TMR Game – Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Don’t worry you didn’t miss anything – Week 2 didn’t feature any racing.

Quick-Start – * Warning – Early Cutoff *

If you are short on time and want to cut straight to it, just reply to this post with your picks for this weekend’s WRC and NASCAR events. The closing point this week is early: 7am GMT Friday 12th February. You may pick up to 10 drivers with no more than 7 from a single series. Good luck!

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That is the latest I can hold the entry period – Rally Sweden’s first ‘proper’ stage gets under way at 7.18am GMT (8.18am Swedish time) and I don’t want picks arriving when competitors are on-course.

Please note for future weeks if this post has not appeared and you’re unable to wait you can email me your picks and I will publish them here. I am also looking for feedback on an appropriate closing times every week.

New?

If you are new to the game, it is simply this:  Make a weekly pick of up to 10 drivers from a mix of racing series.

You might be a specialist in one championship and know nothing about the others – it doesn’t matter.
You might think you know a little about lots of series but not enough to win – it doesn’t matter.

The game is just for fun, to see what would happen if you created a ‘pickem’ style game with lots of races, and is my way of spreading a little bit of knowledge of the racing world you otherwise might not encounter. Most of us when asked can name one rally driver, one IndyCar driver, one NASCAR driver, one sportscar driver – even if we know nothing else about the series. You’d be surprised how much you do know.

Don’t worry if you didn’t enter the first week – there was only one race and it will be easy to catch up.

Game News

I’ve created a sub-section of the blog for the game: https://toomuchracing.com/game/

You’ll be able to refer to that page to see the race schedule, a summary of the rules and the latest points standings. It is a work-in-progress at the moment and weekly updates and entries will still be via the main blog.

How To Enter

1. Reply to this post.

2. List up to TEN drivers. Remember you can only pick up to SEVEN from a single series (if you go over I’ll take the first seven in order).

3. Send your entry before Friday.

That’s it!

You can have any combination within the framework, so you could have 7 from WRC and 3 from NASCAR, or vice versa, or anything in between, e.g.:

WRC 7 6 5 4 3
NASCAR 3 4 5 6 7

This is the first week with more than one event and I’m intrigued about the different strategy choices you come up with, not just in numbers but in driver combinations. I wish you good luck! If you are not familiar with this week’s events, read on for some possible pointers.

Events in Week 3

Every week in this section I hope to provide a short paragraph about each race, a few options for people aren’t fans and are happy to guess, and a link to the entry list for those who want to make an informed choice.

There are two eligible events this week:

NASCAR Sprint Cup – Daytona 500, Daytona, Florida, USA

This is the first race of the long NASCAR season. A field of 43 drivers will contest the 500 miles and probably about half of those could pick up decent game points, but equally they could get wiped out in ‘The Big One’. Superspeedways like this are a bit of a lottery.

Daytona has a unique qualifying system and the front row has already been decided. Mark Martin is on pole with Dale Earnhardt Jr alongside him. The remainder of the field will be set via two qualifying races to be held Thursday night – though they could come too late for this week’s game cut-off, for most of us at least.

Some options:  Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Jr, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick. Here are the results from the most recent practice session as at Wednesday night.

World Rally – Rally Sweden

The first WRC round of the year is a snow rally and you are gambling on the drivers not ending up in a snow bank or sliding into a tree. This rally marks Kimi Raikkonen’s debut as a professional rally driver after some warm-up drives in lesser events. Is he worth a punt or is it too soon? Marcus Gronholm also appears in a one-off drive in a Ford Focus, in a well-run car in this event he loves he could do well. Note that Ken Block has NOT been entered for this rally.

Some options:  Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Petter Solberg, Henning Solberg, Marcus Gronholm.  Here is a PDF Entry List.

WRC 7 6 5 4 3
NASCAR 3 4 5 6 7
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13 thoughts on “TMR Game – Week 3”

  1. Best get them in early before I forget

    Seb Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Henning Solberg
    Seb Ogier
    Dani Sordo
    —-
    Kyle Busch
    JP Montoya
    Matt Kenseth
    Jamie McMurray
    Scott Speed

    Should be in order I think.

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  2. WRC:

    Sebastian Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Jari-Matti Latvaia
    Marcus Gronholm
    Henning Solberg
    Petter Solberg
    Dani Sordo

    NASCAR:

    Jimmie Johnson
    Jeff Gordon
    Mark Martin

    Despite the huge similarity to the suggestion list, may I point out I compiled this list earlier this week.

    As a late entrant, this might seem a self-serving suggestion but in order to encourage later late entrants, might they perhaps be allowed some points for the events they missed? Perhaps 80 points an event as a minimum score if you entered or not? It could also be consolation to those that are regular entrants but forgot to change their team or missed the cut-off due to one thing or another. What does the group think? I hope people do not think I am suggesting this for my own benefit as I do not really mind being a week behind.

    Put me in the results list as, “Sebastian” (or “Sebastian X” if by some freak another Sebastian enters).

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  3. My entry:

    Jimmie Johnson
    Juan Pablo Montoya
    Carl Edwards
    Jeff Gordon
    Kyle Busch
    Matt Kenseth

    Sebastien Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Marcus Gronholm
    Petter Solberg

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  4. Sebastian’s got it. Take the minimum number of Cup drivers possible on a plate weekend, since you have no idea who’s going to crash and since you know at least two below-average drivers will be in the top five in almost every event. I know very little about WRC but I’ve done enough cursory research (five minutes on a Wikipedia page, oh yeah) to make these picks:

    WRC

    Sébastien Loeb
    Dani Sordo
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Jari-Matti Latvala
    Marcus Gronholm
    Petter Solberg
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Cup

    Kyle Busch
    Denny Hamlin
    Tony Stewart

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  5. WRC

    Sebastien Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Jari-Matti Latvala
    Dani Sordo
    Sebasiten Ogier
    Petter Solberg
    Marcus Gronholm

    NASCAR

    Jimmie Johnson
    Kyle Busch
    Carl Edwards

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  6. I’m not sure about giving points to late entrants to be honest. I see what you’re saying about encouraging people to play, but on the other hand doesn’t that devalue the work everyone else has already put in?
    Also I’m aiming to position the game as a bit of fun so I’m hoping (naively perhaps) that people would want to play anyway. Thanks for the feedback!

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