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Rules Update - Points System Tie-Breaker

The MMRA points system we use today was designed to include Touring and Grand National events.  As we all know, the last two years have been the worst recession in our lifetimes, and racing has been down across the board.  Even NASCAR tracks that couldn't build new stands fast enough a few years ago, now have thousands of empty seats at every Cup race. 

MMRA has adapted by focusing more on local racing with the Championship weekend concept, and has lowered the car count factor from 10 to 5 for the 2010 season.  Going into the year, our intention was to at least schedule Grand National events which are designed to be our final tie-breaker for any equal point scores at the end of the season.  The numbers are just not there to book these events, so we have re-written the tie-breaker section of the rulebook by adding a new tie-breaker option.

Rule 9.6  Tie-Breakers - in the event of a tie in final points at the end of the season, the preferred position will be given according to the following procedure.
               A.  If one or both of the racers competed in their Grand National race, the preferred position will be given to the racer with the higher finishing order in that event.
               B.  If neither racer competed in the Grand National event, the preferred position will be given to the racer with the highest single race point score in their 10 events.  For example, if both top finishers had two scores of 40, but one had three scores of 39 and the other only had two scores of 39, the preferred position will be given to the racer with the three scores of 39.
               C.  If neither of the above tie-breakers are effective, MMRA will calculate the average member car count for both racers and the preferred position will be given to the racer with the higher average member car count.  For example, if Racer A competed with 100 cars in his 10 events, his average would be 10 cars per event, and if Racer B competed with 58 cars in his 10 events, his average would be 5.8 cars per event.  The preferred position will be given to Racer A.

This method was chosen because it rewards the driver who raced against greater competition throughout the season.  Although we prefer the Grand National tie breaker, until the economy improves to where more people can afford to race and travel, we need to use other solutions.  Also, bear in mind that we do have the bonus point in place for any race with 15 or more racers.  Consider if your area can put together a big race, or championship weekend, you might see the champion determined by a 41 earned at your event.

This change applies to both minicups and Baby Grands and will be shown on the rulebook download page as a rules update.  Good luck this season!