There was some argument on twitter with the some saying that top alcohol is not like Xfininty.
what say you @Nitro Dude
I guess I missed this old post.
So from the inside, here is how I would break it down. Stick with me, it gets confusing
Pros: (ie, cup)
Pro Stock / Mountain Motor Pro Stock
Pro Stock Bike
Pro-Am: (ie, Xfinity, trucks)
Top Alcohol Dragster
Top Alcohol Funny Car
Am: (ie, Arca)
Regional: (ie, K&N East/West Series)
Ok, now with that list done.
Some classes don't have intermediate jumps. Bikes is one of those. You run an E/T bike, then spend a bunch of money and buy a ride to get in Pro Stock Bike.
Funny car is another. There's nothing comparable below Top Alcohol Funny Car. You just spend the money and buy a ride and learn from scratch.
Some classes have multiple lateral jumps.
Top, Comp, Top fit that category. That's what we run.
We all have our regional areas (there's 7 NHRA regions in the continent. Mexico is split in half between west coast and Texas, Canada is split in half or thirds between west coast, east cost, and north central).
By the format of the rules/points system, we have to stay within a region for 5 races and can count 2 out of region races. The more regional races you run, the sooner you can register for a national event - those with 7 "grade points" can register 9 weeks before the event, those with 1 "grade points" can register 2 weeks before the event, IF there are any openings in registration. Once a class hits quota, no more can register. Some events, like Pomona, will fill up all 36 entries of Top/Comp/Top at 7 or 6 grade points. There are some "jobless" professionals that will go to 6 or 7 or 10 nationals, but you still have to hit the regional events, so it's impossible to hit all the nationals. (A national itself does not earn you a grade points). Grade points expire after two *calendar* years. So you have to constantly accrue them.
Competition Eliminator usually has retired Pro-Stock or Pro-Mod cars in it, but Top Sportsman also has fitment for the same within the rule book. Just like cars got handed down from cup to arca, they get handed from Pro-Stock or Pro-Mod to Comp or T/S.
Clear as mud?