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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."

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

Lambert Leads Late Models Through Week Five

March 6th, 2012

Mark Lambert continues on a roll in the NASCAR Late Model Tour as he has extended his point lead in the popular short track division through five weeks of online racing in 2012 Season One. With two short tracks as characteristically different as New Smyrna and Oxford Plains Speedways in the last two weeks of the season, it was Lambert who adapted the quickest, scoring big wins at both facilities in Weeks Four and Five respectively.

The NiLMT traveled north to Oxford Plains in Week Five.

While it was Lambert taking the highest strength of field (sof) win for the week at New Smyrna Speedway, it was second place finisher Max Paquette who took top point honors due to multiple starts by the point leader. Lambert’s win came in a 3070 sof race on February 23rd in which he led all 50 laps in the event. Nearly six seconds behind in second was Paquette with Division Two point leaders Heath Smith and Jeremy Ahlum not too far behind in third and fourth. Logan Sheets completed the top five in the race. Paquette’s 175 point win total came from this race while Smith’s 160 mark was good enough to capture fourth for the week. Lambert would go on to make a total of four starts, capturing three wins and coming home with 161 points from the Florida hotspot.

NASCAR Series World Championship driver and 2012 Late Model Championships winner Tyler Hudson came home second in the weekly standings at New Smyrna after his victory in a 2725 sof race on February 24th. Hudson, who won the Late Model Championships event in February at the New Smyrna track, edged-out teammate and former multi-time iRacing Street Stock champ Nick Ottinger by two tenths of a second at the end of 50 laps. Rick Ricketts, Craig Kast and Liam O”Neill rounded out the top five in the race. Hudson was awarded with 164 points at the end of that race.

Chad Wills was the busiest sim racer of Week Four, making a total of 32 starts over the seven day span. He turned eight of those starts into wins, the most of any other driver during the week. Lambert took the top honors in qualifying with a 17.578 second lap, defeating the laps turned in by Kenneth OKeefe, Trenton Moriarity, Tony Dugan and Johnny Housley. Lambert also  had the top Time Trial effort, chased closely in that discipline of Late Model racing by Smith, Ahlum, Housley and Taylor Meyn at New Smyrna.

The series motored north to the Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine for Round Five of the series. Oxford is a tricky little track that didn’t fool Lambert as he sat atop the standings with 172 points. He obtained those valuable championship points during a 2798 sof race on March 5th where he led wire-to-wire in the 65 lap event and took the win by nearly six seconds over Robinson, Michael Fisher, Gary Limitone and Baylee Brown. While Lambert finished atop the heap when it came to the weekly point picture, Robinson was making headlines of his own, winning in five of his seven starts of the week and coming home second overall with 151 points.

Division One driver Jeff Conover looked strong on Week Five as well as the Late Model veteran turned in 148 points in his victory at Oxford. Like Lambert, Conover led flag-to-flag in his trip to Oxford victory lane and defeated Limitone by three seconds at the end of the 65th circuit. Vinny Troia was third in the race, followed by Matthew Gain and Nick Ladyga in fourth and fifth places respectively. Conover would be third for the week with this victory.

Ian Blanchard and Smith completed the top five for the week at Oxford with 147 points each. Blanchard got his points by going to victory lane in a 2411 sof race over Limitone and Dallas Debard while Smith got his points by finishing second to Robinson in one of his five victories of the week. That race was rated at 2610 sof and also featured Limitone on the podium.

Tyler Janocha2 made the most starts of the week with 26, one more than Limitone’s 25 appearances on the grid.  Four drivers each made five trips to victory lane, including Robinson, Limitone, Gary Dawson and Christoher Curtis. Paquette was the quickest in qualifying with a time of 15.042 seconds, besting the runs put in by Lambert, Brett Robinson, Josh Smallidge and Smith. Lambert was once again quick in the Time Trial competition, putting up the best effort of the week over Paquette, Smith, Joel Skowron and Craig Pearson.

Lambert holds the point lead after five of 12 weeks of the season with 820 points. Division Two point leader Smith is second with 731 points, followed by Division One’s Dugan (723) and Conover (719), who are waging war for third overall. Division Two’s Ahlum is holding onto fifth overall with 654 points, just five points ahead of Division Three leader Brian Lambert. Divisional leaders from Four to Ten include Mark Meech, Chad Arnold, Sean Odea, Fausto Bessa Gomes, Darrell Phillips, Cale Thompson2 and Dustin Bryson.

The next round for the NASCAR Late Model Tour takes the series to Iowa Speedway. With lots of room to race around the popular short track, it is anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top after seven days of racing for Round Six of the 2012 Season One.

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

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