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Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points

NHRA MELLO YELLO COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

In the regular season, racers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle earn points to secure a position within the Countdown to the Championship.  Racers can secure a position within the Countdown to the Championship under the following criteria:

  1.     Earn enough points to secure a spot within the top 10 at the conclusion of the U.S. Nationals

  2.      In Top Fuel and Funny Car compete at all 18 events (Pomona to Indianapolis) and run a minimum of 2 qualifying sessions at each event.

  3.     In Pro Stock Car compete at all 13 events (Pomona to Indianapolis) and run a minimum of 2 qualifying sessions at each event.

  4.    In Pro Stock Motorcycle compete at all 11 events (Gainesville to Indianapolis) and run a minimum of 2 qualifying sessions at each event.

*If unable to complete one qualifying session in its entirety within the original scheduled event date(s), the event will count towards number of events listed above for each category.  A completed tech card must be submitted to registration to count the event towards total number of events listed above.

*If unable to complete two qualifying sessions within the original scheduled event date(s), a participant must make one valid qualifying attempt or submit a completed tech card to registration for the event to count towards total number of events listed above.

*If unable to complete three qualifying sessions within the original scheduled event date(s), participants must make two valid two qualifying attempts for the event to count towards total number of events listed above.

*If unable to complete any qualifying sessions within the original scheduled event date(s), the event will not count towards the number of events listed above for each category. For example, first qualifying session occurs on Monday following the event.

 

The racers who have secured a position in the Countdown to the Championship will have their NHRA Mello Yello points adjusted after the U.S. Nationals.  In Top Fuel and Funny Car, first and second place will be separated by 20 points while each position second through tenth place will be separated by 10 points for Top Fuel and Funny Car.

First place2,100 points
Second place2,080 points
Third place2,070 points
Fourth place2,060 points
Fifth place2,050 points
Sixth place2,040 points
Seventh place2,030 points
Eighth place2,020 points
Ninth place2,010 points
10th place2,000 points

Racers who have secured a spot in the Countdown to the Championship outside the Top 10 will have their points adjusted, for example 11th place will be 1,990, 12th place will be 1,980.  10 points will separate each position for each racer securing a spot in the Countdown to the Championship.

 

In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, first and second place will be separated by 20 points while second through fifth place will be separated by 10 points and sixth place through tenth place will be separated by 5 points.

First place2,100 points
Second place2,080 points
Third place2,070 points
Fourth place2,060 points
Fifth place2,050 points
Sixth place2,045 points
Seventh place2,040 points
Eighth place2,035 points
Ninth place2,030 points
10th place2,025 points

Racers who have secured a spot in the Countdown to the Championship outside the Top 10 will have their points adjusted, for example 11th place will be 2,020, 12th place will be 2,015.  5 points will separate each position for each racer securing a spot in the Countdown to the Championship.

During the Countdown to the Championship contestants in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories will compete for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship title starting in Reading and concluding at Pomona.

NHRA NATIONAL EVENTS POINTS STRUCTURE (all races except Pomona 2)

POMONA 2 POINTS STRUCTURE

Winner

100

Winner

150

Runner-up

80

Runner-up

120

Third-round loser

60

Third-round loser

90

Second-round loser

40

Second-round loser

60

First-round loser

20

First-round loser

30

Additional points are awarded at national events as follows:

10 points to all contestants (15 at Pomona 2) — one qualifying run required.

Performance bonus points are awarded for each qualifying session as follows:

National Events (except Pomona 2)

POMONA 2

Low e.t. of each session

3

Low e.t. of each session

4

Second-quickest

2

Second-quickest

3

Third-quickest

1

Third-quickest

2

 

 

Fourth-quickest

1

 

Performance bonus points WILL NOT be awarded for any session unable to be completed.

Qualifying positions earn points as follows:

NATIONAL EVENTS (except Pomona 2)

POMONA 2

1st

8

1st

10

2nd

7

2nd

9

3rd

6

3rd

8

4th

5

4th

7

5th & 6th

4

5th & 6th

6

7th & 8th

3

7th & 8th

5

9th through 12th

2

9th through 12th

4

13th through 16th

1

13th through 16th

3