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SMO RULES & Procedures





We at SMO-HARDCORE hope everyone is looking forward to very competitive racing with minimal cautions. For folks that do not know us, we believe in 3 principles when you come to the track

1) You will race clean!
2) You will race with the utmost courtesy toward your fellow drivers!
3) You will have a lot of fun!

For those that are willing to apply the above principles, we truly welcome you aboard what should be a great series. For anyone that can't or won't abide by ALL of these principles - you might as well stay off the track. You won't last long here.

RULES and PROCEDURES

REQUIREMENTS:

1. At Minimum, a DSL or better type connection is required to race at SMO.

2. STEERING WHEEL IS MANDATORY to race at SMO. Joysticks and/or Keyboards/Keypads are NOT ACCEPTED.

3. Make sure you are in the right car # and your login name is correct BEFORE you login to the server.

4. You must be a minimum of 18yrs old.  If you are younger than the age of 18, then you must send an email to:  smo-hardcore@charter.net and request permission to race.  You will get a reply email asking you questions.  You must answer them honestly by return email.  Once the admins have read your reply then you will be contacted with further instructions.  You will have to show that you can race with Adults if you are not 18 or older.

5. EFFECTIVE June 1st, 2014:  Teamspeak will be MANDATORY to race at SMO.  Minimum requirements will be logging in so YOU can hear what is going on during the race.  Although, being required to talk to us is preferred, but talking will only be optional.

ALSO YOU MUST GO READ AND BE FAMILIAR WITH THE RACE PROCEDURES, this is in the forums under IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS, the title is called: click here.. Race Procedures


HERE'S THE RULES:

THE CAR NUMBER THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN WILL BE USED IN ALL SERIES. NO EXCEPTIONS.

NO PASSING BEFORE TURN 2 ON RESTARTS UNTIL UNDER 10 TO GO. Passing before turn 2 at the start of a race is permissible as long its done clean and safely without causing an incident. NOTE: When you start a race double file, especially at Super Speedways, the draft may allow the positions in the outside line to pass the positions on the inside line. This is fine on double file starts and restarts as long as it's done safely without an incident, because if you check up to keep from passing before turn 2 then you probably will cause an incident. 

NO RACING BACK UNTIL 10 GO.

AGGRESSIVE DRIVING could/and/will CAUSE YOU TO LOSE POINTS and/or PARK IT FOR A WEEK IN THAT SERIES.

NO LOW LINING ON SUPER SPEEDWAYS until 10 to go.

LUCKY DOG RULE IS IN EFFECT IN ALL DIVISIONS.

CAUSE 2 CAUTIONS AND YOU MUST PARK IT (only Exceptions is if the Admin for that series says before the race that the 2 caution rule is not in effect)

SELF SPINS are not considered as part of the 2 Caution Rule.  If you have more than 5 self spins, then we suggest that you give up and PARK IT.

THERE IS TO BE NO CRASHING AFTER THE RACE or/unless/until THE PACE CAR PARKS AND THE FLAG WINDOW GOES AWAY.

YOU WILL LISTEN TO THE ADMIN IN EVERY DIVISION. SOME RACE RULES ARE DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT SERIES

YOU WILL RACE CLEAN

YOU WILL RACE LIKE FRIENDS

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO CONTROL YOUR CAR AFTER SEVERAL LAPS OF PRACTICE AND HAPPY HOUR, AND THEN YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE CONTROL ISSUES AT THE START OF THE RACE, PLEASE DROP TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD SO THAT YOU DON'T GET A PENALTY.  IF YOU ARE CONTINUING TO HAVE ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE RACE, IT MIGHT BE BEST THAT YOU PARK IT TO KEEP FROM GETTING A PENALTY.

IF YOU HAVE A TRACK THAT YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH, GET PLENTY OF PRACTICE "OFF LINE" BEFORE MAKING YOUR ONLINE APPEARANCE FOR THAT NIGHT.  OFF LINE PRACTICE DOES HELP 90% OF THE TIME AND WE SUGGEST THAT YOU USE IT IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES.

YOU WILL NOT USE ANY BAD LANGUAGE OR GESTURES OR FLAME ANOTHER DRIVER ON THE SERVER OR IN THE FORUMS IF SOMEONE GETS INTO YOU OR FOR ANY REASON, TALK TO AN ADMIN AFTER THE RACE. “THANK YOU” IS A FLAME IF A ADMIN SEES THIS YOU WILL BE PARKED.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION ON A RULE ASK THE ADMIN OF THAT SERIES EVEN IF A RULE IS NOT LISTED HERE DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE RULE IS NOT IN EFFECT

ADMINS DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO GO OVER AND REVIEW EACH OF THESE RULES TO YOU, SO IT "IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH DRIVER TO KNOW THEM AND UNDERSTAND THEM BEFORE RACE TIME". REMEMBER EVERYONE OUT HERE IS LOOKING FOR THE SAME THING, CLEAN, FUN, NO YELLOW RACING.  ADMINS ARE NOT AFRAID TO USE THE "EJECT" COMMAND.

PROCEDURES

This section is to go over the basic race procedures we use here at SMO. This info should help all new drivers to our league and remind some of our older members of how things go. A couple of things before we get started,

1. At Minimum, a DSL or better type connection is required to race at SMO.

2. STEERING WHEEL IS MANDATORY to race at SMO. Joysticks and/or Keyboards/Keypads are NOT ACCEPTED.

3. Make sure you are in the right car # and your login name is correct BEFORE you login to the server.

4. The use of Teamspeak is not MANDATORY but it is encouraged as it makes it easier for admins and drivers to communicate info as needed. We also need to pay mind that under cautions our spotters are telling us who to line up behind and such and we need to be able to hear them, so lets try and keep the chatting to a minimum. (yeah right!!!lol) You also need to have Teamspeak setup to use the push to talk feature. Using voice activation is NOT allowed. We don't want to hear other conversations you may be having with someone else in the room, and it creates feedback in the Teamspeak server causing EVERYONE to not be able to hear.

5. If you choose NOT to run TS it is adviseable (and required) that you have incar chat turned on in your options. This way you will see any info you may have missed on TS.

Practice Sessions.Use this time to calibrate your wheel, drive the car a couple of times and get familiar with how the car handles and changes over a fuel/tire run. You should also practice getting on and off of pit road as you normally would during green flag conditions. Please refrain from fun wrecking during practice, remember there may be a driver racing a track for the first time and needs the time to get used to the track. We have reserved the last 5 mins of practice in case someone wants to put someone over the wall. Use the time well!! Wink Also, if you show up in the last part of the practice session and do not get a chance to run some laps, we ask that you take a provisional start at the rear of the field(see qualifying procedures). This way, in the event that you spin out, you dont take the rest of the field with you.

Qualifying. We ask that everyone please refrain from chatting or typing during the qual session until complete. If you are not qualifying or taking a provisional start, please click on the drive button, then hit ESC and then click on ABORT QUALIFY. This will speed up the qualifying session and get us to the next session.

Happy Hour. During this time an admin may go over the rules for that series as a gentle reminder for all of us. You may also want to once again practice getting on and off pit road, check your speed, and find your pitstall. Its also the last chance to get whatever "supplies" you may need for the race.

Race Session. time for the real fun to begin!!! There are some procedures that we need to refresh/clarify for you.

No jumping the start/restart. You must wait until the green flag is displayed before nailing the gas. Drivers do not get a flying start at the green. You can however SLOWLY pick up the pace a few mph. This does help get the start/restart going smoothly and avoid immediate cautions. It really helps at tracks where the setup will spin the tires if you nail the gas very suddenly.

No passing before turn 2 A simple rule that "shouldn't" need explaining, HOWEVER, lets make it crystal clear. You may not start to pass a car in the same racing line as you, until you have reached turn 2.
Exceptions
1. If a driver is offpace and/or has damage, and has told everyone to go ahead and pass them, then go ahead and pass them. A driver who loses a gear on the restart may also tell you to pass them. Go ahead and pass them.
2. Lapped cars lined up on inside line attempting to get a lap back may SAFELY attempt to get ahead of the leader. Sometimes a leader may let the lapped cars go by him intentionally. This does not mean that the cars on the lead lap behind him can take advantage and try to duck down behind the lappers. Lapped cars must also stay behind another lapped car that is in front of them until turn 2.

Low Lining Rule. On the most popular drafting tracks and any Super Speedway where drafting plays a big role, we have a NO LOW LINING rule. This means you can not run every lap on the low line or bottom of the track. If you are racing 2 wide for all laps of the race then there's no rule to worry about. When you low line on the bottom that causes cars behind you to stack up and a lot of checking up because the draft will draw you in quick and if you have to check up continuously, then that will cause someone to bring out the caution. EXAMPLE: Racing @ Daytona, the bottom groove is quicker and you are leading. As you see other cars moving in or trying to make a move to lead a lap, it's just best to move up and let them go. You will have plenty of opportunities to get back out front.

At SMO, we want to be fair. What we are asking is that on the Super Speedway tracks that once you lead a lap, move up and let the next person lead a lap too. There's no reason that any driver should not lead at least one lap on a Super Speedway. If you are racing side by side, then there is not a low lining rule to be applied. AND, when it's 10 to go, there is not a 'No Low Lining Rule', all bets are off and game on!!

Lucky Dog. If you are designated as the "LD" you will pit on the second or third lap (ideally you should be driving down pit road when we get the 1 to go green signal) You will speed on pit road either entering or exiting to get a "end of longest line(eoll)" penalty. YOU MUST be at the rear of the field in order for an admin to give you a lap back. If you are the cause of the yellow, you will not get the LD. *note admins reserve the right to override this*

No racing back to the line under yellow. This may be the most important rule we have. When the caution flag comes out you are to SLOW DOWN!!! and NO PASSING!!! This means easing out of the gas quickly and applying the brakes firmly to get your car slowed down as SAFELY and as SOON as possible and stay behind the car in front of you. Use your head, if you see smoke or cars spinning ahead as the caution comes out slow down and/or if necessary come to a stop to avoid running into other cars. This is for YOUR safety as well as OTHERS.

Two yellow rule. Very simply, if you are the cause of the yellow flag coming out on two different occasions in a race, you must park it for the evening. Either you haven't had much seat time at this track or the setup doesn't suit you. Either way it means you're done for the night. It doesn't mean that we think any less of you as a driver either. Let the series admin know if it was your yellow and after your second yellow, park your car. If you forget an admin may gently remind you to park, and if you fail or refuse to park, you will be removed from the event. Admins reserve the right to override the 2 yellow rule. Everyone knows when they are the cause of a yellow, but in the event that a wreck happens and you're not sure if it was you or the other driver state you were involved (inv). *note: this rule applies to all series we race at SMO.

Some series now require the driver(s) that caused the yellow to restart at the tail end of the field. These drivers are to line up behind the lucky dog driver. Admins will let you know before the race starts.

While we're on the subject of cautions, a couple of pointers. You need to be aware of where you are on the track when the yellow comes out. It will give you an idea of where the leader was, and if he/she has taken the yellow flag or not. If the leader was past the start/finish line then they have to come back around and take the yellow before they can fall in behind the pace car. If you were significantly behind them you have to catch up to them before you can enter the pits. Do so carefully so you don't cause another accident. Also keep a small gap between the car in front of you, (0.3 or so) to keep from running into the back of them and getting damage to either car. If you like you can "stagger" yourself to help avoid this. (going lower or higher on the track than the car in front of you.

Black Flags. Someone did something wrong!! Most of the time it's because YOU did something wrong. Whether it was speeding it the pits, crossing the blend line, or passing the car in front of you before you pitted under yellow, ya screwed up! Occasionally a car that spins out may need to get back in front of you, (your spotter will let you know) and if you aren't paying attention this can be a time consuming penalty. Not only do you get to go to the end of the line, but you get to come down pit road under green for a stop and go, or a drive thru penalty. Crossing the blend line or speeding in the pits under yellow puts you to the rear, under green flag its a trip down pit road, a stop and go, or being held in your stall. If you get an eoll penalty and go back into the pits before letting all the cars go past you, you just gave yourself a black flag and will be doing a stop and go. All of these penalties MUST BE SERVED! Admins will not clear them for you so don't ask. Admins reserve the right to override this. *note: Occasionally we may unintentionally run a track that has bugs that gives bogus black flags. If so admins will do their best to clear them as fast as they can IF THEY CHOOSE TO. So please be considerate and patient with them.

ADMIN YELLOWS (Beginning 1-27-2014) These yellows will be thrown if 'any' admin that's racing in any series on that night feels that a yellow should have come out when it didn't, and this is based upon would "Nascar" have thrown a caution? In most cases Nascar will throw a caution for a self spin, wrecks involving more than one car where they spun or wrecked out of the fields way, or even the fact that a car got wiggly or loose and caused another car to spin out, etc. In these type cases the Admin will throw a yellow to make it fair racing for everyone.

If an Admin didn't see what happened and asks of all drivers "would Nascar have thrown a yellow?" then based upon the response of all drivers will be the determination for the admin to throw a yellow. However, if 2 or more laps pass before anyone says anything, then an Admin yellow will not be thrown. So you must say something immediately if you think a yellow should have been thrown.

Two exceptions to the rule, 1) If a driver self spins and no yellow comes out, if he states "do not throw a yellow for that", then no yellow will be thrown. 2) NO Admin Yellow will be thrown with 10 or less laps to go in the race.

10 laps to go!!! With 10 to go the gloves are off, so to speak. This means that you can block and you can race back to the line if a yellow comes out. It does NOT mean that you can slam your way to the front or put someone in the wall to keep them behind you. We WILL NOT tolerate that type of driving.
It also means that there MAY be a restart if there are enough laps left to run. If there is going to be a restart it will be in single file order, and ALL lapped cars must fall to the rear of the field. Lapped cars do this by driving down pit road(do not stop at your pit) and maintaining their positions and coming back out behind ALL the lead lap cars. Ideally they should be driving down pit road as we get the 1 to go green signal. (typically the third lap of caution) Passing before turn 2 is allowed at this time.

Racing Etiquette.All we ask is that you be smart about how you race each other. If someone is faster than you and it looks like they want to pass you, and its lap 20 of 100 lap race, let them pass! Direct them to the side you want them to pass you on. And on the other hand, if you are the faster car and come up behind a slower car, use your head and time it right so that you can pass them quickly and cleanly without messing either of you up, or ending your night early. You can use TS or autochat messages to let others know where to pass/where you intend to pass.(adding $ to the end of your scripted message sends it directly to chat without having to press enter) If you tell someone to pass you on the low side, make sure you can hold your line on the high side!!!
If you're racing in a group of cars, let others know you intend to pit BEFORE you get to pit road. The best thing to do is to let them know you're pitting while in turns 1-2 to give everyone a chance to be able to go around you if they arent pitting. Also use your autochat when coming out of the pits to warn others you are merging.

If you believe a driver got into you intentionally and caused you to be done for the night, or took away your chance to win or something along those lines, DO NOT TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF to get some "payback" by intentionally wrecking them. YOU will be parked or possibly even EJECTED from the race. You will also be placed on suspension for that series, or possibly for ALL series. The proper procedure is to save the replay of the race and watch for yourself if it was intentional or not. If you still feel it was intentional save the incident in dispute, along with the 2 laps before the incident as a seperate "clip" (the ingame replay viewer allows you to do this). Email it to the series admin and they will review. Their decisions will be final.

If you see someone ahead of you getting a little out of shape, cut 'em some slack and give them a chance to gather their car up before you go roaring past them headed to the front. You might find yourself in their shoes one day and wanting them to get off your butt so you can gain control. Give some room and keep your fenders clean. OR Ride their butt and wind up on the tow truck hook. Now we all know that the last 10 laps is when you really start racing. It's also when drivers race their hardest. We encourage go hard racing, but you gotta do it clean. If you don't think you should be sticking your nose under someone heading into a turn, you probably shouldn't be! Then again, if its the last lap you gotta ask yourself, Are you content with finishing 2nd or 3rd? If not you need to be sure that you can get your car in where you want to put it, and keep it there.The main thing is to treat each other with respect. We're all friends here and we want to see it stay that way!!!



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