Central Ohio Truck Pull Circuit LLC

Central Ohio's Premier Truck Pulling Circuit!

2017 General Rules 

EVERYONE MUST HAVE ALL SAFETY EQUIPMENT for EVERY PULL!! 

**NO EXCEPTIONS**

Failure to have safety equipment will result in disqualification

Safety

1. No nitrous, all components must be removed.
2. Pump gas or racing gas only. No alcohol or nitro permitted.
3. Drive shaft loops, u-joint shields, SPECS ALUMINUM MIN. 5/16" AND STEEL 1/4" THICK, u-joint shields min. 6" long (MINIMUM OF 1 LOOP ON FRONT SHAFT AND 2 ON REAR SHAFT REQUIRED). Note: all u-joints must be shielded w/ the exception of front out put if it is protected by cross member.
4. Manual transmissions must have a blow proof bell housing. Automatic transmissions must have a complete transmission blanket or a blow proof bell with transmission tunnel shield the full length of the transmission.
5. Working kill switch, back up or neutral light required.
6. Required fire safety, every truck must have a working fire extinguisher within reach of driver inside of cab. Drivers are required to wear a sfi helmet, fire jacket, jeans and leather boots. 
7. Light on kill switch – must be located in the rear center of the truck within 6” of the center of the hitch. Preferably on the right side.

*****MUST HAVE WORKING BRAKES ON THE FRONT AXLE*****

Annual Dues/Payment of Dues

The annual dues for point members will be $100 per year. Points members dues are payable by April 1, 2017. No points awarded until entry fee is paid.

General Rules

1. Any competitor or crewmember attempting to sway the decision of any official, by talking to the official, sled operator, or the promoter, is subject to disqualification from that class.

2. When a truck is under the green flag, no one is allowed on the track except for track officials.

3. Flagmen:

                        A. Pulls will be operated with two (2) flagmen per track.

                        B.  Starting flagmen shall be responsible for readiness of track, pulling truck and competitor.

                        C. Second flagmen shall be responsible for balance of course.

D. The same flagmen shall work for an entire class to assure consistency and equal treatment for all competitors in that class. 

4. The COTPC LLC will run all pulls as a floating finish. There will not be a pull-off.

5. Any unsportsmanlike conduct and/or language on the track or pit area is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.

6. COTPC LLC representatives will reserve the right to interpret any and all rules. New rules may be adopted during a pulling season at any time to promote safety or the benefit of the sport.

7. Hitches

A. All hitches will be minimum 3 ¾ inches long and a minimum 3.5 inches wide at the hook point. Lateral thickness of the hitch will be max 1 ½ inch minimum and 1 inch of cross-sectional thickness.

                             B. No twisted clevises.

                             C. All hitches will be checked with a legal COTPC LLC stand.

                             D. Hitches must be rigid in all directions.

                             E. Clevis needs to be welded 

8. Judges have the right to stop and disqualify any vehicle or contestant, or ask for truck to reweigh at any time.

9. All vehicles are subject to inspection randomly during the season.

10. Points are not transferable if the vehicle is sold.

11. All drivers must be 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

12. All trucks with the registered driver will weigh in before pulling. COTPC LLC representative may inspect or re-weigh the truck and driver at any time. No adjustments may be made to the truck after weigh in and hitch height check are complete.

A. The top paid pullers can be asked to weigh-out at the end of the pull

B. The same person who weighs the truck is the same person to drive it.

C. Bags of Ice must weigh in with the trucks – either on weight box or in bed.

13.  No nitrous oxide, nitro methane, alcohol or pressurized fuel allowed. Oxygenated fuel allowed (with the exception of RWYB class).

14. Events are open to any four wheel truck - NO membership is required to pull.

15. Participant must be a member of COTPC LLC in order to collect points.

16. Once a participant has hooked to the sled, he will not be refunded entry fee money.

17. Competitors will earn no points if entry fee is refunded.

18. No riders shall be allowed in the truck when towed, driven or hooked to sled.

19. A covered bed or tonneau cover must be present on all trucks in all classes.

20. All trucks are required to provide their own fire extinguisher on the truck and have within reach.

21. Drivers must stay within 20ft of the truck until it is teched. Hoods open and ready for tech official.

Contest - Procedures

1. All pulls must start with tight chain.

2. Each competitor will be allowed two attempts to make a measurable pull.

              A. An attempt is defined as moving the sled a measurable distance (one inch or farther)

B. On the first attempt, if the competitor lets off on the throttle before going 100 feet, said competitor will get  a second attempt, even if the competitor goes beyond the 100 foot mark.

          C. If no attempt is made to back off the throttle, no second attempt will be granted.

Note: Intent is for driver not slam on brakes to stop before 100-foot mark (or any time), but come to a smooth, safe stop.

3. Jerking of the sled to cause slack in the chain will be grounds for disqualification.

4. Each competitor has the privilege of, and the responsibility for, spotting the sled for both of their attempts.

A. Pull back tractor/sled operator must be notified of where competitor wishes the sled placed.

                        B. Use of crew member is recommended to expedite the show.

5. Pulling vehicle must remain within boundaries of contest course during a pull.

6. If a vehicle is legal when hooked to the sled and breakage occurs while under green flag, the pull will be measured.

7. Any truck that hooks to the sled and makes a measurable pull shall be considered to have made an official hook even if the sled is reset and the truck cannot hook and receive hook points. Measurable distance is defined as the truck must tighten the chain under its own power.

Class Restart

1. If the class is restarted, all competitors having pulled previously have the following options:

A. May hook immediately

B. May drop six (6) positions.

C. Can NOT drop to last!

Note: Competitor must alert the track official of their decision.

2. On any re-pull caused by contest malfunction, the competitor may either re-hook immediately or may drop six (6) positions.

3. Competitor must pull at position drawn within two (2) minutes of time sled is ready. Delay will mean disqualification. If track official is notified prior to competitor’s time slot, they will drop the competitor six (6) positions. This will constitute one of the competitor’s two attempts. A competitor may do this only once per class.

4. Competitor will be able to drop six (6) positions if breakage occurs on their first attempt and they did not go past 100 feet. Still have one attempt remaining.

Test Pull and Options

1. The competitor pulling in first position as determined by draw at time of entry is considered the test puller.

A. Competitor may take their first pull, provided the weight transfer is deemed right, OR

               B. Competitor may immediately take their second pull, OR

          C. Competitor may drop and pull in the sixth position.          

          D. Competitor may drop and pull in last position.

Note: The sixth position is defined as the position immediately following the next five (5) scheduled competitors and their attempts.

2. The “running out of bounds” disqualification rule still applies.

3. If the weight transfer needs further adjustment, the competitor immediately following each adjustment will be considered “the test puller”.

Inclement Weather

1. In the event of inclement weather, purse shall be paid in all completed classes. In classes started, but not completed, the purse will be paid to those that hooked according to the results. Those that did not hook will receive a refund of entry fees.

2. No points awarded if event is rained out to any classes not ran.

3. The officials at the event (promoter, event director, and head track official) shall determine if and when an event will be stopped because of inclement weather or track conditions.

4. If a session is cancelled prior to start time, competitors will receive refund of paid entry fees, but no other compensation.

5. Any class not completed for any reason will treated as a rained-out class.   

Causes For Disqualification

**Any disqualification points will NOT be considered a dropped point**

A. Vehicle will receive only hook points (10 points) when:

            1. While under the green flag:

                        A. Loses ballast weight.

                        B. Loses safety equipment and failure of safety equipment to function.

                        C. Excessive loss of liquid onto the track by a pulling vehicle while hooked to the sled.

Note: Excessive is defined as any steady or intermittent stream discharged onto the track, or a spot equivalent to more than eight (8) inches in diameter.

            2. Additional grounds for disqualification, suspensions and/or expulsions are:

A. Unsportsmanlike conduct, improper language or conduct detrimental to pulling.

B. Vehicle will receive no points when:

1. Intoxication - any competitor or any member of their crew under the influence of an intoxicating agent, drug, or having a measurable blood alcohol content during contest activities shall be considered under the influence and will be barred from any further involvement or participation in the event.

2. Any competitor or member of their crew who exhibits unprofessional and/or unsportsmanlike conduct including abusive language and/or physical action toward event officials, fellow competitors or spectators and/or deliberate delay of event will cause disqualification from that event.

3. Illegal equipment, illegal fuel and competing without proper fire protection.

4. Unsafe operation of competition vehicle.

5. Leaving the starting line while under the red flag.

6. Anyone who knowingly tampers with a vehicle could be permanently suspended.

7. Any competitor does not have any safety equipment.

8. Going out of bounds

**Any disqualification points will NOT be considered a dropped point**

Points & Awards

A. Points

1. The COTPC LLC will award points based on the finish position of the truck that is a paid member.

2. Hooks points will be given to a truck that has legally entered the event. (10 hook points given)

3. The following point system will be used for the COTPC LLC points:

                        1. 16 place points + 10 hook points = 26 points

                        2. 14 place points + 10 hook points = 24 points

                        3. 13 place points + 10 hook points = 23 points

                        4. 12 place points + 10 hook points = 22 points

                        5. 11 place points + 10 hook points = 21 points

                        6. 10 place points + 10 hook points = 20 points

                        7. 9 place points + 10 hook points = 19 points

                        8. 8 place points + 10 hook points = 18 points

                        9. 7 place points + 10 hook points = 17 points

                        10. 6 place points + 10 hook points = 16 points

                        11. 5 place points + 10 hook points = 15 points

                        12. 4 place points + 10 hook points = 14 points

                        13. 3 place points + 10 hook points = 13 points

                        14. 2 place points + 10 hook points = 12 points

                        15. 1 place point + 10 hook points = 11 points

                        16th and over 10 hook points will be awarded

4. All points are awarded to the vehicle, and not the driver. Must have their COTPC LLC number on the entry form. Failure to do so will result in no points for that truck.  **This WILL be ENFORCED** 

5. Lowest two (2) COTPC LLC pull will be dropped.

6. Abuse of the COTPC LLC passes will result in revocation of the pass for the remainder of the season.

7. A truck with a COTPC LLC membership number must have at least 50 points in order to receive a pass for the next year.

8. The fee will admit the driver and one other person into the pull for free. It is only one pass per entry. The two people MUST enter the gate at the same time. 

B. Tie Breaker (End of season)

If the end of the season points race results in a tie, the following formula will be used to break the tie: Ties will be broken by using the greatest number of 1st place finishes at events counting toward that position. If a tie still exists, second place finishes, third place finishes, etc, will be counted until the tie is broken.

Event Procedures and Requirements

A. Entry Procedures

1. Upon arrival at the event, go to the COTPC LLC entry site designated to enter competitors

2. The truck must compete in a class at the event before the truck may receive hook points, place points, or purse money.

3. A truck may be entered in more than one class, but only once in each class.

4. A competitor’s pulling position will be determined by draw at time of entry.

5. If a competitor breaks on a previous class and cannot make pull order in the next class or session, the competitor may ask the track official or competition director whether or not to allow the competitor to drop positions.

B. Withdrawal (Scratch)

1. To scratch a truck and receive full refund of entry fee, the competitor is required to notify the entry official of their withdrawal prior to the start of the class.

2. If a competitor scratches from a class prior to the start of the class, that competitor will receive the entry fee back. However, if the competitor does not officially scratch prior to the start of the class, the competitor will forfeit the entry fee.

3. Once a competitor has scratched from a class, that competitor may not re-enter that class for that session.

C. Vehicle Operations

1. Pulling vehicles must be operated in a safe manner at all times within the confines of the track, pits and staging areas. Event officials have the right to stop and disqualify any vehicle if it is not being operated in such a manner as would be considered safe.

2. Driver must remain seated while the truck is under the green flag and must have complete control of the truck at all times.

3. All pulls must start with a tight chain. No jerking or yanking of the sled. Once the slack has been taken out of the chain, you cannot back up and jerk the sled. Once the sled has stopped, the pull is over.

4. Attempting to pull under a red flag will result in disqualification. The flagman will cue the start of each pull by displaying the green flag. When the red flag is displayed, you must stop. Any attempt to continue to pull under a red flag will result in disqualification.

5. Each contestant may spot the sled before the pull. Contestant must notify a track official or sled operator before the sled backs to the starting line.

Clothing/Apparel

1. Each member of the competitor’s crew must be properly attired when present in the staging or competition area.

            2. Shoes are mandatory.

            3. Tank tops or bare torsos are not acceptable in the staging or competition area.

4. Fire jackets and long pants (no shorts) are required in all classes. Fire pants are recommended. If caught not wearing protective fire gear by flag person while hooking to the sled                 

                                1st offense is a verbal warning - 2nd offense is disqualification.

Tech Area/Procedure & Tech Man

1. There will be a designated area set up by the Pull Track Officials as a teching area where all vehicles will be teched.

2. The tech man’s decisions are final at the event.

3. The tech man has the right to determine the legality of the truck at any time.

4. The tech man has the right to make all the decisions regarding these rules.

5. The tech man has the right to open the hood or any panel at any time or make any visual or audible decision.

6. The tech man does not need to hold any certification of any kind to perform any test or make any decision.

7. Adhere to the tech man at all times.

8. Tech man’s decision is final at the track.

9. Must stay within 20ft of the truck until it is teched. Hoods must be open and ready for tech official.

10. Being illegal is anything that is a performance violation.          

                        - If caught being illegal you will lose your points and money for that event.

                        - If caught a second time you will lose money and points and be banned from the next 2 pulls.

                        - If caught a third time will result in banned for the remainder of the season. 

                        - If caught with nitrous and/or over cubic inch will result in disqualification for one (1) year and a day from the violation.

Protest Procedure

            1. A protest may be made prior to or following a pull.

            2. A fee of $200 for Gas Trucks and $400 for Diesel Trucks

            3. If protest is found true the protestor will receive $150 for Gas and $250 for Diesel

            4. If protest is found false the protested will receive $150 for Gas and $250 for Diesel

                        ($50 for Gas Trucks and $150 Diesel Trucks will be kept by the tech man).

End of the Year Procedures

      1. End of the year money will go to the top 5 points winners

      2. End of the year points pay-out will be determined after the pulls have been completed

                  - Subject to rain-outs and/or cancellations

      3. Outside sponsorship money will go to the top 5 points winners divided equally

  • Amount to be determined after sponsorship money is received

Uniform Pull Order

  1. 7800# 2.5 Diesel
  2. 6200# Light Pro Street Gas
  3. 8000# Limited Pro Stock Diesel
  4. 6500# Pro Stock Gas
  5. 6350# Modified
  6. 8000# RWYB

Class Representatives

Please contact one of the class representatives with any questions or concerns regarding your class.