Welcome to week 18 – four races this weekend. F1 has what is arguably their most famous race of the year, the Monte Carlo GP around the streets of Monaco; Indycar hosts their most famous race of the year – and few would argue it isn’t – the Indianapolis 500; WRC is back in Europe in the north of Portugal; NASCAR stays in Charlotte, North Carolina, following last weekend’s all-star race around the same track. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 17:
Moto GP France, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star Race):
Jorge Lorenzo is starting to look awfully good in Moto GP. Following up his win of a couple of weeks ago in Spain, Lorenzo again put it what looked like a flawless race to win ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi. A difference from Spain is that Lorenzo didn’t start from pole, that honor went to Andrea Dovizioso who managed to hang on for a podium finish in third place. Marc Marquez made a couple of errors that cost him any chance for a higher place finish than fourth, and for that he had to battle hard with fifth place finisher Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith in sixth. Dani Pedrosa crashed on lap 2, and although he got back on his bike he could not finish higher than 16th. Cal Crutchlow also crashed, on lap 8, but that was the end for him, and a 21st place finish.
The NASCAR All-Star race was a bit of a sleeper. Kasey Kahne won segment one, Brad Keselowski won segments two and three, and Kurt Busch won segment four. No one else really looked like they had a chance. Keselowski took himself out of contention by speeding on pit lane during the last stop, and at the green flag of the last segment, Denny Hamlin drove away from “pole” and never looked back, taking an easy victory over Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Gordon. Kasey Kahne faded after his segment one win and finished 7th. Keselowski started at the back of the field after the speeding penalty, so could do no better than 9th just behind Joey Logano, but ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was 10th. Our other three picks were never a factor any time during the race with Jimmie Johnson finishing 15th, Jamie McMurray 16th, and Carl Edwards 17th.
Congratulations to me and my fourth win of the year. Bradley Smith and Kevin Harvick seem to have been the key picks, although it was extremely close for most of us. Sebastian’s strong score moves him ahead of Drewe in the standings …