Given the significant increase in oil downs by both professional and
sportsman competitors, NHRA announced it will expand the oil down
policy to include all competitors attending each NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series national event. The policy will be effective beginning
with the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 15-18.
Until this year, only professional competitors in Top Fuel and Funny
Car and sportsman racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny
Car in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, have been assessed oil
down penalties at national events. Starting next week, an oil down
policy will be extended to professionals in Pro Stock and Pro Stock
Motorcycle, as well as sportsman racers in Competition Eliminator,
Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.
Oil downs, and more importantly down time associated with clean-up
efforts, affect everyone at an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event,
including spectators, competitors, sponsors and television viewers.
With curfews and schedules, the recent problem of oil downs in both
professional and sportsman categories, has caused in some cases
cancellation of qualifying sessions, early start times and very late
conclusions to the respective sessions.