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|Mar-06-2014||R9 March Newsletter|
Hello Region 9 members!
Wow! Here it is March already and a great race season is just around the corner. Some housekeeping items that we need to address:
1. If you are planning on racing the any of the Grands, please go online and validate your membership prior to the day of signups. This will save you a lot of frustration and time when you try to register.
2. I can answer most, if not all, of your questions regarding rules, formats, and the national boards position on specific areas. Many questions that are going to the national board can be easily answered at the local or regional level. Please let me know what I can do to help.
3. Rulebooks will be sent out to the clubs within the next week or two. Please make sure that you receive one from your club. Those people who are returning to the Region series know my motto, those that are new will get to hear it at Yakimaƒº
4. Just a reminder as we move into the local and regional races. You either did or did not vote for the boards that are in place to run the clubs or region. They are in place now, so support them, they are volunteers. Not everything that happens will make you happy and that¡¦s okay. They are doing the best job they know how to do. These roles don¡¦t come with manuals, please be patient.
5. Remember to update yourself regarding rule changes for helmets, fuel lines, fuel filters, tires, and bumpers. Some of these were effective January 1st and some of them go into effect prior to the Grands. Please feel free to contact our region safety or Tech with any questions.
I am looking forward to another great season in 2014.
|Mar-06-2014||Grands Pre-registration info|
|Feb-14-2014||New Fuel line Rule|
Dear QMA Members, February 2014
Quarter Midgets of America have found it necessary to revisit the FUEL LINE policy due to safety concerns. There have been several fires in the engine compartment because of fuel related problems in the past couple years. So for the safety of our drivers and members, we have decided to take a proactive approach to this issue before there are any serious accidents. It is also of utmost importance the QMA NBOD to keep quarter midget racing one of the safest sports out children can be involved with today.
Effective MAY 1, 2014, all fuel lines must be covered with a fire resistant type sleeve. Also, the fuel filter must be aluminum or steel.
The following is an excerpt of the rules that will be published it in the 2014 QMA Rule Book:
16. Fuel Lines
16. A All fuel fittings must be automotive type. Fuel linings must be attached with any positive stop clamps.
16. B All fuel lines must be made from flexible hose and should be rated for the appropriate fuel (Gasoline/Methanol). Steel braiding is acceptable provided it is
enclosed (under) other plies of material and is an integral part of the hose such as industrial hose, steel braided hose. Steel braided hose or slip on is allowed, this is not a cooling device.
16. C A fireproof sleeve must be used over the fuel line - from the fuel valve fitting to the carburetor Inlet. FOR ALL CLASSES. This must a sleeve design, made of ONE piece (not a wrap), that the fuel line will slide through. This sleeve must also fit the Outer Diameter of the fuel line. Braided steel lines or lines made with a fire resistant cover will be allowed.
There are several manufactures of these products. There are most likely suitable alternatives, other than what is listed below. One option that we have discovered is that the cover used to shield spark plug wires will work well. This cover cannot be the cosmetic type of cover, it MUST be fireproof.
Sleeve manufactures Filters
Longacre Products Holley
If you have any questions on this, feel free to contact one of the QMA board members.
Kevin Augustus Derrick Rainey
QMA TECH DIRECTOR QMA SAFETY DIRETOR
|Jan-21-2014||2014 Region 9 Schedule|
Here are the Dates for the Region Races.
Yakima ----- April 26th-27th.
Langley CAN/Am Race ----May 17th-18th.
Langley Region/STATES Race ----- May 24th-25th.
Alpenrose 100 ----- June 7th-8th
Portland Region----- June14th-15th.
WESTERN GRANDS -BAYLANDS,CA--June 29th-July4th.
I-5 MUDSLINGER---July 19th-20th.
I-5 Region---July 26th.-27th
Washington POSSIBLY CAN/AM Race in August no date yet.
Washington Region---August 9th-10th.
Little Wheels Region---August 30th-31st.
EASTERN GRANDS--- July 19th-26th.
DIRT GRANDS -----July 27th-August 3rd.
*** ALL Region Races will be Qualifiers***
The Region Banquet will be OCTOBER 25th.
|Oct-23-2013||Little Wheels - Little Heros|
|Aug-19-2013||LQMA - Stolen Car|
On August 14th/15th a new novice racer at the LQMA had their car & trailer stolen from the track. (The thief cut the chain on the front gate & stole the trailer) The car is a small Rice car with a Honda 120 motor. Please spread this around & hopefully we can get some leads as to where the car might be.
Devan Dickie LQMA - Secretary 604-807-3354 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Aug-12-2013||Region 9 - Judging|
TO: Region Nine Members
From: Denise Smutny, RD9
RE: Region 9
I hope all is going well at your respective clubs. I believe that Region 9 is a strong and positive region with members from all clubs helping each other at their clubs, the region and the grands. This is something for all of us to be proud of.
We just passed our fourth region race of the six race series and as we head into race 5, the races are heating up. I want to thank those clubs that have hosted events so far; Racing Rascals, Langley, Portland and I-5. The clubs have all done a fantastic job getting their programs in with members leaving at areasonable time to get home on Sunday evenings. I am looking forward to the final two races at Monroe and Little Wheels.
Feedback I receive most often from the membership is regarding Judging. First let me add our judges are volunteers from our membership and take the role seriously. They are here to help our children and as someone who sees many races and a variety of judges I assure you I have not seen or heard any with a malicious intent toward a single child, handler or club.
Some reminders for the membership regarding judging:
From the executive summary of the rule changes to the “charge yellow” that occurred in 2010: “an important point of this process is that judges are looking for 100 percent responsibility of one driver. If the judges are weighing which driver is most responsible then that must mean no driver is 100 percent at fault and the Charged Yellows shall be assigned to all the cars that stopped, not one.”
Also from the executive summary for judging in 2010: “The same racing rules apply with regards to what constitutes an infraction such as Charging, Chopping, Racing Room, and Rough Driving (Blocking –was left out of summary). But now, when assigning 100 percent responsibility for an incident the judges do not specify what the actual type of infraction is, just who the responsible driver is.”
Please be familiar with the infractions and what constitutes them. Shortened versions of these are following, but full detail can be found in your rule books on pages 45-46.
Charging: When the inside car has not established the right of way entering the corner and hits the outside car and causes an incident that results in a yellow flag.
Chopping: The outside car does not give way to an inside car that has established the right of way as described in the previous paragraph, and causes an incident that results in a yellow flag.
Rough Driving: When a driver runs over or into another driver in front of them or beside them while exiting the corner or on the straightaway causing an incident that results in a yellow flag.
|May-31-2013||R9 MEMORANDUM RE: Tire Marking DQ at Langley Regional Race|
To: Region 9 Clubs
From: Region 9 BOD
RE: Tire Marking DQ at Langley Regional Race
As many members, specifically those that traveled to the region race in Langley the weekend of May 18th and 19th are aware there was a DQ in the Jr. Animal A main event for not being able to read the tire markings on the right side tires.
The tire had been flipped prior to the race and the markings rubbed off leaving the scale volunteers unable to read the markings to determine that they were the same tires run on that car in the heat race. The rules addressed for this are in our region format items 23 and 24.
Review of the situation was not taken lightly. The Region Director/Race Director reviewed the specific wording of the format, the rulebook, and discussed the issue with the club race director, club tech director, and several members holding tech positions with their respective clubs to get additional feedback on the rule.
Most people agreed that the intent of the rule is to ensure that the tires used are not new tires. However, the rule specifically states “…to ensure that the same tire is used on the same car if it makes it into the A Main feature.” Without the marking on the tire with the class raced there is no way to tell that it was the same tire/same car.
In our format it also states that the driver receives zero points for the event. This is in conflict with our region-scoring format that states that DQ at scales receives last place points for the race. Given the conflict of the two region documents, it was determined that the driver be given the best outcome of the two rules and the driver was awarded last place points for the Jr. Animal A main event.
The format specifically allows for remarking of the tire if the handler cho0ses to flip the tire and the Region Board of Directors encourages all handlers that are concerned that the marking may come off, to have their tires re-marked when they flip the tire or prior to their race to ensure the markings are legible.
Our volunteers that work at the scales do their best to check every tire after the races. It is reasonable to assume that some tires may be missed. This is not outside of the same reasoning that while all top four cars are impounded, not all motors are torn down after the races during tech. We again encourage the members to re-mark any flipped tires.
The region board of directors as a group has reviewed this incident and has unanimously agreed to uphold the DQ for the tire marking with the driver receiving last place points.
Region Director, Region 9
|Mar-18-2013||Little Wheels to run the Wild Animal Class (exhibition only)|
Little wheels has been given the ok to run the wild animal class . This will only be at little wheels as an ehibition only class(for now). The class structure will be
The animal restrictor plates will be available through our club tech person. He will take care of your orders.
Jason taylor will be your contact for this.
|Tuesday March 11th at the Puyallup Library North meeting Room 7:00- 9:00 PM|
|Frontier Park 21800 Meridian East Graham, WA 98338|
|Track fuel can be purchased from SHELL located at 19921 Meridian E Graham, WAâ€Ž 98338 (253) 847-2200 Please get your MIDGRADE gas there so you will breeze through tech.|