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									About HOCOC and the National Sportsman Championship
HOCOC [HO Circuit of Champions] is a HO slot car organization that was founded over 30
years ago. While its roots are in New England, HOCOC has sanctioned races across the entire
east coast of the US, from Maine to North Carolina. HOCOC is a sanctioning body that is also
a non-profit entity.

As a sanctioning body, HOCOC provides structured racing rules, procedures and governance for
race stewards who wish to provide organized racing in a turn-key fashion to HO enthusiasts in
any location. HOCOC car classes offer a wide variety of vintage and new style chassis, setups,
and body styles to appeal to a broad base of the HO hobby.

HOCOC officials plan and coordinate race events to provide its members with the best racing
experience possible. An event usually consists of several car classes being raced on race day.
During the course of a season, events tour a “Circuit” of venues, both commercial and
home-based. HOCOC also sanctions the “National Sportsman Championship Series”
which has drivers competing on a national level for points earned during the entire season. The
NSC series offers a way for HO racers to compete across great distances based on a national
scoring system, culminating in the "National Sportsman Championship" Event of the nation’s
top HO builders and drivers.

HOCOC officers have the combined experience to help anyone interested in establishing a HO
racing series. Our goal is to promote the hobby, support the HO industry and our sponsors, and
foster the friendship and camaraderie that goes along with the fun of HO racing. We welcome
all to join us.

Al Perschilli                                                                      Russ Upton
Founder & Chairman                                                          Event Director
HOCOC                                                                               NSCS

    Mission Statement
     HOCOC (HO Circuit of Champions) is a HO scale slot car racing organization whose
mission is to become the most admired slot car organization in the world. We promote the slot
car hobby by providing organized racing rules and events for members of any skill-level, age,
gender, race and nationality in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere.

    Values Statement
In the pursuit of our mission, we will maintain focus on our core values:

   Friendship
   Community
   Sportsmanship
   Teamwork

    Strategy for Success
HOCOC’S strategy in reaching it’s mission is to organize, promote and sanction HO scale Slot
Car racing based on 1:1 scale Stock Car racing from past to present. Our car classes incorporate
a wide variety of chassis and the bodies emphasize the detail elements of real 1:1 scale Stock
Cars in HO scale modeling.

HOCOC prides itself on it’s competition, equipment and its organization. All participants are
expected to respect each other and to see that HOCOC’s mission statement is fulfilled which will
make HOCOC a more pleasurable experience through the camaraderie that comes along with it.

                 Guidelines and information for

                            National Sportsman Championship

and the
                                           "National Sportsman
Championship "

 Any matter, Situation or Spec, not discussed in this rulebook will be determined by the HOCOC Racing
Director or Event Steward. Their decision is final.

General Rules

1. O.E.M. – Original manufactures equipment for that make of car.
2. Stock – Readily available direct replacement for that make of car.
3. The number of armature magnets cannot exceed two.
4. No Tire glue or dressing.
5. One guide pin per car. May be glued.
6. Hot Stock Armature – Min. ohms 5.8. May be trued, balanced, expoxied & polished.
7. The procedure for measuring ohms is to average all 3 poles after a 5 min cool-down.
8. Maximum width 1 5/16 (1.3125) inch for all classes, except Sportsman for chassis only, body may be
Body length 3” max. Cars must pass through the tech block freely.

                 Late-Model Sportsman - National Sportsman Series

Chassis Specifications
1. Base Chassis – Aurora T-Jet copper chassis, ThunderPlus from Model Motoring Inc., and Johnny
Lightning / AutoWorld ThunderJet 500 is legal.
1.1. Modifications – Chassis base must remain stock except the chassis floor adjacent To the pick up
shoes tabs maybe trimmed 1/8 inch to
allow the use of the #504 BSRT pick up shoes. No other venting, lightening or trimming allowed. Chassis
gear plate must remain stock without
modifications with the exception of the rails running from front to back along each side may be trimmed to
facilitate lowering of the body. Bearing
holes must remain stock on the base and plate. No metal bearings allowed. No weight may be added to
the chassis. Minimum Weight 22 grams.
2. Armature
2.1. Arm and base chassis must match original manufacturer for Aurora, MM, JL, AW and must remain
stock. Aurora base chassis may use any Aurora armature with 2 lams.
2.2. Minimum 14 ohms
2.3. Modifications
2.3.1. Balancing – none allowed
2.3.2. Truing – none allowed
2.3.3. Re-winds/de-winds – none allowed
3. Electrical System
3.1. Base plates – stock, no modifications, no soldering, no shunting.
3.2. Brushes – copper/carbon composite only and must be O.E.M., Thunder brushes or Wizzard brands.
3.3. Shoes.- O.E.M. stock pick up shoes and similar T-Jet replacements such as BSRT brand. Regular or
long step permitted. Wizzard shoes allowed. May be tweaked..
4. Magnets
4.1. Type – Any ceramic magnets are legal including Aurora T-Jet, Model Motoring Inc., Johnny Lightning
ThunderJet. Any AFX magnets including Super II‟s are allowed.
4.2. Modifications – none allowed except ends of JL magnets may be sanded to fit Aurora chassis.
4.3. Shims – non-ferrous material allowed.
5. Gears
5.1. Top Plate Gears (driven, idler, and armature) must be O.E.M for Model Motoring, Aurora, and JL. The
drive pinion may be any readily available stock 9,12 or 14 tooth brass gear.
5.2. Modifications – None allowed. No beveled or lightened gears. Gears may be polished. Solder or glue
may be used to attach gears to shafts. Excessive solder that adds significant weight will not be allowed.
5.3. Arm pinion – stock 14 tooth.
5.4. Idler – stock 24 tooth.
5.5. Driven – stock 24 tooth.
5.6. Drive pinion – 9, 12 or 14 tooth.
5.7. Crown – stock plastic 15 tooth.
5.8. Crown gear hub may be shaved or spacers added to maintain proper mesh.
5.9. Any cluster gear shaft may be used.
6. Axles – Any.
7. Wheels – Any.
8. Tires – Any tire.
9. Body Specifications
9.1. Bodies must be a hard-shell injection mold or resin cast NASCAR NEXTEL Cup style. Only bodies
from 1990 to present are legal.
9.2 The following bodies are legal:
9.2.1 Tyco/Mattel Lumina, Monte Carlo, Grand Prix, Taurus and T-Bird.
9.3.2 Life Like Monte-Carlo, Grand Prix, Taurus and Intrepid.
9.4.3 BRP and other resin cast bodies are legal as long as they are the wide version.
9.5.4 Narrow Life Like bodies with flares are not legal.
9. 3. Bodies must be attached to the chassis by 2 screws and body posts.
9.4. Bodies must be mounted squared/evenly.
9.5. Bodies may be lowered but must retain their stock appearance.
9.6. Rocker Panels must be intact.
9.7. Fenders may be trimmed for wheel clearance but when viewed from above no part of the tire may be
9.8. When viewed from the side both front and rear tires must be fully visible.
9.9. Bodies should be presented in a professional appearance.
10. Bodies do not have to be a true-to-life model.
11. Full glass must be intact. May be part of the molded body or replaced with clear lexan.
10. Controller Specifications

 Any controller legal. No auxiliary batteries, capacitors or supplemental power supply is

                   Handbook Race Procedures and Guidelines
                                     Revision 7/24/2010
                           Copyright HOCOC, All Rights Reserved

The HOCOC Board, Stewards or Race Officials will determine any matter, Situation or
Specification, not discussed in this handbook. Their decision is final.

(National Sportsman Championship Series) in which drivers compete in a series of point
events that will allow them to qualify for the “National Sportsman Championship” The rules,
regulations, procedures, policies and guidelines presented in this handbook are those that
will be in use for all NSCS and the NSC events.

Driver Conduct
 1. Participants are expected to treat each other with respect and exhibit HOCOC’s core
     values of Friendship, Community, Sportsmanship and Teamwork at all times.
2. Avoid unnecessary conversations or distractions at trackside when racing
    is in progress.
3. No smoking, eating, or drinking at trackside when racing is in progress.
4. Consumption of alcoholic beverages during a HOCOC Special Event or
    NSCS event is strictly prohibited.
5. Abusive language or behavior which is deemed detrimental to the event
   or organization will not be tolerated. Continued misconduct may result in
   suspension from HOCOC events by Board approval.

Racing Rules

1. No substitute drivers.

2. Drivers may not substitute car chassis or body after tech inspection. The car that you
register (tech-in) is the car that you race.
3. No working on cars unless it is done under green racing condition’s for that car. Once a
pit stop is in progress a driver can continue working on his car during a yellow flag. All work
must stop between segments (Red flag condition).

4. All pit supplies must be behind the Drivers Wall. No pit supplies will be allowed in the
infield or top of the wall.

5. Pit Stops must be made in front of the Drivers Area only unless otherwise noted.

6. The following parts may not be changed on pit stops: Body, Chassis, Bulkheads, Motor
and Magnets.

7. Bodies must be on chassis. Any body/chassis interfering with another car will not be
allowed to compete. Cars will not be allowed to compete without a complete front end.

8. All cars are subject to a post race tear down.

9. Any protest must be made in writing to the Event Director. His decision will be considered
final. A copy of the protest must be forwarded to the HOCOC Secretary who will file the
protest and present it to the Board for review for future reference.
10. When an accident (yellow situation/track call) occurs both the time and power will be
stopped. All drivers who are involved and cannot proceed will receive a “yellow”. A “Yellow”
is a penalty. For every “Yellow” a driver receives he will lose one lap from his/her total
amount of laps. There is also a limit on the amount of yellows a driver can receive. When a
driver goes over that amount his/her car will be removed from the track. The limit for
“Yellows” will be one “Yellow” for every two minutes of racing. On all starts and restarts the
timekeeper will say “Green GO”. This procedure will be used for all events that are
scheduled on oval tracks. For events that are scheduled on road courses the yellow/track
procedure call may be waived should there be enough marshals in attendance. The highest
ranking HOCOC Official in attendance will determined if there is an adequate amount of
marshals to wave the yellow/track call procedure.

11. Stalls and spinouts: A spinout is a car that has turned sideways in a corner and is
stalled, even though it is still in the slot A car that is stalled will not have a lap deducted
unless the stall was the result of a spinout. A car that has turned sideways on a
straightaway after the power has been shut off will be straightened without a penalty. A car
that has turned sideways in a turn after the power has gone off will be considered to have
spun out and will loose a lap if it is unable to move when
power is restored. Cars that have turned to the inside of a banked corner will not be counted
as a stall and will be straightened without a penalty. A car that had come out of the slot for
any reason, including a nerf, will loose a lap unless the de-slot was due to interference from
another driver, a corner marshal, or spectator.

12. Ties will be broken by the driver who signed in first.

Race Officials

Drivers may be asked to participate as race officials. The Board, Steward or Event Director
will assign duties. The Board, Stewards or Events Director may also participate as race
officials if needed. The Board or Stewards will appoint
An Event Director.
Event Director – A person appointed by the Board or a Steward to supervise the activities
of the event. A Board member or Steward may assume this position if needed. The
activities to be supervised are track inspection, practice, driver registration, tech inspection,
drivers Meeting, racing, scoring, awards and reporting. The Event Director will appoint the
following race officials:
Tech Inspector – Person(s) responsible for technical inspection of all cars.
Time Keeper – Person(s) responsible for the track power and timing/lap
counter system for the race.
Marshals – Person(s) attending to cars when needed for track calls (yellow flag conditions).
Scorer – Person responsible for all record keeping and race results. Information is to be
forwarded to the HOCOC Secretary who will record the results officially in the record book
and forward the results to the Communication Director.
Reporter – Person(s) that provide written recap of the event, racing action, and highlights of
interest. Photos are strongly encouraged. Information is to be provided to the HOCOC
Communications Director.

Driver Registration

All drivers should register upon arrival at a race event. There is no pre-registration
unless otherwise noted.

Entry Fees

Entry fees for Special Events will be posted on the HOCOC racing schedule and or by flyer.
Entry fees for NSCS events are to be collected during driver registration and should be
forwarded to the HOCOC Finance Officer.
Additional entry fees for Regional events is left solely up to each region as they see fit and
for their use.

Pre Race Tech Inspection
All of the entered cars will undergo a technical inspection prior to the start of racing. The
cars will then be impounded and will only be handled by the race officials.


All events except the “NSC” will use a Random Rotation procedure in which all drivers are
automatically qualified. This procedure provides for random starting positions in each event.
The Random Order Procedure can be determined by lottery, poker chip, computer
Selection, etc.
All events except the “NSC” will use a Random Rotation procedure in which all drivers are
automatically qualified. This procedure provides for random starting positions in each event.
The Random Order Procedure can be determined by lottery, poker chip, computer
Selection, etc.
NSC Qualifying – The field for the National Sportsman Championship race will be
determined as follows:
6 drivers will qualify by winning a NSCS race. After a driver wins a NSCS event he does not
race in any future qualifier
and forfeits any points that he has earned.
4 drivers will qualify by being in the top four of the NSCS points
2 drivers will qualify by being the two fastest (of none qualified drivers ) in the time trials on
the day of the NSC race.
2 there will be two qualifying races, the winner of each race will be qualified
1 Everyone that has not yet qualified yet will be entered into a consolation race, the winner
of the consi moves up to the final race
1 Lucky Dog, drawn by lottery from the rest of the consi finishers
16 Total Drivers in the NSC Feature Race
The “NSCS” point system will be as follows:
1. A minimum of 6 entries (one of which must be a Board member, Steward or Event
Director) are required for the event to be official. If there are less than 6 entries, the scoring
will be void for that event.
2. Any car that is DQ will not receive points and the event in which they were DQ will count
as a race entered.
3. Points are determined by a % basis in regards to the number of entries. Points will be
awarded as follows:
# Drivers     6       7         8      9       10    11     12     13      14         15         16            17             18           19
position     pts.  pts.      pts.    pts.   pts.   pts.  pts.  pts. pts.   pts.   pts.  pts. pts.   pts.    pts.
    1          100 100         100     100     100 100      100 100    100    100    100 100    100     100    100
    2          83.3 85.7      87.5 88.9 90.0 90.9 91.7 92.3 92.9 93.3 93.8 94.1 94.4 94.7 95.0
    3          66.7 71.4      75.0 77.8 80.0 81.8 83.3 84.6 85.7 86.7 87.5 88.2 88.9 89.5 90.0
    4          50.0 57.1      62.5 66.7 70.0 72.7 75.0 76.9 78.6 80.0 81.3 82.4 83.3 84.2 85.0
    5          33.3 42.9      50.0 55.6 60.0 63.6 66.7 69.2 71.4 73.3 75.0 76.5 77.8 7 8.9 80.0
    6          16.7 28.6      37.5 44.4 50.0 54.5 58.3 61.5 64.3 66.7 68.8 70.6 72.2 73.7 75.0
    7                 14.3      25.0 33.3 40.0 45.5 50.0 53.8 57.1 60.0 62.5 64.7 66.7 68.4 70.0
    8                             12.5 22.2 30.0 36.4 41.7 46.2 50.0 53.3 56.3 58.8 61.1 6 3.2 65.0
    9                                     11.1 20.0 27.3 33.3 38.5 42.9 46.7 50.0 52.9 55.6 57.9 60.0
  10                                              10.0 18.2 25.0 30.8 35.7 40.0 43.8 47.1 50.0            52.6 55.0
  11                                                      9.1 16.7 23.1 28.6 33.3 37.5 41.2 44.4 47.4 50.0
  12                                                            8.3  15.4 21.4 26.7 31.3 35.3 38.9 42.1 45.0
  13                                                                    7.7 14.3 20.0 25.0 29.4 33.3 36.8
  14                                                                            7.1   13.3       1 8.8         23.5      27.8        31.6
  15                                                                                       6.7    12.5          1 7.6      22.2        26.3
  16                                                                                                     6.3        11.8      16.7         21.1
  17                                                                                                                    5.9     11.1        15.8
  18                                                                                                                                 5.6        10.5
5.3 10.0

4. A driver may participate up to 8 “NSCS” events regardless of region or until they win a
NSCS event
    in which an NSCS event winner will forfeits any points that he has earned up to that
5. The best 6 point values of the first 8 starts will count toward a driver’s
overall series point total in regards to the “NSCS” point standings. The two lowest are
6. The current point standings will be published on the HOCOC web site www.hococ.net
Should a driver who is a "NSCS Rep/Qual event winner not enter, his position will be filled
by the highest point man
in attendance from the NSCS point standings.
Should a driver who is in the top 4 in points not enter the “NSC” the next highest driver in
the “NSCS” point standings in attendance will be added to the starting field.
All entries will take time trials to determine their starting positions in the main, heats and
consi. Time Trials will be 30 second in length.
The remainder of the non-guaranteed entries will be divided into two 8 minute heats ( odd &
even time trial order) with the winner of each heat added to the field. All drivers from both
heats will compete in a consi event of 8 minutes. The winner will be added to the starting
field for the “NSC”. Cars to be entered in the NCS will be given registered numbers to avoid
having duplicate numbers on race day.

All NSCS events are round robin in which each driver will run an equal mount of time in
each lane. Each event will be 12 minutes in length divided by the number of lanes being
used. The “NSC” will be 20 minutes in length the heats and consi event for the NSC
which will be 8 minutes in length'

At the end of each segment do not remove cars from the track until all scoring is completed.
All NSCS race results must be received within 72 hours of the event being
completed. Race results that are not received within the 72 hours will be

Post Race Tech Inspection

Any DQs in the top three will require that the next finisher in order also be fully teched until
the top 3 are determined. Cars will be disassembled by their driver in the presence of a tech

Awards and Prizes

Trophies will be awarded to each NSCS race winner.
Trophies and prizes will be awarded for the “NSC”. Awards for all “NSCS” events are left
solely up to each promoter.
Should sponsorship become available it would be distributed by being posted or by

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