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2023 13th Annual FABO/FBBO NHRA "Pick 'Em" Game - It's NITRO Burnin' Time!!!

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It's almost time to get your 2023 Nitro fix!
It's three weeks to the season-opening event of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Series so time to get this game going again.
It's hard to believe this is the thirteenth year we're doing this.
Nitro qualifying for the 2023 NHRA Camping World Series season opening Gatornationals gets underway on Friday, March 10.
It's time for the "official" 2023 NHRA "Pick 'Em" Game thread to get started. Let's get more players than last year.

No changes to the rules from the last few years 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 13th Annual FABO/FBBO NHRA Pick 'Em for 2023:
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 2023 season-opening Gatornationals, this is Friday, March 10. Pro Stock qualifying starts at 1:30PM EST (10:30AM 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 for each class for each National Event

You must post your picks to FABO/FBBO 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.

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 Gatornationals 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. Think of it as no-cost insurance.
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 NHRA 4-Wide Las Vegas event (April 14-16) and the Circle K NHRA 4-Wide event at Z-Max Dragway in Charlotte, NC, (April 28-30). 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 the past couple of years, 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 more nitro!
 
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But this is FBBO :poke:

I'm in again...

gluten for punishment

:thankyou:
 
we all good here, I was just being me :poke:

:luvplace:

Absolutely OK!
Keep on poking. I do the same whenever I can.
BTW, I only "fixed" the thread title on FBBO.

I hope we get more players this year from both FABO and FBBO. It's kinda cool to watch the competition between the different groups.
I posted the thread several years on FEBO but none of them ever showed any interest.
 
2023 Gators, March
I'll be the 1st, weird to start here, oh well...

T/F Steve Torrence

F/C Ron Capps

P/S Aaron Stanfield

P/SM Matt Smith

@ocdart could you 'lock them all in' for now
I may be back & forth, in & out this year for a couple months
I don't want to miss any
I'll update them If it's necessary or if someone doesn't show
or if they suck *** etc.

Good luck everyone
 
Im in again ...see if I can choke away finishing first again

Gators I got
TF Steve torrence
FC Matt Hagan
PS erica enders
PSM matt smith
 
FINALLY! It's time for the first "Tuesday before the event" reminder.
It seems so strange having the NHRA season start in March and in Florida. I have my ticket all printed up for Friday qualifying at the Winternationals so I can get my 'nitro fix' the end of this month.
nhra.com currently shows the following car counts for the Gatornationals this weekend:

  • 16 Top Fuel
  • 16 Funny Car
  • 20 Pro Stock
  • 20 Pro Stock Motocycle
Check your picks to make sure your drivers are racing this weekend.
Television coverage is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 11 - Q show 1 @ 10:00am EST (7:00am PST) on Fox Sports 1
  • Don't forget to set your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time
  • Sunday, March 12 - Q show 2 @ 9:00am EDT (6:00am PDT) on Fox Sports 1
  • Sunday, March 12 - Top Fuel All Star Callout @ 10:30am EDT (7:30am PDT) on Fox Sports 1
  • Sunday, March 12 - Finals eliminations at 12:00Noon EDT (9:00am PDT) on Fox
  • (Pro Mod) Thursday, March 30 @ 8:00pm EDT (5:00pm PDT) on Fox Sports 2
The current weather forecast for Gainesville
  • Friday: 78F high with 35%-58% chance of thunderstorms from 3-8pm
  • Saturday: 77F high with cloudy to mostly sunny conditions as the day progresses
  • Sunday: 79F high with mostly cloudy to partly sunny conditions during racing hours
Good luck all!
 
TF Antron Brown
FC John Force
PS Aron Stanfield
PSM Eddie Kreiwic

Good luck guys !!

What’s going on ? Only 3 of us left !
 
@64BEL, @Outlawd, are you going to join in the 2023 NHRA "Pick 'Em" game?
Qualifying for the season-opening Gatornationals starts tomorrow.
Post your picks! You know this is fun.

Don't miss out.
 
Hell yes I'm in! I've been looking forward for this NHRA season to start but forgot all about this game, probably because I'm always at the bottom but it's fun anyway! Here's my pics for the season opener....
TF=Doug Kalitta
FC=Matt Hagan
PS=Erica Enders
PSM=Angie Smith

Good Luck Everybody
 
It turns out it's a good thing the 2023 NHRA season isn't opening in SoCal this weekend because we've got "liquid sunshine" forecast for both today and tomorrow.
Qualifying would have been very problematic.
 
2023 Gators Top Fuel All-Star Callout matchups:
* Brittany Force called out Clay Millican...and a $1000 side bet
* Steve Torrence called out Doug Kalitta
* Justin Ashley called out Mike Salinas...and a $5000 side bet
* Austin Prock was left with Josh Hart


These matchups will run during Q3 on Saturday.

3 bonus points will be awarded if your Top Fuel driver pick wins their Callout matchup!
 
Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals qualifying leaders:

Q1
Weather: 80F, 55% relative humidity, barometer 29.96, adjusted altitude 1,993', track temp 104F
TF: Brittany Force, 3.699 @ 336.99
FC: Bob Tasca III, 3.888; John Force @ 335.07
PS: Camrie Caruso, 6.551; Troy Coughlin Jr. @ 210.87
PSM: Steve Johnson, 6.746; Angie Smith @ 200.95

Q2
Weather: 79F, 58% relative humidity, barometer 29.92", adjusted altitude 1,984', track temp 105F
TF: (rained out) Brittany Force, 3.699 @ 336.99
FC: (rained out) Bob Tasca III, 3.888; John Force @ 335.07
PS: Erica Enders, 6.538; Troy Coughlin Jr. @ 210.87
PSM: Steve Johnson, 6.746; Matt @ 201.58


Q3

Weather: 72F, 35% relative humidity, barometer 29.99", adjusted altitude 1,212', track temp n/a
TF: Brittany Force, 3.699 @ 336.99
FC: Bob Tasca III, 3.888; John Force @ 335.07
PS: Erica Enders and Troy Coughlin Jr., 6.515; Troy Coughlin Jr. @ 212.29
PSM: Gaige Herrera, 6.688 @ 202.21

Q4
Weather: 77F, 17% relative humidity, barometer 29.91", adjusted altitude 1,465', track temp 116F
TF: Brittany Force, 3.699 @ 336.99
FC: Ron Capps, 3.874; John Force @ 335.07
PS: Erica Enders and Troy Coughlin Jr., 6.515; Troy Coughlin Jr. @ 212.29
PSM: Gaige Herrera, 6.685 @ 203.49
 
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I'm an O-fer so far... :carrot:

Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals qualifying leaders:

Q1
Weather: 79F, 58% relative humidity, barometer 29.92", adjusted altitude 1,984', track temp 105F
TF: Brittany Force, 3.699 @ 336.99
FC: Bob Tasca III, 3.888; John Force @ 335.07
PS: Camrie Caruso, 6.551; Troy Coughlin Jr. @ 210.87

PSM: Steve Johnson, 6.746; Angie Smith @ 200.95
 
The winners of the Gatornationals Top Fuel All-Star callout races during Q3 were Brittany Force, Josh Hart, Doug Kalitta and Mike Salinas.
Congratulations to 'Back in Time' (FABO), 'cuda20' (FABO), 'Duster79' (FABO), 'johnnycuda' (FABO), 'memike' (FABO), 'Outlawd' (FBBO) and 'TT5.9mag" (FBBO) for picking up 3 bonus points!
 
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