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: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
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.
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…