Hi FolksTHE WEEKLY RAPWOW - Can you believe here we stand with just ONE race to go in the season. Seems like only yesterday we were anticipating engines firing and cars on the track at Daytona. A lot has went on since then and "silly season" has shuffled from drivers around for 2019 - and it's not over yet !!I would be remiss if I didn't take a minute to Thank all of you for playing. We have a good bunch here and you folks sure are tough competition. The Rookies this year were the best we have ever saw. You sure make us old veterans stay on top of our game. I hope everyone has had fun and will be back next season.As soon as I get the MIAMI results figured and posted - I will be sending out the winnings.Remember you'll have to bear with me since we are going to be gone from 11/16 to 11/25. SO we are going to miss the final race of the season... and since we won't be back until 11/25 we'll all have to wait together to see who won what.Thanks again for playing - I hope you all had fun and will be back in 2019. I don't anticipate any changes in the rules or entry fees.
Driver PicksAMan oh man we sure left a ton of points on the table this week. This was one of those weeks where if you did well, you could make up 100 points on the field.Harvick was picked the most (61) with Kyle Busch next (52); Elliott (45) and Truex (30). Busch won and got 82 points; while Harvick finished fifth and received 57. Truex kinda screwed us there at the end. The last yellow he went to the pits and come out on the tail of the field just to make sure he didn't get caught up in a wreck. He ended up 14th. Elliott looked to easily have the best car on a long run; but a restart where Hamlin, Jones and Kurt Busch tangles caught up Chase and messed up any chance he had of a good finish. He only ended up with 43 points. Keselowski had 19 picks and finished second and grabbed 69 points; while Larson was third and only 10 people picked him. But they got a nice 58 points put in their bucket.BThose late race dust-ups really propelled the B drivers forward in the finishing order. We saw Jones run up front all day; but ended up 17th two laps down and only 28 points. He had the most picks (56) while Almirola (50) and Bowman (31) were the three most picked. Almirola did run well finishing fourth but the other B drivers you could have scored big with was McMurray, Kenseth, and A Dillon. They all finished sixth through ninth. Newman was eleventh. Bowman crashed late and got 13 points finishing 30th. I know this hurt several folks. Almirola scored the most points (45) while we saw A Dillon (42); McMurray (41) and Byron and Kenseth both had 38.CHUGE surprise in the C group. NO ONE took Wallace this week and he posted a top 10 finish while racking up 35 points. Allmendinger had 13 picks and finished 12th and got 29 points. Buescher also had 13 picks, got 23 points, and was 18th. Menard and Stenhouse was picked far and away the most of anyone in this group. Stenhouse had 56 picks while Menard had 41. I didn't have much confidence in Menard since he crashed just before final practice ended; but took him anyway because I really didn't figure any of the other C drivers would do much better. Stenhouse looked strong until be blew a left rear tire and pounded the third turn wall ending his day in 33rd. Stenhouse only got 11 points; while Menard was just slow all day and got 12 points finishing 29th.DMichael McDowell had a good run this week for the 21 folks that picked him. He finished 16th. T Dillon was picked the most (23) and finished 19th while Ragan got 15 picks and came home 20th. McDowell got 25 points; T Dillon 22, and Ragan 21.Weekly Winner - NATHAN Winning score - 416 MAX score - 485 Low To Cash - 392
CONGRATS to this weeks winner NATHAN He snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by grabbing a win here in the last race before the cut to the Championship. He beat out Stephanie B1 by just four points. Gary was only and additional three points back in third.Shkip H2 and Tim C rounded out the Top 5. Last cash went to Rick who had 392. All the way down to 42nd was with 40 points of last cash.Segment - Geoff M still holds on to the lead. But like the previous weeks; someone is always breathing down his neck. This week a couple guys had good weeks and are now easily within striking distance of the win. Currently Geoff still leads; but his lead was whittled down from 34 points to just 12 points. Blaine S1 jumped from third into second. Skip H2 had a real good week and went from sixth last week to third. He is only 20 points behind Geoff. Michael R slipped from second to fourth; but is still close enough to win only 34 back of Geoff.ANita and Randy are just 44 and 45 back respectively.As far as the last cash shop. Surprisingly a small gap had emerged between 12th and 13th. Ray M holds down the last cash spot; 38 points ahead of Terry J. Then there are a bunch of people close behind. SO folks can still easily move in or out of the money. It's only 37 points from Jon W in seventh down to last cash; so we can see people moving around (or out) there also.Overall - In the overall; Michael R had a shot at closing the gap this week on leader Tim T. Tim struggled a bit and was 26th this week. Michael struggled as he was 37th. Thus he edged a bit further ahead of Michael and Anita. Looks like Tim has the overall wrapped up for this season,... but a lot of movement is still possible. This part of the game plays well; so get as far as you can. We see Michael about 100 points ahead of Anita, so unless the wheels fall off Michael looks to have second wrapped up. Anita is only 25 points ahead of Scott E in third so that spot is up in the air. It's only about 100 points from Scott down to Chris T in eighth.... and about 140 points from Scott down to last cash. About 40 points covers the gap between eighth and last cash. That's a real tossup for those spots. When we look at those just out of the money we see five people within 26 points. That's a small gap and folks can easily move into the money. In fact it's only about 60 points from eighth down to 17th. A few more spots further down still have a shot to get to the money yet.THE CHASE - So it all comes down to this.... As listed above Nathan won this week. That got him an automatic pass into the Championship race at Homestead. So that left three of us to battle for the three spots to get in via points. Randy S has high points this round; while Tim T was second and Chris T squeaked in the final spot. SO these four folks will battle for the Championship. High score for the race wins. No carry over points this race.As for the rest of you - you will see the page shows the four in the Championship with 20,000 points. Under that you will see everyone elses' scores. Remember we pay the top EIGHT - SO four people besides the Top four with grab some cash here.Currently Skip H2 leads going into the final race. Michael R is just eight back; while we have Anita 32 out; and Ray 59 in the final cash spot.Those just barely out of the money we have Bobby W just a tiny three points back of Ray. Ron C2 is 50 behind. We see a tight pack from Ron on down as there are TEN people with 100 points of last cash.So as you can see from above... lots of money up for grabs even right down here to the final race of the season. Segment money; over all money and Chase money.... cash to be handed out. Best of luck to everyone this final race (this final race??) gee it seems too soon to be saying that. I'll be back and figure out the results and payouts after 11/25. Everyone enjoy your Thanksgiving.
Super 7 --- MARTINSVILLE. Well.... Martinsville saw a great battle in determining who won the money here. Beating and banging and frammin' and bammin'. It's the last race of the Super 7. Geoff M managed to hang on and just barely edged out Tim T by five tiny little points. Geoff will picks up the extra $25 handed out; while Tim got the ten bucks for second. The Rookie of the Year chase... To be honest it's STILL up in the air. As I said a few weeks back; unless someone really sets up here the last few weeks I'm going to have a tough decision on who will win this.Lets cover where our leading rookies stand.1) - Randy S has three wins; while Scott E has two. Tim T does not have a win yet. It's hard to believe he has FOUR second place finishes2) - Looking back I see that in segment one we had Scott E, Tim T and Terry J all finish in the money. And in segment two we had David F, Scott E and Tim T in the money with Tim T winning the segment. Finally in segment three Tim T, Randy S, and Scott E held down the top three spots in the money.3) - In the overall we see Tim T with a big lead. But Scott E is hanging right in there in fourth; and well within striking distance of second. Terry J holds down the last Chase spot. Randy S and David F are both within 130 points of the money.4) - In the Super 7 we saw Tim T move up into second; while Scott E dropped to fifth. Terry J ended up eighth,5) - Finally, in the Chase we have Randy S, Tim T, and Scott E all have advanced to the third round of the Chase. Tim and Randy currently lead; but Scott is easily within striking distance to advance to the final round at Homestead.This could go a ways in helping to determine who earns this reward. LOTS of things still up in the air.
Below is a copy of the weekly results that will remain here all season.
2016 SGMENT #1
2016 SEGMENT #2
2016 SEGMENT #3
2016 SEGMENT #4
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