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Race Regulations

ET Breaks: 

  • Super Pro: 0 – 7.99 1/8 mile
  • No/E: 0 - 9.99 1/8 mile, 0 – 19.99 1/4 mile
  • Trophy 1: 0 - 7.99 1/8 mile, 0 - 12.49 1/4 mile 
  • Trophy 2: 8.00 - 32.00 1/8 mile, 12.50 - 32.00 1/4 mile 
  • Motorcycle Trophy class does NOT have ET break
  • Hannah's Frozen Nitro Junior Dragster
    • Novice:  Age 8 and 9 only; ET restricted to 12.90 seconds or slower
    • Intermediate:  Age 10 to 12; ET restricted to 8.90 or slower. 
    • Advanced:  Age 13 to 18; ET 7.90 or slower with a max speed of 85 mph


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.

Diaper Rule: Tulsa Raceway Park enforces the diaper rule for 9.99 and faster.

Buy Backs:  Buy backs will be available at the front gate.  Exception:  Buy Backs for large events will be sold in the bottom floor of the Tower.  Buy backs are available for first round losers only. Buy backs will run with first round winners in the second round of competition.

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 awarded to the first car to arrive in the front of the lane when there is only one lane assigned to the class.  If there are multiple lanes for a class, the Staging Director will determine which car gets pulled aside for the potential bye run by pulling two chips.  The first chip denotes from which lane the potential bye car is selected and the second chip denotes which car in that lane is selected for the potential bye.  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.

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.

Bikes will be required to have some type of dial board and permanent numbers legible on the motorcycle. Juniors will be required to designate the category they run on the car. (B-Beginner, A-Advanced, M-Master)

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. 

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.

Lane Choice:  There is no lane choice during eliminations.  The Staging Director will assign a lane to each car as they are pulled out of the staging lanes.  When a car is pulled out for a potential bye, and one is not utilized due to an even number of cars in the lane, the car pulled out for the bye run gets lane choice. 

No-E:  No delay boxes (boxes must be removed from the car during eliminations), throttle stop controllers or automated throttle stops.  Automated shifters (electric or pneumatic) are permitted.  Any device that delays the vehicle’s on-track performance, other than OEM, is prohibited (i.e. OEM installed traction control is allowed).  Line locks allowed on non-driven wheels only.  Line locks may not be used as a launching device.  All wiring to the line lock must be visible and traceable.  No transbrakes allowed.  Two or three step rev limiters are prohibited.  Single stage rev limiters are allowed but cannot be used as a launching device.  Clutch launched, stick shift vehicles may use line lock on starting line to prevent vehicle from rolling.  Clutch launched, stick shift vehicles may use single stage rev limiter to control starting line RPM. 

Pairings: When your class is called to the lanes, proceed to the lanes immediately. During time trials and eliminations Odd lanes will be Tower lane, even lanes will be Spectator lane. In eliminations the potential bye will be pulled aside and chips will be used to pull the lanes.

For example, Super Pro will have four chips numbered 7, 8, 9 and 10. The first chip pulled will be the first row pulled (7 or 9) for the Tower lane and second chip pulled will be the first row pulled (8 or 10) for the Spectator lane. Lanes will be pulled till empty. The two remaining lanes will then follow in behind the first row pulled for their lane and run each other. After both lanes have been pulled, if there ends up not being an even number of cars in each lane the first of the remaining cars will get the tower lane and the car behind will get the spectator lane. The process will be followed until all cars have been paired. Bikes and Juniors will be paired using chips.

Super Pro uses Lanes 7 through 10.

No/E will use Lanes 3 through 6.

Trophy 1 will use Lane 1.

Trophy 2 will use Lane 2.

JR Dragsters and Motorcycles will use the Mini Lanes.

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.

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.

Staging:  You must courtesy stage.  Auto-start will be on at all times.  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.

To be a legitimate winner, a contestant’s race car must self-start and self-stage.  Motorcycles and 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.  Motorcycles are allowed to restart as necessary, however, this must be done in a time frame that permits the contestant to complete the run with the designated opponent.  In these cases, the rider will be allowed 2 minutes to restart and stage.  If the opponent has been sent on a single run, the bike losing fire may not restart and the run is forfeited.  For Junior Dragsters, see Junior Dragster rules.

Super Pro:  No down track stutters.  All wiring to trans brake and delay box must be identifiable to Tech inspector.

Trophy 1:  Same rules as No-E.

Trophy 2:  Same rules as No-E.  DOT tires only, no slicks permitted.

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.

 Vehicles:  Drivers cannot change vehicles after eliminations start.