FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Racing in the PNSSTA

Can anyone race in the PNSSTA?
Do I have to be a member to race?
How do I enter?
How much does it cost to race?
How much can I win?

How the Races Work

Are there any special rules?
When/where are the races?
How are pairings decided?
How is lane choice decided?
What if it rains?

Technical Questions

I’d like to race, but I don’t have a throttle stop.
Which box/stop/combination is the best?
Do I need a fancy weather station?
People say SST racing is really tough!
What is the best winning strategy?
Where can I get more pointers?
I’m new to SST racing, will you be nice to me?

The PNSSTA Championship

How is the season championship determined?
Who won last year? Or the year before?

About the PNSSTA

Who runs the PNSSTA?
What if I have more questions?

… and the answers

Racing in the PNSSTA

Can anyone race in the PNSSTA?
Absolutely! If you can run NHRA Super Street, we’d love to have you race with us.

Do I have to be a member to race?
No, guests are welcome to race. Just pay your entry fee, and we’re happy to have you!

How do I enter?
Simply show up at the track and find the PNSSTA Treasurer. Just ask anyone with a Super Street car, and they’ll tell you how to find them. Once you pay your entry fee, you’re on the ladder.

How much does it cost to race?
Races are $60 for members, $70 for non-members. PNSSTA membership is only $20 a year, so enter one double-header (two races in one weekend) and you might as well join.

How much can I win?
It depends on car count, of course, but we pay down to the semi-finals. If you make the semis, you’re more than likely to see 2-3 times your entry fee back. Win the race, and it’s several hundred dollars!

How the Races Work

Are there any special rules?
We run according to the current NHRA Super Street rules, plus a few additional PNSSTA rules. You can find the PNSSTA rules listed here. Our host tracks are responsible for tech inspections.

When/where are the races?
A complete schedule is found here. Most of the races are double-headers, meaning you get two separate chances to race per weekend. We don’t know ahead of time when during the day we’ll race, so we recommend you get there right when the track opens in the morning.

How are pairings decided?
We usually get one, sometimes two, time runs in for each race. Qualifying is decided based on who is closest to the index (typically 10.90) without going under. Those who break out (go under) or show up after qualifying are added to the bottom of the ladder. We run a sportsman ladder (1 vs 9, 2 vs 10, etc.) once qualifying is decided. If due to weather or time no qualifying is done, pairings are done randomly.

How is lane choice decided?
All lane choices, regardless of round, are done by coin toss. Just find your opponent before the round (or in the staging lanes) and toss a coin for lane choice.

What if it rains?
Money is divided among all racers remaining. Points are awarded according to the last round completed.

Technical Questions

I’d like to race, but I don’t have a throttle stop.
Adding a throttle stop isn’t that hard, you just need a delay box and a throttle stop. If you run an electronic bracket class today (like Super Pro), you probably have a delay box that can control a throttle stop. If not, there are many choices and a box doesn’t have to be expensive to work very well. As for a stop, you can choose a plate (goes between your carburetor and your intake) or inline (goes on your throttle at your carb), and between air and electrical activation.

Which box/stop/combination is the best?
With that many combinations, there are just as many opinions as to which is best. Many of the most successful racers run an air/plate system, but with higher horsepower engines you might need to go inline, as a plate can’t reign them in enough.

Do I need a fancy weather station?
You’ll need something to help predict based on the weather, to be sure, but it doesn’t have to be a big fancy system. Some of the PNSSTA’s top racers win with simple hand-held units. Google “Drag Racing Weather Station” for lots of choices.

People say SST racing is really tough!
Super Street is arguably the most competitive class in drag racing, winning margins are often measured in ten-thousandths of a second. But most of us who race it find that’s why it is so much fun.

What is the best winning strategy?
Like most of drag racing, there are several good ways to win, and a thousand ways to lose. If you’re just starting out, the best approach is to work on your packages (reaction time + time over the index). If you can get it under about .025 pretty regularly, you’ll win some rounds. To win a lot, however, you’ll probably have to work on your top end strategy, where you try to take the stripe with the smallest possible margin. And only seat time will give you the final piece of the puzzle, that sixth sense that tells you when the other guy is going to break out and you need to let them go.

Where can I get more pointers?
Everyone should read Sal and Peter Biondo’s great FAQ articles on racing that you’ll find here. That information is backed up by more win lights that most people will see in 10 lifetimes. And if you want more individual help, just come out to a race and ask people. You’ll certainly get all the help you need to see your own win lights.

I’m new to SST racing, will you be nice to me?
We can’t promise that you’ll win, but you can’t ask for a friendlier group of people to race against. Just show up and introduce yourself, you’ll soon have some new friends.

The PNSSTA Championship

How is the season championship determined?
We follow the NHRA divisional points methodology, with one additional point added for showing up for each race day. The season championship is calculated based on your best 10 races.

Who won last year? Or the year before?
Check out the race results page and you can poke around all the results since 2008.

About the PNSSTA

Who runs the PNSSTA?
Check out the list here. But in general we’re:

  • People who love the camaraderie and great people in the SST world.
  • People that have relationships with SST drivers.
  • Dedicated people who want to see the PNSSTA continue after more than 30 years of successful racing.

What if I have more questions?
You can check the “About” page here, and send an email to anyone listed. Or better yet, find us at the track — we’d love to meet you!