Current Performance Handicapping Spreadsheets
2014 HANDICAPPING PROCEDURE – ALL DIVISIONS
THE DRIVER IS HANDICAPPED NOT THE CAR
SIMPLE EXPLANATION – WEEKLY HANDICAPPING
The combined money won from the last three races with the lowest money won starting in the front. When heat races are run the drivers finishing in a handicap position are lined up for the feature using the same formula. Drivers finishing in the non-handicap positions of the heat races are lined up heads up behind the handicapped drivers. After a driver has won a feature race the furthest forward that driver can start in any subsequent feature is from the fifth place starting position.
DETAILED EXPLANATION – HANDICAPPING (FIRST THREE WEEKS)
The basic weekly handicapping formula is determined by using the combined money won from the previous three regular point races with the driver having the lowest money won starting in the front and the highest money won starting in the rear. Points have no bearing on the weekly handicapping with the exception of the top five in current points in each Championship division being a guaranteed starter for the night’s feature event.
Below is the definition of how the handicapping will be determined starting with Race #1 of the 2014 season.
Modified, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman and Pro Stocks will run heat races and features. Street Stock and 4 Cylinders will run features only.
Opening Night Race #1 – All drivers in all divisions will draw for starting positions regardless of their previous attendance at the speedway. Prior to drawing any driver who has not previously competed in the division they are drawing for will be given the opportunity to not draw and start in the rear. This will help eliminate the possibly of a less experienced driver starting in the front of a heat race or feature, and allow the driver the opportunity to start in the rear if they feel they need more experience.
Race #2 – Handicapping will be based on the reverse results from opening night with the winners of each feature starting in the rear and the drivers who did not qualify or finished in the rear starting in the front. Driver’s who were absent for the first race will start in the rear. Drivers who were present for Race #1 and are absent for Race #2 will be scored with 1st place money won towards handicapping.
Race #3 – Handicapping will be based on the combined money won from the first two races. Drivers with the combined lowest money won will start in the front and highest money won to the rear. Drivers who have not competed in 2014 will start in the rear.
REGULAR WEEKLY HANDICAPPING
Race #4 – Regular handicapping begins. After the first three races have been run drivers will be handicapped for each week’s regular point races based on their money won for the previous three regular point races. New drivers will start at the rear of the heat races and features for the first two weeks at that time a determination will be made by the Speedway Management as to whether the new driver is experienced enough or has enough power to maintain a safe speed to start in the front of a race. At any time a new driver may choose to continue to start in the rear until they feel more comfortable starting further towards the front. Speedway Management reserves the right to adjust any drivers starting position in heat races or feature races based on that drivers experience and ability to maintain a safe speed at the start of a race.
The number of heat races and how many qualify from each and the inclusion of a consi will be determined by the Speedway Management based on car counts and will be posted when the nights order of events is posted on the pit board. Speedway Management has the option to make changes to this without advanced notice due to weather conditions or scheduling issues.
GENERAL RULES – DEFINITIONS
Feature Wins – After a driver has won a feature race in any division the furthest forward that driver can start any subsequent regular points feature race is from fifth starting spot. This policy will be in effect for all divisions and all feature races with the exception of any DirtCar Series Events (The Big Show).
New Driver – Any driver who did not compete in at least three regular point races in the division for which they are competing the previous year. DNQ’s and appearance point races do not count towards minimum race count total. A driver will also be considered a new driver after missing three consecutive regular point races during a season. After opening night – Race #1 new drivers will be required to start in the rear of heat races and features for the first two races for which they attempt to qualify.
Absent Driver – After a driver has competed in two regular point races and is no longer considered a new driver, that driver will be assessed the following dollar amounts towards their handicapping for each week they are absent: Modified = $600.00, all other divisions = $75.00. When a driver has missed three consecutive regular point races the driver will then be considered a new driver again and must follow the handicapping rules for a new driver.
Substitute Drivers – A driver may elect to allow a different driver to drive their car on a one time basis during the season until July 31, 2014. A minimum of one week notification of the driver substitution must be provided to the handicapper. Substitute driver is subject to approval by Speedway Management. The substitute driver will be handicapped and scored as if they were the original driver with the original driver receiving the points and any purse money awarded for that race. Substitute driver will not be credited with points or handicapping towards any subsequent races. Race day driver substitutions are not allowed. Driver changes on race days are allowed with as much advanced notification as possible to be provided to the handicapper. New driver will be handicapped as a new driver or in the event of change after heat races have been run the new driver will be required to start in the rear of the feature race.
Did Not Qualify (DNQ) / Did Not Start (DNS) – Drivers who do not qualify for or do not start a feature event will be awarded the minimum number of points for that race and they will be assessed Zero ($0.00) dollars towards their handicapping for that race. This will be shown as a 99 on weekly performance reports.
Disqualification (DQ) – In the event a disqualification occurs either through a post race inspection or due to an action occurring on or off the speedway the driver will be assessed first place money won towards their handicapping for that event and will be awarded zero (0) points for that event. This will be shown as a 100 on the weekly performance reports.
Deviations From Normal Handicapping – Speedway Management will make every attempt to maintain the regular handicapping procedure throughout the season. Occasionally through scheduling of a night of features or triple 20’s or double features due to a previously weather shortened event or due to possible weather conditions Speedway Management reserves the right to deviate from the normal handicapping procedure. In this instance notification will be posted on the website or pit board with as much advanced noticed as possible.
MODIFIED, SPORTSMAN & PRO STOCK DIVISIONS (HEAT RACES & FEATURE RACES)
Heat Races – Handicapped directly from the money won list with no exceptions. The driver with the least money won for the past three regular point races who is present will start on the pole of the first heat race, the driver with the second least money won from the last three regular point races who is present will start on the pole of the second heat race and so on.
Feature Races – Drivers finishing in handicapped positions in their respective heat races will be handicapped for the feature race based on their money won for the previous three regular point races. New drivers will start at the rear of the handicapped drivers for the first two weeks.
STREET STOCK & 4-CYLINDER DIVISIONS (FEATURE RACES ONLY)
Feature Races – These divisions will not run heat races. Feature races will be handicapped based on driver’s money won for the previous three regular point races. New drivers will start at the rear for the first two weeks.
LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION (HEAT RACES & FEATURE RACES)
Weekly Handicapping – Drivers will draw for heat race starting positions, feature will be lined up heads up.
The Limited Sportsman Division is not a Championship Division and points will not be awarded. This division is intended to be for less experienced drivers or teams with less competitive equipment than the main Sportsman Division. New drivers moving up from other divisions with no open wheel experience will be required to begin in the Limited Sportsman Division. Speedway Management reserves the right to determine if a driver is qualified to complete in either the Limited or Regular Sportsman Division and will make this determination on a case by case basis.
The criteria for moving from the Limited Sportsman Division up into the Sportsman Division are once a driver has won three feature races or is deemed to be overly competitive by Speedway Management. Drivers who are moved up into the Sportsman Division will carry no points with them and will be handicapped as a new car in the Sportsman Division for the first two races.
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