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                              General Rules

  • NO OXYGENATED FUEL IN ANY CLASS
  • 110 OCTANE AND LOWER ALLOWED
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be permitted.
  • No racing/speeding allowed in the pit area.
  • Drivers must remain seated at all times.
  • Any object that may fall off any tractor during pulling will disqualify that tractor for that pull.
  • Two attempts per class if tractor is stopped before 20 feet.
  • First puller of each class is the test puller and may be allowed to drop to the 3rd spot.
  • Long pants, shirt, and closed toe shoes must be worn at all times while pulling.
  • Helmets are required for all drivers. Helmets must be strapped and eye protection is highly recommended.
  • Weights may be moved but not added after weigh in is completed.
  • All tractors must have fenders. Fenders must connect to the foot plate. There must not be a opening between the fender and the foot plate. Tractors can’t have an opening between the fenders and foot plate big enough to allow your foot to touch the tires.
  • All drivers under the age of 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult during the event.
  • Tractors must be in neutral at the time of hook.
  • Wheelie bars/ skid plates are required for all tractors. These must be able to support the tractor’s weight.
  • All tractors must have a garden tractor appearance.
  • All stock tractors must have a 12” hitch height and open tractors may have a 13” hitch height.
  • Track officials have the final say in a pull.
  • All pullers must sign waiver at registration. Pullers under 18 years must have permission from a parent or guardian.
  • Alcohol consumption not permitted during pulling. This will be monitored by track officials.
  • No refunds for dropping a class after the class has started.
  • All tractors must have working brakes.
  • Foot throttles/Auto return to idle speed control for all tractors- dead man throttle required for all tractors.
  • No duels or chains allowed.
  • At least one hand on steering wheel at all times during a pull.
  • Any rules violation will disqualify the tractor and puller until issue is resolved and approved by track officials.
  • Bottom of skid plate/ wheelie bar must not be more that four inches from the ground- plus/minus 1 inch 
  • Hitch point and wheelie bar can not be mounted on the same bracket. They must be secured to the tractor by separate mounts.
  • Wheelie bars/ skid plates must not extend more than 10” from the rear of the tires.
  • Weights on the rear of the tractor must not extend more that 10” from the rear of the tires.
  • All tractors must cross scales after the pull is complete. Any tractor not making weight will be disqualified.
  • All tractors must not be more that 3 pounds over weight.
  • Weights may not extend more than 72” from the center of the rear axle to the front of the weight bar.
  • If you need to or want to move up a class then the tractor must follow the rules for that class. Be prepared.
  • Minimum 2” opening for the hitch point
  • Any tractor running over 4000 rpm’s is required to have side covers and clutch covers. Covers need to be made of either 1/8” steel or 3/16” aluminum.
  • Fire suits recommended for all pullers but required for alcohol tractors.
  • Dust covers or air cleaners are required for all tractors.
  • Any issues will be resolved by track officials before the tractor pulls and track officials decisions are final.
  • If you are caught placing your hands between the tires and fenders while pulling you will be disqualified by the flaggers.
  • Once tractors are weight in they must continue through inspection and can not return to the pits
  • Minimum of 3 tractors per class.
  • Track officials have the ability to disqualify any tractor at any time.
  • Kill switches are required for all tractors.
  • You may drive your tractor out on the track but you are required to push the tractor back to the sled. You can not drive the tractor in reverse to back up to the sled.
  • Any tractor over 4000 rpm’s must have a pilot bearing on the drive shaft between the transmission and the clutch.
  • Any tractor over 4000 rpm must have head restraints.
  • No billet heads allowed in the stock classes
  • 1 Hook per class per driver. Tractors can pull in the same class more than once as long as there is a different driver.
  • Yearly Point system- $20 fee per class to be in the points system.

 

 

Class Rules Kids Class

  1. Open to kids from 8 to 12 years of age
  2. Follow stock class and general rules for guide lines.
  3. 8-14 hp motors only – no 16 horse, twins, or open tractors in the kids classes.
  4. Driver must be able to drive tractor onto the track. Parent must be present when the tractor is backed up to the sled. Tractor must be pushed back to the sled.
  5. Driver must be able to put the tractor in gear and control the throttle by themselves.
  6. Driver must be able to launch the tractor by themselves and stop the tractor by themselves.
  7. Parent must be outside the white line while the tractor is moving down the track and may only approach the tractor once the tractor has stopped or the driver appears to be in trouble.
  8. Turf tires only – no cut or sharpened tires allowed.
  9. Helmets must be buckled and eye protection is recommended.

 

 

 

 

     Class Rules : Stock 8-10 hp,12-14 hp,16 + hp

  • 26x12x12 tires allowed in stock bar tire classes
  • No Pro cut tires allowed I.E.- Cepers, Nichols, lawn tecs
  •  30 over clean out bore allowed.
  •  Cut tires for bar tire class only.
  •  Kill switch required.
  •  4000 rpm max +/- 200 [ no exceptions- if rpm can’t be reached then you must move up to the open class ]
  •  No governor overrides allowed.
  •  Pump gas only.
  •  Air filters or dust covers required
  •  Wheelie bars/ skid plates required – if you don’t have roll over protection – you don’t pull.
  •  Engine covers recommended.
  •  Stock rear ends.
  •  Clutch covers required.No cut or sharpened tires in the turf tire classes.
  • No Billet heads allowed in the stock classes – tractors must have stock appearing heads.

 

 

 

 

 Diesel Class Rules

  1. Single turbo allowed
  2. No more than 3 cylinders
  3. No more than 45 cu.
  4. Garden tractor frames only
  5. Bar tire up to 26 x 12 x12
  6. 13 “ hitch height
  7. No propane, nitrous, or alcohol allowed in fuel
  8. 1050 # and 1150 # classes
  9. Clutch must be covered on all sides
  10. Head must be tied down- recommended to wrap entire motor with 5/16 “ cable and 2 clamps
  11. Steel flywheel required
  12. 1 # minimum fire extinguisher required on the tractor
  13. Filled blocks allowed
  14. Fire suit recommended
  15. Cross bolt required in exhaust
  16. Guilatine shut off required on turbo charger
  17. Turbo must be wrapped with cable  

 

    TWIN CLASS
    1. Stock wheel base
    2. 30 over clean out bore allowed
    3. Cut tires allowed, out of bar tire class only
    4. KILL SWITCH REQUIRED
    5. Pump gas only
    6. No oxygenated fuel
    7. 110 octane max
    8. VPc-12 Recommended
    9. Engine covers recommended
    10. No governor overrides allowed
    11. 4000 rpm max +/- 200 (no exceptions- if rpm cannot be reached then you will be moved to the open class)
  • Single barrow carbs only

 

    1. Pit bull, Cepek, or equal tires allowed, 26-12-12 tires allowed in the bar tire class
    2. Air cleaners required
    3. Fire extinguishers recommended
    4. Clutch covers required
  • No rev limiters or stutter boxes allowed

Open Class/ Alcohol Class

  • Kill switch required.
  •  26-12-12, Cepek, Pit Bull, or equal tires allowed
  •  Fire suits required for alcohol tractors
  •  Pump gas or alcohol allowed.
  •  30 cubic inch, 37 cubic inch, 50 cubic inch, 16 hp 60 over motors allowed, twin motors allowed
  •  Heads must be tied down for tractors over 4000 rpm’s
  •  Side motor covers required for tractors over 4000 rpm’s
  •  Clutch covers required for tractors over 4000 rpm’s
  •  Fire extinguishers required for all alcohol tractors- 1# minimum.
  •  13” hitch height.
  •  Steel fly wheels required for tractors over 4000 rpm’s. If you choose to pull a stock tractor in the open/alcohol class you must have a steel fly wheel OR run no more than 4000 rpm’s.

 

 

ZINGER CLASS RULES

Full Throttle General Rules and Safety Rules Apply, Insurance Stickers Required for all Tractors

 

  1. 2500cc Max for motors

 

 

We will follow all of the Tri-State Mini Rods rules for safety, weights, wheel base, etc.

  1. All drivers must be able to control all controls of their tractor from the driver’s seat. All minors must submit written consent of a parent or guardian to enter the contest. Such statements must be turned in at the time of entry each day. Each contestant enters the contest at his or her own risk or that of a parent or guardian and recognizes that he/she may be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or property damage to others caused by his/her tractor. Age limit on zinger tractors is 12 years old minimum with consent of a present parent or guardian. V-8 tractors -16 years old minimum and must have a guardian present for anyone under 18 years of age.
  2. Any puller or persons in debt to Tri-State Mini Pullers will not be allowed to pull until the debt has been cleared.
  3. Approved DOT safety helmets with a full-face shield or approved goggles must be worn by all drivers in all classes during their pull. This will be the judge’s decision depending on weather conditions.
  4. All drivers in all classes must wear fire suits during the pull. Approved fire suits are constructed of 1 ply Nomax or Proban. At this time it is optional to wear hoods. Fireproof footwear is also optional. No canvas tennis shoes. SFI approved neck brace and driving gloves must be worn.
  5. All pullers must be Members or Associate Members of the Tri-State Mini Pullers Association. Pullers that are not members of the Tri-State Mini Pullers Association must pay $10.00 per class per day for insurance purposes. Anybody inside the track boundary lines must be a Member or Associate member. An Associate member is one that is under a Member. An Associate Helper is someone wanting to be a Helper cost is $10.00 a year. This gives them the privilege to be in the track boundary lines only (NO Driving ,NO Voting, No Banquet)
  6. Any consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs by any drivers or helpers before or during the pull will be grounds for immediate disqualification. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be allowed within spectator boundary lines of the track during the pull. No exceptions to this rule! PENALTY will result in disqualification for the remainder of the day’s pull and the NEXT PULL THAT THEY ATTEND. This includes Driver and Tractor

ZINGER CLASS 1350# & 1350#

  1. All multi-cylinder tractors are to be naturally aspirated. There will be no blowers or turbo chargers allowed. No electronic or computerized fuel systems allowed.
  2. Zinger Class: 2500 cc max per tractor allowed, anything over 2500cc must be 1 cylinder. A single cylinder motor may run unlimited cubic inches for single cylinder motor.

 

SECTION #3 ELIGILIBITY OF TRACTOR

  1. Contest is open to mini tractors with rubber tires. No four-wheel drive allowed. No dual tires, no tire studs or chains are permitted. All power must be transmitted through the two rear wheels. Tires are not to exceed 16.1 x 18.4 tire size.
  2. No portion of any tractor may exceed 8 feet forward of the center of the rear wheel. No portion of any tractor will exceed 6 feet in width rim to rim.
  3. All pulling tractors must be equipped with a dead man throttle. All throttles working in a forward-rearward direction and shall be closed in the rearmost position. For carburetor and fuel injections, there must be a spring on the butterfly shaft. No hydraulic throttle linkage allowed. Must be positive. All foot throttles must have metal toe strap. Metal strap must conform to the satisfaction of the Rules Committee. All hand throttles must be operated by hand only. A reverse lockout on automatic transmissions. All multi-cylinder tractors are to have a neutral start switch.
  4. All tractors must be equipped with workable brakes. All multi-cylinder tractors must have manufactured workable rear wheel brakes.
  5. Minimum drawbar length is 6 inches from the center of the rear wheels to the point of hook. Drawbar must be stationary in all directions, 13 inches from the top of hitching device parallel to the ground.
  6. Drawbar must be equipped with a hitching device not more that 1-inch in thickness and must have at least 1 3/4 inch round hole opening. Cross-sectional thickness must be equivalent of 1/2 inch round stock. Pulling point may not be more than 3/4 inch from back edge of hitching device. All tractors must have 1/2 inch cable around hitch and over the pig and under the rear end with two (2) ½ inch cable clamps fastened securely. The pin in the hitch is to be no smaller than 1 7/16 bolt, grade 8 or better.
  7. All tractors must have two (2) safety devices to prevent turnover. These devices to have wheels or skid plates. Wheels are to be at least one (1) inch wide and five (5) inches in diameter. All wheels must have metal centers. Skid plates are to be at least three (3) inches square and parallel with the ground. Wheelie Bars/Skid Plates must support the weight of the tractor with the driver seated. Wheels or skid pads must be no less than five (5) inches behind the rear of the rear tires and not more than six 6” above the ground. Front end skid plates: Skid plate mounted in line with each rail (on both sides) equal in strength to frame rail material. Skid plate surface to be a minimum of 2 inches wide, 10 inches long, with a minimum 2-inch curved radius when measured from the front most part of rolled edge, or a maximum of 45-degree bend from the ground and a minimum of 1 inch in material past the bend.
  1. All tractors, single-cylinder and multi-cylinder, will be equipped with a working kill switches. Switches are to have a two (2) inch solid metal ring as hooking point. KILL SWITCHES must be 18 inches above the Hitch and 6 inches either Way. Can be checked randomly.
  2. No pressurized fuel tanks allowed. All forms of nitro-methane including nitrous oxide are illegal.
  3. All modified class engine fans must be shrouded with steel 1/16 inch or thicker 360 degrees. All fly­wheels, clutches and pressure plate assemblies must be covered 360 degrees with 3/8 inch steel, five (5) inches wide or a blow proof bell housing. Automatic transmissions must be covered with an SFI approved scatter blanket. Blankets must cover from the valve body to the motor securely fastened at both ends or 360 degrees with 3/8 inch steel the full length. All final drives to be covered with 3/8-inch steel or 3/8 inch aluminum 360 degrees on multi-cylinder tractors. All automatics with blow proof bell housing must cover valve body to blow proof bell housing with an automatic transmission blanket. All universal joints must be covered five (5) inches minimum. All zinger tractors with disc or automobile type clutches to be covered on the sides and top with 3/16-inch steel or an approved blanket. Harmonic balancer must be covered the width of the balancer 360 degrees with a front cover. Must be two(2) ¼ Straps or one (1) 1/4 inch by two (2) inch wide strap and fastened securely. Must have a bolt in the crankshaft to hold the harmonic balancer. If harmonic balancer is solid steel, aluminum or cast steel, it does not have to be shielded. All tractors to have side shields .060 thickness (length of block, top of block to top of pan). Or SFI Approved Balancer.
  1. All belts, gears and open pulleys must be protected with 16-grade metal, twice as wide as belt of gears to be protected.
  2. A safely secured normal size seat must be used. Minimum six (6) inch high rigid back on all tractor seats. All tractors to have either a wrap around seat or fenders to keep the driver out of the wheels. All tractors must have a metal ¼ inch bar behind the seat attached to each of the fenders. The wrap around and fenders must support the weight of the driver
  3. All exhaust must discharge vertically upward one (1) foot above the final bend. Vertical is defined as being within 10 degrees of being plumb. This includes zingers.
  4. Driver or eligible drivers must be sitting on the seat anytime the tractor is started or being run. Including zinger tractors, they must have a neutral lockout on them. (Zingers only)
  5. Each tractor may be entered in more than one class, but only once in each class.
  6. Roll cages are required on all classes with the zinger class being optional.

The roll cage must include the following: two main loops over the top of the drive, connected laterally with a minimum of two (2) tubes or bars. The roll cage must attach to the chassis with at least 4 attachment points.

All multi-cylinder tractors are to be naturally aspirated. There will be no blowers or turbo chargers allowed.  No electronic or computerized fuel systems allowed.

        1. Zinger Class: 2500 cc max per tractor allowed, anything over 2500cc must be 1 cylinder. A single cylinder motor may run unlimited cubic inches for single cylinder motor.
        1. SECTION #3 ELIGILIBITY OF TRACTOR
    1. Contest is open to mini tractors with rubber tires. No four-wheel drive allowed. No dual tires, no tire studs or chains are permitted. All power must be transmitted through the two rear wheels. Tires are not to exceed 16.1 x 18.4 tire size.
    2. No portion of any tractor may exceed 8 feet forward of the center of the rear wheel. No portion of any tractor will exceed 6 feet in width rim to rim.
    3. All pulling tractors must be equipped with a dead man throttle. All throttles working in a forward-rearward direction and shall be closed in the rearmost position. For carburetor and fuel injections, there must be a spring on the butterfly shaft. No hydraulic throttle linkage allowed. Must be positive. All foot throttles must have metal toe strap. Metal strap must conform to the satisfaction of the Rules Committee. All hand throttles must be operated by hand only. A reverse lockout on automatic transmissions. All multi-cylinder tractors are to have a neutral start switch.
    4. All tractors must be equipped with workable brakes. All multi-cylinder tractors must have manufactured workable rear wheel brakes.
    5. Minimum drawbar length is 6 inches from the center of the rear wheels to the point of hook. Drawbar must be stationary in all directions, 13 inches from the top of hitching device parallel to the ground.
    6. Drawbar must be equipped with a hitching device not more that 1-inch in thickness and must have at least 1 3/4 inch round hole opening. Cross-sectional thickness must be equivalent of 1/2 inch round stock. Pulling point may not be more than 3/4 inch from back edge of hitching device. All tractors must have 1/2 inch cable around hitch and over the pig and under the rear end with two (2) ½ inch cable clamps fastened securely. The pin in the hitch is to be no smaller than 1 7/16 bolt, grade 8 or better.
    7. All tractors must have two (2) safety devices to prevent turnover. These devices to have wheels or skid plates. Wheels are to be at least one (1) inch wide and five (5) inches in diameter. All wheels must have metal centers. Skid plates are to be at least three (3) inches square and parallel with the ground. Wheelie Bars/Skid Plates must support the weight of the tractor with the driver seated. Wheels or skid pads must be no less than five (5) inches behind the rear of the rear tires and not more than six 6” above the ground. Front end skid plates:  Skid plate mounted in line with each rail (on both sides) equal in strength to frame rail material.  Skid plate surface to be a minimum of 2 inches wide, 10 inches long, with a minimum 2-inch curved radius when measured from the front most part of rolled edge, or a maximum of 45-degree bend from the ground and a minimum of 1 inch in material past the bend.
  1. All tractors, single-cylinder and multi-cylinder, will be equipped with a working kill switches.  Switches are to have a two (2) inch solid metal ring as hooking point. KILL SWITCHES must be 18 inches above the Hitch and 6 inches either Way.  Can be checked randomly.
  2. No pressurized fuel tanks allowed. All forms of nitro-methane including nitrous oxide are illegal.
  3. All modified class engine fans must be shrouded with steel 1/16 inch or thicker 360 degrees. All fly­wheels, clutches and pressure plate assemblies must be covered 360 degrees with 3/8 inch steel, five (5) inches wide or a blow proof bell housing. Automatic transmissions must be covered with an SFI approved scatter blanket. Blankets must cover from the valve body to the motor securely fastened at both ends or 360 degrees with 3/8 inch steel the full length. All final drives to be covered with 3/8-inch steel or 3/8 inch aluminum 360 degrees on multi-cylinder tractors. All automatics with blow proof bell housing must cover valve body to blow proof bell housing with an automatic transmission blanket. All universal joints must be covered five (5) inches minimum. All zinger tractors with disc or automobile type clutches to be covered on the sides and top with 3/16-inch steel or an approved blanket. Harmonic balancer must be covered the width of the balancer 360 degrees with a front cover. Must be two(2) ¼ Straps or one (1) 1/4 inch by two (2) inch wide strap and fastened securely. Must have a bolt in the crankshaft to hold the harmonic balancer. If harmonic balancer is solid steel, aluminum or cast steel, it does not have to be shielded. All tractors to have side shields .060 thickness (length of block, top of block to top of pan). Or SFI Approved Balancer.
  4. All belts, gears and open pulleys must be protected with 16-grade metal, twice as wide as belt of gears to be protected.
  5. A safely secured normal size seat must be used. Minimum six (6) inch high rigid back on all tractor seats. All tractors to have either a wrap around seat or fenders to keep the driver out of the wheels. All tractors must have a metal ¼ inch bar behind the seat attached to each of the fenders. The wrap around and fenders must support the weight of the driver
  6. All exhaust must discharge vertically upward one (1) foot above the final bend. Vertical is defined as being within 10 degrees of being plumb. This includes zingers.
  7. Driver or eligible drivers must be sitting on the seat anytime the tractor is started or being run. Including zinger tractors, they must have a neutral lockout on them. (Zingers only)
  8. Each tractor may be entered in more than one class, but only once in each class.
  9. Roll cages are required on all classes with the zinger class being optional.

The roll cage must include the following:  two main loops over the top of the drive, connected laterally with a minimum of two (2) tubes or bars. The roll cage must attach to the chassis with at least 4 attachment points.

  1. Violation of any of the rules shall constitute disqualification
  2. Contest to be governed by a judge with all decisions being final. Judges have the right to stop and disqualify any tractor if it is not being operated in such a manner, as it would be considered safe. Any disagreements shall be cause for immediate disqualification.
  3. Any arguments with any of the judges will be cause for disqualification for the next two (2) Tri-State pulls that you attend. Rules Committee to make the final decision.
  4. Only the driver will be allowed on a vehicle when it is being towed or driven, NO RIDERS. No rider is or on any vehicle in pit, track or adjacent areas, to include tow tractors unless it has two (2) seats, competing vehicles, tow back and maintenance equipment of any kind.
  5. All exchangers must be equipped with two (2) fire extinguishers not less than 2 3/4 pound; it will also be equipped with a 36-inch chain minimum.
  6. There will be no arguments during the pull. Any discussion can be held with the Rules Committee after the pull is over at either’s discretion.
  7. All entries for the day must be in 30 minutes prior to the start of the first class. If you have breakage throughout the day, you will get your money back for the class or classes that you cannot pull in.