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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.
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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.

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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 iRacing.com 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 iRacing.com 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
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    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.

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    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 iRacing.com 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 iRacing.com 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.

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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.
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    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, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, 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
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    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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    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
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    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.

More Contingency Money For McMurray

October 20th, 2010

Jamie McMurray bagged three post-race contingency awards after winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet streaked past a number of contenders for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title en route to victory and three post race contingency awards in Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

McMurray and the team captured the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award and the Sunoco Diamond Performance Award as the highest-finishing eligible driver. The team also won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award, earned by the team who spends the least amount of time on pit road and finishes the race on the lead lap.

“After coming so close in the 600 earlier in the season, I really felt like anything less than winning this weekend would have been disappointing,” said McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing car. “We had such a great car in the spring, and it just wasn’t good enough on the short run. And tonight it was very similar to that, and as I was catching Kyle towards the end of the race, I thought as long as the caution came out, I could catch him, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to have enough speed to outrun him in 25 or 30 laps. But man, it was just our night. Our car was unbelievable those last like, 25 or 30 laps. It was effortless to drive and it had a lot of speed in it. It was just a really good night for us.”

In winning its fourth Tissot Pit Road Precision Award, the No. 1 team pulls into a tie for the annual award with the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team. Several other year-end award standings were shaken up on Saturday in Charlotte.

In the race for the DirecTV Crew Chief of the Race Award, Dave Rogers, crew chief for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&M’s Toyota, captured his fifth DirecTV Crew Chief of the Race Award this week. This places Rogers in a tie for the lead with the No. 29 team’s Gil Martin. The award is given to the crew chief of the driver who has demonstrated the best qualifying and race effort based on the lowest average of a team’s starting and finishing position.

The Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap of the Race Award is earned by turning the quickest lap of the event while leading. On Saturday, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, earned his fourth Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap of the Race Award, giving him four weekly awards on the season. He is currently tied for the lead for the year-end honors with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet.

Competition for the Wix Filters Lap Leader Award is deadlocked with Busch taking home his sixth weekly award in this category after leading 217 laps of Saturday night’s race. He is currently tied with teammate Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx team for the year-end award.

The No. 11 team took home the weekly O’Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award, presented to the eligible driver who improves the most spots from their starting to finishing position. The No. 11 team jumped 19 spots during the race Saturday night. It was the fourth time they have taken these honors, and now sit tied for the lead in that annual category with No. 29 Kevin Harvick.

The awards are part of the NASCAR Prize Money and Decal Program, also referred to as the Contingency Program, which provides teams prize money and weekly awards based on performance in several categories. The annual awards will be presented during Champion’s Week at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards event in Las Vegas, Nev.

Official winners of this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Prize Money & Decal Program special awards include:

Coors Light Pole Award: Jeff Gordon (191.544 mph., 28.192 seconds)

DirecTV Crew Chief of the Race Award: Dave Rogers (crew chief for Kyle Busch)

Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award: Kyle Busch (184.837 mph, lap 30)

Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Award: Mark Cronquist (No. 18 Kyle Busch)

Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award: Jamie McMurray

Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race Award: Chad Knaus (crew chief for Jimmie Johnson)

O’Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Denny Hamlin (19 places)

Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Jamie McMurray

Tissot Pit Road Precision Award: Jamie McMurray (284.026 seconds)

Wix Filters Lap Leader Award: Kyle Busch (217 laps)

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