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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Harvick awarded pole as rain hits

September 18th, 2015

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Kevin Harvick will start Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway from pole after qualifying was cancelled. Severe rainstorms prevented the session from being started and as a result the grid for the first Chase event of 2015 will be based on Friday’s earlier practice times. That means Stewart-Haas Racing driver Harvick, who clocked a best time of 28.675 seconds on the 1.5-mile oval during practice, starts from pole ahead of Penske’s Joey Logano. Fellow Chase drivers Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr make up the second row, ahead of Austin Dillon. Early Chase leaders Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will start from 11th, seventh and 12th respectively. STARTING GRID: Pos Driver Team Car 1 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 3 [...]

Hendrick ‘behind’ Gibbs entering Chase

September 17th, 2015

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Hendrick Motorsports goes into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase behind the recently-dominant Joe Gibbs Racing cars on pace, admit multiple champions Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Although Johnson is ostensibly the Chase’s top seed by virtue of a higher ‘regular season’ points score than fellow four-time race-winners Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, his last victory was in May, whereas JGR’s Toyotas have triumphed in eight of the last 11 races. “We’re behind. We know that. Those guys are unbelievable,” said Gordon of the Gibbs team. “But there’s a lot of ways to make it to Homestead and there’s a lot that can happen. “We’re working as hard as anybody to try to see what we can do better, learn from our competitors, and try to catch up, but we’re definitely [...]

Harrison Springs Darlington Surprise

by Jason Lofing on September 16th, 2015

Harrison (89) conquered Overland (47), Alfalla (2), Vincent (10) and The Lady in Black to score his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win.

Landon Harrison pulled-off one of the most improbable wins in the history of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing at Darlington Raceway last night by beating Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsports) and Last Row Motorsports’ Chris Overland in a 32 lap sprint to the finish. Harrison started thirty-second and ran mid-pack until a timely caution flew during a round of green flag pit stops with 42 laps remaining, giving him his best track position of the night. After another quick caution and a few laps of following Overland and Alfalla after the final restart, Harrison made his move with 30 laps to go. Amazingly, he was able to pass both Alfalla and Overland in Turn Three before pulling away from the tandem who were left fighting for second. [...]

NBCSN: iRacing, Dale Earnhardt Jr Boost Josh Berry’s Career

by David Phillips on September 15th, 2015


During NBC Sports Network’s broadcast of Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway, color analysts Carl Edwards and Dale Jarrett, along with play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey, discussed the role iRacing, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports have played in the career of  Josh Berry, who started fifth and finished seventh at Richmond in the #88 Speedco Chevrolet Camaro. “The iRacing thing is unreal,” said Edwards.  “I use it to a little to prepare for some of the road courses. “I knew iRacing helped me when I was sitting in my simulator seat and there was a caution and I raised my hand . . . to wave to the guys behind me.  I thought ‘Who am I waving to?’  There are parts of your brain that don’t know [...]

The Only Known is the Mystique of the Many Unknowns

by Michael Conti on September 15th, 2015

With tonight's debut of the  , defending champion Michael Conti anticipates the dawn of a new era in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series at Darlington.

It is 9:00 a.m., on the fifteenth of September 2015.  We are approximately eleven hours away from what will arguably be the most monumental race in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series’ six-year history. The series has seen its virtual Gen 6s go through many changes in the past, namely multiple tire model iterations, suspension overhauls, and horsepower increases/reductions. However, the common denominator over the years has not been the static nature of the car, but the static (aka non-dynamic) racing surface itself. Tonight’s NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Southern 250 (broadcast on at 8;45 pm eastern time) will be the beginning of a new era in professional oval sim racing. The schedule’s toughest track – coupled with the dynamic track feature that will see the surface of the track evolve [...]

Johnson extends Hendrick contract

September 14th, 2015

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Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has extended his deal with Hendrick Motorsports for a further two seasons. Although ostensibly a free agent at the end of 2015, Johnson had long made clear his desire to spend the rest of his career with Hendrick. The team has run him since his Cup debut in a part-time programme in 2001. His main sponsor Lowe’s – which has backed Johnson’s car throughout his Cup career – has also committed for a further two years, while crew chief Chad Knaus is on board through 2018. “My relationship with Lowe’s and Hendrick Motorsports means so much,” said Johnson. “It says a lot to have one sponsor and one team for this amount of time. “I couldn’t be prouder to represent everyone at Lowe’s [...]

Kenseth dominates as Chase pack set

September 13th, 2015

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Matt Kenseth dominated the final NASCAR Sprint Cup round before the 2015 Chase at Richmond on Saturday night, taking Joe Gibbs Racing’s eighth win from the last 11 events. Kenseth led 352 of the 400 laps in his Toyota, occasionally losing the lead at restarts but always able to muscle back through before long and then re-establish a cushion on the way to his fourth victory of 2015. Team-mate Kyle Busch was second, while polesitter Joey Logano had to fight back for third after a strategy miscue just after quarter-distance. Penske driver Logano was the only frontrunner who didn’t pit for fresh tyres under a yellow for a tangle between Jeb Burton and Michael Annett, and he was swallowed up at the restart, falling outside the top 10 before recovering [...]

Logano on pole for Chase cut-off race

September 11th, 2015

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Joey Logano scored his fifth pole position of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season in qualifying at Richmond. In the third and final part of qualifying, Penske Ford driver Logano set a best lap of 21.349 seconds. That put him 0.019s ahead of second-placed Matt Kenseth, who had set the pace in the first two segments. Logano’s team-mate Brad Keselowski was just one thousandth of a second slower than Kenseth in third place, with Kyle Busch taking fourth. Ahead the final race before the Chase, fifth-placed David Ragan was the highest-placed of those requiring a win to qualify. Behind the Michael Waltrip Racing driver were Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson. The last three cars in the top 12 shootout were three drivers needing to win Saturday night’s [...]

Busch overcame the odds – Gibbs

September 10th, 2015

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Joe Gibbs admits he felt the “odds were against” his team’s driver Kyle Busch qualifying for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup title playoff after missing the first 11 races of the season. Busch was 169 points away from the spot inside the top 30 required to qualify for the Chase – with NASCAR relaxing its clause that a driver contest the full season – but he has been one of the Sprint Cup’s form drivers since returning from suffering a broken right leg and left foot at Daytona in February. He secured his Chase spot at Darlington last Sunday, when he finished seventh to move 83 points ahead of 31st-placed Cole Whitt in the standings. A maximum of 48 points will be on offer at Richmond this weekend, in the final race [...]

NASCAR at tech rules ‘crossroads’

September 8th, 2015

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Carl Edwards has called on NASCAR to make its low-downforce configuration a significant part of the 2016 Sprint Cup. Comprising a lower rear spoiler, shorter front splitter and gripper tyres, a lower downforce rules package was introduced at Kentucky in July, and featured again at Darlington last Sunday, in a race won by Edwards. Having already spoken in favour of racing with reduced downforce, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has urged NASCAR to seize the “opportunity” and build the package into next year’s rules. “I really think we’re at a bigger crossroads than most people realise,” he said. “I think this is an opportunity for the sport to go in one of two directions. “They can go the direction of making the sport competitive because the cars are easy to [...]

Edwards wins Southern 500

September 7th, 2015

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Carl Edwards battled back from two laps down to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Edwards lost two laps early in the race after a pit miscommunication meant he stayed out on old tyres, but he fought his way back into the top three, before taking the lead at the final round of stops. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver controlled the last restart, leading the final eight laps to claim his second win of the year after victory at Charlotte, in what was a stop-start race interrupted by 18 cautions. Polesitter Brad Keselowski led 196 of the 367 laps for Penske, but he ultimately had to settle for second, 0.902 seconds behind Edwards at the chequered flag. Edwards’ Joe Gibbs team-mate Denny Hamlin featured at the [...]

Keselowski takes Darlington Cup pole

September 5th, 2015

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Brad Keslowski claimed pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Penske racer Keslowski posted a lap of 27.492s in the final five-minute shootout to head Kurt Busch by 0.0199s and score his first pole position of the campaign. Last year’s winner Kevin Harvick will start third, ahead of Joey Logano, who narrowly beat him to victory last time out at Bristol. Jeff Gordon, making his final start at Darlington on his farewell campaign, was fifth quickest from Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Blaney beat Kyle Busch, running a backup car after a practice crash, to qualify ninth, while Aric Almirola and Paul Menard rounded out the top 12. Carl Edwards qualified 13th, the best of the Chase contenders to be eliminated in round two, [...]

Humpe Tames Darlington

by Scott Smith on September 2nd, 2015

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The NASCAR iRacing Class B Series (Open) completed round 24 last night at Darlington Raceway, and it was NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series standout, Kenny Humpe leading 70 of the scheduled 74 laps en route to his 47th oval win this year.  The TEAM’s Cody Byus started on pole, but after earning his Darlington Stripe on lap four, teammate Humpe took advantage and never looked back.  The latter stages of the race were plagued by a rash of cautions, eventually leading to a two lap dash for the virtual checkers – however, the mid-portion of the event saw Humpe stretch his lead to over seven seconds, proving once again he was in a league of his own.  Slip Angle Motorsports’ Bryan Blackford finished runner-up, followed by Byus, Allen Boes with another [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – The Science of Strategy

by Matt Holden on August 26th, 2015


The race was only 50 laps, we could run 27 laps on one tank of gas. But to make it complicated, so could everyone else.  There was no chance of any driver making two stops, no chance of the usual trickery that can play out during a 200-lap race to shuffle up the leader board and put some cars off sequence and later pin them into a spot out of contention.  Only sixteen races will be run during the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series, and Watkins Glen was, and will be, the only race of the year where fuel mileage considerations were an impossibility.  Raw speed was king, so ensuring the speed was always present was exactly what was needed.  I’m going to go into the process of how we [...]

Alfalla Finds Victory Lane at Phoenix

by Jason Lofing on August 26th, 2015

Alfalla kept a charging Ottinger at bay to score the win at Phoenix.

Ray Alfalla from Slipangle Motorsports held off a late charge from Gale Force Racing’s Nick Ottinger at Phoenix International Raceway en route to his second victory in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. Ottinger had to settle for second, less than one tenth of a second behind and a single position short in his quest for a third straight win. Polesitter Casey Tucker (Last Row Motorsports) finished third, followed by series championship leader Kenny Humpe (The TEAM) and PJ Stergios. Alfalla, who led a race-high 86 of 156 laps, took advantage of some timely cautions and a solid pit strategy and found the winner’s circle for the first time since the season opener at Daytona. Ottinger appeared to have a slightly better car than anyone else on [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Last Great Colosseum

by Scott Smith on August 25th, 2015


Bristol Motor Speedway is known by a variety of nicknames: The World’s Fastest Half-mile, Thunder Valley, The Bullring, and my personal favorite, The Last Great Colosseum.  Anyone that has watched a race from inside the facility, as the modern-day gladiators wage battle with their mechanical fire-breathing chariots, understands the truth in this nickname.  Nevertheless, if a fan was asked to associate a phrase with the speedway, I bet the answer is one in particular: “Didn’t mean to really turn him around, meant to rattle his cage, though.”  Dale Earnhardt spoke those famous words in victory circle after spinning Terry Labonte exiting Turn Two for the victory of the speedways running of the 1999 Goody’s Headache Powder 500.  Since then, “cage rattling” and the Bristol Motor Speedway have gone together like [...]

Logano resists Harvick at Bristol

August 23rd, 2015

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Joey Logano soaked up late pressure from Kevin Harvick to win at Bristol and take his second NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in the space of three races. From fifth on the grid, Logano was among the frontrunners all night, although it was not until lap 225 of 500 that he led for the first time. After being shuffled back in pitstops at the halfway stage he then returned to the front with just over 150 laps to go and led most of the way from there. He only briefly conceded the advantage at the final caution, when Penske team-mate Brad Keselowski opted not to pit. Logano immediately reclaimed the lead at the restart, and began a 63-lap dash to the flag with Harvick in hot pursuit. Although the pair got [...]

Hamlin continues Gibbs form with pole

August 21st, 2015

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Denny Hamlin will start Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway from pole, as Joe Gibbs Racing secured a second consecutive top three lockout in qualifying. Hamlin posted a record lap of 14.602 seconds in the final round of qualifying to secure his second pole of 2015 and his third at Bristol. JGR team-mates Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards made it a clean sweep of the top three, the trio of drivers covered by just 0.022s. Busch had led the opening round of qualifying. David Ragan was fourth for the troubled Michael Waltrip Racing, with Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski fifth and sixth fastest, and Kevin Harvick seventh. Clint Bowyer will start ninth to give MWR two cars in the top 10, ahead of Jimmie Johnson, [...]

Last Lap Fracas Powers Leahy to Victory

by Scott Smith on August 19th, 2015

Leahy heads for victory as Lowe slides into the pit wall.

Last night, the 27 top sim-racers in the NASCAR Xfinity Class B Open Series powered by battled each other, and the high banks of the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway for 150 grueling laps of wheel-to-wheel sim-racing action.  At the end of their digital rendition of “Like Fighter Jets in a Gymnasium,” it was BBH Motorsports’ Keegan Leahy emerging victorious after leading only one – but the most important – lap of the event en route to his first victory in the series this year. With five laps remaining, Leahy was glued to the virtual rear bumper of leader, and dominant sim-car for the second-half of the race, Ryan Lowe.  As the laps quickly dwindled, Leahy began to show his hand and attempt to complete the pass by utilizing the [...]

Waltrip team to be part-time in 2016

August 19th, 2015

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NASCAR Sprint Cup squad Michael Waltrip Racing will not compete in the series on a full-time basis next season. The announcement comes after it was revealed last month that co-owner Rob Kauffman would purchase a stake in rival outfit Chip Ganassi Racing. “MWR will race hard and compete for the remainder of the 2015 season,” said Kauffman. “This decision was made after weighing several different options and scenarios.” MWR was founded by double Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and has claimed seven victories in NASCAR’s top division since 2009, most recently with Martin Truex Jr and Brian Vickers in 2013. The decision to no longer field a full-time entry means that the team has agreed to part company with its lead driver Clint Bowyer at the end of the season. [...]