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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.
  • 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 iRacing.com 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • 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
    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.
  • 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.

Kyle Busch form continues with pole

July 31st, 2015

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Kyle Busch claimed NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position in qualifying at Pocono Raceway. Busch is aiming for his fourth consecutive win in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and is now within 23 points of the top-30 championship spot he needs to ensure a Chase place despite missing 11 rounds through injury. He grabbed pole by just 0.070 seconds from championship leader Kevin Harvick. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Harvick, who led round two of qualifying, was on top after the opening runs in the third part of qualifying before Busch pipped him to pole with just seconds left in the session. Joey Logano clinched another top three spot in qualifying ahead of Austin Dillon, who jumped to fourth late on, and opening-round pacesetter Tony Stewart. Kurt Busch took sixth, while Matt Kenseth [...]

Waltrip partner in Ganassi move

July 30th, 2015

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Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman is to purchase a stake in its NASCAR Sprint Cup rival Chip Ganassi Racing. Kauffman’s move could pave the way for Ganassi to expand from its current two-car Cup squad to a third entry, while leaving question marks over MWR’s programme. A statement from the Ganassi team – which is co-owned by Felix Sabates and Ganassi, and currently fields Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson – said the implications of Kauffman’s move would become clear in due course. “We confirm that Rob Kauffman has agreed to acquire an interest in the team,” it said. “Further discussions regarding the 2016 season and beyond are under way.” An MWR statement said business would continue as usual to the end of the 2015 campaign. “The companies will continue [...]

NASCAR drivers unsure over high drag

July 30th, 2015

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Leading NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were left unconvinced by the high-drag aerodynamic package introduced to try to improve racing at Indianapolis last weekend. A low-downforce configuration premiered at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month received very positive reviews from the drivers. However, the high drag package designed for larger tracks such as Indianapolis was found to be less successful. Kyle Busch, who claimed his third consecutive series victory in the Brickyard 400, believed the modifications worked as intended to allow for more slipstreaming on the straights, but left drivers struggling in the corners. “I think drag is exciting,” said the Joe Gibbs driver. “I would agree that there’s nothing more beneficial than to be able to see a guy behind another guy gain on him down the straightaways, instead of making [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com – The Oval Office

by Matt Holden on July 28th, 2015

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Being a participant in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series comes with its own small amount of fame.  Nick Ottinger gets asked questions all the time like, “Who paints your car?”, “What wheel/pedals do you use?”, and “Do you really have a ponytail?”  Peter Fisher and I, however, see a much smaller range of inquiries.  Aside from Peter’s weekly “Can you call the pace car?”, the question I’ve been asked most often is “What are you looking at during a race?”  There are a lot of people who are curious about what goes on, and that’s what we’ll look at, but first here’s the answer to the ponytail question: The evolution of “crew members” in sim racing has exploded over the past few years.  I remember when iRacing first opened to [...]

Busch takes third victory in a row

July 26th, 2015

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Kyle Busch maintained his remarkable run of form to win the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis for the first time and take his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. Busch took the lead away from Kevin Harvick at a restart with eight laps to go and held on through two further caution periods, resisting the attention of Joey Logano at a green-white-chequered finish. Logano had taken the lead at the start of the race from second on the grid, going around the outside of Carl Edwards at Turn 2. He sat second to Harvick with 40 laps remaining when the leaders pitted for the final time, under caution. Having been fourth, Busch led the race off pit road and rejoined fifth behind those who stayed out. Once that out-of-sequence quartet [...]

Aero Wars: The uphill battle NASCAR has gotten itself into

by Matt Holden on July 25th, 2015

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The year is 1968.  The racing series:  Formula 1.  Colin Chapman bolts a small front wing and a rear spoiler onto Graham Hill’s Lotus 49.  The result is tremendous.  All Formula 1 teams follow suit in affixing their cars with some kind of aerofoil-shaped device on their cars.  Dubbed “guillotine” wings because….well never mind, let’s just end that with the fact that they were banned at one point in 1969 and returned after the FIA was able to drum up some rules on how they could be attached to the cars. What does the 1968 Formula 1 season have anything to do with NASCAR?  That’s like asking what did the Wright Flyer do for Boeing’s 747!  The moment Chapman bolted a wing onto Hill’s car, it started a revolution.  Many [...]

Edwards takes Brickyard pole at Indy

July 25th, 2015

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Carl Edwards claimed a second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position in qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. The grid’s top three was identical to last weekend’s qualifying at New Hampshire, with Edwards beating Joey Logano and David Ragan to pole. In a session run to the single-lap superspeedway qualifying format, Edwards was eighth in the first round and therefore ran fifth in round two. He set a time of 49.056 seconds and then held onto top spot as the seven remaining drivers made their attempts, with Logano coming closest but falling 0.087s short. Tony Stewart topped the first round ahead of Kyle Larson, but they had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively in the second round. Kevin Harvick took sixth ahead of Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt [...]

Busch surprised by his NASCAR form

July 22nd, 2015

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Kyle Busch admits his mid-season run of three NASCAR Sprint Cup victories from four starts has taken him by surprise, as he bids for a shock inclusion in the Chase. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver missed the first 11 races of the year with a broken leg, but he has bounced back from that and a slow return – which included a pair of accidents in his first four races – to become NASCAR’s form driver. His second crash, at Michigan, was followed by his first victory of the season at Sonoma last month, and Busch subsequently secured back-to-back victories at Kentucky and New Hampshire. “I never would have guessed it,” he said of the run. “If somebody would have said, ‘You’re going to come back and you’re going to [...]

Busch makes it three wins from four

July 19th, 2015

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Toyota’s Kyle Busch claimed his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four starts, at New Hampshire, to boost his chances of qualifying for the Chase title playoff. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who had finished second in three of the circuit’s last four races, started fourth but moved his way into the lead during the opening sixth of the 301-lap race. Busch’s race took shape after making his final pitstop on lap 244. While it was a green flag stop and he went down a lap, Busch used his four fresh tyres to unlap himself as Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski negotiated traffic. It proved vital, with a caution period for debris called moment later, and when Harvick and Keselowski pitted, Busch took the lead. He led by as much [...]

Edwards takes New Hampshire pole

July 17th, 2015

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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards will start Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire from pole position. A week after the Toyota team took four of the top five places at Kentucky, Edwards led the way as the JGR quartet all qualified inside the top eight on the one-mile oval. In taking his 14th career pole, Edwards acknowledged that he “took a huge gamble” in completing only one lap in each of the three qualifying phases. “I’ve struggled at this track,” Edwards said, “this is big for me.” With his lap in the final five-minute block, 28.179 seconds, Edwards secured pole by just 0.030s from Joey Logano – who topped the second segment – and David Ragan, who set identical times. Chasing his third win in four events [...]

Horsepower cut hurting form – Stewart

July 17th, 2015

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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart says his 2015 struggles are down to the current rules package simply not suiting his driving style. Stewart has not won a race since the June 2013 Dover event, and a sixth place at Bristol is his only top-10 finish so far this year, leaving him 28th in the championship. His last two seasons have also been interrupted by two sprint car incidents, the first leaving Stewart with severe leg injuries and the second involving the death of competitor Kevin Ward Jr. NASCAR reduced horsepower from 850bhp to 725bhp for 2015 as part of a package of changes that also included a small rear spoiler. Stewart said difficulty adapting to the change in car style was the biggest issue hampering him this year. [...]

Busch: Wins could force NASCAR’s hand

July 17th, 2015

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Kyle Busch believes NASCAR could end up feeling duty-bound to let him into the Sprint Cup’s Chase title playoff if he continues his current form. The 16-strong Chase field is formed by the drivers with most victories after the opening 26 rounds, plus the leading win-less points scorers if less than 16 drivers have won. Participants must have entered all rounds up to that point and be in the top 30 in the championship. NASCAR has granted Busch a waiver after his leg-breaking Daytona crash in the Xfinity Series in February sidelined him from the first 11 Cup rounds, but the top-30 stipulation still applies. He was 179 points away from that position when he rejoined the field for the Charlotte race in May, and over the seven races since [...]

Drivers back more NASCAR aero cuts

July 16th, 2015

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NASCAR could go further still with its downforce reductions to improve the quality of Sprint Cup racing, reckon Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards. The series is trying a variety of rules adjustments to increase overtaking this year, with a lower-downforce package making its debut in last weekend’s Kentucky Speedway race. That was hailed as a success after the number of overtaking moves increased from 1147 in the 2014 Kentucky race to 2665, with an event-record of 22 lead changes under green flag conditions. “I cannot say enough positive things about this direction NASCAR is going with less downforce,” said Edwards “I could actually drive the car, I was steering and sliding, I just about wrecked a few times. I felt like I was doing something, not just sitting in line. [...]

Kyle Busch wins again at Kentucky

July 12th, 2015

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Kyle Busch scored his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the space of three races with victory at Kentucky Speedway. Busch led 163 of the 267 laps and was in that position after the penultimate caution period with 55 laps remaining. He was then in a three-way all-Joe Gibbs Racing scrap for the lead with Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin, with the latter fighting back from losing a lap early on to a suspected flat tyre to lead through the track-record 11th and final caution. Penske’s Joey Logano then moved ahead at the restart and opened up a one-second lead over Busch, but Busch quickly reeled that gap back in and reclaimed the lead for good with 19 laps remaining after the pair had run side-by-side for several laps. [...]

Larson on pole after Kentucky rain

July 10th, 2015

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Kyle Larson will start on pole for Saturday night’s Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race after qualifying was cancelled to allow more practice time at the rain-plagued event. NASCAR is introducing aerodynamic rule tweaks for this weekend in an effort to improve the quality of racing at the track. An additional test was scheduled for Wednesday to allow teams to acclimatise to the package, but this was rained off. Further poor weather then stymied an attempt to run the session on Thursday instead. The field finally took to the track on Friday morning for a practice session that was due to be extended to make up for the lack of running, only for more rain to arrive and force cars back to the garages after less than an hour. It [...]

Kentucky fence damaged in Truck crash

July 10th, 2015

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NASCAR suffered its second catchfence-damaging crash in four days on Thursday night, when an accident involving Ben Kennedy halted the Kentucky Speedway Truck Series race. Five spectators sustained minor injuries in Sunday’s Sprint Cup round at Daytona – which finished in the early hours of Monday morning after a rain delay – as a massive crash at the finish line sent Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet flying into the fence. The Kentucky accident was less violent, but still tore away a section of catchfence and damaged a support post, forcing NASCAR to abandon the race with five laps left. It occurred when Kennedy’s Red Horse Racing Toyota tangled with David Gilliland’s RBR Enterprises Ford at Turn 1 on a restart after a red flag. Both ends of the Toyota [...]

NASCAR to evaluate safety changes

July 8th, 2015

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NASCAR will explore new technologies to improve fan and driver safety following the massive accident at the end of Monday’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona. Five fans sustained minor injuries when a multi-car pile-up at the finish of the rain-delayed event sent Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet flying into the catch-fencing. NASCAR’s executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said that while the Daytona fence had performed as expected, the series would investigate what else could be changed. “The catch fence, first and foremost, is there to keep the car from going through, and it did that,” he said. “The next iteration that we would look at may not be a fence make, but what are the new technologies that are out there? “This is an area for all sports to [...]

Short Track Simulation: It’s here, and the best are doing it

by Matt Panure on July 8th, 2015

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 (The following in an excerpt from a Circle Track magazine article on Ty Majeski and the role iRacing has played — and continues to play — in his career.  Click here to read the complete story – Ed) Aspiring superstar racers perked up when they heard the news of Denny Hamlin in 2006. Hamlin credited a win in his first visit to Pocono to online gaming, and a feeling of familiarity with the triangular track before ever touching the surface. Suddenly anyone with a computer and dreams of NASCAR hit the scene. In the years that have passed the technology has become more defined, and simulation racing has become as real as it has ever been. It’s so real, in fact, a pass through the list of sim account holders [...]

Johnson ‘shocked Dillon is even alive’

July 6th, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson admitted he thought Austin Dillon had been killed in the huge accident at the end of the Daytona NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Five fans were treated for minor injuries after Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was launched into the catch-fencing in a multi-car pile-up on the finish line. Dillon’s car landed upside down on the track with severe damage to both ends and was then collected again by Brad Keselowski’s Penske Ford. Despite the violence of the impact, Dillon escaped with bruising. Six-time champion Johnson, who finished second, was stunned Dillon was unhurt. “I’m shocked that Austin Dillon is even alive,” he said. “I saw it in the mirror, and man, I expected the worst when I came back around. “The fence and the cables, it’s like a [...]

Earnhardt wins crash-marred race

July 6th, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr claimed victory in a delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona that ended with a massive crash in which fans were injured. The accident occurred as the cars crossed the finish line, with Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Chevrolet launched into the catch-fencing and flipping over before landing back on track upside down with its front and rear ends ripped away. Dillon walked away unscathed, but NASCAR said five fans in the grandstands were being treated for minor injuries having been hit by debris, with one taken to hospital. Another eight were examined by circuit medics but declined treatment. The event had been scheduled to start on Sunday night at 7.45pm local time and was delayed by four hours due to constant rain before finally finishing in the [...]