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October 23, 2017

2017 Week 41

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:30 am

Welcome to week 41 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Mexico City; WRC goes back to gravel (and likely rain and mud) with Rally Wales; Moto GP is at Sepang in Malaysia; and NASCAR is at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia, for the first of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 40:

F1 Circuit of the Americas, Moto GP Australia, NASCAR Kansas:

Results – Week 40
1 Lewis Hamilton Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
2 Sebastian Vettel Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch
3 Kimi Raikkonen Maverick Vinales Ryan Blaney
4 Max Verstappen Johann Zarco Chase Elliott
5 Valtteri Bottas Cal Crutchlow Denny Hamlin
6 Esteban Ocon Andrea Iannone Chris Buescher
7 Carlos Sainz Jack Miller Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Sergio Perez Alex Rins Kevin Harvick
9 Felipe Massa Pol Espargaro Aric Almirola
10 Daniil Kvyat Bradley Smith Kyle Busch

Lewis Hamilton has always liked the Circuit of the Americas, and again this weekend he went from pole to victory. His nearest championship rival, Sebastian Vettel managed to keep the Brit from winning the championship by finishing in second, but Hamilton most likely will take the title next week in Mexico. Hamilton’s win was enough for Mercedes to take the manufacturer’s championship. Vettel had the lead at one point, but in the end, it wasn’t close. In fact, after the first round of pit stops, Hamilton was in the lead and Kimi Raikkonen held second with Vettel behind him. The Ferrari team ordered Raikkonen to pull over to let teammate Vettel by him towards the end of the race, which gave Vettel that second step on the podium. Max Verstappen also got around Raikkonen, but needed to drive off the track to make the move. That led to a 5s penalty which put Raikkonen back in the final podium spot, and left Max Verstappen in fourth. Valtteri Bottas was also in the top three after the mid-race point, but couldn’t keep the Ferraris nor Verstappen behind him, and had to settle for fifth. Daniel Ricciardo’s engine expired after 14 laps, leaving him classified in 18th place.

At the Moto GP event in Australia, Marc Marquez went from pole to victory, although it was a close race among a large group of riders, with only 1.2s covering the top 8 at one point. Even at the end of the race, only 5.6s covered the top 7. Amazingly, only three weeks after breaking his leg, it was Valentino Rossi who took second place. Maverick Vinales battled Rossi (and others) hard for a podium spot, and was rewarded with third place, although his title hopes are only mathematical at this point. Andrea Dovizioso is Marquez’s closest title contender, but had his chances dashed early on when he ran wide and lost touch with the leading group of riders, and ended up in 13th place. Dani Pedrosa only qualified 12th, and that’s where he finished the race. Jorge Lorenzo had a disappointing race, finishing 15th. Jack Miller had a noteworthy race – he broke his leg only two weeks ago, yet at one point had the lead in his home race. He finished in 7th.

In NASCAR four more drivers were eliminated from the Chase leaving eight. The battle to stay in the final eight took twists and turns throughout the race. Jimmie Johnson looked like he was going to be eliminated after spinning twice. But Kyle Larson, who had a good points cushion going into the race, had his engine let go, and that was him out of the Chase. Then Matt Kenseth got caught up in a late crash, and in a terrible pit crew mistake, seven men (instead of six) went over the wall to service his damaged car, for which the penalty was to park the car, so he too was out. An 11th place finish for Johnson was enough to keep him in the Chase. Both Ricky Stenhouse, and Jamie McMurray basically needed a win to stay in, but could only finish 29th and 34th respectively. So that leaves the following drivers in the Chase: Martin Truex Jr. who won the race in Kansas – his seventh win of the season, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott.

Week-40 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen   35
Max Verstappen 32  
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 13 13
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi   40
Maverick Vinales 35 35
Dani Pedrosa 18  
Andrea Dovizioso 17 17
Jorge Lorenzo 15 15
Totals: 300 325

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 28th win of the season. The Raikkonen/Rossi combination were the winning choices. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 40:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11060   325 10735  
2 2 Iomracer 10544 -516 300 10244 -491
3 3 New Players 9398 -1146 270 9128 -1116



October 16, 2017

2017 Week 40

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:48 am

Welcome to week 40 – three races this weekend. F1 is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA); MotoGP is down-under on Phillip Island in Australia; and NASCAR has their last race of their “Contender” round, at the intermediate track in Kansas, after which four more drivers will no longer be in the Chase for the Cup. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 39:

Moto GP Japan, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Japan:

Results – Week 39
1 Andrea Dovizioso Brad Keselowski 8-Toyota Racing
2 Marc Marquez Ryan Newman 7-Toyota Racing
3 Danilo Petrucci Trevor Bayne 1-Porsche Team
4 Andrea Iannone Joey Logano 2-Porsche Team
5 Alex Rins Aric Almirola 31-Rebellion
6 Jorge Lorenzo Denny Hamlin 36-Signatech Alpine
7 Aleix Espargaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. 38-Jackie Chan DC
8 Johann Zarco Kasey Kahne 28-TDS Racing
9 Maverick Vinales Gray Gaulding 24-Manor TRS
10 Loris Baz David Ragan 26-G-Drive Racing

Another close battle at the Moto GP at Motegi in Japan, with Andrea Dovizioso passing Marc Marquez on the last lap to take the victory. Danilo Petrucci had the lead for the first half of the race, but couldn’t keep the two top championship contenders behind him, and had to settle for third. Jorge Lorenzo had a good start, dropped back in the rain, but rallied a little at the end to finish sixth. Maverick Vinales finished 9th after a disappointing qualifying. Dani Pedrosa retired with 4 laps to go, to finish in the 20th position. Valetino Rossi crashed twice during the weekend, once in early qualifying, and then again on lap six of the race, to finish classified in 23rd. Hopefully he has not exacerbated the damage to his broken leg.

In the NASCAR race at Talladega it took until 17 laps to go for the “big one” to happen, and it took out four of the Chase contenders. Then another crash with 11 to go took out two more. There were only 17 cars left in the field at this point, with 7 of the 12 contenders out. Yet another crash with 6 laps to go took out three more Chase contenders, leaving just Brad Keselowski with the lead and Denny Hamlin in fourth. And was Keselowski that took the win in the final 11-car field. So in the Chase Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson are left above the cut line, 9 and 7 points (race positions) respectively ahead of Kyle Busch, with Matt Kenseth a further 1 point behind. For Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray they are 22 and 26 points behind respectively, so basically need to win the final race to stay in the Chase. Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski are through to the next round with their wins, and Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliot all look fairly safe.

It was heavy rain at the WEC event at the Mt. Fuji circuit in Japan, and finally when the conditions deteriorated to the point of reduced visibility, the race was stopped with 1-½ hours to go. At that time it was the #8 Toyota that was in the lead, and took the win by 1.5s from their teammates the #7 Toyota, with the #1 Porsche just 0.8s further back. The #2 Porsche was a lap behind in fourth place. There was a cortina (group) of LMP2 cars three laps back, with the #38 Jackie Chan car in the middle of them in 7th place.

Week-39 Player’s Scores iom seb
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Jorge Lorenzo 28
Maverick Vinales 22 22
Dani Pedrosa 10 10
Valentino Rossi 7 7
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
2-Porsche Team 32 32
38-Jackie Chan DC 26
Totals: 312 314

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 27th win of the year. The difference was Lorenzo’s 6th place finish over the #38 Jackie Chan car’s 7th place finish. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 39:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10735 314 10421
2 2 iomracer 10244 -491 312 9932 -489
3 3 New Players 9128 -1116 281 8847 -1085


October 8, 2017

2017 Week 39

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:00 pm

Welcome to week 39 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is at Motegi in Japan; NASCAR has race 2 of their “Contender” round for the Chase to the Cup at the superspeedway of Talladega; and the WEC is also in Japan, but at the Mt. Fuji circuit. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 38:

F1 Japan, WRC Spain, NASCAR Charlotte, USCC Road Atlanta:

Results – Week 38
1 Lewis Hamilton Kris Meeke Martin Truex Jr. 2-Tequila Patron ESM
2 Max Verstappen Sebastien Ogier Chase Elliott 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Daniel Ricciardo Ott Tanak Kevin Harvick 6-Penske
4 Valtteri Bottas Juho Hanninen Denny Hamlin 22-Tequila Patron
5 Kimi Raikkonen Mads Ostberg Jamie McMurray 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
6 Esteban Ocon Stephane Lefebvre David Suarez 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Sergio Perez Elfyn Evans Jimmie Johnson 25-BMW Team RLL
8 Kevin Magnussen Teemu Suninen Ryan Blaney 3-Corvette Racing
9 Romain Grosjean Jan Kopecky Kasey Kahne 62-Risi Competizione
10 Felipe Massa Ole Christian Veiby Kyle Larson 4-Corvette Racing

At the F1 race in Japan, Lewis Hamilton led from pole to take victory. His championship rival, Sebastian Vettel had another disastrous race. He got into turn one in second behind Hamilton, but by lap five a spark plug failed on his Ferrari, and he was out of the race (classified 19th). Hamilton looked comfortable in the lead, with Max Verstappen unable to keep up on the super soft tires. However, once Verstappen went to soft tires, he suddenly started gaining on Hamilton, getting to 0.2s behind at one point. But Hamilton got fortunate with lapping back markers and held off Verstappen for a 1.2s win. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, Daniel Ricciardo took the final podium spot. Valtteri Bottas did a long stint on his super soft tires, presumably in an effort to hold up Verstappen who stopped earlier to change tires. It meant a fourth-place finish for Bottas, but still comfortably ahead of Raikkonen in fifth.

At the Spanish WRC event in Catalunya it was another disaster for Thierry Neuville. After a similarly disastrous event in Germany, Neuville needed a good result to keep the pressure on championship leader Sebastian Ogier. But Neuville made a poor tire choice on Friday, and on Saturday he suffered mechanical problems and an unusual liaison section crash which meant he then had to push. And he pushed too much on Sunday, crashing out of the event. That means the championship is almost certainly Ogier’s, who finished second after sweeping the roads on Friday, and then driving his usual steady speed for the rest of the event. It was Kris Meeke who got the better of Ogier, pushing hard on Saturday morning to take a lead that he would not cede. Ott Tanak was also able to put some pressure on Ogier, but in the end had to settle for third, 5s behind. Jari-Matti Latvala had a short weekend after his Toyota suffered an oil leak on Friday which could not be fixed, leaving him out of the race for the rest of the weekend.

Martin Truex continued to show himself as the man to beat with a comfortable victory at the NASCAR race in Charlotte. All but one of the contenders finished in the top 15, so the Chase leaderboard remains close going into Talladega. It was Kyle Busch who had problems the entire race and ended up in 29th place. But going in he had a lot of championship points, so the poor showing didn’t hurt him too much, still sitting sixth in the standings, with eight who will go on to the next round after two more races.

The USCC was at Road Atlanta in Georgia. The Nissans looked strong throughout the race, but the Cadillacs stayed close. After a restart in the race with less than 30 minutes of the 10-hour race to go, the Cadillacs managed to get into each other, hurting their chances of victory. But the lead Nissan didn’t do itself any favors after an incident with a GT car led to a penalty. That meant the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan that was in fourth place after the restart suddenly found themselves in the lead, and ultimately took victory by 7.6s over the #31 Wheelen Cadilac. The #6 Penske LMP2 car took advantage of the chaos to take a good third place. The #22 Tequila Patron Nissan finished fourth, and the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac finished one lap down in fifth. The #85 JDC-Miller LMP2 car had a solid race, finishing in 6th place, 3 laps down to the winner. But not a good race for the #13 Rebellion LMP2 which finished 36th, nor the #10 Wayne Taylor Cadillac which finished 37th. For the Rebellion it was a mid-race crash with a PC class car that took them out. The poor finish for the Wayne Taylor Cadillac was not enough to dislodge them from the top of the standings, and with this being the last race of the year, Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor are champions, also bringing along the manufacturers title for Cadillac.

Week-38 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Daniel Ricciardo 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 11 11
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Jari-Matti Latvala 0
Thierry Neuville 0 0
2-Tequila Patron ESM 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 30 30
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 28
13-Rebellion Racing 1
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 1 1
Totals: 254 228

Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year. Good USCC picks overcame the two non-finishing WRC picks to take the win. No changes in position in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 38:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10421 228 10193
2 2 iomracer 9932 -489 254 9678 -515
3 3 New Players 8847 -1085 205 8642 -1036


October 1, 2017

2017 Week 38

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:32 pm

Welcome to week 38 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Suzuka in Japan; WRC is in Spain for Rally Catalunya; NASCAR starts their “Contender” round at the intermediate oval in Charlotte, with 12 drivers remaining in the Chase for the Cup; and the USCC has their finale at Road Atlanta with the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 37:

F1 Malaysia, NASCAR Dover:

Results – Week 37
1 Max Verstappen Kyle Busch
2 Lewis Hamilton Chase Elliott
3 Daniel Ricciardo Jimmie Johnson
4 Sebastian Vettel Martin Truex Jr.
5 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson
6 Sergio Perez Clint Bowyer
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Lance Stroll David Suarez
9 Felipe Massa Jamie McMurray
10 Esteban Ocon Brad Keselowski

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the F1 championship by finishing second versus his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel’s fourth place finish. It was a great race for Vettel, who had to start at the back of the grid after engine failure in qualifying. But it was Max Verstappen’s turn to shine. Starting from third place on the grid, he got a good start to be second through the first corner. On lap four he passed Hamilton for the lead, and never looked back, winning the race by almost 13s. Hamilton was also untroubled in second place for the whole race. Third through sixth were hotly contested with Daniel Ricciardo having to hold off Vettel for third place, until engine concerns caused Vettel to back off toward the end of the race. Valtteri Bottas had third place in the opening lap, but was unable to keep Ricciardo behind him, and then also got passed by Vettel, to finish fifth. Sergio Perez was sick, but managed his suffering to finish sixth, and the last car on the lead lap. Kimi Raikkonen had a disaster when, even before the formation lap started, his car had a turbo problem and he had to be pushed into the pits. Unable to fix the issue, he was classified in 20th and last place.

NASCAR had the third race of the Challenger round in Dover, which meant four drivers were knocked out of the championship, and 12 advanced to the Contender round. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch basically needed a win to stay in contention, but never came close with a 14th and 20th place finish respectively, so they are now out. Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon didn’t need a win, but did need good results, and both failed in that respect. They finished 13th and 16th respectively, not far enough ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was on the bubble for most of the race, but did enough with a 19th place finish to stay in the list of 12 who advance to the next round. Winning the race was Kyle Busch, who took over the lead from Chase Elliot with one lap to go, which was a shame for Elliot as he was a long-time leader and it would have been his first NASCAR victory. So the list of 12 who move forward in the Chase for the title are (in ranking order): Martin Truex Jr. who finished 4th, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson who finished 5th, Brad Keselowski (10th), Jimmie Johnson (3rd), Kevin Harvick (17th), Denny Hamlin (35th), Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney (23rd), Chase Elliot, Matt Kenseth (11th), and Jamie McMurray (9th).

Week-37 Player’s Scores iom seb
Max Verstappen 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Daniel Ricciardo 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Sergio Perez 28
Kimi Raikkonen 11 11
Chase Elliott 40
Jimmie Johnson 35
Kyle Larson 30 30
Matt Kenseth 19
Ryan Newman 17
Denny Hamlin 1
Totals: 274 322

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twenty-sixth win of the year. Better picks in NASCAR made the difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 37:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10193 322 9871
2 2 iomracer 9678 -515 274 9404 -467
3 3 New Players 8642 -1036 247 8395 -1009


September 25, 2017

2017 Week 37

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:55 am

Welcome to week 37 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian GP and NASCAR has its last round of the Chase “Challenger” races at Dover in Delaware, which means four drivers will be dropped from the Chase at the conclusion of the race. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 36:

Moto GP Spain, NASCAR New Hampshire, USCC California:

Results – Week 36
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch 90-VisitFlorida Racing
2 Dani Pedrosa Kyle Larson 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Jorge Lorenzo Matt Kenseth 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
4 Maverick Vinales Brad Keselowski 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Valentino Rossi Martin Truex Jr. 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
6 Aleix Espargaro Erik Jones 2-Tequila Patron ESM
7 Andrea Dovizioso Clint Bowyer 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
8 Alvaro Bautista David Suarez 22-Tequila Patron
9 Johann Zarco Ryan Blaney 24-BMW Team RLL
10 Pol Espargaro Joey Logano 62-Risi Competizione

At the Moto GP Aragon, Marc Marquez seemed untroubled by the five riders who started on the grid ahead of him. It took him a few laps to get the lead, but once there he looked comfortable, and took the win by 0.9s over Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Pole setter Maverick Vinales finished fourth. In a miraculous effort, Valentino Rossi qualified third, and finished the race in fifth – an amazing feat given that he broke his leg just three weeks ago. Andrea Dovizioso, who was tied for the championship lead coming into Aragon, finished 7th, losing the lead to Marquez. Johann Zarco finished 9th, and Cal Crutchlow finished 23rd after crashing out from a top 6 position six laps from the end.

The NASCAR race at New Hampshire was won by Kyle Busch who automatically advances in the Chase to the Contender round in two weeks. All but three of the Chase challengers finished in the top 20. Two of those three, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne now find themselves in the bottom four of the challengers putting them on the bubble for elimination after the next race, along with Austin Dillon (who finished 19th this week), and Ryan Newman (13th). But the points are close for Dillon and Newman, and a good result next week should get them into the next round. For Busch and Kahne on the other hand, they are 17 and 21 points behind the cutoff line respectively, so likely will need a win next week to stay in the Chase.

The USCC was at Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca) in California where the #90 Visit Florida LPM2 Ligier beat the #31 Whelen Racing Cadillac with a bold move entering the corkscrew, with just two laps to go. This is the first win by an LMP2 car in the U.S.’s premier sportscar series. The #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac took the final podium position. Seven of the eight Prototypes finished on the lead lap, with the #85 JDC Miller Oreca LMP2 in 4th, the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac in 5th, the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan in 6th, the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Ligier LMP2 in 7th, and the #7 Tequila Patron Nissan in 8th and a lap down.

Week-36 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Dani Pedrosa 40 40
Jorge Lorenzo 35
Maverick Vinales 32 32
Andrea Dovizioso 26 26
Johann Zarco 22
Cal Crutchlow 7
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40 40
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 35 35
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 32
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 30 30
2-Tequila Patron ESM 28
22-Tequila Patron 24
Totals: 312 342

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twenty fifth win of the year. Better picks in both Moto GP and USCC by Sebastian won the week. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 36:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9871 342 9529
2 2 iomracer 9404 -467 312 9092 -437
3 3 New Players 8395 -1009 281 8114 -978


September 18, 2017

2017 Week 36

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:02 am

Welcome to week 36 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is at Aragon in Spain; NASCAR has their second race of the “Challenger” round of the Chase for the Cup in Loudon, New Hampshire, another intermediate oval like Chicago; and USCC is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 35:

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

Results – Week 35
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar WEC
1 Lewis Hamilton Martin Truex Jr. Simon Pagenaud 2-Porsche Team
2 Daniel Ricciardo Chase Elliott Josef Newgarden 1-Porsche Team
3 Valtteri Bottas Kevin Harvick Will Power 8-Toyota Racing
4 Carlos Sainz Denny Hamlin Scott Dixon 7-Toyota Racing
5 Sergio Perez Kyle Larson Helio Castroneves 36-Signatech Alpine
6 Jolyon Palmer Brad Keselowski Graham Rahal 13-Rebellion
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Joey Logano Marco Andretti 31-Rebellion
8 Lance Stroll Jimmie Johnson Ryan Hunter-Reay 38-Jackie Chan DC
9 Romain Grosjean Matt Kenseth Sebastian Saavedra 37-Jackie Chan DC
10 Esteban Ocon Jamie McMurray Connor Daly 24-Manor TRS

The F1 race in Malaysia started in wet conditions that produced chaos at the first corner. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen both got a great start. Verstappen’s was the best as he got alongside Raikkonen, but Vettel had swung across the track to try and either block or at least slow Raikkonen who was pulling level with Vettel. That move squeezed Raikkonen into Verstappen and the two collided, with Verstappen then hitting Vettel. At first Vettel seemed to get away with it, but clearly there was significant damage, because later in the lap, under the safety car caution, Vettel’s car suddenly turned around and he hit the wall and out of the race. Out of the carnage Lewis Hamilton had the lead, and he managed it throughout the race, despite two more safety car cautions that bunched the field, and he took the win over Daniel Ricciardo. Valtteri Bottas had a solid race and claimed the final podium spot, finishing 4s behind Ricciardo and with a huge gap to Carlos Sainz in fourth.

The first race of the NASCAR “playoffs” at Chicagoland Raceway was won by Martin Truex Jr. Ten of the top eleven positions were taken by Chase contenders (Joey Logano was 7th). Three of the Chase contenders put themselves in a hole by finishing outside the top 20: Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. now have the most pressure on them to finish well in the next race at New Hampshire.

The Indycar race at Sonoma (Sears Point) was the finale for the series with Josef Newgarden going in only 4 points ahead of Scott Dixon. There were five drivers who could take the championship, and those five headed the top five positions at the end of qualifying, and then ran in the top five positions for most of the race. The race was deservedly won by Simon Pagenaud, but with Josef Newgarden finishing comfortably in second, he took the championship. Scott Dixon was third, Will Power fourth, and Helio Castroneves fifth.

At the WEC race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the two Porsches dominated the six-hour race trading the lead a number of times. And ultimately the #2 Porsche crossed the line less than 0.3s ahead of the #1 Porsche. The two Toyotas at least kept up with the Porches for the entire race, even if it didn’t look like they could take the victory, and finished third and fourth, with the #8 Toyota ahead of the #7 Toyota.

Week-35 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 12 12
Kimi Raikkonen 10
Simon Pagenaud 50 50
Josef Newgarden 40
Scott Dixon 32 32
2-Porsche Team 50 50
1-Porsche Team 40 40
8-Toyota Racing 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
Totals: 346 376

Congratulations to Sebastian with the biggest weekly score of the year so far, and his twenty-fourth win of the year. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 35:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9529 376 9153
2 2 iomracer 9092 -437 346 8746 -407
3 3 New Players 8114 -978 311 7803 -943


September 12, 2017

2017 Week 35

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:53 pm

Welcome to week 35 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; NASCAR starts their “Chase” for the cup at Chicago Land’s intermediate oval; Indycar is in Sonoma, California (Sears Point) for their Championship double-points finale; and WEC is at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 34:

Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Richmond:

Results – Week 34
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Larson
2 Danilo Petrucci Joey Logano
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ryan Newman
4 Maverick Vinales Kurt Busch
5 Michele Pirro Denny Hamlin
6 Jack Miller Erik Jones
7 Scott Redding David Suarez
8 Alex Rins Jimmie Johnson
9 Jonas Folger Kyle Busch
10 Bradley Smith Chase Elliott

It was a rain race at the Moto GP in Italy. Towards the end of the race the rain abated and some of the riders had bikes with slick tires ready in the pits, but the track never improved enough to bring anyone in, so the riders finished on their wet weather tires. The conditions meant that a lot of riders went down. Jorge Lorenzo was first down when he high-sided on lap 7 – at the time he’d built a significant lead, so his crash was a bit of a surprise. Then Cal Crutchlow went down, but he got back on his bike to finish 13th. Loris Baz, Hector Barbera, Aleix Espargaro, and Sam Lowes, all crashed. The excitement culminated in the last lap when Marc Marquez made a turn-1 pass on Dani Pedrosa, and stayed ahead to finish the lap as the winner. Andrea Dovizioso mixed it with these two early on, but eventually dropped back, although he held on ahead of Maverick Vinales to take the final podium spot. The other final lap drama was when Johann Zarco ran out of gas and came to a stop in the last corner. He was seventh at the time. But he didn’t give up, instead, with bikes flying by him, he pushed his bike down the straight, and across the line, to finish in the points in 15th place.

NASCAR had their final “regular” race of the year at Richmond, and there were no surprise winners, so the 16 contenders for the Chase stayed the same. Joey Logano was the closest to changing up the Chase picture by finishing second (he needed to win), but truthfully, he never looked like he’d challenge for the win, and more or less “inherited” second after a messy final overtime run. In the restart of overtime Kyle Larson had the prime position after a great pitstop. He was ahead of Martin Truex Jr. who had dominated much of the race. Then Denny Hamlin clipped Truex in the penultimate lap and a crash ensued. But Larson had gone far enough in the overtime to be given the win. Hamlin managed to carry on to finish 5th. Behind Larson and Logano, Ryan Newman got the final podium position. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was another driver who needed a win but also didn’t threaten for the lead, and finished 13th. Kyle Busch finished 9th. Kevin Harvick finished 15th. So the 16 drivers who made it into the chase are (in ranking order): Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray.

Week-34 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Andrea Dovizioso 35 35
Maverick Vinales 32 32
Cal Crutchlow 17
Dani Pedrosa 16 16
Johann Zarco 15 15
Jorge Lorenzo 7 7
Joey Logano 40
Ryan Newman 35
Denny Hamlin 30
Kyle Busch 22 22
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 17
Kevin Harvick 15
Totals: 246 262

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 23rd win of the year. Good NASCAR picks again made the difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 34:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9153 262 8891
2 2 iomracer 8746 -407 246 8500 -391
3 3 New Players 7803 -943 221 7582 -918


September 4, 2017

2017 Week 34

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:52 pm

Welcome to week 34 – two races this weekend: 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:

Scores from week 33:

F1 Italy, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Watkins Glen, WEC Mexico:

Results – Week 33
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar WEC
1 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin Alexander Rossi 2-Porsche Team
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Busch Scott Dixon 1-Porsche Team
3 Sebastian Vettel Kurt Busch Ryan Hunter-Reay 8-Toyota Racing
4 Daniel Ricciardo Austin Dillon Helio Castroneves 7-Toyota Racing
5 Kimi Raikkonen Erik Jones Graham Rahal 31-Rebellion
6 Esteban Ocon Matt Kenseth Will Power 36-Signatech Alpine
7 Lance Stroll Ryan Newman Charlie Kimball 24-Manor TRS
8 Felipe Massa Martin Truex Jr. Max Chilton 26-G-Drive Racing
9 Sergio Perez Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud 13-Rebellion
10 Max Verstappen Jamie McMurray Carlos Munoz 37-Jackie Chan DC

Mercedes dominated the F1 race in Italy with Lewis Hamilton taking an easy win, and taking over at the top of the championship. His teammate had to work a little bit at the beginning to get second place – he did not have the best start and found himself in fifth place. But like Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas seemed to realize he had a quick car for the circuit, and did not panic. Instead he slowly picked off Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll, and Esteban Ocan to take second, from where he drove away from the field to finish only behind Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel needed to be the best of the rest to keep the championship close, so a third-place finish for him was good considering the dominance of the Mercedes. In fourth was Daniel Ricciardo with easily the best drive of the race. He started in 16th place and wound his way through the field to miss out on the podium by just 4s. His last pass of the race was around Kimi Raikkonen, demoting the Ferrari driver to fifth, much to the chagrin of the many Ferrari fans at the track.

Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR race at Darlington. He’s a repeat winner, so no new drivers claimed a spot in the upcoming Chase. For fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. he’s in the position of having to win next week at Darlington or miss out on the Chase in his final season in NASCAR.  Baring a win from Earnhardt or a lesser known driver, the 16 who will compete in the Chase seem locked in. Daniel Suarez is in the 17th position in the Championship, but is a massive 66 points behind. With only 40 points going to the race winner (excluding bonus points that drivers can pick up), Suarez basically also needs a win to get into the Chase.

Alexander Rossi dominated the Indycar race at Watkins Glen by taking pole, leading the most laps, and taking the win, albeit by less than a second over Scott Dixon. Championship leader Josef Newgarden had a bit of a disastrous race – he was leading when he came in for a routine pit stop, but upon exiting his teammate Will Power got ahead of him, but barely, and the closeness caused Newgarden to lock his wheels and crash into the pit wall. Sebastien Bourdais was just behind and had nowhere to go, so crashed into the back of Newgarden. Newgarden did manage to continue, but 18th place was his final finishing position. With that result, there are only three points in the Championship between him and Dixon, with only one race remaining. Simon Pagenaud finished ninth.

The Porsches easily won the WEC race at the Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico, with the #2 Porsche finishing 7s ahead of the #1 Porsche, both of whom where a lap ahead of the two Toyotas. The #8 Toyota took the final podium spot over the #7. After the Toyotas there was a massive gap of 20 laps to the next finisher and top LMP2 car – the #31 Rebellion.

Week-33 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 30 30
Scott Dixon 40
Simon Pagenaud 22
Josef Newgarden 12 12
2-Porsche Team 50 50
1-Porsche Team 40 40
8-Toyota Racing 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
Totals: 346 364

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 22nd win of the year. Better picks in Indycar made the difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 33:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8891 364 8527
2 2 iomracer 8500 -391 346 8154 -373
3 3 New Players 7582 -918 311 7271 -883


August 28, 2017

2017 Week 33

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:10 am

Welcome to week 33 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Ferrari’s home country of Italy, at Monza; 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:

Scores from week 32:

F1 Belgium, Moto GP England, Indycar Illinois, USCC Virginia:

Results – Week 32
Pos F1 MotoGP Indycar USCC
1 Lewis Hamilton Andrea Dovizioso Josef Newgarden 3-Corvette Racing
2 Sebastian Vettel Maverick Vinales Scott Dixon 67-Ganassi Racing
3 Daniel Ricciardo Valentino Rossi Simon Pagenaud 62-Risi Competizione
4 Kimi Raikkonen Cal Crutchlow Helio Castroneves 25-BMW Team RLL
5 Valtteri Bottas Jorge Lorenzo Connor Daly 66-Ganassi Racing
6 Nico Hulkenberg Johann Zarco Alexander Rossi 4-Corvette Racing
7 Romain Grosjean Dani Pedrosa Charlie Kimball 912-Porsche GT Team
8 Felipe Massa Scott Redding James Hinchcliffe 911-Porsche GT Team
9 Esteban Ocon Alex Rins Carlos Munoz 16-Change Racing
10 Carlos Sainz Alvaro Bautista Sebastien Bourdais 96-Turner Motorsports

It was a relatively exciting race at the F1 event at Spa-Francorchamps, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel driving nose-to-tail the whole race. Hamilton took the victory, but there were at least a couple of occasions where it looked like Vettel might pass. There was one safety car period where Hamilton complained that the 510bhp Mercedes GT S, driven by former DTM racer Bernd Maylander, was going too slow, causing his tires to cool. But when the safety car pulled off, Hamilton had enough heat in the tires to keep Vettel at bay, and ultimately take the win. In third place Daniel Ricciardo had a quiet race, staying well ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, but unable to stay with Hamilton and Vettel. Raikkonen did well to take fourth, considering he had to serve a 10s stop-and-go penalty for not slowing under double-yellow flag conditions – a penalty he was clearly unhappy about. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth.

Andrea Dovizioso took the Moto GP victory at Silverstone in England. As usual in Moto GP it was a close battle among several riders, with Dovizioso taking the lead from Valentino Rossi with just three laps to go. Maverick Vinales also got around Rossi in the closing laps to take second, leaving Rossi third. Marc Marquez was also in the mix for most of the race, but his engine expired with seven laps to go, leaving him with a 21st place finish. Dani Pedrosa had a disappointing race, unable to challenge the front runners, and finishing seventh.

Indycar made a return to the 1.25 mile oval of Gateway Park in Illinois. It was a relatively clean race with just a couple of cautions, one of which occurred in the warm up lap when Tony Kanaan spun in turn 2 damaging his car. The second caution occurred after only a handful of laps when Will Power spun and crashed in the same corner. He did not continue and hence finished in 20th place. Josef Newgarden won the race when he made an aggressive move around his teammate, Simon Pagenaud, with only 30 (of 248) laps to go, with the two of them touching wheels. The banging forced Pagenaud to slow, allowing Scott Dixon to go around too. And those moves settled the podium with Dixon second and Pagenaud third.

With just the GTLM and GTD cars racing at the USCC event at VIR, it was the #3 Corvette that repeated from last year with a win over the #67 Ganassi Ford. The Corvette inherited the win with 15 minutes to go, by stretching their fuel, while the #25 BMW had to pit from the lead for a splash-and-go. That pit stop allowed the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari to also get ahead and claim the final podium spot, leaving the BMW in fourth place. Less than 30s covered the top four. The Porsches were never really a factor with both the #912 and #911 finishing a lap down in seventh and eighth respectively.

Week-32 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Maverick Vinales 40
Valentino Rossi 35
Dani Pedrosa 26
Marc Marquez 9 9
Will Power 10
3-Corvette Racing 50 50
25-BMW Team RLL 32 32
66-Ganassi Racing 30
911-Porsche GT Team 24
Totals: 321 366

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 21st win of the year. Good picks in Moto GP trumped iomracer’s attempt to pick a spread of winners across all events. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 32:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8527 366 8161
2 2 iomracer 8154 -373 321 7833 -328
3 3 New Players 7271 -883 289 6982 -851


August 21, 2017

2017 Week 32

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:01 am

Welcome to week 32 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; Moto GP is at Silverstone in England; Indycar is on the “paperclip” oval of Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois; and the USCC (GTLM and GTD classes only) is at VIR in Virginia. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 31:

WRC Germany, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Pocono:

Results – Week 31
Pos WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Ott Tanak Kyle Busch Will Power
2 Andreas Mikkelsen Erik Jones Josef Newgarden
3 Sebastien Ogier Denny Hamlin Alexander Rossi
4 Juho Hanninen Matt Kenseth Simon Pagenaud
5 Craig Breen Kurt Busch Tony Kanaan
6 Elfyn Evans Ryan Newman Scott Dixon
7 Jari-Matti Latvala Trevor Bayne Helio Castroneves
8 Hayden Paddon Kevin Harvick Ryan Hunter-Reay
9 Armin Kremer Kyle Larson Graham Rahal
10 Eric Camilli Ryan Blaney Carlos Munoz

Mixed weather conditions left roads dry, damp, and soaked at various times over the four days of the WRC Rally Germany. Also, as usual, even in the dry conditions the early cars dragged dirt onto the roads making them slippery for the later runners. These conditions meant that all the top drivers had some off-road excursions at some point in the rally. Worst hit was Kris Meeke, who crashed his Citroen on the opening super-special stage, and had to return under rally 2 rules on Friday, but was finally out with a mechanical problem on Saturday. Also badly hit was Thierry Neuville, who briefly led the championship after Finland, but had a wheel mysteriously fall off his car in Germany on Saturday. So he too had to return under rally 2 rules, but could do nothing in the way of gaining points, finishing 44th. That handed Sebastian Ogier an easy finish to the weekend, and he duly completed the rally in third place, and reestablished his lead in the championship. Ahead of him Andreas Mikkelsen in another one-off drive for Citroen showed the potential of the car by finishing second, and teed himself up (again) as a top candidate for a factory drive in 2018. Making the fewest mistakes while being faster than the rest of the field and winning the event, was Ott Tanak in the Ford. Behind the podium three were Juho Hanninen, the leading Toyota, then Craig Breen, once again fifth, who got the position over Elfyn Evans in the last stage of the rally. Jari-Matti Latvala was seventh after mechanical problems on Friday lost him a lot of time. Dani Sordo lead at one point early in the event, and won the power stage on Sunday, but finished a lowly 34th after crashing on Friday.

NASCAR was on the short-track in Bristol, Tennessee, and Kyle Busch swept the weekend by winning the main event (he also won the Truck and Xfinity events). Jimmie Johnson finished 11th. Only two races to go before the Chase begins, so there will be a lot of desperate drivers trying to win at Darlington in two weeks and Richmond after that.

At the Indycar race at Pocono Will Power made a remarkable comeback after having to pit for repairs to his car one-third of the way through the race, and going a lap down, to win the race by 0.5s over his Penske teammate Josef Newgarden. Alexander Rossi had a good race, leading 44 laps over the course of the race, and finishing third. Simon Pagenaud had a strong finish to the race, passing two cars in the closing laps to take fourth. Tony Kanaan was fifth. Scott Dixon led the most laps of the race (51 of 200) but could only finish sixth. Behind him was Helio Castroneves, whose seventh-place finish was good considering he started 20th on the grid. Ryan Hunter-Reay was eighth, and Graham Rahal ninth.

Week-31 Player’s Scores iom seb
Ott Tanak 50
Sebastien Ogier 35 35
Elfyn Evans 28
Jari-Matti Latvala 26 26
Dani Sordo 1 1
Thierry Neuville 0 0
Jimmie Johnson 19
Will Power 50 50
Josef Newgarden 40
Simon Pagenaud 32 32
Scott Dixon 28 28
Helio Castroneves 26
Graham Rahal 22
Totals: 270 259

Congratulations to iomracer and his tenth win of the year. Iomracer’s pick of Ott Tanak in WRC was the defining choice. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 31:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8161 259 7902
2 2 iomracer 7833 -328 270 7563 -339
3 3 New Players 6982 -851 233 6749 -814


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