Race 3 - 2017 - US Cellular 250

In the media this week...

  • Fireplug Fitzpatrick appears on TV midweek for an interview. "The fans have been great, really supportive. Now it's our job to bring 'em a win this weekend." He struggles to back up the words on this difficult track, ending up 18th on the grid.
  • Jayden Slipper gets into quite a serious altercation as he is released for his run at the same time as Emil Ziskie. Both men end up in each others' faces in the pit lane and it definitely hampered their qualifying attempts. Jayden will start 12th and Emil 16th, with both men considered to be feuding at this point.
  • Cannonball Malone has some major engine trouble during qualifying and there are doubts as to whether he would even complete a lap. However, he ends up in the race - but starting right from the back.
  • Elias takes part in a phone-in on a talk radio show, pretending to be just another caller in a prank that goes exactly right on his number one fan. He will start 14th this week.
  • Urist Tannhauser has a new sponsor for the upcoming race and the extra publicity is always welcome. He'll seek to do what he can to continue the buzz, starting just inside the middle group in 8th.
  • Jay Wolff is interviewed after his stint and has some words for Randy Flamethrower. "He was giving me a rough time out there today, but it all worked out, so we'll see him in the race..." Jay will be delighted to start 2nd, with Randy back in 9th. Not yet considered feuding, it may take them over edge if more was to happen this week.
  • Max Von Passum has a positive discussion with a radio reporter live on the air. "We've had our fair share of problems so far, so things evened out today a bit I think." He's right - it's sixth overall for him which is a good result indeed.

qualifying results

1st -- Cucumbers Caulfield

3rd -- Prichard

5th -- Daniel Burman

7th -- Boothby Grafoe

9th -- Randy Flamethrower

11th -- Selinia Spiders

13th -- Airen Slipper

15th -- LA Brick

17th -- Kiki Roseburg

19th -- Abnaber Salad

21st -- Victor Lucky

23rd -- Takumi Fujiwara

25th -- Leapfrog Jones

27th -- Flash Finley

29th -- Violet Carrick

31st -- Ben Stover

33rd -- Egil Van Can

35th -- Lem Tables

37th -- Vasili Mikhailov

39th -- Tom Reynolds

41st -- Tamauria Spiders

43rd -- Cannonball Malone






2nd -- Jay Wolff

4th -- Dominic Jackson

6th -- Max von Passum

8th -- Urist Tannhauser

10th -- Fred Orca

12th -- Jayden Slipper

14th -- Elias

16th -- Emil Ziskie

18th -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

20th -- Manne Love

22nd -- Tim Walker

24th -- Corky Cadorkian

26th -- Travis Elford

28th -- Nathan Dunkleman

30th -- A.I. Kraken

32nd -- Sweet Clyde

34th -- Winter McFish

36th -- Lars Ungar

38th -- Paul Puffin

40th -- Garrad McKinley

42nd -- Aaliyah Stover


Developmental Series

qualifying results

1st -- Corey Creek

3rd -- Yokum Schmidt

5th -- Stanley Tee

7th -- Rain Winterson

9th -- Oliver Otter





2nd -- Conor Westfall

4th -- Mason Shelton

6th -- Hunky Davis

8th -- Xander Louis

10th - Kerry Mackinaw

Developmental Series (5 turn sprint race)

Note: As this is a small grid, every driver is checked for the quality, so there is no top, middle or bottom. A roll to check the TV list people will mean a roll for all drivers instead, as there is no TV list in developmental.

US Cellular 50

TURN 1 - HEAT - A quiet beginning to the race with Mackinaw making some moves but ultimately not getting anywhere. It appears some of the drivers may have learned their lessons last week.

TURN 2 - PROBLEM - Westfall has an issue! He needs a battery change and although it's a quick job, it slides him straight to the back of the pack. Gutting from second place.

TURN 3 - CONTROL - The race continues to have not a lot going on - Xander Louis, Hunk Davis and Mason Shelton all have the chance to shift ahead but none of them can make it stick and they find themselves back in their original places at the end of the stint.

TURN 4 - REFLEX - Xander Louis finally gets it working and jumps two places from 7th to 5th.

TURN 5 - SKILL - With nothing doing, the dullest race in the history of man crosses the finish line, with Corey Creek taking a win on his debut!

WINNER -- Corey Creek

3rd -- Mason Shelton

5th -- Xander Louis

7th -- Rain Winterson

9th - Kerry Mackinaw

Out:

None

2nd -- Yokum Schmidt

4th -- Stanley Tee

6th -- Hunky Davis

8th -- Oliver Otter

10th -- Conor Westfall

RACE 3 - US CELLULAR 250 - 22 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 - SMART - TOP - A very quiet beginning to the race, which seems to be an ongoing theme at this track. Both Burman and Jackson make various moves, but by the end of the first ten miles we're right back to where we started.

TURN 2 - DUEL - MIDDLE - Dull for the top but action in the middle of the pack - or at least Roseburg and Ziskie had hoped so. Initiating duels with the top men in their group, both fail. Ziskie looks like he could be in big trouble as a result, but he just about manages to escape any further trouble and they settle again.

TURN 3 - SKILL - MIDDLE - More action in the midpack,. Abnaber slides up to 11th from 19th, Brick is able to use his extra skill to head up to 12th, Kiki jumps two places to 16th and Jayden Slipper marches up to 10th.

TURN 4 - SMART - TOP - Again, Burman and Jackson just can't get it done and stay exactly where they started.

TURN 5 - HEAT - MIDDLE - Brick continues his stunning start to the race, climbing from 12th to 10th, and Urist Tannhauser finally has a stroke of luck and climbs from the middle group into the top section.

TURN 6 - SKILL - MIDDLE - Emil Ziskie is able to move three places up the pack, but the biggest climb is Selenia Spiders who sneaks from 15th to 9th position and sits just outside the top group.

TURN 7 - PIT TURN - Huge amounts of action within this pit turn. Urist takes third, Fireplug Fitzpatrick gains two places. Jay Wolff tries to get the overlap on the leader, Cucumbers Caulfield, but can't do it. Elias swaps positions with Airen Slipper, moving Airen to 18th from 16th. Lots of improvements are made on the cars, giving boosts to Kiki, Airen, Elias, Emil, Randy and Grafoe, which will surely come into play later.

TURN 8 - PROBLEM - TOP - Daniel Burman has a big problem, gets the turn in all wrong. He escapes any permanent damage but the time taken to straighten the car out and get back to max speed means he's dropped all the way to the back.

TURN 9 - HEAT - BOTTOM - Cannonball Malone gets a huge surge going, jumping a stunning 30 places in ten miles. He moves from 42nd all the way to 12th. Egil van Can finally finds some speed and jumps up into the middle of the pack too. Travis Elford successfully heads to 18th, just behind Sweet Clyde who moves from 32nd to 17th. Takumi Fujiwara makes a small move, heading three places up the pack.

TURN 10 - PROBLEM - TOP - Max finds that his tires are rubbing but his pit crew do not deem it too much of a problem, and they aim to fix it later in the race. As a result, he doesn't lose any places.

TURN 11 - SKILL - BOTTOM - A few shifts into the middle group from the back of the pack. We see Garrad McKinley, Manne Love, Fireplug Fitzpatrick, Ben Stover, Victory Lucky and Abnaber Salad all push themselves further.

POSITIONS AT HALF WAY:

1st -- Lem Tables

3rd -- Urist Tannhauser

5th -- Prichard

7th -- Boothby Grafoe

9th -- Emil Ziskie

11th -- Airen Slipper

13th -- Manne Love

15th -- Abnaber Salad

17th -- Egil Van Can

19th -- Jayden Slipper

21st -- Kiki Roseburg

23rd -- Victor Lucky

25th -- Garrad McKinley

27th -- Takumi Fujiwara

29th -- Lem Tables

31st -- Corky Cadorkian

33rd -- Flash Finley

35th -- A.I. Kraken

37th -- Lars Ungar

39th -- Paul Puffin

41st -- Tamauria Spiders

43rd -- Daniel Burman

2nd -- Jay Wolff

4th -- Dominic Jackson

6th -- Max von Passum

8th -- Randy Flamethrower

10th -- Elias

12th -- Nathan Dunkleman

14th -- Ben Stover

16th -- LA Brick

18th -- Cannonball Malone

20th -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

22nd -- Selinia Spiders

24th -- Sweet Clyde

26th -- Travis Elford

28th -- Fred Orca

30th -- Tim Walker

32nd -- Leapfrog Jones

34th -- Violet Carrick

36th -- Winter McFish

38th -- Vasili Mikhailov

40th -- Tom Reynolds

42nd -- Aaliyah Stover


TURN 12 - SMART - TOP - Dominic Jackson just nudges cleanly past the leader, Cucumbers Caulfield, and we have a lead change! That's bonus points for Jackson and he settles in nicely for the stint without further trouble. DOMINIC JACKSON LEADS.

TURN 13 - CONTROL - MIDDLE - Two big jumps from racers in the middle group. Nathan Dunkleman makes a great series of passes which take him from 12th up to 3rd, and Airen Slipper seems inspired by this. Initially passed by Nathan and being pushed back, Airen finishes this ten mile segment all the way up in 6th.

TURN 14 - DUEL - MIDDLE - Big drama between Man Love and Max von Passum! As ever, Love wins the day, and Max finds himself spiralling out of control. He slams, three wide, into Boothby Grafoe and Elias, and Abnaber Salad and Cannonball Malone are all involved as bodywork splinters and protective covers shatter. They all duck into the pits, with the exception of Abnaber, who even with his eldritch powers isn't going far on three wheels.

TURN 15 - YELLOW FLAG TURN - Cannonball Malone's day is also done - his crew cannot get his car repaired and back onto the track.

TURN 16 - EARLY PIT! The race leader, Dominic Jackson, suspects that he can get a boost from an early pit here, and calls everyone in one lap earlier than planned. We could write three paragraphs about the shuffle that ensues - instead have a positional report so you can see where your guy ended up!

POSITIONS AFTER EARLY PIT:

1st -- Dominic Jackson

3rd -- Airen Slipper

5th -- Jay Wolff

7th -- Prichard

9th -- Randy Flamethrower

11th -- Emil Ziskie

13th -- Kiki Roseburg

15th -- Jayden Slipper

17th -- Selinia Spiders

19th -- Sweet Clyde

21st -- Travis Elford

23rd -- Fred Orca

25th -- Tim Walker

27th -- Leapfrog Jones

29th -- Violet Carrick

31st -- Winter McFish

33rd -- Vasili Mikhailov

35th -- Tom Reynolds

37th -- Aaliyah Stover

39th -- Max von Passum

41st -- Elias

2nd -- Nathan Dunkleman

4th -- Urist Tannhauser

6th -- Cucumbers Caulfield

8th -- Manne Love

10th -- Egil Van Can

12th -- Ben Stover

14th -- LA Brick

16th -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

18th -- Victor Lucky

20th -- Garrad McKinley

22nd -- Takumi Fujiwara

24th -- Lem Tables

26th -- Corky Cadorkian

28th -- Flash Finley

30th -- A.I. Kraken

32nd -- Lars Ungar

34th -- Paul Puffin

36th -- Tamauria Spiders

38th -- Daniel Burman

40th -- Boothby Grafoe


Out:

Turn 14: Abnaber Salad (accident)

Turn 15: Cannonball Malone (irreparable damage)

TURN 17 - STAR - MIDDLE - In the middle of a challenge, Kiki Roseburg has a big problem. Rather than taking a place, however, they're able to rescue themselves and suffer no consequences. Egil Van Can continues his impressive climb, heading to 4th from 10th position.

TURN 18 - STAR - BOTTOM - Quite a few changes from the bottom group. Daniel Burman is back on the gas and moves from 38th all the way up to 12th, Walker from 25th to 20, Fred Orca climbs six places to 18th and Tim Elford finishes the stint in 15th. In quite incredible scenes, Vasili Mikhailov uses his considerable star quality to advance not once but twice - ending up in 7th and in the top group from his original place of 33rd!

TURN 19 - REFLEX - MIDDLE - Perhaps sensing that the race had slipped away from them, the middle of the pack begin to settle. However, that's not enough for L.A. Brick, who heads into the top group (7th) from 17th and Randy Flamethrower does one better, grabbing sixth from twelfth position.

TURN 20 - TV - MIDDLE - As we said above, the middle of the pack is calm, and although there are numerous swaps, by the end of this ten miles we have no changes to report.

TURN 21 - STAR - TOP - The end of the race continues to disappoint for most, with no changes in position to report from Urist, Egil or Airen.

TURN 22 - SKILL - TOP - You couldn't write this ending! Well, I am, but you know. At mile 217, Dunkleman senses his chance. After challenges from Randy Flamethrower and Egil Van Can force every ounce of performance out of Dominic Jackson's car, Dunkleman is able to use the prowess of his mechanics from earlier to push his way ahead! We have a new race leader and Jackson just has nothing left.

NATHAN DUNKLEMAN WINS THE US CELLULAR 250!

WINNER -- Nathan Dunkleman

3rd -- Airen Slipper

5th -- Urist Tannhauser

7th -- LA Brick

9th -- Vasili Mikhailov

11th -- Prichard

13th -- Daniel Burman

15th -- Ben Stover

17th -- Kiki Roseburg

19th -- Jayden Slipper

21st -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

23rd -- Victor Lucky

25th -- Garrad McKinley

27th -- Lem Tables

29th -- Leapfrog Jones

31st -- Violet Carrick

33rd -- Winter McFish

35th -- Paul Puffin

37th -- Tamauria Spiders

39th -- Max von Passum

41st -- Elias

2nd -- Dominic Jackson

4th -- Egil Van Can

6th -- Randy Flamethrower

8th -- Jay Wolff

10th -- Cucumbers Caulfield

12th -- Manne Love

14th -- Emil Ziskie

16th -- Travis Elford

18th -- Fred Orca

20th -- Tim Walker

22nd -- Selinia Spiders

24th -- Sweet Clyde

26th -- Takumi Fujiwara

28th -- Corky Cadorkian

30th -- Flash Finley

32nd -- A.I. Kraken

34th -- Lars Ungar

36th -- Tom Reynolds

38th -- Aaliyah Stover

40th -- Flash Finley


Out:

Turn 14: Abnaber Salad (accident)

Turn 15: Cannonball Malone (irreparable damage)

Drivers with one unspent chip are Lem Tables, Travis Elford, Ben Stover and Airen Slipper. Choices will be emailed no later than Wednesday if their owners have enabled them.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

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