NASCAR Pick 'Em 2019

pjmolo

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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.

However,

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.


OFFICIAL GAME RULES

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."

d.
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.

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- 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 . . . .
 

kkfan91

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

Snappy D

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I’m in. Need to reclaim my championship
 

Team Penske

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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. ?
 

superchuck500

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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. ?
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.
 

pjmolo

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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. ?
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
 

Team Penske

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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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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!
 

superchuck500

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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.

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!
 

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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?

:D
 

pjmolo

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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?

:D
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
 
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