
CONDUCT: Competitors, teams and fans of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP are expected to act with respect toward each other and event officials at all times. Drivers and car owners are responsible for the actions of their crews. Fighting and unsportsmanlike conduct will result in loss of points, disqualifications, fines or suspensions.
COMBINATION EVENT: The Tuesday, June 6 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event at Big Diamond Speedway will offer points toward both the North Region and South Region. South Region engine rules will be utilized for this event. Sail panels will be permitted as per North Region protocol.
CONTINGENCY AWARDS & BONUSES: All Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events include contingency awards, lap money and other bonuses. For your convenience, all “extras” are posted on www.shorttracksuperseries.com and will be broken up per-event and year-end. An effort will be made to distribute special awards on race night; if not, they will be mailed the day after each event.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Drivers who are disqualified forfeit monies earned and points accrued for said Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event. Drivers who are disqualified will receive DNQ points for said event. In the event of a disqualification, all drivers behind the DQ car will be moved up a position and will be compensated as such with points and payout.
ENGINES & WEIGHTS (NORTH REGION): Big- and small-block engine combinations are permitted to run on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Chevrolet/GM, Ford or Chrysler/Dodge carbureted engines ONLY. The standard weight for all Modifieds on the North Region is 2,400 lbs. (all-aluminum small-blocks are not permitted). Any variations of that for a specific event will be posted on the pre-race information sheet. All weights are track scale pounds, with driver in car, taken post-race. Series officials retain the right to adjust weights at any time.
EVENT INFO: All general/event information will be posted at least one month prior to each event on www.shorttracksuperseries.com. This information sheet will include pricing, times, etc.
FINES: Any and all money received from drivers via fines will be added to the 2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point fund.
FUEL: Gasoline or methanol is permitted on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.
GENERAL RULES & SAFETY: General and safety rules for the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP mirror those widely accepted in Northeast Modified racing. For specific details, consult the rule books of our participating facilities and/or DIRTcar.
HEAT-RACE ASSIGNMENTS: Drivers are permitted to switch a heat race only in extreme circumstances (incident in hot laps, etc.) with express permission from the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP race director. Should a driver miss their assigned heat race, they will be automatically tagged onto the tail of a consolation.
LAPPED CARS: In the event of a caution flag at a Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, lapped cars – in the order they are running – will drop to the rear of the field for the restart (heats, consolations and main events).
LINEUP CHANGES: In the event of a car “scratching” from a Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP heat race, consolation or main event starting field, the cars behind said driver will “crisscross” to their new assigned position. The entire row will not move up.
LOCKER REARS: The use of locker rear-ends is prohibited. Solid spool rears only.
ONE-WAY RADIOS: One-way radios/scanners are mandatory at all Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events. The one-way radio frequency is 454.000.
MEMBERSHIP/ENTRY FEE: A full-season Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region entry is available for $135 and covers car registration for all nine North Region events (a savings of $45). At each event, the race-day registration is $20 or $15 in advance. All entry forms for the 2017 season will be posted at www.shorttracksuperseries.com. Drivers failing to enter/draw prior to the drivers’ meeting at each event are subject to starting last in their heat race.
PAYOUT: Race payouts will be available following the conclusion of racing at all Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events. The location of payout will be noted at each pre-race drivers’ meeting. To avoid additional work for track and series employees, we do ask that you pick up your payout on race night!
POINT FUND: The minimum point fund is posted at www.shorttracksuperseries.com for the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region.
POINT FUND DISTRIBUTION: The 2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region point fund will be available either at the series Awards Banquet (date and location TBA) or as a check to be mailed.
PROVISIONALS: The two (2) drivers highest in Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region points unable to qualify will be eligible for provisional starting berths beginning at the season’s second event. Provisional starters will receive one-half green money. If an event pays $400 to start, provisional starters would receive $200 green money and increase their earnings from that point by moving up through the field. If an eligible driver declines a provisional, it will be offered to the next-highest driver in the standings unable to qualify. The host track reserves the right to add one (1) track regular. The addition of a track regular to the field is solely at the discretion of the host track operator. The host track operator is responsible for the cost of the added starter. Note: The top-two (2) drivers from the 2016 North Region point standings unable to qualify for the 2017 Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’ event will be eligible for “buy-in” provisional starting spots, but must relinquish green money.
PURSE STRUCTURES: Two purse structures, deemed “Purse A” and “Purse B” will be distributed during the 2017 season. Purse structures for all Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events will be posted on www.shorttracksuperseries.com at least one week prior to each race event. Standard purse structures for “A” and “B” are posted below. Note the two Orange County events will pay more than the “A” purse structure.
STSS North Region “A” Purse Structure: 1) $5,000; 2) $3,000; 3) $2,000; 4) $1,500; 5) $1,400; 6) $1,150; 7) $1,125; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $550; 14) $450; 15) $425; 16) $415; 17-last) $400. Provisional starters (-$200).
STSS North Region “B” Purse Structure: 1) $5,000; 2) $2,500; 3) $1,750; 4) $1,250; 5) $1,150; 6) $950; 7) $900; 8) $850; 9) $800; 10) $750; 11) $650; 12) $600; 13) $550; 14) $450; 15) $425; 16) $415; 17) $405; 18-last) $400. Provisional starters (-$200).
ROUGH RIDING & OVERAGRESSIVE DRIVING: Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP officials and host track officials will monitor all events for overaggressive driving and rough riding. Calls will be made at appropriate times.
QUALIFYING: At all Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region events, drivers will draw to determine heat-race starting positions. North Region events will utilize a straight-up draw/redraw method. Draws are always posted in public view during the registration period at each event.
RACE DISTANCES: All heat races and consolations are a minimum of 8 laps in distance (many are 10 laps). Feature race lengths vary from 50 to 55 laps on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region. Events are all green-flag laps unless otherwise noted. In the event of caution laps being counted, no more than five will be recorded at a time and competitors will not lose a lap in the pits under yellow conditions.
RESTARTS: All restarts in heat races and consolations will be double-file on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. In main events, all restarts will be double-file until five (5) laps to go, at which time the field will restart single-file. Starter/race director/promoter reserves the right to revert to single-file restarts in the interests of time.
SCORING: The decisions of scorers at Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events are final. Race teams have 10 minutes following the completion of an event to question the order of finish. Teams should contact the host track pit steward or Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP official with their comment/question. Finishes will be posted on each speedway lineup board shortly after the checkered waves at each event.
SINGLE-ENTRY POLICY: Drivers may only file one (1) entry at each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event. Drivers are not permitted to enter two or more cars for the benefit of additional draw attempts.
TIRES: American Racer is the exclusive tire of the 2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Approved compounds will be posted on www.shorttracksuperseries.com one month prior to each event. Any track or series stamp is legal. No specialty tires or block-tread tires permitted.
TRACTION CONTROL: The use of traction control devices is strictly prohibited. Vehicles suspect of traction control use by technical officials are subject to impound and inspection by the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.
TRANSPONDERS: Transponders are required at Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region events at Orange County, Big Diamond, Accord, Albany-Saratoga and Afton. Events at Thunder Mountain and Woodhull will be hand-scored.
TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION: Two-way communication between driver and crew is strictly prohibited at all Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events. Use of two-way communication will result in disqualification from the event and loss of accrued points and monies.
ALL RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME BY MANAGEMENT OF THE SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES FUELED BY VP TO ENSURE COMPETITIVE BALANCE. ALL OFFICIALS’ DECISIONS ARE FINAL!
100-Point Distribution (First Eight Events):
- 40 (through last)
Drivers failing to qualify will receive 25 points.
150-Point Distribution (Championship Event):
- 60 (through last)
Drivers failing to qualify will receive 35 points.