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N4A RULES

General:

 

Nascar 4 Amateurs

Friday Nights

Fixed Setup Nascar Gander Trucks

Server opens @ 8:00 PM Eastern for 30 min practice

10 min/3 lap qual @ 8:30  {Qualifying Scrutiny – Moderate}

10 Min heat to sort qual order (*see below*)

Start with 50% track usage

Fuel Limit 55%

Dynamic Weather & Sky

Fast Repairs – 1

iRating maximum -  2500 and below {hard cap, if you’re over 2500, you can’t get in to the race server}

We will use iRacing default track specific setups

Double file restarts/lapped cars in rear

Lucky dog/wave arounds are utilized

G/W/C will be limited to 2 attempts

Tire sets - 3 extra sets per race

Setups - We will use default iRacing track specific setups when available. For Myrtle Beach and Daytona NRC use this download 

 

 

 

 

*All tracks .75 miles long or shorter will have a driver cap of 30. Tracks larger than that will have a driver cap of 36. After week 3, the top 10 in points will be locked in. The drivers who do not qualify in to the race will be dropped from the server and sent to a consolation server that opens at 8:45 PM Eastern (10 min practice/10min qual/normal race). The winner of the consolation server will receive standard 25th place points, 2nd will get 26th pnts...etc. We will have a 6/8 buffer rule. If a short track does not have at least 6 drivers being sent to the consolation server, or 8 for longer tracks, then we will squeeze the extra drivers in to the main race and there will be no consolation server.

Points:

18 race season plus a 4 race playoff (2 rounds)

3 drop weeks (only applies to the 18 race regular season) [you keep any playoff points earned during dropped weeks]

 

1st - 45   2nd - 42   3rd - 40   4th - 38   5th - 37   6th - 36   7th - 35   8th - 34   9th - 33   10th - 32   11th -30

12th - 29   13th - 28   14th - 27   15th - 26   16th - 25   17th - 24   18th – 23   19th – 22   20th – 21  21st – 20  22nd – 19 …etc

 

Provisionals = Drivers who know they are going to miss a race can utilize the contact/protest form to request a provisional. Requests must be made prior to a server opening. Provisional points will be 1 point less than last place scored in the race.

 

Stage Points = **Stage points are regular points that get added to your total points scored for the race**

1st - 5  2nd - 4  3rd - 3  4th - 2  5th - 1 (We will only have 1 stage and we will not throw a caution to end the stage. The only races that will have a caution flag thrown for the end of a stage will be the road courses. iRacing creates a chart after a race to show the order of drivers crossing the S/F line every lap. The top 5 drivers crossing the final lap of stage 1 will be awarded the stage points)

Playoff Points = **Playoff points only come in to play for the 8 drivers who make the playoffs once the playoffs begin**

Stage win - 1 pnt

Race win - 3 pnts

Regular season champ - 3 pnts

Playoffs = A race win locks you in to the playoffs(or in to the final round of the playoffs), unless more than 8 drivers have wins. More wins outranks less wins obviously. Drivers tied in the win category are then split by points standings. If an additional tie breaker is needed, the finishing order of the last race will be utilized. The championship 4 drivers finish the season based on their finishing order in the final race(no points of any kind are involved. The 8 playoff drivers have their points reset to begin the playoffs by setting all drivers to 2000 points plus their respectively earned playoff points from the regular season. The championship 4 drivers have their points reset to 3000 for the final race. Non-playoff drivers continue through the final 4 races gaining points/stage points as normal while competing for 9th place and under.

Cautions:

Every caution is triggered by some sort of event. Some are easy to see and assign blame, while others require post race review for proper investigation and interpretation. In an effort to curb aggressive driving and prevent intentional cautions, while also allowing actual racing to take place, we have an EOL policy. For every caution that comes out during a race, we will ask if anyone is claiming responsibility for it. If you know/think that you triggered the event that caused the caution to fly, then say so when asked and we will assess you an EOL penalty when we get the "1 to go". For every caution that goes unclaimed, we will conduct a post-race review. We have the right to assign fault to one driver, multiple drivers, or no drivers (and subsequently declare the incident a “racing incident”). For every "fault" assigned to a driver(s), that driver(s) will lose 5 positions from where they finished. [2 faults in a race = loss of 10 positions etc...] We will ONLY assign fault if we deem the fault in an on-track incident to be 100% a)clear and obvious b) overly-aggressive c) intentional/retaliatory.  If a driver(s) is assessed a fault in post-race review but they immediately disconnected following the fault, it will count as having served an EOL. Post-race caution reviews will be published publicly in the Discord for total transparency reasons. A driver(s) who receives a post-race penalty does have the right to appeal via the contact form on the website. [Don't talk about it or text about it. Use the proper appeal/protest procedures or you could be seen as being in violation of the general league/discord rules and may invalidate any appeal or earn yourself a penalty] Drivers also still have the right to file a protest against another driver (as outlined below in the protest section) if they feel something happened during the race that did not trigger a caution or get looked at. We will also be doing a post-race review of the final 2-8 laps of every race to account for things that might not have been reported because they didn't bring out a caution.

All yellow flags will be controlled by iRacing. The only time manual cautions will ever be thrown is if we have a sitting admin or eye in the sky to make that call.

Road Courses = A maximum of 3 cautions will occur on road courses. The only cautions on road courses will be to signal the end of stage 1, or for a multi vehicle crash on lap 1 of the race or lap 1 of the 2nd stage.

Race/Comms Etiquette:

 

Firstly, all iRacing rules/guidelines will apply unless otherwise stated. If it applies to an iRacing official series then it applies here. Black Flags will not be cleared for anything...period. https://ir-core-sites.iracing.com/members/pdfs/20210504-iRacing_Sporting_Code_dated_Apr_23_2021.pdf

If you are involved in an off track situation, pay attention to your relative screen and only merge when it is safe to do so. In general just have some damn courtesy. We are here to foster a fun learning environment. No one here is a pro. Mistakes will be made. Crashes will happen. Unless you think it was intentional we encourage you to shrug it off and move on. Retaliation will not fly here. It will earn you a very quick ban from the league. Bashing other drivers, or even their friends/family, will also not be tolerated. We encourage our drivers to take the high road and not create any enemies/drama within the league.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commonly questioned Nascar rules straight from the sporting code:

8.1.1.4. Blocking – The leading driver is allowed to run a defensive line. However, blocking occurs when a leading driver actively adjusts his or her driving line based on the actions and/or positioning of a pursuing driver. For example, veering left to prevent a pursuing driver from passing on the left while running on a straight.

8.1.1.8. Drivers can only use the racing surface for Qualifying and Racing. The apron and pit road are not defined as racing surfaces. Drivers may not use the apron or pit road to gain an advantage in Qualifying or Racing.

 

Starts/Restarts:

 

Race leader or pole sitter will always go on the green flag to prevent any shenanigans. Race leader/pole sitter will not have lane choice (they will be on the inside). All drivers should maintain a safe and fair gap between cars in all directions. No hanging back in an attempt to jump the start or get a run. If you are the lucky dog, a lapper, or just pitted late, do your best to safely catch the rear of the field and/or get in order prior to the green flag flying. If someone spins their tires on a start/restart, you should check up safely and/or go around on the high side to avoid a BF. Black Flags will not be cleared for anything...period. Serve the penalty like a grown ass adult and move on.

Pit Road:

 

Maintain pit road speed, stay in the outside lane. Do not try to pass and do not block other’s view of their pit box/sign. Do not drive through more than 3 pit boxes when entering/exiting your box. Watch your relative and merge safely back on to the track. Pit access roads are optional on all tracks unless iRacing mandates its use.

 

Race Protests:

 

Procedure - This is billed as an Amateur's league. None of us are pros, none of us are racing for thousands of dollars, none of us are or will be perfect. If you wish to file a protest against a driver, wait 12 hours and then consider it. If you think a valid protest is in order, then you need to give details of what happened and what lap/time stamp. If you're not going to take the time to figure out when something happened, we won't do it for you. You may file a protest against another driver for a few reasons, as follows:

1 - Driver violates any/all race start procedures

2 - Driver maliciously/purposely wrecks you

3 - Driver uses voice comms/text comms to bash/harass/threaten someone in a reason deemed to be way out of line from the general public

4 - Driver violates the iRacing sporting code

 

To file a protest, utilize the contact/protest form on the website with a minimum of a description of what and when it happened(lap/time/corner). It may take a couple days for review but we will get back to you. If your protest is against a series admin, we will submit it to a third party for review.

**Fair Competition Clause**

iRating is not a perfect system for judging speed, skill, or talent. We have decided that a driver who wins 3 championships in a series will have established themselves as not being an amateur and will be done competing in that amateur series.

***Asshole Clause***

If a driver goes rogue and loses their shit in a race, i.e. driving backwards/wrecking people, or even flipping out on voice comms, an admin can/will throw a full course caution so that they can remove that person from the race server and Discord.

All rules and regulations are subject to interpretation by the admins. We also reserve the right to update the rulebook at any time.

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