Tyler Hudson made a rare 2011-12 GSRacing.net Truck Series appearance on Thursday night and wasted little time reminding the competitors of the series who he is. Hudson captured the victory in the Exlander Designs Solutions 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway, his first of the season in only his second start of the campaign. Hudson took the point for the final time with 15 laps to go in the 100 lap, 150 mile online race and never looked back en route to the triumph. Brad Wright returned to the series with a second place run as he held-off a hard charging Ray Alfalla for the spot. The podium run for the 2011 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Champion was his first top five of the GSR season. Completing the top five were pole sitter Jason Karlavige and point leader Thomas Hazard.
As he has in the last two NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series races, Nick Ottinger led the most laps on Thursday night as he paced the field for 41 laps before a wreck with eight laps remaining took him out of contention for the win. Thirty-four trucks started the event with only nine retiring before the completion of the event. Six yellow flags slowed the pace of the event, which took one hour, 20 minutes to complete. Danny Hansen gained 23 positions from his 29th place starting spot to finish sixth and earn his second consecutive Hard Charger Award. Karlavige nailed- down his second consecutive pole award on the GSRacing.net Truck Series with a blistering lap of 31.531 seconds around Chicagoland’s 1.5-mile configuration. Nicholas Morse took home the Go or Go Home Consolation race at Chicagoland, which was contested amongst the ten drivers who failed to qualify for the Exlander Design Solutions 150. With the win, Morse punches his ticket into the December 22nd running of the Tim’s Corner Presents the Race to the Chase at Richmond International Raceway.
After nine events on the GSRacing.net Truck Series schedule, Hazard leads the point standings by 29 markers over Brandon Buchberger, 326 to 297. Dylan Duval sits 42 points behind the leader with 284 points but leads a tight pack of sim racers trying to lock-down a chase spot. Duval, Chad Coleman, Brandon Kettelle, Chris Overland, Brandon Williamson, Jon Adams, Hansen and Andrew Berger all find themselves in a Chase to the GSRacing.net Championship spot with one race remaining, but Allen Krier, Josh Berry, Ottinger, Byron Daley and two-time defending champion Bryan Blackford each have a mathematical chance to shake-up the Chase party. The difference between Duval in third and Blackford in 15th place following Chicagoland is just forty points.
The ten drivers who will battle it out for the GSRacing.net Truck Series championship will be decided in the series’ next event at Richmond International Raceway. The Tim’s Corner Race to the Chase is Event 10 of 15 on the GSR schedule and can be seen live on WebRacingNetwork.com starting at 9 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, December 22nd.
About eXlander Design Solutions:
eXlander Designs was founded in 2007 by Paul Strickland Jr, who has been building websites since 2001. eXlander currently specializes in designs of all nature. From websites and hosting to business documents and apparel, we do it all. We take every order very seriously, no matter the size. From big to small, every order is important to us. We want to make sure that every customer gets exactly what they want.
About the GSRacing.net Truck Series:
The GSRacing.net Truck Series is one of iRacing’s premier independently hosted series. The Truck Series is in its third full season and is frequented by the top drivers in the sim community, including those from the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship. Races throughout the 2011 season are conducted on Thursday nights with select races with live flag-to-flag coverage on ETV and WebRacingNetwork.com.