Championship Drag Racing


2009 NHRA RULES AMENDMENTS

        2009 NHRA RULES AMENDMENTS


2009 Rule Amendments (Posted 1/30/2009) 

ADVANCED ET


SECTION 4B - ADVANCED E.T.


Page 66


NITROUS OXIDE


DELETE:


"Nitrous oxide prohibited on supercharged or turbocharged engines.  See General Regulations 1:6."


REPLACE WITH:


"Nitrous oxide prohibited on supercharged or turbocharged engines, except when diesel fuel used.  See General Regulations 1:6."


Page: 68


Support Group: 9


FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYSTEM


DELETE:


"Mandatory on (closed or open) bodied front-engine alcohol-burning or supercharged/turbocharged cars and on any rear-engine car with enclosed cockpit. Minimum 5-pound NHRA-accepted system. All front-engine open-bodied supercharged/turbocharged (gasoline or methanol) cars and supercharged alcohol cars (full-bodied or Funny Car). Minimum 20-pound NHRA-accepted system. See General Regulations 9:10 for accepted agents."


REPLACE WITH:


"Minimum 5-pound NHRA accepted system mandatory on front engine open-bodied alcohol non-supercharged/turbocharged car and on any rear engine car with an enclosed cockpit.

Minimum 20-pound NHRA accepted system mandatory on all front engine open-bodied alcohol burning supercharged/turbocharged cars. See General Regulations 9:3 for accepted agents. "


DRIVER: 10

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Page 69

DELETE:


"For all open-bodied cars where the driver does not use an SFI 3.3 neck collar (driver who uses head and neck restraint system only), an SFI 3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet mandatory. "


REPLACE WITH:


"An SFI  3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all open-bodied cars or all cars 7.49 & quicker, where a neck collar is not used."


TOP SPORTSMAN


SECTION 4C - TOP SPORTSMAN


Engine: 1


NITROUS OXIDE

 

Page 70


DELETE:


NITROUS OXIDE

"Permitted on non-supercharged or non-turbocharged entries only."


(Note: amendment in Adv. ET will apply to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster)


DRIVER: 10

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Page 75

Delete:


"however must be used with SFI Spec 3.3 head sock or SFI Spec 3.3 skirted helmet."  (in first sentence)


ADD:


NECK COLLAR


"A head and neck restraint device/system is mandatory for any vehicle running 200 mph or faster. The device/system must meet SFI Spec 38.1 and must display a valid SFI label. The head and neck restraint device/system, when connected, must conform to the manufacturer's mounting instructions, and it must be configured, maintained, and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Modification of the device is prohibited.    Neck collar meeting SFI Spec 3.3 mandatory for all other cars. A head and neck restraint device can be used with, or without, a neck collar; when a neck collar is not used, an SFI 3.3 head sock or SFI Spec 3.3 skirted helmet is required."


TOP DRAGSTER


Page 75


Minimum Weights


DELETE ALL:


MINIMUM WEIGHT:


"Small-block dragster

Naturally aspirated: 1,450 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,550 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 1,650 pounds


Big-block dragster

Naturally aspirated: 1,500 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,700 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 1,800 pounds


Small-block altered

Naturally aspirated: 1,600 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,700 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 1,800 pounds


Big-block altered

Naturally aspirated: 1,700 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,900 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 2,000 pounds


4 or 6 Cylinder vehicles

Naturally aspirated: 1,400 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,500 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 1,600 pounds"


REPLACE WITH:


"Small-block dragster or Altereds

Naturally aspirated: 1,450 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,550 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 1,650 pounds


Big-block dragsters or Altereds

Naturally aspirated: 1,500 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,700 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 1,800 pound


4 or 6 Cylinder dragsters or Altereds

Naturally aspirated: 1,400 pounds

Nitrous assisted: 1,500 pounds

Supercharged or Turbocharged: 1,600 pounds"


ENGINE: 1


Supercharger


Page 76


DELETE:


(Deleted 12/12/08)

All supercharged entries may utilize a 14-71 (or smaller) standard or hi-helix supercharger. Screw supercharger prohibited. All front engine cars must have a SFI 14.2 or 14.3 Supercharger Restraint with approved bag from same manufacturer with the restraint straps and bag covered with fire resistant material. Rear engine cars must have a SFI 14.1, 14.2 or 14.3 Supercharger Restraint. Belt guards shielding both fuel and oil lines are mandatory. The blower restraint straps and fuel lines must be installed such that when the restraint straps are fully extended no load is placed on any of the fuel lines. Aluminum studs (supercharger-to-manifold) mandatory. All supercharged dragsters must utilize a torque converter assisted transmission.  See General Regulations 1:10, 1:11.


ADD:


(Amendment 12/12/08)

Use of high-helix supercharger permitted.  Screw-type superchargers permitted.  Screw-type supercharger must meet SFI Spec 34.1 and be re-inspected by the manufacturer every three years.  Manifold burst panel meeting SFI Spec 23.1 (in addition to panel in supercharger) plus restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14.21 mandatory on all screw-type superchargers.  Front engine cars must use a SFI Spec 14.2 or 14.3 supercharger restraint.  Rear engine cars must have SFI Spec 14.1, 14.2 or 14.3 supercharger restraint.  Supercharger restraint straps must be covered with a fire-resistant material.  The blower restraint straps and fuel lines must be installed such that when the restraint straps are fully extended no load is placed on any of the fuel lines.  See General Regulations 1:10.

 

All supercharged dragsters must utilize a torque converter assisted transmission.


DRIVETRAIN: 2


Page 76


ADD:


DRIVETRAIN: 2


"Clutchless transmissions are limited to five forward gears; aftermarket planetary limited to three forward gears."


Section 4D - Top Dragster


INTERIOR: 6


UPHOLSTERY

 

Page 77


DELETE:


"Mandatory if metallic seat is used.  See General Regulations 6:2."


REPLACE WITH:


"Optional.  For all front-engine open-bodied vehicles supercharged or turbocharged (gasoline- or methanol-burning), a flame-retardant material-covered seat is mandatory."


SUPPORT GROUP: 9


FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYSTEM


Page 78


DELETE:


  "Mandatory on front-engine alcohol burning or supercharged/turbocharged cars and on any rear-engine car with enclosed cockpit. Minimum 5-pound NHRA-accepted system. All frontengine open-bodied supercharged/turbocharged cars, minimum 20-pound NHRA-accepted system. Safety pins must be red flagged. See General Regulations 9:3 for accepted agents."


REPLACE WITH:


"Minimum 5-pound NHRA accepted system mandatory on front engine open-bodied alcohol non-supercharged/turbocharged car and on any rear engine car with an enclosed cockpit.

Minimum 20-pound NHRA accepted system mandatory on all front engine open-bodied alcohol burning supercharged/turbocharged cars. See General Regulations 9:3 for accepted agents. "


DRIVER: 10


HELMET


Page 78


DELETE:


"Drivers of all cars must use a full-face Snell SA2000 or SA2005 or SFI Spec 31.2A helmet with shield mandatory (goggles prohibited)."


REPLACE WITH:


"For all open-bodied naturally aspirated gasoline- or methanol-burning cars, a full-face Snell M2000, M2005, K2005, SA2000, SA2005, SFI 31.2A or 41.2A mandatory; shield mandatory (goggles prohibited).  See General Regulations 10:7.


For all open-bodied front-engine or rear-engine supercharged, turbocharged, or nitrous cars, a full-face Snell SA2000, SA2005, or SFI 31.2A helmet and shield mandatory (goggles prohibited)."


This is the same as Advanced ET (page 68) applications.


SUPER STREET


Section 5 Super Street


ENGINE: 1


FUEL


Page 92


DELETE:


"Nitrous oxide prohibited"


REPLACE WITH:


"Nitrous oxide prohibited, except on diesel-turbocharged engines"


SUPER GAS


Section 6 Super Street


ENGINE: 1


Page 98


ADD:


"Nitrous oxide prohibited, except on diesel-turbocharged engines"


SUPER COMP


Section 6 Super Comp


ENGINE: 1


Page 100


ADD:


"Nitrous oxide prohibited, except on diesel-turbocharged engines"


SUPER STOCK


Section 9A - Super Stock


ENGINE: 1


OIL PUMP 


Page 116


DELETE:


"Stock, OEM, or OEM-type aftermarket oil pump permitted. Oil pump location, oil pump drive, and complete oiling system must remain as originally produced, except for additional internal plumbing ( i.e. rocker shaft, etc.), which is permitted.   Accumulator permitted.   Additional external plumbing (except for accumulator and remote oil filter in Super Stock GT) prohibited. Additional external plumbing (except for accumulator) prohibited.   Dry sump system prohibited."


REPLACE WITH:


"Stock, OEM, or OEM aftermarket replacement oil pump permitted. Oil pump location,   oil pump drive, and complete oiling system must remain as originally produced, except for additional internal plumbing (i.e. rocker shaft, etc.), which is permitted. Accumulator permitted.   Additional external plumbing (except for accumulator,   remote oil filter, and line(s) from the oil pan to oil pump) prohibited. Dry sump system prohibited."


SUPER STOCK GT


Section 9B Super Stock GT

BODY: 7

FLOOR

Page 125

DELETE:

"For FWD conversion cars, a driveshaft tunnel may be fabricated of same-as-OEM material and must be fully welded to the as-built OEM floor."

REPLACE WITH:

"For FWD conversion cars, a driveshaft tunnel must be fabricated of same-as-OEM material minimum, and must be fully welded to the as-built OEM floor."


MODIFIED STOCK

Section 9D Modified Stock

ENGINE: 1

ENGINE

Page 128

ADD:

"OEM aftermarket small-block Chevrolet (SBC) engines with bore centers greater than 4.420 inches are not permitted."


BODY: 7

FLOOR

Page 131

DELETE:

"For FWD conversion cars, a driveshaft tunnel may be fabricated of same-as-OEM material and must be fully welded to the as-built OEM floor."

REPLACE WITH:

"For FWD conversion cars, a driveshaft tunnel must be fabricated of same-as-OEM material minimum, and must be fully welded to the as-built OEM floor."


MODIFIED TRUCK

Section 9E Modified Truck

ENGINE: 1

ENGINE

Page 133

ADD:

"OEM aftermarket small-block Chevrolet (SBC) engines with bore centers greater than 4.420 inches are not permitted."


MODIFIED

Section 9F Modified

ENGINE: 1

ENGINE

Page 135

ADD:

"OEM aftermarket small-block Chevrolet (SBC) engines with bore centers greater than 4.420 inches are not permitted."


Section 9F Modified

BODY: 7

FLOOR

Page 138

DELETE:

"For FWD conversion cars, a driveshaft tunnel may be fabricated of same-as-OEM material and must be fully welded to the as-built OEM floor."

REPLACE WITH:

"For FWD conversion cars, a driveshaft tunnel must be fabricated of same-as-OEM material minimum, and must be fully welded to the as-built OEM floor."


COMP


ALTERED & STREET ROADSTER

Section 10D Altered & Street Roadster

ENGINE: 1

ENGINE

Page 159

DELETE:

"OEM aftermarket small-block Chevrolet (SBC) engines with bore centers greater than 4.420 inches are not permitted."

SUPERCHARGER


Page 160


DELETE:


"Restricted to Roots-type supercharger, rotor helix angle not to exceed that of standard 71-series GM-type rotor. Maximum size: 14-71, 22 1/4-inch case length, 11 1/4-inch case width, 19-inch rotor length; maximum rotor diameter: 5.840 inches including fixed stripping. The case must be one piece with removable front and rear bearing end plates; rotor must be contained within one-piece case. Variable multi-speed supercharger devices prohibited. Supercharger restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14.1 mandatory. Air-to-air intercooler permitted on supercharged vehicles. Supercharger must be in conventional location above the intake manifold and cylinder heads, and supercharger restraint device may not be modified. Ambient air only; i.e., the flow of ambient air through the intercooler and any associated ducting must be only a result of the movement of the vehicle. For CC/A only, a 5.150-inch centrifugal supercharger limited to inlet diameter internal O.D. 5.250 maximum; impeller inducer diameter 5.150-inch maximum; impeller exducer diameter 8.000-inch maximum; discharge diameter 4.000-inch maximum; housing diameter (external diameter of housing not to include discharge) 12.000-inch maximum. Supercharger drive must be belt, NHRA-accepted chain drive or NHRA-accepted gear drive."


REPLACE WITH:


"Restricted to Roots-type supercharger, rotor helix angle not to exceed that of standard 71-series GM-type rotor. Maximum size: 14-71, 22 1/4-inch case length, 11 1/4-inch case width, 19-inch rotor length; maximum rotor diameter: 5.840 inches including fixed stripping. The case must be one piece with removable front and rear bearing end plates; rotor must be contained within one-piece case. The rotors must be driven from the front (both the external drive and the internal gearing).  The entire inlet opening must be on/in the upper surface only.  Any inlet/outlet cavity in front of the rotors is restricted to maximum one-inch, measuring from the face of bearing plate to the back of the cavity. Billet cases prohibited. The maximum length from the front of the supercharger drive pulley to the leading edge of the rotor is 15 inches. Offset drive pulleys may not be used to add to the number listed above. All manifold configurations and supercharger modifications and locations must be accepted prior to competition. Variable multi-speed supercharger devices prohibited.   Supercharger restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14.1 mandatory. Air-to-air intercooler permitted on supercharged vehicles. Supercharger must be in conventional location above the intake manifold and cylinder heads, and supercharger restraint device may not be modified. Ambient ....... See General Regulations 1:10, 1:11"


BODY: 7


BODY, Full-Bodied Cars


Page 163


Delete:


"Maximum front-end overhang is 45 inches or OEM +/- 1 inch for all 2001 and newer cars or previously accepted NHRA Pro Stock bodies. All 2000 and older vehicles must retain stock overhang +/- 1 inch."


REPLACE WITH:


"Maximum front-end overhang is 45 inches."


PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Pg 166


DELETE:


"All drivers of open-bodied vehicles who do not use an SFI 3.3 neck collar (drivers who use head and neck restraint system only), an SFI 3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet mandatory."


REPLACE WITH:


"A SFI  3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all open-bodied cars or all cars 7.49 & quicker, where a neck collar is not used."


ALTERED TRUCK

Section 10E Altered Truck

ENGINE: 1

ENGINE

Page 167

DELETE:

"OEM aftermarket small-block Chevrolet (SBC) engines with bore centers greater than 4.420 inches are not permitted."


PROTECTIVE CLOTHING


Pg 171


ADD:


"An SFI  3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all cars 7.49 & quicker, where a neck collar is not used."


ECONO ALTERED


Section 10G -   Econo Altered


BODY: 7


BODY, Full-Bodied Cars


Page 174


Delete:


"Maximum front-end overhang is 45 inches or OEM +/- 1 inch for all 2001 and newer cars or previously accepted NHRA Pro Stock bodies. All 2000 and older vehicles must retain stock overhang +/- 1 inch."


REPLACE WITH:


"Maximum front-end overhang is 45 inches."


PROTECTIVE CLOTHING


Page 176


ADD:


"An SFI 3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all open-bodied cars or all cars 7.49 & quicker, where a neck collar is not used."


SUPER MODIFIED


Section 10G   - Super Modified


DRIVER: 10


PROTECTIVE CLOTHING


Page 183


ADD:


"An SFI  3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all cars 7.49 & quicker, where a neck collar is not used."


PRO MODIFIED


Section 10H - Pro Modified


ENGINE: 1


SUPERCHARGER


Page 185


DELETE:


"Permitted in AA/PM only, standard or high-helix Roots-type mandatory. Screw-type supercharger prohibited. Manifold burst panel meeting SFI Spec 23.1 plus restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14.2 mandatory.


Maximum supercharger overdrive limit is 20.0 percent on all combinations.


Intercoolers, variable multi-speed supercharger devices, turbocharger(s) prohibited in both classes. Nitrous oxide injection prohibited in AA/PM. OEM manufacturer's (cast) case mandatory; billet cases prohibited. The top opening may not exceed 11 inches in length or 5 inches in width. The maximum length from the front of the supercharger drive pulley to the leading edge of the rotor is 15 inches. Offset drive pulleys may not be used to add to the number listed above. All manifold configurations and supercharger locations must be accepted prior to competition. The use of spacers, modified cases, or attaching methods to move the supercharger rearward in excess of the specified amount is prohibited. See General Regulations 1:10, 1:11."


REPLACE WITH:

"Permitted in AA/PM only, standard or high-helix Roots-type mandatory. Screw-type supercharger prohibited. Manifold burst panel meeting SFI Spec 23.1 plus restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14.2 mandatory.


Maximum supercharger overdrive limit is 20.0 percent on all combinations.


Intercoolers, variable multi-speed supercharger devices, turbocharger(s) prohibited in both classes. Nitrous oxide injection prohibited in AA/PM. OEM manufacturer's (cast) case mandatory; billet cases prohibited. The top opening may not exceed 11 inches in length or 5 inches in width. The maximum length from the front of the supercharger drive pulley to the leading edge of the rotor is 15 inches. Offset drive pulleys may not be used to add to the number listed above. All manifold configurations, and supercharger modifications and location, must be accepted prior to competition. The use of spacers, modified cases, or attaching methods to move the supercharger rearward in excess of the specified amount is prohibited.  The rotors must be driven from the front (both the external drive and the internal gearing).  The entire inlet opening must be on/in the upper surface only.  Any inlet/outlet cavity in front of the rotors is restricted to maximum 2.150-inch, measuring from the face of bearing plate to the back of the cavity. See General Regulations 1:10, 1:11."


DRIVER: 10


PROTECTIVE CLOTHING


Page 188


ADD:


"A SFI  3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all cars 7.49 & quicker, where a neck collar is not used."


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Section 11

CLASS WEIGHT BREAKS

Page 190

Delete:

"100 percent nitromethane permitted at events contested at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.  Maximum nitromethane content 96 percent at all other events."

REPLACE WITH:

"100 percent nitromethane permitted at events contested at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.  Maximum nitromethane content 94 percent at all other events."


ENGINE: 1

FUEL SYSTEM

Page 191

Delete:

"Artificial cooling and/or heating of fuel prohibited."

REPLACE WITH:

"Artificial cooling and/or heating of fuel (i.e cool cans, ice, Freon, etc.) prohibited on the car.  Insulated fuel lines and fuel tanks prohibited."

SUPERCHARGER


Page 192


DELETE:


"Roots-type maximum size: 14-71, 22 1/4-inch case length, 11 1/4-inch case width,19-inch rotor length; maximum rotor diameter: 5.840 inches including fixed stripping. The case must be one piece with removable front and rear bearing end plates; rotor must be contained within one-piece case. Helix is restricted to a maximum rotor spiral of 6.5 degrees per inch of rotor length. Manifold burst panel meeting SFI Spec 23.1 plus restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14.2 mandatory."


REPLACE WITH:

"Roots-type maximum size: 14-71, 22 1/4-inch case length, 11 1/4-inch case width,19-inch rotor length; maximum rotor diameter: 5.840 inches including fixed stripping. The case must be one piece with removable front and rear bearing end plates; rotor must be contained within one-piece case. Helix is restricted to a maximum rotor spiral of 6.5 degrees per inch of rotor length.  The rotors must be driven from the front (both the external drive and the internal gearing).  The entire inlet opening must be on/in the upper surface only.  Any inlet/outlet cavity in front of the rotors is restricted to maximum one-inch, measuring from the face of bearing plate to the back of the cavity. Billet cases prohibited. The maximum length from the front of the supercharger drive pulley to the leading edge of the rotor is 15 inches. The use of spacers, modified cases, offset drive pulleys, or attaching methods to move the supercharger rearward in excess of the specified amount is prohibited. All manifold configurations and supercharger modifications and locations must be accepted prior to competition. Variable multi-speed supercharger devices prohibited.  Manifold burst panel meeting SFI Spec 23.1 plus restraint system meeting SFI Spec 14.2 mandatory. Supercharger must be in conventional location above the intake manifold and cylinder heads, and supercharger restraint device may not be modified."


BRAKES & SUSPENSION: 3

STEERING

Page 194 (Page 201)

ADD:

"Plating of steering components prohibited for cars built after 1/1/09."

Suspension

Page 194 (Page 201)

ADD:

"Plating of front suspension components prohibited for cars built after 1/1/09."


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

DESIGNATION

Page 206

DELETE:

"Suzuki (101 cid, 2-valve) 605 pounds"

"Suzuki (101 cid, 4-valve) 605 pounds"

REPLACE WITH:

"Suzuki (101 cid, 2-valve) 595 pounds"

"Suzuki (101 cid, 4-valve) 595 pounds"


Section 13

BODY: 7

AIR INTAKES

Page 210

ADD:

"No external modifications allowed to NHRA accepted scoops"


PRO STOCK

Section 14

ENGINE: 1

OIL-RETENTION DEVICE

Page 213

DELETE:

"Pan must run from in front of front motor plate to in front of the rear motor plate and to just inside of the lower frame rails."

REPLACE WITH:

"Pan must run from in front of front motor plate to in front of the rear motor plate and to just inside or outside, of the lower frame rails."


TIRES & WHEELS: 5

TIRES

Page 210

ADD:

"Restricted to Goodyear-only tires, as specified by NHRA."


BODY: 7

WINDSHIELD, WINDOWS

Page 218

DELETE:

"With the exception of the driver's name, car number, car builder's name, and class designation, side windows, including quarter windows, must remain clear of decals, paint scheme, etc."

REPLACE WITH:

"Side windows, including quarter windows, limited to driver's name, car number, car builder name, class designation and decals only.  Paint scheme may not extend into these windows. Decals may not completely cover these windows. Outer edge outline of windows must remain uncovered.  NHRA Technical Services reserves the right to accept or prohibit the placement of the decals on the windows as deemed necessary to comply with this rule."


SUPPORT GROUP: 9


Page: 219


ADD:


ACCIDENT DATA RECORDER


"Properly installed and operational Delphi Accident Data Recorder (part number MS0148) required. The Delphi Accident Data Recorder must be installed per the manufacturer's instructions. Modification of, or tampering with, the Delphi Accident Data Recorder prohibited."


DRIVER: 10

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Page 219

ADD:

"An SFI  3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all cars, where a neck collar is not used."


FUNNY CAR

Section 15

ENGINE: 1

VALVE COVERS

Page 223

DELETE:

"Must be installed using 5/16-inch steel studs and nuts."

REPLACE WITH:

"Must be installed using 5/16-inch steel studs (4130 minimum), and steel or titanium nuts."

DRIVETRAIN: 2

Page 224

ADD:

REVERSER COVER

"A one-piece tunnel, covering the reverser and driveshaft, mandatory.  Must extend from rear of bell housing back to within 2-inches of the front of driver's seat, and be of titanium of .078-inch thick minimum, chromoly 4130 of  .90-inch thick minimum, carbon composite of .10-inch thick minimum, or carbon/titanium of .130-inch minimum. Hole allowed for lever.   Must include minimum 1-inch horizontal, mounting flange at edges of tunnel.  Mounting to chassis floor "X" member, minimum 4 places, 5/16-inch steel or titanium bolts mandatory."


BODY: 7

Body

Page 227

DELETE:

"Wicker permitted on front side of blower opening; maximum height 1 inch"

REPLACE WITH:

"Wicker permitted on front and sides of blower opening; maximum height 1 inch"


ELECTRICAL: 8

Page 230

ADD:

SHUTOFF


"Properly installed and operational Electrimotion Funny Car Safety Shutoff Controller Kit (part number SB001FC) required. The Electrimotion Funny Car Safety Shutoff Controller Kit must be installed per the manufacturer's instructions. Modification of or tampering with the Electrimotion Funny Car Safety Shutoff Controller Kit prohibited."


SUPPORT GROUP: 9


COMPUTER/DATA RECORDER


Page 231


ADD:


"Data recorders permitted; must be NHRA accepted.  Accepted systems: Racepak Pro II, Pro 1B, and Pro I.  Data recorder may be used in conjunction with manufacturer's digital dash display."   


Page 231


ADD:


ACCIDENT DATA RECORDER


"Properly installed and operational Ford Accident Data Recorder (part number MS0148) required. The Ford Accident Data Recorder must be installed per the manufacturer's instructions. Modification of or tampering with the Ford Accident Data Recorder prohibited."


TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Section 16

ENGINE: 1

VALVE COVERS

Page 235

DELETE:

"Must be installed using 5/16-inch steel studs and nuts."

REPLACE WITH:

"Must be installed using 5/16-inch steel studs (4130 minimum), and steel or titanium nuts."


BRAKES & SUSPENSION: 3

Steering

Page 236

ADD:

"Plating of steering components prohibited."


Suspension

Page 236

ADD, at end of section:

"Plating of front suspension components prohibited."


BODY: 7

Page 240

WINGS & SUPPORTS

DELETE:

"All Top Fuel rear wing main elements must be positioned with a zero to positive 2-degree angle relative to the racing surface."

REPLACE WITH:

"All Top Fuel rear wing main elements must be positioned with a positive 2-degree angle maximum (no minimum) relative to the racing surface."


ELECTRICAL: 8

Page 240

ADD:

SHUTOFF


"Properly installed and operational Electrimotion Top Fuel Safety Shutoff Controller Kit (part number SB001TF) required. The Electrimotion Top Fuel Safety Shutoff Controller Kit must be installed per the manufacturer's instructions. Modification of or tampering with the Electrimotion Top Fuel Safety Shutoff Controller Kit prohibited."


SUPPORT GROUP: 9


COMPUTER/DATA RECORDER


Page 240


ADD:


"Data recorders permitted; must be NHRA accepted.  Accepted systems: Racepak Pro II, Pro 1B, and Pro I.  Data recorder may be used in conjunction with manufacturer's digital dash display."  


Page: 240


ADD:


ACCIDENT DATA RECORDER


"Properly installed and operational Ford Accident Data Recorder (part number MS0148) required. The Ford Accident Data Recorder must be installed per the manufacturer's instructions. Modification of or tampering with the Ford Accident Data Recorder prohibited."


General Regulations

Section 19


ENGINE: 1


1:6 FUEL


Page 251


DELETE:


"Nitromethane: Only nitromethane from an NHRA-accepted supplier may be brought on site or used on site at any NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event ("NHRA National Event") or NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event ("NHRA Divisional Event"). NHRA will designate accepted suppliers of nitromethane that may be brought on site and/or used on site at NHRA National Events and NHRA Divisional Events.  To be eligible for competition, fuel teams must use nitromethane from one of the accepted suppliers.   All nitromethane will continue to be required to contain a marker that changes color when the nitromethane has been sensitized or contaminated; no clear nitromethane will be allowed.  Fuel whether in the vehicle or otherwise, as well as transporters and pit areas, will be checked for compliance with this rule as deemed appropriate by NHRA.  Any participant who violates any rule regarding nitromethane shall be banned from competition at the applicable event, or shall be subject to such other penalty deemed appropriate by NHRA."


REPLACE WITH:


"Nitromethane: Only nitromethane from an NHRA-accepted on-site supplier may be present on-site or used on-site at any NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event ("NHRA National Event") or NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event ("NHRA Divisional Event"). To be eligible for competition, any team using nitromethane must use nitromethane from an accepted on-site supplier. At this time the only accepted on-site supplier is VP Racing Fuels. Fuel anywhere on-site at a NHRA National Event or NHRA Divisional Event, including without limitation, in the vehicle, transporter, pit area or at the NHRA-accepted supplier's onsite location, may be checked at any time and for any reason, including compliance with this rule and with the Nitromethane specification. Any participant who violates any rule regarding nitromethane may be banned from competition at the applicable event, and shall be subject to such other penalty deemed appropriate by NHRA.


Specifications for Nitromethane as Used as a Fuel in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series:"


Chemistry


Property

Minimum

Maximum

Nitromethane

99.5%

Not applicable

Water

Not applicable

0.5%

Specific Gravity @ 60 F

1.140

1.145

Acidity as Acetic Acid

Not applicable

0.20%

Amines

Not applicable

Not allowed

Heavy Metals (Pb, Hg)

Not applicable

Not allowed

Alcohols and products consistent with the manufacturing process

Balance

Balance

Color (light yellow) clear nitromethane not allowed

Not applicable

Not applicable

Odor (typical)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Methyl tert-butyl ether

Not applicable

0.1%

Dimethyl Sulfate

Not applicable

15 ppm

Note: All nitromethane will continue to be required to contain an active safety indicator that changes color when the nitromethane has been sensitized or contaminated.


Typical Physical Properties


Molecular Weight

61.04

Boiling Point

101C (214F)

Critical Temperature

315C (599F)

Critical Pressure

62atm, 915psia, 6282kPa



Vapor Pressure


@ 20C/68F

27.3 mm Hg (3.6 kPa)

@ 40C/104F

74.8 mm Hg (9.9 kPa)

@ 60C/140F

177.8 mm Hg (23.7 kPa)



Density


@0C/32F

1.162 g/ml

@20C/68F

1.138 g/ml

@30C/86F

1.124 g/ml

@50C/122F

1.098 g/ml



Approximate Coefficient of Expansion 1/C (1/F)

0.00122 (0.00068)

Solubility H2O in NM@70C (158F)

19.3% by weight



10:7 HELMET


Pg 282


DELETE:


"Head sock or skirted helmet required on all supercharged cars and all cars with an automatic transmission and/or converter in the driver's compartment. Head sock or skirted helmet also required on all open-bodied cars where a neck collar is not used; i.e., where a head and neck restraint only is used."


10:8 NECK COLLAR/HEAD AND NECK RESTRAINT DEVICE


Page 283


Add:


"Neck collar meeting SFI Spec 3.3 mandatory in all  open-bodied cars and any car  running 9.99 (*6.39) or quicker or cars exceeding 135 mph. A head and neck restraint device/system may be used in lieu of a neck collar."


10:10 PROTECTIVE CLOTHING


Pg 283


ADD:


"An SFI 3.3 head sock or SFI 3.3 skirted helmet is required on all open-bodied cars or all cars 7.49 & quicker, where a neck collar is required but has been  substituted with a head and neck restraint device.   See class requirements."