2013 MTS Sprint Series Rules

RULE BOOK DISCLAIMERThe rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and toestablish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events and,by participating in those events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. NO EXPRESS ORIMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATIONS OF, OR COMPLIANCEWITH, THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. Participants shall have no claim against, or cause of action fordamages, expenses, or otherwise against MTS INC., it’s Officials, Sponsors, or Promoters by reason ofdisqualification or damage to race car, personnel, or both.

They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to aparticipant, spectator or official.

These rules govern the 2013 season and supersede all previous rules, bulletins and supplementary rules andregulations. These Rules are applicable to all MTS Members and Participants at every Event which MTS sanctions. Each Participant acknowledges full awareness and understanding of these Rules through possession of a MTS license/membership, filing of an official event entry, signing in to a MTS sanctioned event throughthe event Registrar and/or by participating in MTS sanctioned events.

The Race Director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or imposeany further restrictions that, in his opinion, do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESSED ORIMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS.Any interpretation or deviation of those rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decisions are FINAL.

These rules of competition become effective February 1, 2013, and supersede all previous rules and are subject tochange without notice.

1. All cars that line up for the A-Main may be required to take an alcohol test if there is reason to   believe they have been drinking been drinking after entering the pit area.



4. DRIVERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PIT CREW. No open alcoholic beverages in the pits until ALL races are completed. NO FIGHTING. NO ILLEGAL DRUGS.


6. Any driver, car owner, or mechanic who takes part in any demonstration or fight on the track, in the pit area, or on
the surrounding premises, before, during or after the races shall be subject to suspension. Until the suspension is lifted, no car or driver will be permitted to compete if associated with the suspended person or persons (NOTE: Abuse, assault, or threat to do bodily injury to any track official or persons serving under his/her orders, by any driver, car owner, crew or mechanic shall be grounds for suspension).\

7. Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Any participant who, in the judgment of the MTS Officials, is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct during a race meeting may be subject to disqualification.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include reckless and overly aggressive driving endangering the safety of participants.

1. Safety Equipment:

1.1    Raceivers Mandatory , No two-way radios allowed

1.2.   Flame retardant driver suit, gloves, socks, underwear (unless 3 layer suit is utilized), and shoes are required.  A head and neck support or restraint system is mandatory. Minimum acceptable device will be a flame retardant neck collar with SFI safety labels. Approved racing, full-face helmet is mandatory. Minimum Snell SA 05 sticker mandatory. Driver must wear helmet, driver suit, competition lap belts, shoulder harness, anti-sub strap and arm restraints, anytime car is started. Safety belts and arm restraints must be no more than two years old and contain unaltered SFI safety labels. Quick release steering wheel and right side cage net or headrest must be used.

2. Engine:

2.1.   Carburetor or fuel injection allowed.

2.2.   All engines must be normally aspirated, internal combustion, four cycle, reciprocating piston type, incorporating a maximum of eight cylinders. Engine maximum 410 C.I.D. Only one spark plug per cylinder will be allowed. Camshaft timing must be fixed. Any device used to alter camshaft timing during engine operation is prohibited. Severe penalties will be issued to the entrant and engine builder if such devises are found.

2.3.   M.T.S. reserves the right to disallow any engine for competition, which in its judgment does not meet the spirit and intent of competitive racing, in regards to cost and/or performance. Any engines not covered by the preceding specifications must be submitted for approval prior to entering a competition.

3. Fuel:

3.1.   Methanol or Ethanol only. No nitro or additives of any kind allowed. Fuel is subject to be checked at anytime. If fuel is found illegal, driver and car will be disqualified and all points and money will be forfeited for that event. Driver or car owner will be responsible for any lab cost for fuel   test.

3.2.   Fuel tank: Fuel cell/tank and bladder are mandatory.

3.3    No electronic fuel pumps.

4. Cars:

4.1.   Cars must resemble a sprint car and have standard, upright design. Roll cage must be of four post design. No elliptical tubing allowed on or as part of the main structure. No aluminum or titanium frames.

4.2.   Triangular side panels on roll cage allowed within roll cage. No side foils, rudders or panels are to extend beyond the roll cage on any side, no body pieces are to extend beyond or underneath the racecar. Any body panel   not meeting MTS specification must be removed.

4.3.   The maximum distance from the leading edge of the front bumper to the leading edge of the front torsion tube is a maximum of 8”. The maximum distance from the leading edge of the front bumper to the leading edge of the front axle is 23 ½”.

4.4.   Rear bumpers and nerf bars must be steel or stainless steel, min. 1" diameter, min. 0.65 thickness and bolted on. Nerf bars mandatory and must not extend beyond tires.

4.5.   Front axle must be steel only. Axel tube must be one piece.  54” maximum width.  No independent front or rear suspensions. Drag link rods must be attached to the frame with a tether strap.

4.6.   Wheelbase: Minimum 83", maximum 90".

4.7.   Brake rotors must be steel, aluminum or titanium only.

4.8.   No offset motors will be allowed; engine must be directly in front of driver. Driver must straddle driveline. All drivelines must be broken in the coupler or rear end    slider, fully enclosed and contain no more than one U- joint or C-V joint. Steel driveline hoop or strap is mandatory.

4.9.   No mirrors, two way radios, or communication equipment allowed.

4.10. Driver's seat must be bolted in with a minimum of four bolts. High back style seat mandatory. Safety harness lap belt must be routed through the belt holes in the side of the seat.

4.11. Roll cage must have protective padding. Roll bar padding must cover upper part of roll cage on both sides, and behind the driver’s head. Roll bar padding must also be placed on any bars near the driver’s head.

4.12. Protective rock screen must be installed in front of driver, with no larger than 4" square opening.

4.13. mufflers mandatory for tracks enforcing  95 decibels at 100 feet (see schedule for tracks designated)

4.14. Car numbers must be run on both sides of fuel cell and front nose.

4.15. No cockpit adjustable devises.

4.16. Minimum weight will be 1,425 pounds with driver.  The top 3 cars are to be weighed at completion of feature. Cars may be weighed at random.Any ballast used must be securely bolted within the confines of the frame tubes, no farther than 16 inches forward of the front engine mount and no further rearward than the engine plate (firewall).

4.17. No traction control devises of any kind allowed. This includes mechanical and electronic. No wheel speed sensors permitted. Violation of this rule will results in a year suspension.  Teams may be required to disconnect tachometers at any time.

5. Tires:

5.1.  Any Hoosier tire on the right rear no other tires will be permitted. No "soaking" of tires permitted. Any car found with illegal tires (on or off the track) will be disqualified from the event.

6. Race Procedures:

6.1.   Push off. You are allowed only one push off per race. If you require a second push off, you go to the tail. After drivers have been called to line up for a race, all drivers must be ready for push off or will start at the tail. If belts come loose, driver must stop by an official to buckle up and will not be penalized.

6.2.   Yellow flag. If you stop on the racetrack or spin and bring out a yellow you go to the tail. During yellow, no working on the car is allowed on the track or the car will be disqualified. Any car that stops twice on the track or is involved in two yellow or red flags will be black flagged. First lap restarts; inside or outside row will move straight up to fill a void for a missing car.

Any car that does a 360 spin and does not bring out a   yellow flag will continue to race where it falls in line. If the yellow does come out, the car will start at the tail of the field and be charged with a yellow. The track flag person will determine if a yellow flag is needed and will have final say to what any yellow flag was displayed for.

CAUTION RULE: 2 cautions allowed in heats and features, 2nd caution car must be taken to the pits for the remainder of the race.

6.3.   Red flag. Stop. Do not pass crash site. Cars that have ample time to stop, but still pass crash site and keep safety crews from reaching accident site in a timely manner will be disqualified for that race. All reds are "closed" red flags. On a closed red, crews will not be allowed on racing surface to work on cars.  Violation of red flag procedures will result in a black flag. No red flag will be displayed for a fuel stop.

6.4.   Black flag.  If black flag is waved you are disqualified from that race and must return to pits. Failure to leave track will result in disqualification from all races for the    remainder of the evening, and all points and moneys for that evening will be forfeited.

6.5.   Starts: Starts will be at the white line in turn four. Pole sitter sets a moderate steady pace. Race starts when front row reaches the white line. Any car passing before the start of the race, or jumping the start will be charged with a yellow and will start at the tail. NO WARNING will be given for false starts. Cars must be nose to tail when crossing the white line. Any car with excess space in front to try to get a jump will be called for a jumped start and penalized four positions.

6.6.   Lining up for restarts. Form a single file nose to tail line.  Officials will correct the line up when received from the scorers. When the yellow or red flag is displayed, the restart lineup will be determined by the last completed lap (minus cars charged with yellow/red).  Lapped cars will go to the tail and be scored 1 lap down.

6.7.   Restarts will be at the cone on the back stretch.  Car must pass between cone and outside barrier of track. Leader of race must not increase speed until leader reaches the cone.  No passing before the cone, driving below or hitting the cone.  Any car in violation will be charged with two positions per car passed, or two   positions for hitting or driving under cone.  If yellow must come out for the cone, car hitting cone will be charged with a yellow and must start at the tail.

6.8.   Flat tire. You may change a tire under yellow flag only in designated area. Designated area will be announced at drivers meeting. No lap allowance to change a tire will be given.  When the one lap signal is displayed, cars will not be allowed to return to track.  Any car changing or   removing a tire for any reason will start at the tail.

6.9.   A race is not considered complete until the checkered flag appears. If a yellow or red flag must be thrown after the checkered flag appears, the race is officially over and the finish will be scored as follows. Any car that crosses the finish line before the caution appears will be scored in the position they cross. Any car that does not cross before the caution or red flag will be scored in the same manner as a yellow/red flag restart.

6.10. Running below the tires or off the intended racing surface to pass another car will result in a penalty of two positions per car passed.

7. Race Format:

7.1.   No Time Trials. Heat race lineup determined by pill draw.

7.2   Three 8 lap heat races. Top 5 finishers transfer to the A- main. Top 3 cars in each heat race redraw for starting positions 1 to 9 in A-main starting with the winner of the first heat race. If there are over 20 cars a B-main will be required with the top 5 finishers transferring to the A-main.

7.3.   Cars not transferring to A-main in heat race may run B-main. B-main starting positions determined by heat race finishing position. If a car did not take the initial green flag in a heat race, it will start last in a B-main.

7.4    Alternates will be taken to fill vacancies that occur from first nonqualified car.. No alternate will be taken after the original green flag is displayed.

8. Memberships:

8.1    1 year membership fee will be $50.00 per driver. 1 race membership $15.00 per driver. Fee must be paid prior to racing.

8.2.   Member must clearly display all required sponsor decals on right and left side of car, to be eligible to compete in and collect event points and year end awards.

9.Rookie of the Year Award:

9.1   Rookie candidates will be a driver with less than one full year in a 360 or 410 sprint car. The rookie driver who finishes highest in total points will determine rookie of    the year.

10. Rules for Driver Points:

10.1. Car and driver must be signed into pits and race ready to receive show points and money.

10.2. In case of cancellation after first hot lap session, show up points will be given to any cars that were in the pits and signed in.

Championship Feature Point ScheduleShow up points: 75