RULES AND REGULATIONS
Rules & Disclaimer
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 PUBLICATION 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 participate,
spectator or official.
director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from
any of the specifications herein or impose any further
restrictions. 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.
Management of Mason Dixon Dragway
GENERAL RULES STATEMENT -
Below are listed the general rules if any questions the
current NHRA rulebook prevails.
Mason Dixon Dragway is a NHRA Member Track and will
operate by NHRA requirements and specifications.
Your best source for the detailed safety, general
guidelines and bracket racing requirements is the
current NHRA Rule Book.
All drivers are required to have a valid GOVERNMENT /
STATE drivers license (NO PERMITS).
Drivers 17 years old and younger must have a Minor
Release and Waiver of Liability Form signed by both
legal guardians (forms are available at the track).
Drivers and crew members must sign release waiver before
entering restricted areas.
As a general rule unless optional equipment or a
modification is specifically permitted by this Rulebook,
it is PROHIBITED.
Proper clothing must be worn in restricted areas at all
times. (Drivers must wear long pants, sleeved shirts &
toed shoes to race) (Crews must wear sleeved shirts &
All race cars must have seat belts, seats bolted to the
floor or frame and wear a helmet.
DO NOT REMOVE SEAT BELTS OR HELMET WHILE ON TRACK wait
until you are on the return road. Drivers seat must be
constructed, braced, mounted, and upholstered so that it
will give full back and shoulder support. All seats must
be upholstered, or as noted under Class or SFI
Requirements. Properly braced, framed and supported, and
constructed seats of aluminum, fiberglass, carbon fiber,
or double layer poly permitted.
Catch-can mandatory for coolant overflow; one pint (16
oz.) minimum capacity.
All batteries must be securely mounted. Relocated
battery(s) must be fastened to frame or frame structure
with a minimum of two 3/8-inch diameter bolts.
Batteries may not be relocated into the driver or
and fuel systems must be isolated from drivers
compartment by metal bulkheads. This includes complete
flooring. All holes must be plugged.
Firewall - all openings must be sealed with metal.
Minimum .032-inch aluminum or .024-inch steel.
Master cutoff mandatory when battery is relocated, or as
outlined in Class Requirements.
Driver compartment interior panels within the driver
compartment of enclosed-cockpit cars where the driver is
located behind the engine must be constructed of
materials other than magnesium.
Each car in competition must have a positive-action
on/off switch, capable of de-energizing the entire
ignition system, in good working order, located within
easy reach of driver.
All cars must be self-starting and self-stage. Rollers
and/or push starts prohibited.
All fuel tanks, lines, pumps, valves, etc. must be
outside of the drivers compartment and within the
confines of the frame and/or steel body.
All fuel tank filler necks located inside trunk must
have filler neck vented to outside of body. Fuel
blocks/regulators must be 6"
forward of flywheel/bellhousing.
A positive-locking screw on fuel tank cap is mandatory
on all open-bodied cars.
All carburetors must be covered by hood, flash shield or
scoop. Hood scoop may not extend more than 11 inches
above original hood surface.
All non-OEM fuel lines (including gauge and/or data
recorder) must be metallic, steel-braided or NHRA
A maximum of 12 inches total (from front to rear) of
non-metallic or non-steel braided hose is permitted for
connection purposes only.
Nitrous Oxide if mounted in drivers compartment must be
equipped with relief valve and vented outside of
compartment. Nitrous Oxide is now permitted on all
supercharged and turbocharged cars regardless of cubic
All bottles must be securely mounted, stamped with 1800
pound DOT rating identified as nitrous oxide.
No loose or liquid ballast allowed. All ballast must be
installed with at least two
3/8" dia. steel bolts.
Windshields and /or windows must be clear, without
tinting or coloring, except factory-tinted safety glass.
Exhaust must be directed out of car to rear, away from
driver and fuel tank. The use of flexpipe is prohibited.
All non-OEM automatic floor-mounted automatic
transmission shifter must be equipped with a spring
loaded positive reverse lockout devise to prevent
shifter from accidentally being put into reverse gear.
Functional neutral safety switch mandatory.
Ground clearance minimum of 3�
from front of car to 12-inches behind centerline of
front axle, 2� for remainder of car.
All wheel studs must project into the hex portion of the
lug nut by a distance equal to one diameter of the stud.
Motorcycles above 120 mph new either one piece leathers or
two piece with 360 degee
metal zipper joining both pieces
CARS & DRAGSTERS
7.50-9.99 Oil Retention device must be employed
Can be self made or purchased online (no SFI rating at this
SUPER PRO, PRO, STREET, MOTORCYCLE, TROPHY AND JUNIOR
See current rule book for additional safety rules that
pertain to your class.
NO ONE WITHOUT A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS PERMITTED TO
OPERATE A MOTORIZED VEHICLE WITHIN THE RACING FACILITY
(pits, staging lanes, return roads, etc.).
When Jr. Dragster contestants are called to the staging
lanes, they must come to staging lanes, and be prepared to
NO additional runs will be permitted if drivers arrive late,
or miss the call to the staging lanes.
Only 2 people in addition to the driver will be allowed to
enter the restricted area.
Only 1 person in addition to the driver will be allowed to
enter onto the starting line.
A car cannot be held in place during the burn out.
All pre-race preparations by both driver and crew must be
concluded before the car crosses the ready line. (Ready line
is the area between the water box and the "V" located
between the two lanes).
No parent or crew member may touch or perform any function
on the vehicle past this point. During time trials or
elimination’s. If something needs to be adjusted or
changed, notify the starter or starting line crew for
The parent or crew may not help the driver pre-stage or
stage. If the driver over stages the starter or starting
line crew will assist the driver.
It is considered a disqualification if any portion of a tire
completely crosses the center line of the track.
In the case where both opponents cross the center line, both
drivers will be disqualified .
Intentional crossing of boundary lines to avoid an accident,
leave track or avoid depositing debris on track is not
grounds for disqualification.
Contact with the guardwall, barriers, track fixtures, and
timing equipment is grounds for disqualification.
Cars will be ladder off of their best reaction time for
first round parings of elimination’s.
After each run the drivers will exit the track at the first
left turn-in and proceed back to the pits through the north
pit gate located at the far south end of the lower pits.
Points Stay With The Class That You Run Each Event. You may
transfer class within the first three events, points will
transfer. After the first three events you may changes
classes but points will not transfer.
Do not come to staging lanes until your class is called.
Once a class starts to run, staging lanes are closed to
Mason Dixon Dragway does not guarantee the number of
runs you will receive in a given day.
We will attempt to give you two runs as weather, entries
& track condition will allow.
Please keep the speed of all vehicles in the pits at 10
MPH or slower.
Please contact track management before driving stakes
into the ground. Driving stakes into the asphalt is
UNDERGROUND UTILITIES ARE EVERYWHERE.
RAINOUT POLICY RACER:
If rain or other occurrence halts racing before the
completion of first round elimination’s, racers will receive
raincheck credit as per tech card stub. It is serial
numbered and recorded for the date issued.
If rain or other occurrence halts racing after the
completion of first round those drivers still in competition
will have raincheck.
If rain or other occurrence halts racing at a point when
your class has reached the money rounds, prize money will be
disbursed equally to remaining racers and the race will be
called complete, no rainchecks.
Purse money is always paid the day of the event, driver must
pick-up check before leaving.
At any time during elimination’s if rain or other occurrence
halts racing, racers will receive points earned up to that
point regardless of round number, but only on the completion
of each class round.
RAINOUT POLICY SPECTATOR/CREW: NO CASH REFUNDS
If rain or other occurrence halts races prior to the
completion of first round elimination’s your ticket becomes
your raincheck. Your Spectator Pass is serial numbered and
recorded for the event issued. If rain or other occurrence
halts races after the first round elimination’s begin, the
race will be considered complete. NO REFUNDS.
IN THE EVENT THAT A RAINDATE IS PUBLISHED, THE RAINCHECK
WILL BE GOOD FOR THAT DATE ONLY.
Reaction Times/Interval Times: These readings are provided
only as an “extra” to basic timing information and are not
Please do not ask for re-runs due to missed or disputed
Dial-Ins: Dial-ins are displayed on pre-dial-in scoreboards
prior to each race. It is the responsibility of each driver
to check his/her “dial-in” for accuracy.
If a racer stages and races - It is assumed that the racer
accepts the “dial-in” as displayed and he/she is not
entitled to re-runs as a result of incorrect times.
In order to constitute an official qualifying attempt, all
cars must self start and self stage.
NO backing up after leaving water box. Super Pro may
not cross the starting line under power on burnout. Pro,
Sportsman, Trophy, JD, Motorcycle may not cross the starting
line on any burnout.
COMPETITION RUNS: Once a car reaches the front of the
staging lanes for a run, must be prepared to fire and race.
If car cannot cross Staging Lanes Line under own power next
car will complete the pair to run (prior to ladder sheet
AUXILIARY PIT VEHICLES:
All contestants using auxiliary pit vehicles (mini-bikes,
ATV’s golf carts, etc.) must have a current pit sticker
displayed on their vehicles. All auxiliary pit vehicles must
be used for necessary transportation only. NO recreational
or fun riding is allowed.
DEFINITION OF RESTRICTED AREA:
ESSENTIAL THAT ALL DRIVERS AND CREW MEMBERS READ AND
UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING RULES AND REGULATIONS.
understand these rules, the term “RESTRICTED AREA” must be
NHRA events, the RESTRICTED AREAS ARE:
past the head of staging lanes Front of staging lanes - is
the location directly in front of the Hot Pits & Staging
The burnout and adjacent areas.
The drag strip and shutoff area
The return road to point of entry into pits.
Trackside areas between the guard walls and primary
All drivers and crew members must sign the appropriate
Waiver and Liability Releases. Minors, under the age of 18,
must have a Minor Release Form signed by BOTH PARENTS OR
LEGAL GUARDIANS. In the case of a single parent (by means of
divorce, death or court order), or a legal guardian (by
court order), a written notation must be made on the minor
into any RESTRICTED AREA, any driver or crew member must
possess and display a valid RESTRICTED AREA PASS. Minors
under the age of 14 MUST REMAIN WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE
TOW VEHICLE WHENEVER IN A RESTRICTED AREA.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK:
The participant agrees that by entering an event, the
participant acknowledges that the event site is safe and
suitable for racing and the participant acknowledges that by
participating in the event the participant may suffer bodily
injury or death or loss or damage to property.
participant further acknowledges that the participant has
voluntarily assumed the risk of such losses and waives any
claims for such losses against NHRA, the NHRA event
officials, the event sponsors, the race track operators and
other participants, discharges such persons from
responsibility for such losses and covenants not to sue such
persons for such losses. All participants shall be required
as a condition of the participation to sign all required
entry forms, including such releases as shall be required by
NHRA insurance policies. For purposes of the Rulebook and
Policy Manual, the term
shall include any person directly or indirectly associated
with any vehicle which has been permitted to enter an event
site for the purpose of competition, including, but not
limited to owners, drivers and crew members.
makes no representations or express or implied warranties in
compliance with the rules and regulations published in the
Rulebook and Policy Manual or published during the course of
the year in National Dragster will prevent or guarantee
against injury or death to spectators or participants or
damage to personal property. These rules and regulations
constitute the minimum acceptance standards for competition
and are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport.
Safety is the responsibility of the equipment manufactures,
builders and the participants in the event.
REQUIREMENTS FOR NHRA LICENSE:
application forms must be filled out completely:
Applications for DRIVERS MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
Application for NHRA LICENSE
All applications must be presented to TECH before license
runs are made.
All test runs will be single runs. No side-by-side runs on
All test runs must be witnessed by two licensed drivers and
a track official.
All Forms must be completely filled out before track
official signs off.
Original time slips must be attached to applications.
(Suggested Driver make copies for his/her records)
competition number is required to compete in the NHRA/Summit
E.T. Racing Tournament Finals. NHRA forms available at
on-line. We recommend a NHRA competition number for all