Track Rules

General Rules:

  1. NHRA rules are the basic and minimum standard for safety and competition. Beacon Dragway 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.
  2. No fighting, vandalism, filthy language or theft. Any action or behavior deemed detrimental by Beacon Dragway towards Beacon Dragway will result in disciplinary action and/or suspension.
  3. No selling or soliciting on the grounds without permission of management.

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.

5. 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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: Super Pro has staged into 2 designated lanes. If the cars are not paired up and are wanting the same lane the staging lane director will flip a coin or at his discretion direct a driver to a lane. Best reaction time should have lane choice. These two drawn drivers are now a competition pairing, and will remain together until a winner is determined.

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.

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.

8. If a vehicle has problems after crossing the break line it will be given 30 seconds to re-start or correct. Actual time allowed will be at the discretion of the starter, and based on the situation at hand. The starter shall have total discretion of the time allotted to stage a pair of vehicles and activate the tree. His decision will be final.

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. Deep staging is allowed but is not guaranteed. A “Deep Stage Foul” on the computer is not grounds for protest or a re-run. Consult the Race Director with questions on the Auto-Start system.

10. A vehicle must leave the starting line forward, under its own power, to be eligible for a win.

11. You cannot enter two drivers in one vehicle in any Beacon Dragway 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.

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.

13. You may enter more than one points class. The driver is responsible for being on time for the appropriate bracket.

Race Procedures:

1. At Beacon Dragway tow vehicles permitted with vehicles in faster than 11.49 and all bikes. A driver must stay with the tow vehicle.

2. No burnouts in the staging lanes, or pit areas. No stationary burnouts – except in the water box. Power burnouts across the line are not allowed unless; a. directed by a track official, b. open wheel cars, c. cars faster than 10:00. No backing up on the starting apron without permission from a track official. One (1) backup is allowed to all competitors, for the purpose of repositioning their vehicle on the starting pad. BACKING IN to a staged position is strictly prohibited!!!

3. Stay with your vehicle in the staging lanes.

4. In case of vehicle malfunction – please move your vehicle off the lane of rubber and next to the guardrail.

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.

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.

7. Bye runs will be given at random in the tower for the first round. Each bye run after will be determined by the best reaction time of the previous round 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. Drivers who buyback will be allowed to receive a bye run one round after they buy back.

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.

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 held at the track.

10. If the official time or race results need to be checked, please check with the race director for the event. Beacon Dragway reserves the right to confirm or overturn a race result based on recorded video or official eyewitness account.

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 Beacon Dragway 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.

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. The race directors decision is final.


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.

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.

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.

You must wear an approved helmet to go 8:00 or quicker. No passengers during eliminations.

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.

Speed limit in the pits is 15 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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

Firearms and weapons are strictly prohibited on Beacon Dragway property.

Buyback Policy:  Buybacks will be allowed in the 1st or 2nd round only.

Breakage policy:
If you break coming off the trailer and you leave the drag strip before eliminations-a full rain check will be given.

If you break in the water box on a time run check with race director, if during eliminations – no rain check.


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.

To change brackets, upgrade, or substitute a vehicle:

Go to the tower and consult the race director for approval.

All questions concerning acceptable bracket changes, upgrades, or substitute vehicles must be approved by the race director. He will give you direction on how to proceed

This change must be done before Rd 1 of eliminations for that class. The substitute entry may or may not get a time run.

Acceptable substitute vehicles must be out of competition, legal for the class and may NOT be re- entered through a buy-back.

Rain out policy:

NO rain checks will be issued or event rescheduled after the first round of eliminations is completed

If a rain out occurs before eliminations, only entry points will be awarded. The event will not be made up unless it is the final points race of the season.

If a rain out occurs during round one, only completed classes will be scored with round points. Rain checks will only be issued to racers in classes that were not completed. (round 1 only & entry points will be given)

If a rain out occurs after first round is completed it is a total rain out and no rain checks will be given. All remaining money will be split to racers still in competition. Points will be issued as round wins in classes that have completed a round(s).


All Decisions of the race director are final.

All safety and tech rules published in the NHRA Rule book apply by ET class. Please consult a track official with any questions.

NHRA Chassis certification is required on any entry faster than 9:99 1/4 mile or 6.39 1/8 mile. See NHRA rules for details.

Functional tail lamp required on all entries. Strobe or other unapproved tail lamps prohibited. Tail lamps will be checked.

Timed ignition interruption devices (stutter boxes) prohibited in all classes.

Delay Boxes: The Tachometer or any RPM function are prohibited from interaction with the delay device or its related accessories. NHRA has a list of approved delay boxes for competition. See current rulebook for details.

Delay boxes allowed ONLY in Super Pro & Pro Bike. The boxMUST be disconnected in all other classes. See the Tech Official for further clarification.

Hi-rev limiters recommended in all classes. 2-steps prohibited in Trophy Street. A mechanical, fixed throttle stop that cannot be changed, adjusted, or over-ridden from inside the car or during a run, is OK.

Data recorders that are pro-active to the operation of a vehicle are prohibited in ALL no-box classes. Wiring from tachometer to any delay device is prohibited. Other electronics may be prohibited by class. If in doubt, ask.

Also prohibited in all classes: Any electronic device used to determine down-track position; Any device that employs a timer, counter, or signal generator to determine down-track position; any type of line sensor for either start or finish; Any telemetry device capable of communicating vehicle data during a run, Any wheel pickup sensing devices: Any unconventional uses or applications of legal devices that would render them illegal under NHRA or Beacon Dragway rules.

An NHRA membership and license are required for all classes to run the Bracket Team Finals. The rules for the NHRA Bracket Final may vary from our track rules – refer to the NHRA Rule Book for clarifications.

All Supercharged entries, or any entry using Nitrous Oxide faster than 7.99 1/4 mile or 5.00 1/8 mile must have approved lower containment system. (diaper)

Per NHRA Rules, vehicles running faster than 150 mph must have a functional parachute. Flagrant disregard of safety by not having an operable parachute is grounds for disciplinary action, fines, or suspension. All drivers should deploy their parachute frequently to assure it will function properly. Any driver exceeding posted speeds should use good judgment and deploy chutes, unless the deployment itself would create an endangering situation.

Computers prohibited, unless original OEM device. Certain ignition control systems are prohibited from competition. Any aftermarket ignition or engine control system that utilizes a programmable EEPROM; or is capable of activating a compensation command based on down track data; or executes a command based on input from any sensor besides a tachometer, is prohibited in all classes except Super Pro.

Mirrors: only OEM type/style mirrors, mounted in conventional fashion permitted.

All switches and/or buttons must be standard mechanical connection type. Infrared lasers, retinal scan, fingerprint, light source, and any other non-mechanical types are prohibited.


A racer earns points – 10 pts for entering and 10 pts for each round win. The winner of each race will earn 5 additional points.

Once a class has been declared you may not transfer points between classes.

These rules are not conclusive and are subject to  modifications or expansion throughout the season.

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