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April 2015

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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

IndyCar Reality Check: Long Beach

by Jared DePouw on April 24th, 2015

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AJ Foyt Racing's (and iRacer) Takuma Sato cuts it close around Turn 11.

One of America’s premiere racing events, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has been hosting open wheel racing on the streets of Long Beach, California for over 40 years.  iRacing members are able to enjoy the current configuration of Long Beach as a Tech Track. This means we get all the challenges of this technical street circuit without all the King Taco banners to distract your eyes – and stomach. When it comes to building a setup for Long Beach, there are many factors you need to take into account. In speaking with Chris Simmons, engineer for Scott Dixon’s #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, he said the primary concerns with Long Beach include the curbing and bumps in the braking zones. Turns One through Nine have varying bumps [...]

Preston Perseveres, Wins at Oran Park

by Paul Slavonik on April 24th, 2015

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Week 5 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series at the legendary Oran Park Raceway continued the tight challenge for the Season 2 championship and brought with it a series of epic battles all the way to the end. For 55 laps, the virtual Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores negotiated the 12 turns of the 1.62 mile circuit. Although it was a smaller sized field than the online community has grown accustomed to, the 15-drivers arrived ready to race as qualifying got underway. Pre-race qualifying Qualifying proved to be incredibly close with the top nine drivers being separated by a little over half of a second. Coming out on the pointy end was SDC Motorsports driver, Michael Fulcher, with a time of 1:05.317. Fulcher edged-out his teammate, Martin Carroll, by [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Week 9: Pratt’s Motor Speedway (aka Richmond)

by James Falcon Pratt on April 24th, 2015

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Richmond International Raceway: not your average short track.

After a great third place at Bristol, we opened Week 9 of the NASCAR iRacing Series at Pratt’s Motor Speedway. The team has requested and been granted the use of the new track name based on the six NiS races run here. Of those six races Falcon Racing has a fourth, three fifths and a seventh with only one finish outside the top five, that a 13th in the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series Open. This is the second best average finish of any track to typically run in the NiS behind Darlington. I have also lead eight laps here, that is tied for fourth with Homestead. Pratt’s Motor Speedway is a great driver’s track and is often the scene of long green flag runs. Cars can get a bit loose [...]

Plenty Goodenough for Bathurst

by Cam Stark on April 24th, 2015

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A familiar face leading from the front.

Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst (otherwise known as Mount Panorama or just Bathurst) is one of the world’s most iconic racetracks; one that features 23 corners over its 6.213km length. By no means is Bathurst a usual type of race track by modern standards. From the top of The Mountain to the bottom of the circuit there is a 174 metre height difference, with wide areas of gradient changes over the top half of the circuit.  It certainly did not promise to be forgiving on these Pro Mazdas. Bathurst is effectively a “street circuit” – a public road on non-race days with walls in very close proximity all around the circuit. Nonetheless, this track always produces some fantastic racing, as well as plenty of mishaps. Only time will tell if Wyatt [...]

iRacing World Championship GP Series Saturday!

by David Phillips on April 23rd, 2015

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Round Five of the 2015 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series heads to legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday. The 53 lap race will be broadcast on iRacing.com/live beginning at 10 AM eastern (14:00 GMT). The iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series features nearly three dozen of the world’s best sim racers going head-to-head in iRacing’s fastest and most sophisticated race car: the Formula One Williams-Toyota FW31. Contested on many of the world’s most legendary road courses, the series awards more than $15,000 in cash and prizes to the top performers at season’s end. As has been the case since the drop of the green flag in the season opener, series leader Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola will be the man to beat on Saturday.  However, four time world champion Greger Huttu did [...]

New AOR Winner at Barber

by Justin Sutton on April 23rd, 2015

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Knowlden clips Brunner while rejoining the track.

The second race of the second season for the AOR Pro Mazda Championship headed to Barber Motorsports Park for what would be one of the more surprising races the league has seen in its short history.  The surprises came thick and fast at the start when last season’s champion Kerry Knowlden started the race from third place, the first time he had failed to qualify on the front row… ever.  Taking his place in the top two spots were Mark Jarvis and Justin Brunner, respectively, for the 40 lap race. Knowlden wasted no time making his move for second place on Brunner on just the second lap of the race.  A small mistake at Turn One for Brunner where he missed the apex and ran wide into the grass put [...]

Trost Triumphs at Motegi

by Seth Eggert on April 23rd, 2015

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Week Three of the 2015 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Combined Series sent the series Twin Ring Motegi. A total of 109 sim-racers took to the track in “The Land of the Rising Sun” throughout the week. Aero push, cautions, crashes, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, restarts and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Brandon Traino (New Jersey) started on pole with Alex Simpson (UK and I) on his outside. Joe Branch2 (Indiana) started third with Austin Espitee (New England) fourth, and Erick Davis (Canada) rounding out the top five starting positions. Traino had an excellent start, as he started rolling just before the pace car left the racing surface. Branch had a slow start, dropping numerous positions before reaching the start-finish line. [...]

World Cup of iRacing Intimidator Super Speedway Championship

by David Phillips on April 23rd, 2015

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The World Cup of iRacing Intimidator Super Speedway Championship is set for Saturday, May 2 at Talladega Superspeedway and will answer the nagging question:  Which club can best use the draft and teammates to intimidate their way to victory? Two heats are scheduled.  The Eastern Hemisphere Heat is slated for 11 am GMT/ 9pm Sydney time and is open to all European clubs as well as Australia/New Zealand and Asia.  The Western Hemisphere Heat goes off at 8 pm EST/Midnight GMT and is open to all US clubs as well as Canada, Brazil, Hispanoamerica and International. Depending on which clubs qualify from the Eastern Hemisphere Heat, the Finals will be held immediately following the Western Hemisphere Heat at roughly 10 pm EST (Noon on Sunday Sydney time) or at 8 [...]

Burnin’ Rubber & Cash Lone Star-style

by Dylan Schmidt on April 22nd, 2015

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Schmidt reels-in Rowlands for the final time.

The stars at night are big and bright… Deep in the Heart of Texas! Welcome everyone to the beautiful Dallas / Fort Worth area, where everything is bigger than everywhere else.  This includes the paychecks, as this is one of the bigger races of the season, with a nice purse for the top five finishers.  On top of that, this is my last race with DC Comics as my main sponsor.  I’ve got a couple of their reps up in the sky box, as well as reps from the Henry Doorly Zoo, and rival comic company Marvel.  My recent success has definitely brought in the interested parties. I did a lot of my growing up years in this area; spent some of my childhood within a couple hours of here, [...]

Greatness and Not So Greatness

by James Falcon Pratt on April 22nd, 2015

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Greatness and Not So Greatness

NASCAR iRacing Series Week 8 at Bristol was one of Greatness and not so Greatness. Wednesday we ran the first of the Open races and it went well, no yellows as I came around to complete Lap Five.  A short time later I found I had completed eight laps . . . and had 31 minutes of repairs. A handful of cars had planted themselves across the track and I had no place to go but through them. The team worked on the car as I grabbed a bite to eat and when they called me back I was a good 85 or so laps down and in 26th place. But I was not the only one to have issues; it is Bristol after all! I came out with my [...]

Thrilling Start to 2nd AMGSC Season

by Danny Kane on April 22nd, 2015

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DeVriese, #1, steals the win from Kane, #79, in a dead heat.

The second season of the Autobahn Motorcar Group Sportscar Challenge kicked-off on Monday night at Daytona International Speedway. With a packed grid of 43 drivers, the race was always going to be a thriller. However, few could have predicted just how hard and how close the sim racing would be. Reigning Prototype champion John Ulmer put his HPD on pole position for the 90-minute event and set the early pace ahead of Jason DeVriese and Danny Kane. Despite Ulmer’s convincing qualifying time, the long straightaways allowed DeVriese and Kane to get a tow from and keep pace with the leader. When Ulmer made an error exiting Turn 1 on the fourth lap, DeVriese and Kane pounced. The trio continued to battle hard as they began catching traffic from the slower [...]

Humpe’s Richmond Runaway

by Jason Lofing on April 22nd, 2015

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Humpe scored his most impressive win yet at Richmond.

Kenny Humpe continued his early-season dominance of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing by winning his third race of the young season at Richmond International Raceway. The Richmond was the most impressive of the three, with Humpe pacing the field for every lap save for a scoring mix-up under caution. A flurry of late-race cautions bunched the field and gave the drivers behind a shot at stealing a victory but Humpe was simply unbeatable. Patrick Crabtree finished second and had a few good shots at Humpe on restarts but never could hang close enough to attempt a pass. Ray Alfalla was third, continuing his strong start to the season. Ryan Lowe and Taylor Hurst rounded out the top five, the first such result in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Gateway to the West!

by Scott Smith on April 21st, 2015

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Across the mighty Mississippi from St. Louis in Madison, IL, Gateway Motorsports Park’s oddly-shaped 1.25-mile oval poses a unique challenge for the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series competitots.  Turns One and Two are relatively flat at 11 degrees of banking, while Turns Three and Four are even more pancaked at a mere nine degrees.  Adding to the challenge of putting the 625 virtual horsepower down to the ground off the flat corners, is the facility’s unique shape.  With Turns One and Two sporting a tighter radius than Three and Four, the track is often described as being egg-shaped, and resembles the famous “Lady in Black.” Even though the track shares certain resemblances to other tough ovals on the circuit, I found that it did not drive like any of these.  [...]

Texas Tire Management

by Jake Hayes on April 17th, 2015

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Week 6 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open takes us back out to the western United States: Texas Motor Speedway! Texas has always been a track where I have struggled to finish well; in fact my best result here last year was only 12th. However, I always try to look at each week positively, so I aimed for my first top ten at this 1.5 mile race track. One thing that is crucial to getting the maximum amount of speed out of your car at Texas is balanced handling. You must have a very neutral feeling race car at this track; too loose and you’ll slide into the fence off the corners; too tight and you’ll plow to the wall and/or kill your tires. Saving your tires is also [...]

O’donnell’s Miracle at the Cathedral of Speed

by Cam Stark on April 16th, 2015

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Surprisingly no turn 1 mayhem ensued. Even at Monza!

The Pro Mazdas were backing in action for Week 4 of the iRacing season. This time they would head to the south of Europe, albeit the north of Italy to take on one of the most famous race tracks in the entire world: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, otherwise known as the Cathedral of Speed! The 11 turn – 5.793km – circuit would have drivers (and spectators) on the edge of their seats for the entire race. With the whole track being flowing and no clear cut slow sections – with the exception of Variante del Rettifilo – the Pro Mazda drivers would certainly be looking to work the high speed drafting to their advantage.As the slowest corner on the circuit, the Rettifilo figured to offer one of the more ideal overtaking [...]

Be Prepared

by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. on April 16th, 2015

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Be Prepared

Editor’s note:  Oswaldo Negri, Jr’s name should be familiar to iRacers.  Apart from being a long-time member of iRacing, he’s been a mainstay of Michael Shank Racing since 2004 and has a win and a couple of pole positions in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to show for his efforts.  This year finds “Ozz” doing double duty, driving for Shank in the IMSA Tudor United Sportscar Championship and joining Krohn Racing for the European Le Mans Series.  He took some time off from his busy schedule to recount his debut with Krohn Racing at Silverstone last weekend. Throughout my career, whenever I have gone to a race I’ve tried to do everything possible to make sure I am prepared.  Not only is good preparation the mark of a professional, it [...]

Huttu Tops Road America

by Wil Vincent on April 15th, 2015

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Huttu scored his first win of the 2015 campaign -- and the 45th of his World Championship career - at Road America.

The last time Greger Huttu scored a win in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series before drivers headed to Road America for Round Four of the 2015 Championship was the 2nd of August 2014. That’s 252 days that one of the greatest sim racers of all time had been away from the top step of the podium, and after seeing new Team Redline stablemate Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola score victory in the first two races, followed by Coanda Simsports’ Mitchell DeJong taking the spoils in Round Three, finally, the Flying Finn was able to return to victory lane, for the 45th time in his World Championship career. Qualifying was a crazy affair, as the strong southerly winds played havoc with the handling of the 38 drivers who secure a starting spot. [...]

From Online to On-Track Competition, Byron Quickly Finds Success

by Deb Williams on April 13th, 2015

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From Online to On-Track Competition, Byron Quickly Finds Success

Stock car racing first caught William Byron’s attention at age 6 when he was channel surfing on his family’s TV, but it was iRacing on his computer that eventually led him to on-track competition. Today, the 17-year-old Byron is driving for two Mooresville-based teams: HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, where he’s vying for the series title and rookie honors, and JR Motorsports in the late model ranks. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nascar-auto-racing/thatsracin/article17885798.html#storylink=cpy Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt NASCAR via Getty Images

Iberica Racing Wins Silverstone STC

by Riccardo Schiavon on April 13th, 2015

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The first round of the STC started at Silverstone Historical. The famous UK circuit is the fastest configuration hosted by the STC. After dominating the practice and having covered a distance of 5.057km with a qualifying time of 1:38.567, Jesus Sicilia (Iberica) had to sweat to bring home the first victory against a fierce Ben Tusting (Movie-go). Indeed, on the finish line Tusting closed the race with only 0.724 sec. behind the winner. Tusting started from the third position after setting a qualifying time of 1:38.926, v0ery close to the time of second fastest qualifier position of Jose Vegara (Odox) 1:38.925.  Tusting had a good start, passing Vegara in the first corner. He was able to close immediately the gap with Sicilia following him for the whole race until the [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Hot ‘lanta!

by Scott Smith on April 13th, 2015

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The Black Dahliia/Snap-On Chevy Silverado led plenty of laps at Atlanta.  Were they the ones that counted most?

Ah… It feels good to be back on American virtual soil!  After last week’s silliness at Monza, the traditional 1.54-mile racetrack located in the heart of “The Peach State” was a welcome site for the entire organization of From A Dig Motorsports.  Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.  Not only does is challenge a driver’s aggression, it also requires an abundance of finesse due to its aging surface.  In 1997 AMS saw a complete reconfiguration.  The facility was updated, the front-stretch and back-stretch were swapped, new pavement was laid down, and the track was now touted as a quad-oval.  The renovations made the racetrack one of the fastest on the schedule and this still holds true today. However, 18 long years of brutal [...]