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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

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

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

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

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

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

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

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

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

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

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

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

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

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

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

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

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

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

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

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

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

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

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

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

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

Keselowski wins as Chase field set

September 7th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski dominated at Richmond to take his fourth win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season as Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle clinched the final spots in the Chase. Chase outsider Clint Bowyer finished third behind Jeff Gordon after a determined drive in which he ran as high as second in pursuit of the win he needed to claim one of the remaining shootout places. It was not enough for the Michael Waltrip Racing driver, and Newman and Biffle officially secured their own places in the Chase thanks to their superior points tallies. Keselowski led 383 of the 400 laps from pole position, though he did have some competition. Kevin Harvick closed on the 2012 Cup champion by running a high line early on and took the lead on [...]

Keselowski claims fourth pole of 2014

September 5th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski secured his fourth pole position of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season after topping Friday’s qualifying session at Richmond. The Penske driver, who also started on the front row at the same venue in April, took advantage of a brief moment of cloud cover during the final qualifying phase to produce a fastest lap of 21.324 seconds (126.618mph). Jeff Gordon’s effort was good enough to put him alongside Keselowski on the front row, while his Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Jimmie Johnson was best of the rest. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano rounded out the top five. Danica Patrick, who earned a career-best finish of sixth at Atlanta last weekend, was bumped out of the top 12 in the final moments and will start from 13th. Tony Stewart’s hopes of [...]

Gilliland & Byus Stand Tall in NiS

by Tom O'Leary on September 5th, 2014

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After two weeks away iRacingNews is back on point, recapping all of the action from the NASCAR iRacing Series as the sim racers fighting for the championship(s) headed to Bristol and Atlanta Motor Speedways. The tracks have major contrasts in style, and so drivers needed to make the transition after Week 24 at Thunder Valley to adjust to the high speeds generated in Hot ‘Lanta. Bristol Motor Speedway In the Open Series, Adam Gilliland proved to be the best driver of the week at Bristol, capitalising on a 6165 SoF to take 394 points from the highest SoF race of the week, hence having the highest points payout in the week at Thunder Valle. Gilliland lead 195 of the 250 lap race – and with a 1.6 second gap to [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series by the Numbers

by Dylan Kapisky on September 5th, 2014

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Three races remain in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com before a new champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As things stand heading into next week’s sim race at Richmond, Michael Conti leads Ray Alfalla by 25 points and Nick Ottinger by 35 points. Although behind by a full race or more, Chad Laughton (-48), Chris Overland (-57), Jake Stergios (-63) and Matt Bussa (-74) are all within 100 points and thus are all still mathematically in the hunt for the sim racing title. Dylan Kapisky takes a look at what it would take (at the least) for each driver to win the championship. These scenarios are based off of a 43 car field every race. The points are based-off of the NASCAR points system, which is [...]

NASCAR alters Talladega qualifying

September 4th, 2014

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NASCAR has further tightened its qualifying procedure for its October visit to Talladega, with tweaks to its knockout system that series officials believe will make for a more exciting spectacle. The series moved to an IndyCar-style knockout qualifying system this year, and will now borrow another element from the series at Talladega by splitting its opening qualifying phase into two groups. Competitors will be assigned to their groups via a random draw. After a pair of five-minute sessions, the fastest 24 cars will process to another five-minute run-off, following which the fastest 12 will move on to a five-minute battle for pole. Up until now, qualifying on tracks longer than 1.5 miles has involved all cars being allowed on track for a 25-minute opening phase, followed by a 10-minute second [...]

NiS Open Garage – Richmond/Season Finale

by Don Scott on September 4th, 2014

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Richmond offers competitors a final chance to apply the wisdom of this season's NiS Open Garage.

As we return to Richmond for this year’s final NASCAR iRacing Series race and bring to a close this season’s “Open Garage,”  I thought I might use this week’s article to review some of the basics we have learned over the past 20 weeks. We have covered a myriad of ways to diagnose handling issues, increase our speed and analyze the information we gather in an effort to identify elements of our setups we might improve. In this edition I would like refresh your memory concerning some of the most common changes you will make. Among the first topics we discussed this season – and one of the most common adjustments you will make in a stock car – is the track bar. To summarize, in the left rear if [...]

Piland Stars at Langley

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 3rd, 2014

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Langley Speedway hosted the Week 5 sim racing action for the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series. Nestled in Hampton Va, at just .395 mile in length and only six degrees of banking, Langley poses an assortment of challenges. Setting-up for this short track would be first on the list as, with its long, sweeping corners you need to have a setup that rotates through the center of the corner and still provides enough grip to get the power down without producing too much oversteer. Even if you are to accomplish all of that, passing opportunities are at a premium as jumping to the outside is not an option; so setting-up the pass would be crucial to gain a position. In this week’s feature race Ryan Piland led the field to [...]

Kahne rescues Chase place with win

September 1st, 2014

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Kasey Kahne came from nowhere to take his first win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Atlanta and guarantee a Chase place, after a wild, double green-white-chequered, finish. Kahne was mired in obscurity for the first three quarters of the race, but he unseated Kevin Harvick for the lead after a great restart with 23 laps to go. Just when Kahne looked to have pulled off the win, Kyle Busch ran into the back of Martin Truex Jr with a lap and a half remaining, bringing out a caution. As the leaders pitted and some gambled on just two tyres, Kahne fell to fifth. But main rival Harvick was left with nowhere to go on the restart, when tyre gambler Paul Menard got away slowly and moved up the [...]

Harvick grabs pole at Atlanta

August 30th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick claimed his sixth pole position of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in qualifying for Sunday’s Atlanta Motor Speedway night race. Amid the focus on the return of Harvick’s boss and team-mate Tony Stewart to competition three weeks after his involvement in the sprint car incident in which Kevin Ward Jr died, Harvick breezed to the top spot in final qualifying with a lap of 29.118 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet. Stewart himself made it through to the pole shootout and took 12th on the grid for his first race back. Brad Keselowski had to settle for second for Penske, 0.029s down on Harvick, while the 2012 champion’s team-mate Joey Logano couldn’t make it into the pole shootout for once and starts 14th. With only two races until [...]

Stewart: Return a step in recovery

August 29th, 2014

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Tony Stewart says returning to NASCAR Sprint Cup competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway is part of his recovery process following the sprint car accident that fatally injured Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart missed three Cup races after his sprint car struck and killed Ward at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York three weeks ago. The 20-year-old had left his wrecked car and walked across the track to remonstrate with Stewart following an on-track incident. “This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with both professionally and personally,” said Stewart on Friday in his first public appearance since the accident. “This is something that will definitely affect my life forever. This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in [...]

Stewart to return this weekend

August 28th, 2014

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Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend for the first time since he was involved in a Sprint Car crash that killed another driver. Stewart has missed the last three Cup races since the incident on August 9, where his car hit Kevin Ward Jr as the 20-year-old stood on the track after crashing out. His Stewart-Haas team said last weekend that it was not sure when its boss would be back in action, but he is set to return to NASCAR competition at Atlanta this weekend. NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said: “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend. “NASCAR has remained in [...]

Q&A with Thomas Lewandowski

by Dylan Kapisky on August 27th, 2014

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Worth the wait: Saturday will mark four seasons since Lewandowski edged Ray Alflalla at Dover.

After 3 years, 361 days (Dover: August 30, 2011), Thomas Lewandowski made a return to victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series, followed quickly by a trip to a virtual gas station! He didn’t have the fastest car, or the best track position (starting 16th). However, he did have the best fuel-mileage game, as his strategy ultimately won him the race. Lewandowski was one of only four lead-lap drivers who pit twice (the other seven pitted three times each), with his last stop coming on lap 109 of 163. He went on to hold-off a charging Michael Conti, who had been the fastest car all night, and had much fresher right side tires after his third pit stop on Lap 138. Conti caught Lewandowski with two to go and [...]

Lewandowski Breaks Drought, Wins Atlanta

by Jason Lofing on August 27th, 2014

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Strategy and hard-nosed driving enabled Tom Lewandowski to beat Michael Conti (5) to the stripe.

Tom Lewandowski played the fuel mileage game perfectly at Atlanta Motor Speedway and held-off a charging Michael Conti, finally breaking a three-year winless drought in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. Lewandowski did not have the fastest car, but the caution-free race let him play the strategy game while Conti, Ray Alfalla and other contenders ran dry and needed an extra pit stop to go the distance. Conti crossed the line in second ahead of Alfalla, while CBR/Virtual Performance Racing teammates Cody Byus and Adam Gilliland were strong all night and rounded-out the top five. Conti, who clearly had the fastest car and led 118 of 163 laps, nearly pulled-off a miraculous comeback. With 24 laps to go, he came down pit road for a splash of gas [...]

Q&A with Ray Alfalla

by Dylan Kapisky on August 26th, 2014

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Once again, Alfalla is in the thick of the race for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series title.

Ray Alfalla is on a mission in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com.  Having captured successive titles in 2011 and ’12, he was denied a “three-peat” last year when Tyler Hudson came from behind in the final three races to capture the 2013 crown  Suffice to say, Alfalla is out to start another title streak this year. To that end he has rebounded from a disappointing start to the season that saw him finish P21 and P20 at Daytona and Las Vegas to score five top fives, including a win at Indianapolis.  As the 2014 season heads into the home stretch, Alfalla  finds himself second in the standings with 384 points, 23 adrift of series-leading Michael Conti. A busy Dylan Kapisky spoke with Ray to discuss the [...]

Majeski Charges to South Boston Win

by Stan Bragg Jr. on August 26th, 2014

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With a third of the season put away the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series journeyed to South Boston Speedway. At just 4/10 miles in length and lap times in the 15 second bracket, So Bo challenged sim-racers in a variety of ways but primarily accident avoidance. In this week’s feature race it took less then a lap for sim-racers to see the horrors that sim racing on a tight track can bring. The field was led to the green flag by Kevin Burris with James Linkiewicz to his outside and, as the green flag dropped Burris cleared Linkiewicz going into Turn 1. Linkiewicz found himself stuck in the outside groove as Stacey Adams got to his inside in the first turn and, coming out of Turn 2, the two got [...]

Q&A with Nick Ottinger

by Dylan Kapisky on August 25th, 2014

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Ottinger has taken the mid-season switch to Toyota in stride.

With seven wins to his credit, Nick Ottinger has been a more frequent visitor to Victory Lane than any other competitor in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series over the past two seasons.   Despite six wins, however, he finished behind Tyler Hudson and Ray Alfalla in the 2013 standings.  And with another win to his credit this year (along with four more top five finishes) the Claremont, NC-based sim racer finds himself in familiar territory heading into the final four rounds of the 2014 campaign.  With 381 championship points to his credit, Ottinger is currently in third place behind two-time champion Alfalla and series-leading Michael Conti as the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series gears-up for tomorrow’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dylan Kapisky caught-up with Ottinger over the weekend to discuss his [...]

Logano leads Bristol Penske one-two

August 24th, 2014

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Joey Logano claimed his third win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by holding off team-mate Brad Keselowski in a Penske one-two in the Bristol Motor Speedway night race. Logano was able to fight to the front and make a late break as the final portion of a sometimes destructive race ran incident-free. A long struggle to lap Jeff Gordon allowed Keselowski and Joe Gibbs Toyota driver Matt Kenseth to close in, but Logano had enough in hand to resist both. The trio were covered by six tenths of a second at the flag. Jimmie Johnson recovered from two pitlane speeding penalties to take fourth, ahead of Kurt Bush, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Carl Edwards. Jamie McMurray – one of those still hunting for a Chase spot – looked [...]

Harvick claims fifth pole of 2014

August 22nd, 2014

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Kevin Harvick took his fifth pole position of 2014 and set a new track record at Bristol Motor Speedway in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying. It was a session characterised by numerous trips into the wall, firstly from Chase points challenger and fastest driver in first practice Kyle Larson, and then followed in quick succession by Aric Almirola, Casey Mears, and later Cole Whitt. The final 12 also played dare with the wall, but cleaner laps meant that Jeff Gordon was able to set a new track record to go quickest with eight minutes remaining. It looked like Gordon had a third straight pole all but wrapped up, but Harvick in the Stewart-Haas Chevrolet found an extra bit of speed to snatch pole and the lap record in the final minutes, [...]

Q&A with Michael Conti

by Dylan Kapisky on August 22nd, 2014

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Conti showed a clean pair of heels to the competition at Watkins Glen.

As the 2014 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series season enters its final four race stretch at Atlanta, Richmond, Darlington and Homestead, Michael Conti (407) is atop the standings ahead of former series champion Ray Alfalla (384), Nick Ottinger (381) and Chad J Laughton (378).  Conti heads to the virtual Atlanta Motor Speedway on the heels of his series-best third victory of the season at Watkins Glen. Dylan Kapisky spoke with the New Jersey-based sim racer to discuss his season to date, along with a variety of other topics. Q:    This first question is about the last race (Watkins Glen).  You wanted to lead every lap, and came very close (47/50).  Are you upset that you missed those three laps? A:    No, not at all. Leading 99% of the laps is fine [...]

Toyota vows to raise NASCAR game

August 21st, 2014

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Toyota has pledged to improve its NASCAR Sprint Cup performance following criticisms from Denny Hamlin at Michigan Speedway last weekend. Hamlin finished seventh in his Toyota-powered Joe Gibbs Racing entry, and said that result could be partly blamed on a lack of horsepower relative to the Hendrick Chevrolet units used by winner Jeff Gordon and second-placed Kevin Harvick. “We’re just trying to make the best we can, down 50 horsepower,” he said. “We just can’t accelerate down the straightaway like them.” David Wilson, president and general manager of TRD, admitted to Fox Sports that Toyota was at a power disadvantage to its rivals, and said that he is committed to breaching that gap. “The reality is, we have not had the season we expected,” he said. “We’ve fallen short and [...]