Who's the best all-out racecar driver at St. Augustine Speedway? The one with the fastest car, or the one that can slice and dice his way throught the field? Does it matter which division a racer's in or what kind of car he drives? We've ...
Who's the best all-out racecar driver at St. Augustine Speedway? The one with the fastest car, or the one that can slice and dice his way throught the field? Does it matter which division a racer's in or what kind of car he drives? We've introduced the Top Gun Challenge to settle the debate. Here's the competition plan:
TIER I Snap-On Sportsman Rick's Muffler Modifieds Late Models
1st Place - $1500 2nd Place - $750 3rd Place - $250
TIER II Thunder Trucks Mini Stocks Hobby Stocks
1st Place - $900 2nd Place - $450 3rd Place - $150
In addition to the cash awards, the winner of each Division will square off in vintage WW II fighter aircraft for a dogfight over the skies of St. Augustine. That's right, a real, live, honest-to-goodness dogfight, courtesy of North American Top Gun, Inc., to take place Friday, November 19th, the day of the St. Augustine Speedway Annual Awards Banquet. After one hour of ground school and a half hour of cockpit orientation, the drivers will take to the skies, accompanied by a professional pilot in the rear seat. After leaving the airport and heading in opposite directions, the two aircraft will meet again somewhere in the skies over St. Augustine, and engage in a dogfight. Firing radar beams instead of bullets, radar sensing panels on the aircraft will detect hits and the eventual kill. Later that same night at the awards banquet, the winner of the dogfight will be crowned the 1999 TOP GUN CHAMPION.
SCORING Drivers from each division will compete against each other in a points battle spread over four events; Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30. Points will be awarded according to the following formula: Win 3 points Top 5 2 points top 10 1 point Charger points 1 point for every position gained. Charger points will be determined by the official starting and finishing positions as recorded on the final race report. (5 points max.)
After each race, points will be weighted according to that night's car count versus the average for that division. The average car count will be adjusted nightly as the competition progresses. For example, Rapid Roy the Stock Car Boy starts 6th, drops back to 8th but moves back up to finish 2nd. He gets 2 points for a top five finish plus 4 charger points (started 6th, finished 2nd) for a total of 6 points for that race. Now, there were 15 cars in the race and the average count going in was 14, so Rapid Roy's points are adjusted upward by a factor of 15/14 or 1.071. 1.070 x 6 = 6.426. So, Rapid Roy has accrued 6.426 Top Gun points for race No. 1. Next week the average car count would be 14.5 and we do it all over again. Got it? After all four races in this challenge series are complete, the drivers with the highest total Top Gun points in each tier is that tier's respective champion and will go on to the ultimate Top Gun Challenge, the DOGFIGHT. The competition begins with the Sept. 25th racing schedule so ladies and gentlemen, let the war begin.