BRACKET RACER’S HANDBOOK & BRACKET RACING GUIDE
2021 Gold Cup Registration
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Home of the seven-time NHRA NORTHWEST TEAM CHAMPIONS 1988, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011
Firebird Raceway Eliminators
|Kidd Performance Super Pro (7.00-11.99)|
|Big O Tires Pro (9.00-13.99)|
|High Desert Motoplex Sled/Bike (7.50-14.99)|
|United Oil Sportsman (12.00-up)|
|KRS/The Comfort Source Pro Comp (7.00-10.49)|
|Idaho Army Nat’l Guard High School (11.00-up)|
|Economy Transmission Alumni (10.00-up)|
|Fairly Reliable Bob’s Club Series (10.00-up)|
|Junior Dragster – Junior Street|
|Moffitt & Bratton Outlaw Street–Carl’s Cycle Sales Street Bike–Wayne’s Transmissions Street Truck|
|Rich’s Auto Care & Dyno Super Shifter–Capitol City Transmission Nostalgia–Factory Muscle|
All Pricing and Schedules are subject to change without notice.
Boise Muffler/NAPA Auto Parts Gold Cup Championships
Kidd Performance & Dyno Super Pro
|5th Place.. ROC..150.00..TROPHY|
|6th Place.. ROC..TROPHY|
Big O Tires Pro Eliminator
|5th Place.. ROC..150.00..TROPHY|
|6th Place.. ROC..TROPHY|
United Oil Sportsman
|5th Place.. ROC..TROPHY|
|6th Place.. ROC..TROPHY|
High Desert Motoplex Sled/Bike
|ROC=Top Racers Qualify for Race of Champions at the Summit ET Finals (detailed on pg. 27)|
|JUNIOR CHAMPION..JACKET..$150 SAVINGS BOND..TROPHY|
|2nd Place..$100 SAVINGS BOND..TROPHY|
2021 General Rule Statement
Vehicles and attire (racers, crew, etc.) participating in drag racing events must be presentable at all times. Profane and offensive language on shirts and the like will not be permitted to be worn at our events in consideration of those families and others that attend our races. Vehicles that are improperly prepared may be rejected by a Tech Official. Any rider/driver or crew member or person in association with a rider/driver or crew member 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 of the premises, together with the entire crew and vehicle associated with the offender. Upon entering an event, racers agree to abide by the aforesaid rules, and that all interpretation of rules, questions and protest are left up to the final discretion of the race officials and may be changed if the situation warrants action. The use of PROFANE or OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE is grounds for immediate disqualification, suspension of racing/crew privileges and your right to attend events at Firebird. In any event the Race Master has the final word. We recommend you purchase a current year NHRA Rule Book.
- FIREBIRD RACE PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION
“HAVE FUN, BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS, PRACTICE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AND ENJOY YOUR DAY OR EVENING OF DRAG
Pets (dogs, etc.) need to be on leashes at all times. No dogs permitted in the staging lanes (beyond pit control) at any time. Be respectful of our facility, please clean up after your dog. Bring your pet at your own risk.
- OVERVIEW OF RACING
ENTRY GATES…After purchasing your tech card/admission and signing the Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement, proceed to the pit area. If you are accompanied by crew members and family members, they are also required to sign the Release and Waiver Form before entering a restricted area. In addition, be sure your pit credential (pass) is with you at all times. Tip: Stop by the Sport Shop and purchase a plastic pit pass holder to keep your pit pass visible to track officials.
PURCHASING ADDITIONAL TECH CARDS…If you race in two separate eliminators (with two different vehicles) or choose to test `n tune another car, you are required to purchase a tech card for each vehicle at the posted entry fee. A crewmember that tows a vehicle into the track is required to purchase his/her own pit pass. When you purchase your first entry into competition you receive a tech card and a pit pass. The purchase of a 2nd entry with the same driver will provide you with an additional tech card, but not an additional pit pass.
DRIVERS…Only one driver is permitted to race one particular vehicle in an eliminator (sharing a vehicle during competition rounds is not permitted). VALID state- or government-issued driver’s license beyond a learner’s-paper permit level is mandatory for cars running 10.00 & slower (except Junior racers). A NHRA LicenseMembership is required for drivers of vehicles running quicker than 9.99 seconds.
PIT AREA…Park your vehicle in the central sportsman pit area, and prepare to race. Parking is available on a first-arrival basis at Firebird, with the exception of Reserved Parking Areas, which are rented by race teams for the duration of the drag racing season [these spaces have been marked accordingly on the pavement]. Note: As a courtesy to other race teams, we do not permit holding or reserving open paved pit parking space for friends or others who arrive significantly later than you. We treat everyone equally…first-come, first-served. If you wish to hold space, there is more space available for group parking in either the west-central or north-end plateau area of the pits. Furthermore, we’d like for as many race teams as possible to park their race cars/bikes on blacktop. With all the paved parking in the pit area, there should be asphalt parking for just about every racer at all but our biggest races (where most everyone will enjoy paved roadways/grids), so USE THE ASPHALT…it makes things a lot cleaner for everyone. On a separate note, the speed limit in the pit area, return road and other areas is 10 MPH and no burnouts are allowed on any access/egress road, return road or staging lanes. Violators endangering others with reckless and inconsiderate driving habits (whether it be in/on a race vehicle or a pit vehicle) will be expelled from the race facility with the entire crew and race vehicle.
TECH INSPECTION…Before racing, please take your vehicle to the safety inspection area. First, make sure your tech card is FILLED OUT on the front and backside. An inspector will check your entry and put a number on your vehicle. (For additional shoe polish to apply your number or dial-in, you may purchase a bottle at the Firebird Sport Shop). All vehicle entries are required to be inspected by a Tech Official before making your first run down the strip. Out of respect to those who attend events at Firebird, we no longer permit decals on vehicles that are offensive in nature (i.e. Toddler’s tinkling on Chevy or Ford logos, etc.)
EXTENDED TECH INSPECTION (ETI)…In alliance with the NHRA, Firebird offers racers an opportunity to enroll in the Extended Tech Inspection (ETI). You are eligible to secure an ETI provided you are a current NHRA Member holding an NHRA Competition Number. An ETI form and ETI sticker can be secured (providing you pass the inspection) should you comply and adhere to these inspection parameters with your entry. An extended tech inspection (ETI) will be offered at smaller events and test days. This form of inspection may not be available at events that attract a larger car count due to time constraints, where regular tech inspections must be conducted. Per NHRA procedures, your vehicle will still need to go through tech inspection (in a specified ETI line, not the normal tech line) for expedited tech prior to time trials/racing.
STAGING LANES/RUN SESSIONS…Once you’ve passed the safety inspection, time trial runs will begin in sessions. Wait until you hear your class called before entering the staging lanes, at which time you’ll be notified to make runs. Staging lane speed limit is less than 5 MPH. When you get near the front of staging please be ready, with seat belts and helmets fastened, and windows rolled-up. Remember the third lane is a designated fire access lane. The fire lane is to remain open and unobstructed at all times.
BURNOUT BOX…Under the direction of an official, begin your burnout in the water after you are signaled to burn out. For cars running street tires, it is strongly recommended that you do not use the water box, since it not only tracks water up into the traction area, but causes water drops to fall from the grooves in your tires, causing tire spin. Note: burnouts across the starting line are only permitted for vehicles that can run 9.99 or quicker (at some point during the season). If a 9-second car in the heat of summer slows up to a low-10 second dial-in, we still allow a burnout across the line. For vehicles that have never run under 10.00 (& slower), should this occur during eliminations, it’s an automatic disqualification. Furthermore, please don’t backup after your burnout (if your car typically runs 10.00 & up).
STAGING…Please familiarize yourself with the Compulink Autostart system outlined in a separate section of the Handbook.
THE RACE ITSELF…Leave just before the green light on the Christmas tree. If it’s a good run, always clear the racing surface before stopping by braking to the top-end turnout, which will be on your left. If you’re in the left lane (closest to the return road), you have the right of way to enter the return road first—should you and your opponent reach the end of the track at a similar time. If you have problems on your run, pull to the outside of your lane and stop. If you “red light” accidentally roll through the beams or the Autostart counter engages the tree sequence (if you were unable to final stage in the designated amount of time, which is an automatic red light/loss during eliminations), DO NOT travel slowly down the track and take your frustrations out on the next competitors waiting to race.
FINISH LINE…After you have passed the finish stripe (painted line), LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE IN GEAR and use your brake to slowdown, turning left at the end of raceway onto the return road. Remember, do not turnaround and drive back up the track. Use the return road to make your way back to the pit area. Do not unbuckle seat belt(s) or remove safety gear until you make turn onto the return road.
END OF THE TRACK…If you experience stopping difficulties, the field at the end of the track is for run-off purposes should you need it. Please don’t attempt to turn at high speed. Drag cars are built to go straight, not turn corners fast. Return road speed is 10 MPH.
E.T. BOOTH…By stopping for your ET slip, you will get a look at your run. It tells you your reaction time (.000 is perfect for a full-tree or a pro-light), 60’, 330’, 660’, 1000’, 1320’ elapsed times and 660’, 1320’ miles per hour, with readouts for both you and your opposition, including the winner in eliminations, as well as the true margin of victory (printed as MOV). Please note: when pulling away from the ET booth, please do not read your ET slips when driving to your pit spot. You can do this when you return to your parking area. Let’s Be Extra Careful and Safe in the pit area following your run(s)!
COOL DOWN…As a courtesy to your fellow racers, let’s be CONSERVATIVE on time spent in the water cool-down area. Remember this is a privilege not a right. Should you need more time, use a portable spray canister in your pit area. Please do not use the water (for the trees) down the center of pit area. Our pump/water system can only handle so much volume, and we ask that these water faucets not be used for engine cool down purposes. Note: after completing your water cool down, take the time to dry off the front of your car (apron, radiator, etc.). Don’t let excess water fall on the track after burnout or as you approach the line. This may very likely be grounds for disqualification. If excessive water comes out of your car on starting line, be aware you may be shutoff and backed up on the starting line (in eliminations, you will be turned around and sent back to pit area – automatic disqualification).
BROADCASTING 103.9FM AT FIREBIRD…Tune into all the reports and announcements from the Firebird Tower at 103.9FM on your radio dial. Birdland Radio, as it is called, is a great way to listen in to everything that’s happening, should you not be close to a track speaker. Tip: a digital fm stereo that you can dial into 103.9FM picks up the signal better than an analog (type) radio.
- WHAT IS BRACKET RACING—“THE BASICS”
A Bracket Race is a contest between two cars, usually starting at different times, down the quarter (or eighth) mile. The race between two cars begins in front of the “Christmas tree” at the starting line (identified by a yellow stripe at the start). You’ll cover a measured distance of either an 1/8th or 1/4-mile. Following your run, you’ll receive an ET slip, which gives you a read-out of reaction time (RT), elapsed time (ET) and speed (MPH).
The best way to get your feet wet is make practice runs, often referred to as time trials or qualifying. We also encourage you to ask track officials or fellow racers questions or get pointers and watch how the more experienced racers do things.
When you come up for your first run, you’ll want to carefully pull up to the staging area before the Christmas tree. There is a pre-stage and stage light at the top of the tree. As you pull forward, you’ll see the top bulb on the tree light up (your wheel breaks the 1st infrared beam on the line), then you’ll roll a little further and the 2nd bulb on the tree lights up. You’ll then wait for the tree sequence to begin counting down (amber, amber, amber—green). Tip: Try and hit the gas as the last of the three amber lights flashes on. This should improve your reaction time.
Following your practice runs, you will need to make a determination (studying your ET slips) of what you think your car will run. The number you select is called a dial-in. You and your opponent in eliminations will each have a specific dial-in on your window. When you pull around to race in eliminations, the timing computer automatically calculates the difference between your dial-in and that of your opponent. This is how we arrive at the handicapped start. The slower car leaves first. The faster car plays catch-up. To win, you want to run as close to your dial-in as possible without going faster than the number (dial-in) you’ve selected. If you do go too fast, this is called a “break-out” and the computer timing system computes this as a loss. Now, if both cars run quicker than their dial-in, the car running closest to their dial (smallest difference) will be awarded the win.
Another important variable in bracket racing is your reaction time (RT). On your ET slip you will see the letters RT. Your RT is calculated by how quickly you react to the Christmas tree. We operate a .000 full countdown tree. If you leave too quickly (-.001 or worse), the red light will appear, which is a loss during eliminations. An RT of .000 or higher will cause a green light start. The key to improving your RT is practice, practice, practice…
Firebird Rules for Competition
- PIT SAFETY
Let’s pay close attention to pit safety. All roads carry a 10 MPH speed limit. The staging lane’s speed limit is 5 MPH. NO burnout’s are allowed anywhere except on the starting line.
- WARMING UP YOUR RACE ENTRY
The practice of converter stalls, transbrake testing, line-lock testing and/or transmission warming is not permitted anywhere (pit area, staging lanes, return road, etc.) except on the starting line itself. Should you choose to warm-up your vehicle on jack stands (for safety reasons), it is mandatory to have a properly licensed driver of age (15 or older) in the seat of the vehicle (unless coupler or driveline is removed from the vehicle). First time offenders who break this safety rule will be warned. Subsequent observations will result in loss of time runs and/or racing privileges. This policy applies to Junior Dragster teams, too, as noted in the Junior Rule Book. This is policy at all NHRA Member Tracks. And as a courtesy to the asphalt, please place plywood under your stands.
The use of anti-freeze in race cars (14.99-quicker) is strictly prohibited. All other cars are strongly recommended to have the anti-freeze removed to prevent a spill or overflow on the track (please use water only). Do not dump anti-freeze anywhere on Firebird property, except in an enclosed container. During a run, should an inordinate amount of anti-freeze (from leaking radiator, split hose, etc.) end up on the racing surface, it is an automatic end to your racing day. To avoid this, PLEASE RUN WATER in your cooling system!
- DRAINED OIL
Oil specific containers are placed for drain oil disposal only. No dumping of oil anywhere but approved containers. Do not mix anything into your used OIL disposal pan/bucket – NO chlorine cleaning solutions or brake cleaner (which in combination creates hazardous waste). This is not permitted under penalty of the law. If you do not follow – fines will be accessed.
- FLUID LEAKAGE / TRACK CLEAN-UP POLICY
In an effort to eliminate downtime associated due to the cleanup of automotive fluids, Firebird has put in place a policy for racers who deposit fluids on the racing surface. Fluids included in this policy include, but are not limited to: oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze and rear-end lubricants.
A violation is defined as any incident requiring the use of mechanical equipment (i.e. tractor, trucks, scrubber and/or sweeper) to clean-up fluids. Spills or drops of fluid cleaned up by hand/mop are not considered violations and penalties will not apply. On occasion, equipment will be used to “touch-up” the racing surface – such maintenance is not considered a violation. Depositing fuel or fire extinguisher liquid on the track surface is not classified as a violation and will not be penalized under this policy. This policy encompasses the entire length of the track surface. Track surface includes the area where the vehicles are started, the burn-out box, the starting line, the 1/4 mile, and the shutdown area to the point the vehicle exits. If a driver takes immediate action to terminate his run, pulls out of the racing groove and immediately attempts to stop the leak, his violation may be waived at the sole discretion of the event director. The Race Operations and Safety teams at Firebird will maintain consistency in the uniform enforcement of this policy. Additionally, the Tech team will thoroughly inspect vehicles following a violation to determine the source of a fluid leak and advise the competitors on correcting the problem. In addition, the Tech team will inspect the competing vehicle prior to its next run.
One-Day Event: (2 violations maximum) Driver will receive one warning to correct the problem to their car. A second violation will result in immediate disqualification from the event. Policy will be enforced during all time trials, qualifying runs and eliminations. Multi-Day Event: (3 violations maximum) For all multi-day events, the driver will be disqualified once they have committed three violations of the policy provided no more than two of the violations have occurred on the same day. Example: A driver receives two violations on the first day of event qualifying. He will be permitted to return on the second day but will receive an immediate disqualification on his next infraction.
A driver completes the first day of the event with no violations. On the second day of the event he/she violates the policy on each of his/her first two runs. Driver will receive an immediate disqualification from the event following the second violation of the day. Any participant demonstrating a flagrant disregard or continual violation of the policy will be subject to additional punitive action as deemed appropriate by the Event Director at his sole and absolute discretion. Such action may involve monetary fines, points deducted, denial to participate in future events, and/or suspension of competition privileges. The Event Director’s decision is final in determining fluid leakage violations. There is no provision for review of the Event Director, his designee or other event officials at racing events. The reason for this is to insure that there can be finality with regard to the events that are run. To provide for an appeal of all actions or inactions of the Event Director would result in a delay in the determination of literally every event. Such interminable delays would not be acceptable to the sport, the participants, and the spectators. While the decision of the Event Director is not subject to appeal, Firebird reserves the right to reverse decisions or review actions or inactions at various events on its own initiative as it determines, in its sole and absolute judgment, are warranted.
- NO REFUNDS
It is the racer’s responsibility to be race ready. NO REFUNDS OR TRANSFERS will be made during an event. Once you pull past Pit Control with the intent of racing for your first run of the day, your race entry is committed to the event (no refunds will be made). Should you have tech or related questions, contact the Firebird management or an NHRA Tech Advisor.
- ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
Should a crew person or individual wish to race or test your vehicle, a separate tech card can be purchased by this driver. The new driver must also sign the Waiver and Release and be safety-inspected with the entry before running it down the track.
- NO PARKING ON ENTRANCE ROADS
Per Idaho state law, no parking of trailers or cars is permitted on any access roads entering or departing the facility (order of the Sheriff’s Dept. in case of emergency). As a courtesy to our neighbors, no open headers departing the raceway at any time.
- AUXILIARY PIT VEHICLE RULES
The following rules concerning the operation of auxiliary pit vehicles at Firebird events are effective immediately.
- Firebird reserves the right to reject any motorized pit vehicle depending upon its design, condition, appearance or construction.
- Vehicles such as tricycles, motorized or non-motorized skateboards, in-line skates, Razor scooters, Segway type vehicles, or roller blades are not permitted at any time.
- Auxiliary pit vehicles may be used for necessary transportation only. Joyriding, cruising, recreational or “fun” riding is prohibited. Vehicles are only allowed on Firebird premises when the owner is actually competing in an event. Spectator/guests/non-participants are not allowed to bring auxiliary pit vehicles onto Firebird premises.
- All vehicles, whenever possible, are to use perimeter roadways and avoid high-traffic areas, such as the upper pit area at major events.
- Posted speed limits must be observed. The maximum speed in any unposted area is 10 MPH.
- All operators must be at least 16 years of age, have a valid state driver’s license, and must be covered by adequate general-liability insurance applicable to the operation of the pit vehicle. All operators shall provide proof of such insurance, a driver’s license, and any other applicable credentials upon the request of a Firebird Official.
- All pit vehicles must be operated in compliance with the vehicle manufacturer’s operating instructions and/or industry standards, including those regarding riding/driving position and number of passengers. All mini-vehicles are required to have competition numbers on them.
- Unsafe or improper operation of any vehicle and/or any violation of regulations and instructions may, at the sole discretion of Firebird, result in penalties against the owner and/or operators, including, but not limited to, immediate impoundment of the vehicle, loss of racing privileges, and/or expulsion from Firebird.
- Pit vehicles operated after dusk/sunset must have an adequate headlight. Taillights may also be required on an individual basis depending upon vehicle design.
- You may use a pit vehicle to pull car into the staging lanes (if deemed necessary for vehicles 9.99 and quicker). Otherwise, the staging lanes are closed to pit vehicles. Pit vehicle parking is available in designated areas around the lower pit park or the upper pit area start-line access gate. No pit vehicles are permitted in or around the grass area within the park located behind the lower restroom at any time. For pit safety, we ask that all pit transportation be parked at the end of a race day/night.
- Firebird reserves the right to amend, modify, or add to these rules at any time in its sole discretion.
- COMPETITION NUMBER
Per the NHRA Rule Book—numbers should be 6” high, 1 1/2” wide (white recommended). Numbers need to be on the driver and passenger side windows, plus the front windshield. All Motorcycles and Sleds are required to attach a number and dial-in plate. Please make them large enough to read from tower (right side of bike or sled). If you don’t have permanent numbers yet, stop by just about any sign shop, they can help you with vinyl decals for quick adhesion and a clean look.
- SAND, PEBBLES, ETC
Please inspect and remove small debris from your wheel wells prior to reaching the head of staging. This will help improve everyone’s traction.
- TOW VEHICLES
Should you determine it necessary, vehicles running 9.99 or quicker may use a tow vehicle. To expedite the flow of an event, we prefer to see less tow-back vehicles if at all possible. Should a tow vehicle be used, all crew members must be in the enclosed part of the vehicle. For safety reasons, we do not permit riding in back of truck beds, free standing on running boards, riding on a tailgate, etc. Should you act irresponsible and careless, you accept any and all liability and medical ramifications resulting from your conduct and behavior.
- LANE CHOICE
If at the conclusion of time trials a line develops for one specific lane, vehicles will be pulled from the lanes in random fashion. First car up gets lane choice, second car goes to the opposite side. The first round of racing is random and pulled side by side from lanes. Should a single line develop, first-up gets lane choice, second up goes into the opposite lane, unless a coin toss is conducted between opponents/crewperson prior to reaching final staging line. During the balance of “laddered eliminations”, lane choice is decided by the flip of a coin between racers if a mutual decision cannot be reached between two drivers.
- BYE RUNS
Bye runs are determined by randomly pulling one driver from the first round of eliminations and setting the selected car or bike to one side. The driver selected for the bye will be awarded lane choice, if the class is an even field. If the class ends up an odd field, then the pre-selected driver is awarded a bye-run at the end of the eliminator session. Should the field end up even, then this driver has lane choice and races the final competitor in line. Tip: If you want a specific lane during time trials or first round of eliminations—don’t wait to be last in line.
- STAGING LANES
You are officially considered paired as you pass the designated “committed pair” sign, which is the Hampton Suites sign in the staging lanes during a “random round” of eliminations. Should your vehicle break further back (further north) in the lanes, i.e.-by pit control (but can be fixed before the last car in your class is ready to race), you are still eligible to compete in that round of random eliminations. If your vehicle breaks, pull over into the fire lane temporarily (east side of staging lanes). If your opponent breaks after passing the “committed” line, a single will be awarded. If your vehicle breaks after you have passed the Pit Control building into the staging lanes and you return to your pit area, you may not resume racing in eliminations or enter the lanes after you have fixed your vehicle. Exception to this rule: weather or other variables outside our control that forces us to send cars back to the pit area.
We strongly encourage dial-ins to be on both the driver and passenger side of a vehicle during eliminations (and front window, too) for ease and readability from the control tower. Racers may change dial-in’s between rounds to the hundredth of a second. All dial-in’s will be posted on the scoreboards. Make certain your dial-in and that of your opponent are correct on the scoreboards before final staging your vehicle; otherwise, you have committed to the race. There are absolutely no reruns for wrong dial-ins, even if your opponent agrees.
- SUPER PRO DIAL-INS
Dial-in’s must be in place and may not be changed once you pass the “restricted area line” near the front of the staging lanes in Super Pro. This is necessary before heading around to the starting line, so that the Tower can have a reasonable amount of time to accurately place dial-in’s into the computer, and cross-overs can be calculated with your opponent.
- DIAL-INS FOR OTHER CATEGORIES
In other classes, dial-ins must be in place before pulling around to the burnout box from staging lanes. If possible (highly-recommended), please clearly put your dial in on the driver, passenger side of vehicle, plus the front window, so the tower can easily read your dial in…thanks!
- TAIL LIGHTS
One functioning taillight is the minimum required for night-time competition. Taillight(s) should be large enough to be seen from the starting line or Tower to the end of the shutdown area (and runoff at end of track) at night. Flashing, blinking or strobe type taillights are not permitted per NHRA General Regulations.
Glass, lexan, or Plexiglas is required for all window openings. Factory or acceptable aftermarket zip-in type windows are permitted. All four-wheeled vehicles that do not come stock with windows and/or roof require a full roll cage built to NHRA specifications.
- TINTED WINDOWS
If deemed too dark for night racing, the tint material must be removed from both front side windows and rear glass, or replaced with acceptable shade of tint. For vehicles that run 11.49 or quicker, dark window tinting is discouraged (under the approval of a Tech Official, a very light shade may be approved).
If a re-run is ordered, lane switching (by the coin flip winner) and changing of dial-ins is permitted. ET slips will not be handed out for the pair being called back for a re-run.
- EXCESSIVE BRAKING TO AVOID A “BREAK OUT” IS DANGEROUS
Using your brakes excessively to prevent running under your dial-in in eliminations (causing smoke or unsafe conditions) is grounds for immediate disqualification.
- TIRE SMOKE CAUSED BY TIRE RUB
If a vehicle causes excessive smoke from tire rub (due to clearance, new set of tires, etc.) during time trials and/or eliminations, a warning will be issued to the driver to fix the situation. If after the second run the tire smoke is substantially less and the race team is on its way to correcting the situation, they will be allowed to continue attempting to fix the tire rub and stay in time trials/eliminations. Should the smoke/rubbing continue to the same degree or volume, the race vehicle will be parked for the balance of the racing day/night.
- RACER QUESTIONS/INQUIRES
Any questions, inquires or concerns should be directed to an Official at Pit Control (see map). If a dispute arises, discussion will be between racer(s) and Official, not the crew and/or family. Abuse of this rule is grounds for disqualification. Furthermore, every effort has been made by Firebird to promote fair and honest racing for all participants with the best timing equipment available in the industry. In the unlikely event of an electronic or equipment malfunction, the Event Director may decide the outcome of the race. The Event Director’s decision is final. Your entry in competition is acknowledgment that the participant accepts this ruling without recourse.
Vehicles running 14.00 and slower are permitted one passenger during time trials only, with similar safety equipment to the driver-No exceptions to this rule. The minimum age to ride along as a passenger is 16 years of age and older.
Should you be fortunate enough to win or finish in the money of a category (or trophy), please go to the Sport Shop (see map). Your winnings will be available at the race’s conclusion in the Sport Shop, along with awards and the Winner’s Circle presentation. For those who accrue winnings greater than $600 (at the event or during season) will be required to fill out a W-9 form. Reporting amounts below $600 is responsibility of the racer. Following the conclusion of the event, gates will be LOCKED one hour after the completion of the final round. This should provide ample time to get winnings from Sport Shop, load trailer, and depart facility. Thank you.
- BENEFITS OF NHRA MEMBERSHIP
Benefits include excess medical insurance, subscription to the National Dragster newspaper and other assorted benefits. Additionally, you can earn the chance to score major cash and product awards from participating NHRA Sponsors in the “BE A WINNER—BE A MEMBER” Program should you win a Firebird event. To join, either stop in at the Sport Shop or write the NHRA directly at: P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, CA, 91740.
- FIREBIRD COMPETITION LICENSE
By purchasing your Gold Cup registration and/or Firebird permanent number and/or NHRA permanent number establishes your competition privileges and license to race at Firebird.
- 9.99 OR QUICKER NHRA LICENSING PROCEDURES
For drivers who would like to compete at an ET of 9.99 or quicker, an NHRA License/Membership is required. The procedure each applicant must follow is outlined on the NHRA Licensing Registration. These forms can be obtained through the NHRA website at www.nhra.com, or by calling the Northwest Division Offices at: 253 446-6594, or from a Firebird Track Official. Licensed drivers that you select to observe/approve your runs will need to be noted prior to making runs. Each test session must be specifically followed and signed off per the license regulations, which are outlined on the reverse-side of the form. No deviations to this policy will be permitted. Additionally, very limited licensing will be permitted at Firebird Major Events due to time constraints. Please see the Track Schedule or contact Firebird directly to see if licensing will be permitted at certain events (licensing available at test days and selected Gold Cup races)…all other events: licensing is very limited due to time limitations.
- 11.49 OR QUICKER WITHOUT BAR, BELTS, ETC
Should you run quicker than 11.49 without the appropriate safety items necessary to comply with the NHRA Rule Book (roll bar, belts, etc.), your first offense (running between 11.35-11.49) will be an automatic warning letter. Should it occur a second time, your competition privileges will be suspended. Following your second infraction, your vehicle will be required to meet all necessary safety items at the next event you run. In the case where a vehicle runs significantly quicker than 11.49 (i.e.-11.34 or quicker) without the necessary safety equipment, the vehicle will be parked for the event (no second chance to slow it down) until you fully comply with NHRA rules. The same holds true for speeds over 135 mile per hour. If your car runs 135 or up to 137 mph (without correct safety items), you will receive a warning. If it occurs a second time, your competition privileges will be revoked until all necessary items meet NHRA rules.
Exception to this NHRA rule, 2008 OEM model-year and newer production cars running slower than 9.99 and 135 mph do not have to meet the requirements and specifications for the Summit Series (outlined in NHRA rule book) except for convertibles and t-tops, which must follow Summit rules. Please reference Street Legal section of NHRA rule book for additional information. These production cars are eligible to compete at grudge races and in Street Legal specific classes at designated events. To compete in a Summit Gold Cup class all rules are required based on the rules section for the Summit Series.
- 9.99 OR QUICKER WITHOUT AN NHRA COMPETITION LICENSE
Should you run 9.99 or quicker without an NHRA Competition License/Membership, your first offense will be an automatic warning letter that, should it occur a second time, your competition privileges will be suspended until you have completed the NHRA licensing program.
- THOTTLE STOPS
The use of throttle controls/stops by Super Pro cars is permitted for starting line use as a RPM control device, but we discourage the use of this means as a way to excessively reduce your ET down-track in bracket racing. If deemed necessary, down-track throttle controls are permitted in class legal SC9.15, SG10.15 & SST11.15 cars.
- DATA RECORDERS (ET Classes)
The 2021 NHRA Rulebook indicates the use of data recorders (except for play back type tachometers) are prohibited in all ET Brackets with the exception of Super Pro, Pro and Sled/Bike.
Firebird Utilizes Compulink Autostart & TruSTART System
Firebird operates under the Compulink StarTrak AUTOSTART system. Please familiarize yourself with the following procedures, which have been refined and perfected at a multitude of top-rated facilities. Here’s how it works:
Courtesy Staging is a Firebird rule for all Gold Cup events (specifically in Super Pro, Pro, Heavy and Sportsman, recommended in Sled/Bike if possible). Because of the wide variance in ages in Junior racing, courtesy staging is encouraged, but not required. Courtesy staging is not mandated in Club or High School/Alumni/Street Legal racing. Please be aware if you normally run the Club Series and jump into Pro, Heavy or Sportsman at a Gold Cup race, you will need to courtesy stage.
How Courtesy Staging works – during time trials and racing, both drivers courtesy stage (both racers pre-stage first, prior to lighting the second bulb/main staging light), When the first driver has fully staged (second light on) and the second driver is pre-staged, the second driver has 10 seconds to fully stage. If you wait greater than 10 seconds to final stage, the Christmas tree will automatically turn the redlight on. In another situation, if a driver is ready to stage or has already pre-staged and the second driver is having problems (i.e. no reverse, car shutting off, or carburetor fire, etc.), the second driver has 20 seconds to stage. Pushbacks and assistance from crew are permitted if done in 20 seconds, or the first driver will be motioned to final-stage and receive a solo run.
If you choose to deep stage you do so at your own risk. Be aware that the Autostart system automatically fires the Christmas Tree once both vehicles have made the move to final stage (turn the second stage light on). Deep staging is not guaranteed, so plan your staging procedure accordingly. NO RERUNS IF YOU ARE NOT READY WHEN THE CHRISTMAS TREE COUNTS DOWN – even if both drivers agree.
Once both cars are staged (and the starter has pre-activated the switch), the computer automatically activates the tree within a prescribed time frame each and every time a pair of vehicles anticipate the start of the tree sequence. The benefit is that the sequence of the tree is controlled by the computer, creating a specific time-frame each and every time you prepare for the Christmas Tree to start its count down after staging.
A REMINDER TO ALL RACERS! Once you have staged your car or motorcycle that is your signal to Track Officials that you find all conditions acceptable and you are ready to race. If there is a problem, DO NOT STAGE and explain your problem to a starting line Official. If you stage, you have agreed to the race and there will be no rerun – even if both drivers agree. As a further reminder, remember that staging must be done in a forward motion only. It’s your responsibility as a racer to stage in a timely manner. No delaying or trying to confuse your opponent is permitted. If you roll through the beams in eliminations and turn both lights out, you lose, so be careful with your staging process.
TruSTART is a patented timing configuration, which we will utilize at all bracket events this season. It was designed for when two racers leave early, redlighting in eliminations. Instead of the first racer automatically losing because he or she redlighted first, this new upgrade essentially decides who has the worst redlight reaction time and awards the win to the racer who is the least red. By example, the first car leaves and goes -.008 (red), then the second racer leaves the line and gets a -.016 (red). In this scenario, the second/quicker racer is the loser.
One thing that you will now notice is that the slower racer will always see the green on the tree go dark until the second racer breaks the starting line beams. The computer then instantly decides whether one or both racers have redlit and who is deemed the winner with the TruSTART tree configuration. It’s different than how the tree has signaled each pair in the past (prior to TruSTART), but creates a level playing field for everyone in eliminations. At the present time TruSTART will not function on a handicap Pro Tree or Split Tree class (Sled/Bike). Compulink is working on a solution to remedy this in the future. Special thanks to Bob Brockmeyer for doing all the work behind the scenes to provide us the TruSTART system.
Boise Muffler/NAPA Gold Cup Eliminators
- KIDD PERFORMANCE & DYNO SUPER PRO
For all vehicles running 7.00-11.99, 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.
- BIG O TIRES PRO (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
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.
- HIGH DESERT MOTOPLEX SLED/BIKE
Open to all bikes and sled machines running 7.00-13.99, optional staging-split tree (.5 full/.4 pro light-electronics permitted per NHRA D6 rules. 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.
- SILVER CUP – LARGER-SIZED CLUBS
Open to any participating club with the potential of competing with 13 to a maximum of 26 entrants at any given Club Challenge event. Should your club have a significant number of interested racers (i.e. greater than 26 racers), we encourage you to start a second club with a different name. The overall team championship will be decided at the sixth event, Sept. 6th, while the Club Grand Championship will take place during the Halloween Classic (explained below). Silver Cup teams will compete for the top 16 individual qualifiers better known as the SWEET SIXTEEN in the run-off.
- BRONZE CUP – MEDIUM-SIZED CLUBS
Open to any participating club with 7 to 12 entrants (all total, you can have more than twelve different racers during the 6-race series, but a maximum of 12 or fewer racers per race). The overall team championship will be decided at the sixth event, Sept. 6th, while the Club Grand Championship will take place during the Halloween Classic (explained below). Note to team captains: if your club attracts 13 or more entrants at any of the events, you will automatically be upgraded to the next level. Bronze Cup teams will compete for the top twelve individual qualifiers better known as the DIRTY DOZEN in the run-off.
- COPPER CUP – SMALLER-SIZED CLUBS
Open to any participating club with the potential of competing at each event with 6 or fewer entrants (all total you can have more than six different racers during the 6-race series, but a maximum of 6 or fewer per race). The overall team championship will be decided at the sixth event, Sept. 6th, while the Club Grand Championship will take place during the Halloween Classic (explained below). Note to team captains: if your club attracts 7 or more entrants at any of the events, you will automatically be upgraded to the next level. Copper Cup teams will compete for the top twelve individual qualifiers known as the DIRTY DOZEN in the run-off.
- TEST `N TUNE RUNS
Due to the size of the Club Series events, no test `n tune/ practice/licensing runs for non-club competitors will be made available at these races. If you plan to join us at any of the Club stops, you’d better be prepared to race on a team (or start a new one). This policy will be strictly enforced.
- PUNCH CARDS
Punch cards are randomly issued at the Club Challenge events. It’s our goal to try to get everyone two runs, but acts of Mother Nature can preclude this from happening. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we may on occasion start eliminations prior to everyone getting a chance to make a time run (or two). Your understanding is appreciated.
- CATEGORIES EARNING TEAM POINTS
Five non-electronic divisions will be open for club points, which includes: Club #1 (10.00 – 11.49), Club #2 (11.50 – 12.99), Club #3 (13.00 & Slower) for the experienced and/or Gold Cup racer, Club #4 13.00 – 15.49 (novice racer), Club #5 15.50 & Slower (novice racer). Note: Club #4 and/or #5 novice racer automatically moves up to Club #2 or #3 following two eliminator wins at any event. DIAL-INS AT CLUB EVENTS: You must dial into the class you are running during the first round. After the first round, you can dial down a maximum of one tenth (.10) under the parameter for your class. No dial in may be quicker than 10.00 seconds.
- CLUB PARTICIPANT CHAMPIONSHIP
Each individual will compete for points within your own club, with a grand championship to be decided at the Halloween Classic in mid-October. There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. individual ranking for each driver who competes in the each of the five categories throughout the season. A run-off will take place during the Classic in both the “SWEET SIXTEEN” (Silver level) or “DIRTY DOZEN” (Bronze and Copper level). To qualify for runoff, a racer must run minimum of two Club events during season. The champion of each team will then return for the final run-off, where a Club Grand Champion will be crowned. The individual point’s chase will be open to each of these three categories throughout the first six events. Due to the remote possibility of inclement weather, we will enact what’s known as the Random Tech Card Draw if necessary. Following the “Draw”, the run-off final will be run on the track (if weather permits). A time run will not be guaranteed prior to runoff.
- RUNOFF AT CLASSIC
The MINIMUM number of racers for any individual club at the Classic is FIVE (5). It is the responsibility of your club captain or representative to field a team of 5 or more at Classic. A Combo Club division will be offered for clubs fielding 4 or fewer racers. The Combo Club class will be eligible to compete in the runoff providing the field includes greater than 5 racers. Only qualified racers who have competed at a minimum of two (2) Club races during season may compete in Runoff. Please be aware that the entry fee (and crew pass) for the Classic is higher than a standard Club race. With your entry, you are eligible to run both the run-off and the Classic on Saturday/Sunday in the category you have signed-up for.
- JOINING A CLUB
Once you join and register for a club, you are required to stay with your original club for the balance of the series. Remember, with this format (outlined above), you’ll be accruing points individually within each of your teams throughout the first six races, so there won’t be a reason to go elsewhere to compete. Good luck to everyone – hope you not only succeed in the club series, but also as a driver, in your own individual points chase.
- LET’S REMEMBER, THE CLUB SERIES WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE FUN FOR EVERYONE
As we’ve said all along, it’s YOUR “end-of-week, after-work” outlet to go fast for 1320 feet. We invite everyone from the grandparents to the little ones to come enjoy all the fun on Friday nights. The club points series and format has been created to maintain the team spirit amongst your clubs, and also create an incentive for you to qualify as one of the BEST TEAM PLAYERS for your club and try and earn a spot in the Classic Runoffs in October. Do your club a favor—enjoy the good times and friendships at each of the Friday night races, and (to reuse a phrase that you’ve heard from us before) it should be TONS of FUN in the SUN this SUMMER.
- STREET LEGAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
A multitude of eliminators will be offered for Firebird Track Titles this season. The classes include: the FACTORY MUSCLE Series – open to any 2004 and newer domestic car; HIGH SCHOOL, Economy Transmission ALUMNI & Carl’s Cycle Sales STREET BIKE; Moffitt & Bratton OUTLAW STREET (open to any muffled street machine on street tires, handicapped with dial-in’s off the full tree); Rich’s Auto Care & Dyno SUPER SHIFTER (stick shift vehicles) and Wayne’s Transmissions STREET TRUCK (open to any muffled street truck on street tires, handicapped with dial-in’s off the full tree). The Street Legal classes will kick off the season on April 27-28 and wrap up the season on Sept. 9.
- FACTORY MUSCLE
Factory Muscle is a handicapped bracket, randomly paired for first round; for Detroit-inspired domestic cars 2004 & newer.
- STREET LEGAL 100+ MPH CLUB DECALS
The highly sought after 100 MPH CLUB DECALS return for all street machines, sport compacts and motorcycles. Your entry must be tech inspected before you make a run. License plates, mufflers, and DOT-type street tires are required. Once you’ve been inspected and approved, it’s your turn to try and take a shot at the highly coveted stickers. Following your run, come back to the inspection area directly after making your 100+ MPH blast. A Tech Official will sign your time slip. You can then take your slip to the Sport Shop where you’ll be awarded a pair of decals. After you sign the 100 MPH website log sheet, your name and speed will be listed on the Firebird website.
- HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
TEAM competition will take place at the Spring and Fall Championships, plus the two events in June (Fri) and July (Sat) during the season. Season-end endowments will be awarded at the Banquet on behalf of the Idaho Army National Guard, Economy Transmission, and Pecht Family Farms.
- HIGH SCHOOL-INDIVIDUAL
All students can only race for the school they attend. A high school activity card will be randomly requested to verify the school you go to. Each participant in the High School Series will have an opportunity to earn points at each of the five dedicated events for high school competition. The top two finishers after the July 27th event will qualify for the Summit E.T. High School finals. The overall season individual champion will be crowned following the final High School race on September 9th. Electronics will not be permitted in the High School divisions. High School racers will be eligible to race at a dial-in of 11.00 ET and slower. Motorcycle riders may compete in one Trophy Street Bike class open to any Alumni and High School competitor at the Spring and Fall races. All other High School/Alumni events, riders can compete in the Street Bike eliminator.
Four races will be offered for all Alumni competitors. Presented by Economy Transmission, each race is noted in the Firebird Track Schedule, which will offer Alumni eliminators and points. Electronics will not be permitted in the Alumni class. Alumni racers will be eligible to race at a dial-in of 10.00 ET and up. Motorcycle riders may compete in one Trophy Street Bike class open to any Alumni and High School competitor at the Spring and Fall races. All other High School/Alumni events, riders can compete in the Street Bike eliminator.
- STREET BIKE presented by Carl's Cycles Sales
Starting April 20, and continuing on April 27-28, June 21, Sept. 14 will be contested for all street legal bikes (without wheelie bars).
- OUTLAW STREET presented by Moffitt & Bratton
Starting April 20, and continuing on April 27-28, June 21, June 29, July 27 & Sept. 14, when the track points championship will be contested for all Outlaw Street competitors. Premium points (31 total pts., no round pts.) will be awarded to all Outlaw Street entrants on June 29.
- STREET TRUCK presented by Wayne’s Transmissions
Starting April 20, and continuing on April 27-28, May 18, June 21, June 29, July 27 & Sept. 14, when the track points championship will be contested for all Street Truck competitors. Premium points (31 total pts., no round pts.) will be awarded to all Street Truck entrants on May 18 and June 29.
- SUPER SHIFTER presented by Rich’s Auto Care & Dyno
April 20, and continuing on April 27-28, June 21, June 29, July 27 & Sept. 14, when the track points championship will be contested for all Super Shifter competitors. Premium points (31 total pts., no round pts.) will be awarded to all Super Shifter entrants on June 29. ET: 10.00 & slower; slicks or street tires permitted; mufflers optional; driver must activate clutch (clutchless transmissions not permitted).
- NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR presented by Capitol City Transmission
Nostalgia eliminator will be run April 27-28, May 18, June 2 at the Oldies Drags (31 total pts., no round pts.), June 14-15, June 30 and the championships on Sept. 14. This class is open to cars and trucks 1979 and older and the competition will be run on a full .5-tenths tree with no electronics permitted. A special SUPERSIZED trophy will be on the line, along with an embroidered Nostalgia Eliminator Champion Jacket. A track championship will be awarded to the overall point’s leader at the end of the Season.
- JUNIOR DRAGSTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Firebird will offer a class for Junior racers this season. The class will be known as Junior Dragster. Awards will be awarded for first and second in class at 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.
Trainee (age 5); Youth (age 6-7) outlined in the NHRA Junior Dragster Rule Book.
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.
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.
- JUNIOR DRAGSTER “CODE OF CONDUCT”
In an effort to maintain our Racer’s Code of Conduct and provide equality and consistency amongst all Jr. Dragster participants and teams, the following staging policy will be in effect at Firebird.
Only one parent or crewmember can assist with the entry once the vehicle has left the head of the staging area and proceeds into the burnout area. Other parent(s) or crewmembers must stay behind the guardwall in the staging lanes, since Junior racers are driving around the staging lanes to approach the start line. It is your responsibility to keep this area clear for safety reasons. Remember to keep your eyes/vision on the car in front of you, and those cars coming up behind you. If you are caught just looking down the track and not paying attention to what is coming up behind you, a penalty may be handed down (i.e.-loss of a time run). In addition, crew members are not allowed to put their feet, legs, hands, etc. near the front/rear wheels of a Junior entry as it slows down from a burnout or as it is approaching the starting line. Take note: Safety—first and foremost in and around the starting line.
A Parent or crewmember may assist with the staging process until the car is ready to pre-stage, at which time the parent or crewmember must re position themselves off the pads and behind an imaginary line across the track directly behind the rear wheels of the Jr. Dragster.
Following a run, Jr. drivers may advance their vehicles to the dedicated stopping area, but no further, in Firebird’s pit area. This will provide more area to further help parents/crewmembers retrieve vehicles in quicker and faster manner. When the Juniors are finishing their runs and parking in front of the ET booth, we ask that all race cars and transportation utilize other roadways within the pits until this area clears. Thank you.
- JUNIOR “ACCIDENTAL” DEEP STAGING POLICY
During time trials/qualifying, if a racer accidentally deep stages a parent/crewperson (with approval from the starter) may pull the car back into the stage beam one time. The parent/crewperson must perform this action in a quick manner so as not to delay the staging process nor cause confusion to their opponent.
During eliminations, if an accidental deep stage occurs the parent/crewperson is not allowed to approach nor reposition the vehicle. The vehicle must accept their current position on the launch pads and the driver keep focused on the tree and be prepared to race. Always remember Firebird’s “Code of Conduct”, which emphasizes several positive points to keep in mind when participating at our events. Our “top ten” items include: 1. Encouraging all youth to participate in sports, but avoid putting pressure on them. 2. Keep winning in perspective, but also help others do the same. 3. Make only positive, encouraging comments to all participants and Officials. 4. Applaud good races and good effort by your own team as well as those of your peers and opponents. 5. Control your emotions. 6. Remember, making mistakes are part of the learning process. Criticism may be counterproductive. 7. Focus on the fun and participation versus just winning and losing. 8. Encourage all participants to play by the rules. 9. Develop good sportsmanship and a desire to strive for success (i.e.-improving skills, reaching new heights, etc.). 10. Thank participants, Officials, family members, sponsors, and others who help with the events.
“Parental Unsportsmanlike Conduct” – Any parent or crewmember who behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner, including aggressive or abrasive debating, excessive arguing, speeding through the staging lanes or pit area, etc., will receive an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. This may result in the loss of a time run or further action if deemed necessary, whether it occurs during qualifying or eliminations. Repeat offenders risk suspension, loss of points, racing privileges, and may include other penalties imposed by the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League. Additionally, remember that this is a learning experience, filled with a number of different elements ranging from mathematics to science, so learn to apply those educational topics into your Junior racing program each season. The bottom-line is: lets have fun in our Junior Drag Racing League at Firebird.
Parents – After your Junior racer has completed running and you are leaving the starting line to head to the Junior recovery area, please DO NOT RUSH! The speed limit in the staging lane is 5 MPH and 10 MPH on all other roads. Thank you.
- SLED/BIKE SERIES
Open to all bikes and sled machines running 7.50-14.99, optional staging-split tree (.5 full/.4 pro light-electronics permitted per NHRA D6 rules). 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-wheeled off-road vehicles to test or drag race in competition.
- TESTING AT GOLD CUP EVENTS
The entry fee for testing and/or licensing at Gold Cup events follows the same price as class you most closely fit. If you run a Super Pro type car (test fee: $65); if you run a Pro type car (test fee: $45), etc. Also, you will follow the tail end of each class during the normal rotation.
- TROPHY ELIMINATOR
Open to all vehicles running 11.00-slower (Slicks or Street Tires permitted) off the full .5 tenths Christmas tree. Electronics are not permitted in this class. Win your first round of competition and take home an award. Plus an award is on the line for the overall winner of the class.
- SPECIALTY ELIMINATOR
At selected events during the season, a variety of classes will be run based on ET or year at the Chevy, Mopar, Truck, Oldies, (etc.) races. All specialty categories will be based on a full .5 tenths Christmas tree (with no electronics permitted in these classes).
Categories For The Qualafab Performance Fabrication Street Machine Shootout
The Qualafab Street Machine Shootout takes place on June 29th. To run one of the Street Machine index classes, you’ll be required to have mufflers (required, no open exhaust). Slicks or street tires/DOT permitted.
Heads-Up Index Classes
- 10.50 – 11.50 – 12.00 – 12.50 – 13.00 – HEADS UP
Qualifies 8 racers. These are heads-up index classes run off the .5-tenths pro tree. During eliminations, the first one to the finish line without breaking out takes the win.
- UNLIMITED STREET
Open to street type race cars 9.99 or quicker, handicapped with dial-in’s off the .4-tenths Pro tree. Dial in required to be round to the .10 of a second (i.e. 9.10, 9.20, 9.30, etc.). Slicks or street tires permitted in this class.
- ADDITIONAL RULES FOR THE CATEGORIES ABOVE
Please remember this series has been established for the street competitors. We encourage each car to maintain a license, registration, proof of insurance, functioning lights, approved safety (seat) belts, overflow radiator catch can, good brakes, and tires. You and your vehicle must meet all the required NHRA Safety Rules as it relates to the performance of your vehicle…i.e. 9.99 or quicker must have NHRA License/Membership, all safety/tech provisions, etc. Anyone who doesn’t qualify for one of these Quick 8 categories may run in Trophy division (handicapped bracket) or purchase a tech card to run Pro at this event (no refunds on entrance fees). No electronic devices (i.e.-delay boxes, etc.) are permitted in these classes.
- AWARDS FOR THE STREET SHOOTOUT
We will be awarding the champions of each of the classes cool swag and supersized trophies. Best of all, every Quick 8 qualifier will also receive commemorative t-shirts for making the field. Lastly, HAVE FUN!!!
Summit E.T. Finals Qualifiers
Wouldn’t “EIGHT be GREAT” over Labor Day weekend!
- TEAM FIREBIRD
A total of 60 racers (plus 2 Jr. Street) will qualify to compete for Team Firebird at the Summit E.T. Finals on Aug. 29-Sept 1, at Pacific Raceway, Kent, Wash. Registered racers will earn points throughout the season, with the final qualifying stop set for August 11. At the conclusion of this event, qualifiers will be accepted to join our Team from each class as follows: SUPER PRO-14, PRO-19, SLED/BIKE-7, SPORTSMAN-10, HIGH SCHOOL-2, and JUNIORS (top 8 in points before Finals).
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. Should a tie occur following the final event on August 8, 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. A “Wildcard” will be drawn from each class from those who maintain perfect attendance, rewarding 7 racers in SP, P, SB & SM, a chance to compete on Saturday.
- 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 (and one wildcard national drawing, making it an even 8-car field) will qualify for this season-closing race.
Gold Cup Points Race Information
The Gold Cup Championship Series is offered at selected dates throughout the 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 typically mid-July (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, go through tech, have tech card processed, and subsequently head down the staging lanes with the intent to race on that day/weekend of Gold Cup competition. Should misfortune strike and you break or be unable to compete at event, you will still receive your entry or premium 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), please 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 running the NAPA Ignitor will receive a fixed 31 premium points, Pepsi Nightfire-31 prem. pts. per day ; and at the Halloween Classic (31 prem. pts.-total). 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 and SM based on: 3 events – 25 pts., 6 events – 25 pts., 9 events – 25 pts., and 12 events – 25 pts.
- W-9 TAX FORM
Should you have the good fortune of earning $600 or more (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.
Pro Comp Points Race Information
Thanks to Kenny’s Rod Shop and The Comfort Source, LLC, Pro Comp will be offered for front-motored dragsters, roadsters and altereds (1955 & earlier). A 5-race series will be contested starting in May and culminating in September. Points: 16 pts. to enter, 10 pts. per round won.
Club Challenge Points Race Information
The Club Series will award 3 points for each competitor to a registered club, and each individual will receive their own 3 points. Every round win has a point value of 10, which will be scored for both the club (all five classes) and individual participant (the five categories outlined earlier). The one-time annual registration fee for each club is $40.
High School Points Race Information
The High School program will be contested at four races this season. Individually, students receive 3 points to enter the event, and 10 points for every winning round. The exact same thing holds true for the overall school championship. To run the high school series, competitors are required to be enrolled and attending school (if a student drops out, high school racing privileges are revoked and individual points are deducted). Points are awarded to the school you attend. Additionally, Alumni competitors will garner points at all four races. The final race will take place in September.
Junior Points Race Information
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. In addition, Juniors (the top eight in points) will earn a spot on the Firebird Team to compete at the Summit E.T. Finals over Labor Day weekend. All Junior point’s races are outlined in the track schedule.
- CONDUCT AND SPORTSMANSHIP
Per NHRA and Firebird track policy (further described in Section 20 of the NHRA Rule Book under Conduct of Racing and subsequent policies), any conduct or behavior that is considered out-of-line by a participant, crewmember, owner, parent, brother/sister or the like will be grounds for immediate disqualification of the team and potential suspension from racing privileges at our raceway. The bottom-line is good sportsmanship in drag racing, be it an adult or a younger person, is strongly encouraged and adhered to at Firebird.
Rules Regarding Electronics
- SUPER PRO ELIMINATORS
This class is designated as “electronics permitted” ET handicap categories. For all the specifics regarding electronics in this eliminator, please refer to Section 4-General Regulations, Requirements and Specifications, and Electrical/Control 8:2 in the current NHRA Rule Book.
- SPORTSMAN, TROPHY, NOSTALGIA, HIGH SCHOOL, ALUMNI AND CLUB CHALLENGE ELIMINATORS
These categories are designated as “electronics prohibited” ET handicap categories. The NHRA Rule Book, section 8:2 (which we strongly recommend reading) explains the rules we follow at Firebird. If at any time following technical inspection (either pre-event, random spot check, etc.) your vehicle is found to be in non-compliance of these rules, it will be grounds for immediate disqualification. Ramifications include disqualification from event, loss of points for the season, and/or loss of competition privileges at Firebird for six months or greater from the time of infraction.
Firebird Registration/Competition Number
- REGISTERED DRIVER
By becoming a registered competitor at Firebird (fee: $35), you will be eligible to earn points throughout the Gold Cup Series in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Sled/Bike, Junior Dragster and Junior Street classes. You will automatically receive a Firebird Permanent Number, series decals (required to be displayed) and registration card.
If you qualify as one of the racers for the Team Finals, plus eight Junior competitors who will represent Team Firebird this September, you’ll receive one of the official Team Firebird shirts for the Summit race.
- PHOTOGRAPHIC RIGHTS
Firebird Raceway reserves all photographic and video graphic rights as a condition of your attendance and use of our Firebird racing facility. Without written consent and approval by raceway management, no taped video/audio may air or be sold from events/activities conducted at Firebird.
Race participants, racing crew(s), family of racing crew(s) and spectators may photograph or video tape on the Firebird grounds only subject to the operator’s right to demand possession of the photos, negatives or video tape for the purpose of securing copies of said materials. Said materials must be surrendered on demand.
Firebird reserves the right to copy said materials. Firebird will return all original material to the owner within 14 days. The owner of the material shall retain any copyright in the material subject to Firebird’s right to use the materials for any non-commercial purpose. By entering the facility and/or purchasing a ticket to so enter, you expressly agree to these conditions.
Should You Need Medical Assistance
During an event, should you have need for medical attention, locate a Firebird Official (green and white uniform) or Safety Team member to request assistance.
Please Pick Up Around Your Pit Area
Thank you for taking the time to pick up refuse/trash in the area around your pit space. Also please remember to remove any tires when you depart the facility. We do not have a way of disposing of slicks (unless you make prior arrangements with John New for use with the track tire drag), tires, etc.
Prime responsibility for the safe condition and operation of a vehicle in competition rests with the vehicle owner, driver, and crewmembers. The track operator’s main concern is to provide a place to conduct events. NHRA and Firebird produce guidelines based on experience and circulate information to help perpetuate the sport. Close observation of the standards set forth in the NHRA Rulebook and Firebird Handbook is required for all participants, including owners, drivers, and crewmembers.
Participant Rainout Policy
NO REFUNDS – All vehicles are assumed to be race-ready upon purchasing a racer entry. We will not make refunds due to a weather-related event delays or cancellations due to another occurrence outside our control that halts or suspends racing.
GOLD CUP AND MAJOR EVENTS
Participant Rainout Policy for Firebird: If rain or other occurrence halts racing after the first round of eliminations for your class, points will be awarded to that point in the race. Payout will be divided among the remaining racers, and no entry fee credit will be issued to the balance of racers and crew members. The same holds true for all other points eliminators—whereby points will be awarded through the round completed. Should rain or other occurrence halt racing during a round of your class’s eliminations (i.e.-if only one pair of cars race in the second round of a class and rain hits), action will be taken as if that class’s round had not started. In a Trophy (Outlaw Street, Street Truck, Club Bracket, etc.) category, the overall winning trophy will be awarded to round-winning racer who is closest to his/her dial-in for the last completed round in competition. If rain or other occurrence halts racing any time before the completion of the first round of eliminations for your class, racers will receive a 50% credit of entry fee (valid through the end of the racing season and there will be no payout.
TEST `N TUNE EVENTS
Participant Rainout Policy for Firebird: If rain or other occurrence halts racing after a racer has had one time/test run or has been at the facility for greater than one hour, the event would be determined complete by that racer and no credit will be given. If a racer has not had one run or has not been in the facility for one hour or less, a 50% credit will be given to be used through the end of the racing season (towards the purchase of a ticket/entry).
Voluntariness; Participation Is A Privilege, Not A Right
All Participants Are Bound By The NHRA Rulebook And Firebird Handbook
- COVENANT NOT TO SUE
While the NHRA and Firebird Raceway welcome the participation of everyone, participation requires a promise and agreement by all participants to abide by all NHRA and Firebird rules, regulations and agreements, including, but not limited to, those in the NHRA Rulebook and Firebird Handbook. Without this promise and agreement, NHRA and our member track would not be able to function as a sport, and our continuing viability would be at risk. Participation in any and every aspect of NHRA and Firebird drag racing is a privilege, not a right.
- PARTICIPANT CONDUCT
Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and non-disruptive manner consistent with good sportsmanship. The NHRA and Firebird take great pride in offering family-orientated sporting events, suitable for everyone to attend and enjoy. Any participant who, in the sole and absolute judgment of NHRA and Firebird Raceway (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 and Firebird Raceway rule, regulation or agreement, shall have violated this rule regarding participant conduct.
- PARTICIPANT COVENANTS AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE
Each participant expressly agrees to abide by all the NHRA and Firebird Raceway rules, regulations and agreements, including but not limited to those contained in the NHRA Rulebook and Firebird Handbook, and by NHRA and Firebird Raceway decisions, whether or not related to an event. Not withstanding any other provision of this Handbook/NHRA Rulebook, by participating in, and in consideration for being allowed to participate in NHRA and Firebird Raceway drag racing, and in consideration of receiving any of the numerous benefits available to participants, each participant understands, acknowledges and agrees that:
- Participation in any and every aspect of NHRA and Firebird Raceway drag racing is a privilege, not a right.
- The participant voluntarily chooses to participate in accordance with all NHRA and Firebird Raceway rules, regulations and agreements, including but not limited to those contained in the NHRA Rulebook and Firebird Raceway Handbook, and by NHRA and Firebird Raceway decisions, whether or not related to an event.
- When any participant submits an entry for competition in an event, and the entry is accepted, the participant is obligated to compete in the event in good faith to the best of the participant’s ability unless prevented from so doing by matters beyond the participant’s control. Upon entering a Firebird Raceway event for the first time, a racer, crew, etc. should secure a current year Handbook that outlines the conditions set herein.
- At any Firebird event, the participant is bound by and shall abide by the decisions of the Event Director, the Event Director’s designee(s), and Officials, which are final unless expressly set forth to the contrary herein.
- All decisions made by the NHRA and Firebird Raceway, including but not limited to those made during or incident to an event, are final and may not be appealed except as expressly subject to review herein, and such decisions may not be made the basis of a lawsuit. The participant further agrees to release and waive from liability and not to bring any action against NHRA and Firebird Raceway (owners), the Event Director, the Event Director’s designee(s), any Official, event and track sponsors, for any loss, damage, or injury, including without limitation economic loss or damages, caused by any decision, erroneous or otherwise, including without limitation decisions based on malfunctioning electronic or mechanical equipment, and all whether due to negligence or otherwise.
- NHRA and Firebird Raceway, employees, agents or representatives have no liability to the participant, participant’s personal representatives, assigns, heirs, and next of kin for any and all loss or damage and any and all claims or demands of any nature whatsoever including without limitation loss or damage to any property of the participant or property of others entrusted to the participant, whether caused by the negligence of any Release or otherwise.
- The participant will not initiate or maintain, directly or indirectly, in any kind of civil court lawsuit related to any NHRA and Firebird Raceway rule, regulation, agreement or decision, which lawsuit NHRA and Firebird Raceway determines to be conduct detrimental to NHRA and Firebird Raceway or the entire sport of drag racing; included, but are not limited to: the threat posed to maintaining the ability to conduct events and racing activities; the threat posed to the continued viability of the sport of drag racing; disruption to the orderly conduct of the sport of drag racing; damage to NHRA and Firebird Raceway’s business and reputation; loss of sponsorship opportunities; disruptions in sponsor relationships; damage to goodwill with vendors, sponsors, customers and members; damage to racing competition; adverse effects upon the insurability of the sport of drag racing, and other damage to NHRA and Firebird Raceway or the sport of drag racing.
- In order to preserve the sport of drag racing, and to preserve NHRA and Firebird Raceway’s ability to function and exist as a sanctioning body and drag racing facility, NHRA and Firebird Raceway must and does rely on the foregoing covenant not to sue.
- NHRA and Firebird Raceway would be severely damaged by breach of the covenant not to sue set forth herein.
- Taking into account the many circumstances affecting the sport of drag racing, and factors that cannot be foreseen and accurately predicted by the NHRA and Firebird Raceway and each participant, actual damages to NHRA and Firebird Raceway resulting from breach of the covenant not to sue would be impracticable and extremely difficult to determine.
- In the event of any breach of this covenant outlined above not to sue; unless the participant prevails in the participant’s lawsuit, the participant:
— May be subject to permanent or temporary suspension or exclusion from all NHRA and Firebird Raceway events; and
— Must pay all of NHRA and Firebird Raceway’s attorneys’ fees and costs related to the lawsuit, including but not limited to fees and costs for in-house counsel (payment must be made before participation, if eligible, in any NHRA and Firebird Raceway event); and
— Must pay any fine assessed by NHRA and Firebird Raceway, up to $250,000 (payment must be made before participation, if eligible, in any NHRA and Firebird Raceway event).
- RULE BOOK DISCLAIMER
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events. And by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, crew member, spectator or official.
The Race Master shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the Officials. Their decision is final. Furthermore, the sale of competing lines of food, beverage, wearables and/or die-cast collectibles are strictly prohibited and may not be placed “for sale or trade in a commercial fashion” at Firebird Raceway. No solicitation, whether business or personal of items “for sale” or “distribution” at Firebird unless you have authorized permission prior to an event from the management of the Raceway and a current Idaho Sales Tax Form is 124 turned in. In addition, Firebird reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
The management of FIREBIRD RACEWAY
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
As a licensed facility, Firebird comes under two Idaho Code Laws (#23-1023 & #23-1056) that pertain to everyone. If you bring booze into the track—YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW. Liquor Law Agents do inspect our facility, so, if caught—you will be arrested. Not unlike Idaho Tobacco Laws, the set-up is called a sting…don’t get stung.
- ATTENTION SMOKERS
For those who smoke, help Firebird out and dispose of cigarettes or cigars properly. Butts laying on the grounds or asphalt looks bad. Do your part to keep the track clean…we do.
- TRACK INFORMATION
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.