JUNIOR DRAG RACING LEAGUE RULES & RACE PROCEDURES

Participant:
The term “participant” shall include officials, any person or entity possessing or who has been issued a credential, and any person or entity directly or indirectly associated with any vehicle that has been permitted to enter an event site for the purpose of participation in an event, including, but not limited to, owners, drivers, crewpersons, parents, and legal guardians. The term “participant” shall include any person or entity that has any ownership interest in a race team, vehicle, or otherwise. As to any entity, the term “participant” shall include each of the entity’s owners, principals, agents, parents, subsidiaries, divisions, partners, affiliates and other related persons or entities. NHRA may require at any time and from time to time that verified information regarding team and/or vehicle ownership, crewmembers and other information be supplied. For any racer under the age of 18, both the racer and his or her parent or guardian are a “participant” and are bound by all provisions of this Rulebook, and in any administrative or disciplinary process, the parent and/or legal guardian shall participate in administrative or disciplinary process and be responsible for any penalty, fine or other matter in connection therewith.

Participant Conduct:
Participants at events are expected, at all times, to conduct themselves in a professional and no disruptive manner consistent with good sportsmanship and NHRA’s role as a family-oriented sports organization with events suitable for attendance by all and, as to those events that are televised, suitable for unrestricted viewing by the general public. Any participant who, in the sole and absolute judgment of NHRA (1) verbally or physically threatens another person; (2) uses vulgar or derogatory language; (3) engages in unsportsmanlike conduct; (4) engages in conduct detrimental to the sport of racing; (5) otherwise creates a condition or circumstance that is unsafe, unfair, or out of order; or (6) otherwise violates any NHRA rule, regulation or agreement, shall have violated this rule regarding participant conduct. Any participant who NHRA believes to have a conflict of interest that does or may improperly affect fair competition shall be disqualified from participating to the extent necessary to avoid such conflict of interest. The scope of such a disqualification shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.

NHRA License and Membership:
A license issued by NHRA is to be used only by the driver to whom it is assigned and it is restricted to the categories listed on the license. The license is valid until its expiration date or until revoked by NHRA. The license is intended only to signify that the driver has demonstrated basic qualifications for drag racing classes up to and including the one in which the driver has qualified. The license does not convey a right but rather conveys a revocable 15privilege to participate in events. A license will not be granted if the driver does not meet the then-current medical criteria set by NHRA’s medical professionals. NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League membership is required. Any driver or parent who falsifies, omits, or causes to be falsified or omitted pertinent information on the medical application shall be subject to denial of such application and further disciplinary action including without limitation preclusion from participation in NHRA events. All prescription medications are to be disclosed on a driver’s medical application or if subsequently prescribed after prior application approval, the participant must immediately inform the NHRA National Field Office and request approval. Certain medications preclude licensure. Specific medical clearance by NHRA’s medical professionals may be granted for selected medications and requests for clearance require the applicant’s cooperation in providing requested medical records and history. Application for a competition number after licensure has been declined on medical grounds may similarly be denied.

RACE PROCEDURES:
Each Jr. Dragster must complete and satisfactorily pass inspection by the Technical Services Department before being allowed to make a trial run or participate in any event conducted at an NHRA member track (this includes private test sessions). Throughout this Rulebook, a number of references are made for particular products to meet certain specifications (i.e., SFI Specs, Snell, DOT, etc.). It is important to realize that these products are manufactured to meet certain specifications, and upon completion, the manufacturer labels the product as meeting that spec. Therefore, except as outlined under SFI requirements, any change to the product voids that certification. Under no circumstances may any certified product be modified, altered, or in any way vary from the “as manufactured” condition. Such a practice is in violation of the SFI, Snell, DOT, etc. program, voids such certification and therefore will not be accepted by NHRA.
NOTICE: It is the responsibility of the participant, not NHRA or any track, to ensure that all safety equipment is approved and is correctly installed, worn, maintained, and used.

Event Participation
In the NHRA Summit Racing 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. The event director has the option of permitting driver or vehicle changes. Such changes must be made prior to eliminations. 1. All previous event times are void for vehicles and drivers involved. 2. Vehicle must pass a technical and safety inspection. 3. Changes must be made and driver take time trials during the normal schedule, as posted, for the event. No changes are permitted once prevent time trial or qualifying is completed. 4. Driver must stay within original category entered and have the proper credentials to drive the replacement vehicle. 5. Only one change permitted during the course of an event. Vehicle changes for a postponed event are permitted with advance notification and approval of the event director. No such changes are allowed for races halted in progress and then completed on a subsequent date.

DIAL-IN
During handicap E.T. bracket-style racing, each competitor must post his or her desired dial-in on his or her car in a manner clearly visible to the tower and available to his or her opponent. Reader boards must be attached to the car. Dial-in cannot be changed after the track-designated “ready line.”

LANE CHOICE
If necessary, lane choice will be determined by a coin flip or random draw.

Burnouts
All pre-race burnouts are restricted to designated areas, using water only. If a contestant’s car should break on a burnout and cannot be pushed back, it is not permitted to turn on the track and drive back to the starting line. Crossing the centerline during a burnout is not a disqualification. Fire burnouts are strictly prohibited. No person is permitted to hold or touch cars during burnouts.

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, a contestant’s 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 vehicle’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. The application or use of any device, mechanical or electronic, that permits the driver to ascertain the position of his or her vehicle in relation to the starting line is prohibited. Only visual observation of track equipment may be used to ascertain the vehicle’s position. 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. THE FINAL STAGING MOTION, USING APPLIED POWER, MUST BE IN A FORWARD MOTION GOING FROM PRE-STAGE TO STAGE POSITION. A reasonable amount of time will be permitted for drivers to stage. The time limit will be determined at the sole and absolute discretion of the official starter. Failure to stage upon the starter’s instructions is possible grounds for disqualification. After proper staging and receiving the starter’s signal to go, re-staging for a second time is prohibited. Any driver leaving the starting line before the start system is activated, including a driver on a single run, will have his or her time disqualified for the run.

Breakout Rules
Breakout rules are enforced as follows: Contestants who race below their dial-in or posted index (subject to performance barrier rules listed under Class Designations) during eliminations are disqualified, with the following exceptions: 1. When an opponent foul starts or crosses a boundary line. 2. On a single run. 3. When both drivers run under their dial-in or indexes, the driver who is the least under is the winner. 4. If two contestants run under by the same margin (with elapsed times extended to a thousandth of a second), the driver crossing the finish line first is the winner. Drivers who run under the applicable 12.50, 8.50, or 7 .50 elapsed time barriers, as outlined in CLASS DESIGNATIONS, are disqualified from the event and are subject to additional penalties in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.

Single Runs
In situations where a driver 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.

Disqualifications
Discovery of any device, action, or operation not included in this Rulebook or in conflict with rules contained within this Rulebook 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 line before the start system is activated. Should a driver receive a red-light foul start and the opposing driver cross the lane boundary line, the latter infraction would prevail, and the driver committing the foul start would be reinstated. In determining lane-boundary 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. In situations where multiple boundary lines are utilized, the line directly adjacent to the competitor’s racing lane will be used for reference. Anytime it has been judged that excessive braking has resulted in the loss of control as to cause contact with the guard wall, light fixtures, or crossing the center boundary lines — INCLUDING PAST THE FINISH LINE— the contestant will be disqualified. Contact with guard wall, barriers, or any other track fixture (rubber cones, when used, are considered visual aids, not fixtures) is grounds for disqualification and/or other actions. Intentional crossing of boundary lines to leave track or avoid depositing debris on track is not grounds for disqualification. Any driver and/or crewmember found to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, regardless of amount, will be ejected from the event. Such a condition is cause for suspension, fine, and/or revocation of competition privileges. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Rulebook, participation in any program conducted by or in conjunction with NHRA is conditioned upon being in good standing with NHRA, as determined in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion. Any person found guilty of drug-related offenses or other serious offenses is subject to such disciplinary action as NHRA shall determine appropriate in its sole and absolute discretion, including but not limited to immediate expulsion from NHRA and/or the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and a termination of good standing. Such person may be immediately excluded from all NHRA and/or NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League programs and may not be eligible for titles, prize money, or other awards that have not already been bestowed, as shall be determined by NHRA. Further, any annual awards that might be granted may be made contingent upon maintaining good standing with NHRA through the year following the annual award, if so determined by NHRA. Further still, any person who shall be facing prosecution for a drug-related offense or other serious offense may be granted such awards on a contingent basis and may not be eligible for annual awards of prize money unless and until he or she shall not have been found not guilty of such offenses during the year following the award of such prizes if so determined by NHRA.

Weighing of Vehicle/FUEL CHECK
Under no circumstances may a competitor reject scaling his/her vehicle or fuel check. Any competitor who fails to report to post-run inspection (scales or fuel check) will be disqualified from the event and will be subject to additional disciplinary action in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.
Use Of Safety Equipment Seat belts must be worn and adjusted in such a manner that the driver’s torso and head cannot extend outside the parameters of the roll cage. Drivers are also required to properly use safety equipment until the vehicle exits the racing surface and the vehicle is no longer moving. Seat belts, arm restraints, helmets, gloves, neck collars, and face shields must be worn until the vehicle has been shut off. isolators will be subject to disciplinary action in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.

Logo Placement
All vehicles participating in an NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League event conducted by NHRA or at NHRA member tracks must prominently display the applicable logo as required (see illustration) to be eligible for competition. Logos must be properly displayed to enter an event, to pass technical inspection, and to make any runs. Logos must continue to be properly displayed at all times during the conduct of any event. Vehicle must display the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League logo on both sides of the race vehicle at all times during any event.

JR. DRAGSTER RULES AND REGULATIONS:
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League is a multifaceted program designed to afford youth as young as 5 years old the opportunity to drive in the League and those 6 and older the opportunity to race against their peers in near replicas of the models that the Pros drive. NHRA Jr. drag racing is restricted to competition in half-scale dragsters over a maximum distance of an eighth-mile. Competition is designed to be conducted on an e.t. dial-your own format or a preset index on a heads-up breakout basis. Actual class or age-group breaks may vary from track to track. Contact your local track to see if it participates in the program and if so, for information on class structure. Each track, in its discretion, may set its own age requirements for participation (for example, a track may allow only those 8 and older to participate). Consistent with its endeavor to maintain simplicity and cost controls of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA will continue to monitor elapsed times and speeds and may in time implement additional e.t. and speed limits.

CLASS DESIGNATIONS

Age requirements:
Drivers may enter the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League on the day of their 5th birthday in the noncompetitive Trainee category. Drivers may compete in the Jr. Drag Racing League from the day of their 6th birthday through the year of their 18th birthday. All Jr. Drag Racing League participants must submit a certified birth certificate on all new participant registration. Subsequent renewals do not require resubmission of certified birth certificate or notarized copy of birth certificate. Willfully falsifying NHRA membership and/or participation documents for any reason including avoiding age restrictions will be grounds for denial of license, suspension or revocation of license, or other action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion, including but not limited to exclusion from the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern/Western Conference Finals. Driver must be the minimum age for the Age Group class (i.e., to run in the 10-year-old class, the driver must have already celebrated his or her 10th birthday). Likewise, a driver can compete in a lower Age Group class if his or her birthday falls after Jan. 1 of the current year (i.e., a driver who turned 13 on July 1 can compete as a 12-year-old through the entire calendar year).

TRAINEE: age 5; elapsed time restricted to 20.00 seconds or slower; no racer can run quicker than 20.000. Limited to noncompetition, single passes. Engine restricted to factory-sealed Briggs & Stratton 206 crate engine (part no. 124332 8201) with red slide valve (part no. 555733). If the racer runs faster than 20.00 seconds, he or she will be disqualified for the remainder of the event and may face further action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion.
YOUTH: ages 6 and 7; dial-in restricted to 13.90 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 13.900. Any competitor running quicker than 13.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 7 .00 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event generally will receive one warning unless the race director feels further action would be appropriate. If the same competitor runs quicker than 13.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 7 .00 e.t. in 330 feet again at the same event, he or she will be disqualified for the remainder of the event and may face further action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion. Any competitor running quicker than 13.50 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 6.80 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event will be immediately disqualified for the remainder of the event and may face further action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion. Penalties will be imposed regardless of whether the infraction(s) occur during time trials or eliminations. See also Breakout Rules in Race Procedures. Engine restricted to factory-sealed Briggs & Stratton 206 crate engine (part no. 124442 8201) with blue slide valve (part no. 555734).

NOVICE: ages 8 and 9; dial-in restricted to 11.90 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 11.900. Any competitor running quicker than 11.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 6.10 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event will receive one warning unless the race director feels further action would be appropriate. If the same competitor runs quicker than 11.70 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 6.10 e.t. in 330 feet again at the same event, he or she will be disqualified for the remainder of the event and may face further action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion. Any competitor running quicker than 11.50 e.t. in the eighth-mile or 5.90 e.t. in 330 feet at any time during an event will be immediately disqualified for the remainder of the event and may face further action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion. 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 unless the race director feels further action would be appropriate. 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 and may face further action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion. 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 and may face further action deemed appropriate by NHRA in NHRA’s sole and absolute discretion. 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. 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
Requirements and Specifications

ENGINE:
CAMSHAFT
Any camshaft permitted; no overhead valves, no overhead cams. Any size valve permitted. Any valve spring permitted.

ENGINE
All vehicles restricted to a maximum of one rear-mounted — based on a five horsepower, single-cylinder, single-spark-plug, flathead-configured, four-cycle engine or factory-sealed Briggs & Stratton 206 crate engine — engine from a recognized OEM or NHRA-accepted aftermarket supplier. Must be NHRA accepted. NHRA-accepted aftermarket block permitted. Must retain original five-horsepower engine block configuration. Porting, polishing, and relieving of block; boring of cylinder; machining of deck surface permitted. Aftermarket head permitted. Adding material to deck surface, installing a spacer between the block and cylinder head, or any other modification designed to increase the effective deck height of the cylinder prohibited. Briggs & Stratton 206 crate engine must maintain untampered hologram seal installed at the factory. No alterations or modifications to Briggs & Stratton 206 crate engine permitted except for installation of exhaust header and air filter. Accepted aftermarket engines: Metro Racing flathead, McGee Racing flathead, Tecumseh flathead, LPW Racing Products monster racing block, JR Race Car flathead, Pure Power Racing flathead, M-1 Machine racing block, SR71 Racing Block by Soltz Racing, Huddleston Performance Sniper, R&S Machine Terminator, and Briggs & Stratton 206 factory-sealed engine. All accepted aftermarket flathead engines must not exceed 10 11/16 inches from base to deck. Any measurement that exceeds that limit is prohibited.

EXHAUST
Regardless of design, no part of tailpipe may extend more than 27 inches’ past exhaust attachment point on rear of engine block. Outlet must be directed rearward, away from driver and engine. Mufflers permitted. Tailpipe support mandatory on Briggs & Stratton 206 crate engine.

FUEL
Restricted to gasoline, alcohol, or gasohol. Nitrous oxide and/or propylene oxide and/or nitromethane prohibited. No fuel additives, power enhancers, or mix-ins allowed; scents permitted.

AIR FILTERS
Air filters must be properly mounted per manufacturers’ instructions.

FUEL SYSTEM
Any naturally aspirated carburetor permitted. Carburetors that are mounted via rubber boots/adapters and clamps must have a secondary mechanical device (bolt, turnbuckle, bracket, etc.) securing the carburetor to the engine/intake manifold. Fuel injection prohibited. Auxiliary vacuum fuel pump permitted; must be pulsed from manifold only. Pressurized fuel systems prohibited. Fuel tank must be located behind driver, below the shoulder hoop of roll cage, and be securely mounted. Insulated fuel tanks prohibited. Maximum one fuel tank permitted. Maximum capacity of fuel tank or cell, 1 gallon. Fuel tank/cell must be equipped with a screw-on or positive locking cap. All vents must be routed downward and away from driver. Open holes(s) in fuel tank/cell prohibited.

IGNITION SYSTEM
Magneto or battery ignition systems permitted. When a battery ignition system is used, the MSD Small Engine Ignition kits 41500 and 41510 and MSD ignition unit 42231 are the only accepted units for NHRA competition. The 42231 is limited to use of a high-side chip only. The low-side chip must be zero. The accepted coils are the MSD 42921, MSD 8232, Master Blaster 2, and Master Blaster 3 coils. Any other coils are prohibited in NHRA competition. All other battery ignition systems prohibited. Any other attachment prohibited. Ignition systems and/or components must be utilized in an unaltered manner consistent with the manufacturer’s installation and instruction books unless otherwise approved.

OIL SYSTEM
Oil additives for the intent of producing power prohibited.

STARTER
Pull-rope or remote starter mandatory. Any driver-activated/operated starting system prohibited.

SUPERCHARGER, TURBOCHARGER
Prohibited.

THROTTLE
All vehicles must be equipped with a positive throttle return spring, which shall close throttle when released. Throttle control must be manually operated by driver’s foot: Electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation. Throttle stops, other than mechanical (i.e., a positive stop under throttle pedal), prohibited. Must be securely mounted (no tie wraps). NHRA-accepted hand controls for the physically challenged permitted.

VENT TUBES, BREATHERS
Where used, must be securely fastened (no tie wraps). Container/catch tank must be designed to prevent spillage onto racing surface (no open-top containers).

CHAIN GUARD
All cars must be equipped with a guard to cover the width and at least the top run to the forward and trailing centerline of the sprockets on any chains. Chain guards must be minimum .060-inch steel or .090-inch aluminum. Chain guard must be within 4 inches of the chain at all points. Must be securely mounted (no tie wraps). Plastic and carbon fiber chain guard prohibited. Moving engine/drivetrain parts must be protected by frame rails or guards.

CLUTCH
Maximum one dry centrifugal-type engine clutch. Chain or belt drive only. Axle clutches prohibited. The clutch face plate must have sufficient material to cover the clutch housing using billet aluminum or steel. All clutch covers designed after April 24, 2006, must be NHRA-accepted. Accepted clutch face plates: Polar, Gaged Engineering, McGee Racing Cams, JR Race Car, Craw Racing, Metro Racing, Power Block (HRD), Comet, Cheetah Supply, Salisbury, Blossom Racing, M&S Machine, Haddock Ltd., MX2, and Brand X Racing Engines.

Clutch Guard
Clutch cover/guard that provides 180-degree coverage over the top of the entire clutch plate, cover, hat, arms, springs, etc. made of .090-inch 2024T3, 6061T6, or 7075T6 aluminum or .060-inch steel mandatory. All other materials prohibited.

Clutch Support
A clutch/crank support mandatory on any car running 9.99 or quicker, accepted on all vehicles. If a clutch/crank support is used, the clutch-side crank support bracket and bottom plate must be made of .350-inch-thick aluminum at its thinnest point. If the support bracket and bottom plate are built using a .500inch-thick material, it will be allowed to have a pocket/cavity with a minimum thickness of the bracket .250-inch at its thinnest point. The support bracket must be mounted using three 5/16-inch bolts or four 1/4-inch bolts to the bottom plate. A clutch support arm may be used in lieu of clutch/crank support bracket. Support arm must be made of .625-inch-thick aluminum and connected to block by 1 1/4-inch-diameter stud and held in place by a 3/8-inch bolt. If Tecumseh block and clutch system is used, a clutch support is not mandatory.

FLYWHEEL
Aftermarket billet flywheel or NHRA-accepted aftermarket flywheel shield mandatory unless original, stock carburetor is used. With original, stock carburetor, aftermarket billet or stock steel flywheel mandatory. Cast aluminum flywheel prohibited. Keyway modifications permitted. Lightening or modifications to stock flywheel prohibited.

TRANSMISSION
Gear-type prohibited. Torque converter belt assembly units permitted

BRAKES
Two rear-wheel hydraulic drum or disc brakes, or NHRA-accepted mechanical brakes are mandatory. Hydraulic brake lines must be steel or steel braided. High-pressure brake hose must be used with steel line for vibration connections. Front brakes permitted, but only in conjunction with rear brakes. Live axle may have brakes on one wheel only if 7-inch-minimum go-kart puck-type disc brake is used. Use of drive sprocket as a brake rotor prohibited. Drilling of brake components prohibited. Steel disc brake rotors are required and must be a minimum of 7-inch diameter with a .228-inch minimum thickness; dual steel brake rotors, 6-inch diameter with a 3/16inch minimum thickness; or aluminum brake rotor, 11-inch diameter with a .228-inch minimum thickness. Line-locs prohibited. Hand brake permitted, but must be directly coupled to foot brake; hand brake cannot be independent of, or in lieu of, foot brake. Application and release of brakes must be a direct function of the driver; electronics, pneumatics, or any other device may in no way affect or assist brake operation.

SUSPENSION
Suspension permitted; maximum upward suspension travel 2 inches.

STEERING
Set screw steering shaft couplers/attachments prohibited. All components must have a positive “through” bolt connection; no roll or pressed pins, no ball-lock pins, set screws, etc. All rod ends must be installed with flat washers to prevent bearing pullout. Flexible steering shaft prohibited. Minimum spindle diameter 1/2-inch. Vertical adjustment of spindles via shims is permitted; aftermarket spindles configured to permit a maximum of two front rear locations (with secondary locking devices) to change rollout/wheelbase stagger are permitted. Cars running 8.89 to 7 .90 must have rack and pinion steering only.

WHEELIE BARS
Permitted. Using wheelie-bar wheels as “fifth wheel” sensing device prohibited.

ALIGNMENT
Each car in competition must have sufficient positive front-end caster to ensure proper handling of car at all speeds.

Ballast
Maximum amount of removal ballast is 25 pounds; maximum amount of total ballast (removable plus permanent ballast) is 100 pounds. Removable ballast must be secured to frame with minimum one 3/8-inch-diameter bolt per 5-pound weight, or two 3/8-inch-diameter bolts for weights of 10 to 25 pounds; hose clamps, wire, strapping, tape, tie wraps, etc. prohibited. If
additional ballast is needed, it must be permanently attached to frame, bolted with minimum one 3/8-inch-diameter bolt per 5-pound weight, or two 3/8-inch-diameter bolts for weights of 10 to 25 pounds with nuts welded to bolts. Ballast must be in the form of metal plates, bars, straps, etc., attached as described above. A steel pipe filled with shot may be substituted; must have screw-on, sealed cap(s). Ballast prohibited in cockpit. No part of ballast may be installed higher than top of rear tires. Discovery of loose or disguised ballast will result in disqualification from the event, regardless of whether infraction occurs during qualifying or eliminations. No ballast may be added, removed, or relocated after the engine has been started. Additional penalties may be imposed in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.

DEFLECTOR PLATE
A deflector plate of minimum 1/16-inch aluminum must be installed between roll cage and engine extending from lower frame rail to the top of driver’s helmet. Portion between shoulder hoop and top of helmet must be minimum 7 inches wide, may be narrowed or rounded above the helmet. Two-piece plate permitted with no air gap between the two. Carbon fiber prohibited.

GROUND CLEARANCE
Minimum 3 inches from front of car to 12 inches behind centerline of front axle; 2 inches for remainder of car.

MOUNTING HARDWARE
Hose clamps and tie wraps may be used only to support hoses and wires; all other components must be welded, bolted, aircraft clamped, etc. All self-locking fasteners must be metallic.

ROLL CAGE
All new chassis must have manufacturer’s name, serial number, and date of manufacture. Construction must conform to standard dragster configuration as outlined in illustration with minimum 5-point roll cage mandatory. When driver is in driving position, roll cage must be at least 3 inches in front of helmet. Roll cage hoops, upper frame rails, and lower frame rails must be minimum 1 1/8-inch diameter by .083-inch wall thickness round mild steel tubing. Uprights must be minimum 7/8-inch by .083-inch. Diagonals must be minimum 3/4-inch by .083-inch. An upright (within 30 degrees of perpendicular to the lower frame rail) is required on each side of the roll cage within six inches of the second roll-cage hoop; must be fully welded to both the upper and lower frame rails. If the upright spacing at the top frame rail exceeds 28 inches, then a 7/8-inch by .083-inch or 3/4-inch by .083-inch, depending on corresponding diagonal thickness, X must be used in lieu of a single diagonal. Within the driver compartment (from foot box to back of seat), the maximum distance between uprights is 20 inches. Foot box must incorporate a minimum 3/4-inch by .083-inch diagonal. Note: .058-inch chromoly may be used in place of .083-inch mild steel. Chromoly mandatory on any car running between 8.89 and 7 .90. Helmet bars (3/4-inch OD x .058-inch chromoly tubing or 3/4-inch x .083inch mild steel, or 1/2-inch x .090-inch flat strap) are required between the secondary upper roll cage hoop and the upper roll cage rear braces on each side of the car. If the center-to-center distance between the upper roll cage rear braces exceeds 6 inches, then an additional helmet bar is required between the back braces. The helmet bars are to be installed at a height above the shoulder hoop that will keep the driver's helmet inside of the upper roll cage. Roll cage must be padded wherever it may come in contact with driver’s helmet. Adequate padding should provide approximately 1/4-inch compression. Weather stripping prohibited. All cage structures must be designed in an attempt to protect the driver from any angle. With the driver in the normal driving position, the driver’s lower extremities, including the knees, must be below the top of the upper frame rail. A steering crossmember 1/2-inch x .058-inch chromoly or .083-inch mild steel must be installed or plate or net must be installed across the upper frame rails so as to retain the driver’s feet/legs in case of upset/incident. The steering crossmember, plate, or net must be located within 6 inches (forward or behind) of the driver’s knees. If a crossmember is used, it must be either welded or aircraft clamped (no hose clamps). If a plate is used, it must be either welded or bolted in place unless it is located and fastened below the upper frame rails. All chromoly welding must be done by approved TIG heliair process; mild steel welding must be by approved MIG wire feed or TIG heliarcprocess. Welding must be free of slag and porosity. Any grinding of welds prohibited. Plating of chassis prohibited on all new vehicles.

WEIGHT
Minimum weight (without driver or driver apparel/equipment) is 225 pounds.
WHEELBASE Minimum 90 inches; maximum 150 inches on long side. Maximum
wheelbase variation from left to right: 2 inches.
TIRES
Rear tires minimum 18-inch diameter by 7 1/2 inches wide, as noted by size designation on sidewall of tire or by physical measurement at widest or tallest point. All front tires must have a manufacturer’s maximum inflation rating. Tires may not be inflated above manufacturer’s ratings. All tires must be pneumatic; no solid tires. Tires will be visually checked for condition, pressure, etc. and must be considered free of defects by the technical inspector prior to any run. Treatment of tires is prohibited in or near the staging lanes or starting-line area. Tire covers must be removed before leaving the staging lanes.
WHEELS
All wheels must be constructed from aluminum, billet, or steel. All other materials prohibited. Front wheels, minimum 5 inches’ diameter; minimum spindle diameter, 1/2-inch. Spindle nut must utilize a cotter pin or be of the nylon-locking type. Wire spoke wheels must utilize .100-inch-minimum diameter steel spokes. Rear wheels, minimum 8-inch diameter. Modifications to any wheel prohibited. The use of “spinner”-style wheels or any wheel designs that incorporate movable pieces while vehicle is in motion or stationary are prohibited.
INTERIOR
FOOT-BOX BULKHEAD
All cars must be equipped with a bulkhead in front of the driver’s feet, minimum .024-inch steel, .032-inch aluminum, or .060-inch carbon fiber. Bulkhead must be directly in front of or directly behind foot-box diagonal.
SEAT
Properly braced, framed, and supported seat constructed of aluminum or fiberglass mandatory.
SHEET METAL
Driver-compartment interior must be aluminum, steel, fiberglass, or carbon fiber. Magnesium prohibited.
UPHOLSTERY Optional.
AIR FOILS, WINGS
All wings must be bolted to frame structure. A positive locking device to prevent movement mandatory. No part may come in contact with tire or wheel at any time. Spring-loaded spoilers, wings, or canards prohibited. Adjustment of air foils, wings, or spoilers during run prohibited. Ball lock pins and other quick-release fasteners prohibited. No rear wing may be supported with struts, rods, etc. attached to the roll cage. All rear wing supports must attach to the frame rails at least 12 inches behind the roll cage. Front wings and spill plates permitted, must be at least 3 inches above the ground, no more than 15 inches forward of the center of the front spindle, and no more than 6 inches wider than the outside of the front tires. Rear wings must be at least 4 inches from rear tires; front wings must be at least 2 inches from front tires. All spill plates must be flat, vertical, and parallel to each other.
BODY
Body and cowl must be constructed of aluminum, fiberglass, or carbon fiber and extend forward to foot-box bulkhead. Driver compartment, frame structure, roll cage, and body must be designed to prevent driver’s body or limbs from making contact with wheels, tires, exhaust system, or track surface. Any portion of the body side panels that extend upward into the driver’s line of sight must be clear and permit an unobstructed horizontal view for a minimum of 180 degrees. Body may not cover top of engine, wheels, or tires. Front overhang not to exceed 15 inches, measured from centerline of front spindle to forward most point of car. Body must be of accepted dragster style/design. Roadster, altered, Funny Car, etc. body styles prohibited. Only OEM-style mirrors, mounted in the conventional fashion, permitted. Cover or canopy over cockpit prohibited. Front-wheel fairings and front wings that cover any part of the front wheel prohibited.
COMPETITION NUMBERS
Each car in competition must display the driver’s permanent number. Minimum size: 4 inches x 1 inch. Driver’s competition number and class designation must be displayed in a legible manner in a contrasting color to the vehicle’s background color, or light color on windows, in a prominent position, and be clearly visible to the tower personnel.
FLOOR
Full floor, mounted on top of lower frame rail cross braces, extending from driver’s seat forward to 6 inches’ past pedals, mandatory
WIND DEFLECTOR
All cars must be equipped with a wind screen or deflector to direct foreign matter over the driver’s head. Wind screen or deflector must be a minimum of 4 inches tall. No blinders of any description are permitted.
BATTERIES
Dry cell batteries only permitted. Maximum total weight 5 pounds. Must be securely mounted outside driver’s compartment.
BUTTONS/SWITCHES
Entrants are allowed to use a total of two switches/buttons in the cockpit. One of these switches/buttons is for the ignition shutoff, which cannot be momentary and cannot be reset from the driver’s compartment; the second is available for any function (including a momentary ignition cutoff), except for the use of a trans brake or down track stutter.
DELAY BOXES/DEVICES
Prohibited.
IGNITION SHUTOFF
A positive ignition shutoff, located within easy reach of driver, and which cannot be reset from the driver’s compartment, mandatory. Shutoff switches must be positive action (no “momentary contact” switches) and must be clearly labeled “on” and “off.” A second shutoff switch, located on the deflector plate 3 inches or less from the top of the roll cage, within easy reach of crewmember or race official, mandatory. The second shutoff-switch wiring must be completely independent of the primary switch (i.e., wired in parallel from end to end of both wires). All ignition wiring connections, including the coil and switch, must use eyelet, lug, terminal board, or other screw-type connections; push-on–type, quick disconnect–type, and twist-type connectors prohibited. A wire tie, minimum 6 inches long, must be attached to the spark-plug wire within 1 inch of the spark plug. All magneto ignition systems must be equipped with an NHRA-accepted manual kill switch. When a battery ignition system is used, a master cutoff switch (“push/pull” type) is mandatory in the driver's compartment and must be connected to the positive side of the electrical system and must stop all electrical functions. Timed ignition-interruption devices (stutter boxes) or any action that causes ignition interruption prohibited.
Taillights
One functioning light mandatory. Must be visible from rear of the car. Taillight must be permanently mounted to the car in a manner that batteries are also secured; tie wraps, wire ties, hose clamps, etc. prohibited.
CAMERAS
One camera permitted unless NHRA permission is granted for additional cameras. May not be intentionally directed at the racer in the other lane without NHRA permission. Video may not be transmitted in any means or manner without NHRA permission, which permission, if granted, may be revoked at any time. Incident video may not be transmitted under any circumstances. No video monitors permitted in or on the car. Video may not be used in any way to determine track position in real time. Must be securely attached to the vehicle with appropriate fasteners. May not be attached with suction cups, wire ties, hose clamps etc. For any camera, mounted external to any vehicle, all mounting brackets, associated fasteners, hardware, etc. from the camera to the vehicle attachment point must be metal, no plastic or nonmetallic components permitted. For all vehicles, attachment to the driver, the driver’s helmet, or the steering wheel prohibited.
COMPUTERS
Prohibited. A computer is defined as any device (electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, etc.) that activates any function of, or in any way affects the operation of, the vehicle based on measurement, sensing, processing, etc. of any data related to the performance of the vehicle. Display or transmission of any data gathered or processed, to the driver or any remote location, is prohibited.
DATA RECORDERS
All data recorders manufactured after Jan. 1, 2006, must be NHRA-accepted. A data recorder may be used to record only engine rpm, engine temperature, exhaust temperature, and jack-shaft sensor data; may not activate or initiate any function of the vehicle. Data recorder may not be activated by the throttle, brake, or other mechanisms, nor by the Christmas Tree, radio transmitter, sensing of wheel speed, inertia, laser device, or transmission of track position. Must be activated by separate switch. Transmission or display of data gathered or processed by data recorder to the driver (during the run) or any remote location is prohibited. Data may be reviewed after the run. Discovery of a device that displays or transmits “on track”- or “track location “type data will be grounds for immediate disqualification from event, loss of all points for the season, and suspension from all NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League events for remainder of season. Additional penalties may be imposed at the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.
GAUGES
Tachometer, engine-temperature, and cylinder-head-temperature gauges permitted. All other gauges and indicators prohibited. Playback-type gauge(s) permitted. Download capabilities (other than stand-alone tachometers) classify unit as a data recorder, and it must be located outside driver compartment (see also Data Recorders, above). Analog or digital display permitted. Gauges (display) may not be mounted on steering wheel. Speedometer and/or rpm/shift light of any description prohibited.
ELECTRONIC CONTROLS
Prohibited. Electronic controls may in no way affect any functions (i.e., clutch, throttle, brakes, etc.). All controls must be a function of the driver.
LIFTING DEVICES
Any form of mechanical, hydraulic, or other leverage-type device for raising a car’s driving wheels off the starting-line surface is prohibited. STAGING AIDS/DEVICES Mechanical, hydraulic, electric, pneumatic, and similar devices to aid in staging vehicle prohibited. Shutoff switches must be positive action (no “momentary contact” switches) and must be clearly labeled “on” and “off.” Push-staging any vehicle is prohibited. Staging must be done under the vehicle’s own power.
TOWING
Anytime a Jr. Dragster is being towed, the driver must be seated in the cockpit. No passengers. No full-size tow vehicles permitted. A fluorescent or brightly colored flag, attached to Jr. Dragster anytime vehicle is towed, mandatory. Minimum height above ground when attached, 5 feet. A Jr. Dragster may not be pushed by any motorized vehicle. Tow strap may not be attached to any portion 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. One vehicle may be towed on a front-end dolly and another in tandem with a strap. 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 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. A Jr. Dragster is not allowed to be under power outside of designated racing areas at any time. Driving of Jr. Dragster in pit area strictly prohibited and will subject participant to disciplinary action in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.
TWO-WAY RADIOS
Prohibited. Any communication to and/or from the driver or any telemetry signals between driver/vehicle and/or any remote location prohibited. Use of two-way communication by driver and/or any crewmember to any remote location prohibited. Use of headset or handheld radios by crewmembers in the starting-line area is prohibited. The use of any portable or handheld electronic devices (e.g., iPods, MP3 players) prohibited in staging lanes or on the racetrack.
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.
AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum age 5 years to drive in the League; those 6 and older can race against their peers. Drivers 5 years old restricted to 20.00 or slower e.t.; 6 and 7 years old restricted to 13.90 or slower e.t.; 8 and 9 years old restricted to 11.90 or slower e.t. Drivers 10 to 12 years old restricted to 8.90 or slower e.t. Drivers 13 to 18 years old whose cars meet Advanced class criteria restricted to 7 .90 or slower e.t., and 85.00 mph or slower. Drivers 13 to 18 years old whose cars do NOT meet Advanced class criteria restricted to 8.90 or slower e.t.
APPAREL
Each member of a participant crew must be fully attired when present in the staging, starting, and competition areas of the racetrack. Shoes are mandatory.
APPEARANCE
Vehicles participating in drag racing events must be presentable in appearance at all times; those considered improperly prepared may be rejected by the technical inspector. The appearance of personnel attending contestant vehicles is equally important and is subject to the same considerations. ARM RESTRAINTS
Mandatory. Must be worn and adjusted in such a manner that driver's hands and/or arms cannot be extended outside of roll cage and/or frame rails. Arm restraints shall be combined with the driver restraint system such that the arm restraints are released with the driver restraints. Refer to manufacturer for instructions.
CREDENTIALS
Valid NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League participant card and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League membership mandatory.
DRIVER RESTRAINT SYSTEM
Five-point, 1 3/4-inch-wide driver restraint system mandatory. Driver restraint system must meet SFI Spec 16.1 or 16.2 and be updated at two-year intervals from date of manufacture. All seat-belt and shoulder-harness installations must be mutually compatible, originally designed to be used with each other. For harness installation, see illustration below. Only units that release all five attachment points in one motion are permitted. When arm restraints are worn with a restraint system that uses a “latch lever,” a protective cover must be installed to prevent arm restraint from accidentally releasing the latch lever. Protective cover not required if system uses “duckbill” latch hardware. All harness sections must be mounted to the frame, crossmember, or reinforced mounting and installed to limit driver’s body travel both upward and forward. Wrapping of belts around lower frame rail prohibited. Where belts are wrapped around the frame members, they must be secured from sliding along the axis of the tube/frame member either by a tab or additional tubing. Under no circumstances are bolts inserted through belt webbing permitted for mounting.
HELMET
A full-face helmet meeting Snell SA2010, SA2015, K2010, K2015, M2010, M2015, SAH2010, CMR2007, CMS2007, or SFI 24.1/2010, 24.1/2015, 31.1/2010, 31.1/2015, 41.1/2010, or 41.1/2015 helmet and shield mandatory.
NECK COLLAR/HELMET RESTRAINT DEVICE
Mandatory. Must be commercially produced neck collar designed for racing. Two different types of collars are commercially available: a full 360-degree “donut” type or a pull-together “horseshoe” type. Modification of the neck collar according to manufacturer’s recommendations, to fit helmet and driver’s neck/shoulder spacing, permitted. Must be worn as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
A head and neck restraint device/system is permitted. The device/system must be commercially produced by a manufacturer in the SFI 38.1 head and neck restraint program. The head and neck restraint device/system, when connected, must conform to the manufacturer’s mounting instructions, and it must be configured, maintained, and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
A head and neck restraint device/system may be used with or without a neck collar. If the device/system is used without a neck collar, a head sock or skirted helmet mandatory.
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
All drivers are required to wear a jacket and pants meeting SFI Spec 3.2A/1. Shoes, gloves, and socks mandatory. Socks must extend up into the pants. Nylon or nylon-type gloves and socks prohibited. No open-toe or open-heel shoes or sandals. Synthetic clothing not recommended.
ADVERTISING AND OTHER MATERIAL/DISPLAYS
NHRA reserves the right to regulate any advertising or other material that is present on site at any NHRA event including without limitation any material appearing on any participant, on the body or any other visible part of any vehicle or transporter participating in NHRA events including on support vehicles, in any pit area, in any area of the dragstrip from the staging lanes to the end of the dragstrip, and any item or material on site that may constitute a product placement. Participants and vehicles may be excluded from competition and from event facilities if, in NHRA’s discretion, any advertising or other material displayed on a person, race or support vehicle, or in a pit area or otherwise is not in the best interests of NHRA and the sport of drag racing, and/or is or may be in conflict with any applicable law.
Moreover, NHRA will require compliance with all guidelines and requirements of any telecaster for events that will be telecast. In addition, NHRA may require certain indicia to be visible on a vehicle as a condition of participation in competition if NHRA determines that such requirement is in the best interests of NHRA and the sport of drag racing.
By way of illustration and without limitation, online gambling is an activity deemed by NHRA to be not in the best interests of NHRA and the sport of drag racing, and an activity that NHRA will not allow to be displayed or advertised on site at any NHRA event or in connection with NHRA in any manner whatsoever. Web sites that allow gaming that is entirely free and for fun may be permitted pursuant to further guidelines that may be requested from NHRA. Violation of any part of any such guideline will be treated as violation of the NHRA Rulebook and NHRA Jr. Rulebook.