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Race 22: Chicagoland Speedway (11Aug17)

jeromef1

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Race Length: 134 Laps (Stage 1 - 35 Laps... Stage 2 - 99 Laps)
Race Name in Game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400​

**Pre-Race Interview**
1. This is the last of the D-shaped 1.5 milers for the season. How do you like Chicago compared to the others?​

2. We have had 3 different winners at the 3 previous D-shaped 1.5 milers (Danny at Vegas, War at Kansas and Hoot at Tucky), are we going to see a 4th different winner on Friday?​

3.  There will be 3 weeks off between this season ending and Heat 2 coming out. Do you see yourself continuing to play this game all that much or will you be taking a break before Heat 2 is released?​
 

Meattyloaf

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1. 1.5 milers have been the places of my best results this season. Therefore going into Chicago I'm excited. I like the track and it's curved back stretch. It's a fast track and I feel it could help me get a good finish.

2. I want to say yes, but I don't know. I would love to see myself win but I'll be happy with a top 5. At the moment though I'm hoping I'll be able to race. I managed to hurt my back Saturday at work and sitting for long periods of time is painful, probably a 3-5 on a scale of 1-10 right now. However, I'll probably power through it or use a controller that way I can stand up and sit down when necessary.

3. Definitely going to be taking a break till Heat 2. I don't touch this game in the week except to practice. I find the offline gameplay to be terrible as the AI are ridiculous to get around and I don't need that added anger in my life.
 

Hootius

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1. This is the last of the D-shaped 1.5 milers for the season. How do you like Chicago compared to the others?
I find it on par with Kansas and an enjoyable track to race at. Luckily I have a really good history with good finished at 1.5 milers, so I will need every bit of that to try and close the Championship gap.

2. We have had 3 different winners at the 3 previous D-shaped 1.5 milers (Danny at Vegas, War at Kansas and Hoot at Tucky), are we going to see a 4th different winner on Friday?
Since I am one of the previous winners, I hope we don't see a 4th lol

3. There will be 3 weeks off between this season ending and Heat 2 coming out. Do you see yourself continuing to play this game all that much or will you be taking a break before Heat 2 is released?
I will probably run some quick 2% races to finish the last career mode achievement I need to get the Platinum trophy, but then that will more than likely be it. This is not a hard game to get back into the groove of, and by all accounts Heat 2 looks like it is going to handle the exact same. So I will just wait for Heat 2 at that point.
 

vWardude

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[font=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]1. This is the last of the D-shaped 1.5 milers for the season. How do you like Chicago compared to the others?[/font]

[font=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Chicago is one of my top 3 favorite tracks on this game(Dover, Kansas, Chicagoland), I always perform well here and I look to keep it up with the championship gap closed up heading into the final 2 weeks.[/font]

[font=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]2. We have had 3 different winners at the 3 previous D-shaped 1.5 milers (Danny at Vegas, War at Kansas and Hoot at Tucky), are we going to see a 4th different winner on Friday?[/font]

[font=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The 4 drivers I see battling for a win here are CJ, Mitch, Hoot, and myself so there's a 50/50 shot at a new winner. Missing last weeks race has me itching to get out there and race with the PRL fellas, I'll be practicing a lot this week.[/font]


[font=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]3.  There will be 3 weeks off between this season ending and Heat 2 coming out. Do you see yourself continuing to play this game all that much or will you be taking a break before Heat 2 is released?[/font]

[font=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]I'll drop the game after the season is over just due to the fact that I practice 4-5 days a week for Friday's races so it would be nice to almost have a refresher of a 3 week break.[/font]
 

Klutchion1

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1. Chicago is probably the best track on the 1.5 mile circuit for me. I feel really strong here, but Zeke, KDawg, and Aaron are fast week in week out so it will be a hard fought battle in the points.

2. Hopefully I can win. I do feel strong and there is a lot of room at this track so should be some close racing. Everyone will have around the same time at this track. Will come down probably pit millage.

3. I will be getting NASCAR Heat 2, but I'm going to pre order and trade in NASCAR Heat Evolution at the end of the season. I will most likely get NASCAR Heat 2 that week of the launch.
 

XSYSE

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1. This is the last of the D-shaped 1.5 milers for the season. How do you like Chicago compared to the others?

It's a fun track, I'll work to get fast but im sure ill be .2-.4 off the front row because guys in this league are just fast.

2. We have had 3 different winners at the 3 previous D-shaped 1.5 milers (Danny at Vegas, War at Kansas and Hoot at Tucky), are we going to see a 4th different winner on Friday?

Yes we will see a 4th, roll the dice.



3. There will be 3 weeks off between this season ending and Heat 2 coming out. Do you see yourself continuing to play this game all that much or will you be taking a break before Heat 2 is released?


I'll probably out it up for awhile
 

AaronWebb85

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Q: 2nd
Got a solid draft lap in behind Rocksson2kyle, thanks bud.
R: 8th
Was up an down most of the race, but was running in top 5 a good portion of the race. The field was very close in speed and with the draft it kept things close. 
Here is the final restart to the finish including results:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsq43lBDVpw
 

Meattyloaf

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Q:10
Not going to lie I was proud at the speed I had for 20 mins. Worth of practice all week. Although I was still 0.4th off the pace

R:10 (DC)
I felt at the beginning of the race. I would just rid around back all race. One I really didn't feel like running because of some personal issues. However, I decided to run the race anyways as I knew it would take my mind off of things. I wasn't real racey till I just said screw it and pitted under green to change my setup, I had a hunch. Once done I came back out a lap down and boy was I worried if I would ever get my lap back. I eventually did and once back in the lead lap I was quick. Unfortunately, I felt I was too aggressive at times. I got excited when I made probably my first ever green flag pass for the lead and entered 2 way too high. This resulted me getting into and bouncing into the wall causing a caution. I then tried to recover and went for a pass on the inside of KDawg on the restart this resulted me getting pinched down onto the apron in the turn as he was unaware that I was below him. The other incident I had with KDawg was a server issue as I hit the apron and spun but didn't make contact with anyone well or as I saw, but apparently I did make contact with KDawg sending out a caution, I think earlier on in the race. I feel I definitely had a car to challenge for a top 5 or a win but just like Auto Club, I dced without warning thus regulating me to 10th
 

Klutchion1

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Q:6
R:6

Had to go through a bunch of setups last night. Finally got one I like thanks to Hootius. Qualifying me and Aaron hooked up and Aaron ran a fast lap. A lap fast enough to start 2nd. I got a high flat wasn't high enough to be were I wanted to be. In the race I finished 3rd in the stage and then from there it has fell down. Got involved in other wrecks that shouldn't of involved me and I though I should of finished on the top5. Still 4th and 7th in points are really close in the points. Currently now 6th in points. It was a 6, 3, 6, 6 night for me.
 

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Q: 4th
R: 2nd


Qualifying was a little disappointing because I was hitting better lap times in practice. I had one decent lap and then caught the apron, and that was all she wrote for me in qualifying since I couldn't get a good draft after that.

As many could probably tell by my silence in party chat, the race was insanely frustrating for me. I probably had the most passes during the entirety of the race because I got sent to the back of several times due to wrecks and had to work my way back up front several times.

The real dagger for was in Seg 1. I got squeezed down to the apron in 1 & 2, and the rear of the car broke away from me when I had to do a quick check up. I kept it on the apron to not involve anyone else, and that all but killed my championship hopes as no other caution came out and I lost a significant amount of points to War. After that, it was getting caught up in other's incidents and racing my way back up. I thought it was all over when CJ got into me while I was leading with 10 to go, which I started last on that restart. Had a chance on the 2nd to last lap to try to retake the lead, but I didn't want to risk taking myself out getting into CJ after all the aggravation I already went through for the night. Just took my 6th runner up of the season and just called it a night.
 

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American Nascar Heat PS4 Championship Season 2 - Round 22 Chicago Recap:

The penultimate race of Season 2 took the Nascar Heat crew to Chicago. Chicago was the last of the D-shaped 1.5 mile track, which the previous 3 similar tracks saw 3 different winners crowned. Will we see a 4th?

While Chicago saw the lowest attendance of the year, what was lacking in the number of cars was made up with in competition. The Top 6 cars were all within .1 secs of one another, with the Top 9 all within .25 secs of each other. Point’s leader Michael Caterino (vWardude) snagged his 3rd Pole of the season, denying outside Pole sitter Aaron Webb (AaronWebb85) by only .019 secs. Christopher Herring (CJHerring), Charles Sumner (Hootius), and Adam Zemke (Zeke_H30) rounded out the Top 5.

The race started off with an early caution, followed by a 26 lap green flag run to the end of Segment 1. The big story of Segment 1 was the huge impact the bonus points had on the championship. While Christopher picked up his 8th Segment win of the season (league best), Michael crossed the line in 2nd place, picking up 4 huge Stage Bonus Points. That might have been the key to the championship for Michael, as Charles spun his car trying to avoid contact while making a pass for 3rd place early in the green flag run. Solo spins do not bring out cautions in the league, so Charles saw himself crossing the line in 6th place and missing out completely on Stage Bonus Points.

After the Segment, we saw a rise in the amount of cautions than what we are used to seeing due to the close racing quarters and everyone having very competitive racing speeds (all drivers’ fastest laps were within .19 secs of each other). With the field staying bunched up, of course that meant the race came down to the wire. Michael was in the lead late, until netcode created an unknowing contact as Christopher made the pass for the lead. That small touch saw Michael get a case of the wiggles and lose a few spots, but was able to gain some ground back and come home 3rd. Christopher then had to fend off Charles during the last 2 laps as a heated battle between 4 cars for the 3rd position created some space for the top 2 drivers. Christopher ran a clean last 2 laps, but the draft kept Charles right on his bumper. In the end, no divebomb pass was attempted and the 2 drivers crossed the finish line a mere .1 secs apart after 134 laps. Christopher became the 4th different winner of the season in 4 races on the D-shaped, 1.5 ovals joining Daniel Cervantes @ Vegas, Michael @ Kansas, and Charles @ Kentucky.

The top 10 finishing order was:
1st) Christopher Herring (CJHerring) - 6th Win of the Season, 7th overall (league record)
2nd) Charles Sumner (Hootius) - 13th Top 5 of the Season, 20th of his career
3rd) Michael Caterino (vWardude) – 15th Top 5 of the Season, 21st overall (league record)
4th) Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda777) – 10th Top 5 of the Season
5th) Nick Michaud  (NickCM) – 3rd Top 5 of the Season
6th) Kyle Ely (Rocksson2Kyle) – 13th Top 10 of the Season
7th) Adam Zemke (Zeke_H30) – 16th Top 10 of the Season, 20th of his career
8th) Aaron Webb (AaronWebb85) – 16th Top 10 of the Season
9th) Rob Besaw (Xsyse) – 18th Top 10 of the Season
10th) Christopher Johnson (MeattyLoaf) – 7th Top 10 of the Season

The Battle for the Championship is now all but over. Unless we see an increase of drivers for the last race of the season, Michael Caterino (vWardude) will wrap up the Championship by starting the race. Charles Sumner (Hootius) is sitting 18 points back, so with a clean sweep of all bonus points, he would still need Michael to not earn any Stage Bonus Points and finish worse than 11th. Christopher Herring (CJHerring) sits 28 points back, and would need Michael to not show up to win the championship. The battle for 2nd is still in play however as Charles is only ahead of Christopher by 10 points.

The Battle for 4th is still not any less hectic going into the final race. Aaron Webb (AaronWebb85), Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda777), Kyle Ely (Rocksson2Kyle) and Adam Zemke (Zeke_H30) are 4th thru 7th respectively, and only separated by 8 points overall. It is anyone’s spot to grab.

Friday, Aug. 18th at Homestead will be the last race of this marathon season, and the last race for this league on Nascar Heat Evolution. Season 3 will be driven on Nascar Heat 2 starting in late September/ early October.
 

Klutchion1

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Awesome Recap. I love being apart of this leagues for these reasons. Also I really cant Thanks Aaron enough for an amazing season. Cant wait to race against 4th-7th in Points at Homestead!
 

Hootius

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Glad you guys liked it. I found it hard to write this one. I want to try to include highlights and name drop as many peeps as I can in the articles, but I also did not want to bring too much attention to the way too many cautions we had for the race. I am hoping I get to write one hell of an article for our finale next week :)
 

Hootius

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Glad you guys liked it. I found it hard to write this one. I want to try to include highlights and name drop as many peeps as I can in the articles, but I also did not want to bring too much attention to the way too many cautions we had for the race. I am hoping I get to write one hell of an article for our finale next week :)
 
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