Contact & Race Information
Race Track Event Hotline: 936-588-6127
(Please leave your contact information with email.)
Track Physical Address: 14350 Hwy 75 South - Willis, TX
14355 FM 1314 - CONROE, TX 77302
A race night is considered a rain out if all heat races have not been completed. Rain Checks will be honored the next race night for general admission. Pit Pass rain checks will be honored for 2 weeks.
After all heats are complete, no refunds, nor race checks will be honored for general admission tickets. Feature races will be ran over the next week or two depending upon race schedule.
RULES FOR RACING:
Flag and light rules:
All drivers must know and understand the starter’s flags. The Flagman is in charge, and has complete control of procedures while the race is going on. The Flagman will use several different flags to communicate with the drivers and control the race. You will notice five (5) signal lights, the same type you see at street intersections, positioned around the track. The Flagman controls these signal lights. Failure to obey the flags or lights may result in disqualification. Failure to see a flag and / or lights will not be considered a valid reason.
The race will be started by the car on the pole between the apex of turn three and four and the exit of turn four. A white chalk line will indicate the starting point.
Green flag: Start or continue racing
All cars must stay in their line-up positions and cannot move out of line behind the car being followed and cannot pass any cars until the Flagman waves the green flag and turns on the green light.
On the initial start, all cars must stay in a tight double file (this means nose to tail) until the Flagman displays the green flag. Racing and /or passing may begin immediately upon display of the green flag/light. Do not pass or move out of line behind the car being followed before the green flag/light is displayed.
Yellow flag: Caution - Slow to pace speed
When the Flagman displays the yellow flag, the yellow light comes on and it is not safe to race. There is absolutely no racing back to the start/finish line! Slow down in a safe manner and stay directly behind the car you were following during the last green flag lap. Passing or jumping positions under yellow conditions will not be allowed and you may be penalized.
A-main only: Any car repairs made during a caution period must be done in the designated race hot-pit area. Any car that goes to the designated hot-pit area during a caution or a yellow period will restart at the rear of the field even if no work is done. Any car leaving the track surface to go to the pit area will not be allowed to return to the track surface for that event.
Notice: Any car driving through the infield area under green or yellow flag will be scored or line up at the rear of the field upon re-entering the track surface.
If a track official notices a safety hazard, he may remove it from a car if he deems necessary, without penalizing the driver.
Red flag: Danger - STOP!
Stop as quickly and safely as possible and remain stopped unless directed to move by safety / fire crews or track officials. The race is stopped until the safety / fire crew and ambulance crew reach and clear the accident area.
If you have a flat you may ease your way into the designated hot-pit area to repair it.
Infield pit crews may attend to their car as long as it doesn’t interfere with the safety crew and officials.
Red with yellow: You may move the car, watch for officials directions.
When the accident has been cleared and the race is ready to resume the yellow flag and lights will be displayed. You will be lined up in the in the order of the last completed lap.
Black flag: Leave the race surface immediately
A black flag usually indicates disqualification for that race unless otherwise notified. The car will cease to be scored immediately after receiving the black flag the first time it is displayed.
Failure to yield to the black flag will result in disqualification for that specific race or the entire event and may possibly involve a suspension.
Anyone black-flagged in the heat will start in the rear of the B-main or the A-main.
Blue flag with yellow stripe: You are about to be lapped. Do not race the leaders. The proper procedure is to hold current position and racing line to allow the leaders to have the racing groove. Do not make sudden moves to left or right.
If a slower car is blocking the way for the leaders, the Flagman may show the blue & yellow flag. This flag indicates to the driver that he/she is about to be lapped by the leader(s).
Halfway: Race is half complete
When the race leader reaches the halfway point the Flagman will hold out two flags. The Flagman holds the flags so they are furled and crossed in an X.
Two to go: Two laps to finish
When there are two laps remaining, the Flagman will signal the racers by holding the white and checkered flags so they are furled and displayed vertically and parallel to each other.
White flag: Last lap
Last lap, one final racing lap until the race is complete.
Checkered flag: Race is complete
The Flagman will show the checkered flag when the race winner first crosses the finish line. Cars are scored in the order they cross the finish line. The race is completed and the unofficial results are complete. The cars as designated by the track manager in each class must report directly to the tech area.
Drivers must be registered in each class that the driver participates. This is a driver registration, not a car registration. If a driver participates in three classes at Gator Motorplex, the driver must be registered in all three classes with a valid completed registration form accompanied by the appropriate driver registration fee for each class.
DRIVERS PARTICIPATING IN MULTIPLE CLASSES:
Gator Motorplex does not require an entry fee for the primary car for a registered driver. Gator Motorplex does allow drivers to participate in multiple classes, except in Pure Stocks. (See Pure Stock Rules) In order to keep each drivers entry fee into each race the same as other drivers, a single driver participating in multiple classes in a single race night at Gator Motorplex will assess an entry fee of $25 for each additional class driven beyond the primary class for that driver.
For example, a Limited Modified driver has raced each night at Gator Motorplex since the season began (Primary Car). Later in the season, a Street Stock car owner asks the Limited Modified driver to drive his Street Stock. The Limited Modified driver would pay his pit pass at the pit gate upon arrival with his Limited Modified. Once the driver is in the pits, he must then check in at the pit board (see “Driver Check-in” below). The driver must let the scorers know that he is driving in two or more classes. The driver will not be charged for the Limited Modified check in because it is his primary car and his pit pass has covered his primary car fee for the night, but will be charged a $25 entry fee for the Street Stock at check in. This fee will apply to each and every class above and beyond the primary class normally driven by the driver.
If a driver only participates in one class on a race night, and that class is not his “primary” class, no entry fee will apply as long as the driver only participates in that one class for the race night. His/her pit pass will serve as if it were the primary car fee for the night.
All racecar drivers must check in (face-to-face) with the scorers at the pit board on race night. The driver must check himself in, as race officials will not seek out drivers to ensure they are checked in. If a driver is in the pits, but fails to check in, that driver will start in the rear of the first qualifying race due to failure to check in. There will be no exceptions to this rule. This is the DRIVER’S RESPONSIBILITY!
The Invert Procedure:
A-main races will be lined up according to heat race and B-main finishes. The A-main starting lineup may be inverted each night. Invert procedure used may include the following:
NUMBER 0 – No invert.
NUMBER 2 – First two (2) rows inverted followed by regular lineup.
NUMBER 3 – First three (3) rows inverted followed by the regular lineup.
NUMBER 4 – First four (4) rows inverted followed by the regular lineup.
NUMBER 5 - First five (5) rows inverted followed by the regular linup.
Minimum Car Counts: If a class is represented by 10 cars or less on a given race night, the “A” main may be modified as to length of the race. This will be done at the sole discretion of the Race Director.
Heat races: The number of cars entered each night for each class will determine the number of heat races. The number of heat races will be as follows:
B-mains: The maximum number of cars that will start the feature will be 20. When a B-main is run for a class, the cars qualifying from the heat races will be as follows. Starting positions for the B-main will be determined by the finishing position from the heat races.
A-mains: All A-mains will be 20 laps in length. No yellow flag laps will be counted toward the completed lap total.
The Race Director reserves the right to make alterations to the schedule at his sole discretion.
POST RACE PROCEDURE:
A. Heat race and B-main winners will pick up their checkered flag in turn 2 and display the flag for the fans in a safe manner to the track exit, in turn 1.
B. A-main winner and second place finisher are to go directly to winners circle on the front straight away for the victory presentation and recognition.
Points will be awarded for the heat races and A-mains. Every driver that signs in and drives his race car on the track will receive 10 Show-Up Points. Points will be awarded based on the driver’s official finishing position in each class. Official finishing positions are based on verified finishes, plus successfully passing post race technical inspection.
Heat race points will be awarded as follows: All cars in the heat will receive points. 10 cars in a heat will reward the following points from 1st to last: 10, 9, 8. 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...1 (if more than 10)
1st place – 60 points
2nd place – 58 points
3rd place – 56 points
4th place – 54 points
5th place – 52 points
6th place – 50 points
7th place – 48 points
8th place – 46 points
9th place – 44 points
10th place – 42 points
11th place – 40 points
12th place – 38 points
13th place – 36 points
14th place – 34 points
15th place – 32 points
16th place – 30 points
17th place – 28 points
18th place – 26 points
19th place – 24 points
20th place – 22 points
At year-end, in case of a tie for any points position, the driver with the higher point average will win the tie-breaker. If the point averages (calculated to three decimal points, rounding up) are also a tie, the driver with the most A-main wins will win the tie-breaker. In the event that this does not break the tie, the tie-breaker order will be: most second place finishes, most third place finishes, most fourth place finishes and so on until the tie is broken. In the exceptional event that there is still a tie after all 26 other tie-breaker methods are followed, a coin flip will determine the winner.
GENERAL RULES & PROCEDURES
PRESENTED HEREWITH ARE THE OFFICIAL RULES OF GATOR MOTORPLEX. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO ALL RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS AS SET FORTH HEREIN. THE RULES ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE FOR THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF RACING EVENTS AND TO ESTABLISH MINUMUM ACCEPTABLE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCH EVENTS. THESE RULES SHALL GOVERN THE CONDITION OF ALL EVENTS, AND BY PARTICIPATING IN THESE EVENTS, ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE DEEMED TO HAVE AGREED TO AND ACKNOWLEDGE COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES. IN THE EVENT OF ANY POINT ARISING WHICH IS NOT COVERED BY THESE RULES, THE MANAGEMENT OF GATOR MOTORPLEX SHALL HAVE THE SOLE POWER TO DECIDE THE SAME AND ANY SUCH DECISION SHALL BE FINAL.
THE PARTICIPANT BY ENTERING AN EVENT CONDUCTED AT GATOR MOTORPLEX AGREES THAT ALL DECISIONS MADE DURING AN INCIDENT TO AN EVENT ARE FINAL AND MAY NOT BE APPEALED OR MADE THE BASIS OF LITIGATION AND AGREES TO RELEASE AND WAIVE FROM LIABILITY AND NOT TO BRING ANY ACTION AGAINST THE EVENT DIRECTOR, HIS DESIGNEES, THE TRACK OPERATOR, EVENT SPONSORS AND ALL OTHER EVENT OFFICIALS FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE, OR INJURY CAUSED BY DECISIONS, ERRONEOUS OR OTHERWISE, OR DECISIONS BASED ON MALFUNCTIONING ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT, WHETHER DUE TO NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE.
RULE BOOK DISCLAIMER
NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. THESE ARE INTENDED AS A GUIDE FOR THE CONDUCTING OF THE MOTORSPORTS EVENTS AND ARE IN NO WAY A GAURANTEE AGAINST INJURY OR DEATH OF A PARTICIPANT, SPECTATOR, OFFICIAL, OR ANY OTHER PERSONS PARTICIPATING IN, WORKING AT, OR VIEWING ANY PORTION OF THE RACING ACTIVITIES.
THE TRACK MANAGER SHALL BE EMPOWERED TO PERMIT REASONABLE AND APPROPRIATE DEVIATION FROM ANY OF THE SPECIFICATIONS HEREIN OR IMPOSE ANY FURTHER RESTRICTIONS THAT IN HIS OPINION DO NOT ALTER THE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE REQUIREMENTS. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. ANY INTERPRETATION OR DEVIATION OF THESE RULES IS LEFT TO THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE TRACK MANAGER, RACE DIRECTOR, AND HIS/HER OFFICIALS. THEIR DECISION IS FINAL.
GENERAL RACE TRACK RULES
All participants shall be subject to all the rules and regulations of Gator Motorplex as hereinafter set forth, as well as such rules and regulations which may be added during the season. All drivers, mechanics, pit crew, family members and friends are subject to these rules and regulations. All drivers are designated as the responsible parties for all actions of their mechanics, pit crew, family members, and friends.
Gator Motorplex management and officials reserve the right to refuse entrance to any person or persons into the pit area or the grandstand area.
Anyone entering the racetrack does so at his/her own risk. Everyone entering the pit gate must read and sign the release/waiver form. Everyone entering the pit area must wear a valid pit pass to be covered by insurance. Parents must sign a minor’s release form for children under the age of eighteen. No one under the age of thirteen (13) will be allowed in the hot pit area, or allowed on the racetrack surface.
Anyone not wearing a valid pit pass will be removed from the pit area and will be required to purchase a pit pass or grandstand pass to re-enter.
Anyone involved in an accident while on Gator Motorplex premises must report the accident to an official before leaving the premises. Failure to do so will result in denial of insurance coverage, as well as possible suspension from Gator Motorplex premises. Any person who is injured and unable to report the injury should have a crew-member, family member, or friend report the incident to the proper official. Gator Motorplex is not liable for any claim that is in excess of the track’s insurance coverage.
All drivers must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years old in all classes except the Pure Stocks. Pure Stock drivers must be a minimum of thirteen (13) years old. A minor release will be required for anyone under the age of eighteen (18).
Anyone driving on the racetrack under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be suspended for one (1) calendar year. Anyone injured while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will forfeit all claims to any insurance benefits. Gator Motorplex officials have the option to request drug and/or alcohol testing for any driver involved in an accident. If drug and/or alcohol tests are positive, insurance benefits could be withheld and legal action could result.
Fighting will not be tolerated on any of the Gator Motorplex premises at any time for any reason, including the pit area, the spectator area or the parking lot. The Gator Motorplex security officers are Montgomery County / Willis Sheriff Department deputies and/or other law enforcement officers. They may issue a citation to everyone involved in any form of fighting. The participating individuals will be required to appear before a county judge. The deputies have sole discretion in enforcing the laws of the county as well as the state. The Track Manager and/or Gator Motorplex officials cannot overturn the enforcement of their lawful duties. Gator Motorplex has the right to eject, suspend, and / or ban anyone from complex and/or premises for fighting. The driver will be responsible for the conduct of his mechanics, pit crew, family members, and anyone associated with his particular car or in that particular pit space. As the driver is designated as the responsible party, the driver will be fined $100.00 by Gator Motorplex for fighting.
Touching an official with force or the intent to harm will cause the individual(s) to be suspended from the Gator Motorplex premises for a length of time outlined by track owner and will be subject to statutes. If excessive abusive language has been or is being used, all track officials have the option to eject the individual(s) from the pit or spectator area. If a driver is ejected he or she will lose all points accumulated for that (series) event(s). The track manager’s decision will be final.
Gator Motorplex reserves the right to change the race program and / or race procedures at any time for the improvement of the racing event. No rules have ever been written that cover every possible situation. In those particular events, the track manager will make the decision to cover the situation. Gator Motorplex reserves the right to amend any rule at any time in the interest of safety or to rewrite the rule for clarification.
NO SPEEDING IN THE PIT AREA. If any official observes speeding and / or reckless driving in the pit area, you will be disqualified and lose all points and money won for that racing (series) event(s). There are a number of children in the pit area. These may be your children. Injuring anyone, especially children, due to lack of control of the driver’s temperament will not be tolerated. This rule will be strictly enforced.
All drivers and pit crew need to maintain constant control of the children in their pit area. A discussion of safety needs to be held in each racecar pit area with the children, and those who act or behave like children.
All cars must be in the pit area and checked in by the time the scorers are completing the line up. Failure to do so will result in starting the heat race, B-main or A-main at the rear of the field.
Qualifying and points are awarded to the driver, not the car. A driver may change to another car within the same class (street stock to street stock, hobby stock to hobby stock, etc.) after he (or she) has notified the officials and before the green flag is displayed. If the qualifying events (heats) have been completed, the driver must start last in the B-main or A-main event, which ever is the next event for the driver. Failure to abide by this procedure will result in disqualification and loss of all money and points for the entire event.
Due to insurance regulations, you must be in full racing gear (driving suit, helmet, neck brace, glove, firmly belted into race seat, etc.) any time you are in a racecar on the racing surface. No exceptions.
Each car must be able to start, move forward and back up under its’ own power. The only exception is push start cars as defined by class rules.
All drivers must be ready to compete in their assigned event(s) and have their cars lined up according to the lineup posted before each event enters the track or they will start on the rear. You are responsible for knowing the time of your race. Do not rely on the PA system.
Anyone (Driver, crew member, Family or friends) going to the flag stand or score tower with a complaint may be disqualified (along with the race car) for that event(s) and will forfeit all money won and points for that (series) event(s). If you have any comments about your race see the track manager or Race Director.
Special events may be governed by different rules and / or racetrack procedures.
Safety Inspection identification tags will be required on all cars before they are allowed on the track for practice or racing. The safety inspection tags will be valid until December 31st Each year. They will be available at each test & tune session, as well as throughout the season. Items inspected will be: helmet height versus roll cage height, seat belt attachment, seat belt date, seat attachment, roll cage placement / attachment, driver safety apparel, plastic or sharp items in the driver’s cockpit, steering wheel quick release, window net installation / arm restraints as required, drive shaft loop, door plates, wrecker pick up points, sharp body parts / nerf bars, driver exits: left & right, routing of fuel line, attachment of fuel cell, fuel cell protection bar, attachment of ballast, and chassis welding. If any safety items are not approved, you will not be allowed on the racetrack. Any violation of these rules will not be tolerated.
All cars must have approved three-inch (3”) racing seat belts not more than three (3) years old with date of manufacture clearly visible. All seat belts must be securely attached to the frame or roll cage with minimum 1/2” bolts.
All seats must be attached to a main part of the frame / brace exclusively for the seat and / or seat belts. All seats must be attached at the bottom as well as the back.
All drive shafts must be painted white or silver, so as to be clearly visible when lying on the racetrack.
No mirrors, two-way radios, scanners or cell phones allowed in racecars.
All cars are subject to a technical inspection at any time and must be in compliance with all rules and be in acceptable racing condition and be free of mechanical defects.
No liquid ballast. Approved ballast must be welded or bolted. The bolted weight must have one ½” bolt per 50 pounds.
Sharp edges are not allowed anywhere on the car that could damage another car. Pay special attention to bumpers and nerf bars. No open tubing allowed - must be capped or rolled.
Racing is a sport that enhances family involvement; therefore everyone must be aware of his/her actions at all times on the race track and/or in the grandstands to ensure you are exhibiting role-model attributes for our children that are learning and gaining an interest in this great sport. Track officials, racers, and spectators join together every Saturday night to share awesome experiences throughout the season. So, let us all come together as a team at Gator Motorplex to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience every race event at the complex.
All drivers are responsible for reading the General Rules and their class rules. If you have any questions regarding the rules and regulations at Gator Motorplex, please contact us.