Not How Many, but When ...
Michael Shea and GM Chris LeFevre
participate in the record field that broke triple digits for
the first time.
Franklin Rinko and Emily Bacon, one
of 23 lady drivers in the field, which tends to draw the younger
Anna Rinko, Mark Love, Jack Morrell
and 2006 champ Matt Evinger looking for more glory.
GM Chris LeFevre and his finalists
are sure to break the three-year lady's winning streak.
was a record year for Formula Motor Racing with our largest
field ever as we topped three digits for the first time. 27 preliminary
games were played in three heats, topping last year's best ever
record of 25. These yielded the following stats:
Min score for win: 30 (increase of one from 2012)
Max score for win: 42 (decrease of four from 2012)
Average score for win: 34.9 (increase from 33.9 in 2012)
Min score for second place: 28 (increase by two from 2012)
Max score for second place: 35 (decrease by one from 2012)
A review of the score sheets showed that most games remained
close between first, second and third place. And these statistics
show that fact to be true. Only one game had to be decided by
tie breaker. 17 games were fully manned 6-player contests. Eight
were 5-player and two were 4-player games. In seven games with
a non-player vehicle (aka bank car), the bank car trailed the
field. No love for the non-player.
The Demo drew eight attendees on Wednesday afternoon. One or
two had played FMR before, so they were only seeking a refresher,
but the majority had never played the game. After explaining
the rules, a practice game was started. Special thanks go to
Brandon Bernard who took over the demo for me so I could prepare
for the second heat. Brandon also had invited two of the new
players, Yoel Weiss and his daughter Adina Weiss. Adina picked
up the game very fast and entered the second heat, to win at
her table. She did this by going from sixth place after the fourth
race with only eight points, to getting a 1st and 6th in the
fifth race, then 1st and 4th in the last race to win with a total
of 32 points. FMR is a great game for beginners.
As usual, the 12-sided die was kind to some players and rude
to others. In Heat 2, Joshua Coyle was able to make five rolls
to move from 8th to 3rd. In Brandon Bernard's game, he successfully
charged to first four times. One of these attempts dropped Yoel
Weiss to second place as collateral damage. Seeing Brandon's
success, Yoel tried to Charge on his last play, only to fail
on the first roll. Carol Caler and Andrew Sinigaglio both played
the Charge card as the last two plays in the sixth race of their
game, only to have them both fail. This was especially damaging
to Carol as she had already lost one car to a Crash in four of
the six races.
Harry Flawd ran his traditional zany Crash Table in Heat 3 requiring
the Crash card had to be played. The five brave souls to join
him were Lisa Gutermuth, Carol Caler, Jordan Flawd, Chris Kizer
and Chris Greenfield who all had their insurance cancelled by
Geico. The two Chris's both lost five cars in six races. Jordan
lost only two cars and came out the "safe" winner with
30 points. He was helped by the Crash card rolling a 12 with
only 11 cars remaining.
22 of the 27 preliminary winners appeared for the semifinals.
This meant that the top two runner-ups would also advance to
man four full tables. John Faella and John Speck were the two
lucky recipients of a second life. All four of the semifinals
were decided by one or two points. The four winners were: Bob
Laird, Dan Leader, Arthur Wines, and David Weldon.
The top two runners-up of the four tables would also advance
to fill the Final. Brandon Bernard secured the fifth seat with
33 points, but there was a tie between John Shaheen and John
Speck at 30 points for the sixth seat. The FMR tie breaker rules
smiled on John Speck a second time and he advanced again without
winning. So after 31 games, John Speck found himself in the Final
without yet winning a game. Who wants to bet how this will end?
Art provided his great car set for the Final. Race 1 started
with mayhem galore as John and Art lost cars to the Crash and
Bob blew an engine. And this was after only the first round of
card play. Bob still managed to win with his remaining car and
everyone else got a car in the point positions for a balanced
Race 2 saw Art again crash a car, taking Dan's car out as
well. Dave lost a car to Spin Out, while Bob blew an Engine,
but Dave's remaining car won the race. Art kept his streak going
by crashing a third car in Race 3, this time hit by Dan's car
as he returned the favor from the prior race. Art lost his second
car also to a Spin Out and Bob lost one to a blown engine. Brandon
led the survivors and also had his second car finish fifth to
give him the lead with 21 points followed by Dan with 14 points,
Dave 13, John and Bob 11 and Art 8.
Race 4 was a calm affair with no crash and the only casualty
was Dan while trying to bring his car up to the lead on the last
turn only to blow his engine in the attempt. John was the big
winner, taking both 1st and 2nd for a maximum score. This forged
him into the lead with 27 points.
Race 5 would not be kind to Brandon. John's lead had made
him a target. Bob was able to take one of John's cars with the
Engine Blown card. For his last card play, Dan played the Crash
card hoping to knock out John's remaining car. The dice had another
idea, however, crashing Brandon's car into either Brandon's second
car or his own. Bob spent at least a nano-second making that
decision and was able to win the race making the score with one
race remaining: John 30, Bob 25, Brandon 22, Dave 20, Art 18,
and Dan 15.
Dan started the last race knocking out John's car with a blown
engine on his first play. Bob's luck ran out as he lost a car
to Spin Out but no Crash card was played. Dan put both of his
cars in points with a 1st and 6th giving him 26 for third place.
Dave also had both of his cars finish in the money with a 2nd
and 5th for a total of 28 points to take second. John was unable
to score, but by keeping his closest pursuers out of the points
at the end he was able to hold on and win with 30 points. He
beat the odds by advancing twice as an alternate and won the
only game that counted - the last one.
Bumper Cars anyone?
GM Laurie Wojtaszczyk presents
her son Adam with his plaque.
Formula Motor Racing Junior
LaurieWojtaszczyk provided a junior racing circuit for the
pint-sized drivers. There were 15 little race drivers sans learning
permits loosed on the streets of the Vistas room Saturday morning.
The fastest of these was:
1st: Adam Wojtaszczyk (up from 6th in 2012)
2nd: Tegan Powers
3rd: Mandy Mossman
4th: John Wobbeking
5th: Aaron Correira
6th: Zack Correira