General Admission - $15 (ages 13+)
Students - $10 (ages 8-12)
Kids - Free (ages 7-under)
Race registration fees vary by event. Please visit our SCHEDULE and click on a race to learn more information.
Rain Check Policy
No admission rainchecks (refunds or credits) after the first round of the event has started.
In the event of a rain out after time trials begin, but before the first round has started, 50% credit will be honored for spectator admission, crew, and drivers, however, you must keep your armbands and bring them back to your next event at Rock Falls Raceway.
Tech Cards/Race Entries will receive the following:
If rain or other occurrence halts/cancels racing during a round of your class’s eliminations, it will be as if that class round had not started. No points will be awarded to anyone who did win that round.
Cash Purse Classes:
If rain or other occurrence halts/cancels racing after the completion of the first round of eliminations for your class, round points will be awarded and payout will be divided among the remaining racers and no entry fee refund or credit will be issued. Checks will be mailed to the address listed on the tech card.
If rain or other occurrence halts/cancels racing before the completion of the first round of eliminations of your class (but after time runs are completed), competitors will receive a race entry credit (less a $5 handling fee & $5 fee for each time run taken) or 80% refund in the form of your original payment of race entry fee (minus armband, if applicable). There will be no purse payout. Points may be awarded depending on the circumstance. A credit list will be generated based on the tech cards received in tech inspection. If you have a tech card for the event, please make sure it is handed in on that day to the tech inspection staff or tower personnel. Credits are valid for the remainder of the calendar year in which it was issued as well as the entire following race year calendar.
Non-Cash Purse Classes (Trophy Classes):
If rain or other occurrence halts/cancels racing after the completion of the first round of eliminations, round points will be awarded for rounds finished on track. If you have won at least 2 rounds of eliminations, a trophy will be awarded to those still remaining in competition. No entry fee refund will be issued.
If rain or other occurrence halts/cancels racing before the completion of the first round of eliminations of your class (but after time runs are completed), competitors will receive a race entry credit (less a $5 handling fee & $5 fee for each time run taken) or 80% refund of race entry fee in the form of your original payment of your race entry fee (minus armband, if applicable). Points may be awarded depending on the circumstance. A credit list will be generated based on the tech cards received in tech inspection. If you have a tech card for the event, please make sure it is handed in on that day to the tech inspection staff or tower personnel. Credits are valid for the remainder of the calendar year in which it was issued as well as the entire following race year calendar.
Alcohol consumption by participating drivers is strictly prohibited. Drivers caught consuming alcohol will be disqualified from their races.
No alcohol is allowed in the staging lanes or starting line area.
No glass bottles are allowed on track premises.
The speed limit in the pit area and return road is 10 MPH. Watch for children, Jr. Dragsters, and pets.
No skateboards or roller blades allowed in pit area.
ATVs, mopeds, and bicycles are to be used for race support only. However, all motorized pit vehicles must be registered in the pit vehicle registration program. CLICK HERE for a 2021 Pit Vehicle Registration Form. Forms can also be obtained at the track. Cost of Pit Vehicle Registration is $10 for the year and is good at all NHRA Divisions 1 and 5 racetracks. All Division 5 tracks require this registration. No joy riding or horsing around is allowed.
Children under the age of 16 (and without a valid driver's license) are not allowed to operate any motorized vehicle. This includes ATVs, go-carts, scooters, and mopeds.
Racing generally starts at 9 a.m. with motors starting at 7:30 a.m.
Racing generally ends at 6 p.m. Background music will stop when racing ends, and quiet time (no motors/music/loud noise) begins at 10 p.m.
All eliminators will be given a maximum of three time trial sessions or qualifying runs. The number of time trials may, however, vary from time to time based on weather or other special circumstances.
Time trials will be run by eliminator, out of their designated lanes.
No driver may change vehicles once eliminations have begun.
A driver may change vehicles before eliminations have begun, as long as the vehicle is not entered in the same class.
Reaction times and intermediate times are given as a courtesy to the driver and no races will be re-run over disputed times.
A driver's dial-in must be on the vehicle for all racers, track personnel, and spectators to see. The dial-in must be on the vehicle by the time the driver leaves the line in front of each particular staging lane. The dial-in cannot be changed after a driver crosses this line.
It is the sole responsibility of the driver to check their dial-in before pre-staging. If you pre-stage your vehicle, you are accepting the dial-in on the board (right or wrong). AutoStart is used at Rock Falls Raceway and once one car has pre-staged and the other car has staged, the countdown for AutoStart is on and the second vehicle has 10 seconds within which to stage. If the 2nd driver does not stage within this 10 second time frame, the 2nd driver will be timed out. No re-runs will be made if this occurs. Once both cars have pre-staged, it is a race.
*Effective April of 2017 Rock Falls Raceway uses Tru-Start for all classes except Jr Dragster! What Tru-Start means is this: If both drivers leave the starting line and are both red, the worst red light loses, not necessarily the first driver who went red.
Point Series Rules
Enrollment for the 2021 Gold Rush Point Series should be done prior to competing in your first bracket race of the 2021 season. All Rock Falls Raceway members must have a NHRA competition number or a Rock Falls Raceway permanent number in order to earn points. Membership is $35 for the season.
Drivers in all classes are advised to purchase a NHRA competition number and NHRA membership. If a driver chooses not to purchase a NHRA number, Rock Falls Raceway will assign you a permanent number once you have purchased your RFR membership.
A driver's points are earned according to the number displayed on the vehicle. Should a driver change vehicles during the season, his or her permanent number must be on the vehicle.
All numbers and dial-ins are to be displayed on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The numbers have to be dark and legible for the tower crew. Prior to pre-staging your vehicle, it is the responsibility of the driver to make a final check of his/her dial-in displayed on the scoreboard. If it is incorrect, the driver must get the attention of the starter or starting line official and indicate to them a wrong dial-in - do not pre-stage. Tower personnel are not responsible for a wrong dial-in and no re-run will be given.
Points will be given in all eliminators including Super Pro, Sportsman, King of the Hill and Street Eliminator at all 11 Bracket Race events. Points are not given to these classes at Fun Races. The year end points total will be based on your best 8 of 11 races.
A driver may not drive more than 1 car in the same eliminator.
Points will be awarded to the driver and may not be transferred, even if the driver changes eliminator.
Important Tech Updates
All vehicles running 9.99 or quicker or 135+mph will be required to have a NHRA accepted Engine Diaper or Lower Engine Oil Containment Device.
Effective 1/1/17 the Snell 2005 helmet expired and is no longer valid for use in drag racing for anyone who runs 13.99 or quicker in the 1/4 mile. There are a lot of these helmets around so please check yours and tell your friends to check theirs because they have expired and will no be able to be used for anyone who will be running 13.99 or quicker in the 1/4 mile. Again, please be advised that the following 4 helmets: Snell 2005, Snell 2000, Snell K98 and Snell 95 helmets are no longer valid for use in drag racing IF you run quicker than 14.00 in the 1/4 mile. Acceptable helmets are the Snell 2010 and Snell 2015. Please also remind your fellow racers to check their helmets as well.
Guaranteed Payout for Super Pro & Pro ET Classes
Super Pro: 7.50 to 11.99 (Delay Boxes & Throttle Stops ALLOWED)
Pro ET: 8.00 and slower (NO Electronics Allowed - NO delay boxes, stutter boxes or throttle stops). Two steps okay.
Bikes and snowmobiles are allowed in all eliminators.
BIG PAYOUT CONTINUING FOR 2021!
All new for 2021, Super Pro Eliminator pays $2,000 to win. Pro ET Eliminator pays $2,000 to win
Payout is as follows:
Winner: $ 2,000
R/U: $ 900
Semis: $ 375
5th Rd. Winner*: $ 225
4th Rd. Winner*: $ 150
3rd Rd. Winner: $ 75
2nd Rd. Winner: $ 50
(* If Needed)
Guest Code of Conduct
Rock Falls Raceway is fully committed to providing our race fans affordable family entertainment in a safe, comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere.
Guests are required to take responsibility for their behavior in order to insure they are not interfering with the enjoyment of others. Guests are specifically required to refrain from the following:
Behavior that is unruly, disruptive or illegal in nature
Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures
Interference with the event
Failure to follow instructions of stadium personnel or law enforcement.
Verbal or physical harassment of others including all fans, participants, officials and staff.
Theft or vandalism
Engaging in any of the above code violations in any areas outside Rock Falls Raceway that are owned or operated by Rock Falls Raceway or its affiliates.
Campfires are allowed above ground in the pits. Firewood rules are the same as state laws - all wood must be from within 60 miles of Rock Falls Raceway. Wood is sold on site for $7 per bundle.
Washrooms and showers are open all night on race weekends.
All pets must be leashed at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of.
If these rules are not followed, patrons may be asked to leave the property.