“The Sixteenth Annual 2011 Budweiser Oval Nationals”
November 3rd, 4th & 5th
PROGRAM FORMAT
Revised on 11/4/11

Thursday and Friday

Qualifying:

All cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car fails to take the green flag on its first qualifying attempt, it may return within three (3) positions of its originally drawn position, and will be given its normal two qualifying laps. If the car fails to appear within said three (3) positions, it will be allowed to attempt one qualifying lap at the end of the normal qualifying period.

D Main:

The D Main will be for all cars Qualifying 57th and back up to a total of 20 cars. The D Main will be 10 laps. The top 4 from the D Main will tag the back of the C Main.

C Main:

The C Main will be for all cars Qualifying 41st – 56th plus the top four cars from the D Main. The C Main will be 10 laps. The top 4 from the C Main will tag the back of the B Main.

Heat Races:

All cars Qualifying in the top 40 will be in the heat races. There will be a total of five (5) heat races with eight (8) cars per heat race. Each heat race will be fully inverted. The top four in each heat race will transfer to the twenty-five (25) lap A Main event. The cars finishing 5th – 8th will go straight to the B Main. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps.

B Main:

The B Main will have a total of 24 cars. All cars finishing 5th – 8th in the heat races will make up the lineup for the B Main plus the four transfers from the C Main. The lineup will straight up based on qualifying times. The top four (4) cars will transfer to the A Main. The B Main will be twelve (12) laps.

A Main:

The A Main will have a total of 24 cars. The fastest six (6) cars that transferred from the heat races will be inverted to make up rows 1-3. The rest of the field (rows 4 – 12) will be lined straight up according to qualifying times. The A Main will be twenty-five (25) laps.

SATURDAY NIGHT’S FORMAT

The Elite Eight”:

The top eight (8) cars in points from Thursday and Friday are locked into Saturday Nights A Main.

Qualifying:

All other cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car fails to take the green flag on its first qualifying attempt, it may return within three (3) positions of its originally drawn position, and will be given its normal two qualifying laps. If the car fails to appear within said three (3) positions, it will be allowed to attempt one qualifying lap at the end of the normal qualifying period.

Heat Races:

All cars qualifying in the top 32 will be in the heat races. All cars qualifying 33rd and back will go directly to one of the B Mains. There will be a total of four (4) heat races with eight (8) cars per heat race. The top four qualifiers will be inverted. The top two (2) in each heat race will transfer to the forty (40) lap A Main event. The cars finishing 3rd – 8th will go straight to one of the B Mains. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps. Any car or driver that did not make a qualifying attempt Thursday and Friday night will be delegated to tagging the back of their respective B Main.

B Mains

The B Mains will be all the remaining cars that have not transferred to the A Main. The B Main Lineups will be based on total points including Saturday night’s points. The odd point cars will be lined straight up according to their points for the first B Main. The even point cars will be lined straight up according to their points for the second B Main. Each B Main will be twelve (12) Laps. The top four (4) cars from each B Main will transfer to the A Main.

saturday’s A MAIN EVENT

The A Main will have a total of twenty-four (24) cars. The lineup for the first four (4) rows will be the top eight (8) cars in points from Thursday and Friday. The top six in points will be inverted. Rows 5 – 8 will be the cars that transferred from the Heats and they will lineup according to their total points. Rows 9 – 12 will be the cars that transferred from the B Mains and they will line up according to their total points. The A Main will be Forty (40) laps. There will be no fuel stop for excessive yellow flag laps. The Oval Nationals will be governed by the Official Rule Book for the USAC National and CRA Series. Any provisional starts in the Preliminary Mains on Thursday and Friday night’s points will only be awarded for USAC National standings and USAC/CRA standings. No Oval National points will be awarded for a Provisional start. You must earn your way into the Thursday and Friday night Mains to earn Oval National points for your starting position on Saturday Night.