Big crowds at the Track ...
Matt Evinger looms over his elves
at the "Santa Claus table" of Shira Weiss, John
Wobbeking, Brett Fox, Michael Sana and Aaron Correira.
Two-time champion Lisa Gutermuth and
fellow Dookey Chirs Kizer toil in the preliminary heats but fail
to reach Round 3. Obviously due to a deficiency in that Blue
2011 champ Stefany Speck races
Ashley Kilroy and Jack Morrell.
Defending champ John Speck tries to
his winning form but is unable to defend his title.
We again had a total of 27 preliminary races in the three
heats with Wednesday afternoon being the most popular - generatng
12 races in midweek. The 27 qualifier games produced the following
score for win: 28 (decrease of two from 2013)
Max score for win: 43 (increase of one from 2013)
Average score for win: 34.0 (decrease from 34.9 in 2013)
Min score for second place: 26 (decrease by two from 2013)
Max score for second place: 35 (same as in 2013)
A review of the score sheets shows close games between the top
three places in most games. We had a new outcome with a race
in the second heat ending in a four-way tie for first. In this
race, Kristine Correica, John Dextraz, Craig Melton and Trevor
Schoenen all ended with 28 points. The score after five races
had Trevor leading with 28 points, Craig second with 26, Kristine
third with 22 and Forrest Speck, John and Holly Saccenti all
tied with 18. With John's penultimate play in the sixth race,
he played the Crash card, taking out one of Trevor's cars and
one of his own. Kristine had the last play but the best she could
do is advance John's car to the lead for 10 points, taking her
car along for second place with 6 points. Craig had one of his
cars finish fifth for two points and none of Trevor's cars finished
in the points giving us the four-way tie. Based on tie breaker
rules, John won the race with Kristine coming in second, Craig
third and Trevor fourth. This was almost repeated in the third
heat. After the fifth race, Thomas Strock was leading with 28
points, Adina Weiss was second with 27 points and Dan Correira
in third had 25 points. Eric Caron and Jodi Folk formed the trailing
pack with 18 points and Anna Rinko brought up the rear with 14.
Eric was able to win the sixth race to reach 28 points, Adina
just getting her best car in sixth for one point to also reach
28, Thomas was shut out to stay at 28 and Dan got his best car
into fifth for 27 points. The race ended in three-way tie for
first with Dan just a point behind.
Ten games were 5-player races, with the non-player (aka bank
car) taking third once, fourth twice, fifth twice and sixth in
the remaining five races. The dummy player is still, well, dumb.
2006 champ Matt Evinger took time off from his Enemy In Sight
GM duties to run the ace table in the second heat. The five
drawers of the aces for this heat who ended up being at his table
were not long out of the Juniors program. If you added the ages
of his five opponents, it did not come close to Matt's age. With
Matt's white beard, his table ended up being labeled as Santa
Claus and his five elves.
A special prize was offered to whoever lost the most cars in
all three heats. Mike Coomes started out with top billing for
this as he lost eight of his cars in the first heat, with three
of the six races finding him in the pits without a functioning
car. However, Katie McCorry claimed the booby prze with ten cars
lost in the three heats.
It was good to see Yoel Weiss back with additional members of
his family. He and his daughter Adina attended the demo last
year and won a free copy of the game. He put it to good use in
the offseason in the family game sessions and it paid off when
daughter Shira made it to the semifinals - winning in the second
heat at the Santa Claus table with 40 points. Adina also qualified
for the semifinals again via tiebreaker rules.
2011 champ Stefany Speck earned top seed for the semifinals since
she won in two heats and took second in her third heat. In total,
14 of 26 heat winners returned for the semifinals. Mark Love,
Kris Correira, Adina Weiss and Trevor Schoenen were the alternate
runners-up to fill the 18 slots for Round 2. Faith Wobbeking
and Jim Fleckenstein were first and second at Table 1 with 33
and 32 points, Drew Duboff and Chris Kizer tied at Table 2 with
31 points and Ashley Worley and Mark Love claimed the last two
seats at the Final with Ashley 34 and 28 points. Lisa Gutermuth
would remain the only two-time champ as none of these six had
won previously. Faith was the most experienced as the only former
Race 1 of the Final did not start well for Ashley as she lost
both cars, one to crash and the other to spin-out. The spin-out
was due to Drew playing it as his last play. Faith lost a car
when it was crashed into and Drew lost one to a blown engine.
Jim took the early lead by winning the race. Race 2 had only
three cars lost with Chris and Jim losing one each in crash and
Drew losing a car to spin-out. Faith was the lucky recipient
of both the Crash and Spin-out cards in her hand. Ashley won
Race 2, but, fate continued to stalk Ashley in Race 3 when her
crash card took out her own car as well as Mark's. Faith lost
a car to spin-out and Jim suffered a blown engine. Faith was
able to win this race to give her the lead at the halway mark
with 20 points, Mark was second with 17, Ashley and Jim had14
points, Chris eight and Drew trailed with just five. Things evened
out in the fourth race with no crash victims. Faith did blow
an engine and Mark spun-out. Drew made a bold move to charge
from sixth position to take the lead and win the race with his
last card play, giving him a total of 15 points. Ashley took
second to tie Faith for the lead with 20 points. Mark was only
able to score one point with his sixth place car for total of
18 points. Jim got fifth place, Chris took both third and fourth.
This race really leveled the playing field as everyone drew within
5 points ... it was truly anyone's to win with two races to go.
Race 5 only had two cars knocked out with a crash claiming a
car each from Drew and Chris. Ashley played the Spin-to-Last
card and rolled a 5, to hinder her own car. You can either keep
this roll or re-roll, but you must keep the second die roll.
The saying we have in FMR is if it is not your car on
the first roll, keep it as it will always be your car on the
second roll. And this remained true as Ashley rolled another
5, placing her car in last. Faith played a pit stop on the car
in first position, which is Jim's. She rolls a 2, which moves
his car back two spots. This was a perfect roll for Faith as
she had her cars in second and third position, moving both of
them up one spot. Faith ended up winning the fifth race and Jim
was only able to move his car up one spot to claim second. Mark
was able to get both of his cars in scoring positions at third
and fifth. Faith's second car finished in the fourth position
and Chris took sixth position.
Faith now took a commanding lead with 33 points, Mark was
second with 24 points, followed by Jim with 22, Ashley with 20
points, Chris with 16 and Drew with 15. Mark's first play in
the final race was the engine blown card against Faith's lead
car. He rolls a 10, knocking it out of the race. The crash card
was then played, but a 12 was rolled to determine which car crashed.
Since there was no car in the 12th position, crash did not occur.
Faith returned the favor by playing engine blown card as her
final play against Mark's third position car and rolls an 11,
knocking his car out of the race. That left Mark with the last
card play. Losing his lead car left him with no way to get his
remaining car into the lead. The best he could do was play overtake
on his remaining car to get it into fifth position. But, this
also brought along Faith's remaining car to sixth position. The
surprise of the game was that Jim had cars in position 1 and
3, giving him 14 points for a grand total of 36, making him our
new champion. Faith was second with 34 points, Mark third with
26, Ashley fourth with 24, Drew fifth place with 21 points, and
Chris took sixth with 16. Since we had over 100 players for the
first time last year, Ashley became the proud owner of the first
fourth place plaque for Formula Motor Racing - but not
I would like to thank Lisa Gutermuth and Katie McCorry for their
help as assistant GM's, Katie and Danny Lewis' help on giving
a tutorial and refresher training before the start of heats and
Lisa for providing us with the great track and scale cars used
in the Final.
Italian Fabio Pellegrino shows Adam
Wojtaszczyk and Drew DuBoff how to draft.
GM Chris LeFevre with five new finalists
and previous laurelist Faith Wobbeking.
Craig Melton thinks he is dealing
with a couple bumper car drivers but Holiday Saccenti has nasty
plans of her own.
Bumper Cars anyone?
James Freeman lends a hand as a racing
Formula Motor Racing Junior
Eric Freeman took time off from GMing Vegas Showdown
to take a stint in the Junior's room on Thursday afternoon to
provide a junior racing circuit for the pint-sized drivers. There
were 24 little race drivers sans learning permits loosed on the
streets of the Vistas room. The fastest of these was:
~ 1st: Xander Goddard, age 11
~ 2nd: Sydney Matusiak,, age 10
~ 3rd: Alex Freeman, age 10
~ 4th: Jay Schoenen, age 9
~ 5th: Aidan McNay, age 11
~ 6th: Linsey Saccenti, age 10