November 24th, 2012
The NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series (NiCAS) made the trip down south to Homestead Miami Speedway for Week Three of Season Four. Unlike our physical world counterparts in the Sprint Sup Series, the NiCAS has no championship drama as of yet, allowing drivers to focus on the racing, and more importantly, winning. Although Homestead fits the description of the seemingly common mile and a half speedway, HMS has character all its own. From the very line sensitive turns one and two, to the wide arcing, high speed turns three and four, Homestead Miami Speedway will never fall under the dreaded “Cookie-Cutter” description.
Seat time is always big when the NiCAS heads to a unique track such as HMS, and that became apparent by glancing at the weekly standings. NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship (NiSWC) runner up Michael Conti went to the top of the charts with 323 points on the week, winning two of his three races. Conti led sixty eight of the 110 laps in the top rated race of the week, and was able to cruise to victory when NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series (NiPS) driver Richard Dusett ran into some hard luck. Kyle Peddle made it to the stripe in second, ahead of NiPS driver Paul Kusheba, NiSWC competitor Carson McClelland, and NiPS Phoenix winner Chad J Laughton. Dusett led the second most laps with thirty eight, but was relegated to a sixteenth place finish.
Conti and Peddle were the only two drivers to surpass the 300 point mark on the week, but there was no shortage of talent in the top ten. Six of the top eight drivers on the week were rated NiPS and above with Peddle and Mark Lambert the only Class A drivers in the bunch. Nick Zautner and former NiPS driver Nicholas Morse are both Class A rated drivers and they filled out the top ten.
Homestead is always a favorite among competitors, and it showed this week as 348 drivers took to the track to participate in the week’s races. The most active of them all was a tie between Howard Bell and Scoot Johnson with seventeen races each, the edge going to Bell who managed to drive his Impala into victory lane. In total eight drivers raced ten or more times, but much like last week few managed to grab a victory. Between the eight only seven wins were tallied, with three of them being scored by John Bunton.
Next week is another step away from the normalcy of mile and a half tracks, as the NiCAS heads to “The Tricky Triangle” located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The three turned 2.5 mile track is an absolute oddity that clicks for some, and is known as the “Bermuda Triangle” by others. Any way you look at it, seventy laps around Pocono Raceway is no easy task, and will be a milestone win for anyone that can pull their Chevrolet Impala into victory lane.