The Lone Star '36' drag racing event is free to attend and race in as a part of your event registration fee. You will be required to have your drag strip ticket(s) that you will receive at registration at the hotel to get into the race track as a spectator and/or a racer. We will leave the DFW Airport Marriott in a caravan on Friday May 25th at 7:00PM SHARP. We will caravan as a group to prevent anyone from getting lost who are not familiar with the area where the race track is located. It is approximately a 30 minute drive to the the race track. A map will also be available.
The LONE STAR DRAGS is a single elimination drag race for
Star '36' registered participants ONLY. The race features a bracket
racing format that allows drivers in ANY AND ALL types of '55-'57 Chevys,
including full race cars and daily drivers, to participate. A two
bracket event will be used to insure cars will be competing on a more
equal basis against one another. New for 2018 is a 'Ladies Only'
class - Power Puff Eliminator. This will be an all run class.
Time trials begin as soon as possible once we arrive at the track.
Each car will be given 2 time trial runs. Eliminations will begin after the completion of time trials.
A bracket drag race is a straight-line acceleration contest between two cars, usually starting at different times determined by your 'dial in', from a standing start over a specified distance, in this event an eighth of a mile. Racers line up in front of a countdown device, called a Christmas Tree. When they leave the starting line, timers record how long it takes to reach the finish line. This is called elapsed time, or ET for short. Speed is recorded in the last 66 feet of the racing course and is called the Top speed for the run. A typical Tri Five Chevy should expect a top speed of 70-80 mph in the eighth mile.
When you are bracket racing against another car, your car will be placed in a bracket based on the elapsed time of your car. Top speed is not a factor in bracket racing.
For eliminations, you will need to determine how quick you think your car will be in an eighth mile race. This is called the dial-in. This estimate is determined in the Time Trials, where you will be allowed two runs to practice and determine what Elapsed Time your car will run and result in your dial-in. This estimated ET (or dial-in) is indicated on the windows of the car with a washable marker (markers will be available at the track). During the actual eliminations, when you are matched up with another car, the dial-ins are compared and the slower car is given a head start (handicap) equal to the difference between the two. This is factored into the Christmas Tree starting system. To win, you want to leave as close to the green light as possible without red lighting (leaving before the green light) and run as close to your dial-in as possible without going quicker, or “breaking out.”
You can also win if both cars run quicker than the dial-ins and you are closest to your dial-in. If both you and your opponent get down the track exactly at your dial-in or have the same breakout, the driver who reacted quickest to the Christmas Tree – called reaction time, or RT – wins the race. The reaction time is independently measured as the time it takes you to react to the green light and does not affect your elapsed time; both are independently measured and provided to you when you are coming off the track to the pits after each run.
For example, if car 'A' has a 10.50 second dial-in and Car 'B' has an 11.25 second dial-in, a .75 second head start is factored into the Christmas Tree starting system for Car 'B' by the control tower. At the end of the race, Car 'A' runs 10.55 seconds, Car 'B' runs 11.35 seconds. Car 'A' wins because it ran closest to its dial-in without breaking out (assuming both leave equally at their green light starts).
If a car leaves the starting line before the green light comes on, a foul is recorded (a red-light start), and that car is disqualified. If both cars red-light, the one that fouled first is disqualified. Another form of foul is to cross the dividing line between the two lanes, or the line at the edge of the racing surface. A foul is worse than a break out in the drag racing world; one car can break out but if the other car fouls, the car that breaks out advances to the next round. While you can red light in time trials, it does not affect anything as you are simply running for a time to help you determine your 'dial-in' for the eliminations.
Bracket racing rules are made to place a premium on consistency of performance by the driver and car rather than on raw speed. Should it be required, assistance will be offered for any participants experiencing any type of breakdown. The host club will have a spare empty trailer available for the return to the hotel of any car unable to make the trip.
All Lone Star '36' participants will follow North Star Dragway’s general rules. The Dragway follows the NHRA Rulebook, with very few exceptions. If you have a specific question or comment about the rules please contact the Dragway at (940) 482-9998, their website is www.Northstar-Dragway.com.
The Lone Star Drag Races were a big hit in 2006 and 2011 when they were last held. We hope that you will consider taking part in the 2018 LONE STAR DRAGS with your '55-'57 Chevy and remember, a 6 cylinder stock '55 Chevy can do as well as a full race prepped '57 Chevy - it's all about leaving on the green and running your dial-in. There will be many members of the Dallas Area Classic Chevys on hand to help you with anything you need at the race track. If you have specific questions about the drag races, email the host club Dallas Area Classic Chevys at info@DallasClassicChevy.com.