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posted April 04, 2001 11:22 PM
NEW HANDICAPPING SYSTEM IN PLACE FOR 2001 AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY
by Brian Spaid
April 2, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRANKLIN, PA .... After two seasons with a handicapping system focused on
an accumulation of points, Tri-City Speedway Co-Promoters Mike Graham and
Roger Crick have decided to go back to an old-fashioned system with a little
twist this year.
"The handicapping system we had in 1999 and 2000 was installed in order to
encourage better racing by starting the faster cars back in the field,"
noted Graham. "While we accomplished that goal, historically, racers in
Western Pennsylvania are most familiar with a blind draw to lineup the
feature events. As a result, many race teams had difficulty understanding
and accepting the point handicapping system."
Rather than revert to a blind draw, however, Graham and Crick decided to
let the fans have some involvement in the process.
"This season," said Graham, "the starting field for each feature event will
be aligned anywhere from heads up to an inversion of the top 12 heat race
finishers. We believe the fans should have an opportunity to be part of that
decision. For each feature race, a lucky fan will draw a pill to decide the
inversion of the starting field."
By adding this twist to the action each Sunday night, Graham and Crick
believe the fans and drivers will find the racing just as exciting in years
"We noticed that some of the teams viewed qualifying with a little less
intensity because they felt the point handicapping system made their feature
starting spot a forgone conclusion," said Crick. "Now, the heat races are a
vital factor for success. A good finish in the heats could mean an excellent
starting spot in the feature. Also, the unpredictability of the feature
lineup makes it even more intense."
Heat race lineups will still be based on a pitside blind draw at the start
of each race night.
Tri-City Speedway opens Sunday April 22 with a Four-Star Racing show of
Allegheny Land and Lumber Co. Super Sprints, Titusville Motor & Auction Co.
DIRT Modifieds, RE/MAX E Mods and E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Stock Cars.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.
For more information, please contact the track office at (814) 473-4038.