Elk Creek Dragway 2019 General Rules
1. If any racer has a problem, contact the Race Director; do not interrupt the event by going to the starting line or the staging lanes. The decision of the Race Director is final.
2. Any driver caught drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs will be disqualified. Each driver is responsible for the actions of their crewmembers.
3. 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 driver 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.
4. The speed limit is 10 mph throughout the premises.
5. If a racer decides to run more than one class, it is up to the racer, not the track, to keep up.
6. No two drivers may enter the same car in the same class except special events that allow double entries.
7. When qualifying for a qualified field, you must make qualify runs during scheduled qualifying rounds.
8. Drivers using an illegal device will be disqualified from the event and lose all points and points money for the season. The track reserves the right to report the infraction to IHRA for further disciplinary measures.
9. Long pants, shirt, shoes, and helmets are requirements in all classes. Fire suits required if mandated for your class or ET in the IHRA rulebook. No shorts or tank tops.
10. IHRA rules pertaining to safety requirements in bracket type cars will be followed according to your ETs.
11. Every car in competition will be issued a number and will receive points. Drivers will receive 20 points for each race entered (must make 1st round by crossing the commitment to race line) and 10 round points for each round of competition won. Bonus points will be issued each race for the following: 3 points for Race Win, 2 points for runner-up or 1 point for semi-final. All races are point races except when stated otherwise. PERFECT ATTENDENCE BONUS POINTS: Racers who attend all 2019 points races will receive 1 bonus point for every event that is completed in 2019. No cost to join the points, if you enter a race you will be in the ECD points program. Points System Tie Breakers: 1st - The competitor who has attended the most points events in 2019 will win the tie. 2nd - Best race performance (wins, R/U, Semi, etc.) will win the tie. 3rd - card draw will be used, high card wins the tie.
12. Buy-backs are available first and/or second round each week. The number of available buy backs will be based on car count and other conditions. Buy-backs must be purchased in the tower; prior to the beginning of the next round of eliminations. Drivers who buy-back will receive 10 points per round won after they buy-back.
13. If your car breaks in the staging lanes, you have five minutes or until the end of the round, whichever is greater. The line before entering race surface is the commitment to race line. If you break after you cross the line, you then have twenty seconds to make the starting line before the other driver is told to stage.
14. If you break before the start of competition and you wish to leave, you will receive your competition entry fee back. No points will be given for the event if a break pass is issued. Break passes must be requested before the first round of eliminations.
15. Rainouts – Events are considered complete if 2 rounds of eliminations have been completed. The dated tickets received will serve as rain checks for spectators and drivers in the event of a rain out.
16. Any driver, who wishes to participate in dash for cash, must pay $10 in the tower prior to your second time run. Your second time run will be your dash for cash run unless stated otherwise. All dash for cash entries will be run together according to class. All drivers who do not wish to participate in dash for cash will still receive their time run/runs. The winner will be the driver who is closest to their dial-in without breaking out. You may red light and still win dash for cash. The winner gets half the pot for your class and the first potential bye-run. Should there be a tie, the best reaction time of the tied competitors will be used to determine position on the list. To be eligible for dash for cash, you must run the dash for cash round with your assigned class.
17. The winner of Dash for Cash will receive the first available bye-run, the bye run will carry over until used or the competitor is eliminated. After that until the conclusion of the event, bye runs are determined by the best winning reaction time from the previous round of competition and will not carry over if unused. Ties would go to best package. You can only receive one bye run per event. All bye-runs must stage and take the tree under power. You do not have to make a full run.
18. Lane choice in time runs and dash for cash are determined by which lane you enter as long as the staging lane opposite of you has cars. If the lanes are in single file, lane choice will be determined by the first car out of the lane. Lane choice in eliminations is determined by which lane you enter as long as the staging lane opposite of you has cars. You may not change lanes once you have entered the lanes. If the lanes are in single file, lane choice will be determined by card draw, high card wins. The car in line for the bye gets lane choice. Once competitors are paired, lane choice will be determined by the best reaction time from the previous round of competition. Lanes 1,3 and 5 are right lane while 2,4 and 6 are left lane. Jr. Dragster Pairing Process - Lane Choice - Determined by card draw Red for Right Lane and Black for Left Lane. High card gets lane choice. If the pair is side by side and the cards are a tie, cards will be drawn to determine lane choice. The car in line for the bye gets lane choice. Once competitors are paired, lane choice will be determined by the best reaction time from the previous round of competition.
19. Super Pro, Footbrake, Sportsman, DOT and Jr Dragster will be paired at 8 cars or less. All pairings will be done on a Sportsman ladder based off reaction time from previous round. Ladder will be re-drawn each round. Best reaction of the pair will get lane choice.
20. Once you cross the line at the back of the staging lanes, do not change lanes or leave the lanes. Leaving the lanes will result in disqualification. CARS ARE NOT PAIRED UNTIL STAGING DIRECTOR APPOINTS THEM. While in the staging lanes STAY WITH YOUR CAR and be ready to race at any time.
21. Burnouts are allowed in the water box only. No holding cars during burnouts. No burnouts across the starting line, unless told to do so or given the option by a track official.
22. Your dial in must be CLEAR and legible on all FOUR windows. The dial in must be on your car prior to crossing the line at the front of the staging lanes. Do not PRE-STAGE your car until your dial in is on the scoreboard, or if your dial in is wrong on the scoreboard. If you PRE-STAGE your car you have accepted all dial-ins, the results are final.
23. We use a Compulink timing system with automatic start. Once a driver is staged and Auto-start is activated, the other car has 10 seconds to stage (15 seconds for Jr. Dragster).
24. when the official starter has given each driver sufficient time to stage, he will then motion both cars in. At that time, you will have 10 seconds to stage. If neither car has staged at the end of the 10 seconds, both cars will be disqualified.
25. Courtesy staging is in effect. Do not final stage your car until your opponent has pre-staged. If this happens, the starter has the option of asking the first car to back out or delaying activation of the auto-start until the second car is ready to stage.
26. Deep staging will be allowed unless it is prohibited in your class; DEEP must be written on all four windows. Deep staging is up to the driver, reasonable time will be given for both cars to stage. The last deliberate motion during staging must be forward. Deep Staging is prohibited in Super Pro / TOP. If you roll in deep you will be red lighted for that round.
27. If you smoke the tires at the finish line, you will be warned the second time you will be disqualified. Multiple offenses at the same event may result in further disciplinary action.
28. Junior Dragsters must be towed or pushed by adults to the staging lanes and back to their pit spot. Under NO circumstance may a junior dragster be driven anywhere on the track property other than on the track itself and down the return road to the E.T. booth. Junior dragsters must be picked up by an adult at the end of the run and towed back to the pits.
29. Junior Dragsters are to be driven by children ages 8 through 17. All competitors in Jr. Dragster will be run as one class regardless of the age of driver or E.T. of car (7.90 or slower).
30. No verbal or physical assistance in staging, by the crewmembers, will be allowed after the Junior Dragsters have PRE-STAGED. Crewmembers cannot touch the dragsters after they have crossed the “parent line” or been called forward by the starter. Participants may raise their hand ONE time to request the starter to back the vehicle out of the stage beam if time allows. If the tree is activated before the driver request a pull-back it is too late to stop the run.
31. No electronics are allowed in Footbrake, Sportsman, DOT, or Jr. Dragsters. Delay boxes must be out of the car. No transbrake may be used in Footbrake. Delay boxes are NOT allowed on motorcycles. Air or Electric shifters may be used in Super Pro and Footbrake. No center steer vehicles, altered or fenderless Roadsters in Footbrake.
32. DOT - Street legal DOT approved tires - No slicks - Exhaust must be run through mufflers - No electronics.
33. You cannot claim Super Series points in DOT or Motorcycles at Elk Creek Dragway.
34. All vehicles must have at least one working taillight.
35. If any part of a vehicle crosses the centerline and the outcome of the race is affected, this could result in disqualification.
36. Race Director may waive, amend, or modify any rule at any time.
Updated: February 20, 2019