New “Entry Level” Division for 2002
© 2002 Wayne Harris
Mini Street Division
One of the primary
objectives of the dB Drag Racing Association is to stimulate interest in auto
sound and auto sound competition. Experience has shown that once an individual
starts competing in dB Drag Racing, his or her interest in the sport will grow
rapidly. The key to growth is to involve first time competitors initially so
that they can experience the fun and excitement that dB Drag Racing has to
In 2002, the dBDRA is
pleased to announce the formation of a new division of competition that is
specifically designed for “first time” or “entry level” contestants. This new
division is called the Mini Street Division. The Mini Street Division is an
optional division of competition that we feel should be included at every dB
Drag Racing contest. The Mini Street Division is set up in such a way as to
permit the show promoter the flexibility necessary to ensure success in his or
her local market.
The guidelines for including
the Mini Street Division as part of a regular dB Drag Racing contest are as
- The show promoter may offer 1 or more classes in
the Mini Street Division. Each class in this division must begin with the name “Mini Street” in
order to differentiate the class or classes from the standard dB Drag
Racing divisions and classes. Acceptable names include, “Mini Street 1”,
“Mini Street 2”, “Mini Street 10”, “Mini Street 12”, etc. Please note that
the words “Mini Street” must appear as the first two words in the class
- Any points accrued while competing in a Mini
Street class will not be included when calculating a competitor’s
eligibility for the World Finals. In other words, only points accrued in
the standard divisions (Street, Super Street, and Extreme) will be used to
determine a competitor’s eligibility for participation at the World
- The Mini Street Division will not be offered at
the dB Drag Racing World Finals.
- The maximum recommended fee for entry into the Mini Street
Division shall be $10.00. We strongly recommend that the entry fee for
this Division be kept to an absolute minimum.
- Trophies or certificates must be awarded to 1st-3rd
place winners in each Mini Street class. (Please see the accompanying resource
CD-ROM for professionally designed certificates.)
The show promoter is
encouraged to use one or more of the following restrictions to determine
eligibility for competing in the Mini Street Division.
- Geographic Restrictions – The show promoter may restrict participation
in the Mini Street division to competitors who live within a specific
geographic location such as a city, county, or state. A valid driver’s
license or vehicle registration would be used to determine eligibility.
- Amateur Only Restriction – The show promoter may restrict competitors
who work in the auto sound industry from participating in the Mini Street
- Retail Value Restriction – The show promoter may restrict participation
in the Mini Street Division to competitors who have systems with a total
retail value that is below a specified dollar amount.
- Equipment Restrictions – The show promoter may restrict participation
in the Mini Street Division to competitors who have systems with a maximum
wattage, a maximum woofer size, or a maximum cone area.
- Performance Restrictions – The show promoter may limit the maximum SPL
that can be achieved in the Mini Street Division. For example, the show
promoter could allow competitors to sign up for a class in the Mini Street
Division, and then if a given competitor were to post an SPL that is
higher than a specified SPL during qualifying, that competitor would
automatically be moved up into one of the standard divisions of
competition (Street, for example).
- Experience Restrictions – The show promoter may restrict participation
in the Mini Street Division to competitors who have limited experience
competing. For example, the show promoter may prohibit anyone who has ever
placed 1st-3rd from entering the Mini Street
The rules for the Mini
Street Division are the same as those used for the Street Division with the
- Classification in the Mini Street Division is
determined by one or more of the optional restrictions listed above.
- The optional restrictions listed above supercede
any other conflicting rules when compared with rules for the standard
Street Division of competition.
The two examples below
represent just a few of the ways in which the Mini Street Division can be
offered. Please keep in mind that the show promoter has GREAT discretion over
the number of Mini Street classes AND the restrictions placed upon entry into
those classes. For example, a promoter might have none, 1, 2, 3 or more Mini
Street classes. The classes might be divided by cone area, power, cost, woofer
size, or any combination of these items. The show promoter should select the
criteria best suited for his or her particular market.
Mini Street Division is intended for entry level competitors only. Only
contestants who live in Tarrant county may enter. (A valid driver’s license
will be required to enter.) If you are employed by the auto sound industry you
may not participate in this division.
Mini Street classes will be offered. The entry fee is $5.00 and retries are
are limited to a maximum cone area of 100 square inches.
are limited to a maximum cone area of 250 square inches.
Mini Street Division is intended for entry level competitors only. If you are
employed by the auto sound industry or you have previously placed 1st-3rd
at another dB Drag Racing contest, you may not participate in this division.
Mini Street classes will be offered. Entry is free.
are limited to a maximum of 2 each 8-inch woofers and a maximum power of 300
limited to a maximum of 2 each 10-inch woofers and a maximum power of 500