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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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

NASCAR legend Gordon to retire

January 22nd, 2015

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Four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon is to retire from full-time competition after the 2015 season. The 43-year-old announced his decision to his Hendrick Motorsports team on Thursday morning. Although Gordon left the door open to continue part-time beyond 2015, he underlined that this would be his final shot at a title and that he had no firm plans to race on. “As a race car driver, much of what I’ve done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions,” Gordon said. “I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the off-season, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship. “I won’t use the ‘R-word’ [retirement] because I plan to stay [...]

Honan Holds Watkins Glen

by Matt Pawelski on January 21st, 2015

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Week 3 of the iRacing IndyCar Road Series saw the drivers take to what is arguably the most storied circuit in America. Watkins Glen International was built in 1956 after safety concerns necessitated a move away from the original post-World War II circuit using the public roads and village streets around the upstate New York hamlet. Soon after, it became the host of the US Grand Prix from 1961-1980, and also the site of the 6 Hours of the Glen. The circuit hosted IndyCar for a number of years after 2006 as well. Currently, it plays host to an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup series event as well as the annual 6 Hour race for Tudor United SportCar Championship. The circuit has seen drivers like Clark, Stewart, Hill, Gurney, Andretti, Hunt, [...]

4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions Tonight!

by David Phillips on December 15th, 2014

The iRacing International Race of Champions feature top professional racers from across the motorsports specturm.

Past champions Shane Van Gisbergen and Philipp Eng headline an impressive lineup of professional racers expected to compete in tonight’s 4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Van Gisbergen, Eng and other pros from stock, sports and touring cars, open wheel and drag racing will compete against one another from the comfort of their homes on, the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. There’s more on the line than bragging rights: iRacing and CXC Simulations have pledged to donate more than $4000 to the favorite charities of the top three finishers. Tonight’s event consists of a 50 lap Super Late Model race at the virtual Iowa Speedway.  The race will be broadcast live on iRacing ( beginning at 9 pm EST. Among the other drivers expected to compete are [...]

Bragg Wins Thompson and SK Modfied Title

December 15th, 2014

SK Mods Bragg Thompson

The NASCAR SK Modified series completed the final week of 2014 Season 4 at Thompson International Speedway. At .625 miles in length and 26 degrees of banking Thompson is one of the trickier short tracks to drive in iRacing, as sim racers are relegated to just the high groove, making passing extremely difficult.  Thus qualifying this week would be of the utmost importance. Even if with a great starting spot, however, hiccups during the race can turn a great finish into a case of wondering “what if.”  Case in point: this week’s feature race the drama level was high as the leader seemingly took himself out of contention only to be thrust back in the mix when lapped traffic produced mayhem. In the 2699 SoF race, Bragg Jr shared [...]

Majeski Rides Late Pass to Victory

by Stan Bragg Jr. on December 3rd, 2014

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Week 5 of 2014 Season 4 saw the NASCAR SK Modified Series ventures to Hampton, Virginia for a meeting with Langley Speedway. Langley is one of the flattest tracks in the area with just six degrees of a banking and measuring at just .395 miles in length. Setting-up for this shortest of short track can be a challenge as, with the long sweeping corners, you need to have a setup that rotates through the center of the corner while still having enough grip to power out of the corner without causing too much oversteer.  And just to make the sim racing even more interesting, drivers must avoid the bump entering Turn 1 each and every lap. Even if you were to accomplish all of that, overtaking opportunities are at [...]

Osborn Paves his Own Way to Victory Lane

by Stan Bragg Jr on November 28th, 2014

SK Mods New Smyrna

Week 4 of the NASCAR SK Modifieds series, traveled to New Smyrna Speedway, home of the World Series of Asphalt Auto Racing. At just under a half mile in length New Smyrna Speedway is fast and, with the potential of multiple lines, the sim racing here can produce nail biting moments. In this week’s feature race of the week we would see a couple mid-pack starters charge to the front in this 2266 strength of field race. Pole-winner Brett Oot tsborn shared the front row with Matt Wirick Jr and, as the pace car ducked-off the track, Osborn shot-out to the lead, opening a sizeable gap over the rest of the field. The action would be farther back in the pack as John Minotto and Kevin J Myers looked [...]

Hendrick extends Kahne’s deal to 2018

November 21st, 2014

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Kasey Kahne will stay on with Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup until at least 2018. The 34-year-old joins team-mates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr on a long-term deal with Rick Hendrick’s Chevrolet squad. Kahne joined Hendrick for 2012 after a stint with the Red Bull team. He has been a race-winner and Chase participant every season since, although he was eliminated from title contention in the first cut-off under the 2014 system. “I’ve found a home at Hendrick Motorsports,” said Kahne. “We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn’t be more excited about the direction we’re headed as a team and a company. “It’s the right place for me, and I’m looking forward to being here for a long time.” Team boss [...]

Harvick clinches title with victory

November 16th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick became 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion with victory in a highly dramatic decider at Homestead. The Stewart-Haas driver had to fight back from 12th place in the closing stages after taking on four tyres in the final pitstops while others changed just two or stayed out. He made it to the front just before the last caution of the yellow-strewn race and then held off fellow title contender Ryan Newman for the win. Harvick, polesitter Jeff Gordon and Chase protagonist Denny Hamlin all had spells in control of the event, with fourth championship hopeful Joey Logano also in the thick of the lead battle and Newman making rapid progress from 21st on the grid to join them. The title quartet’s fortunes varied through the race as their cars’ [...]

Gordon doesn’t resent Chase system

November 15th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon has thrown his support behind NASCAR’s new Chase format, despite being controversially eliminated from championship contention at Phoenix last weekend. Gordon believed second at Phoenix would be enough to secure progression to the four-car battle for the crown at Homestead, but an aggressive pass by Ryan Newman on Kyle Larson rewarded Newman with 11th place, and just enough points to bump Gordon out of the final Chase round. Newman’s presence in the shootout has raised eyebrows as he is win-less in 2014 and the new Chase system was intended to put a stronger emphasis on race victories. Gordon has four wins through the 2014 season; Newman’s best result is a third place. But although he goes into this weekend unable to finish higher than fifth in the points, [...]

Gordon claims pole for Cup decider

November 15th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon claimed pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title decider at Homestead, with Kevin Harvick the best of the championship contenders in fifth. Gordon was eliminated from the Chase pack in last weekend’s Phoenix race, despite finishing second. He threw in a lap of 29.876 seconds and 180.747mph in the final moments of the pole shootout at Homestead to topple provisional polesitter and qualifying two pacesetter Kurt Busch by 0.019 seconds, giving Hendrick its 200th pole. The front two rows are filled with erstwhile title protagonists, as Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski share row two. Keselowski, another man whose title chance ended at Phoenix, had been quickest in both practice and the first round of qualifying. Harvick is three places clear of his nearest title rival, with Clint Bowyer [...]

NASCAR pledges tougher abuse stance

November 15th, 2014

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NASCAR chairman Brian France says no action will be taken against Kurt Busch while allegations of domestic assault are investigated, but promised a tough stance if he is found guilty. Dover police announced last week that Busch was the subject of allegations stemming from the Cup race weekend in late September, although no charges have yet been filed. The issue of domestic abuse in professional sports has attracted increasing scrutiny in the US this year due to a number of high-profile cases, most notably the video footage of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee in an elevator. The former Baltimore Ravens running back received an indefinite suspension from the NFL, and other professional leagues have since clarified their stance on domestic abuse cases. NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil was not [...]

Harvick dominates at Phoenix

November 9th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick dominated the Phoenix NASCAR Sprint Cup race and will go up against Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman for the 2014 title in next week’s Homestead finale. Second place for Jeff Gordon was not enough to keep him in Chase contention, with Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski also eliminated despite taking third and fourth in Arizona. Carl Edwards was the other man knocked out, finishing off the pace in 15th. The result guarantees a first-time champion this season, with all remaining past title-winners in the Chase now out. Harvick led 264 of the race’s 312 laps in his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet and had little trouble extending a lead despite being interrupted by 12 yellow flags and one red flag to clear up debris from a collision between Kyle [...]

Hamlin edges Keselowski for pole

November 8th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin will start from pole position at Phoenix for the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Eliminator round after resisting a late charge from Brad Keselowski. With Chase competitors filling the top five positions, Hamlin claimed his third pole of the year with a 25.332-second lap in his Joe Gibbs Toyota at the same track where he took his first Cup pole back in 2005. Keselowski left it late to try to topple Hamlin, crossing the start/finish line just as the chequered flag came out in the pole session. But the 2012 champion could not improve his time and ended up 0.006s adrift. Five-time Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick completed the top three as he bids for a third victory in successive races at the one-mile tri-oval. [...]

Busch involved in police investigation

November 7th, 2014

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Delaware police are investigating a domestic assault claim involving NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. A statement from the Dover Police Department said that a victim came forward with the allegations on Wednesday, however it declined to offer any further details while the claims are being investigated. “The Dover Police Department can confirm that an investigation is being conducted based on an allegation of domestic assault that is alleged to have occurred in the City of Dover involving Mr. Busch,” read the department’s statement. “These allegations were brought to the Dover Police Department on Wednesday, November 5th at 2:00PM. “At this time, the department is still investigating the victim’s claims and will not have any further comment on this matter in order to preserve the integrity of the case.” NASCAR responded with [...]

Hendrick crew punished over fight

November 5th, 2014

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NASCAR has penalised multiple members of Hendrick Motorsports – including Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne’s crew chiefs – over the Texas Motor Speedway post-race brawl with Brad Keselowski and Penske. Both Gordon and Keselowski sustained minor cuts and bruises when a fight broke out involving their crews after Gordon accosted Keselowski over an on-track clash between them. Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson and Kahne’s crew chief Kenny Francis received the highest penalties – $50,000 fines and probation for six races – under the NASCAR regulation that states that the “crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members”. Both were also cited for behavioural penalties and actions detrimental to stock car racing. Hendrick team members Jeremy Fuller, Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle have all received $25,000 fines, with [...]

Ex-driver Jim Sauter dies aged 71

November 2nd, 2014


Former NASCAR racer Jim Sauter has died at the age of 71. He had been recovering from heart surgery. Sauter contested 82 NASCAR national-level events between 1980 and 2004, including 76 Cup starts. His best career finish was ninth, which he achieved twice. A two-time champion in the ARTGO Racing Series in the Midwest, Sauter tested International Race of Champions cars with fellow Wisconsin racers Dave Marcis and Dick Trickle. His final Nationwide appearance came at Milwaukee in 2002, where he raced against his sons Tim, Jim Jr, Jay and Johnny. “NASCAR offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jim Sauter,” said the series in a statement. “A true racer, Jim passed on his passion and competitive spirit to his children and grandchildren. “A driver himself with [...]

Majeski Claims Late Model Title Over Martin

by Stan Bragg Jr. on October 27th, 2014

Majeski Late Model champion

The NASCAR Late Model Series 2014 Season 3 has come to a conclusion, with 1992 sim-racers making at least one start. As we take a look at the overall top 10 in points we will find a familiar face taking the overall championship: a prolific Ty Majeski took not only the Late Models overall but also the SK Modified overall and the Street Stock overall championships. But he also done something never done outside of the virtual racing world:  Majeski captured ARCA Midwest Rookie of the Year honors as well as the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment championship itself.  In fact, not only did Majeski become the first driver to ever take ARCA Midwest Tour “double,” at 20 years of age, Majeski became the youngest champion [...]

16th Street Screams into Phoenix

by Matt Pawelski on October 27th, 2014

Holgate leads Trost, Norton, and Lichtenberg.

Week 3 of one of the most prestigious IndyCar leagues – the 16th Street Racing League — on iRacing was staged at a wide, flat, and smooth mile in the desert known as Phoenix International Raceway. Long host to some form of major American motorsports, this storied track is originally synonymous with open wheel racing. As of late, however, it is moreso a NASCAR track, with its fresh repave a constant reminder of that recent history. Tim Holgate has simply been whipping the regulars in this series. Coming into Phoenix he held the points lead as, even though he hadn’t won, a third and second place, coupled with a load of laps led, was enough to gain the points lead. It was obvious he was the driver to beat at [...]

Earnhardt fends off Gordon for win

October 26th, 2014

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Dale Earnhardt Jr denied his title-contending Hendrick team-mate Jeff Gordon victory as the Eliminator round of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase began at Martinsville Speedway. Earnhardt burst through to the front in a frantic five lap run to the finish after the second of two red flags. The majority of the field pitted for fresh tyres and Earnhardt made the swiftest progress forward to beat Gordon, who led the most laps but also had a pitlane speeding penalty, by three tenths of a second. Ryan Newman – still win-less in 2014 – kept himself in the thick of title contention by finishing third, with Tony Stewart the best of those to try to brave it out on old tyres in fourth. Chase men Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth completed [...]

McMurray beats Chase drivers to pole

October 24th, 2014

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Jamie McMurray upstaged the Chase contenders to steal pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. The Ganassi racer was quickest in the opening qualifying round on Friday afternoon, but he needed two laps in the second round to get ahead of early leader Matt Kenseth and secure P1. His 18.954s lap was a new qualifying record on Martinsville’s half-mile layout, but was still only barely enough to prevent Penske’s Joey Logano from beating him in the final minutes. “It’s a good start to our weekend, but the first pitstall here is a really big deal,” McMurray said. “When the team told me the [lap] time I figured it would be tough to beat, although you never know because those Penske cars have been so quick this year.” [...]