Off Season Food For Thought - ISMA Money Won & Why Line-Up Procedure Matters Posted on 3/13/2015 at 08:43:14 AM by Jeff L.
Just doing some thinking about line up procedures ... for those of you who think this doesn't matter, here is a perfect example of why I regularly harp about the negatives of a money-won inversion.
Over the past 5 years, there have been 11 ISMA races at Sandusky.
- 5 "Fast 40s"
- 5 Hy-Miler 100s
- 1 Jaycox/Reed Memorial (8/24/2014)
The average starting spot of those 11 winners: 2.91
If you throw out 2013, in 9 races the winner started an average of: 1.89
2010 Fast 40 ... Shullick Jr. won (#61) ... started 3rd
2010 Hy-Miler ... Sammut won ... started 1st
2011 Fast 40 ... Lichty won ... started 2nd
2011 Hy-Miler ... Jedrzejek won ... started 2nd
2012 Fast 40 ... Ordway Sr. won (#61) ... started 2nd
2012 Hy-Miler ... Jedrzejek won ... started 2nd
2012 Jaycox/Reed (50 laps) ... Dawson won ... started 2nd
2013 Fast 40 ... Lichty won ... started 7th
2013 Hy-Miler ... Shullick Jr. (#94) won ... started 8th
2014 Fast 40 ... Seitz won ... started 1st
2014 Hy-Miler ... Cicconi won (#61) ... started 2nd
I hope that at least puts some numbers behind my complaint. There is no excuse to put some of the fastest cars in the field on the front row, and others mid pack.
Why can't we just use qualifying times from the day of the event to line up the whole event? Gives everyone an equal, fair chance, and the fastest cars all start together in the same group and have to race up together. Time trials are already used for heats, so using the times for the feature would not add any extra time to the event, just use the times already taken earlier in the day.