The Motor Racing Game

October 27, 2014

Week 42

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Welcome to week 42 – three races this weekend. F1 comes to the U.S. and the Circuit of the Americas, NASCAR is also in Texas at the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway just outside of Dallas, and the WEC is in Shanghai in China. As usual Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-forty-two-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 41:

WRC Spain, MotoGP Malaysia, NASCAR Virginia:

Week41Rslts

Sebastien Ogier won Spain’s WRC event and so clinched the WRC driver’s title for this year. As has often happened in WRC this year, his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala was his closest rival and finished second. The other Volkwagen driver, Andreas Mikkelsen was on track to make it a VW 1-2-3, but punctured mid-way through the second day dropping him down the order – he finished 7th. Finishing third was Mikko Hirvonen who had one of his better rallies this year. He finished ahead of Mads Ostberg who was quoted as saying he just couldn’t find his rhythm in the early part of the event. Kris Meeke suffered a double puncture on day 1 while carrying only one spare, so he retired and came back under Rally 2 rules, which meant a lowly 19th place finish.

Marc Marquez finally got back to his winning ways by not crashing out in Sepang and winning the MotoGP race ahead of Valentino Rossi. Marquez, Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo who finished third, had a close battle for most of the race. Dani Pedrosa had a miserable race, crashing on lap 2, getting back on his bike, then crashing a second time later in the race, leaving him classified in 17th place. Our other pick, Andrea Dovizioso had some sort of mechanical problem late in the race and fell back to an eighth place finish after being as high as second after a great start.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville and as usual there, there were lots of cautions from lots of minor wrecks. Jeff Gordon looked the strongest for most the race, even recovering from a pit speeding penalty that dropped him down lower than 30th, but at the very end he couldn’t overhaul the winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and had to settle for second. Behind “Chase” contender Ryan Newman in third, and Tony Stewart in fourth, Joey Logano was the next “Chase” contender to finish, and right behind him in sixth, Matt Kenseth. Kenseth got into Kevin Harvick mid-way through the race, leaving Harvick with car damage that he couldn’t recover from, and thus a 33rd place finish. Jimmie Johnson also suffered car damage after coming together with Casey Mears, which meant a 32nd place finish for Johnson. Besides Gordon, Newman, Logano, Kenseth, and Harvick, the other three Chase contenders had mixed fortunes. Denny Hamlin finished 8th which puts him for now “on the bubble”, Carl Edwards finished 20th, and Brad Keselowski who suffered a transmission problem that caused the biggest crash of the race, finished in 31st place.

Player’s Scores:

Week41PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning and his fifth win of the year with one tie. His success in NASCAR looks to have made the difference, and with a 25 point winning margin, quite a big difference. No change in the standings, but Greased Lightning’s win once again closes things up for third place…

Standings:

Week41Standings

 

October 20, 2014

Week 41

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Welcome to week 41 – three races this weekend. WRC is in Spain for what’s referred to as the only “true” mixed surface rally; MotoGP is in Malaysia; and NASCAR visits the short track at Martinsville in Virginia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-forty-one-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 40:

MotoGP Australia, NASCAR Talladega, DTM Hockenheim:

Week40Rslts

Marc Marquez has had a string of miserable races recently and the race at Phillip Island was no exception when he crashed out with just nine laps to go, while in a comfortable lead. Up to that point Valentino Rossi was the best of the rest, so Marquez’s error handed the Italian the win in his 250th top-series race. Rossi’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, struggled with his tires and looked like he was headed for a third place finish when Cal Crutchlow who was ahead of him crashed out on the final lap, giving Lorenzo second place. There were lots of crashed during the race, two of them caused by riders riding into one another causing the retirement of Andrea Iannone who ran into the back of Dani Pedrosa, and Stefan Bradl who ran into the back of Aleix Espargaro. With Pol Espargaro solo crashing late in the race, Bradley Smith finished third – his first podium finish of his career – giving Yamaha a sweep of the podium positions. Behind Smith, Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth after being only one of two riders to emerge upright from the crash fest group of six riders.

In NASCAR four drivers were eliminated from the Chase leaving eight. Brad Keselowski (who, as expected, got away with last week’s rampage with only a fine by NASCAR) needed to win at Talladega to avoid being one of the four, and he duly won the race to stay in. It was a close finish with two green-white-checkered finish attempts needed to end the race. Jimmie Johnson was another one who needed to win to stay in the Chase, and while he was close to the front in the closing stages, he found no friends to help push him at the end, and slipped down to a 24th place finish at the end and out of the Chase. Another of our picks, Joey Logano, who had already secured his way into the next round of the Chase with a win two weeks ago, finished 11th. The other three drivers eliminated from the Chase (besides Johnson) were Dale Earnhardt and Kasey Kahne, both of whom needed to win, and our pick Kyle Busch, who was collected in a crash, which if he’d avoided, he would have made it into the next round. So the eight who go on to the next three races before the contenders are cut to four, are: Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Jeff Gordon who avoided elimination by just 3 points (3 positions on the track).

At the final DTM race at Hockenheim the Audis swept the podium with Mattias Ekstrom beating Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green. Green had the lead for much of the race, but lost it when a caution caused the safety car to come out with six laps to go. At that point he had switched to hard tires whereas Ekstrom and Rockenfeller were on softs, so when the race restarted Green had no chance. Paul di Resta also finished on soft tires but couldn’t get around Green in the short sprint to the finish. Championship winner Marco Whittmann was the best of the BMW drivers finishing fifth. Of our other picks, Bruno Spengler finished 13th, Christian Vietoris finished 15th, and Edoardo Mortara finished 22nd after crashing out.

Player’s Scores:

Week40PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twelfth win of the year with one tie. Clearly it was picking heavily in DTM and avoiding the MotoGP carnage that gave him the dominant win. Drewe’s second place score was enough to overhaul Chris for third place in the standings…

Standings:

Week40Standings

 

October 13, 2014

Week 40

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Welcome to week 40 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is on Phillip Island in Australia, NASCAR is at the Talladega super-speedway in Alabama, and DTM has their finale at the Hockenheimring in Germany. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-forty-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 39:

F1 Russia, MotoGP Japan, NASCAR Charlotte, WEC Japan:

Week39Rslts

The F1 race in Sochi was a somber affair as everyone’s thoughts were with Jules Bianchi who remains in hospital with serious injuries from last week’s crash in Japan. Lewis Hamilton took the win on this new track, and along with the second place for Nico Rosberg, gave Mercedes the manufacturer’s title for 2014. Daniel Ricciardo was our only other pick, and he finished 7th after a slow start.

At the MotoGP at Motegi, Marc Marquez had to settle for second place after a slow start, but it was enough for him to clinch the 2014 title. Having a fast start was Valentino Rossi, who led in the early stages, but eventually dropped back behind both his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo who went on to win the race, and Marquez. Dani Pedrosa gave Rossi some pressure at the end, but not enough to take the position, so he was fourth. Behind Pedrosa were the two Andreas, Dovizioso in fifth and Iannone in sixth.

The NASCAR soap opera was in full swing (literally) at Charlotte. After the checkered flag had finished the race, Brad Keselowski had an insanity attack. First, during the cool-down lap he hit two cars. Then he charged into the pit lane at relatively high speed and hit three other cars. Then he went into the paddocks, did an anger burn out, and ran over another team’s equipment sending it flying across the paddock. Finally he got out of the car and tried to fight two drivers. Afterward, when he had “calmed down” he blamed everyone else and said that if they can’t take it they shouldn’t dish it. I don’t decry most of this because it’s what NASCAR wants (a soap opera), evidenced by the Chase format which is designed to create pressure and tension. But I do strongly decry the use of a car as a weapon in the pits and paddock where there are dozens, if not hundreds of innocent people are walking and standing around. Denny Hamlin complained that he’d taken his belts and hans device off when Keselowski hit him in the pits, something that is not uncommon for drivers to do – I know this from experience – which emphasized how recklessly Keselowski acted. NASCAR should ban him for the rest of the year; but they won’t, they don’t have the backbone. Likely a small fine (by Keselowski’s salary standards) and maybe some points. Oh by the way, Kevin Harvick won the race, meaning he and last week’s winner, Joey Logano, get a free pass into the next round of three races, leaving ten drivers to battle it out for the other six spots at Talladega next week. Harvick beat Jeff Gordon in a two-lap sprint after the final yellow of the race. Behind Gordon, Jamie MacMurray had a strong race to finished third, and Joey Logano just sort of cruised around to finish fourth, since his win last week meant this race was fairly meaningless for him.

The two Toyota’s dominated the WEC race at Mt. Fuji, with the #8 finishing ahead of the #7 as has happened so often this year. The two Porsches finished next, with the #20 finishing a lap down on the Toyotas, and the #14 a lap down on their teammate. Then came the two Audis with the #1 finishing in fifth place ahead of the #2 Audi in sixth.

Player’s Scores:

Week39PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe and his sixth win of the year. His Toyota combination looks to have made the difference. No changes in the standings, but Drewe is now just a measly 8 points from Chris and third spot …

Standings:

Week39Standings

 

 

October 6, 2014

Week 39

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Welcome to week 39 – four races this weekend. F1 goes to the site of the Winter Olympics and a street circuit in Sochi in Russia, MotoGP is at the home of many of the top bikes – Japan at Motegi, the WEC is also in Japan but at the Mt. Fuji circuit, and NASCAR is in Charlotte in North Carolina. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-nine-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 38:

F1 Japan, WRC France, NASCAR Kansas, USCC Georgia:

Week38Rslts

At the F1 race in Suzuka Lewis Hamilton extended his winning streak by beating his teammate in a miserable weekend in Japan. The Red Bull drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo finished third and fourth respectively after setting up their cars for rain, which they anticipated during qualifying. As they predicted, the rain came in abundance during the race, which was delayed, then red-flagged for a while because of the deluge. When it eventually got going it was stopped after 44 of the planned 53 laps, after a horrible accident in which Jules Bianchi crashed into a tractor that was hauling off Adrian Sutil’s car, which had crashed two laps earlier. Unfortunately Bianchi is in critical condition with a severe head injury.

The WRC event in France was supposed to be Sebastien Ogier’s championship crowning event on his home soil. But it all went wrong for him. First a spin on the opening stage, then a gearbox sensor malfunction, then a time penalty for checking into a stage too early, then a suspension problem. All of which left him down in 13th place at the end. His Volkswagen teammate, Jari-Matti Latvala, had no such issues, taking the lead early and never relinquishing it, giving him his first tarmac win – something of a rarity for a Scandinavian. The only pressure he had was from the other Volkswagen driver, Andreas Mikkelsen, who eventually conceded the fight in order to secure the second spot. Kris Meeke in the Citroen couldn’t keep up with the VWs, but was well ahead of the rest of the field to take third. The battle for fourth through sixth was the only one that stayed close for the entire event. Robert Kubica narrowly held that fourth spot starting the final stage, but threw it away with a crash, leaving Dani Sordo in the Hyundai to take fourth place ahead of Mikko Hirvonen.

At the NASCAR race in Kansas, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked the strongest of the field, leading for much of the race, but a tire failure put him into the wall and left it for the next strongest looking driver, Joey Logano, to win the event. Our pick, Jeff Gordon, had moments running close to the front, but ultimately handling problems left him down in a 14th place finishing position.

The USCC event at Road Atlanta in Georgia did not see a bunch of cars fighting to the very end for the win like most of the season to this point. In fact only the two Corvettes of the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing and the #5 Action Express Racing finished on the same lap, with the former taking the win. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford was third and well ahead (by 4 laps) of the rest of the field. This was the season finale for the USCC, and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing team takes the title with thier second place finish. The #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette had issues that led them to a 23rd place finish, but much better than our other pick, the #42 Oak Racing, whose problems left them 213 laps off the pace and down in 42nd place.

Player’s Scores:

Week38PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eleventh outright win of the year with one tie. His score of 358 in a four-event weekend is the highest of the season so far. And timely too – with just 8 weeks to go he takes over the top spot in the season standings after my last-place performance this week. And with Chris missing the week, it again draws close among Chris, Drewe, and Greased Lightning for third place …

Standings:

Week38Standings

With the USCC ending, I win the individual sport contest in this class. The Indycar season finished a few weeks ago, and I think I failed to mention it back then: congratulations to Drewe for being the best this year at picking the Indycar results.

 

September 29, 2014

Week 38

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Welcome to week 38 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Suzuka in Japan, the WRC is in France, NASCAR is in Kansas City, and the USCC is at Road Atlanta in Georgia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-eight-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 37:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Delaware, DTM Holland:

Week37Rslts

For the second race in a row, MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez crashed in the Spain round in Aragon. And he wasn’t the only one to go down. A rain shower toward the end of the race had the riders undecided as to whether to try and finish the race on slicks or lose time coming into the pits for wet weather tires. Those who stayed out paid the price. In addition to Marquez crashing, Valentino Rossi went down hard, sending him to the hospital, where it is said he is ok; he is classified in 21st in the results. Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone both crashed around the same time as Rossi, and were classified either side of his result in 20th and 22nd place respectively. Dani Pedrosa also went down. Both Marquez and Pedrosa got back up and made it to the pits, but they’d lost their chance with the time lost in the falls, leaving them 13th and 14th respectively. Jorge Lorenzo was smart enough to come in to the pits before he lost it, and was rewarded with the win after the others had gone down. Aleix Espargaro was the first into pits, and it paid off for him too when he finished second – his best ever MotoGP result. Cal Crutchlow was a whisker behind Espagaro in third, with Stefan Bradl only a little bit further back in fourth. Then there was a big gap to the close group of Bradley Smith, Pol Espagaro, and Alvaro Bautista in the fifth to seventh spots.

Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR race at Dover in Delaware, but most of the focus was on who of the 16 Chase contenders would be eliminated from the remainder of the Chase. Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the unfortunate four after all of the them had poor finishes in the event – we didn’t pick any of them. In fact our picks were amazingly stellar – we picked five NASCAR drivers, and they finished in the first five positions. Behind Gordon was Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Matt Kenseth.

Mattias Ekstrom got Audi’s first win of the year at the DTM event at Zandvoort in Holland. Finishing second and third were Marco Whittmann and Martin Tomczyk. For our other pick, Mike Rockenfeller, he was a victim of bad luck when his pit strategy and two caution periods with safety cars clashed, leaving him disadvantaged versus the top runners, and a 15th place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week37PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his second win in a row, giving him six for the year with one tie. He was the only one who picks all three series winners this week. No change in the standings, but Sebastian’s 20 point advantage over me this week has closed the gap to first place to just 5 points…

Standings:

Week37Standings

 

September 22, 2014

Week 37

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Welcome to week 37 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is at Aragon in Spain, NASCAR is on the one-mile Dover International Speedway in Delaware, and DTM is at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-seven-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 36:

F1 Singapore, NASCAR New Hampshire, USCC and WEC Circuit of the Americas:

Week36Rslts

Nico Rosberg had a disastrous event in Singapore with multiple issues with the car forcing him to retire just 13 laps into the race. That left him classified in 21st place. Quite the opposite for his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who took pole position in qualifying, went on to win the event, and tool over the championship lead. Hamilton won quite comfortably over the two Red Bull drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo (in that order at the finish). Our other pick, Valtteri Bottas had sixth position at one point, but poor tire management left him down in 11th place at the end of the race.

It was a crash-fest at the NASCAR in New Hampshire. 14 cautions were the most in any race this year, although there wasn’t a “big one”. In fact 26 drives managed to finish on the lead lap. Joey Logano took the win over Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick, in a green-white-checkered finish. In the upcoming race in Dover, four of the Chase drivers will be axed from further competition. Logano, along with last week’s winner Brad Keselowski will definitely move on due to their wins, and besides the winner at Dover, the rest will be decided by points.

In the USCC event in Austin, the #01 Ganassi Racing team got to the finish line in first place thanks to great fuel mileage from their Riley/Ford, allowing them one less pit-stop compared with the other Prototype (P) cars. But it was close, with the #42 Oak Racing Honda just 2.3s behind at the checkered flag. As we’ve seen all year, there were a bunch of cars on the lead lap at the finish, including the #5 Action Express Corvette in third place, the #2 Extreme Speed Honda in fourth, the #60 Michael Shank Riley/Ford in fifth, and then two of our picks, the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette in sixth, and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara in seventh.

The WEC was also in Austin, and it was the two Audis that took top honors with the #2 coming out ahead of the #1. The #8 Toyota had the lead for a while, until a heavy rain shower caused them to spin and lose a lap, but they did salvage a third place finish at the end. The two Porsche Hybrids took the next two positions, ahead of the #7 Toyota in sixth place and two laps down.

Player’s Scores:

Week36PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his sixth win of the year, with one tie. He was the only one to pick Vettel, and that made the difference. No changes in the standings…

Standings:

Week36Standings

 

September 16, 2014

Week 36

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Welcome to week 36 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Singapore, NASCAR has their second race of the Chase at Loudon in New Hampshire, and the USCC is at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas along with the WEC (separate races). Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-six-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 35:

WRC Australia, MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Chicagoland, DTM Lausitzring:

Week35Rslts

It was a clean sweep for Volkswagen in Australia, taking all three podium positions with Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala, and Andreas Mikkelsen in that order. And that gave VW the manufacturer’s title for this year. Kris Meeke was challenging Mikkelsen for the third spot for much of the rally, but blatant corner-cutting forced the officials to penalized Meeke and dropped him into fifth place, although he then regained one position to finish fourth ahead of Mikko Hirvonen. New Zealander Hadden Paddon in the third Hyundai finish sixth, ahead of squad-leader Thierry Neuville. Our other pick, Mads Ostberg, finished 16th after breaking his suspension on the penultimate stage and limping through to the finish.

At the MotoGP race at Misano in Italy the home crowd were delighted by the deserved victory of Italian, Valentino Rossi. Is this a forerunner of next year, and the return of Rossi to the top? Anyway, he had to battle Marc Marquez early on, until Marquez crashed, and left Rossi with a somewhat comfortable lead (2.0s – comfortable by typical MotoGP standards) and win over Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa was a bit further back (4.0s) in third place, and he had a battle to stay ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Stefan Bradl was another crash victim – early in the race – leaving him classified in 21st position.

Brad Keselowski had a late-race surge to take victory in the first of the 10-race “Chase” at the NASCAR event in Chicagoland in Illinois. Non-championship contender, Kyle Larson looked like he might have got the victory, but he couldn’t hold off Keselowski at the end, and brushed the wall trying to hold off Jeff Gordon, who took the second spot, leaving Larson in third. Joey Logan, who is a strong choice for the title this year, had a strong race to finish fourth, ahead of Kevin Harvick.

At the DTM event at the Lausitzring in Germany, Pascal Wehrlein got his first win, and comfortably so over his Mercedes teammate, Christian Vietoris. Marco Whittmann was the championship leader coming into the event, and even with a 6th place finishing spot, it was enough for his to secure the DTM title with two races to go. Our other picks, Bruno Spengler and Edoardo Mortara languished down in 15th and 16th places respectively at the end, with a poor choice of tires (slicks for a wet track!) the downfall of Mortara.

Player’s Scores:

Week35PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year with one tie. With 338 points it was also the highest scoring 4-event week so far this year. Picking Andreas Mikkelsen in WRC seems to be the most notable difference from the rest of our picks. That edges Sebastian a little closer to me for the top spot in the season’s standings. It’s still close for third too …

Standings:

Week35Standings

 

 

September 8, 2014

Week 35

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Welcome to week 35 – four races this weekend. WRC goes down under for Rally Australia, MotoGP is at Misano in Italy, NASCAR is in Illinois, and DTM is at Lausitzring in Germany. For NASCAR it’s the start of the “Chase” – essentially a “play-off” series of 10 races. The format is every three races only half the drivers that “qualify” move on to the next three races. So after this week’s race at Chicagoland, then New Hampshire, then Dover, 8 drivers will be “cut” from the 16 who are in the “line up” for this week’s first race. To try and help everyone, I’ve reduced the number of NASCAR drivers that can be picked to the 16 that start the Chase as contenders. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-five-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 34:

F1 Italy, NASCAR Virginia:

Week34Rslts

Lewis Hamilton kept his F1 title chances alive by winning the race at Monza. He did not have the best of starts and needed two errors at the chicane by his team-mate to catch and overtake him for the lead and the victory. Behind Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa took the final podium position after a solid race. Valtteri Bottas finished fourth after a terrible start had him outside of the top 10 after the first lap. Daniel Ricciardo also made a poor start, and also managed to recover, to a fifth place finish. Behind him, in sixth was Sebastian Vettel who suffered from worn tires at the end of the race after making an early pit-stop. Then it was Sergio Perez, and in eight place Jenson Button. Our only other pick, Fernando Alonso had an ERS failure which put him out of the race and classified down in 21st position.

NASCAR had their final “regular” race of the year at Richmond. There were two spots open to be a “contender” for the Chase. One of them could have been taken with a victory by someone outside of the top 16, but it wasn’t to be. Brad Keselowski dominated the race to take victory and momentum into next week’s first race of the Chase. Jeff Gordon also looked strong all race and took second place. Kevin Harvick did have the lead for a short time, but a self-proclaimed ill-handling car caused him to drop to fifth at the end. He finished just ahead of Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Jimmie Johnson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a mediocre race, finishing 12th, with Kyle Bush two spots behind him in 14th. Carl Edwards was one of our two other picks, and he finished 22nd, and Matt Kenseth was our last pick, and finished 41st after having the only crash of the race 330 laps into the 400 lap event. The final two-spots in the line-up for the Chase were contested by four drivers with Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle starting inside the top 16, and Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson on the outside and needing to beat them to get in. Newman was the furthest ahead in points, so needed a disaster to miss the cut – which didn’t happen as he finished in a solid ninth place. For Kyle Larson it was always a long-shot, and his 11th place finish was not enough with the other contenders all doing enough. The closest margin was between Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer. Bowyer did all he could with his third place finish, but Biffle’s 19th place was just enough to keep him inside the top 16 – by a measly 7 points (7 positions).

Player’s Scores:

Week34PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his fifth win of the year with one tie. Not unexpectedly it was strong NASCAR picks that contributed a lot to the win, along with picking Massa in F1. Drewe also picked Massa, and the NASCAR winner Keselowski, giving him runner-up and keeping it close for third place in the season-long standings. Sebastian’s large points haul versus me tightens up the top of the standings …

Standings:

Week34Standings

 

September 1, 2014

Week 34

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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:

Week33Rslts

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.

Player’s Scores:

Week33PickRslts

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 …

Standings:

Week33Standings

 

August 25, 2014

Week 33

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:55 am

Welcome to week 33 – three races this weekend. MotoGP comes to Silverstone in England, NASCAR is in Atlanta, and Indycar is at the Auto Club track in California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-thirty-three-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 32:

F1 Belgium, WRC Germany, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Sonoma:

Week32Rslts

At Spa-Francorchamps the top two F1 championship leading drivers, and so-called team-mates, collided on lap 2, which put Lewis Hamilton out of the race (classified 19th at the finish), and left Nico Rosberg struggling to make up lost time, which he eventually did to finish second, behind Daniel Ricciardo who took full advantage of the Mercedes mistake to claim victory. Valtteri Bottas got past Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the race to take third place, with Raikonnen fourth. Fernando Alonso had trouble of his own, which included both a collision that left slight damage to his car and a 5-second penalty when his crew were slow clearing the grid; he finished 8th.

Thierry Neuville unexpectedly won the German WRC event. It was unexpected for a couple of reasons. First he had a major crash during shakedown, and basically destroyed the car. But the Hyundai team managed to patch it back together overnight to get him to the start of the event. As expected Sebastian Ogier took the early lead on Friday, but on the last stage went off into the vines and couldn’t get back to the stage – he was out. Then on Saturday when he restarted under Rally 2 rules, he had a massive sixth-gear crash on the first stage, and he was done for the event; fortunately no injuries to him or his co-driver. No points for all of us who picked him. His team mate Jari-Matti Latvala then had the lead, and quite comfortably so. He only needed to cruise on Sunday, but he too crashed out on the first stage of the day; again no points for any of us. That gave the lead to Chris Meeke. But he too crashed. Finally Neuville was left to take the victory. Danno Sordo inherited second at the finished, and Andreas Mikkelsen took the final podium position. Behind him were Elfyn Evans who came home ahead of his Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, with Mads Ostberg behind them in sixth place.

NASCAR was at the short track in Bristol for a night race. As usual with these short-track races there was lots pushing and banging, and with the race starting in daylight and ending under the lights, there were car setup changes that the teams had to manage. Joey Logano managed the chaos and the setup changes the best, to take the victory over his team mate Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was having a good race until he got caught up in one of the wrecks. Needing extensive repairs, he did manage to get back out on track, but ultimately finished in 39th place, 224 laps down.

Lots of crashes and miscalculated fuel mileage dominated the Indycar race at Sears Point, with Scott Dixon and his team staying out of trouble and getting the fuel calculations right to take victory over Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud. Will Power had the lead for a while, but he seemed to misjudge a fresh set of tires when he spun after a change. That put him back into 20th place, but he managed to battle back through the field to finish 10th.

Player’s Scores:

Week32PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my sixth outright win of the year, with three ties. Clearly my pick of Thierry Neuville made the difference. I’ve been picking the Hyundai for a while in WRC, so sooner or later the pick was going to pay off, and it turned out to be this week. No changes in the standings, but with Chris missing the week, the gap to Drewe has shrunk quite a bit …

Standings:

Week32Standings

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