Hello and welcome to the TMR Game Week 5.
This post accepts entries for the Phoenix NASCAR Sprint Cup race which is the only event this week.
Thinking of joining in? If you place your first entry during the first 8 weeks of the game you will receive 80% of the lowest player’s score from any weeks you missed. That brings you into contention whilst applying a small penalty for lateness, the rest is up to you!
Each week you pick 10 drivers with a maximum of 7 from a single championship. This is the middle of a run of three NASCAR-only weeks so I’m looking for 7 Cup drivers please.
See this page for the game rules.
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The deadline for entries is Saturday morning at 6am GMT / 1am ET. Read on for results..
Race Results – Top Ten
|Week 4||NASCAR Sprint Cup|
|6||28||Juan Pablo Montoya|
We say Daytona can be a lottery but look at that list, amazing! Huge congratulations to Trevor Bayne. Those who picked the Busch pair and/or Montoya will do well this week, practically all the other big names fell out or fell back, including many of last year’s Chase contenders.
|Player||Sprint Cup||Week 4|
|6||The Crooked Cap||77||77|
* awarded 80% of the lowest score by a full-entry, in this case that was Speedgeek’s result. Unlucky, boys.
Well done James! That’s an incredible score given the number of big names to hit trouble. Edwards, Montoya and Kurt Busch was a good combination. Dylan, Felipe and Sebastian did well, too.
Everybody was hit by the lottery of this race, you can see the impact in Sebastian’s excellent recap of the week when a lot of fancied names for the top 5 all picked up a single point. You can also see that everybody picked Kevin Harvick.
Nobody (among those entering) was affected more than The Speedgeek who is at the bottom of the table for the second time in just two events. Bowyer was the single pick scoring in double-digits for the ‘Geek, the other 6 picks couldn’t match that drivers’ individual score. Hard luck and I hope you do better this week!
There’s a real pressure to not be last each week this year because it knocks on to what other people score when they miss a race – you don’t want that guilt! 80% of 22 points is 18 points and that’s what RubberGoat and Maverick both score this time.
|7||6||-1||The Crooked Cap||189||77||266|
James takes the lead!
There’s lots of jostling all over the table which is to be expected for only the second race and I hope lasts for a while yet! I like it when things are mixed up, it keeps everyone on their toes.
* Felipe was awarded 112 points for the Rolex 24 via the ‘newcomer within the first 8 weeks’ rule. 140 x 80% = 112. He made great use of it too, finishing 3rd in Week 4 and leapfrogging Speedgeek and the non-entering RubberGoat and Maverick.
NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSC): Subway Fresh Fit 500, Phoenix, Arizona
The unique dogleg feature of the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway is going to be extensively renovated in time for the Cup Series’ second visit later in the year, so this is your last chance to see it in the classic configuration. I expect this race to be far less of a lottery than was Daytona but with this series most races have a random element to them. I must say I’ve never watched a race at this venue before and I am strongly tempted to do so this year, whether it is Cup or one of the supporting series I don’t yet know. Entry List.
Let’s hope for better luck this week and a higher success rate among our picks.
If you know anybody who may like to join in starting at the Phoenix 500, please do send them this way!