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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.

Busch increases focus on Chase

August 4th, 2015

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Kyle Busch will skip this weekend’s second-tier NASCAR Xfinity race at Watkins Glen to focus on his aim of making the Sprint Cup’s Chase for the championship. Busch fell just short of a fourth-straight Cup victory at Pocono last weekend, running out of fuel on the final lap and limping home in 21st place. After missing the start of the season due to injury, he is now within 13 points of the 30th place in the standings he requires to secure a place in the title play-off. However with the added demands of this weekend’s road course, Busch – who broke his right leg and left foot at Daytona in February – will focus purely on Watkins Glen’s top-flight race. Busch’s hot run of form started with victory at the [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – “ Adventures at The Tricky Triangle”

by Scott Smith on August 3rd, 2015

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Like a high speed version of whack-a-mole, no sooner would you get a handle on one turn than problems would appear in another.

Triangles aren’t tricky.  They are a simple, basic geometric pattern consisting of three edges and three vertices.  If you are from my generation, you may have learned the basic intricacies of this common shape from an intelligent, caring, redheaded firecracker of a teacher: Mrs. Frizzle.  Amongst other subjects – aboard her magical yellow school bus, the keen young tykes learned the basic facts of this geometrical pattern: There are three special names given to triangles when classified by the relative length of their sides.  And, there are also three special names given to triangles according to their internal angles, measured in degrees.  By the way, if you don’t know these “special” names, Google it!  Geez, haven’t you remembered anything from elementary school? I digress; back to the story. Calmly and [...]

Matt Kenseth Inherits Win at Pocono

August 3rd, 2015

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by Dave Moulthrop The saying that it’s never over till it’s over proved true for the 42nd annual Windows 10 400  NASCAR Sprint Cup  race at Pocono Raceway. After capturing the pole on Friday, Kyle Busch lead the first 16 laps before giving it up to Kevin Harvick. Harvick lead for only three laps before his engine expired . Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr would both take turns at the front before lap leader Joey Logano began his domination on lap 39 of the caution filled first half. During the second half of the 160 lap race Logano was at the point with Kyle Busch and winner of the June event, Martin Truex Jr running one, two ,three. It looked as if Logano would easly cruise to his second [...]

Kenseth wins after leaders run dry

August 2nd, 2015

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Matt Kenseth took a shock NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Pocono as Joey Logano and Kyle Busch both ran out of fuel while leading. Logano, who led 97 of the 160 laps, seemed to have the race sewn up with three laps remaining until his Penske Ford began to jiggle and slow, allowing Kyle Busch to take up the lead. Busch was aiming for a fourth race victory in a row, but he also ran dry into Turn 1 on the final lap, and it wasn’t long before Kenseth came to the fore and passed his limping Joe Gibbs team-mate to claim his second win of 2015. Busch limped home 21st behind Logano, keeping him out of the top 30 in points. Because of his broken leg earlier in the [...]

Kyle Busch form continues with pole

July 31st, 2015

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Kyle Busch claimed NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position in qualifying at Pocono Raceway. Busch is aiming for his fourth consecutive win in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and is now within 23 points of the top-30 championship spot he needs to ensure a Chase place despite missing 11 rounds through injury. He grabbed pole by just 0.070 seconds from championship leader Kevin Harvick. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Harvick, who led round two of qualifying, was on top after the opening runs in the third part of qualifying before Busch pipped him to pole with just seconds left in the session. Joey Logano clinched another top three spot in qualifying ahead of Austin Dillon, who jumped to fourth late on, and opening-round pacesetter Tony Stewart. Kurt Busch took sixth, while Matt Kenseth [...]

Waltrip partner in Ganassi move

July 30th, 2015

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Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman is to purchase a stake in its NASCAR Sprint Cup rival Chip Ganassi Racing. Kauffman’s move could pave the way for Ganassi to expand from its current two-car Cup squad to a third entry, while leaving question marks over MWR’s programme. A statement from the Ganassi team – which is co-owned by Felix Sabates and Ganassi, and currently fields Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson – said the implications of Kauffman’s move would become clear in due course. “We confirm that Rob Kauffman has agreed to acquire an interest in the team,” it said. “Further discussions regarding the 2016 season and beyond are under way.” An MWR statement said business would continue as usual to the end of the 2015 campaign. “The companies will continue [...]

NASCAR drivers unsure over high drag

July 30th, 2015

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Leading NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were left unconvinced by the high-drag aerodynamic package introduced to try to improve racing at Indianapolis last weekend. A low-downforce configuration premiered at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month received very positive reviews from the drivers. However, the high drag package designed for larger tracks such as Indianapolis was found to be less successful. Kyle Busch, who claimed his third consecutive series victory in the Brickyard 400, believed the modifications worked as intended to allow for more slipstreaming on the straights, but left drivers struggling in the corners. “I think drag is exciting,” said the Joe Gibbs driver. “I would agree that there’s nothing more beneficial than to be able to see a guy behind another guy gain on him down the straightaways, instead of making [...]

Ottinger Comes on Late to Win Indy

by Jason Lofing on July 29th, 2015

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The decisive moment of the race saw Nick Ottinger (05) dive under Kenny Humpe (58) for the lead on the final lap.

Nick Ottinger of Gale Force Racing scored his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a tense late-race battle with Slip Angle Motorsports’ Ray Alfalla and The TEAM’s Kenny Humpe. The race came down to a restart with three laps to go with Humpe in the lead, Alfalla alongside and Ottinger behind in third. The race looked like it would go to whoever on the front row restarted the best but that all changed when Humpe and Alfalla made contact coming off Turn Two after the green. The contact sent Alfalla into a slide and while the two-time series champion made a wonderful save, the loss of momentum put him out of contention for the win. When Alfalla was sliding [...]

Tour Mods Battle at Lucas Oil Raceway

by Kyle Odaynik on July 28th, 2015

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The sixth week of the NASCAR iRacing Tour Modified Series brought the sim racers to Lucas Oil Raceway and marked the half way point in the season for the modifieds.  A 19 car field would take the green, with the Untamed Motorsports duo of Chris Forster (pole) and Jerold John on the front row.  In fact. Untamed Motorsports swept the top five starting spots with Keith Jeffery, Rick Webster and Kyle Odaynik occupying places three, four and five on the grid, respectively. The opening laps were intense as the track’s wide surface enabled wheel-to-wheel sim racing throughout the field.   The first eight laps went green before Wicked Autosports teammates Seth DeMerchant and Christian Pedersen made contact as Pedersen got loose and slid into DeMerchant.  With nowhere to go and little [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com – The Oval Office

by Matt Holden on July 28th, 2015

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Being a participant in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series comes with its own small amount of fame.  Nick Ottinger gets asked questions all the time like, “Who paints your car?”, “What wheel/pedals do you use?”, and “Do you really have a ponytail?”  Peter Fisher and I, however, see a much smaller range of inquiries.  Aside from Peter’s weekly “Can you call the pace car?”, the question I’ve been asked most often is “What are you looking at during a race?”  There are a lot of people who are curious about what goes on, and that’s what we’ll look at, but first here’s the answer to the ponytail question: The evolution of “crew members” in sim racing has exploded over the past few years.  I remember when iRacing first opened to [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Beating the Wicked Hot Heat in Loudon

by Scott Smith on July 27th, 2015

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A fantastic battle between a pair of Scott Smiths late in the race.  After three laps of hard sim-racing it would be the "evil twin" Scott Smith4 (3) coming out on top.

A strong breeze rolls off the sea.  Curling waves thunderously pummel the hard-packed sands below.  Seagulls effortlessly hover within the vortex created above; the breeze begins moving inland.  Over the course of the next thirty miles, the breeze dances with tree limbs, gently tickles the petals of the abundant purple lilacs, and provides relief to the animals.  It’s an unusually hot day in “The Granite State.” and thousands of sun-drenched fans sitting at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway are also in need of relief.  As the breeze finally greets the giant, concrete-pillared grandstands, the once gentle breeze is now nothing more than a whisper, but it’s enough.  Enough to rejuvenate countless NASCAR fans as they wipe away the sweat from their brows, flip open the top of the cooler, crack [...]

Busch takes third victory in a row

July 26th, 2015

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Kyle Busch maintained his remarkable run of form to win the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis for the first time and take his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. Busch took the lead away from Kevin Harvick at a restart with eight laps to go and held on through two further caution periods, resisting the attention of Joey Logano at a green-white-chequered finish. Logano had taken the lead at the start of the race from second on the grid, going around the outside of Carl Edwards at Turn 2. He sat second to Harvick with 40 laps remaining when the leaders pitted for the final time, under caution. Having been fourth, Busch led the race off pit road and rejoined fifth behind those who stayed out. Once that out-of-sequence quartet [...]

Aero Wars: The uphill battle NASCAR has gotten itself into

by Matt Holden on July 25th, 2015

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The year is 1968.  The racing series:  Formula 1.  Colin Chapman bolts a small front wing and a rear spoiler onto Graham Hill’s Lotus 49.  The result is tremendous.  All Formula 1 teams follow suit in affixing their cars with some kind of aerofoil-shaped device on their cars.  Dubbed “guillotine” wings because….well never mind, let’s just end that with the fact that they were banned at one point in 1969 and returned after the FIA was able to drum up some rules on how they could be attached to the cars. What does the 1968 Formula 1 season have anything to do with NASCAR?  That’s like asking what did the Wright Flyer do for Boeing’s 747!  The moment Chapman bolted a wing onto Hill’s car, it started a revolution.  Many [...]

Edwards takes Brickyard pole at Indy

July 25th, 2015

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Carl Edwards claimed a second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position in qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. The grid’s top three was identical to last weekend’s qualifying at New Hampshire, with Edwards beating Joey Logano and David Ragan to pole. In a session run to the single-lap superspeedway qualifying format, Edwards was eighth in the first round and therefore ran fifth in round two. He set a time of 49.056 seconds and then held onto top spot as the seven remaining drivers made their attempts, with Logano coming closest but falling 0.087s short. Tony Stewart topped the first round ahead of Kyle Larson, but they had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively in the second round. Kevin Harvick took sixth ahead of Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt [...]

Busch surprised by his NASCAR form

July 22nd, 2015

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Kyle Busch admits his mid-season run of three NASCAR Sprint Cup victories from four starts has taken him by surprise, as he bids for a shock inclusion in the Chase. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver missed the first 11 races of the year with a broken leg, but he has bounced back from that and a slow return – which included a pair of accidents in his first four races – to become NASCAR’s form driver. His second crash, at Michigan, was followed by his first victory of the season at Sonoma last month, and Busch subsequently secured back-to-back victories at Kentucky and New Hampshire. “I never would have guessed it,” he said of the run. “If somebody would have said, ‘You’re going to come back and you’re going to [...]

Hollyday Plays Strategy Card; Kisses Virtual Bricks

by Scott Smith on July 22nd, 2015

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Hollyday (15) rebounded from from early-race contact with Keegan Leahy (11) to twin at the Brickyard.

Round 18 of the NASCAR Xfinity iRacing Class B Open Series took place last night at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the top-split broadcast on iRacingLive.  Whether in virtual or real-space, all drivers who grip the steering wheel and take control of their racing machines want to experience the euphoria that comes along with winning at the historic speedway – not to mention, the lovely taste of clay, shale, and rubber, after the traditional “kissing of the bricks.”  At the conclusion of last night’s 50 lap sim-race, we added a new name to the virtual speedways’ long list of victors: Richard Hollyday.  After starting deep in the field (20th) the sim-racer who calls Apex, NC home, led the final 13 laps when a pit-stop strategy call propelled his BBH [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Unlocking Victory at Gateway!

by Scott Smith on July 20th, 2015

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The disproportional/oblong speedway of Gateway Motorsports Park is a challenge.  Downshifting as you barrel into Turn One, maneuvering two vastly different sets of corners, and fighting tooth-and-nail with other drivers to complete a pass, are just some of the obstacles sim-racers have to deal with at Gateway.  George S. Patton once said: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”  And although the context in which he spoke – preparing troops for war – is infinitely more serious than what we encounter in the virtual-space of iRacing, one aspect of that quote resonates with me.  Regardless of the context in which a challenge is set for an individual, when the goal is reached and victory consummated, the emotion that manifests itself as exhilaration is most certainly [...]

Busch makes it three wins from four

July 19th, 2015

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Toyota’s Kyle Busch claimed his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four starts, at New Hampshire, to boost his chances of qualifying for the Chase title playoff. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who had finished second in three of the circuit’s last four races, started fourth but moved his way into the lead during the opening sixth of the 301-lap race. Busch’s race took shape after making his final pitstop on lap 244. While it was a green flag stop and he went down a lap, Busch used his four fresh tyres to unlap himself as Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski negotiated traffic. It proved vital, with a caution period for debris called moment later, and when Harvick and Keselowski pitted, Busch took the lead. He led by as much [...]

Edwards captures first Coors Pole of 2015

July 18th, 2015

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by David Moulthrop     Carl Edwards was one of only five drivers to take  one lap in the first of the three qualifing sessions for the 23rd Annual 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The single lap placed him into 19th among the 24 drivers to advance. Taking only a single lap in the second session, Edwards was third fastest behind Joey Logano and David Ragan. The final session saw Edwards go to the top spot followed by Logano and Ragan. The speed of 135.598 was far below the record set by Brad Keslowski last fall but good enough for his first Coors Pole at New Hampshire Motor Speed and the 14th career Coors Pole for the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing / Sports Clip Toyota

Edwards takes New Hampshire pole

July 17th, 2015

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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards will start Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire from pole position. A week after the Toyota team took four of the top five places at Kentucky, Edwards led the way as the JGR quartet all qualified inside the top eight on the one-mile oval. In taking his 14th career pole, Edwards acknowledged that he “took a huge gamble” in completing only one lap in each of the three qualifying phases. “I’ve struggled at this track,” Edwards said, “this is big for me.” With his lap in the final five-minute block, 28.179 seconds, Edwards secured pole by just 0.030s from Joey Logano – who topped the second segment – and David Ragan, who set identical times. Chasing his third win in four events [...]