Vettel wins 8th in a row at Brazil; snbracing, Victorious Secret, rajmaraj are 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Super 7 Sweep Championship contest.
Sebastien Vettel did it again, qualifying on pole and leading every lap en route to victory in the F1 Grand Grand Prix of Brazil. His retiring-from-F1 team mate Mark Webber was second in front of Fernando Alonso with Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo filling out the top 10. Paul di Resta, Esteban Gutierrez, Adrian Sutil, Heikki Kovalainen, Jean-Eric Vergne and Pastor Maldonado filled out the last 2013 FMFL scoring grid with Romain Grosjean the only popular pick who scored nada after he blew up his Renault engine early to be classified last.
Congratulations to snbracing on scoring the most points during the Championship contest to win a rare Lockheed Vega bank from Battley Cycles. Victorious Secret finished second to win a 1955 Chevy Delivery bank and rajmaraj was third to win a Harley Davidson tractor trailer bank.
The per-series winners were …
- SidePod, most points per 2013 ALMS picks.
- nascarspeedy, most points per F1 picks.
- rolxracer, most points per Grand-Am Rolex picks.
- Team Twin Checkers, most points per IndyCar picks.
- yearlywinner, most points per Truck series picks.
- cjstreetracer, most points per NNS picks.
- alternator, most points per Cup series picks.
Now its time for a couple of months off as we prepare for the 2014 season … which may or may not be a 7 series game. Your humble commish is considering a couple of options, either adding MotoGP bike racing to replace ALMS, reducing the number of series and picks to six each.
If you have an opinion, please send me an email. Otherwise, watch your inbox around mid-January for information regarding next year’s game.
Kyle, Bad Brad and Denny Hamlin take NASCAR finale Truck, NNS and Cup wins at Homestead; Vettel gets the F1 W at Austin.
Kyle Busch won the Friday afternoon NASCAR Truck Series race over pole sitter Ryan Blaney and Jeb Burton with Brandan Gaughan, Ron Hornaday Jr., John Wes Townley, German Quiroga, Ross Chastain, Timothy Peter and Cale Gale. Miguel Paludo, Ryan Sieg, James Buescher, Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Johnny Sauter filled out the FMFL top 16. 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton was 21st, just ahead of Austin Dillon.
Brad Keselowski beat Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch to win Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race over Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Parker Kligerman, Sam Hornish Jr., Cole Whitt and Nelson Piquet Jr. Blake Koch, Austin Dillon, Ryan Reed, Ty Dillon, Drew Herring and Elliott Sadler were 11th through 16th. Justin Allgaier (19th), Regan Smith (29th) and Brian Scott (32nd) were among the more popular drivers who scored zip for the players who started them.
Denny Hamlin finally found the winner’s circle again in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup finale at Homestead with Matt Kenseth, Dale Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer filling out the top five. Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, new series champion Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick filled out the top 10 with Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola earning the last of the FMFL top 16 points. Notables who scored the big nod included Kurt Busch (21st) and Greg Biffle (24th). Our tip o’ the hat to Kenny Schrader who finished 34th in his last Spring Cup Series start.
Sebastien Vettel won the penultimate F1 race of the season at Austin over Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso fourth the fifth and Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Valtteri Botas, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button fillint out the top 10. Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Felipe Massa, Esteban Gutierrez, Heikki Kovalainen and Paul di Resta were 11th through 16th.
Your last starting lineup of the season, for next weekend’s F1 GP of Brazil is due by midnight this coming Saturday. Just like RD#1, the last round of the season will only include one race with the starting lineup available before the picks have to be in, so we’ll expect everyone to choose the top five on the grid. Ahh. But what about those other two drivers?
Rookie (and probably not shaving yet) Erik Jones won Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, leading the most laps after qualifying second to beat pole sitter Ross Chastain, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Matt Crafton with Cale Gale, Ryan Blaney, Johnny Sauter, James Buescher and Chase Elliott filling out the top 10. Jeb Burton, German Quiroga, Daniel Hemric, Steve Wallace, Max Gresham and Timothy Peters filled out the FMFL top 16. Popular picks who scored zero for the players who started them included Darrell Wallace Jr. (13th), Joey Coulter (26th) and Ron Hornaday (28th).
Kyle Busch picked up his 12th NNS win of the season on Saturday at PIR, starting from pole and leading the most laps to beat Justin Allgaier, outside pole qualifier Austin Dillon, Regan Smith and Sam Hornish jr. with Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney sixth through 10th. Alex Bowman, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Michael Annett, Ryan Reed and Drew Herring were 11th through 16th with Brad Keselowski (19th) and Kyle Larson (32nd) the two most popular picks who scored nada.
Happy Harvick won Sunday’s Cup race at Phoenix on Sunday after Carl Edwards ran out of gas on the second-to-last-lap with Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jr. and Kurt Busch filling out the top five. Juan Pablo, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Newman filled out the top 10 with Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Paul Menard earhing the last of the game points. Cousin Carl came home 21st, Matt Kenseth was 23rd and outside pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished 28th.
Starting lineups for RD#40 are due by Thursday at midnight MST (Arizona) with all three NASCAR series ending their season at Homestead plus F1 in Austin.
Ty Dillon, Bad Brad and Jimmie Johnson take Texas Truck, NNS and Cup Trophies; Vettel wins F1 in Abu Dhabi.
Ty Dillon started third and led the most laps at Texas Friday night to win the NASCAR NCWTS race, beating Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr., Brendan Gaughan and Justin Loftin with James Buescher, Darrell Wallace Jr., Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley and Matt Crafton filling out the top 10. Ryan Sieg, Joey Coulter, Brennan Newberry, German Quiroga, Ryan Blaney and Timothy Peters filled out the FMFL top 16 as Brad Keselowski (21st), pole sitter Jeb Burton (26th) and Kyle Busch (28th) all scored the big zip for the players who started them.
Bad Brad won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas from outside pole over Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Matt Kenseth and Austin Dillon. Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet were sixth through 10th with Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Michael Annett, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Kevin Swindell 11th through 16th. Polesitter Alex Bowman was 18th behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch was 26th and Travis Pastrana, in what may have been his third-to-last ride with Roush Fenway Racing, came home 31st.
Jimmie Johnson qualified third but dominated Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas, leading Dale Earnhardt, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne across the finish line with Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer filling out the top 10. Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned the last of the FMFL top 16 points with Kurt Busch (17th), pole sitter Carl Edwards (37th) and Jeff Gordon (38th) among the popular picks who scored goose eggs.
Mark Webber and Sebastien Vettel qualified one two but when the checkers flew it was the now four-time world champion at the top of the podium again. Vettel led every lap with Webber second and Nico Rosberg third ahead of Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso, Paul Di Resta, Louis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and Yo! Adrian Sutil. Pastor Maldonado, Jenson Button, Esteban Guitierrez, Nico Hulkenberg, Valteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo were 11th through 16th and Kimi Raikkonen was last after A) being DQ’d from qualifications after his car failed inspection and B) crashing into a Marusia on the first lap because he had to start last. Bummer.
Congratulations to la Bomba Racing for scoring the most points for RD#38 to win a collectible Harley Davidson dime bank courtesy Battley Cycles. Starting lineups for this weekend’s RD#39 of the Super 7 Sweep are due by midnight MST on Thursday with all three NASCAR series racing at Phoenix on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Darrell Wallace Jr. wins first Truck Series race at Martinsville, Jeff Gordon jumps back in to Chase contention with Cup victory; Sebastien Vettel clinchs fourth World Championship in India.
Congratulations to Da Pharaoh Racing on scoring the most points for RD#37 to win a collectible Harley Davidson dime bank courtesy Battley Cycles. Stephen picked all three race winners with all seven starters scoring triple digit scores.
Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Saturday Truck Series race at the big paper clip in his Toyota, beating Chevy drivers Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton and Ben Kennedy with Ryan Blaney the first Ford in fifth. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished sixth ahead of German Quiroga, Johnny Sauter, Scott Riggs and James Buescher with Max Gresham, Joey Coulter, John Wes Townley, Ross Chastain, Jeff Agnew and John H. Nemechek.
Expected points earners Chase Elliott (20th), Ty Dillon (22nd), Timothy Peters (26th), Ron Hornaday (28th) and Kevin Harvick (30th) finished outside the top 16 to deliver zeroes for the players who started them.
Harvick and Dillon also provided the media with a bit of drama as after an on track altercation the two bumped and banged each other both on the race track and in the pits. Then Kevin suggested Ty had no respect for other drivers because he was a member of the lucky sperm club — which did not please Ty’s grandfather and Kevin’s Cup team owner Richard Childress a bit. This was definitely must see TV.
Jeff Gordon finally found victory lane again on Sunday at Martinsville, passing most-laps-leader Matt Kenseth late with Clint Bowyer, Ford driver Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and pole sitter Denny Hamlin. Dale Jr., Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. filled out the top 16.
Danica finished 17th in front of Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne was 27th and Ryan Newman 38th. There were 17 cautions that resulted in 111 laps being run under yellow but no big ones of any kind. Tip of the hat to Ken Schrader who started 38th and finished 10 spots better in his last Cup appearance at Martisville; Schrader has announced that Homestead will be his last Sprint Cup race as he is retiring from NASCAR’s premier series.
Sebastien Vettel started from pole and led the most laps in winning both the Grand Prix of India and his fourth consecutive F1 championship. Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean completed the podium with Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Paul di Resta, Adrian Sutil and Daniel Ricciardo filling out the top 10. Fernando Alonso, Pastor Maldonado, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jenson Button, Esteban Guttierrez and Valteri Bottas were 11th through 16th with Mark Webber the only favorite who finished out of the FMFL top 16 after retiring with a bum alternator.
This week’s RD#38 will see Cup, NNS and Trucks at Texas with F1 in Abu Dhabi. Picks are due by midnight MST (Arizona) this Thusday and, as usual, good luck to everyone except those ahead of me in my private league.
Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski top Charlotte NNS and Cup races, Sebastian Vettel starts second but finishes first at Suzuka.
Congratulations to Racing Vert on scoring the most points for RD#36 of the Super 7 Sweep game to win a collectible Harley Davidson dime bank courtesy Battley Cycles.
Sebastian Vettel was outqualified by teammate Mark Weber for the F1 race at Suzuka but the positions were reversed when the checkers flew with Romain Grosjean also on the podium after leading the most laps. Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Sauber drivers Nico Hulkenberg and rookie Esteban Gutierrez were fourth through seventh ahead of Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Paul Di Resta, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Ricciardo, Adrian Sutil, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado.
The one driver conspicuously absent from the top 16 was Lewis Hamilton who started third but cut a tire in turn one of lap one, causing significant damage to his Mercedes from the full lap journey back to the pits. Hamilton DNF’d and obviously disappointed a lot of players, including yours truly, with a big goose egg in the points column.
Brad Keselowski started 23rd but finished first in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte, passing Kasey Kahne’s Chevy late with Matt Kenseth third and first Toyota. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, pole sitter Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards filled out the top 10 with Clint Bowyer, Juan Pablo, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch, Dale Jr. and Greg Biffle earning the last of the FMFL game points.
Joey Logano (18th), Martin Truex Jr. (22nd), Kyle Larson (37th in his Cup debut) and Mark Martin in Tony Stewart No. 14 Chevy (42nd) all scored the big zipperama for the players who started them. And at no time did it look like Bad Brad was going to wreck Kyle Busch in retaliation for recent on-track disagreements.
Kyle Busch won his 11th Nationwide Series race of the season from his ninth 2013 pole on Friday night, beating Chevy driver Austin Dillon and Ford racer Sam Hornish, Jr. with Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Parker Kligerman and Michael Annet fourth through 10th. James Buescher, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson, Ryan Reed, Mike Bliss and Kevin Swindell filled out the FMFL top 16. Fifth-place-starter Regan Smith finished 19th, losing those 11 qualifying points, with Brian Vickers (31st) and Elliott Sadler (36th) also scoring bupkis.
Starters for RD#36 are due by this coming Friday night with Cup and Trucks at Talladega, ALMS at Road Atlanta and IndyCars at Fontana.
Harvick, Kenseth take Cup, NNS wins at Kansas, #6 Muscle Milk Honda and Sebastien Vettel continue their ALMS and F1 dominance at VIR and Korea and Scott Dixon and Will Power get IndyCar wins at Houston.
Congratulations to firstname.lastname@example.org on scoring the most points for RD#34 to win a collectible Harley Davidson Dime Bank courtesy Battley Cycles. If and when we receive a name and shipping info that prize will sent out ASAP!
Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas City, leading the most laps after starting from pole in his Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon second and third. Joey Logano was fourth and first Ford in front of Carl Edwards with Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola filling out the top 10. Matt Kenseth was 11th and the highest placing Toyota with Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray filling out the FMFL top 16.
2013 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowsi led 52 laps but came home 17th, joining Denny Hamlin (23rd), Brian Vickers (32nd), Kyle Busch (34th) and Ryan Newman (35th) as high expectation picks who came up empty.
Matt Kenseth drove his Joe Gibbs Toyota to the Nationwide win at Kansas on Saturday, beating Chevy drivers Paul Menard and most-laps-leader Regan Smith to the flag ahead of Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brad Sweet and top Ford driver Trevor Bayne. Elliott Sadler, Alex Bowman, Michael Annett, Mike Bliss, Travis Pastrana, James Buescher and Sam Hornish Jr. were 10th through 16th.
Keselowski, Brian Vickers and Kyle Larson finished 28th through 30th to score zero game points with Bad Brad’s poor result coming after Kyle Busch wrecked him while fighting for second place late in the race.
Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won yet another ALMS race in their LMP1 Honda, beating Guy Smith and Johnny Mowlem in the Dyson Mazda at VIR with three LMP2 cars (the #s 551, 01 and 552) third, fourth and fifth ahead of three LMPC cars and a slew of GT cars. I’m so looking forward to the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in two weeks if only to end the boredom of the same car always winning and another opportunity to see if the DeltaWing can finish a race on the lead lap.
Speaking of boredom, Sebastien Vettel reprised his start-from-pole-and-lead-every-lap routine in Korea this weekend with Kimi Raikkonen, who started ninth, and Romain Grosjean filling out the podium. Nico Hulkenburg surprised more than a few with his fourth-place finish in the Sauber to beat Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez. The only favorite who didn’t score in the points was Mark Webber who qualified third but started 13th thanks to his hitchhiking stunt after the checkers flew at the last race. The WEC -bound Aussie had his Red Bull car catch fire mid-race to see him classified 21st for zero FMFL points.
The second-to-last IndyCar event on the 2013 schedule was the two-race run around Houston’s Reliant Stadium with rain and a rough track throwing a couple of monkey wrenches into the works on Friday and Saturday. The first was won by Scott Dixon with Simona de Silvestro and Justin Wilson making the podium, followed by Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, James Jakes, Graham Rahal, Sebastien Bourdais, E.J. Viso and Luca Filippi in the Barracuda car formerly driven by Alex Tagliani. Charlie Kimball, second-most-laps-leader and outside pole sitter Will Power, Marco Andretti, Sebastian Saavedra, Dario Franchitti and Mike Conway filled out the FMFL top 16. Pole winner Takuma Sato (17th), Helio Castroneves (18th), Ryan Hunter-Reay (20th), Tony Kanaan (21st) and James Hinchcliffe (24th and last) all scored nada for the teams who started them for the Saturday race. Special condolences to Helio and the Mayor of Hinchtown, as twinkletoes broke a gearbox early to erase most of the points lead he enjoyed with only Houston and Fontana to go, and to Hinchcliffe who stalled at the standing start and got drilled but Ed Carpenter without moving a foot under his own power. Pisser.
Sunday’s race saw Will Power beat Scott Dixon after a race long battle among the weekend’s two fastest cars with Hinchcliffe third ahead of Justin Wilson and Sea Bass. Simon Pagenaud, Oriol Servia, Charlie Kimball, Mike Conway and Simona De Silvestro compled the top 10 with Tristan Vautier, Sebastian Saavedra, Josef Newgarden, Takuma Sato, Dario Franchitti and E.J. Viso 11th through 16th.
Marco, RHR, Helio and TK finished out of the points with another gearbox problem effectivley killing any chance Castroneves had of winning his first IndyCar Championship this season. And the last three drivers in race twos top 16 only earned those results as a result of attrition among the drivers behind them. On the last lap Dario hit Takuma and got launched into the fencing with Viso hitting the Foyt car; Franchitti was taken awake and alert to the hospital with a concussion, ankle and back injuries so we should not expect to see him in California for the season finale.
Starting lineups for RD#35 of the Super 7 Sweep, featuring Cup and Nationwide at Charlotte plus F1 at Suzuka are due by midnight MST this Thursday. If you haven’t submitted your picks yet, please do so now and good luck!
Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano dominate in Cup, Nationwide at Monster Mile; Timothy Peters wins in Trucks at Las Vegas and the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing team clinches DP championship with a win at Lime Rock.
Timothy Peters only led three laps in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas but they were the last three in beating Johnny Sauter, Miguel Paludo, Ty Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. with Ron Hornaday Jr., John Wes Townley, Brendan Gaughan, James Buescher and Max Gresham filling out the top 10. Matt Crafton, Jeb Burton, Joey Coulter, Ross Chastain and Brennan Newberry — who spun at least three times during the race — and Dakoda Armstrong were 11th through 16th with lap leaders Justin Loftin (18th) and Ryan Blaney (20th) earing the big nada for the players who started them.
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor won their third consecutive Grand-Am Rolex race to clinch the 2013 championship in their No. 10 Dallara/Chevy DP, beating the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Riley/Ford, the No. 01 Ganassi Riley/BMW, the No. 42 Team Sahlen car and the No. 4 8-Star Motorsports entry. Sixth through 10th were the No. 60, No. 2, No. 9, No. 90 and No. 3 cars with the No. 43, the No. 99 Red Dragon, the No. 31 Corvette GT, the Nos. 63 and 64 Ferrari GTs and the No. 57 Camaro GT filling out the top 16.
NOTE: Congratulations to Sherry Shaw from Wirtz, VA on winning her third consecutive Rolex Series championship in the Super 7 Sweep game. Three in a row! Pretty good, Sherry.
Joey Logano started from pole and led the most laps to win the NNS race at the Monster Mile, leading Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler across the line with Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Kyle Busch, Trevor Bayne and Mike Bliss sixth through 10th. Brian Scott, Justin Allgaier, Brad Sweet, Michael Annett, Regan Smith and Cole Whitt earned the last of the FMFL top 16 points as outside pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr. (17th) and fourth-place-starter Alex Bowman (18th) came up empty for the players who started them.
Jimmie Johnson started eighth but finished first at Dover on Sunday, leading the most laps and looking every bit like a soon to be six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion in beating pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch with Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer filling out the top 10. Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose were 11th through 16th with Stewart-Haas -bound Kurt Busch (21st), fourth-gridded-starter Carl Edwards (35th) and 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski (37th) letting down all the players who picked them to at least score something instead of the big goose egg.
This week’s RD#34 schedule includes Cup and NNS at Kansas, ALMS at Virginia International Raceway, F1 in Korea and a couple of IndyCar races in Houston. The deadline for starters is midnight (MST) this Friday but if you haven’t put in your picks yet, now’s the time!
Ryan Blaney gets first NNS win at Kentucky, Matt Kenseth takes Loudon Cup race, #6 Muscle Milk car dominates ALMS at Austin, ditto Sebastia Vettel in Singapore Grand Prix.
Ryan Blaney qualified second and led the most laps in winning the Saturday Nationwide Series race at Kentucky, holding off highest-placing Chevy driver Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton, pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr. and top Toyota racer Alex Bowman. Drew Herring was sixth in the JGR Toyota Kyle Busch usually drives with Brian Vickers, Jeb Burton, Cole Whitt and Michael Annett filling out the top 10. Elliott Sadler came home 14th to salvage his lap leader points while Joey Coulter (18th), Nelson Piquet Jr. (27th), Parker Kligerman (29th) and Kyle Larson (33rd) were among the favorites who finished out of the game-points-paying top 16.
Matt Kenseth won his second Chase segment Sprint Cup race at Loudon on Sunday and led the most laps in beating Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray with Dale Jr., Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and early leader Martin Truex Jr. filling out the top 10. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon were 11th through 15th with pole sitter Ryan Newman 16th to keep his qualifying and lap leader points.
Notable racers who did far worse than expected included Clint Bowyer (17th), Kevin Harvick (20th) and Kasey Kahne (37th), who ran strong until crashing and losing out on 44 points for qualifying second. Bummer.
The #6 Muscle Milk Honda LMP1 scored maximum points in starting from pole and leading every lap to win the last ALMS race at Austin, beating the #16 Dyson Lola/Mazda, four Honda LMP2 cars, six LMPC entries and four GT cars. There are but two more American Le Mans Series races, one at VIP and then the Petit Le Mans, before it goes the way of all things and becomes absorbed into the new United Sports Car Racing/NASCAR family … and chances are good the #6 and #16 cars will finish one-two in those races too.
And no, the Delta Wing did not finish. Again.
Sebastian Vettel came a bit closer to clinching his fourth F1 World Championship with another dominating win at Singapore, qualifying from pole and leading every lap to beat Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosbert and Lewis Hamilton with Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenburg and Yo!Adrian Sutil filling out the top 10. Those of us who started Mark Webber were lucky in that he kept his qualifying points by finishing 15th after his engine went south at race’s end. Unfortunately for him, after being stranded on the track he hitched a ride with Alonso after the checkers flew and thus earned himself a 15-spot grid penalty for the next race.
This week its Cup and NNS at the Monster Mile in Dover with Trucks at Las Vegas and the Rolex Series finale at Lime Rock. Lineups are due by late Friday night and remember to check those entry lists to make sure the Cup drivers you pick for the Nationwide and/or Truck races are going to be running.
Kyle Busch won the Friday night NCWTS race at Chicagoland, leading the most laps in his Toyota to beat Ford drivers Brad Keselowsi and Ryan Blaney, fellow Toyota racer Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon in the first Chevy. John Wes Townley, Austin Dillon, James Buescher, Jeb Burton and Johnny Sauter filled out the top 10 with Darrell Wallace Jr., Miguel Paludo, Ron Hornaday Jr., German Quiroga, Justin Lofton and rookie Ben Kennedy, son of Lesa France-Kennedy, earning the last of the FMFL top 16 points.
Popular pick drivers who wound up with zeros included Joey Coulter (23rd), Brendan Gaughan (25th) and Timothy Peters (27th).
The Saturday night Nationwide Series race was another Kyle Busch runaway as the No. 54 started from pole and led the most laps to win over Penske Ford racers Joey Logano and Sam Hornish Jr. with Austin Dillon the first Chevy in fourth ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brain Vickers, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Harvick and Nelson Piquet Jr. were sixth through 10th with Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, Regan Smith, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne and Kevin Swindell 11th through 16th. Elliott Sadler (19th) and Kyle Larson (32nd) scored nada for the players who picked them. Bummer.
Matt Kenseth won the delayed, started, stopped and finally finished Cup race in Joliet, leading the most laps and beating team mate Kyle Busch, highest Chevy driver Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and top Ford driver Brad Keselowski. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman filled out the top 10 with Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Jeff Burton, Marcos Ambrose and Greg Biffle completing the top 16.
Polesitter and early race leader Joey Logano blew an engine to come home 37th, joining Denny Hamlin (33rd) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (35th) who also finished behind the wall due to motor woes.