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2005 MMRA Oval Track Points System Explained

Point System Explained - MMRA uses a simple, yet effective points system to reward drivers both for local events, and our Touring and Grand National races.  Our goal is to reward drivers who make the commitment to travel, while still giving local racers a legitimate opportunity to win the overall championship.

There will be a total of 4 Oval Track champions crowned in 2005 - Future Stars of Racing, Open Division, Eastern PRO Division, and Western PRO Division.  In the PRO Division, racers from Texas and east will be in the east group while racers in Colorado and west will be in the western group.  Each champion receives a custom gold ring with their name built in – creating a one-of-a kind reward for a season of hard work.

In each group, racers compete for the MMRA championship by earning points in a total of 5 races.  The 5th race for all competitors is their Grand National race.  The 4 races leading up to the Grand National race will be made up of regional qualifier races, Touring Series races, or a combination of both.  Each local MMRA club designates 4 of their events as regional qualifier races which count toward the championship.  Racers can earn points in regional qualifier races with any local club.  In addition, MMRA provides prestigious MMRA Touring Series races which provide bonus points.  MMRA will take the best 4 point scores earned by each racer toward the championship.  As such, a racer who competes in more than 4 regional qualifier and/or Touring Series races will drop his lowest scores.  Then, at the Grand National race, each racer will face competition from their half of the country and will earn points in this final race which counts for everyone.  In the end, the racer with the most points from their 5 total races wins the championship.  For more information about the Grand National events, click here.

Basic Point Allocation – The basic MMRA points system awards points based on finishing positions in feature events only.  No points are awarded for qualifying races, heat races, etc.  The winner receives 40 points.  Each position back receives one less point.  Here’s an example of the top 5:

Finish

Points

1st

40

2nd

39

3rd

38

4th

37

5th

36

Point System Adjustments – MMRA makes adjustments to the basic points system in three ways which are outlined below:

1.  Points awarded for regional qualifier races only will be adjusted based on a car count factor.  The car count factor helps equalize points in clubs across the country even though some areas have high car counts and some have low car counts.  For races where there are 10 or more cars, there will not be any adjustment.  For every car less than 10 in a race, one point will be deducted from all finishers in that event.  For example, if a racer wins a race with a 13 car field, he will receive 40 points.  If that same racer wins a race with only 6 cars, he will receive 36 points.

2.  At all MMRA Touring and Grand National events, all competitors will receive one bonus point.  As such, the points will start at 41 and work down just like the basic points system.  This is to reward racers who travel to support MMRA, and race away from their “home turf”.  If an MMRA Touring Series race rains out, all drivers entered in that event will receive the one bonus point they would have earned by racing in the event.  This point will be added to their highest single point score from their other races up to that point in the season.  If an MMRA Grand National race rains out, all drivers entered in the event will receive first place points.

3.  At all MMRA Touring and Grand National events only, the fastest qualifier in each division will receive one bonus point.  As such, a racer who sets fast time and wins the event will receive 42 points.  Second place would receive 40 points, etc. etc.

Tie Breakers - In the event of a tie in the final points standings, the preferred position will be given to the racer who finished higher at the Grand National event because this was the one time all year when all competitors were racing head to head.  As such, it is the best indication of relative performance.  When two competitors didn't run the Grand National event, or the Grand National event rains out, the preferred position will be given to the racer with the highest single race point score in their 4 regional qualifier/Touring Series events.