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 http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-one-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
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.
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||19||19|
|5-Action Express Racing||50||50||50||50||50|
|90-Spirit of Daytona Racing||32||32||32||32|
|10-Wayne Taylor Racing||1||1|
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…