2008 MMRA Points System Explained
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.
In 2008, there will
be 7 North American Oval Track divisional champions - East and West Future Stars of Racing, Open
Division, East and West Junior PRO Division, and East and West PRO Divisions. In the
east/west splits, racers from Texas and east will be in the
east group while racers in Colorado and west will be in the western group.
Except for the new Junior PRO Divisions, all divisions must have a minimum of
10 members in good standing to receive the solid gold MMRA championship
ring. 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 10
races. The 10th race for all competitors is their Grand National
race. The 9 races leading up to the Grand National race will be made up of
local events, Touring Series races, or a combination of both. Each local
MMRA club will forward a schedule of events to MMRA at the beginning of the
season. All these events will be listed on the MMRA website and competing
in these events will earn points toward the championship. In addition, MMRA
provides prestigious MMRA Touring Series races which provide bonus points.
MMRA will take the best 9 point scores earned by each racer toward the
championship. As such, a racer who competes in more than 9 local events
and/or Touring Series races will drop their lowest scores. Then, at their
Grand National race, each racer will face competition from several areas and
will earn points in this final race which counts for everyone. In the end,
the racer with the most points from their 10 total events will win the
Allocation – The basic MMRA
points system awards points based on finishing positions in feature events
only. No points are awarded for pole positions, qualifying races, heat
races, etc. Only MMRA members will be referenced in the finishing
order. The winner receives 40 points. Each position back receives one
less point. Here is an example of the top 5:
System Adjustments – MMRA makes adjustments to the basic points system
as outlined below:
1. Points awarded for local events only will be adjusted based on a car
count factor for both high and low car counts. 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. First, 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. Second, for races with 20 or more cars in the event,
every finisher will receive one bonus point. For example, a racer who
finishes second in a race with 23 cars will receive 40 points.
2. At all MMRA Touring and Grand National events, all competitors will
receive one bonus point regardless of the number of cars in the event. 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 or Grand National race
rains out, all drivers signed in for the event will receive first place
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.
4. At all MMRA Touring Series races, the minimum points awarded will
be 31, which is the same number of points a racer would earn for running a
"one car" local race.
5. If a driver is caught
cheating with illegal parts at a local event, and the illegal parts are sent
to MMRA with a written report (Exhibit F in the MMRA rulebook), that
driver may have a 0 score entered in their points standings that cannot be
replaced by a higher score later in the year.
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 9 local/Touring Series events.
Rookie of the Year -
The highest finisher in year end points
who competed in five or fewer points races in that division in previous
years will be considered the “Rookie of the Year” for that division.