The Motor Racing Game

September 25, 2017

2017 Week 37

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:55 am

Welcome to week 37 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian GP and 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. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 36:

Moto GP Spain, NASCAR New Hampshire, USCC California:

Results – Week 36
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch 90-VisitFlorida Racing
2 Dani Pedrosa Kyle Larson 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Jorge Lorenzo Matt Kenseth 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
4 Maverick Vinales Brad Keselowski 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Valentino Rossi Martin Truex Jr. 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
6 Aleix Espargaro Erik Jones 2-Tequila Patron ESM
7 Andrea Dovizioso Clint Bowyer 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
8 Alvaro Bautista David Suarez 22-Tequila Patron
9 Johann Zarco Ryan Blaney 24-BMW Team RLL
10 Pol Espargaro Joey Logano 62-Risi Competizione

At the Moto GP Aragon, Marc Marquez seemed untroubled by the five riders who started on the grid ahead of him. It took him a few laps to get the lead, but once there he looked comfortable, and took the win by 0.9s over Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Pole setter Maverick Vinales finished fourth. In a miraculous effort, Valentino Rossi qualified third, and finished the race in fifth – an amazing feat given that he broke his leg just three weeks ago. Andrea Dovizioso, who was tied for the championship lead coming into Aragon, finished 7th, losing the lead to Marquez. Johann Zarco finished 9th, and Cal Crutchlow finished 23rd after crashing out from a top 6 position six laps from the end.

The NASCAR race at New Hampshire was won by Kyle Busch who automatically advances in the Chase to the Contender round in two weeks. All but three of the Chase challengers finished in the top 20. Two of those three, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne now find themselves in the bottom four of the challengers putting them on the bubble for elimination after the next race, along with Austin Dillon (who finished 19th this week), and Ryan Newman (13th). But the points are close for Dillon and Newman, and a good result next week should get them into the next round. For Busch and Kahne on the other hand, they are 17 and 21 points behind the cutoff line respectively, so likely will need a win next week to stay in the Chase.

The USCC was at Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca) in California where the #90 Visit Florida LPM2 Ligier beat the #31 Whelen Racing Cadillac with a bold move entering the corkscrew, with just two laps to go. This is the first win by an LMP2 car in the U.S.’s premier sportscar series. The #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac took the final podium position. Seven of the eight Prototypes finished on the lead lap, with the #85 JDC Miller Oreca LMP2 in 4th, the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac in 5th, the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan in 6th, the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Ligier LMP2 in 7th, and the #7 Tequila Patron Nissan in 8th and a lap down.

Week-36 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Dani Pedrosa 40 40
Jorge Lorenzo 35
Maverick Vinales 32 32
Andrea Dovizioso 26 26
Johann Zarco 22
Cal Crutchlow 7
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40 40
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 35 35
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 32
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 30 30
2-Tequila Patron ESM 28
22-Tequila Patron 24
Totals: 312 342

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twenty fifth win of the year. Better picks in both Moto GP and USCC by Sebastian won the week. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 36:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9871 342 9529
2 2 iomracer 9404 -467 312 9092 -437
3 3 New Players 8395 -1009 281 8114 -978



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