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Snake River Karters Rule Book

All IKF rules apply with the following SRK local options
Revision date March 1, 2013


Updated 2-1-2013 Rules of Conduct

    1. All pit crew, participants, and drivers must cooperate with officials at all times to help put on a good event.
    1. The driver will be responsible for the conduct of all people associated with the driver (Kart owner, pit crew, spectators, and self).
    2. Any penalties incurred by any person associated with the driver will be given to the driver.
    3. Keep track and facilities clean, be responsible for own trash.


    1. Use of improper language or gestures to participants, spectators and officials in charge of the race. May be immediately reprimanded, expelled from the track, and subject to a 1-race or longer suspension. Upon board review.
    2. Unbecoming conduct in front of any audience will be subject to a 1-race or longer suspension. Upon board review.
    3. Any driver or associate at any time shoves, jostles, strikes, or attempts to strike any official will be subject to a 1-race or longer suspension. Upon board review.
    4. Any Member found fighting will be subject to a 1-race or longer suspension. Upon board review.
    5. If in the judgment of the officials in charge, any driver or pit member found under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance during race events will not be allowed to compete in the races or be in or about the pit area. Drinking or drug abuse will not be tolerated in any manner and carries a 1-year suspension. Upon board review.
    6. No one will be allowed on the racecourse after karts enter the track course except for race officials. In case of an accident, the race officials will give instruction. Failure to abide by this rule may result in the disqualification of the kart or karts involved.
    1. Deliberately spinning, hitting, or blocking another kart is strictly forbidden and carries a penalty at the discretion of the race director or head flagman.
    1. All protests must be made in writing within 30 minutes after the heat being protested. Person(s) being penalized will be notified immediately after decision to penalize has been made. See race director for form or write protest on any peace of paper. Prepare to have written rule listed.
    2. Protests involving finishing positions will be settled the evening of the race program.
    3. The SRK tech committee or board of the directors must settle all protests unless the protest involves one of the directors. In this event, the president and/or vice president will replace this person(s) for the review of the protest.

(General Rules)


    1. 2013 SRK membership dues will be $115.00 per individual or $135.00 per family (limited to children age 21 and younger). 2011 membership will be valid until March 31, 2012. Pre-paid memberships can be purchased at current yearly rate for multiple years. Family memberships approved through board approval.
    2. Non-members will pay an additional $20.00 per 1ST entry per person at registration sign-up.
    3. Members practice for $8.00 per driver. Any persons accompanying member drivers must also pay the $8.00 to enter the pits.
    4. Non-members practice for $20.00 per driver. Any persons accompanying non-members on practice days must pay $8.00 to enter the pits.
    5. Visiting drivers from northwest local clubs are allowed to race at SRK membership prices with a current northwest karting club membership. Proof of membership required.
    1. SRK members with the most seniority have the right to their number in any class they run. Any member letting their membership lapse for one year will lose the rights to their number. Number list will be available at registration or contact the treasurer. The number 19 has been retired and is only available to the family of Larry Kurpiewski.
    1. Officials will have the authority to make changes or additions to the rules to keep within the guidelines, spirit, and intent of the rules.
    2. Rule changes made at a race event will require a majority vote by board members present. Vote can only take place with 60% board members present.
  1. SIGN-UP:
    1. After sign in closes, late entries will be allowed at the discretion of the race director. If you are allowed to participate, no time in will be allowed, entrant will start scratch for the first heat.
    2. Non SRK sanctioned events will be at the local promoters discretion allowing late sign-up.
    3. Practice fee is $8 per member, $20.00 per non-member, Saturdays the weekend of a race, your Sunday race covers Saturday event practice.
    4. Race fees:

                                                          a.      $20.00 1st. entry, includes pit pass

  1. $15.00 per additional family member
  2. $15.00 per each additional class entry for the same driver Saturday or Sunday.

                                                          d.      $8.00 pit pass for non-drivers.

                                                          e.      $20.00 additional non-member fee per entry per race.

                                                            f.      Speedway (Oval) races are free to members with purchase of Sunday’s Sprint Race.

    1. Transponder rental

                                                          a.      $15.00 Per day.

                                                          b.      $5.00 each additional transponder (family member).

                                                           c.      Transponders are not rented for Speedway races.

  1. VOTING:
    1. Voting rights are defined as one vote per family paid application/membership.
  1. AWARDS:
    1. Drivers must complete at least half of the scheduled races to be eligible for year-end awards.
    2. You must be a paid member of Snake River Karters to obtain year end awards.
    3. One prize will be awarded for every three participants with the exception of junior classes, 1st thru 3rd will be awared. Participation award will be given to all Kid Karts.
    4. Minimum First thru third all classes for year end awards
    5. Additional place awards may be given in any class at the discretion of the Board of Directors or award sponsor.
    6. Special awards may be given at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  1. Meetings:
    1. Club meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at Casa Mexico at Fairview/Five Mile.

(Racing Rules)

Updated 2-1-2013

  1. FLAGS:
    1. GREEN:
  1. The start of an event, a qualifying lap or the restart of competition after running under a yellow flag.
  2.                                                               i.      When the starter waves the green flag, the race is on. Passing is therefore allowed before reaching the starting line. Passing before the green flag is waved is a 1-lap penalty.
  3.                                                             ii.      Shifter jumping the start. Rolling at start.
    1. 1.       1 position + 1 position for each spot gained +1 position by first lap transponder crossing.
    2.                                                           iii.      Shifter creeping but coming back to stop.
      1. 1.       1 position + 1 position for each spot gained at start.
    3.                                                            iv.      Start will not be delayed for hot lapping karts. Race may start with lagging karts.
    4.                                                              v.      The pole kart will set the pace, which shall be consistent in accordance with track conditions and as required to form the field.
    5.                                                            vi.      Karts in the last row will not be allowed to lay back and take a run at the field when coming down for the green flag.
    6.                                                          vii.      If you are unable to make a heat or your kart breaks before the green flag is dropped you can request to postpone the heat by notifying the pit steward. It is the responsibility of the driver or pit crew to make an official aware of the situation. Due to time constraints this rule is up to the race director’s discretion. 
    7.                                                               i.      Sprint track: All yellow flags will be local yellows only. In a yellow area raise your hand to signal other drivers of the hazard. Reduce speed in the corner where the yellow is. There is no passing in the corner where the yellow is. Passing in a corner that is yellow will be a 1-lap penalty. If the started deems it necessary for a full course yellow, the red flag will be displayed and the field stopped.
    8.                                                             ii.      Speedway: The lead kart shall hold the pace the starter wants and the rest of the field shall form a single line behind. The lead kart may be sent to the rear of the field if it does not slow down to comply with the starters commands while running under the yellow flag.
      1. 1.       Speedway: A kart that stops (unless directed to stop by an official) or spins for any reason while under the yellow flag will be started at the rear of the field, but in front of the karts that caused the yellow flag.
      2. 2.       Speedway: When the starter throws the yellow flag and/or the yellow light comes on in the corner, no driver will be allowed to pass another competitor. The lineup for the resumption of racing will be he same as the line up on the last green lap, with the exception of the karts involved in the spin or which stopped in the pits will start at the back of the field. All yellow flags will be full course yellows.
    9.                                                               i.      Passing flag. You are being lapped by a faster kart. Hold your line. No erratic moves.
    10.                                                               i.      Danger: Raise your hand and come to a safe controlled stop at the side of the track as soon as safely possible.
    11.                                                             ii.      Any kart that completes a full lap and passes the starting line after a red flag has been thrown shall be subject to a black flag consultation.
    12.                                                               i.      A rolled black flag pointed at a driver or group of drivers is a warning against intense driving or blocking and to keep it clean.
    13.                                                             ii.      Any driver receiving the open black flag must come into the pits at once for consultation.
    14.                                                           iii.      The starter and/or SRK official is authorized to determine what constitutes a hazard and to throw the black flag.
    15.                                                               i.      One lap to go before the checkered flag is thrown.
    16.                                                               i.      The race will be scored as ended when the lead kart receives the checkered flag.
    17.                                                               i.      A kart must complete a lap under green to score points for qualifying, heat race or main event.
    1. YELLOW
    1. RED:
    1. BLACK:
    1. WHITE:
    1. Sprint: The heat race will be an invert of qualifying. Fast time to the back. Points will be awarded for qualifying and Heat race. The kart with the most accumulated points will be on the pole for the feature. (Main event). In the case of a tie going into the main event, the kart finishing best in the heat will get the better start position for the main event. The finish for the day will be the finish position of the main.
    1. Classes ending in a season point’s tie will be decided by the most accumulated feature wins. If the feature wins are also tied, the racers will be awarded co-champs.
    2. Speedway asphalt: The line up of the 1st. heat will be determined from qualifying or pea pick. Fast time or low # to the back of 1st. heat. The 2nd. Heat will be a complete invert of the 1st. heat. The kart with the most accumulated points will be on the pole for the feature (Main event). In the case of a tie going into the main event, the kart finishing best in the 2nd. Heat will get the better start position for the main event. The finish for the day will be the finish position of the main.

Rolling start race order with a drop out. If a kart drops out after leaving the grid during the Parade Laps, do not change the positions by crisscrossing. Karts further back will move forward to fill vacant position(s). If a kart cannot make the starting grid, karts are to be crisscrossed, by moving one position ahead on the starting grid. Karts must complete one lap under green flag to be given credit for their position in the Heat Race.A. Shifter classes will stay in original line up spots on track line up for start of all heats ignoring dropped kart positions.

    1. Sprint track: Two or more karts unable to continue racing from an incident (i.e. at the Hair Pin turn) on the 1st. lap of racing under their own power, will be given (at the flagman’s discretion or race director) a complete restart of that heat race or feature.
    2. Shifter Kart: A shift kart killing the motor on the start will be allowed to be push started from that grid spot after all karts have left the grid.
    3. Asphalt speedway oval: A multiple kart yellow on the first lap will constitute a complete restart. Any kart causing two yellows on the first lap will be penalized to the rear of the field.
    4. Asphalt tracks: Any kart or karts causing two delayed starts will be penalized one row.
    1. Asphalt Tracks: Any kart that leaves the track surface and cannot get back on track without help, other than driver help, will be out of that heat. If any hazard to racing is created by such actions, there can be disqualification for that day. Corner people can help all Kid Karts and Junior I drivers return to the track if the motor is running within a manor that is safe for all drivers and track official. Engine cannot be restarted or chain put back on.
    2. 2 cycle TAG engines or push start 2 cycle engines only, may be allowed to restart on track. If any hazard to racing is created by such actions, there can be disqualification for that day (see section on yellow flags).
    1. All inexperienced or rookie drivers must start at the rear of all heats and mains for three race dates. Rookies must also wear a large X (in contrasting colors) on the rear of their helmet to signify rookie status. Three race events (race events are weekend venue….example, a
      Saturday and Sunday race is considered on event) are required at each venue to overcome rookie status
    2. A New Driver Orientation must be completed by any inexperienced/new drivers, Rookie drivers with less than (3) races on the Speedway or (3) races on the Sprint Track. Also, any Junior I drivers that have moved up from Kid Kart. If the driver is a minor, a parent must be present at the time of the class. The orientation must be completed, and the driver approved in order to begin racing with the club. Contact Jeff Shawver 208-629-6672 to schedule an orientation.
    3. Substitute drivers will start scratch at the rear of the field, and will not be awarded any points for either driver.
    1. Sprint track: 4 stroke class accepted tires are MG Red
    2. 2 stroke classes will allow MG Yellow
  1.                                                               i.      Rotax/tag allowed to use MOJO per Rotax package rule.
  2.                                                               i.      Open tire
    1. KID KART: Open
    2. CLONE: open
    3. Speedway tracks, dirt and asphalt:5 or 6 inch wheels only.
  1. POINTS, IKF regional scoring system as per IKF Rules section 800.12
    1. Qualification and heat points added dependant on entries.



Update 2-20-2013

 All IKF engine and chassis rules apply as per IKF rulebook.

  2. Spirit of intent….if you show up with a current IKF regulation kart, we will find a place for you to run.
  1. 2011 rear bumper must extend to middle of rear tires but may not extend beyond rear tires AS PER IKF.
  2. All 2 cycle classes must run an approved air box.
  3. All 2 cycle classes must run a muffler min. 12” x 3”.
  4. 4 cycle: Mufflers will be required for all 4 cycle classes.
    1. Only the RLV B91 muffler will be allowed. It must be completely intact and in working order.
    2. All exhaust systems are subject to safety, and tech inspection.
    3. All mufflers and exhaust pipes must be safety wired.
    4. Spec. pump gas, non-ethanol.
    5. OPTION AGE Year: IKF rules specify, during the year a driver’s Attained Age changes from one age group to another. The driver may race in either age group. Once the driver moves to the higher age group, they can no longer race in the lower age group.
      1. More than 10 karts in a class.
        1. If 10 or more karts in class split qualifying and heat.
        2. Qualifying in two groups split evenly on grid by racers or race steward.
        3.                                               iii.      Heats split by time from qualifying groups A and B. Starts are inverted.
          1. 1.         A Heat odd numbers from qualifier (1,2,5, etc.)
          2. 2.       B Heat even numbers from qualifier (2, 4, 6, etc.)
          3. 3.       Combine qualifying and heat finish points. (tie to best qualifying)
          4. 4.       Group top 8 points totals go to main. Group Highest point total on pole. (etc)
          5. 5.       9th, and lower go to consi.
          6. 6.       1st, and 2nd finish from consi go to main starting 9th and 10th on grid respectively.
          7. 7.       Points awarded for finish of cons (3rd = 11th place main points, 4th = 12th place main points, etc)


    1. KID KART: All Kid Karts will go through tech after second practice. This should not be confused with pre-race tech inspection as this is still required before entering the track for first practice.
      1. AGE: 5* - 8 years old Option year applies
      2.  *Attained age of 5 years old.
      3. MOTOR: 50cc Comer C-50 no modifications allowed: per I.K.F. Rule 622.50 C-50 Piston Port (Kid Kart Engine) Exhibition Class with Rule 622.51.14 Air Filter: K&N #RC-1250 or equivalent. Filter must remain unmodified. Chain and Gearing per Rule 622.51.20 (Comer 10t clutch, 219 chain and 89t Rear Sprocket
      4. WEIGHT: 150 lbs.
      5. FUEL: pump gas/oil only.                   
    2. JUNIOR I:
      1. AGE: 8 – 12 years old. Option year applies.
      2. WEIGHT: 250 lbS
      3. FUEL: Gas only
      4. MOTOR: Briggs Animal Stock (Recommended) SEE IKF RULES
      5. CHASSIS: To be no longer than a cadet model, as per IKF. 
    3. JUNIOR II:
      1. AGE: 12 – 16 years old. Option year applies.  
      2. WEIGHT: 310 lbs
      3.  FUEL: Gas only.


  1. SENIOR CLONE: Senior Clone is a new lower cost entry level class introduced for testing in 2012. To keep the class low cost and fair, Snake River Karters have unique rules to govern this class. Engine tech will not be the primary means of regulation rather the class will have an engine claiming rule. We will update these rules as necessary. Keep in mind this is an entry level class and it is recommended that if you are just starting out to contact the club president or any other club officer with questions on where to start. All IKF chasssis rules apply. Basic club rule structure is as follows.
    1. Age 16 and up
    2. Clone Box Stock engine (as per IKF rules)
    3. Weight 350 lbs minimum
    4. Fuel, Gas Only

Clone Engine Claim Rule

The Club has the first right to claim/buy ANY engine in the clone class after the main event of that day for technical evaluation and retirement.

The ability to claim an engine is based on:

1. Finishing position

2. Must be a paid club member in good standing.

Claiming an engine:

1. 2nd place will have first right to claim the winning engine.

2. If 2nd does not choose to claim the winner, 3rd will have the next option

3. 4th place will have the next option if previous declines

4. 5th will have the last option if previous declines

5. There will be no ability to claim beyond the 5th place finisher.

The claim fee is $150.00

The claimer will get:

1. The basic engine as raced

They will not receive:

1. The pipe and muffler

2. Clutch

3. Clutch guard

4. Top plate

5. Throttle linkage kit

6. Fuel pump

7. Main jet

8. The air filter and adapter

9. Flywheel if it is billet. (highly recommended)

Refusing to cooperate with the claiming process will result in immediate disqualification for the remainder of the year along with forfeiture of all points.


    1. AGE: 16 and up
    2. MOTOR: Briggs Super Sportsman Animal (Recommended)
  1.                                                               i.      WEIGHT: 370 lbs.
  2.                                                             ii.      FUEL: Gas only.
  1. Jr. World Formula
    1. Briggs wf
    2. Wight 325
  2. World Formula Heavy as per IKF
    1. Briggs World Formula
    2. Weight 390 lbs.
    3. Fuel, Gas Only.
  1. FORMULA 80 JR.:
    1. AGE: 13* - 15 Years old. Option year applies.
    2. Competition age 13 with minimum 1 year competition experience.
    3. MOTOR: CR80, CR85, KX80, RM80, YZ80, TM80.
    4. WEIGHT: 320 lbs.
    5. FUEL: Gas/oil only.
  1. FORMULA 80:
    1. AGE: 16 and up.
    2. MOTOR: CR80, CR85, KX80, RM80, YZ80, TM80.
    3. WEIGHT: 360 lbs.
    4. FUEL: Gas/oil only.
    1. AGE: 13 TO 167
    2. WEIGHT: 330 lbs
    1. AGE: 16 and up.
    2. MOTOR: CR125, KX125, RM125, YZ125, TM125MX, Approved ICC 125cc Engines.
    3. WEIGHT: 385 lbs.
    4. FUEL: Gas/oil only
  1. TAG   125 Rotax:
    1. AGE: 16 and up.
    2. MOTOR: Rotax 125, approved 125cc TAG engines.
    3. WEIGHT: 370 LB
    4. FUEL: Gas/oil only
    1. AGE: 16 and up.
    2. MOTOR: Any 2 or 4 cycle listed IKF engine. No stock 5hp. Allowed.
    3. WEIGHT: As per class listed.
    4. FUEL: 2 cycles gas/oil only. 4 cycle methanol only.


Updated 2-1-2013

  1. All karts must pass a pre-race inspection before being allowed on the track. Safety requirements are per IKF. Any kart caught on the track before being inspected will be DQ’ed for the day. You will not be passed on tech until all issues addressed.
  1. It is the responsibility of the driver to make sure his/her kart and driving gear are inspected and their tech card filled out before entering the track.
  2. All number panels will be as per IKF, 4 each 9” x 7” panels or flat decals, white panels with black numbers or black panels with white numbers. AS per IKF.
  3. Always locate and be aware of where the safety crews are located. Where the fire extinguishers are located. Where the paramedics are located at all of the tracks you go to.
  4. NO DRIVING THROUGH THE PITS. All engines must be shut off at the PIT STOP LINE. Karts must be hand pushed onto the scales.
  6. NO DRIVING ON THE TRACK WHEN RACES ARE OVER. For the safety of track officials, spectators and racers karts are not allowed on the track after races have been completed.
  7. Helmets must be worn at all times by people using scooters, skateboards, etc.
  8. No scooters, skateboards, etc. allowed on the race grid from start of practice until races are over for the day.
  9. No dogs allowed on the race grid from start of practice until races are over for the day.
  10. All dogs in the pits must be on a leash and under the control of their owner, which includes control of barking dogs.
    1. All entrants are expected to use every precaution to avoid injury to drivers, attendants, spectators, etc. Extreme care should be exercised where a driver is injured in an accident. Please wait for officials or an EMT to arrive before any attempt is made to move a driver. If a kart is resting on any part of a driver, use extreme care in relieving pressure of the kart from the driver.
    2. Any driver involved in a red flag accident is required to check with on site medical staff before returning to the track.
      1. Members that bring non member persons to the race track for practice will enforce all above safety rules. Failure to abide to track safety will be subject to suspension from club and/or termination of track privileges. Incidents of abuse should be documented and presented to SRK board of directors.
      2. NON MEMBERS using track facilities without authorization and SRK member present will be considered trespassing.
      3. Members are responsible for all accompanying guest non members entering the track facilities to comply with all safety rules, and having the attendees sign the release waiver. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in membership revocation.
    1. Full-face proper fitted helmet designed for racing with integral face shield (no goggles). Snell M2005, Snell SA2005, SFI 31.1, SFI 41.1, or newer standards of the same type as they become available. Long hair must be well secured and kept under helmet or jacket. AS PER 2013 IKF RULES.
    2. Youth Helmets for drivers under the attained age of 12 must meet one of the above standards or the Snell K98. Youth 24.1 helmet expires 12/20/2012. 31.2a and 41.2a Expires 12/20/2013.
    3. All drivers must wear heavyweight leather, vinyl, or nylon approved abrasion resistant jacket or suit specifically designed for kart racing. NO Nomex suits will be permitted, as they are not abrasion resistant.
    4. Gloves must be worn by all drivers. No open finger gloves allowed.
    5. Shoes must be of high top design and socks are required.
    6. Use of a racing neck collar (roll) / Head and Neck restraint is mandatory. As per IKF.
    7. All drivers are strongly advised to wear a protective mouthpiece and rib protector.
    8. Earplugs are strongly recommended for all drivers and pit crew in the hot pit area.
    9. Safety equipment is accepted at the discretion of the tech official, board of directors, or promoter
    10. Every entrant must have in their possession in the pit area a fully charged dry powder fire extinguisher of 1.5 lbs. capacity and a 1st. aid kit.
    11. Chest Protector for all juniors under 12 years old. Per IKF rule spec. 20.1 sfi certified.
    12. All race day rules apply to practices.