I'm curious about passing. On a track, are you sometimes in a situation where passing is the safer thing to do ? Like, you pass to keep from crashing into someone doing the ever frustrating brake/brake/brake thing ?
Passing is the rider's way of maintaining a good flow around the track. Depending on the organization running the day, your rules may be different.
In NESBA, you are only allowed to pass while the bike is upright in the beginner group and the pass must be done on the outside. This means you cannot pass between the entry or exit of a turn. In Intermediate, you can pass anywhere on the track as long as it is on the outside of the rider being passed. If you come up to a CR (Control Rider) he/she must wave you by before you can pass.
Generally passing is done only at certain spots of the particular track being run. There are good spots to pass, so-so spots, and downright pucker factor spots. You would be amazed at some places that safe passing can occur though.