The Motor Racing Game

May 18, 2014

Week 19

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Welcome to week 19 – three races this weekend. F1 races around the streets of Monte Carlo at the Monaco GP. NASCAR remains at Charlotte following their all-star weekend, but this is their regular points counting race. And it’s the Indy 500 in Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-nineteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 18:

MotoGP Le Mans, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star race), DTM Oschersleben:

Week18Rslts

Marc Marquez looks unstoppable this year on the Honda. A poor start left him in 10th place after the first lap, but it made no difference. By halfway he was already in the lead, and wasn’t to be denied his fifth win in five starts this year. I can believe that it’s possible for him to sweep all 19 races this year. Valentino Rossi had a solid ride to finish second. If Yamaha can continue to improve Rossi’s bike, he could be the one to threaten Marquez later in the year, but more work on the bike is needed first. All of our picks finished in the top 10.

This year the All-Star NASCAR race in Charlotte comprised of four 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap sprint. The starting order for the last part was determined by each driver’s average finishing position in the first four segments, which dictated the order in which they pitted for a mandatory four-tire change. The order out of the pits was how they started the last sprint. Pretty convoluted, but actually it was all quite exciting. Different cars led different segments, but it slowly became apparent which cars were strong. A couple of wrecks mixed things up, and at the end of it all Jamie McMurray took the checked flag, the win, and the million dollar first prize. Kyle Busch was the winner of segment one, but in the second segment he appeared to try and bump Clint Bowyer out of the way, but it backfired when Bowyer’s car fishtailed back into Busch causing both to crash. Joey Logano then crashed into Busch at pretty high speed, destroying both cars. Both drivers were ok.

Christian Vietoris in a Mercedes won the DTM event in Oschersleben in rainy conditions through better pit strategy than the rest of the field. He took rain-tires earlier than everyone else, and made his mandatory pit-stop earlier too, which combined with safety car cautions put him into the lead and victorious at the end. Mike Rockenfeller was second by employing a similar pit strategy. We had a wide selection of picks with Augusto Farfus finishing 5th, Gary Paffett 8th, Martin Tomczyk 9th, Adrien Tambay 10th, Bruno Spengler 12th, Mattias Ekstrom 13th, and Marco Whittman 19th.

Player’s Scores:

Week18PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his fifth win of the year. Picking both Rockenfeller and Farfus was an important difference. His win is enough to overhaul me and take the lead in the season long standings…

Standings:

Week18Standings

 

May 12, 2014

Week 18

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Welcome to week 18 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is in Le Mans, France; NASCAR has their All-Star race in Charlotte, North Carolina; and DTM is at the Oschersleben track in Germany. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-eighteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 17:

F1 Spain, WRC Argentina, NASCAR Kansas, Indycar Indianapolis:

Week17Rslts

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes were first and second again in Spain – the fourth event in a row in which they’ve finished that way. The two Red Bull Renaults were third and fourth, with Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Behind Valtteri Bottas in fifth were the two Ferraris with Fernando Alonso finishing ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. With all of these driver pairs, pit strategy played a role in who finished ahead of who, which made it a strategically interesting race.

The WRC event in Argentina was a car-breaker. Pretty much all of the non-Volkswagen cars hit trouble on Friday, with the exception of Chris Meeke in the Citroen, but he couldn’t keep up with the stage times of the Volkswagens. It was Jarri-Matti Latvala who got the best of his team-mate Sebastian Ogier, winning by almost 1-½ minutes. Meeke was third, but almost 6 minutes behind Latvala. Andreas Mikkelsen was fourth, and he had alternator problems, otherwise it would have been Volkswagen 1-2-3. Both Hyundai’s had turbocharger problems; Dani Sordo’s problems started early, on stage 2, whereas Thierry Neuville’s issues came to a head on the final stage on Friday. This meant Neuville’s penalty to restart on Saturday wasn’t so bad, and with so many others also having to use Rally 2 rules, Neuville was able to finish the event in 5th place. Mikko Hirvonen crashed heavily on stage 2 on Friday, so he too started Saturday under Rally 2 with plenty of penalty time. He won a string of stages on Sunday, but it was only good enough to get him up to 9th place. Mads Ostberg crashed at the same spot as Hirvonen. He tried to continue on Saturday and Sunday under Rally 2, but he’d injured his thumb in the crash, and withdrew from the event after the first two stages on Sunday; so no points for those who picked him.

NASCAR had a night race in Kansas, and like two weeks ago there were incidents with cars catching fire. This time it was Jamie McMurray who hit the wall hard, breaking an oil line that sent the frames leaping from the car, and David Gilliland who similarly ended up with his car on fire after hitting the wall. Fortunately both got out unhurt, but it’s one of the scariest sights in racing, especially for another racer. There were quite a lot of crashes triggered simply by cars over-driving a turn and spinning out. One of those solo-spins caught out half the field that had pitted under green. Both Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon were among those caught out, so despite both having seemingly dominant cars, they found themselves at the back of the pack with less than half the race left. But the cars were clearly very dominant, since both managed to get back to the front of the field by the closing laps. And with Harvick actually running out of gas as he bore down on his pit stall in the final pit stop, it was enough of a delay to give Jeff Gordon the victory. Also worth mentioning was Danica Patrick’s race. She spend most of the race in the top 10, holding third for a while, and only lost places in one of the last restarts, to finish seventh.

Indycar took to the road circuit at Indianapolis Raceway, and it was a crash-fest – too many to describe them all here. Among our picks Will Power was in an incident with Scott Dixon, although Power managed to keep going and ended up 8th. Dixon faired a little worse, needing to be retrieved from the grass, but still stayed in the race to finish 15th. Our other picks finished 1-2-3, with Simon Pagenaud taking the win over Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves. For the record, crash victims also included Sebastian Saavedra, Carlos Munoz, Mikhail Aleshin, Franck Montagny, Martin Plowman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Graham Rahal, and James Hinchcliffe who pulled off the track after it was thought that he was struck in the head by debris.

Player’s Scores:

Week17PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe who gets his second win of the year. Chris, Greased Lightning, and I were penalized heavily by Ostberg quitting the Argentinian rally with only two stages to go, which allows Sebastian to come to just one point behind the top spot …

Standings:

Week17Standings

 

May 5, 2014

Week 17

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Welcome to week 17 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Spain, WRC resumes in Argentina, NASCAR is in Kansas, and Indycar is on the road course at Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-guide-and-links-2/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 16:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Belgium, USCC Laguna Seca, DTM Hockenheim:

Week16Rslts

Marc Marquez won the MotoGP race in Spain making it four out of four wins this year for the reigning champion. Valentino Rossi was the only other rider to hold the top spot during the race, and that was only briefly at the start, but enough for him to hold off everyone else for second place. The final podium position went to Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth.

An unusual finish in the NASCAR race at Talladega – Denny Hamlin took the win under the yellow flag. With the green-white-checkered rules in NASCAR there are only three ways to finish under yellow (that I can think of): weather stops the race after half the race is completed, cars continue to crash after two previous green-white-checkered attempts, and a crash happens in turn 4 at the back of the pack, when the front of the race has already taken the white flag. It was this latter way that handed Hamlin the victory, when debris in turn four made racing to the checkered too dangerous. The officials at least let them race to almost turn 3 on that final lap, but Hamlin looked comfortable out front, so it wasn’t a tough decision. Also unusual for Talladega, there weren’t any (really) “big ones”. There were three crashes that took out or damaged some cars, but no half-the-field incidents. Jimmie Johnson was probably the unluckiest of all, when he got caught up in two of the three wrecks, although he still finished on the lead lap, in 23rd place.

In Belgium the #8 Toyota made it two wins in two races by winning the 6-hour at Spa Francorchamps. But unlike Silverstone, the #1 Audi got between them and their team mate to finish second, leaving the #7 Toyota in third. The #14 Porsche Team who finished fourth, and a lap down, actually looked quite strong and held second place until a Hybrid problem needed clearing by the driver cycling the systems, which took two slow laps to figure out. The #2 Audi finished fifth.

Another close race in USCC, with the top 5 cars all finishing on the same lap. The best of them was the #2 Extreme Speed HPD, with the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette only 5 or so seconds behind after 2 hours. The final podium spot went to the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford. The other two cars to finish on the lead lap were the #5 Action Express Corvette and the #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette who finished 4th and 5th respectively. The #1 Extreme Speed HPD did have the lead of the race for a short while, but gearbox issues put them out of the race and 57 laps down, classified in 22nd and last place.

Marco Whittmann won the DTM race in his BMW. DTM have two types of tires which they must run during the event – the “option” tire and the standard tire. Whittmann started on the option tire and finished on the standard tire. In second place Mattias Elkstrom, in the Audi, did the opposite, starting on the standard tire and finishing on the option, so it seems like the tire selection is not going to be a big factor in the DTM races. Adrien Tambay in the other Abt Audi finished third, and Mike Rockenfeller in the Phoenix Audi finished fourth. BMW’s and Audi took the first 10 positions, leaving the best of the Mercedes in 11th and 12th, with our other pick Gary Paffett taking that 12th place spot.

Player’s Scores:

Week16PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the year. The combination of picking Valentino Rossi and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing was the difference. No changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week16Standings

 

April 28, 2014

Week 16

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Welcome to week 16 – our first 5 event weekend. MotoGP is in Jerez, Spain. NASCAR is at the infamous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The USCC is at Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca) in Calfornia. WEC is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. And the season opener for DTM is at the Hockenheimring in Germant. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-sixteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. Many thanks to Sebastian for pointing out the split of classes in USCC into two races; because of this I have been able to narrow the choices for this event on the pick page to eliminate confusion.

Scores from week 15:

MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Alabama:

Week15Rslts

There’s no holding back Marc Marquez. He got shuffled back to a lowly 7th on the opening lap but still managed to take the MotoGP victory in Argentina. There were plenty of good battles and overtaking through the field for most the race. Jorge Lorenzo tried to get away clear in the lead, but was eventually caught by not only Marquez, but also the second Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa, at the end of the race. Valentino Rossi managed to hold off the rest of the field for fourth place.

The NASCAR race in Richmond was a fire fest. Multiple cars caught fire and fortunately all drivers escaped unhurt. The main cause of the fires was the overheating brakes on the short circuit combined with worn tires that failed and then caught fire from the brakes; in turn this caused other parts of the cars to catch fire, and because it was an evening race, the results were quite spectacular. None of our picks had such trouble, with Joey Logano taking the win over Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski. Fifth place Matt Kenseth was involved in the close door-banging last few laps which led to some shenanigans between the latter two on the cool down lap. There was also a nice punch-up in the pits after the race between Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose – but this is the soap opera part of NASCAR that adds to its appeal for many.

The Indycar race at Barber raceway in Alabama was plagued by rain early on which led to a shortened race. The rain was the cause of several offs, but it didn’t faze Ryan Hunter-Ray who looked strongest for most the race and duly won. Marco Andretti took second place and Scott Dixon third. Simon Pagenaud was fourth and Will Power fifth. Out of our other picks, Ryan Briscoe finished 11th, and Mike Conway 14th. Helio Castroneves was 19th after receiving a pit drive-through penalty after stopping in Justin Wilson’s pit box for service – oops. Carlos Munoz was one of the drivers who went off in the rain, and finished 23rd and last.

Player’s Scores:

Week15PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning and his second win of the season. He got an impressive NASCAR result with all three picks finishing in the top 7. The rest of us were not far behind, so no changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week15Standings

 

April 21, 2014

Week 15

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Welcome to week 15 – three races this week. MotoGP is at Autodromo Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina, NASCAR visits the short track of Richmond in Virginia, and Indycar is at the Barber road racing track in Alabama. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-fifteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 14:

F1 China, WEC Great Britain:

Week14Rslts

Mercedes continued their domination (so far) in F1 with a win in Shanghai by Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate following up behind him in second. Ferrari did seem to do the work to improve their previous lackluster performance, and got the final podium position with Fernando Alonso. McLaren however did not improve on their previous results, with Jenson Button struggling to an 11th place finish. Our other pick to finish outside the top 10 was Felipe Massa who started the race with contact with Alonso, then had pit problems later on, which doomed him to a 15th place finish.

Toyota dominated the opening WEC even at Silverstone in England. They finished one-two with the #8 taking victory over their teammates the #7 Toyota. The winning car was two laps ahead of the #20 Porsche. The rest of the field was well behind. The two Audi’s crashed; the #1 after just 24 laps, giving them a 27th and last place finish; the #2 crashed just after the half-way point of the race, leaving them 73 laps down in 22nd place. Of the other potential top-runners, the #14 Porsche had hydraulic problems which doomed them to a 25th place finish, and the #13 Rebellion had gearbox failure after just 24 laps which left them with a 26th place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week14PickRslts

Congratulations to me and Chris who tie for this week’s win. No changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week14Standings

April 14, 2014

Week 14

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Welcome to week 14 – two races this week. F1 is in Shanghai, China, and WEC is at Silverstone in England. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-fourteen-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 13:

MotoGP Austin, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Long Beach, USCC Long Beach:Week13Rslts

Marc Marquez pretty much dominated the MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas, except for the first lap, but that was only because Jorge Lorenzo jumped the start. Lorenzo had to come in to serve a penalty for that jump-start, so ended up in a lowly 10th by the end of the race. Second place Dani Pedrosa cruised around for most the race to finish behind Marquez. And the final podium spot went to the Ducati rider, Andrea Dovisioso. For a while it looked like Valentino Rossi might get to him and deny him third place, but Rossi had to use up too much tire just to get behind him, so then he started dropping back, finishing 8th. That left Stefan Bradl to try and close on Dovisioso, but he too didn’t have enough to finish the job, and had to settle for 4th. Our other pick, Alvaro Bautista crashed early on and finished 22nd.

At Darlington Kevin Harvick did a somewhat unusual double in NASCAR – getting pole position and winning the race. Unlike other series it doesn’t happen too often in NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt got back to form after last week’s miserable outing, by finishing 2nd. And Jimmie Johnson too showed that you can’t keep the good teams/drivers down for long, finishing 3rd. Jeff Gordon looked strong or most of the race, but couldn’t get a handle on the duel green-white-checked finish and end up behind Kyle Busch in 7th place. Our other pick, Kurt Busch, was the cause one of those green-white-checked attempts, leaving him six laps down in 31st place.

Indycar resembled a NASCAR race at the Long Beach road course with lots of crashes including a multi-car pile-up just after half way which took out, or out of contention, Ryan Hunter-Reay who caused the accident, Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, Jack Hawksworth, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, and Takuma Sato. In other incidents Simon Pagenaud got hit by Will Power, although both ended up 5th and 2nd respectively, Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon came together, and Sebastien Bourdais had a solo accident. Our other pick, Ryan Briscoe had engine problems and finished 20 laps down in 17th place.

Also at Long Beach USCC again showed a competitive field with the top 5 drivers finishing on the same lap, with the #01 Ganassi Racing prototype beating the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing car by less than a second, and the #5 Action Racing Corvette just 4 seconds further behind. The #42 Oak Racing and the #90 Spirit of Daytona were the other two to finish on the same lap. Just one lap back was the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD.

We decided not to include the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in the game this year, but the winner of the opening round this week is worthy of a note. It was none other than 9-time world rally champion, Sebastien Loeb.

Player’s Scores:

Week13PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my fourth win of the year. An even split of picks between the two most predictable series, MotoGP and USCC was the way to go given the carnage in Indycar. No change in the standings …

Standings:

Week13Standings

April 7, 2014

Week 13

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Welcome to week 13 – our first four race weekend this year. MotoGP comes to America and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; NASCAR visits Darlington in South Carolina; and Indycar and USCC are together in Long Beach, California. Sebastian has all the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirteen-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 12:

F1 Bahrain, WRC Portugal, NASCAR Texas:

Week12Rslts

It was a very close finish in F1 with the two Mercedes drivers battling it out for the win, with Lewis Hamilton coming out on top by the slimmest of margins. A late crash saw Esteban Gutierrez do a roll after being hit by Pastor Maldonado. Fortunately Gutierrez was not injured. Maldonado was given a five-place grid penalty for the next race in China. We picked 9 different drivers, and all but one got into the top 10. It was Jenson Button who finished a lowly 17th place. After the crash he was slow and ended up retiring before the race ended. No news on why, but I suspect mechanical problems of some kind.

Sebastien Ogier again had a dominating win in Rally Portugal. It’s getting boring – it’s his eight win in a row going back into last year. But he did have a slow start, allowing Mikko Hirvonen in the M-Sport Ford to carry the rally lead from Friday into Saturday, and Hirvonen ended up with a respectful second place at the end. Mads Osberg in the Citroen rounded out the top 3. Jari-Matti Latvala came closest to matching Ogier’s pace on most stages, but a crash on Stage 5 put him out on Friday, and out of contention for a top finish in the rally – he finished 14th. Elfyn Evans also drove a good race, setting some good stage times, but like Latvala he crashed on Friday and that ended any chance of a good finish – he finished 22nd. All three of the Hyundai’s were plagued with transmission problems, resulting in 7th for Thierry Neuville who limped home in two-wheel drive. Our other pick, Kris Meeke also crashed on Friday, but unlike the Latvala and Evans, he was unable to return on Saturday, so no points if you picked him.

The NASCAR race in Texas was postponed to Monday due to rain, and it rained too on Monday. But it cleared up enough to get the race in, which was won by Joey Logano in a green-white-checkered finish following a late caution. The incident that got most of the attention was a crash earlier in the race by Dale Earnhardt Jr. resulting in his car catching fire. Fortunately he got out uninjured, but his race result was a last place 43rd. Jimmie Johnson was also one of our picks but his car sustained damage after hitting the debris from Earnhardt’s car, resulting in a 25th place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week12PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his third win of the year and second in a row. Compared to the rest of us he got the most out of a 5-5 split in picks between F1 and WRC. No change in the standings, but Sebastian closes the gap to the top spot to a measly 2 points …

Standings:

Week12Standings

 

March 31, 2014

Week 12

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Welcome to week 12 – three races this week. F1 visits Bahrain, WRC is at the first “normal” rally in Portugal, and NASCAR is in Texas. Sebastian has all the stats to help you make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twelve-guide-and-links/. Note that in WRC although Hyundai’s ability to run at the head of the field is still somewhat dubious, they will be running three cars at Portugal with Neuville, Hanninen, and Sordo the three drivers. Also Otto Tanak and Henning Solberg have both found the funding for another event in M-Sport prepared Fords. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 11:

F1 Malaysia, NASCAR Martinsville, Indycar St. Petersburg:

Week11Rslts

Mercedes engine cars again dominated the top 10 at the Malaysia Grand Prix, with only two spoilers. The factory team took top honors with Lewis Hamilton dominating the event ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull Renault was the first of the Mercedes spoilers, finishing third, followed by the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. The rest of the top-10 were Mercedes engine cars. The Ferrari of Daniel Riccardo was holding a top spot, but a bad pit stop, followed by a broken front wing after going wide out of a corner ultimately caused his demise – he finished 16th.

It was a close finish in Martinsville, Virginia, as the NASCAR race was won by Kurt Busch just 0.26 seconds ahead of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson looked strong all race, but there were many possible contenders for the victory with 33 lead changes throughout the day. Our other picks Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick finished 6th and 7th respectively, Jeff Gordon finished 12th after starting strong, and spending much of the day in the top 10, and only Brad Keselowski had a bad day finishing 38th. Keselowski’s demise came early when contact in the pits, ironically with Kurt Busch, caused enough damage to put him 30 laps down.

Around the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, in the Indycar opener, team Penske took two of the three podium positions with a win by Will Power, and third by Helio Castroneves. Sandwiched between them was the Andretti driver Ryan Hunter-Reay. Scott Dixon was fourth and Simon Pagenaud fifth. Marco Andretti finished 22nd and last after crashing on the restart after the first full-course caution of the day. James Hincliffe finished a lap down in 19th place – there were no reports as to why he had such a bad day.

Player’s Scores:

Week11PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and a crushing win this week, his second win of the season. The 42 point margin of victory is the largest in the last two years, attained by his top 3 picks in F1, 3 of the top 4 in Indy, and 2 strong picks in NASCAR – quite a sweep. The rest of us also-rans were otherwise quite close in points. Despite the huge point’s gap this week, there are no changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week11Standings

March 24, 2014

Week 11

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Welcome to week 11 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Indycar opens their season at the street circuit in St. Petersburg, Florida; and NASCAR visits the short track in Martinsville, Virginia. As usual Sebastian has all the info you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-eleven-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 10:

MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR California:

Week10Rslts

MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, was a bit of a crash fest. First to fall was Jorge Lorenzo who stormed into the lead at the first corner after starting fifth on the grid; but he was pushing too fast too soon, and threw it away just before the end of the first lap. Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista also crashed out at various points in the race while running in the top five. It left Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi to battle it out at the front, and it was a tight race with much swapping of the lead between the two of them. But in the end it was Marquez that crossed the line first, just fractions of a second ahead of Rossi. Dani Pedrosa finished third.

NASCAR was also a bit of a crash fest, although no “big one”. At least 10 drivers came to grief because of tire failure, so that was the main story of the race. Goodyear refused to take the blame, saying that the teams that had problems were running tire pressures that were too low, or had setups that punished the tires. Indeed, the race winner Kyle Busch said that he had no tire issues the entire race. But it did somewhat feel like he was handed the race on a platter. Jimmie Johnson had dominated the race until five laps from the end, when he suffered tire failure, dropping him to a 24th place finish. That seemed to hand the race to Jeff Gordon, who was way ahead of the rest of the field, but a when a caution came out right at the end, everyone went to the pits to get new tires, and Gordon’s team was slow, causing him to come out of the pits only in 7th. And with Gordon’s car being strong on the long runs, but not the short ones, he lost more positions in the green-white-checker finish, to end up 13th. Matt Kenseth finished 4th. Carl Edwards was one of those who suffered a tire problem, but it was early in the race, so he was able to climb back to a 10th place finish. Dale Earnhadt too had the same tire problem early on, and he got back to a 12th place finish. Brad Keselowski’s tire let go at the end of the race, so he finished down in 26th place. Our only other pick, Denny Hamlin had a medical problem before the race and his seat was given over to Sam Hornish Jr. who finished 17th. Per rule 5k the Hamlin pick is swapped for Hornish, scoring 13 points.

Player’s Scores:

Week10PickRslts

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Sebastian, his second in a row, and third win of the year overall. He was the only one to pick Dovizioso in MotoGP, and also made 2 out of 3 solid NASCAR picks. My miserable score enables Sebastian to close the gap to the lead, and unfortunately trickles down as a bad score for Chris and Drewe who missed the week.

Standings:

Week10Standings

March 17, 2014

Week 10

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Welcome to week 10 – two races this weekend. MotoGP starts their season off in Qatar, and NASCAR visits the superspeedway in Fontana, California.

MotoGP is generally expected to be a continuation of last year, with champion Marc Marquez the favorite, although some are saying that Valentino Rossi will be stronger than last year. But there is weirdness yet to be resolved regarding the Ducati’s. They want some development freedom this year which means they’d need to run in the “Open” class – which is for teams running spec ECUs that reduce power versus the top flight MotoGP class. But this possibility made the existing Open class teams upset since Ducati would dominate the class being “near” factory. So to try and appease everyone it is believed that MotoGP will announce an intermediate class – the “Factory 2” class, which will sit in between the Factory and the Open classes and contain only the Ducati’s. To make things more complicated, should Ducati win a race, or take two second places, or three third places, they’ll be penalized with technical restrictions going forward. So if Andrea Dovizioso or Cal Crutchlow do well in Qatar, the U.S., and/or Argentina, then don’t expect them to do well later on.

Sebastian has all the info you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-ten-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 9:

F1 Melbourne, NASCAR Bristol, and USCC Sebring:

Week9Rslts

Mercedes turned out to be the dominate team in the opening F1 race in Australia. Lewis Hamilton got pole position but retired from the race after developing engine problems, finishing 19th. His team mate, Nico Rosberg dominated the race to win by a margin of more than 24s. The reigning team champions Red Bull had a miserable day. Sebastian Vettel also had engine problems and managed just one more lap than Hamilton, finishing in 18th place. Daniel Ricciardo looked like he’d had a good race, crossing the line in 2nd, but was later found to have fuel-flow “irregularities” and was disqualified from the race. That promoted the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen into 2nd, and Jenson Button into 3rd. Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari was 4th, spoiling a Mercedes engine sweep of the top 7 positions. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari finished 8th. Our only other pick, Felipe Massa, was punted out of the race by Kamui Kobayashi at the first corner of the first lap; he finished 21st and last.

NASCAR at the short track in Bristol was a long event with an initial delay because of rain, a further delay ¼ of the way through due to rain, and then when they finally got most the race in, the rain came again with just two laps to go. It was enough for NASCAR who threw the yellow and checkered flag at the same time, giving the leader, Carl Edwards, the win. Matt Kenseth finished 13th after Timmy Hill failed to slow down for a caution with just 100 laps to go, and ran hard into the back of him. Brad Keselowski also got caught up in a wreck, and finished 14th. Jimmy Johnson got back to 19th after a tire let go dropping him to 39th – he blamed Goodyear, which seemed unfair considering he only did a two-tire change on the previous trip to the pits, and the tire that let go was one of the ones he didn’t change. Joey Logano finished behind him in 20th after he lost power steering and also dropped to 39th place while the team repaired it. Our other pick, Kyle Busch finished 29th.

The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford won the 12-hours of Sebring. This was the first win for Ford at the 12-hour race since 1969, and it was a close one – they won by just 5 seconds over the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports. In fact nine Prototype cars finished on the lead lap, so the series is looking extremely competitive. The #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing car had a throttle sensor problem in the last two hours of the race which put them out of contention and a 29th place finish. The #6 Muscle Milk car had a driveline issue in the last hour, so they finished 48th, which is out of the points for everyone who picked them.

Player’s Scores:

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Congratulations to this week’s winner Sebastian and his second win of the year. It was a dominate win, beating Chris by 29 points – the largest margin of victory so far this year. No changes in the standings …

Standings:

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