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Post 12 Feb 2018, 10:26 am

Builds are in!

Not many duplicates (Beckman & Ling; Harley & Brandt) and lots of variety. Six (!) cars vying from the front with 100 start speeds. Only two looking to race from the back with 20's. The 20's went with big engines while only one car built a putt-putt.

Start bid deadline: Wednesday, February 14th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT).
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Post 14 Feb 2018, 7:22 am

Bids are in and there was quite a competition for the front. Several tie-breakers needed.

Please double check the wear/skill deductions. I was in a bit of a hurry this morning.

Turn 1 Deadline: Friday, February 16th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)

Edit: Welage's skill should read 2x1, not 7x1. Will correct on Turn 1.
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Post 16 Feb 2018, 7:26 am

The green flag drops and we're off!

Harley runs out to the lead by pushing to 120 with 2s (modified 5). He grabs the green line in front of Nordcurve. Welage, at 100, eschews the green line to set up the slip on the #27 and sits on the inside red line.

Coming out of row 2, Brandt goes to the dice cup with 2s (mofidied 3) and, at 120, takes the open green line. Marvin, at 100, tucks in behind purple Ford on the line.

Swaine has the initiative out of row 3 and, at 100, grabs the tailpipe on the Furniture Row Toyota. Long kicks in 2s on the start roll (modified 5) to go 80. He continues the conga line on the outer rail.

Beckman runs out of row 4 with the initiative at 60. Rando shakes the dice cup with 2s at 40 (modified 2) and tucks in behind the Pennzoil car.

Snouffer has the initiative out of row 5 at 100 and slides in front of the #22. Ling pushes to 80 with his big chip (modified 0) and boxes in the yellow Ford.

Harrington plots 80 by going to the dice cup with 2s (modified 6) and grabs the tailpipe on the #2. Tatum pushes to 40 on the start with 2s (modified 6) and will have some clean air for a bit.

Turn 2 Deadline: Monday, February 19th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT).
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Post 19 Feb 2018, 6:53 am

The field bunches up in front of the Einfahrt Parabolika (I looked that one up - einfahrt means 'entrance' and has nothing to do with passing gas :rolleyes:).

Turn 2 Summary

Harley runs the Nordkurve green line at 140 before pulling up to Einfahrt in the middle lane.

Welage takes the inner line at 140 for a wear and with the bonus grabs the outer rail next to the #27. Brandt runs the green line at 140 for free before moving to the inner rail.

Marvin follows the #32 through the green line at 140 and with the bonus grabs the tailpipe on the Menard Chevy.

Swaine, at 160, drops a wear on the Nordkurve green line. He sits on the wing of the #78. Long, at 140 and the slip, stays on the green line for free.

Snouffer clips a tire on the big green line and has the bumper of the green Toyota.

Ling has initiative at 140 and runs into Nordkurve on the green line. Beckman takes the outer red line for free at 120 and the bonus space.

Harrington gets initiative at 140. He pulls into Nordkurve on the outer rail with the extra space. Rando, at 100 and the slip. grabs the inner line for Nordkurve.

Tatum is enjoying the clean air in the back at 100.

Turn 3 Deadline: Wednesday, February 21st @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 21 Feb 2018, 6:49 am

Smooth sailing through the Einfahrt...

Turn 3 Summary

Welage gets the initiative at 120 and burns 2 wear in the Einfahrt 80's for the lead. Harley, at 100, clips 2 tires in the Einfahrt 60's to stay alongside the #88.

Brandt runs the outer rail at 100 for a wear. Marvin, at 100, erases 2 tires in the Einfahrt 60's and rolls to the inside behind the Axalta Chevy.

Swaine snuffs a tire as he runs through the Einfahrt 80's at 100. He has the tail of the #32. Long races into the Einfahrt 60's at 100 for 2 wear and is able to hit an exit row.

Snouffer, at 100, gets hung up on the outer rail for a wear. Ling pulls up to the Einfahrt at 120 in the middle lane.

Beckman, at 140, opts for the outer lane next to the #2. Harrington finishes out Nordkurve at 140 and takes the wing of the yellow Ford.

Rando runs the inner red line at 120 for free before tucking in behind the #20. Tatum, at 160, scrapes a tire on the Nordkurve green line and has now caught up to the field.

Turn 4 Deadline: Friday, February 23rd @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 23 Feb 2018, 6:52 am

The lead cars break from the peleton...

Turn 4 Summary

Welage drops the hammer and uses his big chip to get to 180. He tries to shake off some cars in the outside lane. Harley runs the Parabolika at 160 and misses the tail of the #88.

Marvin's eyes go wide as he gets the double slip. At 140 he is able to keep on the bumper of the tan Chevy and is not fooled by the shenanigans. Brandt, also at 140, gets a slip but loses contact with the #78 nonetheless.

Swaine and Long trade paint into the Parabolika at 160 apiece. Swaine gets a bumper.

Snouffer finishes the Einfahrt at 100. Ling clips a tire in Einfahrt at 100 before grabbing the wing of the #1

Beckman takes the outer rail through Einfahrt for a wear and maintains relative position into the Parabolika. Harrington burns a wear, going into the Einfahrt 80's at 100. He has the tailpipe on the Alliance Ford.

Rando follows those who preceded him, 100 for a wear in the 80's, and is ready for the long straight. Tatum ensures he hits an exit row at 120. He scrapes off 2 tires in the Einfahrt, a worthy investment.

Turn 5 Deadline: Monday, February 26th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 26 Feb 2018, 6:46 am

Distracted driver alert!

Turn 5 Summary

Welage pulls up to the Hairpin at 160 on the line. Also at 160, Harley pulls in behind the #88 on the line.

Marvin, at 140 and the bonus, takes the inside lane. Brandt takes the Parabolika at a sedate 140.

Long gets the initiative at 180 by pushing top w/ 1s (modified 3). He passes the #22. Swaine, at 160, pulls alongside the E.J. Wade Ford.

Snouffer runs the Parabolika at 160. Ling, at 160, gets the slip and pulls alongside the #1 car.

Beckman takes the Parabolika at 160. Harrington gets distracted by the radio chatter and lets his foot slip off the gas at 140 (NPR).

Dropping the hammer to 180, Tatum gets the initiative and has the tail on the #22. Rando brings up the rear at 160 and sits on the wing of the #7 car.

Turn 6 Deadline: Wednesday, February 28th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 28 Feb 2018, 11:42 am

I hate it when work gets in the way of my hobbies!

Turn 6 Summary

Welage burns a wear to brake down to 100 before spilling 2 more on the Hairpin line.

Marvin careens around the Hairpin in the 80's at 120 for 2 wear and blocks the inside line. Harley also jumps in the Hairpin at 120 but slides into the middle lane at the start of the short racing line. He ducks inside of the #78.

Long plots 120 then late brakes to 100 with 1s (modified 8). He clips 2 tires on the line.

Swaine gets initiative at 120 and also late brakes to 100 with 1s (modified 2). He follows the green car in the Hairpin for 2 wear. Brandt burns 2 tires as he runs into the Hairpin 60's at 100.

Ling has the initiative at 160. He requests the inside lane, perhaps expecting a little more out of the red car? Snouffer drops speed to 120?!

Beckman cruises down the straight at 160 and tucks in between the #1 & #2 car. Tatum, at 160 and the bonus, pulls up next to the yellow racer.

Rando stays on the bumper of the #7 car at 160 and the slip. At 160, Harrington tucks in behind the orange vehicle.

Turn 7 Deadline: Friday, March 2nd @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 02 Mar 2018, 9:42 am

The hairpin shuffles the pack. Note: The corner John entered is called Mercedes - I'll add it to the graphics next time.

Turn 7 Summary

Welage hits the Mercedes line at 120 for 2 wear. Harley pulls up to the corner on the line at 140.

Marvin, at 120, tucks in behind the #27. Long, at 140 and the bonus, moves up the leaderboard.

Swaine finishes out the Hairpin at 100. Brandt does the same, albeit staying in the 60's instead of using the mini-line.

Ling, at 120, clips 2 tires in the Hairpin 80's then slides down in to the 2nd line. Beckman, also at 120, follows the path of the #2.

Tatum, at 100, scrapes off 2 wear on the Hairpin line. Rando gets initiative at 120 then late brakes down to 100 w/ 1s (modified 7). He runs the Hairpin on the line.

Snouffer, at 100, drops 2 wear in the Hairpin 60's as his preferred route is blocked. Harrington runs the outer rail in the Hairpin at 120 and the bonus for 2 wear.

Turn 8 Deadline: Monday, March 5th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 05 Mar 2018, 10:35 am

The race leader creates some space from the chase pack. Five cars will be piling into the narrow section of track next turn.

Turn 8 Summary

Welage rolls into Mobil 1 on the line at 120 for free.

Long dumps 2 tires in the Mercedes 60 at 100 for 2 wear. He has the Mobil 1 line. Harley clips a tire on the Mercedes line at 100 and has inside position.

Marvin saves his wear at 80 on the Mercedes line.

Swaine scrapes off a tire on the Mercedes line at 100. Brandt, at 100, pulls up to Mercedes on the line.

Ling takes the outer lane in front of Mercedes at 140. Tatum draws the inside lane, also at 140.

Rando takes the bumper on the #7 at 140. Beckman, at 120 and the bonus, has the tail of the #32.

Harrington pulls out of the Hairpin at 120. Snouffer, at 100, grabs the wing of the #20.

Turn 9 Deadline: Wednesday, March 7th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 07 Mar 2018, 6:53 am

Welage continues to burn rubber as he tears through the course.

Turn 9 Summary

Welage dumps two more tires at 120 on the Sachs line.

Long gets initiative at 140 then brakes to 120 on the dice w/ 1s (modified 3). He runs the Mobil 1 for free then races into Sachs on the line for 2 wear. Harley takes the outer rail in Mobil 1 for free at 120 and grabs the line in front of Sachs.

Marvin takes the Mobil 1 line at 120 for free. Swaine does the same and sits a space back of the #78.

Ling has initiative out of the 3-wide at 120. He clips 2 tires in the Mercedes 80's before grabbing the Mobil 1 line. Tatum scrapes off 2 wear in the Mercedes 60 at 100. He maintains the inside position. Brandt, with no room to park his car at 100, burns off speed on the outer rail of Mercedes for a wear.

Rando takes the Mercedes line at 100 for a wear. Beckman, at 80, gets the line for free.

Harrington rides the Mercedes line for a wear at 100. Snouffer is right behind, also at 100 for a wear.

Turn 10 Deadline: Friday, March 9th @ 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. GMT)
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Post 09 Mar 2018, 6:50 am

The dice gods have spoken and they are not happy.

Turn 10 Summary

Welage runs the Sudkurve 80's at 120 for 2 wear. He is poised to enter lap 2 but his wear stack is looking mighty thin. Long also burns 2 tires in the Sudkurve 80's. He will be going into lap 2 next turn and with only one more wear than the leader.

Harley plays conservative in Sachs, using the line for free at 80. Marvin has the same idea, Sachs line at 80 for free, and sits on the bumper of the #27. Swaine, at 100, scrapes off a tire on the Sachs line.

Tatum has initiative at 140 then immediately goes to the dice cup for a late brake w/ 1s (modified 10). A puff of smoke ensues as he damages the brakes and takes a wear penalty. He then dumps another wear in the Mobil 1 100's followed by 2 more on the Sachs line. An expensive turn for the #7 Accell Chevy.

Ling, at 120, runs the Mobil 1 line for free before grabbing the Sachs line.

Brandt tackles Mobil 1 on the line at 120 and takes inside position on the #2. Rando, also at 120 and with no place to go, burns off speed in Mobil 1.

Beckman runs the Mobil 1 100's for free at 100. Harrington takes the Mobil 1 line at 120 for free with Snouffer hot on his tail, also at 120.

Turn 11 Deadline: Monday, March 12th @ 8 a.m. EDT (12 noon GMT)
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Post 12 Mar 2018, 5:58 am

Two cars make a clean break from the peleton as they cross into lap 2!

Turn 11 Summary

Welage drops the hammer to 180 w/ 2s (modified 8). He grabs the Nordkurve green line. Long says 'me too!' and applies 1s to his dice roll (modified 5). He sits one length back of the race leader.

Harley runs the Sudkurve on the outer rail at 100. Marvin clips a tire in the Sudkurve 80 and sets up next to the #27.

Swaine scrapes off a wear at 120 on the outer rail before grabbing the tailpipe on the #78. Tatum, also at 120, chips in 2 wear on the Sudkurve 80's and has the wing of the Menard Chevy.

Brandt burns a tire in the Sach's 60's. Ling takes the Sachs line for free at 80.

Rando, at 80, runs Sachs on the line. Beckman plays is safe at 60 in Sachs for free.

Harrington, with the line blocked, takes his car to the outer rail at 80 for a wear. Snouffer grabs the Sachs line for free at 80.

Turn 12 Deadline: Wednesday, March 14th @ 8 a.m. EDT (12 noon GMT)
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Post 14 Mar 2018, 7:26 am

A little position shuffling in the chase packs but otherwise a quiet turn.

Turn 12 Summary

Welage and Long take turns on the green line in Nordcurve at 140.

Harley preps the green line at 160 as he crosses the S/F line. Marvin, at 140, tucks in behind the #27.

Tatum drops the hammer to 180 and has the outside rail next to the yellow Chevy. Swaine, at 160, grabs the bumper on the #7.

Brandt runs Sudkurve for free at 100. Ling does the same to stay alongside the #32.

Rando also conserves wear at 100 and sits on the bumper of the black #2.

Harrington gets initiative out of Sachs at 140. He rides the outer rail in Sudkurve for 2 wear and makes it 3-wide in front of the grandstands. Beckman, at 120, clips a tire in Sudkurve before sliding in on the bumper of the Blue Def Toyota.

Snouffer finishes out Sachs on the line at 80.

Turn 13 Deadline: Friday, March 16th @ 8 a.m. EDT (12 noon GMT)
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Post 16 Mar 2018, 6:05 am

Lots of position changes this turn & a forced pass!

Turn 13 Summary

Welage knocks off 2 tires at 120 through the Einfahrt. Long also clears Einfahrt at 120 for 2 wear.

Harley runs the green line in Nordkurve at 160 for 1 wear. Tatum also clips a tire at 160 on the green line.

Swaine gets initiative at 160 and takes the green racing line for a wear. Marvin runs the same line at 140 for free.

Harrington has initiative out of the 3-wide at 180. He uses his last skill chip to get there (modified 6) and grabs the green line. Brandt, at 160, opts to grab the tailpipe on the #20 car. Ling, also at 160, takes the middle lane.

Rando, at 160 and the bonus, fills in the row on the inside to create another 3-wide. Beckman, also at 160, finds a way to use the double slip. He squeezes through the traffic with 2s (modified 4) and comes out the other side unscathed.

Snouffer runs the Sudkurve at 80 for free.

Turn 14 Deadline: Monday, March 19th @ 8 a.m. EDT (12 noon GMT)
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