Dagny, I didn't mean accumulated profits. I still meant the lowest in any individual city would go home every episode. Just, in addition to that, they could use the previous city's totals to allow the teams to drive to the next one, staggered. So if you did well in one town, you'd have somewhat of a head start in the next one, in the sense of selling time. The lowest selling teams not eliminated the previous episode leave latest and thus have less time in the next town, which would theoretically hinder their totals. So performing consistently poorly punishes a team every time, because you'd be literally behind on the next challenge.
Of course, with all the truck stop nonsense, that would probably not have as big an impact on the competition as the wacky shenanigans, and if the staggering were only 15 minutes (something I think we've seen before on this show) then a little creative driving could compensate for those at the top. Oooh! New idea, the differential between teams is how they determine how early you get to leave. So then being $1000 ahead means a big lead, literally, to the next location, whereas if you only won by $10, it's less of a head start.
I'd much rather see that sort of "race" element on the show than the "sell x amount and go get a token" type thing.
Edited by theatremouse, Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:24 PM.