Rules to Race

These general rules are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish standards for such events. By entering and participating in an event, participants are deemed to understand and accept these rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF THESE RULES OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES. They are intended as a guide for conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator or official. These are general technical guidelines for Byron Dragway.  Please check your class rules for any class specific amendments.  Please refer to the NHRA Rulebook for complete rules listings.  For rules clarification, contact Byron Dragway at


Credentials: Drivers must have a valid unrestricted state or government issued driver’s license, with no underage driving restrictions (i.e. supervised, provisional, etc.).  NHRA Competition License required to run 9.99 or quicker or 135 mph or faster.

Helmet: If your car runs 13.99 or quicker you must have a helmet with a SNELL 2005 rating or newer.

Seat Belts: Must be properly mounted and up to date.

Roll Bar: Mandatory in cars running 11.00 to 11.49 (including T-Tops), in convertibles running 11.00 to 13.49, and all dune-buggy type vehicles running 12.00 and slower.  See NHRA Rulebook Sec. 4A.  Padding required anywhere the helmet may impact the roll bar or roll cage.

General Clothing: Full-length pants; short- or long-sleeved shirt; closed shoes; and socks.  No shorts. No tank tops. No open-toe or open-heel shoes or sandals.  Synthetic clothing not recommended.

Fire Jackets: Required for drivers in cars running 11.49 or quicker meeting SFI spec. 3.2A/1; Drivers in cars running 9.99 and quicker must have jackets and pants, meeting SFI spec. 3.2A/5.

Master Cutoff: A master cutoff for a battery is required for any car where the battery is relocated.  Battery must be securely mounted as described in the NHRA Rulebook.

Anti Freeze: Is strictly prohibited.  Water Wetter or other chemicals, Etc. are also prohibited. Water only.

Catch Can: A radiator catch can is required for Water overflow. One pint (16-ounces) minimum.

NHRA Chassis Sticker and competition license required for cars running 9.99 or quicker or running 135 MPH or faster.

After market harmonic balancer mandatory on all cars running 10.99 or quicker (SFI spec. 18.1)

Driveshaft loop: A driveshaft loop is required on all vehicles running 13.99 or quicker and utilizing slicks; except vehicles running 11.49 or slower equipped with street tires.

Wheels:  All hubcaps and trim rings must be removed.  “Spinner” style wheels or any wheel design that incorporate moveable pieces while vehicle is in motion or stationary are prohibited.

Transmission:  All automatic transmissions must have operational neutral safety switches and reverse lockout.

Passengers:  Passengers are prohibited.

Tail Light:  All vehicles must have at least one working taillight.

Rear Seat:  Rear seat or sheet metal firewall required to isolate trunk from driver’s cockpit.

Parachute:  Required when running 9.99 or quicker or 150 mph or faster.