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So here is how it works:
Each rider you pick will be assigned the same points they earn for that race based on AMA scoring. That is 23, 19, 16, 15, 14........dropping by 1 down to 1. Here is where the weighting of the picks comes into play. Your first picks points will be multiplied by 5. Second pick by 4, third pick by 3, 4th pick by 2, and finally your last pick by 1. So if you pick the winner of the race, your first pick would be scored (23x5)= 115. If your first pick finished 3rd, your first pick would be scored (16x5)= 80. If your second pick won the race, that second pick would be scored (23x4)= 92. Once all 5 picks are scored then the 5 totals are added together and high score wins. A couple examples from last season's finale at Tucson.
The top 10 from there was Kopp(23), Coolbeth(19), King(16), Mees(15), Bigelow(14), Pearson(13), Johnson(12), Carr(11), Russell(10), Eades(9).
Picker A picks Coolbeth, Mees, Kopp, Carr, Johnson. He scores (19x5)+(15x4)+(23x3)+(11x2)+(12x1): 95+60+69+22+12= 258
Picker B picks Carr, Kopp, Coolbeth, King, Mees. He scores (11x5)+(23x4)+(19x3)+(16x2)+(15x1): 55+92+57+32+15= 251
Picker C picks Kopp, Coolbeth, Carr, Russell, Eades. He scores (23x5)+(19x4)+(11x3)+(10x2)+(9x1): 115+76+33+20+9= 253
I chose these 3 examples to iilustrate a few things. Picker A does not pick the winner yet has the most points due to picking the 2nd place finisher 1st and having 5 of the top 8 and 3 of the top 4 in his picks. Picker B has 5 of the top 8 and all of the top 4 in his picks. Yet since his first pick finished 8th, he has the lowest point total of the 3. Picker C picks the top 2 in order but since his final 3 picks were further back, he does not finish ahead of Picker A. So picking the winner does not mean you will beat everyone who did not pick the winner. And vice versa, not picking the winner does not mean you can't win the race. All 5 picks matter and the order you put them in matter.
Past champions I know for sure include Craig(Pickem creator), reeder, BBRP, tschwab. If you remember any other past champions, post them here because I can't remember who all has won. Other threats include HopRacing(2nd the past 2 years I believe), JGPhotowerx(came in late last year and had a number of good finishes down the stretch), hos (top 5 last year and the MAN). tschwab(2006 champion) had a disappointing season last year where he lost his sponsor during the season, I look for a return to the top from him. I know tor has been gearing up for this year after a rough year last year. Jped, Bill A, Gabe, Gabe's Girl Cara, Vince, The Warden, Mikey Reed have had some seasons where they have all finished toward the top. I also look for Dan River to be near the top this year, I look for a great season and a return to his winning ways for the rider that they always pick to win.(Yes Dan River, I know who you are......lol) I also look for some noise to be made from some newcomers. I see that we have a Russell from CA that has made picks for Daytona, is that some relation to Shaun?
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