Rules

Pacific Raceways is a NHRA sanctioned track. All cars that run down the drag strip are required to undergo a technical inspection by the track’s Tech Crew. NHRA publishes an annual Rule Book that covers every classification from Top Fuel to ET Bracket Racing and is used by Pacific Raceways’ Tech Crew. Track rules are listed below.


2022 Drag Racing Rules & Regulations (Revised 02/28/2022)

These rules are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish standards for such events.  By entering and participating in an event, participants are deemed to understand and accept these rules.  NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF THESE RULES OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES.  They are intended as a guide for conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator, or official.  These rules may be changed or amended from time to time by the management of Pacific Raceways.

THE RACE DIRECTOR’S DECISION IS FINAL IN ALL CASES

The Race Director shall be empowered to permit minor deviations from any of the specifications herein, or impose any further restrictions that his or her opinion does not alter minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATION. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials.  Their decision is final and may not be protested in any manner.

1.0 General Rule Statement

1.1 Vehicles participating in racing events must appear presentable at all times.  Any vehicles bearing advertising or messages deemed inappropriate by Pacific Raceways will be denied participation.

1.2 Any participant (including drivers, riders, crew members, etc.) considered to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other judgment impairing substance will be disqualified from the event and will be asked to leave the facility.

1.3 Speed limit in the pit area, staging lanes and return road is 10 M.P.H.  Burnouts are allowed in the burnout area (behind the starting line) only.  Dragsters are the only vehicles allowed to burn out across the starting line.  Any other vehicle that does may be disqualified.

1.4 Participants at events are expected, at all times, to conduct themselves in a professional and non-disruptive manner.  Any participants who, in the sole and absolute judgment of the track personnel,  1) verbally or physically threatens another participant or other person, 2) uses vulgar or derogatory language, 3) engages in unsportsmanlike conduct or conduct detrimental to the sport of racing, or 4) otherwise creates a condition or circumstance that is unsafe, unfair, or out of order shall have violated the rules and regulations of NHRA and Pacific Raceways may be disqualified from the event or banned from the facility.

1.5 THERE IS TO BE NO ENGINE NOISE PRIOR TO 9:00 AM.  In the months of February, March, April, September, October, November and December there is to be NO ENGINE NOISE AFTER 5:00 PM.  In the months of May, June, July and August there is to be NO ENGINE NOISE ON CERTAIN DAYS AFTER 11:00 PM.

2.0 Technical Inspection

2.1 Pacific Raceways is an NHRA member track and will use the NHRA Rule Book as a guide for inspecting vehicles.  Pacific Raceways reserve the right to impose additional requirements more stringent that those specified in the NHRA Rule Book.

2.2 Pacific Raceways may permit minor deviations or exceptions from those prescribed in the NHRA Rule Book.

NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH DEVIATION OR EXCEPTION.

3.0 General Rules

3.1 All race vehicles are presumed “race ready” (per NHRA rules) upon entering the facility.  Once a driver has passed tech inspection, there will be no refunds or exchanges.

3.2 Racers are allowed to have a maximum of three crew members assist them in the restricted area.

3.3 Crew members’ ages 16 through 17 years need to have a Minor Release and Waiver of Liability form executed by either both parents or guardians to enter the restricted area. Children 15 years of age and under must remain in the enclosed portion of a tow vehicle while in the restricted area.  Minor Wavier forms are done on an annual basis.  Both parent(s) or guardian must sign an annual wavier form for minors to enter the restricted area.  Minor Waivers and wristbands are done online.

3.4 Each race vehicle should display a competition number and a class designation on the windshield, both side windows and the left rear window.  Numbers should be 6 inches tall on sides and 3 inches on front and rear.

3.5 Your dial-in will be displayed on the scoreboards as well as on the dial-in display boards in front of the burnout box.  DO NOT STAGE YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL YOU HAVE CHECKED YOUR DIAL-IN. By staging your vehicle you have accepted that your dial-in is correct.  Your dial-in cannot be change beyond the blue line at the front of staging.  Motorcycles must report numbers and dial-ins to the tower before eliminations or have them displayed clearly on the Motorcycle.  You cannot dial out of your bracket.  Jr. Dragsters must have the dial-ins permanently displayed on their dragsters.  No dial-ins on tires for any class.

3.6 Wristbands must be worn for the duration of the event.  No one will have access to the restricted area without a visible wristband, this includes drivers and crew.

3.7 All warm-ups must be confined to the pit area.  Jacks stands must be used at all times.

3.8 ET Bracket Series Competition Numbers: Competition numbers are complimentary at Pacific Raceways for racers that compete in the Jr. Drag Racing Series, High School Series and any racer that has a current NHRA ET Bracket Competition Number, if a racer doesn’t have a current NHRA ET Bracket Competition Number they must purchase a Pacific Raceways competition number for $15.00.  Racers that come out for Test and Tune only will not be required to purchase a competition number.

3.9 Staging/Time Trials/Eliminations: Do Not pull into the Staging lanes until your class has been called.  Please report to staging lanes when you are called.  Please Monitor the PA or 540 AM for staging lane assignments and calls.  Run order and Lane Assignments for Time Trials on ET Drag Racing Series events are as follows: Sportsman lanes 1 thru 4, Pro lanes 1 thru 4, Super Pro lanes 1 thru 4, Motorcycle Lane 6.  Run order for eliminations on ET Drag Racing Series events are as follow: Sportsman Rd 1, Pro Rd 1, Super Pro Rd 1, Motorcycle Rd 1, Sportsman Rd 2, Pro Rd 2, etc…

3.10 Tail lights must be on when you leave the front of staging.  Blinking lights are prohibited.

3.11 All oil must be dumped in the oil receptacles located near the gas pumps and staging lanes. NOTE: ONLY OIL IS ALLOWED, NO AEROSALS OR OTHER CONTAMINANTS. Please ask the drag strip manager if you have any questions about what can be recycled. Violations subject to up to $1000.00 fine.

3.12 Unless actively racing no one under the age of 16 is allowed to operate a motorized or wheeled vehicle at any time.  Vehicles may be confiscated until the end of the event.

3.13 The gates to the track will be locked 30 minutes after the final car goes down the track for the night.

3.14 Singles for 1st round will be chosen by the best Reaction Time in the final time trial for Super Pro, Pro and Sportsman.  Singles will always be picked by reaction time, first one with the best reaction time.

3.15 Ladders: Super Pro, Pro and Sportsman will be laddered after 1st round and will be based on reaction time from the 1st round. Motorcycle will be on a ladder for 1st round based on their best reaction time in all qualifying sessions.

4.0 Rain-out/Curfew Policy

4.1 If rain or other occurrences halt racing at any time before the completion of the first round of eliminations for your class, racers will receive full credit of entry fees and there will be no payout and no points will be awarded.  If rain or other occurrences halts racing after the first round of eliminations for your class, points will be awarded to the last completed round and payouts will be divided among the remaining racers.

4.2 No refunds at anytime.

4.3 If an event is rained out racers/spectators have 1 year from that date to use the credit.

4.4 The curfew at Pacific Raceways on Saturday nights is 11pm.  The last run on Saturday night A Street E.T. Drag Racing Series events will be no later than 10:55pm.  If we run up against the curfew we will award points back to the last completed round and the payout will be divided to all racers remaining in competition from the last completed round.

5.0 Points

5.1 Points if all classes (i.e. Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle, Jr. Lightning, Jr. Thunder and High School) will be awarded as shown in the 2022 rule book, Section 3, page 4 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Points:

Actual 1st rd. 2nd rd. 3rd rd. 4th rd. 5th rd. 6th rd. 7th rd. R/U Win
Field Size loser loser loser loser loser loser loser
4 or fewer 33 64 85
5 to 8 32 43 64 85
9 to 16 31 42 53 64 85
17 to 32 30 41 52 63 74 95
33 to 64 30 40 51 62 73 84 105
65 to 128 30 40 50 61 72 83 94 105
129 plus 30 40 50 60 71 82 93 104 115

All event non-qualifiers or no-shows in eliminations will automatically receive 10 points, unless the tech card is refunded.

5.2 Tiebreakers: If a tie exists at the end of the season, the first tiebreaker goes to the racer that went furthest in the last E.T. Drag Racing Series event. The second tiebreaker goes to the racer that went furthest in the second to last E.T. Drag Racing Series event. If a tie still exists, then the tiebreaker will continue to go back until the tie is broken.

5.3 You must notify Pacific Raceways via phone or email no later than 14 days from the race date in which you believe an error was made to your points.  There will be NO changes to your points after the 14 day period.

5.4 In order to participate in the 2022 E.T. Racing Series Final at Pomona, CA. You must be 18 years old on or before November 10, 2022.

5.5 You must sign up for points at Pacific Raceways, it is a $20 charge and you will receive a 2022 A Street Automotive Gold Cup Series Sticker. Sticker and a Summit E.T. Drag Racing Series decal must to be placed on your vehicle. You must sign up for points prior to the start of the 3rd race of the season to receive all points. After that points will not be awarded for prior races.

6.0 Summit E.T. Finals

6.1 The NHRA Division 6 Summit E.T. Finals will be held Labor Day Weekend at Firebird Dragstrip in Eagle, ID. This is a “Team Tournament” event where each track in NHRA’s Division 6 sends 60 representatives who, in addition to individual honors, earn points towards a team championship.  The breakdown of team members will be: Super Pro – 15; Pro – 15; Sportsman – 12; Motorcycle – 6; High School – 2; Junior Street – 8;  Jr. Lightning 4; Jr. Thunder – 4. Racers earn the right to become a Pacific Raceways Team Member by earning points throughout the season.

Points will be finalized at the last bracket race of the season unless otherwise stated. In order to attend the ET Finals for Team Pacific we MUST know your intentions by this date. It is each racer’s responsibility to know their place in the standings, you must notify Pacific Raceways within 3 business days of the final ET Bracket race of your intentions to compete for Team Pacific at the Finals. If you have not previously told us your intentions, you will be passed over and your spot will be forfeited. If there are still open spots, those spots will be given to the next eligible racer in any class.

6.2 The Brackets for the E.T. Finals will be as follows:

7.50 – 11.99                        Super Pro            (Electronics allowed)

9.00 – 13.99                        Pro E.T.                 (No electronics)

12.00 – slower                   Sportsman          (No electronics)

7.00 – slower                     Motorcycle         (No electronics) Split Tree

11.00 – slower                   High School         (No electronics)

6.3 An NHRA competition number is required to compete in the Summit E.T. Racing Series Finals.  NHRA forms are available at the track.

6.4 High School competitors’ car may not be entered in the Race of Champions.  All High School eliminations will be on Saturday.  All High School competitors can race on Sunday in the bracket that they are legal for.

6.5 Pacific Raceways requires an acceptable Oil Retention Device for any car running 9.99 or quicker. This will be strictly enforced for all classes.

7.0 General Information

7.1 LED Bulbs will be used on the Christmas tree at Pacific Raceways.  The Cross-Talk system will be used in Super Pro.

7.2 Compulink TruStart will be in use for all categories using a full tree, except Motorcycle.

7.3 Classes with fewer than 4 participants will be combined with the next class up.

8.0 Buy Back

8.1 There will be buy backs at select Saturday E.T. Drag Racing Series Events. Buy backs will be for first round runner ups. There will be a round for buy backs before the second round. The winners of the buy back round will continue to the second round of competition. For those competitors in points, if you lose in the first round your points end there.

9.0 Breakage

9.1 If your vehicle breaks during unloading, tech, or any other time prior to attempting your first time trial, you will receive full credit for your racer entry fee.

10.0 Running Two Classes

10.1 You will get the same number of time runs per class that the rest of the field gets.

10.2 Your vehicle must meet the tech requirements for the class you are running in. i.e. Super Pro running in Pro must have the electronics disconnected, Pro running in Sportsman cannot have a transbrake.

10.3 Driver and vehicle MUST be prepared to run back to back between rounds of each class, if necessary.

11.0 Super Pro (7.50 – 11.99)

11.1 Computer: Prohibited unless stock OEM equipment or OEM replacement.  See General Regulations in the NHRA Rulebook.

11.2 Data Recorders: Permitted.  See General Regulations in the NHRA Rulebook

11.3 Delay Boxes: Permitted.  One box/delay device only attached to transbrake and/or throttle timer only.  Delay boxes may only display delay amount.  All direct wiring must be clearly identifiable to the tech inspectors.

11.4 Transbrake: Permitted. Transbrake switch must be NHRA-accepted; See NHRA Approved list

11.5 Line Lock: Four-wheel line lock permitted.  Linelock switch must be NHRA-accepted.

11.6 Automated shifter: Permitted.

11.7 Throttle Control: Permitted per NHRA Rulebook.

11.8 Ignition: Stutter boxes are prohibited.  Three-steps, Two-steps, or single stage rev limiters permitted.  Any rpm limiting device legal unto themselves but altered or installed so as to function as a down-track rpm controller, prohibited.

11.9 Switches and Buttons: Must be standard mechanical connection type.  Infrared lasers, retinal scan, fingerprint, light source or any other non-mechanical type of switch and/or button are prohibited.

11.10 Compulink: CROSSTALK will be used in Super Pro.

12.0 Pro E.T. (9.00 – 13.99)

12.1 Computer: Prohibited unless stock OEM equipment or OEM replacement.  See General Regulations in the NHRA Rulebook.

12.2 Data Recorders: Prohibited.  See General Regulations in the NHRA Rulebook.

12.3 Delay Boxes: Prohibited.

12.4 Transbrakes: Permitted; See approved NHRA transbrake buttons list.

12.5 Line Lock: Four-wheel line lock permitted.  Line lock switch must be NHRA-accepted

12.6 Automated Shifter: Permitted

12.7 Throttle Control: Throttle must be manually operated by driver.  Electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation. A dead-stop under the carburetor linkage or gas pedal is permitted.  Throttle timers and counters are prohibited.

12.8 Ignition: Stutter boxes are prohibited.  Starting line and “high side” rev-limiters permitted.  Two-steps, rev-limiters or any other rpm limiting devices, legal unto themselves but altered or installed so as to function as a down-track rpm controller is prohibited.

12.9 Switches and Buttons: Must be standard mechanical connection type.  Infrared lasers, retinal scan, fingerprint, light source or any other non-mechanical type switch and/or button is prohibited;

12.10 Tow Vehicles: Prohibited.

13.0 Sportsman (12.00 and slower)

13.1 Computer: Prohibited unless stock OEM or OEM replacement. See General Regulations in the NHRA Rulebook.

13.2 Data Recorders: Prohibited.  See General Regulations in the NHRA Rulebook.

13.3 Delay Boxes: Prohibited.

13.4 Transbrake: Prohibited.

13.5 Line Lock: Four-wheel line lock prohibited.  Two-wheel line lock permitted on non-drive wheels only.  Line lock switch must be NHRA-accepted.

13.6 Automated Shifter: Prohibited unless OEM equipped.  Electronic or pneumatic shifter permitted; must be manually controlled by driver.

13.7 Throttle Control: Throttle must be manually operated by driver.  Electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation.  A dead-stop under the carburetor linkage or gas pedal us permitted.  Throttle timers and counters are prohibited.

13.8 Ignition: Stutter boxes prohibited.  Single stage “high side only” rev-limiters permitted.  Rev-limiters or any other rpm limiting devices, legal unto themselves but altered or installed so as to function as a down-track rpm controller is prohibited.  Crank trigger system prohibited unless OEM distributor-less ignition.  Ignition systems equipped with built-in two step rev-limiters must have the “low side” (start line) function disabled.

13.9 Switches and Buttons: Must be standard mechanical connection type.  Infrared lasers, retinal scan, fingerprint, light source or any other non-mechanical type switch and/or button is prohibited;

13.10 Tow Vehicles: Prohibited.

14.0 Motorcycle (7.00 and slower)

14.1 Delay boxes and throttle control: Permitted.

14.2 Data recorders: Permitted.  See General Regulations in the NHRA Rulebook.

14.3 Ignition: Stutter boxes prohibited.  Starting line and or “high side” rev-limiters permitted.  Rev-limiters or any other rpm limiting devices, legal unto themselves but altered or installed so as to function as a down-track rpm controller is prohibited.

14.4 Switches and Buttons: Must be standard mechanical connection type.  Infrared lasers, retinal scan, fingerprint, light source or any other non-mechanical type switch and/or button is prohibited.

14.5 Scooter and/or mini bike are prohibited.

14.6 Split Tree: The motorcycle class uses a split tree system.  Riders can choose either a .500 full tree or a .400 pro tree for eliminations.  Riders wishing to receive a .400 pro tree must have a P displayed next to their dial-in (ex. 9.05P).  The riders wishing to receive a .400 pro tree will see a minus sign (-9.05) on the scoreboard.  DO NOT STAGE YOUR BIKE UNLESS YOU HAVE CHECKED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE RECEIVING THE CORRECT TREE. There will be no re-runs do to the wrong tree being run.

15.0 High School (11.00 and slower)

15.1 High School competitors must be enrolled in or of eligible high school enrollment age.

15.2 Same rules as Sportsman or Pro.

16.0 Jr. Dragster (7.90 and slower) 85 MPH Limit

16.1 Gauges: Tachometer may monitor/display engine rpm only.  Play back type tachometer permitted.

16.2 Ignition Shutoff: Second shutoff to be mounted on driver deflector plate within three-inches of the top of the roll cage.  All connectors must utilize eyelet and screw connections. Push on type prohibited.  Six-inch long wire tie must be attached to spark plug wire within one inch of spark plug.

16.3 Towing: Tow straps may not be attached to any portion of the roll cage.

16.4 A fluorescent or brightly colored flag attached to the Jr. Dragster at anytime the vehicle is towed is mandatory.

16.5 Jr. Lighting is 13-17 years maximum dial 7.90, Jr. Thunder is 10-14 years old maximum dial, over 10 – 8.90, under 10 – 9.90

17.0 Jr. Street (9.00 and slower)

17.1 All vehicles must be street legal, driven in and carry proof of insurance.

17.2 Participants may only drive the vehicle from the staging lanes to the starting line, on the track, and on the return road as far as the time slip booth. The licensed supervising adult must drive the vehicle at all other times.