Turkey Classic features new format

Turkey Classic features new format

The Pressure is off.

For the pit crews, that is.
Drivers, on  the other hand, will still have to find a way to get the checkered flag first  when the third annual Cocopah Speedway Turkey Classic gets under way Friday and  Saturday at Cocopah Speedway.
The format for the 2012 version of the  holiday event for Pro-Stock Division dirt cars is dramatically different than  the previous two races, most notably the elimination of the 50-lap feature event  on Saturday night. The 50-lap race included stopping the entire field on the  front straight after the first 25 laps for cars to get fuel in a timed format.  That meant pit crews had to be fast and efficient.
In its place,  Saturday’s feature event will be a 35-lap race.
Getting there, however,  may pose as big a challenge as it was figuring out how to survive 50  laps.
“More than ever, drivers will see the importance of taking care of  their cars early so that they can be there at the end for the big show,” said  Greg Burgess, Cocopah Speedway’s director of operations, who is the brainchild  behind the format change.
By “early” he was referring to Friday night’s  part of the program, too, which will include a 25-lap feature event, with the  top two finishers receiving automatic berths in Saturday night’s  finale.
Friday’s program will start with qualifying for the Pro-Stocks,  followed by heat races, with the fast cars starting up front. A second set of  heat races will follow, with the starting order inverted — the fast cars at the  back.
Drivers collect points for qualifying and the two heat races, from  which the top six drivers will advance to a trophy dash that will determine the  starting positions for the first three rows in Friday night’s feature  event.
Saturday’s program will follow much the same format, with the  exception of the top two finishers in Friday’s feature automatically entered in  the trophy dash. Those two drivers also get to skip Saturday’s qualifying and  heat races.
Saturday night’s dash will include eight cars, with the  finishing order determining starting positions for the first four rows of the  35-lap feature.
“I think our new format will be fun,” said Burgess. “With the addition of our electronic transponder scoring, it makes qualifying  possible. I think the racers and the fans will enjoy the addition of qualifying  to this special show.
“Then add in the double heat races, with that  second set of heats being fully inverted — it will be really exciting to watch  those fast cars race through the pack.”
While the 50-lap feature event on  Saturday was unique, Burgess said he thought it took away from the drivers being  able to determine the outcome from behind the wheel.
“Pit stops are  nearly nonexistent in dirt short track racing. I like the thought of our races  being decided on the track under racing conditions,” said Burgess. “I cannot  think of another dirt track event anywhere that features a pit stop. There may  be some, but good quality racing is our goal.
“And I believe with our new  format, the racers and fans are in for one very exciting weekend of  racing.”

 

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