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Old 03-24-2015, 11:20 PM   #11
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The name "bracket racing" came from the 60's where they created different brackets with common breakouts. It wasn't dial you own handicap the handicap was fixed and we left at the same time .
we used-to run ET6 which had a 12.50 breakout (index) ET 7 had a 13.00 breakout and so on.
So the only thing new about index racing is the name in the 60's we simply called it bracket racing.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:33 PM   #12
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there should be a thread for heads up Index Racing regardless if it's 1/4 or 1/8 Mile. Here in the Northeast we have 8.50, 10.00 and 11.50 Index at Cecil, Atco, Island, Maple Grove, Englishtown, Epping etc. The Summernats will have 11.50 invitational Again as well.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:37 PM   #13
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there should be a thread for heads up Index Racing regardless if it's 1/4 or 1/8 Mile. Here in the Northeast we have 8.50, 10.00 and 11.50 Index at Cecil, Atco, Island, Maple Grove, Englishtown, Epping etc. The Summernats will have 11.50 invitational Again as well.
Index racing is very well supported by racers here in the northeast.

Here's some rules from 8.50, 10.0 and 11.50.

8.50 Index
¼ mile race, 16 car field, 28+ cars will run 32 car field.
1. .400 Pro tree heads up start with 7 second auto start.
2. NHRA Pro ladder.
3. Deep staging allowed, but auto start will be on at all times. Courtesy staging
advised.
4. Minimum weight 2800lbs. Cars will be randomly selected for weight check.
5. Full bodied street appearing cars only. No roadsters, altereds or dragsters
allowed.
6.Lettering on windows permitted. Lettering on car must be approved before
competition.
7. Full roundand square tube chassis prohibited.
8. Stock style front suspension mandatory, bolt on aftermarket parts permitted.
9. Trans brake & two step permitted.
10. Throttle stops/controllers, delay boxes/devices PROHIBITED.
11. After market automatic shifters or shifting devices PROHIBITED. Car must
either be shifted by driver or must be a function of OEM stock equipment.
12. Mufflers mandatory on all vehicles except turbo charged vehicles inserts are not
mufflers.
13. Car & Driver must meet NHRA & track safety rules.
14. Gasoline, E85 and alcohol permitted. Nitromethane prohibited.
15. Maximum tire size of 33x10.5w or any size drag radial.

10.00 & 11.50 Index
- ¼ mile racing, 16 car field, 32+ cars will run 32 car field
1. 500 Pro tree heads up start with 7 second auto start.
2. Full bodied street appearing cars only.
3. Finished interiors with either a full front bench seat or 2 front bucket seats
mandatory.
4. Mufflers mandatory except on turbo charged entries, inserts are not mufflers.
5. DOT tire maximum size 30x13.5, any size drag radial or slicks maximum size
of 29.5x10.5(non “w”)
6. Gasoline, E85 & alcohol permitted. Nitromethane prohibited.
7. Stock frame and back half cars permitted. Full round or square tube chassis
prohibited.
8. Tubbed cars permitted.
9. Throttle stops/controllers, delay boxes/devices PROHIBITED.
10. After market automatic shifters or shifting devices PROHIBITED. Car must
either be shifted by driver or must be a function of OEM stock equipment.
11. any type power adder permitted
12. NHRA Pro ladder.
13. Deep staging allowed, but autostart will be on at all times. Courtesy staging
advised.
14. Wheelie bars prohibited
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:47 PM   #14
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I think index racing could invigorate bracket racing. Not just for racers but
for spectators too. Wouldn't it be nice for track operators to have a bigger
pool of cash to pay purses & take some of the load off the racers to support the purse & the track operator. No spectator enjoys watching
staggered starts, it just doesn't look like a drag race. The biggest
drawback to index participation I find is they draw up the rules like it's
for streetcars only. I raced index, & would love to do it more, but the street rules keep my car out. To me index is index as long as you have
a door car, what difference does it make?
In the northeast these classes are run at street car events and are designed for cars that are street appearing race cars. Most of these guys prefer to race against other street appearing cars. If they wanted to race against tin can, light weight bracket cars they would do just that and bracket race.

At Cecil we have no issues with car counts. They are all qualifying fields and the minimum field is a 16 car field, most get a full 32 car field. At the Yellowbullet Nationals (8.50 index) we usually have 65-70 cars trying to qualify for the field which btw pays out $7500.

Normal race day payout 8.50 Index is winner $1,250 - r/u $550 - semis $200 - ¼ Finals
(16+cars) $75

http://northeastindexracers.com/
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:58 AM   #15
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I have been running my streetcar in the 1150 index class although I also have a super gas /super street car. I like the fact that this is more of a street oriented class with Limited modifications and it usually pays fairly well and is a blast to participate in
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:09 PM   #16
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Why have a limited field?
You have to earn your spot to be in the field and on the qualifying sheet. Makes qualifying more exciting for racers and spectators. Also with 8.50 series points are awarded for qualifying position.

With Cecil for example, there are typically anywhere from 8 to 10 classes being raced on the Street Car Shootout Saturday's. You cannot simply allow all run fields in all classes and expect to finish the race in one day. All classes are based on qualifying fields except Super and Pro Street which are street car oriented bracket classes which are all run fields.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:50 AM   #17
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it will never replace bracket racing. it has regional popularity and the participants are largely wannabe heads up racers that can't afford to play with that group and their $100,000+ cars, constant rules changes and wreck before lifting mentality. Same group can't buy a round in footbrake, no box or the electronics class nor have the skill to drive the top end and once the seasoned bracket racers jump in, they dominate and the result is the wanabe heads up crowd find somewhere else to play.

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Old 05-13-2016, 08:02 AM   #18
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Ed you are so full of information.
I'm glad you are an expert at running race tracks, too and can tell us all about Index racing.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:42 PM   #19
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my pleasure and you're welcome
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Old 05-26-2016, 03:31 PM   #20
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it will never replace bracket racing. it has regional popularity and the participants are largely wannabe heads up racers that can't afford to play with that group and their $100,000+ cars, constant rules changes and wreck before lifting mentality. Same group can't buy a round in footbrake, no box or the electronics class nor have the skill to drive the top end and once the seasoned bracket racers jump in, they dominate and the result is the wanabe heads up crowd find somewhere else to play.
Wow!! Just read this--- you have no clue.
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