Depends on how you look at it.
Star Fox doing laps around a track across three different courses in a cup would be the most stupid thing imaginable.
Now, if each 'cup' was a planet, and each track was a straight-shot (Think Big Blue in MK8) with enemies to shoot down, then there's some real potential there.
Score could determine final placements. How many enemies you shot down, how fast you completed the course, how much damage you did to the final boss, etc.