AUTOSTART – The Autostart System will automatically start the Tree at a random pace within a given window. The starter flips the switch when both both cars pre-stage, activating the system. If one competitor stages and the other does not complete the staging process within 10 seconds the system will automatically red light that competitor. Once both cars have staged for 0.6 seconds, the Tree will come on between 0.6 and 1.4 (full tree = 0.6 to 1.1) seconds later, depending on the class. The system will vary the start sequence by randomly adding up to 0.2 seconds, preventing racers from guessing when the Tree will come on. The starter is able to stop the sequence if necessary, and can activate the Tree himself by over-riding if that is required.
CROSSTALK – This program allows the Tree to be fully shielded, but still allows drivers in Super Pro, Top Comp, and Top Dragster classes to cross-over. CROSSTALK functions by lighting the top bulb in both lanes at the exact same time. This allows both cars a direct hit on the Tree. The slower car’s Tree will continue counting down as normal. The quicker car’s top light will remain lit for the duration of the handicap, plus the normal 0.5 second, before counting down the second and third lights as normal. The driver of the faster car in a pair may cancel the CROSSTALK system by including an “N” behind their dial (example 7.85N). If you have any questions or do not understand how crosstalk works please consult with the Race Director. A dash symbol “-” will appear in front of the dial posted on the scoreboard (-10.05) to indicate that CROSSTALK is not on place. Drivers should check the score-board before staging. There will be NO re-runs for incorrect tree configurations.
SPLIT-TREE - The Bike/Snowmobile class is run on a Split Tree. Each rider can choose either a .4 Pro Tree or a .5 Full Tree. During time trials, riders will be split into two groups. However, during eliminations, the default tree will be the .5 Full Tree. Riders choosing the Pro Tree are required to place a “P” at the end of their dial (10.05P). A symbol will appear in front of the dial posted on the scoreboard before staging. There will be NO re-runs for incorrect tree configurations.
COURTESY STAGING – Out of courtesy to your fellow competitor, we encourage COURTESY STAGING. As you stage your car, please pull forward until the first light (pre-stage) comes on. At that point, you should wait until the car in the opposite lane has done the same. When both cars have pre-staged, either one may then pull into the second beam which fully stages the car. Once the first car has staged, the second car has 10 seconds to pull into the stage beam. If it does not, the red light will come on in that lane, and the opponent will be given a single lane. PLEASE NOTE: The system registers a car as staged if the stage light is on for at lease 0.6 seconds. Therefore, be extra cautious when bumping into the lights.
DEEP STAGING - Some drivers prefer to pull into the beams so far that they turn off the pre-stage light. This procedure is illegal in certain NHRA classes (see rulebook). If you choose to deep stage, you do so at your own risk. Do NOT write “deep” on your car. The starter is under no obligation to wait for a driver to deep stage.