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LOST CREEK RACEWAY RULES

LOST CREEK RACING RULES and REGULATIONS

PLEASE READ ALL RULES     

INFRACTIONS OF ANY AND ALL RULES COULD RESULT IN IMEEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION!!!!!

LOST CREEK RACEWAY RULES

LOST CREEK RACING RULES and REGULATIONS

PLEASE READ ALL RULES     

INFRACTIONS OF ANY AND ALL RULES COULD RESULT IN IMEEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION!!!!!

 

GENERAL RULES:

  • ALL CARS and DRIVERS are subject to N.H.R.A. rules and regulations.

  • Passengers allowed riding in a vehicle that runs 8.60 and slower (1/8th mile).  Passengers must be 16 and or possess a driver’s license and N.H.R.A. Snell approved helmet.  Passengers not allowed riding during competition.  If a vehicle is capable of running quicker than 8.60 than you must get approval and signature of the track manager.

  • Return road speed is 30 M.P.H.  NO STOPPING ON RETURN ROAD TO PICK UP PASSENGERS!  Pit area speed limit is 10 M.P.H.

  • NO reflective mirror tint on any windows outside of factory O.E.M.

  • NO recreational riding of vehicles (ATV’s, go-carts, motorcycles, bicycles, any motorized RV. etc.) in the pit and tow area.  The number of seats that are on the pit vehicle determines maximum amount of riders.  This is due to insurance reasons.

  • Across the starting line burnouts not permitted in High School / Sportsman / Pro.  Dragsters running pro are ok to go across the starting line for a burn out.

  • NO water burnouts with street tires, excluding drag radials and ET Street tires.

  • ALL safety equipment must be on until the vehicle has entered the return road.  DO NOT remove your helmet, seat belts, gloves, etc until your vehicle has entered the return road.  It is recommended to leave all safety equipment on until you have exited your race vehicle back in the pit area.

  • Vehicles with your party must be contained within your pit spots and or the spectator parking area.

  • Drivers may only enter one class per car (excluding the diesel drags and flathead valley challenge)

  • Two drivers may enter the same car in two separate classes.

  • Drivers may enter multiple classes with multiple cars.

  • Drivers must ensure that if one car is used by two different drivers in two different classes that all the rules are being followed for that class.  Example a car is used in both Super Pro and Pro, the delay box must be taken out of the car completely in the Pro Class.  Example a car is used in Pro and Sportsman, the trans brake button must be taken out of the car completely in Sportsman.  The car must also meet the ET criteria for both classes the car will be raced in as well.

  • Cross Talk will not be allowed in any event where multiple classes compete together from the beginning of the race event (example: Friday Night Gambler, Les Schwab Bracket Nationals, and Flathead Valley Shootout).  Cross Talk however will be allowed if a racer has raced all day using Cross Talk in their perspective class and then moves into a championship run off against other classes (example: John Lescantz Memorial Race, King of the Track Wally Race, Lost Creek Raceway Championship,

DRIVERS:

  • Must have proof of valid driver’s license. 

  • Must have proof of valid N.H.R.A. license and Membership in cars quicker than 6.39.

  • Must wear a minimum of an N.H.R.A. approved helmet.

  • Must wear all N.H.R.A. approved safety equipment in vehicles that are required by E.T.

  • Must act in a safe manner or will be asked to leave the facility.

  • Must at ALL time act in a professional and courteous manner or will be asked to leave the facility.

RAINOUTS:

  • An event is defined as one complete “called” round of time trials.  If a racer does not make the first round of time trials they are still considered to have completed that round.

  • All Non Electronic / Electronic / Summit Series / Jr. Dragster will be run on a porta-tree in the event of any uncontrollable weather experiences.  The payouts / trophies / points will be awarded as they would on a regular race.  This gives the racer the opportunity to try to recuperate some of their racers expenses.

  • All Friday night classes and test n tunes will be refunded a rain check in the event of any uncontrollable weather experiences.  Test n Tune tech cards will be given a rain check unless the racer has entered the burn out box at any time during the race event.  Then the Test n Tune is considered complete at this time.

  • All spectators will receive a rain check in the event of any uncontrollable weather experiences.

TECH CARDS:

  • You will be issued a new tech card each race weekend.  YOU MUST COMPLETE, sign and pass tech before any passes are allowed down the track.  After passing tech you must bring your tech card to the tower to be entered into the computer system.  ENSURE THAT ALL YOUR INFORMATION IS FILLED OUT ACCORDINGLY ON YOUR TECH CARD PRIOR TO BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE TO TECH.  THIS INCLUDES THE INFORMATION LOCATED ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE CARD FOR SFI CERTIFICATIONS AND EXPIRATION DATES.

NO ALCHOLIC BEVERAGES IN ANY RESTRICTED AREAS!!!!

  • Drivers are responsible for pit crew and family members.

  • Possession of any alcoholic beverages in a restricted area at any time by driver, pit crew or family members, WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION OF THE DRIVER!!!!!

  • Restricted Areas Consist of: STAGING LANES, TOWER & SPECTATOR RACING LANES and RETURN ROAD DURING THE SCHEDULED EVENT.

  • ANY DRIVER CAUGHT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS AND OPERATING THEIR VEHICLE DURING COMPETITION WLL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE FACILITY INDEFINATELY. 

TIME TRIALS:

  • Time trials will be ran before competition of each race event.  With weather permitting it is possible that only one time trial minimum will be given on each race day.

  • During competition when vehicles must qualify for a specific class, time trials will be completed by session ONLY.  Do NOT go to staging until your bracket is called.  A racer will not be allowed to qualify outside of their class run session.

DIAL IN RULE:

  • You can change dial-in between rounds but once you pass the head of staging all dial-ins are FINAL.  You may only dial in as fast and or slow as your competition class allows.

TIME ONLY PASSES:

  • Permission must be obtained from staging, have a T.O. on windows.

  • Person driving the car must have completed a tech card or alternate drivers card in the tower.  Tower and staging lanes must be notified of the time only run and WHO is driving the car.  Alternate driver must abide by ALL NHRA safety rules.  If the car is capable of running quicker than 6.39 (1/8th mile) than the alternate driver must be licensed by the NHRA.

  • Cars will be run in Time Only as time permits.  Be prepared at all times to run when called to the line.

LADDERED CLASSES:

  • All laddered classes will have ladder posted prior to first round.  Racers will be given ample opportunity to notify tower of any changes needed (i.e. Breakage, Class Change, Ect.)  Once the ladders are posted they are final.  Changes will only be made to correct tower errors.  Each round after will also be laddered until a winner is determined.  Lost Creek Raceway will do everything in its means to eliminate multiple buys in one round set by the ladder, however this may occur on some occasions when buy backs are involved.

  • Ladders will be determined by reaction time during one qualifying round session.  All Summit Series racers will be given at least one qualifying session on either Saturday and Sunday race day.  Lost Creek Raceway will try its best to allow at least 2 time trials during these events unless unable due to weather or technical difficulties.  Please listen to the PA system to ensure the qualifying session.  During the Summit Series races held on Saturday we will allow time only during the later rounds of the first race ONLY.  .  Do not expect to get time only in the first couple of rounds during the first Saturday race.

  • There will only be only one qualifying session prior to the first round of racing on race #2 of Saturday.  Racers have ample opportunity to make time only’s during the first race.

  • This will be the only qualifying session you will be allowed to qualify your vehicle for your laddered position.  If for some reason you are not able to make the qualifying session you will automatically be put into the bottom half of the ladder.  If more than one vehicle does not make the ladder session then the qualifying position will be determined by racers last name alphabetically at the bottom of the ladder. 

LANE CHOICE:

  • Lane choice during competition will be determined by the flip of a coin, unless otherwise specified during special race events.  Lane choice does not automatically go to the quicker of the two race vehicles.

COOL DOWN TIME:

  • Track officials and weather permitting will determine cool down time.  In the event that possible weather delaying storms are present, cool down time will be shortened accordingly. 

RERUNS:

  • Any reruns will be raced in the same lane and same car and driver.  ANYONE CAUGHT DEVIATING FROM THIS RULE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

  • All Lost Creek Raceways rules supersede any other outside organization (i.e. Quick 8, Flathead Valley Challenge, Diesel Drags, etc.) rules determining a re-run.

  • Lost Creek Raceway has the final say in any race that might be determined a re-run.  This rule supersedes any other outside organization (i.e. Quick 8, Flathead Valley Challenge, Diesel Drags, etc.)

SCOREBOARDS:

  • Your Dial-In will be displayed on the scoreboards and dial in boards during eliminations.  In classes using Cross-Talk a – (dash) will be displayed in front of the dial in for a racer NOT wanting Cross Talk IF THEY ARE THE QUICKER RACE VEHICLE ONLY.  If you are the slower race vehicle and display an “N” on your dial in it will not display a – (dash) in front of your dial in.  This will only be displayed on the dial in board and not on the score board.  If this is not correct DO NOT STAGE!  Point to the scoreboard / dial in board to let the starter know that it is incorrect.  THERE WILL BE NO RE-RUNS for incorrect dial in.  IT IS THE DRIVERS RESPONSIBILITY AND NOT LOST CREEK RACEWAYS.

STAGING:

  • Deep staging is allowed.  It is the driver’s responsibility to stage his/her vehicle immediately if you prefer to deep stage.  Once your competitor has staged the starter has the option of starting the tree immediately once both lanes have been staged.  Do not wait or hesitate to deep stage.  Do not courtesy stage.  This responsibility is solely your decision and if the tree is activated prior to you deep staging then the run is final.

  • Courtesy staging is not mandatory.  In the event that a racer “double bulbs” you the clock does not start until you light your pre-stage bulb. 

  • ENSURE E.T. IS WRITTEN PLAINLY AND VISIBLE TO TOWER.  THIS IS TO BE LOCATED ON PASSENGER SIDE WINDSHIELD AND DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW.  IF RUNNING A CLASS THAT ALLOWS A PRO TREE ENSURES THAT IT IS WRITTEN ON YOUR TECH CARD AND NOT ON THE SIDE OF YOUR RACE VEHICLE.  THE TREE CHOICE WILL REMAIN CONSISTANT THROUGHOUT THE EVENT AND THE RACER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHANGE IT ONCE THE RACE EVENT HAS STARTED.

  • Essential people only in staging lanes, any minors must be seated in cab of tow vehicle.  Parent must sign release at the ticket booth in order for children to be in restricted areas.  All individuals in tow vehicles must be seated in the seat of the vehicle.

  • Time limit for pre-staging is 20 seconds after the 1st car has pre-staged.  Staging is 10 seconds after both vehicles have pre-staged and one vehicle has staged.  The tree will be activated after the 10 seconds has elapsed. 

  • Roll-through or inappropriate staging only allowed in the High School and Junior Dragster Brackets.

  • After your burn out is complete wait for the starter to motion you forward to stage.  DO NOT PULL FORWARD UNTIL THE STARTER HAS MOTIONED YOU TO DO SO!  THIS IS FOR SAFETY REASONS ONLY.

SUPER PRO ET (1/8 MILE 4.40 – 7.49):                               5 TENTHS FULL TREE

  • Computer prohibited unless stock OEM equipment.  See general regulation rule 9:1                          Data recorders permitted.  See general regulation rule 9:2 & 9:9.

  • Delay boxes permitted.  One box/device only attached to trans brake and or throttle timer only.  Delay box may only display delay amount.  All wiring must be clearly identifiable for inspection.        

  • Trans brake permitted.         Line Lock: 4-wheel line lock permitted.          Automated shifter permitted.          Throttle control permitted per NHRA rulebook. 

  • Ignition: Stutter boxes prohibited.  Starting line or high side rev limiter permitted.  2 steps, rev-limiters or any other RPM limiting devices, legal unto themselves but altered or installed so as to function as a down track RPM controller prohibited.  Traction Control Device is prohibited under NHRA general regulations 9:11.

  • Switches and buttons:  All switches and or buttons must be standard mechanical connection type.  Infrared lasers, retinal scans, fingerprint light source, or other non-mechanical type switch prohibited.

  • Cross talk will be used during Super Pro and Electronics classes.  If you do not want to use cross talk then you MUST HAVE THE LETTER “N” AFTER YOUR DIAL IN.

  • Tow Vehicles Permitted.

PRO ET (1/8 MILE 5.65 - 8.59):                                            5 TENTHS FULL TREE & or 4 TENTHS PRO TREE.

  • A 5 Tenths Full Tree or 4 Tenths Pro Tree is allowed in the pro class.  4 Tenths Pro Tree designations must be written on your tech card prior to making any passes at the event.  If no tree designation is specified on the tech card a 5 Tenths Full Tree will be automatically defaulted to the racer.  The racer will not be allowed to change tree preference during the race event. 

  • Computer prohibited unless stock OEM equipment.  See general regulation rule 9:1          Data recorders prohibited.  See general regulation rule 9:2 & 9:9.

  • Delay Box: Prohibited              Transbrake: Permitted            Line Lock: 4 wheel line lock permitted                  Automated Shifter: Permitted

  • Throttle control: the driver must manually operate Throttle.  Electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation.  A dead stop under the carburetor or throttle pedal is permitted.  Throttle timers, counters prohibited.

  • Ignition:  Stutter boxes prohibited.  Starting line and or “high side” rev-limiters permitted.  2 steps, rev-limiters or any other RPM limiting devices, legal unto themselves but altered or installed so as to function as a down track RPM controller prohibited.

  • Switches and buttons:  All switches and or buttons must be standard mechanical connection type.  Infrared lasers, retinal scans, fingerprint light source, or other non-mechanical type switch prohibited.

  • ALL electronics must be removed from the vehicle in order to race in the Pro class.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Tow Vehicles Prohibited.

SPORTSMAN (1/8 MILE 7.50 - SLOWER):                    5 TENTHS FULL TREE.

  • Computer prohibited unless stock OEM equipment.  See general regulation rule 9:1   Data recorders prohibited.  See general regulation rule 9:2 & 9:9.

  • Delay Box: Prohibited.        Transbrake: Prohibited       Line Lock: 4 wheel line lock prohibited.  2-wheel line lock permitted on non-drive wheels only. 

  • Automated Shifter: Prohibited unless OEM equipped.     

  • Throttle control:  the driver must manually operate Throttle.  Electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation.  A dead stop under the carburetor or throttle pedal is permitted.  Throttle timers, counters prohibited.

  • Ignition: Stutter boxes prohibited.  Single stage rev-limiters permitted.  Rev-limiters or any other RPM limiting devices, legal unto themselves but altered or installed so as to function as a down track RPM controller prohibited.  Crank trigger ignition system prohibited unless OEM distributerless ignition

  • Switches and buttons:  All switches and or buttons must be standard mechanical connection type.  Infrared lasers, retinal scans, fingerprint light source, or other non-mechanical type switch prohibited.

  • Tow Vehicles Prohibited.

HIGH SCHOOL:  (1/8 MILE 7.00 – SLOWER)

  • N.H.R.A rules regarding High School apply to ALL cars running 7.00 (1/8 mile) and slower.  It is each driver’s and parent’s responsibility to know the N.H.R.A. rules and abide by them at all times.  Failure to abide by all N.H.R.A. mandated rules would lead to immediate disqualification.

  • Must have a parent or guardian complete a parental consent form at the ticket booth the first race attended.  High School racers will NOT be allowed to race or compete until this form is filled out each year.

  • Same rules as Pro or Sportsman apply with the following exception that delay boxes and trans brakes are NOT allowed.  The High School Class is a foot brake class only.  No cars quicker than 7.00 allowed.

  • Must have proof of valid driver’s license. 

  • Must wear N.H.R.A. approved safety equipment applicable to the E.T. of the car being raced.

JR DRAGSTER ET:

  • Must have a parent or guardian complete a parental consent form at the ticket booth the first race attended.  JR Dragster racers will NOT be allowed to race or compete until this form is filled out each year.

  • Deep staging is allowed.  It is the driver’s responsibility to stage his/her vehicle immediately if you prefer to deep stage.  Once your competitor has staged the starter has the option of starting the tree immediately once both lanes have been staged.  Do not wait or hesitate to deep stage.  Do not courtesy stage.  This responsibility is solely your decision and if the tree is activated prior to you deep staging then the run is final.

  • All Jr. Dragster drivers must self-stage, no assistance from anyone is allowed to pre-stage or stage the Jr. Dragster.

  • The starting line official is the only one allowed to push a Jr. Dragster back in the event that the car has rolled through during the staging process.

  • Must wear N.H.R.A. approved safety equipment applicable to the E.T. of the JR Dragster being raced.

  • JR Dragster must pit in the designated JR Dragster pit area.  This area is located east of the head of staging.

  • JR Dragster participants are only allowed to run as quick as the Jr. Drag Racing rules apply to specific age categories.

LOST CREEK RACEWAY POINTS SERIES:

  • Racers must race at least 50% of the point’s races in order to qualify for awards in their perspective point’s class.

  • Every participant that enters a Summit Series Race Event is automatically entered in the Lost Creek Raceway point’s series.  $5 from every Summit Series entry will go towards the year-end prizes, trophies and awards for their perspective class.

  • In the event that a race is called due to weather or technical difficulties, that driver must have paid for his/her entry and be present and on the premises of Lost Creek Raceway to receive his show up points.  This rule will be strictly enforced.

  • Points will only be awarded in the class raced on any race day.  Drivers will only be allowed to transfer points from different classes twice (2 times) a year.  Example.  A driver is racing and collecting points in Super Pro during the year.  His / Her vehicle breaks down during time trials and they opt to race sportsman for the remainder of the day.  The sportsman points accumulated will be allowed to transfer to Super Pro for that race.  This however can only be done twice during the race season. 

  • The class that any driver has entered the most points in is the class that transfer points can be sent to.  However if a driver decides to race more than one class during the Summit Series program they will not be allowed to transfer points during the race weekend. Example:  A driver decides to race multiple classes on one day.  The driver has entered race vehicles in Super Pro and Sportsman.  You will not be allowed to transfer your points between classes on this situation. The transfer of points will only be allowed when a racers vehicle is no longer able to compete in the designated class that they have signed up for.

ELECTRONICS (1/8th MILE 4.40 – 7.49) / NON-ELECTRONICS (1/8th MILE 5.65 – SLOWER):

  • Non-Electronics:  The Non-Electronics class will follow the same rules as Pro / Sportsman.  (SEE PRO & SPORTSMAN RULES DEFINITIONS) 

  • Electronics:  The Electronics class will follow the same rules as Super Pro.  (SEE SUPER PRO RULES DEFINITIONS).  All racers in Electronics that DO NOT want Cross Talk must place the letter “N” after their dial in.  Otherwise cross talk will be used.

BUYBACKS:

  • With time and weather permitting, first round loss buy backs may possibly be allowed during the Electronics / Non-Electronics classes.  Also if another class is racing during the Electronics / Non-Electronics (Quick 8, etc.) and a vehicle loses first round, they will have the option to buy back into the Electronics / Non-Electronics class.

  • There may possibly be a loser out bracket for ALL first round losers during the Summit Series events weather and time permitting.  The cost for the loser out will be $10 and will winner take all unless there are 17 or more cars registered for the race.  Then the payout will be 70/30 for the winner / runner-up.  Cross Talk will NOT be allowed in the Loser Out Buy Back “Summit Series” race.

GAMBLER RACE:

  • The gambler race is a winner takes all for classes 16 vehicles or less.  For classes that are 17 vehicles or more the payout will be 70/30 for the winner / runner-up.

PAYOUTS:

  • Payouts and/or awards will be awarded according to car count in S/P, Pro, Sportsman, Electronics, Non-Electronics and all other money event classes.  Trophies and/or awards will be awarded for winners of High School and Jr. Dragster classes.

EXCEPTIONS:

  • These rules are subject to change at any time per NHRA and Lost Creek Raceway Amendments.