Well the second phase is now over, and we will head into the final phase of the game, however, 3 of you will not be able to experience this ending which should be a great one. Going to the race, McMurray won! And obviously nobody chose him, he's a chaser, but many people, actually 5, chose the lineup of 2nd and 3rd, Kyle and Jimmie, meaning a lot of people that didn't pickt hem could find their way out of the game, and even if you did pick them, it may not be enough to save you (though I can only imagine it will be.) So lets find out who is in the final 8!
1.) Roushfenwayguy- 964 (350) (B+0) (Wins the segment to make a statement that he wants to go 2 for 2 in his league!)
2.) Chokin Colts- 936 (365) (B+15)
3.) ILL55INI- 932 (365) (B+15)
NON-PODIUM 900 CLUB
4.) Tigersman- 917 (284) (B+15) (If only he had two Tigersman bonuses...)
5.) Berlyn- 904 (280) (B+10) (Smoke makes Berlyn's hopes of first go up in smoke, but first doesn't really matter anyway...)
800 CLUB/IN THE FINALS CLUB
6.) Coach- 863 (327) (B+25)
7.) Bradman- 857 (375) (B+25) (Right on with the bonus and the drivers chosen (excluding McMurray.))
8.) Fsu1dogs- 831 (269) (B+0)
JUST MISSED THE FINALS CLUB :(
9.) M56Nascar- 751 (365) (B+15) (Almost doubled his score, but it wasn't enough to save him from the huge hole he had.)
10.) Edwardsfan- 679 (261) (B+15) (Bad day for Gordon makes Edwardsfan unable to dig out of his hole.)
11.) Mikeyfan- 663 (276) (B+0) (Mikeyfan, I felt so sorry for you that I decided to give you both your bonus picks toward the bonus :P.)
And so you have it, the final field has been set, Fsu1dogs, the best competitor last year before he got eliminated, makes a statement that the first year wasn't a fluke (in terms of the dominance he had.) Bradman, the runner-up of last year, now the underdog of this year? He has struggled to find winning drivers, and before I stopped with the avg. finish system he was the lowest of active players, but he's still here, underdogs find ways to win. Coach, having his highs and lows in the competition, can he use his pick 3 talent to pick great drivers to win this whole thing? Berlyn, the second of three that made the finals two years in a row, made a statement early in the season, and while she has been getting low in the standings lately, she has still had her high moments, especially this segment, so counting the only girl that started the competition out would be a big mistake. Tigersman, arguably the best performer this season, with the possible exception of Bored at Work and a few others, has glided though the whole season making it to the finals rather easily, but can he win the segment that means the most? ILL55INI, some consider him an underdog, but he is far from, picking the most winners in the regular season, he will have a 15 point advantage over everyone else, not to mention he got though the first two segments with ease. Chokin Colts, the one I would consider the only other underdog with Bradman, made a statement this segment getting second, the best thing about him though is that he has been amazingly consistent, with 5 races, consistency maybe the winning formula. And finally, the winner of last year's season, the man who just won this segment, the guy that's running this whole competition, he could be the favorite to win it all, none other than Roushfenwayguy!!!!!
Lets also give some consideration to those who won't be making it, Edwardsfan made it to the finals last season, so not making it this time is pretty sad. Mikeyfan, a very good pre-chase run, lost it this segment, leaving one of the most colorful players of this competiton just short of the finals yet again. And M56Nascar, he had a lot of segments where he was almost eliminated, yet he always found a way to bounce back, and while he tried for all he had with this race, a two race hole proved to be too much of a hole to bounce back from.
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 the next five races, you are not permitted to use the same driver twice w/o a 34 point penalty, thus making it so that everyone must choose 10 unique drivers thoughout the final five races, good luck to all!
Bonus for this week, I really wanted to do fastest lap, however, I'm not sure if I could find this one, if someone can show me where I could find this I may make it a bonus for another race. For this race though, guess how many drivers lead at least one lap. If you guess the exact number, +30 points is yours. For guessing one number away from the actual number, you get +20, 3 numbers away gets +15, 5 numbers away gets +10, and 10 numbers away gets +5, so everyone should get at least +5 unless either you picked an unreasonable number or madness happens. Pretty simpe but I'll give an example:
Roushfenwayguy says that 10 drivers will lead at least one lap, in total, 11 drivers lead at least one lap by race's end, thus, RFG gets +20 bonus points.
This is where picks get tough, because I need to make a map of who I want over all of the next five races and make sure I don't use someone now that I really would want to use in the future... so for this first race, I'm going to go with Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin, and for my bonus, I'm going to go with 8 drivers that lead at least one lap.
Roushfenwayguy- Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon (bonus= 8)
Bradman- Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin (bouns= 9)
Berlyn- Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin (+10 handicap) (bonus= 16)
ILL55INI- Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman (+10 handicap) (+15 bonus)
Coach- Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer (bonus= 7)
Tigersman- Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman (+10 handicap) (bonus= 12)
Chokin Colts- Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman (+10 handicap) (bonus= 10)
fsu1dogs- Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer (bonus= 8)
Denny Hamlin- 7
Clint Bowyer- 3
Ryan Newman- 3
Jeff Gordon- 2