FRIDAY FORMAT: Double Heats & Dashes Highlight Night Two of USA Nationals

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Passing Points is the Name of the Game on Friday at Cedar Lake Speedway

Tonight, the championship program for the 33rd annual USA Nationals officially begins at Cedar Lake Speedway.

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series drivers will battle through a pair of heat races and dashes to determine the lineup for Saturday’s finale, which is concluded with the $50,000-to-win, $3,000-to-start, 100-lap feature.

In all, Friday’s show includes 10 Team Drydene Heat Races, a Morton Buildings Dash, a F.A.N.S. Fund Dash, and a full program of Cedar Lake Speedway local late models as well.

More information on how tonight’s format looks:

FIVE HEATS, ROUND ONE (12 Laps): Lineups set by pill draw. No transfers; drivers battle for passing points.

FIVE HEATS, ROUND TWO (12 Laps): Lineups inverted & randomized. Second chance to gain passing points.

PASSING POINTS LOCK-INS: The top 8 in combined passing points will keep their night alive and head to the Morton Buildings Dash. 9th-16th in passing points lock-in to Saturday’s USA Nationals feature. 17th & beyond will split into 2-3 Last Chance Showdowns on Saturday.

MORTON BUILDINGS DASH (8 Laps): Morton Buildings Redraw decides starting lineup for eight-lap dash. The finishing order will crown a pole winner and set the front four rows of the $50,000-to-win main event.

F.A.N.S. FUND DASH (12 Laps): Invited to the USA Nationals by a group of fans (over $25,000 given to help offset expenses), these 12 drivers will battle in the F.A.N.S. Fund Dash: Bobby Pierce, Kyle Strickler, Ross Bailes, Gordy Gundaker, Jason Feger, Rick Eckert, Tyler Carpenter, Chris Simpson, Jason Papich, Stormy Scott, Scott Ward, Rusty Griffaw.

Passing Points Chart

Tickets ($30 Adult, $15 Student, FREE Kids 11-Under, $40 Pit Passes) are still available for purchase at the gates tonight. For those unable to make it, you can watch night two of the USA Nationals on pay-per-view for $24.99 at

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