The Motor Racing Game

November 24, 2015

2015 Week 45

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Welcome to week 45 – just one race this weekend – the finale of F1 in Abu Dhabi – and the final week of the TheMotorRacingGame for this year. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 44:

NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:


The dream end to Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR career didn’t materialize as many had hoped, when a sixth place finish at Homestead left him behind two of the other Chase contenders. Those two finished first and second, but it wasn’t as close during the final seven-lap stint as the results make it appear. After the final caution, and with seven laps to run, Kyle Busch make a great restart and wasn’t challenged as he crossed the line, winner of the race, and winner of the Championship. Finishing second was contender Kevin Harvick, but he had to move a couple places through the field to get second, so never threatened Busch. The other Chase contender was Martin Truex Jr. who never really had the speed, and had to settle for 12th. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson filled the positions between Harvick and Gordon, with Keselowski leading much of the race, but having a poor restart at the end. Jimmie Johnson finished ninth after being penalized with a couple of pit pass-throughs for his jackman running into the car. That sounds strange, but apparently NASCAR warned the teams before the event that they would be penalizing that kind of action, after they determined that it could be a tactic to change the side-aerodynamics of the car to the driver’s advantage. Carl Edwards finished the race just ahead of Truex, in eleventh place. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got caught up in a multi-car wreck and finished down in 40th place.

The WEC had their finale in Bahrain. It was won by the #18 Porsche in a close finish over the #7 Audi, both finishing on the same lap after six hours of racing. The two Toyotas took the next two positions, 3 laps behind the leading cars, with the #2 taking third ahead of the #1. Fifth was the #17 Porsche, nine laps down, but a great result considering they needed multiple garage trips to resolve hybrid and engine problems, and it was enough for the drivers, Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, and Brendon Hartley, to win the championship. The #8 Audi also had mechanical problems, with brake failure, leaving them 11 laps down in sixth place. The #26 G-Drive Nissan was the winning LMP2 car, finishing 7th overall.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Drewe and his seventh win of the year with one tie. NASCAR picks of Busch and Keselowski did the trick. Drewe also took overall honors in NASCAR picks through the season. And in a sweep this week, Drewe also finished as best at picking WEC results. No changes in the standings…



November 16, 2015

2015 Week 44

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Welcome to week 44 – two races this weekend, and just two weekends left including this one. NASCAR has their finale at Homestead in Miami; the WEC has their finale in Bahrain. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 43:

F1 Brazil, WRC Wales, NASCAR Arizona:


Nico Rosberg again beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Grand Prix in Brazil, with Hamilton making it seem like he’s lost interest in employing aggressive tactics to win now he’s World Champion. The Ferrari’s were the only other cars that could stay on the same lap as the Mercedes, with Sebastian Vettel finishing ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Valtteri Bottas had received a grid penalty which meant he started 7th, but on the start he immediately jumped to 5th, and stayed there through the end of the race. Felipe Massa cross the finishing line in 8th, but after the race F1 excluded him from the results due to one of his tires being too warm in pre-start checks, so no points if you picked him. It also promoted Daniel Ricciardo to an 11th place finish.

The finale of the WRC season in Wales was a rainy and muddy affair which threw some drivers off track, notable Jari-Matti Latvala who crashed out on Stage 2, then on Saturday broke a driveshaft to end that day. He came back on Sunday with multiple stage wins, but that was only good enough for a 51st place finish (no points). No problems for Sebastien Ogier though, who led from start to finish. In the championship there was a manufacturer’s battle for second between Citroen and Hyundai. Kris Meeke led the way to that second place for Citroen by finding the right balance of speed and protecting the second place he inherited from Latvala, and keeping it to the end. Andreas Mikkelsen saw his slim opportunity to take second in the driver’s championship have merit with Latvala’s problems, but a third place finish wasn’t enough, although a good result. The Hyundais of Dani Sordo and Haddon Paddon finished fourth and fifth respectively, which put the pressure on Mads Ostberg to finish well to seal second place for Citroen among the manufacturers. And Ostberg did enough for Citroen by finishing seventh behind Welshman Elfin Evans.

The NASCAR race in Phoenix was delayed from a Sunday afternoon race to a night race due to rain. It ran about two-thirds distance when the rain came again. There was some disagreement as to how long it was going to rain and if they’d be able to restart, but it was soon apparent that it was settled in, so Dale Earnhardt Jr. was declared the winner while the cars where lined up in the pit lane under the red flag. For two of the drivers it was a tough break. Joey Logano needed a win and was third in the lineup, with a strong performing car, when the race was called. Carl Edwards needed to get seven places ahead of Martin Truex Jr. to get into the Chase instead of him, but was only two places ahead when the race was ended. Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski also needed a win, but lying 7th and 9th respectively when the rain came, they didn’t look like they had the goods. So that leaves Kevin Harvick (2nd in the race), Kyle Busch (4th), Jeff Gordon (6th), and Martin Truex Jr. (14th) as the four that will contend for the Cup at Homestead next week.


Congratulations to me and my fifteenth win of the year with two ties. Solid picks in WRC was the difference. And congratulations to me for the highest score in WRC picks, although that’s “my” sport, so I had made a lot of picks there. No changes in the standings …


November 9, 2015

2015 Week 43

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Welcome to week 43 – three races this weekend, and just three weekends left including this one. F1 moves south within the Americas to San Paulo in Brazil; WRC has their finale in the forests of Wales; and NASCAR has their penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona, in which the final four will be decided for the Chase for the Cup in the finale the following week. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 42:

Moto GP Spain, NASCAR Texas:


As expected the harsh penalty given to Valentino Rossi two weeks ago for aggressive riding against Mark Marquez, was too much for the Italian to overcome at the Moto GP race in Spain. He made a go at it, starting at the back of the field and passing all but the top three by the finish. But with Jorge Lorenzo leading the race from start to finish, fourth for Rossi wasn’t enough, and Lorenzo was essentially given the championship by the officials and their penalty decision with Rossi. Behind Lorenzo the two Honda riders were the other two podium finishers, with Marquez taking second ahead of his teammate Daniel Pedrosa in third. Behind Rossi the two Tech 3 Yamahas of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith took fifth and sixth. Next was the first of the Ducatis with Andrea Dovizioso taking seventh. Andrea Iannone crashed early in the race while ninth, and was classified 26th and last at the end.

Eight drivers are left in the NASCAR Chase for the Cup, with seven of them battling for the win at Texas and a ticket into the final four. Jeff Gordon already is in that final four with a win last week, and so he only needed to cruise in Texas, and indeed stayed out of trouble and came home 9th. Six others finished in the top 10, but none of them could beat winner Jimmie Johnson, who is not a Chase contender. Brad Keselowski had the best shot at victory, and in leading 312 of 334 laps he looked mighty tough to beat. But Johnson came strong at the right time – at the end of the race – and with Keselowski hampered by having to hold the car in gear, he could not hold off Johnson, and so had to settle for second. With most of the rest of the contenders doing well, Keselowski is still in a hole and either needs to win next week, or see two other drivers perform badly for him to make it into the final four. For the same reason, despite Kurt Busch finishing seventh, he too will need a win next week, or lots of help from three drivers. Joey Logano is in the deepest hole after having a tire let go early in the race, and could do no better than a 40th place finish. After being crashed out of the race lead last week by Matt Kenseth, he now has no choice but to win next week in Phoenix to keep his title hopes alive. Beside Gordon, the other three at the top of the order are Kevin Harvick who finished third, Kyle Busch who finished fourth, and Martin Truex Jr. who finished eighth. Carl Edwards finished fifth and is fifth in points, so needs a good race himself next week, and one of those three to have a bad race in Phoenix (and not see Keselowski, Kurt Busch or Logano win) to get into the final four. Sandwiched among the Chase contenders was Dale Earnhardt Jr. who had a great race to come back from a lap down after a spin, and finish sixth.


Congratulations to Drewe and his sixth outright win of the year with one tie, and the highest score (335) for a two-race weekend so far this year. Getting a NASCAR one-two was what squeezed him ahead of Sebastian for the week win. With Moto GP over, congratulations to Sebastian who wound up the series pick-winner. No changes in the standings …


November 2, 2015

2015 Week 42

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Welcome to week 42 – two races this weekend. Moto GP have their finale at Valencia in Spain, and the title will be decided between team mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo; NASCAR goes to the Intermediate track of Texas Motor Speedway for the second of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 41:

F1 Mexico, NASCAR Martinsville, WEC China:


After a season of fighting mostly against his teammate, Mercedes driver and World Champion Lewis Hamilton seemed more laid back, and did not fight to as hard in the first lap as he’d done in past races to take the lead, leaving Nico Rosberg to lead the race from start to finish, ahead of Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas managed to finish third despite being clobbered by Kimi Raikkonen, who broke his suspension in the impact and finished classified in 19th. Raikkonen’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel similarly had a coming together with another driver – Daniel Ricciardo – in the first lap which resulted in a puncture for Vettal; Vettel went on to have a spin, and then crashed out, finishing classified 18th. Ricciardo didn’t suffer too badly, and finished in fifth behind Daniil Kvat who at one point looked like he might have picked up third place but got passed by Bottas after the Vettal crash. Behind Ricciardo, Felipe Massa finished sixth.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville and as usual there, there were lots of cautions from lots of minor wrecks, and controversy when Matt Kenseth seemed to deliberately crash out race leader Joey Logano while being lapped. There was some “history” between them, but it was a surprising move by Kenseth, and with Logano classified with a 37th place finish, he has an uphill battle to get into the final race as one of the final four. Jeff Gordon was up near the front all race, and once Logano was dispensed of, Gordon looked like the one to beat, but no one could, and Gordon gets the free pass into the final Cup race in Homestead in three weeks. Of the other Chase contenders, four others had good races, Carl Edwards had a so-so race finishing 14th, and two others had almost as bad a day as Logano. Those who had a good race included, Kyle Busch who finished 5th, Martin Truex Jr. who finished 6th, and Kevin Harvick who finished 8th. Those who had a bad race included, Brad Keselowski who came together with Kenseth earlier in the race and finished 32nd, and Kurt Busch who got ran into that same incident dooming him to a 34th place finish. Jimmie Johnson finished 12th.

The WEC has one more race to run, but Porsche secured the manufacturer’s title in Shanghai in conditions that started wet, and dried as the 6-hour event progressed. The #17 Porsche won the event ahead of their teammates in the #18. The two Audis also finished on the lead lap with the #7 finishing ahead of the #8. The two Toyotas were fifth and six but the #2 was four laps down, and the #1 finished 5 laps down.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his ninth win of the year. A clean sweep of WEC plus Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR were the winning picks. No changes in the standings …


Note: Sebastian’s score is +35 points due to his week 39 pick of Jimmie Johnson, which he made via WordPress comments (Johnson was not available in the picks-website dropdown choices), finishing 3rd. That entry was missed by the automated scoring system, and since Sebastian posted it prior to the deadline for that week, the pick and score has been manually added in this week.

October 26, 2015

2015 Week 41

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Welcome to week 41 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Mexico City; NASCAR is at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia, for the first of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race; WEC has their penultimate race of their season in Shanghai, China. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 40:

F1 Circuit of the Americas, WRC Spain, Moto GP Malaysia, NASCAR Talladega:


Still three rounds to go in F1, but victory at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas by Lewis Hamilton was enough to secure him the World Championship title. It wasn’t a slam-dunk for Hamilton though, with the lead swapping a number of times, primarily between Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, and Daniel Ricciardo. The final decisive move came late in the race when Rosberg ran wide while in the lead, and essentially gifted the lead and eventually the win to Hamilton. Rosberg held on to second, less than a second ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo eventually got side-swiped by Nico Hilkenberg, which required a virtual safety car, and left Ricciardo down in 10th at the end of the race. Valtteri Botas had suspension issues and could not complete more than 5 laps, leaving him classified in 19th.

WRC was in Catalunya, Spain, for a mixed surface event. There were a number of different leaders and front-runners early on, including Robert Kubica who had the lead for a while, Ott Tanak who won a number of early stages, Jari-Matti Latvala, and of course Sebastien Ogier. But a slew of spins, crashes, and mechanical problems eventually sorted the top four as Ogier, Latvala, Andreas Mikkelsen, and Dani Sordo, with Ogier having a healthy lead of almost a minute over Latvala. But Mikkelsen wasn’t done and got ahead of Latvala for second and held a slim 1.6s advantage going into the final stage. Latvala was the third-to-last driver down that stage and set a blistering pace – 3.5s faster than Kris Meeke who had set the benchmark to that point. Next was Mikkelsen who went even faster, enabling him to hold on to second – at least that’s what he thought. Then while being interviewed at the finish line, the news came in that Ogier had crashed 4km from the end, and Mikkelsen had won his first WRC event in 64 tries. Ogier’s demise promoted Latvala into second, and Dani Sordo into third.

Dani Pedrosa won the Moto GP event in Malaysia over Jorge Lorenzo. But all the news was about Valentino Rossi, who finished third, and Marc Marquez. They were in a tight battle for third place early in the race, and after a series of back-and-forth passes between them, Rossi got to the inside of Marquez and then ran into him, causing him to crash and finish classified in 22nd. The race stewards investigated and handed Rossi a severe penalty for the final race of the year in Valencia – he is to start from the back of the field. With only 7 points between Rossi and Lorenzo in the championship, Rossi must finish no worse than on Lorenzo’s rear-tire to claim the title, and that now looks like a tall order. Back to Sepang, and Bradley Smith had a great race, coming from ninth on the grid to finish fourth behind Rossi. In fifth was Cal Crutchlow, and sixth Danilo Petrucci. The next two had a very close finish, with Aleix Espargaro seventh, just 0.146s ahead of Maverick Vinales. Our other pick, Andrea Iannone, had mechanical problems and retired, classified in 24th.

In NASCAR four more drivers were eliminated from the Chase leaving eight. Joey Logano won the Talladega event, sweeping the Contender round and leaving the other 11 to scramble for the 7 remaining spots on points. For Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr., their misfortunes in the earlier two races of the round meant they had to win at Talladega to advance. Dale almost did, finishing alongside, but just behind Logano when the race was called due to a pile-up just as the last lap started. Kenseth had no chance, being caught up in that final wreck, and hence finishing a lowly 26th. Ryan Newman was on the bubble going into this event, and a 12th place finish was not good enough to keep him from being eliminated. Denny Hamlin looked secure in the top third of the Chase order going into Talladega, but the seemingly silly problem of a flapping roof vent that couldn’t be secured, meant multiple trips to the pits, and he ended up 4 laps down in 37th place, and out of the Chase. So the eight drivers left in the Chase are: Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighth win of the year. Clearly the key picks were Mikkelsen in WRC and Pedrosa in Moto GP. No changes in the standings…


October 18, 2015

2015 Week 40

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Welcome to week 40 – four races this weekend. F1 is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA); MotoGP has their final race of their Pacific Rim tour, this time in Sepang, Malaysia; WRC has a mixed-surface event in Rally Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR has their last race of their “Contender” round, at the big restrictor plate track of Talladega, after which four more drivers will no longer be in the Chase for the Cup. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 39:

Moto GP Australia, NASCAR Kansas City:


The MotoGP race on Phillip Island has been described in the press as “one of the greatest grand prix motorcycle races of the past decade” (, largely because the four top protagonists battled side-by-side and nose-to-tail for the entire race, with other riders also in the mix in the early laps. It was in the last lap when Marc Marquez moved from fourth into the lead and crossed the line the winner, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone similarly passed Valentino Rossi on the last lap to take the final podium position. Behind them the next three also had a grand scrap, with Daniel Pedrosa finishing in fifth ahead of Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow. Our two other picks simply didn’t have a good race, with Bradley Smith finishing 10th, and Andrea Dovizioso finishing 13th.

In the NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway, it was race 2 of the “Contender” round, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth both had to win to get a pass into the next round. Neither did. In fact Earnhardt Jr. had another poor race, finishing 21st, which leaves him second to last place amongst the contenders and only a win next week will get him through to the next round. Kenseth on the other hand had a great shot at winning, leading the race with only a handful of laps to go. But last week’s winner, Joey Logano, was looking strong again, and was pressuring Kenseth when they come upon traffic to lap. With aerodynamics on Kenseth’s car degraded by the slower cars, he was forced to try and block Logano. But that didn’t turn out so well with Logano protesting the blocks by turning Kenseth around, and going on to take the win. Kenseth at least saved the car from the wall, and with a green-white-checker finish, was able to hold on to the lead lap and finish 14th. But that is not enough, and he will again need to seek the win at Talladega next week. Two other contender drivers finished behind Kenseth – Martin Truex Jr. in 15th, and Kevin Harvick in 16th. They are now on the bubble for elimination without a good result next week, along with Kyle Busch who finished 5th, Brad Keselowski who finished 9th, Jeff Gordon who finished 10th, and Ryan Newman who finished 11th. Besides the winner Logano, 2nd place finisher Denny Hamlin, 6th place Kurt Busch, and 8th place Carl Edwards are now positioned at the top of the Chase leaderboard, so would need a poor result at Talladega to miss out on the next round.


Drewe and I tied on points, but because we had different picks I win on count-back with two 2nd place picks versus Drewe’s one. But I think Drewe’s picks were slightly more impressive as I loaded up with the usually consistent Moto GP, and Drewe split his picks to include five in the volatile NASCAR series. No changes in the standings …


October 13, 2015

2015 Week 39

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Welcome to week 39 – two races this weekend. Moto GP are in the middle race of their 3 week Pacific Basin tour with a visit to Phillip Island in Australia; NASCAR has race 2 of their “Contender” round for the Chase to the Cup at the Kansas intermediate oval. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 38:

F1 Russia, Moto GP Japan, NASCAR Charlotte, WEC Japan:


Lewis Hamilton took an easy win in the Russian F1 GP after his teammate, Nico Rosberg had to retire following throttle problems (he was classified in 18th place). Sebastian Vettel also had an easy time in the Ferrari to finish second. Third place was much more exciting with three cars battling it out through the last lap. In the end Kimi Raikkonen punted Valtteri Bottas off the track giving third to Sergio Perez. Not in that battle, but inheriting fourth was Felipe Massa, which was an impressive result considering he started 15th. Raikkonen recovered from the incident to initially take fifth, but was then demoted to eighth after the stewards ruled that the punting was avoidable.

Wet, then drying conditions at the Motegi circuit in Japan proved decisive in the Moto GP. As the track dried tires started going off. It was Dani Pedrosa that managed his tires the best – as the track dried he started climbing up through the field, and eventually passed Valentino Rossi then Jorge Lorenzo to take his first win this year. It looked like Rossi managed his tires better than his teammate, because he too started to eat into Lorenzo’s lead as the track dried, and eventually passed him to finish second, with Lorenzo holding on to third. Marc Marquez never challenged for a podium, but wasn’t challenged from behind either, so finished fourth. Our other pick, Andrea Iannone had engine problems with his Ducati and retired from the race classified in 25th. Alex de Angelis who took a bad fall in practice remains in hospital in serious condition (brain hemorrhage, lung contusion, multiple fractured ribs, and multiple fractured vertebrae), but is reported to be improving. Let’s hope for a full recovery.

At the NASCAR race in Charlotte, the remaining 12 drivers in the Chase for the Cup entered the three-race Contender round, after which four more drivers will be eliminated. Joey Logano won the rain delayed race, which gives him a free-pass into the next Eliminator round. Two “contenders” who struggled outside of the top 20 and will have to do very well in the next two weeks, or win, were Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was 28th after hitting the wall, and Matt Kenseth who is in real trouble after finishing down in 42nd place following a crash that forced him to retire.

Team orders were on the menu for the WEC event at the Mt. Fuji circuit in Japan. The two Porsches finished a lap ahead of the two Audis, but the #18 Porsche that led most the race had to allow the #17 Porsche past in order for the trio of drivers in the #17 to take over the top spot in the driver’s championship, over the #7 Audi drivers. Similarly the two Audis swapped position, giving the #7 third, and the #8 fourth, to keep the championship as tight as possible. And to keep the teams in unison, the two Toyotas were fifth and sixth, with the #1 finishing ahead of the #2.


Only three of us played this week, and the only difference in our picks was Sebastian’s Andrea Iannone over Drewe and my pick of Marc Marquez. And with Iannone’s bike engine failing, it handed the joint win to Drewe and me. With Greased Lightning missing the week, third place toggles again, back into Drewe’s favor …


October 5, 2015

2015 Week 38

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Welcome to week 38 – four races this weekend. F1 goes to the Sochi Autodrom in Russia; Moto GP is at Motegi in Japan; NASCAR starts their “Contender” round at the intermediate oval in Charlotte, with 12 drivers remaining in the Chase for the Cup (I have narrowed the pick list to these 12); WEC is at the Mt. Fuji circuit in Japan. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 37:

WRC Corsica, NASCAR Dover, USCC Road Atlanta:


Torrential rain in Corsica caused the cancellation of two stages in the WRC Tour de Corse due to flooding and mud-slides, and provided tricky conditions which led to many drivers being ultra-cautious. Along with gearbox failure on Friday for Sebastien Ogier, it left Elfin Evans as the surprise leader at the end of Friday. But Evans’ performance was no fluke. While he was unable to hold off Jari-Matti Latvala, who went on to win the event, he did manage to hold off the charging Andreas Mikkelsen, enabling Evans to take second and his best result in the WRC. Kris Meeke drove cautiously for the entire event, enabling him to secure fourth place. Haddon Paddon was racing on tarmac for the first time in WRC, so surprised everyone with a solid fifth place. Dani Sordo was the early pace setter (after two stages) until he had to change a wheel mid-stage after a puncture, which dropped him well down the order – he recovered to sixth. With Ogier’s gearbox failure, he had to return on Saturday under Rally 2 with a 10-minute penalty; he recovered to 15th by setting a number of fastest stage times. Thierry Neuville was a victim of the slippery conditions when he hit a bridge and broke the car’s suspension just a few corners into the event. He also restarted on Saturday under Rally 2, but could progress no further than 23rd.

Reigning NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick was going to be out of the race for the Cup without a win at Dover. The reason he is reigning champion and the best driver so far this year was clearly shown when he did indeed win the Dover race – an ominous sign for the rest of the drivers still in contention. So he moves on to the “Contender” round with 11 other drivers. Not so for the four drivers eliminated: Jimmie Johnson who suffered from a broken rear-axle seal that left him with a 41st place finish; Clint Bowyer whose 14th place finish was not enough; Paul Menard who finished 25th; and Jamie McMurray who finished 4th behind Dale Earnhardt Jr., whom he had to beat to stay in. Kyle Busch also needed a high-placed finish to stay in the Chase, and second place was good enough. Matt Kenseth’s place in the next round was already secure with his win at New Hampshire – he finished 7th this week at Dover. Brad Keselowski finished 16th, but by staying out of trouble in the previous two rounds, and with reasonably decent results, he also stays in the Chase. So, the full list of drivers still in the Chase are: Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kevin Harvick.

The USCC had their final race of the year at Road Atlanta – the Petit LeMans. The flooding from torrential rain in the south-east of the U.S. was decisive in the race. The track was so water-logged that the race had to be cut short by two hours. It also meant that all the cars suffered from aquaplaning, except apparently the GTLM #911 Porsche, which seemed to be able to drive away from the rest of the field with ease, and ended up beating all of the Prototype cars to win the race. The #24 GTLM BMW also mastered the conditions, and when the #31 Action Express Corvette came into the pits for a routine stop just before the race was prematurely ended, the #24 inherited second place, which became the final result. The pit stop by the #31 proved costly, as the lost positions while in the pits – dropping them to 5th – meant that the championship went to the 3rd place finishing #5 Action Express Corvette. The #01 Ganassi Ford finished 4th. There was another GTLM car that finished on the lead lap – the #4 Corvette Racing car – and ahead of the #10 Wayne Taylor prototype Corvette in 7th. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette had a spin in the poor conditions that put them 2 laps down, and a 12th place finish.


Congratulations to Greased Lighting and his eighth win of the year with one tie. His pick of Kyle Busch seemed to make the difference, and it also puts him back ahead of Drewe in the season-long standings. With USCC wrapping up their season, it was me who ended up the best at picking USCC cars.


September 28, 2015

2015 Week 37

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Welcome to week 37 – three races this weekend. WRC visits the island of Corsica for the Tour de Corse, the substitute for the French round of the WRC that ran into financial problems; 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:

Scores from week 36:

F1 Japan, Moto GP Spain, NASCAR New Hampshire:


With engine troubles behind them, Mercedes got back to dominant form with Lewis Hamilton winning the F1 race in Japan by almost 19s over his teammate Nico Rosberg. The only challenge to Hamilton came in the first few corners when his teammate tried to take advantage, but it led not only to Hamilton getting the lead, but Rosberg running wide and being passed by Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari, and Valtteri Bottas in the Williams. Rosberg got back to second with pit stop strategy and some decisive moves. Similarly, Kimi Raikkonen used pit stop strategy to get by Bottas for fourth place. Felipe Massa’s chance of a good finish ended right at the start when he and Daniel Ricciardo got together at the start, forcing both to the pits for new tires and a new front wing for Massa. Massa finished in 17th place, two laps down.

The flip-flopping between the two teammates and main contenders for the Moto GP title continued at Aragon in Spain with Jorge Lorenzo taking the win, and Valentino Rossi finishing third. Rossi lost out to Daniel Pedrosa in an incredible finish in which they constantly swapped positions, and ultimately Pedrosa got across the line ahead of Rossi by just 0.09s. The outsider for the championship, and current champion Marc Marquez all but took himself out of contention by crashing (again), leaving him classified 25th and last. Andrea Iannone had an impressive race considering he was riding with a dislocated shoulder sustained in a practice crash; he grabbed second at the start, and although fell behind Pedrosa and Rossi in the race, still managed a fourth place finish. Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, and Pol Espargaro all had a great battle for the middle positions (5th through 9th), finishing in that order.

Reigning NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick needed a solid weekend at the Louden race in New Hampshire to stay in the Chase after finishing last last week. It was looking good as he dominated 99% of the race, keeping Matt Kenseth five car lengths back in the closing laps. But with two to go he ran out of gas, leaving him with a 21st place finish. But the drama wasn’t over as Kenseth also looked to run out of fuel coming out of turn three on the final lap; but he had enough to get across the line for the win and the automatic pass into the next round. For Harvick he’ll likely have to win next week in Dover to stay in the Chase. Other drivers who are now on the outside looking in with just Dover to go before the Chase field is cut by four are: Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, and Kyle Busch, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the bubble. Busch’s poor finish in 37th place was a result of a heavy crash just past the halfway point. Brad Keselowski was looking strong in the race until he jumped a restart late in the race, forcing him to the pits to serve a penalty, and leaving him 12th place at the end.


Congratulations to me and my thirteenth win of the year, with one tie. It was a simple case of avoiding NASCAR. After many weeks of chasing, Drewe finally passed Greased Lightning for third place in the season-long standings, on the strength of his pick of Brad Keselowski over Greased Lightning’s pick of Kyle Busch; now it’s Greased Lightning’s turn to make a comeback?


September 21, 2015

2015 Week 36

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:00 am

Welcome to week 36 – three races this weekend. F1 remains in Asia visiting the Suzuka circuit in Japan; Moto GP is at Aragon in Spain; NASCAR has their second race of the “Challenger” round of the Chase for the Cup in Loudon, New Hampshire, another intermediate oval like Chicago. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 35:

F1 Singapore, NASCAR Chicagoland, WEC and USCC Circuit of the Americas:


Sebastian Vettel followed up with his deserved second place at F1’s last race in Italy, with a win in Singapore. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen also had a good race in the Ferrari by finished third. Sandwiched between them was the Red Bull Renault of Daniel Ricciardo. For championship leader Lewis Hamilton the engine failure that had struck his teammate in Italy struck him in Singapore, leaving him classified down in 16th place. That was a big boost for Nico Rosberg’s championship hopes as he managed a fourth place finish.

At the first race of the NASCAR “playoffs” at Chicagoland Raceway the race started with a first lap incident and caution flag that immediately put Chase contender Kevin Harvick a lap down, from which he couldn’t recover. But then the race went an almost record-setting 116 laps of green-flag racing. A series of smaller incidents followed that put another couple of contenders in trouble, and by the end it was Denny Hamlin that took the win and the automatic pass into the next round with two races in the current round still to go.

At the WEC race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the Porsches followed up with their dominance in the last race, by dominating this race too. For the #17 that meant that they won the race by more than a minute, despite receiving a one minute stop and go penalty for a pit lane violation during the race. That violation had given their teammates in the #18 Porsche the lead, but with just 35 minutes to go they suffered an electrical problem that dropped them to 12th at the finish. That put the two Audis on the podium with the #7 ahead of the #8.

USCC was also at the Circuit of the Americas and was won by the #01 Chip Ganassi Ford by nearly 17 seconds over the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. A further 27 seconds behind, and close to each other, were the #90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette and the #60 Michael Shank Racing Honda Ligier. The #31 Action Express Racing Corvette was in fifth place more than a minute behind the winning Porche. The #5 Action Express Corvette finished a lowly 10th.


Congratulations to Drewe and his fifth win of the year. It was a close affair between all of us, with only 11 drivers/cars total picked. The difference between Drewe and Sebastian which gave Drewe the win was picking the #8 Audi in WEC versus Sebastian’s pick of #31 Action Express in USCC. No changes in the standings, but Drewe moves to just 8 measly points behind Greased Lightning for third …


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