Racing Series in full Swing This weekend

NASCAR Winston Racing Series shifts into high gear DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 1998) The NASCAR Winston Racing Series, NASCAR's series devoted to weekly short track racing, is in full swing with nearly every one of the almost 100 short tracks...

NASCAR Winston Racing Series shifts into high gear

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 1998) The NASCAR Winston Racing Series, NASCAR's series devoted to weekly short track racing, is in full swing with nearly every one of the almost 100 short tracks hosting competition each week.

"The NASCAR Winston Racing Series is based on how competitors perform at their local weekly short track," said Tom Deery, NASCAR vice president for Winston Racing

Series. "As the different parts of the country continue to shed their winter coats and dodge Mother Nature's rainy season, the fans, tracks, and competitors are enjoying great local competition. The NASCAR Winston Racing Series puts the emphasis on how a competitor performs at their home track, which in turn determines how their performance rates against other competitors in that region."

Drivers are ranked according to NASCAR's competition performance index (CPI). The CPI is composed of three equally weighted variables: number of starts; percentage of wins; and number of competitors.

"One of the benefits of the NASCAR Winston Racing Series is that local racers can compete for regional and national championships without leaving their home short track," said Red MacDonald, of Lee (N.H.) Speedway USA. "It's a great opportunity for our guys, or teams anywhere in the country, to be a part of this Series."

Each week NASCAR Winston Racing Series tracks submit their weekend results to NASCAR's headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, where the CPI for each track's top-five drivers in the track's designated feature division is tabulated. The drivers' performance results for each region are then ranked according to the CPI in five tiers: the Regional Track Leaders; Second Tier; Third Tier; Fourth Tier; and Fifth Tier. Because there are ten tracks in each region, there are a maximum of ten drivers in each Tier.

The Regional Track Leaders section includes the drivers leading their local track's points standings, ranked according to their CPI. The Second Tier includes the drivers who are second in their local track points standings, ranked according to their CPI, and so on to the Fifth Tier. Fifty drivers are ranked according to the CPI in each region. If a driver competes at two tracks in the same region, only the higher ranking will be reflected in the regional ranking, with the next eligible driver moving into the respective position.

The 1998 NASCAR Winston Racing Series regional standings will be finalized on Wednesday, September 16. Once the ten regional champions are determined, their performance is compared against each other to determine the national champion.

The only other time in the season a national leader is determined is for the $5,000 Gatorade Front Runner Award half-way through the season. In 1997, Dexter Canipe of the Blue Ridge Region won the award en route to the season's national championship.

This season, each of the ten regional champions will win $39,500 with the national winning a $133,500 (with the Gatorade bonus).

New for 1998, the Winston Shortrack Series by NASCAR will provide competitors in another class, designated by each local NASCAR Winston Racing Series track, with regional and national recognition. To be eligible, drivers must compete in at least 16 events at their home track before September 13. The same geographic regions will be administered as in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series, with the regional and national champions recognized at the NASCAR Winston Racing Series champions banquet at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Winston Shortrack Series regional standings will be released beginning June 11.

Source: NASCAR Online

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