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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
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    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.

Battle of the Milwaukee Mile

by Chris Cunningham on February 24th, 2010

The iRacing Late Model Tour, also known as the NASCAR Late Model Series (NiLMS), brings in many top online racers from many different abilities and walks of life. The quality of the sim racing is just as exciting (if not more) as some of the superior NASCAR-sanctioned series, with a caliber of drivers who are all rightfully trying to earn their spot in the next batch of Pro series-qualified drivers this May. Several top tier drivers are hoping to use their Late Model experience as a platform to be able to race with the best in the Impala A and B cars. There is no better venue on the schedule than the legendary Milwaukee Mile, in West Allis, WI, for the drivers in the NiLMS to showcase their hidden potential and their taste for victory.

Will McMillan (7) and Mike Shelton run side-by-side through Turn Three at the Milwaukee Mile.

Will McMillan (7) and Mike Shelton run side-by-side through Turn Three at the Milwaukee Mile.

To date, the Milwaukee Mile is the largest track the iRacers have had to tame in their Late Models, with USA Speedway and Oxford both less than a mile. Milwaukee provided great racing throughout all ten divisions, and just about nine hundred drivers competed over the course of the week. With just three races in, the 2010 Season One’s Late Model competition is getting intense. Justin Hoyle, a Carolina native, went undefeated this week, securing five wins in five races. Overall, the Division One leader sits a mere two points ahead of Brett Nesbitt, who gained sixteen points on Hoyle this week, despite his five-for-five performance. Nesbitt ran only one race on the circuit, but due to a higher strength of field, Hoyle’s wins were just not enough to stop Nesbitt.  Jonathan Ross also had an outstanding week, tying Hoyle with 171 points after winning two of his three races this week. A dark horse in the NiLMS may be Ben Burnett, a driver just outside of the top thirty in points who won four of five races this week.  His only “loss” was a fourth in a race won by Ashley Miller, who is currently third in the Division One standings, just thirty-six points behind Hoyle.

The Division Two drivers may have had the closest racing all season. Goran Strand, a Swedish driver running for the Scandinavian club, got the most points this week — 149 — after racing for two second place finishes. During one split Strand battled with the hard-charging David Preston. Strand started on the pole, and led the first 46 laps in the 50 mile shootout. However, Preston gave the Swedish driver a run for his money, sitting contently in second place for the majority of the race. Strand was unaware, despite his domination, that Preston was stalking his prey. Within ten laps to go, both drivers exchanged blows, racing side-by-side. On lap 47, Preston got around Strand and never looked back, taking the win by two tenths of a second. Overall, Strand heads 170 drivers in the Division Two standings with Steven Dager Jr. just 3 points back and Kevin West 13 points back in third. Heading into Week Four, the top five drivers in Division Two are all within a 19 point gap.

Will McMillan, who elected to use Oxford as a drop week, ran only one race at Milwaukee in order to test his Monte Carlo for the upcoming week at Lime Rock Park. McMillan is a seasoned road racer who has defeated prominent A class road drivers, and sits within the top 55 in points and enjoyed turning left at Milwaukee.

You could run side-by-side very well at Milwaukee,” he said.  “There was great racing there. It’s a fun track, and I can’t wait to see what the Late Models can do this week at Lime Rock”.

McMillan, and several other drivers are very eager to see how well the Late Models can run at Lime Rock Park. This week the drivers will be traveling all the way from the Midwest to the Northeast. Expect to see some new names and familiar faces, as the 1.54 mile road course in Connecticut is sure to bring some great racing action in the NASCAR Late Model Series.

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  1. Alex Ulleri
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I’m loving the LM at LimeRock….so much fun.

  2. Chris Cunningham
    February 25th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Hey Alex! Its going to be a blast to write about it next week!

  3. ken mac
    February 26th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Man, the LM at the Rock is a blast!

  4. Jaime Freitas
    February 26th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I was leading division 8 in points at milwaukee by 5 until Sunday when a driver from across the ocean overtook me. We both finished with 85 points but he did so in fewer races and with better overall stats. I had 4 poles with a 31.486, along with 2 wins in 7 races and 5 top 5′s.

  5. Chris Cunningham
    February 26th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Jaime! Personally, I’m in division 8 too! My goal with the articles is to cover the top divisions, however I can include a few highlights of the divisions like division 8.

    Yea, I know how you feel… in division 1 last week the strength of field played a big role in the points… and I am really looking forward to writing this weeks article as the NiLMS drivers are going to have to tackle a road course.

  6. gürhan kaya
    February 27th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Gogo Göran Strand!
    team allstars

  7. Danny Albin
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I too am in Division 8 and finally scored my first iRacing win. Glad it was at Milwaukee. :) Such a great track for good nose to tail, side by side racing.

  8. Matthew C
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Milwaukee and Lime Rock were 2 fun tracks