Actually, its real simple. It is only taken from the 1st round of eliminations. I think that was thought of so that to encourage those who don't race, but have fast cars, to enter the eliminations. Kinda neat. Easy for officials to keep track of national records too. Of course someone may go faster in later rounds or in qualifying but that will only count for the backup.
And for those who were not there...well, one day you will be able to attend and then that will be your chance.
Sure, there are some who are faster, but this is somewhat like how NMCA and the other pro racing bodies do it. Only way to get a record is at a designated time at a National event.
Our spin on it is that the record runs are during 1st round. (of course not in the bracket class...only the heads up class).
Hey, so next national event, maybe the announcer can say something about it and stir the crowd. "Attention! 1st round record runs! Calling all fast rigs and poseur rigs." hehe.
Another subject. There was a picture of a caprice with a big roots blower sticking out of the hood. Did that car show up for drag racing?