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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Hill Cruises to Victory in iRacing Pro Race of Champions

by David Phillips on December 18th, 2014

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The field thunders into Turn One.

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Timmy Hill drove to a commanding win in last night’s 4thAnnual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Starting on the front row at the virtual Iowa Speedway, Hill drove his digital Super Late Model into the lead when pole sitter, defending champion – and German Porsche Carrera Cup champion — Phillip Eng went wide in the first turn.  Hill never looked back and went on to win by more than 14 seconds over IMSA champion Alex Gurney and NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Michael Self. “Off the get-go Phillip hit the apron, shot up towards the wall and that kind of ended his race before it even got started,” said Hill, whose brother Tyler earned his first win in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series on Tuesday.  “After [...]

Hill’s Charlotte Breakthrough

by Jason Lofing on December 17th, 2014

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In the battle of the Tylers, Hill got around Hudson to finally break into the win column.

Tyler Hill had been a model of consistency through the first six rounds of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series with top ten finishes in every race. With so many finishes near the front it seemed only a matter of time before Hill sealed the deal with a win. That time came at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the seventh race of the season. Hill did not have the fastest car, but he hung around the front most of the evening, made no mistakes, and took the win away from Tyler Hudson, passing the former NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion with just three laps remaining. Hudson had been leading since just after the two returned to the track from their final pit stops, but never could build much of a gap over Hill, [...]

Ringler Survives Dega Week for Repeat Championship

by Brian Tate on December 16th, 2014

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Talladega

Boes, Hamer Ride Fast Lane for the Win Nothing brings iRacers out of the woodwork like a week at Talladega Superspeedway.  No matter what car is running at the gigantic 2.66-mile Mecca situated in northern Alabama, iRacers gravitate to the track like drunken moths to a porch light on a warm summer night.  Three NASCAR iRacing Class B Open series regulars would have to navigate the mine field of “Dega Week” with all their limbs and wheels intact if they had any hopes of winning the final championship of 2014. Defending series champion Trent Ringer (Lowline Racing) entered the final race of Season 4 with a 23 point lead over Galeforce Racing’s Larry Scott Jr. and a 43-point advantage over BRB Motorsports’ Randall Faulks. After a slow week at Gateway [...]

4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions Tonight!

by David Phillips on December 15th, 2014

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The iRacing International Race of Champions feature top professional racers from across the motorsports specturm.

Past champions Shane Van Gisbergen and Philipp Eng headline an impressive lineup of professional racers expected to compete in tonight’s 4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Van Gisbergen, Eng and other pros from stock, sports and touring cars, open wheel and drag racing will compete against one another from the comfort of their homes on iRacing.com, the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. There’s more on the line than bragging rights: iRacing and CXC Simulations have pledged to donate more than $4000 to the favorite charities of the top three finishers. Tonight’s event consists of a 50 lap Super Late Model race at the virtual Iowa Speedway.  The race will be broadcast live on iRacing (http://www.iracing.com/live/) beginning at 9 pm EST. Among the other drivers expected to compete are [...]

Bragg Wins Thompson and SK Modfied Title

December 15th, 2014

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SK Mods Bragg Thompson

The NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified series completed the final week of 2014 Season 4 at Thompson International Speedway. At .625 miles in length and 26 degrees of banking Thompson is one of the trickier short tracks to drive in iRacing, as sim racers are relegated to just the high groove, making passing extremely difficult.  Thus qualifying this week would be of the utmost importance. Even if with a great starting spot, however, hiccups during the race can turn a great finish into a case of wondering “what if.”  Case in point: this week’s feature race the drama level was high as the leader seemingly took himself out of contention only to be thrust back in the mix when lapped traffic produced mayhem. In the 2699 SoF race, Bragg Jr shared [...]

Laughlin Pulls the Upset at Richmond

by Jason Lofing on December 10th, 2014

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Laughlin's gamble paid-off with a win over ? and ?

Tyler Laughlin scored a surprise victory Tuesday night in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series race at Richmond International Raceway after making the right call to stay on the race track with 38 laps to go when the leaders chose to pit for new tires.  Five cautions slowed the field during the last 33 laps, allowing Laughlin to survive despite running on very used rubber. Trey Eidson and Tyler Hill, both on the same strategy as Laughlin, finished second and third after coming-up just short on the final one lap shootout. Kevin King wound-up fourth after dominating most of the race and Brian Schoenburg rounded out the top five. Richard Dusett started on pole but King flexed his muscle early, taking the lead 13 laps into the race. King rode ahead [...]

Timing is Everything

by Brian Tate on December 9th, 2014

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Week 5 saw the NASCAR Class B Open Series make its maiden trip to Gateway Motorsports.

Timely Yellows Put Ringler in Driver’s Seat for Repeat Championship The pressure was on as race number five of six of the 2014 Season 4 NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Open Championship put the series at the 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.  Galeforce Racing’s Larry Scott Jr, BRB Motorsport’s Randall Faulks, and Lowline Racing’s Trent Ringler entered the week separated by just seven points the trio and a strong result at Gateway was needed by all before the final week at eternally unpredictable Talladega. This was the first time the NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Open drivers had their crack at Gateway’s unique egg-shaped layout.  Because of the unfamiliarity of the track and the skill set required to run well, there were few opportunities throughout the week to score championship [...]

NASCAR iRacing Pro Series: Lefts and Rights

by Dylan Kapisky on December 5th, 2014

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With his win at Watkins Glen, Iivonen took a big step toward his gaol (sic) of competing in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.

The last time Pro caliber sim racers visited the virtual Watkins Glen, Michael Conti drove to one of three victories in his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series championship run. He dominated, leading 47 of 50 laps, in an effort that seemed unmatchable. But Tuesday when the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series hit the track, Conti’s rate of 94% laps-led was eclipsed.  That’s because series rookie Teemu Iivonen started on pole,  jumped out to a big lead (4+ seconds on Lap 10) and went on to lead 44 laps – only yielding the top spot on Lap 22, during a round of pit stops.  For those keeping score, that’s 44 out of 45 laps or roughly 98%. Q:     Did you know coming in to that one that you’d be leading all the laps [...]

Davies Holds-off King to Win Fontana

by Jason Lofing on November 26th, 2014

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Davies grabbed the lead on a late restart and cruised to the win at Auto Club Speedway.

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series veteran Brad Davies showed he can still get it done in the clutch, as he kept Kevin King at bay on a late restart at Auto Club Speedway to pick up his first victory of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series season. Davies led laps early, hung around the front the whole race, and caught a break when Ryan Lowe, already a winner this season, got into the wall late in the going while leading. The race came down to a restart with three laps to go, which Davies handled with poise. He got a great jump on King, who looked to use the draft to reel-in Davies down the backstretch. It looked as if he might have an opportunity to make something happen, but King would [...]

Bussa is 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series Fixed Champ; Luza Tops at Homestead

by Tom O'Leary on November 24th, 2014

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Your 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series Open champion: Matt Bussa.

As the NASCAR iRacing Series replicates the real 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup, its finale could be nowhere else but Homestead-Miami Speedway. We didn’t quite get the big SoF’s that the rest of the season provided – but there were still plenty of opportunities to turn your season around under the bright lights of the season finale. Speaking of which, two of the series’ brightest stars shone in qualifying as “Flyin” Ryan Michael Luza lived up to his nickname by putting in the fastest lap of the week: a 31.534s, just .004s faster than championship leader Matt Bussa! Homestead was sure to provide some amazing sim racing. Race One produced the highest SoF race of the week, with an almighty 352 points awarded to the victor due to the 5473 SoF. [...]

Faulks Vaults Atop Championship With Homestead Win

by Brian Tate on November 24th, 2014

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Faulks leads Joe Slama and Larry Scott Jr. in the feature race at Homestead.

As the final season of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Class B Open Oval Series comes to the half-way point, it has became apparent that a large host of suitors are in the running for the season-ending trophy.  Randall Faulks threw his name into the hat during Week 3 at Homestead-Miami Speedway by not only winning the week, but also taking over the points lead with three races remaining on the schedule. 2014 Season 3 champion, Lowline Racing’s Trent Ringler, came to Homestead the week with a 33 point lead over Gale Force Racing’s Larry Scott Jr.  However, by the end of the sim racers left the digital South Florida track, BRB Motorsports’ Faulks had jumped the pair with a win in a rare late week top strength of field race. [...]

Hendrick extends Kahne’s deal to 2018

November 21st, 2014

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Kasey Kahne will stay on with Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup until at least 2018. The 34-year-old joins team-mates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr on a long-term deal with Rick Hendrick’s Chevrolet squad. Kahne joined Hendrick for 2012 after a stint with the Red Bull team. He has been a race-winner and Chase participant every season since, although he was eliminated from title contention in the first cut-off under the 2014 system. “I’ve found a home at Hendrick Motorsports,” said Kahne. “We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn’t be more excited about the direction we’re headed as a team and a company. “It’s the right place for me, and I’m looking forward to being here for a long time.” Team boss [...]

Gress Tops SK Mods at Concord

by Stan Bragg Jr on November 20th, 2014

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2014 S4 SK Mod Concord Gress taking the victory

Week 3 of the NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified Series, brought the sim-racers to Concord Speedway.  At just ½ mile and with varying degrees of corner banking and only three corners, setting-up for North Carolina’s version of the Tricky Triangle can challenge even some of the best iRacers.  Many struggle to find the handling through Turns 1 and 3 but keep the momentum up through Turn 2 without getting the right rear too hot. Buddy DAlessandro would share the front row with Stephan Arsenault for the 50 lap feature race. . . momentarily at least.  Shortly after the green flag dropped, DAlessendro cleared Arsenault going into Turn 1.  Arsenault slotted into second while the remainder of the top five sorted itself out with Russel Ieler moving up to P3.  Behind him, [...]

Vincent Dominant in Homestead Win

by Jason Lofing on November 19th, 2014

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Vincent spent all but ? of ? laps out front at Homestead en route to a dominant win.

Corey Vincent redeemed himself from the disappointment of two weeks ago at Texas by putting-on a dominating performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway to earn his first career NASCAR iRacing Pro Series win. Vincent started on pole and was untouchable in clear air, leading 116 of 134 laps. Justin Trombley finished second for his second top five of the season. Andrew Fayash was third thanks to some crafty fuel strategy despite starting way down in forty-first position and getting lapped on the first run of the race. Casey Tucker and Kevin King rounded out the top five. The race began with a bang when Ashely Miller spun his tires and collected Steven Gilbert but, curiously, no caution was thrown even though Gilbert spun and other cars were damaged in the stack-up. One [...]

A Dream Come True for iRacer Christian PaHud

by David Phillips on November 19th, 2014

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PaHud v Bickford

iRacer Christian PaHud’s dream came true in last month’s Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA. As winner of the recent PEAK Stock Car Dreams Challenge, PaHud earned a one-off ride in Bill McAnally Racing’s PEAK Toyota in Round 13 of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The Harrisburg, NC resident took full advantage of his opportunity, earning the pole then leading a race high 59 laps to edge James Bickford for the win. “It’s just amazing,” said the 20 year old PaHud, whose resume includes more than 30 wins on iRacing’s online motorsports service. “I can’t thank PEAK, Brian Emrick and Michael Waltrip enough for getting me hooked-up with Bill McAnally Racing. To qualify on the pole and come out of here with a [...]

Ringler’s Dominant Desert Dash Earns Points Lead

by Brian Tate on November 17th, 2014

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Ringler heads to the checker as decide second place between themselves.

The defending iRacing NASCAR Class B Series champ laid claim to his throne right off the bat slapping down 231 points on the first night of Phoenix week.  Lowline Racing’s Trent Ringler, who is coming off his first Class B title last season, took over the lead from BRB Motorsports’ Jeff Dukehart in a caution-filled second week of action in the shortened and final season of 2014. It was the first action for the Chevrolet Camaros and Ford Mustangs at the redesigned 1-mile layout of the Phoenix International Raceway.  The unique oval in the Valley of the Sun posed what might be described as a too tough of a challenge for many a driver as some of the large field races spent more time under yellow flag conditions than green.  [...]

Harvick clinches title with victory

November 16th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick became 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion with victory in a highly dramatic decider at Homestead. The Stewart-Haas driver had to fight back from 12th place in the closing stages after taking on four tyres in the final pitstops while others changed just two or stayed out. He made it to the front just before the last caution of the yellow-strewn race and then held off fellow title contender Ryan Newman for the win. Harvick, polesitter Jeff Gordon and Chase protagonist Denny Hamlin all had spells in control of the event, with fourth championship hopeful Joey Logano also in the thick of the lead battle and Newman making rapid progress from 21st on the grid to join them. The title quartet’s fortunes varied through the race as their cars’ [...]

Gordon doesn’t resent Chase system

November 15th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon has thrown his support behind NASCAR’s new Chase format, despite being controversially eliminated from championship contention at Phoenix last weekend. Gordon believed second at Phoenix would be enough to secure progression to the four-car battle for the crown at Homestead, but an aggressive pass by Ryan Newman on Kyle Larson rewarded Newman with 11th place, and just enough points to bump Gordon out of the final Chase round. Newman’s presence in the shootout has raised eyebrows as he is win-less in 2014 and the new Chase system was intended to put a stronger emphasis on race victories. Gordon has four wins through the 2014 season; Newman’s best result is a third place. But although he goes into this weekend unable to finish higher than fifth in the points, [...]

Gordon claims pole for Cup decider

November 15th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon claimed pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title decider at Homestead, with Kevin Harvick the best of the championship contenders in fifth. Gordon was eliminated from the Chase pack in last weekend’s Phoenix race, despite finishing second. He threw in a lap of 29.876 seconds and 180.747mph in the final moments of the pole shootout at Homestead to topple provisional polesitter and qualifying two pacesetter Kurt Busch by 0.019 seconds, giving Hendrick its 200th pole. The front two rows are filled with erstwhile title protagonists, as Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski share row two. Keselowski, another man whose title chance ended at Phoenix, had been quickest in both practice and the first round of qualifying. Harvick is three places clear of his nearest title rival, with Clint Bowyer [...]

NASCAR pledges tougher abuse stance

November 15th, 2014

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NASCAR chairman Brian France says no action will be taken against Kurt Busch while allegations of domestic assault are investigated, but promised a tough stance if he is found guilty. Dover police announced last week that Busch was the subject of allegations stemming from the Cup race weekend in late September, although no charges have yet been filed. The issue of domestic abuse in professional sports has attracted increasing scrutiny in the US this year due to a number of high-profile cases, most notably the video footage of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee in an elevator. The former Baltimore Ravens running back received an indefinite suspension from the NFL, and other professional leagues have since clarified their stance on domestic abuse cases. NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil was not [...]