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Post 12 Feb 2018, 6:15 am

Builds are in. We have a late scratch - Kevin is sitting this one out but will return for season 5. There was not enough time to replace him so we go with 11.

Not too many duplicates (Rae & Hoyt; Bauska & Galullo) and a ton of variety. Four cars with 100 start speed and one with a 120! Only two cars look to be running from behind with 20 starts. Two big 180 engines and two putt-putters at 140.

Start bid deadline: Wednesday, February 14th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 14 Feb 2018, 10:53 am

The bids are in with three tie-breakers.

Turn 1 Deadline: Friday, February 16th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 16 Feb 2018, 6:33 am

Lots of position changes as the green flag drops!

Harley uses his investment in start speed to jump out onto the Curva 1 line at 120. Munies pushes the start with 1s (modified 3) to hit 80 and preps the line in the middle lane.

Swaine, coming out of row 2, pushes to 120 with 2s (modified 0) then tucks in behind the #27. Burnett goes to the dice with 2s (modified 6) and at 80, grabs the bumper on the M&M's Toyota.

Snouffer has the initiative out of row 3 with a plot of 120 (naked 9). He mis-shifts and now, at 80, pulls in behind the green Chevy. Scarpino is content to let some cars pass with his start speed of 20.

Galullo, at 120, shakes the dice cup with 2s (modified 3). He can't find a tail so he uses the inside lane to move up several positions. Bauska runs in behind the baby blue Toyota at 100.

Rae pushes his start to 80 with 2s (modified 5), passing the #2 car. Hoyt, at 60, pulls up on the side panel of the Miller Lite Ford.

Plotting 40, Haskell drops 2 skill chips into the kitty on the dice roll but to no avail (modified 9). He mis-shifts and stays put at 0 (he can use his normal ACC next turn - it is not a re-start).

Turn 2 Deadline: Monday, February 19th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 19 Feb 2018, 6:14 am

With a blocked track, Snouffer attempts a big move early in the race.

Turn 2 Summary

Harley clips a tire on the Curva 1 green line before speeding into Curva 2. Swaine stays hot on his tail, taking the green line for free at 140 plus the bonus.

Munies runs the Curva 1 line for free at 140.

Burnett has the initiative at 140. He eschews the racing line and runs Curva 1 on the outer rail for a wear. He pulls to the inside of the #18 with the bonus. Galullo slow plays the corner at 120 on the line and bottles things up behind him.

Bauska, at 140 and the line blocked, takes Curva 1 on the outside for a wear. Snouffer, at 140 and with the bonus, runs the outer rail for a wear and attempts a forced pass on the #23 with 1sp (modified 9). With no room on the track, he must brake down to 100, using another wear and 2sp on the brake table (modified 4).

Rae rolls into Curva 1 on the line at 140. Hoyt grabs the line at 120. Scarpino, at 80 and the bonus, sets up the green line.

Haskell pulls out of his mis-shift at 60.

Turn 3 Deadline: Wednesday, February 21st @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 21 Feb 2018, 6:22 am

The cars get bunched up in Curva 3...

Turn 3 Summary

Harley uses the dice cup to get down to 100 (naked 6) before diving into Curva 3 for 2 wear in the 60's. Swaine follows the same path at 100, also clipping 2 tires.

Munies gets initiative at 140 then burns off some speed on the outer rail in Curva 2. Burnett, at 120, slots into the outside lane in front of the corner.

Galullo plots 160 then burns off some speed in Curva 2 before grabbing the tailpipe on the #18. Bauska, at 140 packs it in behind the #19.

Snouffer accelerates to the corner speed of 120. Rae continues at 140 and is pushed to the outer rail in Curva 2.

Hoyt runs the green line in Curva 1 at 140 for free. Scarpino follows the same path, also at 140.

Haskell sets up the high speed line in Curva 1 at 120.

Turn 4 Deadline: Friday, February 23rd @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 23 Feb 2018, 6:13 am

The tight S-curves take their toll...

Turn 4 Summary

Harley takes the outer rail of Curva VIP at 80 for a wear. Swaine plots 100 but, with his preferred route blocked, goes to the dice cup with 1s on the brakes (modified 9). He clips 2 tires in the VIP 40's.

Munies, at 80, is locked into the Curva 3 60's for a wear. He dumps another wear in the VIP 60's. Burnett runs the Curva 3 80's for free at 80.

Galullo races into the outer rail of Curva 3 at 100 for a wear. Bauska has no place to go with his 100 plot. He late brakes to 80 with a wear before taking the Curva 3 80's for free.

Snouffer brakes down to 60 as he preps Curva 3 on the inside. Rae scrapes off a wear in the Curva 3 80's at 100.

Hoyt pulls up to Curva 3 on the outer rail at 100. Scarpino grabs the bumper of the #22 at 100.

Haskell takes the Curva 1 green line for free at 140 and still has plenty of clean air.

Turn 5 Deadline: Monday, February 26th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 26 Feb 2018, 6:12 am

Swaine jumps out to the lead!

Turn 5 Summary

Harley takes what his car can give, running 120 out of Curva VIP. Swaine pushes his engine to 160 and gets some separation from the #27.

Munies finishes VIP at 80. Burnett clips 2 tires in the VIP 40's at 80.

Galullo conserves his wear, running the outer rail in VIP at 60. Bauska jumps into the 40's at 80 for 2 wear and has a choice of slips next turn.

Rae jumps into the VIP 60's at 100 for 2 wear. Snouffer takes the Curva 3 60's at 60 for free. Hoyt, on the outside, runs Curva 3 at 80 for free.

Scarpino saves wear at 60, taking the inside rail for free. Haskell pulls up to Curva 3 on the inside at 120.

Turn 6 Deadline: Wednesday, February 28th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 28 Feb 2018, 7:15 am

Short & sweet today, guys. Running late.

T6 Summary

Swaine takes a commanding lead into the interior Parabolika, snuffing out 2 tires at 120 on the outer rail. Harley pulls up to the corner at 100.

Munies pushes his engine w/ 1s (modified 3) and gets initiative. He rolls down the back stretch at 160. Burnett, at 140, pulls into the exhaust of the #18.

Bauska, at 140 and the bonus, pulls alongside the #19. Galullo goes to the dice cup w/ 1s (modified 3) and hits the straight at 140.

Rae continues at 100 out of VIP. Hoyt drops 2 wear in the VIP 60's at 100. Snouffer saves wear at 40 on the inner rail.

Scarpino, at 60, finds his preferred route blocked. He moves to the outer rail in VIP for free. Haskell takes Curva 3 on the inside at 60 for free.

Turn 7 Deadline: Friday, March 2nd @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 02 Mar 2018, 8:36 am

Swaine continues to push his lead.

Turn 7 Summary

Swaine inches up his speed to 140, approaching Orelha on the inside. Harley clips 2 tires in the Parabolica Interior at 120 on the outer rail.

Munies brakes down to 80 on the tables with 1s (modified 3). He takes Interior on the inside for a wear. Burnett, at 120, runs the outer lane for 2 wear. Bauska pays a wear as he gets hung up in the Interior 80's at 100.

Galullo races into Parabolica Interior, scarping off 2 tires at 120 on the 80's. Rae pulls up to the corner at 140.

Hoyt grabs the tail on the #1 car at 160. Snouffer goes to the dice cup with 1s (modified 6) to get his speed up to 120.

Scarpino finishes out VIP at 60. Haskell burns 2 wear in the VIP 60's at 100. He pulls up next to the #2.

Turn 8 Deadline: Monday, March 5th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 05 Mar 2018, 7:16 am

Not much change this turn...

Turn 8 Summary

Swaine clips 2 tires in Orelha at 100 and is ready for the Esses. Harley runs into Orelha at 100 for 2 wear.

Munies preps Orelha on the inside at 120. Burnett, also at 120, sits on the outer rail.

Bauska punches it to 120 with the increased speed limit and grabs the bumper of the #18. Galullo, at 120, stays on the tailpipe of the #23.

Rae drops 2 wear in the Parabolika Interior at 100. Hoyt, at 120, burns 2 tires on the outer rail to stay on the wing of the #1 car.

Snouffer runs into the Interior corner at 120 for 2 wear in the 80's.

Haskell has the initiative at 160 to create some space around him. Scarpino hits the gas to 120 on the straight.

Turn 9 Deadline: Wednesday, March 7th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 07 Mar 2018, 5:34 am

A large spread of speeds in sector 1
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Post 07 Mar 2018, 7:11 am

When will the race leader run out of wear?

Turn 9 Summary

Swaine burns 2 wear on the line in the Esses at 140. He then dumps 2 more in Parabolica, inner rail, to take a commanding lead! Harley pulls up to the Esses on the line at 120.

Munies clips a tire at 80 in Orelha. Burnett, at 100, drops 2 tires and pulls up alongside the #18. Bauska takes the inner rail in Orelha at 100 for 2 wear and makes it 3-wide in front of Tanque.

Galullo hits the brakes to 60, taking Orelha for free. Rae, at 100 is pushed to the outer rail in Orelha for 2 wear and gets hung up.

Hoyt pulls up to Orelha at 100 on the inside. Snouffer finishes out the Interior at 120.

Haskell over-brakes to 80 with 1s (modified 5). He runs the Interior 60's for a wear. Scarpino, at 100, scrapes off 2 tires in the Parabolica Interior 60's.

Turn 10 Deadline: Friday, March 9th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 09 Mar 2018, 6:19 am

I don't know if I've ever seen such a spread from first to last after a first lap.

Turn 10 Summary

Swaine extends his lead as he punches his car up to 160. Harley saves wear at 100, taking the Esses on the line and the Parabolica 100's.

Bauska gets initiative out of the three-wide at 140. He tackles the Esses on the line for 2 wear then clips another in the Parabolica 120's.

Munies, at 120, knocks off a tire in the Esses before notching another on the inner rail of Parabolica. Burnett plays it safe at 100, cruising the Esses line for free.

Galullo guns it to 120 out of Orelha. Rae finishes out Orelha at 100.

Hoyt clips a tire in Orelha at 80. Snouffer also burns a tire at 80 in Orelha.

Haskell pulls up to Orelha at 120 on the inside lane. Scarpino, at 100, misses a chance to increase speed in the corner and falls back a space.

Turn 11 Deadline: Monday, March 12th @ 8 a.m.EDT (12 noon GMT)
Note: The move to daylight savings in the U.S. will push the deadline an hour forward for our European drivers.
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Post 12 Mar 2018, 5:27 am

Can anyone haul in Swaine with two laps to go?!

Turn 11 Summary

Swaine extends his lead as he crosses into lap 2. He has the Curva 1 line. Harley increases speed to 120, exiting the Parabolica.

Munies runs out of the Parabolica at 120. Bauska, at 140, does the same and sits on the side panel of the #18.

Burnett tackles Parabolica on the inside at 120, costing a wear. Galullo, at 100, takes the Esses line and Parabolica for free.

Rae follows the same route as the #96, also at 100. Hoyt clips a tire on the Esses line at 120 before pulling into Parabolica on the middle lane.

Snouffer pulls up to the Esses on the line at 120. Haskell* drops 2 wear at 100 in Orelha. Scarpino dumps a tire in Orelha at 80.

*Franklin noted my failure to deduct wear for his car through VIP (2) and I applaud his honesty. He exemplifies the fine spirit of play we've become accustomed to in our little racing game.

Turn 12 Deadline: Wednesday, March 14th @ 8 a.m. EDT (12 noon GMT)
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Post 12 Mar 2018, 3:33 pm

Swaine stomps a mud puddle on the field
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