TrackChasers Official Rules
as voted on by the top TrackChasers
All permanent and temporary tracks are countable, as long as the racing activity viewed meets the minimum requirements for type of vehicle, event, class and any other pertinent category. Examples of tracks include (but are not limited to) ovals, road courses, airports, public roads and streets, parking areas, field tracks, indoor arenas, frozen bodies of water, figure eight courses, offroad courses, etc.
Any racing event that is limited to less than three simultaneous starters does not count. Examples include (but are not limited to) drag races, hill climbs, mud bogs, monster truck events, solos, rallies, North American style autocross and rallycross, etc.
Tracks that change between a paved surface and a dirt surface can be counted once for each surface. Changes between different types of pavement (asphalt, concrete, etc.) or different types of dirt (dirt, clay, shale, grass, gravel, etc.) surfaces only count once. Ice tracks formed over an existing paved or dirt track can not be counted as an additional track, but they can be used to count the track once. Ice tracks held on a body of water are countable. European style rallycross courses, and other tracks which consist of alternating sections of paved and dirt surfaces, can be counted as a second track if part or all of it is also used as a completely paved or dirt track.
Multiple tracks of the same type (types being divided into ovals, road courses and figure eights), located at the same facility, are countable under the following conditions: connected ovals or figure eights are separately countable only if they exist and are active at the same time; disconnected, permanent ovals or figure eights (located on separate areas of the facility) are separately countable whether or not they exist at the same time; all temporary tracks of the same type are only separately countable if they physically exist and are active at the same time, even if they are located on different parts of the property (moving a temporary track during the course of the day does not constitute a new track), with the following exception, tracks located inside different buildings on the same property can be counted separately; all tracks falling under the road course category are only separately countable if they are not connected or if they meet the change of surface rule, with the following exception, one permanent and one temporary road course which share a minority of common surface may be counted twice. Just changing a track’s name does not count as a separate track.
Any track that is composed entirely of the apron of another track (ie: no part of it is physically separated) can not be counted as a second track (ex: Lake Erie).
Tracks run in a multiple oval configuration (one lap consists of two or more complete ovals) can not be counted in addition to the track or tracks that comprise it. Examples of these tracks include (but are not limited to) ‘double O’s, flagpole races, etc.
Any racing event in which the shape of the course is not predetermined, and/or may change from lap to lap, can not be used to count a track. These events include, but are not limited to, Hound & Hare events.
Amended road course rules
Here is the section of the rules to be amended:
“all tracks falling under the road course category are only separately countable if they are not connected or if they meet the change of surface rule, with the following exception, one permanent and one temporary road course which share a minority of common surface may be counted twice”
Here is the new, amended section of the rules:
“all tracks falling under the road course category are only separately countable if at least one of the following conditions is met:
– they share no common racing surface
– they meet the change of surface rule
– they consist of one permanent and one temporary road course, which share a minority of common surface
– they consist of two variants, which share a common surface, but which are distinguishable by at least one straight and three separate corners
– they have separate track combinations which can be used separately or form the track together. In this case only 2 separate variants (either 2 parts or 1 part and the entire track, consisting of a combination of the variants) can be counted. “
Any car or truck type class that allows adult drivers is countable. There needn’t necessarily be adults racing in each particular race in order to count the track.
Motorcycles, boats, tractors, lawn mowers, snowmobiles, concession rides, bicycles, radio controlled or slot cars, etc. are not countable.
Little cars such as micro stocks, mini cup cars, champ karts and half midgets count but in general all other go-karts do not count.
To count a track you must see actual racing competition. No time trials are countable, even if multiple racers are on track simultaneously. No practice only counts. No visits on off days count.
Vintage racing only counts if there is actual racing with no speed limit (ex: New York Mid-State Antique Modifieds at Morris count. Williams Grove Old-Timers at Latimore Valley do not). Road rallies do not count.
Any event where racers start at various intervals rather than simultaneously is not countable. Any event where the outcome is determined solely by the last remaining competitor(s), with no regard to longest distance traveled or fastest time (for example, a demolition derby run around an oval), is not countable.
Amendments may be officially proposed at any time during the year, by any eligible voter, by mailing a ballot to all eligible voters, with the following exception: only one proposed change may be actively on the table at any given time. Eligible voters will be defined as any TrackChaser meeting the following two criteria: 1) has attended races at at least 400 different countable tracks; and 2) has submitted their complete track listing (complete at least through the end of the previous year) to the group’s designated statistician.
Feb.2003-QMA Half Midget Tracks-QMA rules now have an age restriction on Junior Half Midgets and the Senior Half class has been eliminated. Therefore, beginning in 2003 QMA sanctioned Half Midget races are no longer a TrackChaser countable class. Anyone planning to attend a non QMA Half Midget track should determine whether there is an age restriction before attempting to count the track.
Guy Smith’s TrackChaser 1997 Yearbook was the source of the original TrackChaser rules. Changes and amendments were voted in Feb. 2001, Mar. 2001, Feb. 2003, Dec. 2003 and Nov. 2004.