SOUTH BOSTON, VA – The winter of change keeps rolling along at South Boston Speedway with fans and drivers again the big beneficiary. Track officials announced today that a passing points system will be in place for all divisions when the 2016 season cranks up on March 12.
Simply put, drivers will receive points for each position gained during a race and they will have the option to put themselves in position to pass a lot of cars and pick up maximum points.
The passing points system will also result in a Hard-Charger Award in each division at the end of the season with a bonus payout to division winners. The Late Model Hard-Charger Award will be $2,500; the Limited $1,000; the Modified $750; the Pure Stock $500 and the Hornets $250.
“We believe this new system will make racing at South Boston much more exciting in 2016 and at the same time provide drivers a chance to earn an extra bonus at the end of the year,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “We’ve spent the off season working on new ideas that will improve the racing and help the drivers and teams with expenses. We believe this is another good step in that direction.”
Early this winter the track announced rule changes that included limiting tire purchases per event and weight and engine allowances that would permit Limited cars to race in the Late Model division when the schedule allowed.
The track also released a three-year, $1 million capital improvement plan earlier this year that includes upgraded grandstands and track repaving in 2016.