TMR Game 2011 – Week 22

Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 22.

This post accepts entries for these 4 events:

– F1 Valencia (European GP)
– IndyCar Iowa
– NASCAR Cup Sonoma
– MotoGP Assen

Housekeeping

Each week you pick 10 entries with a maximum of 7 of those coming from a single championship. You can have any mix of races from those listed in this post, and you don’t have to use all of them.

See this page for the game rules.

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Scores

Results

Week 21 IndyCar DTM NASCAR Cup
Points Milwaukee Lausitzring Michigan
50 Dario Franchitti Martin Tomczyk Denny Hamlin
40 Graham Rahal Timo Scheider Matt Kenseth
35 Oriol Servia Bruno Spengler Kyle Busch
32 Will Power Gary Paffett Paul Menard
30 Danica Patrick Oliver Jarvis Carl Edwards
28 James Hinchcliffe Jamie Green Ryan Newman
26 Scott Dixon Tom Kristensen Tony Stewart
24 Takuma Sato Felipe Albuquerque Clint Bowyer
22 Helio Castroneves Christian Vietoris Mark Martin
20 Justin Wilson Maro Engel Brian Vickers

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This Week’s Scores

Player NASCAR Cup IndyCar Series DTM Week 21
Pat W 86 102 143 331
Sebastian X 30 106 185 321
Maverick 0 159 162 321
Sean 108 95 111 314
The Speedgeek 55 146 103 304
Jackie 49 108 143 300
RubberGoat 19 119 157 295
Startledbunny 42 143 103 288
Ryan 46 137 103 286
James 40 112 93 245
Felipe Gana 49 138 53 240
Dylanpt24 109 107 0 216
No Entry Received: 80% of lowest score
Jay 173
The Crooked Cap 173
Mike Rice 173

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I’m pleased to score a win, it wasn’t expected at all this week! Sometimes I think have a decent chance at a win, this week I thought a decent midfield score would be good given the competitiveness of a NASCAR/DTM week.

Sebastian and Maverick tie for 2nd, I placed Sebastian ahead for having a higher ‘series’ score with the DTM but Maverick did take more 2nd-place drivers (they both picked two winners) so there’s an argument for placing him higher.

Jimmie Johnson’s poor result hurt a few people this week, he only picked up 3 points for the 6 people that picked him.

Dylan, Felipe and James had relatively poor weeks.

Do check the more detailed sheet produced by Sebastian which this week features a great table showing each driver’s scores from the two IndyCar races.

Leaderboard

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 21 Total +
1 1 0 Sean 4375 314 4689
2 2 0 Sebastian X 4319 321 4640 49
3 4 1 Pat W 4143 331 4474 166
4 3 -1 RubberGoat 4172 295 4467 7
5 5 0 Felipe Gana 4125 240 4365 102
6 6 0 The Speedgeek 4058 304 4362 3
7 7 0 Startledbunny 4022 288 4310 52
8 12 4 Maverick 3896 321 4217 93
9 10 1 Ryan 3924 286 4210 7
10 11 1 Jackie 3898 300 4198 12
11 8 -3 James 3951 245 4196 2
12 9 -3 Dylanpt24 3930 216 4146 50
13 13 0 The Crooked Cap 3822 173 3995 151
14 14 0 Jay 3554 173 3727 268
15 15 0 Mike Rice 3038 173 3211 516

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As we approach the halfway round of the game, Sebastian has reduced the gap to Sean by 7 points. I’m pleased to have jumped back into the top three (sorry Gavin!).

Maverick has reclaimed the four positions he lost a week ago. That group remains as tight as ever although they are dropping Dylan slightly – still time to catch up though.

It was actually fairly tight in the midfield scoring this week,  ‘Geek and ‘Bunny both made another points gain on the trio ahead of them (that’s Speedgeek’s third consecutive week reeling group I’m in).

No position changes until 8th where all hell broke loose. James and Dylan are up two spots, next up is Ryan who gains 3 places with his big win. These three gain at the expense of Jackie, Mav and Crooked Cap. There are still only 55 points between James and Crooked Cap so that group has a lot of fun ahead of them!

Feel free to point out anything I might have missed here!

Upcoming Races

This is the halfway point of the TMRG season and my hasn’t it rolled around quickly? No rest this week, we have four races to choose between.

F1 – European GP

There hasn’t been a good F1 race at the Valencia street course yet although Rubens Barrichello had a good shot at it once, and there was that Alonso Safety Car drama last year but that was just a normal F1 rules controversy rather than actual racing. Hopefully the Pirelli/DRS combo will have a positive effect here, sadly there are two DRS zones which is annoying and may make for easy meat.

www.f1.com

IndyCar – Iowa

From one short track to another, this time the 7/8ths of a mile Iowa Speedway. The banking and angle of the turns makes this drive like a small superspeedway track, that’s to say fast and flat out! After only a few years of running there is already a huge bump (in turn 1 as I recall), so that’ll make things ‘interesting’ for the drivers. Remember this is a Saturday night event (2am for us in the UK.. may skip that one).

www.indycar.com

MotoGP: Assen

Dani Pedrosa is still injured and is likely to skip this round (tbc at the time of writing), but Hiroshi Aoyama has been promoted to his ride for this week. Honda test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi is slated to take Aoyama’s seat at Gresini. Hopefully this will be a good race, it can be a very good one but it can also be a bit flat and with so few quality riders/bikes out there in the series this year I’m not confident.  This is a Saturday afternoon race.

www.motogp.com

NASCAR Cup: Sears Point, Sonoma

The first of two road courses on the Cup schedule so those with a road course racing background should do well but it doesn’t always work out that way. I’m not sure if there are any ‘ringers’ in the field especially for this race? Might be too early to know for sure. Do also keep an eye on the Nationwide Series race at Road America on Saturday for more NASCAR road racing.

www.nascar.com

Good luck!

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18 thoughts on “TMR Game 2011 – Week 22”

  1. Tomy Drissi, Tony Ave, Andy Pilgrim, P.J. Jones, Brian Simo, and I think there’s a rumor that Boris Said will replace Cassill in the #51. Those are the road course ringers for Sears Point.

    I don’t believe any of them are in good enough cars for using them to be worthwhile especially with so many other series from which one can pick. Full-timers like Montoya, Ambrose, perhaps even Allmendinger? Damn straight. But with guys like those full-time in the series, not to mention the established guys like the Gordons, Stewart, and Kyle Busch, it’s hard to justify taking any of the ringers this time. Even Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Kasey Kahne are probably worth taking over any of those ringers. Now if they were in equal cars, maaaan would Pilgrim especially mop the floor with the others.

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  2. F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Lewis Hamilton
    Mark Webber

    INDYCAR
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon

    MOTO GP
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo

    NASCAR
    Juan Montoya
    Tony Stewart

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  3. Congratulations to Patrick who tends to be modest when he wins. I thought I was up for the win and a few more points against Sean until TK stuffed it. How come this year Tomczyk gets demoted to an older car and Green gets promoted yet the former is shining and the latter struggling to do as well as the last couple of seasons?

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

    MotoGP:
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Andrea Dovizioso

    Indycar:
    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon

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  4. Good info on the Cup drivers Sean, thanks. I was always going to go for JPM and Ambrose but wondered about any others. 🙂

    Cup
    Montoya
    Ambrose
    Johnson (I remember he wasn’t too shabby last year after the Rolex Series stints)

    F1
    Vettel
    Webber

    MotoGP
    Stoner
    Dovizioso
    Lorenzo

    IndyCar
    Franchitti
    I’m going to take Kanaan 🙂

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  5. Single digits baby!

    F1: Vettel, Hamilton, Button
    MotoGP: Stoner, Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Simoncelli
    IndyCar: Franchitti, Dixon
    NASCAR: Kyle Busch

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  6. Ouch, last weekend was tough for my team…! :O

    F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Jenson Button
    Fernando Alonso

    Moto GP
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo

    IndyCar
    Dario Franchitti
    Tony Kanaan
    Will Power
    Scott Dixon

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  7. MotoGP: Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi,
    F1: Sebastian Vettel
    Indycar: Will Power, Tony kanaan
    NASCAR: Jeff Gordon, Juan Montoya, Marcos Ambrose

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  8. F1
    Vettel
    Button
    Webber

    MotoGP
    Stoner
    Lorenzo

    IndyCar
    Franchitti
    Rahal
    Dixon

    NASCAR
    Ambrose
    Montoya

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  9. Man, I did ok but stuffed up on my NASCAR picks. As a protest, I shan’t pick any this week. Also I’m not sure about the F1 as it’s a street race…

    F1
    1. Vettel
    2. Button
    3. Alonso

    MotoGP
    4. Stoner
    5. Lorenzo
    6. Dovisioso
    7. Rossi

    IndyCar
    8. Power
    9. Franchitti
    10. Dixon

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  10. Slight rethink.

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

    MotoGP:
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Andrea Dovizioso
    Ben Spies

    Indycar:
    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon

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  11. Yeah baby, I’m back in the game! Dovi’s fall in the MotoGP has made my decision making a little easier but he’ll probably go and win it now that I’ve said that. So with me boycotting NASCAR once again, I’ll go with

    F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Jenson Button
    Fernando Alonso

    INDYCAR
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon

    MOTO GP
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Marco Simoncelli
    Ben Spies

    p.s. 321 points is 321 points but: “I placed Sebastian ahead for having a higher ‘series’ score with the DTM…” why use the DTM difference rather than the IndyCar or NASCAR? I’d probably let NASCAR decide it given the larger field but just wondering what your thinking was.

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  12. F1:
    Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber

    IndyCar
    Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Tony Kannan

    MotoGP:
    Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner

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  13. F1:
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Jenson Button

    IndyCar:
    Scott Dixon
    Dario Franchitti

    MotoGP:
    Casey Stoner
    Marco Simoncelli
    Andrea Dovizioso

    NASCAR Cup:
    Juan Pablo Montoya
    Tony Stewart (he’s sure to be freshly reacquainted with road course stuff after those high-speed laps in Lewis’s McLaren last week)

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  14. p.s. 321 points is 321 points but: “I placed Sebastian ahead for having a higher ‘series’ score with the DTM…” why use the DTM difference rather than the IndyCar or NASCAR? I’d probably let NASCAR decide it given the larger field but just wondering what your thinking was.

    Because it was the higher number, because I felt like it, because it is just a game, and because it doesn’t really matter.

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  15. Dylan only picked 9 drivers.
    We’re faced with choice of leaving it as it is or arbitrarily topping it up based on most recent picks. Yesterday I was thinking about leaving it as a warning as to what happens if you forget. Today I’m a little less militant so maybe it is better to go back through the previous picks until we find a driver racing this weekend not yet picked. That’s Castroneves from two weeks ago. I haven’t seen the IndyCar result yet so I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing!

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