Welcome to week 34 – just two races this weekend. F1 is at Monza in Italy, and NASCAR has their final race before the “Chase” at Richmond in Virginia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 33:
MotoGP England, NASCAR Atlanta, Indycar Fontana:
Marc Marquez got back to his winning ways after the hiccup of two weeks ago. But it was a neck-and-neck race with Jorge Lorenzo all the way. Valentino Rossi took the third spot, also having to battle for the entire race for that position, with Dani Pedrosa who finished fourth, and Andrea Dovizioso fifth. We picked nine different riders, and they took the first nine positions at the end of the race. Rounding out that nine was Pol Espargaro in sixth, Stefan Bradl in seventh, Andrea Iannone in eighth, and Aleix Espargaro in ninth.
At Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia, the NASCAR event was dominated by Kevin Harvick. But it was all mixed up at the end following two cautions that came in succession the last 2 laps. Harvick was involved in the second of them, and that was the end of his night. Kasey Kahne was there to take advantage and the win, and put himself in the Chase with just one race to go. All night long it was a good battle among the “Chase” contenders who are on the bubble for making the top 16. Clint Bowyer had a disastrous race finishing in 38th place after a mechanical issue, placing him on the bubble spot for a top 16 in the season’s standings and a spot in the Chase. Kyle Larson had a good race finishing 8th and putting himself within striking distance of a top 16 spot. The last race of the season next week to decide the Chase line-up, should showcase a good battle among these two drivers and Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle, with just two spots available (or one spot if someone currently outside of the top 16 wins at Richmond), and 43 points separating all four.
A horrendous crash in Indycar qualifying sent Mikhail Aleshin to hospital with serious injuries. Last reports had him in stable condition. This was at the Auto Club oval in Fontana, California, where the cars were lapping at 218+ mph. Perhaps it’s time to think of restrictor plates in the Indycars, like they do in NASCAR at the super-fast ovals. The race was won by Tony Kanaan with his team-mate Scott Dixon finishing second. But the race news was the 9th place finish of Will Power versus the 14th place finish of Helio Castroneves, which gave Power the Indycar Championship title for this year. With our other picks, Juan Pablo Montoya finished 4th, and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 16th after a spin two-thirds of the way through the race, followed by a pit-lane speeding penalty.
Congratulations to me and my ninth win of the year with three ties. Picking Montoya in Indycar and avoiding NASCAR were important choices. Drewe’s strong second place slashes his deficit to Chris, closing up the third place battle in the season long standings …