The Motor Racing Game

September 23, 2018

2018 Week 36

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Welcome to week 36 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Sochi in Russia; and NASCAR has their final race of the “Challenger” round of the Chase for the Cup in Charlotte, North Carolina, which means four of the sixteen drivers vying for the Cup will be eliminated. Also, of note in NASCAR, the cars will be racing on a new track configuration at Charlotte Motor Speedway, comprising of parts of both the circuit’s road race track and parts of the oval, making this race NASCAR’s first “roval”. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 35:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Richmond:

Results – Week 35
Pos MotoGP NASCAR
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch
2 Andrea Dovizioso Kevin Harvick
3 Andrea Iannone Martin Truex Jr.
4 Alex Rins Chase Elliott
5 Dani Pedrosa Aric Almirola
6 Aleix Espargaro Austin Dillon
7 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Larson
8 Valentino Rossi Jimmie Johnson
9 Jack Miller Brad Keselowski
10 Maverick Vinales Clint Bowyer

Marc Marquez won the MotoGP race at Aragon in Spain after a race-long battle with Andrea Dovizioso. Andrea Iannone took third after he spent much of the race battling Alex Rins, who finished fourth. Dani Pedrosa finished fifth, although he was almost 3s behind Rins. Valentino Rossi had a tough qualifying to start 17th, but did manage to get to an 8th place finish, ahead of Jack Miller, and Maverick Vinales in 10th, who was quite a bit further behind. The biggest news of the day though was turn one when Marquez and pole-man Jorge Lorenzo ran wide, and Lorenzo high-sided in a heavy crash in which he fractured his foot and dislocated his big toe. After the race Lorenzo blamed Marquez for the crash, saying that Marquez had made a “block pass” on him, forcing him onto the dirty part of the track. Cal Crutchlow was another one to crash, albeit later in the race, finishing classified in 21st place.

The second race of the NASCAR “playoffs” at Richmond was won by Kyle Busch, who ended up comfortably ahead of second placed Kevin Harvick, and gets his automatic free pass into the next round. Martin Truex Jr. finished third, and bagged enough points to guarantee his slot in the next playoff round. Brad Keselowski had the lead position with 36 laps to go, but faded to 9th place in the closing laps. Joey Logano ran in the top 10, but on lap 269 (of 400) a penalty for an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop made a good finish difficult, and 14th was his final placing. At least that was two places better than Denny Hamlin, who finished a lap down in 16th. In the playoff picture, below the cut line, which will be decided at next week’s race, Clint Bowyer, who finished 10th in this week’s race, and Jimmie Johnson, who finished 8th, are just 4 and 6 points respectively, behind Ryan Blaney, who currently holds the last qualifying spot, and Alex Bowman, who is just one point ahead of Blaney. So, these four will battle it out next week to squeak into the next round. Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin are so far behind, they pretty much need a win next week to advance into the next round, and everyone else is so far ahead, they’d need a pretty big disaster not to make the cut (that’s Harvick, Logano, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon, in addition to the three who are automatically through to the next round).

Week-35 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50
Andrea Dovizioso 40 40
Alex Rins 32
Dani Pedrosa 30
Valentino Rossi 24 24
Maverick Vinales 20 20
Cal Crutchlow 9 9
Jorge Lorenzo 7 7
NASCAR
Kyle Busch 50
Kevin Harvick 40
Brad Keselowski 22
Joey Logano 16 16
Denny Hamlin 14
Totals: 260 260

Congratulations to both Sebastian and iomracer who tied this week, despite having a combined six different picks; this is the first tie this year. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 35:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9945 260 9685
2 2 iomracer 9837 -108 260 9577 -108
3 3 New Players 8737 -1100 234 8503 -1074

 

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September 17, 2018

2018 Week 35

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:50 am

Welcome to week 35 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is in Aragon, Spain; and NASCAR has the second round of their Chase to the Cup at Richmond in Virginia. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 34:

F1 Singapore, WRC Turkey, NASCAR Las Vegas, Indycar Sonoma:

Results – Week 34
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Ott Tanak Brad Keselowski Ryan Hunter-Reay
2 Max Verstappen Jari-Matti Latvala Kyle Larson Scott Dixon
3 Sebastian Vettel Hayden Paddon Martin Truex Jr. Will Power
4 Valtteri Bottas Teemu Suninen Joey Logano Simon Pagenaud
5 Kimi Raikkonen Andreas Mikkelsen Ryan Blaney Marco Andretti
6 Daniel Ricciardo Henning Solberg Aric Almirola Sebastien Bourdais
7 Fernando Alonso Jan Kopecky Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi
8 Carlos Sainz Simone Tempestini Daniel Suarez Josef Newgarden
9 Charles Leclerc Chris Ingram Ryan Newman Patricio O’Ward
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sebastien Ogier Paul Menard Ed Jones

F1 was in Singapore at Marina Bay. It was an easy race for Lewis Hamilton who drove to victory from pole position. The start was hectic with Sebastian Vettel winning a joust with Max Verstappen. But after the first cycle of pit stops Verstappen undercut Vettel to take second place, and there he stayed through the end of the race, with Vettel finishing third. Behind those three Kimi Raikkonen was able to provide some pressure on Valtteri Bottas for fourth, but at the end it was Bottas that finished behind Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth.

WRC returned to Turkey for the first time in 8 years, and it was expected to be a harsh rally for the cars. And that’s exactly how it turned out with everyone hitting some kind of trouble during the event – it was a matter of the extend of trouble that decided the final results. And Ott Tanak had the least trouble, and hence took the win, ahead of his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. Third was Haddon Paddon although he was a long way behind the leading two. Thierry Neuville was leading the rally on Saturday when the suspension came out through the hood, and he retired. He came back on Sunday under Rally 2 rules, won the power stage, but could only finish 16th overall. Sebastian Ogier inherited the lead when Neuville dropped out, but then he too hit mechanical issues – although not terminal – but then he uncharacteristically crashed on the next stage. He also came back on Sunday under Rally 2, to finish second in the power stage and 10th overall. With three rallies left, it is now close for the championship between Neuville, Tanak, and Ogier.

NASCAR had their first race in their Chase for the Cup. Sixteen contenders will try to win, or at least do well in the next three races to avoid being one of the four dropped for the subsequent rounds. Eleven of those sixteen hit problems during the race. Coming worse off were Denny Hamlin (finished 32nd), Erik Jones (40th), Chase Elliott (36th), and Jimmie Johnson (22nd). Kevin Harvick also had a bad day finishing 39th, but it didn’t damage his Chase position too much since he started close to the top of the standings. At the other end of the race, Brad Keselowski won to automatically put himself into the next round, with contenders Kyle Larson finishing second and Martin Truex Jr. third.

Indycar had a double points finale at Sears Point in Sonoma California. There were really only two drivers in contention for the championship, and it all went wrong for Alexander Rossi immediately off the line, when he ran into the back of Marco Andretti, damaged his car, and lost a lap in the pits getting it repaired. Meanwhile the other contender Scott Dixon started at the pointy end of field in second place. Rossi made a huge push to make up ground, got his lap back, benefited from a timely full course yellow, and eventually got up to fifth place. But his tires were punished by then, and he could do no more, eventually losing two positions to finish seventh. Dixon finished second and won the championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay won the race by 4s over Dixon with Will Power in third.

Week-34 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Max Verstappen 40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Kimi Raikkonen 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 28
WRC
Ott Tanak 50 50
Sebastien Ogier 20 20
Thierry Neuville 14 14
NASCAR
Kevin Harvick 1
Indycar
Scott Dixon 40 40
Alexander Rossi 26
Totals: 298 339

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 19th win of the year. Picking the top six finishers in F1 gave Sebastian a 41-point victory over iomracer. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 34:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9685 339 9346
2 2 iomracer 9577 -108 298 9279 -67
3 3 New Players 8503 -1074 268 8235 -1044

September 11, 2018

2018 Week 34

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:15 pm

Welcome to week 34 – four races this weekend: F1 races around Marina Bay in Singapore; WRC returns to Turkey for the first time in 8 years and on roads that have never been run before; NASCAR is on the intermediate oval in Las Vegas; and Indycar is in Sonoma, California at Sears Point. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 33:

MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Indianapolis, USCC Laguna Seca:

Results – Week 33
Pos MotoGP NASCAR USCC
1 Andrea Dovizioso Brad Keselowski 22-Tequila Patron ESM
2 Marc Marquez Erik Jones 54-CORE Autosport
3 Cal Crutchlow Denny Hamlin 6-Penske
4 Alex Rins Kevin Harvick 55-Mazda Motorsports
5 Maverick Vinales Clint Bowyer 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
6 Dani Pedrosa Kurt Busch 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Valentino Rossi Jamie McMurray 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Andrea Iannone Kyle Busch 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
9 Alvaro Bautista Paul Menard 77-Mazda Motorsports
10 Johann Zarco Ryan Newman 25-BMW Team RLL

Jorge Lorenzo started on pole and had the lead for the first bunch of laps ahead of Jack Miller, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso. These four got clear of the rest of the field, and then became three when Miller crashed. Dovizioso took the lead and then started putting in fast laps to ease ahead of the remaining two. Towards the end of the race the two started gaining on Dovizioso again, but then Lorenzo crashed with two laps to go – he finished classified in 17th – and left it an easy race victory for Dovizioso, with Marquez taking second. Some way behind Cal Crutchlow inherited the final podium position. Although he was on home soil, Valentino Rossi could not get the Yamaha to work at Misano, and finished in a disappointing seventh place.

Rain delayed the NASCAR race at Indianapolis from Sunday to Monday. This was the last race of the regular season and so set the field for the playoffs. With 14 different winners this season, and Brad Keselowski repeating as winner by winning Indianapolis, it meant that there were only two spots left to get into the playoffs without a win. With Jimmie Johnson finishing 16th and Alex Bowman 33rd, it meant that those two rounded out the field of 16 playoff contenders. The others are: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon.

USCC was at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, and it was a difficult weekend for many of the Prototype cars. The #22 Tequila Patron Nissan looked to be starting off on the wrong foot when one of their drivers missed qualifying due to illness, so thay had to start at the back of the Prototype field. A spin early on didn’t help their cause either. But the drivers methodically made their way through the field as other Prototypes fell by the wayside, and near the end of the race they had made it to second place behind the #55 Mazda, and when the Mazda spun with just 35 minutes left in the race, the #22 inherited the lead, and went on to victory. Meanwhile the #55 had dropped behind the #54 Core Autosport LMP2 car, who finished second, and the #6 Penske Acura who took the final podium position. Finishing behind the #55, in fifth place, was the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac. The #7 Penske finished 4 laps back in 15th place after suffering damage from an incident late in the race when they were running second. The #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac didn’t even get to the start of the race. During the formation lap the field was speeding up and slowing down, and the #5 seemed to get caught out and got rear-ended when trying to avoid driving into the slowing field. That took them out of the race before the green flag even waved, so no points for picking them.

Week-33 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Cal Crutchlow 35
Valentino Rossi 26 26
Jorge Lorenzo 13 13
NASCAR
USCC
54-CORE Autosport 40 40
6-Penske 35 35
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 30 30
7-Penske 15
10-Konica Minolta 2 2
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 0 0
Totals: 271 251

Congratulations to iomracer and his 14th win of the year. The difference was clearly iomracer’s choice of Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP versus Sebastian’s pick of the #7 Penske in USCC. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 33:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9346 251 9095
2 2 iomracer 9279 -67 271 9008 -87
3 3 New Players 8235 -1044 226 8009 -999

 

September 3, 2018

2018 Week 33

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:22 am

Welcome to week 33 – three races this weekend: MotoGP is at Misano in Italy; NASCAR is at Indianapolis; and USCC is at Laguna Seca. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 32:

F1 Italy, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Portland:

Results – Week 32
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
2 Kimi Raikkonen Joey Logano Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Sebastien Bourdais
4 Sebastian Vettel Kevin Harvick Spencer Pigot
5 Max Verstappen Chase Elliott Scott Dixon
6 Esteban Ocon Kurt Busch Simon Pagenaud
7 Sergio Perez Kyle Busch Charlie Kimball
8 Carlos Sainz Erik Jones Alexander Rossi
9 Lance Stroll Jamie McMurray Pietro Fittipaldi
10 Sergey Sirotkin Denny Hamlin Josef Newgarden

After torrid qualifying, the F1 race at Monza in Italy looked like it was going to be a great race. Kimi Raikkonen took pole ahead of his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, with the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on the next row. The start didn’t disappoint with the top three going for the lead into turn four in a very tight group. Raikkonen got through first, and behind Vettel understeered into the side of Hamilton, causing Vettel to spin out and rejoin in last place. From then it became a management of tires. After Raikkonen pitted, he and Hamilton drove very hard to try and make a difference in their separation. After Hamilton’s pit he came out behind Raikkonen, but it soon became apparent that Raikkonen had damaged his tires in the previous effort. Hamilton got past with eight laps to go, and took victory ahead of Raikkonen. Behind, Max Verstappen crossed the line in third, but with a penalty for squeezing Bottas off the road earlier, he dropped to a fifth-place finish behind Bottas and Vettel who had done a great job getting back through the field. Sergio Perez finished nnth. Daniel Ricciardo had a good race going until his engine expired, and a 18th place finish.

NASCAR had a night race at Darlington – a track with a reputation for wrecks. But there were few incidents in the race with the biggest being just three cars toward the end of the race. Kyle Larson was the long-time leader, winning stages 1 and 2. But Brad Keslowski snatched the lead on the final restart with a few laps to go and took the win. Denny Hamlin finished 10th.

Indycar was on the road course at Portland International Raceway in Oregon, and it was a chaotic race. Opening lap carnage included the cars of James Hinchcliffe, Zach Veach, Marco Andretti, Ed Jones, and Scott Dixon. All drivers were uninjured, even with Andretti finishing on the tarmac upside down. Dixon actually came out mostly unscathed, although down in 20th place. There were other incidents during the race, including Zach Veach again, Josef Newgarden, Alfonso Celis, and Will Power, and at least one of these incidents sent most of the cars to the pits for fresh tires. After much shuffling in positions among the drivers, as the race neared the end, it was Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay that held the top two spots, and separated by less than a second. Sato made no mistakes in the closing laps to take the win by 0.6s over Hunter-Reay, with Sebastien Bourdais a further 1.2s behind in third. Scott Dixon had managed to make his way all the way back to a fifth-place finish. Newgarden and Alexander Rossi both lost ground on the harder compound tires, and when they changed to the softer compound tires, they were in 16th and 18th. That was too far back for them to get back to the front, and Rossi finished 8th and Newgarden 10th. Power lost a lap in his incident, so finished 21st. Carlos Munoz replaced Robert Wickens in the Schmidt Peterson Honda after Wickens got injured in the prior race in Pocono; but with the announcement being made before the week’s deadline for picks, there were no points for picking Wickens.

Week-32 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Kimi Raikkonen 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Sergio Perez 26
Daniel Ricciardo 12
NASCAR
Denny Hamlin 20
Indycar
Scott Dixon 30 30
Alexander Rossi 24
Josef Newgarden 20 20
Will Power 9
Robert Wickens 0
Totals: 273 292

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 18th win of the year and two in a row. Iomracer’s pick of Robert Wickens was clearly a key mistake. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 32:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9095 292 8803
2 2 iomracer 9008 -87 273 8735 -68
3 3 New Players 8009 -999 246 7763 -972

 

August 26, 2018

2018 Week 32

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Welcome to week 32 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Monza in Italy; NASCAR is at Darlington in South Carolina; and Indycar is on the road course of Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 31:

F1 Belgium, MotoGP England, Indycar Illinois:

Results – Week 31
Pos F1 Indycar MotoGP
1 Sebastian Vettel Will Power Race Cancelled
2 Lewis Hamilton Alexander Rossi
3 Max Verstappen Scott Dixon
4 Valtteri Bottas Simon Pagenaud
5 Sergio Perez Zach Veach
6 Esteban Ocon Spencer Pigot
7 Romain Grosjean Josef Newgarden
8 Kevin Magnussen Ed Jones
9 Pierre Gasly Takuma Sato
10 Marcus Ericsson Graham Rahal

On the opening lap of the Belgium F1 Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps Lewis Hamilton got the lead from pole, but as the field headed down the Kemmel Straight towards turn 7, Sebastian Vettel used classic drafting (not DRS) to beat Hamilton into the turn and take the lead. Hamilton could not return the favor and ended up stuck behind Vettel for the entire race, finishing second. He at least had a comfortable margin (20s) over third place Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas had a great race – he started at the back of the field after changing the engine, but managed to pass most of the field during the race to finish fourth. Not so fortunate were five drivers involved in a turn one incident. Nico Hulkenberg drove into the back of Fernando Alonso sending him airborne. Alonso landed on top of Charles Leclerc, who, by the damage seen on his halo device, may have the device to be thankful for escaping injury. Alonso also clipped Daniel Ricciardo breaking his rear wing, which resulted in Ricciardo going wide and hitting Kimi Raikkonen, resulting in a puncture for Raikkonen. That sent the latter two to the pits for repair, and well behind the field when they rejoined. They could not make up the deficit with Ricciardo finishing 16th, and Raikkonen finishing 17th.

The MotoGP race at Silverstone in England was cancelled after torrential rain would not abate. They tried to prepone the race; inspected the track at the official start time; and postpone it to a later time, but each time the track was simply deemed too waterlogged and thus too dangerous for the riders. Postponing until Monday was a no-go due to the unavailability of marshals. No points for any MotoGP picks.

A couple of races ago Alexander Rossi’s Andretti team used fuel strategy – fewer stops – to win the Indycar event at Mid-Ohio. They tried again this weekend at the oval race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Illinois. It was not quite as successful as previously, but still netted Rossi second place, and importantly for his championship hopes ahead of series leader Scott Dixon, who finished third. It was Will Power who couldn’t be caught in the final laps, taking the win by 1.3 seconds. Josef Newgarden finished seventh.

Week-31 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Daniel Ricciardo 14
Kimi Raikkonen 13 13
Indycar
Scott Dixon 35
Josef Newgarden 26
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 0 0
Cal Crutchlow 0
Jorge Lorenzo 0 0
Marc Marquez 0 0
Valentino Rossi 0 0
Totals: 149 196

Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventeenth win of the year. Iomracer was unfortunate with the cancellation of the MotoGP event, since he had more picks in that series than Sebastian. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 31:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8803 196 8607
2 2 iomracer 8735 -68 149 8586 -21
3 3 New Players 7763 -972 134 7629 -957

 

August 20, 2018

2018 Week 31

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Welcome to week 31 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; MotoGP is in England at Silverstone; and Indycar is on the oval at Gateway Raceway in Illinois. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 30:

WRC Germany, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Pocono, WEC England, USCC VIR:

Results – Week 30
Pos WRC NASCAR Indycar WEC USCC
1 Ott Tanak Kurt Busch Alexander Rossi 3-Rebellion 25-BMW Team RLL
2 Thierry Neuville Kyle Larson Will Power 1-Rebellion 3-Corvette Racing
3 Esapekka Lappi Chase Elliott Scott Dixon 17-SMP Racing 24-BMW Team RLL
4 Sebastien Ogier Joey Logano Sebastien Bourdais 38-Jackie Chan DC 66-Ganassi Racing
5 Teemu Suninen Erik Jones Josef Newgarden 37-Jackie Chan DC 912-Porsche GT Team
6 Andreas Mikkelsen Clint Bowyer Zach Veach 36-Signatech Alpine 4-Corvette Racing
7 Craig Breen Ryan Blaney Marco Andretti 31-DragonSpeed 14-3GT Racing
8 Marijan Griebel Alex Bowman Simon Pagenaud 29-Team Nederland 58-Wright Motorsports
9 Jan Kopecky Jimmie Johnson Charlie Kimball 50-Larbre Competition 86-Meyer Shank Racing
10 Kalle Rovanpera Kevin Harvick Ed Carpenter 28-TDS Racing 63-Scuderia Corsa

Like the last WRC rally in Finland, Ott Tanak took an early lead in the Germany rally and never looked back. Sebastian Ogier kept things close for the first 12 stages, but stage 13 on Saturday afternoon proved unlucky for Ogier when he damaged a wheel and had to stop to change it, relegating him to ninth place. In the final three stages on Sunday he climbed back up the leader to finish fourth. Championship leader Thierry Neuville struggled with his car, initially holding third place, but then slipping behind Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani Sordo on Saturday to lie fourth. However, things changed dramatically on Sunday when Latvala’s transmission gave up, putting him out of the rally, and Sordo crashed, which ultimately led to his retirement, handing the second-place finish to Neuville. Also getting promoted through this attrition was Esapekka Lappi, who took the final podium spot.

NASCAR was on the short track of Bristol in Tennessee, and as usual with short tracks there was quite a bit of contact between cars. Of note, Kyle Busch took out Martin Truex Jr., which made the latter quite unhappy, but they Busch himself became the victim of a collision a little later on, knocking him out. Not such trouble for Kurt Busch who took the win over Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.

Indycar was on the tri-oval of Pocono, Pennsylvania, and the race started in a horrendous way. Right at the start there was a multi car accident when Graham Rahal hit the back of Spencer Pigot, and Pietro Fittipaldi hit the back of Ed Carpenter. When that debris was cleared and the race restarted, there was a very scary crash when Robert Wickens clipped Ryan Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay spun into the wall, but Wickens went airborne into the catch fencing which tore up the car. Wickens needed to be airlifted to hospital where he is reported to have numerous injuries. It is unclear how seriously he’s hurt at this time, but let’s hope he fully recovers. It took almost two hours to clean up that debris and repair the fencing. There were no other incidents in the race, which, in the end was dominated by Alexander Rossi, who took a 4.5s win over Will Power, who was in turn a massive 37s ahead of third place finisher, Scott Dixon.

WEC was at Silverstone in England. It appeared to be won in dominant fashion by the #8 Toyota, followed by their teammates in the #7 Toyota, who were a massive 4 laps ahead of the rest of the field. But post-race scrutineering found the Toyotas to have aerodynamic pieces that were out of compliance. The Toyota team claimed damage from the new kerbs at Silverstone, but as the WEC officials pointed out, “the car must be able to withstand the normal rigors of a 6 hours endurance race.” Their exclusion promoted the two Rebellion cars to first and second, with the #3 taking the top spot over the #1 when the latter had to stop in the late stages of the race to repair a tail light. In third place was the #11 SMP Racing car.

It was just the GTLM and GTD cars racing in the USCC event at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), and for the first time the new BMW M8 took the victory with the #25 car beating the #3 Corvette by just 1.3s, with the other BMW M8, the #24 car, just 0.8s further back in third. The #66 Ganassi Ford was fourth, the #912 Porsche fifth, and the #4 Corvette sixth. The #67 Ganassi Ford only ran 42 laps (of 88) before retiring with transmission problems, so a 17th place finish for them.

Week-30 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Ott Tanak 50
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
NASCAR
Indycar
Scott Dixon 35
WEC
3-Rebellion 50 50
1-Rebellion 40
7-Toyota Racing 0 0
8-Toyota Racing 0 0
USCC
3-Corvette Racing 40 40
66-Ganassi Racing 32
912-Porsche GT Team 30 30
4-Corvette Racing 28
67-Ganassi Racing 13
Totals: 309 273

Congratulations to iomracer and his 13th win of the year and five in a row. Iomracer’s Ott Tanak pick made the biggest difference in this week’s scores. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 30:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8607 273 8334
2 2 iomracer 8586 -21 309 8277 -57
3 3 New Players 7629 -957 246 7383 -894

August 12, 2018

2018 Week 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:18 pm

Welcome to week 30 – five races this weekend. WRC has an all-asphalt event with Rally Germany; NASCAR is on the short track of Bristol, Tennessee; Indycar is on the big oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania; WEC is at Silverstone in England; and USCC is at VIR in Virginia. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 29:

Moto GP Austria, NASCAR Michigan:

Results – Week 29
Pos MotoGP NASCAR
1 Jorge Lorenzo Kevin Harvick
2 Marc Marquez Brad Keselowski
3 Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Busch
4 Cal Crutchlow Austin Dillon
5 Danilo Petrucci Ryan Blaney
6 Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch
7 Dani Pedrosa Aric Almirola
8 Alex Rins Denny Hamlin
9 Johann Zarco Chase Elliott
10 Alvaro Bautista Joey Logano

At the MotoGP race at Spielberg in Austria it turned into the Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo show, with the two riders quickly moving to the front and then swapping the lead throughout much of the race, including an intense last five laps. Lorenzo proved the stronger at the end, holding off Marquez on the last lap to take the win. Andrea Dovizioso was the only other possible contender for the win, taking the lead off the line, but quickly losing it to Lorenzo, then slipping behind Marquez into third, and ultimately dropping a little way back from the battle for the win. Cal Crutchlow had a lonely race at the end, finishing fourth almost eight seconds behind Dovizioso, but almost four seconds ahead of Danilo Petrucci. Valentino Rossi had a terrible qualifying, which meant he started 14th on the grid, but he made up eight places in the race to finish sixth. Johann Zarco finished ninth, and Maverick Vinales finished 12th after a bad start.

Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR at Michigan by winning both the stages, and then the race. Brad Keselowski was the best of the rest taking second place, ahead of Kyle Busch, both of whom spent most of the race inside the top 10. Chase Elliott finished 9th, having to recover from an early penalty that sent him to the back of the field when his crew lost control of a tire on a pit stop. Joey Logano also had problems, noticing a suspension issue before the race started, which he had the team fix before the start, putting him at the back of the field; he finished 10th. Martin Truex Jr. miscalculated the amount of fuel they had, forcing him into the pits one lap before the end of stage 2, which resulted in a penalty as pit lane was then closed; he finished 14th. Kyle Larson didn’t have a good race, being a lap down at one point, but he got the lap back and recovered to a 17th place finish.

 

Week-29 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP    
Jorge Lorenzo 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Andrea Dovizioso 35 35
Cal Crutchlow 32  
Danilo Petrucci 30 30
Valentino Rossi 28 28
Johann Zarco   22
Maverick Vinales 18 18
NASCAR    
Kevin Harvick 50  
Kyle Busch 35  
Chase Elliott   22
Joey Logano   20
Martin Truex Jr. 16  
Kyle Larson   13
Totals: 334 278

Congratulations to iomracer and his twelfth win of the year and four in a row. Better fortune with his NASCAR picks, plus choosing Crutchlow over Sebastian’s Zarco in MotoGP made for a large margin of victory. But no changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 29:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8334   278 8056  
2 2 iomracer 8277 -57 334 7943 -113
3 3 New Players 7383 -894 250 7133 -810

 

August 5, 2018

2018 Week 29

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:40 pm

Welcome to week 29 – two races this weekend. Moto GP is at Spielberg in Austria; and NASCAR is on the Michigan Superspeedway. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 28:

MotoGP Czech Republic, NASCAR Watkins Glen, USCC Road America:

Results – Week 28
Pos MotoGP NASCAR USCC
1 Andrea Dovizioso Chase Elliott 54-CORE Autosport
2 Jorge Lorenzo Martin Truex Jr. 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
3 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
4 Valentino Rossi Daniel Suarez 10-Konica Minolta
5 Cal Crutchlow Erik Jones 6-Penske
6 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Larson 22-Tequila Patron ESM
7 Johann Zarco Jamie McMurray 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
8 Dani Pedrosa William Byron 55-Mazda Motorsports
9 Alvaro Bautista Kurt Busch 2-Tequila-Patron ESM
10 Andrea Iannone Kevin Harvick 7-Penske

The track of the Brno circuit put the emphasis on tire preservation for the MotoGP riders, and the Ducati riders did the best in this area to place themselves at the front when the checkered flag flew, with Andrea Dovizioso taking the win over teammate Jorge Lorenzo. But Lorenzo needed the last lap to get around Marc Marquez, who himself had taken over second place with just two laps to go. So, Marquez stood on the third step of the podium. Valentino Rossi was another rider to leave it to the last lap to improve a position, in this case passing Cal Crutchlow on the last corner to take fourth. Danilo Pedrucci took sixth place, finishing behind Crutchlow. At the start of the race, going into turn three, Stefan Bradl looked like he went too fast into the corner trying to make up positions, and lost the front end of the bike and took out Marverick Vinales (who was classified in 24th at the end), and Bradley Smith.

Fuel played an unexpected part in the results at the NASCAR road race around Watkins Glen. There were no issues for winner Chase Elliott who scored the 250th NASCAR win for Hendrick Motorsports. Martin Truex Jr. was fortunate to take second place when he ran out of gas on the last lap, but had enough “fumes” and momentum to hold onto the position through the checkered flag. Kyle Busch had a bad pit stop where the fuel-man had issues with the fuel can, and Busch left without a full tank. He had to come back in again, with the duel stop leaving him in last place. But with what looked like the fastest car on the track, he managed to race through the field to finish in third place.

The DPi cars led most of the USCC race at Road America in Wisconsin, but they did not have the same fuel mileage as the LMP2 cars, and despite their best efforts to gain an advantage that would allow for an extra pit stop for fuel, it was not to be. When long-time race leader, the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, came in for that extra pit stop with 10 minutes of the 2 hour 40 minute race remaining, they gave up the lead to the #55 Mazda Cadillac. But with two laps to go, they too had to pit, gifting the lead to the #54 CORE Autosports LMP2 car, which was being followed by the #99 JDC Miller LMP2 car. That was the result at the flag, with those two LMP2 cars taking first and second. The #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac had pitted earlier, so they took third place, followed by the #10. The #6 Penske Acura was fourth, the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan was fifth, and the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac sixth, all having taken the extra pit stop for fuel. The #7 Penske Acura was 10th. Some notable news from the series was that next year the DPi cars’ full potential will be unleased when they separate the DPi and LMP2 cars into their own classes and drop the “balance of performance” restrictions currently in place, which currently makes the two types of the car more evenly competitive.

Week-28 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 50
Jorge Lorenzo 40 40
Marc Marquez 35 35
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Danilo Petrucci 28
Maverick Vinales 6 6
NASCAR
Kyle Busch 35
USCC
54-CORE Autosport 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35 35
10-Konica Minolta 32 32
6-Penske 30
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 26 26
7-Penske 20
Totals: 314 311

Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year, and three in a row. The combination of better lower placed finishers across the series made the difference for the win. No changes in position in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 28:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8056 311 7745
2 2 iomracer 7943 -113 314 7629 -116
3 3 New Players 7133 -810 280 6853 -776

 

July 30, 2018

2018 Week 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:10 am

Welcome to week 28 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is in the Czech Republic at Brno; NASCAR is at the road course of Watkins Glen in New York; and USCC is on Road America in Wisconsin. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 27:

F1 Hungary, WRC Finland, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Mid-Ohio:

Results – Week 27
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Ott Tanak Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi
2 Sebastian Vettel Mads Ostberg Daniel Suarez Robert Wickens
3 Kimi Raikkonen Jari-Matti Latvala Alex Bowman Will Power
4 Daniel Ricciardo Hayden Paddon Kevin Harvick Josef Newgarden
5 Valtteri Bottas Sebastien Ogier Erik Jones Scott Dixon
6 Pierre Gasly Teemu Suninen William Byron Sebastien Bourdais
7 Kevin Magnussen Elfyn Evans Chase Elliott Ryan Hunter-Reay
8 Fernando Alonso Craig Breen Ryan Newman Simon Pagenaud
9 Carlos Sainz Thierry Neuville Kurt Busch Graham Rahal
10 Romain Grosjean Andreas Mikkelsen Denny Hamlin Zach Veach

Again plenty of action at the F1 race in Hungary at the Hungaroring. The Mercedes started one and two with Lewis Hamilton in pole position, but the Ferraris on the next row of the grid looked like they were going to be fast. Good pit strategy kept the Mercedes up front, but a variety of small challenges made the race harder for Ferrari. A slow pit-stop put Sebastian Vettel in a position he didn’t want in the second half of the race, behind both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. After Vettel got by Bottas, they then collided as Bottas tried to re-take on the next corner. No damage to Vettel’s Mercedes, but Bottas damaged his front wing and lost another position to Kimi Raikkonen. The damaged wing also meant that when Daniel Ricciardo tried to get around the outside of Bottas a little while later, Bottas then understeered into Ricciardo. Both cars managed to avoid damage, but for this incident the officials gave Bottas a 10s penalty, although it did not change his final position. Hamilton went on to win the race by a comfortable 17s over Vettel, with Raikkonen taking third, Ricciardo fourth, and Bottas fifth. Max Verstappen started well, getting fifth place early on, but an engine failure put him out of the race after only five laps, and a 19th place finish.

The WRC event was, surprisingly for rallying, and on the fast and flying stages of Finland, a bit of a bore. Everything got sorted out on Friday, and for the rest of the weekend the cars pretty much just held their position. On the Friday stages Ott Tanak drove a blistering start that even Scandinavian specialist and multi-Finnish rally winner Jari-Matti Latvala said was too fast for him. Mads Ostberg was the only driver to stay reasonably close, but that was relative to the rest of the field. In fact, the gaps between the first four drivers at the end of Friday were big enough that the rally was all but over at that point. A late change on Sunday was when Esapekka Lappi rolled his car out of the rally and out of fourth place, gifting the position to Hayden Paddon, and moving everyone else up a position. Thierry Neuville and Sebastian Ogier started one and two on the road, and there was a lot of sweeping. That put both well down the order after Friday, which meant Neuville was sweeping the gravel from the roads again on Saturday and Sunday. Ogier had it a little better because teammate Elfin Evans was in the position ahead of him, which meant that with some ugly (for the sport) team orders, Evans slowed to promote Ogier up a position. It also meant that Ogier finally finished fifth. Neuville had no such luxury, so had to settle for a ninth-place finish. Andreas Mikkelsen was in the other Hyundai, but a roll on Friday lost him three minutes from which he never recovered, finishing behind Neuville in tenth place.

Kyle Busch went from last to first in the NASCAR race at Pocono, to win ahead of pole setter Daniel Suarez, and Alex Bowman. Busch started on the last row of the grid, alongside Kevin Harvick, after both failed inspection after qualifying. NASCAR reported that their cars did not fit the required body measurements, presumably caused by the team trying to get a small advantage on a track where aerodynamics are critical. But the penalties – to the back of the grid – seemed to be worthless, with Busch winning and Harvick finishing 4th after getting into the top 10 after only 10 laps.

The Indycar race at Mid-Ohio looked a little like F1 when pit strategy made the difference. Alexander Rossi opted for a two-stop pit strategy, while the other contenders went for a three-stop strategy, and it worked out best for Rossi who took the win by 12s over Robert Wickens. Will Power looked like he might have been on a two-stop strategy, but after he came in early, he was doomed to make a third stop much later in the race; but he’d done enough to stay ahead of the rest of the field and finished on the third step of the podium. Josef Newgarden challenged Power late in the race for that final podium position, but with Power on fresher tires, Newgarden could not get past and had to settle for fourth. Championship leader, Scott Dixon finished fifth, more than enough to retain a good points lead over Rossi.

Week-27 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Daniel Ricciardo 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Max Verstappen 11
WRC
Ott Tanak 50
Sebastien Ogier 30 30
Thierry Neuville 22 22
Andreas Mikkelsen 20
NASCAR
Indycar
Robert Wickens 40
Josef Newgarden 32
Scott Dixon 30 30
Totals: 347 312

Congratulations to iomracer and his tenth win of the year and two in a row. Like Sebastian’s winning picks of a couple of weeks ago, iomracer’s pick spread across the three more predictable series made for the good haul of points. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 27:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7745 312 7433
2 2 iomracer 7629 -116 347 7282 -151
3 3 New Players 6853 -776 281 6572 -710

 

July 23, 2018

2018 Week 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:19 am

Welcome to week 27 – four races this weekend. F1 is at the Hungaroring in Hungary; WRC is on the very fast gravel roads of Finland; NASCAR is at the “triangle” track in Pocono, Pennsylvania; and Indycar is on the road circuit of Mid-Ohio. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 26:

F1 Germany, NASCAR New Hampshire, USCC Lime Rock:

Results – Week 26
Pos F1 NASCAR USCC
1 Lewis Hamilton Kevin Harvick 66-Ganassi Racing
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Busch 3-Corvette Racing
3 Kimi Raikkonen Aric Almirola 912-Porsche GT Team
4 Max Verstappen Martin Truex Jr. 4-Corvette Racing
5 Nico Hulkenberg Chase Elliott 911-Porsche GT Team
6 Romain Grosjean Ryan Newman 67-Ganassi Racing
7 Sergio Perez Ryan Blaney 25-BMW Team RLL
8 Esteban Ocon Kurt Busch 48-Paul Miller Racing
9 Marcus Ericsson Joey Logano 44-Magnus Racing
10 Brendon Hartley Jimmie Johnson 63-Scuderia Corsa

It was a chaotic F1 race at Hockenheim in Germany. Lewis Hamilton started on the back-foot when mechanical issues during qualifying put him 12th on the grid. Rain was predicted during the race, which meant tire changes and selection would play a factor. Sebastian Vettel started on pole and looked comfortable out front for the first half of the race. Daniel Ricciardo was the first to hit trouble when mechanical issues ended his day after just 28 laps (of 67), so a 20th and last place finish for him. When the rain came on lap 44 it wasn’t much, and while some cars gambled on intermediate tires, the top runners stayed on one of the soft compounds. But which compound was a crucial decision, and Mercedes’ choice for Lewis Hamilton looked the best, helping him get up to fifth place. But then disaster for Vettel, when in a slippery place on the track, he lost grip and crashed out of the lead. When everyone but Hamilton pitted under the safety car, Mercedes found themselves in positions one and two, and Hamilton had only made the one change, versus two for Bottas, so Hamilton had the lead. The team instructed Bottas to stay behind Hamilton, and so it was Hamilton’s victory with Bottas second, and the remaining Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in third. Max Verstappen was one of the few to change to intermediate tires when the rain came, but he could afford to having a massive lead over the sixth place car at the time, and even when he needed to switch back to slicks, he was still good for a fourth place finish after the demise of Vettel.

The NASCAR race in Loudon, New Hampshire was delayed by rain. When it did get started, a couple of cars wrecked in the damp conditions, but once the tires and the track warmed, the field just circled with very little action. Kevin Harvick “adjusted” his car the best to take the win ahead of Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.

A two-hour 40-minute race for just the GT (GTLM and GTD) cars at Lime Rock in Connecticut gave the USCC spotlight to Corvette, Ford, Porsche, and BMW. The #3 Corvette looked the most dominant, but it’s usually close among the GTLM cars, and so it was that the #66 Ford of Ganassi Racing got by the Corvette with just 13 minutes of racing remaining, to take the checkered flag and the win. The #912 Porsche was third making it three manufacturers on the podium. The #4 Corvette finished fourth, missing out on the podium by 24s. In fifth was the #911 Porsche, and sixth was the #67 Ganassi Ford, both finishing on the lead lap.

Week-26 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Max Verstappen 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 12 12
Daniel Ricciardo 10 10
NASCAR
USCC
66-Ganassi Racing 50 50
3-Corvette Racing 40
912-Porsche GT Team 35
4-Corvette Racing 32 32
67-Ganassi Racing 28 28
Totals: 329 324

Congratulations to iomracer and his ninth win of the year. The difference was obviously iomracer’s USCC pick of the #3 Corvette versus Sebastian’s pick of the #912 Porsche. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 26:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7433 324 7109
2 2 iomracer 7282 -151 329 6953 -156
3 3 New Players 6572 -710 292 6280 -673

 

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