Welcome all to Week Forty-Four. This is the penultimate week and last with two events, Formula One from Austin, and the last race of the NASCAR season at Homestead. Please pick ten drivers up to a maximum of seven in any one event in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 16th November (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).
Drewe’s Performance Charts
Do visit Drewe’s fine charts and tables to see such as the Full Year Difference Chart and Form Guide, which Drewe is updating every week.
Results – Top Tens
A drying track at Valencia caused a very action packed MotoGP race. The field was split between those starting on wet tyres (including Stoner), those starting on slicks (including Lorenzo), and those that elected to switch to slicks at the end of the warm-up lap thus starting from the pit-lane (including Pedrosa), with those initially gaining on wets having to pit to switch bikes as the track developed a narrow dry line. Lorenzo gained the lead by the end of lap three, but looking to lap Ellison, put his rear on the wet and had a big crash (18th), leaving the win for Pedrosa. Crutchlow was too far behind to think about winning and far enough ahead of Nakasuga to have no fear of being caught, but none the less lost the front braking into a turn and crashed out (15th). Bradl was running high in the order when he crashed nine laps in (19th).
Another routine win for Loeb in Spain. Rain on Friday caused many incidents, including Solberg hitting a rock he hit last year (11th), and Sordo getting stuck after an off, with both rejoining on Saturday.
Harvick won his first race for quite a while at Phoenix. Earnhardt finished 21st. Johnson lost many laps for repairs after his right-front tyre puncturing caused him to hit the wall hard (32nd). With Keselowski finishing sixth, he gains a twenty point lead in the Chase, thus only needs a half-decent finish at Homestead to seal the title.
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Non-entries get 247 according to the 90% rule.
Many congratulations to iomracer for his sixth win of the season (plus a tied win). His strategy of avoiding Nascar for a five:five MotoGP-WRC split paid off, despite the Spanish rain having some effect on both. Well done also to Patrick and myself for strong podium positions.
It was a week to dodge the bullets, with the number of picks that finished top-ten being the biggest factor in player scoring order. Had Johnson squeezed out a top-five instead of what happened, that would have made a huge difference to the week.
iomracer takes second-place off RubberGoat (which Gavin took off iomracer two weeks ago).
This may be a very interesting week coming up, as I expect several players will take a few NASCAR risks to see if it can make the difference.
· Formula 1 – Austin, USA
· NASCAR – Homestead, USA
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 16th November (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.
Pick ten drivers up to a maximum of seven in any one event.
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