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Tim (and others),
You say, "There are some very good regional drivers who can't compete for the national championship for a number of reasons..."
A regional competitor is a regional competitor.
How many champions does a sport of 200 entrants need?

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If someone wants to know how good they are, run a National near home.
Many "regional" competitors are only poor because they spend too much on turbos, race fuel, large/pro service crews and duallys. There are plenty of ways to see how good you are, but to make artificial "Champions" many times over is too much.
With two sanctioning bodies, there's no chance everyone would attend anyway, making the ownership of the award questionable.
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Club National Championship

Look at the recent entry lists to see how "big" the fields are.
A license is just the start, if someone only enters one or two rallys a year, that is just a casual competitor (like JB!) so don't get all starry-eyed that this sport has a huge number of "real" competitors.

Glad I'm not alone on this one, (sometimes it feels like it):
"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, when a rally of great roads, distance, great organization, that's reasonably priced and promoted agressively that everyone just HAD to go to emerges, you'd have a tough time restricting it to just regional teams. THAT'S the one we're all looking for and would be worth towing to. NASA NATIONALS have a good start on that formula.
Maine and STPR were close to that status once as they had entry cut-offs. They weren't in the middle of the country but had the status that made them a MUST run event. That's how you get a representative field, not just by calling it a "big deal" alone.

BTW, what's a regional competitor? who isn't one?
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