Well, Johnson sure established that he wants that 5th championship and is still the favorite after doubts last week, so who capitalized? 5 people picked him to be exact, which could mean good things for those that did pick him, leaving them in the competition, let's find out just how much people got and which 2 people are going home (B+# is the bonus added to your score) (+/-# is how many pos. you moved up/down from last week's standings.)
Top Lineup: Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano (+20 handicap)- 385
1.) Edwardsfan- 616 (311) (B+13) (+1) (Great performance all around again for Edwardsfan makes him the only person over 600.)
2.) ILL55INI- 599 (350) (No B) (+2)
3.) Mikeyfan- 596 (231) (B+0) (-2) (Guess Mikeyfan learned his lesson about experimenting, but with his lead he could afford it)
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4.) Fsu1dogs= 585 (363) (B+13) (+3) (The betrayel of Mark Martin lands him the top score this week.)
5.) Berlyn- 584 (338) (B+13) (0) (Keeping picks worked nicely for Berlyn (also my RFG bonus pick worked wonders.)
6.) M56Nascar- 576 (325) (B+0) (-3)
7.) Coach- 573 (350) (B+0) (-1)
8.) Chokin Colts- 544 (360) (B+11) (+2) (Wondering how to play the handicaps to get 2nd highest weekly score? Just ask Chokin Colts.)
9.) Tigersman- 531 (331) (B+30) (0) (Doing this good with this week's bonus, who knows what he will do with his own bonus...)
10.) Roushfenwayguy- 521 (355) (B+0) (+3) (A great week this week to rebound from a truly dismal week last week.)
11.) Bradman- 493 (273) (B+4) (-3)
12.) Floridawhite- 402 (218) (B+3) (-2) (Not the kind of week that was expected with two RF drivers.)
13.) Obxyankeefan- 399 (223) (B+14) (-1) (If only Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished one position better... well... you'd still be eliminated, but ahead of Florida at least ;).)
Well, the two that got eliminated don't have much excuse, they both finished over 90 points away from the next person in line, but still, both are great competitiors, one that has been one of the most dominant this season (Obxyankeefan) winning multiple sessions and possibly, but not sure, he may also have had the best avg. session finish pre-chase. The other, someone that made it to the finals last year, leaving just 2/3rds of our field that made it to the finals last year, still pretty good, but with a 3 week 3 person eliminator coming up, anything could happen to those people. Both of you have played great games this year, and thank you guys very much for playing in the game.
10 handicap: 13th through 20th
Juan Pablo Montoya
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
+20 handicap: 21st through 28th
Sam Hornish Jr.
+25 handicap: 29th through 35th
+34 handicap (anyone who is below 35th )
FOR THIS SESSION, EVERYONE must swap out AT LEAST 1 driver between week to week, like in weeks 3-14, however, since this is a 3 week session, you must plan better than then, and to make sure of that, I will not allow you to pick a driver all 3 times this session, just swapping out your other driver, and once you swap out a driver, you can't use him again.
Now for bonuses for this session: ILL55INI, because, as I stated before, you got the most wins during the regular season, you get +15 in every segment, including this one.
Tigersman, I told you that I'd give you a bonus due to your regular season dominance, especially at the end, and I'm true to my word, and I am giving you a very strong advantage. Just remember, you must use this in session two (by the end of Lowe's). I don't want you having an advantage for the championship. Your bonus is this, you will be allowed to pick a 3rd "bonus driver" , with this driver, you may use him to replace a driver that you chose as one of your regular drivers at any time, however, you must tell me that you wish to exchange your bonus driver's points with one of your actual chosen drivers before the next week comes around. Once you use your bonus pick, you will not get another one, but if you don't use it, you may still pick a bonus pick for the next week. Should you not use it by the end of Lowe's, I will replace your bonus driver for Lowe's pick with one of your actual drivers that scored lower, should your bonus driver score lower than your other two, than you just don't get to use your bonus pick.
Ex. - Kansas- Jimmie gets 160, Stewart gets 50, and your bonus, Kenseth, gets 60, you may replace Stewart with Kenseth to get 10 bonus points, or you can hold on to your bonus pick in anticipation that you can use it to get more, should something like this happen:
Ex. 2- Auto Club- Jimmie gets 160, Hamlin gets 50, and your bonus, Edwards, gets 150, then you can replace Hamlin with Edwards for a 100 point advantage.
Your bonus will not count toward you being able to use him again later in the segment, even if you choose to use him. And I know its a lot to take in, so if you have any questions feel free to shoot.
The bonus for everyone (including Tigersman and Ill55ini) will be something new this year. With your two picks, simply say which one you think will finish better. Getting this right will get you +16, however, getting this wrong will get you -8. Since there is a penalty, I will make this optional, however, considering that you will win more than you will lose, its probably worth a shot.
For me, its been the Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson show here in week's past, so why not use them again? Well, because I don't want to use Johnson yet. So I'll go with Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards and get my RFR drivers out of the way now while they are still hot. Biffle is my pick to finish over Edwards.
Roushfenwayguy- Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards
Bradman- Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon
Edwardsfan- Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin
Berlyn- Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon
ILL55INI- Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle (+15 bonus)
Coach- Jeff Gordon, Jaime McMurray (+10 handicap)
Mikeyfan- Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson
Tigersman- Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart (bonus= Jeff Gordon)
Chokin Colts- Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon
fsu1dogs- Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart
M56Nascar- Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya (+10 handicap)
Jeff Gordon- 6
Greg Biffle- 5
Carl Edwards- 2
Jimmie Johnson- 2