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:
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.
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…