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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
  • 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 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

    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.

  • 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

    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 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

    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 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.

Commotion At Concord

by Scott Kelly on January 23rd, 2013

After a throttle-heavy week at The Milwaukee Mile, the best of iRacing’s sprint car drivers found themselves on the half-mile tri-oval of Concord Speedway for Week 8 of Season 4. Branded by many racers as Pocono’s little brother, drivers of the Sprint Car Series spent the week learning the variable banking and straightaways, as a proper and balanced setup was crucial for success at this very unique layout. First opening as a dirt track in 1982, veterans of the iSCS proved that they could still slide their machines around the three turns to victory.

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A strong field filled with big names arrived to tame Concord’s famous tri-oval on Thursday.

A new visit for a good portion of drivers in the series, 86 entries were split between seven official races during the week. At the top of the charts, it was the familiar flames of Alan Binder’s Beast sprint car as he captured a fast lap of 14.333s. Also finding success with a fast setup was Steve Linder, edging out Fred Lampela with a time of 14.381s.

The stands began to fill on Tuesday, when the first races of the week commenced. In the top split of the night, Alan Binder led the field to the green flag to start the first 50 lap race of Week 8. Only one caution was seen during the relatively calm event, when Marcus Dean lost control in Turn 1. After a long clean green flag session, it was Binder crossing the finish line first, three seconds ahead of runner-up Joe Quinn. Steve Linder placed third, while Kevin Malone and Garry Loney completed the top five respectively.

In the second split, it was Ronald Williams who took the green flag on the pole position. He would stay up front until a few laps into the event, when his sprint would lose control off of Turn 3. After Williams’ misfortune, it was Larry Landry who took point, with Randall Faulks right behind him, hungry for another win in his rookie season. With two laps to go, Faulks tried once more to put a move on Landry, but lost control on the backstretch and hit the outside wall head-on, causing a yellow to be displayed and ending the race under caution. Landry would take the trip to victory lane, while Scott Kelly avoided Faulks’ incident to finish in second place. Faulks was able to limp home to a third place finish. Robert Sklenka and Wes Smith rounded out the top five respectively.

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With variable banking on both turns and straights, spectators witnessed both thrills and spills from the best of the iSCS at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile Tri-Oval”.

One more race was made official on Tuesday, and it was Binder taking the checkered flag again to score his second win of the week. Steve Linder was scored as the runner-up, four seconds behind Binder. Malone completed the podium with his third place finish. Williams and Leila Wilson had a close battle for the fourth position, with Williams edging out Wilson by two-tenths of a second.

The thunder rolled back into Concord on Thursday, as the highest SOF race of the week took place in the top split of the night (3449). Spectators were sure to get a great show, as all of the top names in the series took the green flag to start the most memorable 50 lap showdown of the week. The first caution came out on Lap 9, as Brandon Buchberger’s sprint broke loose to collide into the outside wall. After the restart, a steady green flag run was had, but ended on Lap 36 as Randal Robinson bumped into Wilson, resulting in both cars spinning out. The shocker of the night was on Lap 43, as front-runner PJ Stergios tried to place a bid on the lead against Binder after the restart. As Stergios went low, he ran out of room and slid into Binder, sending Stergios’ car spinning up the track in Turn 3 and smashing hard into the wall, ending his night. WIth little rear-end damage, Binder took the last green flag of the session with two powerhouse drivers behind him – Jake Stergios and Vinnie Sansone. Sansone tried for the lead first on Lap 49, but got loose coming off of Turn 3, losing distance to Binder and relinquishing second place to Stergios. On the white flag lap, Jake did all he could to get around Binder, but ran out of time. Binder won his third straight feature of the week, with Jake Stergios in second, followed by Sansone in third – both less than two-tenths of a second behind Binder. Fred Lampela placed fourth, with Michael Lampela right behind him in fifth spot.

In the bottom split, it was Ronald Williams on the pole once again, leading the field to the green flag. Starting on the outside, however, was Scott Kelly, improving on his previous qualifying time of the week. The biggest wreck of the week happened on Lap 4, as Landry slid into Douglas Berryman. Not able to avoid the incident, Marcus Dean collided into the two cars, gridlocking Turn 1 for all drivers behind them. Also involved in the incident were the sprints of Daniel Muse, Kenneth Reeder, Brian Williams, Chet Wheeler Jr., and James Stone. Most were able to complete the event, but Berryman had to retire early after receiving too much damage to continue safely. After the restart, hard racing was seen throughout the field. After racing closely for position on Lap 17, Randall Faulks and Wes Smith made contact coming off of Turn 3, sending both sprints into the wall on the front stretch. After another caution on Lap 35, it was a ten-lap shootout to the finish, as Williams and Kelly raced hard for the top spot. When the checkered flag flew, it was Williams crossing the line ahead of Kelly by .5s separation. Paul Mepyans was able to dodge all incidents on the track and completed the podium in third place, while Mark Hephner also came home safely in fourth spot. Reeder was able to finish the race on the lead lap to complete the top five.

iSCS veteran PJ Stergios goes for a wild ride after challenging Alan Binder for the lead in Thursday’s top split feature.

In Thursday’s last race, Binder and Linder once again showed the field how it’s done by finishing first and second place respectively in a caution-free event. Malone was the last car on the lead lap in third place. Matt Berndt and Michael Linder rounded out the top five. An interesting occasion took place outside the track, however, as Ronald Williams was forced to leave his sprint rolling in pit lane after receiving word that his wife was delivering their child. He may have finished in eighth spot, but Williams was sure to have been having his own post-race celebrations as he became a father to a healthy baby girl that night.

Sunday featured one last event at Concord, with nine iSCS drivers making the grid. Steve Linder took the green flag on the pole position, but was challenged early on by past iSCS champion Sansone. After three cautions, it was Sansone who took the trip to victory lane, with Linder in second. Ronald Williams grabbed another podium finish in his memorable week with his third place result, while Jon Watson placed fourth. Chet Wheeler Jr. was able to capture a top five after his clean run.

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The kings duke it out – past iSCS champion Vinnie Sansone tries to put the slide job on defending champion Alan Binder.

After a very memorable Week 8, 5-time champion Alan Binder is well on his way to his sixth championship, leading the points by 162 over Fred Lampela. Will Lampela or anyone else be able to make a bid for the championship lead? Find out how the last four weeks of the season concluded next time on inRacingNews! Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

1. Alan Binder (1420)

2. Fred Lampela (-162)

3. PJ Stergios (-272)

4. Vinnie Sansone (-403)

5. Steve Linder (-479)

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