CRA: Point system adjustments announced

(Salem-IN) -- Champion Racing Association/Sunoco Super Series officials announced today adjustments to their point system used to determine the season long championship and Rookie of the Year honors. The new system is identical to the...

(Salem-IN) -- Champion Racing Association/Sunoco Super Series officials announced today adjustments to their point system used to determine the season long championship and Rookie of the Year honors. The new system is identical to the one previously used, where qualifying points and race points for positions 1 through 26 are concerned. The new system, however, will award the same points for positions 26 through the end of the field. With the new system, the last place finisher will earn 50 points regardless if starting field is 26 or more.

The standard Sunoco Super Series starting field is 26, but some events start more due to the size of the race track, the promoter's desires, or size of the entry list. This change will make the effect of falling out of a race early with a larger field, the same as falling out of a race early where the starting field is smaller. For a team that is competing for recognition in the top 20 in points, this makes the points distribution more consistent and fair when a competitor finds trouble early in a race.

Recognizing that the season starts with a couple of well attended events, and wanting to encourage continued participation from the competitors, Series officials have also announced changes for the teams failing to make feature events. Officials wanted the benefit of attending the event to be greater and the effect of not making the event less. With the changes, teams that fail to make the feature will be ranked by the results of the last chance race(s), qualifying results, or in some cases, a non-qualifiers race. The highest of those not making the event will receive 49 points, with a one point drop per position, to 25 points. Teams that present a car for competition but fail to make a qualifying attempt will receive 25 points.

In related news, the Series also announced that five more positions were added to post season awards, due to early response from competitors for the 2004 season. Teams that finish 16th - 20th in the final standings will be eligible for year-end cash awards and prizes. Teams in these new positions must have participated in 75% of the Series events.

For those teams competing for Rookie of the Year honors, the same system used to determine the honor in 2003, will be used again in 2004. Rookie teams will be able to drop their worst two races and the resulting point standings will determine the Rookie of the Year winner.

The CRA/Sunoco Super Series season will commence at Anderson Speedway on April 17th. Track owner Rick Dawson along with Series officials, have already committed to an additional purse for a non-qualifiers race if over 40 cars are presented for qualifications. For more information on the Sunoco Super Series, interested parties can visit www.sunocosuperseries.com .

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