Jr. Dragster Rules

2023 Rules
As of August 23, 2023


It is the responsibility of participants, not NHRA or any Coles County Dragway USA track representative
to ensure that all safety equipment is approved and is correctly installed, worn, maintained and used. 



1)  All NHRA Jr. rules apply and are the minimum for competition and safety standards. We will follow those rules and the following rules in an effort to provide a safe, fair and fun racing program

2)  A responsible, professional, and sportsmanlike behavior is expected of all racers and crew members. Crew members are the responsibility of the racer. Abusive or aggressive behavior towards any track official or employee will not be tolerated, and can result in but is not limited to disqualification

3)  All cars must go through a technical inspection before any passes are made. Tech must be done by an SFI certified employee/representative of Coles County Dragway USA.  NO EXCEPTIONS

4)  Staging Lanes (It is your responsibility to be in the staging when called):

a)  All cars are asked to promptly heed the class call

b)  Time runs--When the last pair is on the apron, the lanes are then closed for that session. One time run per class session is the maximum, unless designated by a track official. If you miss your class session, it is the staging lane director’s discretion if you are allowed to make it up

c)  Eliminations -- the first class call will be no earlier than 5 minutes from when the last car in that class has run. Five minutes later will be the second and final class call

5)  Buy Backs:

a)  No Buy Backs at this time.  (See Ray Evans Consi)

6)  Rain Policy:

a)  Race is considered final if round 1 is completed

e)  Rain Make-Up Dates:  If possible, will be made up on the next available date 

7)  Absolutely NO glass containers on grounds at any time

8)  10 MPH Speed limit by ALL vehicles while on the grounds, please be courteous to all while operating

9)  All ATV's, golf carts, or other pit vehicles must be driven by someone 16 years or older at all times-NO exceptions. Also, please be courteous to all while operating your vehicle

10)  Break Passes:

a)  No break pass will be issued once you have been paired

b)  Participants who break are allowed to enter another car or a different class on original entry as long as eliminations haven’t started 

c)  Anyone receiving a break pass will not receive points for that day’s competition

11)  Lane Choice:

a)  Before parings a Chip is drawn.  The color drawn is the color that has lane choice for the day 

12)  Bye Runs:

a)  Bye runs for 1st round are determined by best reaction time results during the 2nd time run session

b)  After the 1st round, bye runs will be determined by the best reaction time during a winning run in the previous round.  In the event of a tie, the racers involved will flip a coin

c)  A racer is not allowed to turn down an earned bye run in order to earn it later in the race

13)  Deep Staging is allowed, but not guaranteed. It is the driver’s responsibility to let their opponent know they are deep staging, stage in a timely manner and must have "Deep" written on side of car for starter to see

14)  Courtesy Staging:

a)  Courtesy staging is mandatory at Coles County Dragway USA

b)  If you are not pre-staged and your opponent has staged, you can wait for the other car to be pulled back by the Starter

c)  Once you pre-stage though, you must stage or the auto-start will time you out if you do not stage

15)  Staging:  

a)  A Parent or Crew Chief can't touch a Jr. Dragster after its lit the pre stage

b)  Any Jr. Dragster caught by the Chief Starter or Jr. Dragster Race Director's will be issued:

                                    1st Time - Verbal Warning
2nd Time & each additional time - Disqualified

16)  Dial-In:

a)  A Dial-In must be visible from the tower on the drivers side

b)  It must be completed before you reach the apron and pass the blue line

c)  It can’t be changed once you’ve entered the apron, unless a clean up or weather delay occurs.   

d)  Your Dial-In on the Dial-In Boards is solely the responsibility of the racers.  Once you’ve passed them and “Pre-Staged”, you’ve accepted what is in the computer

e)  No re-runs for Dial-In disputes.  Racers are responsible to ensure it’s correct before “Pre” staging

17)  Excessive braking will not be tolerated:  (NO EXCEPTIONS, this is your only warning!)

a)  CCD interprets this rule as anytime the Head Starter feels a racer is not in control of their race vehicle anywhere on the racing surface

b)  Anyone caught will be disqualified and lose all points for that day.  If in the 1st or 2nd round and buy back are allowed; the racer may buy back, but not earn points

c)  Anyone caught a 2nd time will be disqualified and lose all season points

d)  Anyone caught a 3rd time will be disqualified, lose all season points and be barred from any future competition for any events/classes for at least 1 yr

18)  Center Line & Foam Blocks

a)   Crossing your side of the center line will be automatic disqualification

19)  Every Jr. Dragster must have a working taillight. If our lights are on, your lights must be on.

20)  Ray Evans Consi Race

    a) Racers who lose 1st rd may enter the Consi Race

    b) Entry can be done at the Tech booth for $5 and cards turned into the Race Directors

    c) No points (Buy, Tech or Rd) are earned except Consi Race winner will receive 1 bonus point

    c) Regular Race rules are followed

21)  Points:

a)  4 pts for buying tech card

b)  1 pt for 1st Rd (Everyone win or lose)

c)  1 pt for each round after 2nd

d)  2 pts for a Regular Race Win

e)  1 pt for a Ray Evans Consi Win

d)  4 pt may be bought for up to 2 races missed, but must be done before the 1st round of next race.  Gold cards holders must be done in writing or before 1st round of next race

e)  Any point’s disputes must be brought to Ron & Jodie Lee's attention within 6 days of race date; otherwise points posted are final.

f)  Final point ties will be broken with a run off on the final days point race

(Example of someone winning 4 Rds & Winning the Race (4 Rd Race): 4 pts Tech, 1 pt 1st rd, 1 pt 2nd rd win, 1 pt 3rd rd win, 1 point 4th rd win & 2 pts for the Race Win = 10 pts

(Example of someone going 1 Rd main event & Winning the Consi Race: 4 pts Tech, 1 pt 1st rd & 1 pts for the Consi Race Win = 6 pts)

(Example of someone winning 3 Rds: (4 pts Tech, 1 pt 1st rd, 1 pt 2nd rd win, 1 pt 3rd rd win = 7 pts)

Track and Mailing Address: 4700 West State St, Charleston, IL 61920
Track Phone: 217-345-7777 - Rods Phone: 217-512-0673
Email: colescountydragway@gmail.com

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