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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

Kyle Busch wins again at Kentucky

July 12th, 2015

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Kyle Busch scored his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the space of three races with victory at Kentucky Speedway. Busch led 163 of the 267 laps and was in that position after the penultimate caution period with 55 laps remaining. He was then in a three-way all-Joe Gibbs Racing scrap for the lead with Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin, with the latter fighting back from losing a lap early on to a suspected flat tyre to lead through the track-record 11th and final caution. Penske’s Joey Logano then moved ahead at the restart and opened up a one-second lead over Busch, but Busch quickly reeled that gap back in and reclaimed the lead for good with 19 laps remaining after the pair had run side-by-side for several laps. [...]

Larson on pole after Kentucky rain

July 10th, 2015

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Kyle Larson will start on pole for Saturday night’s Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race after qualifying was cancelled to allow more practice time at the rain-plagued event. NASCAR is introducing aerodynamic rule tweaks for this weekend in an effort to improve the quality of racing at the track. An additional test was scheduled for Wednesday to allow teams to acclimatise to the package, but this was rained off. Further poor weather then stymied an attempt to run the session on Thursday instead. The field finally took to the track on Friday morning for a practice session that was due to be extended to make up for the lack of running, only for more rain to arrive and force cars back to the garages after less than an hour. It [...]

Kentucky fence damaged in Truck crash

July 10th, 2015

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NASCAR suffered its second catchfence-damaging crash in four days on Thursday night, when an accident involving Ben Kennedy halted the Kentucky Speedway Truck Series race. Five spectators sustained minor injuries in Sunday’s Sprint Cup round at Daytona – which finished in the early hours of Monday morning after a rain delay – as a massive crash at the finish line sent Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet flying into the fence. The Kentucky accident was less violent, but still tore away a section of catchfence and damaged a support post, forcing NASCAR to abandon the race with five laps left. It occurred when Kennedy’s Red Horse Racing Toyota tangled with David Gilliland’s RBR Enterprises Ford at Turn 1 on a restart after a red flag. Both ends of the Toyota [...]

NASCAR to evaluate safety changes

July 8th, 2015

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NASCAR will explore new technologies to improve fan and driver safety following the massive accident at the end of Monday’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona. Five fans sustained minor injuries when a multi-car pile-up at the finish of the rain-delayed event sent Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet flying into the catch-fencing. NASCAR’s executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said that while the Daytona fence had performed as expected, the series would investigate what else could be changed. “The catch fence, first and foremost, is there to keep the car from going through, and it did that,” he said. “The next iteration that we would look at may not be a fence make, but what are the new technologies that are out there? “This is an area for all sports to [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com – For the Alpha: the Omega, Part 2

by Matt Holden on July 8th, 2015

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Before we dive back into this, let’s review:  We’re talking about how to be more efficient with your setup process, and spend less time trying 28 different setups every week that don’t work and spending more time in the fine-tuning stages.  In the last article, I discussed how to approach the initial setup build, as well as forming a plan for how you’re going to wind up with what you want.  If you missed it, you can check it out here:  http://www.iracing.com/iracingnews/nascar-news/behind-the-scenes-the-nascar-peak-antifreeze-series-powered-by-iracing-com-for-the-alpha-the-omega-part-1 In that article, I focused primarily on the setup I built for the GFR cars in the Daytona race for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  Nobody in their right mind would expect the setup built for Daytona to have a chance at Charlotte, or Iowa, even, but it [...]

Virtual Thoroughbreds Run Loose on Kentucky Speedway

by Scott Smith on July 8th, 2015

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A victorious Allan Boes drifts toward the checkered flag.

Week 16 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Open Series took to the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, and on Tuesday evening the top split was broadcast on iRacingLive and FANSCHOICE.tv for some live neck-and-neck sim-racing action! Despite the first half of the race looking like it would be a two-horse battle between Logan Clampitt and Ryan Lowe, it was Deadzone Racing’s, Allen Boes, keeping his nose clean through seven caution flags to lead a race high 44 laps, en route to his fifth victory in the series this year. The race started a bit clumsily with four yellow flags in the first 25 laps of competition.  Point standings leader Trent Ringler did not have luck on his side.  He got loose exiting Turn One, resulting in contact with Joshua Filyaw . [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Dega’!

by Scott Smith on July 6th, 2015

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Diving to the bottom to avoid The Big One almost worked . . . "almost" being the key word.

Your pulse quickens.  The hair inches to attention on the back of your neck.  Hands begin to get slippery.  You’re breaths get heavier.  A feeling of nervous excitement coupled with the omnipresent thought of impending doom that always resides in the deep, dark, depths of your consciousness begins to overwhelm you.  The drop of the green flag is seconds away.  Focus has become razor sharp.  It’s time for battle.  It’s time to challenge the competition and leave every ounce of will out on the 2.6 miles of asphalt.  This is otherworldly.  This is… Dega’! Now, luckily the physical bumps, bangs, and bruises that plague the real-world daredevils of NASCAR don’t seem to affect us sim-racers.  And even though our competition takes place in a virtual setting, I can assure you [...]

Johnson ‘shocked Dillon is even alive’

July 6th, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson admitted he thought Austin Dillon had been killed in the huge accident at the end of the Daytona NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Five fans were treated for minor injuries after Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was launched into the catch-fencing in a multi-car pile-up on the finish line. Dillon’s car landed upside down on the track with severe damage to both ends and was then collected again by Brad Keselowski’s Penske Ford. Despite the violence of the impact, Dillon escaped with bruising. Six-time champion Johnson, who finished second, was stunned Dillon was unhurt. “I’m shocked that Austin Dillon is even alive,” he said. “I saw it in the mirror, and man, I expected the worst when I came back around. “The fence and the cables, it’s like a [...]

Earnhardt wins crash-marred race

July 6th, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr claimed victory in a delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona that ended with a massive crash in which fans were injured. The accident occurred as the cars crossed the finish line, with Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Chevrolet launched into the catch-fencing and flipping over before landing back on track upside down with its front and rear ends ripped away. Dillon walked away unscathed, but NASCAR said five fans in the grandstands were being treated for minor injuries having been hit by debris, with one taken to hospital. Another eight were examined by circuit medics but declined treatment. The event had been scheduled to start on Sunday night at 7.45pm local time and was delayed by four hours due to constant rain before finally finishing in the [...]

Earnhardt on pole, session rained off

July 4th, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr will start on pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona on Sunday night, after qualifying was abandoned due to severe weather. The Hendrick Motorsports driver, who has won three times around the famous Florida track, inherits pole as he was the fastest driver in practice on Friday. He will start alongside Austin Dillon in second, while Clint Bowyer will line up third ahead of Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne. Race organisers initially decided to delay the session due to the threat of a severe thunderstorm, and they cancelled it an hour and a half later when lightning began to litter the sky. It means that Earnhardt secures his first pole of the season, with a lap of 44.492 seconds that beat Dillon by 0.048s [...]

Tour Mods Tear into Gateway

by Kyle Odaynik on June 30th, 2015

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Pedersen celebrates his Thursday Night Feature win at Gateway.

Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series schedule brings the Modifieds to Gateway Motorsports Park. This 1.25 mile long race track is a unique oval with Turns One and Two being very different than Turns Three and Four. This is the biggest track the Tour Modifieds will be visiting this season and will pose a very different challenge then the short tracks the sim racers are used to. Gateway may be the largest track on the schedule but the sim racing in the days leading up to the Thursday Night Feature was close and intense:  The ten official races in the week saw six different winners. Thursday night’s feature had 26 entries for two splits of 13 sim racers apiece, with the top split registering a Strength of [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Strugglin’ in South Florida

by Scott Smith on June 29th, 2015

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In the middle of a hornet's nest, Homestead-style.

Get out your virtual sunscreen and beach towels!  This week the NASCAR iRacing.com Camping World Truck series heads to South Florida and the challenging 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the virtual world we may only be in Week 2 of Season 3, but in the real world Homestead has been home to the season- ending festivities for all three of NASCAR’s top series since 2002.  A year later the track was reconfigured from a mostly flat-cornered surface into one with variable banking from 18-20 degrees.  The track now features multi- groove racing that produces speed not only tightly hugged to the apron’s white line, but a middle groove and — if your bowl of Wheaties that morning was big enough — right next to the outside wall. In return, there have [...]

Kyle leads first Busch brothers one-two

June 28th, 2015

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Kyle Busch held off brother Kurt to take the siblings’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup one-two at Sonoma. The result came just five races after Joe Gibbs Toyota driver Kyle returned to action following his leg-breaking Daytona crash. Elder brother Kurt looked the more likely victor for much of the Cup series’ first road course round of 2015, leading 43 of the 110 laps and initially inching clear of poleman AJ Allmendinger after getting the better start. But in a race of myriad strategy variables, Stewart-Haas driver Busch kept finding himself mired in traffic after pitting under yellow as others stayed out. Despite charging first from 12th to fourth, then ninth to second after stops in the final quarter of the race, Kurt ran out of time to make it all [...]

Allmendinger secures Sonoma pole

June 27th, 2015

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AJ Allmendinger took NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Sonoma ahead of Kurt Busch, while Kyle Larson broke the qualifying lap record in the first session. JTG Daugherty Chevrolet driver Allmendinger’s pole didn’t come easy, with Michael Annett’s stall causing a red flag when he was on a flying lap in the opening segment, but he rallied to secure a place in the cut-off before taking the top honours. The eventual pole time of 1m14.835s was set in the final moments of the top 12 shootout, as Allmendinger displaced the initial benchmark set by Jeff Gordon, who ended up fifth behind Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson when his rivals improved late on. Larson had made the top 12 shootout after besting his Ganassi team-mate Jamie McMurray’s lap record from the [...]

Motorsport Safety Foundation Renews Partnership with NEO Endurance Series

June 25th, 2015

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The first season of the NEO Endurance Series had a very special partner who is dedicated to improve the safety standards in real life racing. Today NEO Endurance is proud to announce it will extend its partnership with Motorsport Safety Foundation for another season of sim racing. In season 1 NEO donated the $160 to MSF. During the season teams were able to change their roster. For every driver change there was a fee of $5. The money of this fee went to MSF. At the end of the season there were 20 driver changes, resulting in $100 for MSF. Besides the money from the roster changes, NEO also donated $60 from its own pocket. MSF was impressed by the support from a new direction and did not have to [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Little Speedway That Could…

by Scott Smith on June 24th, 2015

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Iowa Speedway is the only track on the NASCAR schedule that has a SAFER barrier running the entire length of its outside wall.  The speedway also promotes great racing via multi-grooves, and is a favorite amongst diehard fans.  So, in this day and age where not only safety, but competitive, exciting racing and finishes seems to be at the forefront of NASCAR president Mike Helton’s agenda, one would only assume that NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series would be a regular at the little 7/8 mile track… Wrong! Yes, making assumptions can leave you being referred to as the lesser elegant word for a donkey, but in this case I’ll accept the name-calling.  It just doesn’t make sense.  A short track that gives the fans and drivers alike what they want, [...]

Whelen Tour Mods Kick-off Week at USA

by Kyle Odaynik on June 23rd, 2015

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Minotto takes the checkered flag in the season opener at USA International Speedway.

On Thursday night, the NASCAR iRacing Whelen Tour Modifieds rolled into the famed USA International Speedway. USA International may not exist in the real world anymore, but it is alive and well on iRacing.com and it happens to be one of the most popular short tracks on the service. Organized by Untamed Motorsports, with help from Shawn Bagby, the Thursday Night Feature began in Season 2 and – we’re happy to say – is continuing in this, Season 3. The Feature is growing in popularity and it is evident that if you want to race the best in short track racing, the Tour Modifieds on Thursday nights is where you will get that test. Thirty-four of these virtual ground-pounders took to the track on Thursday, racing in two splits of [...]

Timmy’s Blog: Gateway Motorsports Park NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Recap

by Timmy Hill on June 19th, 2015

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This weekend was a new experience for me. This past weekend was my first trip to Gateway Motorsport Park. Being able to run in the Camping World Truck Series this year allows me to race at a couple tracks I’ve never raced on before. How did I prepare for this? Well most of my friends know about this special tool I use, and that tool is the iracing.com racing simulator. Before I leave for race tracks, especially tracks I’ve never been to, I turn hundreds if not thousands of laps on iracing’s online simulator to prepare myself for all the characteristics a particular track may have. Everything I learned on the simulator really paid off because after the first laps of practice we were showing great speed along with myself [...]

NASCAR tweaks package to help racing

June 17th, 2015

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NASCAR has announced a new rules package for next month’s Kentucky Speedway round that aims to create closer racing at the venue and potentially improving overtaking levels elsewhere too. A lower rear spoiler, shorter front splitter and tyres with more grip are all being implemented after an 18-month test programme. NASCAR is hoping the changes will produce more overtaking, as the drivers will be off the throttle for longer through the corners thanks to the reduced downforce. The teams will be allowed extra testing time on the Wednesday before the race to work with the set-up, as the testing of the rule tweaks so far has not Kentucky specific. Although the changes are just for Kentucky, where the quality of racing has been criticised since it joined the Cup series [...]

Humpe Survives Restarts, Wins Fifth

by Jason Lofing on June 17th, 2015

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Humpe had everyone covered at Michigan en route to his fifth win of the season.

Kenny Humpe kicked off the second half of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing with a familiar result as he picked-up yet another win, this time at Michigan International Speedway. The victory was Humpe’s fifth and The TEAM’s sixth in nine races. Tyler Hudson from One Up Motorsports was second, followed by Humpe’s teammate Chad Laughton. Casey Tucker (Last Row Motorsports) and polesitter Corey Vincent (PMG) rounded out the top five. The race came down to Humpe, who had the better long run car, and Vincent, who was extremely quick on a short sprint and led a race-high 57 laps as he controlled the pace early on. In the end, track position was worth more than pure speed and Humpe found himself out in the clean air [...]