Race 1 - 2017 - Hickory 500

In the media this week...

  • Vasili Mikhailov creates some buzz when Avtovaz hold an autograph signing in the city. He qualifies ninth overall which is a decent result for his talent.
  • Cannonball Malone is spoken about on local circuit TV, but not for good reasons: they've had to make two engine changes already and he qualifies 36th.
  • Urist Tannhauser and Wagner-Wartburg Racing have it spot on this week. Intuitive work with the setup gives them a big performance boost in the upcoming race, and he sits on pole as a result.
  • Winter McFish also has a very positive experience in practice and qualifying, only just losing out on pole position by a tiny margin. She will start second, which many feel is a huge result for the underdog.
  • Paul Puffin appears in a Wildlife Fund charity event in the center of Hickory. He qualifies in 13th, which can be considered a solid starting position for him.
  • Selina Spiders starts off the season with a bang - literally. Her engine blows in a spectacular spray of oil and smoke, leaving her extremely far down the order in 35th.
  • Flash Finley commits a rule violation in the pit as his team loses a tire across pit lane during a practice stop. The penalty, plus the disruption it caused to his setup time, will place him back in 39th.
  • Daniel Burman of Mobius Engineering has numerous fans waiting outside his garage and graciously receives them. This, coupled with a stellar time in qualifying, has set him up for a good race ahead. He will begin the race in 4th.

qualifying results

1st -- Urist Tannhauser

3rd -- Dominic Jackson

5th -- Tom Reynolds

7th -- Victor Lucky

9th -- Vasili Mikhailov

11th -- Airen Slipper

13th -- Paul Puffin

15th -- Aaliyah Stover

17th -- Rain Winterson

19th -- Egil Van Can

21st -- Travis Elford

23rd -- Violet Carrick

25th -- Takumi Fujiwara

27th -- Corky Cadorkian

29th -- Sweet Clyde

31st -- Lem Tables

33rd -- Randy Flamethrower

35th -- Selinia Spiders

37th -- Emil Ziskie

39th -- Flash Finley

41st -- L.A. Brick





2nd -- Winter McFish

4th -- Daniel Burman

6th -- Tamauria Spiders

8th -- Fred Orca

10th -- Nathan Dunkleman

12th -- Cucumbers Caulfield

14th -- Boothby Grafoe

16th -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

18th -- Leapfrog Jones

20th -- Max von Passum

22nd -- A.I. Kraken

24th -- Abnaber Salad

26th -- Ben Stover

28th -- Tim Walker

30th -- Manne Love

32nd -- Lars Ungar

34th -- Mason Shelton

36th -- Cannonball Malone

38th -- Garrad McKinley

40th -- Kiki Roseburg


race 1 - The hickory 500 - 18 turns

Remember that each turn is 10 miles, and is represented by the skill being checked and the group of drivers being checked. With regards to groups, 1st - 7th is TOP, 8th - 19th is MIDDLE and 20th and below is BOTTOM.

Turn 1: SKILL - MIDDLE - Boothby (14th) powers past Puffin to take 13th place. Cucumbers Caulfield, sitting in 12th, makes a great push to take him to 5th.

Turn 2: REFLEX - BOTTOM - Garrad McKinley goes on a charge from 38th, eventually resting in 8th! It seems that 38th is a good place to be, as Ziskie seizes Garrad's momentum and moves up. Selenia Spiders begins her move after a disappointing qualifying, ending up leading the bottom group. Flamethrower takes 12th but loses it immediately to Ungar and drops to 14th. Corky Cadorkian shifts up to 16th. Fujiwara moves up to 17th position, and Egil Van Can rounds off an action packed section of the race with a push to 12th.

Turn 3: DUEL - TAMAURIA SPIDERS - Tamauria kicks off a duel against leader Urist Tannhauser. She wins the duel and forces Urist to use his performance boost from qualifying; which means that although he remains in first, he is now far more vulnerable than he was beforehand!

Turn 4: DUEL - TOM REYNOLDS - Seeing Urist almost lose out to Tamauria, Tom decides to go for a challenge for the lead (and therefore the bonus points! This time, the duel is successful, and there's nothing Urist can do. A radio burst from Urist complains of a clutch problem almost immediately after, and has to dive into the pits. After a lengthy fix, Tannhauser is able to continue: but will do so from 41st.

Turn 5: TV - MIDDLE - The TV list drivers Selenia and Vasili have a chance to shine. Vasili (10th) makes a good move up to 6th to push Cucumbers back a slot, but Selenia is unable to continue gaining ground.

Turn 6: STAR - MIDDLE - Egil van Can (11th) and Garrad McKinley (10th) team together to stop an ambitious move from Takumi Fujiwara, leaving him back in 16th when the dust settles. Another bout of defensive driving prevents moves up the field from Egil, Fred Orca (9th) and Victor Lucky (8th).

Turn 7: REFLEX - MIDDLE - van Can (11th) finally gets a move to stick and coasts nicely up to 4th place. Other than that, superb positions for the defending cars prevent any more movement into the top group. The quality of the drivers up there is showing.

Turn 8: STAR - TOP - van Can continues to try to force his way to the front, battling Tom Reynolds for the lead, but is unable to take the place or move further up from his 4th position.

Turn 9: PIT TURN - Boothby takes 12th with Selenia taking advantage of the change, moving to 13th. Randy and Lars have poor pits, putting them back to 19th and 18th. Extremely fast pitting from almost all of the top group gives key advantages to Winter McFish, Dominic Jackson, Daniel Burman and Egil van Can, with Tamauria (2nd) and Tom Reynolds (1st) further cementing their positions at the front.

POSITIONS AT HALF WAY:

1st -- Tom Reynolds

3rd -- Winter McFish

5th -- Dominic Jackson

7th -- Vasili Mikhailov

9th -- Victor Lucky

11th -- Garrad McKinley

13th -- Selinia Spiders

15th -- Corky Cadorkian

17th -- Airen Slipper

19th -- Randy Flamethrower

21st -- Aaliyah Stover

23rd -- Rain Winterson

25th -- Leapfrog Jones

27th -- Travis Elford

29th -- Violet Carrick

31st -- Ben Stover

33rd -- Sweet Clyde

35th -- Lem Tables

37th -- Cannonball Malone

39th -- Kiki Roseburg

41st -- Urist Tannhauser


2nd -- Tamauria Spiders

4th -- Egil Van Can

6th -- Daniel Burman

8th -- Cucumbers Caulfield

10th -- Fred Orca

12th -- Boothby Grafoe

14th -- Nathan Dunkleman

16th -- Takumi Fujiwara

18th -- Lars Ungar

20th -- Paul Puffin

22nd -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

24th -- Emil Ziskie

26th -- Max von Passum

28th -- A.I. Kraken

30th -- Abnaber Salad

32nd -- Tim Walker

34th -- Manne Love

36th -- Mason Shelton

38th -- Flash Finley

40th -- L.A. Brick


Turn 10: SMART - BOTTOM - Urist Tannhauser sees his opportunity with slower cars ahead and forces his way through the pack, making a huge jump up to 9th over these ten miles. He is followed by Flash Finley, who takes tenth. Airen Slipper is forced back into the bottom group by these changes but seizes the opportunity, using the swapping, ducking and diving to take 12th.

Turn 11: TV - MIDDLE - Selenia, Flash and Urist all have chances to shift up. Urist makes the most of the opportunity but it's just not meant to be, with Daniel Burman (6th) keeping him solidly in place.

Turn 12: HEAT - TOP - It's Egil time! Except, it would be, but Tom Reynolds is able to use one of his two performance boosts to again frustrate the independent driver.

Turn 13: TROUBLE - BOTTOM - This is not what you want to see for the largest group of the race! Fujiwara and Flamethrower have a fairly innocuous coming together, but it's the knock on effect as car after car after car is collected in the crash. All in all, TWELVE cars are unable to escape the chaos. As pit crews scramble to salvage whatever possible from the cars involved, those that managed to escape it will be extremely thankful.

Turn 14: YELLOW FLAG TURN - Flamethrower's car is nearly in half, and is out of the race, but the other instigator (Fujiwara) manages to wobble back onto track after some repairs. It's clear from the wreckage that Lem Tables, Manne Love, Sweet Clyde and Ben Stover are also at the end of their racing day.

Turn 15: YELLOW FLAG TURN - despite some attempted heroics from the pit crews, it becomes apparent that Max von Passum, Rain Winterson, Fireplug Fitzpatrick and Lars Ungar are also out of the race as their problems simply cannot be fixed. The bottom group is now, from 32nd to 20th, Violet; Leapfrog; Takumi; Brick; Roseburg; Malone; Shelton; Walker; Salad; Elford; Ziskie; A. Stover; Puffin.

Turn 16: GREEN FLAG RACING - DUEL - MIDDLE - Victor Lucky (13th) attempts to get a quick start when we get back to green flag racing. However, the car was clearly not ready for it, and he almost loses the back end into the barrier. Fortunately for him, disaster is averted, but he gains nothing from it. Airen Slipper (12th), sat next to him, sees Victor make a move and follows him in case of opportunity. His attempt to take on Cucumbers Caulfield directly (8th) works, and Airen takes the place!

Turn 17: STAR - BOTTOM - Takumi Fujiwara (30th) shows his class and cleanly (this time!) pulses up to eighth place. Emil Ziskie (22nd) moves up into the points, taking 17th. The only remaining Stover Racing Development car, #30, takes 19th from Selenia Spiders.

Turn 18: CONTROL - TOP - It's last gasp time! Vasili fails to move up, Daniel Burman (6th) forces every inch of performance out of Dominic Jackson and gets nowhere. Tamauria, with only a few more corners to go, attempts to take on Reynolds for the lead, but Reynolds is a superb defensive driver and is able to defend the place, even with the Spider Sister forcing him to use up his performance chips.

TOM REYNOLDS WINS THE HICKORY 500!

WINNER -- Tom Reynolds

3rd -- Winter McFish

5th -- Dominic Jackson

7th -- Vasili Mikhailov

9th -- Airen Slipper

11th -- A.I. Kraken

13th -- Flash Finley

15th -- Fred Orca

17th -- Emil Ziskie

19th -- Aaliyah Stover

21st -- Nathan Dunkleman

23rd -- Paul Puffin

25th -- Abnaber Salad

27th -- Mason Shelton

29th -- Kiki Roseburg

31st -- Leapfrog Jones

2nd -- Tamauria Spiders

4th -- Egil Van Can

6th -- Daniel Burman

8th -- Takumi Fujiwara

10th -- Cucumbers Caulfield

12th -- Urist Tannhauser

14th -- Victor Lucky

16th -- Garrad McKinley

18th -- Boothby Grafoe

20th -- Selinia Spiders

22nd -- Corky Cadorkian

24th -- Travis Elford

26th -- Tim Walker

28th -- Cannonball Malone

30th -- L.A. Brick

32nd -- Violet Carrick

Out:

Turn 15: Max von Passum, Rain Winterson, Fireplug Fitzpatrick and Lars Ungar (irreparable damage)

Turn 14: Lem Tables, Manne Love, Sweet Clyde and Ben Stover (irreparable damage)

Turn 13: Randy Flamethrower (accident)

As a result of this race, Tamauria Spiders, Winter McFish, Egil van Can and Airen Slipper will receive choices via email this week, if their handlers have elected to do so.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Note that the pole sitter gets five bonus points, and each person who led a lap also receives five bonus points. The polesitter must lead the race later than turn 2 in order to receive the lap led bonus.

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