THUNDER VALLEY SAND DRAGS 2008
No expression or implied warranty of safety shall
result from publication of or compliance with these rules and regulations.They are intended as a guid for the conduct of the
sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to spectator or participants. Rules and Regulations are subject
to change with out notice.
A. All vehicles and all drivers must be registered
before any pass down the track is made.
B. Any vehicle and/or driver may only register once
(1) in each class.
C. A driver may only drive one (1) vehicle per program
and a vehicle may only have one (1) driver per program.
Each contestant is responsible for placing him/herself into the proper class.
E. A properly signed minor release form must be on
file for any driver under 18 years of age.
F. No refunds can be given once the registered vehicle
lights a stage light.
G. All drivers and pit crews must sign a release form.
H. All drivers in Pro & Sport classes must hold
a valid state drivers license.
I. Pee Wee and JRs must be between the ages of 4 and
15 years of age.
J. All protests must be filed by driver. Other than
driver will constitute disqualification of that driver.
A. Registered vechicles must display their vehicle
number in three (3) places. One (1) on each side and one (1) on the front of the vehicle facing forward. This number must
also be displayed on front of its tow and/or support vehicle.
B. The numbers MUST be ledgible and easily read from
a minimum distance of 100 feet. They MUST be in high contrast with their background. Minimum size is six (6) inches high and
three (3) inches wide with the stroke of the number being no less than 3/4 inches wide.
C. Vechiles displaying more than one vechile number
or vehicles with no number displayed will not be allowed on the race track and are subject to disqualification.
D. Vechiles with numbers that cannot be easiley read
from tower, stand to be disqualified and will not receive any time slips. AT`Vs and MOTORCYCLES NOTE: Numbers placed on the
upper surface of the rear fenders or obstructed from view by the drivers body (i.e. knee or leg) or equipment (i.e. goggle
straps) are not acceptable. Some type of durable and sturdy number place should be used.
All vechiles participating in an event must be inspected
at least once a year. Any new vehicle must be inspected before it will be allowed to run. This inspection is to inclued saftey
equipment and requirements, frame construction,vehicle numbers, general vehicle soundness,etc. COMPLIANCE WITH THE APPOPRIATE
REQUIREMENTS IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DRIVER AND/OR OWNER.. IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RACE OR TECH OFFICIALS
TO INSURE THAT AN ENTRANT HAS ALL THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT. Any structural or engine changes made to vechile must be reinspected.
The responsibility of obtaining a vechile inspection lies with the driver of the vehicle.Spot inspections may be made at any
time. The final determination of the suitability of any vehicle entered in a event rests with officials.
Vehicles participating in any event must be presentable
in appearance at all times. Ones that are considered by TVSD officials to be unacceptable may be rejected. Contestant personnel,
including pit crews, are subject to the same consideration.
Each participant agrees to familiarize themselves with
all appicable rules and regulations prior to competing in any TVSD event. Each participant expressly agress that the act of
entering a TVSD event shall constitute an agreement by him/her to be bound by all the rules and regulations covering the event.
The participant also agrees to be bound by any of the decisions of TVSD officials whatsoever. Futhermore, the participant
agrees to insspect the race facility for saftey and appropriateness for their participation and competition before making
any pass down the track. If at any time the participant finds a condition that they belive to be unsafe or unsuitable for
their continued participation, he/she agrees to immediately vacate the race facility. The word "participant" shall include
any person directly or indirectly associated with any vehicle lawfully upon the premises for purposes of competition, including
but not limited to owners, drivers and crew.
USE OF 3-WHEELERS
The only lawful purpose for 3-wheelers, Motorcycles
and or Odyessy type vehicles to be on the race premises is for legitimate competition purposes or as support (tow) vehicles.
The use of these vehicles for any other purpose will NOT BE ALLOWED. A vehicle number MUST be displayed on these vehicles,
either its own assigned number or the vehicle number of the car that it is supporting. If these vehicles have no such number
or are found at any time to be involved in unappropriate and/or unauthorized activities, the owner or driver may be fined
and/or the vehicle may be impounded or escorted from the race facility. It and/or the vehicle that it is associated with will
be disqualified from any futher competition. (3-Wheeler rule)
The authority of TVSD to make decisions shall include
and cover every facet in connection with the track, conduct of the race, behavior of contestants and shall include the right
to supend, bar, expel or disqualify from the meet without liability of any kind or nature. If any dispute involving interpretation
of any portion of this rule book, the interpretation by TVSD shall prevail in all cases. If any circumstances arrises that
is not specifically covered in this rule book, TVSD officials will make all rulings and all such rulings will be final. TVSD
reserves the right to, at any time, update or make any necessary changes to this Rule Book. TVSD will publish and make generally
available notice of any such changes.
1.TIME TRAILS:Specific times for time trails will be
stipulated at each event. No more than three time trails per vehicle allowed.
2.CLASS PLACEMENT: It is solely the driver's responsiblity
to place him/herself in the proper class. When called to do so, participants are to proceed to the proper staging lane for
his/her desired class. As soon as the entrant has determined what he/she wants his/her "dial-in" time to be, he/she must fill
out and sign a dial-in slip showing the desired dial-in time, vehicle number, date and driver signature. This slip must
be turned in no later than the time stipulated at the event.NO verble dial-ins will be accepted. Entries with no dial-in slip
may be barred from participating in eliminations.
A. The participant MUST be in the proper staging lane
when the first vehicles in his/her class are pulled out of the lanes for competion or he/she will not be allowed to compete
in that class.
B. Rounds: All brackets and how they will be ran will
be announced at drivers meeting. NO COOL-DOWN time will be allowed for any class except PRO-CAR CLASSES.
C. BREAKOUTS: Breakout procedures will be in effect
for all eliminations, both single and paired runs. There is no breakout cushion. If both vehicles breakout, the one that brokeout
by the least amount will be reinstated.
These procedures will be followed at all TVSD events.
All participants are to know and follow these procedures. If a driver does not comply with any portion of these procedures,
disqualification may result.
A. It is the driver's responsibility to be in the proper staging lane when his/her class BEGINS to run. Vehicles
are to move through the staging lanes in a timely and orderly manner as directed by TVSD officials.
B. When at the front of the staging lanes (next one
out), the driver IS TO BE IN THE VEHICLE, ready to pull forward Failure to be ready is grounds for disqualification. When
directed to do so by TVSD officals, the driver will fire his/her vehicle and proceed to the starting line.
C. All pre-race preparation is to be done at the pre-race
markers. When the driver is ready to race he/she will indicate this to the offical TVSD starter and then wait for directions.
Once a driver has so indicated, his/her competion has one (1) minute to be at the pre-race markers. ready to race.
D. When directed to do so by the offical, the driver
is to pull forward to pre-stag and stage his/her vehicle. Once the front wheels of a vehicle cross the pre-race markers, no
person other than the driver and TVSD officials are allowed past these markers. All staging must be totally unassisted. Once
a vehicle is staged, his/her competion has fifteen (15) seconds to become fully staged.
E. When the vehicles are staged, the starter will activate
the electronic starting system. Any vehicle leaving the starting line before the starting system is activated, as determined
by the offical starter, stands to be disqualified whether the red light is lit or not.
F. If the emergency flashing red lights are activated,
both drivers are to bring their engines to an idle and to await instructions from the starter. Any vechile proceeding down
the track under a flashing red condition is subject to disqualification due to a possible saftey hazard.
G.The winner of a race is the one to cross the finish
line first (infractions not withstanding). If both vechicles are diqualified, there will be no winner named for that run.
H. Oncethe race is concluded, the driver is to maneuver
his/her vechicle to the extreme side of the shutdown area. A Driver who does not operate his/her vechicle in an appropriate
mannner while in the shutdown area is subject to disqualification.
I. The speed limit anywhere on the race complex other
than on the competition course itself is five(5) MPH. Disqualification may result if this is disregaurded. This applies
to ALL vechicles.
A rules infraction occurs when there is a violation
of a rule or procedure. Infractions vary in degree of severity. The following is a partial list of infractions, listed in
order of decreasing severity.
1. Hitting a cone or going out of bounds.
2. A foul, red light or leaving before the startig
system is activated.
3. A breakout during eliminations.
It should be noted that drivers may be disqualified
for reasons other than those listed above (see DISQUALIFICATIONS).
A vehicle on single or bye run is NOT exempt from disqualification
due to the commission of an infraction. If, on a single run, a driver commits an infraction he/she will be disqualified. No
winner will be declared for that run and no points or awards will be issued.
1. Hitting a cone or going out of bounds.
OR PAIRED RUNS - TWO VEHICLES IN COMPETITION:
A. In case where both cars have mechanical problems
and neither are able to fire and/or stage, then that run will be postponed to the end of that round for that class. If, at
that time, neither car is still able to make the call, then both cars will be disqualified. No winner will be declared for
that run and no points or awards will be issued.
B. If one vehicle is properly staged and the other
vehicle does not stage within its allotted time limit FOR ANY REASON, then the race becomes a single run and as such,
is subject to the rules regarding single runs. The vehicle that did not stage becomes a "no show".
C. If both vehicles have properly staged and then each
driver commits some infraction (reguardless of when each occurred), the driver committing the less serious infraction will
be reinstated and declared the winner.. The driver committing the worst infraction will be disqualified.
D. If the severity of both infractions are equal (regardless
of when they occured), both drivers will be disqualified. No winner will be declared for that run and no points or awards
will be issued.
In addition to the foregoing, grounds for disqualifications
include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Vehicles not in the staging lane when their class
begins to run.
2. Not being ready to move forward in or from the staging
lanes as directed by TVSD officials.
3. Excessive wheelstands or loss of control, as determined
by TVSD officials, in or out of comptetion.
4. The use of improper or illegal fuel.
5. Any burnout, anywhere on the race complex.
6.Proceeding through the course under an emergency
flashing red light condition.
7. Exceeding five (5) MPH anywhere on the race complex,
other than during actual competition. This also includes any vehicle associated with the competitor.
8. Crew or other persons inside the pre-race markers
after the front wheels of the vehicle are past the markers.
9. Deliverate or apparent delay of time or stalling
of the event.
10. Unsportsmanlike conduct, foul language, or conduct
detrimental to the sport. A driver is responsible for all persons associated with his/her vehicle.
11. Alcoholic beerages in the hot pits, staging or
track areas. Any driver consuming or found to be under the influence of any alcoholic beverages or drugs, as determined by
TVSD officials, regardless of the amount, will be IMMEDIATELY disqualified from the entiire event. A driver is responsible
for all persons associated with his/her vehicle.
12. Interferring with an official decission or with
the duties of a TVSD official.
13. Not pulling to the extreme side of the shutdown
area in anything other than an EMERGENCY situation.
14. Missing, improper, dual or illegible vehicle numbers.
15. Improper or unauthorized use of a competition or
16. Non-compliance with established rules and/or procedures.
A: NO REFUNDS, NO REFUNDS.
B: If rain or other occurrence halts racing after time
trials begin but before eliminations begin, 75% of entry fee will be honored tewards purchase of a new entry fee within 30
days of rain-out.
C: If the first round is not completed before Rain-Out
or occurrence halts racing, we will use same procedures as "B".
D: If the first round is completed but the second round
is not completed, all first round winners will share in 50% of the payout with the remaining 50% going to the next race purse.
E: If the second round of eliminations are completed,
the remaining will share in 100% of payout as it will be divided up according to the bracket you were in.
CREW, AND SPECTATOR POLICY:
A: NO REFUNDS, NO REFUNDS
B:If rain or other occurence halts racing before completion
of the first round of elimination, ypur rain-check stub can be redeemed for new tickets of the same value for the next race.
C: If rain or other occurrence halts racing after the
first round is completed the race will be considered complete. NO REFUNDS, RAIN CHECKS, or TRADES will be made.
Because of the wide diversity of vehicle types involved,
it is difficult to prescribe appropriate safety rules that apply to all vehicles. Unless otherwise stipulated, all saftey
rules apply to all vehicles. COMPLIANCE WITH THE APPROPRIATE SAFTEY REQUIREMENTS IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBLITY OF THE DRIVER AND/OR
OWNER. IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RACE OR TECH OFFICIALS TO INSURE THAT AN ENTRANT HAS ALL THE REQUIRED SAFTEY
batteries must be securely bolted down and any battery installed inside the drivers or passengers compartment must have a
cover. No rubber straps or cords allowed.
BRAKES: All vehicles must be equipped with
hydraulically operated axle brakes. A minimum of two functional rear wheel brakes are required. No go-cart brakes, Excessive
lightning of brake components is not allowed. All vehicles must have operational brakes capable of stopping the vehicle within
a reasonable distance.
CHAIN GUARD: All vehicles that
are chain driven must be equipped with a chain guard. The guard must be 180 degrees, 3/16" steel or 1/4" aluminum minimum.
It must be wide enough to cover the width of the entire chain. All ATV type vehicles must have chain guards. The guard must
be designed to prevent any part of the rider's body or clothing from coming in contact with the chain or sprockets when the
rider is in a normal riding position.
CLOTHING: (Also see HELMET and EYE PROTECTION)
The minimum requirement for drivers of all Type 1 and 2 vehicles are a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, full length pants, shoes
and socks. The following conditions require the driver to wear a one (1) layer minimum firesuit including gloves, boots
and a full face type helmet or Funny Car type mask with goggles.
1. If the vehicle is front motored and does not have
an adequate firewall separating the driver from the engine.
2. If the driver is closer than 24 inches to the radiator.
3. If the vehicle uses a fuel other than gasoline.
riders of ATV type vehicles are required to wear a minimum of a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, full length pants, ankle high
boots and socks (no tennis shoes). Riders of ATV vehicles going 4.00 seconds or quicker shall wear full leathers including
OF ALL VEHICLES NOTE: Nylon suits or jackets are stricly prohibited, reguardless of vehicle, class or speed.
CLUTCHES: (Also see SCATTERSHIELDS) The use of stock-type cast iron flywheels and/or pressure plates is prohibited
on any vehicle running 6.00 seconds or quicker.
DRIVELINE RINGS: All vehicles running 6.00 seconds or quicker must have driveline rings installed on
all driveshafts to support the driveshaft in the event of U-joint failure. Rings must be 1/8" X 1" steel or 1/4" X 2" aluminum
with a maximum of a six inch diameter. Driveline rings should be round rather than oblong to prevent undue loading in the
event of driveshaft failure.
DRIVELINE SHIELD: A driveline shield is mandatory when U-joints are used in an exposed driveline. Any
driveline exposed to a driver must have a minimum 180 degree shield the full length of the exposed driveline. It must be made
of 1/8 inch steel or 1/4 inch aluminum and must be securely mounted.
EXHAUST SYSTEMS: Exhaust must be directed out of the vehicle and away from the driver, tires, fuel tank
and track surface. No flexible pipe is permitted.
EYE PROTECTION: See HELMETS , All drivers are required to wear eye protection.
FASTENERS: All nuts, bolts and component parts on the vehicle's suspension syste, chassis and running gear shall
be secured with either lockwashers, locknuts or cotter keys. Width of the nut is to be equal to the diameter of the bolt or
stud.There should be at least one full thread showing through the nut.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: All front motored vehicles are required to carry a 2-1/2 lb. minimum dry chemical or
co2 type fire extinguisher. They are highly recommended on all vehicles. All fire extinguishere must be securely mounted with
a "quick" release type mounting bracket. NO TAPE. It must be within easy reach of the driver. All support vehicles are required
to carry a dry chemical or CO2 type fire extinguisher.
FLOORBOARDS: Floorboards are manatory on all vehicles where necessary to keep driver's feet within
the frame. May be expanded metal, screen, alumium or steel. Must be securely mounted.
FRAMES: Frames will be inspected for safety and appropriateness.
FUEL: Any vehicle may be checked at any time for improper fuel. Nitrous oxide is not defined as a fuel but
is permissible. Drivers using any fuel other than gasoline must have proper firesuit.
FUEL-SHUTOFF: A fuel-shutoff valve is mandatory on all gear or vane-type pumps. The shut-off must
be accessible to the driver while in normal driving position, and without having to unfasten seat belt or shoulder harness.
HELMETS and EYE PROTECTION: Regulation NHRA or SEMA approved helmets are required foe all drivers.
They must be properly fastened. Eye protection is mandatory. Eyeglasses or sunglasses alone are not adequate. Face shields
must be fully snapped down.
KILL SWITCH: All vehicles are required to have a kill or ignition cut-off switch. Switches must be
accessible to the driver while in normal sitting postion and without having to unfasten seat belt and/or shoulder harness.
All ATV type vehicles must have a positive ignition cutoff switch attached to the rider with a lanyard. (deadman switch).
RED LIGHT: Visible from end of track from tower on all vehicles.
ROLL CAGES and ROLLBARS: All vehicles are required to have adequate roll-over protection
SCATTERSHIELDS: All vehicles are required to have SEMA approved bellhousing or other approved device
when avaible. All planatary-type transmissions must have a SEMA approved blanket or shield.
SEAT BELTS and SHOULDER HARNESS: All vehicles are required to be equipped with a quick-release saftey belt
and shoulder harness combination. Belt must be fastened to frame or suitablereinforced mounting with 5/16 inch minimum steel
bolts in such a manner that all fittings are in direct line of pull. Belts must be bolted with at least one bolt on each end
of belt. Under no circumstances are bolts inserted through the belt webbing acceptable for mounting.
STARTERS: All vehicles must be self-starting. NO PUSH OR PULL STARTS.
STAGING DEVICES: NO STAGING DEVICES ALLOWED. NO DELAY BOXES.
THROTTLE: All throttles must have a return spring attached directly to the throttle arm and must return to a closed
position under any circumstances. Toe straps are required on all vehicles.
TIRES and WHEELS: All additions to tires must be vulcanized rubber. All front wheels should be filled
with a disc or other device to allow unambiquious staging.
WEIGHT: All added weight or equipment must be securely bolted or welded to the vehicle.
WELDS: All frames and cages must be adequately welded. The quality of welds will be visually inspected by TVSD
officals. Excessive grinding of welds is not permitted.
WHEELIE BARS: All vehicles are recommended to run wheelie bars.(HIGHLY)