Participant Guidelines & Rules
Alcoholic Beverages: Participating drivers and crewmembers are strictly prohibited from consuming drugs and alcoholic beverages
Auto Start: In accordance with IHRA Bracket Rules, a ten second time out is in effect. The ten seconds begins when both prestage bulbs are lit and one stage bulb is lit in either lane. At this point the competitor that has not staged has ten seconds to stage.
Burnouts: All cars are permitted to perform burnouts in the designated areas only and only using water. Open body cars may cross the starting line and no car may cross the starting line under power. Top cars are allowed 1 backup, all other cars are not allowed backups.
Bye Runs: The winner of the Bogey Race will receive the bye run for first round. If an even number of cars run, the bye run carries over until it is used or the competitor is eliminated and the bye run driver always has lane choice. For second round until the conclusion of the event, bye runs are determined by the best reaction time from the previous round of competition and the holder carries the bye until used or he/she is eliminated. You can only receive one bye run per event and bye runs can be turned down.
Children: Parents and guardians of children are cautioned to keep close watch of their children throughout the race day due to the high activity in the pit area and danger involved in moving vehicles. Any Minor participating in racing events must have a Minor Release on file at the track. Remember that you must have a valid state drivers license to operate any wheeled vehicle including but not limited to bicycles, ATV’s and other pitbikes. Roller skates, roller blades, skateboards and things of the like are not permitted on the track grounds.
Class Specifications – Modified ET: Refer to the IHRA Rulebook for class specifications and safety equipment not outlined here. No electronics are allowed. Single stage line lock on non drive wheels only. Timed nitrous systems, transbrakes, and delay boxes are prohibited. Pneumatic and electric shifters NOT allowed. Clutch operated cars only are allowed to run two steps. Shift lights are legal. Stutter boxes and “timed down track throttle stops” are prohibited. Door cars and left hand steer roadsters only. Any illegal electronic device must be deactivated or removed from the race vehicle at Tech Inspector discretion. Deep stagers must have DEEP on windows and getting deep staged is the responsibility of the driver.
Class Specifications – Top ET: Refer to the IHRA Rulebook for class specifications and safety equipment not outlined here. Delay boxes, transbrakes, two steps and playback tachs are permitted. Air throttles, used as launch control devices are permitted. Stutter boxes and “timed down track throttle stops” are prohibited. Factory (OEM) installed computers are permitted but lap top computers while in competition are prohibited. On board computers and data recorders are prohibited. Wheel pickup sensing devices are prohibited.
Class Specifications – Street & Strip: This class is designed to be an introductory class for competitors and is in the “spirit” of street competition for a novice racer. Refer to the IHRA Rulebook for class specifications and safety equipment not outlined here. No electronics are allowed. Single stage line lock on non drive wheels only. Timed nitrous systems, transbrakes, and delay boxes are prohibited. Pneumatic and electric shifters NOT allowed. Clutch operated cars only are allowed to run two steps. Shift lights are legal. Stutter boxes and “timed down track throttle stops” are prohibited. Door cars only. Any illegal electronic device must be deactivated or removed from the race vehicle at Tech Inspector discretion. Class is restricted to 11.50 and slower (1/4 mile) and 7.50 and slower (1/8 mile). Deep stagers must have DEEP on windows and getting deep staged is the responsibility of the driver.
Contingency Awards: Contingency will be verified after final round of eliminations. To be eligible: Drivers must be points members, all decals and products must be on the entry prior to first round of eliminations and all protocols of IHRA must be followed.
Curfew: Our curfew is 11 pm and every effort will be made to complete the event prior to this time. This schedule forces us to operate on a tight racing day and requires that you are in the staging lanes at the appropriate times and prepared for competition.
Dial Ins: Dial Ins are to be displayed on the front window and passenger side window of the car in a clear format. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the dial in can be read from long distances and is clearly written between rounds. We will make every attempt to clarify your dial in but the ultimate responsibility is yours. Dial Ins will be displayed on scoreboards and dial in boards prior to your run – please verify accuracy of your dial in before pre-staging
Event Director Decisions: Every effort has been made by Richmond Dragway to promote fair and honest events for all participants however in the unlikely event of an electronic or equipment malfunction, the decision of the Event Director is final. According to the IHRA Rulebook, “The event director has the right to waive, amend or modify any rule, for any single occurrence, for any good reason and his or her decision is final.”
Fluids: Please make every effort to contain fluid spills and properly prepare your entry for competition by utilizing proper preventative maintenance. Used fluids must be disposed of properly. No antifreeze should be run in race vehicles. No oil, gas or water should be spilled on the track, in the staging lanes or in the pit area, If damages should occur on the track, safely come to a complete stop on either side of the track and wait for Race Official Assistance. Violators will be reprimanded or disqualified based on circumstances–race official decision is final.
Lane Choice: Lane choice is determined by which lane you enter as long as the two staging lanes of opposite sides are full. Officials may close certain lanes once they reach capacity and direct you to another pair of available lanes. You may not change lanes once you have come to a stop. If the lanes are in single file, lane choice will be determined by the first car out of the lane. Once competitors are paired, lane choice will be determined by the best reaction time from the previous round of competition. Lanes 1,3,5, and 7 are right lane while 2,4,6, and 8 are left lane. Final lane choice may be determined by Officials.
Misconduct: Drivers are responsible for the conduct of their crew members at all times. No switching of drivers during eliminations and all participants in restricted areas must sign proper insurance paperwork. Misconduct or recklessness is grounds for immediate disqualification and removal from the facility.
Pairing: Pairings will be determined in the staging lanes. Top ET and Modified ET and Junior Dragsters
will be paired at 8 cars or less (Juniors will not be paired prior to 3rd round). All pairings will be done utilizing a “pills process” or card draw. See staging officials for details.
Parking Procedures: Each parking space is at least 12 feet by 70 feet. If you can fit your truck and trailer and race vehicle pitted behind the trailer in the designated space, please do so. Open trailers must pit in the above manner. Do not park over the white lines and always park perpendicular to the roadways. Under no circumstances may you block the roadways. On Bracket Events, there are 91 Reserved Paid Parking Spaces, unless you are the spot holder or his/her designee, please do not park in those spaces.
Pit Vehicles: You must be 16 and have a valid state driver’s license to operate. Pit Vehicles are NOT allowed in the Staging Lanes unless assisting a broken vehicle or Junior Dragster.
Speed Limit: The speed limit for all vehicles on the premises is 15 miles per hour and any vehicle judged to be operating in an unsafe manner by Race Officials will be removed from the premises.
Staging: Drivers are reminded that by staging your vehicle, you accept all conditions of the race. Do not turn on the STAGE OR PRESTAGE bulb if you are not prepared to make your run. Check scoreboards to verify dial ins. Junior Dragsters will get one pullback (from the starter only) as defined in IHRA Rulebook.
Staging Lanes: Come to the assigned staging lanes when your class is called and follow the direction of Race Officials. Please continue to pull forward in the lanes as they are emptied. Once you have committed to a lane, you cannot back out or allow other drivers to pass you. In time trials, you will have till the end of the class to get started if you encounter problems. In Eliminations, you have 30 seconds to proceed to the burnout box once Officials have signaled to you. A jump box may be available in the lanes. Drivers are reminded to stay with their vehicles in the staging area. Crew members are limited to ONE only in the staging lanes for all allowed classes. Staging lanes are managed by race officials and their discretion will be used when judgment calls are necessary and decisions will be final. One armbanded crew member allowed in staging lanes with designated competition vehicle. Once that vehicle has run or is eliminated, crew must leave the staging lanes.
Tech Inspection: All vehicles must pass Technical Inspection prior to competition. IHRA safety rules will be enforced in all classes as well as a working taillight and no mechanical flaws prior to competition. Please have Tech Sheet completely filled out and waiver on reverse signed and safety equipment with you prior to coming through the inspection lanes.
Tech Labels: For Finish Line Club Members only and to be used by the Primary Driver Only. Secondary Drivers (on team entries) must fill out the Tech Card manually. Failure to follow these requirements may result in not getting points. All drivers must sign the waiver on the back of the Tech Card every week.