NOW600 National Micros
GROUP QUALIFYING! New Format Announced for 2022 Lucas Oil NOW600 National Micros
DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (Nov. 15, 2021) - A new format has been announced for the 10th season of competition for the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series presented by the Hi Plains Building Division in 2022.
Borrowing aspects from several formats to make one, the format will feature group qualifying, which then ties back into the traditional NOW600 Passing Points scale to set the night’s lineups.
The new format breaks down like this.
All teams will draw for a Qualifying Group. Number of teams drawing in will determine the number of groups with a maximum of 10 cars per group. Group qualifying will take place during Hot Laps. There will be instances where the first class will have to hot lap to help run the track in before turning around to Group Qualify.
Cars will get 1 warm-up lap, followed by 3 laps on the clock to determine their fastest time. Anyone missing their group will only receive one timed lap once all other groups have completed their Qualifying.
Points will be awarded in each group with the fastest Qualifier receiving 10 points. The scale drops by one point per position (10, 9, 8, etc.).
Heat Races will be lined up with a four-car inversion. Drivers timing outside the inversion will be lined up straight up by their time, starting with the fifth position.
Passing Points will be used during the Heat Race. Points are done from the final parade lap and will be combined with the points earned during Qualifying. Any tie in overall points will go to the earlier Heat Race. Top 14 in overall points will lock into the A-Feature. An inversion will be determined by draw of a 0 (Straight-up), 4 (top two rows), or 6 (top three rows). Draw will be done by the high point earner.
Remainder of the field will stagger into a pair of B-Features (17th to the pole of B1, 18th to the pole of B2, etc.). Top three from each B-Feature advance to the
A-Feature with B1 setting the inside of the final three rows. B2 will set the outside of the final three rows. If only a single B-Feature is needed, the field will lineup straight up by accumulated points with the Top 6 transferring.
If the field exceeds 48 cars, C-Features will be added.
“We wanted to come up with something that doesn’t overly reward any one aspect of the night,” stated series owner, Terry Mattox.
“Every format has its perks and drawbacks, so when we started looking at how we wanted to proceed, we cherrypicked the aspects of several formats and combined them to where Qualifying gives control back to the driver, shakes things up, and helps you going forward, but you still have to race hard through your Heat Race. You can’t just ride in a transfer spot.”
This will only be used with the Lucas Oil National Series.
More details along with a full 2022 tentative schedule will be announced soon.
2022 marks the 10th season of competition for the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series.
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NOW600 SERIES –
The National Open Wheel 600 Series is in its ninth year of showcasing premier micro sprint racing throughout the country. In addition to the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series presented by Hi-Plains Building Division, there are six regions – the NOW600 Hi-Plains Building Division Ark-La-Tex Region, the NOW600 Hi-Plains Building Division Desert Region, the NOW600 Hi-Plains Building Division Kansas Region, the NOW600 Hi-Plains Building Mile High Region, the NOW600 Hi-Plains Building Division Mountain West Region and the NOW600 Hi-Plains Building Division North Texas Region – as well as NOW600 Hi-Plains Building Division weekly racing and EMSA NOW600 C2 Micros. The featured national racing divisions are Stock Non-Wing, Winged ‘A’ Class and Restricted ‘A’ Class. For more information, including the schedule, points and rules, visit http://www.NOW600Series.com.
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Submitted By: Terry Mattox