Rule 10.5.3 Protests and Appeals

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A protest may be filed by one entry against another entry if the protesting entry considers that it was fouled or interfered with by the protested entry during a Sweepstakes race.

A protest may be filed by any participating organization against any entry if the protesting organization considers that the protested entry has not complied with all of the rules and requirements of the Sweepstakes races.


An appeal may be filed by an entry if that entry considers that it was interfered with while it was competing in a Sweepstakes race by someone or something other than any of the other entries in that race. Protests and appeals shall be filed as follows:

• The Buggy Chairman of the protesting or appealing organization shall verbally inform the Sweepstakes Chairman and/or the Head Judge that he or she wishes to file a protest or appeal on behalf of his or her entry or organization. This verbal notification must be accomplished before the start of the next heat after the protested or appealed heat. If the protested or appealed heat is the last heat of the day, the notification must be accomplished within ten minutes after the end of that heat.

• The Buggy Chairman of the protesting or appealing organization shall verbally describe the reason for the protest or appeal and any information pertinent to that protest or appeal to the Head Judge of the Sweepstakes races. If possible, protests and appeals should also be submitted in written form, using the same form that is used for accident reports, and which can be obtained from the Safety Chairman. The Head Judge will confer with the Sweepstakes Chairman, the Assistant Sweepstakes Chairman, the Safety Chairman, the follow car judge, any of the course judges that could have witnessed the alleged incident, any of the drivers or pushers that were involved in the incident, and/or anyone else who might be able to provide information pertinent to the alleged incident, in order to determine as many facts about the incident as possible. (If video tapes of the incident are available, they may be used as an additional source of information. )

After reviewing all of the available information the Head Judge will render a decision concerning the protest or appeal and will inform the Sweepstakes Chairman of that decision. This decision should normally be made before the start of the second heat after the protested or appealed heat, but it may be delayed until all of the races are finished for that day at the discretion of the Head Judge, if circumstances warrant such a delay.

The Sweepstakes Chairman will confer with all of the affected entries and inform them of the judges’ decision.

The Sweepstakes Chairman will announce the decision of the judges to the remaining race participants and to the public at large.


If a protest is filed due to an alleged foul or interference during a race by another entry, that protest shall be dispositioned as follows:

• If the protest is disallowed, the results of the protested heat shall stand as they were.

• If the protest is allowed and the protesting entry was interfered with or fouled, that entry will be granted a rerun.

• If the protest is allowed, the entry which caused the interference or foul will be disqualified from the protested heat.

• If the Head Judge rules that some type of interference or foul did occur but that no violation of the rules occurred, the protesting entry will be granted a rerun.


If a protest is filed due to an alleged violation of the rules and requirements of the Sweepstakes races, that protest shall be dispositioned as follows:

• If the protest is disallowed, the protested entry shall not be penalized in any way.

• If the protest is allowed the protested entry will be disqualified from the heat in which it competed.


If an appeal is filed due to an alleged interference during a race by someone or something other than any of the other entries in that race, that appeal shall be dispositioned as follows:

• If the appeal is disallowed, the results of the appealed heat shall stand as they were.

• If the appeal is allowed the appealing entry shall be granted a rerun.