Qualifying Race Format


1. Point Average Handicap
The Qualifying attempt order will be determined by the drivers’ average points. At the drivers’ meeting, the order will be determined by the points that a driver has accumulated in the current year divided by the number of races in the current year in which the driver has earned points. For the first two races of the year, the previous year’s points average will be used. Drivers without a point average, drivers that do not attend the drivers’ meeting, or driver changes after the drivers’ meeting (“non-point drivers”) will qualify after the handicapped drivers.


2. Qualifying
The race lineups will be determined by the faster of two qualifying laps. Drivers will be assigned a position in the qualifying order from lowest to highest point average followed by non-point drivers. Drivers that miss their position in line will be allowed one lap at the end of the line if time permits.

3. Heat Races
Heat Race lineups will be staggered and fully inverted by qualifying followed by non-qualifiers. The fast qualifier will be in the first heat race. For less than 18 cars, two Heat Races will be run and the top four finishers will start at the front of the Main Event. For 18 cars or more, three Heat Races will be run and the top four finishers will start at the front of the Main Event.

4. Semi Main
If more cars are running than will be started in the Main Event (16 on small tracks or 20 on large tracks), a Semi Main will be run. The cars not transferring to the Main Event by their heat race finishing position, will start the Semi Main straight up by qualifying finish followed by non-qualifiers.


5.     Main Event
The Main Event lineup will be the top eight finishers from the Heat Races followed by transfers from the Semi Main. The top heat race finishers will be fully inverted by qualifying followed by the non-qualifiers that transfer from the Heat Races. They will be followed by the top finishers from the Semi Main in the order of their finish in the Semi. If no Semi Main is run, the cars that do not transfer to the Main Event from their Heat Race, will follow them straight up by qualifying finish followed by non-qualifiers.


Rule Number One: The racing director can make any changes at the track necessary to accommodate track size, car count, time constraints, promoter wishes, weather, etc.


Non-Qualifying Race Format

1. Point Average Handicap
The race lineups will be determined by the drivers’ average points. At the drivers’ meeting, the order will be determined by the points that a driver has accumulated in the current year divided by the number of races in the current year in which the driver has earned points. For the first two races of the year, the previous year’s points average will be used. Drivers without a point average, drivers that do not attend the drivers’ meeting, or driver changes after the drivers’ meeting (“non-point drivers”) will line up at the rear of a heat race.


2. Heat Races
Heat Race lineups will be staggered and fully inverted by point average handicap followed by non-point drivers. The highest point average will be in the first heat race. For less than 18 cars, two Heat Races will be run and the top four finishers will start at the front of the Main Event. For 18 cars or more, three Heat Races will be run and the top four finishers will start at the front of the Main Event.

3. Semi Main
If more cars are running than will be started in the Main Event (16 on small tracks or 20 on large tracks), a Semi Main will be run. The cars not transferring to the Main Event by their heat race finishing position, will start the Semi Main straight up by point average handicap followed by non-point drivers.

4. Main Event
The Main Event lineup will be the top eight finishers from the Heat Races followed by transfers from the Semi Main. The top heat race finishers will be fully inverted by point average handicap followed by the non-point drivers that transfer from the Heat Races. They will be followed by the top finishers from the Semi Main in the order of their finish in the Semi. If no Semi Main is run, the cars that do not transfer to the Main Event from their Heat Race, will follow them straight up by point average handicap followed by non-point drivers.

 Rule Number One: The racing director can make any changes at the track necessary to accommodate track size, car count, time constraints, promoter wishes, weather, etc. 


2016 NMRA RACE RULES


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