WESTERN COLORADO DRAGWAY
TRACK RULES & COMMON NHRA RULES

NHRA rules (available within the current year NHRA rule book) will apply at all times.
WCD recommends that all racers purchase a new rule book annually.


NHRA RULE:
Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and non-disruptive manner. Any participant who, in the sole and absolute judgment of the general manager (1) verbally or physically threatens another person; (2) uses vulgar or derogatory language; (3) engages in unsportsmanlike conduct; (4) engages in conduct detrimental to the sport of racing (5) otherwise creates a condition or circumstance that is unsafe, unfair, or out of order; or (6) otherwise violates any NHRA rule, regulation or agreement, shall have violated this rule regarding participant conduct.

TRACK RULE:
Oil Retention devices (diapers / pans) are required for EVERY non-street legal vehicle (excluding motorcycles & snowmobiles). Each race car will be given a “bye”. You can run one weekend at the track without a device; but it will be noted that you have been warned to get one before you can race again. WCD tech inspectors will determine whether or not a vehicle is truly a “street” car or a “race” car.

TRACK RULE:
All racers, passengers, and pit crew who wishes to enter the restricted area will have all necessary waivers signed and notarized (if required) prior to participating in any event.

TRACK RULE:
All racers and passengers will wear a helmet from the time they enter the burnout area until the time they exit the track surface.

NHRA RULE:
All racers will wear a seat belt or harness from the time they enter the burnout area until the time they exit the track surface.

NHRA RULE:
All racers will hold a valid drivers license or NHRA competition license. No other ID will be accepted.

TRACK RULE:
All racers and pit crew members wishing to enter the restricted area will sign a waiver and wear a specific restricted area track bracelet and will show it to any track employee when asked.  No racer shall loan to or otherwise share a track bracelet with any other person. 

NHRA RULE:
Use of alcohol or illegal drugs by any person of any age is not allowed anywhere inside the pit area before or during an event.

TRACK RULE:
Any rider/driver or crew member or person associated with a race vehicle 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. Moderate alcohol consumption in the spectator area is allowed; but no open containers will be allowed to pass back into the pit area.

NHRA RULE:
All racers must wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves, socks and shoes with closed toes.

NHRA RULE:
No one under the age of 16 may ride, drive or otherwise operate any type of vehicle within the facility including:  4 wheelers, golf carts, scooters, bicycles, etc.  Violations will result in an on the spot confiscation of said vehicle. All pit vehicles must be registered and have an official NHRA pit registration sticker.

NHRA RULE:
All vehicles are subject to a tech inspection and must meet NHRA rules/standards for passing tech.

TRACK RULE:
Speed limit within the pit areas and that portion of the return road located in the pit area is 5 mph.

NHRA RULE:
No burnouts are allowed anywhere except within the burnout box.

TRACK RULE:
Drivers in the left lane (tower lane) have the right-of-way. Right lane drivers (spectator lane) should not exit until the left lane is off of the track

TRACK RULE:
Persons who wish to drive a car that they have not been teched in that day must obtain permission from the track management and sign a waiver and tech card for that vehicle.

TRACK RULE:
No one under the age of 18 is allowed in any restricted area unless they are inside a tow vehicle.

TRACK RULE:
The track must be vacated 1 hour after the end of the event. Overnight camping will be allowed only on a Friday night when there is a scheduled Friday night event. Overnight camping is allowed on Saturdays when there has been an evening event. All vehicles must vacate the premises by 10am on Sunday morning.

NHRA RULE:
Drivers are responsible for verifying that their posted dial-ins are correct. If you cannot read your posted dial-in, or if it is incorrect, do not stage your car. Ask the starter or linesman for assistance.

TRACK RULE:
Drivers who suspect a problem with or have a protest against another driver or their car, should not stage their car. Ask the staging lane manager, the starter or the linesman for assistance. In the event that a problem arises during or after a pass, protests should be taken to the tower for assistance. All protests must occur before the next round is run.

NHRA RULE:
Breaking track/NHRA rules during an event can result in the immediate ejection of a racer and his/her crew from the facility. This determination will be made by the track management at their discretion based on the severity of the violation.

TRACK RULE:
Once entering the staging lanes a driver may not pull out of the lanes and reenter, hesitate at the back of the lanes, or in any other way alter or appear to alter the line up for his class. This rule includes drivers with car problems. The car problem must be worked on within his lane as the line advances. Other drivers will not be pulled around him.

The only time a driver can alter his place in the lanes would be to voluntarily change lanes when too many cars are in one lane and not enough in the other. The other exception would be if a coin toss for lane choice has been lost.

The staging lanes crew may direct cars to change lanes in order to even out the pairings. A driver who refuses to change lanes (and has not previously arranged for a coin toss) will be eliminated from the lanes.

A computerized ladder determines lane choice based on reaction times in the previous round.

NHRA RULE:
Should a car reach the front of the staging lanes and still be unable to fire and run when directed by the staging staff then his opponent will make a single run and the broken car will be eliminated from the competition and pushed out of the way.

TRACK RULE:
The staging personnel will pull a potential bye for each unladdered round of competition.

Only one bye per deck of cards per driver per class. If a driver has already received a bye in that class in an earlier round a new bye will be pulled. A driver who received a first round bye in his or her class and is later drawn for a bye in a different class (example: Pro ET first round and Consolation later) is exempt from this rule.

A driver who is pulled for a potential bye has lane choice if he does not receive the bye run.

NHRA RULE:
All vehicles must have one operating taillight.

TRACK RULE:
The starter will determine when taillights become mandatory. The starter will request that the tower make the announcement. The announcement will be made immediately and then again after 5 minutes so that drivers have two chances to hear the directive. After the second announcement is made the taillight rule will be enforced. Drivers are responsible for turning on their taillights when the announcement is made. Track staff will make an effort to remind drivers before a pass is made, however, they are not ultimately responsible. A run made without a taillight will result in a DQ. The lack of a taillight must be witnessed by a track staff member. No one will be DQ’d based solely on non-staff witnesses.

TRACK RULE:
Racers competing in Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Box, & No Box classes can buy back into second round if they lost first round. Racers who are registered and teched by first round – but miss running first round – can buy back into second round in the classes that allow buy backs – but driver will not get first round points.