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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.

Rain delays Richmond NASCAR race

April 25th, 2015

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The Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been postponed until Sunday afternoon due to poor weather. The event had been scheduled for a Saturday night timeslot, but persistent rain through the afternoon and evening – and a grim forecast for the rest of the night – convinced organisers that getting the race on the planned day would be impossible. A week ago NASCAR persisted for over nine hours to run the full distance of its Bristol round amid rain showers. The lack of breaks in the forecast rain, and cool temperatures that would have hampered track-drying attempts, prevented a similar effort at Richmond. Penske driver Joey Logano will start on pole for the delayed race, now due to commence at 1pm local time on Sunday. Denny Hamlin secured the outside [...]

Logano claims Richmond pole

April 24th, 2015

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Joey Logano claimed his third pole of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in Richmond qualifying. The Penske driver, who began his season with a maiden Daytona 500 victory, beat round two pacesetter Denny Hamlin by just 0.046 seconds in the pole shootout. Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger – having his best qualifying run of the year – were also within less than a second of pole as they filled row two. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr completed the top six. Hendrick Motorsports’ struggle was the shock of the session. Jeff Gordon made it into the pole shootout but was only 11th, while team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne (who had been fastest in practice) all failed to make it beyond round one. The trio cited [...]

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 [...]

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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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 [...]

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.  [...]

No concerns over neck problem – Hamlin

April 20th, 2015

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NASCAR Sprint Cup frontrunner Denny Hamlin says the neck problem that forced his Joe Gibbs Racing team to make a mid-race driver switch at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday should be a one-off issue. Hamlin abandoned his race during the four-hour rain delay that happened 22 laps into the scheduled 500. JGR hurriedly called up its Xfinity Series frontrunner Erik Jones to take Hamlin’s place, giving the 18-year-old a surprise Cup debut mid-race. Jones brought the Toyota home 26th. “I just pulled something in my neck to upper back about lap 12,” said Hamlin. “I started going backwards at that point because the pain was bothering me quite a bit. “I think it’s something that will go away. “I just pulled or jarred something in a weird way. “It’s a [...]

Kenseth wins amid rain and mayhem

April 20th, 2015

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Matt Kenseth eventually took victory in a chaotic and repeatedly delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Organisers persisted in their attempts to get the complete race distance run on Sunday despite rain coming and going throughout the afternoon and evening. The weather caused an initial interruption of four hours early in the race, another shorter one just after half-distance and a final stoppage just after the scheduled 500 laps had been run, as a shower arrived during the build-up to a green-white-chequered finish. NASCAR kept cars out under caution trying to dry the track at first, then decided to red flag the race once again and squeeze in one last sprint to the chequered flag between showers. Polesitter Kenseth had brought his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to [...]

Kenseth claims Toyota’s first ’15 pole

April 17th, 2015

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Matt Kenseth gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first poles of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth outpaced Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski by 0.022 seconds around the half-mile oval to secure the top spot. All four JGR Camrys made it to the final part of qualifying, with Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin sandwiching champion Kevin Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Chevrolet in third and fifth, and Kyle Busch’s stand-in David Ragan taking 11th. Joey Logano had been quickest in the first two rounds of qualifying but could only manage sixth in the pole shootout. Hendrick only got one car through to the final segment – practice pacesetter Kasey Kahne, who qualified eighth. Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon were out in round two, taking [...]

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 [...]

Newman’s points penalty reduced

April 16th, 2015

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NASCAR has upheld the penalties issued to Richard Childress Racing for tyre tampering on Ryan Newman’s car at Fontana last month, although some have been reduced in severity. A three-member appeal panel agreed with NASCAR’s finding that the tyres on Newman’s car had been tampered with, however Newman’s points reduction was cut from 75 to 50, and crew chief Luke Lambert’s fine reduced from $125,000 to $75,000. The six-race suspensions that were issued to Lambert and other crew members remain unchanged. “I’m thankful today to have had the opportunity to present our facts to the appeals panel and I appreciate their consideration of those facts to reduce the fine and reduce the points penalty,” said Lambert in a statement issued by the team. “However, I am disappointed in the decision [...]

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

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 [...]

Johnson wins three-way Texas fight

April 12th, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson led home an epic three-way fight for the win to secure his fifth Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. The #48 Hendrick Chevrolet led most of the second half of the Saturday night race, overcoming multiple cars that took two tyres at the final caution along with Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Johnson was the first to pass all the cars with only two fresh tyres, and while Earnhardt and Harvick battled for second, the six-time champion built up a decent cushion out front. When Harvick cleared Earnhardt, he set about closing on Johnson, but he couldn’t catch the Hendrick driver and even scraped the wall trying to catch him. Johnson led a race-high 128 of the 334 laps on the way to the win, his [...]

Kurt Busch claims Texas pole

April 11th, 2015

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Kurt Busch led an all-Stewart-Haas front row as he claimed pole for the first Texas Motor Speedway round of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 2004 champion jumped to the top of the timing charts mid-way through the shootout segment of qualifying with a time of 27.857s, unseating team-mate Kevin Harvick and wrapping up a second pole in three races. Penske charger Brad Keselowski managed third, after a worrying moment in the first part of qualifying where it looked like he may miss out out the next segment after leaving his lap late. Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson followed in fourth and fifth, ahead of Keselowski’s Penske team-mate Joey Logano, last year’s spring Texas winner. Kyle Larson reached the pole shootout after sitting out the last [...]

Laughton Beats Humpe, Wins Texas

by Jason Lofing on April 8th, 2015

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Laughton (26) kept Humpe (58) at bay over a tense final 24 laps to win at Texas.

Chad Laughton proved Kenny Humpe is mortal, coming out on top of a head-to-head battle at Texas Motor Speedway for his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. A late caution bunched the field and erased Laughton’s sizable lead but Humpe could not take advantage after the restart and came-up just over a tenth of a second short. Two-time series champion Ray Alfalla finished on Humpe’s bumper in third with Chris Overland fourth followed by polesitter Justin Bolton. Laughton started from fourth and wasted little time making his way to the front. On Lap 35 Laughton passed Bolton for the lead and assumed control of the race. Humpe started ninth and by Lap 55 he moved into the runner-up position before taking the lead the [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Ciao Monza!

by Scott Smith on April 6th, 2015

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Week 3, of Season 2, saw the iRacing’s version of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series travel to Italy, to do virtual battle on the high-banks of the famed Autodromo Nazionale Monza.  The racetrack has seen the very best of open-wheel racing since its inception in 1922, and still hosts the Italian Grand Prix for the mighty Formula One racers.  The circuit was revamped in 1954 and a new 2.641-mile high-speed oval (with what the Italians like to refer to as “sopraelevata curves”) was born.  The last race to be run on the oval was in 1969.  Until late last year, the track sat as a barren wasteland of cracked asphalt and overgrown weeds until the good people at iRacing scanned it as part of their digital recreation of the [...]

The Bright Side of Martinsville

by Jake Hayes on April 3rd, 2015

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A small miscalculation turns a top five into P11 . . .

Week 5 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing season takes us to one of my favorite tracks: Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville is a track where I’ve had great success including an NIS win, so I always circle this date on my calender in the preseason. Like last week, I always have high expectations at tracks where I’ve had great success. Despite the recent rule changes to these cars, the way you drive short tracks remains largely the same as they are not as aero dependent as the large tracks. With that said, I already knew what I was getting into heading into my first few laps at Martinsville. I aimed to make my setup this week as tight as I could while still having good rotation. This is because at Martinsville your [...]

Larson cleared to return to racing

April 2nd, 2015

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Kyle Larson has been given medical clearance to return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the next race at Texas, and says his Martinsville health scare was probably just dehydration. The Ganassi driver was taken to hospital for tests after passing out during an autograph session last Saturday. All the tests came back clear and he was released from hospital on Monday night before being signed off to return to racing on Thursday. “I feel great right now, and I felt perfectly fine shortly after I fainted the other day,” asid Larson. “But I just had to get a lot of tests run on me to make sure nothing serious was wrong with me, and all the tests came back negative.” He thinks dehydration was the most likely cause and [...]