General Rules of the Modern Street Hemi Shootout

General Rules and Procedures


All Race Cars competing in the heads up classes must make a minimum of one qualifying run during race day in order to compete in the elimination rounds. If a racer fails to make a complete run down the track, but does break the start beam, they will qualify in the last position for the class. It will be the track and managing MSHS staff’s discretion as to the number of qualifying runs on race day.

Tree Type

ALL classes will qualify and compete on a .500 PRO TREE except Super Pro Class which is a .400 PRO TREE.

Elimination Rounds

Pairings will be based on a Pro Ladder (Links: Proladder3-8Proladder9-16-1Proladder17-24). Heads-up classes will be laddered beginning with round one of eliminations. Qualifying slot will be based on ET for all heads-up classes. Identical ET will be laddered based on MPH. All cars that qualify below the Indexed ET are placed at the bottom of the ladder; larger breakout at the bottom.

The Pentastar Bracket class will begin eliminations pairing up cars randomly, based on how racers proceed to and line up in staging lanes. Once the bracket class is down to 16 or fewer cars, the field of cars will be paired based on a PRO Ladder. Pairing will be based on reaction times during the previous round of eliminations.

If a class has fewer than 4 cars, each round will be best 2 out of 3 to include the finals.

Lane choice

Heads-up first round lane choice goes to the higher qualifier in the pairing. Round two and subsequent rounds, lane choice goes to the car with the quicker ET.

Pentastar Bracket lane choice will be based on reaction times during the previous round of eliminations and should be discussed by the paired racers.


Courtesy staging will be in effect during all elimination rounds.
If a driver inadvertently lights both Pre-Stage and Stage bulbs, it is up to the starter to back out and re-stage the cars, DO NOT BACK OUT UNLESS TOLD TO DO SO.

Deep staging disqualifies a racer from any and all best reaction time awards.

Break Downs

If a racer’s car is NOT capable of moving forward in the competition rounds, they must notify MSHS or track staff timely so that there are no racing delays.

Should a vehicle break down on the track, move over immediately towards the outside of the lane to prevent track delays.

Safety Rules

NHRA safety rules are in effect at all events and it is up to the track personnel to handle all safety rule infractions and or complaints. Track rules must be adhered to by all racers.**


Non-compliance to the MSHS rules will not be tolerated and will earn a disqualification from ALL competition. Disqualification does not entitle a racer to a refund of any entry fees.**

Break Out

Any vehicle running quicker than the Index ET reference in a class is a break out loss.

Safe Racing

All racers should run their car at its full capabilities. Unsafe driving techniques such as hard braking at the top end to avoid a break out will be reviewed and can result in disqualification at the discretion of track officials and/or MSHS staff.


For any Racer to earn ANY points in the Modern Street Hemi® Shootout they must be present at the track on race day or if separate on qualifying day, with their race vehicle.

One Race Driver/ Two Race Vehicle’s

A Driver may qualify and/or drive more than one vehicle during qualifying and eliminations rounds. The driver that qualifies a race car must drive the car during eliminations rounds in all classes the vehicle is competing in. Any racer caught substituting drivers or driving more than the qualified race car during rounds will be immediately disqualified from the whole track event, along with the race car.

Only one of the cars is eligible for King of the Hill and must be declared prior to eliminations.  Failure to declare will leave the decision in the hands of the event organizers if the driver wins more than one class with different vehicles.

Only one of the cars earns points and will by default be the car that the racer previously raced in the series with.  If the driver competes with both vehicles at the first event of the year, they must declare which vehicle will be the points earner prior to eliminations.  Failure to do so will leave the decision in the hands of the event organizers.

Full entry fee must be paid for both vehicles and only one of the vehicles may be entered into a class, no double entry into same class such as bracket class.

Attendance point

Each Racer earns attendance points for coming to an event to race.  If the racer’s car breaks before they make a qualifying run, they must contact MSHS staff immediately to get their points credited as they will not show up in the events run sheets otherwise.

Class Exemption

A Racer is allowed a one-time Heads-Up class exemption for the season. If a racer normally runs a specific heads up class and his/her race vehicle is incapacitated, the racer will be allowed to run a substitute vehicle (which meets the Index Bracket Class rules) in his Normal heads-up class. The substitute vehicle cannot be a vehicle capable of running in a quicker Heads-up index than his/her original vehicle. After the one-time exemption, the racer must run any substitute vehicle in the class it qualifies for and is subject to Class Jumping rules.

Class Jumping

If during the season a Racer moves up/down to a quicker/slower indexed Heads-up class, the racer will be allowed to carry with them any attendance points (ONLY) earned prior to the jump to a different heads-up class. Any and all points earned during eliminations in any other heads-up class will be forfeited for class championship points calculation and King of Kings Championship. The class participated in the last race of the season will determine the class for Championship Points calculation, unless a class exemption is used.

King of the Hill

The winners of each class (Super Pro, Pro, Modified, Super Stock, Street, Bracket, Hellcat and Demon) will face each other at the end of the event to determine the winner of KOTH.   **Rookie Class is not eligible for King of the Hill. **

  • Pairings will be random with each driver pulling a number to determine their position in a 8 car ladder to include a bye (Twin win drivers will get the slot in the bracket with the first available bye).  Pro Ladders will be used:  (Link: Proladder3-8)
  • Lane choice will be a coin flip. 
  • Format will be dial in/bracket style on a .500 pro tree.  
  • Dial in’s may be modified between rounds.  
  • A 5 minute cool down period will be allotted between each round but virtual hot lapping is to be expected at this stage of the event.

Championship Points Awarding

  • 3 Points –  Attendance/Qualifying
  • 2 Points –  Round Win
  • 2 Points –  Class Win
  • 1 Point – #1 Qualifier (Heads Up Index classes only)
  • 1 Point- Best 60′ (Heads Up Index class: elim rounds only)
  • 1 Point- Best Reaction Time – (Bracket class: elim rounds only)
  • 1 Point – in both Heads Up and Bracket Class for TwinWin
  • 1 Point – Top MPH – Heads Up Index class: elimin rounds only
  • 3 Points – Making One Pass @ The 2019 Shindig
  • 3 Points – Race at 2019 HemiFest
  • Points will be counted at the racers 5 best event performances for championship totals.  Bracket and the drivers other points class will be independent of each other, a different set of 5 races can be used.

King of Kings Championship Points Awarding

  • 1 Point – Top 4 finish
  • 2 Points – 2nd place finish
  • 3 Points – 1st place finish
  • 1 Point – Each round win in King of the Hill


**Issues may arise during race day that will need a decision/ruling made by track or MSHS staff. Decision/ruling made by managing staff will be final and will not be reversed. Harassment of any staff after a perceived negative ruling could lead to a permanent ban from the racing series.

***Rookie Class is not included in points championships.