FDMS Rules

 100.0  General Rules

100.1  General

The rules in this manual are intended for the orderly conduct of the Florida Dirt Motor Speedway (FDMS). Racers who register for a FDMS race is strongly encouraged to read and learn the rules set forth; it is the racers’ responsibility to be familiar with these rules. Safety is the main concern of FDMS. The purpose of this rule book is to provide common standards that will benefit all involved.

100.2  Minors

A person under the age of 18 wishing to participate in a Florida Dirt Motor Speedway race must have a Minor Release Form on file, as well as a certified birth certificate and/or other legal documentation to support competition age. If any competitor is caught falsifying the documents provided for determination of age, the competitor will be suspended from the series and possible expulsion from competing in all future events.

100.3  Competition Age

The competition age is determined January 2nd.  If a driver is 10 on the 2nd of January, they are permitted to compete in either Junior 1 or Junior 2. 

100.3.1  Competition Age - Advancement

FDMS reserves the right to advance a competitor to the next age “class” if the racers’ ability and driving technique is proven to compete in the next age “class” bracket. 

100.4  Conduct / Spirit and Intent

Florida Dirt Motor Speedway is a family friendly track, intended to make racing enjoyable for the entire family. Everyone is expected to behave in a respectful manner. This includes but is not limited to officials, drivers, crew, family members, spectators, sponsors and guests.

 100.4.1  Conduct at the Event

It is understood that all racers want to win and with that there is an amount of frustration that goes along with racing; however, physical violence, verbal abuse, threats, and/or intimidation directed at ANY person at the event will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior will be means of disqualification and possible ejection from the event.

100.4.2  Social Media

Inappropriate offsite actions including postings on social media will not be tolerated. Such actions through e-mail, telephone, text, Internet forums and Social Media will have the same consequences as 100.4.1; whether directed at another racer, sponsor, guest, official, and/or racetrack.

100.4.3  Pit Crews

It is the driver’s responsibility to control the actions of their pit crew. The driver may be subject to disqualification and/or expulsion of the event if the crew members act in an unacceptable manor.

100.4.4  Unsportsmanship Conduct Unsportsmanship Driving
Driving in an aggressive manner, such as: bumping, crowding, blocking, chopping, getting out of your kart causing conflicts, antagonizing another driver while racing, or causing an intentional accident will get the driver black flagged for the race and possible for the event. This includes on the grid, track and scale area. Black Flagged
If a racer is disqualified / black flagged for unsportsmanship conduct, the racer must use that race in his or her year end points and may not use it as a “drop race”. If a racer is disqualified / black flagged due to: post-race engine; oil; fuel; or mechanical failure on the track; or being underweight, the race may be used as a “drop race”. If the racer is repeatedly disqualified for the same reason, he or she may have the same consequences or penalties as unsportsmanship conduct at the Race Director’s discretion. 

100.5  Physical or Mental State

Florida Dirt Motor Speedway has the right to not allow or refuse a competitor to compete based on the driver’s physical condition or on advice from a medical personnel. Advice from any healthcare provider will take precedence to continue driver and competition safety.

100.6  Safe Racing

We all enjoy the sport or we wouldn’t be here. There is a difference in rubbing and taking a competitor out. While not all of the calls are black and white the staff of Florida Dirt Motor Speedway have raced for many years and understands sometimes rubbing is racing. The difference is when “rubbing” gets out of control, this will not be tolerated…this is your warning! If you need further discussion on this topic, see a race official. If it is deemed a driver is driving in a un-sportsmanship like manner, the black flag will be displayed!!

100.7  Cancellation / Change Policy

FDMS reserves the right to cancel or change a scheduled event due to inclement weather; also the schedule may be adjusted in accordance to weather or any other factors.

200.0  RACE

201.0  Head Gear 

Full coverage (full face) helmets designed for competitive motorsports use are mandatory and must comply with one of the following:

Snell Foundation SpecificationsLegal Until
SA and M 201512/20/2025 -- Karts and Champs
Snell SMK or M 201012/20/2020 -- Karts and Champs
CMS 2007 (Youth Helmet)12/20/2019 -- Karts and Champs
CMR 2007 (Youth Helmet)
CMS 201612/20/2019 -- Karts and Champs
12/20/2026 -- Karts and Champs
CMR 201712/20/2026 -- Karts and Champs
SA 201012/20/2020 -- Karts and Champs

SFI SpecificationsLegal Until
24.1 / 201312/20/2023 -- Karts and Champs
31.1 / 201312/20/2023 -- Karts and Champs
41.1 / 201312/20/2023 -- Karts and Champs
24.1 / 2010 (Youth Helmet)12/20/2020 -- Karts and Champs
31.1 / 201012/20/2020 -- Karts and Champs
41.1 / 201012/20/2020 -- Karts only – Not Champs
Although the “youth helmet” standards do specify a precise age range, the helmets are intended for children and particularly for young, pre-pubertal children. They are not appropriate for adult races.

Helmet must be in good condition and is subject to pre-race technical inspection. It may also be inspected if it is damaged in an accident. If the helmet shows any damage, FDMS recommends that it be returned to the manufacturer for testing and re-certification. Helmet must be secured with a strap. The racer is responsible for making sure that his or her helmet fits properly and is securely fastened before entering the racing surface. In the case of a minor, this is the parent or guardian’s responsibility. Failure to properly secure the helmet before entering the racing surface may result in disqualification.

202.0  Helmet Cameras

Helmet cameras are NOT legal. Mounting the camera to the kart is legal.

203.0  Face Shield

Eye protection is required using a full-face shield.

204.0  Helmet Supports

All racers in all races must wear an un-altered collar-type helmet support designed for motorsports use when on the track. Any racer losing a helmet support while on the track will be black flagged and removed from the track immediately. After replacing the helmet support at the discretion of the race official in charge, the racer may resume racing in whatever position he or she may sagely reenter the track. If requested by race officials, racers must supply the name of the helmet support manufacturer. The EVS Evolution Race Collar and R4 Race Collar, Leatt-Brace Moto Kart and Motor GPX, Safety Solutions R3 and D-cel, and Team Valhalla 360 Plus Device are approved as helmet supports. The Hans Sport Series and Safety Solutions Hybrid are approved as helmet supports in Champ Karts only.

205.0  Racer Apparel

Racers are required to wear jackets of leather, vinyl, ballistic nylon or other abrasion resistant material and full-length pants to prevent or minimize abrasions. No sweat pants. Shoes, socks and gloves are mandatory. Chest protectors meeting SFi Specification 20.1 are mandatory for all drivers in all classes where the maximum age is 12 or under. Champ kart racers in these age categories are exempt. Ballast weight may not be added to the racer, i.e. addition of weight to driving apparel, weight belts, ankle weights, etc. without the written permission from the Race Director. If requested, driver must supply name of the manufacturer of driving apparel for comparison purposes. If racer’s hair extends from beneath helmet, it is mandatory that the racer wears a “balaclava” or head-sock to prevent the hair from extending outside the helmet. Also, no apparel such as bandanas, sweater hoods, loose belts, etc. will be permitted.

206.0  Pre-Race Tech

All driver personal safety equipment is subject to pre-race tech inspection and is subject to re-inspection at any time.

207.0  Stopping on Track
If a racer must stop on / in the track, the racer is to raise his hand to signal to other racers he is slowing. At no time shall the racer stop on the track, the racer is to move their kart to a safe area as soon as possible.

208.0  Direction of Travel
All racers must observe the normal direction of travel around the track. If a racer should fail to do this by either pushing or driving their kart in the opposite direction, the racer will be subject to disqualification and/or possible suspension. If there is an accident, track officials may request the racer to push/drive the kart from the racing surface in the opposite direction.

209.0  Re-Entering the Track
At no point shall a racer re-enter the track after exiting during practice, qualifying, and/or race unless directed by a FDCS Official.

210.0  Exiting the Track
All competitors are to exit the track at the designated area and immediately report to scales or an area determined by the Race Director.

211.0 Practicing out of class

If a competitor practices out of class, the offender will lose the fastest lap in qualifying for all classes entered. Should this happen at another event, the competitor will be placed on probation (which could include the loss of fastest lap for duration of probation).

212.0  Combining of Classes

The Race Director may combine classes; according to driver experience, lap times, or other factors for purposes of safety or event expediency. The Race Director may also restrict the number of racers (entries) per class.

213.0  Scratch Entries
If a racer is unable to make the feature event and race officials are notified of this prior to the class entering the grid, the lineup will be corrected by crossing over to make the starting grid proper based on the karts available for the race based on the qualifying order. If race officials are not made aware of this and the class enters the track, karts will be moved directly forward. 

214.0  Late to the Grid

It is the racer’s responsibility to be on the grid on time with the corresponding transponder. However, there is a 90 second rule; the driver must be on the grid, in starting position, in the kart, and ready to race for the 90-second rule to be in effect. Once the Grid Stewart radios to the Race Director and/or the Flagman that the grid is clear, the 90-second rule no longer applies. If a racer’s motor stalls on the grid and the class is on the track, he / she may restart but the race can start at any time.

215.0  Restarts
All restarts will be off turn 4. The flagman will indicate one to go by a rolled up green flag. You must remain at a moderate speed, single file and ready for the restart.
The first restart all racers will get their starting position,
he second and third restart, the racers that bring out the yellow will go to the rear of the field,
he fourth and plus restarts, we will not caution the race unless the racers are at a dangerous position on / around the track. 

216.0  Restarting Engines

The restarting of an engine can be done at any time in a Senior class, in the Junior class, a race official must restart the engine under caution. If the engine stalls under a yellow or red flag, the driver will earn their position back; however, if the driver causes the caution, they will start in the rear of the field. If you have problems getting the motor started, we will give you 1 lap under caution, after that the race will go green.  Effective 1/1/2016 - if FDMS Officials restart your motor more than 2 times (Red Flag conditions do not count) you will be asked to leave the track

217.0  Format
217.1  Practice
The day’s events will commence with two rounds of controlled practice by class.

217.2  Drivers Meeting
All racers must attend the drivers’ meeting, Junior racers are to bring a parent or guardian with them. The Race Director may take roll call; announce special conditions or changes to the event. Any driver found not attending the driver’s meeting will lose their fastest lap of qualifying, if this is an on-going issue, the driver will be penalized and made to start in the rear of the field.

217.3  Features Laps
Jr. Sportsman Champ Red = 8 heat / 12 feature laps
Rookie, Novice,  = 8 heat 12 feature laps
Junior 1 (including Jr Sportsman Champ Green) and up = 20 lap
218.0 Time
All main events will have a time limit of 15 minutes; the only exception to this rule is weather. The time will start when the green flag drops (the first time), yellow flag laps are included but red flag conditions are excluded. Should time expire in a race, either the next yellow flag or checkered flag will conclude the race. If the time limit should expire prior to one lap completed, the Race Director can call the race on qualifying or if time permits, place the race at the end of the program.

219.0  Completed Race Due to Yellow / Black Flag

A completed race under the Yellow and Black Flag conditions will be under review. The last completed lap will base the position of the finish but the Race Director may penalize racers for the caution.

220.0  Scales

After qualifying and races, all competitors will exit the track and enter the scales. There are no exceptions on weight rules, if you are one pound light, you will be disqualified. Transponders must be returned at this time, not returning a transponder will result in being charged for the transponder. 

221.0  Impound Area

After the feature, the top three must report to the Impound Area for further instructions, failure to do so will result in disqualification.

222.0  Transponder System

 Coming soon

230.0  Flags

230.1  Green 

The green flag is waved at the beginning of the race to indicate the start of the race. During a caution the starter shows a rolled green flag, it indicates one lap to green. The race is said to be under green-flag conditions, though the flag is not actually displayed. The green flag may be supplemented by green lights similar to a traffic light around the track.

230.2  Yellow

The solid yellow flag, or caution flag, requires drivers to slow down due to a hazard on the track. The field is locked into place at the beginning of a caution period and no one is allowed to pass---there isNO racing back to the start/finish line. The yellow flag may be supplemented by yellow lights similar to a traffic light around the track.

230.3  Red

The solid red flag is displayed when conditions are too dangerous to continue, racers are to stop as quickly and SAFELY as possible the Race Director will direct racers where to proceed to. Disobeying the red flag will result in immediate disqualification. There is NO working on karts during a red flag condition. Pit crew and family members are not permitted on the track until a race official gives permission. The red flag may be supplemented by red lights similar to a traffic light around the track.

230.3.1   Accidents

All karts involved in an accident will be subject to inspection by a race official, if the kart is deemed unsafe the competitor will not be allowed to finish the race.  Should a driver get injured and unable to weigh in after the event, the driver will receive points based on their finishing position. If any competitor is aggressively driving causing an accident, the offender will be suspended and possible expulsion from the series…period

230.3.2  Pit Crew / Family

Please do not enter the track until directed to do so by Race Officials. We understand the importance of a parent getting to their child but the track must be safe to enter.

230.3.3   Driver Injury

After an accident or incident occurs, it is up to the Race Officials /Medics if the driver is able to complete the race. If a driver appears to be hurt it is the best interest of the racer and other racers safety to not allow them to compete in the remainder of the event.  Driver Transport

If a racer is injured and requiring to be transported (via ambulance, etc.), the racer is able to get points for the position they finish, without weighing in. If a racer needs medical care at the race track and does not need to be transported, it is at the Race Director’s discretion to allow the racer to not weigh in and obtain points.

230.3.4  Working on Kart

Unless the Race Director authorizes work to be performed on ANY karts under Red or stopped under Yellow, it is prohibited. No crew members are allowed to enter the track; this will result in the driver being disqualified from the race. The exception to this is if (1) it is a complete restart (2) the Race Director allows work to be performed due to safety reasons. It is of the discretion of the Race Director to allow or disallow a kart to continue in a race due to safety issues. The only exception to this rule is the Senior class; if a chain comes off you are to pull your kart into the infield and the chain may be put back on. By no means will we hold the race or wait for you to complete putting the chain on.

230.4  White

The white flag displayed from the starter's tower indicates the start of the final lap of the race. The only flag that follows a white flag is a checkered flag. If the race has a need for a caution, the race is deemed complete on the previous lap when all competitors have made a completed lap. The white flag is a courtesy and is not required to be shown.

230.5  Black

The solid black flag is used to summon a driver to the pits; this could be the result of mechanical issues or disobeying the rules (un-sportsmanship like conduct). The driver must immediately pull of the race track and see the Race Director immediately to rectify this situation.

 230.5.1  Black Flag for Driving Infraction

The waving of a black flag is used to tell a racer that he or she has been disqualified due to on-track infraction such as bumping, pushing, blocking, rough driving, or other unsafe or unsportsmanlike activity. If the black flag is given during qualifying, the racer will start at the rear of the field. If the black flag is given during a race, the driver will receive zero points for the race. Based on the severity of the infraction, the Race Director will inform the driver immediately if further penalties are being assessed. Failure to leave the track after receiving the black flag for two laps may also result in additional penalties. A rolled black flag is a warning regarding unsafe or unsportsmanlike driving. Ignoring a warning will result in the use of waving the black flag. If a racer gets out of their kart and approaches another driver, whether the other kart is stopped or rolling on the track, the racer will be disqualified from the event and will receive an un-droppable zero points.

230.5.2  Black Flag for Mechanical Violation

The waving black flag is also used during practice, qualifying, and racing to signal the racer of a technical mechanical infraction. Failure to leave the track after receiving the black flag on two consecutive laps may result in disqualification. If the flag is used for a safety violation, scoring will cease as of the lap on which the flag is first displayed. If the flag is used for technical violation that could potentially improve performance, and the violation occurred during qualification, the racer will start in the rear of the field. If the flag is displayed during the feature, the racer will receive zero points for the race.
Safety is defined as: missing neck brace, broken muffler, etc.
Technical Violation is defined as: muffler falling off, etc.

230.6  Blue

The blue flag tells a racer that he or she is being lapped and must yield the racing line to allow lapping karts to pass. Failure to obey the blue flag or “racing” with the leaders will result in disqualification. Have courtesy to the leaders - move HIGH.

230.6.1  Lapped Karts

Racers being lapped by fasters competitors’ are responsible for being aware of the approaching faster racers and must yield the racing groove until the faster karts have passed. The lapped karts are to take the “high” line around the track to allow faster karts to pass in the groove. Lapped competitors will observe the passing (blue) flag or be subject to disqualification. If a racer is lapped 2 or more times in the points classes, they will be black flagged, this is a safety hazard.

230.7  Checkered
The checkered flag is displayed at the start/finish line to indicate that the race is officially finished. The flag is commonly associated with the winner of a race, as they are the first driver to "take" (drive past) the checkered flag. Upon seeing the checkered flag and crossing the finish line, drivers are required to slow to a safe speed and exit the race track. A red or yellow flag cannot be displayed alone after the white flag. They may be used with the checkered flag to indicate caution on the track, and under these conditions, racing to the checkered is prohibited. Waving a checkered and a black flag indicate that the race is finishing under conditions subject to review and potential action by race officials.

230.8  Crossed Flags
This indicates the race is half way finished.

230.9  Two Rolled Flags
This indicates there are two laps remaining in the race.


301.0  Grid Area
Race officials’ may designate the number of individuals allowed in the restricted grid area for each racing kart. Entry to this grid area is strictly under control of the Race Officials. Failure to comply with their directives will subject violators and associated drivers to disqualification, immediate removal from the restricted pit area and possible suspension of racing privileges.

302.0  Restricted Areas
The area that requires a pit pass for entrance, is restricted and under the complete control of the race officials. All persons entering this area, whether connected to a driver or not, are subject to all regulations regarding expulsion and behavior and may be ejected from this area by the officials in charge. 

303.0  Open Flames

The use of torches or any other form of an open flame is strictly prohibited! ANYONE caught with an open flame will be escorted from the property and not be allowed to participate in any Florida Dirt Motor Speedway events for life.

303.1   Fire Extinguisher

There must be a working fire extinguisher in each competitor’s pit at all FCMS races.

304.0  Oil Containment

All tracks provide an area for used oil, please use these.

305.0  Driving Karts in Pits

Driving of karts in the pits is strictly prohibited!!

306.0  Personal Vehicles

Vehicles for personal transportation may be restricted from the pit area at the discretion of the race officials. Parking vehicles in other racers’ pit, please be RESPECTFUL, the racer may be utilizing this area.

400.0  PROTEST

401.0  Protest – Technical

All protest if technical specification legality and driver conduct must be submitted in writing by a legal entrant from the same class in which the alleged violation occurred. If a kart is specifically protested, the protesting racer’s own kart can also be subject to full inspection. If an engine specification is protested, the protesting racer’s engine will be subject to full inspection. Verbal protests will not be accepted.

402.0  Protest Procedure

All protests must be submitted in writing to the Race Director (or designated official) within 30 minutes after completion of the race that is being protested. After the close of the 30 minute time window all races are official and final unless posted otherwise by a race official.

 402.1 Written Procedure

The written protest must refer to (1) the specific Technical Manual page and section, (2) the Technical Update section, or (3) the specific supplementary rules in force for the event. A $150 fee is required for the initial protest. Anyone filing a protest on another competitor’s equipment must keep his or her own equipment in the impound area following the race. Once a competitor’s equipment has been removed from the impound area, he or she has waived the right to file a protest on another competitor’s equipment regardless whether 30 minutes have elapsed from the completion of the race in question.


403.0  Collective Protests

Only one protest from only one entrant in the class will be accepted for each incident or alleged technical violation. Once a protest is properly filed, no additional protests for the same technical violation will be accepted.

404.0  Video and Photography in Protests

Competitor submitted video and photographs will not be considered as evidence in protests and appeals of on-track calls and violations.

405.0  Post-Race Tech

The top 3 in all classes will report to tech. EXPECT TECH! Inspection will be performed on the top 3 finishers, if the Tech person has a question as to a gray rule, the Tech Committee will be called into action. . Any attempt to counterfeit or remanufacture OEM parts will be a disqualification and cannot be used as a “drop race”.


501.0  Weights

Non-structural weight added to meet minimum kart/racer weight requirements must be bolted securely to the kart using bolts of at least 5/16” diameter. Weights in excess of 7 lbs. must use two or more 5/16” bolts. All bolts must be cotter-keyed or double nut. All bolt-on weight must be white in color for visibility. Mounting of weights to nerf bars & rear bumper is prohibited. Weights may be mounted on front bumper of nose cone is used. No added weight allowed on racer.

502.0  Racer Weight and Weigh-In

All racers are subject to a mandatory minimum combined kart/racer weight at post-race weight check. Some classes the racer is subject to a minimum weight.

503.0  Suspension

Any type of suspension including springs, shocks, etc. is prohibited.

510.0  Rain-out After Heat Races
All heat races that are completed  to determine the starting order of the feature event, and there is a rain-out in that class, points and awards will be distributed according to the feature event line up. If a day’s event is rained-out, all classes for that day are cancelled and will not carry over to the following day.

511.0  Incomplete Race Due to Inclement Weather
If a race is called due to weather, the race cannot be restarted, and if one or more laps have been completed; the finish shall be determined by the running order of the last completed lap.

512.0  Race Shortened Due to Weather
The Race Director may adjust the number of laps in the race to compensate for lost time due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

511.0  Rear View Mirrors

512.0 Communications
Any and all types of communication are illegal. 

600.0 Points and Awards
Points for the night will be, the number of entries per class.
Example: Class Has 10 entries
1st 10 points
2nd 9 points
3rd 8 points
4th 7 points, etc.

TROPHIES at the end of night:
3 entries = 1st place trophy
5 entries = 2nd place trophy
7 entries = 3rd place trophy

600.1 Year End Banquet
We will crown our Champions and celebrate each racer's success at a banquet in January.
To be eligible for awards you must compete in 16 out of 20 races (in the same class)

Location and date of the banquet to be disclosed mid - late season