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2017 Drag Racing Rules of Competition

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2017 RULES:

  1. Any racer looking to change his/her class and/or tech card must do so before tech inspection closes.
  2. During eliminations all cars must be in their respective staging lane by "last call". Please listen to PA or 87.9 FM for all lane assignments.
  3. The bye run for first round of eliminations for Super ET, Pro ET, Motorcycle/Snowmobile and Street ET will be chosen by non-red reaction times during time trials. Top Street & Top Street Motorcycle are qualified fields.
  4. The NHRA ladder will be used for all classes when there are 32 or less cars remaining in competition. The format of the ladder is based on reaction time. This will give a bye run, if warranted, to the best non-red reaction time ONLY IN THE FIRST LADDER PRINTED for that race day. After the ladder is established, the bye run is no longer based on reaction time it is based on the NHRA ladder format. Should an opponent break or not return to race, the other racer will receive a competition single. Once the NHRA-style ladder is established, a racer could technically earn more than one bye run on a given day.
  5. Water only Liquid burnouts will be allowed in all classes in the designated area, which are the two concrete pads behind the starting line. Anyone who puts water anywhere else and does a burnout will be disqualified immediately. It is the driver's responsibility to make his burnout, be staged and ready to run before the preceding pair of cars clears the traps. Over-the-line burnouts are prohibited. For race cars that have operating front brakes only. To ensure a safe and proper race, the Official Starter and/or Management may, at their discretion and with sole authority, temporarily suspend any rule(s).
  6. Crew members must leave the starting line area right after the car they are helping out leaves the starting line. This is to ensure safety and keep the flow of the race day under control. This is a NJ State Police Rule!
  7. If there is a timing equipment malfunction, reruns will be decided upon on a per incident basis. ALL DECISIONS ARE UP TO THE TRACK MANAGER AND ARE FINAL.
  8. Anyone falsifying tech card information as to a cubic inch displacement or clutch flywheel and pressure plate equipment, OR falsifying Age or Driver's License Number OR using electronics in Pro ET or Street ET will be banned for a given time to be determined by the tech committee. The violator's name will be passed on to the NHRA Officials and Division 1 tracks.
  9. Mini bikes, cycles, 3-wheel and 4-wheel ATVs are allowed for towing purposes only by ADULT (17 year old & older) individuals. KIDS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO DRIVE IN THE PITS WITH ANY TYPE OF MOTORIZED VEHICLE. Driver's car or cycle numbers must be on the motorized tow vehicle.
  10. Antifreeze is prohibited in racecars, i.e. Super/Pro. Excessive spillage of any kind resulting in any type of clean up is grounds for disqualification for the remainder of the day.
  11. It is the driver's responsibility to have his/her dial-in on the race vehicle each round. Dial-ins for the 1/4 Mile Track must be on both the left side (driver's side) so that they can be read from the tower. Dial-ins for the 1/8 Mile Track must be on both the right side (Passenger's side) and the center of the front windshield so that they can be read from the tower. Raceway Park will make every effort possible to dial-in cars correctly, and drivers MUST check their dial-in posted on the scoreboard and the dial-in of your opponent on the dial-in boards above the Christmas tree BEFORE they stage. Once you stage, you accept the race, there will be no re-runs for incorrect dial-ins. If your dial-in is wrong, or that of your opponent, don't stage! Drivers may dial either quicker or slower each round to compensate for changing conditions. In the event of a re-run, dial-ins MUST remain the same unless the track manager allows it because of changing conditions. No verbal dial-in changes will be permitted. The track personnel will only dial-in what is printed on the vehicle. Illegible dial-ins resulting in improper input by tower personnel will not be cause for a rerun. All dial-ins must be placed on the vehicle prior to pulling through the hole in the sound wall on the 1/4 mile & out of the lanes on the 1/8 mile track. Once the dial-in is on the car after coming around the wall or out of the lanes, changes will not be permitted without management's discretion.  All Drivers MUST be ready to race at the HOLE IN THE WALL, any broken vehicles after this point are subject to disqualification. Once your car is paired, either by ladder or track official, there can be no substitutions. (No car changes, if a car breaks there will be a competition single.) 
  12. Deep staging permitted and will be honored (the tree will be held) in the Sunoco Super Challenge Points Series Classes. Reminder that at the Division 1 Summit E.T. Finals you will not be able to have DEEP written on the car and the tree will not be held. See the NHRA Division 1 website ( for further explanation of this rule.  The starter will not make any changes to the starting line procedure for those deep staging.  See “Understanding Autostart” article in this issue.
  13. Windy and/or cold conditions could cause track management to change the finish line to 1/8 mile. This decision will be made with safety of the racers in mind. 
  14. After eliminations begin, only round winners will be permitted back into the staging lanes. Cars waiting for time trials or license tests (if time permits) will wait in the pits until a lane is announced over the P.A. System and FM 87.9 (1/4 mile) on your radio. Do NOT enter the Test and Tune Lane. 1/8 Miles cars will be permitted to make 1/4 mile runs when time permits during down time between final rounds of eliminations at the 1/4 mile track.
  15. Drivers will be allowed to run in multiple eliminators in a given day provided the driver buys a tech card for each eliminator before inspection closes. It is understood that eliminators will not be held up waiting for anyone running multiple classes. Tech cards may not be purchased anywhere except at the Pit Gate prior to tech closing. 
  16. The Sunoco Super Challenge points category in which the racer signs up for is final once the racer runs that specific category for points. Points are earned based on signing up prior to first round of the category.
  17. Noise Curfew - Racing MUST be completed by 7:30 PM on Sundays regardless of where we are in the eliminators. Time Trials begin at 9:00 AM for Muffled vehicles. Super ET & Pro ET will have 2 time trial sessions as time permits. If there is only time for one class, then the second time shot will be alternated between the two classes.  Eliminations will start as close to 2:00 P.M. as possible.   
  18. Due to our curfew, if at 7:30 PM we are not finished racing, payouts and points shall be split based on the last completed round of racing. This means that if there were 3 cars left, all 3 would get the same money and the same points (if applicable).
  19. Track management's decision is final in any racing situation or dispute.


The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATIONS OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator or official. The Race Director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in his opinion does not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.

The Management of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Inc.