You don't have to go to all the races. Thats not what this is about. If you live on the east coast and you were to attend the three day event and another two day event there are five finishes that could put you in the front positions at finals. You go to three races and do as well as some think they can you are a champion as simple as that. Now the reality is its not that easy. The last couple years if you go back people winned there was not enough Southeast races, there was a few National Champions out of the southeast last year that did not go to to many other races outside there area so it can be done. For my group up here in Maine its a long trip anywhere and we go to what we can and thats it. Not every year will fit everybodies needs to race. If this year doesn't fit your schedule or funds work on making lawn mower racing stronger in your home town. Work on going to a local fair and seeing if they would like a National race in your area. Supporting ARMA outside the track is just as important as going to the races. I have the privlage to know the Crowl family very well and I mean that. They work very hard to make as good of a series as they can with what funds can be had in our economy right now. Remember this we worry about getting to the races and having money to do that. The Crowls worry about getting trophies, insurance, fuel, there own mowers and then filling the truck with as many other racers machines as they can and getting to the races on time because they have to work two fulltime jobs also. And then on top of that there are not a lot of venues or local clubs that don't have funds enough to support this sport at a national points race level. Trickle down economics is what its all about here. We dropped the membership this year to try and help out even though the cost of insurance has gone up every year. The bottom line is this I feel that some folks look at this as there is a pot of gold in the back of the ARMA truck and that it should spill out everywhere it goes. It don't work that way anymore ARMA is a business and needs to be profitable to make this happen. I would love to see ARMA members make an extra effort to support and do what you can to make the organization stronger even if you can't afford to get to national points races. Every little bit helps when you look at the big picture. Fairs and festivals all change there entertianment every year so the series will come back around to you again in time. Please know on behalf of the ARMA board and the Crowl family we do everything we can to try and bring everything we got to the racers.