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2020 Oval Truck Playoff System

Hootius

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Charles Sumner
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Hello everyone. The PRL Oval Management and Organizers are very excited to announce a new accomplishment to aim for starting in 2020…. A Yearly Playoff Championship!!!

The main feedback that we received from you all was that our current 10-race season structure is not preferred for a Playoff Championship. So with your feedback, we have mapped out a playoff system that will cover all 4 seasons of a year in our iRacing schedule. This will use the results of S1, S2 and S3 of a given year to give us a number of drivers to compete in a Playoff in S4 (along with the normal Season Championship for S4, that is not changing). Below are the details for how to qualify for this Playoff, and the layout of the Playoff itself:

Playoff Structure:
During the 10 race schedule of S4, we will adopt the 3/3/3/1 Knockout structure used in the actual Nascar Cup Series. There will be drivers eliminated after each 3-race segment, until we are left with 4 drivers going heads up against one another in the Season Finale. Due to the structure of this event and the length of the segments, there will be no drop weeks calculated at all in the Playoffs, so attendance will be key!

Playoff Size:
The Playoff will follow the Standard real life Cup Playoff, with a16 driver bracket with round sizes going as 16/12/8/4.

How to Qualify:
During S1, S2 and S3, a driver must first participate in 20 of the 30 scheduled races during that time frame. No matter what other qualifications you have, not meeting the 20 race requirement will void your automatic entry.
  • All Season Champions will be automatically entered into the Playoff.
  • All race winners during S1, S2, and S3 will move forward into the Playoff, given that they meet the attendance requirement.
  • If there are Playoff spots available after 30 races, those spots will be filled by accumulated points over the 30 race period. Each driver will receive 3 drop weeks in this period. Those 3 drops can come at any point during the 30 races, and it will not be 1 race per season specific like how our current championship are calculated. Driver who meet the attendance policy will be given a spot over a driver who doesn't, regardless of wins or points.
  • If we have more Champions and race winners than we have Playoff spots, Champions will hold rank over the race winners. Multiple race winners will hold rank over solo race winners. The remaining race winners will then be ranked based on the total points scored during the first 30 races.
Bonus Points for the Playoffs:
While we are working towards this Playoff, one thing we will not convert to is Stage Racing. Our current race structure will continue to stay the same (laps or 60 mins, whichever comes first). So to make up for that, we will be awarding playoff points for certain finishes as we carry on through the Seasons:
  • 6 points per win, 3 points per Top 5, 1 point per Top 10
  • These bonus points carry over to the start of each Playoff Segment
This bonus points are for Playoffs only and do not have anything to do with the in-race bonus point systems we have during the systems.

In all, we feel like this is a great system for us to start building here in the PRL. The main goal with this Playoff is to help promote attendance consistency and help with driver retention and not have a revolving door of drivers throughout the seasons. The more we are consistent with our roster, the more we are all acquainted with one another, and the better the races will be for us and our viewers. There will be a spreadsheet separate from our Season Points spreadsheets that will stay up to date as we go on through the year so everyone will know week-by-week where they stand as we approach S4.
 

Hootius

Director
Staff member
NASCAR Cup Series 2022/S4
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Charles Sumner
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38
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USA, Florida, Tampa
iRacing ID
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younga01

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Adam J Young
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I like this. I think y'all did an excellent job blending it into the current system. I'm sure things will be identified as needing tweaks once we get into it, but on paper it looks like an awesome start. Kudos.
 

Jason_00

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Agreed. I think this is probably the best possible way to handle a yearly championship format while still maintaining the seasonal championship. 
 

modern_knight

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NASCAR Xfinity Series 2023/S1
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Daniel Knight
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Charlotte, NC
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Hey everyone, I made some decal layers for the Playoff drivers if anyone wants to use them. Blue windshield banner that says "PRL PLAYOFFS", with a blue spoiler.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10Vk726EIfyg1ojhjWMfvuaAOvBcCgkrX?usp=sharing

The layers for the F-150 and Silverado are the same.
 

codahex

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NASCAR Cup Series 2022/S4
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Nicholas Hunter2
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37
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Houston, Texas
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Hey everyone, I made some decal layers for the Playoff drivers if anyone wants to use them. Blue windshield banner that says "PRL PLAYOFFS", with a blue spoiler.


The layers for the F-150 and Silverado are the same.
Here's a PNG for you to slap on your truck btw
final 4.png
 
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