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TopComp Eliminator

AmericanDRAGCAR 's TopComp Eliminator  is a "run what ya' brung" program where racers compete in a Comp Eliminator styled non-breakout ET "bracket" race format.

Electronics (Box) and Non-Electronics (No-Box) racers are combined into one eliminator with the Pro tree being utilized as the field equalizer.

After qualifying in an "all run" field, racers are assigned Adjusted Indexes which are based solely off of their actual qualifying performances and rounded off in 5 hundredth intervals, .05, .10, .15, etc.

Example: Qualifying between 11.520 and 11.569 with will typically set a racer's adjusted index at 11.55 while allowing for lowered indexes to be opted for prior to the start of eliminations.

Racers are generally permitted to run .03 under their initial adjusted index without suffering any penalty but lose this "cushion" after incurring their first run-under re-indexing penalty during eliminations.

Note: Racers carrying onboard nitrous oxide and/or some types of programmable engine control systems are handicapped slightly differently and are afforded a reduced under-index allowance.

"Sandbagging" is kept to a minimum through points and re-indexing penalties which progressively worsen as racers run further under their initial (1st round) adjusted index.  There are also hard disqualification barriers for racers running .151 or more under-index during eliminations.  "Sandbagging" is not tolerated and racers are subject to being banned if it is determined that they are practicing this technique to gain an advantage.

Racers are also afforded the option of choosing from five race fee/payout level options and earn points at the same scale regardless of what race fee level they choose when they enter races.  Season end points bonuses all payout at the same rate regardless of the racers chosen race fees throughout the season.  Season End Bonus Payouts are based on finishing position, points total, and number of events run so more points earned means more money and the more races run, the more money earned for your points.  It's all about showing the appreciation deserved by the hardcore drag racers!

        AmericanDRAGCAR 's TopComp Eliminator  is essentially bracket racing without the breakout.
       
TopComp Eliminator  handicaps racers using an Adjusted Index which is established by their actual qualifying performances and is completely independent of the DragCar Eliminator  Formulated Index.

TopComp Eliminator  Features

*  Affordable, all out, no breakout, first one there wins, drag racing.
Open to all vehicle types with widely varying performance capabilities.
Fair Competition Guarantee.

TopComp Eliminator  Basics

        Racers don't need to know all of the rules that go into  AmericanDRAGCAR 's TopComp Eliminator  to successfully compete.  Just run honest and all out, and let the program work for you.  The rules are solely designed to eliminate the benefit of "sandbagging" and to allow for honest all out drag racing excitement for the racer and fan alike.  This is the only program of it's kind anywhere.

TopComp Eliminator  Policy and Rules

CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY:  TopComp Eliminator  is open to all vehicles which pass the safety inspection.  All non-qualifiers and first round losers of DragStar/DragCar Eliminators  may compete in TopComp Eliminator  and this category may be run exclusively in instances where car counts fail to produce competitive qualified DragStar/DragCar Eliminators  fields.

PERFORMANCE WINDOW:  6.00 to 12.00 Quarter Mile (4.00 to 8.00 Eighth Mile)

STARTING SYSTEM:  4 Tenths Pro Tree.

CROSS-TALK:  Off.

DEEP STAGING:  Permitted.

COURTESY STAGING:  Not enforced.

ELECTRONICS: Permitted.

PERFORMANCE AIDING DEVICES: Vehicles having on board acceleration control systems and/or nitrous oxide shall be indexed as per “PAD” standards.  An example of this type of an acceleration control system is the MSD Power Grid ignition control unit utilizing the “Slew Rate” programmable rpm control module part #7761.  There will be no debating whether or not these systems are being employed in their full function, if these units are in or on the vehicle, then the vehicle is to be considered to be utilizing the component and therefore indexed accordingly.

QUALIFYING:  Qualifying runs shall be made in all out, full throttle fashion.  Racers not adhering to this request will be subject to post qualifying race ejection or disqualification.

Qualifying OrderQualifying order will be in the order of racers' qualifying times from quickest to slowest.  Ties will be awarded to those having the larger performance product.
NOTE:  Qualifying order is not relevant to ladder position in TopComp Eliminator.

QUESTIONABLE PERFORMANCES:  Questionable qualifying and race performances are evaluated in the AmericanDRAGCAR  speed graph performance analyzing program that is used to determine the extent as to how much a racer may have been holding when qualifying in less than an all-out fashion.

Racers deemed to be “holding” whether by intent or opportunity during an event are subject to a manually reset adjusted index, race ejection, or guild suspension.

Racers found to be exhibiting “sandbagging” characteristics during post race analysis shall be notified and placed on a probationary status for subsequent events.

QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE VERIFICATION:  Racers are encouraged to bring their time slips to the AmericanDRAGCAR  operations trailer directly following each qualifying round if they are concerned that there may be incorrectly recorded performances.

LADDERINGRacers will be laddered onto a Sportsman ladder for 1st round of eliminations using each racer's best qualifying reaction time to establish their ladder positions.

1st Round Bye RunIn odd numbered fields, the 1st round bye-run will be awarded to the racers having posted the best qualifying reaction time.

ELIMINATIONSTopComp Eliminator  eliminations are run on a handicapped start based off of the Adjusted Indexes with the first racer to cross the finish line being the winner regardless of elapsed time in most cases.

ADJUSTED INDEXES:  TopComp Eliminator  Adjusted Indexes are established by rounding each racer's best qualifying performance in 5 hundredth increments. 

"Standard Adjusted Index" racers will have their qualifying ET's rounded up by .01 to the nearest 5 hundredths for their Adjusted Index.
Example:
  10.020 through 10.069 rounds to a 10.05 adjusted index.

"PAD Adjusted Index" racers will have their qualifying ET's rounded down by .01 to the nearest 5 hundredths for their Adjusted Index.
Example:
  10.040 through 10.089 rounds to a 10.05 adjusted index.

PRE-RACE INDEX OPTIONTopComp Eliminator  racers may opt to have their Adjusted Index lowered by any amount in 5 hundredths increments (.05, .10, .15, etc.) prior to starting eliminations.

ONE-TIME RE-INDEX OPTIONTopComp Eliminator  racers may opt to lower their Adjusted Index by any amount in 5 hundredths increments (.05, .10, .15, etc.) at any time during elimination rounds.  This may only be done one time during the course of eliminations.
NOTE:
   Once a racer has opted to have their TopComp Eliminator  adjusted index lowered, it may not be raised for any reason outside of correcting a clerical error.

RUN-UNDER RE-INDEXING PENALTY:  Racers who win their rounds while running sufficiently under-index will be Re-Indexed for their subsequent elimination rounds in accordance with the TopComp Eliminator  run-under penalty re-indexing tables.

Bye/Single Run Exemption:  Any racer choosing to run out their bye-run or competition single may do so without any threat of being penalized for an under-index performance.  Racers who do run under-index on their single pass shall be re-indexed in the same manner as a qualifying run with no penalties being levied.

Red Light Win Exemption:  Racers winning their round by red light but running sufficiently under index shall be re-indexed in the same manner as a qualifying run with no penalties being levied.

Run-Under Points PenaltyExcept in cases of single runs and red light wins, a racer winning a round while running under their index in an amount which warrants Re-Indexing for the following round will also forfeit the round points to the eliminated opponent.

Dual Run-Unders:  In cases where both racers run under-index sufficiently to incur a Run-Under penalty, the round winner will be the racer who crossed the finish line 1st and the round points will go to the defeated racer.

Final Round Run-Under PenaltiesIn addition to the round points penalty for racers winning their Final Round races while running under their index sufficiently to incur a Run-Under penalty, race winning Final Round Run-Unders which would normally be subject to Re-Indexing will initiate a 50/50 split of the Winner/Runner-Up purse between the finalists and award the race win points to the runner-up (Judicator) finisher as well.

UNDER-BARRIER DISQUALIFICATION:  Racers who run in excess of 15 hundredths (-.15) under their first round Adjusted Indexes at any point during the race will be subject to an Under-Barrier disqualification.
NOTE: Atmospheric conditions and total field run-under average will be taken into account before the final decision of any disqualification will be made.

Bye/Single Run Exemption:  Any racer choosing to run out their bye-run or competition single may do so without any threat of being penalized for an under-barrier performance.  Racers who do run under-barrier on their single pass shall be re-indexed in the same manner as a qualifying run with their under-index barrier being reset to their new index.

Red Light Win Exemption:  Racers winning their round by red light but running under barrier shall be re-indexed in the same manner as a qualifying run with their under-index barrier being reset to their new index.

Probationary Status:  Racers who have incurred an Under-Barrier Disqualification will remain on probationary status for a 12 month period and a 2nd offense will subject the racer to a total points stripping in addition to a possible ban from subsequent guild events for a period of time to be determined pursuant to the offense.

Dual Under-Barrier Runs:  In cases where both racers run Under-Barrier (-.15) as to be subject to Under-Barrier disqualifications, both racers will be disqualified and no round points will be awarded.  

Dual Under-Barrier Final:  If a dual Under-Barrier race is encountered in a final round, both racers will be awarded runner-up status and runner-up pay accordingly as per each racer's race fee.

FAIR COMPETITION GUARANTEE POLICYAny racer having been defeated  solely due to another racer's under index performance where having  made a perfect run would theoretically still have lost the race will receive the Fair Competition Free Race Entry certificate for a future race.  

SINGLE-RUN REQUIREMENTSRacers having been awarded bye-runs or competition singles where their opponent has failed to make the call to the lanes are not required to make the run or break the beams but must be present in the staging lanes with their vehicle in race ready condition having no work being performed on it during the running of their Eliminator.  Racers failing to meet this requirement will be subject to a missed round disqualification.

RE-RUN REQUESTSRe-runs at the request of the racer shall only be granted in instances where both competitors involved agree and are both present to make the request to the race director.

Re-Run Indexes:  In re-run situations where either or both racer(s) had run under-index on the initial run, said racer(s) shall be Re-Indexed without penalty for the re-run.

TopComp Eliminator
 Run-Under Penalty
Re-Indexing Table
(Standard Adjusted Index)

Penalty
Stage
Under
Run
Amount
Re-
Index
Amount
  Penalty
Stage
Under
Run
Amount
Re-
Index
Amount
1 .001-.030 -.00   6 .111-.130 -.25
2 .031-.050 -.05   7 .131-.150 -.30
3 .051-.070 -.10   8 .151-.170 DQ
4 .071-.090 -.15   9 .171-.190 DQ
5 .091-.110 -.20   10 .191-.200 DQ

TopComp Eliminator
Run-Under Penalty
Re-Indexing Table
(PAD Adjusted Index)

Penalty
Stage
Under
Run
Amount
Re-
Index
Amount
  Penalty
Stage
Under
Run
Amount
Re-
Index
Amount
1 .001-.010 -.00   6 .091-.110 -.25
2 .011-.030 -.05   7 .111-.130 -.30
3 .031-.050 -.10   8 .131-.150 -.35
4 .051-.070 -.15   9 .151-.170 DQ
5 .071-.090 -.20   10 .171-.190 DQ

NOTE:  All Re-Indexing run-under calculations are based off of 1st round Adjusted Indexes regardless of the number of index re-adjustments. This means that running under a 5 hundredths re-adjusted index by 3 hundredths will be calculated as an 8 hundredths run-under.

NOTE:  Once a Re-Indexing run-under penalty has been assessed for a  racer, the 3 hundredths/1 hundredth cushion is lost and subsequent run-under penalties are assessed immediately upon running under the re-adjusted index.  Run-under cushions may be restored when opting for the one-time re-indexing or when being re-indexed from a single run or red light win.  

 

 

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