Jan 12, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>80cc Championship Class to join Formula USA Dirt Track<BR><BR>2002 will feature all-new class for 8-13 year-olds<BR><BR>AURORA, Ill. - Formula USA announced it will offer an 80cc National Championship Class at all 2002 Drag Specialties National Dirt Track races run on half-mile or smaller tracks. The format will be as follows:<BR><BR>Approximately ten of the Formula USA National Dirt Track events will be designated as 80cc National Championship races. The age group for eligibility is 8 to 13 year-olds with a minimum of 2 years racing experience. The approved equipment for 80cc competition will be 85cc two-strokes and up to 150cc four-stroke machines. Each 80cc National Event will consist of practice, elimination heats and a final. <BR><BR>The Championship will be determined by the best three finishes for each individual rider. Riders will be awarded points for their main event finishing positions and their personal best 3 finishes are the points that will count towards the championship. In the probable case(s) of a tie, the final event at the October 5, Del Mar Short Track will also act as series tiebreaker. Example: After 9 of 10 races, 2 riders have 3 wins each, and 2 others have 2 wins and 1 second. Heading into the final at Del Mar, should any one of these 4 riders win, they will take the championship. If none of the four are the actual Del Mar winner, the top finisher between the two "3 win" riders will be crowned the champion.<BR><BR>"This format allows rider participation across the country where amateur riders can hit the closest two or three events and still have a shot at a national championship or top ranking," said Bob Moran, director of Clear Channel Entertainment's dirt track program. Moran added, "This format does not limit riders to only three races, although if a rider competes in all 10 events and wins 6 races, only three of those wins count towards the championship." <BR><BR>Formula USA will announce more details surrounding the new 80cc National Championship Class soon.<BR><BR>The 2002 DRAG SPECIALTIES NATIONAL DIRT TRACK SERIES, SANCTIONED BY Formula USA SCHEDULE follows:<BR><BR>Sat, June 8 Plymouth, Wis. Sheboygan County Fairgrounds<BR><BR>Fri, Jun 14 Rochester, N.H. Rochester Fairgrounds<BR><BR>Sat, Jul 13 Oklahoma City, Okla. State Fair Speedway<BR><BR>Sat. Jul 20 Duluth, Minn. Proctor Speedway<BR><BR>Wed, Aug 7 Rapid City, S.D. Black Hills Speedway<BR><BR>Sat, Aug 10 Portland, Ore. Portland Speedway<BR><BR>Sat, Sept. 7 Boise, ID Les Bois Park<BR><BR>Sat, Sept. 14 Sacramento, Calif. Cal Expo (No 80cc class)<BR><BR>Sun, Sept. 22 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome<BR><BR>Sat, Oct 5 Del Mar, Calif. Del Mar Fairgrounds Short Track <BR><BR>Sun, Oct 6 Del Mar, Calif. Del Mar Fairgrounds<BR>Mile/Grandstand (No 80cc class)