Junior Dragster Program:
We will enforce those rules set forth by NHRA.
Jr. Racers must stop as soon as they exit the racing surface. They must be towed or pushed back to their pit area. They will not be allowed to drive there Dragster through the pits. NO EXCEPTIONS. They must use the required safety flags when moving about the pit area. They must abide by the maximum MPH and ET limits for their age. We want these young racers to learn safe practices and use them.
NO ONE WITHOUT A VALID STATE DRIVERS LICENSE WILL BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE A PIT VEHICLE OF ANY KIND THIS INCLUDES BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS AND OTHER NON POWERED VEHICLES! While some tracks may allow this, we have a much smaller pit space and can't risk a child being hit by a tow rig or race car.
Anyone found to be in violation of this rule, will have their pit support vehicle confiscated and returned back to you at the conclusion of the event.
Class Calls for junior dragster will be the same as the big cars. It will be your responsibility to get to staging as quickly as possible. You will be called up by class to assigned lanes. We will be using the Geddex Race Alert system.
NHRA has expanded the E.T. limits for the Jr. Drag Racing League to include 330-foot times so that style of racing meets the same long-established guidelines as eighth-mile competition.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2008, any racer who runs quicker than 7.70 seconds in the eighth-mile or 4.10 seconds in 330 feet or faster than 85.00 mph at any time during an event will be disqualified from the event. Any racer who runs quicker than 7.50 seconds in the eighth-mile or 4.00 seconds in 330 feet or faster than 89.99 mph at any time during the event will be disqualified from the event and will be subject to additional disciplinary action in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.
Effective Jan. 1, 2008, the Snell 2000 expired on 1-1-2012 and will no longer be accepted.
Also as of Jan. 1, 2008, a full-face helmet are mandatory in a Jr. Dragster and a Jr. Comp vehicle. Open-face helmets will not be allowed.
In 2006, NHRA accepted a battery ignition system for use in the Jr. Drag Racing League; for 2008, another option is available. In addition to the MSD Small Engine Ignition kits 41500 and 41510, the MSD ignition unit 42231 is permitted when a battery ignition system is used. These are the only accepted units for NHRA competition. The MSD 42231 is limited to use of a high-side chip only; the bottom-side chip must be 0 rpm. All other battery ignition systems or kits are prohibited.
As part of the battery-ignition acceptance, NHRA developed an approved list of coils for use with the systems. The accepted coils are MSD 42921, MSD 8232, Master Blaster 2, and Master Blaster 3. Any other coils are prohibited in NHRA competition.
Both magneto and battery ignition systems and their related components must be utilized in an unaltered manner consistent with the manufacturer’s installation and instruction books unless otherwise approved. No other attachments are permitted.
NHRA has clarified the proper use of the chain guard and acceptable material. As outlined in the JDRL Rulebook, all cars must be equipped with a guard to cover the width and at least the top run to the forward and trailing centerline of the sprockets on any chains. All chain guards must be constructed of minimum .060-inch steel or .090-inch aluminum. Plastic and carbon fiber chain guards are prohibited.
To assure that the chain guard is properly mounted, beginning Jan. 1, 2008, the chain guard must be within four inches of the chain at all points and must be securely mounted. Tie wraps, tape, and the like do not constitute secure mounting.
In the JDRL Rulebook, the clutch-guard wording has been separated from the clutch section to eliminate confusion between a clutch guard and a chain guard.
“In the past, racers have blended the rules of the two to create a product that did not meet the rule for one or the other,” Miller said. “This should help clarify the proper construction of and material for a clutch guard.”
As a reminder, the clutch cover/guard must be constructed of .090-inch 2024T3, 6061T6, or 7075T6 aluminum or .060-inch steel. All other materials are prohibited. A clutch guard must give 180-degree coverage over the clutch.
The clutch face plate must have sufficient material to cover the clutch housing using billet aluminum or steel.
All clutch covers designed after April 24, 2006, must have an NHRA approval before being used in competition. Currently, the following companies offer accepted clutch face plates: Polar, Gaged Engineering, McGee Racing Cams, JR Race Car, Craw’s Racing, Metro Racing, Power Block (HRD), Comet, Cheetah Supply, and Salisbury.
Air foils, wings
No rear wing may be supported with struts, rods, and the like attached to the roll cage. All rear wing supports must attach to the frame rails at least 12 inches behind the roll cage.
As has been mandated for all NHRA Sportsman and E.T. racers, a functioning light must be visible from the rear of all Jr. Dragsters. This eliminates all reference to night racing only; a light must be functional at all times. Thus, during all runs in time trials and in competition, a working light is mandatory.
Drivers who experience a problem with the car entered in an event have always been able to change vehicles with the event director’s consent, but the timing was confusing to some and has been clarified.
The event director has the option of permitting driver or vehicle changes. Such changes must be made prior to the beginning of eliminations. The car that the driver moves into must pass technical inspection, and only one change is permitted during an event. The driver must stay in the original category or age group entered.
As Event directors we will allow the use of onboard Cameras. ONLY after camera mount / media use certificate is completed. We will inspect for secure mounting, and a wavier must be signed by guardian that any video will be provided at race directors request. We will also occasionally provide cameras, to willing participants for media use. THIS IS A TRACK RULE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE. We feel this are great educational tools, and can also help racers share the experience. I hope with your help we can influence some better wording for other events, but will need your help!