NEW FOR 2023:
NO ET LIMITATIONS – MAX SPEED IN THE 1/8 MI HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 125 MPH WE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO USE LIQUID TRACTION COMPOUND FOR THIS SERIES AND WE MUST COMPLY WITH THIS HOWEVER WE WILL USE OUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO PREPARE THE TRACK SURFACE. THIS WILL INCLUDE USING A POWER SWEEPER TO REMOVE ANY DEBRIS AND SAND FROM THE RACING SURFACE, A WATER BOX (EXTENDED DISTANCE FROM WHAT WE HAD LAST YEAR) FOR BURNOUTS AND CONSTANT CLEANING OF THE STARTING LINE AREA.
1/8 MILE DRAG RACE SERIES
ENTRANCE TO RACE TRACK NOT STREET VENUE IS ON BURMAN BLVD OFF RTE 25 – HOWEVER MAKE A LEFT ONTO RUNWAY ENTRANCE (UNLIKE THE RIGHT YOU MADE LAST YEAR). OUR 2022 SERIES IS AT THE 7,000 FT WESTERN RUNWAY SITE.
DRIVERS MEETING EVERY AT EVERY EVENT 1/2 HOUR BEFORE RACING BEGINS; MEETING LOCATED ON THE TRACK BY THE TREE
We do have food vendors:
G & L Grill & BBQ – 50 Shades of Soul Food and Mr. Frostie
TRACK COMPETITION RULES
NOTE: ALL RACERS AND PASSENGERS MUST WEAR HELMETS
WE HAVE A LIMITED # OF HELMETS WE CAN RENT – first come first serve – you cannot reserve a helmet ahead of time
$50.00 cash deposit and your Drivers License – When you return the helmet we will return your license and $25.
Cost of Rental: $25
As per NHRA rules: Drivers of all 8.59 or quicker vehicles must wear a helmet meeting SNELL or SFI specifications. Full Face helmet is mandatory on vehicles 6.39 or quicker. Vehicles slower than 6.39 can wear any DOT approved helmet.
All vehicles must comply with noise restrictions.
No Motorcyles, at this time – sorry!
All vehicles must have seat belts
For night events all vehicles must have at least one headlight and one tail light
All vehicles must have all lug nuts in place
All vehicles must be free of any fluid leaks
All vehicles must have good tires free of wire or chords showing or dry rot
All cars must have mufflers – Loud vehicles will not be able to compete. Track management has final decision on this determination.
All vehicles must have coolant overflow reservoir
All vehicles must have neutral safety switch which means vehicle will only start in park or neutral.
Two throttle springs on carbureted equipped vehicles
**Please note: NHRA rules specify that vehicles travelling quicker than 6.39 are required to have a valid NHRA competition license – if you are slower than 6.39 you are not required to have a competition license.
Mile per hour limit cannot be faster than 125 MPH
All vehicles in pit area must not exceed 15 mph.
All convertible vehicles must have roll bar in order to race while top is down
All vehicles must have Windows up while racing
All vehicles must have battery secured
All racers and passengers must have helmets, long pants, no tank tops and no open-toed shoes
Absolutely no racing under the influence of drugs or alcohol!
ALL VEHICLES MUST GO THROUGH TECH BEFORE RACING
NO STROLLERS, BABIES OR YOUNG CHILDREN IN STAGING LANES
Staging will have a director to direct movement and answer questions. No car shall start or move in staging until directed
Absolutely no minors allowed in staging
No heavy mechanical work in staging lanes. If you need to make any major repairs, you must return to the pit area.
No leaving car unattended while in staging
No dogs allowed in the staging area
While in staging if concerned about pairing up with another racer, you can ask director for a solo pass. If you are just concerned about your experience you can also ask the director for a solo pass. Solo passes are welcome for new racers.
When last call is called for staging to close, if you are in the staging lanes when it closes, you will be allowed to run. If you are not in the staging lanes at that time, you will not be permitted to enter staging lanes.
Absolutely no use of air conditioner while in staging lanes
If coming to stage with an already lined up race, line up front to rear of each other and let the coordinator know that
You will be racing each other and you will be accommodated.
Staging director has right to pair accordingly from staging lanes to promote an even race unless you request otherwise.
STARTING LINE RULES
ONLY TWO CREW MEMBERS ALLOWED AT A TIME ON THE STARTNG LINE WITH EACH RACER.
(If the starting line gathers too many people whether crew or not racing will stop until starting line is clear)
Water box and burnout is optional.
All racers must stop before the water box and wait until directed into the water box. Once in the water box they must wait until directed to start their burnout.
Once you’re at the starting line if you have never staged a car before and have any difficulties let the starter know. He will be glad to assist you. If you pass the starting line beams, make sure that you back completely out of the beams and make your last movement a forward motion to reset the beam
No burnouts past the starting line.
No burndowns at the starting line. If your delay is too long, the race will start without you and you will need to continue down track. We will not reset the system.
If you are deep staging, DEEP must be in legible writing visible on the front of the windshield.
ON TRACK SURFACE RULES
IF YOUR CAR EXPERIENCES PROBLEMS WHILE GOING DOWN THE TRACK, MOVE TO THE WALL INSTANTLY OR IF YOU ARE POSSIBLY LEAKING FLUID, DO NOT CONTINUE DOWN THE TRACK! If you’re able to continue down the track with no leaks continue at the side of the track at a slow rate of speed until exiting the track
No stopping at the end of the track shut down to repack a chute or wait on a tow. Please remove your vehicle from the top end of the track.
At night events, the light on the rear of the vehicle must be red and visible from the starting line to the track exit
Absolutely no locking up of brakes at the finish line to be within mile per hour or ET limits. If you’re caught locking your brakes at the finish line your first offense will be a warning, your second offense you will become a spectator or asked to leave. NO REFUNDS
If your car gets loose or out of shape lift and correct and come back and line up again. Most incidents at tracks are driver error from not lifting.
Stay in your lane! Do not cross or touch the center line! If you do, you will lose your race and the determining judge of who touches the center line is always the starter.
If you notice a hazard on the track during your pass, let the person at the time shack know as soon as possible and staff will check it out.
While in staging or at the starting line if you notice the Red emergency lights on the tree flashing, please shut down your car until the problem is resolved. If you are in the beams, please back out of the beams and shut your car off.
15 MPH SPEED LIMIT THROUGHOUT THE PARK
NO WALKING, PARKING OR TENT SET UPS ON GRASS.
MUST STAY OFF THE GRASS THROUGHOUT THE PARK
NO OVERNIGHT PARKING AT VENUE
NO BBQ GRILLS
SMALL COOLERS ALLOWED
TENTS IN PIT AREA:
Tents permitted (not larger than 10 x 10) and must fit in your pit stall
TENTS IN SPECTATOR AREA:
Tents (not larger than 10 x 10) set up in the spectator area (both left and right lanes) must be at least 15 ft behind the crowd control barriers
COOLERS ARE ALLOWED – NO GLASS ALLOWED ANYWHERE IN THE VENUE
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
WE WILL HAVE SEVERAL FOOD VENDORS:
50 Shades of Soul Food
Mr. Frosty Ice Cream
G & L GYRO & BBQ Grill (Pit Side)
THINGS THAT WILL GET YOU BANNED:
Not following staff instructions
Alcoholic beverages or drugs
Opening exhaust cut-outs while In or leaving the park
Sneaking Entry with no arm band
Speeding in or leaving the park
Golf Carts will only be allowed in the tailgate and pre-stage areas, No motorized vehicles are permitted in the spectator or food and vendor areas
No children under 16 is allowed on any motorized vehicle without an adult anywhere in the park. e-scooters, rzrs and motorized scooters are prohibited throughout the venue.
Speed limit of 15 mph in the park will be strictly enforced.
PIT VEHICLE POLICY:
Please review the guidelines and restrictions below as they will be strictly enforced.
- For everyone’s safety and by NY State Law, no one 16 years of age and younger is allowed to operate a motorized vehicle at any time anywhere on our facility.
- No pit vehicles of any kind are permitted to enter from the spectator parking area (except mobility scooters)
- Full size dirt bikes, hoverboards and skateboards are NOT permitted on track property.
- No joy riding or reckless operation anywhere on the track properly. Speed limit is max 15 mph.
- Kids on bicycles MUST not speed beyond 5 mph – they also cannot leave bicycles laying on the ground anywhere on track property. When not in use they must remain upright on kickstand and off on the side of a pathway.
- Racers and spectators are responsible for their crew and children. Any violation of these rules may result in ejection from the track with no refund
We apologize if these rules are inconvenient or seems harsh, but the reckless operation of pit vehicles has forced us of have strict enforcement of these changes. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation. Let’s keep our track safe for all.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) Will there be ample room for truck and trailer parking? Some racers indicated they also have motorhomes with enclosed trailers.
Yes, there is ample room – all trailers and motorhomes will be parked at the end of the taxiway which is the pit area. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST NOT PARK ANYWHERE ON THE GRASS AREA!
2) Pit crew size? Are the pit crew part of the racer admission or they pay as spectators?
Racer entry covers the racer tech card and admission. All pit crew pay the spectator $25 entry.
3) After the event ends for the day racers want to patronize the Riverhead downtown area. They don’t want to bring their trucks/trailers to the downtown area and cause congestion. Can they leave the truck/trailer on the Airstrip and come back later to pick them up?
Yes, but must receive prior approval from pete, track owner or john, track manager
4) Will there be 24/7 security? Some feel that since the area is remote some might race during the week when there is no event which will put the events in jeopardy with the Civics/Town. Also security to protect the equipment from vandalism or theft during the week.
There will be no security. However, rest assured, police are well aware that might happen and doing so puts all the events current and future in jeopardy. The equipment will be secured.
5) Are turbos considered mufflers?
No. Turbo vehicles still need to have a muffler.
6) Will there be a water tanker truck or portable water trailer for the burnout box area?
7) Driver’s helmet required to be in date per NHRA rules?
8) Some race cars have out of date belts and roll cage/bars. Will they need to be up to date to race?
Belts must be in good shape and cage must be compliant with the latest standards of NHRA, including extra bars in cage that was amended to original standards and have no cracks.
9) Website indicates passengers in race cars. Do their helmets need to be within date too?
10) Racers are asking for a list of sponsors and places to eat and drink downtown Riverhead.
I am compiling a list of sponsors this week. We are working with local restaurants to see if they will offer a discount or free appetizer for those that come in with the track wristbands. More info on this to follow.
11) Are jackets and oil diaper containment systems required on cars running 6.39 and faster?
Must have jackets on 6.39 and faster, oil diaper if running nitrous.
12) Battery cutoff switch required for batteries relocated to trunk area?
Yes – if battery is anywhere other than stock location.
13) NHRA license required to run 6.39 and faster?
Licenses required at 6.39 or quicker. If you need one, you can apply for one at track with notification to staff when making test passes for application in order to receive license.
14) Will there be race fuel available for sale at the events?