GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE NAPA AUTO PARTS TOUR & LUSKVILLE DRAGWAY
The basis for these rules and regulations is to make sure that everyone competing at these events will better understand how these events are run, from a safety aspect as well as a general running of the event. It is very important that you read these papers completely in order for you to understand all of the rules and regulations and how they affect you. The Tour now consists of Super Pro (all makes and styles of cars, most electronics allowed) Semi Pro (full bodied cars, no electronics other than that needed to use nitrous oxide) Drag Sled and Jr. Dragsters. It should be pointed out that these rules also are the rules that are used at Luskville Dragway on regular day programs. It should also be noted that these rules are a basis for which these events are too be run, but that final decisions on all is that of the event director, this includes rules, regulations, time schedules and payouts, which may have to be altered do too car counts or weather conditions.
10. After each time trial or round of eliminations a driver is to slowly and safely return to the pit area by means of the designated return road. NO SPEEDING, NO BURNOUTS, on the return road or the pit area, this is the quickest way to be ejected from the event. No crewmember is to ride on any entrée at any time this includes Jr. Dragsters and everyone else. Helmets and belts are too be worn until competitor is safely back in pit area.
Hard Braking at the finish line is disallowed and is grounds for disqualification, hard braking is not necessary and is VERY dangerous. Hard braking would be considered smoke off the front tires, tire marks left on the track after the braking occurs.
11. If a driver is eliminated in the first round he may pay a buy back, if a driver wins the first round and looses the second round he may also buy back in, a driver is only allowed to buy back in once, unless specifically stated.
12. In most case’s drivers will be paired by an NHRA ladder system, however when car count makes it impossible to institute this system drivers will run at random until they are down to a controllable amount of the entrée’s (16 car round) and then they will be put on a ladder. Buy backs will go on the bottom of a ladder in the order they come off the ladder, which means if you are the number one loser off the ladder and you buy back in you become the number one person back on the ladder at the bottom. Buy Backs receive half round points for the rounds they win. Buy backs can not receive a buy run unless every other live entrée has had one, and then they come back in with the same rights as a live racer, unless they are part of a mixed ladder redraw.
13. It is the right of the race director to inspect any race car at anytime during the event, or after the final rounds have been completed. It is the right of any driver to bring forward anything he believes to be suspicious, however it is the event director who will decide if a tear down is required. Any racer may however insist that a suspicious car be inspected, by posting a $200 bond if he is absolutely sure of cheating. In the event that the suspected car is deemed legal the person posting the bond would lose this money and it would be awarded to the person that was inspected. In the event that cheating is found at any point of any event the perpetrator of such wrongdoing will be dealt with harshly. All prize money will be forfeited and the driver will be suspended based on the level of cheating that is found.
14. Anyone caught drinking or taking any illegal substance during the course of an event will also be dealt with in a extremely harsh manner. Any of this type of action will not be tolerated and any driver or CREW MEMBER will be banned from attending any future events. If expelled from event NO REFUND will be paid.
15. No motorized vehicles are to be driven by anyone under the age of 16 and or without a valid drivers license. This is the rule at all times once you have entered an event, during the race and after the race. This does of course not mean the Jr. Dragsters when they are in competition, but once they are out of competition they are not to be used as rides. Anyone caught breaking this rule will be ejected from the event, no exceptions. The use of motorized vehicles on the property once the racing event is over is also not allowed by anyone under age, no valid license or under the influence( all motorized vehicles).
16. The points system works in the following manner, each competitor will receive 300 points for entering the event, and will receive 200 points per round won, 100 points per round won after you have utilized the buy back process in the first or second round.
17. Payouts are also based on the ladder system, meaning if the event is paying 16 places on the ladder and you are in a round where there is anything higher than 16 cars left you must win that round to advance to the money round. The field of cars must be down to or lower than the number posted before any pay outs take place.
18. Drivers who break their entrée during time trials may use a second entrée for eliminations. You cannot switch entrees once eliminations have started even if you have another entrée that you have made a time trial in. You must finish eliminations with the entrée you started eliminations with. It is not necessary to make a time trial in the entree you begin Eliminations in.
19. Any driver caught using what is currently called real time data recorders, Davis Traction Devices, MSD ignition with SLEW capablities, front wheel sensors, will forfeit all price money and will be BANNED from any further competition for the remainder of the season. Hard Braking at the finish line is disallowed and is grounds for disqualification, hard braking is not necessary and is VERY dangerous. Hard braking would be considered smoke off the front tires, tire marks left on the track after the braking occurs.
20. Down Track Data Recorders are not allowed and if caught using one, driver will be banned from event and future events based on race director's recommendation. Any type of wheel counter, or drive shaft counter used in conjuction with a recorder is deemed illegal and will be grounds for disqualification, and harsh reprimand.
21. Back up
drivers will no longer be allowed as we believe this is unfair to the events
that we are trying to produce. The five race series is a very short one and
should be possible for everyone to attend. As far as Luskville Dragway season
long series is concerned the purchase of ones entree will still give that
individual the points accordingly..
22. Dial ins are to be placed on the race car prior to it leaving the staging lanes, once that vehicle has been called from the lanes dial ins cannot be changed, this rule also pertains to those cars that utilize an electronic dial in board, once you are called from the lanes you must be ready to go and your dial in must be set. Rules are very clear that all class's EXCEPT Street eliminator must have a dial in board.
23. Staging, contrary
to some people's thinking, it is not a rule in bracket racing that a
competitor must pre stage and then wait for his competition to pre stage before
he stage's. This is a rule in Super class racing only. If a driver wishes he may
move right into the stage light, however the ten second rule does not come into
affect until the opposition pre stage's, so it is only good sportsmanship that
you do your staging in a orderly fashion as close to your competitors pace, but
you do not have to wait for him or her to pre stage before you stage. Let it
also be pointed out that management will not allow a driver to rush into the bleach
box, rush to the starting line and stage in the hopes of forcing his competitor
to rush and hopefully make a mistake, sportsmanship is a must in the sport of
drag racing. If you are going to deep stage you must right this very
clearly on the window facing the control tower, and you should actually contact
the control tower and let them know personally that you will be deep staging all
day. you cannot change your mind through out the day though on what you are
going to do, decide and let it be known. Once both drivers have pre staged, if either
driver then moves forward and roles through the stage light he can not then back
up and re move
into the stage light, or he will be disqualified.
The final motion in the
staging process must be a forward motion into the stage light. The race car must
stage under its own power, this also means that the car may not be pushed back
after a burnout (and the car breaks) as this is very clear that the car was
unable to stage under its own power. Race cars should not be touched once they
leave the staging lanes except for obvious items such as turning on a computer,
turning on a nitrous bottle, closing a door (safety things).
24. In an effort to make sure everyone understands refunds on a weekend where there are events each day or multiple events on the same day or any combination of events, the following rule will apply and be posted on our web site. If you purchase a weekend entree fee at a reduced rate and you break your car or for any other reason you cannot compete, it is policy that refunds do not take place as you have bought an entree fee at a reduced rate by paying for multiple days at once. You may however at all multiple day events purchase one race day entree fee at a time but not at the reduced rate, single event entry fee will cost more. You may also pass your entree to another driver who can compete on your number as a double entree.
25. Policy on car broke on track with other car set to run, here is a tuff subject as it usually falls on judgment of the occasion, however at all times it is the tracks preferred policy to get the driver of the broken car out and over the guardrail prior to allowing the other running car to make a pass down the track. All things are taken into consideration in this circumstance such as where the car is located on the track, for example if the car is too far down the track then the running car must be shut off. EXAMPLE, two cars do their burnouts, one car breaks transmission while backing up and is at the sixty foot mark, the other car is staged and ready to run the driver of the broken car is still strapped in with helmet on, the running car would in most case's be allowed to run. However should the broken car be out by the 330 mark then the running car would be asked to shut off, be given time to cool down and given the opportunity to make a single run. Please understand that all the broken car has to do is stage and shut it off for the win so the running car may decide to do just that.
26. All competitors required to wear a helmet must have one that meets SFI and snell approval rating, which is 2008 or newer. Competitors required too wear a helmets must do so and must keep helmet on when coming up the return road as well as seat belts or safety harness’s. All pit vehicle drivers used too tow race entrée back too pit area must also wear helmets while going down to the top end and all the way back up the return road until they reach ticket booth.
NEW in 2017, all Sleds and Bikes will be
required to run a dial in board, MANDATORY.
28: Drivers will no longer be required to make a time trial in the car they start eliminations with, they must finish eliminations in the car they start eliminations with but will no longer be forced to have made a time trial in the one they start those eliminations with.
B. Trottle control, and timer devices are allowed in Super Pro
C. Electric trans shifters are allowed in Semi Pro
29. Beginning in 2017 split ladders will be run at all major events where numbers allow us to do so. We will not combine the door cars and the open bodied cars until we are down too the semi finals, this is taking it one more round that we have been doing for the past years.
SUPER PRO - SEMI PRO - STREET
7:50 quarter mile - 4:50 eight mile seconds or slower
Designations: Super Pro 7:50-12:99 (4:50 - 8:00) electronics allowed
Semi Pro 9:00-14:99(5:75-11:00) no electronics allowed, NO TRANS BRAKES, foot brake racing, slicks allowed
Street 13:00 and slower (8:00) no electronics, no slicks allowed
: One Internal-combustion automotive type, one motorcycle or one snowmobile engine permitted. Motorcycle or snowmobile powered vehicles without reverse may not burnout across the starting line. Harmonic balancer meeting SFI Speck 18:1 mandatory in any car running 10:99 (6:99) or quicker.
EXHAUST SYSTEM: Competition exhaust permitted, exhaust must be directed out of the car to the rear, away from the drivers and the fuel tank.
FUEL: Racing gasoline, gasoline, alcohol, gasohol, diesel, ethanol, natural gas and propane permitted.
FUEL SYSTEM: All fuel tank filler necks
located inside trunk must have filler neck vented to outside of body. Vented
caps prohibited. All batteries, fuel lines, fuel pumps or filler necks located
inside trunk require complete bulkhead of at least .024 inch steel or .032
aluminum to isolate driver compartment from trunk. Fuel lines must be located
outside driver compartment. Fuel tanks must be within confines of the body.
LIQUID OVERFLOW: Catch -can mandatory for coolant overflow, (16oz.) minimum
NITROUS OXIDE: Commercially available nitrous
oxide permitted, including super charged and turbocharged engines. Nitrous
bottles in driver compartment must be equipped with a relief valve and vented
outside of drivers compartment. Bottles must be stamped with DOT 1800 pound
rating permanently mounted (no hose clamps or tie wraps) Hoses from bottles to
solenoid must be high pressure steel braided or NHRA accepted hoses.
SUPERCHARGERS, TURBOCHARGERS: Permitted on racing gasoline and alcohol burning cars, supercharger restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14-1 mandatory on Roots type supercharger when alcohol is used as fuel.
VALVE COVERS: Cast or fabricated metal valve cover, using all attachment boltholes, mandatory on supercharged, methanol burning cars.
CLUTCH, FLYWHEEL, FLYWHEEL SHIELD: Flywheel and clutch meeting SFI spec 1.1 or 1.2 (2disc max) mandatory on any car running 11:99 or quicker. Flywheel shield meeting SFI spec 6.1, 6.2 or 6.3 mandatory on all cars running 11:99 (7.99) or quicker. Cars with rotary engines running 11:99 (7.99) or quicker must be equipped with a flywheel shield made of 1/4 inch minimum thickness steel plate surrounding the bell housing 360 degrees.
DRIVELINE: OEM production line all wheel drive vehicles permitted. Drive shaft loop required on all cars running 1:99 (8:59) or quicker, except vehicles running 13:00 (8:14 seconds or slower equipped with street tires.
REAREND: Aftermarket axles and axle-retention
device mandatory on any car running 10:99 (6:99) or quicker and any car with a
locked differential. Cars running 10:99 (6:99) or quicker that weighs more than
2000 pounds with independent rear suspension without upper and lower control
arms must have swing axle differential replaced with conventional differential
housing assembly. (example 1963 -82 corvette) Cars with independent rear
suspension using upper and lower control arms may retain swing axle assmembly
regardless of weight or E.T. Must have 360 degree, minimum 1 inch wide by 1/4
inch thick axle retention loop on each axle.
TRANSMISSION: aftermarket planetary: Transmission shield meeting SFI 4:1 mandatory on any supercharged vehicle.
BRAKES: Four wheel hydraulic brakes mandatory on any bodied car running 7:99 (4:99) or quicker. Minimum two rear wheel hydraulic brakes mandatory on Dragsters, Funny Cars, and any car running slower than 8:00 (5:00) seconds. Dragsters running slower than 10:99 (6:99) with a total car weight of 1,000 pounds or less and a one piece rear axle may use a single brake rotor with dual calipers.
SUSPENSION: Altereds, Dragsters: full automotive type front suspension mandatory. Rigid mounted rear axles permitted. Minimum one hydraulic shock absorber per sprung wheel. Suspension optionla on cars weighing 2350 pounds or less with 120 inch or longer wheelbase.
SUSPENSION: Stock bodied cars: full automotive tuype suspension mandatory, Minimum one operating hydraulic shock absorber per wheel. Lightening of stock components prohibited. Rigid mounted suspensions prohibited.
WHEELIE BARS: Permitted.
MORE TO COME
THESE RULES ARE OPEN FOR DISCUSSION AT ALL TIMES AND ALL QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO THESE RULES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO email@example.com
It should also be pointed out that these
are the same rules, plus amendments that have been handed out at Luskville
Dragway and on the Napa Auto Parts, Show Me the Money Tour for the past five years. Any
amendments that take place will be posted here also, such as any new rules
coming out of the drivers meetings and such. Rules pertaining to car
construction and such can be obtained from a NHRA Rule Book, however if you have
any questions about this please don't hesitate to ask.