RULES & REGULATIONS
Contestants may choose a maximum of 8 AHDRA National Events to be used in calculating National Championship points.
All points are awarded to the rider and cannot be transferred under any circumstances. Points are not transferable from one category to another.
Points will be deducted from a competitor's point total for the following specific infractions.
- 10 point penalty for breakage or malfunction that results in a delay of competition of more than 4 minutes (determined at the sole discretion of the Official Starter or AHDRA Official)
- 10 point penalty for not having a team representative (preferably the rider) attend the mandatory riders meeting.
If a contestant, not eliminated before a disruption, wishes to be withdrawn from the disrupted event and desires not to receive points earned up until the point of cancellation, contestant must contact the AHDRA Competition Department. If a contestant withdraws from a disrupted event, the disrupted event will not count against the 8-race quota for championship points.
Ties in points will be resolved by most wins, runner-ups, semis, etc. until the tie is broken.
Professional Point System:
|16 Motorcycle Field|
|8 Motorcycle Field|
|Sportsman and E.T. Points System|
for fields of nine (9) or more (20 Points Per Round)
Sportsman categories will be awarded Pro style points for fields less than 9 motorcycles.
|Qualifying position points|
|5th & 6th||4|
|7th & 8th||3|
|9th through 12th||2|
|13th through 16th||1|
Establishing an official 1/4 mile ET record (20 Irrevocable Points)
Establishing an official 1/8 mile ET record (20 Irrevocable Points)
Mechanical protests require some form of disassembly of the motorcycle and can only be filed after eliminations are complete and in reference to a competitor in the same class, who placed higher in eliminations. Visual protests can be validated by AHDRA officials without major disassembly and must be filed at least 60 minutes before last round of qualifying for the protested competitor. All protests must be filed in writing and on the form available from the AHDRA Tech and Registration location. There is no fee required for a visual protest. A $300.00 fee must accompany a mechanical protest. If the protested motorcycle is found to be legal, the protested owner shall receive the protest fee for his trouble. If the protested motorcycle is found to be illegal, the protest fee will be returned to the individual(s) that filed the protest. Tech Inspectors may protest a motorcycle at no cost. See “DISQUALIFICATIONS” and “IMPOUNDED ITEMS” sections for specific penalties and consequences.
All qualifiers must have a valid elapsed time recorded in order to be placed into eliminator competition. Any rider leaving the starting line before the start system is activated, including riders on a single run, will have their time disqualified for the run. In order to constitute an official qualifying attempt, all motorcycles must start and stage under power. A contestant cannot ride more than one motorcycle in the same category at the same event. If conditions curtail scheduled qualifying attempts in categories, the Event Director has the option of placing non-qualified entrants into the field.
In the event of identical qualifying elapsed times in Pro and Sportsman categories, the rider with the faster top speed recorded on the qualifying runs in question will be awarded the lower qualifying position.
The Event Director has the option of permitting rider or motorcycle changes, but only under the following conditions.
- All previous event times are void for motorcycles and riders involved.
- Motorcycle must pass a technical and safety inspection.
- Changes must be made, and rider must re-qualify, during the normal schedule, as posted, for the event. No changes are permitted after qualifying has been completed.
- Rider must stay within original eliminator category entered and must have proper credentials to ride replacement motorcycle.
- Only one change permitted during the course of an event.
Motorcycle changes for a postponed event are permitted with advance notification and approval of the Event Director. Replacement motorcycle must be of same class and category.
SINGLE RUNS/BYE RUNS
Pro Class and Sportsman ladder charts will dictate Bye Runs. If a motorcycle is staged under power and breaks the beam, this will count as a Bye for Eliminations.
Single qualifying runs must record a valid elapsed time in order to constitute a valid qualifying pass. On single runs, it is legal to red light.
A rider on a Bye Run that leaves before the tree is activated would advance. However, any E.T.s posted would be void for lane choice or other considerations.
Once a motorcycle reaches the front of the staging lanes for a run, it must be prepared to fire and race. Contestants have 30 seconds to make the call after being given the order to fire. Pro classes running on gasoline or alcohol must start in the water box. Pro classes running on nitromethane must start before the water box and on a secure jack stand. Motorcycles in TF, PF and PD classes, once started, may not restart engines. Gas classes have 30 seconds to restart. Only one (1) restart will be allowed per motorcycle per round. No restart will be allowed once the rider has pre-staged the motorcycle.
Sportsman class competitors running in two (2) or more sequential classes will be afforded a three (3) minute maximum wait time to make the call once their designated opponent has reached the front of the staging lane. This concession will only be allowed for competitors that have properly registered as multiple class competitors on the form at the AHDRA Tech and Registration location. Once the three (3) minutes has elapsed all normal staging rules and procedures will apply.
On occasion, AHDRA utilizes orange safety cones to preserve track conditions. Motorcycles competing on treaded tires must stage to the out side of the cones whenever the cones are present on the racing surface.
All motorcycles on all qualifying and elimination runs must start and stage under power. The application or use of any device, mechanical or electronic, that permits the rider to ascertain the position of their motorcycle in relation to the starting line is prohibited. Only visual observation of track equipment may be used to ascertain the motorcycle’s position.
AHDRA competitors shall observe courtesy staging techniques. When staging, both contestants must have their pre-stage lights activated before either may advance into the staging beams. Habitual offenders of this procedure will be formally warned. Subsequent to the formal warning, a fine of $100.00 will be levied on the formally warned competitor for each further infraction.
The practice referred to as “deep staging” is prohibited in Sportsman and ET categories (permitted in all other categories, unless stated otherwise). Both pre-stage and stage lights must be activated to constitute a legal start in those categories. The “Blue Light” system monitors the tree when activated, and will “red light” a competitor for a “deep staging” foul.
THE FINAL STAGING MOTION MUST BE IN A FORWARD DIRECTION GOING FROM PRE-STAGE TO STAGE POSITION.
Failure to stage a motorcycle when instructed to do so by an AHDRA or track official will result in a disqualification of the run.
Top Fuel, Pro Fuel, Pro Stock, Pro Dragster, Pro Gas, Pro Modified, Street Pro and Sportsman utilize the three-amber “Pro Start” starting tree. All amber lights are activated simultaneously, with a four-tenths (.400) delay to green. E.T. classes utilize a full three-amber countdown with five-tenths (.500) delay between lights.
TECHNICAL INSPECTION (TECH)
Prior to practice and qualifying, all motorcycles and riders, with their protective gear and credentials, must report to the TECH area to register and pay entry fee. A Tech Inspector will then perform an inspection for approval in AHDRA competition. Technical inspection is first and foremost a safety inspection to insure that the motorcycle’s tires, brakes, mechanical systems and overall condition are acceptable for competition. In certain instances, and at the sole discretion of AHDRA officials, a competitor may be required to submit to a more detailed inspection of class specific requirements. If a competitor’s motorcycle is involved in an accident, it is required to be inspected by a TECH official before it can return to competition. Race information and requirements can be obtained at TECH.