Race Procedures

On-track Sessions
• Morning Warm-Up: NHKA Members only,
   all groups – no hot laps
• Practices 1 & 2: By practice group
• Qualifying: By race group
• Heat Races
• Final Races

No starting race engines before 8:05am.

Practice groups and race groups are set by age and speed. The classes that compose each group, and running order, are posted near the pre-grid. Race groups and running order are posted in time for qualifying, and can differ from practice groups and order, so be sure to check.

All karts and helmets must receive a pre-race safety inspection and sticker before going out on track, as well as proof of registration, or be subject to disqualification.

All drivers must attend the drivers meeting. Drivers who are minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Transponders are required for all on-track sessions. Must be mounted to the seat back or side rear of the seat mount. They may not be carried on the driver’s person (i.e., in a pocket.) Those without transponders (or with malfunctioning transponders) during scored sessions will be scored in last place. Transponders are available to rent from registration.

Flag and track rules will be discussed at the mandatory drivers meeting. Flagging violations are at the discretion of the corner workers. If a flagging violation is protested, NHKA officials and the corner workers will confer. Final decision of violation will be decided by the corner workers. Penalties will be decided by NHKA Officials.

Drivers that do not meet the minimum weight and technical specifications for their class will be disqualified and will receive -2 points.

Protests for finishing results and disqualifications must be presented in writing within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the race. Protest forms are available at registration.

NHKA and New Hampshire Motor Speedway are not responsible for lost or stolen equipment and or possessions.

All NHKA officials, drivers, members, crew, families, etc. are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Disrespectful or detrimental behavior by any person will be subject to permanent suspension.


Rain Racing

All scheduled events will be held rain or shine. We may pause on-track activities to let an intense downpour pass. We may cancel the remainder of an event if it starts raining towards the end of the day, or if the race director determines that track conditions are too dangerous. Rain tires are required when a rain race is declared.


Championship Points Structure

1st Place: 100 points
2nd Place: 90 points
3rd Place: 85 points
4th Place: 80 points
5th Place: 75 points
6th Place: 70 points
7th Place: 65 points
8th Place: 60 points
9th Place: 55 points
10th Place: 50 points
11th Place: 45 points
12th-Last Place: 40 points

Championship Points are Awarded to NHKA Members Only.

Points are awarded for Final/Feature races only. No points for Qualifying or Prefinal/Heat races.

You must participate in at least 6 races to be eligible for year-end awards in any class.

One Drop Race: Your best 7 of 8 races will count towards the final championship points calculations. This means that your lowest point finish of the season will be dropped. This may be a race you do not attend, but will not be a race you were suspended or disqualified. If a race is cancelled, that race will be everybody’s drop.

Disqualification: -2 points will be given for disqualifications, and will NOT be your drop race in final season championship points calculations. Disqualifications may be given for weight, tech or conduct violations.

Did Not Start (DNS): If for whatever reason you are unable to start the Final, so long as the day’s entry fee has been paid and you personally present the kart when the Final is called to the grid or have spoken directly to the race director, you will receive points for the position after the last kart scored on the track. If more than one kart is to receive DNS points, they will be sorted by finishing position in the Pre-Final, then by Qualifying result, then by least annoying. Special circumstances may apply at the discretion of the race director.

Tie Breaker: In the event of two drivers having equal final season championship points (after calculating the drop), the tied position will be awarded to the highest finishing driver in the final race of the season.

All rules and regulations are subject to change.


Helmet Specifications

All helmets must be full faced; designed for kart, motorcycle or open-wheel car racing; and approved at pre-race safety inspection. Condition, fit and fastening of helmets are the responsibility of the driver, or a minor driver’s parent or guardian.

Snell Foundation Ratings

SA, M or K 2015 12/31/2025
CMR or CMS Youth 2016 12/31/2026
SA, M or K 2020 12/31/2030
SFI Requirements
24.1/2015 (Youth) 12/31/2025
31.1/2015 12/31/2025
41.1/2015 12/31/2025
24.1/2020 (Youth) 12/31/2030
31.1/2020 12/31/2030
41.1/2020 12/31/2030

All 2020 Snell and SFI Ratings are Legal

No Longer Legal: Snell SA, M and K 2010.
SFI 24.1/2005 (Youth), 31.2a, 41.2a,24.1/2005,
3.1/2005, 41.1/2005