2016 Merced Speedway General Rules

Merced Speedway General Rules 2016


Membership Age

Drivers must be 14 years of age with a valid California picture I.D. and or a notarized parent’s consent form required if under 18 years of age. A parental consent form supplied by the speedway must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for minors.



Protest (Engine)

A written protest may be filed by an owner or driver whose race car participates in the event with the car being protested. The protest must be filed before the event starts. A protest fee of $100.00 cash must accompany the signed protest form for a single visual item. Additional items will be inspected at an additional fee of $100.00 per item.   Money from visual protest will be deposited into the banquet fund. If protest proves valid, the driver will forfeit points and money for that night. IMCA rules override any track rule.


All race-incurred injuries to any driver, owner, mechanic or official, must be reported (with your pit band) to the Race Director or the Promoter of the track. All accidents must be reported, no matter how minor it may seem. If you are transported to the hospital, you must have a doctor’s release to return to driving or assisting as a crew member. No injured individual will be allowed to return to racing activity the night of the injury. (INJURIES DUE TO FIGHTING ARE NOT CONSIDERED RACE INCURRED).


Repairs are never to be made on the race track or infield at any time. You may make repairs in the pits at any time during the event. An official will O.K. your re-entry to the track entrance and signal for you to proceed.


The only people allowed on the race track and infield are the Racing Officials. Everyone must stay away at all times unless requested to assist for some special reason. Drivers must seek a place of safety in the infield following disablement of their race car. There is a $100.00 fine for entering the track without permission from an official.


When crashed, stay in your car until advised to exit by a Race Official, unless there is a fire. Pit crews, owners, and personnel related to the car are NOT allowed on the track following an accident or injury, unless you have permission from an official.


Pit stalls are assigned on a first come, first served basis, UNLESS the pit spot         has been purchased.

  1. Please communicate with management if you are not racing and want to loan your spot to a fellow racer.
  2. Please keep your pit area clean during and after the races. Use the trash cans. Please take a look around your pit area prior to leaving the event, and deposit all trash into the cans provided. Thank you
  3. Antifreeze, motor oil, brake fluid, gear oil, and all other fluids can NOT be dumped at the speedway. Bring your own container for collection, and disposal of used motor oil and other fluids. You must remove all noted fluids from the premises after each night.
  4. No cars or pickups are allowed in the pit area without trailers attached, unless approved by management.
  5. No one is allowed to ride on a race car at any time. No one is allowed to ride on a trailer, tow vehicle, bumper, fender or any other part of a moving vehicle while on the premises.
  6. Each pit area should be equipped with a serviceable A-B-C type (dry powder) fire extinguisher with a minimum 7 1/2 pound capacity. This is in addition to the extinguisher in the race car. These fire extinguishers must be placed in a position where they are easily accessible and in full view at the rear of the trailer.
  7. Merced Speedway is under an 11:00 PM curfew. All participants and guest must be quite after 11:00 PM. This means engines, horns and any other loud noises.
  8. No race car is to be started without a person in the driver’s seat and at the controls and prepared to control the car in the event the car jumps into gear.
  9. The scales at this track are the only official scales for any event held at the Merced Speedway. You are welcome to pre-scale your car at any time that the scales are available throughout the evening. Check with pit board personnel for availability of the scales. There is ZERO tolerance for weight minimums. You must meet the weight minimums for your division at all times. Failure to make weight will result in disqualification from the event, resulting in loss of points and money earned. Mods 2,450lb, Sport Mods 2,500lb, Hobby Stocks 3,300lb minimums weights.
  10. There is a speed limit of 10 miles per hour in the pit area for all race cars, haulers, trucks at all times. Four wheelers, bikes, and golf carts are limited to 5 mph (walking speed). NO race is worth running over someone.


All cars are subject to inspection at any time before taking part in an event. It is the responsibility of the driver, car owner and mechanic individually and collectively to have their car free from mechanical defects and in safe racing condition. Any car determined by the officials, not meeting safety requirement, will be refused entry until brought up to safety standards.


  1. Fire resistant SFI approved full driver’s uniforms, minimum of Nomex single layer with Nomex or FR underwear must be worn at all times while on the race track (Buy the best you can afford). FR underwear mandatory (all divisions, with all fire suits)
  2. Snell-rated helmet SA-2010 or newer.
  3. Drivers must be strapped in and buckled by a securely fastened safety belt system with shoulder harness. Belts must be five (5) point SFI approved no more than two (2) years old. Safety officials will inspect seatbelts for safe installation and condition. If an official determines a safety belt is inadequate, it must be replaced prior to racing.
  4. SFI approved gloves, shoes. SFI approved neck braces are required unless you use an approved head and neck restraint system These items are required while driver in the car and/or on the race track.( Head and neck restraint systems are strongly recommended.)


  1. Inboard fire systems recommended. A 2 ½ pound ABC fire extinguisher must be securely fastened in all cars within driver’s reach.
  2. An SFI approved driver side window net is strongly recommended for all stock car divisions. Those divisions that allow passengers must have additional window net installed in the passenger door as well.
  3. A kill switch must be placed within drivers reach and clearly visible on the left side of dash area. The switch must be clearly marked “on” “off” and accessible to officials should it be necessary to shut the engine off after an incident on the race track.
  4. All race cars must start (have a standard operational starter) and start under their own power. Any car that requires a push start from the staging area or on the track must start at the rear of the field.
  5. Muffler

Any car losing its muffler or making excessive noise, popping or smoking will be black flagged from the race track. This is an automatic black flag and you must pull off on your own accord. All cars competing at Merced Speedway must meet the required 95db sound requirement at 100 feet.


Green:           Start of race. Flag will be displayed when the cars are aligned at the turn four cone. No passing until you have passed the cone in turn four.

Yellow:           Caution! Slow down, do not pass. Get into single file as soon as possible. All classes at Merced Speedway DO NOT race to the yellow. Yellow flag laps are not intended for hot laps. You must slow your car to a safe speed to allow officials to perform their duties on the race track as necessary. You will be given the double-up signal by track officials or the starter when it is determined that the track is clear and the line-up is correct. Pay attention.

Red:               Stop as soon as possible. Danger on track. This lap will not be scored.  No car may leave the race track or move during a red flag condition unless directed to do so by a track official. Stay in your car unless in emanate danger or requested to get out by officials.

Red/Yellow:  Complete re-start of the race. Same as yellow. Line-up will be the same as the start of the race except for any cars involved in an incident or leaders who did not provide an acceptable start.

Blue/Yellow:  The leader of the race is approaching and is expected to pass you. Show courtesy and hold your line.

White:            One (1) lap before the checkered flag will be displayed. If for any reason the red flag is displayed after the white flag has been displayed on the leader, the race will be terminated. If the yellow comes out on the final lap, there may be a green white checkered finish or checkered yellow, depending on where the location of the caution is at on the track, with drivers safety in mind.

Checkered:    Displayed for the finish of the race. When the leader receives the checkered flag, the balance of the field receives the checkered flag in the same lap.

Black:              You are being penalized. Exit the race track to the pits immediately. Failure to obey this flag will be cause for suspension, and or fine, for one event and the loss of points and money for the night. Cars receiving the black flag will no longer be scored. You will be allowed three (3) grace laps before additional penalties apply.

Start of Race

Cars must report immediately for any race in which they are scheduled. You are responsible for getting your car up for your event. In any race, if you are not in position when cars enter the track, you will start in the rear of the field or miss the event 


1.IMCA point average rule procedures for Mods and Sport Mods. Cars without a point average will draw for their heat race lineup, following the cars with a point average.

  1. Hobby Stocks feature line up will be by pill draw. The winner of the first heat race will draw for inversion. 0–6–8 for 2&4 heats. 0-6-9 for 3 heat races. For special races, the line up may be by heat results.
  2. Mini Stocks and Vintage Valley Sportsman will be total inversion for the previous race results. Example, last place finisher will start on the pole and the winner will start in the rear. Cars that did not race the previous race will start behind the cars that raced. Cars that did not race the previous event will pill draw at sign in.
  3. Following with IMCA rules, the track reserves the right to relocate a driver from an invert/starting position to the rear of the field if deemed necessary for the safety and well being of all involved.
  4. NO cars will be allowed to test after hot laps have completed.
  5. Driver change is not allowed after a driver has taken the green flag of his or her heat race.
  6. Rookie drivers or unsafe drivers will be placed in the rear of the field until approval from the Race Director to start by pill draw or point average. 

Scoring Rules

  1. Original starts… Cars may not pull out of position or pass the car ahead until after the cone in turn 4. Any car that passes before the cone may be penalized 2 spots on the next yellow flag. If no yellow, the penalty will be in the race results. All races will be started at the cone in turn four. Any front row driver who deliberately stalls for a slow start will be sent to the rear. Pole car must bring in the field to the turn four cone at a reasonable speed.
  2. Single File Restarts… are nose to tail. NO passing until you have passed the first cone between turn 3 and 4. Any car passes before the cone may be penalized 2 spots on the next yellow flag or at the end of the event, if there is no yellow.
  3. Any car not taking the original green flag in any event will not be eligible to race in that event. If a car is missing from the line-up, cars in his row will move up (Do not cross over from another row).
  4. Lapped cars will be positioned in the rear of the field after half way of the event. The lapped cars may be placed at the rear of the field for safety reasons any time in the event. Cars that go 2 laps down will be black flagged for safety reasons.
  5. Once the green flag is dropped on a race, cars may not add water, oil or fuel.
Cars must pull into the pits to change tires or make any repairs. Cars that have gone to the pits must restart in the rear of the line-up. Special events where fuel stops are necessary are the exception. During these special event stops, the Race Director will order the race restarted when the track is cleared.
  6. . Any car damaged early in the race may re-enter at a later time but must start in the rear of the field and be down the amount of racing laps completed by the leader. Cars that do not complete a lap prior to leaving the race track will be scored off of the starting line-up.
  7. The yellow flag will be dropped at the starter’s discretion. Deliberate stalling or stopping with a flat to cause a yellow flag will result in a 1 lap penalty. A spin into the infield will not necessarily cause the yellow flag to fall. Drivers that may have caused the yellow or involved, will be charged for the yellow. Only 2 per event. Cars stopping safely WITHOUT CONTACT will not be charged.
  8. The yellow light is official. It is to alert the drivers that there is something on the track. Slow down and pay attention to the starter and track officials for further direction.
  9. Split yellow flags… Once the top 4 cars have crossed the start/finish line, that lap will count. Any passes made by the cars that have passed the start/finish line will count. Those cars that DID NOT pass the start/finish line will be scored how they passed the start/finish line the previous lap, except for cars involved in the yellow.
  10. Cars involved in an accident causing the yellow flag to drop may NOT lose a lap provided they restart in the rear of the field and take the following green flag. This does not apply to longer races where yellow flag laps are counted. After two yellow flags, by the same car, they will be disqualified from the race.
  11. Only one complete restart of any race will be given. After one restart of any race, the yellow flag will be used if necessary.
  12. All double file restarts… The leader, ONLY, has inside or outside his or her choice. 2 double file restarts per event. No double file restarts with 5 laps to go in the main events. The Race Director may request single file restarts any time, if circumstances require. When cars line up after a yellow flag, they must line up in single file. Any car that will not get in line when directed by officials, may be put to the rear of the field. The starter will give the double up sign before the start of the race. This will not apply to Sprint Car, Midgets, Mini Stocks and Vintage Valley Sportsman divisions. Their restarts will be single file after the original start of the race.
  13. In the event a red flag is used after more than one racing lap has been completed and a restart is in order, cars are scored and restarted as they crossed the start finish line on the previous lap. Cars causing or involved in the accident will be placed to the rear of the field. Cars NOT stopping on a red will be sent to the rear.
  14. There will be an automatic red flag when a car is flipping, on fire or dangerous parts are on the race track such as wheels, drive shafts, bumpers, etc.
  15. When a red flag is used and the race cannot be restarted because of the 11:00 PM curfew, the race will be considered to be completed. Cars will be scored by going back to their position at the start/finish line on the previous lap. Cars involved in the accident, will be scored to the rear of the field. This applies also to any condition in which we cannot continue.
  16. Intentional spinning, flipping or ramming of another car, or waiting a lap to ram a car will not be tolerated. These are cause for a black flag, fine and/or suspension. Unintentional ramming, door slamming or bumping is also cause for a black flag and/or penalty.
  17. The black flag will be dropped for any of the following reasons: (The following are considered automatic black flags and you must pull off on your own. If you do not pull off on your own, there may be other penalties.
    1. Cars smoking, dropping fluids.
    2. Cars with flat tires must exit the race track on their own if able. The exception being a left front tire, if the tire remains on the wheel and the driver can maintain control of the car.
    3. A raised hood that is blocking the drivers view.
    4. A car that is losing or has lost its muffler or is excessively noisy.
    5. A car that has lost its rear bumper.
    6. A driver not obeying the black flag and causing the race to be halted will not be entitled to re-enter that event after repairs are completed. Additional penalties and/or fines may be imposed depending upon the severity of the incident.
    7. Cars continuously out of control may be black flagged. Cars causing or involved in two (2) yellow flags in any single race will be black flagged.
    8. Cars not maintaining racing speed..
    9. A car that is voluntarily removed from a line-up is referred to as a “scratched car”. If you choose to scratch from your race, you must inform the pit board personnel as soon as possible. A car that scratches from an event will be scored last place for that event.
    10. Due to safety reasons, there is no re-entering the track, unless under a yellow flag or permission from the Race Director.
    11. Conduct
  18. Any fighting will be subject fine or/and a suspension. Any continuing problems from the same individual may result in permanent suspension. Any driver, car owner or pit crew that goes into anyone’s pit and causes trouble may be fined or/and suspended, plus loss of all points and money for the night.
  19. We expect courteous conduct from all participants at all times. We do not tolerate profanity directed towards any other person including the officials.
  20. The driver of a car will be responsible for the conduct of anyone associated with their car. The driver is the ONLY spokesman to a track official.
  21. Tampering with another driver’s car is grounds for suspension, fines or penalties.

Race Format

Our racing program is based on the availability of enough qualified cars. If this number is not available, alternate scheduling or programming will be scheduled. Racing events will be lined up in various ways to accomplish the best racing program as determined by the track management. All race cars are required to participate in mud packing. If you do not participate, you may

be subject to penalties such as but not limited to starting at the rear of heats and/or main events.

Time Limits/Race Length

All races will have a time limit as follows.

  1. Event schedules will be posted at the pit board prior to the start of wheel packing.
  2. One minute per lap for all races. Clock starts when original green is displayed. The timing of a race may be suspended during a red flag condition and will restart at the display of the green flag when the race is restarted.
  3. Staging… once the field enters the track and the leader has passed the turn 4 cone, twice any car entering the track after that will be placed to the rear. When the cars are stopped for announcement’s, any car reporting late will start in the rear.
  4. All racing will stop at the 11:00 PM curfew.



(Points for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods… criteria is set by sanctioning body.) Merced Speedway’s Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and Vintage Valley Sportsman are the following. There are NO heat race points.

  1. Main Event: 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4,

3, 2, 1 pt

  1. For IMCA sanctioned events please refer to the IMCA General Rules.

General Information

  1. Radio communication between the driver and the pit is not permitted. No radio equipment may be place in or on the race car even if disconnected.
  2. No mirrors of any kind are allowed in or on the race cars.
  3. No data collecting devices are allowed on or in the race cars.
  4. No two-way radios are allowed in the pit area.
  5. No Nextel, Telephone or similar devices are allowed in or on the race cars.


  1. Drivers must be 14 to17 years of age with valid California picture I.D. Must have a notarized and signed by parent or legal guardian to race.
  2. Pit crew members under the age of 18 years must have a parental approval.
  3. All participants acknowledge and accept full responsibility for injuries, damages or other losses that may occur to themselves and their property as a result of participation in events. They further acknowledge that they have read the general release contained in the application form and understand its meaning.
  4. All drivers must attend the driver’s meeting at the assigned time. The promoter reserves the right to have roll call. Missing drivers will sacrifice their starting position.
  5. All drivers are responsible for their crew before, during and after the event. Actions of said crew members which are detrimental to the sport will result in possible fined or other disciplinary action directed at the entrant.
  6. All entries agree to appear for tech inspection at the prescribed time. Failure to do so may result in a loss of positions, fines or disqualification. The decision of the officials is final. Surprise tech line inspections will be called prior to 4 p.m. Divisions called for tech line inspection must line up at 4 p.m. and must be inspected to race that night.
  7. All participants agree to abide by the rules and decisions of the officials governing participation in the race event.

Official Policy Statements

  1. Any modifications not covered in the Speedway rules will not be allowed unless approved by Speedway Officials.
  2. Equipment will not be considered ‘legal’ simply because it went though inspection unobserved or because a rule had not been written against it. Consider this: if the rules don’t say it IS legal, then you can’t assume it is legal.
  3. Cars are subject to inspection at anytime during the event.
  4. Officials reserve the right to judge, decide and establish what constitutes a legal part or car.
  5. Official’s decisions are final.
  6. Modifications and/or amendments to these rules may be made at any time. Any amendments and/or changes to the rules will take precedence over the rules. The changes will be posted for two (2) weekly shows prior to enforcement. Rule changes are publicized on our website and Face book pages. In addition, group emails are sent to each division with an impending rule change.
  7. It is the responsibility of the driver to make sure his or her email address and phone numbers are correctly registered with the track and updated as necessary. Rules changes, schedule changes, and other topics are routinely addressed by EMAIL to all drivers in a division during the season and beyond.
  8. It is the responsibility of the party retaining winnings from the track to provide the track with a social security number. It is the law!

Important Notice

It is ultimately the obligation of each participant to insure that his/her conduct and equipment comply with all applicable Merced Speedway

rules and regulations as they may be amended from time to time. By competing or participating or entering the grounds during a Speedway meet, all parties agree that they have read these rules thoroughly, understand these rules, accept the rules and other terms and conditions, and agree to be bound by these rules and any existing or issued addenda without exception or limitation. It is ultimately the obligation of each person entering to ensure that they are in full compliance with Speedway rules, terms and conditions and all State, Local or Federal Laws while on Speedway premises’. No express or implied warranty of safety shall result from the publication or compliance with these rules they are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to participants, spectators or others.

Rule Book Disclaimer

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish a minimum acceptable requirement 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 these rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICAITON OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULAITONS. 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 deviations from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in his opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESS OR INPLIED WARRENTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.