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Post 11 Oct 2019, 1:06 pm

The corner 13/14 complex draws half the field into a tight pack.

Turn 13 summary:
Brandt finishes corner 14 in the middle 80s and fades inside. Rae is able to take the inside of 14 at speed to keep up with the leader. Pellegrino also saves wear at 80 and clears the corner on the inside. Swaine finishes the line at 100 then brakes to 80 into the middle lane for free.

Polcen also finishes the line at 100 and pulls even with the red racecar. Kennington takes the outside of corner 11 at 100 shedding two wear. Brown drops two wear on the racing line at 100 and follows Swaine into the middle lane. Rando leaves two wear on the inner 40 of corner 11 and fits his car neatly infront of Kennington and inside of Swaine to pick up two spots.

Schulz and Haskell drag race to the corner at 120. Kellison stays outside at 140 and starts the line.

Next deadline: turn 14 due Monday, October 14 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 14 Oct 2019, 1:14 pm

The majority of the pack is in or approaching the final corner complex of lap 1.

Turn 14 summary:

Rae gets the jump on the leader at 140 around the outside of corners 15/16 shedding two wear. Brandt chooses the inside at 100 also dropping two wear and retaining the lead. Pellegrino is more conservative with a one wear move into the 100s at 120. Polcen exits corner 14 at 100 for already paid wear and sets up in the middle lane.

Rando's 80 move isn't enough to keep up with Polcen, also finishing in the middle but two car lengths back. Swaine is able to move to the inside of corner 14 at 80 and tucks in behind Polcen, providing Rando with a slip opportunity next turn. Brown paid for a 100 move last turn and continues through the inner lane and pics up two spots on the inside. Kennington chooses to slow to 80 and takes the shortest route he can through the corner, finishing on the inside.

Kellison leaves two wear on the corner 11 racing line and another on the corner 13 outer 80s at 100. Haskell moves through the inner 40 at 60 knocking down one wear. Schulz uses all his brakes to get down to 40 and takes the inside lane around the corner for free.

Next deadline: turn 15 due Wednesday, October 16 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 16 Oct 2019, 1:19 pm

Rae back into the lead. Rando picks up three positions.

Turn 15 summary:
Rae blasts out of the final corner and pushes his engine up to 180, choosing the outside lane to provide no slip next turn. Brandt maxes at 160 and holds the inside. Pellegrino continues the 100s at 120, wear already paid, and drops to the inside as well. Polcen holds a steady 100 around the outside for free.

Brown has the initiative at 100, shedding one wear in the 80s and temporarily grabbing P4. Swaine follows the black machine through the 100s at speed for free. Rando relies strictly on his split-second reaction to the cars ahead of him as he starts at 120 then brakes into the corner, careening inside at 100 and losing two wear but moving from P7 to P4. Kennington makes up a car length at 120 around the outside of the corner, scrubbing off one wear.

Kellison paid for 100mph last turn and completes the corner 13/14 combination. Haskell is able to take the inside of 13 and the middle of 14 to grab the wing of the silver race car. Schulz manages to clear the corner combo at 80 for free.

Next deadline: turn 16 is due Friday, October 18 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 18 Oct 2019, 1:40 pm

Brandt back into P1 after a one turn absence. The dice gods smile on the black car.

Turn 16 summary:

Rae slows to 140 and starts the corner 2 racing line. Brandt keeps the pedal down at 160 and takes the inside lane. Pellegrino grabs high gear and starts his second lap at 140. Polcen's engine man is quite unhappy as he rolls for acceleration and top speed, thankfully passing both. The crowd cheers his 180 move and he finishes on the outside after seeing how well it worked for Rae.

Rando and Brown drag race across the line at 160 each staying side-by-side. Swaine finishes out the 100s at speed and takes it to the inside. Kennington is able to pull even with Swaine as he comes off the corner at 120, wear already paid.

Kellison sheds one wear in the 80s at 100. Haskell drops two wear at 140 in the 100s in order to clear the corner. Schulz is into the 100s at 120 knocking off one wear.

Next deadline: turn 17 due Monday, October 21 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 21 Oct 2019, 1:13 pm

The main straight fans are treated to some fast racing.

Turn 17 summary:
Brandt muscles his car around the inside of corner 2 at 100 for two wear. Rae slows to 80 on the racing line conserving rubber. Pellegrino holds his top speed and starts the line into corner 2. Polcen relaxes his engine back to 160 and threatens the inside of the corner, taking P3 in the process.

Rando maxes at 160 and follows Pellegrino onto the line. Brown matches Rando's move dropping to the inside and grabs the black car's wing. Swaine slams his car into high gear and hits the gas hard. His engine moans but holds as he gets to 180. Kennington is able to match Swaine's 180 without stressing his power plant.

In spite of the 180mph drag race, Haskell is the crowd favorite; managing 200mph from his engine he is able to pick up a length on the other big engines. Kellison uses his full acceleration to get to 160 but Haskell's move denies him the slip next turn. Schulz finishes out the 100s for already paid wear and moves to the inside.

Next deadline: turn 18 due Wednesday, October 23 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 23 Oct 2019, 1:33 pm

13 wear points spent this turn. No positions change, a rare event.

Turn 18 summary:
Brandt runs into the corner 3 140s at top speed shedding one wear. Rae takes the 120s at speed for free. Polcen uses one wear to brake to 100 (nursing his already damaged brakes) and drops two wear through the 60 space of corner 2. Pellegrino leaves two wear on the corner 2 line at 120 and pulls alongside the black machine.

Rando surrenders one wear on the corner 2 line at 100. Brown hugs the inside of corner 2 at 80 scrubbing off one wear. Kennington gets the jump on Swaine with a 140 plot, then brakes onto the line for two wear. Swaine was looking for the line but with the dark blue race car there he hits the brakes and hears a disheartening clang and immediately knows he's in trouble. He take two wear off around the inside at 100.

Haskell approaches the corner on the line at 140. Kellison keeps the pedal down at 160 and grabs Haskell's tailpipe. Schulz maxes at 160 across the start/finish line.

Next deadline: turn 18 due Friday, October 25 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 25 Oct 2019, 1:32 pm

Seven cars in the corner 3/4 complex and only one is clear.

Turn 19 summary:
Brandt finishes the corner through the 80 space at 100, wear already paid. Rae slows to 100 to clear the corner in the middle. Anyone who's radio is tuned to his frequency is wondering if they really heard “Mwah, ha ha ha!” on his radio. (Spoiler, they did!) Polcen is wise to Rae's move and although he could have cleared the corner through the middle, his anticipation takes him outside into the 120s at his max speed of 160, shedding two wear. Pellegrino was hoping for the 100s all the way but he's forced to start in the 120s then take up the 100 space behind Rae, dropping two wear.

Brown flies into the corner at 140 in the 100s for two wear. Rando feathers the gas up to 120 and stays in the middle lane for free. Swaine uses his full acceleration to get to 160, taking the 140s and knocking off one wear. Kennington follows Swaine around the 140s at speed.

Haskell conserves wear by taking the corner 2 racing line at 80. Kellison has to hit his brakes hard and they squeal off one wear as he follows the orange car through the corner at 80. Schulz approaches corner 2 on the line at 120.

Next deadline: turn 20 due Monday, October 28 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 28 Oct 2019, 1:05 pm

Brandt tows a line into corner 5

Turn 20 summary:
Brandt holds a steady 100 into the corner on the line for free. Rae blasts down the short straightaway at 160 and grabs the line behind Brandt. Polcen has paid for a 160 move this turn, setting up on the line as well. Pelegrino completes the 100s at 140 for already paid wear and adds to the parade on the outside.

Brown bumps the gas to 160 around the corner 4 120 and is last in on the corner 5 party. Rando finishes the 120s all the way at speed and starts for the inside. Swaine continues his one wear through the 100s at 120 and ducks inside the bright green race car. Kennington slows to 100 and sheds one wear in the 80.

Haskell accelerates slightly to 100 into the 100s for free. Kellison looked for a slip at 120 but with Haskell at 100 he instead runs into the 120s for free. Schulz takes the corner 2 racing line at a conservative 80.

Next deadline: turn 21 due Wednesday, October 30 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 30 Oct 2019, 3:21 pm

The front five scatter while P6-P8 run into corner 5 three wide.

Turn 21 summary:
Brandt is locked at 100 finishing corner 5 and starting the corner 6 line. Rae follows him through on the line then moves to middle. Polcen veers to the inside at 120 dropping two wear and taking over second place. Pellegrino takes the corner 5 line at 100. A slip keeps him in touch with the cars ahead.

Brown, unsure of what everyone will do, makes a right turn to the inside and follows Polcen around the corner at 100 shedding one wear. Swaine and Rando drag race down the straight at 140, Swaine starting the racing line, Rando hugging the curb. Kennington also does 140 off of corner 4 and gets a slip from Swaine. He slots himself in between the red and green race cars.

Haskell finishes the corner 3/4 combination at 100 in the 100s, saving wear. Kellison does the same but Haskell moving to the inside prevents a slip situation. Schulz drives hard into the 120s at 160 scrubbing off two wear but making up a little ground.

Next deadline: turn 22 due Friday, November 1 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 01 Nov 2019, 1:08 pm

Another driver goes into single digit wear remaining, leaving only 4 with 10+.

Turn 22 summary:
Polcen (who was actually in P1 last turn, oops) slows to 80 and drops one wear on the inside of corner 6. Brandt takes the line at 80 for free. Rae follows in Brandt's tire tracks also at 80. Pellegrino makes the hard right into the inside 60 at 100 shedding two wear and moving into P2.

Brown makes up a length on Rae by following him into the corner at 100 for one wear. Swaine is first around corner 5 at 100 on the line and moves to the middle lane. Rando uses the inside 80 at speed to keep inside of Swaine. Kennington also goes to the inside of the corner at 80 and keeps it three wide on the outside.

Haskell starts the line into corner 5 at 140. Kellison comes off corner 4 at 160 and takes the inside approach to the corner. Schulz continues through the 120s at 160 for already paid wear and finishes inside.

Next deadline: turn 23 due Monday, November 4 at 4pm EDT/9pm UTC (Note the UTC time change)
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Post 04 Nov 2019, 1:58 pm

The leaders approach corner 8 three wide.

Turn 23 summary:
Polcen opts for the racing line into corner 8. Pellegrino takes the middle lane to keep his options open next turn. Brandt has no other choice but to drop to the inside, temporarily regaining the lead. Rae sits behind the wall of leaders on the racing line.

Brown finishes corner 6 at 100 for already paid wear and settles on the inside. Rando gets the initiative on the three wide into corner 6 at 80, shedding one wear on the inside. Swaine is also at 80, taking the racing line for free. Kennington looked for the line at 80 but instead drops to the inside scrubbing off one wear and keeping even with Rando.

Kellison attacks corner 5 on the inside at 120 knocking down two wear and holds on to the inside approach to corner 6. Haskell runs the corner 5 line for free at 100. Schulz does the same and clears the corner.

Next deadline: turn 24 due Wednesday, November 6 at 4pm EDT/9pm UTC
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Post 06 Nov 2019, 2:09 pm

The front three have committed to their lanes down the first half of the long backstretch.

Turn 24 summary:
Brandt drops one wear on the inside of corner 8 and stays on the curb. Pellegrino also runs the inside of the corner for one wear and chooses the middle lane. Polcen takes the line for free and tucks in behind the purple machine. Rae also saves wear on the line at 100 and joins the parade in the middle lane.

Brown uses one wear to clear corner 8 on the racing line at 120. Rando and Kennington both do 140, swapping positions on the approach to the corner. Swaine comes off corner 6 at 140 and starts the line behind Rando.

Kellison rockets around the inside of corner 6 at 100 shedding two wear. Haskell slows to 80 and is able to clear the corner on the line. Schulz closes up to the wing of the orange race car at 120 scrubbing off two wear on the line.

Next deadline: turn 25 due Friday, November 8 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 08 Nov 2019, 2:33 pm

It's a split decision on the back stretch with 3 on the outside, 4 on the inside and at least 2 making the decision next turn.

Turn 25 summary:
Brandt grabs high gear and runs the inner lane at 160.
Pellegrino maxes at 140 on the outside.
Polcen stays in the tire tracks of the purple race car.
Rae dives to the inside at 160 and moves into P3.

Brown exits corner 8 at 160 and chooses curbside service.
Rando takes the racing line at 100 for free and commits to the outside.
Kennington uses his big brakes to slow to 80 around the inside and stays there.
Swaine follows Rando around the line and stays on his wing.

Kellison rides into the inside of corner 8 at 100 shedding one wear.
Haskell rounds corner 7 at 140 and starts the next line.
Schulz is locked at 120, moving to the inside after the corner.

Next deadline: turn 26 due Monday, November 11 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 09 Nov 2019, 5:09 am

Polcen covered the field through sector 1
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Post 11 Nov 2019, 2:01 pm

The leaders approach the tight finishing corners in a pack.

Turn 26 summary:
Brandt uses his full brakes to get down to 100.
Pellegrino taps his brakes to 120 and starts the line into corner 11.
Rae slots in between Brandt and Pellegrino at 140, moving into P2.
Polcen can slow to 100 and use the slip to keep up with the purple machine.

Baker slows slightly to 140 but keeps pace with the leaders.
Kennington uses his full acceleration to 160 and keeps on the inside.
Rando does the same, choosing the outside approach around corner 10.
Swaine gets a slip at 160 and drops to the middle lane.

Kellison off of corner 8 at 160 chooses the inside.
Haskell sheds one wear on the corner 8 racing line at 100, opting for the middle.
Schulz clears corner 8 on the line at 100 for free.

Next deadline: turn 27 due Wednesday, November 13 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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