The Motor Racing Game

March 7, 2016

2016 Week 8

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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:

Week7Rslts

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.

Week7PickRslts

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 …

Week7Standings

March 1, 2016

2016 Week 7

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Welcome to week 7. Two races this weekend: WRC is in Mexico for their challenging high-altitude event of the year; and NASCAR is in Las Vegas and another “intermediate” track like Atlanta. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Atlanta:

Week6Rslts

Two good NASCAR races in a row in the last two weeks, with no big crashes and two finishes. This week at Atlanta it was Jimmie Johnson who held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 0.5s in “overtime” after a minor incident (Ryan Newman had a tire fail). The Busch brothers were close behind with Kyle beating Kurt. Less than a second covered these top four. Carl Edwards repeated last week’s performance with a fifth place finish. Kevin Harvick finished close behind Edwards in sixth place. For our other picks: Brad Keselowski finshed 9th, Joey Logano 12th, Danny Hamlin 16th, Matt Kenseth 19th, Kasey Kane 23rd, and Kyle Larson 26th.

Week6PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian with his fourth win in a row. I just couldn’t bring myself to pick either of the Busch brothers, and that proved costly. Sebastian’s lead is growing …

Week6Standings

February 22, 2016

2016 Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and again NASCAR is the only race, this time at the intermediate track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. Maybe the Daytona results with guide you, maybe not. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 5: NASCAR Daytona 500:

Week5Rslts

The Daytona 500 had a number of one or two car crashes, but nothing big (a good thing). Denny Hamlin dominated most of the race and duly won, although to say it was close would be an understatement. Hamlin beat Martin Truex Jr. by about 12 inches, or 1/100th of a second – the closest finish in Daytona 500 history. Hamlin was helped on the final lap with a push from Kevin Harvick, who crossed the line in fourth place, just behind Kyle Busch, but ahead of Carl Edwards and Joey Logano in 6th. Busch’s brother, Kurt, finished in 10th place. Matt Kenseth was actually leading the race just before the final lap started, but he tried to block Hamlin too aggressively, and ended up having to fight a big slide, which doomed him to a 14th place finish. Jimmie Johnson could do no better than 16th after serving a pit drive-through penalty for his crew coming over the wall too early. Brad Keselowski finished 20th. And Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of those that suffered with a solo-crash, and ended up 31 laps down in 36th place.

Players Scores:

Week5PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian again, with Matt Kenseth being the better pick over iomracer’s Brad Keselowski. No changes in the standings …

Week5Standings

February 15, 2016

2016 Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – NASCAR stays in Daytona for their first “proper” race of the year. Like the Sprint Unlimited, drafting is the feature of the race, and while the Sprint gives some pointers as to who can manage the drafting tactics the best, it’s still a bit of a lottery trying to pick a winner. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 4:
WRC Sweden, NASCAR Sprint Unlimited:

Week4Rslts

WRC Rally Sweden is called the only “real” winter rally. But this year half the stages were cancelled because of lack of snow. The remainder still proved a challenge, with at one point, all top 5 competitors going off the road. That included Sebastien Ogier who actually left the road a couple of times, but without serious damage, so he went on for an easy victory. Thierry Neuville, Kris Meeke, and Jari-Matti Latvala all suffered enough damage in their off-track excursions to drop them out of contention, finishing 14th, 23rd, and 26th respectively. Like Monte Carlo, Meeke had been Ogier’s closest rival until a rogue rock in the road damaged his car beyond repair – meaning he had to finish the rally under Rally 2 rules. But all this attrition left the door open for Haddon Paddon to shine, and he dutifully brought the Hyundai car home in second place. Mads Osberg in the Ford also benefited to finish third. Andreas Mikkelsen had a couple of incidents that dropped him down the field, but he managed to battle back to take fourth.

Not unexpectedly with a superspeedway track where drafting is the order of the day, there were big wrecks at the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited. The first big crash came at the 23 lap mark (out of 75 laps), the last two crashes both happened at the end of the race, which meant that the race went into “overtime”, but still finished under caution with Denny Hamlin at the head of the field. In all, only 8 of 25 cars finished intact. Joey Logano was one of the few cars to avoid trouble, and he finished second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of the drivers caught in the first crash, and he never really recovered, eventually finishing 15th. Kevin Harvick too was involved in the first crash, but for him that was the end, and he finished classified last in 25th place. Jimmie Johnson had a solo spin into the infield about halfway through the race, and the damage proved too much to continue, leaving him classified in 22nd place.

Week4PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian for this week’s win. WRC turned out to be more volatile than NASCAR, so Sebastian’s picks of Hamlin and Earnhardt trumped iomracer’s WRC picks.

Week4Standings

February 9, 2016

2016 Week 4

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Welcome to week 4. Two events this coming weekend: the Swedish WRC Rally; and the opening event for NASCAR, the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday at Daytona. In NASCAR the field for the Sprint Unlimited is set, so I have limited the picks in the website to help try and avoid any heartburn by picking a driver who wasn’t racing (which could still happen for unforeseen reasons). Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Week3Standings

February 1, 2016

2016 Week 3

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Welcome to week 3. No racing this week weekend – just one of two times we have a weekend pass – the other one is toward the end of March.

Scores from week 2:

USCC 24-Hours of Daytona:

Week2Rslts

The Honda Ligier cars were the class of the field at the USCC 24-hour of Daytona race. For more than 9 hours the #60 Michael Shank car looked the strongest, but in the 10th hour their engine failed and that was that, a 50th place (non-scoring) finishing position. So it was the #2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda Ligier Prototype that ended up in victory lane, showing their speed by overtaking the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette with just under an hour and a half to go, and then holding the lead to win by 26s. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette was third and also finished on the same lap as the winner, so it was a good close race through to the end. Outside of the top-10, in 13th place, the defending champions in the #02 Ganassi Ford Riley had brake issues around half distance, and then suffered damage in a crash in the 21st hour. The #0 Delta Wing was notable for leading for 27 laps with Katherine Legge driving and becoming the first woman to lead the 24-hour race.

Week2PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning the week. Ok, he was the only entry, but since I had intended to (coincidently) pick the same lineup, it would have been another tie, so forgetting to post makes Sebastian’s win deserved.

Week2Standings

January 25, 2016

2016 Week 2

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Welcome to week 2 – just the USCC’s famous 24-hours of Daytona this weekend (originally mis-scheduled for week 1).

Scores from week 1:

WRC Monte Carlo:

Week1Rslts

Right from the onset it was a two horse race between reigning champion Sebastian Ogier and Abu-Dhabi Citroen driver Kris Meeke. They swapped the top place a number of times between the stages of Thursday night and into Saturday. But then bad luck struck Meeke when he hit a rock sticking out of the dirt, right in his cut-line, and he ripped off the gearbox guard and damaged the gearbox beyond repair. Jari-Matti Latvala went off the road in the same stage and damaged the suspension beyond repair, so he too was done. With no Rally 2 return between Saturday and Sunday, both were out, and no points for picking either. That left it an easy win for Ogier, by almost 2 minutes ahead of Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen. Thierry Neuville gave Hyundai the final podium spot in their new for 2016 5-door Hyundai.

Week1PickRslts

The Daytona 24-hour race was mis-scheduled for week 1, so none of the picks counted, hence the tie based on just the WRC results.

Week1Standings

January 18, 2016

2016 Week 1

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The 2016 Motor Racing Season is upon us!

First up, the WRC has the Monte Carlo Rally and the USCC has the Daytona 24-hour race.

I hope everyone can play this year, and I hope we get a chance to welcome new players.

Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Good luck!

November 29, 2015

2015 Final Results

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Thanks for playing the 2015 edition of “The Motor Racing Game”. Results below. Please mark your calendars for the start of the 2016 season – the WRC Monte Carlo Rally that starts on January 22nd, 2016 (picks due Thursday, January 21st).

Please visit any one of our pages for all the year’s results and stats:

The original, WordPress: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Motor-Racing-Game-1527796030791889/
The “picks” site: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml

Scores from week 45:

F1 Abu Dhabi:

Week45Rslts

Nico Rosberg made it three wins in a row when he won the F1 finale in Abu Dhabi. As with the prior two races, he led from start to finish with Lewis Hamilton following him across the line in the runner-up’s spot. The Ferraris were again the best of the rest, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettal. The Force India Mercedes also had a good race, with Sergio Perez taking fifth place and Nico Hulkenberg seventh, with Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull Renault between them. Felipe Massa was the top Williams Mercedes, finishing eighth, followed by the Lotus Mercedes of Romain Grosjean. The other Red Bull, driven by Daniil Kvyat was tenth. Valtteri Bottas was involved in a pit accident in which he came out of his pit box and hit Jenson Button. Bottas received a five second penalty for the incident, leaving him with a 13th place finish.

Week45PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and Drewe who tied for the win, giving Sebastian 9½ wins for the season, and Drewe 8 wins (7 outright wins and 2 ties). Their score of 224 was the highest this season for a single event weekend. Congratulations to me for winning the overall season, and getting the most points out of F1 for the year. Final standings…

Week45Standings

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

Scores from week 44:

NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:

Week44Rslts

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:

Week44PickRslts

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…

Standings:

Week44Standings

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