Originally Posted by sedanaddict
our back straight is 285' long. it isn't the biggest in the world but it is close.
starting 14 on that straight is no different than starting 10 on a 200' straight.
the only reason the last 2 spots were around the corner was to maintain the same spacing as the first 12 spots. i haven't measured the distance between boxes but it is big. i would bet it is bigger than most tracks.
our drive line is 1230'. 14 on that track is no different than 10 on a 900' track.
during practice there were 15-16 people out at a time without much trouble.
why is it a problem to have 14 if the track and stand can hold 14? the problem at the start of that race wasn't the number of cars on the track, it was because one car started faster than everybody else and another car started slower than everybody else.
I don't recall saying anything about the number of drivers vs. the length of the track. I don't recall saying anything bad about your club either. And yes I was only there as a spectator so you have no cause to jump down my throat.
I post this for your suggested reading
6.1. Having quality personnel is paramount to having an event go well. It is up to the organizers to find the best helpers possible for these jobs. The people helping with these duties have our highest respect and appreciation. Without these dedicated members there is no racing.
6.2. All Officials must be ROAR members (see ROAR rule 1.6.5) and must be strong enough in character to handle these positions. As a convenience to the Host, single-event membership may be issued to non-racers helping as Radio Impound Deputies or with track maintenance.
6.3. The following National Event Officials will be needed from the day of controlled practice throughout all of the Qualifiers and Mains:
• Designated ROAR Official (DRO)
• Race Director
• Finish Line Judge
• Technical Inspectors
• Registration Controller
• Radio Impound Deputies
• Track Maintenance
• The authorities and responsibilities of the Officials are contained in ROAR Rule 1.6.6.
• There must be liquid (ROAR legal) refreshment provided for these Officials.
• The Race Director, DRO and Referees can make immediate official judgments/penalties.
• The DRO may temporarily change ROAR rules in the event of a protest or other need for interpretation or modification of the ROAR rules, and then only for the duration of that single event.
• The DRO will not participate in any function of racing or hot pit assistance.
6.5. The following people may only make judgments within their area of responsibility:
• Technical Inspectors
• Registration Controller
• Finish line judge
6.6. Race Director:
• The Race Director is the primary responsible person representing the Host. He is the one point of contact for everything, including track maintenance, setting up the facility to accommodate the number of entries expected, and providing the staff and equipment necessary to run a ROAR National event efficiently. The Race Director is responsible for the smooth operation of the event, everyone’s safety and the “fun factor” for the racers. The Race Director cannot be the designated Announcer. The Race Director may not compete nor perform hot pit assistance nor serve in any other official capacity.
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• The Host must provide a Head Referee. There can be more than one Referee, but only one ‘Head Referee’. Referees should be experienced in the scales they are refereeing; they must have a good knowledge of ROAR rules and be a current ROAR member. The Head Referee may not participate in the event, nor serve in any other official capacity. A Referee must observe each heat and Main from start to finish. A Referee may be the ‘Finish Line Judge’.
• A Referee may issue warnings, penalties and instructions. A Referee may take action after an initial warning but in all cases a maximum of three issued penalties means automatic disqualification from the event. Warnings and penalties are issued for bad sportsmanship and for violations of ROAR rules. Referees warnings and penalties are to be announced, as soon as possible, to the driver committing the violation. The Referees must keep a record of penalties assessed in each race, referring to the Round, Heat and lap if necessary. The Referee may not compete nor perform hot pit assistance nor serve in any other official capacity
6.8. Protest Committee:
• An official protest committee must be appointed, made up of the Race Director, the ROAR Regional Director, and the Designated ROAR Official at the race. If any of the committee cannot attend all or part of the event, then a qualified representative should be named in their place.
• The members of the Protest Committee must be announced to the drivers at the first drivers’ meeting of the event.
• All protests will be handled according to Rule 5.15. The Race Director should ensure that he understands the process.
• It is the Race Director’s responsibility to be sure all protests and race decisions are handled fairly and equitably within the guidelines of ROAR rules.