1. All classes will be run on a .4 pro tree except Pro Tree Eliminator which will run on a .5 pro tree.
2. Deep staging allowed at your own risk. The starter will not hold the tree. "Sure Start" will not be activated on the tree, so knocking off top bulb during the staging process will not result in an automatic red light. "Auto Start" is activated so once all four staging lights have been lit, the tree will automatically activate randomly around 1.5 seconds after last stage light was lit.
3. Courtesy staging (both top bulbs lit before final staging begins) will be enforced. (Although, if a driver stages when his/her opponent has turned on both lights, he/she has accepted that run.) The starter will back the driver who turns both bulbs on behind the line for one re-attempt at staging properly. If the driver once again fails to courtesy stage, then the driver may be disqualified and the win will go to the other lane if intentional. This will be decided at the discretion of the starter. Staging games will not be tolerated. Once three stage lights have been lit, the unstaged driver will have 10 seconds to fully stage before tree will be activated or he/she will receive a red light. Once both drivers have prestaged, the starter will give ample time for final staging to begin. After that, starter will motion BOTH drivers into the beams. After the second motion by the starter, ten seconds will be given before the tree will be activated and if either or both drivers have not final staged, they will be disqualified at the discretion of the starter.. Only in the final round will the round be re-run in the event that both drivers get red lighted. The word "courtesy" also applies towards the racers in the water box behind you waiting on their run. In 6.00, 7.00, and Pro Tree Eliminator, no burnouts under power across the starting line except street roadsters without front brakes.
4. Cars must come to lanes when called. After the third and final call, the round will begin. Those drivers who may be entered in multiple classes will be given enough time to complete their rounds. A driver can only enter one car per class. No two drivers can enter the same car in the same class. A driver may enter multiple classes with the same car or multiple cars. No single runs allowed during qualifying if two entries are available in staging unless staging director allows it due to certain circumstances. Card system will be used for lane choice during qualifying if necessary.
5. Properly secured fire extinguisher is required on all entries running 7.49 or quicker in all classes. On board fire system is recommended on all entries. Aftermarket axles, axle bolt in retaining device, and long studs required on all entries running 6.49 or quicker. All entries must be able to stage without interference from low hanging parts of the car. Front ends must be high enough (3") to clear staging beams. All entries must be at least 3" off the ground to at least 12" behind front tires. You must stage with the front tires only. No "intentional" down track stutters permitted. No live data devices such as data loggers or "counters".
6. All cars running a PTRA class must report to tech the first event they enter. A yearly tech will be available at any event for 7.00, 6.00, 5.50, Pro Tree Eliminator. However, all entries will be subject to spot checks anytime.
7. Entries will be placed on a sportsman ladder at the round of four cars or less based on reaction times from the previous round . Until that point, they will run at random as they enter the lanes. Lane choice will be determined by the card system if necessary. This system will be in place until they are placed on a ladder and it will be set for the rest of the event. PTRA tech or official will conduct the card system and has final say.
8. In Pro Tree Eliminator, the first round bye run (if available) will go to the number one qualifier (best RT during final qualifying session). In 5.50, 6.00, and 7.00, the first round bye run will go to the number one qualifier. After that, reaction time from previous round will determine subsequent byes until the semis. Bye runs do not carry over if not used. If the driver has already had one, then the next best reaction time will be in line. Once placed on a ladder, bye runs are set for the rest of the race, and lane choice goes to the best reaction time in previous round. Ties will be broken by closest to dial/index, then by mph for lane choice. In the event that the last round of qualifying is cancelled, in PTE, the best reaction from the previous round will be pulled for the first round bye. When an entry pulls into the burnout area for a single (bye), that will be considered "receiving" the bye and will not be elligible for another bye unless all other entries have received a bye. Must take the tree under its own power to be considered a "win".
9. Bye runs must only stage and take the tree to get the win. Excessive testing of transbrakes in the staging lanes is prohibited. Neutral safety switches and On/Off switches must be functional. A minimum of (1) rear light must be ON during night racing or qualifying.
10. Once two cars are paired in staging, it is a race. If a car can't or loses fire, it will get five minutes or until the end of the round to fire. At that point, the remaining driver gets a competition single, not a bye. Once both cars reach the burnout box, and a car loses fire, the driver will be given one minute to refire. The opponent will take the single run after the minute has passed. At the end of a round, once the final car or pair (including a bye run entry) has been sent from the head of staging and into the burnout area, then the round for that class is over. Late arrivals will be sent back to the pits. Staging director has final say as to whether an entry is in the “lanes” on time. The top of the staging lanes will be considered “in the lanes on time”.
11. Helmet/belt requirements: 5.50 Index, and Pro Tree Eliminator entries running 5.49 or quicker will be required to have a Snell 2000 closed face helmet. In all other classes, a Snell 95 or newer helmet is required. All belts must be no older than four years from the date of manufacture. A grace period will be given as long as tech officials deem the existing belts/helmet safe.
12. No one without drivers license, or not of proven legal driving age will be allowed to operate a vehicle on host track property. Valid I.D. may be required if in question.
13. Absolutely NO ONE under the influence of ANY amount of drugs or alcohol will be permitted on the track (including drivers and crew).
14. Unsportsmanlike conduct or fighting will NOT be tolerated. Drivers are responsible for their crew members. Consequences may include but are not limited to forfeiting of all points and winnings.
15. Winnings must be picked up at the timing tower or payout window on race day. No winnings will be mailed.
16. By entering an event, all drivers are releasing rights to the series promoters to use their names or likenesses in any media promotions for PTRA events. We want to promote you, the racer.
17. Any car deemed unsafe by the track officials for any reason will be disqualified from competition (including excessively ill-handling or dangerous driving). Event coordinator has final decision on all matters including safety, raceworthiness, legality, and unsportsmanlike conduct.
18. "Cheating" may result in suspension from PTRA competition. Any driver caught with hidden devices in his/her car, attempting to deceive tech or during qualifying or eliminations, will be suspended for one calender year, and be required to pay a reinstatement fee to race with the PTRA again. Race Director has final say. Engine diapers must NOT interfere with staging beams anytime during run or pass will be disqualified. Where appropriate, a suspension may include the vehicle, driver, and crew members.
19. Protest Procedure: In all classes, a competitor may protest another competitor by putting up a $100 protest fee. Of that, $25 will be kept by the PTRA. If the protested vehicle is found to be legal, $75 will be forfeited to the protested driver. If the protested vehicle is found to be illegal, $75 will be returned to the protester, and the driver of the illegal entry will lose all winnings, and entry fees for that event and may be subject to a suspension or permanent expulsion from the PTRA and all PTRA sanctioned events in the future. Random spot checks can and will take place throughout all events. In all classes, random spot checks can and will be performed in the staging lanes. The protest procedure will require the protesting party to fill out a signed form.
20. If an event is ended before completion, but after the entire first round has been completed, the purse will be split evenly between the remaining drivers of each category. The PTRA and the host track has final decision on whether a race will be rescheduled or cancelled. If an event is cancelled before the date due to a pending bad forecast or other problem, it may or may not be rescheduled. Always be prepared to finish an event the following day if track schedule will permit it.
21. Once the final qualifying round has begun for a particular category, no break passes/tech card refunds will be granted for that class. If a tech card refund is given before the final qualifying session, that entry's qualifying pass will be stricken from the qualifying sheets. If an entry arrives late for a qualifying attempt and the next class has begun, the entry will be allowed to make a "shake down" run that will not be counted towards qualifying. Race Director has final say and may allow a shakedown due to certain circumstances.