General & Safety Rules for the 2018 Season
1. Pullers will draw for pulling position in all classes; the puller must state the name of the truck he is registering before drawing a number.
2. Entry fee $ 25.00 per pull. ($20 to promoter, $5 to secretary)
3. Must be a KOTTPA member to earn points. If not a member you may join at the track. Fees are as follows; The general membership fee is $200, however, any membership paid by March 1st can be paid at the discounted amount of $150. Membership may be paid at the track and may be paid in two installments. The first installment will be $100.00 plus entry fee. If a puller hooks at a second event, the balance of $100.00 will be due, plus entry fee and he/she will be a full member.
For the 2018 season, there is an option of “one night membership”. A puller may be a one night member of KOTTPA for a fee of $40 (which includes a $20 hook fee). A one night membership does not apply toward general membership, does not grant voting rights, and does not earn points.
4. Promoter may add anything after the event is over.
5. In the event of a rain out, pullers must have checked in with the secretary in order to receive hook points. As circumstances may vary, it is the secretary’s discretion how this will be handled.
6. All competitors present on the grounds must be registered a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the pull. Any breach will cause puller to be subject to disqualification for that night. Further, the first truck scheduled to pull in the first class must be at the scales a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the pull.
Operation of contest
1. Any puller causing excessive trouble will be subject to disqualification for the event. Such behavior is also grounds for, at the discretion of the board, termination of membership.
2. Consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs by a puller at any event will be grounds for immediate termination of any association with KOTTPA.
3. The decision to have/not have an event or class will rest solely with the Board, Promoter, and track officials. If the decision is made to hold or continue an event or class, points will be awarded to the pullers who participate.
4. Track length will be determined by tech officials and sled operator.
5. There will be a three minute time limit to hook to the sled. All pullers will start with a tight chain, no jerking allowed. If a puller has more than one vehicle in the same class and hook order is back to back, that puller will be allowed five minutes.
6. The first puller in each class before the sled is official is a test pull. The driver has the option of keeping the pull or turning it down, but he/she must tell the tech official before leaving the track. The test puller may come back anywhere but must tell the tech official before leaving the track. If nothing is otherwise communicated to tech official, it is assumed the puller will come back at the end of the class. If not the test puller he must go to the end of the line. If the test hook does not pass the 100’ mark the second truck will have the option to drop and become the test hook.
7. Pullers will be given 2 consecutive attempts to move the sled if the front of the sled doesn’t pass the 100 ft mark. If a vehicle breaks on the first attempt the puller can drop 5 places and come back for the second attempt (breakage must be determined by the tech official). There will be a 3 minute time limit to make adjustments between the 2 attempts if not broken.
8. Vehicle’s tires are to remain in boundaries (inside of the chalk lines are the boundaries) of track, sled may cross boundaries without penalty. If vehicle goes out of bounds before 100 ft. a puller may have a second attempt. After the vehicle passes the full pull mark there are no boundaries, except in the case of a floating finish where the boundary lines must be marked.
9. Driver may drop 5 places due to mechanical problems. Tech official must confirm that vehicle is not able to run before allowed to drop.
10. In the event of a malfunction (sled, etc.) puller will have the option of pulling right then or dropping 5 places.
11. If a vehicle loses any weights or safety equipment under green flag conditions it will be disqualified.
12.Driver is to weigh with vehicle. Vehicles from all paid positions may be required to reweigh with a 20lb tolerance allowed.
13. Any vehicle judged unsafe by tech official will be prohibited from pulling at event.
14. Tech official has the right to visually inspect a vehicle at any time, this includes under the hood and the driver’s compartment. The driver must be present and it must be a safety issue.
15. In the event of a tie for a paid position there will be a pull off, if one vehicle is unable to hook again, the other will take the better of the two positions. In the event the pullers involved in the tie come to an agreement on finish order, their decision will be respected.
16.In a pull off situation the pull off will run on same order as the class was run. A puller will only have one attempt in the pull off with no dropping for mechanical problems.
17. No weight tolerance. Must weigh whatever the class limit is or under.
18. In the event the scales are not reading properly a class meeting may be called by the class spokesman to see if the participants want to adjust the scales according to their vehicles weight.
19. Must be at pull with truck and pay entry fee to receive hook points.
20. Points 1st = 20pts, 2nd = 19 pts, 3rd = 18 pts, 4th = 17 pts, 5th = 16 pts, 6th = 15pts, 7th = 14 pts, 8th = 13 pts, 9th = 12 pts, 10th = 11 pts, 11th = 10 pts, 12th = 09 pts, 13th = 08 pts, 14th = 07 pts., 15th on down receives 6 hook points.
21. A delay of 20 minutes or more, due to inclement weather or sled malfunction (not related to measurement or weight movement) will require the class to be restarted with the next truck in line, who will be the test puller. In the event of a malfunction affecting the accuracy of measurement or weight equipment on the sled, the class pulling at that time will vote to determine whether class is to be restarted.
22. At end of the year points winners will receive 40, 30, 15, 10, 5 % paybacks out of the points fund.
23. Pull order will be established a minimum of 48 hours in advance of pull. Exceptions to the established pulling order will be: Promoter discretion, track conditions and/or unforeseen puller delays while in route to pull.
24. No non-sanctioned pulls/classes to be run until the conclusion of the KOTTPA event.
25. Any fully paid member, who attends all pulls scheduled for his/her class for the season, will be awarded 20 bonus points at the conclusion of the season.
General & Safety Rules
1. All vehicles must have working brakes
2. If bed has been cut out it must be covered.
3. Vehicles must have blow proof bell housing or blanket for sanction classes.
4. All vehicles must have steel block saver plate and SFI approved flywheel.
5. All pulling vehicles will have a minimum hook hole of 3.75" in length and 3" in width. This rule will override any class rules concerning minimum hitch hole size. No diamond shaped hitches are allowed. A 3” round pipe must fit through the hitch hole.
6. Working fire extinguishers mandatory.
7. Kill switches mandatory, must kill fuel pump and ignition. No vehicle will be allowed to hook without a working kill switch.
8. Harmonic balancer must be shielded if not SFI approved, shield will be a minimum of ¼” thick and 2"wide, 360 degrees around the engine balancer; water pump can be considered part of the shield.
9. When being hooked driver needs hands in air to signify vehicle in neutral, he/she should also watch starting flagman until given the signal to proceed.
10. All drive shafts must have loops and u joint covers. All u joints within the shaft(s) must be covered with .125 thick steel or .250 thick aluminum. Each cover must be a minimum of 4” long. No chains or cables to be used for loops. Each shaft will further be required to have a minimum of one loop in its middle that is .125 thick steel or .250 thick aluminum and a minimum of 1” long.
11. All vehicles to be operated in a safe manner.
12. All gas vehicles must have neutral safety switch and light in cab and on back to show that truck is out of gear or in park while being hooked and unhooked.
13. Helmets must be worn while pulling. Fire suits (jacket and pants) are mandatory.
14. Seat Belt-At a minimum a lap belt must be worn while pulling.
15. A deviation of 8 points from fuel specification will result in disqualification.
16. The tolerance for fuel will be 7 points.
17. Trucks will be checked before, or at, the first pull for tech safety card compliance.
18. All vehicles must be must be attended while engine is running by someone within 10 feet of vehicle capable of operating vehicle.
19. Tech official will not be allowed to drive a pulling vehicle or have one registered in his name. Exceptions will be the alternate tech official who will not drive a vehicle at an event he is working as tech official. Persons assisting tech officials with such things as flagging, scales, lineup etc are exempt.
20. Anyone standing at the end of the track must maintain a ten foot distance behind the tech official.
21. All axles must be covered.
22. Spark plugs must have shields except in the case of vehicles with inner fender wells, in which case this is sufficient.
23. At no time, while a vehicle is in the process of pulling, is any part of the driver’s body to be past the mid point of the cab of the vehicle. Further, no part of the driver’s body can be outside the cab of the truck.
Protest and Protest Procedure
1. Protest must be in writing and given to tech official within 10 minutes after class is over; all items being checked must be listed.
2. Protestor must be in same class and be listed on the registration card of the pulling vehicle.
3. Protest fee must accompany protest paper.
4. There will be a 20# tolerance in the event a vehicle is reweighed under protest.
5. Engine protest, $500.00 cubic inch check. Tech official has choice of which head to pull Formula - .7854 x stroke x bore x bore x number of cylinders. Complete engine protest is from carburetor to oil pan.
6. Protest whole vehicle $750.00 complete engine tear down check anything on vehicle.
7. Nitrous protest $150.00 this is for checking in necessary places includes pulling intake if desired. .
8. Transmission protest $75.00.
9. Clutch protest $150. Pull transmission if necessary.
10. Visual protest $75.00 complete measurement. Any visual protest consists of checking hitches, wheelbase, length, check carburetor, (may require removal and removal of bowls) wheel width, and anything-concerning weights.
11. Protest to check for raised runners or welded up heads to pull header off $25.00. Check intake runners on heads $75.00 or $100.00 for both.
12. Turbo check $50.00
13. Fuel check $50.00. Fuel will be checked at the carburetor.
14. If vehicle is found illegal truck shall lose ½ accumulated points and not pull for 2 consecutive pulls after being found illegal. If found illegal a second time will be banned from pulling for 1 year from that date.
15. Protested is responsible for tearing vehicle down.
16. The tech officials reserve the right to delay a decision for 3 business days if needed. The truck can run until the decision is made however all proceeds and points will be suspended pending the decision.
17. The ones present for a tear down will be the Tech official(s), Protestor, Protested and one assistant for the protested. Both parties may have representative present.
18. Safety issues will be addressed by the tech official and are not grounds for disqualification during a protest.
19. A refusal of the protest will result in the same penalties as being found illegal during the protest.
20. Class rules over ride these rules other than safety issues.
21. In the event of a protest, the protested vehicle will be immediately moved to a location as designated by the tech official. Investigation of the protested matter will not be conducted until the conclusion of the event. All tech officials will be present at this time. Final decision will be made by a majority vote of the tech officials.