NHRA - National Hot Rod Association

Power Rankings

Power Rankings include six key categories to measure drag racing performance, including elapsed time, reaction time, top speed, incremental times, success rate and red light fouls. These statistics are weighted against class averages to produce race-by-race ratings.

    Elapsed time: Average of a racer's elapsed times. All runs quicker than 3.9 seconds in Top Fuel, 4 seconds in Funny Car, 6.63 seconds in Pro Stock and 7 seconds in Pro Stock Motorcycle are included. 

    Reaction time: Average of a racer's reaction times. All lights quicker than .200 are included. 

    Top speed: Average of a racer's speed. All runs faster than 300 mph in nitro classes, 200 in Pro Stock and 180 in Pro Stock Motorcycle are included. 

    Incremental times: The average of a racer's incremental times (60-foot being one of those increments). 

    Success rate: How often a racer gets to the track quicker than the class average. The class average is based on the best 60 percent of runs because drag racing is always a moving-target sport. 

    Red lights: Leaving before green. We want you to Go On Yello... not red.  

    You can see all 15 statistics that inform Power Rankings here. Racers must make at least 12 passes to qualify for NHRA Power Rankings.  
    Last update: Feb. 25, 2020

    The stats included in Power Rankings are:

    • Elapsed time average
    • Success Rate
    • Reaction time average
    • Red light percentage
    • Average time from 0-60 feet
    • Average mph