Safety Inspection

The following safety issues should be considered before you enter the track for your own protection.

At the beginning of each day, every kart that is racing that day is pre-teched to ensure safety and compliance with safety rules. Getting through pretech is easy if your are ready for it. Below are some of the items you should check.
Pre-Tech: All entrants shall present their kart, engine, helmet, jacket or suit, gloves and neck collar for inspection before driving onto the track at all race events. No entrant shall enter the track until his/her equipment has been approved by the Pre Tech Inspectors and an appropriate marking, visible to the Grid Personnel has been made on the kart.

Ny-lock nuts are acceptable in the place of safety wire in some applications.


The ballast weight must be white. the weight must be bolted on using a minimum of a 1/4" bolt. One bolt per 5 lbs of ballast is recommended. All bolts used to secure ballast must be fastened to the kart with a nut which is secured with a cotter pin or safety wire through a hole drilled in the end of the bolt. Double nutting the bolt will be an alternative for a drilled and safety wired bolt Wrapping or twisting a wire around the threads is not acceptable rather than drilling a hole in the bolt.



Fasteners for all brake pedals, pedal to master cylinder linkages, brake caliper bolts, master cylinder bolts, and master cylinder roll pins must be cotter pinned, safety wired, or secured by circlip or snap ring. All-metal lock nuts, or bolts drilled and safety wired, are required to fasten brake disc to brake hub.


Brake systems shall be checked for proper operation and stopping ability. All hydraulic connections should be tight and free from leaks.

Master Cylinder
Brake Pedal

Steering Components

Steering components shall be of a suitable design, in proper working order, with all bolted joints tightened. Fastenings for steering wheel, steering wheel hub, steering shaft, tie rods, and spindles shall be cotter pinned, safety wired, secured by circlip or snap ring. All fastenings shall be easily exposed for inspection. Bottom steering shaft bolt secured with a cotter key.

Steering Wheel
Steering ColumnTie Rods
Steering Column
Nuts securing tie rods, kingpin and caster/camber bolts shall be secured by safety \ cotter key, circlip or snap ring.
We strongly suggested your secure lower caster bolts with safety wired.

Spindle Nut

Nuts securing the hubs shall be secured by safety \ cotter key, circlip or snap ring.

Wheel Hub

Rear Hub

All rear wheel hubs shall have a rear mounted thru-bolt or properly affixed stud as a means of mounting wheel rims. Wheel rims shall be mounted with an appropriate nut as a means of fastening the wheel to the hub. The circlip must be installed on the axle.


Seat Location

No part of the seat or anything attached to it, except seat struts may extend rearward of the rear axle.

Minimum height of the seat back for all Speedway and Sprint Pavement karts without roll bars is 16" from the ground. No peaks or add-on sections intended to subvert the seat back height requirement allowed.
Seat Height


If using a muffler bolts or studs securing header must be safety wired. Muffler must be safety wired through a hole in the header brace. Safety wire should pass through the perforations on the end of the muffler. Do not weld on the muffler or drill holes in the muffler. Header or muffler supports or braces required. Header brace is attached to motor. Sealed clone mufflers excluded.


Bracket to support header or muffler allowed, Bracket may not be secured under more than 4 head bolts. See Section 700.1 for more detail.


Number Panels

For ease of scoring we recommend number panels as follows; maximum width 14", maximum height 18", minimum width 7", minimum height 7", as measured on surface of panel. The number panel must be a plain color, free of all decoration and may only contain the required numbers. All competition karts must be equipped with 4 number panels meeting the above specifications. The front number panel shall be mounted in front of the steering wheel, the nose is in front of the steering wheel. Side panels must be carried between the front and rear wheels and the rear behind the seat and rear bumper, but not mounted on the rear bumper.

 Panels will be plain white. Numbers must be 5" minimum height, plain black, block numbers only, no decoration, outlining, etc.


Number Panel


 Driver's legs and feet must be visible when viewed from directly above with pedals depressed.

Other Safety items

  • Helmets: recommended Snell 2005 SA 2005 M, 2005 K, Snell 2000 N, Snell 2000 SA, SFI 31.2a, SFI 41.2a 31.1/2005 41.1/2005 or newer standards of the same type.
  • Youth Helmet: for youth under the attained age of 12 must meet one of the above or the SFI 24.1 or 24.1 2005 standard for youth helmets. 
  • Chest Protector: It is recommended that all drivers in ALL Kid Kart, Junior 1 and Rookie classes  wear a chest protector.
  • Face shield - All helmets must provide full face coverage with integral face shield/visor. (Sunglasses or goggles not acceptable). Helmet must be properly secured and in good condition. Must be secure with manufacturer's strap. Any addition of material for aerodynamics or other is prohibited unless certified by Snell or SFI.
  • Gloves: Required in all divisions.
  • Clothing: All drivers in open karts shall wear jackets.
  • Footwear: socks and high top shoes are REQUIRED. Shoes shall cover the ankle bone and be laced or buckled securely as designed.
  • Neck Collar: ALL drivers in ALL divisions must wear an un-altered collar type neck brace designed for motor sports. This is required when on the track.
  • Long hair: Long hair is a safety tech item. Competitors with long hair will have to demonstrate a safety method of retaining their hair. Simply tucking into helmet or driving suit is NOT acceptable.


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