ENNIS, Texas -- A new Pro Comp class will makes its debut at the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional event at Texas Motorplex on Friday, May 2, all thanks to Elite Motorsports.
While one of the largest segments of racers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the Super Category participants, there hasn't been one category where they can all race each other - until now.
Pro Comp has been set up to allow Super Class racers to compete against each other without having to make any changes to the race car setups. CompuLink provided the South Central Division with its own Pro Comp Computer program to accomplish several tasks. This will enable Cross Talk will be turned on so both sides of the tree fire at the same time, but the timing setup will allow racers to run the ..400 or .500 Pro Tree that they are most comfortable with in their current classes.
Elite Motorsports is the event class sponsor and while entry into the specialty race for LODRS participants is free, there will be a $500 check to the winner, $250 for the runner-up and $125 for each semifinalist.
Elite Motorsports didn't stop there. The specialty race is Friday night, but the fun continues Saturday with the Elite Motorsports Racer Appreciation concert with The Pontiax and The Midtown Playboys Band. All LODRS racers and fans will be allowed free entry into the concert area and each LODRS racer will receive drink coupons upon entry into Texas Motorplex and tech card purchase.
This Skinny on the Class Rules:
PRO COMP CLASS DESIGNATIONS & INDEX
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Pro Comp is designed for all types of vehicles including trucks, dragsters, door slammers, roadsters, altered, etc. This class is based on a class standards or index's which you choose during the tech process. The closer you get to your selected standard or index, the higher you will qualify. All runs made faster than your index will be disqualified for qualification purposes only.
ALL RUN, LADDERED AT 16 CARS, PRO .500\.400 TREE
TREE: All competitors will receive their normal class tree. Super Comp and Super Gas .400 Pro, Super Street .500 Pro. Handicap Start based off selected standard or index with deep-staging prohibited, and cross-talk activated at all times with no option to deactivate it.
****When a Super Gas (9.90) or Super Comp (8.90) car runs a Super Street (10.90) vehicle .400 Tree SC and .400 Tree SG must add an additional .1 to their crossover delay. This is in addition to their 1.0 sec or 2.0 sec delay to compensate for the .500 vs .400 Pro tree.****
LADDER TYPE: NHRA Sportsman Ladder At 16 or fewer cars, the field will be placed on a sportsman ladder. With 17 or more cars, the field is randomly paired and run until the field reaches 16 cars or less. When the field reaches 16 or less cars, a sportsman ladder will be utilized to pair the remaining cars. Car placement on the ladder will be determined based on the best positive reaction time (non red) from the last round that was randomly paired. Qualified by positive reaction time (RT) closest to ".000" based on a Pro .400/.500 Pro Tree from that round of winners. A perfect lights is considered to be ".000" and any negative RT (-.001, -1.231, etc.) will be placed at the bottom of the qualifying ladder with the most negative the furthest down the ladder. For cases in which identical reaction times are made, qualifying and ladder position will be based on a first-come, first-served: The first occurring RT will be placed No. 1, the second occurrence of said RT will be placed No. 2, and so on.
LANE CHOICE: During eliminations, it is the responsibility of the competitors to determine lane choice. If the competitors are unable to establish lane choice, a staging official will make the determination in the manner he/she chooses (i.e., coin flip, random choice, faster car, taller scoop, higher polish on collectors, most LED bulbs, etc.)