Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I want to run my car down the track?
Racing your car down the track for fun is referred to as “test n’ tune” or “open racing” – they are the same thing. Anyone is welcome to race any type of vehicle on these specified days. Be sure to check our schedule first.
How do I race?
Inform the person at our front gate that you would like to purchase a test n’ tune tech card when you come in. After purchase, proceed to the tech booth. Please bring a pen and use your time in line to completely fill out your tech card. When it is your turn with the tech inspector, he will look over your car and credentials to ensure it meets safety standards. For those of you without major upgrades or changes from stock, this should be a very quick process. Please be sure to have a valid state driver’s license in your possession, as it is required to race. Once through tech inspection, you will proceed to the staging lanes, which will have announcements designated for Street Tire Test n’ Tune, Slick Test n’ Tune or any classes that may be running that day. Please only use these lanes throughout the race day. From there you will be sent out to the track, so be sure not to wander too far from your vehicle while it is in the lanes.
What safety gear do I need?
At a minimum, drivers must have a t-shirt, long pants, sneakers, and a helmet. Seat belts must work. Requirements change based on the speed of your vehicle. If you have more specific questions you can message us on Facebook, call the office, ask tech or check the NHRA rule book.
How long is the track?
Our racetrack is a straight quarter-mile (1,320ft.) After crossing the finish line (located near the scoreboards), racers should begin to slow down and prepare to take the turnoffs, located on the right hand side. Remember, that the driver in the right lane has the right of way when exiting the racing surface.
How do I know how fast I went?
After completing your pass down the track, you will receive a printed time slip. It will contain the following information for both cars on that pair: Reaction Time, 60’ Time, 330’ Time, 1/8th Mile Time, 1/8th Mile MPH, 1000’ Time, 1/4th Mile Time, and 1/4th Mile MPH. If you need help reading your slip just ask a track staff member or visit the tower.
What if my car has problems on the track?
It is very important to be aware of your vehicle’s condition at all times on the racetrack. If you are experiencing any kind of problem it is best to pull over to the wall as soon as safely possible. We can tow you off the track. If you happen to be leaking fluid, it is much easier to clean up a puddle on the side of the track than a strip all the way down the center. So please, do yourself and fellow racers a favor by pulling over if you believe you may be leaking any fluids.
Is a lower containment device (diaper) required?
11.50 & faster all vehicles. Designated required events. For sale in the Speed Shop. Don’t forget to put your absorbent pads inside the engine pan!
Is a helmet required?
YES! All racers in the state of NJ are required to wear a helmet. Racers running slower than 14.00 seconds may use a DOT helmet. Racers 13.99 and quicker must use a Snell rated helmet (minimum Snell-2010). 14.0 and slower helmets are available to rent at the tech booth. You can purchase helmets at the Speed Shop. Rental helmets are $5 and drivers license. When you return the helmet you get your drivers license back. If tech booth is closed please listen for announcements for alternative return location.
When is a fire jacket required?
A fire jacket is required for ALL racers running an aftermarket power adder (turbocharger, supercharger, or nitrous oxide system). In addition, a fire jacket is required for all racers running quicker than 11.50. We have these available for rent at the Tech booth or for sale at the Speed Shop. Rental jackets are $10 to rent and you must leave a $20 and drivers license. $30 total but when you return the jacket you get the $20 back.
To Race a Motorcycle?
Safety equipment is based on MPH.
Under 125mph – Jacket (preferably leather), gloves, full face helmet, and footwear must cover your ankles and if it is an older bike kill switch must be tethered to your wrist. (New bikes will have a tip over switch and tethering is not required)
Over 125mph you need full leathers (can be 2 pieces) plus all listed for under 125
Can I have passengers?
No. Only the driver is permitted in the racecar.
(The exception to this is the JR Street Class which has rules and needs an NHRA license).
Can I switch drivers?
No!!! Two drivers may run the same vehicle, but must purchase and fill out two separate tech cards. Both drivers must visit tech before racing.
What is the minimum age to race?
17 with a valid driver’s license. The exception to this would be in the Jr Drag Racing League (ages 5-17) or the NHRA Youth Racing program (ages 14-16).
Are lights required?
Beginning at dusk, cars are required to have minimum of one tail light on so that we may see when you safely exit the track.
Do I need a valid driver’s license?
Do I need mufflers?
What if I can’t hear the P.A. system for lane calls?
Our P.A. system is broadcasted on 89.7 FM. Be sure to tune to it on your car’s stereo so that no important lane calls or announcements are missed.
**ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ON RACE DAYS VISIT THE TOWER
What if it rains?
We cannot race while it is raining. We do however, have the capability to dry the track if it rains in the middle of an event. If the weather is questionable, please call the hotline 856-768-2167. The message will always be updated within 2 hours of our gate opening time in the event of a rainout. In addition, you may check our Facebook or sign up for our text alert called Rained out. If rain happens while racing is in progress, be sure to pay attention to the P.A. system for instructions
Are Drones allowed?
Are pets permitted?
Yes, pets are permitted as long as they are not left unattended and are always on a fixed length leash. No retractable leashes. Please clean up after your pets! Just a friendly reminder the asphalt can get VERY hot in the summer months!!!
Parking is available behind the concession stand and behind the tower. Grandstands on tower side have a wheelchair ramp. Free pit parking with tags on events.
On Premises Atco Dragway has:
Speed Shop – a shop that sells VP race fuels, parts & safety equipment.
Concession Stand – lots of homemade food plus your all-time favorites.
Snack Stand – the best little stand at a race track: ice cream, sundaes made to order, funnel cakes & more.
Bar & Grille – a full service bar with weekend specials open when racing.
**You may bring your own food just please no glass bottles.
What is your refund/rain check policy? If you are unsure do NOT throw away your ticket as credits cannot be issued without it.
We do not offer any cash refunds, whatsoever. If your car breaks before running due to mechanical problems, we will issue a rain check for the value of your ticket minus the amount of a spectator admission from your ticket. In the event of a full rain out please listen to PA announcements or check Facebook to see if you qualify for a raincheck. Depending on the extent of racing completed, a time stamp will typically be used to determine your credit, if any.
Rain check policy for Racers:
If it rains on a competition day, we reserve the right to offer 1 Time Trial and enter right into eliminations. If any rounds are completed in a class, the points will be given and the payout split among the remaining entrants. If it rains during a round and that round is not completed entirely, that round does not count for anyone in the class.