It was another good year for Formula Motor Racing (FMR). There were a total of 20 games over the three heats. Of the 20 games, six were 5 player games, with the remaining 14 games being six players. In the 5 player games, there is a “Bank” car who has no one run it to give us the total of six players in race. There was no love at all for the Bank car as it came in last in all of the races it was run in.
Only one race had to use the tie-breaker rules to determine the winner but three races had to use the tie-breaker to determine the second player finisher.
The stats for the 20 games were:
- Max score for win: 40
- Min score for win: 29
- Average score for win: 33.95
- Max score for second: 37
- Min score for second: 27
- Average score for second: 30.95
The winner of losing the most cars in races goes to Tim Packwood, who lost a total of seven cars. Honorable mention goes to Harry Flawd, who lost a total of six cars, and John Wobbeking, who lost a total of five cars, yet both Harry and John won their heat.
Interesting events from the heats were:
- Ben Collinson played the Spin Out twice in the six races and rolled no effect a total of four times. That means he rolled a number that already had no car in that position on his first roll, which meant there was no Spin Out. He was brave enough to re-roll and again, got number with no car in that position again.
- David Schneider was in fifth position on the very last card play in the sixth race. He needed to get to first position to give him the win. He was successful in the five attempts on the advance or out card play to get the win. Previously Lucas Heinz and John Speck had three successful attempts to move their cars on move up. But, since they were one of the first players of cards, were knocked down the race track by the other players advancing ahead of them.
A total of five players showed up for the demo. Three had not played FMR before and two just wanted a refresher on the game.
Congratulations to David Wolfe, the winner drawing the ‘Queen of Spades’ cards to get a free game provided by GMT. A big thank you goes to GMT for being a great sponsor for this event, providing this free game and giving gift certificates to the top winners of FMR.
There were a total of sixteen heat winners that showed up for the semifinals on Thursday afternoon. That meant that only the top two second place finishers would advance, Jim Fleckenstein and Jodi Folk. With Harry Flawd in the semifinals, he had to run a crash table. This is the first time we had a crash table in the semifinals. Going to this theme, the crash card was the very first card played in the first race. Jodi Folk did not follow the theme of, when you play the Spin Out card and it is not you on the first roll, then keep it. She decided to reroll the dice on the Spin Out card she played in the second race and her first roll would knock Kevin Youells, who only had 2 points, out. She decided to reroll and guess who it knocked out of the race? You are correct if you said it was her car. Harry Flawd was able to win his semifinal race even though he had lost five cars in the six races.
Out of the three races in the semifinals, two of the races had to have second place be determined by the tie-breaker rules. Scott Saccenti beat out Matt Evinger in his race and Mark Love beat out Lucas Heinz to get second in his race.
The finals were set with two of the six players being former champions in FMR. Scott Saccenti started out the first race with players trying to move their race cars to the best position. The Crash card was played, knocking one of Scott’s and Stefany Speck’s cars out of the first race. Kathy Stroh had one of her cars taken out by Spin Out. Stefany was able to get her remaining car into first place at the end to win race number 1. Five races to go.
There was no Crash card played in the second race, but Harry Flawd was affected by having one of his cars taken out by Spin Out and his second car taken out by Blown Engine. Scott was able to win the second race leaving the point totals with Stefany in lead with 11, a tie for second with Mark Love and Scott at 10 points, Jim Fleckenstein at 9, and Kathy and Harry at 6 points. Very close after two races.
Harry was the only player to have a car knocked out by Spin Out in the third race. Again, the crash card was not played in the third race. Hold on here, Harry Flawd is playing FMR and the crash card is not played in two races. I was waiting for lights to go out in the ballroom due to this very unusual event. Mark was able to win the third race to place him in the lead with 20 points, Scott in second with 16, Jim in third with 13, Stefany in fourth with 11, Kathy with 10 and Harry with 8.
Race 4 had some very interesting events. Mark, on his first play, uses Advance or Engine Out on Jim and rolls 11, which means that knocks out one of Jim’s cars. Harry had the Crash card in his hand, so you can guess what his first play was, Crash. He rolls 3, which knocks one of Kathy’s cars out. In 2nd and 4th place was Orange, which meant that Scott had one of his cars knocked out of race. On Kathy’s first play, she plays the Spin Out card. She rolls 11, which meant that no car spun out. She was brave, thinking she needed to knock someone out of race and on her re-roll, she gets a 3. Can you guess who was in 3rd place? Yes, it was her only car still in the race. Going back to the old theme I keep stating, if it is not your car on the first roll, do not re-roll. Stefany was the big winner in the fourth race, getting first and fourth place for a total of 24 points. Scott was now in second at 22 points, Mark at third with 20 points, Jim and Harry tied for fourth at 14 points and Kathy with 10 points. It was still anyone’s game to win with two races to go.
Things got real quiet for the fifth race. It was a race with back and forth positioning with each card play. Harry again ends up with the Crash card and uses it on his second to last card play, taking out one from Stefany’s and one of Scott’s cars. This ended up being the only two cars knocked out of the fifth race as Scott then plays the Spin Out card and rolls 11, no effect, and chooses to not re-roll. Kathy was able to win the fifth race. The point totals after five races were Stefany and Scott tied with 24 points, Mark and Harry tied for second with 21 points, Jim and Kathy tied for third with 20 points. This is one of the closest races I have seen in the finals with only four points separating 1st from 6th place.
Things did not start out well for Stefany in the sixth race as she plays the crash card as her first play and rolls 12. The sad news was, it was her car in 12th place, knocking out one of her cars with her first card play. Scott also had one of his cars knocked out. The bad news continued for Stefany as she had her other car knocked out by the Spin Out. Jim had one of his cars knocked out by the Engine Out card. Kathy played the Spin to Last card and rolls 11, no effect, and chooses to not re-roll. Jim, for his last play, uses Advance or Go To Last card and makes five rolls to get him from 7th to 2nd place. Very good rolling Jim. Scott was not so lucky on his last card play of Advance or Go To Last as he fails on his first roll to move his only car to last. Harry was able to get his car in first and remain there to win the race, giving him the 2017 FMR champion. Harry’s son, Jordan, won FMR in 2008 to make them the first father/son champions in FMR history.
This was the year for the crash table. As people were signing in, they were asking where the crash table was at. We had one crash table in each of the first two heats. Then, we had so many players request it in the third heat that we had to add a second crash table. New this year, we had a FUN table in the first heat. With Harry in the semifinal and final, he kept the theme going for first timers in those rounds.
Attendance was down a little this year, so I will look at doing a possible move of time on one or two of the heats to see if we can get it back up for next year. Please watch for that closely on the scheduling for 2018.
I would like to thank Lisa Gutermuth, Chris Kizer and Katie McCorry, who helped with the assistant GM duties. They help make this a fun and successful event.
|Steve Cameron and the "experienced" players table
||GM Chris LeFevre in a preliminary round game
|Formula Motor Racing Finalists with GM Chris LeFevre
||2017 Formula Motor Racing Champion,
Harry Flawd, never hesitated to play
the "Crash" card whenever he got it
James Parauda. with some family reinforcements, once again provided a junior racing circuit for pint-sized bumper car drivers on Thursday morning. Twenty-Nine little racers, almost 50% more than 2017, were set loose on the streets of the Fox Den. The fastest of these was Bailey Burdett, notching her third of 5 juniors titles in 2017. Bailey was followed in order by Aubrey Powers, Preston Boswell, Ian Law, Zacary Morris, and Joe Birnbaum
|Haven't lerned to drive yet put can race cars
||Formula Motor Racing Champion Bailey Burdett
with GM James Parauda