Jamestown, ND
Rules and Regulations

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Buffalo City Karting Club Board
President – Tim Baldwin                          701-527-2467
Vice President – Scott Moore                 701-658-0181
Sec./Treas. – Brandy Johnson               701-840-5349
Director – Tyler Trout                               701-269-7582
Director – Joe Jacobson                           701-320-0970


The rules and/or regulations set forth here are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum requirements for such events.  The rules shall govern the condition of all events and participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules.  No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from publications of or compliance with these rules and/or regulations. They are intended as a guide for conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator, or official.

The board shall be empowered to permit minor deviations from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in their 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 discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.

Drivers and parents of drivers are responsible for reading and understanding the rules and regulations. Parents need to make sure their children have the same understanding. YOUR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND YOUR KART.


  • All drivers under the age of 18 must provide track official with a minor release.  Releases must be updated once every year.  When a parent or guardian is not present at a race event, an adult must accompany driver under age 18.
  • Children under the age of 8 are not allowed in the pit area unless closely supervised by an adult.
  • Driving apparel: Racing suits are highly recommended; heavyweight jean or leather jacket. Gloves and neck brace are mandatory. Sturdy shoes recommended.
  • Helmets should be full face, designed for racing; SNELL 2010 or higher, or SFI youth specifications or newer. Long hair must be well secured and tucked into helmet.
  • Chest protectors are required for anyone age 16 and younger.  Chest protectors must meet SFI Section 20.1 Certification.
  • Maximum of 2 digit numbers only, some exceptions will be allowed only with officials’ approval prior to race season. Duplicated numbers include a letter.  All numbers must be legible to track personnel and scorers, or risk not being scored.
  • Numbers must be placed on front, sides, and rear of kart. Numbers and letters used must be a minimum of 6 inches, not to exceed 10 inches. Numbers must be placed on contrasting backgrounds.
  • Brakes must be in good working conditions at all times.
  • All karts must have a 6” nylon tie or spark plug puller attached to the spark plug.
  • Mufflers required. No modifications. Mufflers must extend past fuel tank. Mufflers must be safety wired.
  • Bumpers: NO bars, other than regular nerf bars or bumpers. If the bumper does not meet regulations on the second week, the kart will not be allowed to race. (refer to chassis rules and diagram)
  • This is open wheel racing. NO front-end cow catchers. If in doubt, ask officials.
  • Any officials have the right to remove a kart from the racetrack due to unsafe conditions to driver and/or kart – Track officials’ decisions are final.
  • Pit personnel are NOT allowed on racetrack while race is in progress. After all karts have slowed down for a YELLOW FLAG, the Head Flagman or Corner Worker will authorize pit personnel on the race track to assist drivers for kart restart or removal from racing surface area.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO DRIVING IN PIT AREA. Drivers in violation will lose points for that race. You must push karts back to the pit area from the scale (shut karts off). The karts must be pushed to the starting grid.


  • GREEN FLAG: START. The initial start attempt shall be made with karts formed into 2 lines. The 2 lead karts must stay side by side from corner 2, until reaching green flag at a medium steady speed.
  • YELLOW FLAG: CAUTION. Reduce speed immediately and maintain position. Do not race back to the start line. We will revert to the last completed lap for lineup. All karts must come to parade lap speed as soon as safely possible. Karts are to fall in single line formation.
  • RESTARTS: Should the race be yellow flagged with no laps completed, a restart will be conducted using the original line up. Should the race be yellow flagged after one lap is completed, restart order will be based on the last completed lap. Track personnel may alter the restart order by assessing penalties upon the drivers they feel caused the caution. Start at medium speed until the lead kart/karts receives the green flag.
  • RED FLAG: Stop as soon as possible. Karts must remain on the track. Revert to the last completed for the lineup. Red flag will not be used on the last lap. Checkered flag will always be displayed.
  • BLUE & YELLOW: To inform slower moving karts that the leaders are about to pass.
  • BLACK FLAG: Proceed to pit area. Drivers who receive the black flag will no longer be scored.
  • WHITE FLAG: One lap until finish.
  • CHECKERED FLAG: Race is officially over. All karts must pass underneath this flag to be scored.
  • Driver(s) who are involved or cause a red or yellow flag will start in the back. If you cause 2 yellow flags, you leave the track; with exception of Rookie class, they receive 3 yellow flags before leaving track.
  • If a kart is 50% under you going into the corner, give them room to run. Do not cut them off.


  • BEHAVIORAL POLICY: Questioning of any calls by any race officials will not be tolerated. We will ask anyone who makes a scene to leave the premises including everyone pitted within the same trailer. This rule includes pit crew and family members in the stands. Any questions about the race events can be discussed after all awards have been handed out.
  • Any display of un-sportsman like conduct on or off the track may result in immediate removal from the race area, point penalties, or both. If you have a concern, you may discuss it with an official off the track.
  • Fighting on premises will result in suspension. Drivers are responsible for the actions of their pit crew.
  • Intentional rough driving will not be tolerated.  Intentional ‘bump & run’ moves are not tolerated.
  • Profanity will not be permitted.
  • Speaking in any manner to a flagman during the course of a race will result in a black flag and loss of points for that race.


Any kart driver protest will cost $150.00 (engine protest only). A driver only in the same class may make the protest and the protest must be registered within 10 minutes after the race. Anyone protesting must have a rulebook to verify his/her protest. OFFICIALS CAN REFUSE ANY PROTEST WITHOUT RULEBOOK VERIFICATION. If the protested kart or driver is found to be illegal, the $50.00 protest charge will be refunded. Any kart or driver found to be illegal is disqualified from the race, with loss of all points, trophy, or money for that entire day’s event. If the driver is found to be legal, they can keep the $50.00 protest fee.  OFFICIALS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPOT CHECK ANY KART OR DRIVER AT ANY TIME.


  • You can only tech a driver in your class.
  • The person wanting to tech another driver must put up $40 which is non-refundable. $30.00 goes to Buffalo City Karting and $10.00 to the legal kart. If found illegal all $40.00 goes to Buffalo City Karting.
  • The illegal driver must be teched again before the beginning of the next scheduled race. This will be mandatory. If found illegal the second time, the driver will not be able to race that day. They will also have to be teched again prior to the next scheduled race. If found illegal for the 3rd time, they will be banned from the track for the rest of the season.
  • All teching will be done by the appointed person we will call in that day at the end of the race day. It is the tech person’s responsibility to determined whether or not the person is legal. The tech person’s decision once made is final!
  • If any person uses foul language or touches the tech person in any inappropriate way after his decision, the owner and driver of that kart will be banned from the track for the rest of the race season.
  • The person being teched will not know he or she is going to be teched until after the last race of the day. When the driver is told to go to the teching area, he/she is to take their kart to the teching area immediately and is NOT to touch his/her kart. The tech person in charge will give the driver or parent instructions on what they are able to do with the kart. After the tech person makes his decision it is up to the club president and board members to enforce the punishment stated in the above items.
  • The teching area is located on the east side of the sign-in booth entering the race track. The person wanting to tech the other driver is to make their request to the sign-in booth personnel; the name of the person requesting the teching will not be released. After the funds are paid to the Buffalo City Karting Club, the appropriate members of the board will be notified and appropriate actions will be taken.


  • The combined total of points from 2 heats determines line up for the main event. In case of a tie, the driver who had the luck of the draw in original line up would go first.
  • Points for main event 20-19-18-etc. These are the points that count towards placement in racing series.
  • Last place points are given if you are unable to finish the feature race. You must start in the feature in order to receive these points.
  • Borrowing of a kart is permissible. Karts must display DRIVER’s registered number. Scorekeepers must be notified of any change. Under NO circumstances is a driver to enter the track without the permission of the head flag person.


  • Races will be held on Sunday afternoons unless otherwise notified. Make-up races will be done as schedule allows.
  • Start time is 1:00pm. All karts must be registered by 12:15pm.
  • Anyone signing in after registration time (2pm) will start at the back of both heats. Please be courteous and call if you know you are going to be late. Numbers are provided on the front of this book.
  • Pit meeting is held at 12:45pm. All drivers are required to attend.
  • Heat line-up will be determined by the luck of the draw.
  • Maximum number of karts in a heat is 8.
  • Short intermission will be held before features.
  • Maximum number of karts in a feature is 12.
  • After each race the top 3 finishing karts are required to weigh in; anyone not making weight is disqualified.
  • Line-up order: Rookie, Junior1, Adult Flathead, Junior 2, Adult Open Animal


  • Membership fees are $25 per year; this covers racer’s membership to the track.
  • Pit pass is $10 per person per race day; ages 12 and under are free.  Anyone under the age of 8 MUST have adult supervision.
  • Non-members pay $5 per race day instead of membership and have no voting rights.
  • Anyone racing must be registered and have paid their fees.
  • All fees subject to change each year.

Following is a list of classes that Buffalo City Karting will be racing the 2015 season:

Ages 7-11 years old                                        Minimum Weight: 245lbs (kart & driver)
Factory Sealed Briggs Local Option 206 Motor with purple slide restrictor

Ages 8-12 years old                                        Minimum Weight: 245lbs (kart & driver)
Factory Sealed Briggs Local Option 206 Motor with Blue slide restrictor

Ages 12-15 years old                          Minimum Weight: 295lbs (kart & driver)
Factory Sealed Briggs Local Option 206 Motor with Black slide restrictor

Ages 14 & Up                                      Minimum Weight: 350lbs (kart & driver)
Engine Rules Below

Ages 14 & Up                                      Minimum Weight: 350lbs (kart & driver)

Drivers in Rookies, Jr 1 and Jr 2 classes must choose one (1) class that they will race in, once you move up a class, you are unable to move back down; further you are only eligible to race in the chosen class you have been racing for any Dash for Cash or exhibition races.


  • FRAME: Main frame members shall be not less than one inch outside diameter by .083” wall thickness, cold roll steel tubing or other material of equal strength. NO carbon fiber will be allowed as integral part of the go-kart chassis. Clarification: integral part of the chassis shall not include floor pans, seats, body work, clutch, and engine components. Full nose cone is required.
  • MIMIMUM OVERALL WIDTH: 28 inches; measured from centerline of right tire to centerline of left tire.
  • WHEELBASE: Maximum 50 inches, minimum 40 inches as measured from the axle wheel centers.
  • NERF BAR: A sturdy nerf bar is required in front of the rear wheels, on each side of kart. Corners must be round with no sharp edges.
  • REAR BUMPERS: See provided diagram and description mentioned (click above for the printable rules to see the diagram)
    6” maximum measured inside.
    4” maximum for ground level.
    .75” minimum diameter round.
    No wider than the outside width of rear tires (minimum to center of each tire).
    For extra height a 3rd bar is optional, again 6” maximum opening.
  • WHEELS: Shall be void of defects. Must have 4 wheels. Only wheels of 5 and 6 inches will be allowed to compete.
  • SUSPENSION: No active suspensions.
  • FLOOR PLANS: No void large enough for any part of the driver’s body to inadvertently pass through shall be permitted.
  • SEAT STRUTS: The point where the seat strut attaches to the seat must be adequately reinforced or protected to prevent the strut from piercing the seat and causing the driver injury on impact.
  • THROTTLE: Karts shall be equipped with foot operated throttle incorporating a return spring which closes the throttle when pedal is released.
  • BRAKES: Karts shall be equipped with foot operated brakes that will lock up both rear wheels. Brake rotor guards or wolf plate required. Bolts and nuts shall be safety wired or cotter keyed.
  • REAR AXLE: Must safety wire snap rings on end of rear axle.
  • BALLAST: All weight added to meet minimum kart weight requirements must be bolted to the kart. Carry of the ballast on the driver’s person is prohibited. No weight shall be bolted to the underside of the kart. Ballast weight in all karts must be securely bolted and cotter keyed or safety wired to the kart with a minimum .25” through bolt. Any lead shot or loose material used as ballast must be mechanically sealed by use of a bolting devise. Tape, hose clamps, tie wraps, or fasteners other than bolts are not legal for attaching ballast weight to competition karts. Where weight is attached directly to the seat of a competition kart, adequate reinforcement must be used to ensure that the weight will remain properly attached at all times. (Large diameter fender washers of sheet metal reinforcement at the attachment location is required.)
  • STEERING SPECIFICATIONS: All steering assembly bolts and nuts, including spindles and kingpins shall be safety wired or cotter keyed.


  • ENGINE: 5hp Briggs & Stratton Engine.
  • BLOCK:
    • Stoke of engine from BDC to TDC should be 2,4270” to 2.4470”.
    • Intake port should be .880” maximum.
    • Maximum bore is 2.607”. No aftermarket pistons allowed. No alteration or reworking of pistons allowed.
    • Piston out of hole maximum at TDC is .015”.
    • Deck must remain above valve seats.
    • Deck must remain as a flat, single plane surface.
  • CRANKSHAFT: Stock Briggs crankshaft. No lightening, balancing, polishing, or reworking of any kind allowed.
  • RODS:
    • Any unmodified, series produced, aluminum alloy rod that is available to the Karting industry is allowed.
    • Rods, other than Briggs factory rod, may be no lighter than 135 grams with bolts and inserts, if used.
    • Rod length, from the bottom of wrist pin hole to top crank hole must measure between 3.120” and 3.1433.”
    • 5hp flywheel only.
    • No alterations, no broken fins, no aluminum.
    • Minimum weight should be 5 lbs. 12oz.
  • CAM
    • Maximum lift valve .233”
    • Stock appearing cam, no Billet cams.
    • No lightening of any kind
    • No outlaw stock long duration cams allowed.
    • Exhaust valve .990” minimum head diameter.
    • Intake valve 1.115” minimum head diameter.
    • Valve seats must remain unaltered and untouched.
    • Stock type valve springs and stock retainers must be used.
  • HEAD:
    • Head gasket .043” minimum thickness
    • Tech three places on head : .300” over valve, .408” center of head, .011” over piston area.
    • Carburetor bore - .695” maximum. Counter bore - .726” .696” No-Go will not touch throttle butterfly when open.
    • Butterfly screw must be stock. Minimum length - .322”; Butterfly must not be altered.
    • Idle hole - .028”.
    • High speed hole - .62”
    • Short tube hole - .066” maximum.
    • No one piece brass tube. Screen optional.
    • Maximum carburetor air hole inlet dimension is 1.011”
    • No machining or alterations allowed to body of carburetor.
    • Intake gasket surface may be resurfaced if card bolt flanges become bent.
    • Original angle of carburetor must be maintained.
      • Must be installed between carburetor and block.
      • One gasket only, on each side of plate.
      • Horstman logo is clearly visible above carburetor when installed correctly.
        • Rookie Class – Blue restrictor plate .425”
        • Junior 1 Class – Blue restrictor plate .425”
        • Junior 2 Class – Red restrictor plate .500”
        • CHAIN GUARDS: Required on all karts. Clutch must be covered when viewed from above.
        • COIL: 2,000 ohms minimum, 5,000 ohms maximum.

Revised 02/15/2014
Revised 03/18/2014