2019 Format/Rules:

Events will follow USAC rules and format unless otherwise noted in this document. All events are double headers (Saturday and Sunday) except for Colorado.


The host track will be closed (member & non-member), at 12:01 am on Monday prior to the Duel in the Desert regional event. You may practice up to 12am on Monday prior to the event, depending on the hosted clubs schedule. (There may be a fee associated with the practice.) Contact the host track.

There will be practice Friday afternoon, exact time and format will be dependent on car count. Once the track closes after practice on Friday, no cars will be allowed on track until the heat race on Saturday. Same thing applies after Saturday’s main events, no cars on track until the Sunday heat race.


Race fees will be $55/car ($45 for early entry) for each car, per event, at all Duel in the Desert Series tracks. Early registration will typically close 3 weeks prior to the event. The goal of the early entry is to have a better idea of trophy count.


Parking will be managed by the host track. Reserved parking may be available for a fee at the discretion of the host track.


Fuel will not be supplied by the hosting tracks. Fueling station information for the purchase of 89 octane fuel can be obtained by going to duelindesert25.com or to the individual tracks websites. Gasoline and methanol may be checked at various times throughout the event.

Phoenix Fuel – Gas will be available at the QT on southern and 19th Ave. Exact address is: 1915 W Southern Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85042

Pill Draw

At check-in, each driver will pill draw for their heat race position for each class in which they are registered.


There will be 1 heat and 1 main each race day. There will be no warm ups prior to racing.

There must be 3 cars to make a class except for rookies. If there are 1 or 2 cars, we will not race that class and entry fees will be refunded.

Work Rule

Once the lineup is set on the track, there will be a (3) three lap work rule. Your car must be on the ground and rolling, prior to the three-lap work rule expiring, to re-enter the track. The race director will have the final call as to “if” a driver was on the ground rolling before the end of the work rule.

Time Limits

Time limits will be at the discretion of the race director, track president and duel in the desert representatives. We encourage no time limits but will do so in the case of weather or high car count.

Race Director Authority

The Race Director has the authority to DQ a driver. See the USAC rulebook for a complete listing. The Race Director’s DQ cannot be protested. The Duel in the Desert Series will handle the following calls as follows:

DQ Flagrant or Deliberate Rough Driving
DQ All four wheels under the speed breakers to gain an advantage
DQ Disobeying flags
DQ Signaling to Driver by Handler under green flag
DNF Car being operated in an unsafe manner
DQ Making repairs or adjustments on the track
DNF Three chargeable strikes
DQ Improper wearing of safety equipment
DQ Defensive Driving- 2nd offense (Blocking)
DNF Loss of driver related safety equipment
DNF Liberation of fluids on track under green or yellow flag
DNF Loss of ballast during a race

Tech Procedure

Top 2 main event finishers need to go to the designated impound area. At the conclusion of race day, a minimum of 3 classes will be randomly drawn for tech inspection.

Tech will be conducted at a designated area and only the following will be permitted access when tech is being conducted: Host Club’s Tech Director and his designees, Handler of car, Driver of car, one other person (i.e. engine builder), Duel in the Desert Representative, and Race Director. Regional tech decisions are final for regional points.

You must run the same right side tires for the entire weekend per class (heat/main Saturday and heat/main Sunday). No switching tires from one class to another (meaning, you can’t run your tires on your jr car on Saturday and the same exact set on your sr car on Sunday). Tires will be marked on Saturday after heats and those tires must run with that car for the rest of the weekend. Run any left side tires you want.

Safety Check Procedure

All cars must have a USAC safety sticker. The hosting club’s safety director should be available to complete any needed safety checks and provide stickers. Cars without a safety sticker after the lower or main event will receive a DQ.

Staging Area and/or Hot Chute

NO heat guns allowed in the hot chute or staging lanes. Heat guns are allowed to clean tires in designated areas.
NO fueling while driver is in car or in hot chute or staging lane.
NO engines cranked in hot chute or staging lanes.
NO smoking or e-cigarettes

Code of Conduct

ZERO TOLERANCE. Unsportsmanlike conduct, by child, parent or handler will not be tolerated. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes but is not limited to vulgar or derogatory language, hand signals, verbal or physical threats or assaults on another participant, official, scorers or other persons attending the event. Anyone found in violation of the Zero Tolerance Rule could result in zero points for the race event and/or race suspension, determined by Duel in the Desert representatives on site at the event.

Chief Stewart / Race Director

If you have a question about a call or line-up position, you may ask the Chief Stewart / Race Director, ONLY under a yellow caution. Code of Conduct should be adhered to otherwise it is at the discretion of the Chief Stewart/ Race Director to issue warnings as defined above in the Code of Conduct. Remember, calls cannot be reversed and therefore complaining about the calls to the Chief Stewart / Race Director is prohibited. You may however question the line-up position to receive clarification on the strike(s).


Drivers, handlers, event attendees are NOT permitted to approach the scorers at any time as it relates to the event; finishing order, calls, scoring results, etc. Approaching the scorers will result in a disqualification from all events in which the driver is registered.

2019 Duel in the Desert Region Points

Points will be calculated based on a racer’s 6 of the 7 best races this season. There will be no points awarded for rookies but trophies will be given at each race.

All competitive classes will run a max of 12 cars in A-main. In the event a class has 13 or more cars, lower mains will run, with a max of 10 cars in the A-main

Rookie classes will run a max of 8 cars in A-main. In the event of 9 or more cars, separate A mains will be run.

Top 4 in lower mains transfer.

A – Main Race Points
1st …………………60, 2nd ……………….. 57, 3rd …………………54, 4th ………………… 51,
5th ………………… 48 6th …………………45, 7th …………………42, 8th …………………39, 9th …………………36, 10th ………………..33, 11th ………………. 31, 12th ………………..29,

B – Main Race Points
1st …………………0 – transfer, 2nd ……………….. 0 – transfer
3rd …………………0 – transfer, 4th ………………… 0 – transfer, 5th ………………… 25
6th …………………23, 7th …………………21, 8th …………………19
9th ………………… 17, 10th ………………..15 (alternate started)

With the exception of the class champion, there will be no tie-breakers. The tie-breaker for class champion will be based on the number of A-main wins. If there is still a tie after that, it will be based on the number of second place finishes, if a tie still exists then it will be based on third place finishes and subsequent finishes until there is no tie.

NOTE: No refunds for rainouts. Duel in the Desert Representatives will have final authority to make up races. Note: Points are based on the individual race. If race is half over, the race will count as timed out and drivers will receive points of their actual finish position. If less than half over, all drivers of rained out classes will receive first place points.

Rain Out points
1. Entire event rained out or any class that has not completed ALL Heat races (must be signed-in before event is called). Drivers in all class/divisions will be awarded 30 (thirty) points.
2. All Heat Races have been completed and A-Mains and Lower Mains rained out. A-Main drivers – awarded 45 points
B-Main drivers – awarded 21 points
C-Main or lower drivers – awarded 10 points.
3. Heat Races and Lower Mains have been completed and A-Mains are rained out. A-Main drivers – awarded 45 points.
4. All drivers that completed their events will receive the appropriate points as they finished.

End of Year Banquet/Championship Trophies

The series will do its best to host an end of year banquet with championship trophies.

If we don’t have enough cars to make a field (at least 3 cars), Duel in the Desert representatives have the right to not crown a champion.

Red and blue rookies are non competitive classes and do not earn points.