Test & Tune on designated Saturday Mornings from 10:00am until Noon @ $10.00 with race entry, $20.00 Test & Tune only
BHDRA Members receive: $20.00 offeach race entry BHDRA Associate Members receive: Free Spectator Entry
BHDRA Membership (New Member) $250.00 (Membership Renewal) $200.00 BHDRA Associate Member $175.00 BHDRA Jr. Dragster Member $150.00 BHDRA Paid Parking (Must be a BHDRA Member) Front Row $125.00 All Other $100.00
Please keep in mind that your membership dues help pay our lease and you will more than recover the cost of the dues, even if you only attend 10 to 12 races throughout the season.
Sturgis Dragway Track Rules
These rules have been voted upon and put in place to observe safety, fair, and unbiased competition by the Rules and Safety Committee of the Black Hills Drag Racing Association and Sturgis Dragway.
Class Rules are as follows:
Super Pro (SP) 1. 4.40 to 7.80 seconds 2. Electronics: Allowed 3. Computers: Prohibited (Unless Stock OEM Equipment) 4. Data Recorders: Permitted 5. Delay Boxes: Permitted 6. Transbrake: Permitted 7. Line Lock: 4 Wheel Line Lock Permitted 8. Automated Shifter: Permitted 9. Throttle Control: Permitted 10. Ignition: Stutter Boxes Prohibited, Starting Line or "High Side" Rev Limiters Permitted 11. Switches and Buttons: All Switches and/or Buttons must be std mechanical connection type.
Pro ET (P) 1. 6.60 to 8.90 seconds 2. Electronics: Prohibited 3. Computers: Prohibited (Unless Stock OEM Equipment) 4. Data Recorders: Prohibited 5. Delay Boxes: Prohibited 6. Transbrake: Permitted 7. Line Lock: Normal 2 Wheel Line Lock Permitted (4 Wheel Line Lock Prohibited) 8. Automated Shifter: Permitted 9. Throttle Control: Throttle must be manually operated by the Drivers and Electronic, Pneumatic, Hydraulics, or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation. A Dead Stop under the carburetor or gas pedal is Permitted. Throttle timers and counters are Prohibited. 10. Ignition: Stutter Boxes Prohibited, Starting Line or "High Side" Rev Limiters Permitted 11. Switches and Buttons: All Switches and/or Buttons must be std mechanical connection type.
Sportsman/Street 1. 8.20 or Slower 2. Computers: Prohibited (Unless Stock OEM Equipment) 3. Open Headers: Permitted 4. Drag Slicks: Permitted (Providing a Driveshaft Loop is Installed Proper and in it's Proper Location) 5. Data Recorders: Prohibited 6. Delay Boxes: Prohibited 7. Transbrake: Prohibited 8. Line Lock: Normal 2 Wheel Line Lock Permitted on Non Drive Wheels Only(4 Wheel Line Lock Prohibited) 9. Automated Shifter: Prohibited (Unless OEM Equipment) 10. Throttle Control: Throttle must be manually operated by the Drivers and Electronic, Pneumatic, Hydraulics, or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation. A Dead Stop under the carburetor or gas pedal is Permitted. Throttle timers and counters are Prohibited. 11. Ignition: Stutter Boxes Prohibited, Starting-line and/or "high-side" rev limiters permitted 12. Switches and Buttons: All Switches and/or Buttons must be std mechanical connection type.
Sport Compact (SC) 1. All Times Allowed 2. Mufflers are Encouraged 3. Sport Compact Class will be ran with the Sportsman Class unless there are more than 8 racers entered into the Sport Compact Class.
Motorcycle/Sled Class 1. Motorcycles, ATV's and Snowmobile ONLY 2. Same Electronics as Super Pro 3. Chain Guard Required 4. Rider Shut Down Tethers are Strongly Encouraged 5. Full Leathers are Required for any Rider that runs 120 MPH or Faster
Jr. Dragster 1. Kids 8 to 17 years of Age 2. All NHRA Jr Dragster Rules Apply
Sturgis Dragway General Track Rules
Are as Follows: All Participants and Crew Members must abide by the Rules set forth by Rules and Safety Regulations of the BHDRA and Sturgis Dragway Respectively. These rules were voted upon and agreed upon by the committee for the Safety and Competitive fairness at Sturgis Dragway. All Safety and General Regulations of the NHRA Rules Book and any interpretations, questions, or protests will be at the final discretion of the race officials, and any interpretation of Rules will be made after consulting with the members of the Rules and Safety Committee present at the Event of the Day. After any such consultation, the Track Operator/Manager has the final word. It is strongly advised and recommended that all Racers purchase a copy of a 2009 NHRA Rule Book, which contains a complete set of rules for competition fairness and safety of our racers.
1. No Refunds or Exchanges after the first round of time trials began. All vehicles need to be race ready upon purchasing a Race Entry.
2. All persons operating a vehicle must have a valid drivers license, No unauthorized vehicles permitted.
3. Glass Containers are prohibited anywhere on the Sturgis Dragway premises.
4. All Dogs and animals must be kept on leashes at all times and the owners are responsible for all actions of their pets.
5. Speed Limits in the pit area, return road, and spectator areas is 5 mph or less and no burnouts are allowed anywhere except in the burn out box. Violators endangering others with reckless and inconsiderate driving habits (whether it be in/on a race vehicle or pit vehicle) will be expelled from the property as well as the entire crew and race vehicle.
6. Only Sturgis Dragway Staff Members are allowed in the Control Tower during elimination rounds. If a racer has a problem or question regarding a procedure or complaint, they must speak with a track official who then will enter the control tower if he/she deems it necessary. No Alcoholic Beverages or Drinking of Alcoholic Beverages allowed in Race Control Tower while Race Track is in Operation.
7. All Drivers, Crews, Spectators must sign a Waiver and Release of Liability form at sign in booth prior to entry into the track property. In addition, all drivers must sign another waiver at the tech booth prior to any racing activity.
8. All motorized pit vehicles (golf carts, ATV's, motorcycles, mini bikes, etc..) must be identified with same number as the participant competition number plainly posted. Also all Pit Vehicle operators must have a valid drivers license. ATV (4wheelers) riders under the age of 18 will be required to wear a helmet, and be single riders only. No riding double on an ATV without one adult on board. All vehicles must be used in a safe manor and will be monitored. Sturgis Dragway reserves the right to restrict the use of any motorized vehicle as the track officials deem appropriate. All Golf Carts, ATVs, Mini bikes, ETC.. must be shut down at Night Fall unless being used in competition for Tow Vehicles and such and they must have headlights if ran after dark.
9. One passenger is allowed during Test and Tune with the permission of the Tech Inspector and only in the event the passenger is equipped with the same safety equipment required by the driver in their respective classes.
10. Any Driver that fails to adhere to the 5 mph speed limit in the return road, pit area, or spectator areas shall be subject to disqualification from the event.
11. In no event will any driver or crew member be allowed to check their Transbrake, Stall Converter, or Line Lock anywhere on the premises except in the burnout box and on track unless their vehicle is on jack stands. NO EXCEPTIONS !!
12. Any Race Vehicle that is running must in all cases have a licensed driver seated in the drivers compartment who is complete control of the vehicle.
13. Sturgis Dragway adheres to the NHRA Drag Racing Rules and Safety Regulations in almost all cases, NHRA rules and regulations shall be considered when any ruling is made by the Track Officials, however once the ruling is made, that ruling will stand for that event, even if it is direct contradiction to the NHRA Rules and Regulations. Prior to the next event, the Rules Committee together with the Track Officials will review the NHRA Rules and Regulations and make a final determination for all future events.
14. Sturgis Dragway and the Rules and Safety Committee reserves the right to change, alter, revise or add rules and regulations as it deems appropriate to insure competitive fairness for all competitors. Any Rule, Regulation or on the spot interpretation thereof will be made without favoritism regardless of racers status at Sturgis Dragway, i.e. It does not matter whether it is a racer who attends almost every race or a first time racer at Sturgis Dragway.
Competition Rules are here for us to observe fair and unbiased competition to all competitors and participants at Sturgis Dragway. Each and every participant will receive a set of these rules at sign in when they receive their competition card at the entrance booth. These rules will also be posted at the Track near the Tech Booth or Tower Area and each member of the Rules and Safety Committee will have a set of these rules with them. We pride ourselves on fair competition for every competitor that visits our track.
1. Your competition number must be minimum of 6"(4" on Bikes and Sleds) high with class designation 3" high. Numbers need to clear and visible located on the Driver Window and on the upper corner of the passenger side windshield for visibility, and must either be white or yellow in color. Numeric display boards are acceptable.
2. No burnouts beyond the Staging line for all cars (If you roll through the Staging Beams during your burnout, You Will Be Disqualified) Exception: Cars such as Dragsters, Altereds without front brakes and if you have a door car with front brakes but runs faster than 5.75 seconds ET this will be permitted due to our shorter burnout area.
3. During elimination rounds, Dial-ins displayed on the scoreboard must be checked before preceding to the Staging Line. If any driver stages on an incorrect dial-in, the driver will be considered to have accepted the error and the race will not be rerun.
4. In the event that a rerun is necessary, the driver may change lanes or dial-ins. Lanes can only be changed if both drivers agree. Neither Driver can be force a lane change without consent of the other driver.
5. Lane choice is determined by a flip of the coin if neither driver can agree on a lane choice.
6. Dial-In parameters for each class are listed in the class section of the rules and will strictly enforced. In the event a competitor is experiencing mechanical problems, said competitor will be allowed to finish the event that day in their respective class even if they are running slower than the dial-in parameters, so long as the driver has consistently ran in that class for the 3 preceding events they have participated in at Sturgis Dragway. In no event will a competitor be allowed to remain in any class if they run faster than the dial-in parameters set for that class. In addition, any driver utilizing the exception must inform the driver of the vehicle they are lined up against that they are running slower than the class normally allows.
7. All drivers will be given a last call, over both the PA system and FM transmitter, and once the last call is given, the driver will be limited to 3 minutes to be in the staging lanes and ready to race. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit and the remaining driver will be awarded a mechanical bye and awarded the win. This rule will be enforced !!
8. No Driver will be allowed more than (1) one bye run during elimination rounds unless all drivers in the class have previously received a bye run. A mechanical forfeiture or failure to report to the line within the prescribed time frame by any competitor will be considered a mechanical bye for the remaining competitor and will not be considered to be a bye for the purpose of this paragraph.
9. Any vehicle that breaks both staging beams under their own power during staging shall be considered to have staged and the race will be run accordingly. i.e. A driver stages, their engine kills upon launch, other driver fouls (Red Light, Breaks Out, etc.) NHRA Rules provide that the driver with the stalled vehicle wins the race, doesn't matter if the stalled vehicle ever finishes the run.
10. The first foul by any competitor will automatically give the win to the remaining competitor unless the remaining competitor is disqualified for any reason outlined in the NHRA rule book. In the event that both drivers breakout, then the competitor with the lesser breakout shall be awarded the win.
11. The Track Tech Official or Track Operator shall have the final word on all controversial decisions and in the event a competitor does not agree with the ruling, the competitor shall request that both the track tech official and track operator discuss the issue prior to final ruling. Once the ruling is made it is FINAL. The NHRA rules book as well as the Track Rules will be considered. These rules are posted and we encourage the purchase of a NHRA rule book. Any attempt to play one official off against the other will be grounds for immediate disqualification from the event. Mistakes are sometimes made but all of the track officials try to make the best call possible with the information at hand.
12. Any competitor who has a complaint or objection to anything that happens prior to staging must in all cases stop the vehicle and get a ruling from the track officials prior to staging. Once a competitor has staged their vehicle, they will be considered to have accepted anything that may or may not have occurred prior and will not be afforded any ruling by the track official after the race has been run.
13. Any driver that has a complaint or objection to anything that happens after staging (i.e. during the race) must immediately inform the ET BOOTH personnel that they have a problem or complaint that requires a ruling and come directly to the Tech Booth as soon as they have returned to the pit area.
14. If you have a mechanical failure during the race such as a blown engine or Transmission issue please pull to the side towards the wall as soon as it is safe to do so in an effort to lessen the amount of clean up necessary. This is for the safety and courtesy to the other competitors and the track cleanup help. Continued issues with the same competitor will result in the Tech Official and/or the Track Operator disqualifying the competitor until proper repairs are made, inspected and considered safe for the track.
Sturgis Dragway encourages all spectators to freely walk around the pits, and look at the cars, this is a part of the Drag Racing Experience and Rich History.
Spectators are required to remain behind the chain link fence in the spectator area when competition is in progress.
Spectators are not allowed in the final leg of the staging area, burn out box, and on the track at anytime of competition. Only competitors and crew members are allowed in these area's.
No glass containers are allowed on Sturgis Dragway premises at anytime.
Coolers and Storage containers are not allowed in the spectator and grandstand area at anytime.
All spectators must sign the Release Wavier of Liability form prior to entrance of the Track Premises.
Any spectator who is considered to be disorderly will be expelled and escorted off the premises.