GLENDORA, Calif. --
Tue, 13 Mar 2018, 11:03 AM
NHRA Announces Centerline/Timing Block Violation Policy
Courtesy of NHRA Communications
Drivers were notified of the rule change which will be implemented starting in Gainesville.
Earlier today, NHRA notified drivers of a rule change regarding centerline crossing and/or the
striking of timing blocks. In addition to the current centerline policy of disqualifying
runs/times, additional penalties of a rule change regarding centerline crossing and/or the striking
of timing blocks will be imposed on drivers crossing the centerline or striking the timing blocks
during any qualifying or elimination round. The following penalties apply to all drivers in every
NHRA category contested at each NHRA National Event.
First Violation of the season will result in:
• Loss of five (5) NHRA series points.
Second Violation of the season will result in:
• Loss of ten (10) NHRA series points.
All Subsequent Violations of the season will result in:
• Loss of fifteen (15) NHRA series points per violation.
Crossing the centerline and/or striking timing blocks is a serious safety concern and causes delays
in racing due to cleanup time required for such incidents.
Points of Interest
• This policy encompasses the distance from the starting line to the quarter-mile
finish line at 1,320 feet.
• Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers crossing the centerline after the 1,000-foot finish
line but before the 1,320-foot finish line WILL be subject to the points penalty. However, they
will not be subject to the standard disqualification / loss of elapsed time policy for this
• In the case of an oil-down plus a centerline / timing block violation in the same
run, the oil-down points policy (and DQ of the run) will apply. It will not result in a double
• Crossing the centerline on a burnout is not considered a violation.
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