A- (or Feature): The final race of the night which decides who is the overall winner of the event. Depending on the size of the track the A-Main usually ranges from 25-40 laps, which is predetermined and shared with the drivers and teams at the drivers meeting.B-Main (Last Change Showdown) – This is the final chance a driver has to make it into the A-Main. Depending on the number of heat races run, the
Top-4 finishers in the B-Main of a four heat race program and the Top-6 finishers in the B-Main in a three heat race program will transfer into the main event. The B-Main is usually 8-12 laps in length, depending on the size of the track and the number of cars involved.
Dash: The first and second place finishers from each of the four heat races, in a standard race program, qualify for the dash, along with the fastest two drivers from time trials that transferred from the heat race into the A-Feature, but did not finish first or second in the heat. These 10 drivers will be lined up by their time trials time for the dash and then a fan will draw either a 4, 6 or 8 pill for an inversion of the dash stating line-up. The Top-10 starting positions in the A-Feature are then determined by the finishing order of the dash in a three or four heat race program and the Top-12 in a five heat race program.
Drivers Meeting: Prior to each night of racing, all World of Outlaws drivers and crew members attend a mandatory meeting, which is conducted by the World of Outlaws Competition Director and Series Officials. The meetings outlines the night’s racing events and any procedural changes that may be in place.
Hot Laps: A session held prior to time trials. This session is run in groups. Each car is assigned to a group prior to this hot lap session, and the groups are determined by the draw that set the order for time trials. During this practice session each car is allotted 3 or more laps (the number depends on the size of the track) at speed in order to ensure that their car is ready for qualifying.
Heat Race (or Heats): An 8-12 lap race (the distance is determined by the size of the track) that determines which cars will move on to the A-Feature or B Main. The top five cars in the heats transfer to the A-Main, when there are four heat races. If there are three heat races, then the top six finishers in the heat race transfer to the A-Feature.
Inversion: The Top-16 cars in time trials are inverted in the heat races, meaning that the fastest qualifier in time trials starts in the fourth-spot in the first heat. The second fastest qualifier starts in the fourth-spot of the second heat. The third fastest qualifier starts in the fourth spot in the third heat, and the fourth quick qualifier starts in the fourth spot in the fourth heat (when four heats are run). The fifth fastest qualifier starts third in the first heat. The sixth fastest qualifier starts third in the second heat, and so on, working up to the 13th fastest qualifier starting on the pole of the first heat. The 14th fastest qualifier is on the pole of the second heat. The 15th fastest qualifier is on the pole for the third heat. The 16th fastest qualifier is on the pole of the fourth heat (See layout below). The remainder of the cars are lined up heads up by their time, starting in the third row of each heat race. The 17th fastest car in qualifying lines up fifth in the first heat, with the 18th fastest qualifier, fifth in the second heat, and so on until the rest of the field is filled.
Note: In a three-heat program, the Top-12 in time trials are inverted for the heat races.
Time Trials: Each competitor is given two timed laps to determine where they will start in a heat race. If a competitor misses their spot in the qualifying order by more than two places, by rule, they are allowed one lap at the end of time trials and the best they can be is 17th or 1 spot behind the inversion cars.
The International Motor Contest Association (IMCA), organized in 1915, is the oldest active automobile racing sanctioning body in the United States. J. Alex Sloan, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was instrumental in establishing IMCA and ran more races than all other promoters in the United States combined, all under IMCA sanction. After Sloan’s death in 1937, his son John continued the IMCA tradition. Under his leadership, IMCA continued to grow and held its first Late Model race on November 9, 1947 in Lubbock, TX. In the late 1970′s Keith Knaack introduced the IMCA Modified division. Few knew then that Keith’s vision and innovation would result in the largest class of race cars in the country.
In 1990, Kathy Root was named president of IMCA and in 1996 purchased IMCA from the Knaack family. Using the vision and innovation of Keith Knaack, IMCA is based on enforcing fair and consistent rules that promote affordability as the foundation of racing in America. Through the promotion of the “grass roots” weekly racer, IMCA has continued to see remarkable growth throughout the last decade.
IMCA Modified car
Modified cars are a hybrid of open wheel cars and stock cars - this class of car has the racing characteristics of a stock with the rear wheels covered by fenders and the front wheels open. There are sanctioning bodies that control the rules for this class at most tracks. Each Sanctioning body has their own set of guidelines provided in an annual rule book and their own registration fees.
Stock cars are generally automobiles manufactured by the major automakers with certain modifications as allowed for each class.
These are stock cars custom built for racing, usually with welded tubular frames and custom built or purchased bodies.
The most popular type of dirt stock cars are late models. They are categorized depending on what track and series that is running. The racetrack dictates what type of late model is raced, but most fall in to one of three categories:
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World of Outlaws
During NASCAR Weekend, the dirt track hosts the annual World of Outlaws event. This is a 2-day evening event with a rotating feature car class on Wed. night, and the WoO on Thurs. night.
Who are the World of Outlaws?
The World of Outlaws are the premier sanctioning body for winged sprint car racing in the world, and are comprised of sprint car drivers from across the country and the world. The series was founded by the late Ted Johnson in 1978, giving winged sprint car racer’s somewhere to compete with uniform rules and guaranteed purse money.
What is a sprint car?
Sprint cars are high-powered winged open-wheel race cars designed primarily for the purpose of running on short oval or circular dirt or paved tracks. They must weigh at least 1,375 pounds with the driver in the car. They have a high power-to-weight ratio, making speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour (230 km/h) possible on some tracks. 630 horsepower (470 kW) is commonplace for these machines and are fueled by methanol. The safety record of sprint car racing in recent years has been greatly improved by the use of roll cages to protect the drivers.
Why is there a wing on top of the car?
A large wing on top of the car with sideboards that face opposite directions help to produce a great amount of downforce to help keep the car planted on the track and turn in the corners. The wings also help to absorb energy in the case of the car getting airborne in an accident. Top wings became prominent in the early 1970’s. Sprint cars also are equipped with nose wings.
Why are the cars pushed to start?
Sprint cars do not have starters in them, so a push truck is used to fire the engine, and get the car in-gear. A sprint car only has an in/out direct drive, no reverse gear.
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Free Parking for the event!
From LAS VEGAS STRIP:
Take I-15 North to exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). Parking Lot entrance will be directly ahead.
Cars must be cleared out no later than one hour after the end of the race or they will be towed at owner’s expense.