The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the point system for the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer. The $3,000-to-win weekly racing championship will use a unique system that rewards drivers for their feature event performances based on finishing position, field size, and positions gained.
As previously announced, a driver’s 10 best weekly feature performances at participating tracks will count towards their Challenge Cup point total. This includes weekly events at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl; N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park; Epping, NH’s Star Speedway; and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway.
ACT Late Model Tour events and open events at these tracks are not eligible for NELMCC points. Once a driver has exceed 10 combined features at these tracks, subsequent events may replace a previous event if a higher point total is earned.
Eligible feature events will award two points per position up to a full-field maximum of 18 cars. For example, a 14-car feature will award 28 points for first, 26 points for second, 24 points for third, and so on. An 18-car feature will award 36 points for first, 34 points for second, and so forth. If the starting field exceeds 18 cars, all finishers from 18th on back will receive two points.
Four bonus points will be awarded for a feature win. One bonus point will also be awarded for every position a driver gains in a feature event compared to their starting position. For example, if a driver starts 11th and finishes 6th, they will receive five bonus points in addition to their feature finish points.
If more than 18 cars start a feature, then starters from 19th on back will use 18th as their starting spot for bonus point purposes. Drivers will not be penalized points if they lose positions during a feature.
“We created this system because we think it fits what the Challenge Cup is all about,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “It rewards doing well in larger fields, and it rewards passing cars, which are two of the most exciting parts of racing. These things also give more incentive for drivers to travel. By increasing the field size at the track they travel to, they increase the maximum points they can earn. And by starting at the rear like new drivers usually do, they can get more passing points. It will certainly be fun for the fans watching top drivers from other tracks show up to try to come from the rear.”
The full point system outline and official entry form for the New England Late Model Challenge Cup presented by American Racer are now available at https://www.acttour.com/forms as well as participating track websites. The deadline to register is Friday, April 24. Drivers who file their entry by Monday, March 2 will be entered into a drawing that awards two prizes of two free American Racer tires.
ACT Challenge Cup Point System
- All weekly point-counting races at participating tracks using ACT Late Model rules will be eligible for points towards the ACT Challenge Cup.
- ACT Late Model Tour events and “open” events will NOT be eligible.
- The 10 best features results in 2020, in terms of point total, for participating drivers will count towards their ACT Challenge Cup standing.
- Once a driver has exceeded 10 feature starts at participating tracks, subsequent starts may replace a previous start if a higher point total is earned in that start.
How the Points Work
- Eligible feature events will award two (2) points per position up to a “full-field” maximum of 18 cars.
- For example, a 13-car feature would go 26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2. A 17-car feature would go 34-32-20-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2.
- If more than 18 cars start a feature, drivers who finish from 19th on back will all receive two (2) points.
- Four (4) bonus points will be awarded for a feature win.
- Drivers will receive one (1) bonus point for every position they gain in the feature. For example, if a driver starts 11th and finishes 6th, they will receive five (5) bonus points (aka passing points).
- NOTE 1: Drivers will NOT lose points if they finish a feature worse than where they started.
- NOTE 2: If more than 18 cars start a feature, then starters from 19th on back will use 18th as their starting position for bonus point purposes.
Driver A starts 7th and finishes 1st in a 14-car feature.
Driver B starts 2nd and finishes 4th in a 12-car feature.
Driver C starts 20th and finishes 10th in a 21-car feature.
- Driver A receives 28 points for their finishing position, 4 bonus points for winning, and 6 bonus “passing points” (7 – 1) for a total of 38 points.
- Driver B receives 18 points for their finishing position and 0 bonus points for a total of 18 points.
- Driver C receives 18 points for their finishing position and 8 bonus “passing points” (18 – 10) for a total of 26 points.