SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – Only five races remain in the quest for the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series championship, with three drivers separated by 78 points.
Tyler Courtney leads Chris Windom by just 15 markers, with Tanner Thorson sitting third.
Every point and every position matters at this juncture of the season, with three full-point races remaining. Two races are at Arizona Speedway and one is at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.
Two appearance-points-only events at Merced (Calif.) Speedway will close out the season.
One piece of the puzzle is knowing how the points work for each remaining event and how they can be earned. The simple part of the equation are the two events at Merced on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 20-21.
Both races will pay 50 points each across the board to all participating licensed USAC nationally licensed midget drivers and teams at the event. That goes regardless of a driver’s finishing position throughout the night.
Conversely, at both Arizona on Nov. 13-14 as well as Bakersfield on Nov. 17, full points will be available toward the championship for licensed drivers and teams. A maximum of 84 points are up for grabs.
In qualifying each night at Arizona and Bakersfield, six points will be awarded to the fastest qualifier, descending by one point through the top six overall.
For the heat races, in the event of four heats being held, the top-four finishers will transfer to the feature and will earn points from eight points down to five.
If three heat races are held in conjunction with a semi-feature, the top-five heat race finishers will earn points from eight down to four.
When no semi-feature is held, all heat race starters will receive points, starting with eight points for first and descending by one point per position down to eighth. Ninth or worse in heats with no semi-feature will also receive one point.
In the semi-feature, if the top-six finishers transfer to the feature, those finishers will earn points as well. The winner will receive four points, descending by one point per position down to fourth, with fifth and sixth also receiving one point.
In the event of the top-seven finishers transferring out of the semi-feature, the winner will receive four points, descending by one point down to fourth, with fifth through seventh all also earning one point apiece.
Meanwhile, all USAC nationally-licensed midget drivers and teams that did not transfer to the feature will receive 10 points each.
For the feature, 70 points will go to the winner, descending by three points each throughout the rest of the top-10 finishers. Starting at 41 points for 11th, the remaining positions will descend by two points through 20th place. Positions 21st or worse will all receive 23 points.
On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at 1 p.m. MT, with the grandstands following at 3 p.m. and racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.
General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for children ages seven to 12, with tickets free for kids ages six and under.