The Motor Racing Game

December 1, 2014

Week 47 (End of Season)

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Thank you for playing in 2014. Congratulations to Sebastian and his overall season win.

Next year’s competition is only 8 weeks away – in the fourth weekend of January (picks due 1/22/2015) with the kickoff of the WRC Monte Carlo Rally and the Daytona 24 hour race.

I’d like to suggest a couple of changes for next year

1) Resorting to declaring a weekly winner by count-back (who picked the most winners, second place finishers, etc.) – which is something I neglected this year.

2) Replicating the blog on a Facebook page – I think there’s more traffic on Facebook and more opportunity to attract other players. I’ll still post here on WordPress, hopefully with Sebastian’s help with the outstanding guides he produces.

3) Give players an opportunity to have “default drivers/cars” in reserve in case they miss a deadline. This is not intended to be a requirement, just an option if a player wants to use it. It could render better or worse results than the 90% rule. This needs comments and opinion if you please. My idea is that players can pick up to 7 “default drivers/cars” in all series, in a ranking order of “best” driver first. If the player misses a week in which one series is running, the default 7 drivers will be selected on behalf of the player. If two series are running, the top five default drivers in each series will be chosen. Three series: top four drivers from one series and three each from the other two (4/3/3). The series in which the higher number of drivers from the default list is picked will be based on the following “stability” ranking of series: MotoGP, F1, WEC, WRC, USCC, DTM, Indycar, NASCAR. Four series: 3/3/2/2. Five series: top 2 default drivers each series. Six series: 2/2/2/2/1/1. Seven series: 2/2/2/1/1/1/1. All eight series: 2/2/1/1/1/1/1/1. If a driver/car is not competing, take the next one in the list, or zero points if the list becomes exhausted. Players can change or cancel this lineup at any time, and actual weekly picks always override any default. What do you think?

Let me know what you think about these changes in the comments section. And anything you can do to attract more players, the more fun the game will be.

Scores from week 46:

WEC Brazil:


Porsche had its maiden win in the finale of the WEC race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The #14 had a comfortable lead with 26 minutes to go in the 6-hour race, but was on worn tires. Behind them the #8 Toyota that finished second was on fresh tires. But we’ll never know if the Toyota could have taken the victory from the Porsche because the last 26 minutes were run behind the pace car when the #20 Porsche had a heavy crash (finished classified in 22nd). The #1 Audi took the final podium position. Behind the Audi was the #7 Toyota in fourth, which along with its teammate’s second place was good enough for Toyota to win the manufacturers title. Fifth was the second Audi (#2), and behind them the leading LMP 2 car, the #47 KCMG. Not sure what happened to the two Rebellion cars but they finished 18th and 19th (#13 and #12 respectively). The other four LMP 2 cars that I picked finished 20th (#27 SMP Racing), 24th (#37 SMP Racing), 26th (#26 G-Drive Racing), and the #21 Strakka did not start so no points.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian, Drewe , and Greased Lightning for their 3-way tie for the final week. Chris didn’t put in an entry, and my miserable score was due to a hail-Mary effort of picking all the LMP 2 cars in a futile attempt to catch Sebastian at the last minute. Unfortunately my miserable score meant an equally miserable default score for Chris, and it dropped him behind Greased Lightning in the final standings for the year.

As mentioned Sebastian topped the standings – a deserved victory since he had 12 outright winning weeks this year.

Final Standings:



November 24, 2014

Week 46

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Welcome to week 46 and our final week – just one race this weekend – the finale of the WEC in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sebastian has the guide for your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 45:

F1 Abu Dhabi:


Lewis Hamilton is F1 world champion. And he won the race in Abu Dhabi. It was not the exciting affair we’d hoped for, or looked like it might be after Nico Rosberg took pole. Hamilton had the better start and charged into the lead at the first corner. Rosberg stuck with him until almost half way, but then Rosberg’s ERS system failed, and without the extra power he was doomed. He finished 14th. With Hamilton seemingly off the hook, he slowed, allowing Filipe Massa to catch him and almost snatch victory. But it was to be Hamilton’s day – he took the win and the title. Behind Massa, Valtteri Bottas took the final podium position. Then came Daniel Ricciardo who did well to get fourth considering he started from the pits after being disqualified from qualifying due to a technical issue with the Red Bull car. Fifth was Jenson Button for whom the race may be the last of his career. Sixth and seventh were the two Force India Mercedes of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, ahead of Sebastian Vettal who similar to his Red Bull teammate had to start from pit lane. Rounding out the top 10 were the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Drewe , his ninth win of the year, two in a row, and the highest score this year for a single event week. And it pretty much guarantees him third in this year’s standings. With F1 wrapping up, it is Sebastian who made the most out of the sport, taking home the most points in F1 for the season. Last week it was me who took WRC points honors, which I was happy about since I consider WRC to be “my” sport. Also last week Greased Lightning wrapped up the title for most points in NASCAR. My attempts to catch Sebastian with some wild picks this week did not pay off (as expected), so it looks like the standings are settled even with the final week still to play…




November 17, 2014

Week 45

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Welcome to week 45 – just one race this weekend – the finale of F1 in Abu Dhabi. And just two more weeks left in The Motor Racing Game, this week and the WEC’s finale wrapping things up in two weeks in Brazil. Sebastian has the guide for your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 44:

WRC Great Britain, NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:


At the head of the WRC event in Wales it was a bit of a bore. Jari-Matti Latvala was Sebastian Ogier’s only close competition early on, but then he went into a ditch (finished nnth) leaving Ogier with a dominant lead over the rest of the field, enabling him to cruise to the win. Second place was much more exciting with Mikko Hirvonen coming out ahead of a tight three-way battle. That was a great way for Hirvonen to finish his career in WRC with a fine achievement considering he was driving a non-factory Ford. Kris Meeke put the most pressure on Hirvonen, but a trip into a ditch dropped him down to a sixth place finish. So that gave third place to Citroen driver Mads Osberg. We all picked Andreas Mikkelsen, but he had a miserable event, going off in the first day, then going off again in the last day, so failing to finish, and no points for any of us.

NASCAR had their finale at Homestead in Miami, and for most of the race the four contenders: Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick were running at the top of the field. Jeff Gordon was the dominate driver though, leading the most laps. Joey Logano was the first to drop out when his car fell of the jacks in the pit with just 16 laps to go. Denny Hamlin was the next to drop back after he decided not to pit for fresh tires in that same stop (16 laps to go), and the old tires hurt him in the remaining laps. Gordon also did not pit in that stop, but pitted on the next caution dropping him deep into the field (he recovered to a 10th place finish). That left Newman and Harvick to battle it out for the win. Newman had Harvick’s bumper in the final laps but in the last lap Harvick slowly drew away for the win of the race and the championship. Brad Keselowski, who only came on strong at the end, finished 3rd.

The WEC had their penultimate race in Bahrain. It was won by the #7 Toyota over the #14 Porsche, but the headline news was the 11th place finish of the #8 Toyota which was so low because they had an alternator failure that had to be replaced, but it was high enough that they were able to win the championship even though there’s still one event to go. Their closest rival, the #2 Audi needed to finish 1st or 2nd to keep their hopes alive, but they could not get the better of the two Porsches that finished 2nd (the #14) and 3rd (the #20). At least their team-mates in the #1 Audi let them finish ahead, just in case the Toyota faulted. The two Rebellions were next to finish with the #13 in 6th and the #12 in 7th.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Drewe and his eighth win of the year. Solid picks in both WRC and WEC did the trick. Drewe is looking pretty solid in third now with only two races left in the year. While I gained a little more ground on Sebastian for first, I fear it is not enough, and only crazy picks with lucky results in the final two weeks will unseat Sebastian at the top of the standings…




November 10, 2014

Week 44

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Welcome to week 44 – three races this weekend, and just three weekends left including this one. The WRC has their finale in Wales; the drivers and manufacturer’s titles are decided, but you can expect a tough battle for victory in what is considered one of rally’s “classics”. NASCAR have their finale in Homestead, Florida, and while any one of the regular drivers in the field of 43 cars can win, all eyes will be on the four remaining contenders for the title (more below). The WEC has their penultimate race in Bahrain. Sebastian has the guide for your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 43:

F1 Brazil, MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Arizona:


Nico Rosberg beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Grand Prix in Brazil, and closed the gap in the championship. Assuming that the two Mercedes drivers are at the sharp end of the season closing race in two weeks, the champion will be the one that finishes ahead of the other, since the points are too close for positions to count for anything (unless both languish towards the back of the field, which is a ridiculous notion). In Sao Paulo, behind Hamilton, Brazilian Felipe Massa took third spot, despite pausing in the McLaren pit-stall for new tires, before moving forward to his own Williams pit-stall. Jenson Button finished fifth after squeezing out Kimi Raikkonen, who as a result, lost another position to Sebastian Vettel (sixth), and then another to Fernando Alonso (seventh). Valtteri Bottas was another of our picks, and looked like he might finish as high as fourth, until a poor pit-stop doomed him to 10th by the end. Our other pick, Daniel Ricciardo, broke his suspension and finished classified 18th and last.

Marc Marquez rounded off the finale of the MotoGP season at Valencia the way he started the season – with a win. And Valentino Rossi finished a strong second – continuing his good form of late. It was mixed conditions at Valencia with a couple of rain showers that made the riders test their bravery on slick tires. Dani Pedrosa wasn’t as brave as Rossi and lost ground to him during the second shower, but still managed to stay ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow to take third spot. Jorge Lorenzo did not like the conditions and changed to wet weather tires which were disastrous as the track quickly dried after the shower, and he subsequently retired and finished classified in 23rd.

The NASCAR race in Phoenix was a surprisingly timid affair with none of the shenanigans that were expected from the eight contenders (although there were a lot of cautions). Kevin Harvick won the race, automatically qualifying him for one of the fourth positions among which the champion will be decided next week in Homestead. Jeff Gordon finished second, but with Harvick’s win and Ryan Newman’s 11th place finish, it was enough to push Gordon out of the top four by just one point – that’s one position that he could have had, and more, without the Brad Keselowski incident last week. At least Gordon had the pleasure of seeing Keselowski eliminated too, with his fourth place finish, which wasn’t enough. After Harvick and Gordon, Matt Kenseth was third, but that too wasn’t enough for him. Denny Hamlin was fifth behind Keselowski, and Joey Logano sixth. All that means that Gordon, Keselowski, Kenseth and Carl Edwards (who finished 15th) are out, and Harvick, Hamlin, Logano and Newman will battle for the championship at Homestead. Highest finisher will take the title.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Chris and his seventh win of the year with one tie. The combination of picking Massa in F1 and Gordon in NASCAR were the keys. I was not second. My picks were late and I’m disqualified from this week’s result. They’re shown because our leader, Sebastian did not want to be “handed” the season championship by me missing my picks by a few hours, so I relented and have shown my picks above, which were the ones I posted on the WordPress site prior to any race starting. I have added these points to the season-long tally at the behest of Sebastian, but if anyone strongly objects to this, I’ll subtract them – let me know with your WordPress comments. Chris tightens the gap to Drewe for third, but like me, will likely need to pick a bit wild in the last weeks to make up the gap…




November 3, 2014

Week 43

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Welcome to week 43 – three races this weekend, and just three weekends left including this one. F1 moves south within the America’s to the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Brazil; MotoGP has their finale in Spain; and NASCAR has their penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. Sebastian has the guide for your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 42:

F1 USA, NASCAR Texas, WEC China:


Lewis Hamilton won the F1 Grand Prix in Austin, his fifth victory in a row, and 32nd win of his career – more than any other British driver. He started behind his team mate, Nico Rosberg, and had to wait until switching to medium compound tires before getting around him and on to win the race. Rosberg finished in a comfortable second, 25s ahead of third place driver, Daniel Ricciardo. The Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were fifth and sixth, more than a minute ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel who started from the pit lane.

Jimmie Johnson looked like the strongest driver throughout the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, and so deservedly took the win. Jeff Gordon looked like the next strongest, and most likely to take victory other than Johnson, but collided with Brad Keselowski on the first green-white-checker, leaving Gordon in a lowly 29th while Keselowski finished 3rd, just behind Kevin Harvick. Gordon was not happy, although it did not look like the on track incident was Keselowski’s fault, and the two of them got bloodied up in a big pit brawl after the race. Our only pick, Joey Logano had pit problems towards the end of the race, and finished 12th. One more race – at PIR next week – decides which four drivers go into the final race as contenders for the title. After Texas none of the remaining Chase contenders has a win in this current round of the Chase, so right now the top four in points are in the best position to move on, and they are: Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Jeff Gordon. But it is close with Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards just one point behind Gordon, and Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick a further five and six point back respectively. So expect another intense battle in Phoenix.

Toyota dominated the WEC race in Shanghai in China – the only two cars to finish on the lead lap – with the # 8 besting the #7. The #14 Porsche battled out the race with the two Audis, with the Porsche taking third spot, and the #2 Audi finishing fourth ahead of the #1 Audi. In sixth was the #20 Porsche, and seventh the #12 Rebellion.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Drewe and his seventh win of the year. Getting the top 6 in F1, and 4 out of the top 5 in WEC, gave Drewe the highest score for a 3-event weekend so far this year. It also makes Drewe a little more comfortable in third place in the standings, but with three weekends still to go anything can happen…




October 27, 2014

Week 42

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Welcome to week 42 – three races this weekend. F1 comes to the U.S. and the Circuit of the Americas, NASCAR is also in Texas at the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway just outside of Dallas, and the WEC is in Shanghai in China. As usual Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 41:

WRC Spain, MotoGP Malaysia, NASCAR Virginia:


Sebastien Ogier won Spain’s WRC event and so clinched the WRC driver’s title for this year. As has often happened in WRC this year, his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala was his closest rival and finished second. The other Volkwagen driver, Andreas Mikkelsen was on track to make it a VW 1-2-3, but punctured mid-way through the second day dropping him down the order – he finished 7th. Finishing third was Mikko Hirvonen who had one of his better rallies this year. He finished ahead of Mads Ostberg who was quoted as saying he just couldn’t find his rhythm in the early part of the event. Kris Meeke suffered a double puncture on day 1 while carrying only one spare, so he retired and came back under Rally 2 rules, which meant a lowly 19th place finish.

Marc Marquez finally got back to his winning ways by not crashing out in Sepang and winning the MotoGP race ahead of Valentino Rossi. Marquez, Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo who finished third, had a close battle for most of the race. Dani Pedrosa had a miserable race, crashing on lap 2, getting back on his bike, then crashing a second time later in the race, leaving him classified in 17th place. Our other pick, Andrea Dovizioso had some sort of mechanical problem late in the race and fell back to an eighth place finish after being as high as second after a great start.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville and as usual there, there were lots of cautions from lots of minor wrecks. Jeff Gordon looked the strongest for most the race, even recovering from a pit speeding penalty that dropped him down lower than 30th, but at the very end he couldn’t overhaul the winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and had to settle for second. Behind “Chase” contender Ryan Newman in third, and Tony Stewart in fourth, Joey Logano was the next “Chase” contender to finish, and right behind him in sixth, Matt Kenseth. Kenseth got into Kevin Harvick mid-way through the race, leaving Harvick with car damage that he couldn’t recover from, and thus a 33rd place finish. Jimmie Johnson also suffered car damage after coming together with Casey Mears, which meant a 32nd place finish for Johnson. Besides Gordon, Newman, Logano, Kenseth, and Harvick, the other three Chase contenders had mixed fortunes. Denny Hamlin finished 8th which puts him for now “on the bubble”, Carl Edwards finished 20th, and Brad Keselowski who suffered a transmission problem that caused the biggest crash of the race, finished in 31st place.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Greased Lightning and his fifth win of the year with one tie. His success in NASCAR looks to have made the difference, and with a 25 point winning margin, quite a big difference. No change in the standings, but Greased Lightning’s win once again closes things up for third place…




October 20, 2014

Week 41

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Welcome to week 41 – three races this weekend. WRC is in Spain for what’s referred to as the only “true” mixed surface rally; MotoGP is in Malaysia; and NASCAR visits the short track at Martinsville in Virginia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 40:

MotoGP Australia, NASCAR Talladega, DTM Hockenheim:


Marc Marquez has had a string of miserable races recently and the race at Phillip Island was no exception when he crashed out with just nine laps to go, while in a comfortable lead. Up to that point Valentino Rossi was the best of the rest, so Marquez’s error handed the Italian the win in his 250th top-series race. Rossi’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, struggled with his tires and looked like he was headed for a third place finish when Cal Crutchlow who was ahead of him crashed out on the final lap, giving Lorenzo second place. There were lots of crashed during the race, two of them caused by riders riding into one another causing the retirement of Andrea Iannone who ran into the back of Dani Pedrosa, and Stefan Bradl who ran into the back of Aleix Espargaro. With Pol Espargaro solo crashing late in the race, Bradley Smith finished third – his first podium finish of his career – giving Yamaha a sweep of the podium positions. Behind Smith, Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth after being only one of two riders to emerge upright from the crash fest group of six riders.

In NASCAR four drivers were eliminated from the Chase leaving eight. Brad Keselowski (who, as expected, got away with last week’s rampage with only a fine by NASCAR) needed to win at Talladega to avoid being one of the four, and he duly won the race to stay in. It was a close finish with two green-white-checkered finish attempts needed to end the race. Jimmie Johnson was another one who needed to win to stay in the Chase, and while he was close to the front in the closing stages, he found no friends to help push him at the end, and slipped down to a 24th place finish at the end and out of the Chase. Another of our picks, Joey Logano, who had already secured his way into the next round of the Chase with a win two weeks ago, finished 11th. The other three drivers eliminated from the Chase (besides Johnson) were Dale Earnhardt and Kasey Kahne, both of whom needed to win, and our pick Kyle Busch, who was collected in a crash, which if he’d avoided, he would have made it into the next round. So the eight who go on to the next three races before the contenders are cut to four, are: Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Jeff Gordon who avoided elimination by just 3 points (3 positions on the track).

At the final DTM race at Hockenheim the Audis swept the podium with Mattias Ekstrom beating Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green. Green had the lead for much of the race, but lost it when a caution caused the safety car to come out with six laps to go. At that point he had switched to hard tires whereas Ekstrom and Rockenfeller were on softs, so when the race restarted Green had no chance. Paul di Resta also finished on soft tires but couldn’t get around Green in the short sprint to the finish. Championship winner Marco Whittmann was the best of the BMW drivers finishing fifth. Of our other picks, Bruno Spengler finished 13th, Christian Vietoris finished 15th, and Edoardo Mortara finished 22nd after crashing out.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian and his twelfth win of the year with one tie. Clearly it was picking heavily in DTM and avoiding the MotoGP carnage that gave him the dominant win. Drewe’s second place score was enough to overhaul Chris for third place in the standings…




October 13, 2014

Week 40

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Welcome to week 40 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is on Phillip Island in Australia, NASCAR is at the Talladega super-speedway in Alabama, and DTM has their finale at the Hockenheimring in Germany. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 39:

F1 Russia, MotoGP Japan, NASCAR Charlotte, WEC Japan:


The F1 race in Sochi was a somber affair as everyone’s thoughts were with Jules Bianchi who remains in hospital with serious injuries from last week’s crash in Japan. Lewis Hamilton took the win on this new track, and along with the second place for Nico Rosberg, gave Mercedes the manufacturer’s title for 2014. Daniel Ricciardo was our only other pick, and he finished 7th after a slow start.

At the MotoGP at Motegi, Marc Marquez had to settle for second place after a slow start, but it was enough for him to clinch the 2014 title. Having a fast start was Valentino Rossi, who led in the early stages, but eventually dropped back behind both his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo who went on to win the race, and Marquez. Dani Pedrosa gave Rossi some pressure at the end, but not enough to take the position, so he was fourth. Behind Pedrosa were the two Andreas, Dovizioso in fifth and Iannone in sixth.

The NASCAR soap opera was in full swing (literally) at Charlotte. After the checkered flag had finished the race, Brad Keselowski had an insanity attack. First, during the cool-down lap he hit two cars. Then he charged into the pit lane at relatively high speed and hit three other cars. Then he went into the paddocks, did an anger burn out, and ran over another team’s equipment sending it flying across the paddock. Finally he got out of the car and tried to fight two drivers. Afterward, when he had “calmed down” he blamed everyone else and said that if they can’t take it they shouldn’t dish it. I don’t decry most of this because it’s what NASCAR wants (a soap opera), evidenced by the Chase format which is designed to create pressure and tension. But I do strongly decry the use of a car as a weapon in the pits and paddock where there are dozens, if not hundreds of innocent people are walking and standing around. Denny Hamlin complained that he’d taken his belts and hans device off when Keselowski hit him in the pits, something that is not uncommon for drivers to do – I know this from experience – which emphasized how recklessly Keselowski acted. NASCAR should ban him for the rest of the year; but they won’t, they don’t have the backbone. Likely a small fine (by Keselowski’s salary standards) and maybe some points. Oh by the way, Kevin Harvick won the race, meaning he and last week’s winner, Joey Logano, get a free pass into the next round of three races, leaving ten drivers to battle it out for the other six spots at Talladega next week. Harvick beat Jeff Gordon in a two-lap sprint after the final yellow of the race. Behind Gordon, Jamie MacMurray had a strong race to finished third, and Joey Logano just sort of cruised around to finish fourth, since his win last week meant this race was fairly meaningless for him.

The two Toyota’s dominated the WEC race at Mt. Fuji, with the #8 finishing ahead of the #7 as has happened so often this year. The two Porsches finished next, with the #20 finishing a lap down on the Toyotas, and the #14 a lap down on their teammate. Then came the two Audis with the #1 finishing in fifth place ahead of the #2 Audi in sixth.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Drewe and his sixth win of the year. His Toyota combination looks to have made the difference. No changes in the standings, but Drewe is now just a measly 8 points from Chris and third spot …





October 6, 2014

Week 39

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Welcome to week 39 – four races this weekend. F1 goes to the site of the Winter Olympics and a street circuit in Sochi in Russia, MotoGP is at the home of many of the top bikes – Japan at Motegi, the WEC is also in Japan but at the Mt. Fuji circuit, and NASCAR is in Charlotte in North Carolina. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 38:

F1 Japan, WRC France, NASCAR Kansas, USCC Georgia:


At the F1 race in Suzuka Lewis Hamilton extended his winning streak by beating his teammate in a miserable weekend in Japan. The Red Bull drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo finished third and fourth respectively after setting up their cars for rain, which they anticipated during qualifying. As they predicted, the rain came in abundance during the race, which was delayed, then red-flagged for a while because of the deluge. When it eventually got going it was stopped after 44 of the planned 53 laps, after a horrible accident in which Jules Bianchi crashed into a tractor that was hauling off Adrian Sutil’s car, which had crashed two laps earlier. Unfortunately Bianchi is in critical condition with a severe head injury.

The WRC event in France was supposed to be Sebastien Ogier’s championship crowning event on his home soil. But it all went wrong for him. First a spin on the opening stage, then a gearbox sensor malfunction, then a time penalty for checking into a stage too early, then a suspension problem. All of which left him down in 13th place at the end. His Volkswagen teammate, Jari-Matti Latvala, had no such issues, taking the lead early and never relinquishing it, giving him his first tarmac win – something of a rarity for a Scandinavian. The only pressure he had was from the other Volkswagen driver, Andreas Mikkelsen, who eventually conceded the fight in order to secure the second spot. Kris Meeke in the Citroen couldn’t keep up with the VWs, but was well ahead of the rest of the field to take third. The battle for fourth through sixth was the only one that stayed close for the entire event. Robert Kubica narrowly held that fourth spot starting the final stage, but threw it away with a crash, leaving Dani Sordo in the Hyundai to take fourth place ahead of Mikko Hirvonen.

At the NASCAR race in Kansas, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked the strongest of the field, leading for much of the race, but a tire failure put him into the wall and left it for the next strongest looking driver, Joey Logano, to win the event. Our pick, Jeff Gordon, had moments running close to the front, but ultimately handling problems left him down in a 14th place finishing position.

The USCC event at Road Atlanta in Georgia did not see a bunch of cars fighting to the very end for the win like most of the season to this point. In fact only the two Corvettes of the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing and the #5 Action Express Racing finished on the same lap, with the former taking the win. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford was third and well ahead (by 4 laps) of the rest of the field. This was the season finale for the USCC, and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing team takes the title with thier second place finish. The #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette had issues that led them to a 23rd place finish, but much better than our other pick, the #42 Oak Racing, whose problems left them 213 laps off the pace and down in 42nd place.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian and his eleventh outright win of the year with one tie. His score of 358 in a four-event weekend is the highest of the season so far. And timely too – with just 8 weeks to go he takes over the top spot in the season standings after my last-place performance this week. And with Chris missing the week, it again draws close among Chris, Drewe, and Greased Lightning for third place …



With the USCC ending, I win the individual sport contest in this class. The Indycar season finished a few weeks ago, and I think I failed to mention it back then: congratulations to Drewe for being the best this year at picking the Indycar results.


September 29, 2014

Week 38

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Welcome to week 38 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Suzuka in Japan, the WRC is in France, NASCAR is in Kansas City, and the USCC is at Road Atlanta in Georgia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 37:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Delaware, DTM Holland:


For the second race in a row, MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez crashed in the Spain round in Aragon. And he wasn’t the only one to go down. A rain shower toward the end of the race had the riders undecided as to whether to try and finish the race on slicks or lose time coming into the pits for wet weather tires. Those who stayed out paid the price. In addition to Marquez crashing, Valentino Rossi went down hard, sending him to the hospital, where it is said he is ok; he is classified in 21st in the results. Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone both crashed around the same time as Rossi, and were classified either side of his result in 20th and 22nd place respectively. Dani Pedrosa also went down. Both Marquez and Pedrosa got back up and made it to the pits, but they’d lost their chance with the time lost in the falls, leaving them 13th and 14th respectively. Jorge Lorenzo was smart enough to come in to the pits before he lost it, and was rewarded with the win after the others had gone down. Aleix Espargaro was the first into pits, and it paid off for him too when he finished second – his best ever MotoGP result. Cal Crutchlow was a whisker behind Espagaro in third, with Stefan Bradl only a little bit further back in fourth. Then there was a big gap to the close group of Bradley Smith, Pol Espagaro, and Alvaro Bautista in the fifth to seventh spots.

Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR race at Dover in Delaware, but most of the focus was on who of the 16 Chase contenders would be eliminated from the remainder of the Chase. Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the unfortunate four after all of the them had poor finishes in the event – we didn’t pick any of them. In fact our picks were amazingly stellar – we picked five NASCAR drivers, and they finished in the first five positions. Behind Gordon was Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Matt Kenseth.

Mattias Ekstrom got Audi’s first win of the year at the DTM event at Zandvoort in Holland. Finishing second and third were Marco Whittmann and Martin Tomczyk. For our other pick, Mike Rockenfeller, he was a victim of bad luck when his pit strategy and two caution periods with safety cars clashed, leaving him disadvantaged versus the top runners, and a 15th place finish.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Chris and his second win in a row, giving him six for the year with one tie. He was the only one who picks all three series winners this week. No change in the standings, but Sebastian’s 20 point advantage over me this week has closed the gap to first place to just 5 points…




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