The NDRL’s McKean County Raceway to Utilize Passing Points
East Smethport, PA (May 15, 2013) Effective this Friday, May 17, the NDRL McKean County Raceway will start using the “Passing Point System” for all its normal weekly events. This will eliminate the feature redraw format that has become norm by every race track in the region and promote more passing in the qualifying heat events. MCR general manager, Chris Zuver stated, "I have toyed with the idea of using the passing point system for over a year with our traveling series, but now with MCR being a weekly track, I felt this was the perfect place and perfect time to implement this system that is commonly used in the midwest and it puts MCR at a different level for weekly racing than any other track in the tri state region.
In addition to the finishing points, each driver will earn 1 1/2 points for every position he or she advances in the heat event from his or her initial starting position determined by the pill draw when he or she signs in. The line-up will be official when the pill draw closes. Any car arriving late (after pill draw closes) will start in the back of a heat race. All cars moving onto the track from the staging area will be considered to have started the race. All cars not starting the race will receive points equal to last place qualifying points. All cars that scratch or drop out prior to the initial green flag after the line-ups are official, or drop out during the race will be considered passed cars. Any driver that would scratch or drop to the rear of the field with the intent of assisting another driver in gaining points is subject to disqualification.
In the event that two or more cars finish with a tie in qualifying passing points, the tie will be broken by the driver who earned the points first. The top 9 cars in total points scored may advance to a dash, from the dash the cars will start the feature heads up the way they finished the dash. (MCR is not having dashes, Features are lined heads up based upon points earned from the heat races)
If fewer than 24 cars sign in, the remainder of the feature will be set by the total points scored in the heat races with the 10th highest total points scored starting 10th and so on until the field is set.
If more than 24 cars are present, B-Mains will be lined up according to points earned through heat races for those that do no transfer out of the Heat Races. B-Main finishers will line up heads up according to their B-Main Finish in the feature behind the qualifying cars.
Points are awarded for the heat races as follows:
This is the type of lineup system used by many touring series including MARS & WDRL and others. Hopefully this will help you from being confused when your favorite driver wins the first heat and doesn't necessarily start near the front of the dash and/or feature.
NOTE: These points have nothing to do with the season points for the track championship. The season championship points will be awarded in the same manner as it has been. These points are only used for each night’s lineups!