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All the points brought up are very valid and we'll carry all the feedback forward. I've already started conversations with Indiana so we can make adjustments before August.
I apologize for the disappointment and frustration coming out of this stage. This track very much surprised me how abusive it was to the cars.
But I'll take the hit on the scoring format since I approved it, and for that, I apologize. As someone that has no experience running open track races, I didn't do enough research to find the best (or most common) format. I just expected that if anyone had concerns with the points system, they would have brought it up and we'd change it before racing started. The formats were posted well before racing started and without any feedback one way or the other, we went ahead with it.
As I mentioned prior, I didn't anticipate so much DNFing and thus didn't have rules in place for that situation. We'll adjust the rules and scoring before the next open track race in August.
I appreciate all the feedback. Lets keep on rolling and enjoy the racing that's still to come.
My only statement is that the point system is not mine. The only time we've used it is for this. For 4-car races we use 5-3-2-1. Although normally we only do 2-car races. We ran the cars per the rules that were posted for months. We had originally run the Amateur races under our regular scoring. After checking the official rules about how to handle a tie, we noticed the required scoring and switched to using that all the way through. No results would have been different until the final round. Feel free to do the math. The one thing that would have turned out differently is that the tie in the final round would have been between the 1st/2nd place cars rather than the 2nd/3rd place cars.
We didn't do our regular scoring on the Pros, so I don't know how differently the results would have turned out. By then we knew what the rules said about the scoring.
If you've ever watched IDR's races, he's normally 4-3-2-1 with DNF's not resetting. If you go back and watch the Pinks for the Cure races on our track (version 1.0), you'll see a lot of all-way DNFs. Prior to this race, Pupule Surfer had never had a car make it all the way down our track, even in a number of extra runs that I filmed privately for him after his Pinks entry. He inquired about changes he could make to his build to fit the aspects of our track. In this race he stayed on the track more, and advanced beyond the first round.
****Amature Injury/damage Report****I did a visual check of each car and this is what I see from the outside. These cars were not taken apart and with some it is hard to tell if they were damaged or built the way they are. If you see loose Axel or wobble in an axel understand that some do not JB Weld their axels and this is not necessarily damage but the way it was built. I will leave everyone to decide individually how they sent out their cars. Cars with open wheels and at heavier weights seemed to fare the worst.
Rubber Tow- Back Axel slightly loose. Wheels spin well no obvious damage
Dog town- Front Axel slightly loose, no obvious damage
Bolo Brown- Stock car, No obvious damage
Spy Dude- No obvious damage
Uncle Joe- No obvious damage
Diego- loose weight inside, wheels spin fine
Big Mac- rear axle slight play, may not be glued down prior. Wheels spin well
Cash Money- No obvious damage
DeeJay- No obvious damage
Road Runner- front right wheel does not roll freely, too tight to fender, back right wheel looks like it has glue stuck in it, does not roll freely. Back left wheel sanded too harshly, front left wheel does not roll freely, too tight to fender. Looks like most if not all of this was preexisting.
Commotion Diecast- left front wheel slightly bent, no running. Left rear wheel bent not rubbing, right front wheel slightly bent, not rubbing, right rear wheel bent, not rubbing
Purple Surfer- Bent front right wheel, Bent front left wheel, back wheels look good
The Commish- Car in one piece screwed together nicely. Wobble in rear axel causing wheels to touch fender at times. Wobble in front left wheel.
Overclocked- right front wheel slightly bent, Right rear wheel bent. Not rubbing.
PWC- Wobble in rear axle. If it was JB Welded then it's loose but may just be set in it original factory channel.
Capper- wobble front axel.
All cars should roll well enough to get down the track. Make your own judgements on how the condition of your car changed.
This stage of the racing brought a whole new meaning to "levelling the field"...........