Since everyone thinks the contest was unfair, I'll let you know how I did it.
3 weeks into the contest, I sort of asessed the situation and calculated who might have the most points by posts, threads, and articles. I thought the most efficient way to get points was by writing some decent articles. I posted some early on and then later and then emailed them to the site right before the deadline just to keep off the radar. I also got a VIP membership because, heck I'd pay $75 for a $1000 kit any day.
I hope none of you are too upset about the outcome. I know what I did was sneaky but I thought it was a fair play.