(In Addition to General Rules in the NHRA Rulebook)
It is the goal of Cedar Falls Raceway to be consistent and fair to all competitors. Please direct questions or comments to the appropriate track personnel.
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General Rules: (back to top)
GR-1. NHRA rules are the basic and minimum standard for safety and competition. CFR track and class rules compliment these, and in some cases, supersede. See the current NHRA rulebook and direct any questions to a track official. We strive to promote fair competition & the enjoyment of Drag Racing.
GR-2. No fighting, vandalism, filthy language or theft. Any action or behavior deemed detrimental by CFR towards CFR will result in disciplinary action and/or suspension.
GR-3. No selling or soliciting on the grounds without permission of management.
GR-4. Dispose of litter in designated barrels. Waste oil should be disposed in proper containers - not on the ground. Trash bags are available at the ET Booth. Please help keep the grounds clean.
GR-5. Keep water faucet areas clean for everyone’s use. No car washing please! Turn off water faucets when not in use. Please make sure your car is dry before returning to the racing surface.
GR-6. Curfew will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of racing. There will be no loud noise such as engines or parties and all motorized pit traffic shall cease.
Competition Rules: (back to top)
CR-1. As a courtesy to all the drivers, please get to staging lanes promptly when called, only one PA call is required. Drivers competing in more than one (1) class must be ready to race when called to the lanes.
CR-2. If you have no dial-in on your car, you will be dialed the same as your opponent. Exception may be made at the sole discretion of the tower, based on circumstances. Their decision shall be final.
CR-3. Do not stage until the scoreboard indicates your correct dial-in. All drivers, by staging their vehicles, will automatically indicate to the tower that they accept their dial-in on the display board. Please check to see it is correct before you stage! Re-runs WILL NOT be granted for an incorrect dial-in, if in doubt, ask the starter to verify your dial-in before you pre-stage.
CR-4. Your dial-in must be displayed before crossing the dial-in line. In all classes, this line is at the head of the staging lanes.
CR-5. The pairings are determined by the staging director in the staging lanes. The director's pairings are final: you will race whom you are paired with or lose the round by forfeit. The director will use a random drawing system to determine these pairings and lane choice. An example is: Pro ET has staged into 4 designated lanes. Four markers, representing these four lanes are pulled at random. The first marker pulled determines not only the first vehicle of the pair, but also who has lane choice. The marker is then remixed, and a second draw for the opponent is done. It may come from any of the four lanes, i.e. markers. These two drawn drivers are now a competition pairing, and will remain together until a winner is determined.
CR-6. In the event cars have been paired up and called to start and one fails to fire, the non-offending competitor will have the option to accept the race as a break single pass. See also rules CR 7 and CR 8.
CR-7. The break line is the line at the head of staging. A race begins when a pair of vehicles are called to cross the break line onto the track surface. In any event, cars that have been paired will NOT be re-paired due to a break. In all cases, good sportsmanship by giving the failed car a chance to make the round will be accommodated. Track officials will make every effort to determine winners on the racetrack by competition, not by disqualification.
CR-9. Auto-start will be used in all classes. Movement of a “staged” vehicle after the tree is armed, will result in a red-light foul, even though it may occur before the tree counts-down. Also called a “shallow-stage red” it is not grounds for protest or re-run. Consult the Race Director with questions on the Auto-Start system.
CR-10. A vehicle must leave the starting line forward, under its own power, to be eligible for a win.
CR-11. You cannot enter two drivers in one vehicle in any CFR points class, or in one bracket class. You may not switch drivers once eliminations have begun. You must finish eliminations with the vehicle you started with.
CR-12. One driver cannot have more than one vehicle in the same points bracket class. At certain non-points races it is permitted to enter one car on both sides of the eliminator. In these cases, the entry must conform to the tech rules of each class when it is presented in the lanes. Delay boxes must be removed from the car in all no-box classes.
CR-13. You may enter more than one points class. The driver is responsible for being on time for the appropriate bracket.
Race Procedures: (back to top)
RP-1. At CFR tow vehicles permitted with vehicles in faster than 11.49 and all bikes. A driver must stay with the tow vehicle. See NHRA rulebook p. 64 and p.278.
RP-3. Stay with your vehicle in the staging lanes.
RP-4. In case of vehicle malfunction - please move your vehicle off the lane of rubber and next to the guardrail.
RP-5. In money rounds - when a driver breaks after having won the round, and can’t make the next round - he will be paid the next round loser pay.
RP-6. In the unlikely event of a re-run, the re-run competitors will not be allowed to change their dial-ins or lane choice.
RP-7. Bye runs can be given at random in the tower until the last three (3) vehicles, which may then be decided by a flip of the coin in the staging lanes. On a solo pass, a driver who has the ‘bye’ needs only to break the beams to receive a win. A bye is considered “given” and/or ‘used’ if that driver was not paired in the staging lanes or if that driver was paired and made a single run due to competitor forfeit. A driver who has the bye, races a competitor and wins, will carry the bye to the next round. Whether by a break single or receiving a solo run, that driver will not be eligible for a second bye until all remaining competitors have also had a bye or solo pass.
RP-8. Please retain your time ticket for the last round you ran, you may need it for verification. Payout window closes 10 minutes after the completion of the race.
RP-9. Any payout not picked up will be held until the next race. After that, any amounts under $25 will be kept - any amounts $25 and over will be mailed by check.
RP-10. If the official time or race results need to be checked, please check with the race director for the event. CFR reserves the right to confirm or overturn a race result based on recorded video or official eyewitness account.
RP-11. All protests and appeals must be made through the race director. Filing a protest during an event does not disqualify any entry until that entry is proven to be illegal by CFR or NHRA officials. NHRA rulebook procedures will be followed in all cases of protest, and in all instances no other entries will be reinstated based on the outcome of said protest. The “break rule” is not practiced in any class within NHRA.
RP-12. During competition events, time runs are made by class, when called by the announcer. Extra time runs are not allowed unless specifically approved by the race director. Exceptions may be made by the race director when a competitor must substitute a vehicle or demonstrates that factors beyond their control caused them to miss the final scheduled time run session. The race director may grant one time run in such cases, provided a hardship exists, and it is before the start of all eliminations.
Safety: (back to top)
NOTICE: It is the responsibility of the participant, not NHRA or any track, to ensure that all safety equipment is approved and is correctly installed, worn, maintained, and used.
S-1. Reckless, careless or intoxicated driving is NOT allowed. Don’t allow unlicensed drivers to operate motor vehicles. NO alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the staging lanes. NO driver may consume if he/she is still involved in competition. Intoxication, possession or use of illegal drugs may result in suspension of racing privileges.
S-2. All vehicles must pass tech inspection before making any runs. A vehicle may be re-examined by tech or track officials at any time, for any reason. Random inspections of vehicles will be conducted during the event. If chosen, you must report to the tech inspector without delay. You may NOT “pit” first.
S-3. You must wear an approved helmet to go 13:99 or quicker. No passengers faster than 14:00 or during eliminations.
S-4. All motorcycle riders and open wheel drivers must have a helmet visor lowered in place when leaving the starting line. Failure to have the visor lowered will result in disqualification as determined by race director.
S-5. Speed limit in the pits is 10 mph, speed limit on the return road is 15 mph. Speed limits will be enforced as follows: first offense will be a verbal warning, second offense will be a disqualification from the racing event.
S-6. Mini-bikes, ATV’s, golf carts and related vehicles can ONLY be operated by licensed drivers. Each vehicle must display the car number of the team/driver it is with. Reckless driving of any type will NOT be tolerated, and the team/driver will be verbally warned for the first offense and the second offense will result in a disqualification from the racing event. These types of vehicles must be operated in a safe manner at all times, as mandated by our insurance company. No such vehicle is to be operated in the restricted area of the pits, EVER! This will be strictly enforced!!
S-7. No children under the age of 14 are allowed in the staging lanes, pre-staging or on the return road - per our insurance company!! Children are allowed in tow vehicles or on pit bikes.
S-8. Never refuel any vehicle while vehicle is in the staging lanes or running. Jack stands must be used while working under a vehicle. A competent, licensed driver must be in the vehicle and at the controls of any vehicle running while on jack stands. See NHRA rulebook p. 278-279
S-9. Willful disregard of safety by any driver, as determined by a track official, is grounds for reprimand, suspension, and/or fines. Incidents that compromise the safety of other competitors or spectators cannot be tolerated.
Credentials: (back to top)
C-1. If you go quicker than 9:99 quarter mile/6:49 eighth mile you must make licensing runs & purchase an NHRA license as required by NHRA rules. Chassis Certification is mandatory on all entries 9.99 or quicker 1/4 mile or 6.39 1/8 mile and Other ET's apply by class. See 2009 NHRA Rules, p.280.
C-2. All racers must have a valid drivers license or NHRA competition license by ET. See NHRA rulebook for specific requirements. If you race at the Divisional or Bracket Finals you must have an NHRA license & membership.
C-3. Keep admission tickets/receipts or race credentials with you during events. All overnight campers must purchase full event tickets or race credentials upon arrival. A camping permit will be issued (at no charge) and must be displayed in full view for security. YOUR TICKET or RECEIPT or CREDENTIAL IS YOUR RAIN CHECK.
C-4. Breakage policy:
C-5. Although there are no refunds if your vehicle breaks during time trials, you can substitute another vehicle and run in another bracket. See procedure below. You’ll need to go through tech with the new vehicle.
C-6. To change brackets, upgrade, or substitute a vehicle:
C-7. Rain out policy:
ALL BRACKET COMPETITORS - ALL CLASSES (back to top)
CFR POINTS POLICY (back to top)
Points Membership Program ~Team Blue (back to top)
Points will be awarded to members in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Trophy Street, Pro Bike and Junior Dragster classes. Thirty six (36) drivers plus 4 High School racers will represent CFR at The NHRA Division 5 Summit ET Finals on Sept 118-20 in Topeka, KS. The points standings through Sept 13 (Final Pts race 10) will determine the qualifiers for the team. The team composition will be determined from memberships on a per class basis. The enrollment fee is $30 per team ($20 for Juniors). Enrollment includes eligibility for the cash points fund, Bracket Finals team shirt, and Team party and all the fun you can stand for qualified participants at the bracket finals.
Bracket Classes at Cedar Falls Raceway (back to top)
SUPER PRO 0-11:99 (back to top)
PRO 0-13:99 (back to top)
SPORTSMAN 12.00 & slower (back to top)
TROPHY STREET 12.00 & slower (back to top)
PRO BIKE 7:50 - 19:99 (back to top)
JUNIOR DRAGSTER (back to top)
NHRA Jr Dragster Membership & competition license required
TROPHY - FRIDAY NIGHTS & FUN DAYS (any dial) (back to top)
HIGH SCHOOL 10.99 & slower 1/4 (back to top)
Quick 16 (back to top)
Zero Tolerance on Terror and Violence at CFR (back to top)
To provide an orderly and fair process designed to effectively handle any and all acts, which are perceived to be or are in reality, threats or violence of a harmful, intimidating, or harassing nature.
All employees and any other person on Cedar Falls Raceway property are requested to immediately report any incident, threat or act of physical violence, intimidation or harassment of which he/she is aware.
Examples of the types of incidents contemplated in this procedure include, but are not limited to, the following:
Upon receipt of any such report, Cedar Falls Raceway shall immediately conduct an investigation.
If, upon grounds of such investigation, it is determined by the investigators, that no grounds exist for further action, the report shall be considered closed.
If, however, the investigation reveals that grounds do in fact warrant further action, the Race Director shall present their findings and recommendations to the Track Operator.
Upon hearing the facts of the report, the Track Operator shall initiate the terms/conditions of any disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from CFR or termination of employment.
In the event that the racer/employee disagrees with any investigation or subsequent disciplinary action, such disagreement may be handled through established grievance or dispute resolution procedures, whichever is appropriate.
These rules are not conclusive and are subject to
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