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NASCAR Pick 'Em 2019

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by pjmolo, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. pjmolo

    pjmolo Director of driver attitude adjustments . . .

    As we're now a little over a month away from the first race of the 2019 NASCAR racing season, it's time to start thinking about what might be considered the board's ultimate bold prediction game.

    The basic premise of the game is actually quite simple as all it involves is making a prediction, each and every race week, as to which driver will perform well in that week's points paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.


    A player may pick a particular driver for one, and only one, race during the course of the season.

    Game points are awarded to each player based upon where his pick finished in that week's race.

    1st place finish = 1 point . . . . 40th place finish = 40 points, with all finishes in between awarded appropriately.

    At season's end the game's championship is awarded to the player that has the fewest points after the 36th and final points race.

    That's the short version.


    1 - Each race week, beginning with the Daytona 500 but at least by the fourth race of the season, pick a driver for that week's race.

    2 - Only the 36 points paying races are included in the game, meaning races such the Clash, the Daytona Duels, and the All-Star Race are not included.

    3 - Players' picks are to be submitted on the Racing-Forums.com board via a private "conversation" with pjmolo.

    a. Start by clicking on the pjmolo avatar and then by clicking on "Start a Conversation."

    b. The "Conversation Title" should read NASCAR Pick 'Em 2019. The conversation message should then include the location of the race and the driver picked for that race. For example: Daytona - Martin Truex Jr.

    c. Upon receipt of the pick, a response to the message will be made that confirms the pick for that race. Confirmation messages can be found in your message "Inbox."

    When a player makes a pick for a subsequent race, it should be submitted by replying to the message that confirmed the pick for the previous race, thereby keeping the conversations in management's inbox to a minimum.

    4 - All picks must be made by the Friday before race day, noon Eastern time. An initial pick may be changed provided the change is made prior to that week's deadline.

    5 - After a player picks a driver for a given race, that player cannot pick that same driver again for the remainder of the race season.

    - If a player fails to make a pick for a race by the pick deadline, his pick for that week will be recorded as a "NO PICK."

    7 - A player will be dropped from the game following his failure over the course of the season to make a pick for four races.

    8 - If a player picks a driver that does not start the race or picks a driver that he had previously used, it will not count as a "NO PICK" but will instead be recorded as an "ineligible" pick.

    9 - After the noon Friday deadline, players' picks are official and will be made public by way of a post to the board prior to the beginning of that week's race. Race results and game standings will be posted in the same thread after each race.

    10 - For each race, players will be awarded the number of points equal to the finishing position of their pick for that race, based upon NASCAR's official race results.

    11 - If a player does not make a pick by the pick deadline, picks a driver that does not start the race, or picks a driver that he had previously used, the player will be awarded points equal to the number of drivers that started that race, plus one.

    12 - The game's champion will be determined by the player with the fewest amount of points after the 36th and final points race.

    13 - If in the event of a points tie among two or more players at season's end, then the game's championship will be awarded to the player (among those players) that had the most first place picks.

    14 - If in the event of a points tie (and a tie for most first place picks) among two or more players at season's end, then the game's championship will be awarded to the player (among those players) that had the most second place picks.

    15 - If in the event of a points tie (and a tie for most first and second place place picks) among two or more players at season's end then . . . . you get the idea . . . .
    Blaze, superchuck500, Greg and 2 others like this.
  2. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    You da man @pjmolo

    Count me in :cheers:
    pjmolo and Johali like this.
  3. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Ok so last years strategy didn't work wait until I come up with this years strategy
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  4. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Ditto. As usual I'm in. :beerbang:
    pjmolo and 2 Sweet like this.
  5. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I’m in. Need to reclaim my championship
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  6. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    In. Should be interesting.
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  7. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    I have never played this game. I think I understand that you must pick 36 drivers who will finish ahead of the field and determine who will finish the highest for one race only. ?
  8. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    Im in and thanks for doing this again.
    pjmolo likes this.
  9. dirtfan

    dirtfan Team Owner

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  10. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    I'm in.
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  11. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Here to take my lumps
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  12. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    LewTheShoe Racing is "All In." Thanks to the amazing guys and gals burning the midnight oil back in the shop, we will be ready.
    Spotter22 and pjmolo like this.
  13. superchuck500

    superchuck500 Team Owner

    Each race, you pick one driver. You have to pick by noon Friday so you don’t get to wait for practice or qual times. You get the points that your driver finished in (e.g. fifth is five points, 25th is 25 points). The goal is to record the fewest points possible across the season.

    The kicker is that you can only use any given driver one time. So that’s where the strategy comes in - you can’t just pick Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick each week. Each driver can only be used once.
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  14. pjmolo

    pjmolo Director of driver attitude adjustments . . .

    Maybe this spreadsheet from the second half of last year's game will help (click on it to enlarge).

    It shows how for each race, each player picked a driver for that race, never picking the same driver more than once.

    It also shows the finishing position of each driver in the race that they were picked.

    As @superchuck500 explained, driver finishing position = player points.

    On the left side of the spreadsheet (under the "TOTAL POINTS" heading) are the points accumulated by each player over the course of the season. (It includes points from the first half of the season.)

    @Fordracing7 won the game last year as he had the fewest number of total points, that is, the best finishing picks.

    2018 Pick 'Em picks spreadsheet - 19 thru 36 (B+W).jpg
  15. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    The drivers I pick usually finish last if they finish at all. :biggrin:
    I tried this making blind pics on another forum and messed it up real bad.
    A lot of my picks they said they didn't get. I will probably give it a try until
    that starts happening again.
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  16. Conover

    Conover Team Owner

    I’m in for sure. Finished 10th in my rookie season. Hope to make fewer rookie mistakes and finish on top. Fun and tough game, lots of savvy players here. Thanks pjmolo for running this!
    dirtfan and pjmolo like this.
  17. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    I will grace you all with my presence once again.
    pjmolo and Turtle84 like this.
  18. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Oh crap. :( :p
    aunty dive and DanicaFreak like this.
  19. Blaze

    Blaze Midnight Rider

    I’m in
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  20. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    Eat my dust!
    aunty dive likes this.
  21. DanicaFreak

    DanicaFreak Green monster

    im in
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  22. Elliott_Fan_9

    Elliott_Fan_9 Formerly JJ_14

    I'm in.

    Thank you!
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  23. Mr Excitement

    Mr Excitement Team Owner

    2018 was an epic rookie season for Team Mr.Excitement. We managed to finish 3rd in points and were in contention for the Championship till the end. Count Team Mr.Excitment in and stay out of our way else expect to get the bumper.

  24. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    Count me in
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  25. Fordracing7

    Fordracing7 2018 Pick em Champion

    The champ is here....ready to be a chump this year :)
  26. superchuck500

    superchuck500 Team Owner

    I also carried the rookie stripe last year and came home sixth - but after missing Daytona, two other ‘no picks’ and one bonehead ‘duplicate pick’. We were a new, underfunded team with a bunch of greenhorns on pit road. But we learned a lot and look out 2019!
    Conover, Mr Excitement and Johali like this.
  27. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    Count me in.
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  28. Ashstrodamus

    Ashstrodamus Team Owner

  29. pjmolo

    pjmolo Director of driver attitude adjustments . . .

    @Ashstrodamus, trying to get his courage up before deciding to commit to playing the Pick "Em game. :D
  30. Ashstrodamus

    Ashstrodamus Team Owner

    I'm in for sure. My fourth year I think.
  31. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    I'm in!

    My strategy this year will be to make a pick every race :D
    jws926, pjmolo, LewTheShoe and 3 others like this.
  32. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    1. Any reward for picking Stage Winners?
    2. Will there be a Regular Season Champion?
    3. Is there a Chase Format for the Playoffs?
    4. Is it winner-take-all for Homestead?
    5. What does the trophy look like?

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  33. pjmolo

    pjmolo Director of driver attitude adjustments . . .

    1. no
    2. no
    3. no
    4. no
    5. no trophy, just a splendid looking plaque that could very well have your name on it this year . . . .:rolleyes:

    plaque - 2018 Pick'Em champion.jpg
  34. pjmolo

    pjmolo Director of driver attitude adjustments . . .

    Vegas has already posted the odds on such a thing actually happening. :D
    SlicedBread22, Fordracing7 and Johali like this.
  35. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    There's always one in every group. :booya:
  36. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    I'm just giving the NASCAR party-line to "improving" things... :D
  37. ToyYoda

    ToyYoda Team Owner

    I haven’t played this before, but I’d like to give it a shot this year. I’m in.
    2 Sweet, LewTheShoe and Fordracing7 like this.
  38. Fordracing7

    Fordracing7 2018 Pick em Champion

  39. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    How was the awards ceremony? I finished 4th my rookie year and got nuthin!
    Fordracing7 likes this.
  40. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    We had fried mullet, hushpuppies and tater salad with iced tea.
    Fordracing7 and pjmolo like this.

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