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The track plan for Wednesday's race is inspired by the legendary Riverside Raceway Nascar course. Its the first time we've run a road course for a Nascar championship round, so it'll be different!



The question is, should I run a vintage body on my Super-G
 

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Thanks for getting the plan up so quickly after I sent you the rough file Andy!

Riverside International Raceway in Moreno Valley California first hosted racing in September 1957...with its first driver fatality tragically occurring during the first weekend too. This was the first of several fatalities including 1962 Nascar champion Joe Weatherly being killed in 1964.

The track had boasted three configurations; the long course, short course and Nascar layout. There was also a dragstrip and an oval configuration was also possible. The track notably launched the career of F1 and Le Mans legend Dan Gurney.

The first Nascar race at Riverside was won by Eddie Gray in a Ford on June 1st 1968 and the last ever race there was just 20 years later on the 21st December 2008.

It is worth noting that our Turn 4 corresponds to the real track's Turn 1 but we had to make some concessions due to this being slot racing and drivers needing to see the track!
 

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As this is the final round of our Nascar season, I thought it would be worth looking at the Championship and just what might happen on Wednesday night.

Currently John and Jon are tied at the top on 340 points while Andy and Simon are tied for third on 300. Mike D can still mathematically win the title but he would realistically need a sickness epidemic to lay low the top four to stand a chance. If any or all of them are racing, then Mike is reduced to hoping bad things happen to their cars. It is possible but unlikely to afflict all four of them. [Update] Just done the maths. If Mike wins and John and Jon both finish 10th or lower AND anyone other than Andy and Simon finish second then Mike is champion. That should be an interesting side story to qualifying!


John and Jon need to finish in front of each other to win the title. That is the basics of it but they cannot afford to let either Simon or Andy win the race AND finish a couple of places higher than them. And with Andy having 2 thirds and Simon a second and a third, that is entirely plausible.

So:-

Race Top 3 Champion
John, Jon, Sandy* = John
Jon, John, Sandy* = Jon
Sandy, Sandy*, JJ* = Sandy*
Sandy*, JJ*, Sandy* = JJ*

*I have used Sandy to represent Simon and Andy, JJ to represent John and Jon. It seemed pointless to type out double the amount of permutations when they are the same as above but with the other driver.

So all five of the guys mentioned need to be in the A Final to keep their title bid on track. Obviously five into four lanes doesn't go so that is going to be hugely exciting for us to watch.

Darren has an immensely fast Nascar and we know how good Callum is too so that could be another pair of drivers who could deny our challengers one of those coveted automatic A Final spots.

Outside of that Andrew Rose has a fourth place, Duncan and myself have fifth places and Keith and Dave have sixth places. Can any of these drivers go one or two places higher?

I absolutely cannot wait to find out what is going to happen!
 

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It's going to be a tense evening for the top four and - hopefully - and exciting championship climax for everyone else to watch


Also, a technical note: John's second place puts him ahead of Jon and Simon's second place puts him ahead of me. The spreadsheet isn't clever enough to sort like that and neither was I at 1am in the morning after the last race
 

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Just out of interest are any of the corners banked?


Nascar just isn't nascar without some chaos on the corners!!!!!!!
 

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Oh absolutely! I'm fully expecting all sorts of mayhem to go along with the ratcheting tension of the title battle.

By the way I am going to say now that I expect Mike D to be the overall winner of the race based on his EAHORC Nascar form. He has been supremely dominant on the road tracks for the past season and a bit.

Am I going to stick my neck out and predict the champion? No way Jose!! It is just too tight. I will say that Jon messaged me today and is not expecting to win. His form has dipped a little as the season has gone on but I have my hopes for him obviously.

Andy, I am sorely tempted to say I would like to see you run the vintage Nascar but as you are in the hunt for the title I feel it would probably be more prudent to stick to old faithful #34 Taco Bell.
 

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Well thanks for the vote of confidence Gareth......

BUT HOWEVER......we all know what carnage can materilise on a WHO NASCAR night.....and of course guy fawkes could throw a banger or two in just to spice things up


Nice looking track by the way....

see ya tonight...

 

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Just to throw another name into the hat as a potential winner,,,,,,,,,, will Ned be doing a song and dance as his "super duper sticky" car pounds round the track at full throttle
 

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Sadly the five way title fight has become a four way battle with the news that Jon isn't feeling particularly well and has decided it would be safer not to make the long drive to Goring. Get well soon Jon!

That does actually increase Mike's chances of getting the job done as it means he only needs John's car to fail and Simon and Andy to not make the top two.
 

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We had 23 racers on the Nascar grid tonight - sadly no Jon, which initially took some of the sparkle out of the championship battle, but the rest of us put on a great show. Gareth's track was certainly a cracker




And some folks came dressed for the occasion...



The heats were fast and the scores enthralling





Mike took pole, followed by John and Callum, with Darren stepping up from the B final



It was an incredible scrap for the win and a tiny margin at the end





Congrats to John for his race win, which sealed the 2014 WHO Nascar championship in some style. Callum took a well deserved junior medal and came third in the junior Nascar championship, behind Ned and Tyler - Ned winning by just 5 points. The updated tables are here.



A big thanks to everyone who made it such an excellent evening - especially to Stephen for holding down race control for second week in a row. Sure, he's learned from the best, but he certainly does a great job


More pics over on Flickr.
 

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The final round of the WHO Nascar championship took place last night on Bonfire night. Twenty three drivers turned up to race on our tribute to Riverside International Raceway. With title protagonist Jon not feeling well enough to race, all eyes were on John, Simon, Andy and Mike as they competed for the title.

Riverside proved to be a fast and flowing track with several corners that persistently caught out the unwary and punished anyone with a poorly set up car or an over enthusiastic trigger finger. The heats saw our usual Nascar mix of crashes and big scores. Scoring over 30 laps in a heat was a superstar run while scoring between 26 and 29 laps was a good run that would set you up well for the finals.

With the final heat run, Mike's title challenge was over despite him being on pole as John was second on the grid behind him. Simon and Andy had an enormous amount of work to do from the B Final.

Finals

We started off with the H Final and a duel between Richard and Corey. Richard had qualified last on the grid but he drove consistently to rack up 24 laps while Corey banged in the quicker laps but paid the price with a few too many crashes and ultimately collected the wooden spoon.

The G Final saw myself on pole against Stephen "Boy" McCann, Deborah and Richard. Stephen quickly passed me and set about establishing a dominant lead. Deborah was looking much more at ease with her SG+ than last time she raced it and she also passed me and cruised on to a highly respectable 27 laps. I crashed a lot but managed to maintain a one lap lead on Richard. I don't know how. Meanwhile Boy finished triumphant on 31.7 laps, a score that would not be beaten until the B Final. If only he learnt to qualify!

F is for family and the F Final was a family affair. Newcomers Bob (Dad) and Jason (son) taking on Mike McCannMan and Boy. The yellow lane was very popular throughout the night with the drivers as it was long but very fast and Mike used it to great effect to bang in a 28 lap run and dominate the other three by a hefty margin. However the real talking point of the race was the superb battle between Bob, Jason and Boy. All three managed 23 laps with Bob taking second, Boy third and Jason coming in fourth but it was oh so close between them all. Wonderful stuff and a real pleasure to meet you Bob and Jason.

E was a race, E was a race for you, and it was all yellow. That was a Coldplay joke if you didn't get it. The E Final began with a three way scrap between Keith, Ash and Mike with Paul not far behind any of them too. It was all looking very close and tasty before Keith got the hammer down and the crashes crept into Ash and Mike's races. Keith took the win nearly three laps clear of Ash and then Mike. Paul suffered a lack of downforce and came in a couple of laps further back from Ash and Mike.

Neil had qualified on pole for the D Final with his Mega G but it was young Alex who was making waves in the early running of the race as he eased into a several second lead of Neil, Keith and Ned who had suffered a controller failure in the heats and was now using his Dad's. Sadly Alex was unable to keep the lead and first Neil and then Keith passed him. Ned appeared ill at ease with his borrowed controller all race and stuttered home fourth. Neil racked up an excellent 29 laps and Keith almost hit 27.

The C Final was a close run battle between all four drivers; Duncan, Neil, Tony and Tyler. Unfortunately though first Tony crashed and lost his bodyshell and then Tyler struggled to maintain the pace and both fell back down the field. That did mean we were treated to a good scrap between them which was settled in Tony's favour but only just. Meanwhile Duncan was working hard to subdue the ever cheerful Neil and his ascent through the field. We had seen no double step ups so far and Neil ultimately missed out making his happen as he slipped a couple of laps behind the rapid Duncan.

The tension and atmosphere in the Barn ratcheted up several notches as championship challengers Andy and Simon got onto the grid for the B Final. Darren got away well from pole but Andy stuck with him and took the lead in a great nip and tuck battle. Andy crashed on the sweep onto the back stretch and suffered further from being taken out in crashes too which let Darren get away so Andy was resigned to pushing hard to finish a fighting second. The groans coming from the driver station as the race (and title) slipped away from him were truly anguished!

There was a definite note of panic in Simon's voice too as he implored the marshals to re-spot his car after the odd crash! Great to see and hear just how much these titles mean to people. Duncan meanwhile was taking the fight to his friend and ultimately he took third by a lap from Simon who slightly struggled to repeat his form from the heats.

With Darren winning the B Final, we were all able to congratulate John on sealing his Nascar championship before he even raced in the A Final. Pole man Mike was sporting an enormous cardboard Stetson and a suitably cowboy-esque garb for a chilly November night in Sussex!

Before I tell you what happened in the race I just want to mention that Mike won all but one of the 2013/2014 EAHORC Nascar races. And who beat him in that one round? John.

The lights went green and simply put, we were treated to one of those magical and amazing races where two of the best drivers we have went at it head to head for the win. Mike was in the lead for the first minute and change but for all that time, John was never more than 0.25 second behind. Then the errors crept in…bizarrely from the marshals rather than the drivers. Both John and Mike suffered a spot of being taken out through no fault of their own. As the race settled down again with under a minute to go the gap was up 2 seconds or so. And then it started to shrink. And shrink. Down to a second, to under a second and then Mike was taken out with and John was in the lead with 10 seconds left. Mike immediately started reducing the gap as John had done to him but it was too late. The power cut and it was John who had won one of the most thrilling A Finals the Barn has ever seen.

Congratulations to John and Ned our champions and John and Callum for their race wins.

We have two more enormous title battles to look forward to next month; the F1 title and Club Championship are both super close.
 

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Excellent report Gareth


The anguish has now passed... I just got over-excited being quicker than Darren in a Nascar race. Even if I had stepped up to the A, it would have taken another miracle to win from white and John come last.

I'll have another go next month


With his first Nascar title, that just leaves one WHO trophy for John to win - the Micro Scalextric Championship - but Ash looks like he has got one hand on that for 2014-15.

The website is now updated. Wi-fi is good here in Derby, so I should be able to upload an HD video to YouTube.
 

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Well we definitely kept the chaos on the corners,,, especially in the a final!!!!!
A fun night made even better by the fact that once again "boy" was smashed into the dust and firmly put in his place
 

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Great vid Andy and well done on capturing some of those spectacular cart wheeling flips that the fast flowing track caused. When the downforce stops, you are heading for the barrier on your roof!
 
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