When signing up, you must write the last 6 digits of the vin number (of the machine you will be racing in that class) on the signup form. In the event that the vin number is not physically visible on the machine, you will receive a band to go on your machine that has a specific number that will match that sign up form. If that same machine is ran in different classes with different tire sizes that band number will be wrote on all sign up forms.
1. Tire Class Regulations
1.1 Kids Class (KC) – 35.5-inch tires and below. MUST BE 13 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER.
1.2 Small Tire Classes (STC) – 35.5-inch tires and below.
1.3 Medium Tire Classes (MTC) – 36-inch tires up to 45-inch tires.
1.4 Big Tire Classes (BTC) – 45.5-inch tires up to 59.5-inch.
1.5 Unlimited Tire Classes (UTC) – 60-inch and up tires.
1.6 All machines must be equipped with the appropriate tire size for the class entered; smaller tires can not race in a class designated for larger tires.
1.7 If a machine has different tire sizes, the largest size tire will be used for tire class designation.
2. Class Equipment Regulations
2.1 Naturally Aspirated (NA) engines ONLY for the Kids Class (KC), no turbos, no blowers, no nitrous allowed.
2.2 Naturally Aspirated (NA) engines ONLY for the Small Tire Class (STC), no turbos, no blowers, no nitrous allowed.
2.3 Straight axles will be allowed in the Unlimited Tire Class (UTC) ONLY.
2.4 “Mega” UTVs with UTV/ATV engines will be allowed in the Unlimited Tire Class (UTC) ONLY.
2.5 All machines must be equipped with their own recovery strap. Southern Bounty Series will not be responsible for the recovery strap.
3. General Equipment Regulations
3.1 Definition of “Production Style”: As produced for and equipped on machines sold by manufacturers and their dealers (OEM), or be produced as a direct replacement for OEM the equipment.
3.2 All machines must retain and utilize production Style ATV / UTV Engine, Transmission, and Differential.
3.3 No Motorcycle, car, or truck engines, transmissions, or differentials allowed.
3.4 Axel paddles are allowed, as long as the axels remain as Production Style for the ATV or UTV.
3.5 Stretched or modified frames and tube chassis are allowed.
3.6 All types of tires are allowed but must be run in the appropriate class, as measured by the tire’s actual physical dimensions, not the dimensions indicated on the side of the tire.
3.7 Maximum of 4 Tires are allowed on a machine at one time.
3.8 No Tracks or track-type systems are allowed; all tires must be air inflatable tires.
3.9 Properly functioning, tethered KILL SWITCHES are REQUIRED on ATVs.
4. Procedural Rules and Regulations
4.1 All ages are eligible to run in the Small Tire Class
4.1.1 – Machines may be entered by multiple racers, but all racers must race with the same machine they signed up with.
4.2 Participants must be 16 years of age and up in order to run in the Medium or Unlimited Tire Classes on an ATV / 4-Wheeler.
4.3 Participants under 16 years of age that have won a qualifying bounty hole event in the past may be eligible to enter the Medium or Unlimited Tire Classes on an ATV / 4-Wheeler WITH PRIOR APPROVAL BEFORE THE DAY OF THE RACE.
4.4 You must run the original machine you entered into the event.
4.5 Machines may be entered by multiple racers, but all racers must race with the same machine they signed up with. (UPDATED 2023).
4.6. Second runs are available for purchase at the time of registration up to the time of the driver’s meeting.
4.7 You must run the original machine you entered into the event for any subsequent runs including second runs and run offs.
4.8 If you’re not present and ready for your run when your run is up, you will be disqualified.
4.9 You cannot exit the hole on the starting-line side once your run has begun.
4.10 Reversing is allowed if a machine has fully entered the hole.
4.11 Registration opens at 9am, and closes at 11:00a.m unless otherwise noted
4.12 Registration for your classes and all runs must be purchased before the start of the driver’s meeting.
4.13 Driver running order will be drawn at random for each class at the rider’s meeting. Second runs will be drawn as a second heat to be run after all first runs are completed.
4.14 All drivers must attend the driver’s meeting themselves in-person. No rider representatives are allowed to attend in place of a registered driver.
4.15 Unsportsmanlike conduct will be immediately disqualified.
4.16 All pit official scoring calls will be made at their pit and will be final and will be final upon a 3-person committee review.
4.17 “Floating” and “Skimming” are both allowed.
4.18 There will be a 5 (five) minute time limit for each run.
4.19 All competitors must start with the center of your tire on the starting line as drawn by the official.
4.20 After completing the signup and attending the drivers meeting, all racers will receive at least 40 points whether their machine they signed up with crosses the start line or not. (Updated 2023)
5. Safety Rules and Regulations
5.1 Only 1 (one) person per machine during runs – regardless of manufacturer seating or ability.
5.2 Helmets are required for all drivers.
5.3 Goggles, safety glasses, and fire retardant suits are recommended for all drivers.
5.4 You (the driver) must be present for the drivers meeting, and number draws.
5.5 After registration, prior to the drivers meeting, You must have your machine(s) and all tires ready for pre-race inspection and machines will remain in the staging area.
5.6 You cannot leave your machine or touch the ground in a manner to support your weight or to advance forward progress at any time during your run, or your run is over.
5.7 Alcohol consumption is not permitted by racers at any time during the racing event until after their final run of the event.
5.7b Alcohol consumption is not permitted by racers in the top 5 positions in the running order until after the awards ceremony is concluded.
5.8 One driver from each class will be chosen at random during the riders meeting for a mandatory breathalyzer test. If any driver during the race is suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, a mandatory breathalyzer test will be administered. During the awards ceremony, one driver from each class within the top 3 finishers will be chosen at random for a mandatory breathalyzer test.
5.9 Failure to submit to a mandatory breathalyzer test will result in the driver’s immediate disqualification from the event.
6. Timing, Measurement, and Scoring Regulations
6.1 All runs are counted at the place that your machine comes to rest at the end of your run – reverse at your own risk. Driver’s must stop the machine when time is up or the driver will be disqualified.
6.2 All runs will be measured by official measuring tape/string/instrument, measured from the side of the hole at the point at which it intersects the official scoring device placed across the hole by the pit judge at the designated area determined by rule 5.3.
6.3 Runs are scored at the furthest forward point of the front tire that is visible, or furthest point visible on the machine that is used for a mechanical purpose will be used for distance measurement.
6.4 In the event of a tie on distance, the fastest running time to achieve the furthest distance run in your class will be deemed the winner. You must let the pit official know your run is over in order to stop the clock.
6.5 Run time will start based on when the machine breaks the beams of the laser timers.
6.6 The end of your run will be the point at which either A) the machine breaks the finish line laser beams B) Tell or signal to the pit official that your run is over or C) you come off your machine or a part of your body touches the ground in a manner to support your weight or advance forward progress.
6.7 In the event that two runs tie on both distance AND time, the tied machines will go to a run-off, each getting one additional run, which will be scored on both distance and time. If only one machine can make the re-run, under that machine’s own power, the driver of that machine will be deemed the winner. In the event that both machines are broken and unable to make a re-run, the result will be declared a tie, and the points and prize monies will be split between the competitors.
6.8 All runs will be measured and recorded in the official results on both distance and time.
6.9 – In the event of a timing and scoring equipment failure, the run in question will be immediately re-run before any other machines enter into the hole.
7. Series Points
7.1 Points Distribution
1st – 100 points
2nd – 95 points
3rd – 90 points
4th – 85 points
5th – 80 points
6th – 75 points
7th – 70 points
8th – 65 points
9th – 60 points
10th – 55 points
11th – 50 points
12th – 45 points
13th and lower – 40 points
7.2 In the event of a tie on championship points, the driver that has covered the most distance during the current racing season will be deemed the winner. In the event that season distances are also tied, the tie will be decided on the lowest cumulative run times throughout the season.
8.1 Minimum Payouts for 2023:
Unlimited Tire Class – UTV AND ATV
1st – $5000
2nd – $1000
3rd – $500
Big Tire Class
UTV 1st – $3,000
UTV 2nd – $800
UTV 3rd – $400
ATV 1st – $3,000
ATV 2nd – $800
ATV 3rd – $400
Medium Tire Class
UTV 1st – $2000
UTV 2nd – $750
UTV 3rd – $200
ATV 1st – $2000
ATV 2nd – $750
ATV 3rd – $200
Small Tire Class
UTV 1st – $1000
UTV 2nd – $400
UTV 3rd – $200
ATV 1st – $1000
ATV 2nd – $400
ATV 3rd – $200
Kids Class UTV & ATV
1st – $750
2nd – $400
3rd – $200
9. Additional Rules and Regulations
9.1 All rules are final.
9.2 All Southern Bounty Series official’s calls and judgements are final.
9.3 Southern Bounty Series reserves the right to change this rulebook at any time.