Lawrenceburg Gaines Classic format announced

FORMAT FOR "DICK GAINES CLASSIC" FINALIZED The format for this Saturday's "Dick Gaines Classic" USAC Special Event Sprint race at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway has been finalized and will mirror the format utilized in the recent "Ultimate ...

FORMAT FOR "DICK GAINES CLASSIC" FINALIZED

The format for this Saturday's "Dick Gaines Classic" USAC Special Event Sprint race at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway has been finalized and will mirror the format utilized in the recent "Ultimate Challenge" event at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

A total of 10 races comprise the unique format, including two rounds of heat races. An initial draw and a special "passing points" formula will determine starting lineups, with 24 cars set to start the $10,000-to-win 30-lap feature event on the 1/3-mile banked dirt oval.

Saturday night's race honors the memory of one of Indiana's greatest Sprint car heroes, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa in 1992. Dick was nearly unbeatable in the early-1960s, then won the prestigious "Little 500" in Anderson, Ind. in 1973 and 1976. In 1974 he won the Knoxville Nationals, beating Jan Opperman on the final lap! In all he amassed over 600 victories in 15 different states!

FORMAT

2009 USAC SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT
August 22 -- Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway

Heat Race lineups to be determined by draw: Car drawing the lowest pill starts first in the first heat race, with second lowest pill starting on the pole of the second heat, etc.

EVENTS NO. 1-4: HEAT RACES: (8 laps each) -- All cars will also compete in "Qualifying races" to follow. Each car and driver combination will receive points based on the following table: 1-55, 2-52, 3-49, 4- 46,5-43, 6-40, 7-37, 8-34, 9-31, 10-28, etc. plus 1.5 points per car passed (based on starting lineup at the first green flag and official finish).

EVENT NO. 5: Qualifying Race #1: (8 laps) -- Cars ranked 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37 etc. in heat points following heat races, first six starters inverted, balance starting straight up. Transfers to Events #9 and #10 will be determined by combined passing point totals following qualifying races (see below).

EVENT NO. 6: Qualifying Race #2: (8 laps) -- Cars ranked 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38 etc. in heat points following heat races, first six starters inverted, balance starting straight up. Transfers to Events #9 and #10 will be determined by combined passing point totals following qualifying races (see below).

EVENT NO. 7: Qualifying Race #1: (8 laps) -- Cars ranked 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39 etc. in heat points following heat races, first six starters inverted, balance starting straight up. Transfers to Events #9 and #10 will be determined by combined passing point totals following qualifying races (see below).

EVENT NO. 8: Qualifying Race #1: (8 laps) -- Cars ranked 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40 etc. in heat points following heat races, first six starters inverted, balance starting straight up. Transfers to Events #9 and #10 will be determined by combined passing point totals following qualifying races (see below).

EVENT NO. 9: Semi: (12 laps) -- Cars ranking 21 and below following Heats and Qualifying races will compete, starting straight up. Cars finishing 1-4 will transfer to Event #10 (feature).

EVENT NO. 10: Feature: (30 laps -- 24 cars) -- Cars ranking 1-20 following Heats and Qualifying races will start straight up in positions 1-20, followed by cars finishing 1-4 in Event #9 starting in positions 20-24.

Pit Gates open at 3:00 pm
Practice at 6:30 pm
Entry Fees: $30 Members & $40 Non-Members
Pit Passes: $30 Members & $35 Non-Members

-credit: usac

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