TMR Game – Week 22

Welcome to Week 22 of the Too Much Racing Game!

An interesting week! A great IndyCar race with a deserving winner, and I saw the latter half of an interesting Cup race where there was a mix of strategy and all sorts. You should be able to read more of my thoughts of the weekend in a day or two in another post.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:

Formula 1 – Valencia, Spain;

Sprint Cup – Loudon, New Hampshire;

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 26th 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 21

Week 21 IndyCar NASCAR Cup
Points Iowa Sonoma
1 50 Tony Kanaan Jimmie Johnson
2 40 Helio Castroneves Robby Gordon
3 35 EJ Viso Kevin Harvick
4 32 Ryan Briscoe Kasey Kahne
5 30 Will Power Jeff Gordon
6 28 Scott Dixon Marcos Ambrose
7 26 Vitor Meira Greg Biffle
8 24 Ryan Hunter-Reay Boris Said
9 22 Graham Rahal Tony Stewart
10 20 Danica Patrick Juan Pablo Montoya

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Points Awarded – Week 21

Player IndyCar N-Cup Week 21
Pat W 125 136 261
Sebastian 182 73 255
The Speedgeek 167 86 253
James 112 141 253
Jon Waldock 142 88 230
Startledbunny 142 74 216
RG 122 82 204
Sean 131 72 203
Burwellian 0 143 143
Dank 0 135 135
Jackie 0 0 0

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I was lucky enough to win this week, with Sebastian, Speedgeek and James very close behind, the latter two tied using different strategies. Good to see James get straight back into the swing of things!

The bottom three were carryover entries, unfortunately Jackie’s didn’t include any drivers racing this week.

Overall it was quite close between all of us, given some were affected more than others by the Busch brothers’ early exit and Franchitti’s lower than expected score.

Overall Standings – Week 21

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 21 Total Gap
1 1 0 Sebastian 5103 255 5358 0
2 2 0 Pat W 4988 261 5249 109
3 4 1 The Speedgeek 4915 253 5168 190
4 3 -1 RG 4950 204 5154 204
5 5 0 Sean 4847 203 5050 308
6 6 0 Jon Waldock 4769 230 4999 359
7 7 0 Startledbunny 4387 216 4603 755
8 8 0 James 4192 253 4445 913
9 9 0 Burwellian 4011 143 4154 1204
10 10 0 Jackie 3223 0 3223 2135
11 11 0 Dank 2156 135 2291 3067

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I’ve cut Sebastian’s lead by six points but that difference is incidental in the bigger picture. The Speedgeek has retaken the position lost to RG last week. It is interesting that the top three overall were once again among the top scorers of the week – it seems consistency is the key.

No other changes in the leaderboard this week.

Results sheets are available on the TMR drop.io.

Coming Up – Week 21

Another fairly straightforward week with just the two events:

Formula 1 – If you’re looking for a cure for insomnia, watch the European GP from Valencia. I’ve liked F1 this year and Canada was spectacular, unfortunately we go from there into one of the most boring events on the schedule. Let’s hope those supersofts start disintegrating early again.

Sprint Cup – The flat oval of Loudon in New Hampshire is this week’s venue. Go to nascar.com for more info.

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

[Photo: Marcos Ambrose leads Jimmie Johnson in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma before throwing away an almost certain win. © 2010 Getty Images all rights reserved, via Picapp free images for bloggers]

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13 thoughts on “TMR Game – Week 22

  1. Is six points incidental? With the Chinese round of the DTM giving us a week 44, that leaves 23 weeks. 23 times six is 138, which is less than my lead. I think you should congratulate yourself when you win. That was a mighty NASCAR performance with 1st, 3rd, 5th and tenth (plus Kyle Petty who we all had). I would suggest using the third person.

    James, you mentioned with last week’s entry, “Just back for pride!!”. Earlier in the competition, I kept a count of the scores minus Week 1 points (which I missed) to gauge my relative performance. After you missed Week 8, I have been keeping a score of how you and I compare, only counting scores when we both had a full entry. So discounting our scores for weeks 1, 8, 18, 19 & 20, like-for-like, you have 4196, and I have 4186. The relative scoring between us has varied between you being 115 ahead to my being 16 points ahead (the only week I was ahead of you calculated this way). So anyway, I thought you might be interested in a direct challenge between us on this basis. Ten points between us over fifteen weeks we have both entered is an average difference of two-thirds of a point per week!

    RG’s win last week by 58 points over second was certainly the biggest margin. The previous record was 46 (LMS at Paul Ricard, week 11).

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  2. F1: Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica

    NASCAR: Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth aaand Kevin Harvick

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  3. I’d have to outscore you every week which I think is unlikely! I’ll certainly be trying though. Good point on self-congratulation, thanks. I tend to be quite embarrased at doing well when I’m the host.

    I don’t like using the third person, in fact I tend to look down on single-author sites always saying “we’ll do this” or “we’ve done that” – everyone knows it is me!

    Interesting challenge!

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  4. F1:
    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button
    Mark Webber
    Sebastian Vettel
    Fernando Alonso

    Cup:
    Denny Hamlin
    Kevin Harvick
    Matt Kenseth
    Kyle Busch
    Jimmie Johnson

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  5. The one week I did the scores, I found myself typing, “The Speedgeek and Sebastian took the high-risk strategy of picking all six Peugeot drivers.” Some would interpret that as pretentious, but in that context I had my scoring-and-sumarising hat on, and addressed myself as one of the competitors. However, I was embarrassed I had a super-duper week the one time I was subbing.

    You do not have to beat me every week, but maintain an average of beating me by more than 4.739 points a week, not to discount the possibility of other competitors overhauling us both. Weeks 12 to 16, you took 160 points over me, 52 points in week thirteen alone (you only came third, Sean took 87 points off me).

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  6. Just my luck that the week I forget there are no drivers racing :( :( :(

    Formula One:
    Fernando Alonso
    Lewis Hamilton
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Robert Kubica
    Jenson Button

    Cup:
    Kyle Busch
    Denny Hamlin
    Jimmie Johnson
    Matt Kenseth

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  7. Sebastian – that there is fighting talk. I accept your challenge sir.

    Now, out of the Middle Ages

    F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton
    Robert Kubica
    Fernando Alonso

    NASCAR
    Juan Montoya
    Deny Hamlin
    Jimmie Johnson
    Clint Bowyer

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