The Motor Racing Game

April 14, 2014

Week 14

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Welcome to week 14 – two races this week. F1 is in Shanghai, China, and WEC is at Silverstone in England. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-fourteen-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 13:

MotoGP Austin, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Long Beach, USCC Long Beach:Week13Rslts

Marc Marquez pretty much dominated the MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas, except for the first lap, but that was only because Jorge Lorenzo jumped the start. Lorenzo had to come in to serve a penalty for that jump-start, so ended up in a lowly 10th by the end of the race. Second place Dani Pedrosa cruised around for most the race to finish behind Marquez. And the final podium spot went to the Ducati rider, Andrea Dovisioso. For a while it looked like Valentino Rossi might get to him and deny him third place, but Rossi had to use up too much tire just to get behind him, so then he started dropping back, finishing 8th. That left Stefan Bradl to try and close on Dovisioso, but he too didn’t have enough to finish the job, and had to settle for 4th. Our other pick, Alvaro Bautista crashed early on and finished 22nd.

At Darlington Kevin Harvick did a somewhat unusual double in NASCAR – getting pole position and winning the race. Unlike other series it doesn’t happen too often in NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt got back to form after last week’s miserable outing, by finishing 2nd. And Jimmie Johnson too showed that you can’t keep the good teams/drivers down for long, finishing 3rd. Jeff Gordon looked strong or most of the race, but couldn’t get a handle on the duel green-white-checked finish and end up behind Kyle Busch in 7th place. Our other pick, Kurt Busch, was the cause one of those green-white-checked attempts, leaving him six laps down in 31st place.

Indycar resembled a NASCAR race at the Long Beach road course with lots of crashes including a multi-car pile-up just after half way which took out, or out of contention, Ryan Hunter-Reay who caused the accident, Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, Jack Hawksworth, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, and Takuma Sato. In other incidents Simon Pagenaud got hit by Will Power, although both ended up 5th and 2nd respectively, Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon came together, and Sebastien Bourdais had a solo accident. Our other pick, Ryan Briscoe had engine problems and finished 20 laps down in 17th place.

Also at Long Beach USCC again showed a competitive field with the top 5 drivers finishing on the same lap, with the #01 Ganassi Racing prototype beating the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing car by less than a second, and the #5 Action Racing Corvette just 4 seconds further behind. The #42 Oak Racing and the #90 Spirit of Daytona were the other two to finish on the same lap. Just one lap back was the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD.

We decided not to include the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in the game this year, but the winner of the opening round this week is worthy of a note. It was none other than 9-time world rally champion, Sebastien Loeb.

Player’s Scores:

Week13PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my fourth win of the year. An even split of picks between the two most predictable series, MotoGP and USCC was the way to go given the carnage in Indycar. No change in the standings …

Standings:

Week13Standings

April 7, 2014

Week 13

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Welcome to week 13 – our first four race weekend this year. MotoGP comes to America and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; NASCAR visits Darlington in South Carolina; and Indycar and USCC are together in Long Beach, California. Sebastian has all the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirteen-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 12:

F1 Bahrain, WRC Portugal, NASCAR Texas:

Week12Rslts

It was a very close finish in F1 with the two Mercedes drivers battling it out for the win, with Lewis Hamilton coming out on top by the slimmest of margins. A late crash saw Esteban Gutierrez do a roll after being hit by Pastor Maldonado. Fortunately Gutierrez was not injured. Maldonado was given a five-place grid penalty for the next race in China. We picked 9 different drivers, and all but one got into the top 10. It was Jenson Button who finished a lowly 17th place. After the crash he was slow and ended up retiring before the race ended. No news on why, but I suspect mechanical problems of some kind.

Sebastien Ogier again had a dominating win in Rally Portugal. It’s getting boring – it’s his eight win in a row going back into last year. But he did have a slow start, allowing Mikko Hirvonen in the M-Sport Ford to carry the rally lead from Friday into Saturday, and Hirvonen ended up with a respectful second place at the end. Mads Osberg in the Citroen rounded out the top 3. Jari-Matti Latvala came closest to matching Ogier’s pace on most stages, but a crash on Stage 5 put him out on Friday, and out of contention for a top finish in the rally – he finished 14th. Elfyn Evans also drove a good race, setting some good stage times, but like Latvala he crashed on Friday and that ended any chance of a good finish – he finished 22nd. All three of the Hyundai’s were plagued with transmission problems, resulting in 7th for Thierry Neuville who limped home in two-wheel drive. Our other pick, Kris Meeke also crashed on Friday, but unlike the Latvala and Evans, he was unable to return on Saturday, so no points if you picked him.

The NASCAR race in Texas was postponed to Monday due to rain, and it rained too on Monday. But it cleared up enough to get the race in, which was won by Joey Logano in a green-white-checkered finish following a late caution. The incident that got most of the attention was a crash earlier in the race by Dale Earnhardt Jr. resulting in his car catching fire. Fortunately he got out uninjured, but his race result was a last place 43rd. Jimmie Johnson was also one of our picks but his car sustained damage after hitting the debris from Earnhardt’s car, resulting in a 25th place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week12PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his third win of the year and second in a row. Compared to the rest of us he got the most out of a 5-5 split in picks between F1 and WRC. No change in the standings, but Sebastian closes the gap to the top spot to a measly 2 points …

Standings:

Week12Standings

 

March 31, 2014

Week 12

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Welcome to week 12 – three races this week. F1 visits Bahrain, WRC is at the first “normal” rally in Portugal, and NASCAR is in Texas. Sebastian has all the stats to help you make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twelve-guide-and-links/. Note that in WRC although Hyundai’s ability to run at the head of the field is still somewhat dubious, they will be running three cars at Portugal with Neuville, Hanninen, and Sordo the three drivers. Also Otto Tanak and Henning Solberg have both found the funding for another event in M-Sport prepared Fords. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 11:

F1 Malaysia, NASCAR Martinsville, Indycar St. Petersburg:

Week11Rslts

Mercedes engine cars again dominated the top 10 at the Malaysia Grand Prix, with only two spoilers. The factory team took top honors with Lewis Hamilton dominating the event ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull Renault was the first of the Mercedes spoilers, finishing third, followed by the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. The rest of the top-10 were Mercedes engine cars. The Ferrari of Daniel Riccardo was holding a top spot, but a bad pit stop, followed by a broken front wing after going wide out of a corner ultimately caused his demise – he finished 16th.

It was a close finish in Martinsville, Virginia, as the NASCAR race was won by Kurt Busch just 0.26 seconds ahead of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson looked strong all race, but there were many possible contenders for the victory with 33 lead changes throughout the day. Our other picks Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick finished 6th and 7th respectively, Jeff Gordon finished 12th after starting strong, and spending much of the day in the top 10, and only Brad Keselowski had a bad day finishing 38th. Keselowski’s demise came early when contact in the pits, ironically with Kurt Busch, caused enough damage to put him 30 laps down.

Around the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, in the Indycar opener, team Penske took two of the three podium positions with a win by Will Power, and third by Helio Castroneves. Sandwiched between them was the Andretti driver Ryan Hunter-Reay. Scott Dixon was fourth and Simon Pagenaud fifth. Marco Andretti finished 22nd and last after crashing on the restart after the first full-course caution of the day. James Hincliffe finished a lap down in 19th place – there were no reports as to why he had such a bad day.

Player’s Scores:

Week11PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and a crushing win this week, his second win of the season. The 42 point margin of victory is the largest in the last two years, attained by his top 3 picks in F1, 3 of the top 4 in Indy, and 2 strong picks in NASCAR – quite a sweep. The rest of us also-rans were otherwise quite close in points. Despite the huge point’s gap this week, there are no changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week11Standings

March 24, 2014

Week 11

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Welcome to week 11 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Indycar opens their season at the street circuit in St. Petersburg, Florida; and NASCAR visits the short track in Martinsville, Virginia. As usual Sebastian has all the info you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-eleven-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 10:

MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR California:

Week10Rslts

MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, was a bit of a crash fest. First to fall was Jorge Lorenzo who stormed into the lead at the first corner after starting fifth on the grid; but he was pushing too fast too soon, and threw it away just before the end of the first lap. Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista also crashed out at various points in the race while running in the top five. It left Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi to battle it out at the front, and it was a tight race with much swapping of the lead between the two of them. But in the end it was Marquez that crossed the line first, just fractions of a second ahead of Rossi. Dani Pedrosa finished third.

NASCAR was also a bit of a crash fest, although no “big one”. At least 10 drivers came to grief because of tire failure, so that was the main story of the race. Goodyear refused to take the blame, saying that the teams that had problems were running tire pressures that were too low, or had setups that punished the tires. Indeed, the race winner Kyle Busch said that he had no tire issues the entire race. But it did somewhat feel like he was handed the race on a platter. Jimmie Johnson had dominated the race until five laps from the end, when he suffered tire failure, dropping him to a 24th place finish. That seemed to hand the race to Jeff Gordon, who was way ahead of the rest of the field, but a when a caution came out right at the end, everyone went to the pits to get new tires, and Gordon’s team was slow, causing him to come out of the pits only in 7th. And with Gordon’s car being strong on the long runs, but not the short ones, he lost more positions in the green-white-checker finish, to end up 13th. Matt Kenseth finished 4th. Carl Edwards was one of those who suffered a tire problem, but it was early in the race, so he was able to climb back to a 10th place finish. Dale Earnhadt too had the same tire problem early on, and he got back to a 12th place finish. Brad Keselowski’s tire let go at the end of the race, so he finished down in 26th place. Our only other pick, Denny Hamlin had a medical problem before the race and his seat was given over to Sam Hornish Jr. who finished 17th. Per rule 5k the Hamlin pick is swapped for Hornish, scoring 13 points.

Player’s Scores:

Week10PickRslts

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Sebastian, his second in a row, and third win of the year overall. He was the only one to pick Dovizioso in MotoGP, and also made 2 out of 3 solid NASCAR picks. My miserable score enables Sebastian to close the gap to the lead, and unfortunately trickles down as a bad score for Chris and Drewe who missed the week.

Standings:

Week10Standings

March 17, 2014

Week 10

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Welcome to week 10 – two races this weekend. MotoGP starts their season off in Qatar, and NASCAR visits the superspeedway in Fontana, California.

MotoGP is generally expected to be a continuation of last year, with champion Marc Marquez the favorite, although some are saying that Valentino Rossi will be stronger than last year. But there is weirdness yet to be resolved regarding the Ducati’s. They want some development freedom this year which means they’d need to run in the “Open” class – which is for teams running spec ECUs that reduce power versus the top flight MotoGP class. But this possibility made the existing Open class teams upset since Ducati would dominate the class being “near” factory. So to try and appease everyone it is believed that MotoGP will announce an intermediate class – the “Factory 2” class, which will sit in between the Factory and the Open classes and contain only the Ducati’s. To make things more complicated, should Ducati win a race, or take two second places, or three third places, they’ll be penalized with technical restrictions going forward. So if Andrea Dovizioso or Cal Crutchlow do well in Qatar, the U.S., and/or Argentina, then don’t expect them to do well later on.

Sebastian has all the info you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-ten-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 9:

F1 Melbourne, NASCAR Bristol, and USCC Sebring:

Week9Rslts

Mercedes turned out to be the dominate team in the opening F1 race in Australia. Lewis Hamilton got pole position but retired from the race after developing engine problems, finishing 19th. His team mate, Nico Rosberg dominated the race to win by a margin of more than 24s. The reigning team champions Red Bull had a miserable day. Sebastian Vettel also had engine problems and managed just one more lap than Hamilton, finishing in 18th place. Daniel Ricciardo looked like he’d had a good race, crossing the line in 2nd, but was later found to have fuel-flow “irregularities” and was disqualified from the race. That promoted the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen into 2nd, and Jenson Button into 3rd. Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari was 4th, spoiling a Mercedes engine sweep of the top 7 positions. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari finished 8th. Our only other pick, Felipe Massa, was punted out of the race by Kamui Kobayashi at the first corner of the first lap; he finished 21st and last.

NASCAR at the short track in Bristol was a long event with an initial delay because of rain, a further delay ¼ of the way through due to rain, and then when they finally got most the race in, the rain came again with just two laps to go. It was enough for NASCAR who threw the yellow and checkered flag at the same time, giving the leader, Carl Edwards, the win. Matt Kenseth finished 13th after Timmy Hill failed to slow down for a caution with just 100 laps to go, and ran hard into the back of him. Brad Keselowski also got caught up in a wreck, and finished 14th. Jimmy Johnson got back to 19th after a tire let go dropping him to 39th – he blamed Goodyear, which seemed unfair considering he only did a two-tire change on the previous trip to the pits, and the tire that let go was one of the ones he didn’t change. Joey Logano finished behind him in 20th after he lost power steering and also dropped to 39th place while the team repaired it. Our other pick, Kyle Busch finished 29th.

The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford won the 12-hours of Sebring. This was the first win for Ford at the 12-hour race since 1969, and it was a close one – they won by just 5 seconds over the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports. In fact nine Prototype cars finished on the lead lap, so the series is looking extremely competitive. The #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing car had a throttle sensor problem in the last two hours of the race which put them out of contention and a 29th place finish. The #6 Muscle Milk car had a driveline issue in the last hour, so they finished 48th, which is out of the points for everyone who picked them.

Player’s Scores:

Week9PickRslts

Congratulations to this week’s winner Sebastian and his second win of the year. It was a dominate win, beating Chris by 29 points – the largest margin of victory so far this year. No changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week9Standings

March 10, 2014

Week 9

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Welcome to week 9 – three races this weekend. F1 opens their season in Australia, the United Sports Car Championship (USCC) visits Sebring in Florida, and NASCAR goes to the short track in Bristol, Tennessee.

F1 may be unpredictable for all but you die-hard F1 fans who study every move by every team. With new and smaller hybrid engines there will surely be teams that struggle and teams that have got it right during the off season, but who will be in which camp? And of course, there was the usual shuffling of some drivers among teams in the off season. But undoubtedly any pick will be more reliable than NASCAR. However the USCC teams have already shown their colors with the earlier Dayton 500, so this series may be a good place to make picks.

Sebastian has the summary at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-nine-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://localhost/RoadRaceTracks/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 8:

Week8Rslts

All but two of the top WRC competitors faced problems in Mexico. This led to a run-away win by Sebastian Ogier, who won by a margin of more than a minute and 12s over his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. Thierry Neuville struggled with the setup of his Hyundai all day Friday, consistently losing more than 15s on most stages, and over a minute on the long Chocolate stage. More technical problems plagued him on Saturday morning, but the team seemed to sort things out a bit by the afternoon stages, and with the demise of everyone else, he took the third podium position – a podium first for Hyundai.

Among our other picks, Chris Atkinson had technical issues with the Hyundai early on, losing lots of time on SS2, then went off on SS4; he finished 7th. Mikko Hirvonen had a puncture on SS2 which put him behind from the start, then his Friday ended with a technical problem on SS8; he rejoined on Saturday under rally 2 rules and finished 8th. Mads Ostberg started well – even had the lead for a while on Friday, but on the first stage on Saturday he crashed and was not able to continue; also rejoined under rally 2 on Sunday, and finished 9th. Andreas Mikkelsen was in second after SS2, but was clearly pushing too hard – breaking the suspension in an off on SS3, then he rolled out in a crash on SS13 on Saturday; he too rejoined on Sunday, finishing 19th. Kris Meeke went off on SS8, ending his Friday, rejoined Saturday, but crashed out again on the last stage of the rally; no points for those who picked him. No points either if you picked Robert Kubica; he is going to start getting a reputation for rolling – he’s done it a couple of time this year, and twice more in this rally, with the first one on Friday’s Super-Special stage in front of a large audience, and the second time on SS13, the 2nd stage of Saturday, which damaged the car beyond repair for the rest of the event.

The NASCAR race in Las Vegas resulted in a tactical win for Brad Keselowski. The race ran mostly green, and after the last pit stop it was clear that several drivers were stretching their fuel mileage, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. who dominated the last stint. Keselowski’s crew chief was heard on the radio asking Brad to push Earnhardt hard and stop him from conserving fuel. It worked. With two corners to go Earnhardt ran out of fuel, and Keselowski passed him for the win. Earnhardt coasted across the line in second place. Afterward Earnhardt wasn’t bitter, he said that they expected to run out of gas, so it was no surprise that they did; had he stopped for fuel under green, they wouldn’t have got second place.

Once again our picks were pretty solid, with 8 of 10 picks in the top 11 (Kyle Busch was 11th).  Kevin Harvick finished a lowly 41st, but was actually dominating the race until his brakes failed. Only Tony Stewart struggled from start to finish, ending up in 33rd place.

Players Scores:

Week8PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my third win of the year. I usually do well in the rally weeks because I know the sport and usually have the latest news in my head in regard to the teams and drivers, but it seems that my win was down to NASCAR this time, and picking both Keselowski and Earnhardt. No changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week8Standings

March 3, 2014

Week 8

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Welcome to week 8. WRC resumes with the high altitude and engine power sapping Mexico Rally, featuring longer stages than most rallies. Hyundai again face the unknown with the altitude and their first gravel test. But any picks might be better than the lottery of NASCAR – the other event this weekend, at the Las Vegas Speedway.

Scores from week 7:

NASCAR Arizona:

Week7Rslts

The NASCAR race at Pheonix International Raceway was fairly uninteresting. It was dominated from start to finish by the eventual top 4: Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano. There were a few solo-spins and tires/engines letting go, but otherwise a relative incident free event.

As usual with NASCAR there was a wide-range of picks amongst us – 14 drivers in all. But amazingly 12 of those 14 occupied the top 13 places. The one we missed (as a group) was Ryan Newman who finished 7th. Our picks that were just outside the top 10 included: Kasey Kahne (11th), Matt Kenseth (12th), Clint Bowyer (13th), Tony Stewart (16th), and Denny Hamlin (19th) – all finished on the lead lap.

Players Scores:

Week7PickRslts

Congratulations to the week’s winner – Greased Lightning who edged Sebastian by one point. This is the first win for Greased Lightning this year. It also means that each of us has won one of the weeks so far – 5 players, 5 different winners, in just 6 weeks. Sebastian’s good score jumps him ahead of Chris …

Standings:

Week7Standings

February 24, 2014

Week 7

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Welcome to week 7 – only NASCAR again this weekend, this time in Phoenix, Arizona. Sebastian has a summary here: http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-seven-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 6:

NASCAR Daytona 500:

Week6Rslts

It was a typical Daytona 500, a quick 30 laps then a lengthy delay because of rain. When they resumed later in the evening they managed almost 150 laps (of 200) before the first “big one” which involved 13 cars. Kevin Harvick started it with Brian Scott, but as is sometimes the case with restrictor plate crashes, Harvick drove away from it with no damage to speak of. The second one happened 9 laps later, but didn’t include any of our picks. The third one was with 7 laps to go and involved 6 cars. The last big crash was on the last lap, but too late to stop Dale Earnhardt Jr. from taking the win ahead of Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson. Then it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr.6th and Matt Kenseth 7th. Joey Logano finished 11th. Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch were all caught up in that last lap crash so finished 13th, 17th and 19th respectively. Tony Stewart’s day ended earlier when he suffered engine problems, finishing 35th. And Clint Bowyer’s day was even worse, with his engine letting go just after the rain delay restart, finishing second to last in 42nd place.

Players Scores:

Week6PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my second win of the year. A lucky win of course since picking NASCAR is such a lottery. That puts me back in solo lead in the season long standings…

Standings:

Week6Standings

February 16, 2014

Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and the opening race of the regular NASCAR season with the Daytona 500.

NASCAR has changed their rules this year to put a strong emphasis on winning. The drivers who qualify for the “Chase” (for the championship trophy) will be expanded to 16 and decided upon by how many wins they have, not by points (unless less than 16 drivers win in the regular season, in which case the remaining positions are based on points). So winning may become the only meaningful result in every race. Then in the Chase those 16 drivers are reduced every three races to 12, 8, 4, then 1, again all based on wins. That is, winner of the remaining 4 drivers takes the championship at the last race.

It’s a pretty ludicrous system – in theory a driver could absolutely dominate the year, winning  35 races, then in the final race, on the final lap, get a flat tire and walk away with nothing, with the championship going to someone else (less deserving). I guess NASCAR is looking for more “action” in their endless pursuit of trying to make the racing more appealing to Joe Public. Indeed, I can envision every driver taking it easy for 95% of a race, and then in the closing laps there being a mad scramble, with likely lots of jostling and crashing while everyone tries to get the win.

This could make picking 7 drivers more unpredictable than ever – and it was pretty unpredictable to begin with, so good luck with your picks this week. Sebastian has a summary here: http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-six-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.  Note, the picks are limited to the top 30 drivers from 2013 that are declared as racing in 2014, so there are 22 “other” drivers at Daytona not in the pick list. Please comment at WordPress if you want to select one of those drivers.

Scores from week 5:

NASCAR Sprint Unlimited at Daytona:

Week5Rslts

There were a lot of crashes in the short Sprint Unlimited event at Daytona, including an 8-car “big one” that was started by Joey Logano and took out Matt Kenseth (credited with 10th place finish), Tony Stewart (11th), Jeff Gordon (12th), Carl Edwards (13th), Kurt Busch (14th), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (15th), and Danica Patrick (16th). Jimmie Johnson solo-crashed 6 laps earlier (17th place finish). Only half the field (9 of 18 cars) remained in the race when the final segment started, and before the end Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marcus Ambrose came together and crashed (Ambrose managed to get going again). So only 8 cars finished the race, with Denny Hamlin winning ahead of Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.

Players Scores:

Week5PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe who got his first win of the year by correctly picking the first two across the line. Sebastian lost a bit of ground to me and Chris, allowing us to jointly take over the top of the season’s standings…

Standings:

Week5Standings

February 10, 2014

Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 – it’s the season opener for NASCAR with the Sprint Unlimited. This is a unique NASCAR event where the fans get to pick the format of the race just prior to its running. It can get quite wild since it’s a non-championship event, and first is the only place every driver is trying to finish (although this is going to be true for every NASCAR race this year – more about that next week when the regular NASCAR season starts). The guide can be found here: http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-five-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml – note that the entry list has been restricted to 2014 drivers eligible for the Sprint Unlimited (won a pole in 2013, or a past Sprint Unlimited winner).

Scores from week 4:

WRC Sweden:

Week4Rslts

Rally Sweden turned out to be a battle of the Scandinavians in their VWs, after Sebastian Ogier went into a snowbank in the opening stage of Friday and lost 4½ minutes getting out. Up front it was close for most the rally between eventual winner Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelesen. Hyundai continued with their miserable start in World Rally with both Thierry Neuville and Juho Hanninen crashing out on Friday – both rejoined under Rally 2 rules on Saturday but could only finish 28th and 19th respectively after the Rally 2 time penalties were imposed. Robert Kubica struggled in the snow – obviously a very different environment to an F1 track – and hence managed to go off twice, losing 11 minutes the first time, and 4 minutes or so the second time, dooming him to a 24th place finish. Ott Tanak’s 5th place finish was impressive considering it’s his first rally in a year, and he’s not Scandinavian.

Players Scores:

Week4PickRslts

Congratulations to the week’s winner Sebastian – his first win this year, and he leap-frogs over both Chris and I to take the lead in the season long standings. Chris unfortunately picked both Kubica and Neuville, so drops out of the lead and into third place behind me.

Standings:

Week4Standings

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