Welcome to week 8. Two races this weekend: Indycar has their season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida; and NASCAR visits Phoenix, Arizona. Picks can be made at the usual place: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 7:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Las Vegas:
The WRC event in Mexico was the first proper gravel rally of the season. As championship leader, Sebastien Ogier was first on the road and hence suffered by being sweeper for the first two full days. Conversely, Jari-Matti Latvala, having scored no points in the first two rounds, started eighth and benefited from swept roads. As a result Latvala built a lead in the first two days that was unassailable by Ogier on the final day, and so the first win for Latvala this year. That Ogier, despite his handicap, finished a comfortable 2nd, is testament to his abilities. Andreas Mikkelsen in the third VW had a miserable rally, although despite his woes he was battling with Dani Sordo for third, but then a big crash Saturday afternoon ended the event for him (and no points for picking him). That left Sordo with a clear 3rd place finish. Thierry Neuville was another driver who crashed out of the event – he actually crashed on Friday, came back on Saturday under Rally 2 and crashed again – so again no points for picking him. Mads Ostberg finished fourth, well ahead of Haddon Paddon who had incidents on both Friday and Saturday that damaged his car, denying him of bettering his 5th place finish.
Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR race at Las Vegas despite having a drive-through penalty half-way through the race. He was helped by misfortunes for early leader Kurt Busch who also had a drive-through penalty, and mid-race leader Matt Kenseth who crashed with only 40 laps or so to go, and a 37th place finish for him. The two other strong-looking drivers who had the lead for spells, finished behind Keselowski at the end – Joey Logano in 2nd and Jimmie Johnson in 3rd. Kevin Harvick finished 7th, ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 8th. And Carl Edwards finished 18th.
Congratulations to me and my first win of the year. Both entries got the winner right in one of the events, and Paddon versus Johnson was almost a wash, which meant Matt Kenseth’s crash put paid to another win for Sebastian. No changes in the standings …