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    Question I need some info

    How fast can you go w/o being required to have a roll cage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by migueelw View Post
    How fast can you go w/o being required to have a roll cage?
    Here in Michigan once you hit a 11.99 ET or faster a cage is required.

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    Do you know what time that would be in 1/8th mile

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    Quote Originally Posted by migueelw View Post
    Do you know what time that would be in 1/8th mile
    That's a tough one to judge because some cars are strong in the 1st 1/8 and some cars are stronger in the last 1/8. An approx. estimate is high 7 to about 8 seconds at the 1/8.
    Now I'm going to throw you off for a minute. Here again in most tracks in Michigan, just because your car is capable to run in the elevens in the 1/4, if you only run the 1/8 you don't need a roll cage. The breaking point for what speed you have to have a roll cage in your car for the 1/8 mile is I'm not sure. I know a co-worker of mine has a 572 cu nova that runs in the upper 10's in the 1/4 but as long as he runs and keeps it at the 1/8 mile and shuts down they will let him run his car.
    Hope this helps some.

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    Thanks, every little bit counts. Are roll cage requirements specific to the track or are they universal?

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    For 1/4 mile I believe the NHRA rule is anything 11.49 or faster. At one of the tracks I have been to which is an 1/8 I have been told 6.5 or faster, oddly enough though that is the same time that you need a helmet for. For 1/8 mile you might want to call your track and check up with them.

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    The cage requirements increase as the times decreases . . . 4 point, 6 point, 8 point, 10 point.

    Some tracks will let you run during open track nights, but it you break under 12 seconds, they will sometimes red flag you for the next time telling you that a roll cage will be required.

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