The Motor Racing Game

August 18, 2014

Week 32

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Welcome to week 32 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; Germany hosts the WRC; NASCAR is at the short-track in Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar is in Sonoma, California, formerly Sears Point. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 31:

MotoGP Czech Republic, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Milwaukee, DTM Nurburgring:


Well, Marquez couldn’t do it. He won’t win 19 of 19 in a season, but 10 in-a-row through last week’s event at Indianapolis was pretty impressive. This week, in the Czech Republic he was finally beaten by Dani Pedrosa on the Honda. Pedrosa seemed to have the race under his control, including at the end where the gap to second place Jorge Lorenzo makes it sound closer than it was. Marquez held third place until about half way, when Valentino Rossi got around him and finished in the final podium spot. Marquez then had to contend with the two Andreas, Iannone and Dovizioso, and did manage to get across the line ahead of them, in that order. For our other picks, Alvaro Bautista finished 10th, and Pol Espargaro crashed out on lap 7, leaving him classified in 22nd place.

Jeff Gordon is on a roll. Last week he won pole position at Watkins Glen and had the lead until a mechanical failure ended his race. This week, pole again, and this time he followed up with a win. He looked strong all race, but didn’t put the winning move on the leader for most the race, Joey Logano, until after the final caution. At the end Kevin Harvick also got around Logano to finish second, with Logano third. While there were multiple cautions, there was just one “big one”, near the beginning of the race, caused when Danica Patrick and Jeff Burton got together. Everyone got out of the wreck ok.

Like Gordon in NASCAR, in Indycar Will Power had pole position and went on to take the win at the Milwaukee mile. His team-mate, Juan-Pablo Montoya tried to put pressure on him at the end, but had to settle for second after getting tied up in lapped traffic. Tony Kanaan rounded out the top three, and afterward said that he had no answer for the speed of Power’s Penske Chevrolet. Scott Dixon had a good race to finish 4th – he started much lower on the grid, in 11th. All of our other picks didn’t do so well: Ed Carpenter finished 9th, Helio Castroneves 11th, Sebastien Bourdais 12th, and Ryan Hunter-Reay 21st after his suspension broke about two-thirds of the way into the race.

At the DTM race around (a short version of) the famed Nurburgring, Marco Wittman led all but one lap to take the victory (and that one lap was when he made his mandatory pit stop). It could be considered a boring race, with Mike Rockenfeller taking second place on the first lap, and pretty much staying there, behind Wittman, for the whole race. Same for Edoardo Mortara – third after lap one, and third at the end. For our other two picks, Bruno Spengler finished 12th, and Mattias Ekstrom finished 23rd and last after mechanical problems ended his race after just one lap.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to our joint winners, Greased Lightning and myself. It’s win 4.5 for Greased Lightning, and 6.5 for me. Hard to figure out how we finished on top, since we had quite different picks, although the picking three winners – Pedrosa, Gordon, and Wittman was notable among Greased Lightning’s picks. Sebastian and I swap places again at the top of the season’s standing – this may come down to the wire. It also remains close between Drewe and Greased Lighting, with just 22 points separating them …




August 11, 2014

Week 31

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Welcome to week 31 – four races this weekend. MotoGP visits the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic, NASCAR is in Michigan, Indycar is in Wisconsin, and DTM visits the famous Nurburgring. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 30: MotoGP Indianapolis, NASCAR Watkins Glen, USCC Road America:

1 Marc Marquez AJ Allmendinger 5-Action Express Racing
2 Jorge Lorenzo Marcos Ambrose 60-Michael Shank Racing
3 Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch 1-Extreme Speed Motorsports
4 Dani Pedrosa Kyle Larson 90-Spirit of Daytona Racing
5 Pol Espargaro Carl Edwards 31-Marsh Racing
6 Bradley Smith Joey Logano 8-Starworks-Motorsport
7 Andrea Dovizioso Kevin Harvick 25-8Star Motorsports
8 Cal Crutchlow Greg Biffle 0-DeltaWing Racing
9 Scott Redding Matt Kenseth 01-Ganassi Racing
10 Hiroshi Aoyama Brian Vickers 2-Extreme Speed Motorsports

No surprise at the MotoGP event at the Indianapolis road course – Marc Marquez did of course win. But it was a good three-way battle between Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi, with that being the finishing order. Rossi had the lead for a while, so it’s looking like the Yamaha continues to improve. Dani Pedrosa was unable to keep up with the battling trio, and had to settle for a more distant fourth. Even further back, but rounding out the top five, was Pol Espargaro. Our other pick, Stefan Bradl crashed early on after contact with Aleix Espargaro, and finished classified in 19th place.

NASCAR was at Watkins Glen, and it was Leo Gordan’s birthday on Saturday. That’s relevant because Leo’s dad, Jeff Gordan promised his son pole position prior to qualifying on Saturday, and he duly delivered. But an electrical failure in the car on Sunday meant that he couldn’t follow through, and left him with a lowly 34th place finish. Until that failure he’d been battling for the lead with Marcus Ambrose, who after Gordon’s demise then had to contend with AJ Allmendinger, who kept swapping the lead spot with Ambrose in the closing stages. At the end it was Allmendinger who took the checkered flag first, followed by Ambrose. With our picks, besides Ambrose, Kevin Harvick finished 7th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th, and Kyle Busch finished 21 laps down in 40th place. There was a huge crash during the race that brought out the red flag. Fortunately none of the five drivers involved were hurt. Many drivers criticized the safety at the track, and I agree with them having raced there myself. The barriers are super-close to the track, with little to no run off room, and there’s no reason for it. A racing friend of mine had a huge crash there that destroyed his car, and all that the barrier was protecting was an empty field. There’s no reason in many places around the track why the barriers can’t be moved back.

USCC was at Road America in Wisconsin and a massive 21 cars finished on the lap, which included Prototypes, Prototype Challenge, and GTLM cars. Given that the race was 2¾ hours long, and the supposed differences in the speed of the different classes, that’s an amazingly large group. Lots of crashes help slow things down a bit, and bunched up the field periodically throughout the race. The #10 Wayne Taylor racing, and the #42 Oak Racing cars were among our picks that had incidents, finishing41st and 42nd respectively. At the top of the leaderboard, the #5 Action Express Corvette avoided trouble and took the victory by just 2.2 second over the #60 Michael Shank Ford Riley. Closely behind them were the #1 Extreme Speed HPD, and the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette.

Player’s Scores:

chr dre gre iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50 50 50 50
Jorge Lorenzo 40 40 40 40 40
Valentino Rossi 35 35 35 35 35
Dani Pedrosa 32 32 32 32 32
Pol Espargaro 30
Stefan Bradl 11
Marcos Ambrose 40 40
Kevin Harvick 26
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 19 19
Jeff Gordon 1 1
Kyle Busch 1
5-Action Express Racing 50 50 50 50 50
90-Spirit of Daytona Racing 32 32 32 32
01-Ganassi Racing 22 22 22 22
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 1 1
42-Oak Racing 1 1 1 1 1
Totals: 289 300 282 293 282

Congratulations to Drewe and his fifth win of the year. The key pick seems to have been Ambrose, along with strong results in the other two series, which resulted in only one 1-pointer versus the rest of us that had two 1-point picks. No changes in the standings…


Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8090 +17 282 7808 +28
2 2 iomracer 8073 +415 293 7780 +411
3 3 Chris W. 7658 +88 289 7369 +99
4 4 Drewe 7570 +36 300 7270 +18
5 5 greased lightning 7534 +1147 282 7252 +1119
6 6 New Players 6387 254 6133


August 4, 2014

Week 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:43 am

Welcome to week 30 – three races this weekend. MotoGP comes to the road track at Indianapolis in the U.S., NASCAR is also on a road track at Watkins Glen, and USCC is at Road America in Wisconsin. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

The “picks” site is working again. The website hosting company changed the way cgi scripts are handled, and didn’t tell anyone (at least they didn’t tell me). After a painful process of communicating with tech support via e-mail (the only option), and them taking a day to take a step forward, it was a slow fix. But the site is up again, and hopefully stable, so please make you picks there (it makes a huge difference in the amount of effort needed to score a week, versus manually working everything out).

Scores from week 29:

WRC Finland, NASCAR Indianapolis, Indycar Mid-Ohio, DTM Spielberg:


Jari-Matti Latvala broke Sebastien Ogier’s string of victories in WRC by beating his team-mate in Finland. It was a close finish – 3.6s – which was not reflective of most of the rally which Latvala dominated. It was close at the end because of late brake issues Latvala suffered from a bad landing on one of the many jumps in the event. Kris Meeke took the final podium position for Citroen after a steady drive. Andreas Mikkelsen also had a steady drive to finish fourth. Mikko Hirvonen was a distant fifth. Mads Ostberg and Thierry Neuville both suffered from roll-cage damage after heavy impacts on landing after big jumps. In both cases the FIA said they couldn’t continue, so no points if you picked them.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the NASCAR race at the Pocono tri-oval, just inching out the victory by 0.2s over Kevin Harvick. There was one big pile-up during the race, and Earnhardt was one of the few to do a full pit service during that yellow, which meant that he only needed a splash more gas under green to get him to the finish, whereas everyone else needed to do a full pit service later, putting them at a disadvantage against Earnhardt. Jeff Gordon was one of them, and although he dominated much of the race, his final pit-stop put him behind Earnhardt and some others, and a sixth place finish was the best he could do. Our other pick, Marcus Ambrose finished 14th.

At the Indycar race at Mid-Ohio Scott Dixon started last on the grid, but surprisingly managed to drive through the entire field to take the win. Sebastien Bourdais had pole position at the start of the race, but couldn’t hold off the charging Dixon, and had to settle for second. James Hinchciffe took the third spot. Out of our other picks, Will Power finished 6th, Simon Pagenaud finished 9th, Helio Castroneves finished 19th after suffering from mechanical issues just before the green flag, and Tony Kanaan finished classified 21st after crashing on the first lap.

At the DTM race in Spielberg BMW dominated by taking the first four positions, headed by Marco Wittman, then Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock, and Martin Tomczyk. It almost wasn’t a BMW sweep though, as Audi had the lead with Jamie Green, just past the mid-point of the race, but he had to concede it when given a pit drive-through penalty for staying out on the option tires too long; he finished eighth. Mercedes too had the lead with Robert Wickens, but he too had to serve a penalty for an unsafe pit release, and he called it a day shortly after that, finishing classified in 21st. Out of our other picks, Mattias Ekstom finished 7th, Bruno Spengler finished 10th, and Mike Rockenfeller finished in 13th place.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian with his ninth outright win of the year, with one tie. With my devastating picks of both Neuville and Osberg who scored nothing in WRC, plus 21st place Kanaan in Indycar, I lost a massive 64 points to Sebastian, giving him the lead in the year-long standings…



July 28, 2014

Week 29

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Welcome to week 29 – four races this weekend. Finland hosts the WRC; NASCAR is at the tri-oval of Pocono; Indycar is at the Mid-Ohio road race circuit; and DTM is in Spielberg, Austria. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Some notes from last week: Drewe reported that his firewall had detected a virus in the “picks” website. I could not find any issues but reloaded the site from backup to be safe. He rechecked at a later time and no virus was reported. But then Sebastian reported that the site was down, and I found that there were sporadic server problems, but again no issues with the site’s files. In cases like this please use the WordPress blog to “manually” list your picks (as Chris did). Since all is well now, and I could not find any issues with the site itself, my guess is that it was the hosting company suffering from a malicious attack, and not the picks site itself.

Also I learned from Sebastian that Indycar did run both races last week, which I missed. I redid the results from the Indycar website. Sebastian has produced the Race 1/Race 2/Combined results table, which you can find here: It means that Sebastian and I tied for the week’s win. The “picks” site has the updated scores for last week, and the season-long standings below reflect this change, as well as this week’s result.

Scores from week 28:

F1 Hungary, NASCAR Indianapolis, USCC Indianapolis:


Rain played a significant role in the Hungary F1 Grand Prix, with teams playing various tire strategies depending on how they felt the weather would develop. The winner, Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull team got it right when they put Ricciardo on intermediates during a second safety car period, which came about as a result of Sergio Perez crashing on the front straight. He got around Fernando Alonso with just a few laps left to take the win. Lewis Hamilton was also a tire-choice winner, starting from the pits on intermediates, and almost getting the win which would have been the first time in history that a driver won from a pit start. He did have to fight off his team mate, Nico Rosberg, in the final lap, which included running Rosberg off the track while exiting one of the final corners. Felipe Massa used a three stop strategy to give him fifth, and Kimi Raikkonen got his best result of the year in sixth. Sebastian Vettel was running close to the front until a spin mid-race dropped him back, and ultimately left him with a seventh place finish, just ahead of Valtteri Bottas in eighth.

Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR race at Indianapolis and became the first NASCAR five-time winner at that track, and equaling Michael Schumacher who won five times there. Joe Gibbs Racing also had a good day with their drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth taking the next three finishing spots. Our only pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 9th.

It was another close race in the USCC event at the Indianapolis road circuit, with five teams finishing on the same lap, and all within about 10 seconds of one another, other than the winning Corvette – the #5 Action Express car, which took a 48s victory. But even the #5 had to battle for much of the event, and their finishing margin was mostly down to avoiding a late pit stop that all the other teams required. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford took the second spot, followed by the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette, and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. Our other pick, the #42 Oak Racing Nissan/Morgan, finished eighth and a lap down, after spinning on the first lap which put them at the back of the field.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to me and my fifth win of the year with two ties. Making an even split between F1 and USCC, along with picking the #01 Ganassi Racing car in USCC made the difference. In the season-long standings Drewe overhauls Greased Lightning who suffered with a bold, but comparatively unsuccessful NASCAR pick …



July 21, 2014

Week 28

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Welcome to week 28 – three races this weekend. F1 is at the Hungaroring in Hungary, NASCAR is on the big oval at Indianapolis, and the USCC is on the road course also at Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 27:

F1 Hockenheim, Indycar Toronto:


The F1 race at Hockenheim in Germany was dominated by the Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg. His usual competition – teammate Lewis Hamilton – had a hard crash during qualifying, resulting in him starting well down on the grid, in 20th place. But aggressive driving got Hamilton on to the podium by the end, finishing in third place just behind Valterri Bottas. Sebastian Vettel inherited third place after Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Massa got together on the first corner of the race, and despite a battle with Fernando Alonso, Vettel only got passed by Hamilton, giving him a fourth place finish, with Alonso finishing right behind in fifth. Daniel Ricciardo pressured Alonso at the end, but not enough to take the position, so finished sixth. Nico Hulkenberg finished seventh, and Jenson Button finished eighth after having to make a late third tire stop. We picked all the top eight drivers. That first corner incident resulted in Massa rolling his Williams-Mercedes, so that was the end of his day – classified in 22nd and last position.

The Indycar double-header in Toronto ended up being a single race event after heavy rain forced the cancellation of the first race, even though the cars took to the track and followed the pace car (which incidentally spun in the treacherous conditions) for 13 laps. The planned second race did go ahead on Sunday and was won by Mike Conway. There was rain again, not as heavy as Saturday, but it did mean the teams had to change tires from slicks to wet, then back to slicks again once the showers disappeared, and Conway’s Ed Carpenter Racing team mastered the changes better than the rest. Tony Kanaan finished second, and the first of our picks Will Power finished third. Scott Dixon was the next best of our picks, finishing 7th; Helio Castroneves finished 12th after receiving some damage after contact with another car; Ryan Hunter-Reay was involved in a multi-car crash toward the end of the race, so finished 14th; and Simon Pagenaud finished 22nd after suffering from mechanical problems for most of the race.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Chris and his fifth win of the year with one tie. Hard to discern the differentiator for Chris’ win. No changes in the season-long standings, but with Greased Lightning missing the week and taking the 80% (of the lowest score) default score, Drewe has closed to just 3 points behind …



July 14, 2014

Week 27

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Welcome to week 27 – just two races this weekend. F1 is at Hockenheim in Germany, and Indycar races has a double-header around the “streets” of Exhibition Place in Toronto. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 26:

MotoGP Germany, NASCAR New Hampshire, Indycar Iowa, USCC Canada, DTM Russia:


Marc Marquez is now nine-for-nine after winning at the Sachsenring in Germany. Like the last race, rain again disrupted proceedings with just Stefan Bradl who was gridded third, Hiroshi Aoyama who was gridded 16th, and some more riders behind Aoyama all starting on slicks. All the other top riders started from the pits after deciding too late to switch to slicks for the quickly drying track. But that didn’t stop Marquez who needed just six laps to go from the pit lane to first place, and on to the win. Dani Pedrosa managed to keep up with Marquez’s charge to the top, and duly finished second. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi took the next two spots. Andrea Dovizioso was on the losing end of a race-long battle with the Espargaros brothers, finished 8th. Stefan Bradl who essentially started with a comfortable lead after making what seemed like a wise tire choice, apparently had not been so wise with his bike setup, which was prepped for the rain, causing him to spiral backward throughout the race to a 16th place finish.

Brad Keselowski took his third win of the year in NASCAR at the New Hampshire Speedway. There were a few crashes, most notably Jimmie Johnson who crashed out early in the race – just like the last race. And Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick had better races than their final classification of 26th and 30th respectively indicate; both looked like they’d have a top-10 finish until they ran out of gas in the closing laps. Joey Logano looked set to take 2nd place until Morgan Shepherd who was 15 laps down took him out in the latter part of the race.

On the short track in Iowa Ryan Hunter-Reay pitted from the middle of the pack with just 10 laps to go, when the leaders stayed out. It seems he made the right choice – the fresh tires took him quickly through the field and on to the win. Josef Newgarden did the same thing, and he got second place, so it was clearly the thing to do. Third place Tony Kanaan was one of those who stayed out and could not hold on to the lead with the worn tires. Helio Castroneves also faded toward the end finishing 8th, while his teammate Will Power had a brush with the wall which meant he was unable to finish better than 14th. In between the two, in 11th, was Simon Pagenaud. Our other pick, Juan Pablo Montoya was taken out by Ed Carpenter while scrapping for sixth place with 20 laps to go (of 300), and ended up classified in 16th place.

Despite all their complaints about the unfair speed advantage of the Corvettes at the last race at Watkins Glen, the #42 Oak Nissan/Morgan led from start to finish in the USCC event in Canada, beating the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette; although to be fair with the #90, they did have some gearbox problems during the race, which dropped them to third place for much of the race. But eventually they got around the eventual third place finisher the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette, and almost caught the #40. The last car on the lead lap at the finish, and in fourth place, was the #5 Action Express Corvette. The #01 Ganassi Racing car had to retire after only 46 laps (of 133) for unreported reasons; they finished classified in 35th place.

The DTM race in Moscow was won by Maxime Martin in just his fifth DTM race. Mike Rockenfeller collected Adrien Tambay in a late crash putting them both out, with a finishing classification of 20th for Rockenfeller. Our other pick, Edoardo Mortara finished 9th.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighth win of the season. Employing picks in three series made the difference over my picks in just two series that includes the plagued #01 Ganassi car in USCC. That enables him to get 9 points closer to me at the top of the season standings. In the back-and-forth battle for 3rd place, Chris retakes the position from Greased Lightning, with Drewe still in striking distance …



July 7, 2014

Week 26

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Welcome to week 26 – five races this weekend. MotoGP is at the Sachsenring in Germany, NASCAR visits Loudon in New Hampshire, Indycar is in Iowa, USCC is at the Canadian Tire track (formerly Mosport) in Canada, and DTM is in Moscow, Russia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 25:

F1 Silverstone, NASCAR Daytona, Indycar Pocono:


A Brit won the British GP in F1 after his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg had to retire from a comfortable lead with a broken gearbox. Valtteri Bottas had a superb race to finish second after starting 14th. Third place Daniel Ricciardo also had a great race after he started eighth. Jenson Button finished fourth after employing a one-stop pit strategy (like his team-mate, Ricciardo). Sebastian Vettel started on the front row, but had a bad start and never really challenged for a podium spot, finishing fifth. Behind him, in sixth place was Fernando Alonso who received a 5-second stop-and-go penalty for starting out of position. In seventh was Kevin Magnussen, and eighth was Nico Hulkenberg. Kimi Raikkonen had a bad crash on the opening lap, which took out Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi. Raikkonen reported ankle pain, but no word on whether the injury is serious.

The NASCAR race at Daytona was supposed to be a Saturday night race, but it got postponed because of rain. Then on Sunday the start was delayed again because of rain, and at the end it was abandoned because of rain. They did, however, manage to get more than half the race in, between the rain, so the results were official with Aric Almirola taking the win, and likely putting him in the Chase. There were two big crashes. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon, were among 16 cars that were involved in the first pile-up. Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, and Kasey Kahne set off the second crash which involved 26 cars and included Kyle Busch flipping upside down, which he described as a “slow-motion carnival ride”! No one was hurt in either incident. Only 20 cars finished on the lead lap, or one-lap down, so the crashes took out more than half the field, including our pick Jimmie Johnson who was unable to continue after the first crash, finishing classified in 42nd place. Our other pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., did manage to avoid damage in the crashes and was one of the few to finish on the lead lap, in 14th place.

With all the practice Juan-Pablo Montoya has had in the NASCAR races at Pocono over the last few years, it seems fitting that he won the Indy race there this weekend. His two team-mates, Helio Castroneves and Will Power, were both in contention for the win, with Castroneves eventually finishing behind Montoya in second. But Power got a stop-and-go penalty for blocking Castoneves, so that doomed him to a 10th place finish. Our other two picks, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud, finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to me and my fourth outright win of the year, with one tie. Picking Montoya seems to have made a notable difference, although getting six of the top eight finishers in F1 also helped. That puts me back into the lead of the season’s standings. With Chris missing the week, it also meant that Greased Lightning was able to re-take third spot, and there’s only a small gap between Chris and Drewe …



June 30, 2014

Week 25

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Welcome to week 25 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Silverstone in the U.K., NASCAR is back at Daytona, and Indycar is at Pocono in Pennsylvania. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 24:

WRC Poland, MotoGP Holland, NASCAR Kentucky, Indycar Texas, USCC Watkins Glen, DTM Norisring:


The WRC visited Poland for the first time since 2009, but it didn’t go well for the organizers who were criticized for “dangerous” dust on the early super-special stage, and had two stages cancelled due to poor road conditions (excessive spectators were also mentioned). Nor did it go well for Poland’s Robert Kubica who rolled (again) and finished down in 20th. Most competitors had issues, with SS14 being particularly damaging, causing problems for 6 drivers, with Mads Ostberg getting the worse of it with a roll and out of the rally – no points for those who picked him. Jari-Matti Latvala suffered a broken strut on that stage, but got through it, and the next stage, to get to service and repairs. Being able to continue he clawed his way back to a fifth place finish. Ahead of him at the finish was Mikko Hirvonen, who didn’t have any notable problems, but didn’t drive well (probably because it was a fast rally that favored the tuned engines of the factory cars), but managed fourth with the attrition of most of the others. Clear at the front for virtually the whole rally was Sebastian Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen, who traded the top spot repeatedly for three days, until Mikkelsen lost his brakes on Sunday, and left Ogier with a comfortable win.

Marc Marquez is now eight for eight in MotoGP after winning in Assen. With a mix of rainy and dry conditions the race was interrupted with pit stops that caused problems for some, particularly Jorge Lorenzo who pitted too late for slicks and suffered the consequences with a 13th place finish. Rossi too was indecisive with his pit stop, causing him to have to drive through the field to finish a decent fifth given where he started. Dani Pedrosa had no such problems and finished third, but he never challenged the two front runners, Andrea Dovizioso who had the lead for quite a while, and Marquez who at the end rode away from Dovizioso for the win.

Brad Keselowski took the uncommon double at Kentucky’s speedway, claiming pole position in qualifying then taking the win in the night race. It’s his second win of the year, so he’s now a sho-in for the Chase. Our only pick Jimmie Johnson had a reasonably good race, finishing 10th.

Indycar had a double-header in Houston. Carlos Huertas was the surprise winner of race one, taking the victory through a combination of conserving fuel which meant he had one less pit stop, and some luck with crashes at the end of the race which helped his fuel conservation. Our two picks, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves finished 7th and 9th respectively. Simon Pagenaud took the win in race two, beating his teammate Mikhail Aleshin. Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth, and Helio Castroneves retired just after the half-way point, finishing classified in 21st place. In the combined results Hunter-Reay was 6th and Helio Castroneves 17th.

An extremely close race in the USCC 6-hour event at Watkins Glen with the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette taking the win by just 0.8s over the #42 Oak Racing Nissan-Morgan, with the latter complaining on the radio of the unfair straight-line speed that the Corvette used to pass the Nissan-Morgan in the closing laps. The two Action Express Corvettes also finished on the same lap with the #5 coming in ahead of the #9. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette was fifth. Our other pick, the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley finished 30th.

Like Keselowski in NASCAR, Robert Wickens in DTM took both pole position in qualifying, and went on to take the race win at the Norisring. And similar to MotoGP and Indycar (race 1), there was a mix of rainy conditions and dry conditions to mix things up. Our pick Bruno Spengler finished down in 11th place, seemingly due to a poor decision to wait until changing to slicks, since only then did he start showing good pace against the other drivers.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian again – his seventh fifth win of the year and two in a row and by a whopping 40 points. For Drewe, Greased Lightning, and me, the Ostberg pick was particularly damaging, not only leaving us in Sebastian’s wake, but giving Sebastian the lead in the standings …



June 22, 2014

Week 24

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Welcome to week 24 – six races this weekend. WRC is in Robert Kubica’s home turf with Rally Poland; MotoGP goes to Assen in Holland; NASCAR is in Kentucky; Indycar has a double-header at the street circuit in Houston, Texas; USCC is at Watkins Glen in a 6-hour race; and DTM is at the Norisring. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 23:

F1 Austria, NASCAR Sonoma:


The Mercedes once again dominated the F1 race with a one-two finish with Nico Rosberg finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But the third and fourth place finishes of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa kept it interesting for much of the race, with Massa leading early on, and both Williams drivers mixing it up with the Mercedes drivers. Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari was fifth. The Red Bull Renaults did not have a good day with Daniel Ricciardo not having the speed to do any better than 8th, and Sebastian Vettel having mechanical issues that finally put him out of the race just after half-way and classified in 21st. With our other picks Nico Hulkenberg finished 10th and Jenson Button 11th.

Carl Edwards is a pretty good road racer, having good results in the NASCAR road races last year, and dabbling in road racing outside NASCAR, and he showed his abilities in Sonoma by winning the race there this weekend. Jeff Gordon is another one with a good road racing resume, and in the final lap he was the only one in position to challenge Edwards, but had to settle for second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept up his string of good results by finishing third. Jimmie Johnson had the led for a few laps and finished 7th, while former road racer Marcus Ambrose had the lead about two-thirds of the way through the race, and finished 8th. We picked both Busch brothers with Kurt finishing 12th and Kyle 25th. Tony Stewart was our other pick and he finished 19th.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian and his sixth win of the year. It was surprisingly close amongst all of us (perhaps with the exception of me – I was 33 points adrift of Sebastian) considering the wide range of picks we made, particularly in NASCAR. Sebastian gets a whole lot closer to me at the top of the standings, and Chris re-passes Greased-Lightning for third …



June 16, 2014

Week 23

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Welcome to week 23 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Austria and NASCAR is at the road circuit of Sonoma in California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 22:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Michigan, WEC Le Mans:


Marc Marquez won his seventh MotoGP race in a row, but it’s getting harder and harder for him. In the last race it was Lorenzo that challenged Marquez for the win, and in this race, in addition to Lorenzo who finished fourth, it was Valentino Rossi who led a good portion of the race and finished second, and Dani Pedrosa who seriously challenged Marquez for the win, but contact between the two on the last lap left Pedrosa the worse off and a third place finish. Behind these four Stefan Bradl finished a distant fifth, but he was well ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Pol Espargaro, and Andrea Dovizioso in 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Our other pick, Alvaro Bautista finished classified in 22nd place after his bike quit on him after just 3 laps, possibly due to an electrical problem.

Jimmie Johnson is starting to act like Marc Marquez except in NASCAR. He took the win in Michigan this weekend making it back-to-back wins and three out of the last four races. Kevin Harvick had a chance to win until a poor last pit stop meant that he ended up having to fight his way back to a second place finish. Our other pick, Matt Kenseth, finished in 16th place.

Audi took the win and second place at the WEC 24-hour of Le Mans. But it could have been Toyota or Porsche, with cars from both of those teams holding a good lead at one point or another during the race. But as it is with the 24-hour race, attrition played a major role in the finishing order. Even the first place #2 Audi and second place #1 Audi both had to have their turbo-chargers changed during the last part of the race, and that left the #20 Porsche out front for a while. But the Porsche powertrain failed with just 34 laps to go, leaving them with a 39th place finish. With the Toyotas the pole-setting #7 had the lead through the 14th hour, but then were stranded out on track with electrical failure, and ultimately a 40th place finish. The #8 Toyota wasn’t in contention after a heavy crash early on in the race, but the hard-working crew patched the car well enough that they managed a third place finish when attrition with all the other cars had taken its toll. During that Toyota crash the car hit a GT car, which in turn took out the #3 Audi, which couldn’t be repaired, and ended up being classified in 51st place and no points for any of us – we all picked them.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Drewe who gets his fourth win of the year. Ignoring the #7 Toyota that we all picked for just 1 point and the #3 Audi that we all picked for no points, Drewe had the top-5 perfect in MotoGP and the top-3 in WEC. Also with Greased Lightning besting Chris by 20 points, they change positions with Greased Lightning taking over the third spot …



On a personal note, if anyone is interested, I won both races of a Northeast Divisional Championship series double-header this weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway, in my Spec Racer Ford. I got two bottles of bubbly, two medals, and a set of brake pads, among other spoils of victory.

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