Dial-unders now allowed at national events
Reprinted from the April 22, 1977 issue of National DRAGSTER
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Due to increased performance levels attained by both Stock and Super Stock cars and in the interest of closer overall competition, NHRA has implemented a new rule governing "dial-ins" effective with the Cajun Nationals.
Instead of instituting a complete overhaul of the Indexes in Stock and Super Stock, NHRA will give drivers in those two eliminator categories an opportunity to "dial under" their posted Index elapsed times in all remaining 1977 national events. The ruling will be optional at the divisional level.
Contestants choosing to dial under must register their new dial-in with pit control two hours prior to the start of elimination runs. Once registered, an elapsed time will not be subject to change at any other time during the event.
In cases where two cars of the same class meet, the race will always be on a "heads-up" basis regardless of the situation with respect to the competing cars' respective "dial-ins," and break-out rulings will not apply.
"We feel that this is the most equitable way of equalizing the competition aside from completely overhauling the Index system – which we would prefer to do only as a last resort," said NHRA Competition Director Steve Gibbs.