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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
  • David Judson

    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

    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

    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 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 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

    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.

  • Jordan Hightower

    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

    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 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 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 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,,,, 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 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.

Bristol NASCAR disrupted by rain

March 16th, 2014

Bristol NASCAR disrupted by rain

The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been red-flagged at quarter-distance due to rain, with Matt Kenseth leading. Bad weather had forced the start of the race to be delayed by almost two hours and when the fourth round of the season eventually got underway there were still plenty of dark clouds overhead. Rain started to fall on lap 118 and though Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Toyota led the field for half a dozen laps under full-course yellows the race was then halted after little more than 45 minutes of racing. Jamie McMurray held second at the stoppage, with Las Vegas winner and early race leader Brad Keselowski third. Kurt Busch and series points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr, who started 14th, complete the top five. Poleman Denny Hamlin [...]

Hamlin halts Penske’s pole streak

March 14th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin ended Penske’s run of pole positions in a close-fought NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying session at Bristol Motor Speedway. Penske’s Fords had previously swept the front row for both of the first two events of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying format at Phoenix and Las Vegas. It looked like a similar result was on the cards as Joey Logano topped the first part of qualifying, then he and team-mate Brad Keselowski produced dead-level 14.904-second laps to lead the pole shootout early on. Logano had been classified second at that point as Keselowski had set his time first, but he improved by 0.010s next time around to make provisional pole his own. Hamlin, however, had only done one flying lap in part one of qualifying so had fresher tyres than anyone [...]

Stergios Stretches Fuel to Win Vegas

by Jason Lofing on March 12th, 2014

Once again, Stergios played his cards exactly right in Vegas.

Jake Stergios has something figured out at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, something that is leaving the rest of the field collectively scratching their heads. For the second time in three years Stergios played the fuel mileage game just right at Vegas and scored his second career victory in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. “(I) still can’t believe it,” said Stergios. “Even if it was on fuel strategy again it is amazing to pick up another win in this series.” Stergios’ victory is proof positive that the first driver across the finish line is not necessarily the fastest; rather it’s the one who puts together the most complete race. Although he only led 14 of 167 laps, Stergios made the winning move with 116 laps remaining when he [...]

Penske: 2013 slump helped Keselowski

March 11th, 2014

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Roger Penske believes Brad Keselowski’s year of difficulty in 2013 after becoming NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has proved good for him. Keselowski failed to make the Chase last season and did not win a race until Charlotte in October. That performance was a fall from grace after he defeated Jimmie Johnson in a tense title shootout in 2012. The Penske Ford driver has started 2014 in better form, pouncing when Dale Earnhardt Jr when short of fuel to win round three at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. “I think Brad matured,” said his team boss. “I think you’ve seen his MO this year. He’s certainly focused. “You have to have a little bit of adversity before you get better, and I think that’s what happened to Brad Keselowski.” Keselowski [...]

Keselowski grabs win from Earnhardt

March 9th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of the 2014 season after Dale Earnhardt Jr ran out of fuel on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt gambled by opting not to pit his Hendrick Chevrolet during the final caution period, staying out with 45 laps to go to take the lead. Keselowski, who had led when the yellow flags were brought out for debris and headed the train of cars into the pits in his Penske Ford, emerged outside the top six but flew into second almost immediately after the restart. He briefly lost out to Carl Edwards but regained the place shortly afterwards and then set about eating into Earnhardt’s 2.8-second lead. With just over 10 laps to go the 2012 champion was on [...]

Logano takes pole with Vegas record

March 8th, 2014

Logano takes pole with Vegas record

Joey Logano will start the third round of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season from pole position after setting a new lap record in Las Vegas. The previous record of 28.353 seconds (190.456 mph) – set by Kasey Kahne in 2012 – was already beaten by Carl Edwards during practice before Logano broke his short-lived record in the final five-minute shootout. The Penske Ford driver lapped the 1.5-mile speedway in 27.939s (193.278 mph) after demoting provisional poleman Brad Keselowski in the dying seconds of the session. Clint Bowyer lines up behind the all-Penske front row alongside rookie Austin Dillon, while defending series champion Jimmie Johnson completes the top five. Edwards could not match his earlier pace and checked in 11th fastest, ahead of Martin Truex Jr who did well after [...]

Crawford and Bussa Sprint to Victory Lane at PIR

by Tom O'Leary on March 6th, 2014

More than 1600 sim-racers took part in Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series at PIR.

Phoenix International Raceway was the scene for Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series, and with its small front straight and trademark left dogleg occupying the backstretch, it proved to be quite a challenge for most of the drivers this week. With close to 1650 sim-racers participating in the seven Open and Fixed races at Phoenix this week, we were sure to be in for some great online racing. In the Fixed set action it was Matt Bussa who drove to Victory Lane in the first race of the week at PIR, and he took it in a rather convincing fashion, starting from the pole position and leading 152 laps out of the total race distance (156). Justin Bolton came up through the field from 20th at the start to [...]

NASCAR: no rush to tweak qualifying

March 3rd, 2014

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NASCAR says it will not rush to make any changes to its new full-field qualifying format despite some drivers’ concerns over near-misses at Phoenix. The previous single-car format has been ditched in favour of Formula 1-style knockout qualifying, with the sessions’ duration and the number of cars eliminated in each segment varying depending on the track type. In the system’s debut at Phoenix, the full 43-car field took to the track for the first part of qualifying, before the top 12 went into a pole shootout. While drivers welcomed the extra excitement and spectacle of the system, there were concerns over car running extremely slow laps to cool their engines between flying laps as cool-down units are not permitted on pitroad during qualifying. Rookie Kyle Larson, who qualified seventh at [...]

Harvick takes dominant win

March 2nd, 2014

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Kevin Harvick claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory for Stewart-Haas at Phoenix in only his second event with the squad. Ex-Childress driver Harvick was only 13th on the grid after narrowly missing out on a spot in the pole shootout when the series’ new knockout qualifying format made its debut on Friday. He showed his pace by topping both Saturday practice sessions, and wasted no time in surging to the front on race day. Harvick took the lead on lap 74, and ultimately led 224 of the 312 laps. His main rivals were Penske’s front row qualifiers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, plus Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. But Harvick always had just enough in hand to keep all pursuers at arm’s length, and was helped by their [...]

Keselowski takes first pole of new era

March 1st, 2014

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Brad Keselowski claimed the first pole position under the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s new Formula 1-inspired qualifying system at Phoenix. The previous one-at-a-time format has been dropped for 2014 in favour of a knockout structure. At Phoenix, the whole field had a 30-minute session after which the top 12 went forward into a pole shootout. Penske duo Joey Logano and Keselowski had put their Fords first and second as soon as the first part of qualifying began and held those positions throughout. They did the same in part two, but this time Keselowski was able to improve on his second run and beat his team-mate’s 25.850-second lap by 0.022s. “Boy that feels good, we’ve put a lot of effort to being as good as we can be after a very long [...]

NASCAR looking at series eligibility

February 24th, 2014

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NASCAR is considering limiting the number of second and third tier races that Sprint Cup drivers can participate in. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR vice-president of racing operations, told the Associated Press that concern from fans about the dominance of Cup drivers in Nationwide and Truck events had alerted him to the fact that the issue needs to be examined. “We’re definitely aware of the fan messaging we get,” O’Donnell said. “There’s a balance, especially talking to the tracks, of having a Cup driver or two in the Trucks or Nationwide. “We have had discussions with the race teams about ownership and should Cup drivers get points, and we’ve looked at [whether they] should be limited in the number of races. “It’s something we are really studying.” Kyle Busch earned his 99th [...]

Hamlin: wet radio upset Daytona bid

February 24th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin believes water in his Joe Gibbs Toyota’s radio system was a major factor in him missing out on Daytona 500 victory. Hamlin won both the Sprint Unlimited non-championship curtain-raiser and his Duel qualifying race last Thursday (pictured), then finished second to Dale Earnhardt Jr in the 500. He said he lost radio communication with his crew for most of the second part of the race, which was halted for over six hours by rainstorms with 162 laps still to run. “Our radios got wet after the rain,” said Hamlin. “I didn’t perform as good as I could have because I was trying to spot myself at the end of the race. “It’s hard to win a superspeedway race when you don’t know when runs are coming, when you [...] and PEAK® Antifreeze/Coolant Ink Multi-Year Commitment

by David Phillips on February 21st, 2014

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Green Flag Waves For 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series on February 25 and PEAK® Antifreeze/Coolant announced today that PEAK will sponsor iRacing’s top NASCAR online racing championship series for the next three years.   Starting on February 25th, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by will see the world’s top sim-racers compete for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes in precise digital models of Generation-6 stock cars over a 17-race schedule. The series will feature iRacing’s laser-scanned versions of some of NASCAR’s most challenging tracks. Every event in NASCAR’s only officially-sanctioned online world championship will be broadcast on and simulcast on the Motor Racing Network ( and New England Sports Network ( “Online racing has become a valuable tool for a growing number of NASCAR drivers who [...]

Big crash disrupts Daytona practice

February 20th, 2014

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Daytona 500 practice on Wednesday was interrupted by a multi-car accident that left Parker Kligerman upside down and damaged the track’s fencing. The incident began when Joey Logano tapped Matt Kenseth, sending the Joe Gibbs Toyota into a spin that collected several cars. NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Kligerman came off worst as his Swan Toyota climbed into the fencing in contact with Paul Menard and Ryan Truex, before turning upside down and sliding down the track on its roof. The practice session had to be halted while damage to the fence, which was reinforced following last year’s massive Nationwide Series accident that caused injuries to spectators, was repaired. Kligerman and Menard both slammed Logano for prompting the incident. “What are you doing – why are you side-drafting and bumping people [...]

Star Mazda Champion takes Pre-WCS Showdown Overall

February 19th, 2014

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The Pre-WCS (World Championship Series) Showdown took place on Saturday with 30 drivers taking it to the track, and a good one third of the grid holding World Championship licenses. This was a chance for any lower-licensed drivers to race against these drivers as we are getting closer to the start of the 2014 WCS. Event sponsor jumped onboard and offered a $50 iRacing credit sum for the winner to spice things up. And it sure did… With the showdown taking place in two sequences, the first race took place with the Star Mazda car at Watkins Glen Boot configuration. WCS driver Enzo Bonito showed the way in qualifying as he took pole position infront of Star Mazda specialist Marcus Hamilton and 2014 Pro Series Champion – Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola. [...]

Dillon puts #3 on Daytona 500 pole

February 16th, 2014

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Austin Dillon marked the return of the iconic #3 to the NASCAR Sprint Cup by earning pole for the 2014 Daytona 500. Richard Childress Racing rookie Dillon is the first man to use #3 in the Cup series since the death of Dale Earnhardt 13 years ago. Having been fastest in January’s official test at Daytona and among the frontrunners in practice all weekend, reigning Nationwide Series champion Dillon was among the pole favourites from the outset. His 45.914-second, 196.019 mph lap was sufficient to depose Greg Biffle’s Roush Fenway Ford from provisional pole. Martin Truex Jr came close to denying Dillon, but fell 0.039s short as he secured second place on his debut with Furniture Row. Dillon and Truex’s starting positions for next Sunday’s race are now set, while [...]

Hamlin triumphs in wild Unlimited

February 16th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin beat a crash-depleted field to win NASCAR’s Sprint Unlimited non-championship curtain-raiser at Daytona on Saturday night. Hamlin had taken pole when the fan vote determined that Friday practice times should set the grid, led the most laps, headed the field at the end of both of the first two segments, and then won the pitstop race that decided the restart order for the final 20-lap section. Yet despite that on-paper dominance, the Joe Gibbs Toyota driver had to come from the back of the lead pack in the decisive sprint. He took to the inside of Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch to go three-wide in a battle for the lead starting the final lap and then edged clear of the pair to secure the first win of the [...]

Childress dominates Saturday practice

February 15th, 2014

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Richard Childress Racing dominated Saturday practice ahead of qualifying for the Daytona 500, with team newcomer Ryan Newman emerging fastest. Both of the 90-minute sessions produced RCR Chevrolet one-twos, with Paul Menard leading Newman in first practice, and Newman ahead of Austin Dillon later on. Dillon had already been quickest in the rain-disrupted January test at Daytona, giving the Childress team plenty of momentum heading into Sunday’s qualifying session, which decides the front row for the 500 and the starting line-ups for the Duel races that settle the rest of the main event’s grid. Last year’s Sprint Cup runner-up Matt Kenseth put his Joe Gibbs Toyota third in practice one, while Earnhardt Ganassi’s rookie Kyle Larson completed the top three in the second session. Aside from RCR’s speed, the other [...]

Stewart surprised by pain-free return

February 15th, 2014

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Tony Stewart said he was surprised to be able to make a pain-free return to the cockpit in NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Friday after a six-month injury layoff. The three-time Cup champion’s 2013 season was halted when he sustained a badly broken right leg in a sprint car crash last August. He was not ready to take part in the official pre-season test in January, but returned to the track on Friday evening for the two practice sessions for Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited non-championship race. Stewart completed 50 laps across the two sessions and was in the top 10 in both. “That’s better than I was hoping for, honestly,” he said. “I thought I would have had some kind of ache or pain that would bother me, but it was [...]

Hamlin tops Sprint Unlimited practice

February 15th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin was quickest in the first official NASCAR Sprint Cup action of 2014 as he led practice for the non-championship Sprint Unlimited at Daytona on Friday night. Hamlin’s 45.030-second lap in his Joe Gibbs Toyota could earn him pole for the Saturday evening event, in which the grid line-up is one of the options determined by a fan vote. Practice times, 2013 championship standings or career pole tally are the three possibilities for deciding the starting order that fans can vote for via the NASCAR website until half an hour before the race start. NASCAR’s revamp: madness or genius? There are also votes to decide how many laps feature in each of the three segments that the race is divided into, and the restart order for the final segment, [...]