Strip Tech-- Roll Cage

Discussion in 'Drag Racing Tech Discussion & Timeslips' started by CreamOnTheCob, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. CreamOnTheCob

    CreamOnTheCob Junior Member

    Hello, I will be getting a Hellion Twin kit installed on my 2012 GT in February. My question is how can I avoid having a cage/bar while at drag strips. I am only going to be running low boost, around 600rwhp or so. The car is my daily when the weather is nice and I rack up 70 miles round trip daily to school so I don't want to really have a cage since I will only visit the strip several times a year, maybe more now since the car will be boosted. The shop doing it said I can have them put no time on and they wont harass me about no cage, but I want to confirm so I don't get blind sided after paying to get into the track and only getting a single run in. Thanks!
  2. stkjock

    stkjock ---- Madmin ---- Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator S197 Team Member

    Don’t run faster than 11.49 and that may not even work

    NT just means the time isn’t on the boards, it’s still recorded and the track will know
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2018
  3. drive_55_not

    drive_55_not forum member

    Some news on the roll bar requirement, the NHRA recently amended their paragraph on roll bar requirement for 2008+ non-vert vehicles.

    They struck out the wording on what they had defined as unaltered and now say as long as the OEM safety devices [ ABS brakes, air bags and restraints [seat belts]] are still functional, no bar required for 10.00/135mph and slower.

    As usual, local tracks can still have their requirement so you'd need to check what they want.

    Good luck and be safe ...

  4. stkjock

    stkjock ---- Madmin ---- Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator S197 Team Member

    /\ u have a cite for that? Last I read if the car was altered the traditional roll bar rules applied. 11.49 needed one.
  5. JJ427R

    JJ427R forum member

    I've run at BIR Wednesday night drags and have seen cars very similar with no cage. You'll at least get one run in before they tell you if you need a cage or not. If you are attending a sanctioned racing event the story will probably be different believe you may need a cage for that. I thought the time requirement for a cage was 10:59?? I'd call your local track and find out...
  6. RED09GT

    RED09GT Senior Member S197 Team Member

  7. CreamOnTheCob

    CreamOnTheCob Junior Member

    Thanks for all the info, I'll have to give them a call to make sure, they are a nhra track I believe. Otherwise I could try sand bagging until my last pass I guess. I had seen stuff about fire jackets but dont recall the times, if I need one whats one you guys would recommend? I got shafted on my helmet and had to buy it at the track when out of the blue they called me out for it when I never had one my previous trips. Before I even got my slip the guy told me I needed a helmet to race again so I got happy thinking I did my fastest pass, nope it was one of my slower passes =/
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2018
  8. RocketcarX

    RocketcarX 95% of my weight is fuel

    They changed the rule within the last coupe of weeks, the stipulation is ALL original safety gear needs to be intact down to the seats.
  9. stkjock

    stkjock ---- Madmin ---- Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator S197 Team Member

    Yea, thanks I did read that
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  10. FL Skydiver

    FL Skydiver Junior Member

    No cage needed at our track until 9.99 or quicker.
  11. psfracer

    psfracer billy badass Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator S197 Team Member

    I think this was long overdue for a few reasons:

    1) if you had a new $65K Hellcat lets say, and you just wanted to run it at the track once in a great while, it would be hard to justify putting in a cage in a new $65K vehicle if you broke into the 9s with a supercharger swap and dot legal drag radials.
    2) driving on the street with a cage is dangerous without a helmet - because if you get into a crash you can hit your head on one of the roof bars. With a roll bar, at least you could put SFI roll bar padding on the appropriate places and be a little safer.

    *** note: there is a huge difference between a "cage" vs a "roll bar" -- these terms are not interchangeable yet a lot of people seem to do it anyway. They mean completely different things.