The following rule changes have been made to the Ozark Raceway Park General Rules effective immediately (6/3/10).
Shootout and Index Class Staging (OLD)
During Shootout and Index Races, once a racer has staged, the opposing racer shall have 20 seconds to stage. Should the starter deem it necessary to count this down, he shall make this count obvious with "one second arm counts". If the racer fails to stage after the given time, he/she shall receive a "red light" and forfeit the race. You MUST stage moving forward! Staging via reverse shall constitute a forfeit. If both drivers of a race leave the lines before the start system is activated, both are disqualified.
Shootout and Index Class Staging (NEW RULES)
- Autostart will be activated when one driver has lit both their pre-stage and stage bulbs, and the second driver lights their pre-stage bulb. When three sets of stage bulbs are lit, a timer in the computer will begin counting down. The un-staged driver will have 7 seconds to fully stage their car. Failing to stage the car within the 7 seconds will result in a disqualification (red light) of that driver.
- Deep Staging is allowed, but not necessarily recommended. It is always the driver's responsibility to stage the vehicle prior to the tree being activated. Drivers must be prepared to leave once the final stage bulb is lit. Deep Staging means the racer has pulled in far enough to turn the pre-stage bulb off.
- Courtesy Staging is Recommended, but NOT enforced - Racers will NOT be backed out by the Starter if they double bulb their opponent. As a general practice of staging etiquette, Courtesy Staging is where a racer will light up only the pre-stage light and wait for their opponent to do the same. Once both drivers have the pre-stage lights on, usually the first one in lights the second set but either one can do it.
- The final staging motion, using applied power, must be in a forward motion going from pre-stage to stage.You MUST stage moving forward! Staging via reverse shall constitute a forfeit.
- Drivers must stage with the front tires.
- If both drivers of a race leave the line before the starting system is activated, both are disqualified.