South Mountain Raceway
BEFORE COMING TO STAGING……
CHECK RACECAR FOR FLUID
MAKE SURE LUG NUTS ARE TIGHT
8.59 & FASTER REQUIRE HELMETS,
LONG SLEEVE SHIRT, LONG PANTS, NO SANDLES
7.35 TO 7.00 REQUIRE ROLL BAR,
6.99 AND QUICKER MUST HAVE
TRANSMISSION AND FLEX PLATE SHIELDS
6.39 AND QUICKER REQUIRE ROLL
CAGE, FULL FACE HELMET, SFI JACKET AND PANTS, GLOVES,
WINDOW NET (door car) NHRA DRIVERS LICENSE FOR THAT CLASS,
BEFORE GOING OVER THE BRIDGE
MAKE SURE YOUR DIAL-IN IS ON WINDOW IN 4” LETTERS, WINDOW
IS UP AND SEAT BELT IS FASTENED
STAY WITH CAR IN STAGING
RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK
BOARD AT STARTING LINE- IF WRONG BACK OUT UNTIL CORRECTED
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, SEE
TRACK TECH PERSONNEL
2020 SMR NHRA/SBRA PARAMETERS (CLICK TO PRINT)
Outlaws on the
Mountain 2019 Rules
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Outlaws on the Mountain 2019
South Mountain 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 South Mountain
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 2020.
Thank you for racing with us.
South Mountain Raceway Youth Initiative
South Mountain Raceway encourages children and young
adults to participate in the sport of drag racing.
South Mountain Raceway offers several programs and events
geared to young racers, including the new NHRA Youth
Racing program “Jr.Street”, Jr. Dragster competition and
the annual High School Challenge.
Racers Gate Red Tank Road / Run/Tech Card
Upon entering Racers Gate, Red Tank Road, you will proceed
to the toll-booth area where you will pay for your race
class or category and will be issued a Tech/Run Card/ &
Vehicle Inspection Form. Once the tech card and waiver are
completed and signed the SMR official will issue
wristbands to each eligible member of the team. After the
waiver and release have been signed you may proceed to pit
Track PA System / FM Station
South Mountain broadcasts the public address system on an
FM transmitter. The frequency is 103.7 FM. We recommend
that you tune your radio to 103.7 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.
Tech Inspection/House Calls
South Mountain Raceway’s Tech Inspectors make house calls
to your PIT Area. So please complete your Vehicle
Inspection Form as soon as possible after settling in your
Pit Area. You can also proceed to the tech inspection area
located at the tech building.
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.
Wristbands must be worn in plain sight for the duration of
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
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.
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
During eliminations, check the dial-in boards before
staging. Proceed to the starting line and turn on the
pre-stage light (top bulb). 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 SMR 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.
It is very important to be aware of your vehicles
condition at all times on the racetrack. If you are
experiencing any sort of problem which would result in
fluid leaking onto the racetrack it is best to pull over
to the guardwall as soon as safely possible. We can tow
you off the track. It is much easier to clean up a puddle
on the side of the track than a strip all the way down the
center. So please, do yourself and fellow racers a favor
by pulling over if you believe you may be leaking any
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
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.
Failure to pull over
out of the groove or make an attempt to minimize track
cleanup will result in a $100.00 cleanup fee.
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. SMR is straight
eighth – mile (660ft.) After crossing the finish line
prepare to slow down in the shutdown area and take the
left hand banked turnoff at a safe speed to the return
road. The Driver in the left lane has the right of way
when exiting the racing surface. Return road speed limit
is 5 MPH.
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. 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’, elapsed times (ET) and MPH.
Return Road / Pit Area
The speed limit in the pit area is 5 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
Trophies / Winnings
Trophies and checks will be awarded at the Photo/Trophy
Booth by the Staging Lanes. 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 dusk. At no event will un-muffled engines be permitted
to start before 10:30 a.m. On Sundays and 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 $5.00. If more than half of
round 2 time trials is completed the cost would be $10.00.
If half of round 1 eliminations is completed the cost
would be $15.00. 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 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
Clothing — Drivers please note: Shorts (bare legs) and
tank tops (bare torso) are prohibited in all classes..
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
• 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 in the Photo/Trophy Booth by the
• No one under the age of 16 is permitted to operate a pit
• No pit vehicles are permitted in the concession or
• 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
wristbands may enter the restricted area. Wristbands 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 SMR 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
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.
Accutime II Timing System – The Accutime II utilizes a
BLUE light in the center of the Tree between the Staging
Lights. This light when ON STEADY means the race is set
and you can begin to Stage your vehicle. If the light is
not on or blinking Race control has not set or the timing
system computer is not ready. The Accutime II Auto Start
Program may or may not be utilized at South Mountain
Raceway events. If used the system will be programmed with
a total timeout of 10 seconds. The SMR Starter will for
the most part be in control. There will be no re-runs for
being timed out. The Accutime II Cross Talk program will
be utilized in the Super Eliminator category only.
Time Trial Sessions – South Mountain 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 South Mountain 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 Bike/Sled 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 of First time run will be used to qualify Bike/Sled
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) will be pulled into the left lane of the track. Even
numbered staging lanes (2, 4) 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 SMR 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
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
maybe 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 $10.00
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.
SMR POINTS Racers
1st round appearance points are earned by the entry
staging under its own power.
10 Points awarded per round win