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 along with chassis certification.

Helmet: 10:7 HELMET As outlined under Class Requirements, drivers in all classes, including motorcycles, must wear a helmet meeting Snell or SFI Specifications. 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 K2015, SA2010, SAH2010, K2010, M2010, SA2015, M2015, or SFI 31.1/2010, 31.1/2015, 41.1/2010, or 41.1/2015 Specs. Drivers in supercharged, front-engine, open-bodied cars and Funny Cars must wear a helmet meeting Snell SA2010, SA2015, SAH2010, or SFI 31.1/2010, 31.1/2015 Specs. See Class Requirements. 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 non-structural 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 NHRA Helmet Expiration Dates Label Expires Snell 2010 1/1/2022 Snell 2015 1/1/2027 SFI 31.1 and 41.1/2010 1/1/2022 SFI 31.1 and 41.1/2015 1/1/2027 Label Expires SFI 24.1/2010 (JDRL only) 1/1/2022 SFI 24.1/2015 (JDRL only) 1/1/2027 Snell CMR 2007 (JDRL only) 1/1/2019 Snell CMS 2007 (JDRL only) 1/1/2019 Head rest within 4″ of driver’s helmet Padded head protectors 10:6 Section 20, page 45 General Regulations 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 modification does not impair or interfere with the safe operation of the driver’s vehicle. See General Regulations 7:8

Seat Belts: Must be properly mounted and up to date.  The dates will be checked

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.