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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
    Contributin 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Edwards takes first non-oval victory

June 22nd, 2014

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Carl Edwards won Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup round after a gruelling 110-lap, caution-filled road course race at Sonoma, claiming the first non-oval victory of his career. Poleman Jamie McMurray led initially until he was passed by AJ Allmendinger on lap nine. Kevin Harvick was the next leader, passing Allmendinger on lap 22. Harvick was then dealt a strategy blow when the first yellow of the day, for Landon Cassill’s engine explosion, came out before he had made his first pitstop. He tumbled to 14th after pitting under yellow, but carved his way back into the lead fight. Allmendinger and McMurray again swapped the lead before the second yellow, caused by Ryan Truex stalling on the track. As they pitted, Harvick then led again until being passed by Jimmie Johnson, before [...]

McMurray beats Allmendinger to pole

June 21st, 2014

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Jamie McMurray snatched pole in the final moments of a thrilling NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Sonoma. McMurray, who was also on pole at the track in 2013, snatched pole from under the nose of AJ Allmendinger, who had topped the charts for JTG Daugherty for most of the session with a lap of 1m14.354s. This is the first time the new for 2014 knockout qualifying format has been used at a road course, with an opening segment of 30 minutes deciding the top 12 shootout contenders for the final 10-minute session. McMurray’s rookie Ganassi team-mate Kyle Larson shone on his Cup road course debut by rounding out the top three, followed by Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards and Stewart-Haas pair Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick. Despite their unassailable [...]

Conti & King Take Victory At Michigan

June 20th, 2014

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Week 15 of the NASCAR iRacing Series headed to the fastest track on the calendar: Michigan International Speedway. With its highly banked turns and speeds of up to 210mph on the straights, Michigan would push the cars to their limit, with some drivers pushing them perhaps too far! The debate in the Open Series was ‘grill tape’ – how much? Using too much will damage the engine, however being too conservative would cost you pace in the race. Nick Furler and Benjamin Burmeister qualified with exactly the same time – 36.851s, showing how close the times were at such a high speed track such. In the first Open Series online race of the week, Michael Conti scooped up 392 points from the 6099 SoF. Conti has seemed dominant in recent [...]

iRacing News Exclusive With Parker Kligerman

by Raymond Kingsbury on June 20th, 2014

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Parker Kligerman was a rookie in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year, but he is also an avid iRacer. One of the many who made a qualifying attempt for this year’s iRacing.com Indy 500 in the new DW-12, Kligerman showed his pace by placing himself inside the top 33 and guaranteed himself a spot in the top split event. I had not realized Parker was even on iRacing, until I saw him in an Indy 500 qualifying session. I knew he lived only a 15 minute ride down the parkway, so I decided to send him a message and see if he would be interested in meeting so I could ask him a few questions on behalf of iRacing News. Parker kindly accepted and we met the next day [...]

Lovingood Sixth Weekly Class B (Open) Winner

by Brian Tate on June 20th, 2014

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Week Six took the NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Open Series to the close confines of Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The .686-mile oval, better known to many as Indianapolis Raceway Park, was a new venue on iRacing to the Impalas and Mustangs and after lots of bent sheet metal, the series saw its sixth weekly champion in as many weeks. Southport, North Carolina’s Brian Lovingood became the sixth winner in six weeks narrowly edging out Lima, Ohio’s Allen Boes by a single point.  Lovingood, who is coming off a 2014 Season 1 Division Two championship in the NASCAR Class C Series (along with a third overall) is another member of the BRB Motorsports team who made the jump up to the B series in Season 2.  Lovingood’s win at [...]

Making it Real

by Scott Heckert on June 18th, 2014

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With more than 150 wins to his credits on the ovals and road courses of iRacing.com, it’s fair to say Scott Heckert is a serious sim-racer.  It’s also fair to say he’s a very serious professional racer.  A former karter and Skip Barber Racing School graduate, the Ridgefield CT native won Rookie of the Year honors racing Super Late Models in the 2012 Bright House Challenge Series.  This season finds Scott driving for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he has a pair of top ten finishes (including a third place at Iowa Speedway) and three straight top five starts to his credit. iRacing has become an integral part of Scott’s pre-race preparations, and we’re delighted to announce he will be sharing his thoughts about [...]

Laughton Outruns Conti and Ottinger at Michigan

by Jason Lofing on June 18th, 2014

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With the way Chad Laughton’s 2014 season has been going, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before he would find victory lane.  The time finally came last night.  Laughton won his first race in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing at Michigan International Speedway after passing series points leader Michael Conti during the final round of stops with 30 laps to go. Conti finished second after a late-race try for the lead followed by Nick Ottinger and Mitchell Hunt with Justin Bolton recording a strong fifth place finish. After the final round of stops was completed, Conti appeared to hold back and ride in line behind Laughton, biding his time. The two were joined by Ottinger, Hunt and Kenny Humpe in a five car lead [...]

Johnson takes third win in four races

June 15th, 2014

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Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson scored his first career victory on the two-mile Michigan superspeedway, taking a dominant win after picking a perfect strategy in the late stages. Johnson took the lead with nine laps to go, having got his final pitstop out of the way with 36 laps left while taking four fresh tyres. He used the new rubber to great effect, and eased his way to the front as those ahead made their final stops under green. It was Johnson’s third win in four weeks, and the fifth Hendrick Motorsports victory on the trot, while six of the top 10 cars had Hendrick engines. Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski, who finished third, admitted: “I needed a little more to run with these big-motor cars.” Poleman Kevin [...]

Harvick dominates Michigan qualifying

June 13th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick set a blistering record pace as he dominated NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver Harvick was quickest in all three segments, breaking the series’ track record in the opening moments and never looking under threat. He finally secured pole with a lap of 35.198 seconds and 204.557mph. SHR’s supplier Hendrick filled the top three as its own cars took second and third with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Aric Almirola was the top Ford representative for Richard Petty Motorsports in fourth. Toyota only got one car into the pole shootout, Brian Vickers taking 10th for Michael Waltrip Racing. Brad Keselowski had been Harvick’s nearest rival in the first two sections of qualifying, but fell to sixth when it counted. Juan Pablo Montoya [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Michigan

by Don Scott on June 13th, 2014

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We are into the second half of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series as we pull the trailer into Michigan International Speedway. By now you should be familiar with most of the common changes we can make to the chassis of a race car to adjust its handling, control its temperatures and increase its speed off the corners and through the straights. The base setup is inherently loose and with ambient temperatures in the eighties, it’s like driving on ice. So the first adjustments you may want to make here, drawing from our previous lessons, are to lower the track bar, soften the springs and increase the forward weight distribution. Seeing as we are at a speedway this week, it seems an appropriate time to discuss aerodynamics and how your setup [...]

Laughton & King Trade Wins at Pocono

by Tom O'Leary on June 12th, 2014

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Pocono was the next location for the NASCAR iRacing Series as the teams drive themselves towards the midpoint of the season. ‘The Bermuda Triangle’ hosted some thrilling sim racing in Week 14 – even if most of the actual competition lasted only a few laps at a time what with the many caution laps over the seven races. Casey Tucker set the pole time of 52.149 seconds, and Teemu Iivonen was the closest sim-racer to that time over the course of the week. The opening race of the Fixed Series saw NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Matt Bussa take the win after leading the field for 41 laps — including the most important one — round Pocono Raceway. He was one of three black-striped sim-racers to finish in the top [...]

Montoya: NASCAR return will be weird

June 12th, 2014

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Juan Pablo Montoya admits that it will feel strange to return to NASCAR when he rejoins the Sprint Cup field with Penske at Michigan this weekend. The Colombian spent six years racing stock cars with Ganassi before returning to single-seaters as part of Penske’s IndyCar line-up this year, but has now added a limited Cup programme to his 2014 schedule too. He said that the feel of a stock car will take some time to get reacquainted with. “I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “It’s going to feel weird. “It’s going to be fun to have the opportunity again with Team Penske cars, you look at Brad [Keselowski] … they qualify in the top 10 every week, so there’s a little bit of pressure. It’s going to be [...]

NASCAR team owner Donlavey dies

June 10th, 2014

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Long-time NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey died on Monday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90 years old. Donlavey fielded cars for 45 seasons, starting out as an owner-driver in 1950 before stepping back to become a full-time entrant. Donlavey Racing went on to contest a total of 863 races with a roster of drivers that at included Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson, Dick Trickle and Benny Parsons, although his only win came at the hands of Jody Ridley at Dover in 1981. If the team was rarely a threat at the front, it developed a reputation as a hothouse for young talent, with Ridley, Ken Schrader and Bill Dennis all winning rookie of the year honours while driving its #90 entry. Nicknamed ‘Chief’ by [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series at Dover

by Matt Holden on June 9th, 2014

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The Mighty Monster We see it all too often in motorsports:  A team spends countless hours preparing a car, makes sure every single detail is perfect, executes the best race strategy possible and still comes up short despite their best efforts.  We see it almost weekly in the Sprint Cup Series with Kevin Harvick, and it managed to keep us out of victory lane last week in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series race at Dover.  With the Summer Shootout starting tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I have to turn race strategy duties over to our trusty spotter, Peter Fisher.  This is the first time I’ll head into my “summer break” without a win, which is a little frustrating, but I can’t say I didn’t try, right? All three of us [...]

Price Inflation! Two-Time Defending Truck Champ Raises Stakes at Dover

by Brian Tate on June 9th, 2014

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As Season 2 of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Open Series approaches the midway point, it is obvious there is no clear-cut favorite to take home the sim-racing championship.  After four races of the young season were put into the books, no driver had pulled a repeat win and that streak remained intact after Week 5 at Dover International Raceway. Lowline Racing’s Trent Ringler grabbed the early points lead after a Week 2 win at Rockingham and followed it up with multiple solid performances since.  However, a host of drivers are keeping pace and with drop weeks looming around the corner, there could be a large cache of hopefuls with their eye on the season-ending trophy. BRB Motorsports’ Anthony Price entered this season coming off back-to-back NASCAR iRacing.com Class [...]

Conti Masters the Monster

by Tom O'Leary on June 5th, 2014

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Week 13 of the NASCAR iRacing Series brought the teams and drivers to Dover International Speedway, all with the aim of competing with many drivers of the same skill level. iRacing’s iRatings system enables 32 drivers of the same speed to race against against each other, and this week  the one mile track brought the field even closer.  With The Monster Mile being one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, getting to the front and trying to avoid getting lapped became harder over the seven races run throughout the course of the week. Race One saw the highest SoF race (5237) in the Fixed Series at Dover, with 336 points therefore on offer to the victor. Matt Bussa claimed this prize, finishing around four seconds ahead of his closest [...]

Conti Rides High with Dover Victory

by Jason Lofing on June 4th, 2014

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Conti take the high road to victory at Dover, sweeping past Stergios and Overland on a late restart.

Michael Conti pulled-off a surprising victory in Round Seven of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series at Dover International Speedway Tuesday night, beating Chris Overland, PJ Stergios and Nick Ottinger on a restart with three laps to go. The win was Conti’s second triumph in the last three in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series events. With nine laps of sim racing remaining Conti appeared destined to finish no better than third as Ottinger and Joey Brown both passed him with 15 laps to go and were not struggling as much with their tires. Things changed drastically, however, when Brown spun off of Turn Four on Lap 191, bringing out the caution flag. Even though only three laps would remain in the race when the green flew again, most of the [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Dover

by Don Scott on June 2nd, 2014

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Editor’s note — Technical issues prevented us from posting this edition of the “NiS Open Garage” until after the Dover race week.  For that we apologize but also remind one and all that there is plenty of sim-racing on the Monster Mile in the future . . . Dover possesses a few unique characteristics that make this track a favorite for some and a nemesis for others. Its concrete surface, 26 degree banking combined with a quick bumpy transition to the straights creates a feel some drivers describe as “Landing” on exit. Cars can seem “tight” on entry or to “Push” in the middle only to cut loose on exit without warning, “as if on a light switch” Darrell Waltrip describes it. The steep banking, big transitions and bumps make [...]

NASCAR backs Dover over track hole

June 2nd, 2014

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NASCAR officials say they have no concerns about the Dover International Speedway track after Sunday’s Sprint Cup race was disrupted when a hole opened up in the oval’s surface. Jamie McMurray’s Ganassi Chevrolet slid into the wall after it hit a lump of concrete flicked up by a car ahead, with debris also striking a window on a pedestrian overbridge. The race was temporarily red-flagged while the hole – which NASCAR competition chief Robin Pemberton estimated to be “two or three inches deep, and six or eight inches by maybe 10 inches” – was filled. Pemberton said NASCAR saw no reason to make any safety or modification recommendations to the track, which next hosts the Cup series on September 28. “The track doesn’t want things like this to happen any [...]

Johnson wins second consecutive race

June 1st, 2014

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Jimmie Johnson scored his second NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in as many weeks at Dover, holding off Brad Keselowski in a late-race restart. Hendrick Chevrolet star Johnson dominated the second half of the race, having wrested the lead from Matt Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs-run Toyota on lap 180. Clint Bowyer attempted a bold two-tyre strategy at the final round of pitstops to briefly grab the lead, but Johnson dispatched him within seconds of the restart and was never again headed. A final yellow flag, due to Casey Mears’ tyre falling to pieces inside the last 10 laps, meant a four-lap shoot-out to the finish, but Johnson kept his cool once more. Poleman Brad Keselowski finished second in his Penske Ford, having closed the gap to Johnson in the penultimate stint, but [...]