Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 12:41 pm
 

RFG's Chase Eliminator Week 6

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!

PODIUM

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!!!!! Wink

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

Ryan Newman

Jaime McMurray

Mark Martin

Juan Pablo Montoya 

David Reutimann

Kasey Kahne

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

+20 handicap: 21st through 28th

Joey Logano

A.J. Allmendinger

Paul Menard

Marcos Ambrose

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Sam Hornish Jr.

+25 handicap: 29th through 35th

Elliot Sadler

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

Travis Kvapil 

David Gilliland

Kevin Conway

Robby Gordon

+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)

Edwardsfan-


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)

Mikeyfan-


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)


M56Nascar-

Common Picks:

Denny Hamlin- 7

Clint Bowyer-    3

Ryan Newman- 3

Jeff Gordon-     2

Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: October 16, 2010 4:01 pm
 

RFG's Chase Eliminator Week 5

A truly devistating week for some, as only half of the chase drivers had days in the top 10, the other half.... none above 20th, obviously a huge spread that could leave some really under the mark, Let's see how the standings changed, as I expect a lot of change went on this week:

Top Lineup: Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer- 365

PODIUM

1.) Tigersman-           633 (316) (+0 B) (+6) (Uses bonus to propel himself 5 spots into the lead.

2.) Berlyn-               624 (348) (+15 B) (+8) (Biggest mover.) (In a week full of misery and woe, there is one shining light, and she was next to last... huge ladder climb! Also she was the only one to get the winner.)

3.) Roushfenwayguy- 614 (253) (+5 B) (0)

NON- PODIUM 550 CLUB

4.) Chokin Colts-       571 (205) (+0 B) (-3)

5.) ILL55INI-             567 (210) (+0 B) (-1)

6.) Fsu1dogs-            562 (210) (+0 B) (-1)

DANGER ZONE

7.) Coach-                 536 (215) (+5 B) (-1)

8.) Bradman-            482 (116) (+15 B) (-7) (Biggest faller) (Not only did he pick the best bonus chosen, likely going the opposite way he imagined, but he also fell off a cliff as he was first before this week...)

9.) Edwardsfan-         436 (139) (+0 B) (-1)

10.) Mikeyfan-           387 (101) (+0 B) (-1) (And we have a new lowest score for a week ever!!! Going to be really hard to dig out of this hole...)

11.) M56Nascar-         386 (124) (+0 B) (0) (Only one to pick Kyle, but that didn't help at all... same hole as Mikey is in.)

So Mikeyfan and M56, even Edwardsfan have their work cut out for them, as the bottom two need about 95 points above Bradman to stay in this thing, or about 150 to Coach... the real race will be to avoid that final elimination spot, though Mikey and M56 are by no means out, their chances, sorry to say, are slim. And all this happened after such a great week last week, but that's what can happen in just one week when Roush Fenway has engine problems with all 3 chase drivers. Also, assume that we have 3 over 600 and Tigersman is the leader right now.

10 handicap: 13th through 20th

Ryan Newman

Jaime McMurray

Mark Martin

Juan Pablo Montoya 

David Reutimann

Kasey Kahne

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

+20 handicap: 21st through 28th

Joey Logano

A.J. Allmendinger

Paul Menard

Marcos Ambrose

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Sam Hornish Jr.

+25 handicap: 29th through 35th

Elliot Sadler

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

Travis Kvapil 

David Gilliland

Kevin Conway

Robby Gordon

+34 handicap (anyone who is below 35th )

Well let's think of a nice bonus... got one, guess the driver that leads the most laps, again, should be a pretty simple concept, and obviously the winner may not be this guy, could be the guy that crashes with 10 laps to go. Scoring for this is as followed:

For the driver that leads the most laps: +25 bonus points comes your way, if your driver is in the top 3 in laps led, +15, if your driver is in the top 5 in laps led, +10, and if you driver even leads one lap, +5 points. Don't think I need to show examples because this is pretty simple.

For my picks this week, I already stated that I'm using Johnson and Kyle Busch, that isn't going to change either, just need to hope for the best, but I like to think that I'm pretty safe in making it to the finals unless both of them choke. For my bonus, only Jimmie over the past 5 years has more laps led than Kurt Busch, its just that Kurt always finds some way to choke by the end of the race, but he is a great driver to choose for this bonus.

Roushfenwayguy- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch (bonus= Kurt Busch)

Bradman- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch (bonus= Kyle Busch)

Edwardsfan- Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon (bonus= Jimmie Johnson)


Berlyn- Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson (bonus= Jeff Gordon)

ILL55INI-  Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch (bonus= Jimmie Johnson)

Coach-  Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards (bonus= Kyle Busch)

Mikeyfan- David Reutimann (+10 handicap), Martin Truex Jr. (+10 handicap) (bonus= Reutimann or Truex????)


Tigersman- Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon (bonus= Jimmie Johnson)


Chokin Colts- Jimme Johnson, Kyle Busch (bonus= Jimmie Johnson)

fsu1dogs- Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson (bonus= Kurt Busch)


M56Nascar- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch (bonus= Jimmie Johnson)

Common Picks:

Jimmie Johnson- 8

Kyle Busch-         5

Jeff Gordon-        3

Posted on: October 4, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 4:54 pm
 

RFG's Chase Eliminator Week 4

Well, Greg Biffle finally got a win in the chase, usually something he gets earlier, but he's not good in the second half anyway, Jimmie Johnson though also got second, so this spells some doom toward other chasers, but grace for those that decided to roll on him this week. Lets get right to the standings of only 11 now. (+16 or -8 represents bonus)

Top Lineup- Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson/Kevin Harvick/Tony Stewart- 360

PODIUM

1.) Bradman-            366 (+16) (Only one positional driver from a perfect score, of course that +16 sure does help too.)

Chokin Colts-           366 (+16) (Wow lots of people followed the amazing Gordon, Biffle duo.)

3.) Roushfenwayguy- 361 (+16) (Great Roush-fenway duo puts me over the top lineup points!)

NON-PODIUM 300 CLUB

4.) ILL55INI-             357 (-8) (Stayed near the top due to those 15 bonus points.)

5.) Fsu1dogs-            352 (-8) (The perfect lineup! Except that he missed the bonus...)

6.) Coach-                321 (+16)

7.) Tigersman-          317 (-8) (Two great drivers, just no winner.) (Jeff Gordon replacing Carl Edwards= 5 pts, but I doubt 5 pts is worth using it now.)

DANGER ZONE

8.) Edwardsfan-         297 (0) (Only one not to play the bonus game.)

9.) Mikeyfan-            286 (-8) (Faith in Kurt Busch didn't work out as well as planned.)

10.) Berlyn-                276 (+16) (David Reutimann ruins a great run, but at least she got the bonus easily.)

11.) M56Nascar-          262 (+16) (JPM had issues again, leaving the same for M56.)

Really, we had one of the best weeks ever, but don't fret those in the danger zone, there are still two more races, not 1, to redeem your scores, but considering that 3 people are going this segment, you guys will need to fight with this next track. Remember that you can't use the same exact lineup as last time.

10 handicap: 13th through 20th

Ryan Newman

Jaime McMurray

Mark Martin

Juan Pablo Montoya 

David Reutimann

Kasey Kahne

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

+20 handicap: 21st through 28th

Joey Logano

A.J. Allmendinger

Paul Menard

Marcos Ambrose

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Sam Hornish Jr.

+25 handicap: 29th through 35th

Elliot Sadler

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

Travis Kvapil 

David Gilliland

Kevin Conway

Robby Gordon

+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.

Bonus for this week? Guess who will move the most positions in the chase (rise or fall). For the one that falls the most, +25 comes your way (includes all drivers in tie for this criteria.) Next most gets +15, and anyone that at least drops/rises at least 1 pos. will get +5. Here are two examples:

Jimmie Johnson drops 2 positions in chase, while Denny Hamlin drops 5, and all other chasers drop 1 or fewer. Denny Hamlin picks would get +25 points, Jimmie Johnson picks +15, and all others either +5 or 0. Considering that there is no penalty, all should partake in this bonus.

For me, I'm going to use Johnson for the last two races this segment... I'll also save Kyle Busch and go with the obvious Matt Kenseth... probably a lot of people will follow my suit... my bonus will be Kyle Busch coming in for the rebound here.

Roushfenwayguy- Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth (bonus = Kyle Busch)

Bradman- Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards (can't use Greg Biffle 3rd race) (bonus= Carl Edwards)

Edwardsfan- Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth (bonus= Matt Kenseth)

Berlyn- Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart (bonus= Carl Edwards)

ILL55INI-  Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle (bonus= Kurt Busch)

Coach-  Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle (bonus= Greg Biffle)

Mikeyfan- Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle (bonus= Jimmie Johnson)


Tigersman- Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth (bonus= Kurt Busch) (TM bonus= Jimmie Johnson)

Chokin Colts- Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap), Matt Kenseth (bonus= Kurt Busch)

fsu1dogs- Mark Martin, Greg Biffle (can't use Greg Biffle 3rd race) (bonus= Jimme Johnson)


M56Nascar- Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards (bonus= Denny Hamlin)

Common Picks:

Greg Biffle: 5

Carl Edwards- 4

Matt Kenseth- 4

Jimmie Johnson: 3

Posted on: September 27, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 10:51 pm
 

RFG's Chase Eliminator Week 3

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

PODIUM

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)

NON-PODIUM 500 CLUB

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 wondersSmile.)

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.)

SAFE ZONE

11.) Bradman-            493 (273) (B+4) (-3)

ELIMINATION ZONE

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

Ryan Newman

Jaime McMurray

Mark Martin

Juan Pablo Montoya 

David Reutimann

Kasey Kahne

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

+20 handicap: 21st through 28th

Joey Logano

A.J. Allmendinger

Paul Menard

Marcos Ambrose

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Sam Hornish Jr.

+25 handicap: 29th through 35th

Elliot Sadler

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

Travis Kvapil 

David Gilliland

Kevin Conway

Robby Gordon

+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

Floridawhite-

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


obxyankeefan- 

fsu1dogs- Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart

M56Nascar- Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya (+10 handicap)

Common Picks:

Jeff Gordon- 6

Greg Biffle- 5

Carl Edwards- 2

Jimmie Johnson- 2

Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:14 pm
 

RFG's Chase Eliminator Week 2

Well, I didn't get the see the race, because I was at a BigE event around by area, but Bowyer winning is pretty darn exciting nevertheless. Anyway, looks like nobody was bold enough to pick Jimmie Johnson as their one lap down guy... who would have thought? And in addition, if you think you did bad this week, you probably did, but don't fret because with all the Smoke and Johnson picks, you are probably not alone, let's see how bad the pain is... (the number in parentheses represents the amount you got from the bonus pick.)

Top Lineup: Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap)- 375

PODIUM

1.) Mikeyfan-           365 (He got the top 2, yet not the perfect lineup... still almost a lock for the next round though.)  (+0)

2.) Edwardsfan-         305 (Carl shines a light for Edwardsfan to make it to the finals this year(well...maybe it was mostly Hamlin...)) (+0)

3.) M56Nascar-          251 (Not even a top 5 driver and he gets on the podium...) (+0)

225 CLUB

4.) ILL55INI-             249 (Not even his +15 bonus could put him over 250.)

5.) Berlyn-                246 (Hey, you were good at picking a loser in this game!(Logano)...oh... but it cost you in this game too...) (-10)

DANGER ZONE

6.) Coach-                223 (+10)

7.) Fsu1dogs-           222 (Apparently betraying your favorite driver gets you bonus points now...) (+10)

8.) Bradman-            220 (+0)

9.) Tigersman-          200 (+0)

10.) Floridawhite-       184 (Fuel and suspension issues... ah another day in misery land.) (+0)

Chokin Colts-            184 ('Refer to above post.') (+0)

12.) Obxyankeefan-   176 (+10)

13.) Roushfenwayguy- 166 (Some help that +20 handicap was...) (+0)

Well, it wasn't bad this week, it was awful. I mean apart from two people that pretty much just received immunity for this race no matter what happens, anyone else could be eliminated this week, especially since two people are being eliminated and not just one. Also last year's winner of the whole contest is in last right now... just thought I'd point that out... hopefully we can have a better next week... at least hopefully me so I can stay in this thing Tongue out.)

So for the next two weeks any drivers combinations are game for both weeks, even the same one for both, so don't worry about picking an illegal lineup, all of them are legal so long as you pick two drivers.

10 handicap: 13th through 20th

Ryan Newman

Jaime McMurray

Mark Martin

Juan Pablo Montoya 

David Reutimann

Kasey Kahne

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

+20 handicap: 21st through 28th

Joey Logano

A.J. Allmendinger

Paul Menard

Marcos Ambrose

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Sam Hornish Jr.

+25 handicap: 29th through 35th

Elliot Sadler

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

Travis Kvapil 

David Gilliland

Kevin Conway

Robby Gordon

+34 handicap (anyone who is below 35th )

For my bonus for this week, I'm still going to recite bonuses from the previous year, however, I changed up the point system for this year's version of this bonus, take a look:

The rule this week that you must pick a driver that you did not pick as one of your two picks, any driver that is in the top 35 in points, and you must guess where they will finish. Where the driver actually finsihes, and where you chose him to finish will be made a difference and subtracted from your score. The other catch is bonuses for this, if you guess within 10 positions of where that driver actually finishes, you get 10 extra points (if your driver is exactly 10 positions away from where you guess, you will receive one bonus point). If you guess within 5 pos., then you get 15 extra points, if you guess exactly where they finish, then 30 points will come your way. If your driver finishes more than 10 pos. away from your guess, then you will not be penalized, you will get 0 points. Here are two examples:

Ex. 1: Roushfenway chooses Jeff Gordon to finish 2nd... Jeff Gordon finishes 5th, so: 5-2 = 3, plus 15 points added to your score since he was within 5 pos. of your guess, since the 3 is subratracted from your score, 15-3 = 12 points added to your score!

Ex. 2: Edwardsfan chooses Carl Edwards to finish 2nd... Carl Edwards finsihes 32nd, so : 32-2 = 30, no bonus, so 0 points would be subtracted from you score.

Well, I need to try to make good picks... consistency maybe nice here since people will crash at Dover... I will go with Carl Edwards here... but Kenseth or Johnson... I'm afraind to pick both, augh I'm going with Johnson, but I may change depending on qualifying. For my bonus pick, I'll pick Greg Biffle to finish 8th.

Roushfenwayguy- Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson (bonus= Greg Biffle (8th))

Floridawhite- Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle (bonus= Jeff Gordon (4th))

Bradman- Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth (bonus= Kevin Harvick (9th))


Edwardsfan- Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin (bonus = Jamie McMurray (15th))

Berlyn- Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton (bonus = Carl Edwards (3rd))

ILL55INI- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch

Coach-  Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch (bonus = Matt Kenseth (5th))

Mikeyfan- Martin Truex Jr. (+10 handicap), Kyle Busch (bonus= David Reutimann (6th))


Tigersman- Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle (bonus = Carl Edwards (5th))

Chokin Colts- Joey Logano (+20 handicap), A.J. Allmendinger (+20 handicap) (bonus= Jimmie Johnson (5th))


obxyankeefan- Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart (bonus= Dale Earnhardt Jr. (22nd))

fsu1dogs- Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson (bonus= Mark Martin (14th))

M56Nascar- Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon (bonus = Tony Stewart (3rd))

Common Picks:

Jimmie Johnson- 5

Carl Edwards- 3

Kyle Busch-    3

Matt Kenseth- 3

Greg Biffle-     2

And Mikeyfan, let me just say that you are lucky that I have no rules for NASCAR penalties, else you would be in the danger zone right now.

Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:09 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 3:02 pm
 

RFG's Chase Eliminator Week 1

Well, the chase starts now at New Hampshire, and out of the 26 people that started this thing, 13 are left, so we can all think of ourselves as the better half. The big question is, after a win by Denny and great performances by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson, among others, how well did people really do this week, and who didn't survive to see the chase this year? And who will get that win bonus thing, if anyone? All answers will be shown here:

Top Lineup- Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson/Kyle Busch/ Joey Logano (+10 handicap)- 365

PODIUM

1.) Tigersman-          715 (365) (0) (Question, how do you continue your pre-chase dominance? Answer, get a perfect score on the final week to win a session with the highest session total ever in this game.)

2.) Coach-                652 (322) (0) (Got the winner to boost his already great score from last week.)

3.) Roushfenwayguy- 625 (340) (+3) (Got the best lineup possible w/o the winner.)

4.) Bradman-            613 (308) (-1) (Backed up a 2nd place with a top 10.)

5.) Floridawhite-        579 (300) (+2) (On a good note, both his drivers ended up in the top 10.)

6.) Edwardsfan-         584 (281) (-2) (He got a winner!!! But Kasey Kahne ruined all of that glory and then some.)

7.) Fsu1dogs-            582 (279) (-3)

8.) Obxyankeefan-    570 (293) (0)

9.) M56Nascar-          552 (285) (0)

10.) ILL55INI-            532 (270) (0) (Surprisingly it was smoke, not Bowyer, that ruined his day of getting to 300.)

11.) Chokin Colts-      507 (277) (0)

12.) Berlyn-                491 (299) (0) (So close, yet so far to 300...)

13.) Mikeyfan-            472 (292) (0)

14.) Bored at Work-     413 (292) (0) (He picked one of the second best scoring drivers, but that wasn't enough to save him.)

First off, its pretty wierd that from 8th to 14th there were absolutely no changes in positions, just thought I'd point that out. Second, the RFG's Eliminator curse has worked its magic yet again, last year, it was Fsu1dogs whom was dominating the competition and got taken out early. Now this year, Bored at Work has been the most dominant, but he got taken out at a far worse time, right before the chase. It's a shame to see the best performing player in this year's game be taken out right before the chase, but that's how this game works sometimes... hopefully you've had a great ride Bored at Work. Third, I promised that I would give bored at work a bonus if he made it to the chase, however, that didn't happen. So my bonus will hereby go to the person whom has the most session wins now, that's right, the man who just got another win, TIGERSMAN! 1 other twist though, you must make it to the second part of the chase, and then the bonus will be yours, something that may be able to hurl you over to the chase final which you couldn't overcome last year.

One more thing, because its the chase, there are no session win bonuses, sorry Tigersman... but you got that other bonus that you don't even know about yet!

Now the chase begins, I will explain it all here again:

Weeks 27-28: A free for all, meaning you could have the same lineup both weeks, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. (revised from original) 2 people will be eliminated!

Weeks 29-31: You may switch one or both of your drivers, like weeks 3-14, yet this is a 3 week peroid, if you switch away from a driver, you can't pick him again, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. (You also can't keep 1 driver for all 3 weeks) 3 people will be eliminated! (Bored at Work's bonus will be activated this session, should he make it here.)

Weeks 32-36: You must use 10 different drivers throughout the whole contest, like weeks 15-26, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. The champion will be crowned at the end!

So for the next two weeks any drivers combinations are game for both weeks, even the same one for both, so don't worry about picking an illegal lineup, all of them are legal so long as you pick two drivers.

Half our field that made it to the last pre-chase week ended up with 7 wins, seemed to be the norm that only one broke out of in a good way.

ILL55INI-            8

Mikeyfan-            7
Bored at Work-     7
Roushfenwayguy- 7
Fsu1dogs-           7
Chokin Colts-       7
Coach-               7 (+1)
Tigersman-         7 (+1)

Obxyankeefan-    5
Berlyn-                5

M56Nascar56-      4
Floridawhite-        4
Edwardsfan-         4 (+1)

Bradman-            2

This means that only one person will be getting the +15 bonus in the chase, however, they will get that throughout the chase! That is, ILL55INI! Congratulations on your +45 bonus spread though the chase, should you last for all 3 segments.

Handicap lists are now revised, and will be until segment 3, there are MAJOR REVISIONS FOR THE CHASE, so look at them carefully:

10 handicap: 13th through 20th

Ryan Newman

Jaime McMurray

Mark Martin

Juan Pablo Montoya 

David Reutimann

Kasey Kahne

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

+20 handicap: 21st through 28th

Joey Logano

A.J. Allmendinger

Paul Menard

Marcos Ambrose

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Sam Hornish Jr.

+25 handicap: 29th through 35th

Elliot Sadler

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

Travis Kvapil 

David Gilliland

Kevin Conway

Robby Gordon

+34 handicap (anyone who is below 35th )


Bonuses maybe a bit harder for me think of, considering all the new games that are in place, but I'm going to do my best to give good bonuses. (I.E., one of the bonuses I used twice last year was picking the worst chaser.)

For the bonus this week, I'm going to take the bonus from week 9 of the eliminator last here, this is the info:
So... bonus for this week... I'll have to go with one lap down. Its simple, guess the first person that is one lap down, (in other words the driver in the lucky dog pos. when the race ends.) and you get +20 points, guess anyone that is one lap down, get +15, if you guess anyone that gets 2 laps down, its +10, 3 or more laps down and you still get +5, if your driver doesn't go a lap down, you get nothing, however, if you pick a driver that gets a DNF, you get -10 points, so just watch out not to pick a DNF driver and you should be good. Again this is optional, but even drivers that crash will likely come back, so its worth taking a shot... just don't pick Dave Blaney or Nemechek, lol.

For my lineup this week, I'll start off with Jimmie Johnson, since you know, he's great here and he's the chase defender... for my second driver though... I'm going to go with Joey Logano, because Denny looks really nice, but I'm afraid that he will have more chase woes, and a +20 on a great track for him is too good to pass up. And for my bonus, who else but Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Roushfenwayguy- Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano (+20 handicap) (bonus= Dale Earnhardt Jr.)

Floridawhite- Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart (bonus= David Ragan

Bradman- Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch (bonus = Elliot Sadler)


Edwardsfan- Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin (bonus= Sam Hornish Jr.)

Berlyn- Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton (bonus= Joey Logano)

ILL55INI- Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch (bonus= Sam Hornish Jr.) (+15 bonus)

Coach- Jimmie Johnson, JPM (+10 handicap) (bonus= Mark Martin)

bored at work-

Mikeyfan- Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer (bonus= Dale Earnhardt Jr.)


Tigersman- Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle (bonus= Brad Keselowski)

Chokin Colts- 
Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart (Bonus= Elliot Sadler)

obxyankeefan- Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano (+20 handicap) (bonus= Mark Martin)

fsu1dogs- Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch (Bonus= Mark Martin)

M56Nascar- Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon (bonus= Kasey Kahne)

Common Picks:

Jimmie Johnson- 8

Tony Stewart-      5

Denny Hamlin-    2

Kurt Busch-         2

Joey Logano-      2

Kyle Busch-         2

Mark Martin (bonus)- 3

Elliot Salder (bonus)- 2

Posted on: September 6, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 9:25 pm
 

RFG's Eliminator League Week 26

Well, Tony Stewart has finally got a win, and he's a very popular driver, so who picked him... well there's a Tony Stewart fan up for elimination!!... oh wait, he didn't choose him... nope it seems like nobody chose Tony Stewart, quite a shocker for any week past july Daytona, but at least Carl Edwards did plenty people proud as well. So let's see where everyone stacks heading into the last race before the chase:

Top Lineup- Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards- 370

PODIUM

Tigersman-          350 (Once again he has taken the top spot in this game, going 3 in a row with week's led, he has finally come to life in a huge way!)
Coach-                330 (Has been really heating up in this game just before chase time.)

Bradman-            305

NON-PODIUM 300 CLUB

Edwardsfan-         303

Fsu1dogs-           303

200 CLUB


Roushfenwayguy- 285

Floridawhite-        279

Obxyankeefan-    277

M56Nascar-          267 (Survives due to engine failiure.)

ILL55INI-            262 (Johnson did really good, Kahne... issue prone yet again.)

Chokin Colts-       230

DANGER ZONE

Berlyn-                192 (Good day going sour for Harvick also spelled the same for Berlyn... should have chosen her favorite driver.)

Mikeyfan-            164 (Well Hamlin did look promising until his engine gave way...)

Bored at Work-    121 (And there is a new person with the lowest total ever in a week, and that is... wait... this can't be right... ITS THE APOCALYPSE, bored at work actually did horrible! Hopefully you can rebound, because you weren't the only one that did bad this week.)

ELIMINATED

Hard to Beat-       186 (Denny looked so promising, but engine failiure ruined any chance of Hard to Beat staying alive in the competition.)

Well, it really sucks that Hard to Beat went down in this game due to engine failiure, most likely M56 would be eliminated if it wasn't for that, so he should be thanking the stars... but this is just what happens sometimes in a competitive sport, people go down, and there's nothing you can do about it. It's been a great ride having you in this competition Hard to Beat, and maybe I'll see you here next year.

As for the rest of us, Tigersman has done it again, showing that he may be the man to beat come chase time, but is he coming out of his shell too early??? Probably not, but who knows!? Also Shoking our bottom 3, they were all of the people that had the best avg. finishes before I stopped keeping record of them, and Bored at Work with the lowest score in this game ever after all the good weeks he's had, simply shocking!

I will also take this time to explain the chase, this applies for everyone that makes it there obviously:

Weeks 27-28: A free for all, meaning you could have the same lineup both weeks, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. (revised from original) 2 people will be eliminated!

Weeks 29-31: You may switch one or both of your drivers, like weeks 3-14, yet this is a 3 week peroid, if you switch away from a driver, you can't pick him again, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. (You also can't keep 1 driver for all 3 weeks) 3 people will be eliminated! (Bored at Work's bonus will be activated this session, should he make it here.)

Weeks 32-36: You must use 10 different drivers throughout the whole contest, like weeks 15-26, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. The champion will be crowned at the end!

Winning Drivers Chosen:
(Remember, whoever leads this next week will get +15 bonuses throughout each session in the chase,  2nd gets +15 the first 2, third +15 the first, if there is a tie, your bonus gets rounded down, so right now ILL55INI is the only one that would get a bonus, and a big one at that.)

ILL55INI-            8

Mikeyfan-            7
Bored at Work-     7
Roushfenwayguy- 7
Fsu1dogs-           7
Chokin Colts-       7
 
Coach-               6
Tigersman-         6

Obxyankeefan-    5
Berlyn-                5

M56Nascar56-      4
Floridawhite-        4

Edwardsfan-         3

Hard to Beat-       2
Bradman-            2

10 handicap: 16th through 23rd

Jaime McMurray

Kasey Kahne

David Reutimann

Joey Logano

Martin Truex Jr.

A.J. Allmendinger

Juan Pablo Montoya 

Paul Menard

(No changes to +10 handicap list except for order.)
+20 handicap: 24th through 31st

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Marcos Ambrose

Elliot Sadler

Sam Hornish Jr.

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

(Brian Vickers out of +20, Bobby in)
+25 handicap: 32nd through 38th

Robby Gordon

Travis Kvapil 

Kevin Conway

David Gilliland

(N/A, Brian Vickers)

David Stremme

Joe Nemechek

(Joe Nemechek and Brian Vickers in, Bobby LaBonte and Mike Bliss out.)

+34 handicap (anyone who is below 38th )


For the final race at Richmond before the chase, there are a lot of danger drivers that I'm watching out for right now, the only lineup I can say would be safe enough for me at this point is Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

Roushfenwayguy- Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson

Floridawhite- Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya (+10 handicap)

Bradman- Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick


Edwardsfan-  Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap)

Berlyn- Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton

ILL55INI- Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer

Coach- Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin

bored at work- Jimmie Johnson, Jaime McMurray (+10 handicap)

Mikeyfan- Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick


Tigersman- Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson

Chokin Colts- 
Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick

obxyankeefan- Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer

fsu1dogs- Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch

M56Nascar- Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch

Common Picks:

Kyle Busch-    6

Denny Hamlin- 4

Kevin Harvick- 4

Jimmie Johnson- 3

Tony Stewart-     2

Carl Edwards-      2

Posted on: August 23, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 8:01 pm
 

RFG's Eliminator League Week 25

Well, we got a lot of people that picked the winner, 10 to be exact, but there were also a lot that feel off the mark, like Jimmie and Denny, which will make these standings very interesting... let's see what happened, oh and one more thing, I figured out that Floridawhite had Denny during week 23, thus, I gave him an illegal lineup, lol. That pick got replaced with Kurt Busch:


Top Lineup: Kyle Busch, David Reutimann (+10 handicap)- 380

PODIUM

1.) Tigersman-          677 (337) (Got the high score for both weeks, that's a winning formula.)

2.) Berlyn-                650 (310) (Backs up last week with a winner.)

3.) Obxyankeefan-    639 (333)

NON-PODIUM 600 CLUB

4.) Bored at Work-    637 (336) (He picked two drivers not even in the chase, didn't get the winner, and yet only lost to the high score of the week by 1, that's bored at work for you.)

5.) Roushfenwayguy- 630 (333) (The leader of the Busch bros. followers, since I picked them first, lol. Obviously a great lineup)

6.) Chokin Colts-       621 (333)

500 CLUB

7.) ILL55INI-             596 (333)

8.) Coach-                 593 (258) (Got the winner, and the worst finishing chaser.)

9.) Floridawhite-         576 (269)

10.) Mikeyfan-            560 (260)

11.) Edwardsfan-         550 (272) (He picked two drivers in the top 10... but the lowest in the top 10.)

12.) Bradman-            505 (258)

13.) Fsu1dogs-           503 (256) (Winner keeps him alive... barely...)

THE LAST STAND DUO

14.) Hard to Beat-       494 (183) (Two non- top 25 bicks puts hard to beat all the way down to the first tie for elimination :O)

M56Nascar-                494 (333) (Put up enough of a fight to overcome a huge deficit and (maybe) stay in the game.)


No, both of you are not eliminated, but for the first time this season, we have a tie for elimination, so I will explain here what will happen to you two, and congratulations to Tigersman on a great session!

FOR M56 and HtB only: Although you two are tied, someone needs to be eliminated, however, that elimination will be determined next race. Its simple, pick a lineup, and if you win, you keep those points toward the session in progress and stay in the game, loser is out and won't get a chance to make picks for Richmond. Both of you CAN NOT pick the same lineup, lineups go by first come first serve, so the quicker you make yours, the better since the other player can't choose your picks. Should they do so w/o noticing, the person that chose those same picks second will be eliminated (hate for you to be eliminated that way but rules are rules). If you two get a tie, then whichever person had the BETTER FINISHING drivers will move on, and that's about it, good luck to both of you.

I will also take this time to explain the chase, this applies for everyone that makes it there obviously:

Weeks 27-28: A free for all, meaning you could have the same lineup both weeks, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. (revised from original) 2 people will be eliminated!

Weeks 29-31: You may switch one or both of your drivers, like weeks 3-14, yet this is a 3 week peroid, if you switch away from a driver, you can't pick him again, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. (You also can't keep 1 driver for all 3 weeks) 3 people will be eliminated! (Bored at Work's bonus will be activated this session, should he make it here.)

Weeks 32-36: You must use 10 different drivers throughout the whole contest, like weeks 15-26, in addition, bonuses maybe thrown in. The champion will be crowned at the end!

Winning Drivers Chosen:

ILL55INI-            8 (+1)

Mikeyfan-            7
Bored at Work-     7

Roushfenwayguy- 7 (+1)
Fsu1dogs-           7 (+1)
Chokin Colts-       7 (+1)
 
Coach-               6 (+1)
Tigersman-         6 (+1)

Obxyankeefan-    5 (+1)
Berlyn-                5 (+1)

M56Nascar56-      4 (+1) (Eliminated???)
Floridawhite-        4

Edwardsfan-         3

Hard to Beat-       2 (Eliminated???)
Bradman-            2 (+1)

10 handicap: 16th through 23rd

Jaime McMurray

Kasey Kahne

David Reutimann

Joey Logano

Martin Truex Jr.

A.J. Allmendinger

Juan Pablo Montoya 

Paul Menard

(No changes to +10 handicap list except for order.)
+20 handicap: 24th through 31st

David Ragan

Brad Kesolowski

Scott Speed

Marcos Ambrose

Elliot Sadler

Sam Hornish Jr.

Regan Smith

Bobby LaBonte

(Brian Vickers out of +20, Bobby in)
+25 handicap: 32nd through 38th

Robby Gordon

Travis Kvapil 

Kevin Conway

David Gilliland

(N/A, Brian Vickers)

David Stremme

Joe Nemechek

(Joe Nemechek and Brian Vickers in, Bobby LaBonte and Mike Bliss out.)

+34 handicap (anyone who is below 38th )

For me, I'm going to stick with Kurt Busch, he's great here and won last time around, I'll also go with Matt Kenseth whom has been heating up recently, and he's great here.

Roushfenwayguy- Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth

Floridawhite- Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon

Bradman- Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards

Edwardsfan-  Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap), Carl Edwards

Berlyn- Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap)

ILL55INI- Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap)

Coach- Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards

bored at work- Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap)

Mikeyfan- Denny Hamlin, David Reutimann (+10 handicap)


Tigersman- Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch (+20 bonus)

Chokin Colts- 
Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap), Juan Pablo Montoya (+10 handicap)


obxyankeefan- Carl Edwards, Joey Logano (+10 handicap)

fsu1dogs- Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap)

M56Nascar- Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap)
    VS.
HardtoBeat- Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman

Common Picks:

Carl Edwards- 7

Kurt Busch-    4

Kasey Kahne- 4

Jaime McMurray- 3

Denny Hamlin- 3

Matt Kenseth- 2

 
 
 
 
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