The Motor Racing Game

October 1, 2017

2017 Week 38

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:32 pm

Welcome to week 38 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Suzuka in Japan; WRC is in Spain for Rally Catalunya; NASCAR starts their “Contender” round at the intermediate oval in Charlotte, with 12 drivers remaining in the Chase for the Cup; and the USCC has their finale at Road Atlanta with the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 37:

F1 Malaysia, NASCAR Dover:

Results – Week 37
1 Max Verstappen Kyle Busch
2 Lewis Hamilton Chase Elliott
3 Daniel Ricciardo Jimmie Johnson
4 Sebastian Vettel Martin Truex Jr.
5 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson
6 Sergio Perez Clint Bowyer
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Lance Stroll David Suarez
9 Felipe Massa Jamie McMurray
10 Esteban Ocon Brad Keselowski

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the F1 championship by finishing second versus his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel’s fourth place finish. It was a great race for Vettel, who had to start at the back of the grid after engine failure in qualifying. But it was Max Verstappen’s turn to shine. Starting from third place on the grid, he got a good start to be second through the first corner. On lap four he passed Hamilton for the lead, and never looked back, winning the race by almost 13s. Hamilton was also untroubled in second place for the whole race. Third through sixth were hotly contested with Daniel Ricciardo having to hold off Vettel for third place, until engine concerns caused Vettel to back off toward the end of the race. Valtteri Bottas had third place in the opening lap, but was unable to keep Ricciardo behind him, and then also got passed by Vettel, to finish fifth. Sergio Perez was sick, but managed his suffering to finish sixth, and the last car on the lead lap. Kimi Raikkonen had a disaster when, even before the formation lap started, his car had a turbo problem and he had to be pushed into the pits. Unable to fix the issue, he was classified in 20th and last place.

NASCAR had the third race of the Challenger round in Dover, which meant four drivers were knocked out of the championship, and 12 advanced to the Contender round. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch basically needed a win to stay in contention, but never came close with a 14th and 20th place finish respectively, so they are now out. Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon didn’t need a win, but did need good results, and both failed in that respect. They finished 13th and 16th respectively, not far enough ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was on the bubble for most of the race, but did enough with a 19th place finish to stay in the list of 12 who advance to the next round. Winning the race was Kyle Busch, who took over the lead from Chase Elliot with one lap to go, which was a shame for Elliot as he was a long-time leader and it would have been his first NASCAR victory. So the list of 12 who move forward in the Chase for the title are (in ranking order): Martin Truex Jr. who finished 4th, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson who finished 5th, Brad Keselowski (10th), Jimmie Johnson (3rd), Kevin Harvick (17th), Denny Hamlin (35th), Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney (23rd), Chase Elliot, Matt Kenseth (11th), and Jamie McMurray (9th).

Week-37 Player’s Scores iom seb
Max Verstappen 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Daniel Ricciardo 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Sergio Perez 28
Kimi Raikkonen 11 11
Chase Elliott 40
Jimmie Johnson 35
Kyle Larson 30 30
Matt Kenseth 19
Ryan Newman 17
Denny Hamlin 1
Totals: 274 322

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twenty-sixth win of the year. Better picks in NASCAR made the difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 37:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10193 322 9871
2 2 iomracer 9678 -515 274 9404 -467
3 3 New Players 8642 -1036 247 8395 -1009



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