June 29, 2013 – Series PR – Contributions by Kyle Souza – Effective at the next Valenti Modified Racing Series event and continuing throughout the 2013 season and beyond, VMRS qualifying heat events will have point values for the top 5 finishing positions. This addition will be instituted to ensure the integrity, competitive balance and safety of the heat race events is maintained at all times.
“While the 2013 VMRS feature races have been the most competitive in series history, the heat races and subsequent tire conservation that many teams have established, has continuously grown more of safety and legitimacy concern with each event.” Series Director, Scott Tapley continued “and it (heat race competition) has placed us, as a series that prides ourselves in our heat races and their competition, in a box and it is my job to make sure all of our events are contested with the utmost importance.”
Tapley also stated that, “as our events have gone on this season the differing heat race competition has gotten more and more of a safety concern to all teams competing. We have some teams are radically changing pace mid-lap or for multiple laps and then picking up the pace dramatically while other teams are racing behind or beside them and it has created some very dangerous situations lately, particularly several incidents at our last set of heat race events at Oxford Plains and I cannot sit back and let something like this happen when I could make a change that could diminish these problems.”
The VMRS will have a point values for the top 5 finishers in each heat event. The heat race winner will receive 5 points, while 2nd place will receive 4 points, 3 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th and the final point (1) will be given to the 5th place finisher.
Article Sources: ModifiedRacingSeries.com