Franklin County Speedway promoter Langley Austin has never been short of fresh, new and intriguing ideas and in 2016 he’s bringing those ideas with guns blazing.

Never fearing the idea of shaking things up Austin has decided to bring a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series style “Playoff” to the 3/8 mile high banked oval for the 2016 season. The inaugural installation of the “Chase” will provide fans and competitors the much needed excitement that traditional points battles have been lacking for years.

For Austin it’s all about creating more excitement, giving more racers the chance to compete for the championship and giving the fans something to watch all season long.

“Multiple drivers taking a championship battle down to the checkered flag at the last race of the season is what every race promoter dreams of,” said Austin. “It’s the fairy tales that race fans tell themselves is going to happen every year and it rarely ever plays out. With our new Chase Eliminations for this season drivers and fans of drivers in the premier division will have something to get excited about.”

Three drivers will all have a shot at the championship in all divisions at the final points race on Sunday September 25th. The Chase Eliminations will consist of multiple rounds beginning with the “Qualifier Round” which will set the field for the “Chase” beginning around mid-season.

The “Qualifier Round” will take all the drivers who compete in all races for the first half of the season and place them in the “Contender Round”. Anyone who wins a race during the first half of the season will get an automatic bid into the “Contender Round”. Additional winners during races in each round will advance automatically into the next round, while the rest of the drivers will advance via points.

“It’s going to be exciting,” explained Austin. “There’s going to be more drivers in contention for not only the championship but for all the top ten positions in points. There will be good battles all over the place and how special would it be to win a championship in a format like this? This isn’t just about consistency, it’s about winning races and putting yourself in a position to be able to battle for the championship in the final race.”

Additional details about the “Chase Eliminations” and full format details will be released in the coming days.

Franklin County Speedway kicks off the 2016 season this Sunday April 10th at 3pm with a 60-lap Late Model Stock Car feature, plus racing in Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Tunerz, U-Cars, Mini Cups and Future Stars Mini Cups. Adult Tickets are $10, Youth tickets (5-11) are $5 and Kids under 5 get in free.

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