Atco Raceway Rules by lifemate


									                     Atco Raceway Rules
1 000 Jackson Road Atco NJ 080 04 office: 85 6 -768 -2167 updated: 2 /10 

       Disclaimer: The regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly
       conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such
       events. This document serves as a supplement to the rules established in the official
       2010 NHRA Rulebook. The combination of the NHRA rulebook and the Atco Raceway
       rules shall govern all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are
       required to comply with these rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
       RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the
       sport and do not guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator or

       The race director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the
       specifications herein or impose any further restrictions. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED
       SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the
       discretion of the track officials. Their decision is final. Rules and race procedures may
       be revised or modified throughout the season to better serve the racing community.
       Rule and race procedure updates will be posted on or
       distributed via handout at the credentials building upon entry to the facility.

General Statement

   •   Vehicles participating in drag racing events must be presentable and properly
       prepared prior to competition. Tech officials may reject vehicles that are improperly
       prepared at any time during the event.
   •   Any driver/rider, crewmember or person in association with a driver/rider who is
       considered to be under the influence of any drug, alcohol or any judgment-impairing
       substance will be expelled from the race and escorted off the premises together with
       the entire crew and vehicle associated with the offender.
   •   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 entire crew.
   •   Upon entering the facility, racers and crew members agree to abide by all rules --
       and that all interpretations of rules are left up to the race director, who shall have
       final say in all matters, questions and protests.
   •   Atco Raceway is an NHRA member track and all rules follow the guidelines
       established by the National Hot Rod Association and the 2010 NHRA rulebook. It is
       recommended that all participants have an updated copy of the rulebook and follow
       these guidelines established by the NHRA. The NHRA rulebook shall govern all
       decisions at Atco Raceway.
   •   Atco Raceway Race Director has final say for all matters.
General Regulations

   • At no event will un-muffled engines be permitted to start before 8:30 a.m.
   • Local township ordinance mandates that racing be completed by 11:00 pm Tuesday
      thru Saturdays and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    • It will be at the race director’s discretion that 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.
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. To obtain a sticker, the
        owner must complete a special waiver and pay the proper fees ($10 for the year).
        Forms are available at the Front Gate and Tech Department.
    • No pit vehicles are permitted in the concession or souvenir areas located in the food
        court area.
    • Pit vehicles can be impounded for improper use. Impounded vehicles will be returned
        to the rightful owner upon the completion of the race event.
    • 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.
    • Shorts (bare legs) and tank tops (bare torso) are prohibited in all classes.
Replacement Vehicle:
    • If the competitor’s racecar breaks before first round you may borrow another racers
        car with approval of the track operator and for one race only
    • Once eliminations are in progress, replacement vehicles are not permitted.

Atco Raceway Track Facts and Information

   •   We Are 93ft. Above Sea Level.
   •   Atco Raceway Is A NHRA Member Track And Is Governed By NHRA and NJ State
       Police Rules.
   •   Track is prepared and on a daily maintenance plan
   •   Special Events have on site overnight security.

Restricted Areas Regulations:
This is strictly enforced by New Jersey State Police.
        A Restricted Area is anywhere past the front of the staging lanes including, the area
behind the sound barrier wall, burnout box, starting line and return road. All race car
drivers and crew must sign a waiver to get into this area. To get past these points on
certain designated events, you must have been given a Restricted Area Pass, which would
either be a badge or a wristband.
Motor Home Weekend Stay

Any Person/S That Are Staying At The Facility Will Be Required To Purchase A Full Weekend
Admission Pass. Racer Entry May Be Done On A Daily Basis, Only If The Person Has Left An
Open Check Or Credit Card (Tab) On File At The Main Gate. At Any Time, Racetrack Has The
Option Of Inspecting The Racer/Crew Vehicle For Proper Credentials at any time during

Refund Policies

   • In the event of cancellation, deemed by the track manager, original ticket stubs
       issued at the gate will serve as rain checks.
   • If time trials are completed and eliminations are cancelled for any reason, a $10 fee
       will be deducted from racer entry fees to cover expenses incurred by Atco Raceway.
       Once 1st round is completed the race is official.
Racer Policies
   • Once you’re Car Passes the Front of Staging for Time Runs There Are No Refunds! At
       No Time During A Race Is There Any Cash Refunds; You Will Be Issued A Credit Good
       For Another Race. There Are No Refunds For Crew Or Spectator Passes. The Credit
       Is Only To Be Issued By Track Manager/Operator.

Public Address System

   •   Atco Raceway broadcasts the public address system on an FM transmitter.
   •   The frequency is:
                            89.7 FM
   •   We recommend that you tune your radio to 89.7 FM as soon as you enter the
       parking area to stay updated on the day’s events.

Speed Shop at Atco Raceway

Phone # 856.768.4700

The Speed Shop is the exclusive distributor of VP Racing Fuels, Interstate Alcohol & Parts,
distribution that is located on our Racetrack Facility. It has a wide selection of parts, some
tires, and helmets and can special order any items for you. Call or visit the shop for

There will be no selling of any fuel, parts or tires on the track premises. If you are caught
attempting this you will be ejected and banned from the track.
Tech and Safety Inspection

Tech Registration Cards:
   • Prior to making any runs down the track, all competitors and their vehicles must
      successfully pass a technical and safety inspection.
   • Tech registration cards must be filled out completely by each participant before
      entering the inspection lanes. 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 (Tech form) they may enter the pit area.

On Track Safety

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.

Tear Down

Racetrack has the option of inspecting any vehicle anytime during the race event, see NHRA
Rulebook: 19:6.4 Retention of Vehicle and Parts. In Particular Any Vehicle From ¼ Finals On
Can Be Randomly Selected For Inspection; Racer Is Responsible To Report To Lanes When
Called. Track Operator Has All Final Decisions; See NHRA Rulebook: 19.4 Finality Of

Time Trials

   • In an effort to keep the program moving at a steady pace, racers should adhere to
      the directions issued by staff members working the area and confine stationary
      burnouts to a minimum.
   • Burnouts are prohibited across the starting line in every class except cars equipped
      with rear breaks or cars running 7 seconds or quicker, which may cross the starting
      line, but not under power.
Time Trial Sessions:
   • Atco Raceway will make every effort to conduct two sessions of time trials prior to
      eliminations. However, this does not guarantee 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.
   • Each participant must present a session run card at repeated events or when
      applicable to the Atco Raceway official working at the front of the staging lanes prior
      to each run.

   • All Bracket Classes, Summit VP, Summer Series Shootout and A A Auto Salvage
       Super Bucks will be randomly paired to the point of sixteen (16) 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. Franklin Gamblers
       and Specialty Races will be paired at 8 cars.
   • Reaction times will be used to qualify Motorcycles and Junior Dragster competitors.
       Standard NHRA sportsman ladders will be established for the second round of
       eliminations and will be followed through for the remaining rounds of competition.
       Race Director can vary ladder based on field size. 
Bye Runs:
   • The first round bye-run will go to the driver who records the best reaction time
       during the final time run round of time trials.
   • In the event of identical reaction times, the driver who records it first will be
       awarded the bye.
   • Bye runs for subsequent rounds will be chosen in the same manner: the best
       reaction time from the previous round.
   • The buy run does not carry over
   • 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
   • To take the win light on a bye run, the driver is only required to stage the racecar
       under it’s 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.
Lane Choice:
   • Racers in Super, Pro, and Street Eliminators may select the right of left lane by
       pulling into the appropriate staging lane.
   • Odd numbered staging lanes (3, 5, 7 & 9) will be pulled into the left lane of the
       track. Lane 2 is left open.
   • Even numbered staging lanes (4, 6, 8 & 10) will be pulled into the right lane of the
   • 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, the first car in line will get the lane choice and the other car
       must utilize the other lane.
   • 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.
   • Once racer is on a ladder lane choice is decided by the flip of a coin.
   • 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. (Point of no return)
   • Racers with an LED dial in board must have the dial in board lit before crossing the
       point of no return. (PONR)
   • In the event of a pause in racing for more than 10 minutes due to track clean ups or
       weather, racers after the white line/ point of no return (PONR) may change their dial
       provided they do so through an 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 pre-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; the starter will make no provision if a racer is deep. There will
      be NO disqualification for going deep. Deep staging is NOT PERMITTED in the
      following races
           o   Summer Series Shootout
           o AA Auto Super Bucks Weekends
Staging Lanes
   • Once a car enters the rear of the staging lanes, the driver has officially presented the
      car and driver combination for eliminations. No driver, car changes or lane changes
      will be permitted once the car enters the staging lanes. Anyone caught backing out
      or changing lanes will be disqualified.
   • During eliminations, Atco Raceway uses a white line at the front of staging lanes
      called the point of no return (PONR).

   •   If the vehicle fails to start before it breaks the line the staging coordinator will give
       that car 30 seconds to start. If after this time it fails to start the car will go to the
       end of the field and run last. The next car in that lane will be brought up and paired
       with the original car in the pair.

   •   Once both vehicles break the line with any portion of the vehicle they are considered
       to be a set pair. If either car stalls out at this point he will be given 30 seconds to
       restart the car if after 30 seconds it cannot start the opponent will proceed to the
       starting line and will be a single run. The broken vehicle is out of competition.

   •   There is only one-30 second restart allowed per vehicle once both vehicles are a set

Compulink, Compulink AutoStart and Compulink StageLok

Compulink, CrossTalk: The cross talk program solves the problem of the open vs.
shielded top bulb controversy. Cross talk allows the tree to be fully shielded (all ambers)
while giving several benefits. All racers have their own “clean” tree, with all ambers
including the top amber facing directly towards them. CrossTalk functions in eliminations by
firing the top amber in both lanes at the same time. This allows both cars a direct “hit” on
the tree. The tree of the slower lane will continue counting down to the second and third
amber as normal. The faster cars top amber will remain lit until the time comes for the
second and third amber in that lane to cycle down. Note that CrossTalk function would be
run in “box” classes in eliminations only. Footbrake classes would have a normal function

   •   A driver (if he is the quicker of the pair) may cancel the CrossTalk function by
       including the letter “N” after the last digit of their dial-in. For example, a dial in of
       7.85N would cancel CrossTalk for that pair of cars if the 7.85 was the fastest dial –in.
       If you have the letter “N” after your dial to indicate you do not want CrossTalk
       activated in your lane, make sure you see the dash in front of your dial-in on the
       scoreboards before you stage. If there is no dash in front of your dial-in on the
       scoreboards, then the clock operator did not see the “N” after your dial or you have
       placed it elsewhere on your window. In this case, DO NOT STAGE! Simply get the
       starter’s attention and point to the “N” on your window; he will call the tower by
       radio and have it corrected.

Compulink Autostart: The AutoStart system is used at Atco Raceway in ALL CLASSES AT
ALL EVENTS, from Sportsman to Pro. This system starts the tree automatically when the
Compulink senses two fully staged vehicles so the starter can concentrate more on the track
and conditions of the race. Here is how it works: when the system sees both cars pre-
staged and one of the cars is staged, it starts the timer (actual length of timer is class
specific, please inquire with the tower or go to the class rules on the Atco Raceway web site
for the timer length in your particular class). If the second car does not enter the staging
beams within the timer’s parameters, a red light is activated for that car. This red light will
NOT be negotiated under any circumstance! Remember, the system needs to see three
lights before it starts the timer- two pre-stages and a stage. Don’t try to burn your

Compulink Stagelok: The Stagelok System is run in every class during every event. The
long-standing “shallow-staged” red light problem is a thing of the past with this system.
Before this system was designed, cars or bikes that were very lightly staged could easily
vibrate or rock out of the staging beam. When that happened, the infrared beam
reconnects causing what may “appear” as a false red light foul. In many cases, the simple
vibration would cause the foul for those who shallow staged; it appeared that the car never
moved. This is because the infrared staging beam measures 1/100 of an inch. So for those
shallow-staged, it didn’t take much for that beam to reconnect for a vehicle that isn’t line-
locked which rolls backwards, trans-brake slippage or simple unloading of the front tires
caused by torque when the motor is “matted” against a trans-brake (generally the #1 cause
of shallow-staged red lights).

The Stagelok System was designed to prevent these “False” (yet legally blinding) red light
fouls. Here’s an inside look at how the system actually works. Prior to either car entering
the Pre-Staged beam, the starter manually triggers a switch that tells the computer to arm
the AutoStart System. The Timing System takes control of the run from that point on,
eliminating the possibility of human error. Once both cars have satisfied the “Staged
Minimum” time preset (usually.7 seconds, but varies from class to class) the StageLok
sequence initiates before the tree is fired allowing the racer 1” of rearward travel before the
stage beam will go out. This 1” allowance is active through the entire AutoStart System,
until the algorithm has reached the green light—at which point a rearward movement will
not result in a red light foul.

Multiple or Double Entry

   •   Double Entry is no longer permitted.
    •   Two drivers may no longer drive the same car. The new rule is (1) driver per car.
        The car may only go down the track one time in the (1st) first round of competition.
    •   A driver who owns (2) two separate cars may drive both cars in competition in three
        races; AA Auto Super bucks Weekends, Summer Series Shootout and the Footbrake
    •   A driver who legitimately brings a car and passes through tech, then breaks before
        first round, can borrow another racers car only with approval of the track operator.
        This is granted for one race only.
    •   It is the driver’s responsibility to maintain separate numbers on each car.

Buy Back Rules
Buy back for 1st round loser is permitted in the Summer Series Shootout, AA Auto Salvage
Super Bucks and the Footbrake race or when otherwise advertised. A Racer can only
buyback if they lost 1st round. There is NO direct buy into the buyback round. Buyback
cars may earn bye runs. Buyback round is run as a separate round and you must win the
buyback round in order to advance to the second round.

Event Payout



Weather Disclaimer

The only reason for a reduced purse will be in the event of lack of participation and full field
due to inclement weather or situations beyond our control. A decision on this disclaimer is
made by 9am or within 4 hours prior to the start of eliminations.


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