World of Outlaws Sprint Car format updated for 2020
Andy Newsome

With the start of a new World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season comes a few changes to the Series’ format.

The primary changes include:

-All Last Chance Showdown and qualifying Feature events – C-Main, D-Main etc. – will be lined up by Heat Race finishes instead of qualifying time.

-The two fastest qualifiers that don’t transfer to the A-Feature will line-up on the front row of the Last Chance Showdown.

-The six Heat Race program has been eliminated. (See ’49 AND ABOVE CARS’ for addition of Non-Qualifier race).

Below is the full 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series format. Everything bolded is new for 2020.

 

20 CARS OR LESS:

Draw and Qualify as normal.  Two Heat Races.

Divide field into two (2) Heats lined straight-up by qualifying times – no invert – 1st and 2nd place finishers go to the 6-car Dash.

Remaining cars go into one (1) Non-Qualifier race lined-up by their respective Heat finishes – no inversion – 1st and 2nd place finishers go to the Dash and start 5th and 6th.

Provisional Dash lined-up by Heat and Non-Qualifier finishes.  The first 4 positions will draw for their starting position.

Dash finish determines the first 3 rows of the Feature lineup.  The remainder of the field will line-up behind the Dash cars by their Non-Qualifier finish.

The World of Outlaws Tire Rule is waived for the Dash and Non-Qualifier.

 

21 TO 31 CARS:

Draw and Qualify as normal.  Three Heat Races.

Heat Races line-up by times – no invert – top 6 finishers transfer to the Feature.

1st and 2nd place Heat Race finishers go to the 6-car Dash.

Provisional Dash will line-up by Heat Race finishes. All Dash participants will then draw for starting positions.

Dash finish determines the first 3 rows of the Feature lineup.  Remaining transfer cars line-up by their Heat Race finish behind the Dash cars.

The 2 fastest qualifiers not making the transfer will start on the front row of the Last Chance Showdown.  Other cars not making the transfer line-up in the Last Chance Showdown by their Heat Race finish. The Last Chance Showdown will be lined-up and then the top 2 moved to the front row. The remaining cars will line-up according to World of Outlaws line-up procedures. Top 6 Last Chance Showdown finishers transfer to the Feature and tag the rear of the field in their Last Chance Showdown finishing order.

If no Last Chance Showdown is ran, remaining cars will line-up in the Feature behind the Dash cars by their Heat Race finish.

 

32 TO 37 CARS:

Draw and Qualify as normal.  Four Heat Races.

Heats Races line-up by times – no invert – top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature.

1st and 2nd place Heat Race finishers go to the Dash.

Provisional Dash will line-up by Heat Race finishes. All Dash participants will then draw for starting positions.

Dash finish determines the first 4 rows of the Feature lineup.  Remaining transfer cars line-up by Heat Race finish behind the Dash cars.

The 2 fastest qualifiers not making the transfer will start on the front row of the Last Chance Showdown. Other cars not making the transfer line-up in the Last Chance Showdown by their Heat Race finish. The Last Chance Showdown will be lined-up and then the top 2 qualifiers that did not transfer will move to the front row. The remaining cars will line-up according to World of Outlaws line-up procedures.  Top 4 finishers transfer to the Feature and tag the rear of the field in their Last Chance Showdown finishing order.

 

38 TO 48 CARS:

Draw as normal.  Four Heat Races.

Divide draw into two (2) Flights with the first half of the draw comprising Qualifying Flight A and the second half of the draw comprising Qualifying Flight B.  If there is an odd number of cars – using 41 as an example – Flight A would have 21 cars and Flight B would have 20 cars.

Flight A qualifies then Flight B qualifies which creates a Flight A Qualifying Finish and a Flight B Qualifying Finish.

Heats 1 and 2 will line-up by times from Flight A – no invert – top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature.

1st and 2nd place of both Heat Race finishes go to the Dash.

Repeat above steps for Flight B.

Provisional Dash will line-up by Heat Race finishes with Flight A cars on the inside lane and Flight B cars on the outside. All Dash participants will then draw for starting positions.

Dash finish determines the first 4 rows of the Feature lineup.

The remaining transfer cars line-up by Heat race finish behind the Dash cars with Flight A cars on the inside and Flight B cars on the outside.

The fastest qualifier from Flight A & B not making the transfer will start on the front row of the Last Chance Showdown. The Heat Race finishing positions 6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th will line-up by Heat Race finish in the Last Chance Showdown with Flight A cars on the inside and Flight B cars on the outside. The Last Chance Showdown and C-Feature will be lined-up and then the top 2 qualifiers that did not transfer will move to the front of the Last Chance Showdown. The remaining cars will line-up according to World of Outlaws line-up procedures. The top 4 Last Chance Showdown finishers transfer to the Feature and tag the rear of the field in their Last Chance Showdown finishing order.

Remaining cars go to the C-Feature or subsequent non-transfer races and will line-up by their respective Heat Race finish. The top 2 finishers of these events tag the rear of the next event by finishing order.

If no C-Feature is run, subsequent cars will line up by finishing position into the Last Chance Showdown (10th, 11th, etc.).

The Alternate will be the first Last Chance Showdown non-transfer car.

 

49 AND ABOVE CARS

Draw as normal.  Four Heat Races.

Divide draw into two (2) Flights with the first half of the draw comprising Qualifying Flight A and the second half of the draw comprising Qualifying Flight B.  If there is an odd number of cars – using 51 as an example – Flight A would have 26 cars and Flight B would have 25 cars.

Flight A qualifies then Flight B qualifies which creates a Flight A Qualifying Finish and a Flight B Qualifying Finish.

The top 20 in time, line-up Heat Races 1 & 2 from Flight A– no invert – top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature.

The top 20 in time will line-up Heat Races 3 & 4 by times from Flight B – no invert – top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature.

Cars qualifying 21+ in each flight will be put into one non-qualifier race, Flight A on the inside Flight B on the outside, straight up by time. Top 4 transfer to the back of subsequent Heat Races (1st to 1, 2nd to 2, etc). The rest transfer to the back of the C-Feature behind Heat cars in the Non-Qualifier finishing position (5th starts 9th, 6th starts 10th, etc.).

A D-Feature may be added at 52+ cars in attendance.

There will be one 8 car dash.

1st and 2nd place Heat Race finishers from Flight A and B go to the Dash and line-up by their respective Heat Race finish. All Dash participants will then draw for starting positions. The Dash finish will set the first eight positions of the of the Feature.

Remaining transfer cars line-up by Heat Race finish behind the Dash cars with Flight A cars placed on the inside lane and Flight B cars placed on the outside lane.

The fastest qualifier from both Flight A & B that did not make the transfer will start on the front row of the Last Chance Showdown.

Heat Race finishers 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th of both Flights A & B go the Last Chance Showdown and line-up in their respective lanes by their Heat Race finish. The Last Chance Showdown and C-Feature will be lined-up and then the top qualifier of each flight moved to the front of each lane of the Last Chance Showdown. The remaining cars will line-up according to World of Outlaws line-up procedures. The top 4 Last Chance Showdown finishers transfer and tag the rear of the Feature in their Last Chance Showdown finishing order.

Cars finishing 10th & 11th go to the C-Feature and will line-up by their Heat Race finish. The top 2 finishers tag the rear of the Last Chance Showdown by their finishing order.

The Alternate will be the first Last Chance Showdown non-transfer car.