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Post 24 Feb 2021, 3:14 pm

Only one position change but still plenty of battles

Turn 15 summary:
Brandt is through the final corner on the inside and heading down the long main straightaway.
Blizzard takes the green racing line for free and also is heading for the start/finish line.
Kennard conserves wear through the corner 16 racing line at 100.
Schulz hits the inner 80 at 100 for one wear.

Miller blasts into corner 16 at 140 shedding two wear on the racing line.
Kennington keeps at 100 dropping two wear in the 60 and starts the corner 16 line.
Brown finishes the 60s at 100 and picks up P6 on the inside.
Bauska leaves two wear behind on the 60s at 100 and tucks in behind Brown.

Haskell drops one wear through the inside of corner 15 at 80.
Baker starts at 120 then slams on the brakes before the corner knocking off two wear in the 60s.
Peeples wanted the same move but he's forced to the outside.
Burnett makes up a car length at 120 scrubbing off one ware in the 100.

Next deadline: turn 16 due Friday, February 26 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 26 Feb 2021, 2:18 pm

The front 5 reach their top speeds and head for lap 2

Turn 16 summary:
Brandt holds a steady 160 and keeps to the inside.
Blizzard also is at 160, tagging up behind Brandt.
Kennard uses his full acceleration to get to 160 and runs the corner on the inside.
Schulz reaches 160 as well holding close to the curb.

Miller mirrors Schulz's move to remain at his side.
Brown turns the inside of corner 16 at 100 for one wear.
Kennington swings across the racing line at 100 wear free.
Bauska follows the yellow race car around the inside for the same one wear.

Haskell approaches the corner at 120 and then locks up the brakes to get to 80 on the line.
Baker comes around the red machine at 120 into the 100s scrubbing off one wear.
Peeples slows to 60 to finish corner 15 for free.
Burnett is already paid for 20 over, finishing the corner at 80 and pulling even with Peeples.

Next deadline: turn 17 due Monday, March 1 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 01 Mar 2021, 2:35 pm

The leaders start lap 2 - one car drops out

Turn 17 summary:
Brandt swings to the outside to start lap 2 into corner 1 on the line.
Blizzard follows the leader at 160.
Kennard uses his full acceleration to get to 160.
Schulz does the same maintaining the 2 car-length gap.

Miller suddenly dives to the pits. It looks like the black machine is out (NPR #3 same lap).
Brown travels the corner 19 160 at speed.
Kennington gets to high gear and uses the racing line at 180.
Bauska follows Brown through the corner at 160, making it 3-wide with the slip.

Haskell lets his big engine loose but then has to brake hard with the wall in front of him.
Baker continues the corner 16 racing line at 120.
Burnett jumps into corner 16 on the line at 140 shedding two wear.
Peeples concedes the position for now, dropping one wear on the line at 120 and tucking in behind Burnett.

Next deadline: turn 18 due Monday, March 3 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 03 Mar 2021, 2:56 pm

Three cars hit 200, one shows a little smoke trying for 180

Turn 18 summary:
Brandt sheds two wear around the corner 1 racing line.
Blizzard follows using a slip to save a wear.
Kennard maintains his top speed and starts the line.
Schulz is also at 160 opting for the middle lane.

Brown winds up his big engine to 200 down the straightaway to the delight of the crowd.
Kennington grabs his top gear, tucking in behind the yellow machine at 180.
Bauska tries to feather his engine to 180 but it just won't take it.
Haskell, not to be outdone, moves up a position at 200.

Baker swings through the inside of corner 19 at 160.
Burnett pushes successfully to 200, benefitting from the green racing line.
Peeples comes up through the gears to 180 and gets the double pull from Burnett, setting up behind Baker.

(Note: Baker asked for the inside. Burnett did not specify a finish position so he gets the default inside. Peeples asked for a slip position. The inside of the track shifts where they are.)

Next deadline: turn 19 due Friday, March 5 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 05 Mar 2021, 2:16 pm

Three wide going into corner 1, two deep on the outside

Turn 19 summary:
Brandt drops one wear on the corner 2 racing line and clears the corner.
Blizzard had the same idea but chooses the outside for free instead.
Kennard is two wear lighter after running the corner 1 line at 120.
Schulz clears the corner on the line at 100 for one wear.

Brown uses all his brakes to get to 140, shedding one wear in the 120.
Kennington keeps to the inside at 140.
Haskell chooses the line with the inside already occupied.
Bauska uses a slip from Kennington to make it three wide at corner entrance.

Baker keeps at his top speed on the inside.
Burnett keeps the pedal down and his engine continues to hum at 200.
Peeples uses the bonus to pull even with the light green car at 160.

Next deadline: turn 20 due Monday, March 8 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 08 Mar 2021, 2:35 pm

Corner 1 separates the group that went in together

Turn 20 summary:
Brandt stretches it out at 140.
Blizzard slows to 80 to finish corner 2 for free.
Kennard drops two wear on the line to challenge for P2.
Schulz is into the corner 2 100s at 120 for one wear.

Kennington sheds two wear on the inside of corner 1 at 100 and sets up for the corner 2 line.
Brown slows to 80 and finishes the outside of corner 1 with wear already paid.
Haskell conserves his tires on the corner 1 line at speed.
Bauska completes the outside of corner 1 at 80 scrubbing off one wear.

Burnett stays outside in the corner at 140 knocking off one wear.
Baker gets the initiative at 140 then late brakes on the racing line.
Peeples reacts to the line being occupied by dropping to the inside and picking up P10.

Next deadline: turn 21 due Wednesday, March 10 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 10 Mar 2021, 2:14 pm

Corner 2 gathers the group back up

Turn 21 summary:
Brandt clears the corner 3/4 combination at 100 on the lines for one wear.
Blizzard pushes his acceleration to get the initiative and start the line into corner 3.
Kennard can reach 160 with no dice, finishing inside.
Schulz continues his wear through the 80s at 100 and moves to the inside.

Kennington slows to 60 and rounds the corner on the racing line for free.
Brown wanted the line at 100 but is forced to the middle lane, shedding two wear in the 60 space.
Haskell at 80 drops one wear on the line and also clears the corner.
Bauska runs into the middle lane at 100 for one wear.

Burnett finishes the 80s for paid wear and moves inside.
Baker also has paid to stay at 120 and finish the corner 1 line. He starts the line into corner 2.
Peeples surrenders two wear to follow Baker through the corner 1 line at 120.

Next deadline: turn 22 due Friday, March 12 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 12 Mar 2021, 3:29 pm

Three wide again into corner 3/4, which exits with two lanes

Turn 22 summary:
Brandt comes off corner 4 and drives hard into corner 5 shedding two wear on the line.
Kennard runs the corner 3 80s and corner 4 racing line at 120 for two wear.
Blizzard is able to take both lines through the 3/4 combination at 100 scrubbing off one wear.
Schulz starts the corner 3 line at 140.

Kennigton is also at 140 down the straightaway.
Haskell exits corner 2 at 160 and is even with Kennigton.
Brown keeps pace with the red machine and takes it three wide.
Bauska maintains 100 through the 60, spending the additional wear in the 60.

Baker drops one wear on the corner 2 line at 80 and tucks in behind Bauska.
Peeples follows through at 80 also surrendering one wear.
Burnett is happy to trade one wear to follow the purple machine through the line at 80.

Next deadline: turn 23 due Monday, March 15 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 13 Mar 2021, 6:18 am

Speeds fairly even for lap 1
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Post 15 Mar 2021, 2:06 pm

Brandt maintains his lead, but Kennard and Blizzard are not making it easy

Turn 23 summary:
Brandt holds steady at 100 to finish corner 6 and start the line into corner 7.
Kennard gets the initiative at 80 through the 5/6 combination on the line for one wear.
Blizzard slows to 60 and drops one wear in the 40s to clear the corner.
Schulz is through corners 3 & 4 on the lines at 80 for free.

Kennington has the inside at 100 taking both lines for one wear.
Haskell is also at 100, saving wear in the 100s
Brown minimuzes wear at 100 through the 80s and the second racing line shedding one wear.
Bauska sits on the corner 3 line entrance at 100. A move that will ultimately cost him two positions.

Baker runs hard to the inside at 140 and into P8.
Peeples follows the light green race car down the straight and gets the inside on Bauska.
Burnett stays with the group at 140, far enough back that the line is available to him next turn.

Next deadline: turn 24 due Wednesday, March 17 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 17 Mar 2021, 1:42 pm

The racing lines figure prominently from corner 3 to corner 6

Turn 24 summary:
Brandt taps the brakes to 60 around the corner 7 line for free.
Kennard lays up in front of the corner on the racing line.
Blizzard shoots to the inside of the green race car and back into P2 for the moment.
Schulz clears the corner 5/6 combination at 80 for one wear on the line.

Kennington sheds one wear on the racing line at 80, following Schulz through.
Brown slows to 80 and picks up the racing line behind the yellow machine.
Haskell grabs the line in corner 4 at 80 for free and tucks in behind Brown.
Baker runs the 60s through 5 & 6 dropping two wear.

Peeples takes the 80s and picks up the second line at 100 scrubbing off one wear.
Bauska at 100 finds the second line blocked and chooses the 80s for one wear.
Burnett uses his full brakes to get down to 80, covering both lines for free.

Next deadline: turn 25 due Friday, March 19 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 19 Mar 2021, 1:49 pm

Corners 5 & 6 are jamming up the back four

Turn 25 summary:
Brandt holds a steady 60 into the tight chicane.
Kennard takes the corner 7 racing line at 80 dropping one wear.
Blizzard shifts to the outside of the corner at 60 for free.
Schulz starts the line into corner 7 at 100.

Kennington continues the line at 80 then moves to the inside.
Brown slows slightly to 60 and takes the line at speed.
Baker gets the initiative at 80 then brakes before the corner 40s shedding one wear.
Haskell hasn't got the line available so he takes the 40/60s for one wear.

Peeples has room on the corner 5 racing line at 80 scrubbing off one wear.
Burnett comes off corner 4 and starts into corner 5 on the line.
Buaska at 80 has only the inside lane available.

Next deadline: turn 26 due Monday, March 22 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 22 Mar 2021, 1:49 pm

The front 5 tip-toe, the back 6 make small gains on them

Turn 26 summary:
The front five, Brandt, Kennard, Blizzard, Schulz and Kennington all do 60 and conserve wear.

Brown gains a length at 80 starting the corner 7 racing line.
Baker runs the short chute at 100 and usurps P6 from Brown.
Haskell finishes the 60s at 80 having paid his wear.

Peeples finishes the line at 80, also wear paid, and evens it up with the red machine.
Bauska, the only driver to spend wear this turn, drops two of them on the 40s at 80.
Burnett covers the racing line at 60.

Next deadline: turn 27 due Wednesday, March 24 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 24 Mar 2021, 1:36 pm

Quite a bit of position shuffling back in the pack

Turn 27 summary:
Brandt leaves corner 12 behind him as he jumps to 120.
Kennard takes the corner 12 racing line at speed and drops to the inside.
Blizzard is able to clear the corner also for free on the line.
Schulz stays clean through the tight corner 8.

Kennington sheds one wear at 80 to clear corner 8 behind Schulz.
Baker rounds the outside of corner 7 at 80 dropping one wear.
Brown also is a wear lighter after running the corner 7 line at 80.
Peeples blasts through the corner at 100 for two wear and tucks in behind Brown.

Haskell brakes to 60 and takes the line for free.
Bauska follows the lead of the red car slowing to 60 and starting the line.
Burnett runs the short chute at 80 and ducks inside the gray race car.

Next deadline: turn 28 due Friday, March 26 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 26 Mar 2021, 1:19 pm

The field moves deftly through the tight corners except for the spin in the back.

Turn 28 summary:
Brandt reaches corner 15 on the inside.
Kennard comes up through the gears three car lengths back.
Blizzard exits corner 12 at 120.
Schulz drops one wear on the racing line at 80.

Kennington slows back down to 60 clearing corner 12.
Brown picks up the line behind Kennington at 60.
Peeples starts at 80 then brakes to claim the inside lane.
Baker is through corner 8 at 60 and has to move outside.

Haskell puts a wear in the tight corner 8 at 80.
Bauska tries the line at 80 but his tires fail to stick and around he goes.
Burnett swings wide in the corner to avoid the spinning gray machine.

Next deadline: turn 29 due Monday, March 29 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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