TMR Game – Week 21

Welcome to Week 21 of the Too Much Racing Game!

What a week of sport! Starting with Le Mans qualifying, through the race itself and the World Cup opening games to the Canadian GP, it felt like it was non-stop. I hope you enjoyed it too, and you can read some of my thoughts of the weekend in my recap.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:

IndyCar – Iowa (oval);

Sprint Cup – Sonoma (road course);

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race. Note that the Cup race is on a road course and some of the drivers have changed – more on that later.

The cutoff is Saturday 19th June at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 20, read on.

How To Enter

1. Reply to this post.

2. List up to 10 drivers, with no more than 7 from a single event.

3. Send your entry before the stated deadline. You can make as many changes as you like until the closing point, I’ll take your last entry.

Most weeks feature 2 or 3 races, some weeks may have more than that and some may only have one. There’s not a rule stating you have to choose a driver in each race, any combination of up to 10 drivers is accepted.

On to the results!

Top Tens – Week 20

Week 20 F1 NASCAR Cup
Points Canadian GP Michigan
1 50 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin
2 40 Jenson Button Kasey Kahne
3 35 Fernando Alonso Kurt Busch
4 32 Sebastian Vettel Jeff Gordon
5 30 Mark Webber Tony Stewart
6 28 Nico Rosberg Jimmie Johnson
7 26 Robert Kubica Dale Earnhardt Jr
8 24 Sebastien Buemi Jeff Burton
9 22 Vitantonio Liuzzi Greg Biffle
10 20 Adrian Sutil Joey Logano
Points 24 Hours of Le Mans
1 50 Rockenfeller / Bernhard / Dumas
2 40 Lotterer / Fässler / Tréluyer
3 35 Kristensen / McNish / Capello
4 32 Ayari / Andre / Meyrick
5 30 Leventis / Watts / Kane
6 28 Primat / Mücke / Fernández
7 26 Lahaye / Moreau / Charouz
8 24 Newton / Erdos / Wallace
9 22 Nicolet / Hein / Yvon
10 20 Greaves / Ojjeh / Chalandon

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That Peugeot collapse was unexpected, wasn’t it! Audi take the 1-2-3 sweep at Le Mans. It was a great Canadian GP, too.

Note that I have scored Le Mans per this Wikipedia article. The 24 Hours is unique in that it removes non-finishers from the results, to my knowledge all other major events bar WRC retain them in the classification. For the purposes of scoring, the 28 finishers are scored first and then retirees are lined up behind them with those completing the furthest distance coming first. This is in line with the original ARFL game upon which this game is based (I’m sure Andy The Speedgeek can verify this).

Points Awarded – Week 20

Player Le Mans F1 N-Cup Week 20
RG 0 226 113 339
Burwellian 0 172 109 281
Startledbunny 77 152 44 273
Jon Waldock 38 171 0 209
Jackie 38 136 0 174
Pat W 40 120 0 160
Sebastian 39 102 0 141
Dank 0 0 140 140
Sean 3 62 60 125
The Speedgeek 4 118 0 122
James 12 0 0 12

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Congratulations RG! Completely wiped the floor with most of us with his risky strategy of ignoring Le Mans completely. It was a gamble, had the Peugeots finished on the podium the rest of us would’ve scored highly.

The other exceptions Burwellian (carryover entry with F1 and NASCAR only), and Dank (carryover entry, NASCAR only). Burwellian’s carryover picks happened to have a high score compared to usual and with the rest of us being so poor it maximised it.

Startledbunny’s choice of two Audi and two Peugeot drivers meant he was the only one to have two top ten finishers in his Le Mans picks, in addition to a strong F1 line-up. Jon had a good F1 result too.

That’s not a typo for James, he did get twelve from his carryover entry, those were ALMS drivers who came over for the 24 Hours but finished well down the order.

Oh what might have been…

Overall Standings – Week 20


Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 20 Total Gap
1 1 1 0 Sebastian 4962 141 5103 0
2 2 2 0 Pat W 4828 160 4988 115
3 3 5 2 RG 4611 339 4950 153
4 4 3 -1 The Speedgeek 4793 122 4915 188
5 5 4 -1 Sean 4722 125 4847 256
6 6 6 0 Jon Waldock 4560 209 4769 334
7 7 8 1 Startledbunny 4114 273 4387 716
8 8 7 -1 James 4180 12 4192 911
9 9 9 0 Burwellian 3730 281 4011 1092
10 10 10 0 Jackie 3049 174 3223 1880
11 11 11 0 Dank 2016 140 2156 2947

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RG’s massive points advantage claims him two positions, ahead of Speedgeek and Sean who seem to be about to engage in their own battle. I’ve closed in very slightly on leader Sebastian who’s the first to pass the 5000 barrier.

Startledbunny jumps ahead of James and Burwellian reclaims a chunk of the points gap.

When I said Le Mans would mix things up, I never thought it would be so one-sided! I don’t think anyone could’ve forseen every single Peugeot retiring.

Results sheets are available on the TMR drop.io.

Coming Up – Week 21

This week we have two events:

IZOD IndyCar Series – The short but fast Iowa Speedway which some describe as a small superspeedway, it is so fast. Ganassi are the team to beat on ovals, you can expect Penske to run them close and now Andretti Autosport seem to be recovering their old form. The good news is Ryan Hunter-Reay has been confirmed to continue for another race, and Graham Rahal has taken over Mike Conway’s car in place of temporary stand-in Tomas Scheckter. Check the entry list at indycar.com.

Sprint Cup – The first of two road courses on the Sprint Cup schedule, this is on the shorter version of the Infineon Raceway course at Sears Point, Sonoma, California. Please note that a few of the middle/lower order teams have substituted their regular drivers for ‘road course specialists’ including Jan Magnussen and in a surprise move, Mattias Ekstrom (via his Red Bull links) who you’ll be familiar with from your DTM picks. Now don’t say this game never does anything for you.. Go to nascar.com for more info.

I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments.

[Photo: Audi vs Peugeot, (c) ZumaPress via Picapp]

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14 thoughts on “TMR Game – Week 21

  1. Pat,
    Actually, I scored ARFL this week on laps completed, like every other freaking motor race in the world (not mad at you, I’m mad at the French). I don’t understand why the ACO has to be so stubborn about this. In fact, I’ve always heard David Hobbs tell stories about how his car expired on the last lap of the race one year, and how that meant that they weren’t classified even though they should have been 3rd or 4rd (or whatever), and thankfully that isn’t what happens anymore by the rules…so given all of that, I was surprised to pull up the official results from lemans.org to find that that’s how the race is still scored. Seems BS to me. The ORECA Pug runs more laps than every non-Audi and winds up 29th? The Highcroft car loses like 2-3 hours in the pits, rolls out for the last lap and winds up in front of two Peugeots, two Aston Lolas, and one Kolles Audi? Hmmm.

    This is not meant as a slap at you by any means. Feel free to score the race however you like, but I’m just not a fan of the way the ACO does business. I can send you my master spreadsheet tonight, if you’d like to copy off of my sheet for this week’s scores… :)

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  2. Uh, oh.

    Just read your and Sebastian’s comments on the thread from last week and took a look at last year’s ARFL spreadsheet. I did score the race off of Wikipedia, which was something of a mistake in my opinion, but looking deeper, the only car that didn’t finish that would have come out considerably better in my “new” system would have been the Team Goh Porsche, which completed enough laps for 15th (was classified 34th in the results). Chris Dyson’s car actually only completed the 35th most laps, so he’d still have scored a single point. The #64 Vette should have been (in my “new” system) 29th instead of 35th, so those guys actually got shorted one point. Several guys who had ARFL implications (Berhard, Dumas, Melo, Kaffer, Salo, Krohn, Jonsson, Bouchut) got overscored by a point, as they’d have finished behind the Goh Porsche.

    I don’t know if this would have had any implications on the free agent acquisitions over the second half of the season (somebody lower or higher than they should have been in the season standings), but I kind of doubt it (teams generally weren’t within 3-4 points of each other). Thankfully, the gaps between teams at the end of the season were far bigger than 3-4 points, so it looks like exceedingly lucky there.

    Bottom line: late race retirements had a far bigger effect on the results this year than last. I don’t know where this leaves you, but I’m going to leave the ARFL scoring where it is for this year, with cars and drivers scored off of laps completed.

    Extra bottom line: stupid frogs. Curse you, your fries, your bread and your toast.

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  3. Noted. I meant to ask you before the race but I ran out of time, so I just had to go with something.

    I’ll have a think about what to do..

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  4. Hell, computer went bang. At internet cafe.

    Indycar:

    Dixon
    Franchitti
    Briscoe
    Castroneves
    Patrick
    Kanaan

    NASCAR:

    Jeff Gordon
    Tony Stewart
    Kyle Busch
    Montoya

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  5. I think it’ll be easier to leave it as is. While F1, IndyCar, NASCAR and everything else scores DNFs according to how many laps completed, the 24hr does not and I’d like for the game to attempt to resemble the actual series. But I also think it is stupid to completely remove all DNFs from the results so they are added at the bottom.
    I say this noting I want to double-check the WRC results on the FIA website.

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  6. Yeah. I knew Le Mans is and always has been scored with retirements not classified and below all finishers. (I’d have to edit a lot of stuff on my site to fix that if they retconned it and scored it like any other series.) Technically F1 is too but they fixed that by counting all finishers below 90% of the winner’s distance as not classified and all retirements at 90% or greater of the winner’s distance as classified, which I also find kind of bizarre.

    Anyway…

    IndyCar:

    Ryan Briscoe
    Hélio Castroneves
    Scott Dixon
    Dario Franchitti
    Dan Wheldon (he’s great here, even for Panther)

    Cup:

    Marcos Ambrose
    Kurt Busch
    Kyle Busch
    Juan Pablo Montoya
    Tony Stewart

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  7. Well, can’t get better than last week, but I’ll try…

    IndyCar: Ryan Briscoe, Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Danica Patrick, Justin Wilson

    NASCAR: Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon

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  8. Before I forget again…

    IndyCar:
    Ryan Briscoe
    Dario Franchitti
    Tony Kanaan
    Will Power
    Marco Andretti
    Scott Dixon

    NASCAR Cup:
    Kyle Busch
    Kevin Harvick
    Juan Pablo Montoya
    Jeff Gordon

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  9. There was a scoring error affecting RG and Sean. They each picked a Busch brother, but I scored them the wrong way so I gave Kurt’s points for Kyle and vice versa. This means RG gains another 25 points and Sean loses 25 points, and I have updated the tables above (but not the drop.io files). Sorry.

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  10. IndyCar
    Scott Dixon
    Dario Franchitti
    Helio Castroneves
    Will Power
    Marco Andretti (banking on AA’s oval run continuing)

    Cup
    Juan Montoya
    Jeff Gordon
    Kevin Harvick
    Jimmie Johnson
    Kyle Busch

    I like Mattias Ekstrom and I love that Red Bull are taking a chance on bringing him in, and it would be fantastic if he scored a top 3… but I think it unlikely and can’t risk it.

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  11. Indycar

    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon
    Ryan Briscoe
    Will Power
    Helio Castroneves

    NASCAR

    Kyle Busch
    Denny Hamlin
    Matt Kenseth
    Juan Montoya
    Jimmie Johnson

    Went for Montoya because I know he can turn both left and right.

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  12. Just back for pride!!

    Indycar

    Helio Castroneve
    Dario Franchitti
    Ryan Briscoe
    Scott Dixon

    NASCAR

    Marcos Ambrose
    Juan Montoya
    Tony Stewart
    Jeff Gordon
    Kyle Busch
    Robby Gordon

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  13. Too late to do this this year but if next year you warn people in advance of making their picks, then why not do it on distance even if a car is officially declassified?

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