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I am not going to comment on the NASA events since I havent run them recently but I like the idea of a Regional Cup Runoff. The concept of having a runoff where the regional champions are given an opportunity to compete against the best in the other regions is a great idea. There are some very good regional drivers who can't compete for the national championship for a number of reasons (ie pay for 3 or 4 long tows across country) and having a single invite only event where they can compete against the best in the other regions allows them to shine. There is a higher liklihood that a regional champion can pay for a single tow to the center of the country for the purposes of a runoff.

2005 was a transition period for RA and so the regional cup championship event (100 Acre Woods) may not have all of the top regional drivers this year but hopefully there will be more support for it in 2006.

Regional competitors participation can make or break a national event. Giving the top regional competitors the opportunity, once a year, to shine above their peers in the other regions only helps to support the sport.

-Tim
Wazoo Racing
 

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The frapple map doesn’t even come close to depicting the number of competitors in the sport. Considering that RA has issued more than 500 licenses and I will bet no more than 25% are national that leaves close to 400 regional licenses just in RA. I have no idea what NASA's numbers are.

Attending a local national event doesn’t necessarily mean that some classes will have competition. I can think of a number of times when awards were presented in some class because the only entry finished. What does that competitor driving a Production Honda do as a comparison? Look at his times versus Pat's or Travis'?

"Many "regional" competitors are only poor because they spend too much on turbos, race fuel, large/pro service crews and dually’s."
- True but there are still many regional competitors that don't have that bling and still don't have the money or time to run compete for a national championship.

BUT the sport in the US is built upon the regional competitors - they can make or break the national event in their region. If the sport is going to grow (and it needs to in order to stay viable) then the sanctioning organizations need to provide a program where competitors can develop and show off their skills. Once a regional competitor develops decent skills it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the money or the ability to run for the national championship. The runoff provides a venue for the top regional competitor to truly test his skill against his real peers - the other regional champions.

I don't think anyone would disagree that a single event should not decide a championship. But a regional runoff event is not a championship. Those competitors that are invited are all ready champions - they won their region - the runoff gives them the opportunity to be recognized and compete against the other top teams in the country. It certainly doesn’t demean the championship that they all ready won. On the contrary it’s a reward for doing well in their region and an opportunity to be in the limelight.

I realize that this currently isn't the case with the regional runoff. I'll bet that the RA regional cup runoffs at 100-Acre Woods won't have all of the classes from each region represented. 2005 was a period of transition for RA and they can't fund everything. But that doesn’t mean that since it doesn't work exactly as planned for 2005 it won't work for 2006 and the concept of identifying and rewarding top regional drivers should be abandoned.

The sanctioning organizations do need to come together. They need to realize that competition between sanctioning groups IS NOT GOOD and hurts the sports ability to grow. But that is a different topic and soapbox for another thread.


-Tim
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