No. 9: Electronic scoring limits delays
Most important, it has reduced the amount of time spent lining up cars following a caution. Through the help of transponders on all of the cars (except the hobby stock division), a laptop computer quickly spits out the running order in the blink of an eye following a stoppage on the track.
Quincy is the only track in the region to use such a sophisticated system, one that has drawn positive reviews from all who have seen it in action. Many of the fans have no idea such a system is even in place, but they are grateful when a crash occurs and it only takes a few minutes (rather than 10 or 15) to get a 20-car field back in the proper running order. There are nights when the electronic scoring system has probably taken 30 or more minutes off the time needed to complete a Sunday night schedule.
The high-tech AMB system is the same transponder-centered format used by the Olympic Games, NASCAR, Formula 1, ESPN X Games, IndyCar World Series and a host of other major worldwide sporting events.
"This eliminates all arguments about both the lineups following cautions and the order of finish," said Jack Walbring, who coordinates the process each Sunday night at 8000 Broadway. "This system has exceeded my expectations on how it would function and what it can do."
Under the old hand-scoring system employed at the track, there were often long delays in figuring out where cars belonged, especially in events that qualified large fields and where lapped cars were involved.
The computerized scoring works via transponders installed on the backside of an engine's motor plate and is tied into the car's electrical system. Antennas, or scoring loops, are buried under the track near the start-finish line on the front stretch of the .29-mile facility. They stretch 66 feet across the track and are 18 inches beneath the surface.
When a car crosses the start-finish line, it is registered to a laptop that Walbring is monitoring in the scoring tower through an encoder. Not only is a car's position on the track monitored, but so are its speed and time it takes to turn each lap. The moment a race ends, a trove of statistical data is available to officials and media alike.
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