*Registration is now open for the 2018 Meltdown Drags Pin-up Contest*
This year’s Miss Meltdown Drags wins a spot in Victory Girls Magazine’s 2019 calendar and fantastic goodies from Hot Rod Harlot and other stuff all pin-ups love (including some cash!)
1st place $1000 (yes we said $1000.00)
2nd place $300
3rd place $200
Visit http://meltdowndrags.com/pin-up/ for entry details and rules.
The Meltdown Drags Pin-Up Contest is proud to have the support of Hot Rod Harlot and Victory Girls Magazine:
We are almost through the registration process. If you have not received an email, sit tight……Every person will receive a reply. Alternate cars and not accepted cars will be emailed soon.
Thank you for your patience. Unfortunately 400+ cars will not be able to race this year. We have been overwhelmed with the registration process. We have some dear friends that will not be able to race with us this year.
The first 100 entries are sent out. More to come this week and next week. Watch your email!
Byron Dragway Announces New Requirements for NHRA-Approved Lower Engine Oil-Retention Devices
February 1, 2018
BYRON, IL, February 1, 2018 – In an effort to improve the quality of the racing experience, effective immediately, Byron Dragway will require all cars running 9.99-seconds or quicker (6.39-seconds 1/8-mile) to be equipped with an NHRA-approved lower engine oil-retention device. Further expansion of this rule to include cars 10.99-seconds or quicker (6.99-seconds 1/8-mile) is under consideration for 2019.
A lower engine oil-retention device is defined in the 2018 NHRA Rulebook under General Regulations 1:8.
1:8 LOWER ENGINE CONTAINMENT DEVICE
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 (Byron Dragway) 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 further 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 frame rail to frame rail 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, oil absorbent liner mandatory inside of retention device.
Frequently Asked Question:
Q: Does my lower engine containment device need to meet an SFI Spec?
A: An SFI Spec 7.1 lower engine containment device is required for Pro Modified, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Fuel Dragster, and Nitro Funny Car.
Q: How do I know if my lower engine containment device is NHRA accepted?
A: The NHRA Accepted Oil Retention Device list can be found below.
Contact Byron Dragway at 815-391-0000 or click here.
Wow, what a crazy first 5 days of pre-registration…
576 cars/bikes have send in their information for registration.
Registration is open for 52 more days!
127 of you had impressive reaction times by sending your entry in within 5 minutes of midnight last night….WOW!
We have cleared up our e-mail issue and the firstname.lastname@example.org is now accepting e-mails again.
Thank you for your patience…
Well….that escalated quickly!
We have received over 400 e-mails in 9 hours and it has resulted in our e-mail account reaching capacity. Because we all have day jobs, we won’t be able to address this until this evening.
So…if you did not get an auto response from us indicating that we received your registration, please resend it.
Remember, we are going to take a little time to get through all of the entries and will not be replying until March.
Thank you again for your support…who ever would have thought that it would be like this!
PRE-REGISTRATION will begin at 12:00 am (Central time) on Tuesday, January 2nd.
Please remember the following:
Send an e-mail to email@example.com with the following info:
– Phone Number
– Year/Make/Model of the vehicle
– Approximate E.T. (cars faster than 9.99 will be under more scrutiny from the track for safety per NHRA)
– Side picture of the vehicle (ensure we can see the wheels)
– All entries must be received by February 28th.
– Do not expect an immediate response. We will send all responses in early March.
– If we have too many cars for a class, we will select the participants based upon a combination of speed of entry, adherence to our vintage criteria and prior attendance.
If you are not able to participate in the 2018 Meltdown Drags, please don’t be discouraged as we have two other magnificent events planned for the year. In June, we will have the first ever Uncle Sam’s Pie Eating Contest (Byron Dragway) and at the end of the September we will have the 3rd Annual Fall-Out at Rock Falls Raceway.
Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.
WOW! Thank You to everyone!
What a perfect weekend to get your fix of vintage drag racing. We don’t have the details yet but there were several thousand spectators and we set another attendance record thanks to you!
Thank You to Motor Race Images for being there and taking and posting these pictures!