World of Outlaws Sprint Series Adds Time Trial Points, Rules On Use of Provisionals Norman, OK -- Jan. 27, 2006 -- In ongoing efforts to improve World of Outlaws Sprint Series racing, several new rules will be instituted for the 2006 season,...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series Adds Time Trial Points, Rules On Use of Provisionals
Norman, OK -- Jan. 27, 2006 -- In ongoing efforts to improve World of Outlaws Sprint Series racing, several new rules will be instituted for the 2006 season, which begins Feb. 9 at Volusia Speedway Park.
The Official 2006 Rule Book will be available online through a link at http://dirtmotorsports.com/corp/images/media/2006WoOSprintRulebook1.04.pdf. A printed version will be distributed during the season-opening event at Volusia Speedway Park.
In recognizing that race nights are about more than only the A-main, the Outlaws will award points to the top five cars and their drivers in time trials on single-day events. The fastest qualifier will earn five points decreasing to one point for the fifth-fastest qualifier. No time-trial points will be awarded to teams that qualify sixth or slower and no time-trial points will be awarded at multi-day events or races where event-points are used to determine the lineup, such as the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway or the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway.
World of Outlaws Sprint Series officials also understand the importance of provisionals to keep racers' sponsors in the spotlight on nights when qualifying has been difficult. Still, a team cannot be fully rewarded when failing to reach the A-main on its own so a team using a provisional cannot earn more points than those awarded for a B-main finish, which is 75 points on a single-day event or 10 points for a preliminary feature.
The point structure itself has not changed. A winning team on a single-day event or the final day of a multi-day event will continue to earn 150 points, and there also is a bonus of four points for a team leading the most laps. The winning team of a preliminary feature earns 40 points, with no lap-leader bonus points.
In addition, a team using a provisional will forfeit its starting money, which generally is $800 on a single-day event or the final night of a multi-day event. For example, a team that uses a provisional and winds up finishing 10th, which could pay $2,000, will collect no more than $1,200 because of the $800 provisional deduction. By implementing this procedure with the A-main purse, it will lock-in the feature payoff for promoters in advance of the event.
Like usual, only two World of Outlaws Sprint Series teams will be allowed to use provisionals in an A-main. Each Mean 15 team will receive two provisionals at the beginning of the season. A promoter will have the option to match the number of Outlaws provisionals. On July 7, the Mean 15 teams will receive two more provisionals.
"We've listened to the teams and the promoters and tried to come up with some rules that will benefit both groups," said Shane Carson, DIRT MotorSports VP of Race Operations. "Awarding points to time trials recognizes the importance of all phases of a race program. As far as provisionals, eliminating them completely could penalize a team's sponsor but continuing to use them as we have in the past penalizes promoters. We feel this middle ground makes it even for everybody. If a team fails to qualify on a night when it's important for that team to be in the A-main, they have an option. At the same time, a promoter will know beforehand exactly what the purse will be no matter how many provisionals are used, if any. In other words, the purse can't fluctuate because teams used provisionals to start the A-main."
Technical rules changes include a maximum diameter of 3 inches on throttle body bores, the elimination of fuel stops with a recommended 33-gallon fuel tank and side boards on the wings will be at 90 degrees to the wing's main body with no kick out on the lower right side panel. As for tires, the left rear can't be wider that 18¾ inches and the right rear can't be wider than 22½ inches. The maximum circumference is 107 inches.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series will launch the 2006 season on Feb. 9 during the 35th annual Winternationals at Volusia Speedway Park with a 3 p.m. media conference followed at 4:30 p.m. by an autograph party. On Feb. 10, the World of Outlaws will be back for the inaugural Mean 15 Kart Clash at 2 p.m. at Volusia's go-kart track, where fans will have the opportunity to hang out with the drivers and get autographs and pictures. Following the World of Outlaws Sprint Series during Volusia's Race Weeks will be the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.