you racers in the Southwest, here's info submitted from
Tucson Dragway (www.tucsondragway.com)
about its 2017 bracket series. I always like seeing how
different tracks run their bracket points programs.
are very excited to start the 2017 Team Tucson Race Season!
We know Arizona has some of the best racers in the country
and look forward to spending quality racing and time with
family and friends. Thank you for your support and efforts
to make Tucson Dragway your home track! There have been
a lot of changes to Tucson Dragway in the past year. We
welcome and encourage your input to build a strong drag
racing community for years to come! We are a family friendly
race track that goes above and beyond for customer comfort
and satisfaction. Our goal is to provide the absolute best
racing surface and facility for our racers.
will notice our weekend events include two separate days
of racing including a Friday night Gambler Race. This
will cut down on traveling costs for our out of town guests.
A best seven out of nine race series allows for more schedule
the 2017 Race Season Team Tucson Racers will be competing
for Gold Cards, which are good for any 2018 event that
Tucson Dragway promotes, exceptions would be track rentals
and any other outside promoted events; along with the
Gold Card the Track Champion in each class will receive
a Champions Jacket and Trophy. Silver Cards for the Runner
Up in each class, which will let you run in the Team Races
for 2018. Third Place will receive a Bronze Card, which
is good for entry into any Tucson Dragway Test and Tune
for the 2018 Season. As an added bonus, to show our appreciation
for your support, the champions in ALL 4 classes will
receive a 2017 Hangover Nationals Entry!
Tucson 2017 Season Dates
Team Race #1 - February 4th - Gates Open at 8am and Track
Hot at 10am
Team Race #2 - February 5th - Gates Open at 8am and Track
Hot at 10am
Team Race #3 - March 11th - Gates Open at 8am and Track
Hot at 10am
Team Race #4 - March 12th - Gates Open at 2pm and Track
Hot at 4pm
Team Race #5 - April 1st - Gates Open at 2pm and Track
Hot at 4pm
Team Race #6 - April 2nd - Gates Open at 2pm and Track
Hot at 4pm
Team Race #7 - June 17th - Gates Open at 2pm and Track
Hot at 4pm
Team Race #8 - August 26th - Gates Open at 2pm and Track
Hot at 4pm
Team Race #9 - September 23rd - Gates Open at 2pm and
Track Hot at 4pm
Tucson 2017 Season Rules
Series: This is a nine (9) race series; we will
count your best seven (7) races for points. You must run
in at least six (6) Summit Series Races in order to qualify
for the NHRA Summit Race Of Champions at the ET Finals.
At the ET Finals you can also qualify for a chance at
big prize money, A Wally and Gold Card at the World ET
Finals in Pomona. The ET Finals winner of each Saturday
Classes race will be invited to race as well.
Rule: If your race vehicle breaks during qualifying
only please contact your Team Captain ASAP, you may tech
and enter another vehicle as long as that vehicle is not
already in competition. You must dial an ET within your
class. If no alternate vehicle is available you may request
a refund of the entry fee. Any gate, crew and spectator
fees are nonrefundable. Show up and/or qualifying points
will also be forfeited as well.
When you sign up for the series, you must choose and designate
a class or classes to earn your points. If you wish to
change your class during the series, you will lose your
round points and qualifying points for that class. You
will only keep your show up points and transfer them into
the new class you are joining.
School Class: The High School Class will run
with the Sportsman (Street) class during the 2017 series
but must stay within the NHRA Summit ET High School Rules.
Please refer to the NHRA Rule Book for all class rules.
As a high school participant your points will be kept
separate as to determine our high school track champion.
At the ET Finals, the High School class can run in sportsman
on Saturday, however, on Sunday it will be its own class
(Top Five). Minors that are 16 & 17 years of age must
be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign a
wavier of release at the first event. An NHRA minor drivers
card will be issued to the driver for future events.
Points will be tallied throughout the year for
a final year end points champion in each class. In the
event of a tie (1st tiebreaker) the racer with the most
rounds won. (2nd tiebreaker) the racer with the most wins.
(3rd tiebreaker) the racer with the most runner-up finishes.
(4th tiebreaker) The racer with the most head to head
You must stay within your index for the class that you
signed up for. If you DIAL out of your class index at
any time during eliminations and win, you will be disqualified
and your competitor will be reinstated. Each competitor
will be responsible for checking the "Dial In Boards"
and scoreboards for his/her dial in. If your "dial
in" on the board is not correct, DO NOT STAGE your
vehicle. Get the starter's attention to make the necessary
corrections. Once you stage, you have accepted the dial
in for that round. Win or lose, the run will stand.
Lanes: Once in the staging lanes, lane changing
or swapping is not permitted. When you are at the ready
line area and your dial-in has been called to the tower,
the two vehicles are now set as a pair.
For The Money: An optional run for the money
will be conducted during the second time run, optional
meaning you can participate in the time run without paying
the $20 lane fee but you will not be eligible for the
prize money. If you choose not to participate, DO NOT
PUT A DIAL ON YOUR CAR; treat it as a time run only. However,
you will be eligible for the first round bye if you happen
to have the best reaction time whether you pay or not.
The run for the money winner is the racer who is closest
to their dial in without breaking out, reaction time is
the tiebreaker and if there is still a tie the racer who
did it first is the winner. CROSSTALK WILL BE USED IN
SUPER PRO RFTM if preferred, place “N” after
dial if you do not want it.
Runs: First round bye run will be determined
by the racer with the best reaction time during all qualifying
runs. Second round bye run will be determined on a ladder
by the racer who has the best reaction time from the previous
round. If there are multiple racers who cut a perfect
light the one who got the perfect light first will get
the bye. The Potential Bye will be pulled to the side
to see if there is an uneven number of cars.
Talk: Super Pro (box, electronic) class only.
If you do not want Cross Talk please put an “N”
for NO behind your dial. Otherwise cross talk will be
In the event of a re-run, both competitors will
stay in the same lane as the previous run. dial ins me
Staging: Is not required but recommended.
Staging: Vehicles must be marked on all four
sides with DEEP on their windows. The starter will not
wait or hold up your competitor for a deep staging process.
It is marked as a courtesy to the starter and your competitor.
If you deep stage without "DEEP" on your window
the starter has full discretion and the final call whether
to back you out to re-stage or you will be disqualified
for a staging infraction.
One functional, operating taillight is mandatory
after sunset from starting line to finish line during
a pass. A burned out bulb is not functional or operating.
This rule is for safety and will be strictly enforced.
The use of LED bulbs or lights is highly recommended.
Flashing, blinking or strobe lights are prohibited.
Fundraiser Money: Throughout the season, all
team fundraising money will be used for the ET final team
expenses, apparel, travel money, food and beverage, etc.
Please support your team! We are open to any fund raising
ideas as well.
Tucson Guaranteed Payouts!
Semi's: $150 (32+ Entries)
Quarter's: $70 (40+ Entries)
Semi's: $100 (32+ Entries)
Quarter's: $50 (40+ Entries)
Semi's: $40 (40+ Entries)
Semi's: $40 (40+ Entries)
Fees for your 2017 Team Tucson
Crew Wristband: $15.00
Kids 12 & Under are Free
Pro: $80 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 7.00 to 12.25
Pro: $60 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 9.00 to
Sportsman: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile:
12.00 to 20.25
High School: $40 - Index
for 1/4 Mile: 12.00 to 20.25
Motorcycle: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile:
7.50 to 16.25
JR Dragster: $30 - Index: (age appropriate
for 1/8 Mile)
Membership and Car Number: For the points series
you must have an NHRA ET number for your race vehicle
in order to earn points in your class. If you do not have
a permanent ET number, a temporary one can be issued to
you when you sign up. If you qualify for the ET Finals
and want to practice you will need to purchase a permanent
NHRA “ET” Number and NHRA Membership prior
to participating at the Summit ET Finals at NHRA online
at nhra.com. (The High School Class will get theirs from
Membership Fee: The cost to be a Team Tucson
Dragway Member for the 2017 season will be $40.00 (Cash
or Check made payable to Team Tucson Dragway). When you
sign up you will receive one Team Tucson Dragway T-Shirt
and the right to earn points during the series for a chance
to be the 2017 Track Champion and a chance to Race in
The ET Finals!
System: Please Keep Track of your points! We
will "Keep Score" and post the points standings
periodically on Facebook and emails . Please discuss any
discrepancies with team captain, Tom Payton.
Points for Show Up and Tech of your Race Vehicle.
100 Points for Each Round Win.
will be two throw out races in which you will keep your
show up points and throw out your two lowest scoring performances.
Points: Qualifying Points will be awarded in each class
for the 10 best reaction times during the 2 time runs
( #1 will get 10 points, #2 will get 9 points, etc.) Please
only run when your class is called. If you run out of
your class, or make an additional run during qualifying,
your qualifying points will be forfeited. Running in order
will help expedite the program as well as maintain accurate
qualifying points and eliminations ladder. Please run
in your class only at all times when called to the lanes.
is a best seven (7) races out of a nine (9) race series**
Night Gambler Series Details
February 3rd - Gambler starts approximately at 8:00pm
March 10th - Gambler starts approximately at 8:00pm
March 31st - Gambler starts approximately at 8:00pm
May 19th - Gambler starts approximately at 8:00pm
June 16th - Gambler starts approximately at 8:00pm
September 22nd - Gambler starts approximately at 8:00pm
you would like to enter the Gambler Points Series there
is a one time fee of $25. Since we are trying this Gambler
Points Series for the first time the End of The Year Prizes
will be determined once we see the response from you the
racers. We know for sure the Winner of the Gambler Points
Series at the end of the season will receive an entry
in The Hangover Nationals.
Cash in the Lanes, 70% Winner & 30% Runner-Up, Buybacks
Structure: 50 points for show and tech of vehicle. 100
Points for each round win.
Round Buy Backs in the lanes for $20, Buy Back Participants
will enter directly into second round.
will be tallied throughout the year for a final year end
points champion in each class. In the event of a tie (1st
tiebreaker) the racer with the most rounds won. (2nd tiebreaker)
the racer with the most wins. (3rd tiebreaker) the racer
with the most runner-up finishes. (4th tiebreaker) The
racer with the most head to head wins.
is an ALL RUN class, therefore Crosstalk will not be used.
pairing throughout eliminations.
round bye (If applicable) will be random number called
from the tower, all additional byes will be best reaction
from previous round, byes do NOT carry over.
NHRA rules apply per speed and ET Requirements.
required to be turned on and functioning when track lights
staging will not be required, but recommended."