Welcome to Maple Grove Raceway
Maple Grove Raceway’s bracket-racing classes are governed by the NHRA rule book. This handbook is a guide for our competitors, designed to assist racers with regulations and procedures put in place at Maple Grove Raceway and may or may not be included in the NHRA rule book. Please take some time to read and understand the policies and rules you will be racing under for 2014. Thank you for racing with us.
Maple Grove Raceway Youth Initiative
Maple Grove Raceway encourages children and young adults to participate in the sport of drag racing.
Maple Grove Raceway offers several programs and events geared to young racers, including the new NHRA Youth Racing program, Jr. Dragster competition and the annual High School Challenge.
Racer Gate / Tech Card
Upon entering Gate 4, Wally Parks Drive, you will be issued a Tech Card/Vehicle Inspection Form. After the waiver and release on the reverse side have been completed, you will proceed to the toll-booth area where you will pay for your race category.
Waiver and Release
All Drivers must sign the waiver and release on the back of the tech card. Any crew member wishing to enter the restricted area must accompany the driver and car to the tech inspection area and sign the waiver and release form in the presence of a MGR official in the tech area.
Track PA System / FM Station
Maple Grove broadcasts the public address system on an FM transmitter. The frequency is 91.3 FM. We recommend that you tune your radio to 91.3 FM as soon as you enter the parking area to stay updated on the day’s events.
Find your pit area location. Once you have found a pit area, complete the Vehicle Inspection Form and proceed to tech inspection area.
After the Vehicle Inspection Form has been completely filled out, proceed to the tech inspection area located past the quarter mile finish line. Please DO NOT come to tech until the tech card is completely filled out. NOTE: Only one participant per tech card. Once a participant has successfully completed the technical/safety inspection and has signed a waiver and release form, they will be issued a session run card, which will be needed to enter the staging lanes and track. Once the tech card and waiver are completed and signed the MGR official will issue armbands to each eligible member of the team. All crew members must go to tech to sign the waiver in person, NO EXCEPTIONS!
he armbands must be worn in plain sight for the duration of the event. Super and Junior Dragster entries may receive two crew and 1 driver armbands. Pro, Street and Top Bike may receive 1 crew and 1 driver/rider armband prior to making any runs down the track. All competitors and their vehicles must successfully pass a technical and safety inspection. All participants must report to tech each day, unless attending a multi-day event (i.e. Super Chevy, Mega Mopar, Fun Ford etc.).
If the competitor’s racecar breaks during time trials, a replacement vehicle that fits within the category parameters may be used. Replacement vehicles must first pass a technical inspection and the tech card for the event must be updated to reflect the vehicle change. Once eliminations are in progress, replacement vehicles are not permitted.
Anytime a race vehicle is started anywhere in the facility, a qualified and competent driver must be seated behind the steering wheel. No work may be done under a vehicle supported solely by a floor jack. Additional safety devices such as jack stands are mandatory to provide extra protection.
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 jack stands. Non-compliance is grounds for immediate disqualification from the event or such other and/or action as deemed appropriate by NHRA.
Listen to the PA System for class calls and lane assignments. Proceed to the staging lanes. Have your run card in a convenient location. For each run, a staging lane official will punch your run card. AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE REMAIN WITH YOUR VEHICLE, DO NOT LEAVE IT UNATTENDED. Once you have your card punched, the official will motion you to proceed to the starting line area. HAVE ALL YOUR SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN PLACE, including your seat or lap belts. Roll your windows up. After dark please turn on your parking lights before entering the starting line area.
You may proceed to the burnout area to do a burnout or if you wish to not do a burnout, please drive around the water area. In an effort to keep the program moving at a steady pace, racers should adhere to the directions issued by Raceway Officials working the area and confine stationary burnouts to approximately five seconds. Burnouts are prohibited across the starting line in every class, except Super Eliminator, which may cross the starting line, but not under power.
Pre-Stage – Dial In Boards
Proceed to the starting line and turn on the pre-stage light (top bulb). During eliminations, check the dial-in on the scoreboards before staging. If there is an error, it is your responsibility to inform the Official Starter to correct the error. If you pre-stage and stage without notifying an MGR starting line official of the error, you have indicted your approval of the dial-ins. There will be no re-runs due to incorrect dial-ins.
During time trials, If a competitor’s vehicle breaks prior to crossing the dial-in line, that competitor has the remainder of that category’s session to repair and make that run. If a competitor’s vehicle breaks after crossing the dial-in line, it shall be counted as a run and the competitor will not be permitted any more attempts in that session.
During eliminations, if a competitor’s vehicle is paired with another vehicle and one vehicle breaks, both vehicles will be pulled to the side and the broken vehicle has until the end of the round of eliminations to repair it and race the other vehicle. If the vehicle doesn’t get repaired, the other vehicle will be given a competition bye run and the win for the round.
While making a run down the track…
If your vehicle has problems during the run, pull to the outside of your lane and stop slowly.
End of Track
When approaching the end of the track, you will be directed by a Raceway Official with help in exiting the racing surface. If you are experiencing stopping problems, GO STRAIGHT INTO THE SAND TRAP. Never attempt to turn left while traveling at a high speed. Always be alert when exiting the racing surface in the event your competitor has a problem and would need to proceed straight into the sand trap. Remember that you are still on the racing surface until you have turned off to the left and are on the return road.
The removal of any safety equipment prior to exiting the racing surface is strictly prohibited. Any driver caught in violation will be issued one warning. The next infraction will result in disqualification from the event and points will be forfeited.
Proceed to the time slip area located off the return road to pick up your time slip. The time slip tells you your reaction time (.000 is a perfect reaction time), 60’, 330’, 660’, 1000’, 1320’ elapsed times (ET) and 660’ & 1320’ MPH.
Return Road / Pit Area
The speed limit in the pit area is 10 MPH. No burnouts are allowed on the return road or in the pit area. Violators endangering others with reckless and inconsiderate driving habits (whether it is in or on a race car or pit vehicle) will be expelled immediately from the facility with the entire crew.
Trophies / Winnings
Trophies and checks will be awarded in the 1st floor of the NAPA Auto Parts Communications Tower. If you have earned a payout, please be prompt with picking it up as payout will close 30 minutes after the final round of the day. No checks will be mailed after an event is completed. All earnings must be picked up on the day of the event.
Local township ordinance mandates that racing be completed by 8 p.m. on Sunday thru Thursday, 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays. At no event will un-muffled engines be permitted to start before 8:30 a.m. Racers are asked to clear the pit area within one hour of the final round at the conclusion of racing for the weekend.
POLICIES AND RULES
Cancellation policy – In the event of cancellation, original ticket stubs issued at the gate will serve as rain checks. If more than half of round 1 time trials is completed the cost would be $10.00. If more than half of round 2 time trials is completed the cost would be $15.00. If half of round 1 eliminations is completed the cost would be $20.00. A full round of eliminations must be completed in order to split the purse and the event would be completed. No credits will be issued.
Cancellations – Any Sunoco Money Trail event that is canceled will not be rescheduled unless it is run in conjunction with a specialty event and at the discretion of the event sponsor. Schedule updates can be found at www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Clothing — Drivers please note: Shorts (bare legs) and tank tops (bare torso) are prohibited in all classes, including Auto Locator Grudge Series events.
Auxiliary Pit Vehicles:
• Pit vehicles are to be used for racecar support only and must display the racecar’s number and class.
• All pit vehicles must carry a NHRA NED pit vehicle sticker.
• It is the pit vehicle owner’s responsibility to obtain and carry liability insurance coverage on said vehicle.
• To obtain a sticker, the owner of the pit vehicle must show proof of a minimum of $300,000 liability insurance coverage and pay a $10 fee.
• If the owner of the pit vehicle does not have proper insurance, the owner must purchase an insurance policy for $50 and a pit vehicle sticker for an additional $10. The liability coverage will be for the minimum amount of $300,000 through NHRA.
• Forms are available on the 1st floor of the Auto-Plus Operations Tower.
• No one under the age of 16 is permitted to operate a pit vehicle.
• No pit vehicles are permitted in the concession or souvenir areas located behind the pit side grandstands.
• All pit vehicles must be parked one hour after the on track activities are completed.
• If a golf cart is utilized as a tow vehicle the maximum number of crew will be 2 crew in a two-seat golf cart and four in a four-seat golf cart.
• If a 4-wheeler ATV is utilized as a tow vehicle, the maximum number on the vehicle is 1, the rider. No riders on the back of said vehicle.
• If any underage riders are found or vehicles are found to be operated in an unsafe manner, the owner of the pit vehicle will be immediately disqualified from the day’s racing event and will also lose any points awarded to the owner on the day of the infraction.
• Crewmembers must be inside the confines of the tow vehicle or inside the bed of the truck with the tailgate in the up position. Crewmembers are not permitted to sit on tailgates or stand on running boards while the tow vehicle is moving.
Pit crews — A waiver must be signed to enter any restricted area, that includes the driver and any crew member. All crew members must go to tech to sign the waiver in person, NO EXCEPTIONS! After the waiver is signed on the back of the tech card, only those with armbands may enter the restricted area. Armbands will be distributed as follows: Super and Jr. Dragsters 2 crew and driver; Pro, Street and Top Bike, 1 crew and driver.
NO FIREWORKS of any form are permitted on the property at any time. Any violations to this policy will mean immediate disqualification from the event and loss of any points, this policy is for all MGR attendees.
Entries – Car and driver combinations may enter more than one category, but not twice within the same category. Two drivers are permitted to use the same vehicle in a category.
Clean-up Policy – Any race entry causing a stoppage of racing activities twice at the same event will be disqualified from the event. Stoppage includes track checks, towing a broken vehicle, liquid spillage, etc.
Compulink Timing System – The Compulink Auto Start Program will be utilized at Maple Grove Raceway events. The system will be programmed with a total timeout of 10 seconds. There will be no re-runs for being timed out. The Compulink Cross Talk program will be utilized in the Super Eliminator category only.
Time Trial Sessions – Maple Grove Raceway will make every effort to conduct two sessions of time trials prior to eliminations. However, this does not guarantee a competitor two runs. Categories of competition will be called to the lanes in sessions. If a session is missed it cannot be made up. No exceptions. A clean up session will be offered at the conclusion of time trials for zero punch holders only. Each participant must present a session run card to the Maple Grove official working at the front of the staging lanes prior to each run.
Bye Runs – The first round bye run will go to the driver who records the best reaction time during the Second round of time trials. In the event of identical reaction times, the driver who records it first will be awarded the bye. A driver will remain eligible for the bye until he/she either uses it or is eliminated from the day’s competition. Bye runs for subsequent rounds will be chosen in the same manner: the best reaction time from the previous round, until the ladder rounds. A driver is eligible for only one bye run during eliminations unless awarded one because of competitor breakage or if all other competitors have also received bye runs, until the ladder rounds. When laddered, a competitor that has a carryover bye run will automatically be forced to the number one qualifying position. This will ensure that the competitor will receive the bye on the ladder if there is one. To take the win light on a bye run, the driver is only required to stage the racecar under its own power long enough for the tree to be activated. After receiving the green light, the driver may then back out of the beams and is officially a winner; no forward movement is required after receiving a win light.
Laddering – All classes, except Top Bike and Junior Dragster will be randomly paired to the point of eight (8) or fewer vehicles left in competition, at which point they will be qualified by reaction time in the previous round, and put on a standard NHRA sportsman ladder. Reaction times will be used to qualify Top Bike and Junior Dragster competitors. Standard NHRA sportsman ladders will be established for the first round of eliminations and will be followed through for the remaining rounds of competition.
Lane Choice – Racers in Super, Pro, and Street Eliminators may select the right or left lane by pulling into the appropriate staging lane. Odd numbered staging lanes (1, 3, 5, & 7) will be pulled into the left lane of the track. Even numbered staging lanes (2, 4, 6, & will be pulled into the right lane of the track. Once committed to a staging lane, there will be no changing of lanes for any reason. During time trials, when a class reaches a point where all remaining competitors desire the same lane, the first car in line will get lane choice and the other car must utilize the other lane. During eliminations, when a class reaches a point where all remaining competitors desire the same lane, a coin toss will be used to determine lane choice. If a competitor is eligible for a bye run and ends up paired because of an even number of entries, the driver eligible for the bye run gets lane choice.
Dial-Ins – All competition numbers and dial-ins must be on the left side of the vehicle. Competition numbers are to be a minimum of 4 inches in height while dial-ins must be written legibly and at least 6 inches in height. Competition numbers and/or dial-ins on drag tires will not be accepted. Dial-ins must be in place on the racecar by the time it reaches the white line in front of the staging lanes. Dial-ins cannot be altered after that point. In the event of a pause in racing for more than 10 minutes, racers after the white line may change their dial provided they inform a Raceway Official AND inform their competitor. It is the responsibility of the driver to check his/her dial-in on the dial-in boards and scoreboards before staging their vehicle. There will be no re-runs due to incorrect dial-ins.
Deep Staging – If you are going to deep stage, it may not be visible on the vehicle. All DEEP (lettering) on windows must be removed (not permitted to be covered). The tree will be on Auto Start; NO provision will be made by the starter if a racer is deep. There will be NO disqualification for going deep.
Breakage – If a race entry breaks before making a time trial the car owner will be entitled to a full refund of the race entry ticket. If the car owner stays during the event they will be charged for a spectator ticket. Car owner must show a run card with no punches, or have the track starter verify the entry did not take the tree.
If a race entry breaks after making one time trial, the car owner will be entitled to an entry refund less $20.00
During eliminations, when cars are paired by an official and have not crossed the dial-in line, and one entrant fails to start or encounters problems:
• The opponent will be pulled to the side and broken entrant will have until the end of the round to repair it and contest the run.
• If the broken entrant is unable to do this, the opposing entrant will receive a competition bye.
• If an entry breaks or fails to start once it crosses the dial-in line, an official will give the broken entry 30 seconds to start the car. If it fails to do so, the broken entry’s opponent will receive a competition bye run. Once a car enters the rear of the staging lanes, the driver has officially presented the car and driver combination for eliminations. No driver or car changes will be permitted once the car enters the staging lanes unless otherwise directed or approved by a raceway official.
RACE CLASS PARAMETERS
7.00 – 11.99 seconds
Super will be contested as one eliminator, mixing door cars, dragsters and altered as one category from time trials and into all rounds of eliminations.
• Electronics (throttle stops / delay boxes / transbrakes) are permitted.
• Compulink Cross Talk will be used.
• Drivers running 7.49 and quicker must have an Advanced ET competition license and all required safety equipment per the NHRA rules, including a SFI 3.2A/15 fire suit and head and neck restraint device/system SFI 38.1.
• Cars running quicker then 9.99 seconds must have a SFI chassis certification. Cars running 7.49 and quicker must have an Advanced ET chassis certification.
• Burnouts across the starting line under power, are not permitted.
9.00 – 15.99 seconds
• No electronics (throttle stops / delay boxes / transbrakes) are permitted.
• All delay boxes must be physically removed from the vehicle.
• Nitrous is allowed as a single stage system, operated by a WOT switch.
• No rear-wheel line locks. A two-step is permitted as a high side rev limiter only.
• No Dragsters, Altereds or center steering roadsters permitted. Side steer roadsters are permitted only if they have fenders.
• Drivers/racecars running elapsed times of 9.00 – 9.99 seconds must have a NHRA license, membership and all equipment per NHRA rules and regulations and a SFI chassis certification.
• All drivers and race cars must comply with NHRA rules and regulations.
11.50 – 19.99 seconds
• No electronics (throttle stops / delay boxes / transbrakes) permitted.
• All delay boxes must be physically removed from the vehicle.
• Street eliminator racecars will be required to have factory glass, headlights, functioning mufflers, DOT approved tires, hood (fiberglass permitted), doors, fenders and grill per the NED rules.
• All drivers and race cars must comply with NHRA rules and regulations.
Top Bike / Sleds
7.50 – 15.99 seconds
• No electronics (throttle stops / delay boxes) permitted.
• All motorcycles in competition require a “kill switch” and must comply with NHRA rules and regulations.
12.00 – slower
• Electronics and transbrakes are prohibited.
• Trophy Eliminator vehicles must maintain stock appearance. Street tires or DOT street tires permitted. Open exhaust permitted.
• Emphasis will be placed on maintaining Trophy Eliminator as a novice category.
• After a Trophy competitor wins two events, if enrolled in the Money Trail program, he/she will be moved up to the Street category and will no longer be eligible to compete in Trophy.
• If the Trophy competitor is not enrolled in the Money Trail program, the number of wins they may collect will not be restricted.
• For entries that do not require a NHRA license (i.e. 10.00 & slower), a NHRA competition number is not required unless the entry will be going to the ET finals.
• All cars running 9.99 and quicker must use an acceptable oil retention device at Money Trail ET Series races. All cars running 7.49 and faster or 200 mph and faster must have a head and neck restraint device/system SFI 38.1.
• Cooling system additives are strictly prohibited. No anti-freeze or lubricant type additives allowed. If a race entry leaks such products on the racing surface, the entrant will be disqualified from further racing activities for the balance of the event. Exceptions only include current state licensed and inspected vehicles.
• Entrants having a battery problem may utilize a “hot box” jumper system to start the race car. • For regulations on shielding, refer to the NHRA rulebook
• The use of any temporary or permanent shielding, including paint, that obstructs the driver’s vision that is attached to the helmet, window, windshield is prohibited. Any other shielding must have a permanent attachment, such that it requires tools for removal. Maximum size of shield: 4-inches by 8-inches.
• Excessive window tinting is not permitted in any eliminator. If a Maple Grove official can’t see inside the race car because of window tinting it is illegal and must be removed.
NED SUMMIT ET FINALS
The NED Summit ET Finals will be held at US 13 Dragway in Delmar, Del., from Sept. 18-20. Competitors must be a current member of the Sunoco Money Trail program for points to count toward securing a place on Team Maple Grove Raceway.
For 2014, points earned toward a spot on Team Maple Grove will be based on yearlong total points earned during the 15-race season.
The four NHRA Northeast Division champions from the ET Finals will be invited to participate at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals in Pomona, Calif. on Nov. 13-14. They will compete against the champions from NHRA’s six other divisions for a world championship in each respective eliminator.
Maple Grove Raceway will send a team of 32 racers to the ET Finals: Super (top 10 in seasonal points), Pro (top 10 in seasonal points), Street (top eight in seasonal points),Top Bike (top four in seasonal points).
MONEY TRAIL POINTS
1st round appearance points are earned by the entry staging under its own power.
To all round winners.
Quarter bonus point.
Semi bonus points.
Runner-up bonus points.
Winner bonus points.
The 2014 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail Racing Series consists of 15 races. To earn points in the Sunoco Money Trail Program, a racer must sign up and be paid in full prior to the first round of eliminations at the race from which points accumulation begins. Points will be awarded to enrolled drivers only. Points belonging to the driver are non- transferable from one class to another. To earn points for a round, a racer must turn on the finish line win light. Money Trail Member applications can be found on www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Tie-breakers for season points:
1. First tie breaker, most wins
2. Second tie breaker, most runner-up finishes
3. Third tie breaker, most semifinal appearances
4. Fourth tie breaker, most quarterfinal appearances
MONEY TRAIL ET SHOOTOUT
At all of the 15 Money Trail events, the winners, runner-ups and semifinalists in Super, Pro, Street, and Top Bike will have their names entered into a special drawing box for each eliminator. At the conclusion of the final Money Trail event, a total of four drivers will be drawn from each eliminator.
Each eliminators entrants (4 per) will run each other until an eliminator winner is determined. At that point Super will race Pro, and Street will race Top Bike. The winners will race for the golf cart and television with the final winner receiving a golf cart and the runner-up a 32-inch HD television.
The Shootout is sponsored by D&G Golf Carts, Awesome Vinyl, Potty Queen, and P.C. Richard & Son.