We’ve been playing NASCAR fantasy games for what feels like decades now. It’s not often that all three of us are at the top of the standings like this!
It’s early in the season and I have no idea if it will stick, but this makes me very happy. There’s 107 active players in this league!
Edited to change to the final standings after yesterday’s race. We are the top 3!
My PVR is getting a workout today. I'm just now starting to watch the Monaco Grand Prix. Then it's the Indy 500 and then finally, later tonight, the Coke 600, which is the longest NASCAR race in the season. Fun times for a lazy Sunday.
For the first time in a few years, the Toronto contingent has taken the win!! While Jakob dominated most of the season, a late season surge by Bruce, Paige, and myself put his lead in jeopardy and eventually relegated him to second place. Paige and I tied for the final podium spot, followed by the field of backmarkers. 🙂
It's worth noting that this is only the 2nd time we've managed to have TWO of our top teams in the top 1000 overall. Very stiff competition this year!
Rank Overall Name Longest Streak Bonus Total
1 373 brewsan 9 860 1816
2 942 Jakob 10 690 1596
3 1232 hockeygirl 6 520 1533
3 1232 Wild Weasel 7 600 1533
5 3607 Sunraven 7 470 1256
6 4782 tilly 4 270 1162
7 7826 Trini-man 4 200 969
8 8952 ibuildcars 3 160 895
9 10142 snowbird 6 220 819
10 12154 Mrs Snowbird 2 80 671
For the first time this year, we also took a crack at the NASCAR Fantasy Live game, where Tanya absolutely crushed us in both the regular season and Chase standings. It would appear that this game is meant to have far more than 5 participants in order to make it interesting.
There was drama to be had all around this past weekend! Starting with F1, I'd love to be in on the team meetings for either Red Bull or Mercedes today.
I think Vettel should probably be sending flowers to Webber and promising to follow instructions in the future, but regardless of what happened he certainly proved what a racer at heart he is!
You had to feel bad for Rosberg. In the case of the Red Bull cars, Webber made it seem as though he could have held off Vettel if he wanted to but was told to slow down and coast to the finish. He was then taken by surprise. In the Mercedes camp, however, it seems far more likely that Rosberg would have overtaken Hamilton fairly easily if they'd been allowed to just race it out. Even Hamilton was apologetic about his podium finish. It'll be really interesting to see how this all pans out over the next few races.
I can't help but think that maybe the team felt it would be easier in the long run to deal with Rosberg's disappointment than with Hamilton's incessant whining had they not kept him in front. He'd have certainly blamed the whole thing on the team strategy and they probably don't want to deal with all that so early in the season.
Indy had a good opening race, but not nearly as dramatic. It was nice to see de Silvestro running so well through the race, even though she drove the tires off at the end. Congrats to local boy, James Hinchcliffe, on his first win in the series!
NASCAR was as full of drama as F1, with Logano and Hamlin continuing their little feud with the best bit or racing Auto Club Speedway has ever seen. The last 8 laps or so were absolutely riveting!
I sincerely hope Denny is ok after his wreck at the end so this can continue. He got out of the car by himself, but then seemed to be in trouble and was taken to the hospital.
Tony Stewart showing up out of the blue to try to punch the crap out of Logano was just icing on the cake. Watching the replays, I'm not sure he had that big a reason to be so upset but hey… who wants to be left out of the post-race highlights eh?
Oh… and Congrats to Kyle Busch for sweeping the weekend in spectacular style! Not that anyone is talking about it.
Wow. Danica Patrick on pole for the Daytona 500. I did NOT see that one coming! I'm pretty sure this is the most significant thing she's done so far in NASCAR. Congrats to her!
Last week’s finale for the Sprint Cup at Homestead turned out to be a bit of a dud after Jimmie was pretty much out of contention, but congrats are due to Brad Keselowski for winning his first title, and sending off Dodge in as good a light as could have possibly been imagined.
Yesterday’s F1 race in Brazil was a whole different story! If every season was exciting as this one was, I’m betting F1 would be a whole lot more popular than it already is. I’ve been watching for years now, and this was by far the best season I’ve ever seen.
What an amazing race for the championship! Congratulations to Sebastien Vettel for winning his third in spectacular fashion!
That's two years in a row that the Hopps have been beat by the Tilfords.
NEXT YEAR WE WILL DOMINATE!!! 🙂
Rank Overall Name Longest Streak Bonus Total
1 1031 Tilly is "the Stig" 8 530 1440
2 1536 Wild Weasel 6 400 1364
3 2623 ibuildcars 4 380 1246
4 3199 Jakob 4 340 1194
5 4196 brewsan 6 380 1109
6 4526 TriniStig 4 270 1084
7 4892 Sunraven 4 250 1056
8 6271 punkyboo 5 280 953
So… Nissan is throwing their hat in the ring with Ford and Holden in the Australian V8 Supercar Series, which is totally awesome.
Now… the Aussie series is a whole lot closer to "stock" car racing than NASCAR, so this one seems a bit surprising in that they completely redesigned the Altima to compete and it's absolutely nothing like the car you can buy at a dealership, which is not the case for Ford or Holden.
That said… it makes me want a few things for the future. Firstly, Nissan should join NASCAR!!! Just freakin' do it and fill the hole left by Dodge! If Toyota can make it work, then so can Nissan. Secondly… Toyota should join the Aussie series!!
Somebody make this happen!!!
Yesterday was a particularly great day for racing! It started with the F1 race from Abu Dhabi. While it was looking like Hamilton was going to take off from the pole and drive around a bunch until he won, it turned into much more than that.
Now, if his car hadn't died, Hamilton would have done exactly what you'd expect. It did die, though, and the rest what was going on behind him was amazing! Watching Vettel drive through the pack after starting from the pit lane was phenomenal, and he did it twice! Then, having Alonso battling his way forward and ultimately challenging Raikkonen for the lead was awesome.
Having Kimi take the win was well deserved and a great achievement in his first year back in the sport on a less-than-dominant team. Everyone should be happy about that!
Finally, there was LOADS of action all through the pack on a track that isn't terribly well known for passing. All in all, it was great fun to watch. If Vettel wins this championship, it will be very well deserved.
Next was the Sprint Cup race in Texas. This one had it's dull moments, but the closing laps were hugely entertaining with Brad and Jimmie, the two championship contenders (not to discount Bowyer who is definitely still in the mix) running 1st and 2nd and just going at it lap after lap, even making contact at one point. You can tell that Brad is fighting for this with everything he has and is willing to let it all hang out to go for the win. You can also tell that Jimmie is phenomenal and will take everything Brad has to give and still overcome to win races. That was great stuff all around.
I just finished watching qualifying for the F1 in Japan at Suzuka.
Congrats to Vettel.
Watching it, I couldn't help but give a nod to GT5 and the huge level of appreciation I have for it's realism.
Because of GT5, I felt like I knew the track inside and out and was able to better appreciate watching them run laps, knowing where I would often make mistakes and what parts seemed trickier than others.
Watching Kimi go off track…. then recover on the extra bit of pavement and then try to come back across the green stuff to get back on track brought back plenty of memories.
Of course, I generally make it back on track, but hey… I can't expect Kimi to drive better than me ALL the time, right?
Every time someone took the hard right-hander that's right after the S-turns, I couldn't help but think they should be going off into the sand like I've done a million times.
Yay for GT5 for making real life even better. 😀