Richard Towler entered the final week of the NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship with nothing but high hopes.  Trailing Towler in the championship by 34 points, Brad Davies entered the final week of the NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship with equally high but (slightly) slimmer hopes.  The season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway would be a sim racing poker match, featuring the highest stakes in online racing history. Both drivers went all in, but when the chips fell and the cards played out, it was Towler who walked away with the jackpot: the inaugural NiSWC crown and $10,000.

Brad Davies did all he could to claim the title at Charlotte, winning the race and leading the most laps.

Brad Davies did all he could at Charlotte, winning the race and leading the most laps.

Towler needed a top five if Davies were to lead the most laps, and score the victory. Davies did exactly that as he scored his third win of the season, all the while putting the pressure on Towler to take care of his business. Not to be outdone, Towler cruised to an easy third, clinching the first ever NiSWC championship.

“Firstly, I have to thank the Drill Isle, Dale  (Earnhardt) Jr, R&B Auto Body Transport Refinishing, JDR Graphics, NASCAR and iRacing,” said Towler. “It’s been an awesome season and it still hasn’t sunk in yet. Brad did an awesome job. Tonight (he) had one of the best cars all season.

I can’t wait to travel to Miami later this year, it’s really a dream come true for me.”

Towler capped a championship season with a heady drive to third place at Charlotte.

Towler capped a championship season with a heady drive to third place at Charlotte.

Although he qualified a disappointing eighth, Davies took care of his business when it mattered, but came up just short. Second in points is becoming an all too familiar spot for the Floridian as he finished second in the feeder series to the NiSWC last season. After the race Davies acknowledged Towler as a great friend, and a great competitor. Davies does not leave empty handed, he will get a nice check for $3,000 for his runner up efforts.

“Congrats to Rich. Well done buddy,” Davies said.

“I was hoping to have a better starting spot than eighth but just couldn’t put together the lap together when it counted. I loosened my setup at the start thinking that the car would be tighter in traffic. I thought wrong. The car was extremely loose from the get go and struggled during the first run. Thankfully we didn’t go too long before the first caution and I was able to get into the pits for some adjustments.

“After tightening the car up, it took off. I was honestly surprised at how good it was from that point on. I knew I’d have a shot to run with Rich throughout the race but never thought I’d be able to pull away like I did. I’m thrilled to be able to close the season out with a win. Of course, I would’ve loved to have won it all but Rich did what he had to do and he deserved it.

Can’t think of a better driver to finish second to.

“I’d like to thank Whisky River and (Dale Earnhardt) Jr. for everything they’ve done for us this season and JDR graphics for my awesome paint job. We can’t forget about PSRTV for all their hard work and NASCAR for helping put our sport on the map. Last but not least a big thanks goes out to iRacing because our sport would certainly not exist without them.”

Thomas Lewandowski completed a quietly stellar season with a solid run to ninth place at Charlotte to finish third in the points and earn the $1,000 payday that comes with it. Lewandowski had no wins, and only led 90 laps over the course of the season, but showed consistency is key.

There was another points battle taking shape at Charlotte, the battle to stay within the top 30 which is an automatic lock into the next NiSWC season. Vinnie Sansone was able to make up ground and take the thirtieth spot in points behind Daniel Pope II, bumping out Dion Vergers and Jim Moore. This will be the end of the road for both Vergers and Moore, as they are currently not competing in the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series, which sends its top 20 finishers into the NiSWC.  Justin Trombley, Darrin Stevens, and Jordan Erickson also locked themselves a NiSWC spot for next season, while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jim Caudill Jr., and Derek cash are on the going home list.

Fierce competitors on the track, good friends off, Towler and Davies celebrated their seasons with twin victory doughnuts.

Fierce competitors on the track, good friends off, Towler and Davies celebrated their seasons with twin victory doughnuts.

As for the race, the competitors saved the best for last, with good, hard racing action all over the 1.5 “D” shaped oval. After a few early cautions the drivers settled in and went caution-free for the final stretch of 77 laps. Derek Wood was strong once again, battling Towler and Ray Alfalla for second as Davies disappeared up the road.  Wood eventually came home just ahead of Towler to confirm he will be tough to beat next season. Theo Olson edged Ray Alfalla for fourth to cap off a stellar year, while Alfalla’s fifth place finish cemented his top ten in points.

The inaugural NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship provided the best racing sim racing has to offer, with the top names in the business. We saw Sandeep Banerjee from India charge through the field late to win a race. We saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. win at Daytona in his AMP Energy Chevrolet, and we saw drivers go from quiet sim racers to emerging stars on the sport’s biggest stage. Not only did drivers give it their all, they inspired others do to the same.  Thanks to iRacing.com and NASCAR, they’ll have the opportunity to do just that in the 2011 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship.

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Congrats Mr. Towler, Being from Florida I was cheering for Mr. Davies thou. lol

I’m new to iRacing, and last nights race which was broadcast live was the first one I watched. I thought I’d watch 10 mins or so then move on, but with the re-starts and the battle between Towler and Davies I couldn’t leave and was surprised in myself for watching and enjoying the whole race.

Thanks to all from the iRacing team, and again congrats Mr. Towler, I might even run into you at Miami, I’ll be there.

Chuck Ankenbauer
October 6th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Last night’s race was the first I’ve watched. I am new to Iracing and was pleased to see such good racing. The experience was WAY more enjoyable than I expected. Having 10K on the line only added to the already tense event. Thanks to all those involved. I am eager to see more.

Kenny Edwards
October 6th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

[…] first $10,000 winner is? click here. wow, $10,000 for racing on a pc? pretty cool. towler is crazy good, i was in one room with him and […]

$10,000 to the winner
October 7th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

CONGRATULATIONS RICH. ENJOY THE VAY CAY. DEUCES.

Dustin Durham
October 13th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

congratulations to all three i no it took many hours of practice and since im still stuck in rookie legends sum luck also ive been racing for only a month on iracing ive been involed in 46 wrecks and honestly have only caused three of them im 30 years old and have been racing since nascars dirt to daytona.Iracing is the best racing sim ever made and i cant wait till im out there racing at daytona with my idol dale jr someday i will keep working hard cause just having a chance at 10000 motivates me but congrats to you towler way to be patient it really paid off gl next season just remember this name Mike Pittman ill b there soon

mike pittman
October 27th, 2010 at 5:46 am

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