2011 Demolition Derby Rules and Procedures

These rules apply to any full size car Demolition Derby held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  These rules are designed to provide for orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum requirements for such events. No express or implied warrant of safety shall result from the publication of, or compliance, with these rules and regulations.  They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and in no way are a guarantee against injury or death to participants. 

Rules and Specifications
1. Open to any U.S. full size hard top model stock car, 1965 or newer including station wagons.  No
pre-1974 Chrysler or any Chrysler Imperials, T-Tops, Trucks, Jeeps, and/or Commercial vehicles (i.e.: hearses. limousines, ambulances, and/or delivery vans).
2. Fires are always a possibility in demolition derbies; please do everything you can to prevent them and to protect yourself.
3. All cars must be stock. No altering of body lines or frames allowed. Frame may not be reinforced in any way. No lead or concrete filled frames. No weight may be added. No ballast of any kind allowed in car. Do not weld or fasten in any way, other than stock body mounts welded solid to the frame. No welding or reinforcing in any way of inner seams of frame or any body seams (no welding, screws, rivets or fasteners of any kind). Welding and reinforcement allowed only as directed in these rules!  We will use a Bore Scope to inspect all frames.
4. Stock bumpers only and must be max. 19” (inches) from the ground to bottom of bumper. No trailer hitches. Do not torch the ends. Shock type bumper mounts may be welded solid but no reinforcements allowed. Bumper may be chained to the car with one piece of light chain on each corner or side. 
5. Rear leaf springs may be welded or taped. No truck rear ends or springs. No modifications of coil springs, except store bought spacers to achieve max. height, but must retain suspension travel. Suspension can not be rigid. Applications will be inspected on a case by case basis. Cars must remain at factory stock height. Air shocks MUST be completely disabled.
6. All replacement parts must be stock automotive car parts. Radiator must be in stock location and may not have protective reinforcement. Use of a fan is not required. NO electric fans. Use of air cleaner mandatory, No oil type elements allowed. Mufflers may be removed; exhaust thru the hood OK. Locked rear ends are optional. Motor mounts may be mounted solid, and motors may be strapped down. Transmission coolers are optional. No lines run inside of the car, except to enter and exit cooler. Cooler and mandatory shield needs to be placed so in case of rupture, driver will be protected. 
7. All glass and stock combustible materials (upholstery, door panel, head liner etc.) must be removed. Vehicle must be swept clean. No junk tires, wheels, metal parts, broken glass, etc. allowed in car. Windshield must be removed, and wire screen of no more than ½” mesh is required to replace windshield. The welding of a ½” steel bar from cowling to roof in center of window cavity is required.

8. The stock front seat may remain, it must be bolted down and seat mounts may be reinforced. It must be fastened with a chain or strap to the rear compartment so it will not fold forward. A bucket seat is allowed or may be replaced with an aluminum racing seat. Seat belts are required.
9. All holes in the firewalls and floorboards must be covered with metal.
10. No metal may be cut away from body. You may cut outer fender to clear tire by 1” only. If stock clearance is 1in. no cutting. Hood must be chained shut at all 4 corners with one light ¼” to ½” chain, not over three feet long at each corner. Truck lid must also be chained shut at the corners. Do not weld. No all thread, bolts or wire. Both hood and trunk must open for tech inspection.
11. Doors must be tack welded shut with a max. of 18” total vertical welds (1-18”, 3-6”, 6-3” etc.) and 12” horizontal welds (1-12”, 2-6”, 3-4” etc.). The driver’s door must also be chained shut. Driver’s door may be braced under the driver only.
12. Driver’s door may be reinforced with a ¼” thick or larger steel plate dropped into the window cavity. The plate must not protrude above the bottom of the window sill. It is not necessary to fasten the plate, but make sure it fills the cavity. NO concrete allowed. Side bracing may not exceed front windshield or 18 in. behind driver’s seat. ALL side bracing must be 1 ½” to 2” x .090 MAX. Brace ONLY to protect the driver. NO bracing in passenger’s door, any bracing to the right of the driver MUST be a min. of 10” from inside of the passenger’s door.
13. The rear door post directly behind the front seat must be braced from side to side, 1 ½” X .090 minimum. Do not exceed 8” in diameter for brace. Use a single pipe running from side to side, installed no higher than the driver’s shoulder. Using 4 flanges (max. 18” long x 12” high) 1 welded on each end of the pipe and 1 outside of the car on each side, bolted and welded with four 3/8” bolts or larger through the flanges and main body (do not crush body together). Any variations will be inspected for safety individually. Cut bolts flush with nuts.
14. Stock fuel tanks must be removed & replaced with a MAX. 6-gal. tank with vented cap, “high impact plastic” boat tank or fuel cell recommended.  No home made fuel tanks. The tank must be firmly anchored in the center of the former rear seat area, securely fastened with bolts, nuts & washers only.  Do not use plumbers tape or self taping screws as the only source of securing the fuel tank.  All caps, fittings & lines must be leak proof & flared.  No lines run inside the car, except tank pick up and return.
15. Cars with fuel injection must run fuel pump power through oil pressure switch, and have a pump kill switch well marked and reachable from the driver’s seat. The tech department will test these switches.
16. The battery must be moved inside the car to the floor board area of the front passenger side. The battery must be bolted solid to the floorboard in a metal or plastic box. Do not use plumbers tape or self taping screws as the only source of securing the battery.  A secondary securing system is recommended. The entire installation, including terminals must be covered with rubber firmly attached. Stock ignition switch is acceptable. Ignition kill switch is mandatory. Switch must be painted red.
17. Wheels & tires must be the size of the original stock equipment. 7 in. MAX tread width. Must use air only to inflate tires. No cutting of tread in any way. No wheel reinforcement of any kind. All wheels must be stock street wheels.
18. A hole must be cut in the center of the hood over the air cleaner and be at least 4 in. bigger than the air cleaner to allow a fire extinguisher nozzle to enter the engine compartment and put out a fire.
19. All cars must have a currently charged fire extinguisher on board.  Fire extinguisher must be securely fastened within reach of the driver while driver is seat belted in the vehicle.
20. Safety padding is mandatory on the steering wheel and inside the driver’s door area and any area where the driver might come in contact with the vehicle. Window net highly recommended to be used on driver’s window to help protect the driver.
21. All derby cars are subject to re-inspection by the officials at any time.

General Information
• The basic idea of a demolition derby is for cars to ram/smash into and eliminate each other. Avoid driver’s door at all cost, if you hit a driver’s door you can be DISQUALIFIED. It is acknowledged that the activities of this event are very dangerous. Upon entering any restricted areas you must inspect the restricted areas you enter. If you find anything to be unsafe, bring it to the attention of a official immediately.
• 5 MILES PER HOUR SPEED LIMIT IN PIT AREA AT ALL TIMES, $100 fine will be assessed and all fines will be paid to Speedway Children’s Charities.
• Sign in times for each event are different; you must be at the track with your car within this time period. If you are late you will not be able to run and there are no refunds.
• Car entry is $50.00 and includes driver’s pit pass. Crew pit passes are $35.00 each for members of NASCAR or USLCI and $45.00 for non-members. Driver and Crew under 18 years old must have a parent sign a special minor’s release.
• All drivers must have a valid driver’s license.
• All car themes must be suitable for a family event. Official’s decisions are final.
• Names of sponsors can be painted on sides of car. Car numbers must be painted on drivers & passenger’s door. Numbers must be a min. of 24” high and in a contrasting color from the body. The roof may be modified for the addition of decorative add-ons such as teeth, skulls, eyes, etc. Roof signs must be no more than 2’X 2’ and must be placed in the center of the roof displaying the vehicles number on each side.
• There will be NO alcoholic beverages allowed in the pit area. No one including crew, receiving a pit pass may consume alcoholic beverages at ANY time. The person, and vehicle they are associated with, will be disqualified and their pass/passes revoked if this rule is violated.
• Fighting will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification and removal from LVMS property.
• There will be no tampering of opponent’s vehicles. Anyone caught tampering will be disqualified from this and any future events. This applies to your whole crew.

Race Procedures and Safety

• All drivers must attend the drivers meeting which is approximately 90 min. before each event.
• If the vehicle count for the derby is 16 or more vehicles, we will run heat derbies. The field will be cut in half and pills will be drawn to determine which heat you will be in. The top 4 finishing vehicles from each heat will transfer to the feature derby.
• The start of the derby will go as follows: the starting grid will be set with the vehicles front bumper to front bumper in the center of the arena. The official start of the derby is signaled by all caution lights on the surrounding emergency vehicles going out. If a driver does not wait until the caution lights on the surrounding emergency vehicles going out they will be disqualified, will not be scored and will not receive any portion of the purse. If there is any reason to stop the derby (i.e. fire, medical emergency, or disqualification) the lights on the surrounding emergency vehicles will illuminate. ANY DRIVER NOT ADHEREING TO THE CAUITON LIGHTS AND STOPPING THERE VEHICLE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE DERBY!
• A driver must make substantial contact with another car every TWO (2) minutes. Keeping away from the action, taking too long to start the car or being locked up with another car too long will result in elimination. The definition of a hit: a car is running and able to make an unassisted hit in a forward or reverse motion, and the vehicle must move a ½ car length or more. Rocking is not considered a hit!
• Do not drive out of the designated derby area. Do not push someone else out of the derby area.
• A Yellow flag (min. 12” x 12”) must be securely fastened to the car within reach of the driver. Flag must extend 6” above roof. When eliminated from derby, tear the flag off to signal to other drivers you are out of competition. If the flag falls off, you are eliminated. Do not hit a car that is already eliminated, if you do you will not be scored. Once you take your flag down, you can not put it back up.
• A DOT/Snell approved full face helmet is required; loss of helmet during derby will result in car and driver being disqualified. 
• Drivers must wear long pants, shoes or boots, long sleeve shirt and gloves while on the track. Approved fire suit & neck collar highly recommended. Use of a window net is highly recommended.
• Drivers must wear eye protection while on the track, full face shield or goggles. NO GLASSES.
• If a car catches fire it may not restart that derby if deemed to me unsafe by the officials.
• Stay in your car at all times during the running of a derby. You must remain buckled in your car with your helmet on, even after your car has been eliminated. If you have an emergency and must get out of your car do so with your yellow flag. Waive your flag at the officials so that they may stop the derby. It is extremely dangerous to get out of your car while the derby is still running.
• No one but the driver and officials are allowed into the competition arena at any time.