Nov 5, 2014 0
UDO series and Tea’s
First off as many know there is a group called the UDO (United Dirt Oval) that is promoting a series that is looking for tracks to take part in a weekly local point’s series. The series is to get tracks from different areas in a region that run the same type of foam tire cars and get the local racers active in local racing but have them compete with other racers in a points series. The best part for the racer is they do not travel. This is to get racers simply involved with other racers on a weekly basis. This is going to be great for my local racer as well as local racers at other tracks.
First the change needed to be part of the series. They are offering 3 classes to start with in their first season. One class we already offer as is and will require no changes and that is the MWM Foam tire class. It was a ground up class and is being offered by many tracks. Second will be 13.5 Sprint using the DODC specs, 6” wing, Blinky 13.5 Roar motors and will be on BSR Spec tires. So changing to Spec tires for the season would be the only change for that class. And the third class is Mod Sprint using DODC specs, 6” wing, open ESC and open motor and open tire. So the change for Mod Sprint would be only allowing 6” wings. Everything else for us in that class would stay the same.
Biggest question is why. To be honest for the past few years I feel we have done well with decisions regarding our local program and how we have done our classes. I have felt very good about my restructure of classes this year and see allot of positive things coming from the structure early in the season and feel it will continue. What this series will do for you the racer is involve you with people at other tracks while encouraging not having to travel. RC people are odd (LOL) but when there is more people they have more interest in competing. More people competing keeps the interest high. We all know that traveling is a big expense and takes away local participation. This will allow me to have my local racer interact with other tracks and them interacting with my local racers. A win for racer and the tracks involved.
Here is how the UDO plans on doing the series:
The 2015 United Dirt Oval Weekly Point Championship
Points begin on January 1, 2015
Points end on March 22, 2015
The 10 top finishers in each class will receive year end awards.
Racers top 8 finishes count towards the point championship. If a racer runs 9 or more events, their lowest point nights will be dropped.
3 entries are mininum to qualify as a UDO point paying event.
UDO member tracks can only run 1 UDO point paying event per week.
Race events that pay DODC National points for any class will not award any UDO points. The UDO is a weekly point series & fully supports the DODC & their national championship point series.
What tracks are involved at this point? UDO is trying to get 4-6 tracks for the first year. Because everyone has slightly different rules all the tracks are willing to make changes to show a little unity and support for all the other tracks involved. I can say at this point there are 2 in IN, 2 in IL and they would like Tea’s and one from WI to join in to make the numbers really strong. There may be more tracks added by the time the series starts early January. I will select dates in the time period UDO provides for the series to have paying points races in conjunction with our regular winter points series.
When will the changes take place for the two classes requiring changes?? Well we are in the middle of a short early season series now. It ends toward the end of Nov on the 22nd. The Long Winter points series starts Dec 6th. That will be the day we start with the changes for 13.5 Sprint and Mod Sprint and will run those changes through the rest of the season.