2020 10th Annual FABO NHRA "Pick 'Em" Game - Are You Ready For Some NITRO?!!

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  1. ocdart

    ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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    Here we go! It's time to get your 2020 Nitro fix!
    Can you believe this is the tenth year we're doing this?
    We are getting started a little earlier this year in an attempt to get more players.
    Nitro qualifying for the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Series gets underway on Friday, February 7 and I'm more than ready for my next nitro fix - already got my ticket for Friday qualifying.
    It's time for the "official" 2020 NHRA "Pick 'Em" Game thread to get started. Let's get more players than last year.

    No changes to the rules from last year as the little change in 2018 proved to be pretty good. Here they are for any new players. Returning players should check them out also just as a reminder.

    Rules for the 10th Annual FABO NHRA Pick 'Em for 2020:
    Your picks must be posted to this thread no later than the scheduled start of Pro qualifying on the Friday of the event in order to be eligible for all bonus points awarded during the event. No exceptions. For the WinterNationals, this is Friday, February 7th. Pro Stock qualifying starts at 3:15PM EST (12:15PM PST).

    Classes:
    * Top Fuel
    * Funny Car
    * Pro Stock
    * Pro Stock Motorcycle
    * Highest total point accumulation from all classes at the end of the season is the winner
    * Pick one driver/car per each class for each National Event

    You must post your picks to FABO no later than the scheduled start of Pro qualifying on Friday of the event weekend. Picks posted after the scheduled start of Pro qualifying on Friday will not be eligible for any bonus points awarded during the event; picks posted after the scheduled start of Pro qualifying on Friday will only earn points for Sunday race elimination rounds.
    You can also "lock" your picks in for the entire season if you wish. Just post that you want them "locked". You can always "unlock" them to make a change by posting your changes in this thread. Your revised picks will then be "locked" until you make future changes.

    Since all of us get busy from time to time, our computers may break down, or we just forget to post our picks. So, in an effort to keep everyone in the game for the "regular season", if you don't get your picks posted before the first round of Pro Qualifying for any "regular season" race after the WinterNationals I will use your picks from the previous race event. That's the benefit - you will be guaranteed to have picks for elimination rounds. The penalty is, your picks will not be eligible for event bonus points.
    As said before, you still have the option of "locking in" your picks for the entire season if you think you may have trouble getting your picks posted sometime during the season.
    Your picks will be eligible for event bonus points if you "lock" them in, but not if you just forget to post them or can't post event picks for whatever reason.
    This "pick carry over" feature is only in effect for the "regular season". It will not be in effect for the six-event "Countdown to the Championship" at the end of the season.

    You can review the event class entry list and the event schedule on www.nhra.com. Make sure you take into account the time difference between the event location and where you are so you get your picks posted on time.

    * 10 points awarded for each round won during final eliminations (40 points max. per event)

    * Bonus Points:
    Bonus points awarded each event based on your selected drivers final qualification position as determined by NHRA
    # 1 Qualifier = 8 points
    # 2 Qualifier = 7.5 points
    # 3 Qualifier = 7 points
    # 4 Qualifier = 6.5 points
    # 5 Qualifier = 6 points
    # 6 Qualifier = 5.5 points
    # 7 Qualifier = 5 points
    # 8 Qualifier = 4.5 points
    # 9 Qualifier = 4 points
    #10 Qualifier = 3.5 points
    #11 Qualifier = 3 points
    #12 Qualifier = 2.5 points
    #13 Qualifier = 2 points
    #14 Qualifier = 1.5 points
    #15 Qualifier = 1 point
    #16 Qualifier = 0.5 point

    5 Bonus Points awarded per class to the driver posting the quickest elapsed time or fastest speed per event during either qualifying or eliminations

    15 Bonus Points awarded per class to any driver establishing a new national record elapsed time or speed during an event (no longer must be backed up within 1% per revised NHRA rules)

    Each professional class has an 88-point potential per event if your selected driver qualifies in the #1 position, wins the event, has the quickest elapsed time and fastest speed, and sets both ends of the national record for the class during the event. 352 points max. per event with all four professional classes; 264 points max. per event that do not include either Pro Stock or Pro Stock Motorcycle.

    If your selected driver fails to qualify for an event, you receive 0 points for that class.

    Like prior years, there will be special rules regarding round-win points for both Four-Wide events. Yes, BOTH. The Denso Spark Plugs Spring Las Vegas event (April 3-5) and the NGK Spark Plugs 4-WideNationals at Z-Max Dragway in Charlotte, NC, April 24-26. I will post up the special rules prior to the Las Vegas event.

    Also like prior years, the points will be re-set following the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend, prior to the start of the 6-event "Countdown to the Championship".

    And just like last year, we're going to follow what NHRA is doing with increased points for both the U.S. Nationals and the Finals. Round win points for both of those events will be 15 rather than 10. This should make for an exciting finish to the season just like last year.


    So post up your picks on this thread. Here we go. Light 'em up and let's burn some nitro!


     
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    Top Fuel- Steve Torrence
    Funny Car- Ron Capps
    Pro Stock- Bo Bunter
    ProStock M- Matt Smith
    Lock in please
    Good Luck everyone
     
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    I was reading the other day that NHRA has given the "Playoff" scene a new tune up during the off season.
     
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    TF S Torrance
    FC Hight
    PS Enders-Stevens
    PSM Hines
     
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    Top Fuel...Doug Kalitta
    Funny Car.. Jack Beckman
    Pro Stock.. Greg Anderson
    PSM.. Andrew Hines


    Going for 3 in a Row :) :) Good luck to all
     
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    Memikie's picks. Let the fuel flow !!!
    TF Brittney F.
    FC Hight.
    PS Enders-Stevens.
    PSM Hines.
     
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  7. ocdart

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    Mike Salinas announced his entire team (his Top Fuel dragster, daughter Jasmine's Top Alcohol dragster, and daughter Jianna's Pro Stock Motorcycle) will be skipping the first four national events of the 2020 season. He said business commitments will delay their debut until the April 17-19 Mopar Express Lane Nationals at Baytown, Texas.

    SALINAS TEAM TO SIT OUT FIRST FOUR EVENTS | Competition Plus
     
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    • Garry in AZ

      Garry in AZ Building a 9 second Valiant FABO Gold Member

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      My picks for the 2020 season:
      Top Fuel - Brittany Force
      Funny Car - Robert Hight
      Pro Stock - Erica Enders
      Pro Stock Bike - Angelle Sampey
       
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      ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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      Check out this cool pic of Leah Pritchett's Top Fuel Burnout from Las Vegas pre-season testing...

      MoparLeah2020.jpg
       
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        ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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        Well all right!
        New year.
        New game.
        Currently every player is in 1st Place.
        Here we go with your first 'Tuesday before the event' reminder.
        The Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com start Friday, February 7th. Current forecast calling for high temps of 64F on Friday and 66F on Saturday with sunny conditions both days. The forecast for Sunday is mostly cloudy with a high temp of 57F and a 50% chance of rain with light rain forecast to start about 5:00PM PST.
        The cool temps could mean some outstanding runs both in qualifying and eliminations.
        The current entry list shows:
        15 Top Fuel - Check the entry lists before making your picks - there's a prominent name that isn't yet shown for this event
        18 Funny Car
        20 Pro Stock

        Get your picks posted!


         
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        • ocdart

          ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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          Hey cuda20 -
          Your conversation "in" box is full.
          I tried to include you on a conversation regarding the Winternationals Top Fuel entry list. Suggest you check it out.

           
        • TT5.9mag

          TT5.9mag Two atmospheres are better than one

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          Tf-Brittany force
          Fc-Robert Hight
          Ps-Greg Anderson
          Psm-Matt Hines
          Lock it in please. See ya at the races!
           
        • cuda20

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          Thanks ocdart I noticed the Capco cars aren’t there so I’ll change my
          TF pick to B Force
           
        • SSG_Karg

          SSG_Karg Stuck in the middle

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          TF- Millican
          FC- Capps
          PS- Jeg
          PSM- M. Smith
          Lock it up.
          :usflag:
           
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          New Top Fuel pick- Leah Pritchett , lock her in please. Keeping my other picks
           
        • johnnycuda

          johnnycuda JohnnyCuda's 68

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          TF BRITTANY FORCE
          FC JOHN FORCE
          PS GREG ANDERSON
          PS EDDIE KRAWIEC
          LOCK THEM IN PLEASE
           
        • ocdart

          ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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          I better post my own Winternationals pics before I forget...
          TF Doug Kalitta
          FC Robert Hight
          PS Erica Enders-Stevens
           
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          ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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          'Nitro Will's inbox is full. Haven't seen any picks from him yet.
          Please let him know if any of you knows how to get in touch with him outside of FABO.


          Thanks
           
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          T.F...Kalitta
          F.C..Hagan
          P.S.Line:thumbsup::thumbsup:
           
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          60th annual Lucas Oil Winternationals qualifying leaders:

          Q1
          Weather: 69F, 36% relative humidity, barometer 28.96, adjusted altitude 2,169', track temp 102F
          TF: Brittany Force, 3.706; Doug Kalitta @ 329.75
          FC: Matt Hagan, 3.867 @ 331.20
          PS: Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.540; Erica Enders-Stevens @ 211.23



          Q2
          Weather: 73F 33 relative humidity, barometer 28.90 adjusted altitude 2,509', track temp 96F
          TF: Shawn Langdon, 3.699; Doug Kalitta @ 329.75
          FC: Matt Hagan, 3.867; Paul Lee @ 332.92
          PS: Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.530; Erica Enders-Stevens @ 211.23


          Q3
          Weather: 71F, 42 relative humidity, barometer 28.83 adjusted altitude 2,528', track temp 101F
          TF: Brittany Force, 3.686 @ 332.51
          FC: Matt Hagan, 3.867; Paul Lee @ 332.92
          PS: Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.530; Erica Enders-Stevens @ 211.23


          Q4

          Weather: 74F, 37 relative humidity, barometer 28.78 adjusted altitude 2,775', track temp 99F
          TF: Brittany Force, 3.657 @ 334.32
          FC: Matt Hagan, 3.841 @ 333.25
          PS: Jeg Coughlin Jr., 6.525; Erica Enders-Stevens @ 211.23







           
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        • ocdart

          ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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          Done!
          Welcome to the madness.
          I was at the Winternats today. Didn't see you. Well, didn't know if I did.
          Did you go to Friday qualifying? Or going another day?
           
        • TT5.9mag

          TT5.9mag Two atmospheres are better than one

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          Ha! No I don’t get to see qualifying but I’ll be there Sunday. Just watched Friday nitro live so I got my nitro fix for today.
           
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          Y'all ready for the rain delay? :lol:
           
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          Right? Sadly it’s looking like rain.
           
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          Congratulations to 'cuda20' (FABO), 'Garry in AZ (FABO) and 'super-bee_ski' (FBBO) for sharing the opening NHRA National Event Top Qualifier title of the 2020 NHRA season at the 60th annual Winternationals with a very nice total of 22.0 bonus points each. They each picked the #1 qualifier in Top Fuel, the #3 qualifier in Funny Car and the #3 qualifier in Pro Stock. Way to go!
          'Budnicks' (FBBO) and new player 'R413' (FBBO) shared the #2 qualifier spot with 21.0 bonus points each. More great picks!
          Good luck all in eliminations tomorrow!

          We have 16 players starting off the 2019 NHRA "Pick 'Em game season and 14 different driver combos made up of:
          * 5 different Top Fuel drivers with no Round 1 head-to-head matchups. There could be two head-to-head matchups in the 2nd round of eliminations if they both survive the opening round.
          * 6 different Funny Car drivers with no Round 1 head-to-head matchups. There could be two head-to-head matchups in Round 2 of eliminations.
          * 5 different Pro Stock drivers picked this week. No Round 1 head-to-head matchups and a possibility of one head-to-head matchup in the 2nd round of eliminations.

          Good luck all!
           
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