If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a speedway driver or you know one; if not, then maybe racing in general is your thing.
Most of us grew up with stories of our heros racing around the clock to beat the competition and claim victory; whether it was Indy or the Monaco Grand Prix, these were some of our biggest races. Today it’s still common to see drivers wearing their #19 on their chest, which is widely believed to be a symbol of pride for those inside the sport as well as the fans who cheer them on.
Sadly, while much of Motorsport has stayed the same, the world of racing has changed. Overtaking isn’t racing anymore; defending instead. Teams fight for position instead of each other trying to outwit the competition. The speedway has shifted from a family day out to focus more on corporate sponsorship and television contracts.
With the change in focus has come a change in focus for racers. Now that they’re competing for cash rather than pride, the days of setting quick time and going easy are gone. The strategy has changed; today you need to be smarter and work harder than ever if you want to stand a chance against the best.
One option open to you as a race driver is to try to redeem your SpeedwaS points. Simply put, SpeedwaS points are those accumulated from qualifying sessions and the race, with the former awarding you a certain number of points and the latter awarding you a proportion of those accumulated points based on where you finish. In other words, the more you race, the more points you’ll accumulate which you can then redeem for prizes.
You need to have a fast lap to accumulate any SpeedwaS points. To put in a quick lap you need to be driving within the limits imposed by the officials. Being told you’re driving outside of those limits will result in you losing time on the track which could then cost you valuable points. The point system is pretty simple:
- 25 points for a win
- 12.5 points for a 2nd place finish
- 9 points for a 3rd place finish
- 7 points for a 4th place finish
- 5 points for a 5th place finish
- 3 points for a 6th place finish
- 2 points for a 7th place finish
- 1 point for an 8th place finish
- Plus point for a 9th place finish
- No point for a 10th place finish
What Benefits Do You Get By Racing?
Every time you put in a quick lap you’re doing your sport a favor. The fact you’re on the road or track means you’re actively competing which means you’re doing your body some good too. The numbers don’t lie; the average human spends around a third of their life sleeping, so by setting a quick time you’re allowing your body to get some much needed rest. Allowing your mind to clear and unwind too.
What’s the use in sleeping well if you’re not going to get a good night’s sleep? It’s the same with racing: if you want to have the energy to fight for position then you need the sleep. It’s also why you need to be putting in at least 20 or 30 laps a day to make sure you maintain your fitness while not overdoing it and risking an injury. Find the right amount for your body and you’ll be able to drive at your best, without hurting yourself.
How Are Your Points Calculated?
The points you gain from qualifying are pretty self-explanatory. You start with zero points and as you lap the field you gain points; the faster you go, the more points you’ll rack up. Points are also awarded for the race; however, the number of points you accrue is determined by how well you perform in comparison to the rest of the field. The table below shows how points are calculated for different finishing positions:
- 1st place – 25 points
- 2nd place – 12.5 points
- 3rd place – 9 points
- 4th place – 7 points
- 5th place – 5 points
- 6th place – 3 points
- 7th place – 2 points
- 8th place – 1 point
- 9th place – Plus point
- 10th place – No point
The total number of points you have is the total number of points you’ve earned by this point; at this point you have enough points to redeem. Anything above this value is just an exhibition of speed.
The more you race, the more points you’ll accumulate. You have to be careful not to go faster than the limit though. As you approach the pits you’ll get a yellow light warning you that you’re driving above the limit. If you’re found to be driving above the limit then you’ll be given a penalty which will lose you time on the track. If you continue driving above the limit then you’ll lose points and possibly even be disqualified. Make sure you’re aware of this.
How Do You Redeem Your Points?
It’s easy. Simply locate the Big Red Button at the top of your screen that looks like this:
Once you’ve pressed this button you’ll be presented with a screen where you can see all of your available points. You have two options here: either click on the green button which will take you to a screen that lets you see all the prizes you can redeem your points for or you can click on the orange button which will redirect you to a redemption form.
If you chose the first option, you’ll see all the prizes available to you; you can redeem your points for an Autographed Helmet from any of the NASCAR Hall of Famers or any other Grand Slam artist, a personalized jersey from any driver, a signed collector’s item from any NASCAR legend or a trip for two to one of NASCAR’s biggest races—the Super Bowl or the Million-Dollar Mile.
If you chose the second option, you’ll see a form where you can enter your name, email and zip code. From here you’ll need to choose the credit card you’ll use to make the payment. Most people use their regular credit card, but if you don’t have one then you can either use a debit card or PayPal. The last step is to fill in your shipping information and click on the submit button. You’ll then get a email confirmation from SpeedwaS that your points have been successfully redeemed.
There you have it. As simple as buying a cup of coffee. Or perhaps, as simple as it gets.
You can also find all the information you need at https://www.speedswa.com/