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Updated 10/29/13. Race dates have been finalized!

Hello again Northwest racers! Many of you are probably wondering why there haven't been any updates in weeks. Well, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. First big change is that Marty Barnes is back in business! Marty will be leading the series again as he has in past years. I will still be helping out. Tom is going back to flying airplanes (real ones, not RC) so he won't be able to help out with the series this year.

Also regarding the schedule, the Bremerton race has been moved to December 7-8, one week earlier than previously planned. I really apologize for changing this date after it had already been marked as final.

Regarding the series points, there was some concern that the way we were going to calculate points before was unfair to the tracks that don't have the final race. Therefore all of the races will count for the same amount of points, and the series championship will be best 4 out of 5 races.

After discussion with the track owners, another rule that has changed is that mod buggy will only have double A mains. The consensus was that all classes should have the same number of mains.

Finally, Marty came up with a cool new idea for the double B mains of mod buggy to make them more exciting. See the bolded text below!

Race date have been finalized!
Top Gear Raceway Portland - Nov 9th and 10th
BRCR Bremerton - December 7th and 8th
TRCR Tacoma January 11th and 12th
NW Hobbies Albany March 1st and 2nd
Finale at 4 seasons March 21-23

Classes
Mod 2wd buggy
Mod 4wd buggy
Mod 4wd short course
Stock buggy
Stock truck
Stock 2wd short course

All stock classes will be 17.5 motors in “blinky” mode.

We chose to cut down to 6 classes to try to get bigger classes. Unfortunately the mod truck, mod short course, and super stock buggy classes have not had much participation in past years so those were the ones that were cut.

Race format
Mod buggy – 2 quals, double 6 minute A mains, double B mains (8 minute B1, 8 minute B2), 6 minute C and lower mains
All other classes – 2 quals, double 6 minute A mains, 8 minute B mains, 6 minute lower mains
Resort after the first round of qualifiers.
Rocket round seeding for mains.
8 cars qualify directly to each main, with 2 bumps from the lower main for a total of 10 cars in each main.
Tiebreaker for double A mains is higher finish in the A2 main.

We hope to make mod buggy less intimidating to the slower mod drivers by sorting the first round of qualifying heats by skill. This means that the super fast A main guys will all be together in 1 or 2 qualifying heats, while the slower mod guys will be put in different heats. After the first qual we will resort so the clock sorts it out. You don't have to worry about pulling over 5 times to let Luke Smith lap you, unless you earn your way into his heat.
Here is how the double B mains will work. The B1 main will have 10 cars. It will be one of the first B mains. It will be a 6 minute race and only the 1st place car will bump to the A. The B2 main will be the last B main race. It will have the remaining 9 cars in it. It will also be a 6 minute race. The winner of that race will also bump to the A main.


Race order for qualifying
Mod buggy
Stock buggy
4x4 SC
Stock Truck
4wd buggy
Stock 2wd SC

Race order for mains
Lower mains (order will depend on how many mains in each class)
B1 main of mod buggy
Other B mains
B2 main of mod buggy

A main order:
Stock buggy
4x4 SC
Stock Truck
4wd buggy
Stock 2wd SC
Mod buggy

we wanted to have the race order be consistent and announced ahead of time so you can choose your classes knowing which ones might force you to race back to back, and which ones will be nicely spread out.

Race schedule for the first 4 races
Friday and before – track's choice for practice and racing.
Saturday - controlled practice from 9AM to 5PM
Track maintenance from 5-5:30
1st round of qualifying starts at 5:30 pm
Sunday – practice from 8-9am. 2nd round of qualifying starts at 9:30 AM
Mains immediately follow qualifying. Goal is to get done by 5 or 6pm.

We changed the race schedule with the goal of allowing the traveling racer to get enough practice on Saturday to be competitive, with only 1 night of hotel and no missed work or school days.

Race schedule for the final
Practice Friday
4 rounds of qualifiers Saturday
Mains Sunday (AAA and BB for all classes with at least 16 entries) with series awards to follow.

Series points for rounds 1-5
101 for first
99 for second
98 for third
etc


Series champion will be the best 4 out of 5 races.

Cost - $25 per class for the first 4 races
$30 per class for the final 3 day race

Awards
Trophies for the top 3 in each class for each race.
Awards for the top 5 in each class for the series.

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Awesome!

I am going to mark the weekends down on the calender right now.

The only question I have that I did not see answered above is what stock motors are legal? D3.5? $150 Fantoms, etc.?

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Looks great Derek and Tom. Thanks for taking things over.

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Great format, great changes... going to be some great battling!
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Awesome!

I am going to mark the weekends down on the calender right now.

The only question I have that I did not see answered above is what stock motors are legal? D3.5? $150 Fantoms, etc.?

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The d3.5 will be allowed at the series. We would like to allow the same motors that are being used in club racing, and it is my understanding that all of the tracks are allowing these motors.

Regarding tires, we are fortunate that gold barcodes are the best or one of the best tires at every track in the series. We will NOT be using a spec tire in any class. For the budget racer, just get some gold bar codes and you will be competitive at every track.
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Ill be at them all!
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love how you guys already set the line ups
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No mod sct, mod truck, or maybe scb? Racing on Sunday? That will be hard to get back from Oregon.
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No mod sct, mod truck, or maybe scb? Racing on Sunday? That will be hard to get back from Oregon.
I dont see Super Stock class.
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Originally Posted by Double Dee View Post
I dont see Super Stock class.
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No mod sct, mod truck, or maybe scb?
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We chose to cut down to 6 classes to try to get bigger classes. Unfortunately the mod truck, mod short course, and super stock buggy classes have not had much participation in past years so those were the ones that were cut.
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Getting done Sunday at 6 makes it impossible for anyone in Seattle area to make the Albany race if your working Monday morning.
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I dont understand why we cant have races like all other tracks have. Friday practice, Saturday qualifying, Sunday main day?? Single mains on Sunday wrap up around 1 ???
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