Gory details are here. Thanks for a great season.
Van's Bums held on for the title with a 5.4 average in our eight competitions. Van's lowest finish was 26th in the Head to Head, followed by fifth in the World Cup. Van's added third-place finishes in the Yahoo first- and second-half standings, second place in the Chase and Single Elimination, and individual titles in the Yahoo overall and Double Elimination.
Team Lester was second at 6.5. Lester was 17th in the Single Elimination and 12th in the Yahoo second half; it won the Yahoo first half and Head to Head titles.
Rev-A-Lusions was the only other team with an average under 10 - Rev finished at 9.9 and no titles. It's best finish was third in the Single Elimination.
Van's won by 14 points over Cooter and by 43 over Lester.
Here's a look at how the teams shuffled from the end of the first half to Miami:
+17: 3WIDE+16: RAZN
+14: FORDFUCUS+13: Team Wyoming, RugRatRacers
+11: RacingAngel+10: Barrie Lang, AFTER BURNER
+9: No right turns, yduck+7: Cooter
+6: Rolling Thunder, Gordon #1
+5: FC Newman, Smokin Aces
+2: Beer Belly, Van's Bums
+1: gonzo, Dirt Runners
0: Hendrick Express, Canyon County, Junior, Rev-A-Lusions, DWI
-1: Team Lester, Rubbin's Racin'
-2: asian assassins, AERO PUSH
-3: KLA Sadler, speedracer, BLOWINSMOKE
-4: Team Parski, Longs Gap, photo finish
-5: reckhard-6: TURBO, Chevy's Redneck
-7: testcar, Sarge's Squad, KitchenPass-11: gordon hater
-12: Black Bear-15: CHK
-17: Crash & Burn-19: nstag8rs
* Average score for the season: 234
* Average high score for the week: 350
* Average low score for the week: 130
* 300-plus point scores: 374
* 200-less point scores: 432
* Most 300-plus point weeks: KLA Sadler, No right turns, RAZN, AFTER BURNER 13 apiece (NOTE: Van's finished with 11)
* Most 200-less point weeks: Canyon County 22
* Biggest average score from first half to second half: hardbody 41 points per week
* Highest score of the season: Dirt Runners, 397 at Atlanta in March; BLOWINSMOKE, 397 at Pocono in June
* Best week of the season, points: 282 average at Dover in June
* Worst week of the season, points: 167 average at Talladega in October
* Best week of the season, 300 club: 27 at Fontana in August
* Worst week of the season, 200 club: 28 at Talladega in October
BLOWINSMOKE's win at Martinsville in October proved to be the difference in a 48-point win over Van's. 50 points were awarded for the top score at a track. The two also finished the season with the most wins - four apiece.
FYI: Yabos, which qualified for the Chase and then dropped out after Dover, finished 31st despite having a 2000-point cushion over the non-Chase qualifiers.
No drama here. Rolling Thunder rolled past Van's Bums by 223 points for first place, and Rev-A0Lusions lit TURBO up by 250 for third place.
Van's defeated testcar after week 33 and didn't lose a game in the tournament.
This was my favorite competition for its many levels, and I hope you enjoyed it, as well.
Barrie Lang defeated Cooter by 112 for the title; RacingAngel zipped past Team Lester by 73 for third place.
Barrie Lang entered the bracket phase as the fifth seed. It won both of its groups in the qualification phase.
HEAD TO HEAD
Team Lester wrapped up the title at Phoenix. Note TURBO's final record - four more points at key weeks (four ties) would have put it one game back of Lester and another handful of points another week would have given TURBO the title.
A note for those coming back in 2009 - I am building a spreadsheet that will have each week's schedule from the outset and will automatically enter scores and records week-to-week. This will be a lot easier for you to follow the competition and a lot easier for me to track everything. The schedule will be set by overall seeds (more on that below).
1. Team Lester 73-25-0
No right turns 71-27-0
Rolling Thunder 70-27-1
Rubbins Racin 67-28-3
need4speed 64-34-0, 25834 points
11. Team Parski 64-34-0, 25534 points
KLA Sadler 63-33-2
Barrie Lang 62-34-2, 26298 points
FC Newman 62-34-2, 24894 points
RacingAngel 59-37-2, 25376 points
21. hardbody 59-37-2, 24332 points
Sarges Squad 58-39-1
Black Bear 58-40-0
Team Wyoming 57-39-2
Vans Bums 57-40-1
AERO PUSH 57-41-0
AFTER BURNER 56-39-3
Smokin Aces 53-43-2
31. gonzo 53-45-0, 23230 points
RoadRage 53-45-0, 21690 points
Dirt Runners 51-47-0
KitchenPass 50-47-1 24166 points
Gordon #1 50-47-1 20837 points
Crash & Burn 49-48-1
Longs Gap 47-48-3
Chevys Redneck 44-49-5
40. Junior, Canyon County, Yabos, nstag8rs, asian assassins, photo finish, Hendrick Express, gordon hater, DWI, Beer Belly, Kntcky 0-78-20
If you want in and haven't let me know, you're certainly welcome back. Drop me a line and I'll email you when I get the group number and password from Yahoo in January.
I plan on seeding teams two ways: by 2008 finish and by an overall Yahoo rating. The later will be done by weighting finishes from seasons prior to 2008 (e.g. pct finish in 2007 will be multiplied by 0.9, 2006 by 0.8, 2005 by 0.7, 2004 by 0.6, 2003 by 0.5, 2002 by 0.4 and 2001 by 0.3.
Head to Head: As mentioned before, I'll have the entire season's schedule in the spreadsheet. I'll also have a grid that will outline each team's performance against the rest of the field. The schedule is already set; teams will be assigned slots by their overall Yahoo rating.
World Cup: It's back and better. We'll seed teams by overall Yahoo rating.
Single Elimination Bracket: We'll seed teams by 2008 Yahoo finish; newcomers will be seeded in order of signups.
Double Elimination Bracket: We'll seed by overall Yahoo rating.
Single Elimination Heat: Head to the ol' dirt track ... Instead of head-to-head/bracket set ups, we'll eliminate a set number of teams after each round. No need to feel bummed about scoring better that some winners and being eliminated. Beat a little more than half of those in that round and you'll advance. We'll seed this one by 2008 Yahoo finish.
Double Elimination Heat: Same as the Single Elimination Heat, only we'll seed it based on overall Yahoo rating.
Chase: It's back with the same format. As of now, we'll let the top 12 in and any others within 400 points of the leader. That, like this season, is subject to change.
Overall: We'll add the Heat competitions to the mix and average the 10 competitions for an overall winner.
If you have ideas for additional competitions, feel free to drop me a line. I've seen some others done but none that cry out for inclusion here.
Again, thanks for a great season and check back here every now and then for updates and comments.