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Exciting format to add more action, cut the field for BC39 Main

With 89 entries, the competition to make the 26-car field for the main at Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by WeatherTech will be nearly as intense as that of the headline event August 3-4 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Only about a quarter of the participants in the USAC National Midget Championship race on the quarter-mile dirt oval on the inside of Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will qualify for the main event on Thursday. evening, August 4. Thus, the United States Auto Club (USAC) uses an action-packed format to reduce the huge starry field to the starting lineup.

The 39-lap run honors the late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and raises awareness for Indiana’s Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives campaign.

A look at the format to use to form the field for the main in this race:

Wednesday August 3

Wednesday’s program format will feature all cars on the track, but not for qualifying as is typically the case for the majority of USAC National events. Instead, all cars will raffle for heat race positions and the hot lap with their heat race.

While the race for victory will be paramount, the battle for points will be just as essential and filled with pressure. Each car will earn points based on passes, which will determine starting position in Thursday night’s qualifying races.

The heat races will last 10 laps each, with starting formations determined by the heat race “draft” on Tuesday evening August 2 at the Racing Capital of the World. Points for heats will be accumulated based on finishing position and total number of positions won or lost. Cars will be positioned in Thursday’s qualifying races based on “passing points” accrued from Wednesday’s heats.

The Stoops Pursuit race on Wednesday night is a 25-lap race divided into five-lap segments. The field will consist of 24 starters – Heat race winners plus the highest number of runs in each heat are eligible, along with promoter options. The starting formation is reversed by fastest running time, with promoter options starting at the back. Every five laps USAC will throw a competition flag and cars with a net loss of position will be called off the track.

A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position won.

Thursday August 4
All cars are eligible for Thursday’s qualifying races, with up to 14 cars per race. Qualifying races will be 10 laps each, with the top six starting positions reversed, with the leading scorer from Wednesday’s qualifying races starting sixth.

Total points from Qualifying Races and Qualifying Races will be added to define the starting lineup, as well as transfers from B-Main, C-Main and before D-Main races. The top 16 overall in accumulated points will start directly in the top eight rows of the feature.

E-Hands (if necessary): 10 turns. Includes cars 77th and higher in points from Wednesday’s qualifying races. The top two finishers from each E-Main are transferred to the D-Main.

D-Hands: 12 turns. Includes cars 45-76 in points, plus the top two from each E-Main. The first three of each D-Hand are transferred to the C-Hand.

C-Hand: 15 rounds. Includes cars 31-44 in points, plus top three from each D-Main. The top six are transferred to the B-Main.

B-Main (Semi-Feature): 20 rounds. Includes cars ranked 17-30 points, as well as the top six from the C-Main. The top six finishers move on to the night’s featured A-Main event.

The 39-round A-Main feature will feature 22 starters, plus two provisional USAC starters (if applicable) and two IMS options.

The BC39 wraps up a five-day-in-a-week streak at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, following the July 29-31 NASCAR-INDYCAR Triple Weekend that included the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT INDYCAR, all on the thrilling 14-turn, 2,439-mile IMS road course.

Tickets and more information for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by WeatherTech are available now at


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