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The most recent results are near the top of the page.

This page is where we post our race results. It also functions as kindof a blog about how the racing went each day and any experiments we might have done with the race formats, car rules, track design, etc. We are always doing things to try to make the racing more fun, so it is interesting to keep track of what worked, what didn't work, and why.

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Formula Harnois Racing Format

This section provides an explanation of our racing format as necessary to understand the results posted here.

The Basics: Our current racing format involves racing 3-laps at a time, for however many races we have time for, usually around 60. All drivers can (and should if possible) participate in every race. Points are awarded at the end of each 3-lap race as follows: 1st place gets a number of points equal to the number of cars that started the race. 2nd place gets one less point than 1st, and so on to last place who gets 1 point. So if there are 6 cars in a race, the points awarded for that race are:
1st: 6 points
2nd: 5 points
3rd: 4 points
4th: 3 points
5th: 2 points
6th: 1 point
DNF: 0 points (DNF = Did Not Finish)
At the end of the event, the driver with the most total points wins.

DNF: If a driver gets lapped, stuck, flipped, broken, or for any reason can not complete all 3 laps within a specified time frame, he is considered to have not finished and gets 0 points. No turn marshalls are used. No driver or spectator is allowed to touch any car during a race. Cars are rescued if necessary only after each race is completed.

The Starting Grid: The cars line up for each 3-lap race in reverse order based on their current percentage score (which is like an average, as explained below). In other words the faster drivers start at the back and the slower drivers start toward the front. The starting grid order is random for the 1st race. The spreadsheet (described below) calculates and displays the starting grid positions for each race. The spreadsheet also has options for a cyclical starting grid order, where every driver starts from every position an equal number of times, and a random starting grid order, where it's just random and some drivers may have more luck than others. The physical layout of our starting grid may vary depending on the number of drivers and the variety of skill level.

The Percentage: Along with the total points, the spreadsheet also calculates a percentage score for each driver. This is the percent of possible points. If a driver does not start a race, that race does not change his percentage score. If a driver won every race he entered he would have 100%. If a driver crashed out of every race he entered, he would have 0%. If a driver scored on average 3 points per race out of 6 possible (averaged 4th position out of 6 drivers), or scored on average 4 points out of 8 possible (averaged 5th position out of 8 drivers), he would have 50%. The percentage is useful in the same way that an average (points per race) would be useful, except the percentage accounts for the score being dependent on the number of cars in the race, as demonstrated in the above example. There are 3 purposes for this:
1: Drivers who show up late, leave early, or have problems and have to sit out some races, can still get a sense of how well they did that day compared to other drivers even though they are not likely to compete for the overall points win.
2: Some days there will be more points available than others depending on how many racers participate in each race and how many races are done. So for the sake of tracking a driver's improvement over time, the total points can not be compared from day to day, but the percentage can.
3: It is used to determine the inverted starting grid order described above. The percentage is better than the total for determining the skill of each driver because, if some drivers miss some races, their total will be affected but their percentage will not. An average wouldn't work well for this either because if, for example, a driver shows up for the last half of the day, his average would be biased upwards because the presents of the additonal driver means there is one more point possible per race compared to all the previous races.
4: The percentage provides a method of having a graph with a consistent scale from day to day. The percent graphs show a lot more detail than graphs based on the total points.

Why it Rocks: The short 3-lap races keep the racing from getting too spread out, but it is at the same time an endurance event because there are so many races. The drivers must do well consistently throughout the whole day in order to win the event. The starting grid method makes it more difficult for the faster drivers to score points, so the points battle is closer. And within each 3-lap race, this grid method leads to lots of fun battling as the faster drivers try to work through the traffic. The less experienced drivers still have a good chance of winning some races because they have a severe head start in every race. The pack tends to come together all at once and everyone has to try to get passed each other. Because there are no turn marshals, the drivers must get this passing done while being careful not to crash out of the race. It's also nice not to have turn marshals interfering with the racing. With the points system that is used, every position counts for another point, which is a lot of motivation to try to move up since the overall standings are often decided by very small margins. What it all boils down to is some seriously intense racing with multiple cars all squeezed into small areas trying not to crash into each other, all while navigating a very narrow curvy track and trying to pick up every position possible. It's a very fun challenge. There's a lot of strategic passing and hilarious un-intentional crashing. All the drivers get lots of race time, which over time leads to smoother and more realistic racing as all the drivers improve their skills.

The Spreadsheet: This format does not require a timing system or transponders. We have an Excel spreadsheet that provides a quick method for entering the finishing position of each driver after each race. After each position is entered, it calculates the total score, the percentage, the current standings, and the starting grid position for each driver for the next race. This information is displayed on a monitor in sight of all drivers so they can quickly line up for the next race. Each race involves about 45 seconds of racing (on our particular track) and about 45 seconds or less of recording the score, talking and laughing about the race, and lining up for the next race. The spreadsheet also calculates other driver statistics and outputs the graphs below and the html code for the tables.

The Tables and Graphs: In the results tables below the Pnts column is the number of points scored by that driver and the drivers are ranked by this number. The % column is the percentage as explained above. The # column is the number of races each driver participated in. The P1 column (Position One), is a count of the number of times each driver won a race, and so from that you can guess what the remaining columns are for. These can be quite interesting as they can show drastically different strategies coming out with very similar points. The line graphs show how well each driver was doing throughout the day. They are based on the percentage rather than the total points, so they may not always reflect who was actually in the lead at any given time based on the total, unless every driver participated in every race, which does happen. There are bigger swings in the percentage graph at the beginning of each day because it works similar to an average - since fewer races have actually occured early on in the day each race can cause a bigger swing in the percentage. The graphs have room for up to 100 races although we rarely do that many.

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2011 Results

May 25, 2011 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1821675.0481414116003
2ADAMM1821072.948161294304
3JERRYM1816858.348786101601
4PATRICKM1816256.348671013606
5PENNYM1815453.548571111608
6CHRISTIANM18258.748000161031

Cyclical starting grid. Crissy drove Jason's car. Penny's battery died so she was not able to participate in the last few races. Nice comback by Dave.

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May 11, 2011 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1ADAMM1819757.6502912881010
2PATRICKM1819657.350551398532
3PENNYM1819557.0507104613424
4JERRYM1819456.750117366980
5JASONM1819356.450613375871
6CHADM1819055.650144447665
7DAVEM1816455.8425211103533

Everyone really had fun today. With our 7 most experienced drivers, a rare collection these days, plus the handicapping grid system, the competition was extremely close, lots of intense battles on the track with multiple cars, really fun and hilarious. The points were so close that the grid order was swapping around drastically from race to race. Unfortunately Dave's car had a mechanical problem with 8 races still to go, so he had to quit early. It is rare to have a problem that we can't fix on the spot.

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May 4, 2011 - Main Route South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1813070.74613171150
1DAVEM1813070.74610221121
3JERRYM189652.2469417142
4PENNYM189451.1461437157

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April 27, 2011 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1PATRICKM1810371.0301157601
2DAVEM1810270.330895800
3ADAMM189968.3306910401
4PENNYM188155.930577524
5MAXM182620.8250016117

There were storms and power outages and other issues today so only a few drivers and not many races, but we managed to squeeze in a little fun anyway.

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April 13, 2011 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1820270.148121296720
2PATRICKM1819668.14814897631
3DAVEM1818363.548912514314
4PENNYM1816055.648661181142
5JERRYM1814249.348478513101
6CHADM1811238.94833688155

We did the cyclical grid again today, so no handicap at all, and still Patrick and Adam were only 3 points apart going into the last race. However in that race, with Adam following Patrick, there was a crash between 2 other cars up ahead going up the spiral and Patrick ran into them and Adam made it around. Patrick had a strong finish for the overall event though, as we can see his white line in the graph going up steeply in the end, which is good for him because he always complains about how he loses it near the end of the event. We really gotta wonder what happened with Dave today. The cyclical grid seems to be working well. The points are more spread out but things on the track are more interesting with there being more variety in the starting grid order.

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April 6, 2011 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8DNF
1DAVEM1829276.04871514542001
2ADAMM1828875.04813108745001
3PATRICKM1825967.4481447792005
4PENNYM1823962.24847911103004
5JERRYM1822558.6484861095006
6CHADM1819851.6486448710009
7CRISSYM184812.54800000615027
8SAMUELMRS461.6480000011145

We did the cyclical grid order again today, so no handicapping at all, and yet Dave and Adam were still within only 4 points at the end of the day. We had 8 drivers and did 6 grid cycles to make 48 races. Samuel drove the spare Micro RS4. Crissy drove Jason's car and achieved another personal best percentage.

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March 30, 2011 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8DNF
1ADAMM1827279.345121411241001
2PATRICKM1824471.1451286773002
3DAVEM1822665.9457810671402
4JERRYM1819256.045396856206
5PENNYM1818353.445715997205
6DOUGMRS414442.0453236611707
7CHADM1812538.742134648709
8CRISSYM182610.6310000026815

Again 8 drivers! We did the cyclical grid again, so no handicap and that's why the score looks more spread out. The starting grid cycles ended after 7, 15, 23, 31, 38, and 45 races. Chad missed the first couple races so he started at the back of the grid during the first cycle. Crissy quit after 31 races and 3 cycles, but she posted a personal best percentage score today driving Jason's car. Doug was driving the spare Micro RS4.

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March 23, 2011 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1815161.64561489404
2DAVEM1815061.245118107207
3PATRICKM1814860.445810812304
4PENNYM1814659.645116116506
5JERRYM1813755.94597861005
6CRISSYM1886.72000003215

Since there were fewer drivers this time, we used the handicapped starting grid system, and it is clear here how it really tightens up the score. Physically the grid postions were fairly spread out, and this circuit does not have a lot of sharp turns, so it was full speed racing from start to finish. Quite a contrast to many of the busier days lately that are more about driving steady and having discretion and focus in the traffic.

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March 16, 2011 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8P9DNF
1ADAMM1823276.34014767301002
2DAVEM1822975.34071487110002
3PATRICKM1821269.74081075520003
4JERRYM1818560.9405585941003
5CHADM1810450.5264045430006
6PENNYM1810257.0232345240003
7DOUGMRS48537.4290012995003
8MAXM185828.2260122253209
9CRISSYM18206.64000011440129

NINE drivers again today. Awesome. Although Penny and Doug had to quit early due to battery issues, and Max and Chad showed up late, so there were only a few races with nine cars, but still, another good night of racing. There was a lot going on so we only got in 40 races. Penny was driving with a new Tekin brushless system but had some weird battery issues. Crissy drove Jason's car. We used the cyclical starting grid this time which did a good job of shaking things up. Instead of always having the newer drivers up front immediately having to contend with the pack of faster drivers rolling up behind them, the grid was all mixed up so there was more variety in how the races went down.

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March 9, 2011 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8DNF
1DAVEM1826566.3507711795400
2ADAMM1826065.0501059867221
3PATRICKM1824561.35041271063125
4PENNYM1823759.350759684902
5JERRYM1821654.050746865734
6JASONM1819649.0503853414616
7CHADM1819248.0501151342987
8DOUGMRS414636.5501425678125

8 drivers again today. Nice. Crissy also raced with us a llittle bit today but we didin't track her score. Doug's batteries died in the last few races, and he was back to using the old Micro RS4 which doesn't turn as well but he still did pretty good considering. There were some traffic jams with so many cars on the track and they are worse on this route. But later we spread the grid out a bit more and that helped considerably. Time to make more room for drivers to stand!

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March 2, 2011 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8P9DNF
1DAVEM1830671.550613811550101
2ADAMM1830270.65010889670002
3JASONM1827263.6508878823105
4JERRYM1826361.45046981145201
5PENNYM1825459.35057856105202
6CHADM1822552.650103635741011
7DOUGM1820247.250644521081010
8MAXM1810836.03411016410704
9CRISSYMRS4133.44400000031238

NINE drivers on our little basement track! And that's despite missing Patrick today, one of our most dedicated regulars. I think that is the first time we've had that many drivers on this track. And that's 9 drivers simultaneously - we do not split into heats. It was quite fun, not nearly as reckless as you'd think it would be.

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February 23, 2011 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1818075.040912124300
2ADAMM1817773.8401011106201
3PENNYM1816568.8401011410203
4JERRYM1813957.940736121101
5DOUGM1812451.74043871602
6CRISSYM18104.24000011533

We tried to make this an easy-going day of fun. Crissy drove Dave's car. Penny drove Adam's car. Adam drove Penny's car. Doug drove Patricks car because Patrick wasn't here. And Jerry was the only one driving his own car. We can see from Doug's score how much different a good car can make. His percent score with Patrick's M18 today ended above 50 where-as almost every other day it's been in the 20's. And he had 4 wins today when he never won any race before today. This was Crissy's first day and she had never driven an RC car before ever, but she still managed to finish a few races without getting lapped. 1/3rd of our racers today are women, making this the most gender-balance day ever.

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February 16, 2011 - Main Route North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1820169.350916125611
2PENNYM1819165.950138911621
3PATRICKM1818764.550136137722
4DAVEM1816970.44061497220
5JERRYM1815653.850955131161
6DOUGRS47927.250012716222

Dave showed up late, which put him out of contention for the event win based on total points, but he did have the highest percentage.

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February 9, 2011 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1ADAMM1822467.55012111162206
*2DAVEM1821865.75051114123311
*2JERRYM1821865.7501089812201
4PENNYM1821665.1501395710213
5PATRICKM1821364.2501011877304
6DOUGRS410531.6500027132035
7MAXM184218.8320013161011

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February 2, 2011 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1PATRICKM1824467.8601416811713
2DAVEM1824367.56011121514710
3ADAMM1824267.26011101912701
4PENNYM1821960.8601498111134
5JERRYM1821860.66010119111540
6DOUGRS48523.660021113421

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January 19, 2011 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1DAVEM1821868.65061313117000
*2ADAMM1821667.95010119142103
*2PATRICKM1821667.95010101394103
4JERRYM1820765.1501658313302
5PENNYM1818360.4478115710204
6DOUGRS46922.847000182981
7MAXM185534.02400255642

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January 12, 2011 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1DAVEM1818060.0601115121255
2ADAMM1817959.760717141543
2PATRICKM1817959.7601110191154
4JERRYM1817257.360151169172
5PENNYM1817056.760167911134

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January 5, 2011 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1817372.15092213510
2DAVEM1817271.75016916900
3PATRICKM1816066.75017891213
4PENNYM1814560.450811102010
5MAXM184020.0400023287

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2010 Results

December 29, 2010 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1ADAMM1828367.46061512167301
2DAVEM1826863.86081116810205
3PENNYM1826262.46091213106208
4PATRICKM1825560.76012797121003
5JASONM1824959.36010117910607
6JERRYM1824357.960154310111304
7SAMRS4102.460000003453

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December 22, 2010 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1818366.150151357316
2ADAMM1816962.149616109404
3JERRYM1816659.950710147903
4PENNYM1816057.8501061111606
5PATRICKM1815355.2501251010319
6MAXM182515.02800019513

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December 15, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1817759.06081814875
1DAVEM1817759.0601012181055
3PATRICKM1817558.360131214849
4PENNYM1816755.7601510512135
5JERRYM1816655.360147817104

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December 8, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1DAVEM1819477.650161812301
2ADAMM1818875.250151811402
3PATRICKM1816867.2501210161002
4PENNYM1811244.85074719211
5MAXM186124.4500039344

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December 1, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1818561.750791210921
2DAVEM1817859.3506111110453
3PATRICKM1817759.05091087844
4PENNYM1817257.3508989682
5JERRYM1816755.7501353612101
6JASONM1815150.3507688876

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November 24, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1815263.36014171973
2PATRICKM1814962.160171313161
3DAVEM1814761.360102215112
4PENNYM1814560.46019813191

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November 17, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1PATRICKM1816068.740116810401
2ADAMM1815667.04069137401
3DAVEM1814963.94089410810
4JERRYM1814863.54061088611
5PENNYM1813457.5409675616
6MAXM182412.133000071016

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November 2, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1820568.360132015633
2PATRICKM1819163.76018991662
3DAVEM1819063.3601213151532
4PENNYM1818963.0601411141371
5JERRYM1811538.36037710312

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October 27, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1820871.060112318701
*2DAVEM1819666.96023118918
*2PATRICKM1819666.960151814706
4PENNYM1815653.260117161349
5MAXM186223.453013161716

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October 13, 2010 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
*1ADAMM1818461.3601211171253
*1DAVEM1818461.360718141470
3PATRICKM1818361.06012121510101
4PENNYM1817056.7601311911124
5JERRYM1816856.060168511191

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October 6, 2010 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1819168.250138149411
2DAVEM1818465.7504181212301
3PATRICKM1818164.6501111109603
4PENNYM1816960.450128791013
5JERRYM1815455.050105791621
6MAXM183318.33000016185

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September 22, 2010 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
*1ADAMM1818466.2508111315300
*1DAVEM1818466.2509111411401
3PATRICKM1817763.7501191010802
4PENNYM1816659.75091386905
5JERRYM1815756.550136571414
6MAXM182716.12800015148

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September 15, 2010 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1817068.050101711912
2DAVEM1815562.050119111270
3PATRICKM1814658.45081311855
4JERRYM1812951.650104119124
5PENNYM1812550.05011758118

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September 8, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1815363.8601325985
2DAVEM1815062.56016151694
3PATRICKM1814861.760171118113
4PENNYM1813255.06014916174

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September 1, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1820672.050168148202
2DAVEM1820471.3508171211200
3PATRICKM1818865.7501210109603
4PENNYM1816357.05041112101003
5JERRYM1815152.8501042122002
6MAXM18146.536000011223

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August 25, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1DAVEM1818361.060821111064
2ADAMM1818260.7601012171452
3PENNYM1817458.060156101973
4JERRYM1817357.76017879172
5PATRICKM1817157.0601013156124

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August 11, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1812763.55014111663
2PENNYM1812663.050121413101
3DAVEM1812361.55091614110
4JERRYM1811758.5501597163

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August 5, 2010 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1819565.060519231210
*2DAVEM1817458.060151110897
*2PATRICKM1817458.060101691294
4PENNYM1817357.760157111575
5JERRYM1816354.360157711173

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July 29, 2010 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
*1PATRICKM1813660.750111212834
*1PENNYM1813660.750111212924
3ADAMM1813560.350517141211
4DAVEM1813359.4501868738
5JERRYM185949.224533373

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July 15, 2010 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1818963.06062118852
2DAVEM1818461.3601115101833
3PENNYM1818361.0601115141145
4PATRICKM1817959.760178121067
5JERRYM1813946.36015169245

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June 30, 2010 - Main Course South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1819471.347915144302
2PENNYM1816560.747712108406
3PATRICKM1816460.34789119505
4DAVEM1816159.2471717102010
5JERRYM1815356.3476105121004
6MAXM182511.33700027523

Only got in 47 races due to some delays, but a hilarious day of racing. Max showed up after 10 races and this was Patrick's quote: "the trick to winning today is avoiding the maxidents." Max was a randomizer and so the handicap grid was not so effective for keeping adam in check. He aparently did well to avoid the maylays. Also funny how Patrick's line on the graph goes steadily downward starting when Max showed up. We were using the closest starting grid layout also. Lots of great crashes caught with the onboard camera, including one where dave rode up on the wall like a berm, and many others involving mutliple cars flipping.

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June 24, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1818662.0601012211052
2DAVEM1818260.760141191691
2PATRICKM1818260.760914151480
4PENNYM1818160.3601017912120
5JERRYM1816454.76017668212

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June 17, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1818260.560325121181
1DAVEM1818260.56016914795
3PATRICKM1818160.1601111151571
4PENNYM1818059.860149111682
5JERRYM1816655.160166810173

Adam drove with camera today. Good reception, new wiring and new battery. Lots of good big crashes because of the pyramid barriers. Good racing too. Good evasive manuvers and passing.

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June 10, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1PENNYM1823159.2651081617563
2PATRICKM1823059.0658161361363
3DAVEM1822958.76571014181150
4ADAMM1822758.265111112101245
5JASONM1822557.76513128101057
6JERRYM1820051.3651682412203

Another win for Penny! This route lead to a lot of big flipping crashes. [Probably switchbacks North.]

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June 3, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1814962.160141814113
2PENNYM1814560.460161414115
3PATRICKM1814460.060171510117
4DAVEM1814359.660131319141

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May 27, 2010 - Speed Route North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1813266.0501761980
1PENNYM1813266.05010211171
3DAVEM1812763.550131510102
4JERRYM1810552.55010810211

used 100% throttle.

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May 13, 2010 - Speed Route South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1PENNYM1821258.9608111761035
2ADAMM1820757.560791218743
2PATRICKM1820757.560158871048
4DAVEM1820657.2609101112783
5JERRYM1820556.96010118101164
6CHADM1818451.1601111461099

Penny won by 5 points! And this time she didn't have to share the win with anybody. That's a big lead considering we were all within a 2 points of each other for a lot of the night. She got that lead in the last 5 races by finishnig 1st once and 3rd in all of the last 4 races, while everyone else was inconsistent. A lot of mayhem and DNFs.

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May 6, 2010 - Speed Route North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1821661.7701118181391
1DAVEM1821661.7701517141275
1PENNYM1821661.770819201841
4JERRYM1820358.070209910202
5CHADM1817951.170167914168

3-WAY tie for 1st place. Lot of trash talk joking around today, it was funny.

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April 27, 2010 - Speed Route North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1820759.1706231810112
2JERRYM1820658.9701910149117
3PATRICKM1820558.6701511141884
4DAVEM1820458.37013161115123
5PENNYM1820358.0701710131596

5-WAY tie after 51 races, everyone had a good mathematical chance of winning the event going into the last race. Adam DNF'ed in the 2nd-to-last race, which is a really bad time for that to happen with the racing format. In the end the score has a 1pnt spread down the line- as close as it can be without anybody tied.

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April 22, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1819860.05551411101122
2PATRICKM1819659.4551361176111
3PENNYM1819559.1557109141050
4ADAMM1819358.555781414453
5CHADM1819057.655147561292
6JERRYM1817452.7559105412141

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April 13, 2010 -

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1CHADM1817357.7501010561054
2ADAMM181715750711851234
2PATRICKM181715750961110536
4DAVEM1817056.7505109101042
5PENNYM181685650671211644
6JERRYM1816655.350136564124

Chad's first event win. Dave was testing break-away front and rear wings using legos.

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April 7, 2010 - Main Course South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1815062.560112017120
2DAVEM1814761.360171511125
3JERRYM1814761.360191011191
4PENNYM1814660.86013152174

We used the old staggerred starting grid; had a 4-way tie several times throughout the day. Dave had 1 point lead going into last race dave had 1pt lead over Adam but then DNF'ed, so Adam won the Day and Jerry won the last race so tied Dave in points. Dave drove with a breakaway front wing as an experiment.

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March 30, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
*1ADAMM1821164.17011212211500
*1PATRICKM1821164.17019151315800
3DAVEM1821063.87015181812601
4PENNYM1819659.67018101319901
5JERRYM1811245.749764121703

Adam and Patrick were tied for 1st. Dave only 1 point behind them. Very competitive! Adam drove with camera for some of this day but it started malfunctioning so didn't get the whole day. Recorded some of the start finish overhead as well. Jerry had to leave early because his steering wheel broke and then the steering tension spring broke.

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March 23, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1818060607141913601
2PATRICKM1817959.76010151311803
3DAVEM1817658.76011101712604
4PENNYM1817357.76018979809
5JERRYM18171576014124131502

Note added 17 June 2010: Aparently we used the onboard camera today, disk #29.

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March 15, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1ADAMM1828166.960710151611001
2DAVEM1827665.76031318147500
3PATRICKM1827264.860141110381103
4JASONM1825761.26011107109904
5JERRYM1825059.56016637131005
6CHADM1824758.86091071011805
7SHIFFLETTM18153.660000013650

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March 9, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1818060607141717401
2DAVEM1817658.76012121410606
*3PATRICKM18174586010141312506
*3JERRYM1817458601610881404
5CHADM18171576015108111006

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March 3, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1828067.5708162517301
2PATRICKM1827566.37016178131402
3ADAMM1827265.57014169171211
4PENNYM1826463.670151017111403
5JERRYM1826363.47017119112020
6MAXM186215.965002163917

Max borrowed Jason's car.

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Feb 24, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1825272601815109602
2ADAMM1820869.350158129033
3JERRYM1819254.96091010811120
4PENNYM1818853.760591513954
5PATRICKM181755060796141275
6JASONM1816045.76069761877

We used the Random Grid option. Adam missed the first 10 races because his speed control wasn't working at the beginning of the day.

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February 17, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1830773.17023151111730
2DAVEM1829971.27012251215411
3PENNYM1825661.070131014141342
4PATRICKM1824859.0701192210675
5CHADM1818945.0706891112204
6JERRYM1815436.770532926223

On this day we used a randomly generated starting grid order for all 70 races. This is a new option we worked into the Excel file. So that means we did not have the usual dynamic handicap, which is why the points were more spread out. It also means that some drivers may have had better luck of the draw on the Grid. Everyone seemed to like the Random Grid. There was more variety in the driver positions, who was next to who, and how the races went down.

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February 14, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1823558.57061517171113
*2ADAMM1823358.070101014191313
*2PATRICKM1823358.0709161412973
4JERRYM1823257.77017111061295
5PENNYM1823157.570111412121164
6CHADM1817054.55217433997

Dave was back to driving with a steering wheel instead of the 2-stick aircraft transmitter, and he did better. Adam revised the Excel sheet so it can randomly resolve the ties on the Grid. The handicap Grid might have been a bit artificial near the end becuase for the last several races everyone was basically tied or within a point of the next position, but it's fun because it makes it possible for anyone to win. Lots of close racing like usual.

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February 10, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1819961.870724211530
2DAVEM1819761.270221181991
*3PENNYM1819359.9701118191642
*3PATRICKM1819359.97018111712111
5CHADM1812258.14212656112
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February 3, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1820367.760161614734
*2PENNYM1817357.760717101763
*2DAVEM1817357.760712191372
**4PATRICKM1816354.360139108164
**4CHADM1816354.360176711118
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January 27, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1ADAMM1821562.9503121586132
2PENNYM1819857.950867971021
3PATRICKM1819557.05088778444
4JASONM1819055.650107665817
5DAVEM1818654.450124279934
6JERRYM1818052.650768381062
7CHADM1815653.142275107542

Nice to have 7 drivers again. 8 is about our limit. Dave drove with a 2-stick style aircraft controller today as an experiment. Dave cleaned and lubed the bearings in Jerry's car prior to this race. Some of them were locked up which could be why Jerry was having some trouble the last few race days. Chad was smashing everyone off the track during the first part of the day. We explained that the rest of us try to pass carefully so as to allow everyone to stay in the race which ends up being more fun because there are more cars in the race. In comparison he always tries for a pass going into every turn no matter what the situation even when it clearly has no real possibility of actually working out. He described this as being "optimistic," haha! If we were still doing nick names that would surely earn him one! Anyway after we explained this he made a drastic improvement. It's fun to be "in the mix" but there is no mix to be in if you bust it apart!

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January 24, 2010 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1821260.6701315191427
2PATRICKM1820558.670917161882
3DAVEM1820358.0701514111596
4PENNYM1820157.4701114171675
5JERRYM1819756.370221064217

Usually we've been racing on Wednesdays. But this was a rainy winter Sunday and so we raced! Some drivers complained about this route being too difficult. We gave them some tissues. The snake section is tricky especially since we put in some little pyramid shaped objects that can flip the cars if they go off track, so ya really gotta wiggle through there quite accurately yet fast. This accounted for a lot of the DNFs.

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January 20, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1824068.6701326161032
2DAVEM1823667.4701617181621
3PATRICKM1820658.97015131117122
4PENNYM1820057.17016101413125
5JERRYM1815744.9701041113320

Today we used the old staggered starting grid which has only 2 feet between each position, so that was less handicap and everyone was immediately dealing with traffic in turn 1. So that's why the points were more spread out than usual. But there were still some points battles and the battles on track were as fierce as ever.

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January 13, 2010 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1820958.16031513141023
2PATRICKM1820857.8601111971183
3PENNYM1820657.260716871273
4JASONM1820556.9601281341175
*5DAVEM1820456.760941419734
*5JERRYM1820456.760186395172

Going into the last race, Adam and Patrick were tied in points, and Dave was in 3rd only 2 points behind, so the 3 of them started at the back of the grid for a final intense battle. Due to the very close overall points spread, Dave had a realistic chance of ending up in 1st or last for the overall event based on what happened only in the last race. Unfornately with Patrick and Adam pressuring him he ended up stuck on a barrier after attempting to pass Jason and DNF'ed. Jason and Penny were also tied going into the last race, and Penny finished just one position ahead to take 3rd for the event. The action on the track was equally impressive. Every day we race everyone's driving skills seem to get better and the action in heavy traffic becomes that much more realistic, even though it's already as smooth as we could have ever hoped it to be. In many races today we had most, sometimes all, of the cars circling the track almost single file within inches of each other with no one able to make any position changes. These races typically had rough endings though because with that many cars that close together things get desparate approaching the finish line!

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January 6, 2010 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1826061.9709191312953
*2DAVEM1825661.070111512111542
*2PATRICKM1825661.070151112119120
**4PENNYM1824658.670131112121174
**4JASONM1824658.67011814151750
6JERRYM1819546.470116798281

Jerry just could not get his act together this time - 28 last place finishes. But everyone else was fighting tooth and nail for the whole event as usual. Near the end of the day Adam, Patrick, and Dave started to get out ahead in the points battle, which put them together at the back of the grid repeatedly. In several of the last races the 3 of them got into some extended brutal battles and were passing back and forth all the way to line. It was hilarious. Adam and Dave were tied in points going into the last race, but Adam managed to sneak through the traffic and pile-ups and Dave got caught up in it.

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2009 Results

December 28, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1822464.46010111911522
2DAVEM1822364.1607131714900
3PENNYM1822163.5601216791303
4PATRICKM1822063.2601610616462
5JERRYM1815745.160956518143
6ANDREWM1812543.44865559117

Another hilarious day of racing! Finally got Andrew here again and it was fun to have another personality on the track. You really gotta elbow him around to get past! The points battle between Patrick, Dave, Penny, and Adam was fierce all day and it showed in the aggression on the track trying to force the passes to pick up every point. A few race events ago it felt like we were doing everything we could do without crashing each other out but we've all now found yet another level of aggression and yet usually keeping each other on the track! Penny picked up 2 points over Patrick in the last race taking 3rd place. Dave had something like a 9 point lead in the middle of the day but Adam came back by the end.

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December 16, 2009 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1DAVEM1820859.470121523677
2PATRICKM1820759.17013181310115
*3ADAMM1820558.6701113172234
*3JERRYM1820558.670248313184
5PENNYM1820458.37010161419101

Today makes another record for closest points battle, only 1.1 percentage points difference between first and last, only 4 actual points difference out of around 200. This is the same group of 5 racers we have for the last 3 race days. We are all so evenly matched in skill, plus the cars are all calibrate to match in speed, and have the same tires, and then there's the handicap starting grid - it's anybody's game all day. The battles on the track are so close, about the only way to pass is to stuff it up the inside and push the oponent a bit wide in the process! But we've all had enough years of practice and good enough cars now that we can do this without taking each other out most of the time. It's a very fine line between pushing someone a bit wide and pushing them clear off the track and out of the race. Plus when we are getting passed we all know how to adapt the line to stay in the race and have our chance at revenge in the next corner! Hilarious stuff, wish we could get more people into it.

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December 9, 2009 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1820959.770911331016
2PATRICKM1820658.9701120149115
3DAVEM1820558.670121972165
4JERRYM1819756.3701710915154
5PENNYM1819555.7702110710913

Both dave and Penny had electrical problems causing their cars to cut out in the middle of races. Patrick had the chance to win all the way to the last race but then Adam had the better luck in traffic in the last race. Only 5 people but absolutely hilarious racing and crashing. In one race, Adam, Jerry, and Dave were all 3 battling, changing positions back and forth several times, but the cars always staying within inches of each other, then approaching the the last turn the order was Dave, Jerry, then Adam, but as all 3 slowed for the last turn, the front left wheel of Adam's car bumped the right rear wheel of Jerry's car throwing Adam's car up onto 2 wheels. Adam passed Jerry on 2 Wheels but then still managed through sheer luck to put the wheels back on the ground and hold the inside line passing Dave as he ran somewhat wide, thus Adam passed both Jerry and Dave in the last turn with a 2-wheel manuveur. In another incedent, Jerry pinned Adam against the wall appraoching the finish line, which sent Adam's car into a full 360-degree airplane-syle barrell roll passing the finish line upside down in the air above Jerry's car but then landing on the wheels again. Still after all that it was Jerry who got the position. Only 5 racers today but we're so closely matched that we have to start getting a bit aggressive to make the passes and then all these hilarious crashes happen along with some very aggressive yet close racing. I felt like the vains in my face were about to pop we were laughing so hard! We could never even make up these hilarious scenarios.

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December 2, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1821360.9701315181545
2DAVEM1821060701616131078
3PATRICKM1819956.9701014191485
4JERRYM181965670199912147
5PENNYM1819355.1701216101598

Intense day of racing with 5 well-matched smooth drivers and everybody with new tires. Lots of hilarious crashes and flips in the midst of very close fast racing. Also a lot of aggressive passing and battling but without knocking each other out of the race too often.

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Novermber 18, 2009 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1ADAMM1822363.7701021201333
2DAVEM1822263.4701117211641
*3PENNYM1819956.97014151011173
*3JERRYM1819956.970188916181
5PATRICKM1819656701791014173
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November 11, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1817859.3506101211515
2PATRICKM1817658.750810711653
3DAVEM1817056.750710871053
4PENNYM1816956.350611105954
5JERRYM1816856.0501335712100
6JASONM1816053.350106894310
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Novermber 2, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1824558.37031421141350
2JERRYM1824357.97013138131094
3DAVEM1824257.67011101691554
4PATRICKM1824157.47091312131472
5PENNYM1824057.170121310137105
6CHADM1823656.2702273810137

The first 5 races were zero etiquette, and they were counted. Very close points battle all day, between everyone, probably due to the speed route south, plus we had 10 feet between rows of 2 on the starting grid, which seemed to act very much like a golf handicap and make it anyone's game. As usual, Patrick got all worked up mostly over altercations with Chad, and some with Dave near the end there, which is very entertaining for the rest of us. Chad did make some dumb moves early on but clearly worked to clean up his bad habits near the end of the day. Chad had some trouble with his front tires coming off, which is part of the reason his line drops. After fixing it, and with a starting grid advantage, he put in lots of wins to come back. All 6 participants at some point during the day had the points lead. Adam had zero DNFs and barely pulled off the win by the end, but it was anyone's race right up to the last race. Congratz to Jerry for a 2nd place.

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October 28, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1824863.6656171813641
2DAVEM1824462.6657121917631
3PATRICKM1823660.56511128141640
4PENNYM1821555.1651885311164
5JERRYM1820753.1651673811182
6CHADM1820151.5657912913132
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October 21, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1822462.66081015151110
2ADAMM1822362.3605141615721
3PATRICKM1821359.5601411581282
4PENNYM1820356.7601271111694
5JERRYM1818852.56011104417122
6JASONM1818452.958108977134

We started the day by doing a few races with no etiquette, meaning that attempting to crash other cars out of the race was considered a perfectly legitimate strategy. We didn't count these races but it was an interesting experiment. When we started racing for real with etiquette it was a night and day difference. Dave, Penny, and maybe Patrick all had some electrical problems. Dave and Adam tied with one race to go. Everybody else was separated enough to not be able to change position in the last race. Dave got the last race, and thus won the event, even though that was the only point in the whole day he was ahead. With 10 races to go, Patrick was in a good positoin to pull off another 2nd place today but flipped himself over in one race while he was way ahead and he was livid! That was the beginning of the end for him. Jason ran out of battery and did not start the last few races. He was in 2nd place on the points board early in the day but was all the way back to almost last by the end.

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October 14, 2009 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1ADAMM1824260.76041413149114
2PATRICKM1822556.46071113841007
3DAVEM1822355.96031315611615
4PENNYM1821453.6601011678639
5JERRYM1821052.6601158613773
6JASONM1820654.4561613136809
7ANDREWM1815752.24395265637

We had 7 people for most of the day after Jason and Andrew showed up a bit late. Hilarious and fun day. Everybody was laughing all the time and all the crazy traffic and racing and crashing. Penny said her cheeks and stomach were sore from so much laughing. Patrick took 2nd place from Dave near the end and he seemed quite happy about it! With 2 races remaining Patrick had a few points lead over Dave, but then he DNF'ed after an altercation with Jerry. This put him only 1 point behind going into the last race. Adam ran Dave off the track in the last race though and Patrick kept his 2nd place. Dave just couldn't seem to find his luck in the traffic today. A lot of DNFs? In a few races we had all 7 cars really follow through to the end and it was like wall of cars and no way to get through. Today we tried out the 2x2 starting grid. Instead of evenly spacing the cars along the straight, we put them in rows of 2, with the inside cars getting a one-car-lengh lead, and about 6 feet between each row. This way you are battling with another car from the very start, but the first turn works out better because it's 2 at a time without the fear of the whole aggressive pack coming up from behind. We'll use this grid in the future when we have 6 or more cars.

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October 7, 2009 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1ADAMM1819368.97013331941
2DAVEM1818465.77020211775
3PENNYM1815455.070181117159
4JERRYM1815053.67019517254

Very fun day even though only 4 drivers. We experimented with various grid configurations. For example, putting the cars on the grid in pairs so we have to get through the first turn with a car beside us.

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September 30, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
*1ADAMM1818561.7505121310451
*1DAVEM1818561.75086187704
3PATRICKM1816655.35098671154
4JASONM1816555.050111037568
5PENNYM1816354.35099391055
6JERRYM1816053.350857101172
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September 23, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DAVEM1827365.070131713101241
2ADAMM1827264.87010191117940
3PATRICKM1824658.67014617121164
4PENNYM1823556.0701491271495
5CHADM1822453.370111010131097
6JERRYM1820147.9708971112230
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September 16, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1824057.1707121619817
2DAVEM1823856.77011121215839
3PATRICKM1823756.470101018101057
*4JERRYM1823455.7701887713116
*4JASONM1823455.7701414691179
6PENNYM1823355.57010141181395

Yet again today's score breaks the record for closest points, this time only 1.6% difference 1st to last. Adam held a fairly strong lead for most of the 2nd half of the day but had to fight for in the end with everyone in striking distance going into the last few races. Dave had to contend with both Jason and Patrick taking his 2nd place throughout the day, with Penny very close as well. Adam had 1 point over Dave going into the last race, and once again it came down to the last turn in the last race, with Adam following one position behind Dave, and Adam pulled a fairly dirty move, pushing Dave out of the way to take the position and win the day, but it was similar to the cheezy move Dave put on Adam in the last turn to win the event on August 11. Both Patrick and Penny commented that Dave seemed to get kinda pushy when he really needed the points. Patrick's comment was something like Dave was driving as if there was a million-dollar prize. A lot of DNFs for everyone due to some new obstacles forcing the cars to stay on track through the snake portion of this route, and due to very close racing with a lot of cars, as usual. But the DNF's often involved some interesting crashes. Dave's car was once pushed up onto a wall and rode it on the chassis like a rail skateboarding move. In another incident Adam's car slid several feet while resting on the side of two wheels.

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August 25, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1ADAMM1824859.07071415151351
2DAVEM1824758.87041221181050
3JERRYM1823956.9701986910144
4PENNYM1823856.77071612121526
*5PATRICKM1823656.2701698913105
*5CHADM1823656.2701711877128

Adam and Dave battled very close in points all throughout the event. Going into the last race, Adam trailed Dave by 2 points. But in the last race Adam managed to get into 1st place, pulling a rather pushy but not too terrible pass on Patrick to get up there. Dave was unable to make much headway through the pack and finished in 4th. So Adam by surprised finished 1 point ahead. Jerry, Penny, Patrick, and Chad all battled very close for points through the whole event, always shifting positions on the grid, and in the end there was only a 3 point spread between the 4 of them.

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August 18, 2009 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1ADAMM1828859.870113171813710
2DAVEM1828358.770512141512741
3PENNYM1827356.67051311179744
*4PATRICKM1826855.67017398111165
*4ANDREWM1826855.67012129661375
6JERRYM1826355.36919951511172
7JASONM1823854.16311855141073

Another great fun day of racing and another incredibly close points battle! 7 people showed up fairly early and we got a good start so we were able to get in a lot of racing. Dave tried out the scorekeeping system. The racing was very close between large packs of cars really often. And there was none of the usual silly controversy except when it was funny. Andrew figured out how to push Patrick's buttons. Penny took 2nd place from Dave at one point today but Dave started getting a lot more forceful and took back the points battle. Dave had a lot of trouble trying to move up in the pack without getting taken out, and so was not able to keep up with Adam in points for most of the day. Patrick had his usual fits as he was taken out many times as well. This route is usually kinda rough because the first couple turns are the hairpin followed by the chicane which are tough in a pack but everyone was driving well through it today - it wasn't much of an issue at all. There really wasn't that much crashing it was more just that there were so many cars so close together so they are bound to get tangled! Jason left a bit early.

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August 11, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1DAVEM1817959.760121316595
2PENNYM1817859.3601016101383
*3ADAMM1817759.060715131870
*3PATRICKM1817759.060167121294
5CHADM1817257.360159910143

Today we had the usual controversy with Chad always bumping people out of the way and Patrick going nuts over it, and all the laughing to go along with it. All drivers were very close in points from 20 races all the way to the end. Anyone could have won the day. New record for how close the points were with only about 2% difference 1st to last. Because there were fewer drivers and all drivers were holding really fast accurate lines, it was difficult to pass or even to catch the drivers starting ahead on the grid. Thus the handicap grid really kept the score close and the racing interesting. Everyone was starting in all different positions on the grid. With 2 races to go, Penny, Dave, and Adam were tied. It once again came down the last turn in the last race for Dave and Adam, and this time they tangled as Dave went up the inside, they locked wheels and neither could turn and they went into the wall, but Dave got away first and won the day, but with Penny taking 2nd position in the overall event. Patrick tied Adam for 3rd. Adam and Dave battled rubbing wheels and bumpers for most of the last race, and Penny was ahead of both of them desparately trying not to get run over! Chad dropped off a little at the end after we gave him a bit of hard time about running into the cars in front of him. We also had Chad's Dad and GF spectating today which added to the joking around.

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August 4, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM181866250481910801
2DaveM1818160.350811512941
3PatrickM18171575011597954
4PennyM1817056.75071259854
5JerryM181625450610688120
6AndrewM18159535014464598

We laughed so much today we had sore faces. Lots of close racing, and with 6 good drivers it was very difficult to move up or hold a position. Andrew almost quit because of everyone giving him a hard time about running into other cars. But we took a break and all was good after that. The pressure had gotten to him! This toy car racing gets a little too serious sometimes, haha! Dave DNF'ed the last race after an entanglement with Jerry and if not for that he could have won the day because he was only 1 pnt behind Adam. Penny was driving really fast today - the points have more to do with handling the traffic, but the times when she got up front and free of the traffic she was impossible to catch. Jerry got zero DNFs!

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July 21, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8DNF
1ADAMM1826760.360191911710300
2DAVEM1825557.660371114148102
3CHADM1824856.0601094987823
4JERRYM1824555.36017354841252
*5PATRICKM1824254.66049118613702
*5JASONM1824254.66011122668546
7PENNYM1824154.4608105789742
8ANDREWM1810154.923613131404

The closest day of racing ever! The entire pack were all within 6 percentage points of each other, and that's with 8 cars! Previously it's never been much closer than 10. Adam was always within reach. And in the last 10 races, Penny, Patrick, Chad, and Jason were all battling with Dave in the points, at one point putting him back to 4th and 5th and in serious danger of ending up in 6th. Dave did pull out a 2nd place by the end of the event. In one race all 8 cars stayed close together for the first 2 laps with nobody able to pull of any passes, but in the final lap it all fell apart as everyone got desparate to move up. Jerry had some battery problems and finally replaced them around race 50. He had already dropped in the points by then, but he came right back into it. Unfortunately in the last 15 races Penny dropped from 3rd to 7th even though her score only dropped by 2 percentage points. Both Jerry and Penny were a bit frustrated today in the last races after Andrew showed up and pulled off some absurd passes, and Chad got really desparate to pull off another 3rd place (which he did!), and everyone was probably being a little less nice with the passes because of how close the points were leading up to the end of the event. Drivers were moving around 3 or 4 positions from one race to the next. And there just being so many cars in such a small space is bound to lead to some bad things, but that's also what makes our racing so fun, unique, and realistic!

The cars were calibrated again on around 90%. And again this is another Tuesday race and another great turnout with 7 cars to start and 8 cars for the last 20-some races after Andrew showed up. The heavy traffic seems to be a great equalizer. The event winner only finished 1st in one race. The handicap starting grid really works well when there are more cars and when everyone on the grid is fast! Normally the faster drivers starting at the back of the grid have to ease up a bit in the first lap as the traffic in front stacks up, but today it was hammer down start to finish.

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July 14, 2009 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8DNF
1DAVEM1832463.9704161612147001
2ADAMM1832263.5705131914114202
3CHADM1828957.07012112148111002
4PATRICKM1828255.670145981210516
5PENNYM1828055.270691113139414
6JERRYM1824452.56415754571326
7JAMESM1822544.47087843181219
8ANDREWM188346.623620141018

Tuesday racing! We decided to try out a weekday evening to see if we could get more racers here this way, and we did have a very good turnout. We got James Gist, a local mini-z racer to come out and borrow Jason's car. For most of the day we had 7 racers but Andrew showed up for the last part of the day making it 8. Although we've had this many before, this is the first time we've had this many using this format, with all experienced drivers, and with everyone having very nice cars that actually work like their supposed to, so it was a really fun experience - keep in mind we race everyone simultaneously for 70 3-lap races. It's quite a lot of cars on a very tight track, making the traffic really fun. We continued with calibrating all the cars at around 90% throttle. Jerry had to quit early due to his batteries going dead. Adam was 3 points behind Dave going into the last race. Approaching the last turn in the last race Adam was in 1st and Dave was in 4th, which would have led to another tie, but then Patrick and Chad tangled and Dave went by both of them won today's event. Chad managed 3rd place, by far his best result ever. Penny held 3rd for most of the day again but lost 2 places in the last few races.

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July 12, 2009 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
*1ADAMM1826763.6705172316441
*1DAVEM1826763.67061620161110
3PENNYM1824157.47010101891445
4PATRICKM1822854.370131061312133
5JERRYM1822754.070189371698
6CHADM1821050.07018809111311

It's been 3 weeks since our last race. Some new walls were built on the Track that look like "jersey barriers." A fun day - a lot of good racing, laughing, and not to much controversy. Adam and Dave tied for 1st, Penny held a solid 3rd, and Patrick and Jerry battled for 4th. Dave managed 0 DNFs, which is quite difficult the way the track is set up now because we have barriers at the insides of all the sharp turns that easily flip the cars. The chicane (unique to the Speed Route) is especially difficult to get through in this direction with a lot of cars around. Today we calibrated the cars to each other by drag racing them down the straight repeatedly and adjusting the throttle end points until they were all equal and close to 90%. This seemed to work farily well and the 90% calms things down a bit for more realistic controlled racing.

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June 21, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

Again we manually timed 6 laps for each driver while there were no other cars on the track. Then we went on with our normal race format.

LapAdamDaveChadPennyJerry
1 11.906 11.609 13.234 12.172 13.031
2 11.281 11.922 14.828 DNF 12.766
3 12.000 11.359 13.094 13.156 DNF
4 11.906 12.234 12.781 12.656 12.438
5 11.672 11.859 12.734 12.094 12.453
6 11.719 11.641 13.297 12.438 13.375
Laps w/o DNF 6 6 6 5 5
Total Time 70.484 70.625 79.969 62.516 64.063
Average Time 11.747 11.771 13.328 12.503 12.813
Best Time 11.281 11.359 12.734 12.094 12.438
Worst Time 12.000 12.234 14.828 13.156 13.375
PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM1831174.0702020167304
2PennyM1826563.1709152212606
3DaveM1826462.970111915132010
4ChadM1824558.37017107177012
5JerryM1823455.77013610171716
6KevinM18266.270000081052

As an experiment, we ran all the cars on 60% throttle today (except for the timed laps), and all were calibrated to be equal speed. We've been wanting to try out slower speed cars to see if the racing would be smoother. Now that everyone has nice digital transmitters with individual end point adjustments we were able to do this. It definitely did make the racing smoother, closer, and gives the drivers more time to react to each other, and made for more realistic racing lines and passing maneuvers. All the racers seemed to very much enjoy racing with less powerful cars. The passes, crashes, side-by-side racing, and close finishes all had more suspense. The crashes may not have been quite as high-flying but there were still many hilarious crashes and flipped cars. As you can see, still many DNFs. The chicane (unique to the speed course) was the big crash area. The points seemed to be more spread out than usual today possibly due to the lower powered cars favoring smoother drivers. Kevin borrowed Patrick's car and he was so new to RC racing that he was getting left and right mixed up, but did very well by the end of the day. Penny finally broke the barrier into 2nd place amongst Dave and Adam, and battled very closely in points near the end of the day to hold that position by just 1 point.

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June 14, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit North

Today just out of curiosity we manually timed 10 laps for each driver while there were no other cars on the track. Then we went on with our normal race format.

LapAdamJerryPennyPatrickChad
1 11.563 12.938 14.047 12.516 13.234
2 11.453 13.141 DNF 13.344 16.328
3 11.672 12.813 12.828 12.766 DNF
4 11.563 12.594 12.406 DNF 13.453
5 11.500 12.766 12.469 12.797 12.813
6 11.656 12.953 13.297 13.234 12.219
7 11.344 13.141 12.391 12.859 12.813
8 11.688 14.484 14.828 12.906 12.906
9 11.344 12.875 12.359 13.813 12.672
10 11.438 13.531 12.328 13.297 13.688
Laps w/o DNF 10 10 9 9 9
Total Time 115.22 131.23 116.95 117.53 120.13
Average Time 11.522 13.123 12.995 13.059 13.347
Best Time 11.344 12.594 12.328 12.516 12.219
Worst Time 11.688 14.484 14.828 13.813 16.328
PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1AdamM1824180.360281314230
*2PennyM1816956.360513161961
*2PatrickM1816956.3609111512112
4JerryM1816153.760911718150
5ChadM1815250.76091289175

Dave wasn't here today to keep Adam in check so Adam ran off with the win. Dave played golf or something. But the battle for 2nd raged all day long. Adam raced at 80% throttle for most of the day. A pretty fun day with a lot of laughing. There was a lot of crashing today especially considering there was only 5 drivers and all experienced.

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May 31, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1AdamM1835663.980715211811503
2DaveM1833161.477715201013615
3PennyM1829653.18011891991059
4JasonM1829152.280151256157911
5ChadM1828951.980159101059913
6JerryM1828751.580169831312811
7PatrickM1828350.880912712111388

While Adam and Dave had 1st and 2nd in the bag, the battle for 3rd was fierce between 5 drivers! In the end 7th has 95% as many points as 3rd. This was the first time that Chad really moved up in the stats in a long race day amongst an experienced pack of racers. However he was still making a lot of mistakes that were causing other drivers to crash out of races. We have a lot of cars racing in a small area so it is very challenging to drive clean. This was our 7 most experienced drivers, but sometimes there was a lot more mayhem than you'd think. There was lots of crashing and DNFs today. Dave again had problems with his batteries not lasting so he had to sit out 3 races.

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May 24, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM1830263.8809221916932
2DaveM1827961.67610181419834
3PennyM1826155.280101020111973
4JasonM1825655.97717129910155
5JerryM1825553.98014991718103
6ChadM1825153.18020998111112

Best racing day ever, by far, look at the graph, how close it is! The difference between 1st and last by the end of the day is barely more than half of an average position. Last place has 83% of the points of the winner.

There was lots of variety and ties in the standings and grid lineup at the beginning of the day. After 10 races Penny had a 4-point lead, 3 other drivers were tied for 2nd, and the other 2 drivers were tied just 1 point behind. After 12 races Adam was tied for last place. After 17 races 4 drivers were all within 1 point and 3 of those drivers were tied for 1st place. Only after around 30 races did we finally start to see some solid standings, but there were still positions to be decided all the way to the end. Penny briefly took 2nd place from Dave after 45 races, and she was only 5 points behind 1st place. Jason by the percentage graph appears to have made up 2 positions in the last 10 races, but he had to sit out 3 races due to a bettery change, and because the points were so close that was enough to cost him one position based on the total points. Dave sat out the last 4 races also due to his batteries going dead. His car has been unusually fast the last few race days, but at the cost of run time, so much so that he's had to turn his throttle end point down just to get it to last all day. He risked increasing his throttle end point too much in his last 12 races and ended up not being able to finish the last 4. At that point he was 10 points behind so it would have been difficult to make that up in 4 races, and he did not lose any positions due to sitting out.

In one race Chad's car flew off the bridge after an altercation with Dave. Penny, Adam, and Dave got into a heated battle in one race and Adam and Penny ended up driving perfectly literally side-by-side for more than half a lap, both giving just enough space but not to much and neither giving up. Adam finally got the position by a couple car lenths in the last turn leading onto the bridge.

There seemed to be more traction than usual today, possibly due to it being warmer and higher humidy affecting the tires? We timed some laps and could do them in 11.5 seconds.

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May 17, 2009 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1AdamM1835469.0801616221210202
2DaveM1835368.88092422156202
3PennyM1829256.9801112131811906
4JerryM1828555.680181157171615
5PatrickM1827954.4801011915201104
6ChadM1822947.47516591057518
7ShifflettM186524.9380103710107

80 Races with 6 or 7 people. There was lots of Jerry Springer style drama, but still everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and there was a lot of good driving and battles. So many cars so close together! Today we used a Sound/Video file that informs drivers when to lineup, a buzz to start, a crowd roar on a 13 second interval, and a time limit to finish the 3rd lap. We tried ths out for the first time today and it worked pretty well. Dave lost by just 1 point out of over 350! Adam took that lead back from Dave only in the last 2 races. Jerry, Patrick and Penny had their usual close battle for points but Penny finally held 3rd. Jerry had the most wins today. Chad showed up late and then had to change batteries, so he missed a few races. Shifflet left early so he only got in about half the races. The spreadsheet is almost finalized. The grid for today was based on the percentage instead of the average.

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May 9, 2009 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1AdamM1824270.380173521502
2DaveM1823468.080222423515
3PennyM1819556.7801814182343
4JerryM1816848.8802151424412
5AndrewM184940.8242221053

We got in 80 races before 5:30. Andrew showed up for the last 24 races, and this made us aware of how flawed it was that the grid order was based on the average score instead of the percentage, since the score given in each race is dependent on the number of drivers in that race. Only 4 drivers for most of the day, but 4 good drivers. There was lots of good etiquet, which allowed for lots of strategic realistic passing, very fun.

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May 3, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1AdamM1833969.87081719186002
2DaveM1828959.570716131111219
3PennyM1827055.670812121187210
4JerryM1825953.370481312171033
5JasonM1824350.07022148311219
6PatrickM1824149.670714541314211
7ChadM1818940.9661424558820

Jason either won or DNFed most of the time. There were lots of DNFs in general due to some wedge obstacles placed at the inside edges of the chicane. These are for preventing the cars from cutting the course but they also have a tendency to flip the cars. But it got better as the day went on and the drivers eventually figured out to be more careful in that section. Aside from the DNFs it was a fun day of racing, not too much frustration for most drivers. Lots of odd funny crashes and finishes. The drivers seem to like this route a lot. Dave was not able to compete with Adam this time. He always seemed to be getting caught up in the pileups.

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April 25, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit South

Round 2

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1AdamM186172.620881003
2PennyM185464.320466202
3DaveM185363.120548102
4AndrewM183050.012212502
5JohnM181016.712001236

Round 1

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1DaveM1819368.97026161693
2AdamM1819268.67012351751
3PennyM1815555.470121623136
4JerryM1814351.17020313286

We only had 4 people most of the day but we still had a lot of fun. In Round 1 Dave and Adam managed to finish only 1 point apart after 70 races. Adam had the points lead all day, but they were tied going into the last race, and Dave managed to finish 1 position ahead of Adam in the last race and thus won the event.

Later Andrew showed up with his brother John. After they had some practice we decided to have another short round of racing with John driving Jerry's car. Although Andrew and John had to leave after 12 races.

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April 19, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit North

Round 2

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DaveM1816176.73591356200
2AdamM1815674.33581357101
3PennyM1812157.63526125640
4JasonM1811253.3357177562
5ChadM189243.8355136992
6JerryM1886413541341292

Round 1

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM1813381.130111241200
2DaveM1811972.63081063201
3PennyM189859.83043127301
4JerryM187042.73021661311
5JasonM186447.8244127640
6ChadM184438.6201306352

We split this day up into 2 Rounds just as an experiment.

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April 11, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM1824267.260719188332
2DaveM1823866.16015129101022
3JasonM1820356.46091181011101
4PennyM1818952.5601148149113
5JerryM1818852.2601249714113
6PatrickM1818350.86061081111104

We had our 6 most experienced racers today, and everyone had a very nicely and equally functioning open-wheel Formula Harnois M18. Jerry, Penny, and Patrick settled into a close battle for 4th place and that battle did not let up all day, with Penny finally just barely squeezing out 4th by just 1 point. Early in the day Jason competed for 1st with Dave and Adam and later on competed for 2nd with Dave. Adam maintained a fairly safe lead throughout the day but Dave almost managed to close the gap near the end of the day. Adam and Dave's racing got rather desparate near the end as it often does and they may have been a little less sportsmanlike than usual in those last several races! We did not invert the grid for the last several races today like we have done in some past events.

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April 4, 2009 - Main Circuit South

Round 2

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1AdamM1818875.250112311401
2DaveM1818674.4502397623
3JerryM1813654.45074171462
4PennyM1812851.25081099311
5NelsonM188333.25014613188

Round 1

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4DNF
1DaveM185366.32057602
2AdamM185265.02057512
3PennyM184556.32053561
4JerryM184151.32053363

There's 2 rounds of racing here for April 4. After Andrew showed up really late, since all the racing we had done so far was with only 4 people we just decided to start a new round. We still ended up getting in 50 races with 5 drivers. In Round 1 with only 4 people, we used grid positions 1,3,5, and 7, so there was twice as much space as usual between each car. However in Round 2 we used the normal grid. This may be why the score looks a lot closer in Round 1 since there was more grid handicapping.

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March 28, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM1815668.440713105221
2DaveM1814664.04012854461
3PennyM1813157.5408875426
4JerryM1811550.44063581440
5ChadM1811349.64043811842
6JasonM188866.7223557200

This was the first day of racing with everyone using homologated M18s. Penny, Jerry, and Jason were using brand new M18s, and everyone had a new body complete with sponsored race car type graphics. Not sure if homologated is the right word here but what I mean is all the cars have a similar body and similar performance specs and really look like they belong in the same class of racing together, complete to every detail including identical spoilers and number plates.

Jason's new car had electrical problems and we couldn't figure it out so he had to quit. He DNFed his last 6 races because of it but we removed those from the results so we can see on the percentage graph how well he did with his new car while it was working. Adam had similar problems before the racing started and never found any particular solution but it didn't give him any problem during the racing. Chad also had some odd problems with his receiver not coming on and his ESC having to be reprogrammed. But when the racing was going it was apparent right away that everyone using an M18 did make for much smoother racing. Having all the homologated bodies also made for a much more realistic looking race. Penny and Jason were both doing much better already with the M18, although Jerry was still getting used to the new remote control and the new car. Jason actually had the lead for a decent part of the day and Penny was competing with Dave in points for a while. We only got in 40 races due to the electrical problems and because we spent a lot of time before the racing taking pictures of the 8 new homologated cars.

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March 14, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1AdamM1831174.06081620131200
2DaveM1830773.1601519579401
3PennyMRS426262.46011415913512
4JasonMRS425961.76010861511820
5JerryMRS424357.9608796161400
6ChadM1820448.660765881745
7ShifflettM187918.860100228425

Shifflett won a race for the first time! Today we inverted the Grid for last 10 races, meaning that the drivers with the best score started at the front. Normally we start the faster drivers at the back of the grid. That's why there is a sudden change in the graph for the last 10 races. We did this as yet another experiment to test possible improvements in our racing format. These last 10 races were much calmer as the pack spread out throughout the race, but it was interesting to let the drivers of equal skill duke it out together without the interference of other traffic. Dave and Adam battled all day for points. Jerry and Penny battled with them for the first 15 or so races, and were in a close battle with each other plus Jason for 3rd place for most of the day.

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March 7, 2009 - Speed Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DaveM1823768.7601811915313
2AdamM1823467.860627126603
3PennyMRS420760.06011616121140
4JerryMRS417651.060941381592
5JasonMRS416260.0459777960
6ChadM1813940.3607531112175

Adam had less wins than anyone else but was 2nd place in the overall event. Dave and Adam battled desparately in the final races, probably at the expense of other drivers. Overall smooth racing today because its all experienced drivers. Jason left early after 45 races, which is a good example of how the percentage works. Although Jason is shown in 5th based on the total points, by percentage we can see he is tied with Penny for 3rd. We can also see on the graph that after 30 races he had temporarily taken 2nd place from Dave.

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February 28, 2009 - Speed Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1DaveM1828679.46023151011001
2AdamM1827776.9601124169000
3PennyMRS422863.3601171715703
4JerryMRS421559.76081011161131
5ChadM1815342.560746818710
6ShifflettMRS47821.760000121335

This was the first time that the event winner had the highest number of first place finishes.

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February 22, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1AdamM1816681.4301111322001
2DaveM1815174.030113831301
3PennyMRS414269.63066673110
4PatrickM1810852.930155410203
5JerryMRS410350.530125105313
6ChadM186035.72403312735
7AllenMRS45326.0300003510120

Chad brought a couple of visitors today (including Allen) and we spent a lot of time just practicing with our visitors driving the spare cars. Still a lot of fun and Allen joined in for an official round of 30 races.

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February 14, 2009 - Switchbacks Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6P7DNF
1AdamM1828571.860111617112003
2DaveM1827970.3602110877016
3JerryMRS423960.26089111410422
4PennyMRS422857.460512912101002
5PatrickM1820651.96095711101206
6ChadM1818045.36068741111310
7ShifflettMRS46424.737001169191

A fun day with 7 Drivers although Adam Shifflett quit after 37 races after breaking two cars.

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February 7, 2009 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts%#P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM1825971.9601123118502
2DaveM1825671.160201677316
3JerryMRS422963.6608102012712
4PennyMRS421559.7601091018805
5ChadM1820256.16011212141803
6ShifflettMRS47119.760000116367

Another good day of racing with 6 people including Adam Shifflett who was racing with us for the first time. A very close battle once again between Adam and Dave, and Jerry, Penny, and Chad all did very well also. Chad's driving has gotten really controlled and competitive now and he won 11 races which is just as many as the event winner. Dave won 1 out of 3 races and still did not win the event, due to his 6 DNFs to Adam's 2 DNFs, and due to Adam's 23 2nd place finishes.

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January 25, 2009 - Main Circuit South

PDriverCarPnts#%P1P2P3P4P5DNF
1DaveM181916063.71017151323
2AdamM181896063.0161411766
*3PennyMRS41696056.311101115112
*3JerryMRS41696056.310101412131
5PatrickM181616053.7139910136

This was another day of amazingly close racing. Everyone was holding such tight lines that it was very difficult to pass and difficult to hold off the guy behind you! Although there were only 5 cars, it was hilariously fun and unbelievably difficult to win because in most races it seemed most cars were in the battle all the way to the last turn. Jerry's car got a little maintenance from the Harnois team mechanic and that put him back in the competition as compared to last week. After 23 races he had more points than any other driver. Patrick struggled in the beginning with suspension settings after fixing the broken shock from last week, but staged a decent come-back after getting that resolved. The way this format works, every position is another point. And so if 2 drivers have the same average position they would have the same number of points. So consider then how close all this is. After 59 races and 1 to go, Adam trailed Dave by only 1 point. If he could finish ahead of Dave he could tie, and if 2 positions ahead of Dave in the last race he could win the event. Dave and Adam battled through traffic in that last race until the 2nd-to-last turn where Adam got mixed up in traffic and Dave managed to get by. Then consider after all of 60 races, Penny and Jerry managed to flat out tie. Such close racing and a great racing format that makes every driver fight for every position.

There are a lot more DNFs in today's racing compared to last week. This is probably because some features were added to the track that have a tendency to flip the cars rather than just stop them, and because we may have refined the rules and gotten more strict about what was counted as a DNF.

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January 17, 2009 - Main Circuit North

PDriverCarPnts#%P1P2P3P4P5P6DNF
1AdamM182486068.9818189511
2DaveM182406066.71112189550
3JasonMRS42256062.51610681190
4PennyMRS42146059.412710101650
5PatrickM182076057.511104141290
6JerryMRS41256034.72341011300

This was a really good day of racing. We gave points to every position in every race as shown above. 6 points were given for each 1st place finish because there were 6 cars racing. The grid order for each race was based on the drivers with the highest total points starting at the back. We've never tried this points system before because of the time it would take to record the score and figure out the grid order between each race, but this time we were armed with an excel file that calculates and displays the total points and grid position for each driver after each race. It worked great, we even finished early.

We continued using the spread-out starting grid that prevents the pile-ups in turn 1, which means all the cars are staying in the race instead of getting knocked out of it right away. Plus the handicapped starting grid means the faster cars are generally starting at the back and gradually catching the cars ahead over the course of each 3-lap race. And we had our 6 most experienced drivers here today who were all clearly making a very successful effort to keep it clean. Because of all this there were so many great battles involving every car on the track. Super fun! Traffic, traffic, traffic! In some races all 6 cars were crossing the finish line in a pack.

Patrick finally got his M18 working well. Him and Jason and Penny fought a close battle for 3rd throughout the whole day and it really tightened up in the 2nd half. After 56 races their score was 200,201, and 203! Every position in every race counts for another point! Jason sealed the deal quite clearly in the last 4 races however. Adam held off Dave most of the day but all it took was a couple of bad finishes to allow Dave to tie it up in race 31, and again after 57 races their score was 229 and 232!

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January 3rd, 2009

Race Format: 3-lap races, 12 rounds of 5 races
Scoring Method: 1st:3pts | 2nd:2pts | 3rd:1pt
Starting Grid: Equal/Random
Route: Main Circuit North

Today we went back to counting points for every race. Every race counted equally with points given to 3rd place. The races were done in 12 rounds of 5 because we had 5 drivers and had time for 60 races. We shuffled and drew cards at the beginning of each round then rotated the cards after each race. The card number determined grid position. This way the starting grid order was random and everyone started from every position an equal number of times. Using the cards worked well to prevent any confusion about starting grid positions. We Continued with our spread-out starting grid that has 3.5 feet between each car and this continued to prevent the 1st turn pile-ups. The racing went very well with much less of the frustrating entanglements, a lot of good mutli-car battles, and a couple of super-close finishes between 3 cars.

Jerry struggled with his car today and no wonder since he had a bunch of screws coming loose. Patrick tried to run with his M18 but it wasn't quite up-to-par yet so he went back to his "Honda" Micro RS4 starting at about round 4 and his points started to go up and match Penny's rate of climb. Penny kept up with Dave and Adam in points at the beginning but eventually the intensity of Dave and Adam's battle took over. Dave lead in points most of the day but Adam put on a hard drive near the end scoring 12 points per round (out of 15 possible) in all of the last 3 rounds, partly due no doubt to better luck in the traffic.

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January 1, 2009 Single-Day Points Series

P  DriverVehicleRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Total Avg
1Dave Kutassy4wd Xray M1834363636343421035.0
2Adam Harnois4wd Xray M1836333433363620834.7
3Penny Harnois4wd Micro RS433343332333219732.8
4Jason Wood4wd Micro RS432323234323319532.5
5Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS431313030313118430.7
6Andrew Nelson4wd Micro RS430303131303018230.3
Circuit:Main
North
Main
South
Switch
North
Switch
South
Speed
South
Speed
North

Everyone was back to 4wd and had fresh foam tires. I decided not to count any negative points today for missing laps. There weren't very many anyway and some were not recorded for various resaons. It wouldn't have changed anyone's final position, except to create an unresolved tie between Dave and Adam. Without subtracting for lost laps, we might as well have awarded points 0-6 instead of 30-36. We'll probably drop this format in the future anyway as we continue to experiment to find the best racing format that does not require turn marshals or a timing system.

Today we used a more spread-out starting grid, with 3.5 feet between each car on the grid. This almost entirely prevented the usual problems with pile-ups in turn 1, which was the main goal. However, in combination with the single-day points series race format, where drivers start most races based on the finishing order of the previous race, the fastest drivers were consistenly starting almost 20 feet ahead of the slower drivers, and then the faster drivers would just pull further away since they are faster and have no traffic to deal with, which all around made for less interesting racing a lot of the time. On the other hand drivers were consistenly running near other drivers of similar skill, for example Dave and Adam had many great battles.

Next race we'll keep the spread-out starting grid but award points for 3 or 4 positions in every race, and use something like the "cyclical" starting grid we've used in past, which has everyone start in every position an equal number of times. This way it will be a fair starting grid system, turn 1 should still work out ok, but after turn 1 with all the drivers mixed up in an ever-changing and random order there should be more interaction throughout each race, and every race will count for points, and finishing positions other than 1st will still count for something, and we'll still have our 3-lap races with lots of intense close finishes - best of all worlds I think. We'll see.

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2008 Results

December 14, 2008 Single-Day Points Series

P  DriverVehicleRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Total Avg
1Jason Wood4wd MRS437(-0)34(-4)33(-0)33(-0)37(-0)--17034.0
2Adam Harnois2wd MRS430(-0)35(-0)37(-0)35(-1)33(-1)--16833.6
3Patrick Spear4wd MRS435(-0)30(-2)35(-1)37(-1)31(-1)--16332.6
4Jerry Wood4wd MRS434(-1)37(-0)30(-2)31(-2)35(-2)--16032.0
5Penny Harnois4wd M1833(-1)33(-2)34(-0)30(-1)32(-2)--15631.2
6Chad Shaffer4wd M1832(-0)31(-1)32(-1)32(-3)34(-2)--15430.8
7Andrew Nelson4wd MRS431(-0)32(-4)31(-1)34(-0)30(-1)--15230.4
Circuit:Main
North
Main
South
Switch
North
Switch
South
Speed
North
Speed
South

Adam and Penny switched cars for today. We got a very late start so were not able to do 6 rounds. But because we started late, we had 7 good drivers for all 5 rounds. A couple people did not like the new race format very well, so we may be looking at adjusting it a little. The main complaint seemed to be that the races at the beginning of each round don't count for much. They count for your spot on the grid in the next race, but the starts seem to be more about who lucks out getting out of the turn 1 pileups. To fix this we'll be looking at spreading out the grid more so that all the cars have a better chance of getting through turn 1 without getting mauled from behind by the pack of rabid monkeys who call themselves drivers. We may also look at doing a larger number of rounds with less races in each round, increasing the opportunites to score points. Overall though, the format does exactly what it is intended, which is to give the drivers a score that represents their speed that day. The drivers in last place are not far off in points to the drivers in 1st place, which is right since the actual speed of the last place drivers is not all the much slower than the 1st place drivers. It worked out the same last time. The score represents the drivers performance that day. We also had some problems with cars accidentally crossing over from other parts of the course and interfering with the leaders, so we may look at installing some barriers.

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December 8, 2008 - Harnois Single-Day Points Series

P  DriverVehicleRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Total Avg
1Adam Harnois2wd M1835(-0)35(-2)36(-0)36(-0)31(-1)32(-0)20233.7
2Jerry Wood4wd MRS432(-1)33(-0)32(-0)33(-2)32(-0)34(-0)19332.2
3Dave Kutassy2wd M1833(-0)32(-0)34(-0)34(-0)34(-3)31(-2)19332.2
4Chad Shaffer4wd M1831(-0)30(-3)33(-4)30(-1)----11629.0
5Andrew Nelson4wd MRS4----31(-16)32(-2)30(-2)30(-3)10028.3
6Colette4wd MRS430(-19)31(-14)30(-12)31(-8)----6917.3
Circuit:Main
North
Main
South
Switch
North
Switch
South
Speed
North
Speed
South

This was our first day using this Single-Day Points Series format and it worked out really well. There were 10 races in each round and 3 laps in each race. The first number in each box is the points awarded to each driver based on their finishing position in the last race of the round. The negative number is the laps lost as a result of getting lapped or stuck or disabled. Some drivers showed up late and others had to leave early which skewed the totals, so I added the Avg column. Andrew showed up half way through round 3 so he starting out with a -15 in that round since racers only get credit for the laps they complete, but that round is not counted in his average. Jerry and Dave were tied for 2nd place, but Jerry had fewer laps lost (negative points) so he gets 2nd place. Can't help but notice that Colette placed higher than Chad in both rounds 2 and 4. Colette is totally new at this so was getting lapped a lot, but as you can see she was getting better with each round. The ability to track this improvement without a timing system is one of the goals of this race format.

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November 28, 2008

Pos.DriverVehicleWins
1Adam Harnois2wd Xray M1835
2Dave Kutassy2wd Xray M1811
3Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS410
4Penny Harnois2wd Micro RS44
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Switchbacks Circuit North

With no traffic to act as an equalizer, perhaps we should have used the handicap starting grid method.

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November 15, 2008

Pos.DriverVehicleWins
1Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS415
2Adam Harnois2wd Xray M1814
3Patrick Spear4wd Micro RS411
4Dave Kutassy2wd Xray M185
5Penny Harnois2wd Micro RS43
6Chad Shaffer4wd Xray M181
7Colette4wd Micro RS40
49
Pos.DriverVehicleWins
1Adam Harnois2wd Xray M1811
2Dave Kutassy2wd Xray M188
3Patrick Spear4wd Micro RS45
4Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS44
5Penny Harnois2wd Micro RS42
30

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Main Circuit South

For round 1 we had 7 racers which, in combination some drivers' bizarrely desparate desire to win, made for some real chaotic racing. With so many cars, so much mayhem, and one completely green rookie racer, lap traffic became a deciding factor in several races. Jerry is one of our most experienced harnois racers, and he's finally starting to show it with 2 event wins in the last 3 race days.

Chad and Colette had to leave early so we started a new round. Round 2 was a lot more tame and included lots of close racing battles.

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October 25, 2008

Pos.DriverVehicleWins
1Dave Kutassy2wd Xray M1822
2Adam Harnois2wd Xray M1820
3Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS412
4Chad Shaffer4wd Xray M183
5Penny Harnois2wd Micro RS43
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Main Circuit North

Aparently Dave and Adam are getting the hang of the 2wd. The rookie Chad scored a personal best number of points, and he scored the first 2 in the first 2 races, making him 2 points ahead of everybody!

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October 19, 2008

Pos.DriverVehicleWins
1Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS423
2Adam Harnois2wd Xray M1821
3Dave Kutassy2wd Xray M1814
4Penny Harnois2wd Micro RS42
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Main Circuit South

What is going on here? Jerry in 1st place? Penny was running 2wd for the first time. Her car will need some work to be more drivable as a 2wd.

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October 5, 2008

Pos.DriverVehicleWins
1Penny Harnois4wd Micro RS414
2Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS413
2Jason Wood4wd Micro RS413
4Adam Harnois2wd Xray M1812
5Dave Kutassy2wd Xray M1810
62

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Main Circuit North

Jason was winning for most of the day. He switched to 2wd near the end of the day to try it out. Very close score for everyone, but the 4wds showing a clear advantage.

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September 13, 2008

Pos.DriverVehicleWins
1Penny Harnois4wd Micro RS420
2Dave Kutassy2wd Xray M1817
3Adam Harnois2wd Xray M1817
4Jerry Wood4wd Micro RS415
5Chad Shaffer4wd Xray M181
70

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Speed Circuit North

Dave and Adam removed the drive shafts from their M18s and ran 2wd today and were still able to compete well with the 4wds. Jerry tied last week's personal record number of wins.

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September 6, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)22
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)21
3Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)15
4Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)9
5Sparkey (Patrick Spear)8
6Chad Shaffer0
75

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Speed Circuit South

Jerry really had his car working well today, earned a personal record number of points, and at times was challenging Dave's points position. Dave and Adam were swapping the points lead throughut the day but Adam came out barely ahead in the end. Patrick was a bit rusty since he hasn't raced with us for a while. Chad may not have gotten any points but he was definitely driving much better. It was nice to have 6 drivers again - more traffic really adds to the challenge and fun. However, it was a bit frustrating today for some drivers who were repeatedly taken out by overly aggressive drivers behind them. This circuit usually produces our smoothest racing. This may only be toy car racing, but the point is to have fun, and it's a lot more fun if everyone at least attempts to drive strategically and make clean passes. We had a discussion today about creating some kind of front wing/bumper that would partially disable the car after a front end impact.

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August 31, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)19
2Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)18
3Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)10
4Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)4
5Chad Shaffer0
51

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Switchbacks Circuit South

After 50 scheduled races, Adam and Jason were tied. A tie breaker race was run with Jason and Adam starting at the back of the grid. They worked throught the traffic and came out in front still racing each other, although Jason had a lead of a few feet. Adam made one mistake while attempting to catch up - hit one corner post, and Jason took the event win.

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August 23, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)26
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)23
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)12
4Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)8
5Chad Shaffer1
70

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Switchbacks Circuit North

That might be Chad's first official point. He'll do a lot better once he figures out what a "braking point" is! :-D

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August 9, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)21
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)17
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)14
4Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)7
59

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Main Circuit North

Only 4 drivers, but it was surprisingly fun. Things play out differently everyday depending on the number of drivers, which drivers, circuit used, condition of cars, etc. It's always a bit different but always fun.

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August 2, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)20
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)19
3Sparkey (Patrick Spear)9
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)9
5Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)3
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: ?

Sparkey returns!

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July 19, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)13
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)8
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)4
25
Pos.DriverWins
1Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)12
2Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)8
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)5
25

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Round 1 Route: Main Circuit South
Round 2 Route: Main Circuit North

Apparently we only need 3 drivers to have fun! With 3 of our most experienced drivers and without the chaos of heavy traffic, we were able to have a lot of extremely close racing and passing without running into each other too much. It made for very stiff competition. Although the scores don't look that close, almost every race had a close finish.

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June 21, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)22
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)11
3Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)10
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)10
5Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)4
6Mark Thompson3
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Speed Circuit North

Rough day. This circuit starts with a hairpin directly followed by a chicane which is hard for a crowd of cars to get through. There was a lot of silly crashing. Dave carried the camera and still caught a little bit of close racing and a couple funny open-wheel crashes and passes.

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June 14, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)21
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)14
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)12
4Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)11
5Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)1
5Mark Thompson1
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Speed Circuit South

There is often lots of smooth racing on Speed Circuit South because there is half a lap between the start and the first hairpin turn. Evereyone seemed to be driving quite smoothly too, which altogether created lots of interesting close racing today. Started out with no camera but soon decided to put the camera and rear view mirror on Adam's car and it paid off. We captured lots of close racing with cars all around and a couple of really spectacular flying violent crashes! Jason whooped everyone's butt. Where the heck did that come from? Perhaps it is time for a tech inspection!

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May 24, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)29
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)24
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)22
4Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)18
5Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)8
101

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Main Circuit North

Only 5 drivers in the race today, but more of the drivers are able to stay in the race more often due to everyone driving smoothly. Lots of close clean racing and just as much if not more of that feeling of being surrounded by the competion. That's what we're after!

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May 3, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)14
2Sparkey (Patrick Spear)13
2Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)13
4Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)10
5Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)8
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)3
7Chad Shaffer0
61

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Speed Circuit North

Adam had a strong points lead early in the day, but later Patrick and Dave began to catch up. Going into the last race these three drivers were tied in points, and in the last race all 3 managed to get safely through traffic and were racing each other at the front within a few feet of each other and swapping positions. The final lap of the day decided the event. Patrick overshot turn 1 and his car collided with Adam's car. Dave made his way around the wreckage and went on to win the last race and the overall event. It was all captured in the on-board cam and rear view mirror carried on Adam's car.

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Apr 26, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)25
2Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)13
2Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)13
2Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)13
5Mark Thompson11
6Chad Shaffer0
75

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Handicap
Route: Main Circuit South

Jerry Wood in a 3-way tie for 2nd place? What is going on here? No more vacation for you! 11 points for Mark Thompson for his first "official" day. Not bad! Chad was sooo close to winning a few races, impressive enough considering his wonky steering. The racing was as close as ever even with the mix of experience levels on the track. We all had sore cheeks from laughing so much. Started out with no on-board camera, but the racing was so good we put it on Adam's car for the second half.

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Mar 29, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)25
2Sparkey (Patrick Spear)17
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)10
4Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)7
5Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)1
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Switchbacks Circuit North

No camera today. Patrick took an early lead in points. With a strong motor and no camera weight, Adam was able to pull out a strong lead by the end of the day. No camera today.

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Mar 15, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)22
2Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)13
3Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)12
3Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)8
5Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)5
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Speed Circuit South

Brain Bucket was clearly out for revenge after his 5th place finish last week!

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Mar 9, 2008

Pos.DriverWins
1Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)15
2Sparkey (Patrick Spear)13
3Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)11
3Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)11
5Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)10
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)1
7Chad0
60

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Cyclical
Route: Main Circuit North

This was the first day of racing with everyone on the spec xray foam tires (hard front & soft rear). Points are close even though there is no handicap starting grid, and the racing in general seemed smoother.

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Feb 23, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: previous race
Route: Main Circuit South

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)21
2Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)15
3Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)11
4Sparkey (Patrick Spear)9
5Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)3
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)1
7Chad0
7Darrel0

Total Number of races: 60

This was the first day we started experimenting with having a rear view mirror on the camera Car. It definitely makes the video more interesting!

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Feb 9, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Handicap
Route: All Circuits

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)14
2Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)13
3Sparkey (Patrick Spear)12
4Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)10
5Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)9
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)2

Total Number of races: 60

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Feb 2, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Handicap
Route: Speed Circuit South

Pos.DriverWins
1Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)12
2Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)11
2Sparkey (Patrick Spear)11
2Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)11
5Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)10
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)5

Total Number of races: 60

The handicap grid seemed to create an artificial tied ending on this day. 4 drivers were tied at 11 points with 1 race to go. Jason also lead in points earlier in the day. It came down to Dave winning the last race.

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Jan 26, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: previous race
Route: Switchbacks Circuit North

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)15
2Sparkey (Patrick Spear)13
3Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)12
4Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)9
4Magic Nerd (Jason Wood)9
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)2

Total Number of races: 60

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Jan 20, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: previous race
Route: Main Circuit South

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)20
2Sparkey (Patrick Spear)15
3Fajita Dave (Dave Kutassy)12
4Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)10
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)3

Total Number of races: 60

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Jan 19, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Starting Grid: Handicap
Route: Speed Circuit North

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket (Adam Harnois)20
2Sparkey (Patrick Spear)19
3Stunt Woman (Penny Harnois)14
4Majic Nerd (Jason Wood)6
6Mindless Man (Jerry Wood)1

Total Number of races: 60

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Jan 6, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Route: Switchbacks Circuit South

Results omitted to avoid spoiling the ending of the Harnois Racing Formula DVD.

Total Number of races: 66

Fajita carried the camera. Really fun day. Lots of close clean racing. Everybody's car handling well and it shows in the smoothness of the racing. Brain and Sparkey had more power and it showed.

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Jan 1, 2008

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win
Route: Main Circuit North

Pos.DriverWins
1Brain Bucket16
2Fajita Dave15
3Sparkey10
4Stunt Woman6
5Magic Nerd4
6Mindless Man0

Total Number of races: 51

Brain carried the camera.

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2007 Results

Dec 9, 2007

Race Format: 3-lap sprint races
Scoring Method: 1 Point for each win

Pos.DriverWins
1Stunt Woman23
1Sparkey23
3Brain Bucket14
4Mindless Man2
5Magic Nerd0

Total Number of races: 62

First day of racing on the new Harnois Race Park.

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Mar 10, 2007

3-lap sprint races, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket14
2Fajita Dave13
3Stunt Woman12
4Magic Nerd8
5Mindless Man2
6Sparkey1

Total Number of races: 50

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Feb 18, 2007

3-lap sprint races, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Fajita Dave18
2Magic Nerd17
3Stunt Woman13
4Brain Bucket12
5Sparkey11
6Mindless Man0

Total Number of races: 71

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Jan 20, 2007

3-lap sprint races, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Fajita Dave20
2Brain Bucket19
3Sparkey13
4Stunt Woman7
5Magic Nerd3
6Mindless Man0
7Choco Bunny0
8Mad Max0

Total Number of races: 62

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Jan 13, 2007

3-lap sprint races, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Fajita Dave17
2Brain Bucket16
3Stunt Woman13
4Mindless Man1

Total Number of races: 47

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Jan 6, 2007

3-lap sprint races, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Fajita Dave25
2Brain Bucket18
3Stunt Woman10
4Mindless Man1
5Mad Max0

Total Number of races: 54

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2006 Results

Dec 9, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket26
2Fajita Dave25
3Magic Nerd24
3Stunt Woman24
5Mindless Man2

Total Number of races: 101

Magic Nerd and Fajita Dave both had good leads at some point during the day. Stunt Woman was way behind after the first half of the day but staged a major come-back to almost take the lead herself. After 100 races Dave and Brain Bucket were tied at 25 points. So a 5-lap tie-breaker was run with only the 2 drivers starting even on the line. Brain made a mistake in the 2nd lap allowing Dave to take a considerable lead. But Dave made a mistake in the final lap allowing Brain got close the gap. The 2 were side by side on the final stretch and Brain won by half a car length.

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Dec 2, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket27
2Magic Nerd20
3Fajita Dave17
4Stunt Woman5
5Mindless Man1

Total Number of races: 70

Dave carried on-car camera.

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Nov 25, 2006: Winter 06/07 Round One

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket26
2Fajita Dave23
3Sparkey20
4Stunt Woman4
5Magic Nerd3
6Mindless Man2
7Joe Gibbs1
8Bruiser0

Total Number of races: 79

Raced 8 cars on course simultaneously for most of the day. Brain Bucket carried the on-car camera. Some pics from today posted here.

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Nov 11, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket25
2Fajita Dave19
3Magic Nerd17
4Stunt Woman15
5Mindless Man4

Total Number of races: 80

Today we disabled reverse on all the cars for the first time. This worked out really well. Everyone was being very careful to avoid collisions since it could lead to being stuck facing a wall and therefore out of that race. This made for much better racing with everyone making careful passes. It also created obstacles in the track since we do not rescue stuck or flipped cars until each 3-lap sprint is finished. When there were crashes they were more often realistic racing incidences rather than just collisions with cars that were reversing out into traffic. Everyone was also using open-wheeled roadster style cars which often have wilder reactions to collisions with the walls and each other.

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Nov 4, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket30
2Fajita Dave22
3Stunt Woman14
4Mindless Man3
5Joe Gibbs1

Total Number of races: 70

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Oct 28, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Fajita Dave18
2Sparkey16
3Brain Bucket15
4Stunt Woman6
4Magic Nerd6
6Mindless Man2

Total Number of races: 63

Finally Dave gets the win - it is surprising this didin't happen sooner since Dave is arguably our 2nd-best driver. Dave was winning by a much larger margin at the half time break. Sparkey mounted a serious come-back in the second half of the day after getting a handling problem sorted out, pushing Brain Bucket back to 3rd and almost catching Dave.

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Oct 7, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket27
2Magic Nerd20
3Fajita Dave18
4Stunt Woman5
5Mindless Man0

Total Number of races: 70

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Sept 16, 2006

3-lap sprint races, cycled starting grid, points to 3rd place (3,2,1).

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket93
2Magic Nerd85
3Fajita Dave72
4Sparkey63
5Stunt Woman49
6Mindless Man6

Total Number of races: 63

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Sept 2, 2006

3-lap sprint races, cycled starting grid, points to 3rd place (3,2,1).

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket84
2Sparkey75
3Magic Nerd74
4Stunt Woman55
5Fajita Dave43
6Mindless Man11

Total Number of races: 57

Adam carried the on-car camera mounted at the front of the car facing backwards. We also got more trackside footage with a 2nd camera.

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Aug 25, 2006

3-lap sprint races, cycled starting grid, points to 3rd place (7,4,2).

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket259
2Fajita Dave203
3Stunt Woman201
4Magic Nerd180
5Mindless Man67

Total Number of races: 70

Today each driver cycled through every spot on the grid so that everyone started from every starting grid position an equal number of times. This way there was no reward nor handicap for the overall day. Adam carried the on-car camera and we also got more trackside footage with a 2nd camera.

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Aug 18, 2006, Part 2

3-lap sprint races, handicapped starting grid, switched to rewarded starting grid for the last 7 races, points to 3rd place (4,2,1).

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket86
2Fajita Dave71
3Stunt Woman70
4Sparkey50
5Magic Nerd42
6Mindless Man31

Total Number of races: 50

For this part we switched back to the handicapped starting grid to keep the points closer and give all drivers a better chance of scoring. But for the last few races we switched to a rewarded starting grid so the points leaders could use their earned position and duke it out on track with less traffic. Brain Bucket carried the on-car camera for part of the day and we also had a second camera picking up some interesting low-angle track-side shots.

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Aug 18, 2006, Part 1

3-lap sprint Races, rewarded starting grid, points to 3rd place (4,2,1).

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket67
2Sparkey58
3Stunt Woman37
4Fajita Dave34
5Magic Nerd14
6Mindless Man0

Total Number of races: 30

Today is split into 2 parts because we were experimenting with some different methods of determining the starting grid order. We felt that our handicap starting grid method was making the end of the day a bit random, because the finishing order could be drastically different depending on when we chose to stop racing. So for this part we tried a rewarded starting grid, meaning the driver with the most points started in 1st, driver in 2nd by points started in 2nd, etc. There was still a lot of comptetition on-track and in points today between Brain Bucket and Sparkey, and between Stunt Woman and Fajita Dave, but it eventually started to look like a boring runaway.

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Aug 12, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, points to 3rd place (4,2,1).

Pos.DriverScore
1Magic Nerd101
2Fajita Dave100
3Stunt Woman96
3Brain Bucket96
5Mindless Man27

Total Number of races: 60

Once again the overall finishing order was changing drastically in the last few races. Everyone was the points leader at some point today - even Mindless Man since he won the first race. Brain Bucket carried the on-car camera for half the day and Fajita Dave carried it the second half. And we also had an extra person here today taking overhead video. 3 cars are now converted to open-wheeled "roadsters."

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Aug 5, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, points to 3rd place (4,2,1).

Pos.DriverScore
1Stunt Woman104
2Fajita Dave101
3Brain Bucket97
4Magic Nerd95
5Mindless Man23

Total Number of races: 60

Stunt Woman kicked boy butt again! This is the first day of awarding points down to 3rd place. Magic Nerd actually had a strong lead for most of the day - we all thought he had it in the bag. Eventually Brain Bucket caught up and passed him in points, but it wasn't long before both Dave and Penny also caught up. Positions were changing drastically in the last few races. A few more races could have changed the whole finishing order. Everyone was making a real effort to keep the racing clean today and it made for much better racing. Brain Bucket carried the cam today on the back of the Roadster. In the last race there was a 3-way tie between Dave, Stunt Woman, and Magic Nerd with Magic Nerd's car sliding across the line on its side - we had to guess in order to assign points for that race.

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July 29, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket23
2Stunt Woman16
2Sparkey16
4Fajita Dave14
5Mindless Man5
74

Sparkey had a decent points lead over Brain Bucket early in the day as both were starting from the back and Sparkey was having the better luck with the traffic, but the luck in traffic eventually turned in Brain Bucket's favor. Stunt Woman was a solid points winner all day, tied at times for 1st place, and in the end managed to tie for 2nd. Dave was carrying the on-car camera and got even more awesome footage. Brain Bucket debuted an open-wheeled M18.

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July 22, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Stunt Woman14
2Brain Bucket13
2Fajita Dave13
2Magic Nerd13
5Mindless Man8
61

Stunt Woman kicked boy butt! First place is taken by one point, and there's a 3 way tie for 2nd, and at times today there was a 4-way tie for 1st! - maybe our handicap starting grid is working a little too well! Jerry matches his personal best. And again, only 6 points between first and last. Brain Bucket was carrying the on-car camera today and caught lots of close racing footage and wild crashing.

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July 15, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Sparkey14
2Brain Bucket13
3Stunt Woman10
4Magic Nerd9
5Fajita Dave8
5Mindless Man8
62

Sparkey pulls out a win on his 2nd day of racing on this track. Look at the points spread here, 6 drivers and only 6 points between last and first place. All the drivers are really getting up to speed now. That combined with our race format and starting grid improvements is making it difficult for anyone to pull out a strong lead.

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July 8, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket25
2Sparkey22
3Stunt Woman20
4Magic Nerd14
5Fajita Dave11
6Mindless Man8
100

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July 1, 2006

3-lap sprint races, handicap starting grid, 1 Point for each 1st Place finish.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket25
2Fajita Dave22
3Stunt Woman19
4Magic Nerd13
5Mindless Man3
82

This was the first day trying out the handicap starting grid idea. Look how much closer the points are, and the racing was a lot more fun too.

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June 24, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket46
2Stunt Woman16
3Magic Nerd14
4Fajita Dave11
5Mindless Man0
87

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June 17, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket34
2Magic Nerd18
3Fajita Dave7
3Stunt Woman7
5Mindless Man2
6Joe Gibbs0
68

A personal best for Magic Nerd today, in both points and position.

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June 10, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket49
2Fajita Dave31
3Magic Nerd8
4Stunt Woman6
4Mindless Man6
100

Although it appears Brain Bucket wins by a landslide here, actually Dave and the Brain were alternating between tied and 1 or 2 points apart most of the day. Only near the end of the day something happened with Dave and Brain Bucket established that lead.

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May 27, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket44
2Fajita Dave30
3Magic Nerd4
4Stunt Woman3
5Mindless Man2
83

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May 20, 2006

3-lap sprint races, 1st place gets one point and goes to back, otherwise starting grid order based on finishing order of previous race.

Pos.DriverScore
1Brain Bucket28
2Fajita Dave21
3Magic Nerd10
4Stunt Woman6
5Mindless Man0
65

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