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2020 SRD SuperTruck Series - Rules and Information

MWick4

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The SRD SuperTruck Series is back for 2020! This thread should answer most questions as to how the season is run, a lot of it is the same as 2019. I should have a sign-up thread up by the time you read this with the flats and ratings thread coming in the next few days. As always - if you have any questions feel free to message me. Let's have a great season!


Mod: CWS2015 mod from Om3gA Racing.

Truck Templates and Approved Manufacturers and Models:
Chevy Silverado (LINK)
Dodge Ram (LINK)
Ford F-150 (LINK)
Toyota Tundra (LINK)

NOTE: We will be using the same Ram template as we did in 2019. To download the Ram you will need to create a profile at TMS.

A big thanks to:
@Skyline for allowing us to use his updated Chevy and Ford templates.
@3djedi for his update to the Tundra template.


Race Schedule:
There will be 16 races for the season, with four road course races, four short track races, four speedway races, and four superspeedway races. The regular season will run ten races with the playoffs consisting of the final six races of the season.

Daytona Duels:
We will continue to run a pair of duel races on the Daytona "Battle at the Beach" Short Track to set the starting lineup for the season opener.

After qualifying at Daytona has concluded the field will be split up by even and odd qualifiers. Odd qualifiers (inside row) will race first followed by the even qualifiers (outside row). The pole-sitter and outside pole-sitter will be locked into their positions and not affected by the outcome of this race. For the rest of the field it will set their starting position for the main race.

Teams/Team Ownership:
I will field as many guys on the grid as I can (up to 43), we had 37 in total compete throughout last season but we'd love to add more.

Teams may field UP TO three trucks. Teams that participated in the 2019 season will have first claims to 2020 team positions.

"One-Offs" and Part-Time: Teams with three full-time teams will be eligible to run a fourth truck for "one-off" or part-time efforts so long as each driver in the truck runs eight or less races.

Remaining open team positions after a set amount of time will be filled by new teams wanting to join the series. This will be largely at a first-come, first-served basis. I reserve the right to determine priority for more active members, or those that have been on or owned a team in the SRD SuperTruck Series in previous years.

Rookies to the SRD Offline Leagues will not be eligible to own their own team and must sign with another. You must have completed at least one season of competition in any of the four SRD Offline Leagues or have 1,000 posts to be eligible to own your own team.

Eligibility:
Anyone, regardless of post count, can participate in the SRD SuperTruck Series as a driver. It is heavily preferred that all team owners be an active participant here in the boards at Sim Racing Design. One entry per registered SRD user.

Sponsorship and Schemes:
There will be no limit on sponsorship in 2020. Teams are free to run what they wish, although it is encouraged to be creative and not just go with the same-old, same-old.

There is no limit on paint schemes for drivers in 2020. If you wish to run a different scheme for each race have at it. I will go by a paint scheme schedule if you provide it, if not your schemes will be shuffled at random.

Contingency Decals: Each truck will be required to carry the official SRD SuperTruck Series contingency decal. There will be NO pole award contingency. Teams MUST have the following: Official SRD truck, SRD SuperTruck Series logo, Sunoco fuel logo, and if running rookie of the year; SRD Rookie of the Year contender logo. I will NOT accept any truck that does not have these mandatory logos. Any other contingency sponsors you want to use are entirely up to you.

SRD Cup and NNS drivers will be allowed to participate and run for series points.

Driver Ratings: If you're competing in the SRD National Series this season you will already be acquainted with the new ratings system that Sean came up with. I thought it was an interesting idea and we will also be running this format in 2020:

The ratings system that will be used for 2020 is something entirely different. Instead of using a rating set based on track type, we're going to use ratings based on the Top-3 of the 2019 Gander Outdoors Truck Series Standings.

The three base options are as follows:
1. 2019 Matt Crafton
2. 2019 Ross Chastain
3. 2019 Brett Moffitt

The base ratings will be calculated using NRatings, and posted in the Ratings thread for reference.

For strategy, all drivers will be given an allowance for their personal traits (Aggression, Consistency, Finishing, and Qualifying), track specialties, and vehicle traits (Aerodynamics, Chassis, Engine, and Reliability). Drivers will use their allowance to modify their base ratings as desired. Drivers can also choose not to use their allowance and keep their base ratings.

For the points allowance, drivers will use the 2/4/6/8 allowance from last year. However, this year, drivers must split their choices as additions and subtractions. For example: -2 Aggression, -4 Finishing, +6 Qualifying, +8 Consistency; -2 Road Course, -6 Short Track, +8 Speedway, +4 Super Speedway; -4 Aero, -2 Chassis, +6 Engine, +8 Reliability.

The allowance will be applied to both MIN and MAX values.

These base ratings currently have a higher pit crew rating (80-100). In order to shake up pit road more, these will be kicked down to 10-100.


Championship Format:
The SRD SuperTruck Series will use the playoff championship system similar to the one used in NASCAR.

There will be 8 participants entering the Playoffs. Race winners will receive an automatic bid, if there are more than 8 winners in the first 10 races the tiebreaker will be each driver's place in the series points standings.

After the first three races, the bottom two Playoff contenders will be eliminated. 6 will advance to the next round.

A win by a Playoff driver will automatically advance them into the next round.

Two races after that, the bottom 2 remaining Playoff contenders will be eliminated. The final 4 contenders will compete for the championship. Highest-finishing of the Championship 4 will be the champion.

Drivers who compete full-time will be eligible to lock themselves into the playoffs with a win.
Drivers who do not compete in every race must finish the regular season in the top-twenty in points for a victory to lock them into the playoffs.

Stage Racing:
Stage racing will return for the 2020 SRD SuperTruck Series season.

Races will be split into two stages.

All points-eligible drivers will be able to earn Stage points at the end of the 1/2 mark of each event. Stage points will be awarded to the top 10, with the leader getting 10 Stage points and 10th place getting 1 Stage point. 1 Playoff point will be awarded to the stage winner.

An additional 5 Playoff points will be awarded to any points-eligible race winner.

There will be NO Stage or Playoff points awarded at the finale.

Green-White-Checkered Procedure:
In the event that a race was to end its regulation distance under caution, a Green-White-Checkered finish procedure will be used.

1. All drivers on the lead lap, along with the highest-running driver off of the lead lap will be given 15 minutes to repair their cars as much as they can.
2. All other lapped cars will be eliminated from contention. Finishing position will be determined by where the driver finished at the end of regulation.
3. There will be as many Green-White-Checkered attempts given as needed to finish the race under green flag conditions.
4. In the event of a second, third, etc. attempt at a Green-White-Checkered finish. The next highest driver off of the lead lap at the end of regulation will either get back on the lead lap (if only 1 lap down), or get a lap back (if 2+ laps down). This process repeats itself with every attempt made until all cars that were off the lead lap but still running at the end of regulation is on the lead lap.
5. After the white flag is taken, the next flag will end the race since drivers race back to the caution anyway.

Championships Awarded: There will be four separate championships awarded at the end of the season: driver's championship, rookie of the year championship, team championship, and manufacturer's championship.

Rookie of the Year Award: This award is reserved for those who have never competed in the truck series before.

Any driver who has competed in the SRD Cup Series before will be grandfathered in and ineligible for ROTY.

Sign-ups are now open. Expect to see a schedule coming within the next few days.

OFFICIAL SERIES DECAL SET:
(LINK)

I reserve the right to make any changes to rules at any time. This thread may be updated over time.

Thanks to Sean, Zack, James, and John for parts of the information.
 
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