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April 2014

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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

NiS Open Garage: Richmond

by Don Scott on April 24th, 2014

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Regardless of rules changes, Richmond will always be a drivers track.

This week’s column might have been titled “Changes” as we have seen a few changes in iRacing’s sim model to replicate the recent rules changes in NASCAR. Changes to the spoiler, ride height and — most importantly — the tire model have some cheering while others are scratching their heads wondering how they are going to change their thinking on setup design to remain competitive. I would be in the latter group, but I am confident in my crew. This is not unlike what you would experience in real life. Rules changes in NASCAR can leave a crew chief and everyone in the garage scrambling to evaluate how the new rules will affect the car and which adjustments to the setup will work best to keep the driver and the [...]

Kligerman loses NASCAR drive

April 24th, 2014

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Parker Kligerman is out of a drive following a restructuring within NASCAR Sprint Cup team Swan Racing. The squad has struck deals for both of its cars to be run by other teams but rookie Kligerman has been left on the sidelines. Anthony Marlowe, co-owner of the #26 entry driven by Cole Whitt, has formed a partnership with BK Racing to continue running the car, with Whitt to remain at the wheel. The #30 car, which had previously been allocated to Kligerman, has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which is expected to run JJ Yeley. Kligerman remains under contract to Swan, and team owner Brandon Davis said that he is keen to get the 23-year-old back onto the grid as soon as possible. “Swan Racing is exploring [...]

Kusheba Closes on Championship With South Boston Win

by Brian Tate on April 21st, 2014

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Kusheba slid to two wins at South Boston -- and a hammer-lock on the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series title.

With his closest rivals missing in action, Monroe, Connecticut’s Paul Kusheba padded his PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series points lead at South Boston Speedway with what, in all likelihood, was a championship-winning performance before heading into the final week of competition. Throughout the 12-week season, Kusheba has been at his best on the schedule’s short tracks and he arrived at the virtual“SoBo” secure in the knowledge that, with a good showing at the .4 mile oval,  it would be virtually impossible for him to lose his championship in the final week of sim- racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kusheba entered the week with a 66 point lead over Ray Alfalla and an 87 point advantage on third place, Byron Daley.  Just as the week before, Alfalla and Daley were [...]

Harvick converts pole to victory

April 13th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick became the first repeat winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by taking a dominant victory in the night race at Darlington. The Stewart-Haas driver initially lost the lead from pole after fellow front row starter Joey Logano made the better getaway, but after much jostling for position, Harvick returned to the front on lap 55 of the planned 367. From that point on he drove a perfect race and – bar a brief mid-race period when an out-of-sync Brian Vickers ran up front for 30 laps – remained in charge until a couple of late caution periods threatened to undo his hard work. The first came courtesy of Logano who, on lap 358, left debris on the track after his Penske Ford made a smokey retirement. [...]

Harvick claims pole at Darlington

April 11th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick claimed pole position for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with a last-gasp lap at Darlington Raceway. The Stewart-Haas driver lapped the 1.366-mile oval in 26.802s (183.47 mph) after demoting provisional polesitter Marcos Ambrose late in the session. The in-form Richard Petty driver then fell to fourth when Joey Logano and Aric Almirola rose up the order in the dying seconds. The Texas race winner finished just 0.063s behind Harvick and remains the only driver to reach the final round of every qualifying session this year. Almirola found consolation in missing out on the top spot by smashing the track record during the second round of the session with a fast lap of 26.705s (184.145mph). Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson narrowly missed out on making it through [...]

Kusheba’s (PEAK) Dreams in Sight With Irwindale Victory

by Brian Tate on April 11th, 2014

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Matched Kusheba's points haul at Irwindale.

Monroe, Connecticut’s Paul Kusheba held serve in week 10 of the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series and moved one step closer to the coveted season-ending prize of a spot in the 2014 PEAK Stock Car Dreams Challenge driver combine conducted by Michael Waltrip Racing.  Although Kusheba’s points for the tenth week won’t count toward his overall total, it did him no harm as his closest pursuers in the championship skipped the week’s sim-racing at half-mile Irwindale Speedway. Kusheba entered the week with a 66 point lead over Ray Alfalla and an 87 point advantage on third place, Byron Daley.  Although many of the top drivers were missing for the week, Kusheba could not take advantage.  Despite winning the week’s top race, the 131 points he earned at Irwindale represented [...]

Overland and Alfalla Collect the Points at Texas

by Tom O'Leary on April 11th, 2014

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Texas Motor Speedway was the racetrack to over 1200 sim-racers as they race towards the halfway point in the NASCAR iRacing Series. The ‘Great American Speedway’ provided some close sim-racing at high speeds, with the virtual track incorporating features of Talladega & Bristol – and with the tarmac renowned for its slipperiness — being precise with the driving controls was the key to finishing up the field in Texas. In the first race of the Fixed series, NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Danny Hansen took the lead towards the end of the race – and stayed there to take the checkered flag in style, finishing ahead of some of iRacing’s best oval sim-racers. Hansen took over the lead from Ray Alfalla with 22 to go and rose above the pressure [...]

Majeski Wins (Again) at Richmond

by Stan Bragg Jr on April 10th, 2014

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Richmond Virginia played host to the iRacing.com Super Late Model Series Week 10 action.  The largest track the Super Late Model visit this season showcased high speed and great sim-racing.  Coming in at .75 miles with 14 degrees of banking in the corners, center roll and speed off the corner were key to success here.  In the 3180 Strength of Field seventeen sim-racers took the field, with Ty Majeski leading the field to the green with Casey Pierce to his outside. Majeski would be contested but lead majority of the laps, Pierce would take himself out of contention on Lap Two by over-driving the exit of Turn 4 and snapping loose, correcting it and finding the outside wall.  Fast forward to Lap 51 when Majeski slipped-up exiting Turn 2 opening [...]

King Wins Texas Calamity

by Jason Lofing on April 9th, 2014

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King (29) heads to the win from Conti (5) and Laughton (26) as Alfalla (2) exits stage left.

In a race at Texas Motor Speedway that saw crashes and tempers take half the field out of contention, Kevin King kept his nose clean just long enough to score his first win of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. King, who had a fifteenth place car by his own admission, made a late gamble on pit road, then took advantage of contact between Ray Alfalla and Chad Laughton to squeeze by into the lead just as the caution flew to end the online race. Michael Conti finished second while Laughton settled for third after his run-in with Alfalla. Trey Eidson led late before fading to fourth and Adam Gilliland rounded-out the top five. With six laps to go, King was sitting in third just a couple [...]

Logano shrugs off late drama to win

April 7th, 2014

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Joey Logano shrugged off a late yellow and pit scramble to claim victory in the rain-delayed Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The Penske Ford driver had dominated the final third of an event postponed by a day due to rain on Sunday, but an incident for Kurt Busch with just two laps to go robbed Logano and team-mate Brad Keselowski of a commanding advantage. The whole lead pack dived into the pits for fresh tyres ready for the green-white-chequered finish, and Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers gambled on only two fresh tyres and vaulted to the front. Logano would not be denied, though, immediately overtaking Vickers at the restart and then sweeping past Gordon to secure victory on the final lap. But there would be no one-two for [...]

Texas Cup race postponed by rain

April 7th, 2014

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The Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been postponed until Monday due to poor weather on Sunday. Severe rain at the track delayed the planned 2pm local time start on Sunday, and despite the best efforts of NASCAR officials and the Air Titan track-drying system, further rain and cold temperatures frustrated efforts to get the track ready for racing. The decision to postpone until Monday was eventually taken, with the race now due to begin at 11am local time. Although several Cup rounds have been delayed or interrupted by rain already in the 2014 season, the Texas event is the first that has had to be delayed until the following day. Tony Stewart will start from pole position when the race begins on Monday.

Shelton’s Rockingham Upset; Kusheba’s Shrinking Lead

by Brian Tate on April 4th, 2014

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For the first time in four weeks, PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series points leader, Paul Kusheba is starting to look in his rear view mirror in the championship chase.  Meanwhile, Greenfield, Indiana’s Caleb Shelton is celebrating his first weekly win of the season. Week 9 put the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series in the sand hills of North Carolina and a visit to the Rockingham Speedway, better known as “The Rock.”  The 1.017-mile oval is loved and hated among iRacing’s drivers.  Those who can find the right balance of speed and tire wear generally enjoy great results which, predictably, lead to a love affair with the bumpy and abrasive track.  For those that can’t, long and frustrating sim-races breed contempt for The Rock. While most eyes were on [...]

Raffurty Takes All at Martinsville

by Tom O'Leary on April 3rd, 2014

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The NASCAR iRacing Series moved to the state of Virginia for Week 6 at Martinsville Speedway – also known as the Worlds Fastest Paperclip. The .526 mile track would completely change the sim-racers’ driving style from the previous week at Auto Club Speedway as Martinsville requires pin-point accuracy on the slow, tight corners – and the trust in your setup to get on the power as early as possible to maximise your speed on the relatively short straights. In this regard, it is either a popular or hated track due to it being completely unique in its design and with almost no banking it proved tough to run two-wide, lap after lap. In the first race of the Fixed series, it was Timmy Hill who took to the checkered in [...]

NASCAR plans to reduce power

April 3rd, 2014

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NASCAR is considering a reduction in horsepower as the next step in its ongoing quest to improve the quality of its racing, although the timescale for the change remains unclear. Speaking on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, series chairman and CEO Brian France said that a change to the engines could benefit the on-track product as well as ensuring the Sprint Cup continues to remain relevant to its manufacturers. “We’re going to make that happen, and that’s part of the overall rules package that we design that hopefully control costs, hopefully make the racing better,” France said. “The engine is an integral part of that. We also have to be in step as much as possible with the car manufacturers and where they’re going with technology and different things. It all has [...]

Behind the Scenes – NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – Auto Club Speedway

by Matt Holden on March 31st, 2014

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Today is Saturday.  Earlier in the week, Tuesday if you’re interested, our team did something we honestly weren’t expecting on Monday night.  We showed up to a brand new track and cleaned house.  “Max points,” as they say.  I could sit here and say “we” all night, but the truth is that I wasn’t there for the California race.  I was unable to be there due to a scheduling conflict, and it was just Nick and Peter for the 125 laps around Auto Club Speedway in Round Three of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  On Wednesday, I had an e-mail from iRacing News‘ own David Phillips.  It was addressed to both Nick and me offering us congratulations on winning the race.  There was a good one-liner that got a [...]

Busch denies Hamlin Martinsville pole

March 28th, 2014

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Kyle Busch snatched pole in a hectic NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying session at Martinsville. Busch – who won at Fontana last week – set a time of 18.998s (99.674 mph) to claim a new lap record at the half-mile track in the 12-car shootout for the pole. Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the session, with Denny Hamlin joining Busch on the front row of the grid, just over two thousandths of a second behind. Joey Logano set the fastest overall lap of the session with a time of 18.898s, but this came before the final shootout and the Penske driver could only manage third as he struggled to match his earlier form in the last ten minutes. Hendrick team-mates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon rounded off the top five, followed by [...]

Hamlin cleared to return to racing

March 26th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin will return to racing at Martinsville this weekend after NASCAR received medical clearance from the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s doctors. Hamlin was sidelined on the eve of last weekend’s Cup race at Fontana with an eye irritation. The track’s onsite medical team determined that the problem was caused by a sinus infection, however a later evaluation at a local hospital also revealed that a small piece of metal was stuck in his eye. According to a team statement, Hamlin felt an immediate improvement to his condition when the sliver was removed, and a CT scan did not detect any further complications. Final medical clearance came after a follow-up check on Wednesday after he had returned home to Charlotte. Sam Hornish was given a last-minute call-up to stand in [...]

Ottinger Shows the Way at Auto Club Speedway

by Jason Lofing on March 26th, 2014

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Nick Ottinger (05) battled to his first win of the season at Auto Club Speedway.

Nick Ottinger held-off Danny Hansen during a flurry of late-race restarts at Auto Club Speedway Tuesday night, capturing his first victory of the 2014 season in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. The two battled for the lead for much of the race after starting fourth and second respectively, with Hansen appearing to have the better car before an incident with Josh Berry.  Despite the setback Hansen held on for second, the best finish of his career. Even though he led a race-high 72 laps, Ottinger may have left some speed on the table. “Awesome to get our first win of 2014!” he said. “We saved fuel for a portion of each run and could still run competitive.” Two-time NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion Ray Alfalla finished third [...]

Earnhardt: Rahal car swap unlikely

March 26th, 2014

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Dale Earnhardt Jr believes that conflicting engine manufacturers would be the biggest barrier to his proposed ride swap with IndyCar driver Graham Rahal. Rahal reached out to Earnhardt about the possibility of the pair testing each other’s cars via Twitter last week, and was surprised to receive an immediate and favourable response from the NASCAR star. But while the pair share a common sponsor in the National Guard, Earnhardt said that his affiliation with Chevrolet and Rahal’s alignment with Honda would pose a problem. “I’d have to drive a Chevy,” he said on Tuesday. Rahal admitted that he had not expected Earnhardt to respond so quickly, and remains convinced that the PR potential of such a stunt would be enormous. “I was surprised he responded,” he said. “Of course, I [...]

Richmond Fight to Hill

by Brian Tate on March 24th, 2014

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Kusheba Retains Control of Championship A visit to the Richmond International Raceway kicked-off the second half of the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series.  The historic 3/4-mile oval located provides some of the best-short track action on iRacing and Week Seven visit did not disappoint, as Tyler Hill racked-up 211 points to put his name in the hat of championship contenders. Hill earned his win in Wednesday night’s 3335 SOF (Strength of Field) race, albeit by less than a second win over Jordan Werth and series points leader, Paul Kusheba.  Hill started on the outside of Kusheba in the 50-lap feature event of the week and was able to snag the lead on Lap 21 bringing Werth along with him in second.  Hill finished the remaining 29 laps by holding-off [...]