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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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.

  • 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
    iRacing.com 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, 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
    iRacing.com 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.

Crawford and Bussa Sprint to Victory Lane at PIR

by Tom O'Leary on March 6th, 2014

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More than 1600 sim-racers took part in Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series at PIR.

Phoenix International Raceway was the scene for Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series, and with its small front straight and trademark left dogleg occupying the backstretch, it proved to be quite a challenge for most of the drivers this week. With close to 1650 sim-racers participating in the seven Open and Fixed races at Phoenix this week, we were sure to be in for some great online racing. In the Fixed set action it was Matt Bussa who drove to Victory Lane in the first race of the week at PIR, and he took it in a rather convincing fashion, starting from the pole position and leading 152 laps out of the total race distance (156). Justin Bolton came up through the field from 20th at the start to [...]

Gen6 Cars Fly in Irish Hills of Michigan

by Jameson Spies on March 29th, 2013

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iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations

Michigan International Speedway played host to Week Four of the shortened NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series (NiCAS), and the reputation of tight racing, with even tighter finishes, held true once again. The two mile oval located in the scenic Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan allows for drivers to experience speeds of nearly 210mph as they sail down the 3,600 foot front stretch, into the 18 degree banking of Turn One. MIS is not only a favorite among many competitors, but spectators as well, as the 73-foot-wide corners allow for three and four wide racing at unworldly speeds. Jared Crawford headed the star studded lineup with a 381 point win in his only start of the week. Crawford is no stranger to victory lane in big races, but his dominating win [...]

Get to Know: Adam Gilliland

by David Ifeguni on March 18th, 2013

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Gilliland celebrates his NiSWC win with a post-checkered flag burn-out.

If you didn’t recognize the name Adam Gilliland, you probably do now after watching the season opener of the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship last Tuesday. In his first race of the season, he scored the biggest win in his sim-racing career in a close finish against NiPS runner-up Jared Crawford at Daytona International Speedway. Looking back, in the first season of 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series, Adam finished fourth in the overall points standings to secure his spot in the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series, where he finished sixth in the points standings. He scored one top five all season and that was a victory at Richmond, which propelled him to a sixth place finish in the points and a ticket to the NiSWC. Since joining the service [...]

Gilliland’s Last Lap Dash Beats Crawford in NiSWC Opener

by Jason Lofing on March 13th, 2013

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Gilliland nips Crawford in the run to the line as chaos erupts in their mirrors.

Adam Gilliland held-off Jared Crawford in a door-to-door battle to the checkered flag as the field wrecked behind them to win the season opener of the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship at Daytona International Speedway. The win is Gilliland’s first victory in just five career NiSWC starts. “I had an amazing car in both qualifying trim and race trim.  I can’t thank (teammates) Matt Whitten and John Ritchey enough,” said Gilliland. The series debut of the Gen-6 Chevrolet SS and Ford Fusion came down to a one lap shootout with Gilliland on the inside line being pushed by Tyler Hudson and Crawford on the outside pushed by Brad Davies. Gilliland looked to be the odd man out against teammates Crawford and Hudson after losing his teammate Whitten to an [...]

Schmidt Wins Charlotte as Laughton Clenches NiPS Title

by Jason Lofing on January 16th, 2013

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Schmidt heads to a dominant win in the NiPS season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Brandon Schmidt capped off the 2012-13 NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series season with an impressive victory under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Schmidt led 117 laps of the 200 lap, 300 mile season finale and was clearly the class of the field. The win also locked Schmidt into the upcoming NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship season. “Wow….I can’t believe how that last Pro race went. I knew I had a very fast car, short and long run, but no idea how dominant it would be,” said Schmidt. Meanwhile, a few seconds behind Schmidt a fantastic championship battle was taking place between Jared Crawford and Chad Laughton. Due to Laughton staying-out under the first caution and leading a lap, whoever finished in front of the other would be champion. Both drivers [...]

Stergios Rides Fuel Strategy to Victory Lane

by Jason Lofing on January 9th, 2013

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Kettelle (14) sealed the deal for Stergios (41) by triggering this crash on a late restart.

Jake Stergios played his strategy right, saving just enough fuel while catching a late caution flag en route to his first NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series win at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With six laps remaining, Stergios had just taken the lead due to the leaders pitting but soon he would have to pit for fuel as well. All that changed, however, when Carson Downs entered the pit access road too hot and slid back up onto the racing surface, bringing-out a yellow flag.  The caution set-up a two lap shootout which was quickly cut short when Brandon Kettelle spun his tires on the restart, causing a huge pileup and another caution. Stergios was able to coast around for the victory with just enough fuel in the tank for a post-race burnout.  Teammate [...]

Gilliland Class of the Richmond Field

by Jason Lofing on December 12th, 2012

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Gilliland (81) kept Crawford (83) at bay to score his first NiPS win in a caution-free race at Richmond,

Adam Gilliland took Richmond International Raceway by storm last night, winning his first career NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series race in dominating fashion. A small hiccup in qualifying put Gilliland sixth on the grid but he started slowly marching his way forward from the drop of the green flag. On a track that was proving to be tough to pass on, Gilliland was one of few drivers moving forward thanks to his great speed on a long run. He took the lead on Lap 70 and was never challenged again as the online race surprisingly went caution-free. “After (passing for the lead) I was in lap traffic for the remainder of the race just keeping the nose on the car and making smart decisions,” said Gilliland. “I am very proud to [...]

Hansen’s Pocono Upset

by Jason Lofing on November 28th, 2012

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Hansen led ? laps at Pocono en route to his firsy NiPS win.

Danny Hansen scored his first career NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series victory at Pocono Raceway, using some clutch driving to hold-off Josh Berry and Jared Crawford over the final 16 lap run to the checkers. Hansen took the lead on Lap 50 through pit strategy and needed some yellow flag laps in order to make it on fuel. Two quick yellows enabled Hansen to save more than enough fuel to make it to the finish. Along with his win, Hansen picked-up the bonus point for leading the most laps after pacing the field for 30 tours of the Tricky Triangle, one more than Crawford. “Well what can I say, winning that race was pretty dang cool,” said Hansen after his victory. “It’s just really, really cool to see my hard work [...]

Laughton Pads NiPS Points Lead at PIR

by Jason Lofing on November 14th, 2012

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Laughton made it two for three in the NiPS besting Crawford and ? in a crash-filled race at Phoenix.

Chad Laughton grabbed his second NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series victory in three starts, winning Tuesday’s wreck-filled race at Phoenix International Raceway. Laughton started third and gained the lead during pit stops and was never passed on the track. He led 97 of 156 laps and clearly had the best car on the long runs, able to pull away from the rest of the field. Jared Crawford finished second, right in front of Jake Stergios who had a very strong run to finish third. Dustin Montgomery backed up his win at Texas last week with a solid fourth place run while Kenneth OKeefe rounded-out the top five. Carson Downs started on pole, giving him the early advantage on a track that has proven to be one of the toughest to pass [...]

Montgomery Wins Texas NiPS Shootout

by Jason Lofing on November 7th, 2012

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Montgomery edged Crawford and Laughton in a last lap shootout in the Lone Star State.

Dustin Montgomery outlasted Jared Crawford and Chad Laughton in a one lap shootout at Texas Motor Speedway to earn his first career NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series victory. Montgomery took advantage of a mistake by Joey Brown, who spun his tires while restarting from the lead with only six laps remaining in the online race. Crawford battled back from some tough luck on restarts to claim the runner-up spot, while Laughton followed-up his win at Daytona with a third place. Danny Hansen and Richard Dusett also rebounded from tough outings at Daytona, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Montgomery started on pole and led 55 of 167 laps en route to the victory. Early on, Montgomery looked to have the car to beat as he jumped out to a comfortable lead. However, [...]

Laughton Tops Richmond

by Allen Krier on September 12th, 2012

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Sitting on the grid before the start of the race.

For Week Six, the midway point of the season, the NiCBS traveled to Richmond International Raceway. Drivers raced under the lights at the 0.75 mile oval located in Richmond, Va. For the week, 544 drivers attempted at least one race while 200 drivers turned at least one lap in qualifying. Week Six’s SoF race took place at Friday at 8:30pm EST and had 29 drivers. The SoF for the race was 5091, which paid 326 points to win. Chad Laughton (Carolina) started on the pole and led the first nine laps before relinquishing the lead after a pit stop under caution. Alex Warren (Illinois) 41 laps until being passed by Jared Crawford (Michigan). Crawford would nine laps before losing the lead under caution. Laughton would take over the top spot [...]

Crawford Cruises at Atlanta

by Allen Krier on September 5th, 2012

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Crawford (1) leading the field to the final restart.

Atlanta Motor Speedway was the site of racing for Week Five of season. Sim racers traveled to “Hotlanta” to tackle the fast 1.5 mile track. Atlanta is one of the most popular tracks and participation numbers proved that trend correct. For the week 904 drivers attempted a race while 321 drivers attempted at least one qualifying lap. “The race was bad, very bad” – Jared Crawford The Friday night Strength of Field race had 29 drivers and an SoF of 5187. Chad Laughton (Carolina) started on the pole but only led five laps before Jared Crawford took the lead. Crawford would lead 63 laps in route to a 0.171 second victory over Chris Seymour (Western Canada).  Crawford received 332 points while Seymour received 320 points. David Cater (Carolina) finished in [...]

Opening Week at Iowa

by Allen Krier on August 8th, 2012

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Crawford leading the field to green.

To start out season 3 of 2012, the Nascar iRacing.com Class B Series traveled to the Midwest to race at the 0.875 mile Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Drivers started out the season with one goal in mind, knock off defending champion Jared Crawford (Michigan). To do so, drivers will need to be consistent front runners for the entire 12 week season. For Week One, 842 drivers attempted at least one race while 303 drivers attempted at least one qualifying lap. The weekly Strength of Field (SoF) race took place at the usual time, Friday night at 8:30pm EST, and was broadcasted by ETV. 27 drivers ran the 120 lap race that had an SoF of 4928. Crawford started on the poll and led all 120 laps of the race [...]

Crawford Wins NiCBS Championship

by Allen Krier on July 25th, 2012

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2012 Season 2 Champion Jared Crawford

Chicagoland Speedway was the site of racing for Week 12, the final week of the season. Jared Crawford (Michigan) came into Week 12 with a nice points lead but it wasn’t a lock. As always, anything can happen when it comes to motorsports, especially win racing online. For the final week of the season, 783 sim racers attempted one race while 282 drivers attempted at least one qualifying lap. “My teammates and I worked on the setup for literally 8 hours” – Jon Adams The last Strength of Field race of the season took place two hours later than normal on Friday night race due to an iRacing service failure. Despite the setback, the race featured a full field of 30 drivers and had an SoF of 4959. Jason Karlavige [...]

Close Racing Causes A Stir in Loudon

by Jameson Spies on July 20th, 2012

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iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations

Anytime the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series (NiCAS) heads to Loudon, New Hampshire it is always a nail biter, but this weeks door to door racing action created quite a stir around the online racing community. Whenever high horsepower stock cars are put on a relatively flat oval, it is begging for full contact, high intensity racing, and that is exactly what we got for Week Eleven of the NiCAS tour. Experience paid off as defending NiCAS Champion Jared Crawford took the victory in a stacked 5384 SoF to lead the way with 342 points on the week. Although ending up with the trophy, it was not smooth sailing for Crawford as he had to fend off both Alex Warren, and up and coming Chad J Laughton to squeak out [...]

Crawford Wins Again

by Allen Krier on July 18th, 2012

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Jared Crawford celebrating his victory.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH was the location where the action took place for Week 11. Sim racers traveled to the “Granite State” in hopes of scoring enough points to knock off championship leader Jared Crawford (Michigan). During the week, 563 people attempted one race while 153 people attempted at least one qualifying lap. “Gotta thank my VPR team mates” – Brad Mahar Friday night’s Strength of Field race featured 25 drivers and an SoF of 5084. Jared Crawford once again started from the pole and dominated the race, leading 98 of the 100 laps while also turning the fastest lap of the race. For his efforts, Crawford received 324 points. Chad J Laughton (Carolina) started and finished in the second position. For finishing second, Laughton received 310 [...]

Malik Ray Wins Daytona SoF Race

by Allen Krier on July 11th, 2012

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Thompson (21) leading the field to the green.

For the tenth week of the season, the NiCBS traveled to the sunshine state to race the famous Daytona International Speedway. Daytona is known for high participation and big points. . Drivers took to the track under the lights in hopes in cashing in on the high points payouts.  For the week, 1668 drivers ran a race while 582 drivers attempted a qualifying lap. “Thanks Peter for the amazing shove…” – Malik Ray The weekly SoF race took place at the normal time on Friday and was broadcast by ETV. 27 drivers took part in the race that had an SoF of 5094. The race was exciting as the lead was exchanged 16 times in the 60 lap race which had 11 different leaders.  Malik Ray (Carolina) took the lead on [...]

Thompson Wins at Kentucky

by Allen Krier on July 4th, 2012

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Thompson celebrates his victory.

Kentucky Speedway was the site of racing for Week Nine of the season. Drivers raced under the lights at the 1.5 mile track located in Sparta, Kentucky. Kentucky seemed to bring out the worst in drivers as Week Nine saw many more wrecks than normal. Week Nine is also the week in which drops come into play, mixing up the season standings more than usual. For the week, 556 sim racers attempted a race while 149 drivers attempted at least one lap in qualifying. “Had a great run tonight.” – Justin Thompson Friday night’s broadcasted SoF race had 26 drivers and an SoF of 5158. The 100 lap race was plagued with cautions as the race was slowed 12 times for 46 laps. Jared Crawford (Michigan) started on the pole [...]

Crawford Wins Caution Free Race

by Allen Krier on June 27th, 2012

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Sitting on the grid of the weekly SoF.

Richmond International Raceway was the location for Week Eight of the season. Drivers would race under the lights at the 0.75 mile track. Jared Crawford (Michigan) looked to continue his current domination of the series while other drivers look to steal Crawford’s thunder. 509 drivers attempted at least one race during the week while 162 drivers turned at least one qualifying lap. “Unreal that the race went caution free that was awesome!” – Devan Hall. Friday night’s Strength of Field race had 25 drivers and an SoF of 5039. The race was one of the best races of the season. Crawford would start on the pole and lead 125 of the 130 laps in route to a two second win over Casey Malone (Texas), who started in the third position. [...]

Crawford Continues His Domination

by Allen Krier on June 20th, 2012

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NiSWC drivers Chad Coleman (21) and Tyler D Hudson (1) battling for position.

Brooklyn, Michigan was the site of racing for Week Seven on the Nascar iRacing.com Class B Series. Drivers looked to tackle the fast two mile oval in hopes of stopping Jared Crawrord’s (Michigan) domination of the series. In all, 1069 drivers attempted at least one race while 305 put down at least one lap in qualifying.  Week Seven saw the highest participation since Week One at Talladega. “Paul and I were battling hard early in that race.” – Jared Crawford Friday’s Strength of Field, with an SoF of 5301, was the highest SoF of the season, trumping Week One which had an SoF of 5060. Friday’s race had 27 drivers and paid 339 points to win. Crawford started from the pole and led the first handful of laps before being [...]