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Drag Racing Basics

This section is for newcomers to Tulsa Raceway Park and serves as a refresher for our regular racers.  All racers should refer to the Track Rules and General/Safety Rules sections of this website for additional clarification.

 

  • After paying your race fee at the pit gate, you will be provided with a tech card which you need to fill out and take to the Tech area behind the concession building.   A Tulsa Raceway Park official will inspect your car and provide you with a wristband and car number upon successfully passing the tech inspection.  You will then be directed to the staging lanes.
  • Wristband must be placed on the driver's wrist when issued. Switching wristbands during a race event is strictly prohibited and will subject the offenders to immediate eviction from Tulsa Raceway Park.
  • When your lane is pulled, you must be ready to race.  Being race ready means seatbelts are fastened, windows closed (including sunroof) and lights on (when applicable).  The Staging Director will guide you toward the burnout area.  If you choose to do a burnout, follow the directions of the Water Box Supervisor.  Do not begin burnout until the Starter and the Water Box Supervisor signal it is safe.  After completing your burnout, proceed immediately to the starting line.
  • Approach the starting line until your front tire activates the pre-stage light.  From there, inch your way forward until your tire causes the stage light to come on.  This signals the starter that you are ready to race.
  • Time your start so that your vehicle is leaving just as the green light comes on. Continue accelerating until you cross the finish line.
  • If you believe that your vehicle is leaking fluids on the racing surface, pull over immediately and wait for track personnel to assist.
  • Begin to decelerate as soon as you cross the finish line and continue down track until the second or third turn.  Never, under any circumstance, should you turn around on the race track.  If you miss the second turn, you should proceed to the end of the track and take the third exit.  Remember, the vehicle in the left lane has the right of way.  Proceed immediately to the time slip booth, obeying the posted speed limit en route.
  • Your time slip is a detailed record of your run.  It provides you with your reaction time, and elapsed time readings at the 60', 330', 1/8th mile, 1,000' and 1/4 mile mark.  In addition, it provides you with a MPH reading at the 1/8th and 1/4 mile.  This data will help you evaluate your run.
  • After reading the data, you may choose to cool down your vehicle in the pit area or proceed back to the staging lanes for another run.  Do not cool down your vehicle in the staging lanes.
  • All racers are responsible for being familiar and in compliance with current Tulsa Raceway Park and NHRA rules. Depending upon the severity of the infraction, one warning will be given to a driver found in violation of the rules.  A second violation during the same event may subject the offender to immediate disqualification.  This includes, but is not limited to; inoperable tail light, running quicker than 13.99 without a helmet and motorcycles running faster than 120 MPH without leather or Kevlar pants.
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Junior Drag Racing League Race Procedures

Each Jr. Dragster must complete and satisfactorily pass inspection by the TRP Tech Staff  before being allowed to make a trial run or participate in any event conducted at Tulsa Raceway Park including private test sessions.

 

Event Participation

In the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League, one car may be shared by more than one driver.  In such cases, it is the total responsibility of the participant to appear for races in a timely manner when called by race officials.  A contestant cannot drive more than one Jr. Dragster in the same category at the same event.  Each driver/car combination is considered a separate entry and any applicable fees must be paid for each entry.

Driver Credentials

Junior Dragster drivers must have their official NHRA Participation Card before they make a pass down the drag strip.  NHRA Junior Dragster Racing League membership mandatory.

Age Requirements

Drivers may compete in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League from the day of their 8th birthday through the year of their 18th birthday. 

 

Class Designations

NOVICE: ages 8 and 9; dial-in restricted to 12.90 seconds or slower based on either an e.t. dial-your-own or heads-up basis; breakout rules apply. In qualified events, no racer can qualify quicker than 12.900. Any competitor running quicker than 12.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 6.50 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event will receive one warning. If the same competitor runs quicker than 12.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 6.50 e.t. in 330 feet again at the same event, he or she will be disqualified for the remainder of the event. Any competitor running quicker than 12.50 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 6.30 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event will be immediately disqualified for the remainder of the event. The above penalties will be imposed regardless of whether the infraction(s) occur during time trials or eliminations. See also Breakout Rules in Race Procedures.

INTERMEDIATE: ages 10 to 12; dial-in restricted to 8.90 seconds or slower based on either an e.t. dial-your-own or heads-up basis; breakout rules apply.  In qualified events, no competitor can qualify quicker than 8.900.  Any competitor running quicker than 8.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 4.70 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event will receive one warning. If the same competitor runs quicker than 8.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 4.70 e.t. in 330 feet again at the same event, he or she will be disqualified for the remainder of the event.  Any competitor running quicker than 8.50 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 4.50 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event will be immediately disqualified for the remainder of the event. The above penalties will be imposed regardless of whether the infraction(s) occur during time trials or eliminations. See also Breakout Rules in Race Procedures.

ADVANCED: ages 13 to 18; dial-in restricted to 7.90 seconds or slower based on either an e.t. dial-your-own or heads-up basis; breakout rules apply. In qualified events, no competitor can qualify quicker than 7.900.  See also Breakout Rules in Race Procedures.  If a driver has no previous experience in Jr. drag racing, he or she must successfully demonstrate driving proficiency prior to competition.  Any competitor running quicker than 7.50 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 4.10 e.t. in 330 feet or faster than 85.00 mph at any time during eliminations will be disqualified from the event.

Any competitor running quicker than 7.50 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 4.00 e.t. in 330 feet or faster than 89.99 mph at any time during time trials or qualifying will be disqualified from the event and will be subject to additional disciplinary action in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.

 

Break Out:  If any racer runs below their posted dial-in during eliminations, they are disqualified with the following exceptions:  (1) when an opponent foul starts or crosses a boundary line (2) on a single run when both drivers run under their dial-in, the driver who is the least under is the winner (3) if both cars run under their dial-in by an identical amount, the driver crossing the finish line first is the winner.

Break Rule:  There is no break rule for bracket eliminations. You will receive points and/or money, if any, from the last round you completed.  If you do not show up for the round, you are considered forfeited from competition and do not receive money/points for that round.  No refund or credit will be given once a car has been staged, regardless of TNT, Time Trials or Qualifying at any event.

Burnouts:  No one will be disqualified for burning out across the starting line.  HOWEVER, in the interest of moving the event along, we ask that you NOT burnout across the line if it is not necessary.  No person is permitted to hold or touch cars during burnouts.

Buy Backs:  Buy backs will run with first round winners in the second round of competition. Buy Backs will receive full points for each round win.

Buy-backs are not eligible for a bye run until they have won a round. 

 

Bye Runs: 

Bye runs are only utilized in situations where there are an odd number of cars in the round.  There is no entitlement to a bye run and bye runs are not accrued or carried forward.  If your car is pulled aside for a potential bye run and it turns out that there is an even number of cars in the round, you are not awarded a bye run and you do not retain entitlement to the bye run.

In situations where a driver is making a bye run, he or she is considered the winner once the car stages and receives the start signal or is declared the winner by the Official Starter.  This means the driver can choose to actually make the bye run, in which case the car must stage under its own power, or the driver can simply stage, take the start signal then back out of the lights.  Lane boundary crossing and red light disqualification rules do not apply on bye runs.  If a competitor crosses the center line on a single run, the elapsed time is voided for lane choice determination.

A competition bye does not make a racer ineligible for an odd lot bye.  Those who have already made a bye run are not eligible for another bye run until all remaining competitors have received a bye run as well.  Buy Backs will be eligible for bye runs after a winning round.

The potential first round (only) bye run of eliminations will be chosen randomly by the Staging Director using cards. Bye runs must be accepted for the round they are utilized. 

After first round, potential bye runs will be awarded to the winning driver with the best reaction time in the previous round.  In cases of identical reaction times, the best total package will receive the potential bye run.  In cases of identical packages, the bye run will go to the racer whose “best package run” was made earliest in the day.

 

Consolation Race

A Consolation Race will be run only if time allows.  Entry into this race is free.  Entry is open to any racer who lost in the 1st or 2nd round of eliminations and is out of competition.  No points will be earned for anyone in the Consolation Race.  No buy backs for this race.  Trophies will be given to the winner and runner-up. The Consolation Race will be run immediately following the 3rd round of regular class eliminations.

Dial-Ins:  Your dial-in must be written LEGIBLY on the left side of your race vehicle.  Dial-in boards are also allowed. Dial-ins must remain visible on the outside of the vehicle at all times.  “Flashing” of dial-ins to the tower in an attempt to deny that information to your competitor is not allowed and is grounds for dis-qualification.  Dial-ins cannot be changed once the racer passes the fenced entry into the burnout area.  This point is noted by a sign. It is the driver’s responsibility to check their dial-ins on the scoreboards prior to staging.  No re-runs will be allowed because your dial-in was entered into the computer incorrectly and you or your crew failed to see the discrepancy.  When you stage, you accept the Dial-in.

Disqualifications:   Discovery of any device, action, or operation not included in the Jr. Dragster Rule Book or in conflict with rules contained within the Jr. Dragster Rule Book is grounds for immediate disqualification.

One of the rarities at a Jr. drag racing event is the situation in which two cars are disqualified during the same elimination race.  In most cases, both offending contestants are disqualified.  Those situations include both drivers crossing the boundary lines or both drivers leaving the starting line before the start system is activated.

Should a driver receive a red-light foul start and the opposing driver cross the lane boundary, the latter infraction would prevail, and the driver committing the foul start would be reinstated.  In determining lane crossing violations, it is considered a disqualification when any portion of a tire completely crosses the painted line surface.  In cases where both opponents cross the centerline or outside line, both drivers will be disqualified.

Dual Infractions:  In the case of dual infractions on a competitive run, the one making the worse infraction will be disqualified.  If infractions are of an equal rank, the first infraction shall be disqualified.  In cases where both opponents in a race have mechanical difficulties prior to the start, every effort will be made to determine a winner and a loser of the contest.  When possible this includes the allowance of a reasonable time period for the contestants to make adjustments and repairs and to complete the race.  This rule also applies to cars making single runs.  EXCEPTION:  If both cars cross the centerline they are both disqualified.  If both cars leave the line before the tree is activated, they are both disqualified.  These exceptions notwithstanding, in the final round the car crossing the boundary line first will be disqualified, per the NHRA Rule Book.

Excessive Braking:  Anyone who locks up the brakes and/or smokes the tires through the traps or past the finish line will be disqualified.  No protests are allowed.  All decisions are final. 

Lane/Boundary Crossing:  It is considered a disqualification when any portion of a tire completely crosses the painted line surface.  Contact with guard railing, barrier, or any other track fixture (rubber cones, when used, are considered visual aids, not fixtures) is grounds for disqualification.  Intentional crossing of boundary line to leave track or avoid depositing debris on strip is not grounds for disqualification.  Crossing the centerline during a burnout is not a disqualification.  In cases where both opponents cross the centerline or outside line, both drivers will be disqualified.

Lane Calls:  For eliminations, the Tower will make 3 calls to the lanes over the PA system.  These can also be heard over the Track’s FM radio broadcast station.  Shortly after the final call is made, we will close the staging lanes at the BACK of the lanes.  BE PROMPT.  If you arrive at the back of the staging lanes after they have been closed, you will be sent back to the pits and are disqualified.

Pairings:

When your class is called to the lanes, proceed to the lanes immediately. During time trials,  odd lanes will be Tower lane and even lanes will be Spectator lane. In eliminations, all 10 lanes will be used for all classes.  The last digit of your tech card will dictate the lane you will be in for the race.  In eliminations the potential bye will be pulled aside and cards will be used to pull the lanes.  The Head of Staging will draw lanes based on cards drawn.  The first card drawn will be the Tower lane and the second card drawn will be the Spectator lane.  When there are no more than three rows of cars and the third row does not have all 10 lanes filled, the Head of Staging may, at his discretion, pull cards out of the deck so that the last row ends up with all lanes filled.

For example,  When Junior Dragsters are called to the lanes and your tech card was number 738, you would pull into lane '8'.   If your car is at the front of the staging lanes and the Head of Staging first pulls a '4' and then pulls an '8', the car in Lane 4 will race in the Tower lane, while the car in Lane 8 will race in the Spectator lane. 

Once you have been paired, your opponent will receive a competition bye run if your car breaks or you cannot come to the starting line within two minutes. This decision is at the discretion of the starter and/or race director and the decision is final.

Re-Runs:  Re-runs will only occur at the sole discretion of the Race Director. 

Single Runs: Will be avoided at all costs to help maintain a consistent pace for the program.  In situations where a drive is making a single run, he or she is considered the winner once he or she stages and receives the start signal.  Drivers who run under elapsed time barriers outlined above are disqualified even if on a single run.

Staging:  Once a car reaches the front of the staging lanes for a run, it must be prepared to fire and race.  To be a legitimate race winner, the car must start and self-stage.  This rule also applies to single runs.  Push-staging any vehicle is prohibited.  Staging must be done under the car’s own engine power.  If a vehicle loses fire and the opponent has been sent on a single run, the vehicle losing fire may not restart and the run is forfeited.

If both drivers of a race leave the line before the start system is activated, both are disqualified.  A driver on a single run would advance.

You must courtesy stage.  Deep Staging is NOT allowed.  If either of your stage bulbs is out when the tree activates, you will get a red light.  If you have problems behind the starting line, your opponent will be given a single once the starter has determined you cannot make it to the line within 2 minutes.  This call is at the starter's discretion and it is final. 

If a driver accidentally overstages and Autostart hasn’t been activated by the Starter, the Starter (and only the Starter) is allowed to pull the car back one time (and only one time).  If a driver overstages more than once, the driver is disqualified from competition.  We will post a cone near the starting line and no one is allowed to enter the area between the cone and the starting line.  If a parent, crewmember or anyone else associated with the car crosses into this zone, the driver is disqualified from competition.

To be a legitimate winner, a contestant’s race car must self-start and self-stage.  Junior Dragsters may use external starters.  This rule also applies to single runs.  Push-starting or push-staging any vehicle is prohibited.  Staging must be done under the vehicle’s own power. 

Towing: 

All Jr. Dragsters must stop at the scales and be towed back to their trailer in the pits.  A Jr. Dragster is not allowed to be under power outside of designated racing areas at any time.  Driving of Jr. Dragsters in pit area is strictly prohibited and will subject participant to disciplinary action in the sole and absolute discretion of TRP officials.

Anytime a Jr. Dragster is being towed, the driver must be seated in the cockpit.  No passengers.  No full-size tow vehicles permitted.   

A Jr. Dragster may not be pushed by any motorized vehicle.  Tow strap may not be attached to any part of the roll cage.  A Jr. Dragster may be towed with a front-end dolly as long as the front end is secured and the front wheels are elevated off the ground.  A driver is not required in the cockpit when a dolly is used.  A maximum of two vehicles can be towed in a side-by-side configuration, no vehicles can be towed in tandem using a front-end dolly.

When using a tow strap, it cannot be attached to the roll cage, and the driver must be seated in the cockpit.  A total of two vehicles can be towed in tandem with a tow strap, no vehicles can be towed side-by-side using a tow strap.  When a driver is required in the cockpit, he or she must be in the driving position, not sitting on the roll cage or standing up.

Two Way Radios:  Prohibited.  Use of headset or handheld radios by crewmembers in the starting line area is prohibited.

Warm-Ups:  Vehicle must be off the ground and have a qualified Jr. drag racing driver seated in the cockpit any time the engine is running.

Un-Sportsmanlike Conduct: The Driver is responsible for his/her actions and the actions of his/her crew. Drivers and Crew members at an event shall conduct themselves according to the highest standards of behavior and sportsmanship, particularly in relation to other competitors and track officials, and in a manner that will not harm the reputation of the NHRA, Tulsa Raceway Park or the sport of Drag Racing. Failure to do so may result in penalties ranging from disqualification from the event to being banned from Tulsa Raceway Park at the discretion of Tulsa Raceway Park Officials.  All rulings are final.

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Bracket Payouts

Bracket Classes Points Rules and Payouts  
 

Super Pro (ET Break 0 - 7.99,  1/8 mile)

Bikes will be allowed, but must make ET Break.

Entry Fee $55 - Re-entry $25 - Pay-out: $1000 winner, $400 runner-up, $100 semis

40 Car Count: $150 semis, $75 qtrs.

 

Dollar Tire Store No- E  (ET Break 0 - 9.99, 1/8 mile)

Entry Fee $45 - Re-entry $20 - Pay-out: $750 winner, $250 runner-up, $75 semis

40 Car Count $750 winner, $300 runner-up, $125 semis, $65 qtrs

 

Sportsman      (ET Break 10 flat or Slower, 1/4 mile )

Entry Fee $30 - Pay-out: $200 winner, $100 runner-up

Re-entry Fee $15

 

 

Trophy (ET Break 11.00 and Slower, 1/4 mile)

 

Entry Fee $20 - Re-entry $10 - Trophy to winner and runner-up

 

Street ET Motorcycle

Entry Fee $25 - Re-entry $10 - Winner receives 50% tech card purchased

  Runner-up receives 25% tech card purchased

 

Pro ET Motorcycle

Entry Fee $25 - Re-entry $10 - Winner receive 50% tech card purchased

  Runner-up receives 25% tech card purchased

 

JR Dragsters

JR. Pro (ET Break 7.90 - 9.89 - 1/8 mile)

JR. Sportsman (Et Break 9.90 and Slower - 1/8 mile)

Entry Fee $30 - Includes Re-entry first round)

Winner $75 & Trophy, $40 runner-up & Trophy

 

Bonus Money; If running JR Bracket Sticker from Miami Chevy Buick - GMC

Jr. Pro - $75 winner, $25 runner-up

Jr. Sportsman - $75 winner, $25 runner-up

Thanks to Allen Marrs

 


  All classes above are points classes and TRP points start March 22 and run through September 14, 2014. There will be 10 TRP points races with 2 races being thrown out, making 8 races counting towards the points championship.
  
 

POINTS: Only cars in the points program will be eligible for  30 minutes to 1 hour “Open Time Trials”.

 

Each racer who wishes to compete for points must register for each category in which they want to participate prior to the 1st round of eliminations for the first race.  Example; to make the entire points season, you must register at the Souvenir Stand when buying tech cards prior to 1st round of eliminations on March 22nd.  The cost to participate is $50 for each  class listed above.  Car numbers will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

 

 

 

Racer is responsible for having their points number on the left side of the car visible at all times during a points race.     

 

 

 

Racers will be required to have a TRP and Suburban Chevrolet Bracket Series sticker on both sides of their car.  These stickers are available in the Souvenir stand when you sign up for points. 

 

 

 

Racers receive 25 points for entering an event and making first round of eliminations . There will be no show-up points awarded for those who do not take the tree for first round of eliminations.  Ten (10) points per round won.  A bonus of ten (10) points for an event win and five (5) points for runner-up.

 

 

 

Re-enter cars will receive full points after  re-enter round.  No points for re-enter round. 

 

 

•   If there is a tie for the Championship in any class, the following rules will be used in determining the Champion.

            1.  Most event wins.

            2.  Most event Runner-ups.

            3.  Most round points.

            4.  Head to head competition.

            5.  If still a tie, furthest in competition at a single event.

            6. If still a tie, There will be a run off at the last points race of the year.

            7.  If still a tie, the monies and awards will be split.

Champions and others will be recognized at the annual banquet and be awarded the following prizes (subject to change):

 

Super Pro
Winner- Gold Card, Trophy, Jacket, $1,500 from TRP and a $500 Pricing Certificates.

Runner Up- Trophy, Jacket and $750 from TRP and $200 Pricing Certificates


3rd Place- $500, Jacket 

 
No-E
Winner- Gold Card, Trophy, Jacket and $1,000 from TRP, $300 Pricing Certificates

Runner Up- Trophy, Jacket, $400 from TRP and $150 Pricing Certificate.

3rd Place- $300, Jacket 
 

Sportsman

Winner- Gold Card, Trophy, Jacket

Runner Up- Trophy, Jacket

3rd Place- Jacket 

 

Street ET
Winner - Gold Card, Trophy, Jacket

Runner Up - Trophy, Jacket

 

Pro E.T.
Winner - Gold Card, Trophy, Jacket

Runner Up - Trophy, Jacket

 

Hannah's Frozen Nitro Junior Dragster PRO

(7.90 - 9.89)

Winner-Gold Card, Trophy, Jacket and $500

Runner Up- Trophy, Jacket and $250

3rd Place- Jacket

 

Hannah's Frozen Nitro Junior Dragster SPORTSMAN

(9.90 and slower)

Winner-Trophy, Jacket and $200

Runner Up- Trophy, Jacket and $100

3rd Place- Jacket
 
 

The number of awards will be determined by the number of participants in the TRP points program.   

Rules are subject to change at the discretion of TRP.