TMR Game – Week 30

Welcome to Week 30 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Here are all the results from last weekend’s racing, and a guide to what’s happening this week.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:

Ok.. concentrate:

ALMS – Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin;
LMS – Hungaroring, Hungary;
IndyCar – Sonoma, Sears Point, California;
NASCAR Cup – Bristol, Tennessee;
DTM – Zandvoort, Netherlands;
WRC – Rally Germany;

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 7 drivers any individual race up to a maximum of 10 drivers.

The cutoff is Saturday 21st August at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 29, 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 29

Week 29 Sprint Cup
Points Michigan
1 50 Kevin Harvick
2 40 Denny Hamlin
3 35 Carl Edwards
4 32 Greg Biffle
5 30 Matt Kenseth
6 28 Tony Stewart
7 26 Juan Pablo Montoya
8 24 Martin Truex Jr
9 22 Elliott Sadler
10 20 Joey Logano

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Points Awarded – Week 29


Player NASCAR
1 Sebastian 199
2 Startledbunny 163
3 James 157
4 Pat W 156
5 Jackie 150
6 Dank 147
7 Sean 141
8 RG 135
9 Burwellian 133
10 Jon Waldock 130
11 The Speedgeek 129

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Amazingly, Sebastian wins again! Congratulations, that’s quite a roll of luck – surely it must end soon?

I was expecting a spread of scores roughly within 20-30 points from top to bottom among the ‘full’ entries, broadly-speaking that’s what we had apart from Sebastian, who picked 4 of the top 5 finishers. Nobody else picked more than three of those, and some only got two. Startledbunny had a particularly good week too.

Sean, Jon, Speedgeek and I were unlucky with Kurt Busch. You’d expect a reasonable finish from him but he only netted a point for us. Similarly, all bar Speedgeek and Dank had Jeff Gordon in their line-ups and his 27th position only awarded 3 points. Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton and arguably Jimmie Johnson also finished lower than you might normally anticipate. Such are the risks in a NASCAR race (Cup or otherwise..).

Sebastian has worked out the scores as well and shows them in a different format, if you would like to see how your drivers performed you can see the table here.

Overall Standings – Week 29

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 29 Total Gap
1 1 0 Sebastian 7896 199 8095 0
2 2 0 Pat W 7405 156 7561 534
3 3 0 RG 7305 135 7440 655
4 4 0 Sean 7249 141 7390 705
5 5 0 The Speedgeek 7221 129 7350 745
6 6 0 Jon Waldock 7045 130 7175 920
7 7 0 Startledbunny 6737 163 6900 1195
8 8 0 James 6435 157 6592 1503
9 9 0 Burwellian 5623 133 5756 2339
10 10 0 Jackie 4718 150 4868 3227
11 11 0 Dank 2990 147 3137 4958

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The scores were fairly tight with there only being one race although as I said above, not as tight as I had expected. The weekend ahead will have a far greater bearing on the table and you should pick wisely.

Results sheets will available on the TMR drop.io soon.

Coming Up – Week 30

A HUGE week this week, you’re going to need to think about this one:

American Le Mans Series – Road America, arguably the greatest course in North America. Greg Pickett may be out injured but he’s replaced by the excellent Timo Bernhard who should bring the challenge to the Brabham/Pagenaud and Smith/Dyson cars – but will the top cars last or falter?  www.americanlemans.com (see the Race Hub for an entry list which should be updated through the week);

Le Mans Series – Hungaroring 1000km, arguably one of the more tedious racetracks in Europe. This is the first visit of this type of sportscar racing to this circuit and it’ll be interesting to find how it plays out. The ORECA Peugeot starts as easy favourite but this is a 1000km race and anything can happen.  www.lemans-series.com (see the Entry List);

IndyCar Series – Infineon Raceway, Sears Point, California. Not a fan favourite event, this dusty twisty track is quite flowing and doesn’t really lend itself to passing.  www.indycar.com (driver list);

NASCAR Sprint Cup – Bristol Motor Speedway’s 2nd race of the year. For the record, the top five last time: Johnson, Stewart, Kurt Busch, Biffle, Kenseth. www.nascar.com (points);

World Rally – Rally Deutschland, an asphalt rally through military ranges which in some stages feature large concrete blocks on each side of the road which can really ruin your day.. www.wrc.com (entry list on the rally website);

DTM – Zandvoort. The DTM cars look crazy-fast out at the back of the circuit, and there’s the potential for passing into turn one (Tarzan).. but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen in this series.  www.dtm.com (points – worth a look);

* IMPORTANT *

I am lucky enough to be going to the Belgian Grand Prix – it’ll be great! – but as I do not return home until late evening on Monday 30th you can expect the results to be a little late that week. You can be sure I will not be compiling any results when in Belgium or on the road home (as I’m the driver)! I will try to have results up the night of Tuesday 31st but I will have returned to a very busy day at my workplace, it being the monthly stock-take – so please be aware they may not appear until Wednesday. Apologies.

There will also be no reminders via email or Twitter next week.

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17 thoughts on “TMR Game – Week 30”

  1. More apologies for continuing to hog the luck.

    ALMS:
    David Brabham
    Simon Pagenaud
    Timo Bernhard
    Klaus Graf

    LMS:
    Olivier Panis
    Nicolas Lapierre
    Stéphane Sarrazin

    WRC:
    Sebastian Loeb

    IRL:
    Will Power

    DTM:
    Bruno Spengler

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  2. INDYCAR
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon

    NASCAR
    Kevin Harvick
    Denny Hamlin
    Jimmie Johnson

    WRC
    Sebastian Loeb
    Sebastian Ogier

    DTM
    Bruno Spengler
    Paul Di Resta

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  3. ALMS
    Simon Pagenaud
    David Brabham

    DTM
    Paul Di Resta
    Gary Paffet

    INDYCAR
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Kevin Harvick

    WRC
    Miko Hirvonen
    Sebastian Loeb

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  4. RG’s (incorrect) entry:

    WRC: Seb Ogier, Seb Loeb
    DTM: Green, Spengler, di Resta, Schneider, Paffett, Ekstrom
    IndyCar: Will Power, Ryan Briscoe, Ryan Hunter-Reay
    NASCAR: Denny Hamlin

    NOTE – There are 12 drivers in this entry. If RG is unable to post an amendment before the cutoff, I will take the first 10 drivers listed. This means Hunter-Reay and Hamlin will be ignored.

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  5. ALMS
    David Brabham
    Simon Pagenaud
    Timo Bernhard
    Klaus Graf
    Jonny Cocker

    LMS
    Stephane Sarrazin
    Nicolas Lapierre

    IndyCar
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti

    DTM
    Bruno Spengler

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  6. Disappointed that the greatest endurance race in the history of the world doesn’t get a look in 😉

    Olivier Panis
    Nicolas Lapierre
    Pierre Ragues
    Franck Mailleux

    Jimmie Johnson
    Kevin Harvick

    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti

    Miko Hirvonen
    Sebastian Loeb

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  7. ALMS: David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud
    IndyCar: Dario Franchitti, Will Power
    LMS: Franck Mailleux, Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Sarrazin
    NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin
    WRC: Sébastien Loeb

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  8. ALMS:
    Jonny Cocker
    Paul Drayson

    IndyCar:
    Will Power
    Justin Wilson

    DTM:
    Timo Scheider

    NASCAR Cup:
    Kurt Busch

    LMS:
    Olivier Panis
    Nicolas Lapierre
    Stephane Sarrazin

    WRC:
    Sebastien Loeb

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  9. Evening, I shall take the following then

    WRC: Seb Ogier, Seb Loeb
    DTM: Green, Spengler, di Resta, Paffett, Ekstrom
    IndyCar: Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay
    NASCAR: Hamlin

    That should count as 10 hopefully.

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  10. Interesting, the way people have split up their drivers into groups with some going for 4 in one particular series and others just one. Should throw open some interesting results and might open up a bit of a gap at the top of the table.

    I had often wondered if it’s better to go for four or five drivers in one series because I know that well leaving others with unrepresented or “spread bet” my choices like I have done this week hoping that one or two will take the higher points scores.

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  11. I should also add that I like Sebastian’s analysis, interesting to see visually how everyone picked and that Johnson not Harvick was the most popular choice.

    Hope I’m not ranting in the middle of the night, I read all sorts when I can’t sleep.

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  12. I’ve done it that way because sportscar races have 2 or 3 drivers per car, and if it wins you get a huge points boost. But if it is a DNF I’m screwed!

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  13. Generally, if one driver from a shared car is good enough to pick, then so are the others. Also in sportscars, the pecking order and how reliable a team are at finishing rather than retiring tend to be fairly clear-cut. For ALMS and LMS, I did some digging on Wikipedia with how the results went for the top-class teams this season and last, with some rough notes on a couple of sheets of A4 I have used as my guide. I have done well overall with an aggressive strategy of picking both/all the drivers from any car I think should do well, but as Pat points out, it can go very wrong, such as at Le Mans, when I had six drivers from the Peugeots that broke down, but the policy pays off more often than not.

    I started doing my own scoring charts with fountain-pen and ruler because I wanted to see how I had done without waiting for the next post, and to see why others did better or worse. I now post them with the link sent to Patrick so we can check we agree before rather than after the game posts, and it is very easy to make mistakes, even such as mis-writing which driver a competitor picked.

    When choosing how to split between the events, I would suggest considering drivers individually, having a look on Wikipedia or the NASCAR site at their last few results, for example, if it is an IRL non-oval-race how the driver did in the last five non-oval races and the year before at that circuit, and pick the drivers with the most solid results in whatever series. The split will thus sort itself out, and if a driver does badly, well it was still a good pick on available information.

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