Charging to the fore ...
GM Chris LeFevre oversees his six
Racing on the quick track.
The six-race format that has been standard at WBC was used
again. Each player was randomly assigned to 6-player tables with
5-player games added as required by uneven multiples of six.
21 preliminary games were played in the three heats generating
the following stats:
Minimum winning score: 28 (down one in 2010)
Maximum winning score: 45 (up one in 2010)
Average winning score: 34.57 (down from 35.54 in 2010)
Minimum second place score: 19 (down eight from 27 in the last
Maximum second place score: 35 (down from 37 in 2010)
Average second place score: 29.28 (down from 31.31 in 2010)
Of the 21 games, only three were 5-player contests. One ended
with the default car (aka, non-player car) finishing in a tie
for first place with Matt Fetzer. The other two 5-player games
had the default cars finish last. The closest game was also the
lowest scoring match. Mike Coomes won with 28 points while Carol
Caler and Steve Cameron tied for second with 27 points each.
Andres Dunn was a point behind them, and Stefany Speck yet another
point behind in fifth. Katie Elliot finished sixth five points
behind the winner. Matt Fetzer was the sole double winner with
victories in the first and second heats.
In the third heat, Harry Flawd called for a "Crash Table".
His gentleman's agreement requirement to play at this table meant
that if you got the Crash card, you had to play it. John Shaheen,
Rob Kircher, Terri and Bob Wicks and myself took up the challenge
to the horror of the Geico representative. True to form, the
crash card was played in every hand but had no effect in the
third race as Terri already had a car Spin Out before the Crash
card was played, and a '12' was rolled. The collective disappointed
"ohhhh" when this occurred could be heard clear across
the room. The other five races made up for it by knocking four
cars out. This provided the opportunity to be able to play the
Tailender Turbo card to move your car from sixth position all
the way to third. Harry will have to get this relabeled as the
CARnage table next year.
Chris Greenfield's record eight-car loss last year remained
intact as the Geico worst driver total this year was just six
- achieved by three entrants: Judy Wobbeking, Anna Marion and
Josh Detamore. Dominic Blais was the winner of the free prize
drawing provided by GMT games.
With 20 heat winners, the semi-finals were expanded to four
games. Two of those were won by a single point. Carolyn Strock
was the standout in this round with her impressive 38-point win.
She was able to complete this by winning one race while having
to make a total of four rolls on the Charge or Out of Race card.
Stefany Speck, Faith Wobbeking and Robbie Mitchell, the only
returning laurelist, were the other three victors in Round 2.
John Shaheen and Dominic Blais qualified as the runner-ups with
the highest point totals to also advance.
Robbie jumped out to an early lead in the Final by winning
the first race. His other car, plus one of Stefany's, were Crashed
while Faith lost one to Spin Out. Dominic won the second race
with four cars failing to finish. Carolyn was daring such a loss
by playing the Crash card on her last play, but it worked - taking
out Stefany's and Faith's cars instead. Carolyn's luck caught
up with her in the third race as she lost her first car with
a Blown Engine. But that didn't stop her other car from winning
the race. Dominic lost both of his cars in this race, one to
Crash, the other to Spin Out. After three races, the point totals
found Carolyn in the lead with 21 points, Robbie second with
19, John and Dominic tied at 13, Stefany with 8 and Faith with
3. But fate changed sides in the fourth race as Carolyn's cars
were running tenth and eleventh when the Crash card was played.
An 11 was rolled. Since Robbie had already lost a car, there
was no one running twelvth. This meant that the crash took out
both of Carolyn's cars. Robbie then lost his remaining car with
a Blown Engine so the two leaders had no cars finish the race.
Faith, Stefany and Dominic had both of their cars finish in the
points, with Faith winning the race and lessening the point spread
Carolyn's early good fortune now totally turned against her
as she again lost both of her cars to Crash in the fifth race.
Dominic lost a car to Spin Out while Robbie blew another Engine.
John won with four rolls on Charge as his last card play. He
had a 25% chance on each roll to have his car finish last, but,
he beat those odds to give us one of the tightest groupings ever
going into the last race. Faith led with 24 points, followed
at one-point intervals by John, Stefany, Carolyn, Robbie and
Dominic. With a point total this close, it meant that the winner
of the sixth race would probably become champion.
Lots of back and forth positioning ensued with only Stephany
losing a car to Spin Out. It came down to the last play for each
player. John went first since he had won the previous race. Given
his remaining cards, he figured his best option was to play the
Crash card but rolled a 12 to no effect. Stefany had the last
card play. Robbie was currently in the lead, with Faith in second,
Dominic in third, John in fourth and her only car in fifth. She
threw caution to the wind and played the Charge or Out card.
It had a 25% chance of disabling her car with each roll and she
needed four rolls. She passed the first roll and moved up to
fourth. Encouraged, she passed the second roll and moved into
third. Again she passed and moved into second. With shaking hands
she passed the fourth roll and became the 2011 Formula Motor
Race champion to claim her first WBC title. The final point
totals were: Stafany 32, Faith 28, Robbie 26, John 25, Dominic
23, and Carolyn 21.
Formula Motor Racing Junior
Robert Schoenen provided a junior racing circuit for the pint-sized
drivers. There were 21 little race drivers sans learning permits
loosed on the streets of the Heritage room this summer. The best
of these was Caleb Welker, Caitlyn Jaeger, Jasmine Mann, Mandy
Mossman, Tessa Lytle and Dagny Lytle in that order.
The bumper cars should have this much
GM Jordan Shea hands Caleb his prize.