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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • 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 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

    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 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

    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 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

    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 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.

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Beating the Wicked Hot Heat in Loudon

by Scott Smith on July 27th, 2015

A fantastic battle between a pair of Scott Smiths late in the race.  After three laps of hard sim-racing it would be the "evil twin" Scott Smith4 (3) coming out on top.

A strong breeze rolls off the sea.  Curling waves thunderously pummel the hard-packed sands below.  Seagulls effortlessly hover within the vortex created above; the breeze begins moving inland.  Over the course of the next thirty miles, the breeze dances with tree limbs, gently tickles the petals of the abundant purple lilacs, and provides relief to the animals.  It’s an unusually hot day in “The Granite State.” and thousands of sun-drenched fans sitting at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway are also in need of relief.  As the breeze finally greets the giant, concrete-pillared grandstands, the once gentle breeze is now nothing more than a whisper, but it’s enough.  Enough to rejuvenate countless NASCAR fans as they wipe away the sweat from their brows, flip open the top of the cooler, crack [...]

Busch takes third victory in a row

July 26th, 2015

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Kyle Busch maintained his remarkable run of form to win the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis for the first time and take his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. Busch took the lead away from Kevin Harvick at a restart with eight laps to go and held on through two further caution periods, resisting the attention of Joey Logano at a green-white-chequered finish. Logano had taken the lead at the start of the race from second on the grid, going around the outside of Carl Edwards at Turn 2. He sat second to Harvick with 40 laps remaining when the leaders pitted for the final time, under caution. Having been fourth, Busch led the race off pit road and rejoined fifth behind those who stayed out. Once that out-of-sequence quartet [...]

Edwards takes Brickyard pole at Indy

July 25th, 2015

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Carl Edwards claimed a second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position in qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. The grid’s top three was identical to last weekend’s qualifying at New Hampshire, with Edwards beating Joey Logano and David Ragan to pole. In a session run to the single-lap superspeedway qualifying format, Edwards was eighth in the first round and therefore ran fifth in round two. He set a time of 49.056 seconds and then held onto top spot as the seven remaining drivers made their attempts, with Logano coming closest but falling 0.087s short. Tony Stewart topped the first round ahead of Kyle Larson, but they had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively in the second round. Kevin Harvick took sixth ahead of Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt [...]

Busch surprised by his NASCAR form

July 22nd, 2015

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Kyle Busch admits his mid-season run of three NASCAR Sprint Cup victories from four starts has taken him by surprise, as he bids for a shock inclusion in the Chase. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver missed the first 11 races of the year with a broken leg, but he has bounced back from that and a slow return – which included a pair of accidents in his first four races – to become NASCAR’s form driver. His second crash, at Michigan, was followed by his first victory of the season at Sonoma last month, and Busch subsequently secured back-to-back victories at Kentucky and New Hampshire. “I never would have guessed it,” he said of the run. “If somebody would have said, ‘You’re going to come back and you’re going to [...]

Hollyday Plays Strategy Card; Kisses Virtual Bricks

by Scott Smith on July 22nd, 2015

Hollyday (15) rebounded from from early-race contact with Keegan Leahy (11) to twin at the Brickyard.

Round 18 of the NASCAR Xfinity iRacing Class B Open Series took place last night at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the top-split broadcast on iRacingLive.  Whether in virtual or real-space, all drivers who grip the steering wheel and take control of their racing machines want to experience the euphoria that comes along with winning at the historic speedway – not to mention, the lovely taste of clay, shale, and rubber, after the traditional “kissing of the bricks.”  At the conclusion of last night’s 50 lap sim-race, we added a new name to the virtual speedways’ long list of victors: Richard Hollyday.  After starting deep in the field (20th) the sim-racer who calls Apex, NC home, led the final 13 laps when a pit-stop strategy call propelled his BBH [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Unlocking Victory at Gateway!

by Scott Smith on July 20th, 2015

wild ride

The disproportional/oblong speedway of Gateway Motorsports Park is a challenge.  Downshifting as you barrel into Turn One, maneuvering two vastly different sets of corners, and fighting tooth-and-nail with other drivers to complete a pass, are just some of the obstacles sim-racers have to deal with at Gateway.  George S. Patton once said: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”  And although the context in which he spoke – preparing troops for war – is infinitely more serious than what we encounter in the virtual-space of iRacing, one aspect of that quote resonates with me.  Regardless of the context in which a challenge is set for an individual, when the goal is reached and victory consummated, the emotion that manifests itself as exhilaration is most certainly [...]

Busch makes it three wins from four

July 19th, 2015

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Toyota’s Kyle Busch claimed his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four starts, at New Hampshire, to boost his chances of qualifying for the Chase title playoff. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who had finished second in three of the circuit’s last four races, started fourth but moved his way into the lead during the opening sixth of the 301-lap race. Busch’s race took shape after making his final pitstop on lap 244. While it was a green flag stop and he went down a lap, Busch used his four fresh tyres to unlap himself as Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski negotiated traffic. It proved vital, with a caution period for debris called moment later, and when Harvick and Keselowski pitted, Busch took the lead. He led by as much [...]

Edwards captures first Coors Pole of 2015

July 18th, 2015

Edwards captures first Coors Pole of 2015

by David Moulthrop     Carl Edwards was one of only five drivers to take  one lap in the first of the three qualifing sessions for the 23rd Annual 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The single lap placed him into 19th among the 24 drivers to advance. Taking only a single lap in the second session, Edwards was third fastest behind Joey Logano and David Ragan. The final session saw Edwards go to the top spot followed by Logano and Ragan. The speed of 135.598 was far below the record set by Brad Keslowski last fall but good enough for his first Coors Pole at New Hampshire Motor Speed and the 14th career Coors Pole for the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing / Sports Clip Toyota

Edwards takes New Hampshire pole

July 17th, 2015

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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards will start Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire from pole position. A week after the Toyota team took four of the top five places at Kentucky, Edwards led the way as the JGR quartet all qualified inside the top eight on the one-mile oval. In taking his 14th career pole, Edwards acknowledged that he “took a huge gamble” in completing only one lap in each of the three qualifying phases. “I’ve struggled at this track,” Edwards said, “this is big for me.” With his lap in the final five-minute block, 28.179 seconds, Edwards secured pole by just 0.030s from Joey Logano – who topped the second segment – and David Ragan, who set identical times. Chasing his third win in four events [...]

Horsepower cut hurting form – Stewart

July 17th, 2015

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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart says his 2015 struggles are down to the current rules package simply not suiting his driving style. Stewart has not won a race since the June 2013 Dover event, and a sixth place at Bristol is his only top-10 finish so far this year, leaving him 28th in the championship. His last two seasons have also been interrupted by two sprint car incidents, the first leaving Stewart with severe leg injuries and the second involving the death of competitor Kevin Ward Jr. NASCAR reduced horsepower from 850bhp to 725bhp for 2015 as part of a package of changes that also included a small rear spoiler. Stewart said difficulty adapting to the change in car style was the biggest issue hampering him this year. [...]

Busch: Wins could force NASCAR’s hand

July 17th, 2015

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Kyle Busch believes NASCAR could end up feeling duty-bound to let him into the Sprint Cup’s Chase title playoff if he continues his current form. The 16-strong Chase field is formed by the drivers with most victories after the opening 26 rounds, plus the leading win-less points scorers if less than 16 drivers have won. Participants must have entered all rounds up to that point and be in the top 30 in the championship. NASCAR has granted Busch a waiver after his leg-breaking Daytona crash in the Xfinity Series in February sidelined him from the first 11 Cup rounds, but the top-30 stipulation still applies. He was 179 points away from that position when he rejoined the field for the Charlotte race in May, and over the seven races since [...]

Drivers back more NASCAR aero cuts

July 16th, 2015

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NASCAR could go further still with its downforce reductions to improve the quality of Sprint Cup racing, reckon Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards. The series is trying a variety of rules adjustments to increase overtaking this year, with a lower-downforce package making its debut in last weekend’s Kentucky Speedway race. That was hailed as a success after the number of overtaking moves increased from 1147 in the 2014 Kentucky race to 2665, with an event-record of 22 lead changes under green flag conditions. “I cannot say enough positive things about this direction NASCAR is going with less downforce,” said Edwards “I could actually drive the car, I was steering and sliding, I just about wrecked a few times. I felt like I was doing something, not just sitting in line. [...]

Vincent Saves Fuel, Wins Kentucky

by Jason Lofing on July 15th, 2015

Corey Vincent had the right combination of speed and the fuel strategy to score his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win at Kentucky.

Performance Motorsports Group’s Corey Vincent captured his first career win in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacinglast night, coming out on top of a race decided by fuel mileage at Kentucky Speedway. Vincent, while quick, did not have the fastest car and looked to be battling for a top five finish before a fortuitous caution – coupled with excellent fuel savings – helped him score the victory. PJ Stergios from Last Row Motorsports finished second while his brother Jake came home third. Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsports) crossed the line fourth and Chris Overland rounded-out of the top five. Notably absent from the top five was The TEAM’s Kenny Humpe, who started on pole but had some uncharacteristic struggles with his car. Though he still led 69 of [...]

Kyle Busch wins again at Kentucky

July 12th, 2015

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Kyle Busch scored his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the space of three races with victory at Kentucky Speedway. Busch led 163 of the 267 laps and was in that position after the penultimate caution period with 55 laps remaining. He was then in a three-way all-Joe Gibbs Racing scrap for the lead with Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin, with the latter fighting back from losing a lap early on to a suspected flat tyre to lead through the track-record 11th and final caution. Penske’s Joey Logano then moved ahead at the restart and opened up a one-second lead over Busch, but Busch quickly reeled that gap back in and reclaimed the lead for good with 19 laps remaining after the pair had run side-by-side for several laps. [...]

Larson on pole after Kentucky rain

July 10th, 2015

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Kyle Larson will start on pole for Saturday night’s Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race after qualifying was cancelled to allow more practice time at the rain-plagued event. NASCAR is introducing aerodynamic rule tweaks for this weekend in an effort to improve the quality of racing at the track. An additional test was scheduled for Wednesday to allow teams to acclimatise to the package, but this was rained off. Further poor weather then stymied an attempt to run the session on Thursday instead. The field finally took to the track on Friday morning for a practice session that was due to be extended to make up for the lack of running, only for more rain to arrive and force cars back to the garages after less than an hour. It [...]

Kentucky fence damaged in Truck crash

July 10th, 2015

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NASCAR suffered its second catchfence-damaging crash in four days on Thursday night, when an accident involving Ben Kennedy halted the Kentucky Speedway Truck Series race. Five spectators sustained minor injuries in Sunday’s Sprint Cup round at Daytona – which finished in the early hours of Monday morning after a rain delay – as a massive crash at the finish line sent Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet flying into the fence. The Kentucky accident was less violent, but still tore away a section of catchfence and damaged a support post, forcing NASCAR to abandon the race with five laps left. It occurred when Kennedy’s Red Horse Racing Toyota tangled with David Gilliland’s RBR Enterprises Ford at Turn 1 on a restart after a red flag. Both ends of the Toyota [...]

NASCAR to evaluate safety changes

July 8th, 2015

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NASCAR will explore new technologies to improve fan and driver safety following the massive accident at the end of Monday’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona. Five fans sustained minor injuries when a multi-car pile-up at the finish of the rain-delayed event sent Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet flying into the catch-fencing. NASCAR’s executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said that while the Daytona fence had performed as expected, the series would investigate what else could be changed. “The catch fence, first and foremost, is there to keep the car from going through, and it did that,” he said. “The next iteration that we would look at may not be a fence make, but what are the new technologies that are out there? “This is an area for all sports to [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – For the Alpha: the Omega, Part 2

by Matt Holden on July 8th, 2015


Before we dive back into this, let’s review:  We’re talking about how to be more efficient with your setup process, and spend less time trying 28 different setups every week that don’t work and spending more time in the fine-tuning stages.  In the last article, I discussed how to approach the initial setup build, as well as forming a plan for how you’re going to wind up with what you want.  If you missed it, you can check it out here: In that article, I focused primarily on the setup I built for the GFR cars in the Daytona race for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  Nobody in their right mind would expect the setup built for Daytona to have a chance at Charlotte, or Iowa, even, but it [...]

Virtual Thoroughbreds Run Loose on Kentucky Speedway

by Scott Smith on July 8th, 2015

A victorious Allan Boes drifts toward the checkered flag.

Week 16 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Open Series took to the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, and on Tuesday evening the top split was broadcast on iRacingLive and for some live neck-and-neck sim-racing action! Despite the first half of the race looking like it would be a two-horse battle between Logan Clampitt and Ryan Lowe, it was Deadzone Racing’s, Allen Boes, keeping his nose clean through seven caution flags to lead a race high 44 laps, en route to his fifth victory in the series this year. The race started a bit clumsily with four yellow flags in the first 25 laps of competition.  Point standings leader Trent Ringler did not have luck on his side.  He got loose exiting Turn One, resulting in contact with Joshua Filyaw . [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Dega’!

by Scott Smith on July 6th, 2015

Diving to the bottom to avoid The Big One almost worked . . . "almost" being the key word.

Your pulse quickens.  The hair inches to attention on the back of your neck.  Hands begin to get slippery.  You’re breaths get heavier.  A feeling of nervous excitement coupled with the omnipresent thought of impending doom that always resides in the deep, dark, depths of your consciousness begins to overwhelm you.  The drop of the green flag is seconds away.  Focus has become razor sharp.  It’s time for battle.  It’s time to challenge the competition and leave every ounce of will out on the 2.6 miles of asphalt.  This is otherworldly.  This is… Dega’! Now, luckily the physical bumps, bangs, and bruises that plague the real-world daredevils of NASCAR don’t seem to affect us sim-racers.  And even though our competition takes place in a virtual setting, I can assure you [...]