USAR: Championship Series news 2009-08-17

Championship Series Races Open To All USARacing Teams CONCORD, N.C. (August 17, 2009) - When the USARacing Pro Cup circuit begins its four-race Championship Series Sept. 5 at Concord [N.C.] Speedway, there will be a slightly different twist to...

Championship Series Races Open To All USARacing Teams

CONCORD, N.C. (August 17, 2009) - When the USARacing Pro Cup circuit begins its four-race Championship Series Sept. 5 at Concord [N.C.] Speedway, there will be a slightly different twist to this year's title run - all USARacing teams will be allowed to compete in the events and everyone will be eligible for the $5,000 WIX bonus that goes to the driver who wins the pole and the race.

In previous years, only those eligible for the Championship Series were allowed to compete in the season's final four events. However, that's not the case this year for the circuit formerly known as the Hooters Pro Cup Series.

"When we were putting together the plans for the 2009 season, taking into consideration the economy and knowing that a lot of our teams would not be ready for the beginning of the season, we felt this would be the best way to structure the Championship Series," Vice President and Series Director Jimmy Wilson said. "We knew that teams that were not ready at the beginning of the year would eventually find funds and be ready later in the season.

"We did not want to do anything to deter a team from getting a car ready and coming in the middle of the season. This new procedure will also help our tracks in the Championship Series as well since it will allow teams to prepare for next season this year and potentially increase attendance."

Under the 2009 rules, the standings will be reset following the Aug. 22 event at Langley (Va.) Speedway. Entrance into this year's Championship Series can be gained in two ways. First, the top 30 in the final regular season owner standings qualify for the Championship Series. Second, a driver may qualify for the Championship Series if that competitor finished in the top 30 in driver points and has competed in at least four of the regular season races, but doesn't qualify with an owner. That driver would start the Championship Series with last-place points.

To determine the order of the standings for the Championship Series, points will be awarded based on each owner's finishing position in the final regular season standings. All other points earned during the regular season will be dropped. Owners who attempted to qualify for all of the regular season events will then be awarded 25 bonus points. Once the Championship Series begins, points for each event will be allocated according to the structure outlined in the USARacing Rule Book. The driver/owner totaling the most points in the final four events will be the series champion. A team must attempt to qualify for all four Championship Series events in order to be eligible for the championship prizes.

-credit: usar

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