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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

Keselowski saves his Chase with win

October 19th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski kept his 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship hopes alive with victory at Talladega, as champion Jimmie Johnson was among four more drivers ruled out of title contention. The quartet of eliminated drivers features several of the series’ biggest names, with Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch all missing out as the Chase moves into its penultimate phase. Keselowski, who was controversially involved in post-race fighting last weekend at Charlotte, realistically needed to win to make the cut, and did so after timing his move to the front to perfection in a thrilling green-white-chequered finish. The Penske Ford driver led home Toyota duo Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer by a tenth of a second to secure a sixth victory of the season, as Ryan Newman slipped [...]

Vickers tops bizarre qualifying

October 18th, 2014

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Brian Vickers ended up on Talladega NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at the end of a bizarre first attempt at the latest iteration of qualifying at the superspeedway. NASCAR adjusted its new-for-2014 knockout qualifying format for Talladega after the previous round at the track featured long periods of inactivity before cars ran single laps in huge packs to try to use the slipstream essential for a fast lap. But shortening the segments and splitting the field into two groups for the first part of qualifying made no difference, as again drivers mostly waited in the pitlane until the last possible moment then jostled to get to the tail of the drafting pack for a one-lap group run. Confusion followed as several drivers had times disallowed when NASCAR ascertained that they had [...]

Keselowski and Stewart punished

October 14th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart have been fined and placed on probation for their involvement in post-race incidents following the NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte on Saturday night. Both drivers have been placed on probation for four Sprint Cup events through to November 12, with Keselowski and Stewart also facing fines of $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. Series officials determined the pair to be in violation of Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4.9 (Behavioural penalty – involved in post-race incidents). Keselowski triggered a chain of post-race remonstrations when he hit both Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth on the slowing-down lap in retaliation for earlier on-track clashes. The Penske driver inadvertently rammed the rear of Stewart’s car while trying to hit Kenseth, prompting the three-time champion to [...]

Keselowski’s actions ‘inexcusable’

October 13th, 2014

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Matt Kenseth described fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski’s actions at Charlotte as inexcusable, after the pair and Denny Hamlin were involved in a series of post-race altercations. Keselowski had incidents with both Hamlin and Keselowski in the closing laps of the race, with the contact spilling over onto the slowing-down lap. Hamlin and Keselowski then quarrelled in the paddock, before Kenseth chased and accosted Keselowski in a separate scuffle. Kenseth said the fact that Keselowski drove into him in the pitlane after he had unfastened his belts was what enraged him most. “I had my HANS off, my seatbelts off, and he clobbers me at like 50mph. The race is over, we’ve come back to pit road,” he said. “If he wants to come and talk to me [...]

Harvick wins as rivals brawl

October 12th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick ended months of NASCAR Sprint Cup frustration with victory in a Charlotte race that ended in multiple pitlane brawls and with several big names’ title hopes in jeopardy. Prior to Saturday night’s 500-mile event, Harvick had not won since Darlington in April – despite regularly leading and even dominating many races only to hit misfortune. It finally came right for the Stewart-Haas driver at Charlotte Motor Speedway as he led 162 of the 334 laps, pulling out commanding leads whenever at the front. A mid-race fear of a loose wheel proved unfounded, and a two-lap sprint to the finish after a last-gasp yellow for Brian Vickers’ Toyota blowing an engine was no problem for Harvick, who held off Jeff Gordon to the flag. There was chaos post-race as [...]

Bussa Still On Top in NASCAR iRacing Series Fixed

by Tom O'Leary on October 10th, 2014

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The Monster Mile hosted Week 27 of the NASCAR iRacing Series.

After a couple weeks break from writing about the NASCAR iRacing Series, it’s time to catch-up on all the sim racing action, as the series is continually moving towards the endpoint – at Homestead. The NiS has driven a variety of tracks as of late – from short track racing at New Hampshire, to the 2-wide action at Chicagoland with high speed driving at both Dover and Kansas, the range of tracks on the calendar provided different challenges for the sim-racers. With ‘Fixed’ setups being applied to all cars be they Chevy, Ford or Toyota, the emphasis is placed on the driver’s skills as opposed to tweaking the car setup. Chicagoland Speedway provided the racing for Week 27, with many drivers from the recently concluded Open Series transferring to the [...]

Kyle Busch claims pole at Charlotte

October 10th, 2014

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Kyle Busch claimed pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of Jeff Gordon. Joe Gibbs Racing was on course for a front row sweep with Busch and Denny Hamlin until Gordon sneaked his Hendrick Chevrolet between the two Toyotas in the last moments of final qualifying with a lap 0.024 seconds down on Busch and 0.018 ahead of Hamlin. Tony Stewart claimed his best qualifying result since New Hampshire in July with fourth, followed by Richard Childress Racing duo Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. Kevin Harvick, so often untouchable in qualifying this year, could not pull off a third straight pole as two disappointing runs in third qualifying left him seventh on the grid. With the potentially wild Talladega race completing the ‘Contender round’ [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – The Checkered has Waved

by Matt Holden on October 8th, 2014

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I’ve been through five Pro-level races at Homestead in the past three years, and each one has presented its own unique set of problems.  This week’s finale for the 2014 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series brought a new variable:  points.  Like I said in my last article, this was the first time the #05 team (or Gale Force Racing as a whole, for that matter) has gotten to a finale with a chance to win a championship.  Yes, it was a long shot, but Nick (Ottinger) still had a mathematical shot at winning the title at the last restart.  Had Mike Conti and Ray Alfalla both been caught up in a crash and couldn’t get back out on track, it could have happened. However, it did not, and never before has [...]

Conti Captures NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Title

by Jason Lofing on October 8th, 2014

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Michael Conti captured the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com and the $10,000 champion’s purse last night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, holding off Ray Alfalla’s late-season charge and capping a tremendous season in which he notched a series-leading three wins and 10 top-five finishes in 16 races. Remarkably, at just 17 years of age, Conti is on top of the oval sim racing world and has put his name alongside the greats like former champions Alfalla, Richard Towler and Tyler Hudson. Conti won the pole and hung around the front all race long despite not having the fastest car. Alfalla, who began the night 13 points out the series lead, was about the same speed as Conti for much of the race. But with Conti never falling more than [...]

For the Win

by Dylan Kapisky on October 7th, 2014

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Home sweet Homestead! Homestead-Miami Speedway is the sight of NASCAR’s championship weekend in mid-November. However, tonight we will learn the identity of NASCAR’s newest champion, as the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com hits the virtual track in South Florida to crown this year’s stock car sim racing champion. It is basically a two horse battle between Michael Conti and Ray Alfalla (-13) with Nick Ottinger sitting 33 points back, with very little chance to make all of that up. So who’s going to win it? Before we get to that, we must understand what it would take for the contenders to walk away with the $10,000 prize (without the tiebreaker). Let’s start with what it would take for second place Ray Alfalla to win his third championship. Beginning [...]

SIMply Extraordinary

by David Phillips on October 6th, 2014

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Blackford will be showing the Shriners Hospial colors in tomorrow night's NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series finale.

While attention on tomorrow’s 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series season finale naturally focuses on the championship battle between Michael Conti, Ray Alfalla and Nick Ottinger, series mainstay Bryan Blackford is already well on the way to winning a battle of his own.  The veteran sim racer is making a remarkable recovery from an accident in August that left him with third degree burns and a severely broken elbow.  (You can see pictures and follow his progress at crowdrise.com/bb33) Initially expected to be hospitalized for months, Blackford returned to his Florida home just days after a rental go-kart he was driving exploded and erupted into flames. He managed to participate in a NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series event the following week. He followed that up by taking a season-best fourth place in [...]

Logano opens Chase part two with win

October 5th, 2014

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Joey Logano booked his place in the penultimate round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase with victory at Kansas Speedway as several of his title rivals hit trouble. Leading 122 of the 267 laps, Logano dominated the latter half of the race, first hitting the front at half-distance with a pass on polesitter Kevin Harvick. With Harvick removed from winning contention by a green-flag pitstop just before a caution period – the Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver reporting a puncture over team radio – the only other driver who could rival Logano’s pace late in the race was Kyle Larson. Both Logano and Larson lost track position by opting to change all four tyres in their last pitstops, but both quickly returned to the front after the eighth and final restart, with [...]

All Roads Lead to Homestead

October 2nd, 2014

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Another NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series race came and went last Tuesday, as the pro drivers took to Darlington Raceway in the penultimate race of the season. The race began with a 21 point gap in the standings between first place Michael Conti and third place Nick Ottinger, with Ray Alfalla second, 17 points down to Conti.  Ottinger was on the pole, but it didn’t take long for Conti to take the lead and go on to dominate most of the race leading 122 of 183 laps. Conti was up by over 10 seconds at some points throughout the race but, as they say, the fastest car, doesn’t always win.  With the race going mostly green (with only two cautions), pit strategy became a major factor in the race.  Ottinger inadvertently [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – And Then There Were Three

by Matt Holden on September 30th, 2014

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I could have written an article after the Richmond race, and probably should have.  It was a huge deal to win that race, but none of us really celebrated it.  It was our team’s first win since the California race in March, it was my first win in 11 months, and it was exactly what we had to do to stay in the championship picture.  One year ago, we were out of it completely and there were only two drivers eligible to win the title.  Thanks to that win in Richmond, we now enter the final race of the season with a shot at the championship for the first time.  Ever. So why weren’t we going crazy and burning GFR HQ down?  In all seriousness, we got lucky…very lucky.  I’ve [...]

Stewart: Sprint car return not in mind

September 29th, 2014

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Tony Stewart has not yet decided whether he will ever race a sprint car again, despite being cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. Speaking at length for the first time since a grand jury determined last week that he has no criminal case to answer concerning the accident, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion said that although he has no plans to quit driving altogether, he is re-evaluating the kinds of events he will contest in the future. “Even with the [grand jury] decision right now, I don’t know if and when I’ll ever get back in a sprint car,” said Stewart, who had continued contesting sprint car and grassroots events as a sideline throughout his NASCAR career, despite badly breaking his leg [...]

Stewart Will Not Face Criminal Charges

by Dave Moulthrop on September 29th, 2014

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The grand jury that was convened in Ontario County New York after District Attorney Michael Tantillo presented them with the evidence in the incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park  that caused the death of 20 year old driver Kevin Ward Jr. when he was struck by the Sprint car of NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart made its finding known in a press conference Wednesday afternoon the 24th of September. The Grand Jury has decided that Tony Stewart will face no criminal charges for his role in the August 9th on track death. Prosecutors  made the announcement  just hours after the grand jury finished hearing testimony in the case. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo also said Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, according to toxicology [...]

Gordon wins first knockout Chase race

September 28th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon claimed an ultimately dominant NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Dover as the original 16-strong Chase field was whittled down to 12. With the race up front an uneventful affair commanded in turn by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and finally Gordon, most of the interest was in which four drivers would be eliminated from the 2014 championship hunt as the three-race ‘Challenger round’ of the Chase ended. Greg Biffle, AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were off the pace all day, and their title hopes duly fizzled out with 21st, 23rd and 28th place finishes. Kasey Kahne had the most nerve-wracking afternoon, dropping two laps down with a loose wheel early on. He mounted a steady fightback and his eventual 20th position was sufficient to get him through to the [...]

Harvick earns seventh pole of 2014

September 26th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick continued his strong 2014 qualifying form at Dover, where he secured pole for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The Stewart-Haas driver was quickest in the opening qualifying phase and carried that speed through to the final round, putting himself into P1 for the seventh time this season with a 22.095-second lap at 162.933mph. “It’s been amazing year for everybody on the team,” he said. “They put a lot of effort into qualifying and it has translated into a lot of good finishes. “We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing, and track position is huge here.” Kyle Busch came closest to unseating him, but his best effort came up 0.5mph short. Denny Hamlin rebounded from a poor race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend to [...]

Alfalla Wins Darlington, Closes on Point Lead

by Jason Lofing on September 24th, 2014

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Ray Alfalla won his second race of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing season Tuesday night by playing a perfect fuel strategy at Darlington Raceway. Alfalla’s Slip Angle Motorsports teammate Byron Daley played the same strategy and came home in second, 14.8 seconds behind the winner. Michael Conti, the series championship leader coming into Darlington, finished third despite having to pit an extra time under green. Bryan Blackford and Landon Harrison rounded-out the top five. “Victory!” said Alfalla. “One race left in the season, and we are still in the championship hunt. Homestead will be exciting!” The race began with championship hopeful Nick Ottinger starting on pole, hoping to build on his victory last time out at Richmond. Conti started from outside pole and Alfalla rolled off [...]

Is It Really Too Tough To Tame?

by Dylan Kapisky on September 23rd, 2014

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NASCAR’s first paved superspeedway has been called “The Track Too Tough To Tame.”  Known for its red and white walls that, once the green flag drops, “magically” become increasingly black — even as the right sides of the cars “magically” develop black stripes of their own – Darlington is also called “The Lady in Black.”  Of course, there’s nothing magic about the track.  The “Darlington Stripe” is the result of  cars scraping against the track’s retaining walls, particularly on the exit of the final turn of the egg shaped track. Yet, even the red and while walls lining straightaways wind-up with door paint by the time the checkered flag waves. Why? “The line is right next to the wall. If you slip a little bit, you’ll get damage,” two-time NASCAR [...]