MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL:
The speed limit everywhere on the facility is 5 miles per hour, with the obvious exception of the dragstrip itself. This includes the top-end turn-outs, return roads, Tech Inspection area, pits, staging lanes, etc. There are many people, including children, walking around the facility during our night events, and some areas are not lighted well enough for a driver running without lights to see them. Violation of the speed limit will earn you a verbal warning from our Race Crew or Security personnel. Flagrant or repeated violations will earn you an invitation to leave the facility. Please, SAFETY FIRST!!!
In the interests of fire safety, drivers & passengers of each vehicle that goes down the drag strip must wear:
(1) Long pants – no bare legs
(2) Shirt with shoulders – no tank tops or spaghetti straps
(3) Full-coverage shoes – no sandals or flip-flops
As of January 1st 2012, per NHRA rules, All helmets used at an NHRA track must be Snell 2005 certified or newer. Snell 2000 rated helmets will no longer be accepted.
As of February 1, 2006 all vehicles with an aftermarket power adder, (nitrous, turbocharger, or supercharger) running faster than 13.99 will be required to wear an SFI approved fire jacket
Condensed Excerpts from the 2006 NHRA Rulebook:
The following information will get 99% of cars through Tech Inspection, but there are always some things we can’t foresee. The purpose of Tech Inspection is to ensure your safety and the safety of spectators and race crew. Therefore, the Race Director’s decisions on Tech Inspection matters are FINAL!
1. Seat belts are required (even if your car is so old it didn’t come with belts) and must be securely/properly mounted. Seat belts must be worn when racing.
2. All windows must be present and in good condition (free of cracks). Cars must run with all windows up, sunroofs and T-tops closed. Convertibles must run with the top up.
3. All automatic transmissions must have a functional neutral safety switch. Vehicle may only crank in Park or Neutral. (Note: an ignition kill switch is not enough. The starter must not function when the transmission is in gear.)
4. Doors handles must be functional, inside & out. “Shaved” door handles not permitted unless there is an obvious mechanical means for our safety crew to open the driver and front passenger doors from the outside.
5. Battery cannot be located in driver/passenger compartment (unless meeting all NHRA rules and requirements, consult the NHRA Rulebook or our Tech Crew) and the battery must be securely mounted. No bungee cords, fabric straps, wire, rope, Ty-Wraps, leather belts, etc., are acceptable in place of a proper mechanical battery hold-down.
6. Vehicles with batteries that are relocated from the stock location must have an external master cutoff switch on the outside rearmost portion of the vehicle. This switch must kill ALL electrical functions including the engine. The OFF position of this switch must be labeled for our safety crew. (There are additional requirements for relocated batteries. Please, before you relocate your battery, see our Tech Crew or the NHRA Rulebook for guidance.)
7. Cooling system must have an overflow catch bottle. If your coolant-recovery system is not factory-stock, then the catch bottle must be 16 ounces capacity, minimum.
8. Tires must be in good condition, with at least 1/16 inch of visible tread remaining and no cord showing. Slicks must have visible wear indicators showing.
9. Carburetor must be covered. If your vehicle has no hood, mechanical fan must be removed but electric fans are OK.
10. Helmets: As of January 1st 2012, per NHRA rules, All helmets used at an NHRA track must be Snell 2005 certified or newer. Snell 2000 rated helmets will no longer be accepted.
11. All vehicles must have at least one working taillight, which must be ON for night racing and visible to the Starter from the turn-out at the far end of the track.
12. All hubcaps and trim rings must be removed, unless bolted on. If bolted on, the Tech Crew will ask you to remove one or more caps so wheel stud length may be checked. All wheel studs (not just on the drive wheels) must extend into the hex portion of the lug nut a distance equal to the diameter of the stud.
13. If your rear-wheel-drive vehicle is equipped with slicks and capable of running quicker than 13.00 in the quarter-mile, a driveshaft loop is required. Consult with our Tech Inspectors for specifics.
14. If your vehicle is capable of running quicker than 11.50 in the quarter-mile, please consult with our Tech Inspectors for additional safety equipment requirements.
15. No vehicle may be in motion with the hood up, whether under power or being pushed or towed. Please lower your hood for visibility when moving your vehicle.