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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.

Matta Wins at Martinsville – iRacing Brasil League

by Thiago Izequiel on April 16th, 2014

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Matta wins his 2nd race with a paint remembering his father.

Versão em português abaixo iRacing Brasil’s NASCAR Pro Series is coming to a conclusion – but yet, nothing is defined. Anderson Paes has been leading the point standings since Race Three, doing a great campaign. But he is always followed very closely by Igor Kops, Luis Piccolo, Alysson Pereira and JC Nóbrega. With two more races to go, it’s not easy to guess who’s going to be the next champion of this very popular series in the Brazilian league iRacing Brasil. The eight race of the season took place at Martinsville Speedway. With a good field size of 28 participants, the half-mile track had 14 caution flags, and drivers had to watch their backs to come out in one piece after 180 laps. Paes had the pole, his fourth of [...]

Kops’ Third Win; Paes’ Lead at iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on April 16th, 2014

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Kops became the driver to win most times at Nascar Pro Series.

Versão em português abaixo NASCAR Pro Series at iRacing Brasil had its ninth race on April 7th. Now, with only April 14th’s final race, Anderson Paes will come as the favorite driver to win the championship. With a 339 points lead, he has a minor advantage against Igor Kops, who has 327 points in second place. This means that, even if Kops can earn his fourth win, becoming the driver with most victories at this season, Paes would need to finish on the top 10 to grab the cup. But with so many kinds of bonus points, things could change. A participant of this series can receive bonus points by finishing the race, finishing without incidents, leading one or more laps, leading the most number of laps and winning. So [...]

Harvick converts pole to victory

April 13th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick became the first repeat winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by taking a dominant victory in the night race at Darlington. The Stewart-Haas driver initially lost the lead from pole after fellow front row starter Joey Logano made the better getaway, but after much jostling for position, Harvick returned to the front on lap 55 of the planned 367. From that point on he drove a perfect race and – bar a brief mid-race period when an out-of-sync Brian Vickers ran up front for 30 laps – remained in charge until a couple of late caution periods threatened to undo his hard work. The first came courtesy of Logano who, on lap 358, left debris on the track after his Penske Ford made a smokey retirement. [...]

Harvick claims pole at Darlington

April 11th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick claimed pole position for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with a last-gasp lap at Darlington Raceway. The Stewart-Haas driver lapped the 1.366-mile oval in 26.802s (183.47 mph) after demoting provisional polesitter Marcos Ambrose late in the session. The in-form Richard Petty driver then fell to fourth when Joey Logano and Aric Almirola rose up the order in the dying seconds. The Texas race winner finished just 0.063s behind Harvick and remains the only driver to reach the final round of every qualifying session this year. Almirola found consolation in missing out on the top spot by smashing the track record during the second round of the session with a fast lap of 26.705s (184.145mph). Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson narrowly missed out on making it through [...]

Logano shrugs off late drama to win

April 7th, 2014

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Joey Logano shrugged off a late yellow and pit scramble to claim victory in the rain-delayed Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The Penske Ford driver had dominated the final third of an event postponed by a day due to rain on Sunday, but an incident for Kurt Busch with just two laps to go robbed Logano and team-mate Brad Keselowski of a commanding advantage. The whole lead pack dived into the pits for fresh tyres ready for the green-white-chequered finish, and Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers gambled on only two fresh tyres and vaulted to the front. Logano would not be denied, though, immediately overtaking Vickers at the restart and then sweeping past Gordon to secure victory on the final lap. But there would be no one-two for [...]

Texas Cup race postponed by rain

April 7th, 2014

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The Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been postponed until Monday due to poor weather on Sunday. Severe rain at the track delayed the planned 2pm local time start on Sunday, and despite the best efforts of NASCAR officials and the Air Titan track-drying system, further rain and cold temperatures frustrated efforts to get the track ready for racing. The decision to postpone until Monday was eventually taken, with the race now due to begin at 11am local time. Although several Cup rounds have been delayed or interrupted by rain already in the 2014 season, the Texas event is the first that has had to be delayed until the following day. Tony Stewart will start from pole position when the race begins on Monday.

NASCAR plans to reduce power

April 3rd, 2014

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NASCAR is considering a reduction in horsepower as the next step in its ongoing quest to improve the quality of its racing, although the timescale for the change remains unclear. Speaking on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, series chairman and CEO Brian France said that a change to the engines could benefit the on-track product as well as ensuring the Sprint Cup continues to remain relevant to its manufacturers. “We’re going to make that happen, and that’s part of the overall rules package that we design that hopefully control costs, hopefully make the racing better,” France said. “The engine is an integral part of that. We also have to be in step as much as possible with the car manufacturers and where they’re going with technology and different things. It all has [...]

Behind the Scenes – NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – Auto Club Speedway

by Matt Holden on March 31st, 2014

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Today is Saturday.  Earlier in the week, Tuesday if you’re interested, our team did something we honestly weren’t expecting on Monday night.  We showed up to a brand new track and cleaned house.  “Max points,” as they say.  I could sit here and say “we” all night, but the truth is that I wasn’t there for the California race.  I was unable to be there due to a scheduling conflict, and it was just Nick and Peter for the 125 laps around Auto Club Speedway in Round Three of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  On Wednesday, I had an e-mail from iRacing News‘ own David Phillips.  It was addressed to both Nick and me offering us congratulations on winning the race.  There was a good one-liner that got a [...]

Busch denies Hamlin Martinsville pole

March 28th, 2014

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Kyle Busch snatched pole in a hectic NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying session at Martinsville. Busch – who won at Fontana last week – set a time of 18.998s (99.674 mph) to claim a new lap record at the half-mile track in the 12-car shootout for the pole. Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the session, with Denny Hamlin joining Busch on the front row of the grid, just over two thousandths of a second behind. Joey Logano set the fastest overall lap of the session with a time of 18.898s, but this came before the final shootout and the Penske driver could only manage third as he struggled to match his earlier form in the last ten minutes. Hendrick team-mates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon rounded off the top five, followed by [...]

Hamlin cleared to return to racing

March 26th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin will return to racing at Martinsville this weekend after NASCAR received medical clearance from the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s doctors. Hamlin was sidelined on the eve of last weekend’s Cup race at Fontana with an eye irritation. The track’s onsite medical team determined that the problem was caused by a sinus infection, however a later evaluation at a local hospital also revealed that a small piece of metal was stuck in his eye. According to a team statement, Hamlin felt an immediate improvement to his condition when the sliver was removed, and a CT scan did not detect any further complications. Final medical clearance came after a follow-up check on Wednesday after he had returned home to Charlotte. Sam Hornish was given a last-minute call-up to stand in [...]

Earnhardt: Rahal car swap unlikely

March 26th, 2014

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Dale Earnhardt Jr believes that conflicting engine manufacturers would be the biggest barrier to his proposed ride swap with IndyCar driver Graham Rahal. Rahal reached out to Earnhardt about the possibility of the pair testing each other’s cars via Twitter last week, and was surprised to receive an immediate and favourable response from the NASCAR star. But while the pair share a common sponsor in the National Guard, Earnhardt said that his affiliation with Chevrolet and Rahal’s alignment with Honda would pose a problem. “I’d have to drive a Chevy,” he said on Tuesday. Rahal admitted that he had not expected Earnhardt to respond so quickly, and remains convinced that the PR potential of such a stunt would be enormous. “I was surprised he responded,” he said. “Of course, I [...]

Busch holds off Larson to clinch win

March 23rd, 2014

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Kyle Busch held off a determined Kyle Larson to claim his first victory of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Fontana Auto Club Speedway. The Joe Gibbs man, who also won last year’s event, ran in the top five for the majority of the race but never looked like a victory candidate as those ahead of him had greater pace. Everything changed, however, when the ninth caution of the race came on lap 199 of 200 as Clint Bowyer spun out as a result of a blown tyre. A quick four-tyre change helped propel Busch to the front of the field and he soon deposed brother Kurt and rookie Larson to claim the win. Larson missed out on what would have been a first Sprint Cup victory by just [...]

Kenseth captures first pole of 2014

March 22nd, 2014

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Matt Kenseth captured his first pole of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup following a close-fought qualifying session at Fontana Auto Club Speedway. The Joe Gibbs racer, a three-time winner of the event, lapped the 2-mile oval in 38.438s (187.315 mph). That was enough to deny points leader Brad Keselowski, a winner two weeks ago at Las Vegas, pole by just over four hundredths of a second. The Penske driver nevertheless starts on the front row for the fourth consecutive event this season. Friday pacesetter Jimmie Johnson, himself a five-time winner at Fontana, was third ahead of Stewart-Haas’s Kevin Harvick, who had been provisionally fastest heading into the final two minutes. Both Johnson and Harvick got within 0.1s of Kenseth’s pole time. Clint Bowyer claimed fifth ahead of Jeff Gordon and [...]

Brazilian “Bristol Baby!” at iRacing Brasil League

by Thiago Izequiel on March 21st, 2014

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Bicca, Murilo Augusto and Nóbrega at the last lap. Nascar Pro Series has a new winner.

NASCAR Pro Series is going for its second half part of the championship, at the Brazilian league “iRacing Brasil”. The series has been always very popular and with many participants until this point. After the fifth race, won by Rafael Matta at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a race of 130 laps who consecrated the fourth winner so far, it was now time for a fifth different sim-racer to go for the Victory Lane, coming from a distant 22nd place at the start. As expected, Bristol was the place of many yellow flags, counting 10 at the total after 180 laps, meaning that 50 laps, or almost one-third of the race, were behind the pace car. Also, there was a big number of leading changes, a total of 19, shared between [...]

California Dreamin’

by Jordan Hightower on March 18th, 2014

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Week 7 Auto Club P1

To an average onlooker, Auto Club Speedway may look like any other venue on the NASCAR schedule—a long, wide, D-shaped oval, but that stereotype couldn’t be any further from the truth. The speedway, which opened in 1997, has quickly become of the favorite tracks among both racers and fans for the exciting action it produces. After sitting in the California sun for 17 grueling years, the speedway has become covered with huge bumps and weepers, causing traction to be scarce, which can make for one of the most fun racing experiences a driver can have. Since Auto Club is one of the newest additions to the iRacing service, it is to be expected that a good amount of sim racers are eager to take the green flag for racing action [...]

Get to Know: Will Lamb

by David Ifeguni on March 17th, 2014

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Best known for his IndyCar success, Lamb is also drawn to the Lotus 49.

Born in 1995, Will Lamb has accomplished a great deal since joining iRacing in the summer of 2010.  Lamb’s career oval and road statistics are nearly mirror images of one another.  On the oval side, Lamb has 376 career starts races and has scored 43 wins. He has finished in the top five nearly 62% of the time. On the road side of iRacing, he has started 373 races and has won 46 times, and has finished in the top five nearly 50% of the time. If you think don’t think those statistics aren’t close, than look at his road and oval iRating and ttRating. His ttRating across the board is 1350 and his iRating between the two types of racing is exactly the same: 3048. Will Lamb is definitely [...]

Edwards on top after Bristol drama

March 17th, 2014

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Carl Edwards won an incident-filled and rain-interrupted NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. As a host of potential race winners fell by the wayside during the twice delayed encounter, Edwards ran long on the same tyres at the end of the race to clinch victory. Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Aric Almirola completed a surprise top three, though another late downpour meant the fourth round of the Cup season ended under a green-white-chequered flag. After a two-hour delay to the start, Brad Keselowski and Penske team-mate Joey Logano shared the lead in the early stages, before Jimmie Johnson vaulted to the front under the first stops for fuel. He surrendered that advantage to Matt Kenseth just before the 100-lap mark and then suffered a front-tyre blow-out that put him [...]

Bristol NASCAR disrupted by rain

March 16th, 2014

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Bristol NASCAR disrupted by rain

The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been red-flagged at quarter-distance due to rain, with Matt Kenseth leading. Bad weather had forced the start of the race to be delayed by almost two hours and when the fourth round of the season eventually got underway there were still plenty of dark clouds overhead. Rain started to fall on lap 118 and though Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Toyota led the field for half a dozen laps under full-course yellows the race was then halted after little more than 45 minutes of racing. Jamie McMurray held second at the stoppage, with Las Vegas winner and early race leader Brad Keselowski third. Kurt Busch and series points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr, who started 14th, complete the top five. Poleman Denny Hamlin [...]

Hamlin halts Penske’s pole streak

March 14th, 2014

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Denny Hamlin ended Penske’s run of pole positions in a close-fought NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying session at Bristol Motor Speedway. Penske’s Fords had previously swept the front row for both of the first two events of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying format at Phoenix and Las Vegas. It looked like a similar result was on the cards as Joey Logano topped the first part of qualifying, then he and team-mate Brad Keselowski produced dead-level 14.904-second laps to lead the pole shootout early on. Logano had been classified second at that point as Keselowski had set his time first, but he improved by 0.010s next time around to make provisional pole his own. Hamlin, however, had only done one flying lap in part one of qualifying so had fresher tyres than anyone [...]

Trips to DIS, PIR, & LVMS

by Jordan Hightower on March 14th, 2014

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Daytona (Week Four) The fourth week of action in the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brought 3,609 sim racers from all around the world to the laser scanned Daytona International Speedway. The 2.5-mile monster of a racetrack provides arguably the closest and most exciting racing of any motorsport venue. One of the things that brings large numbers of sim racers to the high banks of superspeedways is that everyone has a chance to win, and who doesn’t like winning? The week’s top strength of field event took place on the 17th of February at 7:15 PM ET and featured many heavy hitters including Matt Bussa (Illinois), Jarl Teien (Scandinavia), and Tom Moustakas (New York). Even with some of the service’s top iRacers in the field, it didn’t stop South [...]