How does a sled pull work ?
How does it get harder to pull ?
And theres got to be a near stock class ?
A sled pull is designed to see which combination of motor, gearing/tire size, tire tread, and weight yield the furthest pull.
These are general procedures I've seen at the pulls I've been to. They're not set in stone, and different organizations will have different procedures.
You tell what modification class you are in when you register, then go around to the pits. When your class is called, you weight as you are in line to make sure you haven't mis counted the weights. Your hitch height is also measured to make sure it isn't too high.
Depending on the class, they may make you prove you are within other rules while you are in line.
When it comes your turn to pull, you back up to the sled and let them drop the hook in your ring.
When the lights on the sled indicate OK and all the track flaggers are showing a green flag, roll forward to take up the slack in the chain.
Those with automatic or a multi stage clutch will want to build boost before they leave the line.
A standard trans with single disc clutch will want to slip as little as possible. Just get the sled moving with the clutch holding before you worry about anything else.
Once under way, hammer down. If the truck starts bouncing (axle wrap), let out of the fuel. Generally if it is going to bounce, it will do it in the first 150 feet before the sled has weighed down the rearend.
The flagger at the end of the track will wave a red flag when you are supposed to stop. Someone will probably signal you to backup so they can get the hook out of your ring. Once you are unhooked, watch for the signal to leave the track.
The sled is usually a modified semi-trailer. It will have a weight box on it that they add weight to for the more powerful classes.
On the rear of the sled is an axle or two that normally are on the ground.
On the front of the sled is a really huge slab of steel curved at the front that the sled sits on.
As the sled is pulled down the track, the rolling of the rear wheels drives a gearbox that pulls the weight box forward on the sled. This puts more and more weight on that big slab of steel, which has a lot more drag than the tires at the back. This makes it harder and harder to pull as you get further down the track. The speed of the weight box can usually be changed in the gearbox.
Sometimes, especially in the really high power classes, the sled will actuate some hydraulics and lift the tires off the ground. This puts the entire weight of the sled & box on the steel pad. Usually that will stop the pull. Unless you happen to drive "Double Overtime", in which case you continue on until you run out of track.
The classes vary in definition by the organization that is running the pull. Just tell them what you have and usually they'll translate into their terminology.