Track & Bracket Rules

(In Addition to General Rules in the IHRA Rulebook)

It is the goal of OREC to be consistent and fair to all competitors. Please, direct questions or comments to the appropriate track personnel.

General Rules

GR-1.    IHRA rules are the basic and minimum standard for safety and competition. OREC track and class rules compliment these, and in some cases, supersede.  See the current IHRA rulebook and direct any questions to a track official. We strive to promote fair competition & the enjoyment of Drag Racing.

GR-2.    No fighting, vandalism, filthy language or theft.  Any action or behavior deemed detrimental by OREC towards OREC will result in disciplinary action and/or suspension.

GR-3.    No selling or soliciting on the grounds without permission of management.

GR-4.    Dispose of litter in designated barrels.  Waste oil should be put in totes provided for this purpose. Trash bags are available at the ET Booth. Please help keep the grounds clean.

GR-5.    Pets are allowed as long as they are well behaved and on a leash. Pets are a part of our family and this is a family-friendly facility.

GR-6.    The curfew will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of racing.  There will be no loud noise such as engines or parties and all motorized pit traffic shall cease.

Competition Rules:

CR-1.    As a courtesy to all the drivers, please get to staging lanes promptly when called, only one PA call is required. Drivers competing in more than one (1) class must be ready to race when called to the lanes.

CR-2.    If you have no dial-in on your car, you will be dialed the same as your opponent. An exception may be made at the sole discretion of the tower, based on circumstances.  Their decision shall be final.

CR-3.    Do not stage until the main scoreboard indicates your correct dial-in. All drivers, by staging their vehicles, will automatically indicate to the tower that they accept their dial-in on the display board.  Please check to see it is correct before you stage!  Re-runs WILL NOT be granted for an incorrect dial-in if in doubt, ask the starter to verify your dial-in before you pre-stage. Courtesy staging is recommended.

CR-4.    Your dial-in must be displayed on the front and left side of the vehicle before crossing the dial-in line. The Dial-in line is the head of staging.

CR-5.    The pairings are determined by the staging director in the staging lanes.  The director’s pairings are final: you will race whom you are paired with or lose the round by forfeit. Once in staging lanes, you are not allowed to change lanes unless instructed by a staging official.

CR-6.  In the event, cars have been paired up and called to start and one fails to fire, the non-offending competitor will have the option to accept the race as a break single pass. See also rules CR 7 and CR 8.

CR-7.    The break line is the line at the head of staging lanes.  A race begins when a pair of vehicles are called to cross the break line onto the track surface.  In any event, cars that have been paired will NOT be repaired due to a break. In all cases, good sportsmanship by giving the failed car a chance to make the round will be accommodated.  Track officials will make every effort to determine winners on the racetrack by competition, not by disqualification. See also rule CR6.

CR-8.    If a vehicle has problems after crossing the break line it will be given 30 seconds to re-start or correct. Actual time allowed will be at the discretion of the starter, and based on the situation at hand.  The starter shall have the total discretion of the time allotted to stage a pair of vehicles and activate the tree.  His decision will be final.

CR-9.    Auto-start will be used in all classes. Movement of a “staged” vehicle after the tree is armed, will result in a red-light foul, even though it may occur before the tree counts-down.  Also called a “shallow-stage red” it is not grounds for protest or re-run.  Consult the Race Director with questions on the Auto-Start system.

CR-10.  A vehicle must stage and take the tree under its own power, to be eligible for a win.

CR-11.  You cannot enter two drivers in one vehicle in any OREC points class, or in one bracket class.  You may not switch drivers once eliminations have begun. You must finish eliminations with the vehicle you started with.

CR-12.  One driver cannot have more than one vehicle in the same points bracket class.  At certain non-points races, it is permitted to enter one car on both sides of the eliminator.  In these cases, the entry must conform to the tech rules of each class when it is presented in the lanes.  Delay boxes must be removed from the car in all no-box classes.

CR-13.  You may enter more than one points class.  If you are running the same vehicle in both classes the vehicle must be legal for each class you are running. The driver is responsible for being on time for the appropriate bracket. If you qualify for the Bracket Team Finals you will be required to have a separate vehicle for each class entered.

CR-14.  Buy-backs – Drivers that do not win the first round will be allowed to buy back into competition.  Buybacks will be called to the lanes as part of the second round of competition. All buybacks will pay the buyback fee (determined by class) once they arrive in the lanes. The second round will be a mix of competitors that include the round one winners and those choosing to buyback.


Race Procedures:

RP-1.    At OREC tow vehicles are permitted with vehicles running faster than 7.49 and all bikes and Jr Dragsters. A driver must stay with the tow vehicle. See IHRA rulebook for specifics.

RP-2.    No burnouts in the staging lanes, or pit areas.  No stationary burnouts – except in the water box.  Power burnouts across the line are not allowed unless; a. directed by a track official, b. open wheel cars, c. cars faster than 6.40.  No backing up on the starting apron without permission from a track official.  However, one (1) backup is allowed to all competitors, for the purpose of repositioning their vehicle on the starting pad.  BACKING into a staged position is strictly prohibited!!!

RP-3.    Stay with your vehicle in the staging lanes.

RP-4.    Warm-ups must be on jack stands or right before going into the water box. See IHRA rulebook for specifics. (Includes trans brake testing)

RP-5.    In case of vehicle malfunction – please move your vehicle off the lane of rubber and next to the guardrail. An oil-down costs us lots of time and money.

RP-6.    In money rounds – when a driver breaks after having won the round, and can’t make the next round – he will be paid the next round loser pay.

RP-7.    In the unlikely event of a re-run, the re-run competitors will not be allowed to change lane choice.  Failure to re-run is an automatic disqualification.  If both competitors withdraw from a re-run, any payout will revert to the prior round.

RP-8.    The following is the procedure for bye selection for all classes here at OREC: ** 1st round byes is a random draw. ** The following rounds byes are selected by best reaction time from the previous round. If you have the bye and you are required to race due to an even number of cars and win, you will carry the bye into the next round – essentially you carry that bye until you use it or lose.  This does not change for the semis. However, if in the semifinal round all remaining competitors have already had the bye there will be a coin toss for that round.

RP-9.    Please retain your time ticket for the last round you ran, you may need it for verification.  

RP-10.    Payout will be mailed out the Monday after the event.   Only exceptions will be for big money races in which the Winner and Runner-Up will get their checks after proper paper work is filled out all others will be mailed out.  JR Dragsters your gift cards will be available in the Winners Circle at the end of the event

RP-11.  If the official time or race results need to be checked, please check with the race director for the event. OREC reserves the right to confirm or overturn a race result based on recorded video or official eyewitness account.

RP-12.   All protests and appeals must be made through the race director.  Filing a protest during an event does not disqualify any entry until that entry is proven to be illegal by OREC or IHRA officials.  IHRA rulebook procedures will be followed in all cases of protest, and in all instances, no other entries will be reinstated based on the outcome of said protest. The “break rule” is not practiced in any class within IHRA.

RP-13.   During competition events, Qualifying runs are made by class, when called by the announcer.  Extra time runs are not allowed unless specifically approved by the race director.  Exceptions may be made by the race director.  The race director may grant one time run in such cases, provided a hardship exists, and it is before the start of all eliminations.



NOTICE: It is the responsibility of the participant, not IHRA or any track representative, to ensure that all safety equipment is approved and is correctly installed, worn, maintained, and used. 

 S-1.   Reckless, careless or intoxicated driving is NOT allowed.  Don’t allow unlicensed drivers to operate motor vehicles.  NO alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the staging lanes.  NO driver may consume if he/she is still involved in a competition.  Intoxication, possession or use of illegal drugs may result in suspension of racing privileges.

S-2.     All vehicles must pass tech inspection before making any runs.  A vehicle may be re-examined by tech or track officials at any time, for any reason.  Random inspections of vehicles will be conducted during the event.  If chosen, you must report to the tech inspector without delay.  You may NOT “pit” first.

S-3.    You must wear an approved SN 2010 or later helmet to go 7.49 or quicker, SN 2010 for 7.50 and slower. No passengers faster than 8.60 or during eliminations.

S-4.   All motorcycle riders and open wheel drivers must have a helmet visor lowered in place when leaving the starting line.  Failure to have the visor lowered will result in disqualification as determined by race director.

S-5.    The speed limit in the pits is 10 mph, the speed limit on the return road is 15 mph. Speed limits will be enforced as follows:  first offense will be a verbal warning, a second offense will be a disqualification from the racing event.

S-6.    Motorized Pit VehiclesDue to insurance regulations, all pit vehicles must be driven by state licensed drivers. ALL pit vehicles. Mini-bikes, ATV’s, golf carts and related vehicles can ONLY be operated by licensed drivers.  Each vehicle must display the car number of the team/driver it is with.  Reckless driving of any type will NOT be tolerated, and the team/driver will be verbally warned for the first offense and the second offense will result in a disqualification from the racing event.  These types of vehicles must be operated in a safe manner at all times, as mandated by our insurance company.  No such vehicle is to be operated in the restricted area of the pits, EVER!  This will be strictly enforced!!

S-7.    No children under the age of 14 are allowed in the staging lanes, pre-staging or on the return road – per our insurance company!!  Children must stay inside tow vehicles when in the staging lanes. Quads, ATVs, and golf carts are not enclosed vehicles.

S-8.      Never refuel any vehicle while the vehicle is in the staging lanes or running.  Jack stands must be used while working under a vehicle.  A competent, licensed driver must be in the vehicle and at the controls of any vehicle running while on jack stands.  See IHRA rulebook for specifics.

S-9.  Willful disregard of safety by any driver, as determined by a track official, is grounds for reprimand, suspension, and/or fines. Incidents that compromise the safety of other competitors or spectators cannot be tolerated.



C-1.     If you go quicker than 9:99 quarter mile/6:49 eighth mile you must make licensing runs & purchase an IHRA license as required by IHRA rules.  Chassis Certification is mandatory on all entries 9.99 or quicker 1/4 mile or 6.39 1/8 mile and Other ET’s apply by class.  See IHRA rulebook for specifics.

C-2.      All racers must have a valid state drivers license or IHRA competition license by ET.  See IHRA rulebook for specific requirements. If you race at the Divisional or Bracket Finals you must have an IHRA license & membership.

C-3.    Keep admission tickets/receipts or race credentials with you during events. All overnight campers must purchase full event tickets or race credentials upon arrival.  A camping permit will be issued and must be displayed in full view for security.  The TICKET or RECEIPT or CREDENTIAL is your Raincheck.

C-4.      Breakage policy: NO REFUNDS

  1. If you break coming off the trailer and you leave the drag strip early-a full breakage credit will be given.
  2. If you break in the water box on a time run before eliminations – you will be charged for test-n-tune and issued a breakage credit for the difference c.  NO REFUNDS OR BREAKAGE CREDITS ONCE ELMINATIONS BEGIN.

C-5.     If your vehicle breaks during time trials, you can substitute another vehicle and run in another bracket.  See procedure below.  You’ll need to go through tech with the new vehicle.

C-6.      To change brackets, upgrade, or substitute a vehicle:

  1. Go to the tower and consult the race director for approval.
  2. All questions concerning acceptable bracket changes, upgrades, or substitute vehicles must be approved by the race director.  He will give you direction on how to proceed
  3. This change must be done before Rd 1 of eliminations for that class. The substitute entry may or may not get a time run.
  4. Acceptable substitute vehicles must be out of competition, legal for the class, and may NOT be re-entered through a buy-back.

C-7.      Rainout policy:

We want everyone to get to race and to see races but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. Keep your receipt as it has the date and time you were at the track. In some instances, if you arrived late, your receipt may be a rain check. Please check with the gate before you leave or call the office the following Monday.

**NO rain checks will be issued or event rescheduled after the first round of eliminations is completed.

**No rain checks will be issued if 50% of a fun day or night or test-n-tune race has been completed.

**If a rainout occurs during round one, only completed classes will be scored with round points.  Rain checks will only be issued to racers in classes that were not completed. (round 1 only & entry points will be given)

**If a rainout occurs after the first round is completed it is a total rain out and no rain checks will be given.  All remaining money will be split to racers still in the competition.  Points will be issued as round wins in classes that have completed a round(s).




  1. All Decisions of the race director are final.
  2. All safety and tech rules published in the IHRA Rule book apply by ET class. Please consult a track official with any questions.
  3. IHRA Chassis certification is required on any entry faster than 9:00 1/4 mile or 6.00 1/8 mile or exceed 150mph. See IHRA rules.
  4. Functional tail lamp required on all entries.  Strobe or other unapproved tail lamps prohibited. Tail lamps will be checked.
  5. Timed ignition interruption devices (stutter boxes) prohibited in all classes.
  6.     Delay Boxes:  The Tachometer or any RPM function are prohibited from interaction with the delay device or its related accessories.  IHRA has a list of approved delay boxes for competition.  See current rulebook for details.
  1.     Delay boxes allowed in Top Eliminator/Super Pro.  The box MUST be removed from the car in all other classes. See IHRA rulebook for specifics.
  2. Hi-rev limiters recommended in all classes.  2-steps prohibited in True Street.  A mechanical, fixed throttle stop that cannot be changed, adjusted, or over-ridden from inside the car or during a run, is OK.
  1. Data recorders that are pro-active to the operation of a vehicle are prohibited in ALL no-box classes.  Wiring from tachometer to any delay device is prohibited.  Other electronics may be prohibited by class.  If in doubt, ask.
  1. Also prohibited in all classes: Any electronic device used to determine down-track position; Any device that employs a timer, counter, or signal generator to determine down-track position; any type of line sensor for either start or finish; Any telemetry device capable of communicating vehicle data during a run, Any wheel pickup sensing devices: Any unconventional uses or applications of legal devices that would render them illegal under IHRA or OREC rules. See IHRA rulebook for specifics.
  1. An IHRA membership and license are required for all classes to run the Bracket Team Finals. The rules for the IHRA Bracket Final may vary from our track rules – refer to IHRA Rule Book for clarifications.
  1. All Supercharged entries, or any entry using Nitrous Oxide faster than 7.99 1/4 mile or 5.00 1/8 mile must have approved lower containment system. (diaper)
  1. Per IHRA Rules, vehicles running faster than 150 mph must have a functional parachute. Flagrant disregard of safety by not having an operable parachute is grounds for disciplinary action, fines, or suspension.  All drivers should deploy their parachute frequently to assure it will function properly.  Any driver exceeding posted speeds should use good judgement and deploy chutes, unless the deployment itself would create an endangering situation. See IHRA rulebook for specifics.
  2. Computers prohibited, unless original OEM device. Certain ignition control systems are prohibited from competition. Any aftermarket ignition or engine control system that utilizes a programmable EEPROM; or is capable of activating a compensation command based on downtrack data; or executes a command based on input from any sensor besides a tachometer, is prohibited in all classes except Top Eliminator.  See IHRA rulebook for specifics.
  3. Mirrors:  only OEM type/style mirrors, mounted in conventional fashion permitted.


Bracket Classes at OREC


TOP ELIMINATOR (Cars or Bikes) 4.00 – 7.99

  1. Crosstalk will be utilized in this class
  2. Trans shield meeting SFI 4.1 mandatory on all entries.
  3. IHRA approved Delay boxes permitted.  Trans scatter shield, SFI jacket, Helmet Snell SN 2010 or later, balancer, etc apply as per IHRA tech rules.  Any entry that exceeds 9.99 in ¼ or 6.39 in 1/8 must have valid IHRA Chassis Certification and license.
  1. Computers (unless OEM) and Stutter Boxes are prohibited.
  2. Transbrake, Four-wheel line-loc, automated shifter, throttle control, starting line &/ or “high side” rev limiters permitted.
  3. Ethylene Glycol anti-freeze is prohibited in all entries. Use of “water wetter” or similar coolant additive with water is allowed.
  4. Lower containment diaper recommended.
  5. All switches and/or buttons must be standard mechanical connection type. Infrared lasers, retinal scan, fingerprint, light source, and any other non-mechanical types are prohibited.
  1. During eliminations, the dial-in of a vehicle must be posted in plain sight, before that vehicle crosses the dial-in line.  Any attempt to conceal a dial-in MAY result in a ‘no dial’ heads-up race.  No dial can be changed or posted after the vehicle crosses the dial-in line, at the head of staging.  If you stage on an incorrect dial-in you own that dial-in.
  1. Motorcycles: Full-face Snell SN2010 or better helmets, leather jackets, leather gloves and ankle high leather boots or shoes required.  Also full leathers and eject-kill switches required on bikes faster than 7.05 ET.


MODIFIED (Cars or Bikes) 4.00-8:99

  1. Delay boxes prohibited and MUST be removed from the car.  Use of a delay box will result in disciplinary action, up to permanent suspension.  Protest procedures are outlined in the current IHRA rulebook, which will be the ultimate authority in any such protest.
  1. Trans brakes and line-locks on 4 wheels are allowed. Trans brake wiring must be visible, per IHRA rules.
  2. Tachometers with playback and shift light permitted. Printing tachometers prohibited.
  3. Shifters – mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, automated shifters, and electrical shifters are permitted.
  4. Ethylene Glycol anti-freeze is prohibited in all entries. Use of “water wetter” or similar coolant additive with water is allowed.
  5. Lower containment diaper recommended.
  6. Use of SFI jacket, Helmet Snell SN 2010 or later, driver safety equipment, SFI balancer, axle retention devices, drive shaft loops, etc. apply to all classes per IHRA tech rules by ET.
  1. Computers (unless OEM), Data Recorders, Throttle Stops, and Stutter Boxes are prohibited.
  2. During eliminations, the dial-in of a vehicle must be posted in plain sight, before that vehicle crosses the dial-in line. Any attempt to conceal a dial-in MAY result in a ‘no dial’ heads-up race.  No dial can be changed or posted after the vehicle crosses the dial-in line, at the head of staging.  If you stage on an incorrect dial-in you own that dial-in.
  1. Motorcycles: Full-face Snell SN 2010 or later, leather jackets, leather gloves and ankle high leather boots or shoes required.  Also full leathers and eject-kill switches required on bikes faster than 7.05 ET.


SPORTSMAN  7.50 & slower

  1. All entries must be closed bodies cars.  Motorcycles, dragsters, and sleds prohibited.
  2. Delay boxes and two-steps prohibited.  Two wheel line loc on non-drive wheels legal on burnout only.
  3. Open exhaust and DOT slicks permitted.
  4. Functional street equipment defined: working head-lamps, tail lamps and windshield wipers.
  5. Power adders allowed, but must conform to IHRA safety rules.
  6. Lower containment diaper recommended.
  7. Legality of entries subject to race directors discretion. That decision will be final.



  1. High School eliminator will be contested at Bracket Team Finals. Qualifying vehicles must be street-type, with mufflers and DOT tires. 7.5 ET limit. See True Street Class rules for technical details
  2. Bodied vehicles only, no open wheel cars.


TROPHY  (any dial)

  1. All safety rules apply by ET.
  2. Motorcycles may run with cars.
  3. Due to the wide variety of vehicle combinations, all entries must pass tech as being safe and suitable for competition.
  4. Delay boxes are prohibited.



  1. All IHRA rules in affect (see IHRA Rule Book).
  2.  Maximum competition length – 1/8 mile.
  3.  Staging lanes allow only the Junior Dragster drivers, all other persons under the age of 14 must be in a vehicle or out of the restricted staging lanes area.
  4. After initial burn-out, competitor may be pulled back ONE time prior to reaching the ready line.
  5. Staging Procedure – All Junior Dragsters must stage under their own power.  If a Junior accidentally goes in deep, they should raise their hand to indicate a re-stage.  Only a track official can pull them back and the driver can re-stage under their own power.  The racer will get one (1) chance to re-stage. The

Novice driver is allowed 2 pull-backs per IHRA rules.  This is why it is important to have an “N” on your car.

  1.    The “no touch” line will be in effect for all events. This line is marked by cones, placed 10 feet from the stage beams. Once any part of the car passes the “no touch” line, crew members CANNOT touch the car. Only track officials can “pull back” an entry. In all cases, the starters discretion will be the final determination of any infraction.
  1. No WD-40 or similar tire dressing can be applied in the staging lanes or on paved rounds.
  2. Flags must be used on all Juniors when they are towed – must be brightly colored and 5 ft or taller


Junior Dragster – IHRA Jr Drag Membership & competition license required

  • It is open to any driver 7-18 yrs old.
  • 7-9 yr olds must dial & run 11.90 ET or slower during eliminations. Any novice driver who runs 11.70 or faster will be subject to penalty, up to suspension of their license.
  • Must have car numbered “N” then car number
  • 10-12 yr olds must dial & run 8.90 ET or slower during eliminations. 13-18 yr olds must dial and run 7.90 or slower during eliminations. Any Junior driver 7-9 yrs old who runs a 11.70 ET or faster, 10-12 yrs old who runs a 8.70 ET or faster, 13-18 yrs old who run a 7.70 ET or faster will be subject to penalty, up to suspension of their license.
  • ET limitations and licensing within IHRA rules.



Any racer may join the points program at OREC.  A racer must be a points member to race at the Bracket Team Finals and to receive year-end points fund monies. Complete details on a separate form or on the website.


Zero Tolerance on Terror and Violence at OREC



To provide an orderly and fair process designed to effectively handle any and all acts, which are perceived to be or are in reality, threats or violence of a harmful, intimidating, or harassing nature.



All employees and any other person on OREC property are requested to immediately report any incident, threat or act of physical violence, intimidation or harassment of which he/she is aware.


Examples of the types of incidents contemplated in this procedure include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Pushing, tripping, kicking, punching, etc.
  2. Screaming, yelling, name-calling, etc.
  3. Consistently rude or obnoxious behaviors which are harassing in nature and not discontinued upon appropriate request.
  4. Having access to any form of recognized weaponry on OREC property.

Upon receipt of any such report, OREC shall immediately conduct an investigation.


If, upon grounds of such investigation, it is determined by the investigators, that no grounds exist for further action, the report shall be considered closed.


If, however, the investigation reveals that grounds do in fact warrant further action, the Race Director shall present their findings and recommendations to the Track Operator.


Upon hearing the facts of the report, the Track Operator shall initiate the terms/conditions of any disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from OREC or termination of employment.



In the event that the racer/employee disagrees with any investigation or subsequent disciplinary action, such disagreement may be handled through established grievance or dispute resolution procedures, whichever is appropriate.


These rules are not conclusive and are subject to modifications or expansion throughout the season.     revised 1/11/18 llg

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