SECTION 20 - GENERAL REGULATIONS Section 20 - General Regulations 20.3

SECTION 20 - GENERAL REGULATIONS Section 20 - General Regulations 20.3
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.3
SECTION 20 GENERAL REGULATIONS
Throughout this Rulebook, a number of references are made for
particular products to meet certain specifications (i.e., SFI Specs,
Snell, DOT, etc.). It is important to realize that these products are
manufactured to meet certain specifications, and upon completion,
the manufacturer labels the product as meeting that spec.
Therefore, except as outlined under SFI requirements, any change
to the product voids that certification.
Under no circumstances may any certified product
be modified, altered, or in any way vary from the “as
manufactured” condition. Such a practice is in
violation of the SFI, Snell, DOT, etc. program, voids
such certification and therefore will not be accepted
by NHRA.
NOTICE: It is the responsibility of the participant, not
NHRA or any track, to ensure that all safety
equipment is not modified or altered, is approved and
is correctly installed, worn, maintained and used.
ENGINE: 1
1:1 COOLING SYSTEM
All cooling systems/radiators must be installed in the stock location
for body style used. Front-engine dragsters must have system
installed in front of engine. Rear-engine dragsters with radiator
mounted in front of engine must install a deflector from framerail to
framerail and to the top of the roll cage. Portion above shoulder
hoop may be width of roll cage bars, unless radiator extends above
top of shoulder hoop. If radiator extends above shoulder hoop, then
deflector plate must maintain width of radiator. See 4:3
DEFLECTOR PLATE.
1:2 ENGINE
1:3 EXHAUST
All cars must be equipped with exhaust collectors, headers, or
stacks installed to direct exhaust out of car body to rear of car,
away from driver and fuel tank. Exhaust collectors/stacks must be
securely fastened (i.e., metal connector straps, bolted, welded,
etc.) to prevent loss of collector/stacks during competition. Flexible
tubing or “flex pipe” prohibited in all categories. If mufflers are
used, they must be securely attached to exhaust system and car
body or frame. Consistent with its endeavors to maintain drag
racing’s acceptance as a recognized sport and recreation, NHRA
is enforcing maximum decibel levels for Super Street, Super Gas,
General Regulations
Classes limited to automotive engines only unless otherwise stated
under Class Requirements. Contestants in weight-to-cubic-inch
classes must claim cubic-inch displacement of engine used; under
no circumstances may claimed displacement exceed actual
displacement by more than 5 cubic inches. No allowance for
overbore; any part of a cubic inch is rounded off to the next highest
inch (i.e., 301.2 = 302). If engine size is changed during a race,
competitor must report to Technical Department supervisor before a
run is attempted. Crankshaft centerline must not exceed 24 inches
from ground in any class, except trucks. Maximum height 36 inches
for trucks running 12.00 and slower; 31 inches for trucks running
11.99 to 10.00; and 24 inches for trucks running 9.99 seconds and
quicker. Engine must be mounted to frame by a minimum of two
3/8-inch-diameter Grade 5 bolts. Valvetrain must incorporate
conventional automotive coil spring design; pneumatic-type
valvetrains are prohibited in all classes. All classes, with the
exception of Stock and E.T. cars slower than 10.99 seconds,
harmonic balancer meeting SFI Spec 18.1 or solid metallic hub
mandatory. All cars with pressed-on front harmonic balancers must
have such installed to protect accidental loss (i.e., drilled and
bolted). Ceramic bearings prohibited in all NHRA categories.
20.4
Section 20 - General Regulations
and Super Comp vehicles competing at national events. NHRA
may enforce the same or similar requirements on other categories
in the future.
Part of NHRA’s mission is to preserve the right to race. In many
communities, the right to race is contingent upon reducing noise and
complying with local noise and muffler laws, ordinances, regulations,
or agreements. Therefore, all competitors must comply with any
muffler rules applicable to his or her class in the Rulebook, and must
comply with any noise-reduction requirements (including mufflers)
mandated by any member track at which he or she races. Member
tracks have the authority to impose muffler rules and noise
regulations beyond those required by the NHRA Rulebook.
1:4 FLASH SHIELDS
Carburetor inlet must not be openly exposed. In lieu of hood,
carburetors must be equipped with a flash shield or velocity stacks
that cover the top, back, and sides, preventing fuel from being
siphoned into the airstream or blown into driver’s face. Additionally,
any car that is driven, not towed, through the pits, with open
stack(s) not protected by hood or scoop, must have screening
installed on open stack(s) to prevent items from entering stack.
1:5 FUEL SYSTEMS
Location: All fuel tanks, lines, pumps, valves, etc. must be outside
of the driver’s compartment and within the confines of the frame
and/or steel body. Cool cans, fuel-distribution blocks, etc. must be
located at least 6 inches forward of the flywheel/bellhousing area on
rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicles, and on opposite side of
flywheel/housing area on front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicles. Fuel
pressure gauge isolators, with steel braided line, may be mounted
on firewall.
Tanks: When permitted by class regulations, fuel tanks located
outside body and/or frame must be enclosed in a steel tube frame
constructed of minimum 1 1/4-inch O.D. x .058 chromoly or .118
mild steel tubing. All fuel tanks must be isolated from the driver’s
compartment by a firewall, completely sealed to prevent any fuel
from entering the driver’s compartment. All fuel tanks must have a
pressure cap and be vented outside of body. A positive-locking
screw-on fuel tank cap is mandatory on all open-bodied cars.
Insulated fuel tanks prohibited. When used, fuel cells must have a
metal box protecting the part of the fuel cell that is outside of body
lines or trunk floor, excluding hose connection area in rear. Nonmetallic fuel cells or tanks must be grounded to frame.
Lines: All non-OEM fuel lines (including gauge and/or data
recorder lines) must be metallic, steel braided, or NHRA-accepted
“woven or woven-pushlock.” A maximum of 12 inches total (front to
rear) of non-metallic or non-steel braided hose is permitted for
connection purposes only; individual injector nozzle and motorcycle
fuel lines are excluded. Fuel lines (except steel braided lines) in the
flywheel/bellhousing area must be enclosed in a 16-inch length of
steel tubing, 1/8-inch-minimum wall thickness, securely mounted as
a protection against fuel-line rupture. Fuel lines may not be routed
in the driveshaft tunnel. It is mandatory that fuel lines passing
supercharger drive belts be steel braided, NHRA-accepted woven
or woven-pushlock, or be enclosed in protective steel tubing. A
current list of NHRA-accepted woven or woven-pushlock fuel lines
is available on NHRA.com. All NHRA-accepted fuel lines must use
ends that are specifically designed for the type of fuel line being
used. No hose clamps allowed on NHRA-accepted fuel lines.
Pumps/Valves: Cars with non-OEM-type mechanical fuel pumps
must have a quick-action fuel-shutoff valve within easy reach of
driver and located in the main fuel line between the fuel tank and
the carburetor and/or injectors. Fuel recirculation systems not part
of normal fuel/pump system prohibited. All cars in Stock, Super
Stock, Competition, and Pro Stock must be equipped with a
positive-lock drain valve located between the fuel tank and the
carburetor(s) or fuel injector to facilitate removal of fuel samples for
fuel-check purposes.
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.5
Fuel/Air: Any method of artificially cooling or heating fuel prohibited
(i.e., cool cans, Freon, wet rags, etc.), except as noted in Class
Requirements. Cool cans, wet towels, etc. are permitted in Super
Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, and E.T.
classes. Wet towels, rags, ice, etc. must be removed before vehicle
leaves staging area. Ambient-temperature air only; cooling or
otherwise changing the conditions of the intake air is prohibited.
Spraying of intake with any artificial spray or coolant prohibited.
Alternative Fuels: Containers for alternative fuels must be
permanently labeled by the manufacturer as suitable for CNG or
propane. Tank must be vented outside of body. Alternative fuel
systems must incorporate pressure-relief valve meeting standards
listed in NFPA 52. Alternative fuel systems must incorporate a
manual shutoff valve according to standards listed in NFPA 52 for
CNG vehicular systems. All hoses/lines used for alternative fuels
must be permanently and distinctively marked by the manufacturer
as to manufacturer name or trademark, service identifier, and
design pressure. Plastic, cast iron, galvanized, copper, or aluminum
pipe or hoses prohibited.
1:6 FUEL
Racing Gasoline: A current list of NHRA-accepted racing gasoline
is available on NHRA.com. For all categories using racing gasoline
except Stock and Super Stock, racing gasoline is defined for
purposes of this Rulebook as a mixture of hydrocarbons only. For
Stock and Super Stock categories, racing gasoline is defined for
purposes of this Rulebook as a mixture of aromatic and/or cyclic
and/or paraffinic hydrocarbons. Non-cyclic olefinic hydrocarbons
and non-hydrocarbons that do not increase the specific energy of
the gasoline are allowed to the extent they do not exceed 1 percent
(1%) by volume and are blended in the gasoline by the refiner or
fuel manufacturer. Non-hydrocarbons that do not increase the
specific energy of the gasoline are allowed to the extent that they
do not exceed 0.15 percent by volume and are blended in the
gasoline by the refiner or fuel manufacturer. Racing gasoline is a
good electrical insulator, or dielectric, and its relative effectiveness
as an insulator is represented by its Dielectric Constant. The
average D.C. for the hydrocarbons that make up gasoline is 2.025.
This is defined as a reading of “0” with the NHRA Fuel Check
meter. Racing gasoline is tested and certified at NHRA events by
the application of various chemical analyses as considered
appropriate by Fuel Check personnel. Racing gasoline in a vehicle
may be checked before use in competition.
Methanol: Methanol is a clear, colorless liquid with a mild odor at
ambient temperatures. Methanol is sold in two U.S. Federal Grades:
A and AA. Either grade is permitted for use in NHRA competition,
and racers should ensure that the methanol they purchase meets
federal standards of purity. The purity standards for each grade are
shown in the table below.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR PURE METHANOL
Grade A
Grade AA
99.85
99.85
30
30
20
10
30
30
1500
1000
.7928
.7928
30
30
Characteristic
Not more than 1°C, including
64.6 +/- 0.1°C at 760mmHg
5
5
clear-colorless
.001
.001
30
30
General Regulations
Property
Methanol content, wt percentage, min
Acetone and aldehydes, ppm, max
Acetone, ppm, max
Ethanol, ppm, max
Acid (as acetic acid), ppm, max
Water content, ppm, max
Specific gravity, 20C
Permanganate time, min
Odor
Distillation range at 101 kPa
(760mm Hg)
Color, platinum-cobalt scale, mix
Appearance
Residual on evaporation, g/100 mL
Carbonizable impurities; color
platinum-cobalt scale, max
20.6
Section 20 - General Regulations
Methanol is tested and certified at NHRA events by the application
of various chemical analyses as considered appropriate by Fuel
Check personnel. To be considered legal, methanol used in NHRA
competition must meet the federal standards of purity. Any deviation
from these standards because of impurities (beyond the limits
established in the federal specification) in the fuel sample will result
in disqualification. Because methanol is a hygroscopic substance, it
readily absorbs moisture from the air, which rapidly renders
methanol illegal as a fuel for use in NHRA competition. Racers are
cautioned to keep methanol containers tightly capped at all times to
minimize the absorption of water. Racers are encouraged to have
Fuel Check personnel check samples of their methanol any time
there may be doubt as to its purity.
Nitromethane: Only nitromethane from an NHRA-accepted on-site
supplier may be present on-site or used on-site at any NHRA Full
Throttle Drag Racing Series event (“NHRA National Event”) or
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event (“NHRA Divisional
Event”). To be eligible for competition, any team using nitromethane
must use nitromethane from an accepted on-site supplier. At this
time, the only accepted on-site supplier is VP Racing Fuels. Fuel
anywhere on-site at an NHRA National Event or NHRA Divisional
Event, including without limitation, in the vehicle, transporter, pit
area, or at the NHRA-accepted supplier’s on-site location, may be
checked at any time and for any reason, including compliance with
this rule and with the Nitromethane specification. Any participant
who violates any rule regarding nitromethane may be banned from
competition at the applicable event, and shall be subject to such
other penalty deemed appropriate by NHRA.
Specifications for Nitromethane as Used as a Fuel in the NHRA Full
Throttle Drag Racing Series and in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series:
Chemistry
Note: All nitromethane is required to contain an active safety
indicator that changes color when the nitromethane has been
sensitized or contaminated.
Typical Physical Properties
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide permitted in E.T. classes and A/PM
only. Push system permitted. All bottles must be securely mounted
(may not use plastic brackets), stamped with minimum DOT-1800
pound rating, and identified as nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide bottle(s)
located in driver compartment must be equipped with a relief valve
and vented outside of compartment. System must be commercially
available and installed per manufacturer’s recommendations.
Commercially available, thermostatically controlled blanket-type
warmer accepted. Any other external heating of bottle(s) prohibited.
Property
Minimum
Maximum
Nitromethane
Water
99.5%
Not applicable
Not applicable
0.5%
Specific Gravity @ 60º F
1.140
1.145
Acidity as Acetic Acid
Not applicable
0.20%
Amines
Not applicable
Not allowed
Heavy Metals (Pb, Hg)
Alcohols and products
consistent with the
manufacturing process
Not applicable
Not allowed
Balance
Balance
Color (light yellow) clear
nitromethane not allowed
Not applicable
Not applicable
Odor (typical)
Not applicable
Not applicable
Methyl tert-butyl ether
Not applicable
0.1%
Dimethyl Sulfate
Not applicable
15 ppm
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.7
Propylene Oxide: The use of propylene oxide is prohibited in all
categories.
Molecular Weight
61.04
Boiling Point
101ºC (214ºF)
Critical Temperature
315ºC (599ºF)
Critical Pressure
62atm, 915psia, 6282kPa
Vapor Pressure
@ 20ºC/68ºF
27.3 mm Hg (3.6 kPa)
@ 40ºC/104ºF
74.8 mm Hg (9.9 kPa)
@ 60ºC/140ºF
177.8 mm Hg (23.7 kPa)
Density
@0ºC/32ºF
1.162 g/ml
@20ºC/68ºF
1.138 g/ml
@30ºC/86ºF
1.124 g/ml
@50ºC/122ºF
1.098 g/ml
Approximate
Coefficient of
Expansion 1/ºC (1/ºF)
Solubility H2O in
[email protected]ºC (158ºF)
0.00122 (0.00068)
19.3% by weight
1:7 LIQUID OVERFLOW
All cars in competition with any type of water overflow capable of
spilling water must have a catch can to accumulate the excess
liquids and prevent leaking onto the track. Minimum catch can
capacity: 1 pint. Catch can must be securely fastened; i.e., bolted,
clamped. Overflow may be routed into headers on cars that are
supercharged or burn nitromethane or alcohol.
1:8 LOWER ENGINE CONTAINMENT DEVICE
General Regulations
In classes where specified, must utilize an NHRA-accepted lower
engine oil-retention device. SFI Spec 7.1 or 7.2 Lower Engine
Containment Device permitted. A properly fitting lower engine
ballistic/restraint device mandatory. The NHRA Technical staff can
accept or reject any device. Any device that fails to perform as
required must be replaced or repaired to the satisfaction of the
Technical staff prior to any furthur runs. When used, an SFI Spec
7.1 or 7.2 Lower Engine Containment Device must cover the sides
of the block and pan up to within one inch of the head mating
surface and extend to within 1 1/2 inches of the front and rear of the
cylinder case area. SFI Spec 7.1 devices must be
updated/recertified by the original manufacturer at one-year
intervals. In classes where specified, a belly pan may be used in
lieu of a device attached to the engine. The belly pan must extend
from framerail to framerail and extend forward of the harmonic
balancer and to the rear of the engine block and must incorporate a
minimum 2-inch-high lip on all sides unless specified in Class
Requirements. Minimum number of slots or holes in the walls to
clear frame, steering, or lines permitted. A nonflammable, oilabsorbent liner mandatory inside of retention device.
20.8
Section 20 - General Regulations
1:9 OIL SYSTEM
Accu-sump, dry-sump tanks, oil filters, oil supply lines, etc.
prohibited in driver compartment and outside of frame and/or steel
body/fenders, except as noted in Top Fuel. Oil-pressure gauge and
line permitted in driver compartment, metal or steel braided line
mandatory, maximum 3/16-inch inside diameter. Power-enhancing
additives prohibited.
1:10 SUPERCHARGER
Roots-type: Maximum size: 14-71, 22 1/4-inch case length, 11 1/4inch case width, 19-inch rotor length; maximum rotor diameter:
5.840 inches including fixed stripping. The case must be one piece
with removable front and rear bearing end plates; rotor must be
contained within one-piece case. For Top Fuel and Funny Car,
inlet/outlet cavity restricted to maximum 1 inch, measuring from
face of bearing plate to the back of the cavity. For Top Fuel and
Funny Car specifications, see Class Requirements. Rotor helix
angle may not exceed that of a standard 71-series GM-type rotor (4
degrees per inch). Maximum overdrive may not exceed 1.70; for Top
Fuel and Funny Car, overdrive may not exceed 1.50. Aluminum
studs (supercharger to manifold) mandatory in Advanced E.T.,
Comp, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Funny Car,
and Top Fuel. See Class Requirements for manifold burst panel and
restraint specifications.
Roots-type high helix: Must adhere to same maximum case
dimensions and maximum rotor cavity diameter as standard Roots.
Rotor helix angle may not exceed 6.5 degrees per inch (123.5
degrees total over 19-inch maximum rotor length). Use of high-helix
supercharger is restricted to Advanced E.T., Competition (Pro Mod
only), Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Car. Maximum
overdrive may not exceed 1.70 percent. Aluminum studs
(supercharger to manifold) mandatory. See Class Requirements for
manifold burst panel and restraint specifications.
Screw-type: Must meet SFI Spec 34.1. Maximum case length 16
inches; maximum case width 16 inches; minimum case and frontplate thickness 1/4-inch; minimum rear-plate thickness .300-inch.
Overdrive limits for Top Alcohol Dragster are found in Section 11,
Top Alcohol Funny Car is found in Section 12. Under no
circumstances may a screw supercharger overdrive exceed the
following overdrive limits:
Engine Displacement
PSI Maximum Overdrive
500 cubic inches or larger
2.25
450 to 499 cubic inches
2.15
less than 450 cubic inches
2.04
Manifold burst panel meeting SFI Spec 23.1 (in addition to
supercharger panel) and restraint device meeting SFI Spec 14.21
mandatory. PSI screw supercharger permitted to use a tandem burst
panel kit, installed per PSI instructions on superchargers only. Any
other use of double burst panels on any supercharger or manifold
prohibited. Aluminum studs (supercharger to manifold) mandatory.
Overdrive limits, as determined appropriate by NHRA, are subject to
adjustment at any time as dictated by performance. Variable multispeed supercharger devices prohibited regardless of supercharger
type. Any changes to any screw supercharger design, materials,
construction, etc. after Jan. 1, 1997, are subject to NHRA acceptance
before being permitted to run.
ALL SUPERCHARGERS: For all Top Fuel, Funny Car, Top Alcohol
Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, Comp, Super Comp, and Advanced
E.T. cars, and E.T. cars running 9.99 seconds or quicker, fuel and/or
oil lines must be shielded wherever they pass the supercharger drive
belt. Either a belt guard or fuel/oil line guard may be used.
1:11 SUPERCHARGER RESTRAINT DEVICE
Supercharger restraint system meeting SFI Specs mandatory per
Class Requirements. Top Fuel and Funny Car requires SFI 14.3. All
superchargers except for screw-type or on alcohol require an SFI
14.1 restraint. All superchargers on alcohol except screw-type
require an SFI 14.2 restraint or as outlined in Class Requirements.
All screw-type superchargers require an SFI 14.21 restraint.
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.9
Restraint system must be updated at two-year intervals from date of
manufacture. The blower restraint straps and fuel lines must be
installed such that when the restraint straps are fully extended no
load is placed on any of the fuel lines. See Class Requirements.
1:12 THROTTLE
Regardless of class, each car must have a foot throttle incorporating
a positive-acting return spring attached directly to the
carburetor/injector throttle arm. A positive stop or override prevention
must be used to keep linkage from passing over center and sticking
in an open position. In addition to return springs, some means of
manually returning the throttle to a closed position by use of the foot
must be installed on all altered linkage systems except hydraulically
or cable-operated systems. Per Class Requirements throttle control
must be manually operated by driver’s foot; electronics, pneumatics,
hydraulics, or any other device may in no way affect the initial throttle
operation. In Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, and certain
E.T. bracket classes, timed throttle stops are permitted that use
pneumatics and or electronics to modulate the throttle after initial
launch. Cable throttle systems permitted. NHRA-accepted hand
controls for the physically challenged permitted. Choke cables and
brazed or welded fittings on steel cable prohibited. No part of throttle
linkage may extend below framerails.
1:13 VENT TUBES, BREATHERS
Mandatory as outlined in Class Requirements; permitted on all cars.
Where used, the tubes must terminate into an acceptable,
permanently attached catch tank with a minimum capacity of one
gallon per engine (except as noted in Class Requirements). The
catch tank must be baffled to keep overflow off track. Breather/vent
tubes must be mechanically secured (tie-wraps prohibited) to the
fittings and the fittings locked at both ends.
DRIVETRAIN: 2
2:1 ANTI-BLOWBACK DEVICE
If mandated by class requirements, a brace or device must be
installed that will prevent the bellhousing or adapter shield from
being blown rearward in the event of flywheel and/or clutch
explosion. Material required is 4130 chromoly, minimum size is
.875-inch O.D. x .083-inch wall tubing with 3/8-inch fasteners. Balllock pins prohibited.
2:2 AXLE-RETENTION DEVICES
All cars, except Stock and some E.T. cars as noted in Class
Requirements, must be equipped with a satisfactory means of rearaxle retention; minimum .120-inch aluminum or .090-inch steel
bearing retainer mandatory. Stock “C”-clip axle retention prohibited
as outlined in Class Requirements.
2:3 CLUTCH
2:4 DRIVELINE
On any car in which the driver sits over or behind the rear-end
center section, a suitable protective shield of .120-inch minimum
thickness steel plate must be installed for units with universal joints,
securely mounted to the rear-end center section and the
bellhousing adapter. For straight couplers, the minimum shield
requirement is .063-inch aluminum, which must contain an
inspection cover for removal and inspection of the coupler securely
General Regulations
Each car in competition, except those with automatic transmissions,
must be equipped with a foot-operated clutch incorporating a
positive stop to prevent clutch from going over center or past
neutral, as in the case of centrifugal units. All pedals must be
covered with non-skid material. NHRA-accepted hand controls for
the physically challenged permitted. All slider clutches must meet
SFI Spec 1.2, 1.3, or 1.4 as outlined under Class Requirements. In
Class Requirements that call for an SFI Spec 1.2 clutch, an SFI
Spec 1.5 clutch can be used. Multi-disc clutch assembly for nonOEM supercharged, nitrous-oxide injected, and non-OEM
turbocharged vehicles must meet SFI Spec 1.3, 1.4, or 1.5 and
must utilize an SFI Spec 6.2 or 6.3 flywheel shield, except as noted
in Class Requirements.
20.10
Section 20 - General Regulations
ACCEPTED
DRIVELINE LOOP
2:4
mounted to the rear-end center section and the bellhousing
adapter, or as noted in Class Requirements. In place of a
crossmember, in the vicinity of the front universal joint, all cars in
competition using open driveshafts must have a retainer loop 360
degrees of enclosure, 1/4-inch minimum thickness and 2 inches
wide, or 7/8-inch x .065-inch welded steel tubing, securely mounted
and located within 6 inches of the front universal joint for support of
the driveshaft in event of U-joint failure. Open drivelines passing
any part of the driver’s body must be completely enclosed in 1/8inch minimum thickness steel plate, securely mounted to the frame
or frame structure. Driveshaft loop required on all cars running
13.99 (*8.59) or quicker and utilizing slicks; except vehicles running
11.49 (*7.35) seconds or slower equipped with street tires.
2:5 FLYWHEEL
The use of stock-type cast iron flywheels and/or pressure plates
prohibited. The use of aluminum flywheels in Top Fuel and Funny
Car is prohibited. Units meeting SFI Spec 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, or 1.5
mandatory except as noted in Class Requirements.
2:6 FLYWHEEL SHIELD & MOTOR PLATE: General
(Dec. 8, 2009)
The use of aluminum bellhousing is permitted in all categories and
applications. The aluminum bellhousing must meet applicable SFI
Specifications. Absolutely no modifications to as-manufactured
design are permitted on SFI Spec 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, or 9.1 flywheel
shields and/or liners. An SFI Spec 6.1W bellhousing is also
acceptable wherever an SFI Spec 6.1 bellhousing is mandatory or
permitted. All 6.2 and 6.3 titanium bellhousings must be reinspected
and recertified yearly. SFI 6.1 titanium and aluminum bellhousings
and SFI 6.2 or 6.3 steel bellhousings must be reinspected and
recertified every two years (or as specified by the manufacturer).
SFI 6.1 or 9.1 bellhousings must be reinspected and recertified
every five years (6.1) or every two years (9.1). Where SFI Spec
bellhousings are mandatory, all applicable liners, large mounting
fasteners, motor plates, etc., as required by SFI Specs or the
manufacturer, must be properly installed.
Where an SFI 6.1, 6.3, or 9.1 bellhousing is mandatory, a full, onepiece motor plate is also mandatory at the rear of the engine block.
The motor plate must be constructed of steel or 6061-T6, 7075-T6
or 2024-T3 wrought heat-treated aluminum alloy plate, minimum
1/8-inch thick for 6.1 or 9.1 applications, minimum 3/16-inch thick
for 6.3 applications. In addition to the fastener requirements noted
below, the SFI 6.3 flywheel shield must be fastened to the motor
plate with four 1/2-inch-diameter Grade 5 shoulder bolts or high
strength steel (or titanium) fasteners and nuts, one in each
quadrant. Where an SFI 6.2 bellhousing is mandatory, see Section
2:8 for motor plate and fastener requirements.
The flywheel shield must be fastened to the engine and motor plate
with a full complement (all available engine bolt holes or as
specified by the manufacturer) of Grade 8 bolts or high strength
studs. The use of Allen bolts to fasten the shield to engine or motor
plate, to fasten covers, etc. is prohibited. All bolts (not studs or nuts)
used for flywheel shield mounting, covers, etc. must be identifiable
as to grade; all nuts and bolts associated with flywheel shield
mounting, covers, etc. must be full standard depth, width, etc.
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.11
(reduced thickness bolt heads, hollow bolts, half nuts, thin wall nuts,
etc. prohibited). Maximum depth of flywheel shield is 8 5/8 inches,
except Top Fuel, Funny Car, TAD, TAFC, and Advanced E.T.,
maximum depth 9.4 inches (inside). Maximum thickness of all motor
plates, mid-plates, and mounting plates installed between engine
and flywheel shield is 1/2-inch, except SFI 6.1 which may be 1 1/4inch maximum. All covers and fasteners associated with the
flywheel shield must be installed prior to starting engine at any time,
including warm-ups. Maximum spacing between flange fasteners in
the flywheel shield is 7 inches. Chemical milling or any other
structure-weakening procedure is prohibited. Welding to repair a
flywheel shield is prohibited unless it is performed by the
manufacturer and recertified by the manufacturer prior to use.
For cars equipped with an SFI 7.1 lower engine ballistic/restraint
device, a maximum of two holes, each no larger than two inches in
diameter (or 3.14 square inches equivalent area) are permitted. The
holes must be located entirely below the horizontal centerline of the
crankshaft. The holes must be at least 0.5-inch from any
bellhousing bolt hole and be separated by at least two inches. SFI
6.2 flywheel shields may have one two-inch maximum diameter
hole in the bottom of the back face of the shield. The opening in the
motor plate for the crankshaft flange may not exceed the crankshaft
flange diameter by more than one inch (except as noted for Top
Fuel and Funny Car).
2:7 FLYWHEEL SHIELD: Top Fuel and Funny Car
Top Fuel and Funny Cars equipped with a clutch must have a
flywheel shield (bellhousing) that meets SFI Spec 6.2 and is labeled
accordingly. A one-piece motor plate constructed of 1/4-inch
minimum thickness 4130 chrome-moly steel and fitting between the
engine and flywheel shield according to the requirements of SFI
Spec 2.2B, 2.3M, or 10.1E is required. The motor plate must be
attached to the chassis at the four corners with at least two welded
mounting points using minimum 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts
and full nuts. The remaining two motor plate mounting points must
be at least saddles fitting around the framerails and secured with
aircraft-type clamps or bolts (hose clamps prohibited).
2:7
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General Regulations
The flywheel shield and motor plate are to be fastened to the
engine by at least seven high strength steel (or titanium) 7/16-inchdiameter shouldered studs countersunk (3/4-inch outside diameter)
into the engine side of the motor plate and threaded into the engine
(3/4-inch minimum) and nuts of a similar material above the
centerline of the crankshaft. The motor plate must be fastened to
the flywheel shield with at least eight 7/16-inch-diameter Grade 8
bolts or high strength steel alloy (or titanium) studs and nuts below
the centerline of the crankshaft. The flywheel shield must also be
fastened to the motor plate by four 3/4-inch-diameter Grade 5
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shoulder bolts or high strength steel (or titanium) fasteners and
nuts; one in each quadrant as required by SFI Spec 2.3M or 10.1E.
A minimum .090-inch 4130 steel or titanium liner (or as required by
the manufacturer) must be fitted to the flywheel shield that is the
width of the round body surface of the shield. It must be welded
together so that it will fit into the body of the flywheel shield and
rotate to absorb energy. A 1/4-inch aluminum bolt may be threaded
into the body of the flywheel shield to secure the liner(s) from
movement during normal use. The opening in the motor plate to
accommodate the crankshaft flange cannot exceed 7.000 inches.
At least five fasteners, 3/8-inch-diameter minimum, must be used to
secure aftermarket planetary transmissions (and/or reversers) to
flywheel shield. 1/2-inch-thick rings, bosses, or nuts must be welded
or otherwise secured inside the back face of the flywheel shield
through which the fasteners must be secured.
As described in Section 2:6, any modifications or alterations to the
bellhousing by anyone other than the original manufacturer are
prohibited. Bellhousing must be recertified by original manufacturer
following modification. Clutch adjustment slots, maintenance holes
and covers, etc. must be installed by the original manufacturer. See
General Regulations 2:6.
2:8 FLYWHEEL SHIELD: Top Alcohol Dragster and
Top Alcohol Funny Car
Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars equipped with a
clutch must have a flywheel shield (bellhousing) that meets SFI
Spec 6.2 and is labeled accordingly. All requirements for Top
Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car bellhousing
installations are the same as for Top Fuel and Funny Car with the
following exceptions:
A one-piece motor plate constructed of 1/4-inch minimum thickness
2024 T3, 6061 or 7075 T6 aluminum and fitting between the engine
and flywheel shield according to the requirements of SFI Spec
2.2B, 2.1, or 10.1E is required. The motor plate must be attached to
the chassis at the four corners with at least two welded mounting
points utilizing minimum 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts and full
nuts. The remaining two motor plate mounting points must be at
least saddles fitting around the framerails and secured with aircrafttype clamps or bolts (hose clamps prohibited).
The flywheel shield and motor plate are to be fastened to the
engine by at least seven 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts or high
strength steel or titanium studs threaded into the engine (3/4-inch
minimum) and nuts of a similar material, above the centerline of the
crankshaft. The motor plate must be fastened to the flywheel shield
with at least eight 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts or high strength
steel alloy (or titanium) studs and nuts below the centerline of the
crankshaft. The flywheel shield must also be fastened to the motor
plate by four 3/4-inch-diameter Grade 5 shoulder bolts or high
strength steel (or titanium) fasteners and nuts; one in each quadrant
as required by SFI Spec 2.1 or 10.1E. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top
Alcohol Funny Car: The opening in the motorplate for the crankshaft
flywheel flange may not exceed the crankshaft diameter by more
than one inch. See General Regulations 2:6.
2:9 FLYWHEEL SHIELD: Pro Stock and Comp
As described in Section 2:6, any modifications or alterations to the
bellhousing by anyone other than the original manufacturer are
prohibited. Bellhousing must be recertified by the original manufacturer
following modification. Clutch adjustment slots, maintenance holes and
covers, etc. must be installed by the original manufacturer.
See Section 2:6 for motor plate and general requirements. The
flywheel shield must be fastened to the engine and motor plate with a
full complement (all available engine bolt holes or as specified by the
manufacturer) of minimum 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts or high
strength steel studs above the centerline of the crankshaft. The motor
plate must be fastened to the flywheel shield with at least eight 3/8inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts or high strength steel alloy (or titanium)
studs and nuts below the centerline of the crankshaft. An opening in
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the motor plate for an alternative starter location is permitted but it
may not exceed 2 inches in diameter and when such an opening is
present only one cooling hole is permitted in the motor plate.
2:10 FLYWHEEL SHIELD: Other Classes
All other cars using a clutch and running 11.49 or quicker must be
equipped with an SFI 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, or 9.1 flywheel shield. See
Section 2:6 for motor plate and general requirements. There shall be
a minimum of seven 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts or high strength
steel studs in the top half of the bellhousing. There shall be a
minimum of eight 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 8 bolts or high strength
steel studs in the bottom half of the bellhousing used to fasten the
bellhousing to the motor plate. Modifications or repairs to the flywheel
shield prohibited except if performed and recertified by manufacturer.
Exceptions to this rule: Volkswagen and Porsche engine cars are
not required to have a shield when the engines are normally
aspirated and gasoline burning. Porsche engines must use a steel
billet flywheel. All other RWD cars running 11.49 or quicker for
which an SFI 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, or 9.1 flywheel shield is not
commercially available may use an SFI 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, or 9.1 flywheel
shield from another application and mount it to a motor plate that is
mounted to the engine block at all available bolt holes; or must be
equipped with a flywheel shield made of 1/4-inch minimum
thickness steel plate, securely mounted to the frame or frame
structure and completely surrounding the bellhousing 360 degrees.
The flywheel shield shall not be bolted to either the bellhousing or
engine. The flywheel shield must extend forward to a point at least 1
inch ahead of the flywheel and 1 inch to the rear of the rotating
components of the clutch and pressure plate.
All front-wheel-drive or transverse-mounted applications using a
clutch and running 11.49 or quicker, for which an SFI Spec 6.1, 6.2,
6.3, or 9.1 flywheel shield is not commercially available, must be
equipped with a flywheel shield made of 1/4-inch minimum
thickness steel plate. Shield must surround the bellhousing
completely except for area of bellhousing adjacent to differential
and axle shaft. Shield may be multi-piece, with pieces bolted
together using minimum 3/8-inch-diameter Grade 5 or M10 class
8.8 bolts; may be attached to engine and/or bellhousing.
Titanium flywheel shields are permitted only in Top Fuel, Funny
Car, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car,
Comp, Super Comp, Super Gas, Advanced E.T., and E.T.
2:11 REAR END
Welded spider gear rear ends prohibited in all classes. Four-wheel
drive permitted per class requirements. Aftermarket axles and axleretention device mandatory on Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Top
Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Comp,
Super Gas, Super Street, and 10.99 or quicker E.T. cars; also
mandatory on any car (regardless of class or E.T.) with a spool.
2:12 TRANSMISSION
All cars and trucks in competition except motorcycle- or snowmobilepowered dragsters must be equipped with a reverse gear.
2:13 TRANSMISSION, Aftermarket Planetary (Dec. 8, 2009)
At least three bolts, 3/8-inch minimum, must be used to secure
aftermarket planetary transmissions to bellhousing, except as noted
in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol
Funny Car.
General Regulations
A transmission shield covering transmission and reverser that
meets SFI Spec 4.1 is mandatory if engine burns nitromethane; or
engine burns methanol or nitrous oxide and runs 9.99 seconds or
quicker; or vehicle runs 7.49 seconds or quicker; or engine is
supercharged or turbocharged; or on any overdrive unit. Air shifter
bottles must be stamped with DOT-1800 pound rating (minimum)
and be securely mounted (i.e., no tie-wraps or hose clamps).
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2:14 TRANSMISSION, Automatic/NHRA-Accepted
All cars running 10.99 (*6.99) seconds and quicker must have an
NHRA-accepted locking-type dipstick on the transmission.
Any non-OEM automatic floor-mounted automatic transmission
shifter must be equipped with a spring-loaded positive reverse
lockout device to prevent the shifter from accidentally being put into
reverse gear. Functional neutral safety switch mandatory. All
transmission lines must be metallic or high-pressure-type hose. All
vehicles running quicker than 10.99 seconds (*6.99) or faster than
135 mph (except some Stock and Super Stock classes as noted
under Class Requirements) and using an automatic transmission
must be equipped with a transmission shield meeting SFI Spec 4.1
and labeled accordingly. (“Blanket”-type shield, appropriately
labeled as meeting SFI Spec 4.1, permitted.) All non-blanket-type
shields must incorporate two (or one, per manufacturer’s
instructions) 3/4 x 1/8-inch straps that bolt to the shield on each
side and pass under the transmission pan, or transmission pan
must be labeled as meeting SFI Spec 4.1. Permitted in all classes
where an automatic transmission is used.
Comp, Super Comp, Super Gas, 9.99 or quicker E.T. cars, and 135mph or faster E.T. cars using an automatic transmission, Lenco
Drive, or BRT must be equipped with a flexplate meeting SFI Spec
29.1 and covered by a flexplate shield meeting SFI Spec 30.1.
Transmission that can utilize a high-gear transbrake must be
supported by the use of two momentary buttons (one to arm the
system, second as the main transbrake). Air shifter bottles must be
stamped with DOT-1800 pound rating (minimum) and be securely
mounted (i.e., no tie wraps or hose clamps).
BRAKES & SUSPENSION: 3
3:1 BRAKES
Brakes on each car, regardless of class, must be in good working
order with two-wheel hydraulic brakes on rear wheels as a minimum
requirement. Four-wheel hydraulic brakes are recommended, or as
specified under Class Requirements. Lightening of backing plates,
brake drums, and/or brake shoes by cutting or trimming metal
prohibited. Cooling or lightening holes may not be drilled in cast iron
disc brake rotors. Aluminum rotors prohibited. If hand brake is used,
brake handle must be inside car body or driver compartment and
connected to footbrake. Brake lines must be steel, steel braided, or
DOT-approved flexible and routed outside the framerail, or enclosed in
a 16-inch length of 1/8-inch minimum wall thickness steel tubing
securely mounted where line(s) pass the flywheel bellhousing area
and not routed in the driveline tunnel. All brake lines must be attached
to chassis as per OEM style; hoses must have mounting brackets; no
tie wraps, tape, etc. All brake lines on any rear-engine car must be
protected inside of tubing or be braided steel construction where they
pass the engine. All pedals must be covered with non-skid material.
Automated and/or secondary braking systems prohibited. NHRAaccepted hand controls for the physically challenged permitted.
Application and release of brakes must be a direct function of the
driver; electronics, pneumatics, or any other device may in no way
affect or assist brake operation. NHRA-accepted mechanical ABS
systems permitted in all classes; contact NHRA Technical Department
headquarters. If brake system includes a differential pressure switch,
line-loc installed on front brakes must have solenoid installed after the
differential switch. All line-locs (electric or hydraulic) must be selfreturning to normal brake operating mode.
3:2 SHOCK ABSORBERS
Each car in competition must be equipped with one operative shock
absorber for each sprung wheel. Shock absorbers may be either
hydraulic or friction type, securely mounted, and in good working
order. See Class Requirements.
3:3 STEERING
Each car’s steering system must be secure and free of defects. All
butt-welded parts must have additional visible reinforcement. Only
conventional automotive steering systems are permitted; flexible
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steering shafts prohibited. Rear-wheel steering prohibited, unless
vehicle was originally manufactured with an OEM system. An OEM
system may not be modified, altered, or used in any manner
inconsistent with manufacturer’s specifications. All rod ends must be
a minimum of 3/8-inch shank diameter and must be installed with
flat washers of sufficient outside diameter to prevent bearing pullout.
All steering boxes, sectors, and shafts must be mounted to the
frame or suitable crossmember and cannot be mounted in any case
to the bellhousing and/or bellhousing adapter shield, or motor plate.
A secondary steering shaft stop must be installed to prevent long
steering shaft from injuring driver in case of frontal impact (i.e., collar
or U-joint pinned at crossmember, bracket, etc.). Commercially
available quick-disconnect steering wheels permitted (except as
noted in Class Requirements). Adapter must be welded to shaft. All
fasteners must be of a positive nature; no roll or pressed pins, no
ball-lock pins, set screws, etc. NHRA-accepted swing-away steering
column permitted with removable steering wheel.
3:4 SUSPENSION
All cars must have a full suspension system of the type produced by
an automobile manufacturer (i.e., springs, torsion bars, etc.). Rigidmount front and/or rear axles are permitted when so indicated in
Class Requirements. All rod ends must be installed with flat washers
of sufficient outside diameter to prevent bearing pullout. Hollow rod
ends are prohibited. Three-wheel vehicles are not eligible for
competition in any class. Radius rods are not required on front
axles that are rigidly mounted 18 inches or less from kingpin axis.
Any front suspension using a beam or tubular axle must have radius
rods attached to frame.
3:5 TRACTION BAR ROD ENDS
Minimum requirement for rod ends on the front of all ladder-type
traction bars is 3/4-inch steel. A rod end strap to keep ladder bar
secured in event of rod end failure mandatory in all classes. All
traction devices that are not attached at front (i.e., slapper bars,
etc.) must have a U-bolt or strap to prevent them from coming in
contact with track.
3:6 WHEELIE BARS
Some classes limit length of wheelie bar — see Class
Requirements. All wheelie bars, regardless of class, must have nonmetallic wheels (i.e., rubber, plastic). Wheelie-bar wheels must turn
freely at starting line, any preload prohibited. Wheelie bars must be
fixed. Hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, etc. or any adjustment or
movement during run prohibited. Using wheelie-bar wheels as “fifth
wheel” sensing device prohibited.
FRAME: 4
4:1 ALIGNMENT
Each car in competition, regardless of class, must have sufficient
positive front-end alignment to ensure proper handling of car at
all speeds.
4:2 BALLAST
General Regulations
As permitted in Class Requirements. Any material used for the
purpose of adding to a car’s total weight must be permanently
attached to the car’s structure and must not extend in front of or
behind the rear of the car’s body or above the rear tires. No liquid or
loose ballast permitted (i.e., water, sandbags, rocks, shot bags,
metal weights, etc.). Discovery of loose or disguised ballast will
result in disqualification from the event, regardless of whether
infraction occurs during qualifying or eliminations. Additional
penalties may be imposed in the sole and absolute discretion of
NHRA. Weight boxes (two maximum) made of 1/8-inch material may
be constructed to hold small items such as shot bags, lead bars,
etc., as long as box and contents do not weigh more than 100
pounds or as outlined in Class Requirements. The box must be
securely fastened to the frame or crossmember with at least two 1/2inch-diameter steel bolts. Any liquid other than engine fuel being
used, located behind the front firewall (on a front-engine car), is
considered ballast and is prohibited, except for intercooler tanks that
contain water and/or ice only. Tank must be securely mounted to
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frame, frame member, or OEM floorpan. To permit “making a class”
due to a difference in scale calibration, a maximum removable
weight of 100 pounds (or as outlined in Class Requirements) is
permitted. Removable weight must be securely mounted to the
frame or frame structure by a minimum of two 1/2-inch-diameter
steel bolts per 100 pounds, or one 3/8-inch steel bolt per 5 pounds;
all other weight bars, pucks, etc. must use minimum 1/2-inchdiameter SAE grade 8 bolts for attachment. Hose clamps, wire,
strapping, tape, tie wraps, etc. for securing weight or ballast
prohibited. Acceptable forms of ballast are 1) Heavier gauge steel
floors (i.e., 16- or 18-gauge, heavier gauge and/or plate steel
prohibited); 2) Frame reinforcing cross members; or 3) the addition
of protective equipment such as roll bars, flywheel shield, etc. If
additional ballast is needed and is permitted by Class
Requirements, it must be permanently attached to frame, bolted with
two 1/2-inch-diameter bolts per 100 pounds, with nuts welded to
bolts. Maximum amount of removable and/or permanent ballast,
unless otherwise stated under Class Requirements, is 500 pounds.
Cars running 8.49 and quicker are limited to 250 pounds maximum,
per SFI chassis specification.
4:3 DEFLECTOR PLATE
All rear-engine cars must have a deflector plate to protect driver
and fuel tank from engine. For Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Dragster
specifications, see Class Requirements. Plates must be made of
4:3
minimum 1/8-inch aluminum or .060-inch steel or titanium. Must
extend from top blower pulley to bottom pulley and be at least 1
inch wider than each pulley for supercharged cars. Other cars must
have plate covering from shoulder height to bottom of chassis. On
any enclosed engine/driver configuration, a full bulkhead must be
installed, completely sealing the driver from the engine. Minimum
attachment for any plate is four 5/16-inch, Grade 5 bolts. See 1:1
COOLING SYSTEM for additional requirements.
4:4 FRAMES
Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol
Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and 9.99
or quicker E.T. chassis (see Class Requirements) must have a
serialized chassis sticker affixed to frame before participating in any
NHRA event. Certifications are available at NHRA Full Throttle Drag
Racing Series national events, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
events, or by making prior arrangements through a division office.
Grinding of welds prohibited. All butt welds must have visible
reinforcement (i.e., sleeve and rosette welds). Pressurization of
Pin Location #1
Requires 5/8"-Diameter Pin
Pin Location #2
1/2" or 5/8" x .049
A-Arm Upright
20.75
4:4
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framerails, roll bar, or roll cage in lieu of air bottles is prohibited.
Visible reinforcement around any hole in any SFI Spec chassis (not
just the roll cage) mandatory. Reinforcement must be of at least the
same cross sectional area as the hole, at least .049-inch-thick
chromoly and completely welded around the outside. All Top
Alcohol Dragster and Top Fuel dragster chassis must incorporate
standardized tow hookup tube (see illustration) for ease of removal
in the event vehicle does not clear the racetrack under its own
power. See also 4:10 ROLL BAR and 4:11 ROLL CAGE.
4:5 GROUND CLEARANCE
Minimum 3 inches from front of car to 12 inches behind centerline
of front axle; 2 inches for remainder of car, except oil pan and
exhaust headers where permitted. When permitted under Class
Requirements, devices used for anti-rotation purposes (i.e., wheelie
bars) are exempt from the 2-inch clearance rule.
4:6 MAGNAFLUX CERTIFICATES
Magnaflux certificates may be required by the technical inspector
on any altered or welded parts.
4:7 MOUNTING HARDWARE
Hose clamps and tie wraps may be used only to support hoses and
wires; all other components must be welded, bolted, aircraft clamped,
etc. All self-locking fastener buttons must be metallic. All self-locking
fastener buttons may be painted any color on their face, but must be
WHITE or SILVER ONLY under the face. This rule applies to ALL cars
in ALL classes. All electrical, instrumentation, etc. connection boxes
(e.g., exhaust temperature sensor/data recorder boxes and similar
components) must either be securely (no wire ties, hose clamps,
Velcro, etc.) attached to the engine, frame, bellhousing, etc. OR be
constrained by a .060-inch-diameter stainless-steel multi-strand
cable/lanyard such that it will not drop to the ground or contact a tire if
any of the connecting wires break, OR be located such that they will
fall into the body/bellypan if any of the connecting wires break.
4:8 PARACHUTES (Dec. 8, 2009)
If outlined in Class Requirements, it is mandatory to have a braking
parachute produced by a recognized drag racing parachute
manufacturer. Tech inspectors may observe the proper operation of
the parachute and inspect for worn or frayed shroud lines, ripped or
dirty canopies, and worn or ragged pilot chutes. Parachute cable
housings should be mounted solidly to frame tube or other suitable
member no farther back than 1 inch. The release housing must be
attached within 12 inches of the parachute pack and in a manner that
will allow the inner cable to release the parachute. When
supercharged or using nitromethane as a fuel, it is mandatory that
the parachute pack and unpacked shroud lines be protected with fire4:8
4:8
12"
1"
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resistant material from the mounting point to the pack. Parachutes
must have their own independent mounting with sleeved 3/8-inch
minimum steel bolts or steel pins required for all applications.
Shroud-line(s) mounting brackets must be constructed of minimum
.090-inch steel. Safety pins must be red flagged and removed prior to
burnout. The use of ball-lock pins for parachute mounting prohibited.
See Class Requirements regarding use of two parachutes. Such
applications require separate shroud-line mounting points for each
parachute system.
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4:9 PINION SUPPORT
All cars using an open driveline must have radius arms, traction bars,
or some suitable pinion support to prevent rear-end housing rotation.
4:10 ROLL BAR
All roll bars must be within 6 inches of the rear, or side, of the
driver’s head, extend in height at least 3 inches above the driver’s
helmet with driver in normal driving position or be within 1 inch of
the roof/headliner in the area above the driver's helmet, and be at
least as wide as the driver's shoulders or within 1 inch of the
driver's door. Roll bar must be adequately supported or crossbraced to prevent forward or lateral collapse. Rear braces must be
of the same diameter and wall thickness as the roll bar and
intersect with the roll bar at a point not more than 5 inches from the
top of the roll bar. Crossbar and rear braces must be welded to
main hoop. Sidebar must be included on driver’s side and must
pass the driver at a point midway between the shoulder and elbow.
Swing-out sidebar permitted. All roll bars must have in their
construction a cross bar for seat bracing and as the shoulder
harness attachment point; cross bar must be installed no more than
4 inches below, and not above, the driver’s shoulders or to side bar.
All vehicles with OEM frame must have roll bar welded or bolted to
frame; installation of frame connectors on unibody cars does not
constitute a frame; therefore it is not necessary to have the roll bar
attached to the frame. Unibody cars with stock floor and firewall
(wheeltubs permitted) may attach roll bar with 6-inch x 6-inch x
4:10
All cars with an OEM frame must
have roll bar attached to frame.
A
Cars without frame use 6" square
1/8" steel plates on top and
bottom of floor, securely bolted
together with at least four 3/8"
bolts, or top plate welded to
rocker sill.
6" max
5" max
Maximum of 6"
from roll bar to
driver’s helmet.
Maximum of 5"
from top of roll
bar to brace.
All materials must be 1 3/4" O.D. x .118" mild steel or .083"
4130 chromoly tubing, except A, which is
1 1/4" O.D. x .118" mild steel or .065" 4130 chromoly tubing.
.125-inch steel plates on top and bottom of floor bolted together
with at least four 3/8-inch bolts and nuts, or weld main hoop to
rocker sill area with .125-inch reinforcing plates, with plates welded
completely. All 4130 chromoly tube welding must be done by
approved TIG heliarc process; mild steel welding must be done by
approved MIG wire feed or approved TIG heliarc process. Welding
must be free of slag and porosity. Any grinding of welds prohibited.
See illustration. Roll bar must be padded anywhere driver’s helmet
may contact it while in driving position. Adequate padding must
have minimum 1/4-inch compression or meet SFI Spec 45.1. All
cars running 180 mph or faster, SFI Spec 45.1 mandatory.
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4:11 ROLL CAGE
All cage structures must be designed in an attempt to protect the
driver from any angle, 360 degrees. All 4130 chromoly tube welding
must be done by approved TIG heliarc process; mild steel tube
welding must be approved MIG wire feed or TIG heliarc process.
Welding must be free of slag and porosity. Any grinding of welds
prohibited. Plating of chassis prohibited for all cars manufactured
after Jan. 1, 2003, unless otherwise noted in Class Requirements;
painting permitted. Additionally, roll cage must be padded anywhere
the driver’s helmet may contact it while in the driving position. For
Advanced E.T., Comp, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny
Car, Pro Stock, Funny Car, Top Fuel, and any car running 180 mph
or faster, padding must meet SFI Spec 45.1. Refer to illustrations in
Section 4:11 as well as specific Class Requirements for the
applicable e.t. and body-style roll-cage requirements. Open-bodied
STREET ROADSTER
(10.00 seconds E.T. and slower)
TOP VIEW FROM ABOVE
(roll cage removed from drawing for clarity)
D
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F
C
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H
3
F
C
D
A - 6 points of attachment
F
[email protected] - Horizontal, 1 1/4" x .058" used to tie inner and outer upper frame,
only when no other support exists
F - Lower frame - needs extension on left side when driver’s seat is
overhanging lower framerail
H - Foot box support 1" x .058"
[email protected] - Retention for driver’s legs, also can be a dash mount 1" x .058"
3 - Single diagonal 3/4" x .058"
X or K design 5/8" x .058"
When 1 5/8" x .083" is used for upper C and lower F frame and uprights
D, eliminates the need for inner frame diagonals 3. Diagonals 3 along
outer frame and uprights still mandatory
F
I
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A
C
D
Street Roadster Tubing Code
O.D.
Chromoly
Mild Steel
1 1/2
.065
.118
1 1/2
.058
.118
1 1/4
.058
.118
1 1/8
.065
.118
1 1/4
.058
.118
1 3/8
.049
.118
1 1/4
.049
.118
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20.20
cars running 9.99 and quicker and/or faster than 135 mph must
meet applicable SFI Specification for e.t. (see Class Requirements).
Full-bodied cars running 8.49 and quicker and/or exceeding 180
mph must meet applicable SFI Specification for e.t. and weight (see
Class Requirements). SFI Specifications may be purchased from
the SFI Foundation (sfifoundation.com, 858-451-8868); SFI
Specifications are not available from NHRA Technical Services.
Open-Bodied Cars
When driver is in driving position in an open-bodied car, roll cage must
be at least 3 inches in front of helmet. Cars without crossmember
above driver’s legs must have a strap or device to prevent legs from
protruding outside chassis. On front-engine dragster, seat uprights and
back braces must be arranged such that a flat surface passed over any
two adjacent members will not contact the driver’s seat or containment.
Additional uprights, max 30 degrees from vertical, must be added until
STREET ROADSTER
(10.00 seconds E.T. and slower)
LEFT SIDE VIEW
(Driver is on left side of driveshaft)
A
A
A
Helmet must be a
minimum of 3"
behind front bar
D
C
D
3
D
I
F
28" MAX.
A
A
A
RIGHT SIDE VIEW
(Inner view, base for roll cage)
C
D
3
D
3
I
F
When this design is used for the inner structure, adjacent to the driver,
then the outer structure has no minimum requirements.
Mild steel construction requires .118" minimum wall thickness.
Lower frame of square tubing minimum is 2" x 2" x .058".
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.21
REAR-ENGINE DRAGSTERS
10.00 seconds E.T. and slower
1
H
C
D
D
D
3
D
3
D
3
F
1"
MIN.
28"
MAX.
28"
MAX.
28"
MAX.
All dimensions apply to driver’s compartment only
BOTTOM VIEW
FRONT VIEWS
(Dragster; rear engine)
H
42" MAX.
H
E
3
G
H
42" MAX.
H
FRONT
H
OPTION #1
3
G
H
OPTION #2
D
General Regulations
RED, FED, Altered, and Funny Car Tubing Code
O.D.
Chromoly
Mild Steel
A
1 1/2
.065
.118
B
1 5/8
.065
.118
C
1 3/8
.058
.118
D
1 1/4
.058
.118
1 1/8
.065
.118
E
3/4
.058
.118
1
.049
.118
F
1 1/4
.058
.118
1 3/8
.049
.118
G
5/8
.058
.118
H
1
.058
.118
I
1 1/4
.049
.118
20.22
Section 20 - General Regulations
this requirement is satisfied. When non-vertical upright or “running W”
side bay designs are used (i.e., uprights installed at greater than 30
degrees from vertical), adjacent roll-cage diagonals must be the same
size as that required for the upright. Motor mount and/or rear-end
uprights (except rear-engine dragster) may be rectangular tubing, 1
3/4-inch x 1-inch x .058 CM or MS minimum.
For all vehicles required to meet SFI Specification 2.1, 2.2B, 2.3M,
2.4B, 2.5B, 2.6, 2.7B, 10.1E and 10.4 the upper roll-cage members
must have head/helmet guards of one-inch by .058-inch round tube
on all new chassis or at scheduled recertification. Effective Jan. 1,
2007, all new Street Roadsters must conform to SFI Spec 10.4.
Existing Street Roadsters must meet SFI Spec 10.4 at their next
scheduled recertification effective Jan. 1, 2008. No existing cars will
be recertified early to delay compliance.
Full-Bodied Cars
On full-bodied cars with driver in driving position, helmet must be in
front of main hoop. If helmet is behind or under main hoop,
additional tubing same size and thickness as roll cage must be
added to protect driver. Main hoop may be laid back or forward, but
driver must be encapsulated within the required roll-cage
components. On unibody cars with stock floor and firewall (wheel
tubs permitted), the roll cage may be bolted or welded to the
floor/rocker box via 6-inch x 6-inch x .125-inch steel plates similar to
the roll-bar attachment requirements of paragraph 4:10 in this
section. Unless attaching to OEM floor or frame, the minimum
requirements for a frame member to which a roll-cage member is
attached are 1 5/8-inch x .118-inch MS or .083-inch CM round
and/or 2-inch x 2-inch x .058 MS or CM rectangular.
FRONT-ENGINE
DRAGSTERS
10.00 seconds E.T. and slower
H 1
1
1
C
D
3
F
2
D
5
D
4
D
F
2"
MIN.
28"
MAX.
18"
MAX.
1 - Rear-engine dragsters with 5 or 6 points of attachment, use code A.
Front-engine dragsters with 6 points of attachment, use 1 1/2-inch x
.058-inch CM or .118-inch MS. Front-engine dragsters with 5 points of
attachment, use code B, and C (upper framerail/shoulder hoop)
becomes 1 1/2-inch x .058-inch CM or .118-inch MS.
2 - If over 18 inches, use code B, and C (upper framerail/shoulder hoop)
becomes 1 1/2-inch x .065-inch CM or .118-inch MS.
3 - If an X or K design is used then 5/8" x .058", otherwise E.
4 - If lower framerails transition into back brace uprights, must include a
1" x .058" crossmember between back brace uprights (rear seat
crossmember), min. 5 inches, max. 10 inches above lower framerails.
5 - “Kidney” upright.
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.23
ALTEREDS, FUNNY CARS
10.00 seconds E.T. and slower
Helmet must be a minimum of
3" behind front bar
1
1
H
4
1
C
3
2
D
D
D
I
F
28” MAX.
REAR VIEW
(Altereds, Funny Cars,
Rear-Engine Dragsters)
1 - Funny Car and altered with 6
points of attachment, use 1 1/2inch x .058-inch chrome moly
(CM) or .118-inch mild steel
(MS). Funny Car and altered
with 5 points of attachment, use
code B, and C (upper
framerail/shoulder hoop)
becomes 1 1/2-inch x .058-inch
CM or .118-inch MS.
2 - If over 18 inches, use code B,
and C (upper framerail/shoulder
hoop) becomes 1 1/2-inch x
.065-inch CM or .118-inch MS.
D
D
3 - If X or K design is used then
5/8" x .058", otherwise E.
4 - For Altereds and Funny Cars,
the H bar permitted.
General Regulations
RED, FED, Altered, and Funny Car Tubing Code
O.D.
Chromoly
Mild Steel
A
1 1/2
.065
.118
B
1 5/8
.065
.118
C
1 3/8
.058
.118
D
1 1/4
.058
.118
1 1/8
.065
.118
E
3/4
.058
.118
1
.049
.118
F
1 1/4
.058
.118
1 3/8
.049
.118
G
5/8
.058
.118
H
1
.058
.118
I
1 1/4
.049
.118
20.24
Section 20 - General Regulations
FULL-BODIED CARS
8.50 seconds E.T. and slower
A
DRIVER’S SIDE VIEW
B
A
A
E
A
A
REAR VIEW
C
D
All cars with an OEM frame must have roll cage welded to frame.
B - If A, two bars any length.
If B1, two bars, 30" or less; must attach within 5 inches from top of
main hoop.
If B2, minimum 4 bars. At least 2 bars must attach to horizontal
portion of main hoop.
If B3, minimum 6 bars. At least 2 bars must attach to horizontal
portion of main hoop.
D - 1 1/4" x .058" CM (.118" MS) mandatory when main hoop is welded
to plates on floor and/or rocker/sill in lieu of frame; D-bars must be
attached to frame, subframe, subframe connectors, or OEM
driveshaft tunnel. Refer to text in this section for specific criteria.
E - May substitute an “X” brace of 1 1/2 by .065-inch 4130 chromoly or 1
1/2 by .118-inch mild steel.
A
B-1
B-2
B-3
C
D
Tubing Code
O.D.
CM
1 5/8
.083
1 1/2
.058
1 3/8
.049
1 1/4
.049
1 1/4
.065
1 1/4
.058
CM
MS
4130 Chromoly
Mild Steel
MS
.118
.118
.118
.118
.118
.118
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.25
All cage structures must have in their construction a cross bar for
seat bracing and as the shoulder harness attachment point; cross
bar must be installed no more than 4 inches below, and not above,
the driver’s shoulders, or to side bar. All required rear braces must
be installed at a minimum angle of 30 degrees from vertical and
must be welded in. Side bar must pass the driver at a point midway
between the shoulder and elbow.
Unless an OEM framerail is located below and outside of driver’s
legs (i.e., ’55 Chevy, ’65 Corvette, etc.) a rocker or sill bar, minimum
1 5/8-inch x .083 CM or .118 MS or 2-inch x 2-inch x .058-inch CM
or MS rectangular, is mandatory in any car with a modified floor or
rocker box within the roll-cage uprights (excluding 6 square feet of
transmission maintenance opening). Rocker bar must be installed
below and outside of driver’s legs and must tie into the main hoop,
the forward hoop, frame, frame extension, or side diagonal. Rocker
bar may not tie into swing-out side bar support. If rocker bar ties
into side diagonal more than 5 inches (edge to edge) from forward
roll-cage support or main hoop, a 1 5/8-inch x .083 CM or .118 MS
brace/gusset is mandatory between the diagonal and forward rollcage support or main hoop.
“D” bar installation for full-bodied cars: For front-wheel-drive cars,
with complete OEM floor (from the firewall to the rear of the trunk)
and rocker/sill boxes, the 1 1/4-inch x .058-inch CM (.118-inch MS)
“D” bars (when required; i.e., when the main hoop is not welded to
the frame) may be welded to a 1 5/8-inch x .083-inch CM (.118-inch
MS) crossmember welded to the rocker/sill box via conventional 6inch x 6-inch x 1/8-inch-thick plates. For rear-wheel-drive cars, with
neither a frame nor subframe connectors, but with complete OEM
floor (from the firewall to the rear of the trunk; exception: the rear
inner wheelwells may be tubbed with steel or aluminum), the 1 1/4inch x .058-inch CM (or .118-inch MS) “D” bars may be welded to
conventional 6-inch x 6-inch x 1/8-inch formfitted/contoured plates
attached to the driveshaft tunnel. Otherwise, the “D” bars must be
attached to frame, subframe, or subframe connectors.
Swing-out side bar permitted on OEM full-bodied car 8.50 e.t. and
slower. The following requirements (a through d) apply:
a. 1 5/8-inch O.D. x .083-inch CM or .118-inch MS minimum.
Bolts/pins must be 3/8-inch-diameter steel, minimum and in
double shear at both ends.
b. Male or female clevis(es) permitted. Male clevis must use two
minimum 1/8-inch-thick brackets (CM or MS) welded to each rollcage upright; female must use minimum 1/4-inch-thick bracket
(CM or MS) welded to each roll-cage upright. Pins must be within
8 inches of the vertical portion of both the forward and main
hoops. A half-cup backing device must be welded to the vertical
portion of the main hoop (inward side) or the upper end of the
swing-out bar (outward side), minimum .118-inch wall (CM or
MS) extending at least 1 5/8 inches past the center of the pins. A
clevis assembly using a minimum .350-inch-thick male
component and two minimum .175-inch-thick female components
may use a 1/2-inch-diameter Grade 5 bolt and does not require a
half-cup backing device.
c. Sliding sleeves of 1 3/8-inch x .083 CM or .118 MS, with
minimum 2-inch engagement, are permitted in lieu of the upper
pin/cup.
d. All bolt/pin holes in the swing-out bar must have at least one-hole
diameter of material around the outside of the hole.
Non-steel-bodied pickup trucks (7.50 seconds and slower), roll
cages are permitted with no back braces if the roll cage satisfies
SFI 25.1E, 25.2, 25.4, or the roll cage satisfies the requirements for
SFI 2.4B, 2.5B, 2.6, 2.7A dragster, SFI 10.2, 10.3 altered, or SFI
General Regulations
Steel-bodied pickup trucks (7.50 seconds and slower), roll cages
are permitted with no back braces if the roll cage satisfies SFI
25.1E, 25.2, 25.4, or the roll cage consists of a 4-point (door car)
cage with a complete SFI 2.4B, 2.5B, 2.6, 2.7A dragster, SFI 10.2,
10.3 altered, or SFI 10.4 street roadster roll cage/driver’s
compartment incorporated into and attached to the 4-point roll
cage. An upper windshield bar is mandatory.
20.26
Section 20 - General Regulations
10.4 street roadster roll cage/driver’s compartment. No 4-point
(door car) cage is required and no upper windshield bar is required.
On all cars requiring a roll cage, if the OEM firewall has been
modified (in excess of 1 square foot for transmission removal, not
including bolted in components) a lower windshield or dash bar of 1
1/4 x .058-inch 4130 chromoly or 1 1/4 x .118-inch mild steel is
mandatory connecting the forward cage supports.
All joints indicated as tube-to-tube joints/intersections must be
fabricated by properly notching the components to fit with minimum
clearance unless otherwise noted. Crushing the end of a tube to
oval in lieu of properly notching/fitting the tube is not acceptable.
Welding a plate to the side of one tube and butt welding the other
tube to the plate surface in lieu of properly notching/fitting the tube
is not acceptable.
For Sportsman full-bodied cars that require a roll cage (7.50
seconds and slower, including cars inspected to SFI 25.4 or 25.5): If
the windshield/roof bars are interrupted by the dash bar, then either
the entire dash bar must be minimum 1 1/2-inch x .058-inch CM
(.118-inch MS) or the entire dash bar must be minimum 1 1/4-inch x
.058-inch CM (.118-inch MS) and must be braced with gussets to
both the upper and lower sections of each windshield/roof bar. The
gussets may be either 1.75-inch x 1.75-inch x .110-inch (with one
1/2-inch-diameter and two 5/16-inch-diameter holes maximum)
4130 CM or MS plate (triangle shaped) or 3/4-inch x.049-inch CM
(.118-inch MS) tubing at least 4 inches long. An interrupted
windshield/roof bar is defined as one that has been completely
severed into upper and lower sections/pieces and then the
sections/pieces are welded to the dash bar.
4:12 WHEELBASE (Jan. 6, 2010)
Minimum 85 inches, unless car has original engine in original
location and is shorter than original, or noted in class requirements.
Maximum wheelbase variation from left to right is 1 inch, unless
otherwise noted in Class Requirements.
TIRES & WHEELS: 5
5:1 TIRES
Tires will be visually checked for condition, pressure, etc. and must
be considered free of defects by the technical inspector prior to any
run. All street tires must have a minimum of 1/16-inch tread depth.
Temporary spares, space saver spares, farm implement or trailer
tires prohibited. Metal, screw-in valve stems mandatory in tubeless
tires, front and rear, on vehicles running 11.99 or quicker.
5:2 WHEELS
Hubcaps must be removed for inspectors, who will check for loose
lugs, cracked wheels, worn or oversize lug holes, and condition of
spindles, axle nuts, cotter pins, etc. Snap-on hubcaps are prohibited
on any class car. The use of “spinner” style wheels or any wheel
design that incorporates movable pieces while vehicle is in motion
or stationary are prohibited. Each car in competition must be
equipped with automotive-type wheels with a minimum 12 inches of
diameter unless Class Requirements stipulate otherwise.
Motorcycle wheels or lightweight automotive wire wheels must be
equipped with
5:2
.100-inch minimum
diameter steel
Lug nut
Washer
spokes, properly
cross-laced to
provide maximum
strength. All spoke
Diameter
holes in rim and
of
hub must be laced.
stud
Omissions to
lighten wheels
prohibited. The
thread engagement
At least
on all wheel studs
diameter of stud
to the lug nut, or
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.27
lug bolts to wheel hubs, must be equivalent to or greater than the
diameter of the stud/bolt. Length of the stud/bolt does not determine
permissibility. (Example: A 7/16-inch stud must be thoroughly
engaged through the threads in the hex portion of the lug a
minimum of 7/16-inch.)
Wheel spacer permitted. Spacer to be either hub-centric or lug-centric
and must fit with minimal clearance to retain concentricity. The wheel
spacer must not reduce the minimum permitted thread engagement
below the limits established by fastener diameter. (See example as
stated above.) No stacking of wheel spacers allowed. Maximum rim
width on any car: 16 inches. No rear wheel discs or covers permitted
in any category. Top Fuel and Funny Car rear wheels must meet SFI
Spec 15.3. Pro Stock, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car,
and Pro Modified (Comp) must meet a minimum of SFI Spec 15.1.
INTERIOR: 6
6:1 DRIVER COMPARTMENT
Both doors must be functional from inside and outside on all fullbodied cars. All interior panels (firewalls, floors, wheel tubs, doors,
etc.) within the driver compartment of enclosed-cockpit cars where
the driver is located behind the engine must be constructed of
materials other than magnesium. Driver compartment of any
enclosed or full-bodied car must be totally sealed from engine and
transmission. Openings around all linkages, lines, wires, hoses, etc.
must be minimized.
6:2 UPHOLSTERY, SEATS
The driver’s seat of any car in competition must be constructed,
braced, mounted, and upholstered to provide full back and shoulder
support. The driver’s seat must be supported on the bottom and
back by the frame or crossmember. Except as noted in SFI
Specifications, seats must be bolted with four bolts (and nuts and
washers) on the bottom and one bolt in the rear into crossbar; all
bolts must go into frame or crossbraces. Ball-lock pins for seat
6:2
MINIMUM SEAT SUPPORT
1/2" steel
tubing
4" max. from
top of seat
Cross bar
6:3 WINDOW NET
A ribbon-type or SFI Spec 27.1 mesh-type window net is
mandatory on any full-bodied car required by the rules to have a roll
cage. Window net must be securely mounted on the inside of the
roll cage, with the permanent attachment at the bottom. All
attachment points must be designed in an attempt to protect the
driver and avoid contact with track surface or guardwall. Eyelet
clips, dogleash hardware, hose clamps, etc. prohibited. Penetration
General Regulations
attachment prohibited in all classes. All seats must be upholstered,
or as noted under Class or SFI Requirements. All front-engine,
open-bodied, supercharged or turbocharged (gasoline or methanol)
cars running 7.49 seconds and quicker must have a flameretardant-material-upholstered seat.
Properly braced, framed, supported, and constructed seats of
aluminum, fiberglass, carbon fiber, or double-layer poly
(accessory seats) permitted. Single-layer fiberglass seats must
have steel tube framework, 1/2-inch-minimum O.D., for support.
Aftermarket aluminum seats must have reinforced head rest.
Magnesium seats prohibited.
20.28
Section 20 - General Regulations
of webbing, except as performed by manufacturer, prohibited. Any
modification to net must be performed by manufacturer. A ribbon
type window net does not expire, unless it is torn or battered.
BODY: 7
7:1 AIR FOILS, WINGS
Air foils, canards, wings, and spoilers other than original factory
equipment are permitted only in open-bodied class cars (e.g.,
Dragster, Street Roadster, or open-wheel Altered) or as noted in
Class Requirements. A positive locking device to prevent movement
mandatory. No part to be within 6 inches of rear tires. Spring-loaded
spoilers, wings, or canards prohibited. Adjustment of air foils, wings,
or spoilers during run prohibited. NOTE: A spoiler is mounted
directly to the deck lid of the vehicle such that air passes only on
the top side of the device. An air foil or wing is mounted on stands,
struts, or pedestals such that air passes over the top and
underneath the device. Minimum fastener size on all front wings,
canards, etc. is 1/4-inch. Ball-lock pins prohibited.
7:2
7:2 COMPETITION NUMBERS
All contestants are required to display a permanent driver number
at all NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national events,
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional events, divisional
NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, and divisional National Open
events. Numbers on side windows must be a minimum 6 inches
high and 1 1/2 inches wide. Class designation letters must be a
minimum 3 inches high and 1 inch wide. Driver’s competition
number and class designation must be displayed in a legible
manner in a contrasting color to the vehicle’s background color, or
light color on windows, in a prominent position, and be clearly
visible to the tower personnel. Class and numbers must be in the
form of permanent decals or paint. The use of shoe polish in any
form is prohibited.
7:3 FENDERS
In Super Stock and Stock, the leading and trailing edges of fender
openings may be trimmed for tire clearance, maximum 2 inches.
All vehicles in all classes must have re-rolled or beaded edges on
altered fenders. Flaring or spreading external fender lines
prohibited, except as noted in Class Requirements. Front fenders
may not be “drooped” on full-fendered car except as noted in
Class Requirements.
7:4 FIREWALL
Each car in competition must be equipped with a minimum .032inch aluminum or .024-inch steel firewall, extending from side to
side of the body and from the top of the engine compartment’s
upper seal (hood, cowl, or deck) to the bottom of the floor and/or
bellypan. Firewall must provide a bulkhead between the engine
and/or fuel tank and driver compartment. All holes in firewall must
be sealed with aluminum or steel. In certain instances, fiberglass,
carbon fiber, or other composites may be used. See Class
Requirements or consult NHRA. Use of magnesium prohibited.
7:5 FLOOR
All cars without floors must be equipped with floor pans made of
steel or aluminum that must extend the full length and width of the
driver compartment to the rear of the driver’s seat. Cars equipped
with floors or bellypans made of fiberglass or other breakable
material must have metal subfloors. In all cars with OEM fiberglass
floors, a crossmember (minimum 2 inches x 2 inches, .083-inch wall
Section 20 - General Regulations
20.29
7:5
SUPER STOCK TRUNK FLOORING
New cover material
New subframe
Stock trunk floor
Stock trunk floor
Fender
Old
subframe
Old floor
Tire
thickness square tubing) must be installed between framerails for
proper driver’s seat, seat belt, shoulder harness, and crotch strap
installation. Bellypans and subfloors enclosing engine or driver
compartment must contain suitable drain holes so that liquids and
foreign matter cannot collect, thus creating a fire hazard. Minimum
.032-inch aluminum or .024-inch steel. In certain instances, an
NHRA-accepted panel made of composite material may be
substituted for steel or aluminum. Contact the NHRA Technical
Department for list of accepted composite panels. Use of
magnesium prohibited.
7:6 HOOD SCOOP
On full-bodied cars, where permitted, hood-scoop opening may not
extend more than 11 inches above height of original hood surface
as measured from the top of the opening directly down to the hood
surface. On open-bodied, front-engine cars, scoop may not extend
more than 11 inches above height of carburetor top. Scoop must
have one opening only in Professional categories, and Top Alcohol
Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, and Super Stock. All other
classes, multiple scoop openings permitted. Sensors, transducers,
vents, wiring, hoses, etc. prohibited inside hood scoop. See Class
Requirements for additional restrictions.
7:7 WINDSCREEN
On open-bodied cars, or any other class car without a windshield, a
metal or other fireproof deflector must be installed. Minimum size on
Street Roadster and Altered class cars is 5 inches x 12 inches. The
deflector should divert wind, liquids, and foreign matter over the
driver’s head, be securely mounted, and installed in such a manner
that it does not obstruct the driver’s frontal view in any way.
7:8 WINDSHIELD, WINDOWS
General Regulations
Windshields and/or windows on all cars, when called for under
Class Requirements, must be of safety glass, Plexiglas, Lexan, or
other shatterproof material, minimum 1/8-inch thick. In all Full
Throttle Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
vehicles, windshields and/or windows must be clear, without tinting
or coloring, except factory-tinted safety glass. In all other
applications, windshield/window tint must meet the applicable state
requirements. Competition number decals are permitted on any
window, windshield or backlite, except as noted in Class
Requirements. Tape of any kind prohibited on any windshield or
window. The use of any temporary or permanent shielding,
including paint, that obstructs the driver’s vision (e.g., blinders,
staging aids) and that is attached to the helmet, window or
windshield is prohibited. Permitted shielding not to exceed 4 inches
by 8 inches is permitted at this time provided that (a) it has a
permanent attachment to the vehicle, such that it requires tools for
removal, and (b) that the shielding is deemed safe by the driver in
the driver’s judgment and so long as the driver can demonstrate to
technical inspectors that the purpose of the modification is to
20.30
Section 20 - General Regulations
reduce distraction in the driver’s field of vision. By using such a
shield, the driver acknowledges and agrees that the driver deems
such modification safe in the driver’s judgment consistent with the
driver’s obligations in Section 1, Participant Agreements and
Administrative and Procedural Rules, set forth above, and that the
shield does not impair or interfere with the safe operation of the
driver’s vehicle. Tape, tie straps, binder clips, hook-and-loop
fasteners, glue, etc. are prohibited for attachment purposes.
Vehicle-mounted shielding is allowed to pivot as long as it remains
permanently attached. See General Regulations 10:7.
ELECTRICAL/CONTROL: 8
8:1 BATTERIES
All batteries must be securely mounted; must be of sufficient
capacity to start vehicle at any time. Batteries may not be relocated
into the driver or passenger compartments. Rear firewall of .024inch steel or .032-inch aluminum (including package tray) required
when battery is relocated in trunk. In lieu of rear firewall, battery
may be located in a sealed .024-inch steel, .032-inch aluminum, or
NHRA-accepted poly box. If sealed box is used in lieu of rear
firewall, box may not be used to secure battery and must be vented
outside of body. Relocated battery(s) must be fastened to frame or
frame structure with a minimum of two 3/8-inch-diameter bolts.
OEM located batteries without complete OEM hold-down hardware
must be secured to OEM battery box/tray using the same 3/8-inchdiameter bolt hold-down method described in previous sentence.
(“J” hooks prohibited or must have open end welded shut.) Metal
battery hold-down straps mandatory. Strapping tape prohibited. A
maximum of two automobile batteries, or 150 pounds combined
maximum weight (unless otherwise specified in Class
Requirements), is permitted. Maximums may vary according to
Class Requirements.
8:2 DELAY BOXES/DEVICES
Prohibited in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle,
Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock,
and Stock; permitted in all other categories (E.T. rules may vary by
division; contact division office). A delay box or delay device is
defined as any device (electric, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic,
mechanical, etc.) built for the express purpose of creating a delay
between the release of transbrake line-loc, or two-step button, or
release of foot or hand brake, or release of clutch pedal/lever, or
release of any other device and the resultant action of the vehicle,
or as otherwise determined by NHRA.
In categories that prohibit delay devices: Changeable vehicle
components, legal unto themselves (solenoids, throttle-linkage
components, hoses, springs, etc.), even though the removal and
replacement of that component may affect the reaction time of the
vehicle in relation to the driver action, is not considered a delay
device. Wiring may consist of a single (i.e., “one” or “1”) continuous
wire from a power source to a switch (or button), and a single
continuous wire from the switch to the transbrake or line-loc
solenoid. One splice (no quick-disconnect) is permitted from the
two-step to the solenoid (i.e., between the switch and the solenoid).
All switches, buttons, wiring, solenoids, etc. must be for normal
automotive use; i.e., not intended to create a delay (adjustable or
non-adjustable) between release of the button and the resultant
action of the solenoid. All line-loc/transbrake wiring before and after
the switch must be separate from any other wiring and fully visible.
Computer wiring, sensors, relays, and the like may not be wired to
the solenoid wiring. Two-steps or other rev limiters that are
adjustable by thumbwheel, replaceable chips, and the like may not
be within the driver’s reach and will preferably be located outside
the driver compartment.
Any system that does not fit the above description is prohibited and
must be corrected before the vehicle will be passed through preevent technical inspection. Further, discovery of a delay device,
adjustable or non-adjustable, at any time following pre-event
technical inspection will be grounds for immediate disqualification
from the event, loss of all NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
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points for the season, and suspension from all NHRA
Championship Drag Racing events for remainder of season.
Additional penalties may be imposed at the discretion of NHRA.
In categories that permit a delay device: Delay device may
display only delay amount dialed in; analog or digital display
permitted. See Class Requirements for number of boxes/devices
permitted. Delay device may serve only to create a preset delay
between release of transbrake, line-loc, etc. and resultant action of
vehicle. Delay device may be connected only to systems; i.e:,
transbrake and/or line-loc, and/or clutch, dependent on vehicle, shift
timer and throttle stop. Delay device connected to data recorders or
any other equipment prohibited. No other wiring shall be connected
directly or indirectly between any other part of the ignition system or
any other devices (such as data recorders, tachometers,
suspension components, fuel-injection system, etc.) and the delay
box/device. The rpm-based automatic shifters that are incorporated
into some delay boxes/devices may not be used for any purpose.
The built-in tachometer that is incorporated into some delay
boxes/devices may not be used for any purposes.
Prior to use, all delay boxes/devices manufactured after Jan. 1,
2003, must be NHRA-accepted. Any delay device other than those
specified above, must be NHRA-accepted prior to usage. All wiring
associated with the delay device, throttle stop, ignition system,
automatic shifter, and electronic fuel injection must be fully visible,
labeled, and traceable. Delay devices and components must be
utilized in an unaltered manner consistent with the manufacturer’s
installation and instruction books unless otherwise approved. The
use of any visual, audible, etc. indications that are transmitted to the
driver in any form that provide on-track data are prohibited.
Any system that does not fit the above description is prohibited and
must be corrected before the vehicle will be passed through preevent technical inspection. Further, discovery of a prohibited device
at any time following pre-event technical inspection will be grounds
for immediate disqualification from the event, loss of all NHRA Full
Throttle Drag Racing Series points for the season, and suspension
from all NHRA Championship Drag Racing events for remainder of
season. Additional penalties may be imposed at the discretion of
NHRA (see 9:1 COMPUTER, 9:2 DATA RECORDERS).
8:3 IGNITION
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 the driver. “Momentary contact”
switch prohibited. Magneto “kill button”-type switches are prohibited.
All ignition systems and/or components wiring harnesses and
attachments must utilize those supplied by the ignition system
manufacturer. The wiring harness must be used in an unaltered
manner consistent with the manufacturer’s installation and
instruction books.
All removable or pin-type timing devices are prohibited.
The use of any programmable multi-point rev limiter and/or a rateof-acceleration rpm limiter, either by themselves (e.g., MSD 7561)
or integrated into the ignition system (e.g., MSD 7531), are
prohibited in NHRA competition.
Mandatory when battery is relocated, or as outlined in Class
Requirements. An electrical power cutoff switch (one only) must be
installed on the rearmost part of each vehicle and be easily
accessible from outside the car body. This cutoff switch must be
connected to the positive side of the electrical system and must
stop all electrical functions including magneto ignition. The off
position must be clearly indicated with the word “OFF.” If switch is
“push/pull” type, “push” must be the action for shutting off the
electrical system, “pull” to turn it on. Any rods or cables used to
activate the switch must be minimum 1/8-inch diameter. Plastic or
keyed switches prohibited. Switches and/or controls must be
located behind rear wheels on rear-engine dragsters.
General Regulations
8:4 MASTER CUTOFF
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8:5 STARTERS
All cars must be self-starting. Rollers and/or push starts prohibited.
8:6 TAILLIGHTS
All vehicles from E.T. up to and including Competition, one
functional taillight mandatory. Strobe, flashing, high intensity, laser,
infrared, photo sensitive, or other light-emitting/receiving device
prohibited. See also Class Requirements.
8:7 SWITCHES & BUTTONS
Transbrake and/or line-loc switches must be NHRA-accepted for use
in all classes that prohibit delay devices. All switches and/or buttons
must be standard, mechanical connection type. Infrared, laser,
retinal scan, fingerprint, light source, or any other non-mechanicaltype switch and/or button prohibited in all NHRA classes.
8:8 SHIFT LIGHT
Shift light may only be triggered by tachometer output or ignition
output.
SUPPORT GROUP: 9
9:1 COMPUTER
The National Hot Rod Association has established its policy with
regard to the use of onboard computers on race cars competing
pursuant to the NHRA Rulebook. Except those computers installed
on stock vehicles by the new-vehicle manufacturers for the proper
operation of such vehicles, no vehicles may be equipped with
computers that in any way affect the operation of the vehicle. Per
Class Requirements, OEM or aftermarket OEM-type electronic fuel
injection permitted. Electronic fuel injection must be closed, OEMtype system; i.e., may monitor only engine functions. Monitoring of
vehicle performance criteria, wheel speed, driveshaft speed,
vehicle acceleration, etc. by fuel-injection system prohibited. All
aftermarket OEM-type electronic fuel injection must be NHRAaccepted. A current list of NHRA-accepted electronic-fuel-injection
systems is available on NHRA.com. All related wiring, sensors, etc.
must be identifiable to the tech inspector. A computer is defined as
any device (electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, etc.) that
activates any function of, or in any way affects the operation of, the
vehicle based on measurement, sensing, processing, etc. of any
data related to the performance of the vehicle. For non-OEM data
recorder applications, the transmission or display of any vehicle
performance data gathered or processed by the data recorder, to
the driver or any remote location during the run, is prohibited. (See
9:2 DATA RECORDERS).
During NHRA competition, no portable computer (e.g., laptop, PDA,
Palm Pilot, programmer, etc.) may be installed or located in a
vehicle at any point beyond the staging area ready line. All functions
or values must be pre-set prior to this point.
Per class requirements, timed or rpm-activated shifters and the like
permitted, but all automated functions must be preset before the
run. Timer may display only timer amount dialed in; analog or digital
display permitted. Devices may be removed at any time at
discretion of NHRA Technical Department.
Ride height sensors permitted in Top Fuel and Funny Car only;
prohibited in all other classes.
9:2 DATA RECORDERS
Data recorders may be used (per Class Requirements) to record
functions of a vehicle so long as they do not activate any function on
the vehicle. All data recorders manufactured after Jan. 1, 2006, must
be NHRA-accepted. Data recorder may not be activated by the
throttle, clutch, brake, mechanisms, etc., nor by the Christmas Tree,
radio transmitters, sensing of wheel speed, inertia, laser device, or
transmission of track position. The data recorder must be activated
by a separate switch that requires a separate action (with respect to
all other devices) by the driver or crewperson. The switch may
neither be connected to nor be incorporated into any other device or
component. Fifth-wheel sensing devices prohibited on all vehicles
(includes wheelie-bar wheels). All lines sensing flow, pressure, etc.
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of fuel or oil must be metallic or steel braided. For non-OEM data
recorder applications, the transmission or display of any vehicle
performance data gathered or processed by the data recorder, to
the driver or any remote location, during the run, is prohibited. Data
may be reviewed (printout, replay, etc.) only after the run.
Any device (mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, optical, etc.)
other than OEM-type that assists in determining track location of the
competitor’s own vehicle or opponent’s vehicle is prohibited. Only
OEM-style mirrors, mounted in conventional fashion, permitted.
Discovery of a device that displays, indicates, or transmits “on
track,” “track location,” or “elapsed time”-type data will be grounds
for immediate disqualification from the event, loss of all NHRA Full
Throttle Drag Racing Series or Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
points for the season, and suspension from all NHRA
Championship Drag Racing events for remainder of season.
Additional penalties may be imposed at the discretion of NHRA.
Devices may be removed at any time at the discretion of the NHRA
Technical Department. Contact NHRA Technical Department for a
list of accepted data loggers.
9:3 FIRE EXTINGUISHER
An onboard fire extinguisher system is mandated under certain
Class Requirements. Must be installed per manufacturer’s
specifications with all gauges clearly visible; viewing window(s) may
be required for some applications. In other classes, it is
recommended that each contestant and/or his or her crew have a
loaded, serviceable fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in their
possession, carried in the tow vehicle, race car, or otherwise
available for immediate use. Dry chemical or CO2-type
extinguishers, 2 1/2-pound minimum size, are recommended. When
installed in a race car, must be mounted in a secure manner; use of
flip-open-type clamps prohibited.
When required, Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol
Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Car, fire extinguishing system
must meet SFI Spec 17.1 and installed and utilized per
manufacturer’s installation requirements. All front-engine, openbodied supercharged or turbocharged (gasoline or methanol) cars
running 7.49 seconds or quicker must be equipped with an SFIrated 20-pound fire system.
General Regulations
For all other vehicles, onboard fire extinguisher systems must be
manually controlled Cold Fire 302, Fire X plus, Halon FE1211 or
1301 or FM200, or F500, or DuPont FE-36 or FE-227, and mounted
per manufacturer’s specifications with the primary nozzle(s)
directed in an attempt to protect the driver. Other agents, classified
on the EPA SNAP list as Acceptable Total Flooding Agents
(Feasible for Use in Occupied Areas) and NHRA accepted, may be
used. Bottles and lines must be mounted above the bottom of the
adjacent framerails. Fire bottle activation cables must be installed
inside framerail where cables pass engine/bellhousing area. Bottles
must be DOT approved and permanently mounted (no hose clamps
or tie wraps). In the case of more than one bottle, each bottle must
have its own distribution tubing and nozzles. The use of bottles,
nozzles, or tubing other than that recommended by the
manufacturer is prohibited. Upon activation of the system, the
contents of the bottle(s) must be totally discharged; partialdischarge systems prohibited. The bottles must be mounted in such
a manner that should an explosion or failure of any mechanical
component of the vehicle occur, the bottles will be protected from
flying parts. When installed in/on a race car, must be mounted in a
secure manner; use of flip-open-type clamps, hose clamps, tie
wraps, snaps, etc. prohibited. They should be protected from
excessive temperature and mounted rigidly to the vehicle. Remote
cables must be metallic (plastic or plastic-wrapped cables
prohibited) and installed so they are protected in the event of an
upset or collision. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
regarding installation, especially on bend radius, and protection
from crimping or kinking. All fire systems must use steel lines, steel
or aluminum distribution nozzles, and must be equipped with a
pressure gauge. All bottles must be identified with a gross
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loaded weight figure. It is the responsibility of the competitor to
weigh the bottle prior to each event.
9:4 GENERATORS
All generators, air compressors, etc. that are powered by an internal
combustion engine must have the exhaust directed up and above the
top of the trailer, truck, RV, tent/awning, etc. and clear of other
people’s pits.
9:5 JACKS & JACKSTANDS
No work may be done under any car in the pit area while the car is
supported by only one jack. Additional safety devices such as
jackstands are mandatory to provide additional protection in the event
of jack failure. Failure to observe this rule is grounds for immediate
disqualification. Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol Dragster,
and Top Alcohol Funny Car must use cradles/jackstand devices that
attach to the frame (conventional jackstands prohibited) when working
on and/or running engine in pits with vehicle in a raised position.
Jackstand devices must be constructed as to provide a minimum
ground clearance of 7 inches as measured from the ground to the
outer diameter limit of the rear tires.
9:6 LIFTING DEVICES
Any form of mechanical, hydraulic, or other leverage-type device for
raising a car’s driving wheels off the starting-line surface is
prohibited.
9:7 OVERSIZE TRAILERS
Contestants using lift-gate-type rear door must allow door to be open
only during active unloading/loading. Further, contestants must take
steps to prohibit anyone from passing underneath any part of the liftgate-type door during the unloading/loading procedure. Also, all
extended ramps must be stowed after use. Maximum width of trailer
and awning combination not to exceed 22 feet.
9:8 PRESSURIZED BOTTLES
All pressurized bottles (i.e., air, CO2, etc.) used for air shifters,
clutches, etc. must meet, and be engraved as meeting, DOT-1800
pound minimum Spec. All bottles must be securely mounted (hose
clamps and/or tie wraps prohibited). Any pressurized bottle used for
pneumatic operation must be filled with compressed air, nitrogen, or
CO2. All other materials prohibited.
9:9 PUSH BARS
Push bar must be designed to prevent push car from riding up on
rear wheel of open-wheeled race cars. Push or tow starts prohibited.
9:10 TELEMETRY DEVICES
Telemetry transmission of certain Professional-category vehicle
parameters intended for the sole purpose of national event television
coverage, which meet applicable NHRA criteria, permitted.
Application for telemetry transmission(s) must be submitted in
writing to NHRA Technical Services, National Headquarters,
Glendora, Calif. Final, written authorization from applicable event
Technical Services Crew Chief mandatory. Discovery of any
unauthorized telemetry device, or unauthorized transmission of
data, in any category, will result in disqualification from the event,
loss of all season points, plus suspension of competition privileges
for the remainder of the season. Additional penalties may be
imposed at the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.
9:11 TRACTION CONTROL
Any type of traction-control device, electronic or mechanical, is
prohibited. A traction-control device is any unit or system that uses
live data to control functions of the vehicle, such as tire slip, which
are not controlled by the driver. These devices are, but not limited
to, timing control based on wheel, driveline, or engine acceleration,
braking control, throttle control, tire-shake meters, vertical
acceleration meters, misfire control, stutter box, relays, and/or rpmactivated chips. See 9:10 TELEMETRY DEVICES, 8:2 DELAY
BOXES/DEVICES, 8:3 IGNITION, 9:1 COMPUTER.
9:12 TOW VEHICLE
Any vehicle used as a tow vehicle must have the driver’s
competition number displayed on the tow vehicle. Limit of six
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crewmembers in tow or push vehicle. Crewmembers must be inside
cab or completely inside bed or truck, not to be seated on tailgate,
standing on running boards, or otherwise not completely inside
vehicle. Generators or other external power supplies, extension
cords, support equipment other than the tow vehicle, etc. are
prohibited outside the pit area. Once a race vehicle leaves the pit, it
must be in race-ready condition, and the only support equipment
permitted is the tow or push vehicle until the vehicle returns to the
assigned pit area. (Exceptions for engine start-up equipment
needed in Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, Pro Stock
Bike, Funny Car, and Top Fuel.) Competitors in Super categories
and Super Stock classes may use portable generators while
stationary in the staging lanes.
9:13 TWO-WAY RADIO COMMUNICATION
The use of two-way radios for the purpose of voice communication
between driver and crew is permitted in all classes. Telemetry may in
no way be used for gathering data or performing control functions.
When radio is mounted in driver’s compartment, must be secured in
holder by some type of strap or device when car is moving.
9:14 WARM-UPS
It is mandatory that a driver be seated in the car in the normal
driving position anytime the engine is running, unless coupler or
driveline is removed from vehicle. The practice of transbrake
testing, converter stalls, line-loc testing, and/or transmission
warming is prohibited in all classes, in all areas of the event
except in starting-line approach areas beyond staging, or
unless vehicle is on jackstands. Non-compliance is grounds
for disqualification or such other and/or action as deemed
appropriate by NHRA.
TOP FUEL & FUNNY CAR: When starting these categories of
vehicles in the pit area, the car must be fully within the assigned
space. Race teams may not back car out of the pit space to start
the engine. NO PART OF THE REAR TIRE MAY EXTEND PAST
THE END OF THE ASSIGNED PIT SPACE. When occupying the
“end spot” pit space or if the neighboring trailer does not completely
shield your car, it is mandatory to park a tow truck/car alongside the
race car while the engine is running.
DRIVER: 10
10:1 APPAREL
Each member of a participant crew must be fully attired when
present in the staging, starting, and competition areas of the
racetrack. Shoes are mandatory. Shorts, bare legs, tank tops, or
bare torsos are prohibited when driving in any class. See Class
Requirements.
10:2 APPEARANCE
Vehicles participating in drag racing events must be presentable in
appearance at all times; those considered improperly prepared may
be rejected by the technical inspector. The appearance of personnel
attending contestant vehicles is equally important and is subject to
the same considerations.
10:3 ARM RESTRAINTS
10:4 CREDENTIALS
Each driver of a vehicle entered in any event conducted at an
NHRA member track must have a valid state or government-issued
driver’s license beyond a learner’s-permit level or NHRA
Competition License subject to inspection by officials at any time.
In addition, a current NHRA membership is required for
participation in any divisional or national NHRA-sanctioned event,
obtaining a new permanent competition number or renewing a
General Regulations
Where mandated by Class Requirements, arm restraints must be
worn and adjusted in such a manner that driver’s hands and/or
arms cannot be extended outside of roll cage and/or frame rails.
Arm restraints shall be combined with the driver restraint system
such that the arm restraints are released with the driver restraints.
Refer to manufacturer for instructions.
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permanent competition number, and obtaining a new competition
license or renewing an existing competition license.
All competitors at NHRA Full Throttle national events must be a
minimum of 18 years of age. A 17-year-old may apply for a
Professional-category license if all the following criteria are met: 1)
applicant’s 18th birthday falls during the regular NHRA national event
schedule; 2) applicant was an active participant in another NHRA
license category (9.99 E.T. or quicker) the previous year; 3) applicant
holds a valid NHRA competition license (9.99 E.T. or quicker).
Jr. Dragster participants must be 8 to 17 years old.
Drivers of the following type vehicles are mandated to have a valid
NHRA competition license.
Type A
Type B
Type C
Type D
wheelbase
wheelbase
over 125"
up to 125"
Motorcycle
Class 1
Top Fuel
Funny Car
Pro Stock
PSM
Class 2
TAD
TAFC
Pro Modified AD/MX (6.00-7.49)
Class 3
CompCompN/A
ET/MX
Advanced ET Advanced ET-SPTC
(7.50-9.99)
(6.00-7.49)
(6.00-7.49)
Class 4
CompComp-SC-ET-SGN/A
Snowmobile-ATV
SC-ET
SS-SST-SPTC
(7.50-9.99)
(7.50-9.99)
(7.50-9.99)
Class SP
NTF/SPF
NFC/SPF
N/A
Nitro MC
License applicants for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock
Motorcycle, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, and Pro
Modified must complete two runs at or above the requested
class(es)’ minimum e.t. and mph standard. The class standards are:
Class
Top Fuel
Funny Car
Pro Stock
Pro Stock Motorcycle
TAD/TAFC
Pro Modified
Standard
Two runs of 5.20 or quicker and two runs of 260 mph or faster
Two runs of 5.50 or quicker and two runs of 250 mph or faster
Two runs of 7.40 or quicker and two runs of 175 mph or faster
Two runs of 7.90 or quicker and two runs of 165 mph or faster
Two runs of 6.20 or quicker and two runs of 205 mph or faster
Two runs of 6.90 or quicker and two runs of 190 mph or faster
All license applicants are required to have a physical examination
before making any test runs. Physical forms and license applications
are available from NHRA headquarters or your division office.
(Physical expires every two years. License expires with physical.)
Likewise, the vehicle used for test runs must be current with respect
to rules and regulations for the class/license being applied for.
WHEEL-DRIVEN CATEGORIES
A new driver who has not previously held a competition license will
be given a special cockpit-orientation (blindfold) test, and will be
required to make a minimum of six runs under the observation of
two licensed drivers and a designated NHRA official. Witnessing
drivers must hold a competition license equal to or greater than one
being applied for. A driver who is upgrading or crossgrading (bodied
category to/from open-wheel category) is required to take the
cockpit-orientation test and make three runs (per license application
instructions). A licensed driver may drive a car classed under his or
her license limitation. It is prohibited to cross over to or from the long
wheelbase category to short wheelbase, dragster to bodied,
motorcycle to car, etc. unless specifically licensed for each.
JET EXHIBITION CATEGORIES
New driver must notify NHRA of intention to obtain a license and
receive all required forms and rules for the category. Applicant must
be minimum 18 years of age. All new drivers will pay a $200
application fee with the submission of a physical-exam form. Proof of
car must be submitted and inspection must be performed prior to
NHRA issuing a permit, which will include NHRA membership and
insurance, to begin initial licensing runs.
New driver, or driver cross grading from Funny Car to dragsters,
etc. will be given a cockpit-orientation (blindfold) test. New driver
must make a minimum of 12 test runs over a two-day (minimum)
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period. Blindfold test and test runs must be witnessed by two
currently licensed jet exhibition drivers with at least three years’
experience, a track official, and an NHRA-designated person. Test
runs are typically divided into three sessions, as follows:
Session 1: Three half passes, one moderate pass.
Session 2: Four moderate passes.
Session 3: One moderate pass, three full passes.
Driver crossgrading from one jet exhibition category to another
must complete a blindfold test and minimum three full test runs in
front of standard witnesses. (A driver with an NHRA competition
license in any whee-driven category may not crossgrade to a jet
exhibition license, regardless of experience.) In all categories,
competition license will be granted or denied in NHRA’s
discretion.
10:5 DRIVER RESTRAINT SYSTEMS
A quick-release, 3-inch driver restraint system, with a 2-inch crotch
strap, meeting SFI Spec 16.1 is mandatory in all cars in competition
required by the rules to have a roll bar or a roll cage. (Permitted in
all other classes.) A 3-inch SFI Spec 16.5 driver restraint system is
also acceptable wherever an SFI Spec 16.1 is mandatory or
permitted. Driver restraint system must be clearly labeled as
meeting SFI Spec 16.1 and be dated by manufacturer. See Class
Requirements for additional requirements for Top Fuel and Funny
Car. SFI Spec 16.1 Y-type belts prohibited. (In cases where the
class does not require an SFI 16.1 driver restraint system, the twoyear recertification does not apply.) System must be updated at
two-year intervals from date of manufacture. All seat-belt and
shoulder harness hardware must be originally designed to be used
with each other and produced by the same manufacturer. For
harness installation, see illustration. Cars using OEM or OEM-type
seat may route crotch strap in front of seat instead of through seat.
Only units that release all five attachment points in one motion are
permitted. When arm restraints are worn with a restraint system
that utilizes a “latch lever,” a protective cover must be installed to
Mounted level with
90° shoulders to 4" below
10:5
Seat belt
anchored at 45°
angle to the floor
of car
45°
Crotch strap to go
through seat and
anchor behind chest
line. With OEM-type
seat, crotch strap may
route in front of seat.
Seat belts anchored
apart, width of driver
10:6 HEAD PROTECTOR
In any car where a roll bar or roll cage is installed, a padded head
protector must be provided at the back of the driver’s head and
General Regulations
prevent arm restraint from accidentally releasing the latch lever.
Protective cover not required if system utilizes “duck-bill” latch
hardware. All harness sections must be mounted to the frame,
crossmember, or reinforced mounting, and installed to limit driver’s
body travel both upward and forward. Seat belts may not be
wrapped around lower framerails. Under no circumstances are bolts
inserted through belt webbing permitted for mounting. Check
manufacturer’s instructions.
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Head rest within 4"
of driver’s helmet
Padded head protectors
10:6
constructed in an attempt to prevent whiplash upon impact. The roll
bar or cage must be padded wherever it may come in contact with
the driver’s helmet. Adequate padding should permit minimum 1/4inch compression or meet SFI Spec 45.1. The use of weather
stripping and similar thin or low impact resisting materials is
prohibited. A padded roll bar or cage alone is not acceptable as a
padded head protector unless it is within 4 inches of the driver’s
helmet. A seat that incorporates a reinforced head rest is permitted.
10:7 HELMET
As outlined under Class Requirements, drivers in all classes,
including motorcycles, must wear a helmet meeting Snell or SFI
Specifications.
SFI Spec 31.1A = Snell SA, open-face helmet
SFI Spec 31.2A = Snell SA full-face helmet
SFI Spec 41.1A = Snell M, open-face helmet
SFI Spec 41.2A = Snell M full-face helmet
Full-face helmet mandatory on all cars 9.99 or quicker. See
individual Class Requirements for additional requirements. Shield
mandatory 7.49 and quicker.
Drivers of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E.T. cars (13.99
or quicker) must use a helmet meeting Snell SA2000, M2000,
SA2005, M2005, M2010, or SFI 31.1A, 31.2A, 31.1/2005, 41.1A,
41.2A, or 41.1/2005 Specs. Drivers in supercharged, front-engine,
open-bodied cars and Funny Cars must wear a helmet meeting
Snell SA2000, SA2005 or SFI 31.1A, 31.2A, or 31.1/2005 Specs.
See Class Requirements.
NHRA Helmet Expiration Dates
Label
Snell 2000
Snell 2005
Snell 2010
SFI 31.1A
SFI 31.2A
Expires
1/1/2012
1/1/2017
1/1/2022
1/1/2014
1/1/2014
Label
Expires
SFI 41.1A
1/1/2014
SFI 41.2A
1/1/2014
SFI 31.1/2005
1/1/2017
SFI 41.1/2005
1/1/2017
SFI 24.1 (JDRL only) 1/1/2015
SFI 24.1/2005
1/1/2017
Structural modifications to helmet/shield are prohibited. Cutting of
helmet or helmet shield prohibited. Helmet must remain as
manufactured, except for paint scheme/graphics and permitted nonstructural driver modifications to helmet shield as set forth below.
Taping or similar modifications to the helmet shield made by the
driver that reduce the driver’s field of vision, and are deemed safe
by driver in the driver’s judgment, are permitted at this time so long
as the driver can demonstrate to technical inspectors that the
purpose of the modification is to reduce distraction in the driver’s
field of vision. By using such a modification to the helmet shield, the
driver acknowledges and agrees that the driver deems such
modification safe in the driver’s judgment consistent with the
driver’s obligations in Section 1, Participant Agreements and
Administrative and Procedural Rules, set forth above, and that the
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modification does not impair or interfere with the safe operation of
the driver’s vehicle. See General Regulations 7:8.
10:8 NECK COLLAR/HEAD AND NECK RESTRAINT DEVICE
Neck collar must be commercially produced and designed for
racing. Two different types of collars are commercially available: a
full 360-degree “donut” type or a pull-together “horseshoe” type.
Modification according to manufacturer’s recommendations to fit
helmet and driver’s neck/shoulder spacing permitted. Must be worn
as per manufacturer’s recommendations. Must meet SFI Spec 3.3
as per class rules.
Neck collar meeting SFI Spec 3.3 mandatory in all open-bodied
cars and any car running 9.99 (*6.39) or quicker or cars
exceeding 135 mph. A head and neck restraint device/system
may be used in lieu of a neck collar.
An SFI-approved head and neck restraint device/system is
mandatory for any vehicle running 200 mph or faster and in all
of the following classes: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Top
Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and the following classes
in Comp: A/D, A/DA, B/D, B/DA, H/D, A/ED, AA/A, AA/AM, AA/AT,
BB/AT, CC/AT, A/PM, AA/PM, A/AP, A/A, A/AA, B/A, B/AA and in
Alternative Sanctioning Organization vehicle running 200mph or
faster. When using a head and neck restraint device/system, at all
times that the driver is in the race vehicle, from the ready line until
the vehicle is on the return road, driver must properly utilize the
SFI-approved head and neck restraint device/system, including
connecting the helmet as required for full functionality of the device.
The device/system must meet SFI Spec 38.1 and must display a
valid SFI label. The head and neck restraint device/system, when
connected, must conform to the manufacturer’s mounting
instructions, and it must be configured, maintained, and used in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
A head and neck restraint device/system may be used with or
without a neck collar.
10:9 OCCUPANTS
No more than one person is permitted in any car during any run,
except one co-driver permitted in 14-second and slower E.T. cars;
co-driver must be a minimum of 16 years old. All occupants of tow
vehicles must be inside of car or pickup in a seated position while
tow vehicle is in operation. Any time a car is started, whether in the
pits, staging lanes, with self-starter, or anywhere else on the race
facility, a competent driver must be in the driver’s seat unless
coupler or driveline is removed. Non-compliance is grounds for
disqualification from the event.
10:10 PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
“Protective Clothing” includes suit (one-piece suit or jacket and
pants); head sock; gloves; and boots or shoes.
Driver must meet all Protective Clothing requirements stated under
Class Requirements for vehicle being driven.
SEE CLASS REQUIREMENTS.
Protective Clothing requirements stated are minimum requirements;
drivers are free to upgrade Protective Clothing.
All gloves must have a full layer of flame-retardant material inside
the glove. Leather palm gloves without a full layer of flame-retardant
material separating leather from driver’s hand prohibited.
An SFI 3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all
open-bodied cars or all cars 7.49 and quicker, where a neck collar
General Regulations
Each item of Protective Clothing must meet applicable
specifications. Each item must be properly labeled and in good
condition. All jackets/pants or suits for SFI Spec 3.2A/15 or 3.2A/20
must be recertified on a five-year interval.
20.40
Section 20 - General Regulations
is required but has been substituted with a head and neck restraint
device. See Class Requirements.
If no specific Protective Clothing requirements are stated for a
particular class, then the minimum requirements are as follows: fulllength pants; short- or long-sleeved shirt; closed shoes; and socks.
No shorts. No bare legs. No bare torsos. No tank tops. No open-toe
or open-heel shoes or sandals. Synthetic clothing not
recommended.
10:11 SEAT BELTS
All cars not required by Class Requirements to use SFI 16.1 driver
restraint systems must be equipped with an accepted quick-releasetype driver seat belt. Belts must be securely fastened to the frame,
crossmember, or reinforced mounting so that all fittings are in a
direct line with the direction of pull. Seat belts may not be wrapped
around lower framerails. Steel castings of the type recommended by
FAA or U-bolt-type mounts are permitted. If used for installation, flat
steel plates must be a minimum of 1/4-inch thickness and have
rounded edges to prevent cutting seat belts. Under no
circumstances can belts be installed with bolts through webbing. In
all cars with fiberglass floors, a crossmember (minimum 2-inch x 2inch x .083-inch wall thickness square tubing) must be installed
between framerails for proper driver’s seat-belt installation.
GENERAL: 11
11:1 ADVERTISING AND OTHER MATERIAL/DISPLAYS
NHRA reserves the right to regulate any advertising or other material
that is present on site at any NHRA event including without limitation
any material appearing on any participant, on the body or any other
visible part of any vehicle or transporter participating in NHRA events
including on support vehicles, in any pit area, in any area of the
dragstrip from the staging lanes to the end of the dragstrip, and any
item or material on site that may constitute a product placement.
Participants and vehicles may be excluded from competition and from
event facilities if, in NHRA’s discretion, any advertising or other material
displayed on a person, race or support vehicle, or in a pit area or
otherwise is not in the best interests of NHRA and the sport of drag
racing, and/or is or may be in conflict with any applicable law.
Moreover, NHRA will require compliance with all guidelines and
requirements of any telecaster for events that will be telecast. In
addition, NHRA may require certain indicia to be visible on a vehicle
as a condition of participation in competition if NHRA determines that
such requirement is in the best interests of NHRA and the sport of
drag racing.
By way of illustration and without limitation, online gambling is an
activity deemed by NHRA to be not in the best interests of NHRA and
the sport of drag racing, and an activity that NHRA will not allow to be
displayed or advertised on site at any NHRA event or in connection
with NHRA in any manner whatsoever. Websites that allow gaming
that is entirely free and for fun may be permitted pursuant to further
guidelines that may be requested from NHRA. Violation of any part of
any such guideline will be treated as violation of the NHRA Rulebook.
Section 21 - Charts and Formulas
21.1
SFI SPECIFICATIONS
Following is a list of all SFI Specifications applicable to NHRA
Championship Drag Racing, with respective expiration periods. An item
with an expiration period must be returned to the original manufacturer
for inspection and recertification at the end of this period before it can be
permitted for further use at an NHRA event.
SFI SPEC DESCRIPTION
EXPIRATION PERIOD
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
2.1
2.2B
2.3N
2.4B
2.5B
2.6
2.7B
3.2A/1
3.2A/5
3.2A/15
3.2A/20
3.2A/25
3.2A/30
3.3
3.3/1
3.3/5
3.3/15
3.3/20
4.1
4.1
6.1
6.2
6.3
Rear-Engine Dragster Chassis Spec, TF
(Includes Wing and Rear-End Mounting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
Front-Engine Dragster Chassis Spec, Advanced E.T.,
A/D, B/D, C/D, A/ED, B/ED, A/ND, & B/ND . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
Rear-Engine Dragster Chassis Spec, Adv. E.T. . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
A/D, B/D, C/D, D/D, A/ED, B/ED, C/ED, & D/ED
(Does Not Include Wing or Rear-End Mounting). . . . . . . . . 3 years
Front-Engine Dragster Chassis Spec,
7.50 and Slower. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
Rear-Engine Dragster Chassis Spec,
7.50 and Slower. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
Jacket (and Pants Where Applicable)
Jacket (and Pants Where Applicable)
Jacket and Pants or Suit . . . 5 years, including the year on the tag
Driver’s Suit . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years, including the year on the tag
Driver’s Suit . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years, including the year on the tag
Driver’s Suit . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years, including the year on the tag
Neck Collar and Head Sock
Gloves, Shoes
Gloves, Shoes, Boots
Gloves, Boots
Gloves, Boots
Automatic Transmission Shield, Rigid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years
Automatic Transmission Shield, Flexible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
Flywheel Shield, Spec 1.1 & 1.2
(2-Disc Max, or 3-Disc, 8-inch dia. Max) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years
Flywheel Shield, Spec 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 & 1.5 Clutch. . . . . . . . 2 years
(Check with Manufacturer; May Be Only 1 Year)
Flywheel Shield, Spec 1.2, 1.3 & 1.4 Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
(Check with Manufacturer; May Be Only 1 Year)
Lower Engine Ballistic/Restraint Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
Lower Engine Ballistic/Restraint Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years
Flywheel Blanket, Spec 1.1 & 1.2
(2-Disc Max) Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
Charts
7.1
7.2
9.1
Single-Disc Clutch & Flywheel Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
Multi-Disc Clutch & Flywheel Assembly
E.T. through Comp, PS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
Multi-Disc Clutch and Flywheel Assembly
TAD, TAFC, TF, and FC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
Multi-Disc Clutch and Flywheel Assembly
TAD and TAFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
Multi-Disc Clutch Assembly (with Power Adders) . . . . . . . . 1 year
Rear-Engine Dragster Chassis Spec, TAD
(Includes Wing and Rear-End Mounting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
Front-Engine Dragster Chassis Spec, NTF, TAD . . . . . . . . . 1 year
21.2
Section 21 - Charts and Formulas
SFI SPEC DESCRIPTION
10.1E
10.2
EXPIRATION PERIOD
Altered & F/E Dragster Chassis Spec, TAFC . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
Altered Chassis Spec, 6.00 to 7.49 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
Adv. E.T., AA/A, BB/A, AA/AT, BB/AT, A/A, B/A . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
10.3
Altered Chassis Spec, 7.50 and slower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
10.4
Side-Steer Roadster Chassis Spec., 9.99 and quicker . . . 3 years
10.5
Funny Car Chassis Spec, FC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
14.1
Supercharger Restraint (Roots). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
14.2
Supercharger Restraint (Roots). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
14.21
Supercharger Restraint (Screw-Type) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
14.3
Supercharger Restraint (Top Fuel). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
14.4
Valve Cover Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
15.1
Rear-Drive Wheels, TAD, TAFC, and PS
15.2
Front Wheels
15.3
Rear-Drive Wheels, TF and FC
16.1
3-Inch Driver Restraint System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
16.5
3-Inch Driver Restraint System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
17.1
Onboard Fire Extinguishing Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
18.1
Harmonic Balancer
23.1
Manifold Burst Panel
24.1
Youth Full-Face Helmet (for JDRL only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
25.1E
SFI Full Body Chassis Spec, Pro Stock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
Adv. E.T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
25.2
SFI Full Body Chassis Spec, 3,200-Pound Maximum. . . . . 3 years
25.3
Full-Bodied Car, Tube Chassis Roll Cage
6.50-7.49, 3,600-Pound Maximum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
25.4
Full-Bodied Car, Tube Chassis Roll Cage
7.50-8.49, 3,600-Pound Maximum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
25.5
Full-Bodied Car, with OEM Frame
7.50-8.49, 3,600-Pound Maximun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
27.1
Window Net (Mesh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years
28.1
Fuel Cell: Pro Stock, Pro Modified, Advanced E.T.
29.1
Automatic Transmission Flexplate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
30.1
Automatic Transmission Flexplate Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years
31.1/2005
Full-Face Helmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . exp. 1/1/2017
31.1A
Open-Face Helmet (Snell SA Rating). . . . . . . . . . . . exp. 1/1/2014
31.2A
Full-Face Helmet (Snell SA Rating) . . . . . . . . . . . . . exp. 1/1/2014
34.1
Supercharger, Screw-Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years
38.1
Head and Neck Restraint System
40.1/1, 40.1/2 Motorcycle Rider’s Suit
41.1/2005
Open-Face Helmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . exp. 1/1/2017
41.1A
Open-Face Helmet (Snell M Rating) . . . . . . . . . . . . exp. 1/1/2014
41.2A
Full-Face Helmet (Snell M Rating) . . . . . . . . . . . . . exp. 1/1/2014
42.1
Steering-Wheel Hub
43.1
Driveshaft
45.1
Roll-Bar/Cage Padding
49.1
Top Fuel Rear Wing Assembly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year
54.1
Nonflammable, Thermal Barrier/Fire Extinguishing Coatings 1 year
Section 21 - Charts and Formulas
21.3
2010 NHRA E.T. QUICK REFERENCE CHART
Y = Required C = Convertibles
Number Refers to General Regulations
In no way is this Quick Reference Chart intended to supersede
or replace the current NHRA Rulebook
6.00
to
7.49
7.50
to
9.99
10.00
to
10.99
11.00
to
11.49
11.50
to
13.99
14.00
&
Slower
Aftermarket Rear Axles
Y
Y
Y
2:11
2:11
2:11
Arm Restraints
(Open Cars)
Y
Y
Y
Y
10:3
11.99
10:3
Auto Trans Flexplate
(SFI 29.1)
Y
Y
2:14
2:14
2:14
2:14
Auto Trans Locking-Type
Dipstick
Y
Y
Y
Auto Trans Reverse Lockout
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Bellhousing
(SFI 6.1/6.2)
Y
Y
Y
Y
2:10
2:10
Driver Restraint System
(SFI 16.1)
Y
Y
Y
10:5
Y
10:5
C
10:5
10:5
10:11
Driveshaft Loop
Y
Y
Y
Y
2:4
2:4
Electric 16.00 & Quicker
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
2:4
Flexplate Shield
(SFI 30.1)
Y
Y
2:14
2:14
2:14
2:14
Flywheel/Clutch
(SFI 1.1/1.2)
Y
Y
Y
Y
2:5
2:5
Harmonic Balancer
(SFI 18.1)
Y
Y
Y
Helmet (Snell 2000 or
SFI 41.1A min.)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
10:7
Liquid Overflow
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Master Electrical Cutoff
Y
Y
8:4
135 mph
8:4
8:4
8:4
Neck Collar
Y
Y
10:8
10:8
10:8
10:8
NHRA Competition License
Y
Y
10:4
10:4
10:4
10:4
NHRA Chassis Sticker
Y
Y
4:4
4:4
4:4
4:4
Padding Roll Bar/Cage
Y
SFI
Y
Y
Y
Parachute
Y
Y
4:8
150 mph
4:8
4:8
4:8
Pressurized Bottles
DOT (1800)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Protective Clothing
Y
Y
Y
Y
10:10
10:10
Y
Y
C/13.49
4:10
Quarter-Mile
e.t.s
Roll Bar
Permitted Permitted Permitted
10:6
10:6
135 mph 135 mph
Y
Y
Y
135 mph
4:11
4:11
4:11
SFI Chassis Specification
Y
4:4
180 mph
4:4
4:4
4:4
4:4
Supercharger Restraints
Y
1:11
1:11
1:11
1:11
1:11
Taillight
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Transmission Shield
(SFI 4.1)
Y
Y
Y
2:14
2:14
2:14
Window Net
(Full-Bodied Cars)
Y
Y
6:3
10:3
6:3
10:3
6:3
10:3
6:3
10:3
Charts
Roll Cage
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