FAIRBURY, Neb. – Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., will feature a unique format to seed the field based on Friday night’s finishing order.
The Midwest Midget Championship at the fifth-mile dirt oval, the Mid-America Midget Week finale, begins on Friday, July 16, and will utilize the traditional format of single-car qualifying, followed by heat races, semi-feature and a 30-lap feature event paying $4,000-to-win, with the starting lineup based on qualifying results and heat race winners.
The format for the Saturday, July 17, portion of the program will not include qualifying. Instead, heat race lineups will be based on the finishing order of Friday’s event. Friday night’s feature winner will receive the one seed with the second-place finisher getting the second seed, and so on. For Saturday, those seeds, in essence, will act as the official qualifying time.
The number one seed will line up in the 6th position of Saturday’s heat race one and the number two seed will line up in the 6th position of heat race two, and so forth. From there on, the traditional USAC format will take over with the top-four transferring from each of the four heat races, top-six from the semi, etc.
The fastest top-six seeds who transfer through the heats will occupy the first three rows of Saturday’s feature, followed by heat race winners, then the balance of the field based on their seeds, to set the starting lineup for the 40-lap finale paying $10,000-to-win and $500 to start.
Of note, Friday night’s provisional feature starters will receive their seed based on their finishing order in the semi-feature rather than where they finished in the feature.