Here’s the dirt: Q&A about local dirt track racingThe Superior Speedway will bring the IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars to Superior tonight along with the Mid-West Modified Class and Super Stocks.
By: The Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
The Superior Speedway will bring the IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars to Superior tonight along with the Mid-West Modified Class and Super Stocks.
To help clarify what exactly a Sprint car is to the novice racing fan, Speedway’s Lorraine Anderson has complied a question and answer column.
• What is a sprint car? A sprint car is a purpose built open-wheel race car, that must weigh at least 1,375 pounds with the driver in the car. The 410-cubic inch engine is fueled by methanol and produces approximately 850-horsepower.
• Why is there a wing on the top of the car? A large wing on top of the car with sideboards that face opposite directions help to produce a great amount of down force to help keep the car planted on the track and turn in the corners. The wings also help to absorb energy in the case of the car getting airborne in an accident. Sprint cars also are equipped with nose wings.
• Why are the cars pushed to start? Sprint car do not have starters in them, so a push truck are used to fire the engine, and get the car in-gear. A sprint car only has an in/out direct drive, no reverse gear.
• How does a race night take shape? We start with hot laps, we pay respect to our flag and country with the National Anthem, then we move to the heat races, B-Main’s and then the Feature races. It is family friendly entertainment.
• What is a Hot Lap? A session held prior to races. This session is run in groups. Each car is assigned to a group prior to this hot lap session, and the groups are determined by the draw that set the order for time trials. During this practice session each car is allotted three or more laps at speed in order to ensure that their car is ready for qualifying.
• What is a heat? An 8-12 lap race that determines which cars will move on to the A-Feature or B Main. Usually the top five cars in the heats transfer to the A-Main, when there are four heat races. If there are three heat races, then the top six finishers in the heat race transfer to the A-Feature.
• What is a B-Main or semi-feature? This is the final chance for a driver to make it into the A-Main. Depending on the number of heat races run, usually the top 2 or 4 finishers in the B-Main will transfer into the main event. The B-Main is usually 10 laps in length, depending on the number of cars involved
• What is a Feature? The final race of the night which decides who is the over-all winner of the event. The A-Main will usually be 25-laps, which is predetermined and shared with the drivers and teams at the drivers meeting.
• How much does the winner of Friday’s IRA Outlaw Sprint event earn? The winner’s share of the purse will pocket $2,000.
EXTRA LAPS: The cost for tonight’s races are: Adults (16+), $20; youth (13-15), $8; and kids (12-and-under and accompanied with a parent), free. ... Reese Coyle has won the pizza party for next week in the Diggers Den. Reese and his friends will be treated to free pop and pizza and get to stay in Diggers Den all night to watch the races.