Date: 4/25/2010 8:45:51 PM


York Haven, Pa....Six races at Six places in Six days.  The Keystone Cup Sprint Car series is just around the corner.  The Sprint Car racers of the central Pennsylvania circuit are gearing up for the fourth annual version of the series.

Keystone Cup will kick off on Wednesday evening May 26 at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA .  The Sportsman will also be a part of that show that will get underway at 7:30 PM.    Keystone Cup moves to Hagerstown, MD on Thursday May 27 for a stand alone show.  Friday it's off to Williams Grove, while Saturday is Lincoln Speedway with Sidewinder Sprints and Thundercars also on the card.  Sunday Selinsgrove hosts Keystone Cup, with the Super Sportsman also on hand.  Keystone Cup wraps up Monday May 31 at Port Royal, where the Prostocks are also on the card.

In it's previous three years, Keystone Cup has produced ten different winners in 16 races at seven different tracks.  Stevie Smith, the 2009 champion leads all drivers with four wins.  Greg Hodnett, Lucas Wolfe and Brian Leppo each have two wins, while single wins have gone to Cody Darrah, Daryn Pittman, Jeff Shepard, Danny Lasoski, Mark Smith, and two time series champion Fred Rahmer.

The Keystone Cup series will be run under central Pennsylvania Sprint Car rules with the new Goodyear tires mandatory for each event.

This year's Keystone Cup series will also have an added twist, as a new qualifying format will be in place for the first time.  Time trials will still be used to set the heat race lineups, but drivers will only be timing against the drivers who will be in their heat race.

The time trial order will be set by a blind draw, but for the first time, that draw will also determine which cars compete in which heat races.  For example, if four eight car heat races are required, the first eight pills drawn will be the first eight time trial drivers, but they will also all be in the first heat race.  This should offset the often changing track conditions during time trials.

Each heat race will have a four car inversion based on the time trials.  If four heat races are run,  five cars will qualify in each race, however the top two finishers, and the fastest time trialer who qualifies, will be locked into a draw for the top starting spots in the feature event. 

To add some spice, if the fastest time trialer makes the top two positions in the heat race, there will be less drivers in the draw.  The number of heat races is based on the total car count, so the number of drivers in the feature draw could vary greatly.  Depending on the top time trial drivers making the top two spots, and on weather there are three or four heat races held, the number of drivers for the draw could vary from 6 to 12 drivers.

The remainder of the feature field, and the consolation race field will be aligned by heat race finish.

Each race in the Keystone Cup Series offers $5000 to the winner.

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