The Motor Racing Game

September 26, 2016

2016 Week 36

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Welcome to week 36 – two races this weekend. Moto GP is at Aragon in Spain, and 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: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 35:

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

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Nico Rosberg lead from start to finish at the F1 race in Singapore, but it was a close one at the end. With problems with the brake temperatures on Rosberg’s Mercedes and wearing tires, Daniel Ricciardo who was well behind going into the last third of the race, started closing on Rosberg rapidly. But he ran out of laps, finishing just 0.4s behind when the checkered flag flew. Lewis Hamilton had the same brake issues on his car, which meant that Kimi Raikkonen was able to launch a serious challenge for third; but wearing tires on Raikkonen’s Ferrari meant that he couldn’t keep up the pressure so had to settle for fourth behind Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel won the award for hard-charger when he finished fifth after starting at the very back of the grid.

The first race of the NASCAR “playoffs” at Chicagoland Raceway was won by Martin Truex Jr. All of the Chase contenders finished in the top 20 with the exception of Chris Buescher who was 28th. That means the Chase is still wide open after the first of three “Challenger” races.

The Indycar race at Sonoma (Sears Point) was the finale for the series with only Will Power and Simon Pagenaud in contention for the championship. Power was out of it before they got to half-way, when he suffered with a gearbox problem (he finished in 20th place). But Pagenaud made no doubt of the Championship outcome by winning the race and hence the title. Grahal Rahal was the only one close to Pagenaud at the end – 3.3s adrift in second place. Juan Pablo Montoya, who hasn’t secured a drive for next year yet, took the final podium position.

At the WEC race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the three major manufacturer teams all took a place on the podium. On the first step was the #1 Porsche who finished with a 23.6s gap over the #8 Audi, who in turn were 2.5s ahead of the third place #6 Toyota. They were the only three cars to finish on the lead lap. The team cars of those top three took the next three positions with the #2 Porsche one lap down in fourth place, the #5 Toyota two laps down in fifth place, and the #7 Audi six laps down in sixth place. The #13 Rebellion was the first of the non-manufacturer cars, 12 laps down in seventh place.

USCC was also at the Circuit of the Americas and was won by the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette by a skinny 1.4s (after 2 hours 40 minutes of racing) over the #31 Action Express Corvette. The #5 Action Express finished third, and the #70 Mazda was the only other finisher on the lead lap, in fourth place.

week35pickrslts

Congratulations to Sebastian with the biggest weekly score of the year so far, and his sixteenth win of the year. Iomracer’s pick of Will Power was a significant hit, and closed the gap a bit in the season-long standings …

week35standings

September 13, 2016

2016 Week 35

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Welcome to week 35 – five races this weekend. F1 is at the street circuit of Marina Bay in Singapore; NASCAR starts their “Chase” for the cup at Chicago Land’s intermediate oval; WEC and USCC are together at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas; and Indycar is in Sonoma, California (Sears Point) for their double-points Championship finale. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 34:

WRC China (cancelled), Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Richmond:

week34rslts

The WRC event in China was cancelled due to severe flooding that was a disaster for the area.

Tires once again played a factor at the Moto GP in Italy. This time it was Dani Pedrosa. He started eighth on the grid but gambled with super-soft tires, which none of the other top contenders took. His gamble paid off. As the race wore on he seemed to get quicker, and eventually he caught Valentino Rossi towards the end of the race, passed him, then rode away to take victory. Rossi was clear in second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, and Lorenzo was clear in third ahead of Marc Marquez. The gap behind Marquez was even bigger, with Maverick Vinales in fifth, almost 6s down on Marquez. Cal Crutchlow was the top satellite ride, finishing in 8th place. Andrea Iannone crashed in practice, fracturing a vertebra; he wanted to race but was not permitted to by the track doctor, so zero points for picking him.

NASCAR had their final “regular” race of the year at Richmond. It was very messy with 16 cautions which included a red-flag stoppage after a particularly big crash. Ultimately it was Denny Hamlin who came out on top, ahead of Kyle Larson. Kevin Harvick finished fifth, and Kyle Busch ninth. Matt Kenseth who was involved in one of the earlier incidents, finished 38th. The 16 drivers who made it into the chase are: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, and Jamie McMurray. So most of the big names made it. Dale Earnhardt Jr. misses out due to his ongoing concussion problems (will not race again this season), and Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne were the closest drivers to miss out, finishing 17th and 18th in the standings respectively, but having the same points, and both virtually needing a win at Richmond to make it into the Chase.

week34pickrslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his 16th outright win of the year with one tie. Picking the NASCAR winner and second place finisher gave iomracer a massive 67 point victory – the biggest of the year, extending his points lead in the season long standings …

week34standings

September 6, 2016

2016 Week 34

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Welcome to week 34 – there were supposed to be three races this weekend, but WRC China was cancelled due to a flooding disaster that struck the region that was to host the rally. So just two events open for picks: Moto GP is at Misano in Italy and NASCAR has their final race before the “Chase” at the short track of Richmond in Virginia. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 33:

F1 Italy, Moto GP England, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Watkins Glen, WEC Mexico:

Week33Rslts

Lewis Hamilton had pole position at the start of the Italian GP. But a poor start had him down in sixth place, whereas his teammate got the lead into turn one, and never relinquished it. The Ferraris tried to put pressure on Nico Rosberg, but Roberg’s Mercedes was no match for them, and he won the race easily. It took Hamilton most the race and good pit stops to get him from sixth all the way past the Ferraris to finish second. At least the Ferraris held on to the next two positions with Sebastian Vettel taking the final podium spot over his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Daniel Ricciardo took fifth place.

Yet another winner at the Moto GP race, this time at Silverstone in England. Maverick Vinales, on a Suzuki became the fourth winner in five events when he dominated the British GP. He took the lead shortly after the start, but then the race was red-flagged due to a bad crash involving Pol Espargaro and Loris Baz. Fortunately neither were seriously hurt. On the second start, Vinales again had the lead by the end of lap one, and from there he pulled away from the field to win. Behind him there was a good battle for second that was eventually won by British rider Cal Crutchlow over Valentino Rossi. Marc Marquez looked like he’d take second until he overshot a corner with two laps to go, which dropped him to fifth. In those final two laps Marquez did manage to get back to third, ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo simply didn’t find the set up for the bike that he was comfortable with, so a poor performance left him down in eighth place.

Martin Truex won his second race of the season at Darlington ahead of Kevin Harvick. It looked like Harvick lost the race due to some really poor pit stops. Two slow ones in the latter part of the race meant that he had to come through the field, and the last pit stop with about 16 laps to go was too much for him to make up and beat Truex.

Scott Dixon cruised to a seemingly easy win at the Indycar race at Watkins Glen.  Championship leader Simon Pagenaud did not have a great race, finishing seventh. But his nearest challenger in the championship had a worse race – about 2/3rds of the way into the race Will Power pulled in front of Charlie Kimball on the back straight, made contact, and turned hard onto the wall. It seems a concussion ensued, and with all the focus on the lasting effects concussions can have these days, it is being reported that Power may not be permitted to start the final race at Sears Point in two weeks, which would give Pagenaud the championship. But we’ll see – there is no official decision yet.

There was mixed weather at the WEC race in Mexico, and that meant plenty of work for the teams in keeping their cars and drivers out on the track with the right tires and set up for the conditions. Porsche managed the conditions best, with the #1 coming home more than a minute ahead of the #7 Audi. Toyota made it three manufacturers on the podium with a fine third place by the #6 car. The second Porsche – the #2 car – was the only other finisher on the lead lap – in fourth place, and 12 laps ahead of the best of the rest, the #13 Rebellion. The #8 Audi had the lead of the race at one point, but a wheel bearing failure put them into the wall; they got back to the pits, but a lengthy stop meant a lowly 27th place finish, 63 laps down.

Week33PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fifteenth win of the year and one tie. Good picks in the WEC were the most obvious advantage to a dominant score. This closes up the season-long standings …

Week33Standings

August 29, 2016

2016 Week 33

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Welcome to week 33 – it’s a busy weekend with five races. F1 is in Ferrari’s home country of Italy, at Monza; Moto GP is at Silverstone in England; NASCAR is at Darlington for their penultimate regular season race before the Chase for the Cup; Indycar is at the road course of Watkins Glen in New York; and the WEC is in Mexico at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 32:

F1 Belgium, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Texas, USCC Virginia:

Week32Rslts

Nico Rosberg won the Belgium F1 GP and closed the gap to championship leader Lewis Hamilton, but things could have been a lot worse for Hamilton. He started at the back of the grid (due to penalties) but came through the field to finish an impressive third. Sandwiched between the two Mercedes was Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton was helped at the start when the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crashed into each other, and into Max Verstappen. The damage to all three cars meant pit stops and opportunity for Hamilton to advance more quickly. At the end Vettal recovered the best with a 6th place finish. Raikkonen finished 9th, and Verstappen 11th. Kevin Magnussen had a huge crash, but fortunately walked away with just a small ankle abrasion.

The NASCAR race in Michigan was a race of tire management, and Kyle Larson made the best of wearing tires to get the jump from the front of bunch at the final restart (with some pushing help from Brad Keselowski) and win his first ever NASCAR race. For NASCAR fans the bad news is that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also miss the next two races due to his ongoing concussion related problems, which means he’ll also miss the Chase.

At the Indycar redo in Texas, James Hincliffe picked up where he’d left off in June, and led most of the race. But a caution with less than 10 laps to go bunched the field, and Graham Rahal squeezed past him on the line to win by a nose (0.008s). Tony Kanaan and Simon Pagenaud were right on their tail, finishing third and fourth respectively, with all four cars separate by less than half a second. Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter caused the first crash of the race when they came together, which left Dixon with a 19th place finish. Josef Newgarden was not allowed to race since he crashed out in the June portion of the race, but because he started in June, he was officially classified at the end of this race, in 22nd position.

With just the GTLM and GTD cars acing at the USCC event at VIR, it was the #3 Corvette that led most of the race and took the win by just 0.8s ahead of the #66 Ganassi Ford, after 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing. The #912 Porsche took third making it three manufacturers on the podium. The #67 Ganassi Ford took fourth, followed by the #25 BMW Team RLL car. The #911 Porsche was next, followed by the #62 Risi Competizone Ferrari in 7th, which was the best of the Ferraris. The #4 Corvette crashed toward the end of the race and finished 18th. The #68 Scuderia Corsa did not start the race, so no points for picking them.

Week32PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifteenth outright win of the year, with one tie. Picking the first and third place finishers in USCC negated the poor choice of the #68 pick, and provided the slim one-point win. The Indycar results gave Sebastian an additional 11 points for his pick of Scott Dixon back in June, and iomracer an additional 8 points for his Josef Newgarden pick. This closes the gap between iomracer and Sebastian by 2 points when added to this week’s results, but makes no difference in the final positions of week 21 (won by iomracer, now by 2 points instead of 5), and no changes in positions in the season long standings …

Week32Standings

August 23, 2016

2016 Week 32

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Welcome to week 32 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; NASCAR is on the big track in Michigan; Indycar is on the oval of Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas; and the USCC (GTLM and GTD classes only) is at VIR in Virginia. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. Note that choices are not available for the Indycar race since this event is a continuation of the race that was abandoned in Week 21, and points will be awarded retroactively based on the picks back then and the final results in this part-2 race.

Scores from week 31:

WRC Germany, Moto GP Czech Republic, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Pocono:

Week31Rslts

With no road-sweeping, the tarmac/asphalt roads of the German round of the WRC was Sebastian Ogier’s chance to finally get another win under his belt. And he duly delivered, setting blistering times in the challenging Baumholder military stages to open up an unassailable lead, and following through with the victory. While his was an easy win, the next four places were hotly contested through to the last stage, with Dani Sordo coming through from a shaky start of the rally to take second place, by just 0.1s from his teammate, Thierry Neuville. Andreas Mikkelsen was in contention for a podium, but a seemingly poor tire choice on the last day, left him just outside in fourth place. Haddon Paddon was on an unfamiliar surface for him, and was more than 3 minutes down on Mikkelsen, but still took fifth place after the other WRC cars of Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tanak, and Eric Camilli all hit problems. For Latvala it was a failed gearbox on day one that left him down in 48th place.

Back-to-back first time winners in Moto GP, this week with Cal Crutchlow taking his LCR Honda to victory in the Czech Republic. Undoubtedly it was his gamble with tires on a wet track that gave him the victory. He was the only rider to go out with two hard tires, and although he struggled at the beginning, being as low as 14th place at one point, the hard tires came into their own as the race progressed, and Crutchlow just got faster and faster until he took the lead and never looked back. Valentino Rossi also took a risk with tires with a hard tire on the back, but he had a soft tire on the front, and it couldn’t survive the way Crutchlow’s tires did, but second place nevertheless for Rossi. Marc Marquez was the best of the rest, finishing in third place. Maverick Vinales finished ninth. Jorge Lorenzo started on the same tire combination as Rossi, but twice went to the pits for a change, and twice the resulting stop was a mess, to leave Lorenzo a lap down and in 17th place at the end.

The NASCAR race at Bristol was delayed from its original Saturday night event to a Sunday race when rain spoiled the primetime plans. Rain further delayed then interrupted Sunday’s race, so it was into the evening before they got all 500 laps in, with Kevin Harvick taking the win.

The Indycar race at Pocono came down to a four car race between Will Power, Mikhail Aleshin, Josef Newgarden, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, and it was Power that took victory in a close finish against Aleshin. Hunter-Raey took third ahead of Newgarden. Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon both closed up behind Newgarden at the end, with less than a second separating the three, and Bourdais ahead of Dixon for fifth and sixth place respectively. Next up was Carlos Munoz who finished ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya – seventh and eight respectively. Championship leader Simon Pagenaud crashed out close to the end of the race, finishing 18th and losing a lot of points to his closest rival Power.

Week31PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his fourteenth win of the year with one tie. Iomracer and Sebastian are now tied with fourteen wins apiece in the season. No changes in positions in the standings …

Week31Standings

August 17, 2016

2016 Week 31

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Welcome to week 31 – four races this weekend. WRC has an asphalt event with Rally Deutschland; Moto GP is in Brno in the Czech Republic; NASCAR is on the short-track at Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar is on the big oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 30:

MotoGP Austria:

Week30Rslts

The Spielberg track in Austria was billed as one to favor the Ducatis, and indeed a Ducati set the pole position, and at the end of the race Andrea Iannone took the victory – his first ever in Moto GP – over his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso. It was Ducati’s first Moto GP victory in six seasons. But the Yamahas kept it close for much of the race, which enabled Jorge Lorenzo to take third place ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi. The rest of the field were never a factor. Marc Marquez rode an ironman race to take fifth on the Honda, after he dislocated his shoulder earlier in the weekend. Maverick Vinales was next, in sixth, for Yamaha, followed by Marquez’s Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa. Pol Espargaro was a long way back in 10th place. Hector Barbara got a penalty for jumping the start, and then when he didn’t serve the penalty properly, he was disqualified after 12 laps, so a 21st place finish.

Week30PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his 13th win of the year, with one tie. Obviously the Andrea Iannone pick by iomracer versus the unlucky Hector Barbara pick of Sebastian made for a sizable points difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Week30Standings

August 9, 2016

2016 Week 30

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Welcome to week 30 – just the one race this weekend. MotoGP is at Spielberg in Austria. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 29:

NASCAR Watkins Glen, USCC Road America:

Week29Rslts

NASCAR was on the road circuit of Watkins Glen. The field was fairly well behaved for most of the race, but as the end neared drivers starting getting more aggressive and wrecks ensued. Coming out on top of the tumultuous end was Denny Hamlin who won his first career road track race. Joey Logano was second after Brad Keselowski spun out Martin Truex Jr who held second at the time; Keselowski finished third. AJ Allmendinger finished in the fourth place spot, after he made a similar move spinning out Kyle Larson in the final lap. The demise of Truex and Larson promoted Tony Stewart into the fifth spot, followed by Kyle Busch in sixth.

Action Express’s Corvettes are starting to look unstoppable as they took another one-two finish at the USCC event at Road America with the #31 finishing ahead of the #5. But it wasn’t a blow-out with 4 other Prototypes finishing on the same lap as the winners after 2 hour 40 minutes of racing. The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette meant that Corvettes swept the podium. But then up in fourth was the #60 Honda of Michael Shank Racing, that finished ahead of the #55 Mazda Motorsports Prototype. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette rounded out the cars finishing on the lead lap. The #70 Mazda fell victim to a mechanical problem which meant they were only able to finish 6 of the 73 laps, in 41st and last place. The #8 Starworks Oreca Chevrolet Prototype Challenge car crashed with just 13 minutes of the race remaining while battling for second in the PC class with the #85 JDC-Miller Oreca Chevrolet. That left the #8 with a 36th place finish.

Week29PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his twelfth win of the year, with one tie. The major difference was the crash of the #8 Starworks car in USCC, which lost Sebastian the most points over iomracer’s picks. Once again the lead toggles in the season long standings …

Week29Standings

August 2, 2016

2016 Week 29

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Welcome to week 29 – two races this weekend. NASCAR is on a road course – Watkins Glen in New York, and USCC is at Road America in Wisconsin. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 28:

F1 Germany, WRC Finland, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Mid-Ohio:

Week28Rslts

Lewis Hamilton won his sixth F1 race out of seven, and four in a row with victory at Hockenheim in Germany. Although Hamilton didn’t have pole, he did lead from turn one of the first lap through to the end. The pole setter had been teammate Nico Rosberg, who had a bad start and tried to make up for it as the race got settled by running Max Verstappen off the road. That gave him a 5-second penalty added to one of his pit stops, which doomed him to a fourth place finish behind Verstappen. Between Hamilton and Verstappen was Daniel Ricciardo whose final stint on super-soft tires enabled him to finish comfortably in second place. The two Ferraris finished well behind these top four, with Sebastian Vettel edging out teammate Kimi Raikkonen for fifth and sixth respectively.

Finland is a fast rally that rewards precision, with seconds that are given away hard to make up. This proved to be the case for 3-time winner Jari-Matti Latvala who made a small mistake early on, and then couldn’t make up the time against the perfect run from Kris Meeke, who became the first Briton to win the rally. Irishman Craig Breen completed the podium and was in tears at the end over his best performance in the WRC to date. Sebastian Ogier made a rare mistake that saw him stuck in a ditch and losing 16 minutes on one stage, leaving him with an uncharacteristic 24th place finish. To add insult to injury, Ogier’s teammate, Andreas Mikkelsen was one of four to beat him in the power stage. Mikkelsen had to sweep for much of the rally, so could do no better than a 7th place finish.

The weather threw everything it could at the NASCAR race in Pocono. First the Sunday race was postponed until Monday due to bad weather, then rain again delayed the Monday start. Once the rain subsided and the racing got underway, the threat of rain kept the teams on edge and trying to stay up front. But bizarrely it was fog that ended up stopping the race after 138 out of 160 laps had been run. When the caution came out, it all of the top contenders had recently pitted, but Chris Buescher was off-sequence in pitting, having had tire issues earlier in the race, so he had the lead when the final caution came out, and hence became the winner when the race was ended by the fog. Adding to the strangeness of the story, usually a win puts you into the Chase at the end of the year, but an additional rule that is rarely referenced is that you also need to be in the top 30 in points, which even with his win Buescher is currently outside of, six point adrift. So this might turn out to just be his 15-minutes of fame and no more. Our sole pick in TMRG was Jeff Gordon who had issues with his seatbelt (adding to the strange weekend), and so finished down in 27th place after being up to seventh at one point.

There was no dominant driver at the Indycar race at Mid-Ohio. A number of drivers looked like they could win until each one of a series of crashes, combined with pit-cycles, presented a new driver who looked like he could keep the lead. At the end it was Simon Pagenaud who got what seemed to be the lucky deal to have the lead at the end of the race, ahead of Will Power. Tony Kanaan was not one of those in contention, and finished mid-pack in 12th place. Scott Dixon got involved in a wreck with Helio Castroneves early on in the race, which put him 22nd and last.

Week28PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourteenth win of the year with one tie. Unlike last week, making predominately F1 picks was the way to build the points for the win this week. And so the lead in the season-long standings swaps again …

Week28Standings

July 26, 2016

2016 Week 28

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Welcome to week 28 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Hockenheim in Germany; WRC is in Finland for a fast and high flying (lots of jumps) event; NASCAR is at the superspeedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar is at the road course of Mid-Ohio. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 27:

F1 Hungary, NASCAR Indianapolis, WEC Germany, USCC Lime Rock:

Week27Rslts

With victory in Hungary Lewis Hamilton has now won five of the last six races, which puts him atop of the F1 Championship leaderboard. His got the jump on his pole-sitting teammate at the start, and never relinquished the lead (except when in the pits), with Nico Rosberg finishing just under 2s down. In third and fourth it was a close battle all race long between Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, who eventually beat out Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari by less than a second. Similarly for fifth and sixth it was a close battle with Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull beating Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari, by less than half a second.

Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR race on the big oval at Indianapolis. Not only did he win the main race from pole position, he also won the undercard Xfinity race from pole position – the first time in NASCAR that clean sweep in the same weekend across both series has been achieved. Kyle Busch drives for Joe Gibbs racing, as does second place finisher Matt Kenseth, and fourth place finisher Denny Hamlin. It was Jimmie Johnson in third place in the Hendricks car that spoilt the Gibbs party. But in the build up to the race the news had been all about the return of Jeff Gordon to Hendricks Motorsports, replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is suffering concussion-like symptoms. Considering that Gordon’s been in the commentary box all year, so far, he finished a respectable 13th place. Gordon will also get behind the wheel at Pocono this coming weekend.

WEC was at the infamous Nurburgring in Germany where the #1 Porsche finally got its first win of the season, by beating the #8 Audi by just under a minute after 6 hours of racing. The #7 Audi in third, and the #2 Porsche in fourth, were the only other two cars to finish on the lead lap. The #5 Toyota was fifth, a lap down, and the #6 Toyota sixth, 4 laps down.

The USCC was at Lime Rock Park with only the Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) cars racing. Many of the PC cars had problems during the race, meaning only the top four positions were taken by the PC machines. Among them it was the #8 Starworks who took overall honors by a skinny 0.185s over the #52 PR1/Mathiasen car after two hours and forty minutes of racing. The #38 Performance Tech car finished third, a lap down, with the #20 BAR1 car fourth, also a lap down. The #85 JDC-Miller car crashed heavily and only managed to complete 108 laps (compared to 168 of the winning car), leaving them with a 26th place finish. But that was better than the #54 CORE car that started at the back of the field when they swapped drivers, then got penalized for a pit infraction, then damaged their suspension after contact with a GTD car, leaving them with only 69 laps completed and a 30th place finish.

Week27PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year with one tie. A more even spread of picks across the three semi-consistent series made the difference. For the second week in a row, season-long standings switch around with iomracer taking a 7 point lead …

Week27Standings

July 18, 2016

2016 Week 27

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Welcome to week 27 – four races this weekend. F1 is at the Hungaroring in Hungary; NASCAR is at the big oval in Indianapolis; WEC is at the Nurgurgring in Germany, and USCC is at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 26:

Moto GP Germany, NASCAR New Hampshire, Indycar Toronto:

Week26Rslts

The Moto GP race at the Sachsenring in Germany started in the rain, but as the track dried the riders had to come into the pits to shed their wet tires. Most took intermediates, but Marc Marquez rolled the dice with two slicks. At the time he was eighth after almost crashing. The choice turned out to clearly be the better one, and he more than made up the 30s gap to the front runners in just 13 laps, to win the race by almost 10s. Cal Crutchlow had been very fast in the wet, but with a late tire change he was unable to hold off the charging Marquez, and finished second, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Dani Pedrosa finish sixth, but that was better than Valentino Rossi who’s choice to go to two intermediate tires later than most, doomed him to an eight place finish. Maverick Vinales finished 12th, Jorge Lorenzo 15th, and Pol Espargaro 19th.

Matt Kenseth took the victory at the NASCAR race in New Hampshire after a messy ending that saw four cautions in the last 40 laps, with the final caution coming with just 16 laps to go. Tony Stewart finished second, and Joey Logano third.

The defining moment in the Indycar race in Toronto came about when Josef Newgarden crashed on lap 58 – 2/3rds of the way to the end, and just as the pit window opened up. It meant that Will Power and Helio Castroneves among others had pitted, but Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, and Juan-Pablo Montoya hadn’t and doing so under the full course yellow put them back out on track outside the top 10. That bit of luck was all Power needed to drive home to the win, ahead of Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe. Those other three who pitted under yellow got back into the top 10, with Dixon finishing 8th and Pagenaud 9th, but with three laps to go Montoya crashed into the back of Jack Hawksworth after he’d hit the tire wall, leaving Montoya with a 20th place finish.

Week26PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his thirteenth outright win of the year with one tie. With iomracer missing this week, it has allowed Sebastian to take over the lead in the season long standings, although by only 1 point …

Week26Standings

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