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Exciting format to add more action, crop field for BC39 Main

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

Only about a quarter of entries for the USAC National Midget Championship race on the quarter-mile dirt oval at Turn 3 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will qualify for the main event on Thursday evening, Aug. 4. So the United States Auto Club (USAC) uses an action-packed layout to trim the huge, star-studded field to the feature’s starting grid.

The 39-lap feature race honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and raises awareness of the Indiana Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives campaign.

A look at the format to be used to form the field for the main during this race:

Wednesday 3 Aug

The format for Wednesday’s schedule will include all cars on the track, but not for qualifying, as is usually done for most USAC National events. Instead, all cars will randomly draw for heat race positions and hot lap with their heat race.

While the race for victory will be paramount, the battle for points will be just as vital and full of pressure. Each car is awarded points based on passes, which determine the starting position in the qualifying races on Thursday evening.

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

Wednesday night’s Stoops Pursuit race is a 25-lap race divided into five-lap segments. The field will contain 24 starters – heat race winners plus the highest points earner in each heat are eligible, along with promoter options. The starting grid is reversed by the fastest heat race time, with promoter options from the back. Every five laps, USAC flies a race flag and cars with a net loss in position are called to leave the track.

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

Thursday 4 Aug
All cars are eligible for Thursday’s qualifying races, with a maximum of 14 cars per race. The qualifying races will last 10 laps each, with the six starting positions reversed, with the top earner from Wednesday’s heat races starting sixth.

The total points from the heat races and qualifying races will be added to determine the starting grid of the feature, along with transfers from the B-Main, C-Main and the front of the D-Main races. The top 16 in total points collected starts directly in the first eight rows of the feature.

E-Mains (if needed): 10 laps. Includes cars 77th and above in points from Wednesday’s heat races. The top two finishers from each E-Main will transfer to the D-Main.

D-net: 12 rounds. Includes cars with 45-76 points, plus the top two finishers from each E-Main. The top three finishers in each D-Main move on to the C-Main.

C-Main: 15 laps. Includes cars 31-44 in points, plus the top three finishers from each D-Main. The top six finishers go to the B-Main.

B-Main (semi-function): 20 laps. Includes cars of 17-30 points, plus the top six finishers from the C-Main. The top six finishers advance to the evening’s A-Main feature event.

The 39-lap A-Main feature has 22 starters, plus two USAC preliminary starters (if applicable) and two IMS options.

The BC39 concludes a series of five days of racing in one week at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, following the NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader weekend July 29-31 with the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT INDYCAR SERIES all on the exciting 14 turn, 2,439 miles of IMS road course.

Tickets and more information about the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by WeatherTech are now available on

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