Hi FolksIf you run across anyone who says "Man I wish I'd have gotten into that game" - they can still join at the start of any segment (cost is $20 per segment)WEEKLY RECAP
Another week in the books and this week things went more predictable.A DRIVERS - Most picked this week were the "big three" by far. Truex received 62 picks; Harvick 57 and Kyle Busch 54. Truex won both stages and then won the race. He scored a ton of points. In addition he got bonus points for fastest lap, leading the most laps; leading at half way; leading over half the laps and Green Flag Restart. Also he lead the most laps each stage. SO he piled up a whopping 105 points. Kyle Busch got 65 while Harvick got 63. So if you took these guys (which most did) you scored a ton of points with these guys. The deciding factor was who to pick for your fourth driver. 33 people took Keselowski; follow by a big drop back to Blaney and Bowyer (13); Larson (10); Logano and Hamlin (5); Elliott (4) and Kurt Busch (2). Looks like week after week few take Kurt Busch; yet he keeps posting great results. This week he finished 6th. As far as points the fourth best driver in the points was Blaney (67); followed by Keselowski (52) and Kurt Busch (46). Interesting as A drivers took up eight of the first ten spots. The worst was Hamlin in 15th.B DRIVERS - In this group we again saw two drivers get most of the picks; which left one driver we all couldn't quite put our finger on who to pick. Jones got the most picks (61) and went on to score the most points (44). ALmirola was picked 53 times and scored the next most points (38). SO one again most of us picked the right two. Suarez received the next most picks with 33; and scored the third best points. SO the most picked drivers did the best. As far as the rest of the group Newman was picked 15 times while Bowman, Johnson, and McMurray got 10 each. A Dillon and Kenseth for four. Bowman blew a tire and finished last. Certainly hurt those who took him badly. The fourth best scoring B driver was Johnson, just two points worse than Suarez who had 30. McMurray scored 24, Byron 23, Kenseth 22, and A Dillon 19. Kenseth finished 19th and looks to be getting his groove back; even in sub-par equipment as he finished far better than his team mate StenhouseC DRIVERS - As expected MOST people picked Menard and Stenhouse again. Menard got 53 picks; while it was a ways back to Stenhouse with 35. Buescher got 16; as did Wallace. Allmendinger and Kahne got a couple picks each; and someone made as "oops" and picked Bayne who wasn't racing. Menard didn't have as good a run as he had hoped but did finish 11th and scored the most C driver points with 36. The next best C driver was Buescher all the way down in 23rd with 18 points. Stenhouse scored 15 points as he finished 18th. Wallace got 14 points. D DRIVERS - McDowell and Ragan almost evenly split the D driver picks; and for one person the difference between winning and finishing second was right here. Like 28 other people; I picked McDowell who finished 24th and got 17 points. Meanwhile 24 folks took Ragan who scored 23 points. A six point difference. I finished second 5 points behind. These were the top two D drivers. Chastain got no picks and had 13 points; while DiBenedetto had six picks and only scored four points. T Dillon got the other five picks and scored 12.
STANDINGSWeekly Winner - Doug M Winning score - 485 MAX score - 490 Low To Cash - 465
CONGRATS to this weeks winner Doug M He too got his first win this season with a whopping score of 485. If you notice that is only five points short of a perfect score. Scores were back to being pretty bunched up this week. Doug just edged out Chris T by five points, and was only seven points ahead third. After last week when we saw only five people score above 300; this week everyone scored 320 or more. Last cash was 465 and in fact it was actually a tie for seventh. Seven people scored 465. It was only 20 points from last cash to the win. Another 20 points drops us all the way down to 32nd. So points were pretty bunched up this week.Segment - Due to having such a huge win last week; Bill H still holds the lead; but it shrank from 71 points down to just 24. Scott E is now in second; followed by this weeks winner Doug M. JIm B, Gary L and Rick K make up the rest of the top six' all within 39 points of the lead. Last cash is Steve B only 60 points out of the lead.Overall - Tim T had another great week finishing fourth. He expanded his lead over Ron C1 who remained in second; but struggled this week scoring only 439. Scott E remained in third and Jesse moved up to fourth; knocking Michael R down to fifth. Last cash we still see Ray M in 12th with a score of 7472; that's 274 out of the lead. Remember we are just barely past half way in the season; so if you lost 270 points in the first half; you can also make then up in the second half. Folks within 274 points of last cash goes all the way down to 38th place. And folks further down are still in the hunt.THE CHASE - With 19 races ran; we have 18 players into the Chase via wins; and we have seven races to go. We could add seven or more players to the Chase via wins. Let's check where everyone sits currently in the points. Tim T is leading with 7746; while Jesse C has 7589 and Michael R is third at 7556. Jon keeps bunching into and out of the top eight. He sat just one spot outside in ninth for a couple weeks; then last week he got into the top eight; This week Terry J bounced him right out again. Terry has the low score to advance at this point with 7456. Jon has 7448. SO that's a battle with only an eight points separation. Skip H2 is also right the with 7432; while Blaine S1; Justin B and Chris T; Al A; and Bobby W1 are all within 70 points. So it's a fight to get in. This moves a lot from week to week. Who will be in and who will be left on the outside looking in when the music stops in seven weeks? We'll see.
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Super 7 part of the game has it's next race at BRISTOL. As you know the last two races were part of the Super 7. Also as you know Ray M is in the lead. He is ahead of Justin B by 11 points and Ron C1 by 28 points. Tim T is 36 behind. FOUR races to go in this competition. This pays out the Top Two.... The Rookie of the Year chase... Not much to say here that I haven't said the last three or four weeks. Same four Rookies seem to be in a tight battle for this Honor. Yet we are just 1/2 way through the season so a new Rookie may still emerge. Rookies so far this season still seems to be a real toss-up. Scott E, Tim T and David F all won money in Segment #2. In the overall we can add Terry J to this group, and in the Super 7 Justin B is in second. And don't forget we have 18 races to go before this is decided. OH and David F and Scott E has won a weekly race; while Tim T and Terry J are in (or almost in) via points. SO it's still very competitive.
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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