Edited 1/7/2022

The 2022 Cook Out National Points

For 2022, competitors who elect to run for National Championship points will be required to run a minimum of 2 National Events and 2 Super Regional events (total of 4 events) to qualify for the National Ranking System. Dirt and Pavement Championships will be kept separate and all races must be on the surface type for that chosen Championship.


In 2022, USAC will introduce new “Super Regionals” into the National Points structure, which is just a new definition to the National Races held at Club Tracks in the past few years. The new definition comes with some slight modifications which allow MORE Clubs to host National Points events and capture ALL of the entry fee revenue to support the Club financially, and allow participants increased flexibility nationwide to race for the Cook Out National Championship.Each Region across the country will host one Super Regional event. Participants running for the National Championship must run a minimum of two (2) Super Regionals to qualify for National Points Rankings. The ranking system will use your AVERAGE points, so running more than 2 Super Regionals will only impact your total ranking based on your performance. Additionally, those who are comfortable with their points average after at least two events can “LOCK-IN” their points at anytime after meeting the minimum number of events (2 National, 2 or more Super Regional) to allow for added racing competition without the concern of impacting your points.


For 2022, a car count “bonus” per event will be added to your position points earned up to 20 cars per class. We have monitored larger events over the past 6 years and have found slight differences in car class counts at larger events. In fact, the Championship did have a car count bonus for National events just a few years ago. With the introduction of Super Regional events, the Car Count Bonus is returning into our formula to account for varying degrees of competition nationally.


All National and Super Regional races will count for National Points under the same point structure. Car Count bonus points will be specific to each individual event.We use AVERAGE POINTS to account for individuals who wish to race more than the minimum required 4 races (2 National. 2 Super Regional). Some competitors will find running more races can improve their overall points score and want to elevate their ranking throughout the year. There will be 3 National Races on Dirt and Pavement each, and multiple Super Regional events (we expect 4 for Dirt and more than 8 for Pavement). Running more than the minimum number of events impacts your overall ranking only based on how you finish.

For Competitors who are good with their average score but want to continue to participate in the larger events, you can LOCK-IN your National races and/or Super Regional races after achieving the minimum number of events in that category (2 for National, 2 For Super Regional). You can even Lock-In after running more than the minimum, for example after running four Super Regionals you can Lock In your Super Regional points and continue to run for fun the rest of the season.


Allowing “best number of races” and throwing out poor performances creates the ability for those who have the luxury of time and resources to enhance their performance simply by increasing the number of racing opportunities, and does not necessarily recognize top performance when all factors are considered. Yes, some will have a bad event, and that can be overcome with racing at an increased number of events to improve your average.

EXAMPLE shown below: