2014 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT’S SERIES
GOLD CUP RACING dates back to 1971 when Firebird awarded Track Championships for the very first time. Fast forward some forty years to today and we honestly couldn’t be any more excited than we are right now for the 2014 season. It has all the makings of being one of the best ever. We take pride in offering Gold Cup Championship racing on a variety of dates for Super Pro, Pro, Sled/Bike & Sportsman, in addition to our two Junior Dragster eliminators. We’d like to pass along our appreciation to Boise Muffler for endorsing the 2014 Season-End Championship. At the same time, special thanks to eliminator sponsors: Kidd Performance & Dyno, Performance Solutions, United Oil, and Woody’s Outdoor Power for their commitment to the Firebird racing scene.
Additionally Firebird will field of team of 58 racers at the Summit E.T. Finals, which will be hosted by Woodburn Dragstrip over Labor Day weekend. The top 58 racers from Firebird will compete against race teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana, British Columbia, and Alberta, for the Division 6 championship.
Gold Cup racing starts in April and continues through October.
Good luck to everyone pursuing Gold Cup titles this season. If this past year is any indication of what great drag racing is all about, we can’t wait to see how the new season unfolds in the coming weeks and months.
Your friends, The NEW CREW
2014 GOLD CUP PURSE
Super Pro Eliminator (Entry fee: $60 – 7.00–12.99)
Guaranteed Purse based on number of entries:
$750 to win, $300 runner-up, $100 semi, quarter $40 (39 & more)
$650 to win, $300 runner-up, $100 semi (33–38 entries)
$550 to win, $275 runner-up, $80 semi (28–32 entries)
$450 to win, $225 runner-up, $60 semi (23–27 entries)
$400 to win, $200 runner-up, $50 semi (19–22 entries)
$350 to win, $150 runner-up, $40 semi (15–18 entries)
$300 to win, $125 runner-up, $30 semi (12–14 entries)
$250 to win, $100 runner-up (9–11 entries)
(8 or fewer entries will be Compensating Guaranteed Pro-Rated Purse)
Pro Eliminator (Entry fee: $40 – 9.00–13.99)
Guaranteed Purse based on number of entries:
$500 to win, $250 runner-up, $60 semi, $45 quarter (56 & more)
$450 to win, $200 runner-up, $50 semi, $35 quarter (50–55 entries)
$400 to win, $175 runner-up, $50 semi, $25 quarter (44–49 entries)
$400 to win, $175 runner-up, $50 semi (38–43 entries)
$375 to win, $175 runner-up, $25 semi (33–37 entries)
$300 to win, $150 runner-up, $25 semi (28–32 entries)
(27 or fewer entries will be Compensating Guaranteed Pro-Rated Purse)
Sportsman Eliminator (Entry fee: $30 – 12.00 & Slower)
$100 to win, $40 runner-up, $25 semi
Sled/Bike Eliminator (Entry fee: $35 – 7.50–14.99)
Guaranteed Purse based on number of entries:
$250 to win, $100 runner-up, $50 semi (21 & more)
$200 to win, $80 runner-up, $40 semi (17 – 20 entries)
$125 to win, $50 runner-up, $30 semi (13 – 16 entries)
$100 to win, $40 runner-up, $20 semi (9 – 12 entries)
$75 to win, $30 runner-up (7 – 8 entries)
(6 or fewer entries will award plaques to winner & runner-up)
In the event that adverse weather or unfavorable economic conditions drastically reduce entry counts in SP, Pro or SB, purses may be pro-rated accordingly.
Junior Dragster (Entry fee: $25 – NHRA membership required)
Trophy (Entry fee: $30 – 11.00–slower)
2014 BOISE MUFFLER
GOLD CUP POINTS YEAR-END BONUS
KIDD PERFORMANCE & DYNO SUPER PRO ELIMINATOR
5th Place.. ROC..150.00..TROPHY
6th Place.. ROC..TROPHY
PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS PRO ELIMINATOR
5th Place.. ROC..150.00..TROPHY
6th Place.. ROC..TROPHY
UNITED OIL SPORTSMAN ELIMINATOR
5th Place.. ROC..TROPHY
6th Place.. ROC..TROPHY
WOODY’S SLED/BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
5th Place.. ROC (& 6th)..TROPHY
ROC=Top 6 Qualify for Race of Champions Qualifier at the Team Finals
JUNIOR DRAGSTER CHAMPIONSHIP
JUNIOR CHAMPION..JACKET..$150 SAVINGS BOND..TROPHY
2nd Place..$100 SAVINGS BOND..TROPHY
BOISE MUFFLER GOLD CUP ELIMINATORS
KIDD PERFORMANCE & DYNO SUPER PRO ELIMINATOR…For all vehicles running 7.00-12.99, optional staging-full tree (.5 tenths-electronics permitted). Dial-in’s (as outlined above) are required to fall within these ET breaks. Firebird will run eliminations utilizing the Compulink Crosstalk program. Both top lights will fire at the same time in eliminations, which will allow the faster car to cross-over on their side of the Christmas tree, since a shield is in place from the top bulbs down. As the quicker car, if you do not wish to crossover, Crosstalk off (N) is indicated by a minus sign on the scoreboard in front of your dial in (ie: 8.25N for the faster car) and the Christmas tree will countdown in standard sequence.
PEFORMANCE SOLUTIONS PRO ELIMINATOR (or HEAVY)…For all vehicles running 9.00-13.99, optional staging-full Christmas tree (.5 tenths-electronics not permitted). Dial-in’s (as outlined above) are required to fall within these ET breaks.
UNITED OIL SPORTSMAN ELIMINATOR…For all vehicles running 12.00-slower, optional staging-full tree (.5 tenths-electronics not permitted). Dial-in’s (as outlined above) are required to fall within these ET breaks. Per Division 6 policy, starting line two-steps are not permitted in the Sportsman class. No transbrakes.
WOODY’S SLED/BIKE SERIES… Open to all bikes and drag sleds running 7.50-14.99, optional staging-split tree (.5 Full//.4 Pro-electronics not permitted). The Sled/Bike Points Series will be contested at the specified Gold Cup race dates. Note: all regular Sled/Bike racers will be required to maintain a legible Dial-In/Number board or plate throughout season.
THREE AND FOUR-WHEEL OFF-ROAD VEHICLES… Firebird does not permit either 3- or 4-wheelers to drag race in competition.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER ELIMINATOR
Firebird will offer a class for Junior drivers 8-17 years old this season. The class will be known as Junior Dragster. Trophies will be awarded for first and second in class at all the Junior events. Note: All Junior race cars must attach Dial-In Boards to the car, so that it is clearly visible to the Tower. Courtesy staging recommended, not required.
ELAPSED TIME PARAMETERS
Ages 8 and 9 (Minor 12.90-Up)*; dial-in restricted to 12.90 or slower at any event. A birth certificate is required for a ‘first year’ 8 year old competitor unless participant has, in hand, a valid NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League participant card and Jr. Drag Racing League membership card. Any racer running quicker than a 12.70 ET at any time during an event will receive one warning. If the same racer runs quicker than a 12.70 ET again at the same event, car and driver will be disqualified for the remainder of the event. Any racer running quicker than a 12.50 ET at any time during an event regardless of car (whether in competition or testing) will be immediately disqualified for the remainder of the event. So be extra careful in experimenting with new engine/equipment at any event. The above penalties will be imposed regardless of whether the infraction(s) occur during time trials or eliminations.
Ages 10 to 12 (Major 8.90-Up)*; dial-in restricted to 8.90 or slower at any event. Any 10- to 12-year old racer running quicker than an 8.70 ET at any time during an event will receive one warning. If the same racer runs quicker than an 8.70 ET again at the same event, car and driver will be disqualified for the remainder of the event. Any racer running quicker than an 8.50 ET at any time during an event will be immediately disqualified for the remainder of the event. The above penalties will be imposed regardless of whether the infraction(s) occur during time trials or eliminations.
*Upon request, any new Junior racer who has never competed before will receive a driver orientation of the starting line, finish line, and shutdown area to better acclimate the new driver to the eighth-mile racing distance.
Age 13 to 17 (Advanced 7.90-Up); dial-in restricted to 7.90 or slower at any event. Breakout rules apply. During time trials/qualifying, any run between 85.00 and 89.99 will not be disqualified. However, any run over 85.00 mph in eliminations is immediate DQ. Any run over 89.99 at any time is a DQ. A run between 7.50 and 7.699 gets one warning. Another run under 7.70 is a DQ. Any run under 7.50 is an automatic DQ. To race at the advanced level (down to 7.90 ET), Firebird requires minimum of one full year of Junior driving experience. If a driver has no previous experience in Jr. Drag Racing, the driver must successfully demonstrate driving proficiency (singles).
Flags are mandatory on all Junior Dragsters when ever they are being towed or moved. Flags may be removed in your pit area and at the head of the staging lanes near the starting line. They must be replaced in the recovery area as you arrive to retrieve your Junior entry.
SUMMIT E.T. FINALS QUALIFIERS
Wouldn’t “EIGHT be GREAT” at Woodburn over Labor Day wkd!
TEAM FIREBIRD… A total of 58 racers will qualify to compete for Team Firebird at the Summit E.T. Finals on Aug. 29-31, at Woodburn Dragstrip. Registered racers will earn points throughout the season, with the final qualifying stop set for August 10. At the conclusion of this event, qualifiers will be accepted to join our Team from each class as follows: SUPER PRO-14, PRO-20, SLED/BIKE-6, SPORTSMAN-10, HIGH SCHOOL-2, and JUNIORS (6 top point finishers).
For those of you who may not have competed before, the Summit E.T. Finals is one of the most prestigious NHRA sportsman events of the entire season. The race offers more than $40,000 in prize money, along with contingencies, NHRA Gold Cards, and Wally trophies.
DIVISIONAL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS…The qualifiers for the Race of Champions (“a special race within a race” on Saturday) will be comprised of the top 6 finishers in SP, PRO, SLED/BIKE and SM. This R.O.C. on Saturday pits the top finishing racers in the Northwest Division. Should a tie occur following the final event on August 10, the following tie-breaker method (if necessary) will decide the finishing order. First tie-break: number of Gold Cup races you have competed in, second tie-break: most number of wins during season, Third tie-break: most number of runner-ups, etc.
SUMMIT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS…Each champion during Saturday’s Race of Champions will earn a spot in the Summit National Championships in Pomona, CA, in November. All winners (SP, PRO, SLED/BIKE & SM) will earn $3,500 for making the trip to the Finals at the L.A. Country Fairplex. All four racers will have an opportunity to run for $5,000 to win in all four classes. One racer from each of the 7 NHRA Divisions (7 racers per class) will qualify for this season-closing race.
GOLD CUP POINTS RACE INFORMATION
POINTS…The Gold Cup Championship Series is offered at selected dates throughout the 2014 season. To run the series, a registration fee is accessed and the deadline for registering and receiving points for the duration of the season is May 31, 2014 (after which you’ll receive points from the date forward of when you register). These events are set-up with 16 pts. for entering/qualifying and 10 pts. per round won. To calculate your points, should you win a 6 round event, you would give yourself 16 pts. to enter and 60 pts. (6 rounds), then add the two together for a race total of 76 points for that event.
To earn entry points at a Gold Cup event, the registered driver/rider must purchase an entry at the front gates, go through tech, have tech card processed, and subsequently follow around to the start-line with the intent to race on that day/weekend of Gold Cup competition. Should misfortune strike and you break, you will still receive your entry points. If you break prior to this, no points will be awarded. In addition, if you break as noted above and do not appear in the first round of eliminations (where round pts. are officially tabulated), you will need to secure a “Broken Points Card” from Sport Shop, fill it out and turn it into a Firebird Tech Official, to receive your entry points.
PREMIUM POINTS…Racers at the NAPA Ignitor in April will receive a fixed 31 premium points; at the Pepsi Nightfire in August racers will be awarded 31 pts. per day (4 total days); and racers at the Halloween Classic will earn a 31 prem. pts. for racing at the Classic. Each premium point’s day will also count towards your Championship Attendance Points (explained below).
CHAMPIONSHIP ATTENDANCE POINTS…Based on the number of times you race at Firebird this season, you’ll be rewarded with bonus points applying in SP, Pro & SB based on: 3 events – 25 pts., 6 events – 25 pts., 9 events – 25 pts., and 12 events – 25 pts.
In Sportsman, you’ll receive bonus points through 9 events (not 12).
W-9 tax form…Should you have the good fortune of earning more than $600 (either cumulative throughout the season or at one event), you will be required to fill out and submit a W-9 tax form to Firebird prior to disbursement of payout.
LADDERS FOR ELIMINATIONS…Using the Compulink timing system, ladders will be established by a variety of options. Ladders may be created based on reaction time of winning racers or how close a racer runs to his or her dial-in. We’ll mix it up throughout the season to add a little variety to our ladder system.
JUNIOR POINTS SERIES
POINTS…The Junior program is set up for kids 8 to 17 years of age/ The Junior Championship at Firebird will follow the same layout as our companion Gold Cup program. Regular events will offer 16 pts. to enter, 10 per round win. The only difference is in the bonus races, which will be set-up to reward participation in the following manner: 3 events – 25 pts., 6 events – 25 pts., and 9 events – 25 pts. Registered Juniors will also qualify to compete as a member of Team Firebird at Rocky Mtn. Raceway at the NHRA Western Conference Nationals. Qualifiers will be based on point accumulation. In addition, Juniors (the top six in points) will earn a spot on the Firebird Team to compete at the Summit E.T. Finals on Aug. 29-31, 2014. All Junior point’s races are outlined in the track schedule.
FIREBIRD REGISTRATION/COMPETITION NUMBER
REGISTERED DRIVER…By becoming a registered competitor at Firebird (fee: $30), you will be eligible to earn points throughout the Gold Cup Series in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Sled/Bike, and the Junior Dragster classes. Additionally, your registration will allow you the opportunity to earn season-end money from Boise Muffler (Woody’s Outdoor Power in the Sled/Bike and Junior Series) at the Award’s Banquet. Awards will also go to the highest finishers in SP, PRO, SB, SM, and JR. You will automatically receive a Firebird Permanent Number and registration card.
If you qualify as one of the racers for the Team Finals, plus six Junior competitors who will represent Team Firebird this August, you’ll receive one of the official Team Firebird shirts for the Summit race.
Firebird Hotline: (208) 938-8986 Fax: (208) 938-8961
Contact us in writing at: P.O. Box 1398, Eagle, ID 83616.
Firebird is Located 5 Miles north of Highway 44 on Highway 16 approximately 10 minutes northwest of Eagle, Idaho.
To learn more about the sport of Drag Racing and what it takes to compete, we highly recommend picking up a 2014 Handbook at the first event (from the Firebird Sport Shop-Souvenir Store) you attend this year. The Handbook not only contains pertinent details about “How to go Drag Racing”, but also provides an in depth look at the rules and procedures surrounding our sport. The 2014 Handbook is free of charge. In addition, we recommend securing an NHRA Rule Book. These books can be purchased for $10 at the Firebird Sport Shop.
GIL LOSI WINS GOLDMARK WITH “UNDER PRESSURE” `61 CHEVY IMPALA
Gil Losi, Murieta, Calif., collected sweepstakes honors with his `61 Chevy Impala called “Under Pressure” during the 42nd edition of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Boise Roadster Show, which culminated on Sunday evening at Expo Idaho. Presented by Les Schwab, the four-day Summit ISCA Championship event attracted an outstanding field of exhibitors from eight states.
Losi won the Goldmark award, along with the overall Best Street Machine/Comp title. In the weeks leading up to the Boise tour stop, the Pro Touring class winner also earned top honors at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Calif.
Ken Reister from Littleton, Colo., was selected for the 33rd Master-Builder honoree. Reister is a past Goldmark winner and has participated in Boise with nine different entries over the past 14 years. Reister competed with an outstanding 1932 Ford full-fendered roadster at this year’s show.
2014 Award Results
Goldmark Award, Best Street Machine/Comp – Gil Losi, Murieta, Calif., `61 Impala
The Wild One – Roger Wikel, Albany, Ore., `67 Barracuda
Fire Rod – John Nissen, Williams, Calif., `36 Dodge Roadster Pickup
Trendsetter – Tim Wallace, Meridian, `37 Ford Woodie
Master Builder – Ken Reister, Littleton, Colo., `32 Ford roadster
Mighty Fine/Best Rod – Jack Ketlinski, Meridian, `47 Cadillac convertible
Essence of Cool/Best Custom – Jerry Logan, Hillsboro, Ore., `50 Chevy Hardtop
Tompkins Award – Jerry Logan, Hillsboro, Ore., `32 Ford coupe
Best Restored – Rob Titus, Jefferson, Ore., `66 Chevy Nova
Best Truck – Dave Durham, Payette, `52 Ford Pickup
Best Bike – Mark Sprague, Eagle, `06 Harley Fatboy
People’s Choice – Jerry and Lorrie Jacobs, Orcutt, Calif., `57 Chevy Belair
Best Club Display – No Limit Classics
COLORFUL 2014 TRACK SCHEDULES HAVE MAILED
We’re very excited to release the printed version of our 2014 Track Schedules. This year’s roster of events features quite a broad range of races starting in late-March and ending on the final Saturday of October. If for some reason you haven’t received a copy just yet, please let us know and we’ll be glad to mail one in your direction. Or you can pick one up at any of our assorted sponsor locations. In addition, the pre-entries for the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Opener presented by Stinker Stores mailed out at the same time. If you’d like a pre-entry application (and didn’t get one in the mail), please let us know and we’ll either mail or email you one. A .pdf hyperlink is also set up on the front page of our website if you’d like to retrieve in that fashion. All NHRA categories will be offered from Comp on through Sportsman Bike/Sled, along with the individual Gold Cup classes: Super Pro, Pro, Heavy, and Sportsman for premium points.