2015 Rules & Regulations
Rules & Regulations 2015
Familiarize yourself with these rules and regulations prior to registering in an NWMRA sanctioned event. By registering for a sanctioned event you agree to follow the rules and regulations governing the race and agree to be bound by the decisions of race officials. If you require further information please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Any grievances resulting from errors, omissions, discrepancies, ambiguities and conflicts found within the rules must be submitted to the Rule Committee in writing, and a formal response will be returned in wiring in a timely fashion.
All vehicles are street legal and insured or insurable, all vehicles must have a fully intact cab with full street trim, seat belts, all door panels, glass and dash pads. Tech officials retain the right to disallow a vehicle if they feel there are safety issues, or if they feel the vehicle does not meet the proper criteria. Street stock vehicles will not be allowed to double class, they may enter only one of the following: Street Class – or, A class (stock modified). But cannot run in both unless there is a driver change in the second class. Street stock vehicles cannot run in full competition classes B through D. Street Stock Class vehicles only need to be insurable. (no permit or insurance required).
STOCK MODIFIED CLASS (A Class)
All vehicles in this class are real race vehicles with u-joint shields, roll cages, battery disconnects etc. All the regulations of B through D classes apply but with no nitrous or forced induction (with the exception of factory options), methanol or nitrous. This is for entry level vehicles with novice drivers, Street Legal dot stamped tires any size (they can be cut) but no tractor or paddle tires. Full competition vehicles can run in this class with the following exceptions, no nitrous and no forced induction. Non insurable vehicles that do not have proper competition safety features must run in A class and must have all factory structural integrity intact, such as windows, doors, floor boards, seat belts. It is at out tech officials discretion to allow a one race leniency. Without significant headway towards meeting competition standards they will not be allowed to race beyond the one race leniency.
CLASS CHANGES & DOUBLE CLASSING (regarding “A” Class)
You may not step down as a driver into A class from any full competition class (i.e., PC, F, E, D, C, or B into A) if you have raced in the current and/or previous two years at an NWMRA sanctioned event. A Class is for entry level, novice drivers. Vehicles running in 2 classes (ie, Street, B,C or D & A) must have 2 different drivers. When stepping down into A class, nitrous bottles must be removed and not just disconnected. (You may have two 1st place years in this novice,” A” class prior to being forced to step up in class).
CLASS CHANGES AND DOUBLE CLASSING
D class is now referred to as Open Cut. E class vehicles and drivers can double class into D – Open Cut, if they change from tractor tires into any combination of B, C or D classified tires on both axles.
D class (Open Cut) also allows for double classing of all competition vehicles and their drivers from B or C classes into D without having to change their tires for qualification into D.
Double classing is also permitted between D and Pro Cut. However the racer must be a registered member in both D and Pro Cut to qualify for points and winnings. Note, a member vehicle running in one class in the points series with a vehicle class membership has to have a second class membership, to earn points in a second points series class. In layman’s terms, to collect points and prize money, a vehicle and it’s driver are required to have one membership for each class he or she chooses to race in.
FULL COMPETITION (B-PC – Pro Cut) Open & Closed
All vehicles in classes “A” through “PC” – Pro Cut are classified as full competition vehicles. B,C,D,& E classes can run nitrous, racing fuels, Alcohol, or forced induction systems, but cannot run any combinations of alcohol with a forced induction system. “F” and “PC” – Pro Cut classes can run unlimited engine configurations.
Jeeps and similar vehicles, vehicles with a gutted cab, are missing windows and/or doors or roofs must meet technical requirements on roll bars, cages, harness, seats, etc, and must use some form of arm restraints or window nets if the driver’s knuckles can extend beyond the roll cage.
Limited modifications to cab. Factory rating required on floors, interior, etc. If modifications change factory rating, vehicle will be classified as competition and must run in “A” through “PC” – Pro Cut” classes. Technical inspectors will determine whether vehicles run in competition or non-competition classes.
Every vehicle must meet the NWMRA’s technical requirements to qualify for the event. Regulations are enforced with no exceptions.
When we race at pro pit locations the following schedule of racing will apply, F in the pro pit, then D in the mud, followed by C and B in the mud. Then Pro Cut in the pro pit, followed by E, A and Street in the mud Pit
At race sites where we do not have a pro pit then the following schedule of racing will apply, F, Procut, D, C, B, E, A, and finally Street, all in the mud pit.
Eight Classes of Competition
* Street Stock
* A Class – Stock Modified * D Class – Open Cut
* B Class – Modified * E Class – Limited Tractor
* C Class – Competition Modified * F Class – Pro Paddle
* PC Class – Pro Cut
Tire size and type on the rear axle dictate the racing class.
Street Legal (insurable) Vehicles
Stock Modified “A” class
Modified – Competition DOT any size (no nitrous and no forced induction)
Super Stock “B” class
DOT 36″ tires and shorter
Competition Modified “C” class
DOT 37″ to 40″ tall tires
Open Cut “D” class
DOT 41″ and taller tires
Limited Tractor “E” class
Rear tires must be V-Bar – tractor tires (all non DOT tire regardless of size)
All cut overlapping tread patterns deem tire class to be tractor regardless of DOT
Pro Cut “PC” class
DOT 41” and taller tires
Pro Paddle “F” class
Paddle tires and Verratracs
- Vehicles running two different tire sizes/types must run in the upper tire class.
- Terra tires run by size in the correct class.
- Cut or altered tires run by original tire size unless cutting changes tire classification.
- Add-ons to tires such as screws or chains are not permitted.
- Vulcanized tires run in E & F classes only.
- Recap passenger tires may run in A-D classes but are regulated by the following conditions:
- Recaps must be passenger DOT depth and tread style.
- Cutting is permitted if it does not alter the tire classification.
- There can be no undercutting or cutting past the adhesive point.
- Registration for NWMRA members is $50 and includes a total of three pit passes. Extra passes must be purchased from the promoter. Pit passes must be worn on the wrist and are invalid if torn, reattached or worn on clothing or hats. Persons found with invalid passes must leave the restricted areas immediately.
- Registration for Non-Member is $60.00 and includes one wristband (Driver Only). Extra passes must be purchased from promoter.
- The NWMRA reserves the right to refuse entry to any person or vehicle at a sanctioned event. Each person granted admittance to restricted track areas must read the waiver prior to signing and must acknowledge having read and fully understood the waiver.
- NWMRA Membership is $ 125.00 per race season, per race class registered for the points series. A discounted Membership of $ 100.00 is available if membership dues are received by May 1st
- All vehicles must pass inspection before being registered to compete.
- All prize payout will be paid regardless if the Racer is present or not, at trophy presentations at either races or yearend awards banquet.
- All race vehicles must be in the pit area one-hour before race start. Late arrivals will be permitted to register but must be inspected prior to competing. Inspections will be carried out as time allows, so late entries must be prepared to miss their first run.
- All drivers or a representative must attend the driver’s safety meeting held before each race day. The meeting will be announced by 3 short blasts of an air horn approx 5 min prior to the meeting. If a driver repeatedly misses or abuses the drives meeting then a disciplinary action of a 10 point deduction from the points will be implemented.
- Someone must be in the driver’s seat of all running race vehicles. No passengers allowed while racing.
- All racers must wear pants, shirt and closed shoes when making a pass on the track. Minimum of one-ply fire jackets and neck support mandatory for all competition vehicles (A Class) vehicles racing in A class.
All full competition racers from B class through “PC” – Pro Cut class, must have approved fire clothes to suite.
- Drivers will be issued a number plate, which must be attached to the front of the race vehicle. It must be clean before it enters the staging area.
- Number plates must be cleaned and returned at the end of each race or a $5 fine will be filed against the registered driver. Fines must be paid before registration will be accepted at future races.
- Even numbered vehicles run in the even lane, odd in the odd lane. Signs will designate odd and even lanes.
- If a pass is made in the incorrect order or wrong lane, it will be forfeited unless an acknowledged track official error occurred.
- The NWMRA has the right to change running pairs if several vehicles in the same class are running solo.
- A five-minute grace period will be issued if a vehicle is not ready, but a pass for points can not be made after the grace period expires. Grace periods are not extended for any reason and begin when the vehicle is called to stage. A track official can allow an exhibition pass after the five-minute clock expires.
- The staging officials must be notified if a vehicle is not ready when called to staging. It is the responsibility of each racer to personally notify the officials if they need the five-minute clock. Track officials will not search for missing drivers or vehicles.
- Vehicles have two attempts to pass the restart margin of ten feet.
- Vehicles not passing the restart margin on the second attempt will be given the distance of ten feet. Points will only be issued for fully completed passes.
- If a vehicle leaves the start line before the green light, a five-second penalty will be added. Repeated or deliberate jumping of the green light will result in an automatic disqualification from the event.
- All vehicles must come to a complete stop in the shutdown area. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification of that pass.
- If a driver is found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, his/her vehicle will not compete for the remainder of the event. The driver will be disqualified, forfeit winnings, applicable tow money and points from the race. Drivers may also face suspension from future sanctioned races. Refunds for registration will not be issued.
- Any individual associated to a race vehicle, found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during race hours will be removed from the pit area and track.
- Any track official, volunteer or director found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during race hours will be immediately relieved of their duties and removed from restricted areas.
- Use of profanity and/or threats by drivers or persons associated to a race vehicle, to track officials, technical officials, track volunteers or NWMRA Directors, will be cause for immediate disqualification and a suspension will be determined by the NWMRA.
- If a driver acts without due regard to the safety of track personnel or spectators, by driving in an unsafe manner anywhere on the site, an immediate disqualification will be issued.
- When a disqualification is issued registration fees and pit passes will not be refunded.
- When flagged to stop, drivers must shut down all vehicle movement immediately or the pass will be forfeited. Repeated incidents will result in disqualification from the event. When a vehicle leaves the lane out the side, distance is taken from the point of exit. Vehicles leaving the lane out the side must come to a complete stop and wait for a track official to clear it for movement, or the run will be forfeited. Distance measurements are taken from the center of front hubs.
- Disciplinary actions can be appealed by writing to “North West Mud Racing Association, (current mailing address) PO Box 265-46229 Yale Road Chilliwack, B.C.
- If a vehicle obstructs another vehicle while making a pass or a track official error occurs, a re-run will be issued at the track official’s discretion. Re-runs will be recorded even if the original pass was better. Re-runs must be taken immediately at the track officials’ discretion.
- Racers unable to complete all passes may not substitute their registered vehicle with another.
- Once the race begins the start and finish lines may be cleared for reasons of safety. The NWMRA reserves the right to shut down the competition for reasons of safety and may alter an unsafe pit. In the event this occurs during a class, the entire class may be issued re-runs.
- In the event of a failure with the electronic timing system, there are three manual timers that time each pass. High and low times will be discarded and the middle time will be recorded. A re-run may be given at the director’s discretion if both the electronic and the manual systems fail. A re-run will only be issued if the directors involved deem it necessary.
- The NWMRA directors and officials do not have the authority to over-rule the association’s rules and regulations but have the full authority to make decisions not covered by the existing rules and regulations.
- In the event of a dispute to race results, three track officials and all present NWMRA directors will settle all decisions relating to the dispute.
- In the event that an individual feels an issue of concern has arisen, they can take their concerns to the NWMRA’s directors and the issue will be addressed at the first available general meeting. The issue will not be addressed during race hours unless it falls under existing rules and regulations.
- The promoter of a sanctioned race has the right to waive the race registration fees to a racer regardless of membership in the NWMRA.
- The NWMRA has the right to refuse entry of a vehicle with distasteful or inappropriate vehicle names and/or graphics.
- All vehicles must have front and rear hook-up points (min 3” inside diameter).
- All competition vehicles in A through PC – Pro Cut class must have a five-point harness. Mounting point must be between two and four inches below shoulder. Mounting hardware must be a min of 5/16″, grade five bolts, 1 1/2″ washers for body mounts and lock washer.
- All competition vehicles in A through PC – Pro Cut class must have a six point roll cage. All cages must have a minimum of 1 5/8″ .120 tubing for cages. Cages made from exhaust tubing or weaker material are not acceptable and will not pass. Cages must fully protect the driver. Cages must be mandrel bent and all connecting points must be properly welded. Questionable Cages will not pass. There must be adequate padding on bars. Bars must be a reasonable distance above the driver’s head and helmets must not surpass the Cage heights. Cages must have crossbar going above the driver, to the floor and sidebars. Tech Official to inspect welds and metal quality. (May require padding removal).
- Street class vehicles must have a securely fastened lap and shoulder belt.
- All seats must be securely mounted and reinforced with additional bracing at shoulder level for back support. Factory floors must have seat mounted to floor. If floors other than factory, the seat must be securely mounted to the frame. Poorly mounted seats will not pass. Factory floors must be stable. Vehicles with floors other than factory must have floor securely mounted to frame. Floors can be made of aluminum or sheet metal but not materials like expanded metal, fiberglass, or wood. Vehicles with factory floors must have Cage/Bars securely mounted to floor with 6″X6″, 3/16″ steel mounting or better. If floors are other than factory, Cages/Bars must be securely mounted to vehicle frame. Unstable floors will not pass.
- Full helmets with facial protection and chin straps mandatory for all drivers. Eye protection mandatory in vehicles without windshield and in alcohol vehicles.
- Competition Vehicles in A through D classes may modify body but it must be of recognizable production style.
- All vehicles must have a metal or lexan firewall fully protecting the driver. Intake deflectors mandatory.
- All competition vehicles must have a functional fire extinguisher mounted in easy driver access.
- Vehicles running alcohol must have a functional, on-board system (3 nozzle) capable of extinguishing alcohol fires.
- Vehicles running alcohol must have a functional cab extinguisher mounted in easy driver access.
- Drivers of alcohol vehicles must wear an alcohol approved fire suit including shoes, gloves and facial socks.
- Vehicles with blower induction systems must have secured blower straps and aluminum blower studs.
- Full Competition Race vehicles must have one of the following: Transmission Blanket, Scatter Shield, or Transmission Shield. Shields must cover top & sides for B through PC – Pro Cut, (SFI approved)
- All Competition vehicles in A through G class must have a clearly labeled, functional Kill Switch located at the rear, center of the vehicle. It must shut down all vehicle operation.
- All toggle switches must be clearly labeled.
- Competition vehicles in A through PC – Pro Cut class must have a minimum of one hoop per driveshaft also universal guards on drive shafts and differentials, unless the body skirts 1” below the U Joint.
- All batteries must be securely mounted and tied down. Interior batteries must be in a securely mounted, sealed battery box.
- Interior fuel gauges and lines, electrical wires and nitrous lines must be driver protected. Interior fuel tanks, cells and nitrous bottles must be securely mounted and driver protected.
- Vehicles involved in fires, rollovers, etc., must be re-inspected before being permitted to continue racing.
- No loose articles in vehicle’s box or cab.
- All body panels and doors must be secured.
- Two wheel drive vehicles must make solo passes.
- No smoking in race vehicles while staging or on the track.
- Passengers are not permitted in race vehicles.
- Names, symbols and advertising may be displayed on vehicles provided they are in good taste.
- Any driver found to have alcohol and/or drugs in his/her race vehicle while in restricted track areas will immediately be disqualified.
POINT SERIES SYSTEM
- Only paid members qualify for points.
- If a racer changes vehicles during the season, another member must be registered and paid for to qualify for points for the new vehicle. Points earned by one vehicle can only be transferred to another at the board of director’s discretion.
- Two drivers may race the same vehicle as one membership within the same class, but both drivers must be paid members to qualify for points.
- Two drivers may race the same vehicle with two membership in two separate classes but both drivers must be paid members to qualify for points.
- Memberships must be paid in full prior to the race date to qualify for points and applicable tow money. Tow money is not paid at all sanctioned races.
- A member driver must notify timing officials before a non-member drives his/her vehicle or all points for the event will be forfeited. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded, excluding non-member’s passes, and points will only be issued to member passes.
- Points are not awarded for disqualified, uncompleted or forfeited passes. If a member is disqualified from a race, no points will be awarded for the event. Disqualified drivers will forfeit cash winnings, trophies, tow money and points for the event.
- Associate members may vote on issues but may not compete in the point series. Their vehicles can compete in races, but can not qualify for tow money or other full membership benefits.
- Non member volunteers that hold an official title with the club will be referred to as title holders (such as starter, spectator gate keeper, stager, timer, track manager, etc)…are given honorary membership, thus giving these valuable people voting power and influence.
POINTS ARE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS
- 1st – 100 points
- 2nd – 75 points
- 3rd – 50 points
- 4th – 40 points
- 5th – 30 points
- 6th – 20 points
- 7th – 10 points
- 8th – 5 points
- Each pass is 10 points if fully completed.
- Fastest Pass per class 20 points.
|NWMRA Minimum Prize Package Payout|
|Class||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|Street||$ 200.00||$ 125.00||$ 100.00|
|A||$ 200.00||$ 125.00||$ 100.00|
|B||$ 300.00||$ 225.00||$ 150.00|
|C||$ 300.00||$ 225.00||$ 150.00|
|D||$ 300.00||$ 225.00||$ 150.00|
|E||$ 300.00||$ 225.00||$ 150.00|
|PC||$ 500.00||$ 300.00||$ 200.00|
|F||$ 600.00||$ 400.00||$ 200.00|
|Fastest Pass of the Weekend $250.00|
|Total minimum prize package payout $6000.00|
NWMRA OFFICIAL DUTIES / 2015
Gavin McDonald – President
Gavin oversees all aspects of sanctioned events and ensures the rules and regulations are adhered to at all times. He also oversees the electronic timing system during the event. All concerns, questions or disputes are to be directed to Dave for resolution by directors and officials.
Stuart Wightman – Vice President
He assists with the enforcement of the NWMRA’s rules and regulations and assists the President and Track Director with his duties.
Elenor Fawcett – Secretary-Treasurer
Elenor oversees all registration and information and deals with all monetary NWMRA transactions.
Curt Morben – Track Director
Curt principal duties involve maintaining the mud pits and equipment on the track and he oversees enforcement of safety requirements.
Andy Antle – Head Tech Director
Classification of vehicles for rules and regs purposes.
Christine Cellier – Promotions Director
Christine manages advertising and promotion as a media liaison for the club.
Timing Crew and Track Volunteers
We have established a reliable crew of volunteers for these duties. All digital timing and manual timing is overseen by Sara Clark and Markus Bartel. (note manual timers are to be provided by the promoter) All NWMRA directors and Tech officials who work the event may not be charged entry fees but are required to sign waivers before being granted entrance to restricted track areas.
Leonard Sterne Head Starter
Markus Bartel Track Manager
Markus responds to any vehicle incidents and oversees the electronic timing system and safety response team of volunteers. He also oversees the staging officials.
Christine Cellier MC and facebook liaison
Sara Clark – Head Timer
Sara logs all digital times and calculates final times and points and provides a race summary sheet with the placing for the trophy presentation. Copies of all paper work will be provided to the promoter within one week following the event.
With everyone’s assistance, we work together to put on a great race!
SCHEDULE “C” continued
The Promoter is required to supply some of the following personnel: (please read carefully)
- THE STARTER: (Supplied by NWMRA) This worker starts each vehicle’s pass on the track and must be visible to both drivers. Once the vehicles are staged, the starter must check with manual timers on each lane. Then the starter checks with the head electronic timer prior to activating the starting light signaling the vehicles to start each race. The starter must ensure the staging and shut down areas are clear before flagging the vehicles to stage.
- TWO FLAGGERS: (These are often the head manual timers provided by the promoter) There must be one flagger on each lane for every pass. It is their duty to flag vehicles that no longer have forward movement. Flaggers must be visible to the drivers at all times. They can not sit down to rest as vehicles race so it is highly recommended that Promoters have relief volunteers available to give Flaggers/manual timers a break when needed. *Flaggers may also hook-up disabled vehicles that require tow-outs so they must know the safety guidelines prior to race starts.
- TWO STAGERS: (Supplied by the NWMRA) The NWMRA supplies several workers for this duty (the starter often acts as one of the head stagers) but two additional volunteers are required to assist in organizing the pre-staging and staging areas. The additional volunteer stagers also assist with vehicle tow-outs .
- EQUIPMENT OPERATOR: (Supplied by the promoter) An equipment operator must be available at all times during the race to avoid lengthy delays. Quite often they are required to clear the start and finish lines during the event for reasons of safety and equipment is required for tow-outs.
- TOW VEHICLES: (Supplied by the promoter) We request two tow trucks to assist with the removal of disabled vehicles. (skidder or 4X4 tractor and min of 100ft of cable recommended).
- REGISTRATION: (Supplied by NWMRA) For insurance purposes, the NWMRA requires that our standard registration form and waiver be completed and these forms remain the property of the NWMRA. Copies are the responsibility of the promoter and should be available within five (5) days to one week of the event. The NWMRA requires signs to be posted at the registration and admission gates with an enlarged copy of the waiver. The NWMRA also requires signs posted at all entry points of restricted areas that read, “Entry Restricted. Pit Passes Required Past This Point”.
- ADMISSION GATE: This gate is the sole responsibility of the Promoter, as the NWMRA does not supply personnel for this duty.
- ANNOUNCER: (Supplied by the promoter) The NWMRA supplies a reliable volunteer to work with the announcer. The volunteer assists with supplying the announcer information on the vehicles and racers, and relays the race times and standings as they are recorded.
- SECURITY CREW: (Supplied by the promoter) During race hours there must be a minimum of two security officials checking the pit area for people without passes and substance abuse, there must be at least three additional officials to assist with the general public. (Totaling 5 security provided by the promoter).
- AMBULANCE: (Supplied by the promoter) During race hours there must be an ambulance with two (2) fully trained level 3 attendants. The attendants must have experience with vehicle rescue and have the required first aid equipment including neck braces, back support, burn treatments etc. There must be phone or cellular contact with emergency services and the local emergency services must be notified of the event prior to race start. *It is highly recommended that a first aid qualified person be in attendance after race hours.
- TIMING VOLUNTEERS: (Supplied by the promoter) We require six manual timers for the back-up timing system and flagging.
- Head Timer: (Supplied by NWMRA) The NWMRA supplies two workers for this duty (the Head Timer and their helper) Head Timer is required to work with Announcer and to carry out multiple duties involved with all aspects of our Timing system.
- Although various volunteers can assume multiple duties it is suggested that the promoter supply a minimum of 15 volunteer at all times during the race.
Prior to each race start, a meeting will be held with all the track volunteers, officials and directors so duties can be issued and the safety procedures can be explained to first time volunteers. It is important that everyone attends. This allows us to have every worker in place and prepared so there are no delays at race start.