The Motor Racing Game

April 17, 2017

2017 Week 14

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:56 am

Welcome to week 14 – three races this week. Moto GP is at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the U.S.; NASCAR is at the short-track in Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar goes to Alabama and the Barber road course. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 13:

F1 Bahrain, WEC England:

Results – Week 13
Pos F1 WEC
1 Sebastian Vettel 8-Toyota Racing
2 Lewis Hamilton 2-Porsche Team
3 Valtteri Bottas 1-Porsche Team
4 Kimi Raikkonen 38-Jackie Chan DC
5 Daniel Ricciardo 31-Rebellion
6 Felipe Massa 28-TDS Racing
7 Sergio Perez 36-Signatech Alpine
8 Romain Grosjean 26-G-Drive Racing
9 Nico Hulkenberg 24-Manor TRS
10 Esteban Ocon 25-Manor TRS

It looks like the competition among the top teams in F1 is truly more equitable this year versus past years. Mercedes and Ferrari have had some good battles this year, and the race in Bahrain was no exception. Red Bull wasn’t far off the pace either. And pit visits also played an important role. But at the start it was Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes that got the jump on everyone else, with Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari beating Lewis Hamilton into turn one, and Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo right behind. It was Ferrari that pitted first after only 10 laps, but their subsequent pace made it look like a good decision. The Red Bulls followed, but when Verstappen came back out on track, he crashed, likely due to brake failure. That forced both Mercedes to the pits at the same time. Understanding that he’d get stuck behind his teammate, Hamilton drove through the pits slowly, and surprisingly got penalized for driving too slow! Once Hamilton got back out on track, he soon caught Bottas, and everyone got to see that Hamilton is definitely the team’s #1 driver, as Bottas pulled aside and let Hamilton past. Vettal, in the lead at that point, pitted again, as did Hamilton. But Hamilton was held for five seconds, serving his earlier penalty. When he came out, he again quickly caught his teammate, who let him through again. But the penalty was too much to overcome, and Hamilton had to settle for second place, behind race winner Vettel. Bottas finished third, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing a scant two seconds further adrift in fourth. Fifth was Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, showing some competitiveness from that team. Verstappen’s crash left him classified in 18th place.

Toyota was competitive in the WEC last year, but not enough to take the title. If the season opening at Silverstone in England is any indication, then they’ve ratcheted it up a notch this year, leading to the win by the #8 Toyota over last year’s champions in the #2 Porsche, although by just 6s after 6 hours of racing. The #1 Porsche was third, and the only other car on the lead lap. The #7 Toyota had a big crash when the rain came, and although it was able to get back to the pits, it took more than an hour to fix, and the driver (Jose Maria Lopez) went to the hospital, fortunately released later with no significant injuries. That all left them classified in 23rd place, 38 laps down on the winner. The #4 Bykolles car only managed 155 laps and were not running at the end, which officially classified them with a 26th place finish.

Week-13 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32 32
Daniel Ricciardo 30
Max Verstappen 12 12
WEC
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
2-Porsche Team 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 7 7
4-Team Bykolles 4
Totals: 305 331

Congratulations to Sebastian with his eighth win of the year with five in a row. The difference was clearly Sebastian’s pick of Ricciardo pick over Iomracer’s pick of the #4 Bykolles car in the WEC. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 13:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2691 331 2360
2 2 iomracer 2573 -118 305 2268 -92
3 3 New Players 2373 -200 275 2098 -170

 

April 10, 2017

2017 Week 13

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:39 am

Welcome to week 13 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Bahrain, and WEC kicks off their season at Silverstone in England. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 12:
F1 China, WRC Corsica, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Texas, Indycar California, USCC California:

Results – Week 12
Pos F1 WRC MotoGP NASCAR Indycar USCC
1 Lewis Hamilton Thierry Neuville Maverick Vinales Jimmie Johnson James Hinchcliffe 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Sebastian Vettel Sebastien Ogier Valentino Rossi Kyle Larson Sebastien Bourdais 2-Tequila Patron ESM
3 Max Verstappen Dani Sordo Cal Crutchlow Joey Logano Josef Newgarden 55-Mazda Motorsports
4 Daniel Ricciardo Jari-Matti Latvala Alvaro Bautista Kevin Harvick Scott Dixon 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Kimi Raikkonen Craig Breen Johann Zarco Dale Earnhardt Jr. Simon Pagenaud 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
6 Valtteri Bottas Hayden Paddon Jonas Folger Brad Keselowski Ed Jones 4-Corvette Racing
7 Carlos Sainz Andreas Mikkelsen Danilo Petrucci Jamie McMurray Carlos Munoz 67-Ganassi Racing
8 Kevin Magnussen Teemu Suninen Scott Redding Martin Truex Jr. Spencer Pigot 912-Porsche GT Team
9 Sergio Perez Stephane Sarrazin Jack Miller Chase Elliott Helio Castroneves 25-BMW Team RLL
10 Esteban Ocon Yohan Rossel Karel Abraham Kurt Busch Graham Rahal 3-Corvette Racing

A lot of action at the F1 event in China, with rainy conditions turning dry, crashes, lots of overtaking (at least behind the leaders), and close racing. Lewis Hamilton came out ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel to take the win by 6 seconds. Max Verstappen had a great race, coming from 16th on the grid to take third, including passing an impressive nine cars on the opening lap on a wet track. But he’s shown that before, that he seems unrivaled in the wet. As the track dried, Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo closed back up on him, but with the cars being equal, he couldn’t get around and had to settle for fourth. Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth which must be seen as a disappointing result given his teammate’s challenge for the win. He blamed a late pit stop which caused him to be out on the track for too long on worn tires, but questions are already raising as to whether he can be as fast as his teammate this year. Valtteri Bottas had an embarrassing spin behind the pace car that dropped him to 12th place; he recovered to a sixth-place finish.

WRC was at the all-tarmac event on the island of Corsica. Kris Meeke looked strongest and had built up a good lead late into the Saturday stages, until the engine on his Citroen expired, and that was the end of his weekend. His demise handed the lead to Thierry Neuville, with Sebastian Ogier close behind. But Ogier had a number of issues with his Ford both late on Saturday and on the opening stage on Sunday, which meant Neuville won with a dominant time margin. Ogier’s woes dropped him behind Dani Sordo at one point, but a power-stage push got him back to second, finishing just 1.3s ahead of Sordo. Jari-Matti Latvala struggled with finding the right set up for his Toyota for most of the race, but when he switched his transmission settings to the same ones his teammate Juho Hanninen (who crashed out) was using, he found a lot more speed, won the power stage, and finished fourth overall.

MotoGP was in Argentina and Maverick Vinales showed why he’s a favorite to win the title this year, with a solid performance and a comfortable win, while other top riders fell behind him. Jorge Lorenzo (23rd place finish), Marc Marquez (22nd), Dani Pedrosa(19th), Aleix Espargaro (18th), and Andrea Dovizioso (17th) all crashed (among others). The first three were solo crashes, but Dovizioso was unfortunate to be collected when Espargaro came off. At the end, behind Vinales, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi had a good battle going, and when Rossi got around Crutchlow with six laps to go, that settled the finishing order.

In the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson finally showed why he could not be counted out after a lackluster start to the season. He started at the rear of the field after changing tires between qualifying and the race, but kept his cool and methodically progressed through the field to lead with 16 to go, and then held on for victory, ahead of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.

Indycar was racing around the streets of Long Beach in California and there were lots of retirements. Not so for James Hinchcliffe who won the race. But it wasn’t easy for him. He was pressured late by Ryan Hunter-Reay, but Hunter-Reay’s car expired with six laps to go, leaving him stranded on track and bringing out the full course caution that bunched up the field. That meant pressure from Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden, but they couldn’t get around Hinchcliffe, and that was the finishing order (Hinchcliffe, Bourdais, Newgarden).

USCC was also at Long Beach and for the third race in a row (out of three races so far, this season), the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac won. Unlike the two earlier races, the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac could not secure second place after making too early a cut after passing a GTD car, getting clipped, and ending up in the tire wall; 29th place was their finishing position. The other Cadillac, the #31 Wheelen Engineering car also crashed, but theirs was a big one that ended their race and a 32nd place finish. This gave the other manufacturers a chance, and the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan made the most of it, finishing 2nd, 6.3s behind the Cadillac. And the #55 Mazda took 3rd place, a further 9s behind.

Week-12 Player’s Scores iom Seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 28 28
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 40
Jari-Matti Latvala 32
Kris Meeke 0
MotoGP
Maverick Vinales 50 50
Valentino Rossi 40 40
Marc Marquez 8
NASCAR
Indycar
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50 50
5-Mustang Samping Racing 2 2
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 1 1
Totals: 293 309

Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventh win of the year and four in a row. Iomracer was unfortunate with the retirement of Kris Meeke in WRC, when it looked like it was his race to win. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 12:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2360 309 2051
2 2 iomracer 2268 -92 293 1975 -76
3 3 New Players 2098 -170 267 1831 -144

 

April 3, 2017

2017 Week 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:24 am

Welcome to week 12 – almost all of the series are racing this weekend, WEC being the exception. F1 is in Shanghai in China; WRC is in Corsica for the French round of the series; MotoGP is at the Termas De Rio Hondo Circuit in Santiago del Estero, Argentina; NASCAR is at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas; Indycar is on the streets of Long Beach in California; and USCC joins Indycar in Long Beach. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 11:
NASCAR Martinsville

Results – Week 11
Pos NASCAR
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Kyle Busch
3 Chase Elliott
4 Joey Logano
5 Austin Dillon
6 AJ Allmendinger
7 Clint Bowyer
8 Ryan Newman
9 Matt Kenseth
10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville, and as is typical at this track there was lots of banging between cars, causing lots of cautions. But after the last caution, with 56 laps to go (out of 500) it looked like it was down to Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, with Busch in the lead. Keselowski got around him with 42 laps to go, and held on to take the win by 1.8s. Busch complained that he got a bad set of tires during that last caution, which unsettled the car and was why he couldn’t hold off Keselowski. Chase Elliott finished third, and Joey Logano fourth, which was a great result for Logano considering he was a lap down at one point and needed one of those cautions to get the lucky dog and back on the lead lap. Behind Austin Dillon in 5th and AJ Allmendinger in 6th, was Clint Bowyer who was the winner of segment one in the race. Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Newman in 8th, Matt Kenseth in 9th, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 10th. Jimmie Johnson has still not got his season together, finishing 15th; he may be down, but don’t count him out yet. Kyle Larson started on pole after Friday’s qualifying was rained out, causing the grid to be set by season points order, but he eventually lost a lap, then got it back via the lucky dog, and finished 17th. Kevin Harvick was another one to find himself a lap down, and recipient of the lucky dog with the third to last caution, but with most of the race gone, 20th was the best he could finish. Denny Hamlin started strong, finishing 2nd in segment one, but was involved in an altercation with Danica Patrick with less than 100 laps to go, so finished down in 30th place. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got caught in that same incident, which destroyed the radiator of his car, putting him out of the race and a 34th place finish. But that was better than Kurt Busch who crashed out just after the half way mark of the race, and a 37th place finish.

Week-11 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Brad Keselowski 50 50
Kyle Busch 40
Joey Logano 32
Clint Bowyer 26
Matt Kenseth 22
Jimmie Johnson 15 15
Kyle Larson 13
Kevin Harvick 10
Denny Hamlin 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1 1
Kurt Busch 1
Totals: 122 156

A dominant win by Sebastian by 34 points, and his sixth win of the year. No changes in positions in the season standings…

Standings after week 11:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2051 156 1895
2 2 iomracer 1975 -76 122 1853 -42
3 3 New Players 1831 -144 112 1719 -134

 

March 26, 2017

2017 Week 11

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:18 pm

Welcome to week 11 – just one race this weekend. NASCAR is at the short track of Martinsville, Virginia. Make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 10:
F1 Australsia, MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR California:

Results – Week 10
Pos F1 MotoGP NASCAR
1 Sebastian Vettel Maverick Vinales Kyle Larson
2 Lewis Hamilton Andrea Dovizioso Brad Keselowski
3 Valtteri Bottas Valentino Rossi Clint Bowyer
4 Kimi Raikkonen Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
5 Max Verstappen Dani Pedrosa Joey Logano
6 Felipe Massa Aleix Espargaro Jamie McMurray
7 Sergio Perez Scott Redding David Suarez
8 Carlos Sainz Jack Miller Kyle Busch
9 Daniil Kvyat Alex Rins Ryan Blaney
10 Esteban Ocon Jonas Folger Chase Elliott

At the opening round of the F1 season in Melbourne, Australia, Ferrari showed that they could be a serious challenger to Mercedes this year. Better pit strategy versus Mercedes certainly helped, but Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton by almost 10s at the end, so a somewhat convincing victory. Valtteri Bottas showed good form by closing in on Hamilton in the closing third of the race, to finish in third, just 1.3s behind, having been a lot further back than that after the last round of pit stops. These three were well ahead of the rest of the field. With these results it might be assumed that Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari would have done well, but Raikkonen claimed his car was suffering from understeer with the first set of tires, and a distant fourth place was his finishing position. Max Verstappen finished behind Raikkonen in fifth place. Daniel Ricciardo started the race two laps down after the car got stuck in gear on the warm up lap, and it took the engineers some time to free it, but once in the race he didn’t last long with what was reported as engine failure on lap 28; he was classified with a 17th place finish.

The MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, was an incredibly exciting race. Many fans took to twitter to suggest F1 should look at Moto GP to see just how exciting racing can be. Off the start it was the rookie Johann Zarco that took the lead. A dream start for him that was shattered on lap 7 when he crashed. But the great battle behind involved Andrea Ionnone, Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez, and Valentino Rossi who had quickly moved up the field from his 10th place starting position. Then Ionnone crashed on lap 11. Vinales, Dovizioso, and Rossi then built a gap over Marquez, but the excitement didn’t abate. Vinales and Dovizioso swapped the lead on almost every lap, including the last lap, with Vinales finally getting first over the line to take the win. Behind Dovizioso in second and the Doctor in third, was Marquez, a long way back but heading a group of three more riders, including Dani Pedrosa in fifth place. Jorge Lorenzo was thwarted by running off track on the opening lap, dropping him to 16th; 11th was his finishing position.

The NASCAR race in California was dominated by Kyle Larson, with Martin Truex Jr. being a close challenger for most of the race. But under the second to last caution, after which there were only five laps to go, Truex didn’t pit, and that was a mistake which took him out of the running for the final run. Another caution ensured leading to a green-white-checkered finish, in which Larson cleaned up, driving away from the field for a comfortable win.

Week-10 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 13 13
MotoGP
Maverick Vinales 50 50
Valentino Rossi 35 35
Marc Marquez 32 32
Dani Pedrosa 30 30
Jorge Lorenzo 19
NASCAR
Totals: 334 347

A win for Sebastian by virtue of a better performance by Raikkonen versus iomracer’s pick unique pick of Lorenzo. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 10:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1895 347 1548
2 2 iomracer 1853 -42 334 1519 -29
3 3 New Players 1719 -134 307 1412 -107

 

March 20, 2017

2017 Week 10

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:52 am

Welcome to week 10 – three races this weekend. F1 starts their season in Melbourne, Australia; Moto GP also start their season, but in Losail in Qatar; and NASCAR is at the superspeedway in Fontana, California. Make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 9:
NASCAR Phoenix, USCC Sebring:

Results – Week 9
Pos NASCAR USCC
1 Ryan Newman 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Kyle Larson 5-Mustang Samping Racing
3 Kyle Busch 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Brad Keselowski 38-Performance Tech
6 Kevin Harvick 8-Starworks Motorsport
7 David Suarez 3-Corvette Racing
8 Erik Jones 66-Ganassi Racing
9 Jimmie Johnson 62-Risi Competizione
10 Denny Hamlin 67-Ganassi Racing

Ryan Newman won the NASCAR race in Phoenix, Arizona, after staying out with old tires when the last caution came out. He only had to survive two laps, and he had two others behind him who didn’t pit under the last caution. They were Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr., who held up the rest of the pack that took tires. Kyle Larson, who had taken two tires was the first around the two Jr.’s but ran out of time to get around Newman, so settled for second. Kyle Busch led the most laps in the race, but he too pitted for tires under the final caution, resulting in a third-place finish. Kevin Harvick finished 6th after starting 23rd, so a good run for him. Jimmie Johnson had another mediocre race by his standards, but still finished in the top 10, in 9th place, just ahead of Denny Hamlin. Pole setter Joey Logano was the one who caused the final caution when he blew a tire, leaving him with a 31st place finish.

The USCC’s 12-hour race around Sebring came down to two Cadillacs. The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac had the lead but got held up by a GTD car, allowing the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac past. But then the #5 got held up by a different GTD car, allowing the #10 to repass, and into a lead they did not relinquish, to win by 13.6s. The #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac finished third, two laps down, but that made it a Cadillac one-two-three. The #85 JDC Miller Motorsports Oreca was the first non-Cadillac, a further two laps down. The #90 Visit Florida Racing Riley had engine and starter motor issues which needed several trips to the garage, resulting in a 37th place finish. The #22 Tequila Patron Nissan also had mechanical issues, leading to retirement after 158 laps (versus the 348 laps completed by the winner), and a 42nd place finish. The #2 Tequila Patron Nissan only manage 47 laps until they too retired with engine issues, and a 45th place finish.

Week-9 Player’s Scores seb
NASCAR
Kyle Busch 35
Kevin Harvick 28
Jimmie Johnson 22
Denny Hamlin 20
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50
5-Mustang Samping Racing 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35
90-VisitFlorida Racing 1
22-Tequila Patron 1
2-Tequila Patron ESM 0
Totals: 232

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the year. Iomracer failed to make an entry, so it was a solo-effort by Sebastian. No changes in positions in the season standings…

Standings after week 9:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1548 232 1316
2 2 iomracer 1519 -29 216 1303 -13
3 3 New Players 1412 -107 216 1196 -107

 

March 13, 2017

2017 Week 9

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:25 am

Welcome to week 9 – two races this weekend. NASCAR goes to the “flat track” of Phoenix, Arizona; and the USCC goes to Sebring for their 12-hour race. Please make your picks at: http://www.RoadRaceTracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 8:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Las Vegas, Indycar St. Petersburg:

Results – Week 8
Pos WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Kris Meeke Martin Truex Jr. Sebastien Bourdais
2 Sebastien Ogier Kyle Larson Simon Pagenaud
3 Thierry Neuville Chase Elliott Scott Dixon
4 Ott Tanak Joey Logano Ryan Hunter-Reay
5 Hayden Paddon Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
6 Jari-Matti Latvala Denny Hamlin Helio Castroneves
7 Juho Hanninen Ryan Blaney Marco Andretti
8 Dani Sordo Jamie McMurray Josef Newgarden
9 Elfyn Evans Matt Kenseth James Hinchcliffe
10 Pontus Tidemand Clint Bowyer Ed Jones

In the high-altitude test of Rally Mexico most of the new WRC cars struggled with numerous problems, including several cars overheating in the hot and thin atmosphere. Only Kris Meeke in the Citroen got through the first two days with no issues, and with his good starting position (toward the rear of the field where there’s no “sweeping”), he had a solid 37s lead over Sebastian Ogier going into the last stage. But he almost threw it all away when he went off road with less than a km to go. Fortunately, the subsequent trip through some spectators’ cars (one of which he missed by inches when he flew off the road) only cost him only 24s, so victory by 13s was his at the end. Ogier was ruing a spin he uncharacteristically had on Saturday, which probably cost him close to 13s, but second place and some bonus power stage points (for 2nd in that stage), places him back in his familiar spot at the top of the championship table. Thierry Neuville finished in a comfortable third place, overcoming a bad misfire in the Hyundai on Friday. Ott Tanak’s Fiesta was one of the cars that overheated on Friday, but he got through the day, and had a good pace through the next two days to finish fourth. Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai also had a misfire on Friday, but after that was sorted he was able to bring the car home in fifth. Jari-Matti Latvala’s Toyota had numerous problems on Friday, including center-diff and brake problems, so despite hard-charging after those problems were fixed, sixth place was the best he could do by the finish. Juho Hanninen was the leader after Thursday night’s super-special stages in Mexico City, but slowly dropped back over the next three days, due to being very sick, to finish seventh. And Dani Sordo finished eighth when his Hyundai suffered the most from a misfire on Friday.

Martin Truex Jr. had a great NASCAR race at Las Vegas, resulting in him being the first driver to win all three segments of the race in the new format, so maximum points for him. He was a little lucky at the very end when it looked like Brad Keselowski would win the race, but something broke on Keselowski’s car with two to go, and that let not just Truex past, but also Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano past, with them finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively, with Keselowski in 5th. Kyle Busch was in contention at the end, but Logano’s car got loose and he ran up and into Busch’s car, causing Busch to spin down the pit road and finish in 22nd place. Busch wasn’t happy, and tried to pick a fight with Logano in the pits after the race. He ended up the worse off, and hopefully will have NASCAR penalties coming his way on Tuesday or Wednesday (because Logano didn’t deliberately spin him, so there was no call for his behavior). Jimmie Johnson simply didn’t have a good day by his standards, and finished 11th.

Sebastien Bourdais had an amazing race in the season opening Indycar event around the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida. A crash during qualifying meant that he started dead-last, but great driving and great tire management got him to the front of the field and victory at the end. Both he and Simon Pagenaud made a key-call to stay out on track when the second full-course caution came out. With track position being so critical in a street race, it proved decisive, with Pagenaud claiming second place at the finish. Scott Dixon was simply steady all day, and third place was his reward. Helio Castroneves was sixth. Tony Kanaan collided with Mikhail Aleshin to cause that second caution of the day, but managed to recover enough to finish 12th. Will Power had numerous issues throughout the day, including taking a wheel gun to the track after a pit stop, and then suffering mechanical issues toward the end of the race, to finish 19th.

Week-8 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Kris Meeke 50
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Thierry Neuville 35 35
Ott Tanak 32 32
Jari-Matti Latvala 28 28
Dani Sordo 24
NASCAR
Jimmie Johnson 19
Indycar
Simon Pagenaud 40 40
Scott Dixon 35 35
Helio Castroneves 28 28
Tony Kanaan 18
Will Power 11 11
Totals: 317 292

Congratulations to iomracer and his 4th win in a row. iomracer’s pick of Kris Meeke in WRC made the difference. Still no changes in positions in the standings, although the difference in points is a whole lot closer …

Standings after week 8:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1316 292 1024
2 2 iomracer 1303 -13 317 986 -38
3 3 New Players 1196 -107 274 922 -64

 

March 6, 2017

2017 Week 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:19 am

Welcome to week 8. Three races this weekend: WRC is in Mexico for another specialized event, in the high-elevation gravel roads around Guanajuato; Indycar has their season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida; and NASCAR is in Las Vegas. Picks can be made at the usual place: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 7:
NASCAR Atlanta:

Results – Week 7
Pos NASCAR
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Kyle Larson
3 Matt Kenseth
4 Kasey Kahne
5 Chase Elliott
6 Joey Logano
7 Kurt Busch
8 Martin Truex Jr.
9 Kevin Harvick
10 Jamie McMurray

Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR race in Atlanta until 12 laps from the end when he incurred a penalty for speeding on pit road during a caution. That put him at the tail of the longest line of cars, with no chance of winning. On the restart is was Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson who battled it out. Keselowsi won out, and probably deserved it as one of the few who put pressure on Harvick at times during the race. Behind Larson, Matt Kenseth finished 3rd, Kasey Kahne 4th, Chase Elliott 5th, Joey Logano 6th, Kurt Busch 7th, Martin Truex Jr. 8th, and Harvick who recovered to 9th. Those included most our picks. Kyle Busch finished 16th, Jimmie Johnson 19th, and Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 30th after getting a flat tire and a pit penalty.

Week-7 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR    
Brad Keselowski 50  
Matt Kenseth   35
Kasey Kahne   32
Joey Logano 28  
Kurt Busch 26 26
Kevin Harvick 22 22
Kyle Busch 14 14
Jimmie Johnson 11 11
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 2
Totals: 153 142

Congratulations to iomracer and his third win in a row. Obviously it was the picks of Keselowski and Logano that made the 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 1024   142 882  
2 2 iomracer 986 -38 153 833 -49
3 3 New Players 922 -64 135 787 -46

 

February 27, 2017

2017 Week 7

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:22 am

Welcome to week 7. A single race again this weekend, and again it’s NASCAR, this time at the intermediate track of Atlanta. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Daytona:

Results – Week 6
Pos NASCAR
1 Kurt Busch
2 Ryan Blaney
3 AJ Allmendinger
4 Aric Almirola
5 Paul Menard
6 Joey Logano
7 Kasey Kahne
8 Michael Waltrip
9 Matt DiBenedetto
10 Trevor Bayne

NASCAR started their season at Daytona with a new format – a three segment race, with points awarded at the end of each segment. Obviously, the last segment had the most points as it decided the winner of the race – Kurt Busch. It was an 11-car final 10 laps – a short train due to the many big wrecks that happened during the race. The train stayed in line with Chase Elliott at the front until two laps to go, then it looked like a number of drivers started running out of gas, since cars started dropping away quickly, including Elliott. But no such problems for Busch and those who followed him across the line, with Ryan Blaney in second, and AJ Allmendinger in third. Joey Logano was 6th. Involved in the various crashes during the race were Kyle Larson who ended up classified 12th, Denny Hamlin who was 17th, Kevin Harvick 22nd,  Brad Keselowski 27th, Clint Bowyer 32nd, Jimmie Johnson 34th, Kyle Busch 38th, and Matt Kenseth in 40th and last.

Week-6 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Kurt Busch 50 50
Joey Logano 28 28
Kyle Larson 18
Denny Hamlin 13 13
Kevin Harvick 8 8
Brad Keselowski 3
Clint Bowyer 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Kyle Busch 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Totals: 121 102

Congratulations to iomracer with his second win in a row. The wrecks are so unpredictable but so influential for scoring in TMRG, and having three picks involved in early wrecks was too much for Sebastian’s picks. But no changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 6:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 882 102 780
2 2 iomracer 833 -49 121 712 -68
3 3 New Players 787 -46 98 689 -23

 

February 20, 2017

2017 Week 6

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:37 am

Welcome to week 6 and NASCAR is the only race, staying at Daytona, this one is the official kick-off of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, the Daytona 500. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 5:
NASCAR Clash at Daytona:

Results – Week 5
Pos NASCAR
1 Joey Logano
2 Kyle Busch
3 Alex Bowman
4 Danica Patrick
5 Kevin Harvick
6 Brad Keselowski
7 Chase Elliott
8 David Suarez
9 Chris Buescher
10 Jamie McMurray

A shorter race than the Daytona 500, and with a limited field, and nothing to lose for the drivers and teams, the Clash was supposed to be a spectator-friendly shootout. But rain nixed the Saturday evening race and it ran on Sunday morning instead. It was still a good race, with a very exciting end. Going into the last lap Denny Hamlin had the lead, but Brad Keselowski had momentum, and going into turn two he dived down underneath Hamlin’s line, and it looked like nothing was going to stop him. But Hamlin misjudged Keselowski’s speed, and when he turned down to close the gap, it was already too late – Keselowski was already there. They collided, and wrecked. Joey Logano, in third place, went to the outside and kept his foot in it. He cleared the wreck still with good speed, and with others behind him checking up, he had a clear rest of the lap to take the win. Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman were next to clear the wreck, and went side-by-side to the finish line, where Busch beat Bowman by a nose. The wreck also favored Danica Patrick who went from 10th place to finish fourth. Kevin Harvick was fifth, then came Keselowski, who fared better than Hamlin after the collision, and made it around to the finish line in sixth. Matt Kenseth was 11th. Hamlin didn’t make it to the finish, but being the last lap, he was the first a lap down, and an 13th place finish. Kyle Larson exited the race when he was taken out by Martin Truex Jr., 14 laps from the end, and a 14th place finish. Jimmie Johnson had two crashes during the race, with the second one taking his car out of the race, and a 16th place finish. His first wreck was when he lost the back of the car and took out Kurt Busch, just 16 laps into the race, leaving Busch out, and 17th place and last.

Players Scores:

Week-5 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR    
Joey Logano 50 50
Kyle Busch 40 40
Kevin Harvick 30 30
Brad Keselowski 28  
Matt Kenseth   19
Denny Hamlin 17 17
Kyle Larson 16  
Jimmie Johnson   14
Kurt Busch 13 13
Totals: 194 183

Congratulations to Iomracer and his first win of the year. Despite Keselowki’s run-in with Hamlin, his efforts to continue to the finish in sixth was the major difference in the score. No changes in positions in the standings, but Iomracer finally makes up some ground …

Standings after week 5:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 780   183 597  
2 2 iomracer 712 -68 194 518 -79
3 3 New Players 689 -23 178 511 -7

 

February 13, 2017

2017 Week 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:19 am

Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – it’s NASCAR’s “Clash at Daytona”, the exhibition race before their first “proper” race of the year, next week. Drafting is the feature of the race, so it’s a bit of a lottery trying to pick a winner. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 4:
WRC Sweden:

Results – Week 4
Pos WRC
1 Jari-Matti Latvala
2 Ott Tanak
3 Sebastien Ogier
4 Dani Sordo
5 Craig Breen
6 Elfyn Evans
7 Hayden Paddon
8 Stephane Lefebvre
9 Pontus Tidemand
10 Teemu Suninen

Unlike last year’s mudfest, WRC Rally Sweden this year had plenty of snow and ice, making it the proper winter rally that is expected. Using studded snow tires on the new and faster cars, made for very fast stages. As usual all drivers had some issue or two, but the most heartbreaking was Thierry Neuville, who, just like in Monte Carlo, crashed out on Saturday from a healthy lead. And like the Monte, it was more bad luck than bad driving. He returned on Sunday under Rally 2 rules, but penalties left him with a 13th place finish. In Monte it was Sebastian Ogier who inherited the lead, but just a few too many minor problems in Sweden had him in fourth place before Neuville’s demise, so the third step on the podium was the best he could do. It was his teammate in the Ford, Ott Tanak who had the best chance to push for the win after Neuville went out, but he had to settle for second when Jari-Matti Latvala blistered through the final stages to take the win for himself and the new Toyota team. Behind these three, Dani Sordo had another solid and steady event to finish the best Hyundai in fourth place. Then came Craig Breen in his first outing in one of the new WRC cars, so a good result for him in fifth in the Citroen. Elfin Evans was sixth, and Hayden Paddon was seventh after suffering through Saturday without power steering. Kris Meeke found a ditch that took the spectators eight minutes to pull out the car, so 12th was the best he could do. And Mads Osberg needed Rally 2 rules to come back on Saturday after losing his rear spoiler, rendering the car “undrivable”.

Week-4 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala 50 50
Ott Tanak 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 35 35
Dani Sordo 32
Craig Breen 30 30
Hayden Paddon 26 26
Kris Meeke 18
Thierry Neuville 17
Mads Ostberg 15
Totals: 216 228

Congratulations to Sebastian and his third win in a row. His Sordo/Osberg combination was better than iomracer’s Meeke/Neuville combination. No changes in positions in the year-long standings, but Sebastian pulls further out in the lead …

Standings after week 4:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 597 228 369
2 2 iomracer 518 -79 216 302 -67
3 3 New Players 511 -7 212 299 -3

 

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