Welcome to week 31 – two races this weekend, both at historic sites. F1 is at Monza in Italy and NASCAR is at Richmond, Virginia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-thirty-one-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 30:
MotoGP England, Indycar Baltimore, ALMS Baltimore, WEC Brazil, NASCAR Atlanta:
Finally Marc Marquez has been beaten. Jorge Lorenzo was the man of the hour at Silverstone, or more specifically the man who got ahead on the last corner of the last lap to win by the closest of margins. Dani Pedrosa was close at hand in case either of the first two decided to throw it away, but in the end had to settle for third. Valentino Rossi had another fourth place finish, with Alvaro Bautista fifth.
NASCAR had a Sunday night race at Atlanta speedway in Georgia, and greased lightning’s perennial pick of Kyle Busch finally paid off when he took the win over Joey Logano. Fresh tires turned out to be the critical factor in the race and both Busch brothers’ teams did a good job in this regard, with Kurt finishing fourth. In between was Joey Logano in second and Martin Truex Jr., in an impressive third considering he has a fractured wrist. For the F1 fans, Juan Pablo Montoya had a good race leading a lot of the early going, and finished in seventh behind Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon.
The Indycar around the streets of Baltimore was a crash-strewn affair, with all of the title contenders coming to some sort of grief. That included Drewe’s pick of Will Power who crashed into Scott Dixon – ironic since it was Scott Dixon who drove over Will Power’s crew last weekend. At the end of the day Simon Pagenaud did enough, and kept out of trouble, to win in a close finish with Josef Newgarden.
ALMS was also in Baltimore, and like Indycar had a crash-strewn race. The #6 Muscle Milk car won the race with damage from an earlier incident, which meant that it was a close finish with the only other P1 car, the #16 Dyson. In the P2 class the #551 Level 5 car was at the front end of the first crash of the day, on the front straight right after the green flag dropped. But that was the only drama for the #551, so as the fast car of the class they duly took third at the end.
The WEC at San Paulo was yet another crash-fest. And like ALMS, the result in the end was not unexpected with both Audis finishing one-two, and the #12 Rebellion in third. The #8 Toyota was involved in an early crash when it was taken out by the #32 P2 Lotus, so only managed 25 laps (of 235) to finish second to last in 27th place.
Congratulations to greased lightning and his first win of the year. He picked from four series and got the winner in every one. No changes in the standings…