GENERAL RULES

DRIVER REQUIREMENTS
•Racers must possess a government-issued, current, valid driver’s license.
•All drivers must sign a liability waiver and photo release during registration.
•If the driver is not the car owner, the driver must have all required documents (as stated below) and must attest as stated in the waiver that they have the car owner’s permission to be in possession of and to race the vehicle.
•Racers must be at least 16 years of age to race. If racers are at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age. Their custodial parent, or legal guardian, must be in attendance with them during onsite tech and registration, as well as for the duration of Drop the Hammer. Both the custodial parent and child will be required to appear in person during tech and registration in order to sign the releases and waivers onsite.
•Any racer intending to run elapsed times and speeds that require an NHRA or IHRA license, per the guidelines in the NHRA or IHRA rule book, must be qualified and must have obtained the required license by the sanctioning body prior to undergoing tech at Drop the Hammer.
CONDUCT
•Any participant found under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is subject to immediate disqualification and removal from the event, as well as the potential for being banned from future events.
•Unsportsmanlike conduct or actions to be unsafe as deemed by the Race Director or other event official may result in disqualification or removal from the event, as well as the potential for being banned from future events.
SIGN-IN AND TECH DAY FOR PRE-REGISTERED ENTRIES
•Competitors are required to sign in and get in the tech inspection line before 10:30 am local time on registration day. This is a firm cutoff time.
•Reminder: registrations are not transferrable or refundable, so you cannot take another person’s entry and use it for yourself.
•During registration and tech, you must have the vehicle registration and proof of insurance for the car that will be racing. All documents must be current and in good standing. No exceptions. •Each entrant must declare the names of up to three passengers in the car, and they will be wristbanded. The registered driver and passengers must ride in their registered vehicle during the Drop the Hammer road trip.
•Each vehicle may only compete in one class. You must state your intended class when registering, and class changes are not allowed after the first day of racing.
•The registration day will include tech inspection for NHRA/IHRA safety and licensing rules and for compliance with Drop the Hammer class rules.

DXrop the Hammer 2024*

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May

DAY 1 DRIVER MEETING AND PIT INSTRUCTIONS
•There will be a mandatory driver/passenger meeting held before racing begins. Drop the Hammer competition begins at the close of the meeting.
•The track will have a space where trucks and trailers may be left behind during Drop the Hammer competition. Competitors must secure their trucks and trailers there within 30 minutes of the end of the drivers’ meeting.
•Access to the truck-and-trailer area will not be available until after the close of Drop the Hammer racing, with the exception of racers who have forfeited the competition and need to pick up their rigs during normal business hours.
DAILY RACE PROCEDURES
•Competitors may be safety teched at the discretion of each dragstrip before running. All drivers must be present.
•The daily racing hours will be announced at the drivers’ meeting, and schedule adjustments may be made pending unforeseen circumstances.
•Dragstrip sessions will be divided into four run groups, one for the cars 6.39 and faster, one for 6.40 and slower. There will be one session for each group, followed by an all-run session. Times and details will be announced at the drivers’ meeting and may change day to day depending on conditions.
•Competitors will be allowed to make as many passes as possible each day on a first-come, first-served basis until the Race Director announces that the staging lanes are closed. When the lanes are closed, the cars already in lanes at that time will be allowed to run.
•Cars are required to complete or forfeit their dragstrip passes within five minutes of being called into the burnout box by the Race Director. Cars exceeding this time limit after lanes are closed will not be allowed to run again that day.
•In case of time or weather delays, the number of passes for each competitor may be limited at the discretion of the Race Director.
•Every competitor must complete each track day within the times specified by the Race Director in order to remain in competition. To complete a track day, a competitor’s car must stage under its own power and take the green light. Entries that take the green but are unable to complete a full dragstrip pass will be given an e.t. of 20 seconds for the day.
•If a competitor misses a track day and is out of the running, he or she may be able to make exhibition runs during the remaining days of Drop the Hammer, if time allows, and at the Race Director’s discretion.
•Drop the Hammer uses a 0.400 Pro tree.
•Time slips require a reaction time of 1.000 or less to be handed in without adjustment. Time slips with a reaction time over 1.000 may be handed in, with the amount over 1.000 to be added to the e.t. reaction time adjustments may not be used to hand in a slip with an e.t. under a tech limit, ie: a 1.100 reaction cannot make an 8.40 an 8.50 if you are only teched to 8.50. At the Race Director’s discretion, a time slip with a reaction time greater than 1.000 may be handed in without adjustment if there are extenuating circumstances, such as an issue with the Christmas tree or an opponent.
•It is the competitors’ responsibility to hand in their time slips to the specified Drop the Hammer staffer each day before leaving the track. Once a slip is handed in, no other time slip will be honored that day. The e.t. and mph on the time slip may not be quicker or faster than the car’s tech speed.
•If an entrant needs to drop out of competition at the drag strip, he or she is requested to notify the staff that is collecting time slips.
THE ROUTE, THE CHECKPOINTS
•The on-road drive is part of the Drop the HAmmer competition; following the specified route is mandatory. Traffic, potholes, road construction, gravel, and winding roads should be expected. •In the event that a day of racing is rained out, competitors are still required to drive the entire route and must check in during the specified hours at the dragstrip in order to remain in competition and to receive information about the schedule and driving directions to the next track.
•Each day’s drive has at least one mandatory checkpoint. Each entrant is required to carry a smart phone with social media access that must be used to photograph the car at each checkpoint and post the picture to social media with the required #s for that checkpoint. Each competitor’s social media will be checked each day as time slips are handed in to verify that participants have passed through all the required checkpoints.
PROTESTS
•Protesting another racer requires detailing the rule infraction in writing, submitting a $100 fee, and supplying any evidence, including photos or video. If the protest is upheld or negated by forfeiture, the $100 is returned. If the protest is not upheld, the $100 goes to the racer being protested.
•All protests are decided on by the Race Director, and the decision is final. The Race Director may apply, or not apply, rules at their discretion.
FINALS RAINOUT CONTINGENCY
•In the event the finals are rained out, Drop the Hammer winners will be determined by the competition results ending the prior day.
WORKING ON COMPETITION VEHICLES
•Drop the Hammer competitors may borrow or buy parts, tools, supplies, or fuel from each other and may help each other with manpower only on an impromptu basis.
•Vehicles entered with the obvious intent of supporting another competitor with parts, tools, supplies, fuel, or manpower subject both entries to disqualification at the Race Director’s discretion. It is not our intent to keep friends from helping friends but to prevent entries from acting as support vehicles for other competitors.
•If an entry receives regular, daily assistance from any person who is not a registered passenger in that entry’s car, that person is considered illegal support.
•If an entry uses parts, tools, supplies, or fuel from another competitor or another non-competition vehicle on a daily basis, that is considered illegal support.
•Helpers may not lead or follow in separate vehicles.
•Ordering parts and having them delivered during Drop the Hammer to fix unforeseen problems is allowed.
NO TRAILERS, NO SUPPORT VEHICLES
•Vehicles in competition may not be led or followed at any distance by support vehicles of any kind. A support vehicle is one used to supply, or with the intent of supplying, any rescue efforts or to carry anything for a competitor, including luggage, tools, fuel, repair parts or spares, and helpers or crew. Support vehicles towing just-in-case trailers are not allowed.
•Racers may not be followed by motorhomes for overnight accommodations.
•All vehicles must be driven under their own power during the entire Drop the Hammer competition and may not be towed, trailered, pushed, or hauled at any time. The exception is in the event of an emergency Exceptions will be made for a road emergency in which a vehicle needs to be removed from the roadway or other dangerous situation, in which case assistance may be used to move the car a short distance to a safe area, for example, to the next highway exit. Exceptions will also be made for impromptu towing from the end of the track, such as if a car cannot re-fire. Consistent tows may result in disqualification.
•A Drop the Hammer phone number will be supplied to participants. If an entrant wishes to forfeit the competition by loading the vehicle on a trailer or otherwise enlisting an illegal support vehicle, the number must be called to immediately notify the staff of the forfeiture.
•Violation of the support-vehicle and crew rules is cause for immediate disqualification at the Race Director’s discretion.
TRAILERS AND CARGO ON COMPETITION VEHICLES
•Each competition vehicle may tow a single-axle cargo trailer to carry tools, supplies, and spare parts.
•Trailers may not contain any components that contribute to cooling, charging, oiling, or fueling the competition vehicle while the trailer is being towed.
VEHICLE RULES FOR ALL CLASSES
•The event is open to four-wheel vehicles of any year, make, or model, except where limited by individual class rules. Motorcycle-based vehicles are not allowed.
•All entries must have current and legal vehicle registration and insurance with paperwork that matches the VIN and license plate on the car. No dealer or manufacturer plates are allowed. •No rental cars allowed.
•Vehicles in competition must have functional headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, horn, and a rear view mirror. Headlights must be of OE-type design.
•Equipment rules apply to both the street and track portions of the event.
•All vehicles with an e.t. of 6.39 or less should have a fluid containment system (either a diaper or fluid containment pan) while on the race track.
•All tire rules apply only on the drag strip and not for the street drive.
•All entries are required to use purpose-built drag-race drive tires on the track, including slicks, DOT-approved slicks (examples: Mickey Thompson ET Street R, Hoosier Quick Time D.O.T), or drag radials (examples: Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial S/S or Pro, Hoosier D.O.T Drag Radial, BFG Drag Radial, Nitto NT05R). Conventional treaded street tires will only be able to run during the all run session.
•All vehicles must meet NHRA safety rules for the e.t. and speed they are capable of, and drivers must be IHRA or NHRA licensed if required. Drop the Hammer officials will not accept time slips that are quicker or faster than the car or driver’s teched legal e.t. and mph. Running quicker than the safety equipment or driver’s race license allows is cause for disqualification at the discretion of the Race Director.
•Swapping engines so that one is used for the dragstrip and another for the on-road drives is not allowed. One long-block short-block is to be used for the entire competition, barring the need for impromptu repairs.
•Beam breakers are not allowed. Beam breakers are defined as protrusions from the front of the vehicle that extend past the profile silhouette of the body.
•Vehicles in all classes may use any fuel provided the car and the driver have the required safety equipment required by the NHRA for that fuel type.
•It is the responsibility of the racer to know and comply with the rules; passing tech inspection does not constitute a right to remain in competition if rules violations are discovered later. •Vehicles with rule variations may be classified at the Race Director’s discretion.
•Entries that are disqualified from competition are not eligible for a refund of registration fees.

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