Racing is fun until somebody has the fastest cars. I go to the So Cal Originals meetings but they are far and few between nowadays. One of the things I realized that if somebody has the fastest racer, then what's the point in paying a buck to enter a race when you have a very slim chance at winning?
People can only keep buying and trying so many new racers before they decide that it isn't worth it. New members or those who infrequently participate don't have a chance.
My favorite race were/are the 'theme' races. This way, nobody would have a ringer ready to go. The category could be a model ('57 chevy), color (green), or even a general theme (military).
I noticed that you recently had a poll and members picked who they thought would win the race. Now this is more interesting because nobody can run away with the points just because they locked up the fastest racers.
I play poker and occasionally buy lottery tickets but that's the extent of my gambling. From my limited knowledge of horse racing, it would seem to be the best way for people to participate. It would be fun to try to pick who would win in certain matchups. Visitors could use the Stats and make fairly knowlegeable picks and they have a chance. Anybody who comes in now will find out that the best cars are probably locked up in a garage.
I assume that this Fantasy League is a program that was available and you adapted it for diecast. I applaud you because it fun and interesting to me! But if you're going to do a long season, the winning crowd thins out quickly.
The weekly matchups are also time consuming for you. I doubt that I will be doing any changes to my garage because my internet time is very limited right now. I wouldn't mind a once or twice a month, quarterly season. We pick cars for our garage for the quarter and people can still use the trading option. With a shorter season though, you may need four categories to increase the ability to create point differentials. They don't even need to be categorized. Just have exclusive models to each bracket.
After the quarter/season, if there were any dominant racers, they should be retired. To be honest, unless they are retired, I would not continue participating as explained above.
I would gladly donate racers if you adopted these suggestions. I would not send any ringers because the fun and challenging part is to pick the ones that are competitive and make for close races.
1. Short seasons (3-6 races, quarterly)
2. Dominant racers are retired.
Thanks and have fun!