Monday, February 28, 2011
Competitions are moving along - how's your team faring?
Monday, February 21, 2011
Rough week for almost everyone at Daytona. I rolled the dice with Trevor and he saved my lost points from Burton and Newman.
A quick 'Booo!' to Nasty Habits and Winner By A Tire Length. Both dropped out of RMFN before the green flag.
Implications: the matchups in the bracket competitions and World Cup.
For the brackets, those opposing teams will advance to the next round but will be reseeded like the other second-round qualifiers for Round Two.
For the World Cup, the top two fourth-place teams will be determined by average points instead of World Cup points.
Good luck at Phoenix!!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Top-10 teams from 2010 that will compete in the first heat include:
No. 4 BUSTER HYMEN
No. 5 Little Deuce Coupe
No. 7 Damn Sunday Drivers
No. 8 Betty Boop Madness
No. 9 #3 Intimidator
The first heat covers the first four races of the season. The top 18 teams at that point join the top 14 seeds in the winners' heat of the second round; the rest compete in the losers heat.
As a result, the same overall top-10 teams that are competing in the first round of the SEB are in the first heat of the SEH:
No. 4 Cooter88
No. 5 RMO Lug Nutz
No. 7 billy's boys 10
No. 8 Swindell Motorsports
No. 9 Texas Speed Reavers
The first heat covers the first six races of the season. The top 18 teams at that point advance to the second heat and will be joined there by the top 14 seeds from 2010 who received first-heat byes.
Five teams that finished in the 93rd percentile or better face first round matchups:
No. 4 (seed from 2010 rating) BUSTER HYMEN vs. Buford's Boyz
No. 5 Litle Deuce Coupe vs. Oval Friends
No. 7 Damn Sunday Drivers vs. Team Lester
No. 8 Betty Boop Madness vs. JoRo's Rockets
No. 9 #3 Intimidator vs. Arthur Racing Inc.
The first round covers the first four races of the season.
No. 7 overall/No. 29 2010 billy's boys 10 faces your's truly - No. 15 overall/No. 36 2010 in the first round. A tenured pair from past RMFN seasons also meet in the first round No. 4 overall Cooter88 meets No. 26 overall Buford's Boyz (formerly Hoosier).
Other top-10 overall teams with first-round pairings (the others earned first-round byes): No. 5 Yduck, No. 6 RMO Lug Nutz, No. 8 Swindell Motorsports, and No. 9 Texas Speed Reavers.
The first round covers the first six races of the season.
The first group phase runs through the 10th race of the season and features a double round-robin format for the five group members (10 groups).
Teams were seeded based on overall rating, resulting in some interesting groups:
DARLINGTON: No. 7 overall billy's boys 10 is paired with No. 3 from 2010 AMSKahne4.
POCOCONO (group of death): No. 10 overall/No. 10 2010 Sunday Money 1011; No. 11/No.13 Tony is The Man; and No. 30/No. 7 Damn Sunday Drivers.
The pairings for race week throughout the season are set. Unfortunately, I won't be able to sort the standings page week-to-week, but the column next to the team name will indicate where that team stands.
Matchups of top-10 teams at Daytona:
No. 1 BLOWINSMOKE vs. No. 9 Texas Speed Reavers
No. 8 Swindell Motorsports vs. No. 10. Sunday Money 10
No. 5 Yduck vs. No. 2 MONSTER Racing
No. 4 Cooter88 vs. No. 3 CLOWN CAR
Combined, we have 103 90th-percentile finishes since 2001 and most of those in recent seasons (2008 was a banner year for this crew with 20 teams in the top 10th).
BLOWINSMOKE is RMFN's version of Jimmie Johnson with eight 90ths in the past 10 seasons, including a 99th finish in 2010. As a result, BLOWIN takes the top seed in the overall and 2010 competitions.
In 2010, 11 teams finished in the 90ths and another 12 were in the 80ths.
We'll entertain two rookies - good luck!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Average of last year's winner: 3.4
Average of 2008 winner: 5.4
Each team will play/race against/matchup against the other 49 twice during the season, and the best overall record will win the title.
Ties will be broken by:
1. Head-to-head record
2. Record against the top team
3. Repeat No. 2 against next best team(s) until the tie is broken.
The schedule was established by a computer program and not decided by seeds, sign-ups or ratings; the computer only recognized teams by a number and formulated the schedule well before the start of the season.
Round 1: Races 1-4, 36 teams; seeds 15-50
Round 10: Final, Races 31-33, 2 teams
Round 11: Final, if necessary, Races 34-36, 2 teams
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Rookie teams will be seeded based on when they signed up; ties in 2010 finishes will be broken in the same manner.
Format covers the entire season.
Rookie teams will be seeded based on when they signed up; ties in weighted rating will be broken in the same manner.
Format could cover the entire season.
Round 1: Races 1-4, 18 matchups
Round 2: Races 5-8, 25 matchups
Round 3: Races 9-12, 20 matchups
Round 4: Races 13-15, 14 matchups
Round 5: Races 16-18, 7 matchups
Round 6: Races 19-21, 6 matchups
Round 7: Races 22-24, 4 matchups
Round 8: Races 25-27, 2 matchups
Round 9: Races 28-30, 1 matchup
Round 10: Final, Races 31-11, 1 matchup
Round 11: Final, if necessary, Races 34-36, 1 matchup
32 v. 33
30 v. 35
29 v. 36
28 v. 37
27 v. 38
23 v. 42
22 v. 43
17 v. 48
16 v. 49
15 v. 50
Round 2 matchups:
Winners from the first round are reseeded based on first-round point total. Lowest seed faces No. 1, etc. Top four first round scores meet in two separate matchups.
Round 1: Races 1-6, 18 matchups
Round 1 matchups (seeds)
25 v. 40
24 v. 41
20 v. 45
19 v. 46
18 v. 47
Track Qualifying (Races 1-10)
Teams will be seeded based on Yahoo! fantasy NASCAR rating (weighted finishes of prior years).
Ten groups of five teams; double round-robin format.
Groups (seed numbers):
Daytona: 1, 20, 21, 40, 41
Bristol: 2, 19, 22, 39, 42
Talladega: 3, 18, 23, 38, 43
Lowe's: 4, 17, 24, 37, 44
Indianapolis: 5, 16, 25, 36, 45
Homestead: 6, 15, 26, 35, 46
Darlington: 7, 14, 27, 34, 47
Watkins Glen: 8, 13, 28, 33, 48
Martinsville: 9, 12, 29, 32, 49
Pocono: 10, 11, 30, 31, 50
The top three teams from each group and the two best fourth-place finishers advance to Champion Qualifying.
Champion Qualifying (Races 11-20)
Groups from prior round will be seeded based on finishes within groups (i.e. all second-place teams will be seeded according to 1) World Cup points; 2) Yahoo! points).
Eight groups of four; quadruple round-robin format.
Dale Earnhardt: No. 1 first; No. 6 second; No. 7 second; No. 2 fourth
Richard Petty: No. 2 first; No. 5 second; No. 8 second; No. 1 fourth
Jeff Gordon: No. 3 first; No. 4 second; No. 9 second; No. 10 third
David Pearson: No. 4 first; No. 3 second; No. 10 second; No. 9 third
Darrell Waltrip: No. 5 first; No. 2 second; No. 1 third; No. 8 third
Cale Yarborough: No. 6 first; No. 1 second; No. 2 third; No. 7 third
Bobby Allison: No. 7 first; No. 10 first; No. 3 third; No. 6 third
Junior/Jimmie Johnson: No. 8 first; No. 9 first; No. 4 third; No. 5 third
Top two from each group advance to Chase Bracket.
Chase Bracket (Races 21-36)
Groups from prior round will be seeded based on top two finishers and total Yahoo points.
Single-elimination bracket format
Phase will cover races 21-36, and each round is comprised of four races.
Total Yahoo! points over the four races advances.
Round of 16: races 21-24 (pairings: No. 1 first-place team v. No. 8 second-place team; N0. 8 first vs. No. 1 second; No. 6 first vs. No. 3 second; No. 4 first vs. No. 5 second; No. 3 first vs. No. 6 second; No. 5 first vs. No. 4 seconds; No. 7 first vs. No. 2 second; No. 2 first vs. No. 7 second)
Quarterfinals: races 25-28
Semifinals: races 29-32
First/Third: races 33-36
Monday, February 14, 2011
The first order of business was to seed the RMFN players by past performance. We do that with a rating system, putting the most emphasis on last season and working our way back to 2001 - that is a 90th percentile finish in 2010 is worth more rating points than a 90th percentile finish in any prior year.
The seeds determine matchups for all of the side competitions that will be broken down and displayed on this blog. The higher the seed, the (likely) more favorable matchup.
We have two rookies this year - teams that haven't played Yahoo fantasy NASCAR under their current login. That doesn't mean they haven't played under a different email address or login, so beware of them as much as anyone.
More posts coming soon to discuss the different side games.