Welcome to week 37 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian GP; WRC visits the island of Corsica for the Tour de Corse; NASCAR has its last round of the Chase “Challenger” races at Dover in Delaware, which means four drivers will be dropped from the Chase at the conclusion of the race; USCC is at Road Atlanta in Georgia for their final race of the year, the “Petit Le Mans”. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 36:
Moto GP Spain, NASCAR New Hampshire:
Marc Marquez took an easy win at Moto GP’s Spanish GP, although some mistakes in the beginning meant that he had to initially fight to get to the front. But once there he sailed home for a managed 2.7s win over Jorge Lorenzo. It was Valentino Rossi who looked like he might take second, but a mistake by Rossi while battling with Lorenzo meant that he had to settle for third. Maverick Vinales was in that battle for second for a while, until he ran wide at turn 12, and while that took away a podium chance, he was well clear of Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow had a bad start, which meant that he had to battle to move up from eighth to finish fifth. Dani Pedrosa was sixth. Andrea Dovizioso had a poor ride to finish in 11th. Andrea Iannone remains sidelined with his back injury, so did not start the event, and no points.
Following Martin Truex last week, this week in the NASCAR Chase at New Hampshire it was Kevin Harvick who secured a ticket to the next round by winning the race. Matt Kenseth looked like he might win at the end, but couldn’t keep Harvick behind him after the final restart of the race. Kyle Busch was third, and Brad Keselowski was fourth, which actually puts him atop the Chase standings after his good performance (5th) last week. Joey Logano finished 11th. The top 11 places were filled with Chase contenders (with the exception of Kasey Kahne). Not included in there were Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher who finished 23rd and 30th respectively, and need huge races at Dover next week to stay in the Chase.
Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventeenth win of the year, with one tie. Iomracer’s miss by picking Andrea Iannone who didn’t race, made the difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …