The Motor Racing Game

April 16, 2018

2018 Week 13

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Welcome to week 13 – three races this weekend: MotoGP is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas; NASCAR is at their second short track in a row, at Richmond International in Virginia; and Indycar in on the road track of Barber in Alabama. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 12:
F1 China, NASCAR Tennessee , Indycar California, USCC California, Formula E Italy:

Results – Week 12
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar USCC Formula e
1 Daniel Ricciardo Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi 5-Mustang Sampling Racing Sam Bird
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Will Power 2-Tequila-Patron ESM Lucas di Grassi
3 Kimi Raikkonen Jimmie Johnson Ed Jones 10-Konica Minolta Andre Lotterer
4 Lewis Hamilton Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zach Veach 77-Mazda Motorsports Daniel Abt
5 Max Verstappen Alex Bowman Graham Rahal 6-Penske Jean-Eric Vergne
6 Nico Hulkenberg Aric Almirola Marco Andretti 7-Penske Sebastien Buemi
7 Fernando Alonso Kevin Harvick Josef Newgarden 31-Whelen Engineering Racing Jerome d’Ambrosio
8 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer Tony Kanaan 99-JDC-Miller Motosports Maro Engel
9 Carlos Sainz Joey Logano James Hinchcliffe 55-Mazda Motorsports Mitch Evans
10 Kevin Magnussen Ryan Newman Charlie Kimball 54-CORE Autosport Edoardo Mortara

When Sebastian Vettel took pole position in the Chinese F1 race in Shanghai, it looked like he might be on route to three wins in a row. And he got the jump at the start of the race, with Valtteri Bottas slotting in second. Then Mercedes took a gamble and pulled Bottas in early for medium compound tires, and the gamble paid off after Vettel came in, and found himself behind Bottas when he exited the pits. Bottas looked comfortable in the lead until a collision between Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley brought out a safety car, 26 laps from the end. Red Bull pitted both cars at that point, which put them on fresher tires for the remainder of the race, but with positions to make up. An error by Max Verstappen let Daniel Ricciardo past, who then past Lewis Hamilton for third place. Two laps later, both Red Bulls advanced a position with Ricciardo passing Vettel for second, and Vertappen passing Hamilton for fourth. On the next lap Verstappen tried an aggressive move on Vettel and collected him. Although both were able to continue, they lost several places. And the officials gave Verstappen a 10s penalty for the incident, dropping him to ninth (adjusted for the penalty), although he was able to get back to a fifth place finish at the end of the race, one place behind the Hamilton, who was actually behind him on the road. Up front Ricciardo’s charge didn’t stop, and with 11 laps to go, he took the lead from Bottas and never looked back, taking then win ahead of Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.

The NASCAR race at the short track of Bristol, Tennessee was a stop and start affair with delays and red flags for both rain and incidents. By lap 204 out of 500 enough was enough and the race was stopped until Monday, with Kyle Larson in the lead. The weather also threatened Monday’s race, but they got it underway, and Larson held the lead. But as Larson’s tires started going off, Kyle Busch did a bump-and-run and took the lead. He was helped with a caution with 20 laps to go which got him on new tires, and he drove on to the checkered flag for the win, followed by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

Indycar was in the streets of Long Beach, California, and it was dominated by Alexander Rossi. He took pole, then the lead at the start of the race, and led for pretty much the whole race – only conceding when pit stops cycled through. At the end he won by 1.2s – a comfortable margin by Indy standards – beating Will Power and Ed Jones. Josef Newgarden, who had the championship lead going into the race (now held by Rossi), had a mediocre race by his standards, finishing 7th. Scott Dixon was near the front of the race until he made the error of pitting while the pit lane was closed, resulting in a drive-through penalty, and an 11th place finish. Simon Pagenaud was taken out on the first corner of the first lap when Graham Rahal drove into the back of him. Pagenaud finished 24th and last.

The USCC race, which was also at Long Beach, was a close affair for much of the race, with great pit work seeming to make the difference for the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, which took the lead after a series of pit stops for the top runners, with 40 minutes of the race remaining, and went on for the win. The #2 Tequila Patron Nissan had their best results of the season, finishing second, 4.8s back. And third went to last year’s winners, the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, a further 0.5s back. The #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac, had the lead at one point in the race, but could not fend off a number of quick cars, so ended up in seventh place, but still only 16s down on the winners.

Formula E were racing around the streets of Rome in Italy, specifically around the Piazza Guglielmo Marconi. Felix Rosenqvist looked the strongest in the inaugural race, but when he clipped a curb 23 laps in, he broke his rear wheel and was out. That left the door open for three drivers – Sam Bird, Mitch Evans, and Andre Lotterer, who battled out down to the last laps. Energy remaining in the all-electric cars played a role at the end, with Evans not having enough to get past Bird who took the win, with Evans dropping all the way to 9th. Di Grassi inherited second, with Andre Lotterer completing the podium. Daniel Abt was fourth, followed by Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi.

Week-12 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 24 24
Josef Newgarden 26 26
Scott Dixon 19  
Simon Pagenaud   6
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 50 50
10-Konica Minolta 35 35
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 26  
Formula e    
Sam Bird 50 50
Jean-Eric Vergne 30 30
Sebastien Buemi   28
Totals: 332 321

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifth win of the year and three in a row. The difference was largely Sebastian’s unfortunate pick of Simon Pagenaud in Indycar, who got punted out of the race at the start. This result also means that iomracer takes over the season-long standings for the first time this year, albeit by a slim margin …

Standings after week 12:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 2 iomracer 2873   332 2541 -5
2 1 Sebastian 2867 -6 321 2546  
3 3 New Players 2654 -213 292 2362 -179



April 9, 2018

2018 Week 12

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Welcome to week 12 – another five races this weekend. F1 moves from Bahrain across Asia to Shanghai in China. NASCAR is on the short track of Bristol, Tennessee. Indycar is on the street circuit of Long Beach in California. USCC joins Indycar in Long Beach. Formula E takes to the streets of Rome, Italy. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 11:
F1 Bahrain, WRC France, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Texas, Indycar Arizona

Results – Week 11
Pos F1 WRC MotoGP NASCAR Indycar
1 Sebastian Vettel Sebastien Ogier Cal Crutchlow Kyle Busch Josef Newgarden
2 Valtteri Bottas Ott Tanak Johann Zarco Kevin Harvick Robert Wickens
3 Lewis Hamilton Thierry Neuville Alex Rins Jamie McMurray Alexander Rossi
4 Pierre Gasly Dani Sordo Jack Miller Erik Jones Scott Dixon
5 Kevin Magnussen Elfyn Evans Maverick Vinales Ryan Blaney Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Nico Hulkenberg Esapekka Lappi Andrea Dovizioso Joey Logano James Hinchcliffe
7 Fernando Alonso Andreas Mikkelsen Esteve Rabat Kurt Busch Ed Carpenter
8 Stoffel Vandoorne Jan Kopecky Andrea Iannone Darrell Wallace Jr. Tony Kanaan
9 Marcus Ericsson Kris Meeke Hafizh Syahrin Clint Bowyer Graham Rahal
10 Esteban Ocon Yoann Bonato Danilo Petrucci William Byron Simon Pagenaud

The F1 race in Sakhir, Bahrain, looked like it was going to be determined by pit strategy – 1 stop versus 2. But in the end Ferrari switched from a 2 stop to a 1 stop by keeping Sebastian Vettel out on soft tires well past their supposed life. The strategy worked, with Vettel able to hold off a charging Valtteri Bottas, who was on medium tires, by 0.5s. Lewis Hamilton started ninth after a poor qualifying, plus a five place penalty for changing gearboxes. But he quickly moved up the field to fourth place, and then when Kimi Raikkonen retired he had third, and that’s where he finished. For Raikkonen a disastrous pit stop which saw him run over a pit crew member, forcing him to stop, and out of the race classified in 18th place.

WRC was on the island of Corsica, making it the home event for the two Sebastians, Ogier and Loeb. And it was the two of them that headed the field on Friday, until Loeb misjudged the amount of dirt being dragged onto the asphalt, and crashed out. He returned on Saturday under rally 2 rules, and set a number of fastest stage times, but with the rally 2 time penalty, 14th was his finishing position. He left Ogier with a dominant lead over the rest of the field, and Ogier drove to a comfortably managed win. Kris Meeke, Thierry Neuville, and Ott Tanak were in a close battle for second, but a misheard pace note led to a big crash for Meeke, leaving the battle between the other two. Setup changes overnight between Friday and Saturday left Tanak much more comfortable with his Toyota, and he was able to get ahead of Neuville on Saturday after Meeke’s crash, and hold on for second place. Neuville took the final podium spot.

MotoGP was in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Privateer Jack Miller took a well-deserved pole position after he took an enormous risk in qualifying by going out in wet conditions on slicks. He described his pole winning lap this way: “it wasn’t me, I was just hanging on”. Then at the start, with the rain coming down, Miller did exactly the same thing: went to the grid with slicks. The rain stopped and everyone (except Miller) headed for the pits for slick tires. With the scheduled start time passing, Miller rightly called foul, and that he should have been able to take the start while everyone was in the pits. But the officials were also in the right postponing the start. They couldn’t have the whole field (except for Miller) starting from the pit lane, that would have presented an enormous safety issue. The compromise was bizarre. They gridded the field significantly behind Miller, essentially giving him a head start. The strangeness didn’t end there. Marquez stalled his bike, then refused to push it off the grid, in violation of the rules, and another safety issue. He was penalized when the race got underway with a ride-through the pits, putting him down into 20th place. He then literally barged his way through the field, resulting in another penalty in which he had to allow riders back past him. On the charge again, he eventually caught Valentino Rossi and punted him of his bike. Another 30s penalty for Marquez. Meanwhile, up front, Cal Crutchlow, Johann Zarco, Alex Rins, and Milller were battling out for the lead. A mistake by Miller dropped him back. There were changes for the lead between the remaining three, but it was Crutchlow that prevailed in the end to take the win over Zarco, with Rins in third and Miller fourth. Marquez with his penalty was placed 19th, one place ahead of Valentino Rossi (20th). Andrea Dovizioso had a quiet race, finishing 6th.

The NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway just outside of Dallas, had an eventful first half, with several drivers having problems, but the second half was a bit of a sleeper. There were almost no stoppages in the second half of the race, which resulted in only ten drivers finishing on the lead lap. At the front of those ten was Kyle Busch, who took the win ahead of Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray.

Indycar was at the “flat” oval of ISM Raceway, formerly Phoenix International Raceway, in Phoenix, Arizona, and as is typical with Indycar at an oval, there were plenty of lead changes with a lot of different names up front. The final yellow came out with 21 laps to go after Ed Jones hit the wall. That sent a number of leaders into the pits. When they came out, they were behind a number of lapped cars, but per Indycar rules those cars were sent to the pit lane so as not to interfere with the race leaders. On the restart it was Robert Wickens at the front, followed by Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, and Joseph Newgarden. Newgarden quickly got by Rossi and Hinchcliffe, and started working on Wickens. Newgarden took the lead with three laps to go, and deservedly won the race, followed across the line by Wickens, Dixon, and Rossi. In that last stop, Scott Dixon got a wing adjustment, and that paid off with him climbing to fourth, which was a great result considering he started 17th on the grid.

Week-11 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 12 12
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Thierry Neuville 35
Sebastien Loeb 16 16
Andrea Dovizioso 28 28
Marc Marquez 12 12
Valentino Rossi 11 11
Scott Dixon 32
Totals: 289 286

Congratulations to iomracer and his 4th win of the year. Obviously the difference was his Neuville pick who finished third in WRC, versus Sebastian’s Dixon pick who finished fourth in Indycar. No changes in positions in the season standings, but the gap is now just 5 points …

Standings after week 11:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2546 286 2260
2 2 iomracer 2541 -5 289 2252 -8
3 3 New Players 2362 -179 263 2099 -153


April 2, 2018

2018 Week 11

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Welcome to week 11 – five races this weekend. F1 comes “up” from Australia to Bahrain’s International Circuit in Sakhir. WRC has their first all-tarmac rally on the roads of the island of Corse, France. MotoGP is at Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. NASCAR is at the intermediate track of Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. And Indycar is at the flat oval of ISM Raceway, formerly Phoenix International Raceway, in Phoenix, Arizona. Make your picks at:

Scores from week 10:
No races last week.

There was no racing this past weekend, so obviously no changes in positions in the season long standings, with Sebastian in the lead with six wins versus iomracer’s three wins …

Standings after week 10:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2260 297 1963
2 2 iomracer 2252 -8 341 1911 -52
3 3 New Players 2099 -153 276 1823 -88


March 28, 2018

2018 Week 10

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Welcome to week 10 – no races this weekend – the only time this happens this season. But it’ll be a busy five race weekend in a couple of weeks, so why not make your picks early at:

Scores from week 9:
F1 Australia, NASCAR Virginia:

Results – Week 9
1 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer
2 Lewis Hamilton Kyle Busch
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ryan Blaney
4 Daniel Ricciardo Martin Truex Jr.
5 Fernando Alonso Kevin Harvick
6 Max Verstappen Joey Logano
7 Nico Hulkenberg Alex Bowman
8 Valtteri Bottas AJ Allmendinger
9 Stoffel Vandoorne Chase Elliott
10 Carlos Sainz Brad Keselowski

F1 opened their season “down under” in Melbourne, Australia. Lewis Hamilton was dominant in practice, qualifying, including a new lap record, and when he got the lead from pole at the start of the race, he methodically pulled away from the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. But on-track problems with both Haas cars caused the safety car to come out. Both Hamilton and Raikkonen had been to the pits, but Vettel hadn’t, so when he came in under the safety car, he was able to come out in the lead. The new cars don’t seem to like the turbulent air of a car in front, so when the race restarted Hamilton couldn’t get past, and had to settle for a second-place finish, with Raikkonen in third. The Haas cars had looked good at the beginning of the race, but a terrible pit error for Kevin Magnussen meant that he left the pits with a loose wheel and had to pull over and out of the race, classified in 17th place at the end. Up front Daniel Ricciardo was putting the pressure on Raikkonen, and was trying to become the first Australian to podium in his home race. But the turbulent air of the Ferrari also seemed to hinder Ricciardo’s Red Bull, so he had to settle for fourth. A big gap then to Fernando Alonso in fifth place. Max Verstappen finished sixth after a wild race where he was seen driving sideways many times, and a spin before half way put him out of serious contention. Valtteri Bottas started the race 15th on the grid after a big crash in qualifying, so did well to drive to an 8th place finish.

The NASCAR race in Martinsville was postponed from the planned Sunday race until Monday, because of all things, snow! When the race got underway it turned out to be a bit of a sleeper. Although there were two different stage winners (Denny Hamlin in Stage 1, and Ryan Blaney in Stage 2), Clint Bowyer took the lead with 215 laps to go, and went on to win. He had a little help with 116 laps to go, when the sole caution of the day (for something other than the end of a stage) came out, allowing him to correct a fuel-shortage mistake that the team had made earlier. Kyle Busch came in second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick. Brad Keselowski had a good race, taking second place after Stage 1, but faded a little towards the end of the race, finishing 10th. Jimmie Johnson still looks like he has some work to do to get on form – he finished a lap down in 15th place.

Week-9 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Daniel Ricciardo 32 32
Fernando Alonso 30  
Max Verstappen 28 28
Valtteri Bottas 24 24
Kevin Magnussen   13
Kyle Busch 40 40
Martin Truex Jr. 32  
Kevin Harvick 30  
Brad Keselowski   20
Jimmie Johnson   15
Totals: 341 297

Congratulations to iomracer and his third win of the year. Getting three of the top five NASCAR drivers was probably more luck that skill, but it led to the largest two-race points total of the season so far for iomracer. However, no changes in positions in the season standings, although things tighten up quite a bit …

Standings after week 9:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2260   297 1963  
2 2 iomracer 2252 -8 341 1911 -52
3 3 New Players 2099 -153 276 1823 -88


March 19, 2018

2018 Week 9

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Welcome to week 9 – two races this weekend. F1 has their season opener around Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. NASCAR has their first short-track race at Martinsville in Virginia. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 8:
MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR California, USCC Florida, Formula E Uruguay:

Results – Week 8
Pos MotoGP NASCAR USCC Formula e
1 Andrea Dovizioso Martin Truex Jr. 22-Tequila Patron ESM Jean-Eric Vergne
2 Marc Marquez Kyle Larson 10-Konica Minolta Lucas di Grassi
3 Valentino Rossi Kyle Busch 31-Whelen Engineering Racing Sam Bird
4 Cal Crutchlow Brad Keselowski 54-CORE Autosport Mitch Evans
5 Danilo Petrucci Joey Logano 32-United Autosports Felix Rosenqvist
6 Maverick Vinales Denny Hamlin 55-Mazda Motorsports Alex Lynn
7 Dani Pedrosa Erik Jones 99-JDC-Miller Motosports Oliver Turvey
8 Johann Zarco Ryan Blaney 77-Mazda Motorsports Jose Maria Lopez
9 Andrea Iannone Jimmie Johnson 85-JDC-Miller Motosports Jerome d’Ambrosio
10 Jack Miller Austin Dillon 911-Porsche GT Team Maro Engel

MotoGP seemed to pick up from last season at their opener in Losail, Qatar, with Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez battling at the end of the race for the win. And it was Dovizioso that took the win by just 0.03s. As usual in a MotoGP race, there were a number of riders who were mixing up at the front of the race at one point or another, but at the end three riders had pulled away from the rest of the field; in addition to Dovizioso and Marquez, it was Valentino Rossi who took third place. Cal Crutchlow was the best of the rest in fourth. Among the top riders, two riders had a race to forget: Maverick Vinales, who was as low as 15th at one point in the race, but did pull himself up to a 6th place finish; and Jorge Lorenzo who hit the asphalt on lap 13 after a brake issue, leaving him 24th and last.

Kevin Harvick went to the superspeedway in Fontana, California, trying to accomplish the rare NASCAR feat of winning four races in a row. However, even before Stage one was complete, he seemed to get upset at the pressure Kyle Larson was putting on him and looked to make a move to side-bump Larson as a show of his displeasure. But it all went wrong for Harvick, with the move resulting in a hard hit to the wall, and a 35th place finish. That paved the way for another driver to win, and Martin Truex Jr. made it look easy by winning both stages, and the race overall.

At the USCC 12-hours of Sebring, the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan took the win, getting the best of the Cadillacs that seem to have dominated the series for a while, going back into last year. It was two Cadillacs that took the next two podium positions, with the #10 Konica Minolta car taking second place, and the #31 Whelen Engineering car taking third. The two LMP2 cars of Core Autosport (#31 – Oreca) and United Autosports (#32 – Ligier) were fourth and five respectively, and the only other cars to finish on the lead lap. The #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac had a collision with the #38 Performance Tech Oreca, which lead to extensive repairs for the #5 team, leaving them 20 laps down and a 16th place finish.

Jean-Eric Verne seems to like South America, as he led the way to winning the Formula E race in Uruguay, following up from his win in Chile in February. But it was close, with Lucas di Grassi keeping the pressure on him, crossing the line just 0.4s down. Sam Bird was third, somewhat in no-man’s land, being more than 2s down on di Grassi, but almost 2s ahead of fourth place Mitch Evans. Felix Rosenqvist finished fifth, so holds second in the championship behind Verne. Sebastien Buemi was not running at the end, completing 29 laps out of 37, and an 18th place finish.

Week-8 Player’s Scores iom seb
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Valentino Rossi 35
Maverick Vinales 28 28
Jorge Lorenzo 6
10-Konica Minolta 40 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35 35
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 14 14
Formula e
Jean-Eric Vergne 50 50
Sam Bird 35
Felix Rosenqvist 30 30
Sebastien Buemi 12
Totals: 328 334

Congratulations to Sebastian and his sixth win of the season. The difference was Sebastian’s better pick of Sebastien Buemi in Formula E, versus iomracer’s pick of Jorge Lorenzi in MotoGP. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 8:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1963 334 1629
2 2 iomracer 1911 -52 328 1583 -46
3 3 New Players 1823 -88 308 1515 -68


March 12, 2018

2018 Week 8

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Welcome to week 8. Four races this weekend: Moto GP has their season opener in Losail, Qatar; NASCAR goes to the superspeedway in Fontana, California; USCC is at Sebring in Florida; and Formula E is in Punte del Este in Uruguay. Picks can be made at the usual place:

Scores from week 7:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Arizona, Indycar Florida:

Results – Week 7
Pos WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick Sebastien Bourdais
2 Dani Sordo Kyle Busch Graham Rahal
3 Kris Meeke Chase Elliott Alexander Rossi
4 Andreas Mikkelsen Denny Hamlin James Hinchcliffe
5 Sebastien Loeb Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Thierry Neuville Clint Bowyer Scott Dixon
7 Pontus Tidemand Aric Almirola Josef Newgarden
8 Jari-Matti Latvala David Suarez Ed Jones
9 Gus Greensmith Erik Jones Marco Andretti
10 Pedro Heller Kurt Busch Will Power

As usual in the Mexican round of the WRC, most drivers hit some major issues during the weekend, either crashing, or mechanical failures. Sebastian Ogier steered clear of any such problems, although starting second on the road on Friday he did have a difficult day continuing to sweep the roads behind Thierry Neuville. But he stayed in contention, and that was enough as those around him fell to the wayside, giving him the win by more than a minute over Dani Sordo. Sordo impressively had the lead of the rally after Friday, but was overhauled by a certain former World Champion on Saturday morning, then suffered a puncture on Saturday afternoon to drop him down to third. By this time Ogier was charging and got the lead by a few seconds over Kris Meeke, who was also on a good pace. Up until then, Sebastien Loeb had been showing us all why some call him the greatest rally driver ever, by taking the lead from Sordo. This was Loeb’s first competitive outing in a WRC car, after being absent from the sport for three years. But a puncture for him too on Saturday afternoon dropped him to fifth. Meeke had a half-roll on Sunday, giving second back to Sordo, and that was the podium – Ogier, Sordo, and Meeke. Andreas Mikkelsen had a lack luster weekend, but without any major mishaps took fourth ahead of Loeb. Neuville had all sorts of problems, the worst of which was a flooded engine after a water splash, which by the time he recovered, had dropped him a minute on the stage. So, a sixth-place finish wasn’t too bad considering he also started the event as sweeper. Jari-Matti Latvala’s Toyota seems to suffer from the same engine issues as last year, so 8th was all he could do. Elfyn Evans had a massive sixth-gear roll on Friday morning, and with a resulting concussion for his co-driver, Dan Barritt, they were out of the event, and no points.

Kevin Harvick made it three in a row by winning the NASCAR race in Phoenix. Like the other two races, the real battle was for second place, with Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin battling it out, with that being the finishing order for second place through fourth.

Indycar opened their season on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, sporting cars with new aero packages that everyone seems to like. The Honda cars dominated by taking the first six places at the line, with Sebastien Bourdais winning. With two laps to go it seemed even more lopsided with Robert Wickens, also in a Honda, at the front of the field. But Alexander Rossi tried to get by in a very aggressive move that punted Wickens off the track and opened the door for Bourdais to take the lead, then the win. Graham Rahal also go through that incident favorably, taking second place across the line, ahead of Rossi. Scott Dixon finished sixth, which was actually quite impressive considering he got a penalty that put him at the back of the field early in the race, and then had a pit drive-through penalty fairly late in the race. In seventh was Joseph Newgarden who looked like he’d be handed a huge advantage when he pitted just before a yellow, but then strangely came in again when then field pitted under that yellow. Had he stayed out, he’d have had the lead on almost the same tires and fuel load as everyone else. Will Power crashed on the opening lap but got back to the pits for a new rear wing, and was able to continue, eventually finishing 10th. Simon Pagenaud finished 13th.

Week-7 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Sebastien Loeb 30 30
Thierry Neuville 28 28
Jari-Matti Latvala 24
Ott Tanak 16 16
Elfyn Evans 0
Kevin Harvick 50
Graham Rahal 40
Scott Dixon 28 28
Josef Newgarden 26 26
Will Power 20 20
Simon Pagenaud 17 17
Totals: 279 265

Congratulations to iomracer and his second win of the season. Obviously, the duck for Sebastian with Elfyn Evans failing to complete the WRC event made the biggest difference. No changes in position in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 7:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1629 265 1364
2 2 iomracer 1583 -46 279 1304 -60
3 3 New Players 1515 -68 252 1263 -41


March 5, 2018

2018 Week 7

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Welcome to week 7. Three events this weekend with WRC in Mexico for their high-altitude gravel event; NASCAR on the short track of Phoenix in Arizona; and Indycar on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Las Vegas, Formula E Mexico City:

Results – Week 6
Pos NASCAR Formula e
1 Kevin Harvick Daniel Abt
2 Kyle Busch Oliver Turvey
3 Kyle Larson Sebastien Buemi
4 Martin Truex Jr. Nelson Piquet Jr.
5 Ryan Blaney Jean-Eric Vergne
6 Brad Keselowski Mitch Evans
7 Joey Logano Antonio Felix da Costa
8 Erik Jones Edoardo Mortara
9 Paul Menard Lucas di Grassi
10 Aric Almirola Alex Lynn

Like last week, Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR race in Las Vegas, this time sweeping all stages of the event on his way to an easy victory. The Kyle’s Busch and Larson had a good battle at the end of the race to decide second place, which Busch took over Larson. Martin Truex Jr. had the lead of the race for a while, but couldn’t sustain a race winning speed, so had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Ryan Blaney was fifth, followed by Brad Keselowski in sixth and Joey Logano in seventh. Jimmie Johnson was never a factor, but a silver lining was his 12th place finish after starting 35th after a pre-race tech violation penalty. Denny Hamlin finished 17th.

Daniel Abt thought he’d won his first Formula E race in Hong Kong, but that result was taken away when the FIA found issues with the team, so victory in Mexico City felt like redemption for him and the team. Daniel credited a fast pit stop at the halfway point of the race as the defining moment that put him into the lead. He came out of the pits ahead of Oliver Turvey who held on to second place to the end of the race. The third step of the podium was taken by Sebastien Buemi. Nelson Piquet Jr. was fourth, and series points leader Jean-Eric Vergne was fifth. Edoardo Mortara was 8th and Sam Bird was 17th. Failing to finish was Felix Rosenqvist who was classified in 19th, and Nick Heidfeld who was classified 20th and last after completing just 27 laps (of 47).

Week-6 Player’s Scores iom seb
Martin Truex Jr.   32
Brad Keselowski 28 28
Joey Logano 26  
Jimmie Johnson   18
Denny Hamlin 13  
Formula e    
Sebastien Buemi 35 35
Nelson Piquet Jr. 32 32
Jean-Eric Vergne 30 30
Edoardo Mortara 24 24
Sam Bird 13 13
Felix Rosenqvist 11 11
Nick Heidfeld 10 10
Totals: 222 233

Congratulations to Sebastian with his fifth win of the season and four in a row. The volatile picks of NASCAR made the different. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 6:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1364   233 1131  
2 2 iomracer 1304 -60 222 1082 -49
3 3 New Players 1263 -41 213 1050 -32



February 26, 2018

2018 Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and two races this weekend. NASCAR goes across America to their second intermediate track this year in Las Vegas; and Formula E goes to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 5:
NASCAR Atlanta:

Results – Week 5
1 Kevin Harvick
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Clint Bowyer
4 Denny Hamlin
5 Martin Truex Jr.
6 Joey Logano
7 Kyle Busch
8 Kurt Busch
9 Kyle Larson
10 Chase Elliott

Kevin Harvick dominated the racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway by winning the support Xfinity race on Saturday, and then dominating in the Cup race on Sunday for another win. Brad Keselowski was the most serious challenger to Harvick, winning the second stage of the race, and then starting alongside Harvick at the restart after the final caution. But Harvick’s car was too fast and Keselowski had to settle for second, followed by Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin. Filling in the next 6 spots for the top 10 were: Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, the Busch brothers Kyle and Kurt, then Kyle Larson, and Chase Elloitt. Despite winning the Daytona 500 the week before, Austin Dillon did not look strong in Atlanta, and spent much of the race mid-pack, finishing 14th.

Players Scores:

Week-5 Player’s Scores iom seb
Kevin Harvick 50 50
Brad Keselowski 40 40
Martin Truex Jr. 30 30
Joey Logano 28 28
Kyle Busch 26
Kurt Busch 24
Kyle Larson 22 22
Chase Elliott 20
Austin Dillon 16
Totals: 206 220

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the season and three in a row. Picking the Busch brothers was the key to winning this week. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 5:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1131 220 911
2 2 iomracer 1082 -49 206 876 -35
3 3 New Players 1050 -32 200 850 -26


February 19, 2018

2018 Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – it’s NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway, an intermediate oval. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 4:
WRC Sweden, NASCAR Daytona:

Results – Week 4
1 Thierry Neuville Austin Dillon
2 Craig Breen Darrell Wallace Jr.
3 Andreas Mikkelsen Denny Hamlin
4 Esapekka Lappi Joey Logano
5 Hayden Paddon Chris Buescher
6 Mads Ostberg Paul Menard
7 Jari-Matti Latvala Ryan Blaney
8 Teemu Suninen Ryan Newman
9 Ott Tanak Michael McDowell
10 Elfyn Evans AJ Allmendinger

At lot of snow at WRC Rally Sweden this year meant snow-ploughing for the road openers, and lots of grip for the later runners as their studded tires found the ice under the snow base. So, as road-opener, Sebastian Ogier saw the worst of the conditions, and there was nothing he could do but lose lots of time on Friday. His teammate, and second on the road, Ott Tanak didn’t have it much better, and by Saturday both of them were outside of the top 10, and many minutes down. There was no recovering from that, so an 11th place finish for Ogier, and 9th for Tanak. Thierry Neuville started fifth on the road, and by then the road was clean enough for him to post good times. He took the lead after Stage 3, and although the margins were never big, he kept the lead to the finish and the win. The battle for the other podium positions was tight throughout the rally, and it was a delighted Craig Breen who finished second. Andreas Mikkelsen had second for much of the event, but a small error late Saturday dropped him behind Breen, and he finished third. Hayden Paddon was another driver who had second place for a bit, but a small error from him meant a 5th place finish in a close field. Jari-Matti Latvala was a favorite going into the event, but a slow start, and minor technical issues throughout the event kept him in the middle of the pack, and a 7th place finish. Just like Monte Carlo, a flat tire early in a stage on Friday meant lots of time lost for Elfin Evans, and 10th place was his finishing position. Kris Meeke had another poor weekend, with errors and technical issues resulting in a 32nd place finish.

There were a lot of crashes at NASCAR’s Daytona 500, with multiple crashes at the end deciding the finishing order. Ryan Blaney had the lead for most of the race, but got wrapped up with Kurt Busch with a few laps to go, causing a massive crash and a green-white-checkered finish for the rest of the field. Busch finished 26th. And on the last lap, leader, Aric Almirola got turned around by Austin Dillon, who went on to take the win. Second and third were decided by a fraction of an inch, with Darrell Wallace Jr. edging over the line for second ahead of Denny Hamlin. Joey Logano was fourth. In the early crashes Jimmie Johnson was one of the first out, classified 38th at the end. Brad Keselowski was also caught up in an early crash, one that also took out Danica Patrick in her final NASCAR race. Keselowski finished 32nd. Martin Truex Jr. finished 18th.

Week-4 Player’s Scores iom seb
Thierry Neuville 50
Craig Breen 40
Andreas Mikkelsen 35 35
Hayden Paddon 30
Jari-Matti Latvala 26 26
Ott Tanak 22 22
Elfyn Evans 20 20
Sebastien Ogier 19 19
Kris Meeke 1
Denny Hamlin 35
Joey Logano 32
Martin Truex Jr. 12
Kurt Busch 4
Brad Keselowski 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Totals: 218 232

Congratulations to Sebastian and his third win of the season. Results were mixed with both sets of picks, with iomracer’s pick of Kris Meeke in WRC looking particularly damaging. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 4:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 911 232 679
2 2 iomracer 876 -35 218 658 -21
3 3 New Players 850 -26 214 636 -22


February 12, 2018

2018 Week 3

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Welcome to week 4. Two events this coming weekend: the Swedish WRC Rally; and the opening regular season event for NASCAR, the Daytona 500. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 3:

NASCAR Clash at Daytona:

Results – Week 3
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Joey Logano
3 Kurt Busch
4 Ryan Blaney
5 Austin Dillon
6 Denny Hamlin
7 Kyle Busch
8 Erik Jones
9 Kevin Harvick
10 Kyle Larson

It was mostly a crash-free race for 74 laps at NASCAR’s opening exhibition race of their season, the Clash at Daytona. The final lap was the most notable exception with a multicar pile-up that took out Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. among others. It was started when Kyle Larson ran into the back of Jimmie Johnson. There had been plenty of bumping, but it seems Larson bumped Johnson harder than he intended, and it turned Johnson into the wall, with several other drivers running into the wreck. It made no difference to Brad Keselowski who was out ahead of Joey Logano and Kurt Busch, with the three of them finishing in that order. Ryan Blaney was fourth, followed by Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch. Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson rounded out the top 10. Johnson finished 12th, and Truex Jr. finished 14th.

Week-3 Player’s Scores iom seb
Brad Keselowski 50
Joey Logano 40 40
Kurt Busch 35
Austin Dillon 30
Denny Hamlin 28
Kyle Busch 26 26
Kevin Harvick 22 22
Kyle Larson 20
Jimmie Johnson 18
Chase Elliott 17
Martin Truex Jr. 16
Totals: 191 199

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning the week, despite iomracer picking the winner Keselowski. The final lap crash hurt the picks of iomracer by shuffling Larson and Truex Jr. down the order. Sebastian remains in the lead in the season long standings …

Standings after week 3:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 679 199 480
2 2 iomracer 658 -21 191 467 -13
3 3 New Players 636 -22 189 447 -20


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