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  • David Phillips
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    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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    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.
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    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!

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    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
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    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.
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    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.

Former Tour Mod Champs Flex their Muscles

by Tim Terry on March 22nd, 2012

Robert Sandt and Brandon Salvatore both know what it means to win a championship in the NASCAR Tour Modified Series (NiTMS). Both have demonstrated speed and consistency in the past to win those prestigious online racing titles and in the past two weeks of 2012 Season One, both have shown strength to take away weekly wins. Sandt showed the way at the South Boston Speedway during Round Six while two-time and defending series champ Salvatore topped the field at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Sandt scored two wins on the week at “SoBo,” with the big one coming in the top split of the week on March 7th. The race, rated at a 3734 Strength of Field (SoF), saw Sandt leading 81 of the 120 laps of a race slowed by four caution flags. Shawn Colley was second, followed to the line by Trent Hullum, Richard Smith5 and Mike Daniel. Sandt scored 235 points for the win to put him on top for the week while Colley’s 221 points earned in this race placed him second overall for the week at South Boston.

Week 6 brought the 'ground-pounders' to SoBo.

Giovanni Mungin kept up his bid to claim his first NiTMS championship with a 215 point effort at SoBo. He won a 3426 SoF race on March 7th in which he led all but six laps en route to the win over Herb Engelhart, Samuel Dick, TJ Graves and David Markham. Three cautions slowed the event with just two lead changes between Mungin and Dick setting the pace at the front. Mungin’s nearest competitor in the points, Taylor Meyn, recorded a win of his own which was worth 211 points on March 10th, in which Mungin finished third. Mungin led 94 laps in the 3429 sof race but it was Meyn taking the win after pacing the field for five laps. Brett Osborn was second with Paul Wisniewski and Gary Holbrook coming home in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

David Chmura made the most starts of the week at the Virginia track with eight. Sandt, Jerold John, Wisniewski and Chmura each turned in two victories during Round Six while Christian Pedersen, Derrick Cormier2, Dick, Meyn, Mungin, Carl Suundberg, Johnathan Dockery, Greg Ostrander and TJ Graves each took one trip to victory lane. The quickest in qualifying was Mungin with a 14.108 second lap around SoBo, with Sandt, Dick, Salvatore and Jamie Collier completing the top five in qualifying. The top Time Trial honor for Round Six went to Osborn as he defeated Dick, Shane Kline, Salvatore and Tim Gould in the weekly standings.

From the bullring to the one-mile sweeping turns of Phoenix International Raceway, the NiTMS headed west for Round Seven of the series and it was Salvatore showing the way. In fact, the 4325 sof race he won decided four of the top five spots for the week. Salvatore led a third of the race’s 75 laps and defeated Engelhart by a half second at the flag to take the win. Mungin led the other two thirds of the race but had to settle for third, in front of Dick and Smith5. For the win, Salvatore took home 267 points and topped the charts for the week, while Engelhart and Mungin’s 246 and 225 point totals let them round out the podium for the week at Phoenix.

David Colley answered the most calls to the green flags of the week with 10 starts in the Valley of the Sun. Shawn Colley and Osborn each took two wins from Phoenix while Christopher Bream, Larry Pyrtle, David Jaques, Dylan Casey, John, Bruce Hilton, David Colley, Tony Godwin, James Poleske, Cormier2, Richard Woelkers, Mungin, Rich Zimmerman, Royce Valley and Andrew Dairaghi each joined the win list with a single victory at Phoenix. Mungin took the pole for the second straight week with a time of 26.597 seconds around PIR with Salvatore, Meyn, Dick and Cormier2 taking the top five spots. Time Trials saw Osborn top the charts over Kline, Hullum, Gary Holbrook and Gould.

After his efforts in the last round at Phoenix, Mungin heads into Round Eight with a five point lead over Meyn, 1496 to 1491. Third in the standings is Salvatore with 1235, followed by Division Two leader David Markham (1077), as he leads Cormier2 overall by just one point for fourth. Divisional leaders include Noel Parker, William Kabela, David Schamp, Timothy Finnegan, David MacDougall, James Falcon Pratt, Curtis Berleue and Nicholas Maxwell. Some point battles are closer than others as Parker only has two points on Justin Chase in Division Three, Schamp has a five point advantage in Division Five over David Ross and MacDougall’s Division Seven advantage is only a dozen points.

Next up for the NASCAR Tour Modified Series is the high banked, high excitement of Bristol Motor Speedway. With a championship hanging in the balance, every point and every race counts as we head towards crowning a 2012 Season One champion. You can follow all the action here at inRacingNews.

Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!

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