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Hot Rod Heritage Series Policy

Hot Rod Heritage Series Policy


NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Policies

The NHRA Competition/Tech Committee has instituted the following policies for the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series events. 

1. Break Rule:  The use of the "Break Rule" for reinserting losing contestants back into an eliminator field - will not be in effect for any NHRA Hot Rod Heritage classes. Only those legitimate round winning contestants may advance in eliminations.

2. Multiple Entries:  A contestant cannot drive more than one vehicle in the same category at the same event. One vehicle cannot be used for multiple entries in a single class. However, if allowed by the Host Track - a contestant may enter the same vehicle into two different Hot Rod Heritage Series classes – one class must be Hot Rod and the second class must be A, B, C or D Gas. Additionally, a contestant may enter a Hot Rod Heritage Series class and a separate track class outside the Heritage Series (Ex: ET Bracket class).

3. Tow Vehicles: It is the track's discretion if they will permit or not permit the towing of vehicles.  (Please contact the track for approval)

4. Qualifying: On a qualifying run, if a contestant properly starts, stages, and receives the starters signal but breaks to the point the run is not completed, a time of 28 seconds is issued and it is considered to be a valid qualifying run.
Contestants must fire and run in their session order. Cars experiencing mechanical problems cannot be repositioned and restarted for secondary run attempts. Exception would be if car is shut off by event officials.

5. Pairings/Ladders:  Category pairings are based upon established NHRA "ladder" charts. Qualifying Times determine ladder positions.
"Pro Ladders" will be utilized for Nostalgia Top Fuel, Nostalgia Funny Car, A/Fuel, AA/GS, Junior Fuel and 7.0 Pro. 8 car field example: 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5.

"Sportsman Ladders" will be utilized for NE1, NE2, NE3, A/G, B/G, C/G, and D/G classes. 16 car field example: 1 vs. 9, 2 vs. 10, 3 vs. 11, etc.

In situations where fields are not full, such as 13 cars qualifying for a posted 16 car field, a specific 13 car ladder will be used.

The Hot Rod class will beginning pairing at 16 cars and will qualify off of reaction time from the round of 32.

6Lane Choice:

Performance Categories (NTF, NFC, A/F, J/F):  Lane choice for first round pairings will go to the quicker qualified driver of each pair.  Subsequent round lane choice will go to the driver with quickest ET in the previous round.  In case of two drivers running identical ET's, the driver with the faster MPH on that run would earn lane choice.

Index Categories (7.0 Pro, NE1, NE2, NE3, A/G, B/G, C/G, D/G):  Lane choice for first round pairings will got to better qualified driver (1 is better than 2, etc) of each pair.  All subsequent round lane choice will be determined by flip of a coin.

Hot Rod:  Lane choice will be determined by staging personnel (during random pair rounds) or flip of a coin (when on ladder). 

7. Alternates: Once qualifying has concluded, and a ladder has been established, pairings will not be changed. However, should a qualified vehicle and racer be unable to make the first round of eliminations, an alternate may be inserted in their place.

Under normal circumstances, the first round points and cash awards will remain with the qualified racer. Alternates will not be eligible for any round points, regardless of how far they advance past round one, and the cash award paid will be less the amount paid to the original qualifier.

If an alternate racer is inserted into a rescheduled event for a non-returning qualifier, the alternate will receive full round points and cash awards.

In an attempt to reward the quicker of the qualifiers, the insertion of alternates is as follows: The first alternate will be inserted to race the slower of the opponents made available by an original qualifiers failure to appear in round one. The second alternate will race the second slower car, etc.

8. Staging: To be a legitimate race winner, a contestant's vehicle must self start and self stage. This rule also applies on single runs. Push starting or push staging any vehicle is prohibited. Staging must be done under a vehicle's own engine power.

9. Deep Staging: The practice referred to as "deep staging" is prohibited in NE1, NE2, NE3, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod Eliminator categories. Both pre-stage and stage lights must be activated to constitute a legal start in those categories. In a dual deep situation, both cars will be disqualified, except in the final round of competition, in which case – the two finalists will be re-run
"Deep Staging is permitted in all other NHRA Hot Rod Heritage classes."

10. Burnouts: C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod classes will NOT be allowed to burnout across the starting line.

11. Cross Talk: Will NOT be used in any classes.

12. Auto Start: The host track will determine if Auto Start will be used and on which classes – (Please contact each track)

13. Field Size: Determined by Host Track. Group 2 to be a minimum of 16-car filed. Most events will be All-Run for groups 1 and 2.

14. How points are awarded for each class:


N/TF, N/FC, A/F, J/F and 7.0 Pro use the following points formula:

N/TF will count all 4 events

N/FC will count their best 5 of 6 events

32-Car field   16-car field   8-car field  
Winner 120 Winner 100 Winner 100
Runner-up 100 Runner-up 80 Runner-up 80
Fourth-round loser 80 Fourth-round loser 60 Fourth-round loser 60
Third-round loser 60 Third-round loser 40 Third-round loser 40
Second-round loser 40 Second-round loser 20    
First-round loser 20        

Additional points are awarded at events as follows:

10 points to all contestants - 1 qualifying run required

Qualifying positions earn points as follows:

32-car field   16-car field   8-car field  
1st 8 1st 8 1st 8
2nd 7 2nd 7 2nd 7
3rd 6 3rd 6 3rd 6
4th 5 4th 5 4th 5
5th & 6th 4 5th & 6th 4 5th 4
7th & 8th 3 7th & 8th 3 6th 3
9th through 12th 2 9th through 12th 2 7th 2
13th through 32nd 1 13th through 16th 1 8th 1

For tiebreaker procedures, contact NHRA.
NE1, NE2, NE3, A/G, B/G. C/G, D/G, and Hot Rod use the following points formula:


1st Rd.

2nd Rd.

3rd Rd.

4th Rd.

5th Rd.

6th Rd.

7th Rd.



4 or less










5 to 8










9 to 16










17 to 32










33 to 64










65 to 128










129 and over











All remaining event non-qualifiers or "no-shows" in eliminations will automatically receive 10 points. A minimum of 10 points will be awarded to all contestants upon completion of event tech inspection and registration. Points will not be awarded for qualifying positions in the NE1, NE2, NE3, A/G, B/G. C/G, D/G, and Hot Rod classes at any NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series events.


All points are awarded to the driver and cannot be transferred under any circumstances. Points are not transferable from one category to another.  If an event is postponed for any reason prior to the start of eliminations for that category, it is necessary that any car and driver still eligible for event competition be in attendance at the rescheduled date to be eligible for all points and cash awards based on eliminator racing. Points and awards are based on a round-loss basis, not simply on qualifying.  If an event is disrupted and rescheduled due to weather or other conditions after eliminations of that category are in progress, contestants unable to return will be awarded points up to the round completed before postponement.  Non-qualifiers in N/TF, N/FC, A/F, AA/GS, J/F and 7.0 Pro will receive 10 points regardless of whether an event is postponed and rescheduled. Withdrawal policy does not apply.  Points may be withheld from any contestant who fails to display the appropriate series decal. Any contestant disqualified for mechanical non-compliance loses all points for that event.