Dirt Cup To Follow ASCS Format

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Jason Solwold and crew celebrate after winning the Jim Raper Dirt Cup last year at Skagit Speedway. (ASCS/Lisa Dynes photo)
Jason Solwold and crew celebrate after winning the Jim Raper Dirt Cup last year at Skagit Speedway. (ASCS/Lisa Dynes photo)
Jason Solwold and crew celebrate after winning the Jim Raper Dirt Cup last year at Skagit Speedway. (ASCS/Lisa Dynes photo)

TULSA, Okla. – The format for the 45th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by Jack in the Box at Washington’s Skagit Speedway has been released and will follow the ASCS Heat/Qualifier Format.

With this format, the only time drivers will draw for position is the start of the night to determine heat race lineups. Lineups for qualifiers, B-Mains and A-Main will be determined through the driver’s combined passing point totals.

The top 30 in passing points from heat races will move into qualifiers. The remainder will fall to the tail of the night’s B Features. The top 18 will be inverted with the highest point earner from heat races starting sixth in the first qualifier. Qualifiers will be eight laps each. Passing points will be utilized with the driver’s total points combined with their heat race total.

The top 16 in combined passing points will advance to the A-Main. Drivers will not redraw for their starting position. Lineup is straight up by the combined passing point total. The remainder will fall into B-Mains. The number of B-Mains is dependent upon the number of cars.

If one B-Main is needed, the top 6 drivers will advance to the A-Main. If two B-Main’s, then the top three will advance, if three B-Main’s, then the top two will advance.

Following Friday night, driver’s combined points will be tallied with the top 16 drivers locked into Saturday’s A-Main. Drivers ranked 17-48 will be split among two B-Mains with 17th to the pole of the first B-Main, 18th to the pole of the second B-Main and so forth through the field of each B Main. The remainder will fall into a Last Chance qualifier, taking the top four drivers with the winner and third place taking the final two spots in the first B-Main. Second and fourth will take the final two spots in the second B-Main.

Expecting another star studded field, fans and teams alike are excited to see what the new surface on the Skagit Speedway will offer, as local teams have already been outspoken on the improved conditions of the track’s surface.

Drawing 51 drivers to Skagit Speedway in 2015, the event was topped for the first time by Washington’s Jason Solwold. With a pair of wins on the season around the Pacific Northwest, Jason will again pilot the Mike Anderson owned No. 18.