HOW AmericanDRAGCAR RUNS
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!
is essentially bracket racing without the breakout.
* Affordable, all out, no breakout,
first one there wins, drag racing.
don't need to know all of the rules that go into AmericanDRAGCAR
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
Policy and Rules
is open to all vehicles which pass the safety inspection. All
non-qualifiers and first round losers of DragStar/DragCar
may compete in TopComp
Eliminator and this category may be run
exclusively in instances where car counts fail to produce competitive qualified DragStar/DragCar
6.00 to 12.00 Quarter Mile (4.00 to 8.00 Eighth Mile)
STARTING SYSTEM: 4 Tenths Pro Tree.
COURTESY STAGING: Not enforced.
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.
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
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.
LADDERING: Racers 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.
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.
are established by rounding each racer's best qualifying performance in 5
INDEX OPTION: TopComp
racers may opt to have their Adjusted Index lowered by any amount in 5
hundredths increments (.05, .10, .15, etc.) prior to starting eliminations.
RE-INDEX OPTION: TopComp
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.
Racers who win their rounds while running sufficiently under-index will be Re-Indexed
for their subsequent elimination rounds in accordance with the
run-under penalty re-indexing tables.
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
COMPETITION GUARANTEE POLICY:
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
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.
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
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.