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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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 [...]

Earnhardt on pole, session rained off

July 4th, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr will start on pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona on Sunday night, after qualifying was abandoned due to severe weather. The Hendrick Motorsports driver, who has won three times around the famous Florida track, inherits pole as he was the fastest driver in practice on Friday. He will start alongside Austin Dillon in second, while Clint Bowyer will line up third ahead of Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne. Race organisers initially decided to delay the session due to the threat of a severe thunderstorm, and they cancelled it an hour and a half later when lightning began to litter the sky. It means that Earnhardt secures his first pole of the season, with a lap of 44.492 seconds that beat Dillon by 0.048s [...]

Kyle leads first Busch brothers one-two

June 28th, 2015

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Kyle Busch held off brother Kurt to take the siblings’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup one-two at Sonoma. The result came just five races after Joe Gibbs Toyota driver Kyle returned to action following his leg-breaking Daytona crash. Elder brother Kurt looked the more likely victor for much of the Cup series’ first road course round of 2015, leading 43 of the 110 laps and initially inching clear of poleman AJ Allmendinger after getting the better start. But in a race of myriad strategy variables, Stewart-Haas driver Busch kept finding himself mired in traffic after pitting under yellow as others stayed out. Despite charging first from 12th to fourth, then ninth to second after stops in the final quarter of the race, Kurt ran out of time to make it all [...]

Allmendinger secures Sonoma pole

June 27th, 2015

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AJ Allmendinger took NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Sonoma ahead of Kurt Busch, while Kyle Larson broke the qualifying lap record in the first session. JTG Daugherty Chevrolet driver Allmendinger’s pole didn’t come easy, with Michael Annett’s stall causing a red flag when he was on a flying lap in the opening segment, but he rallied to secure a place in the cut-off before taking the top honours. The eventual pole time of 1m14.835s was set in the final moments of the top 12 shootout, as Allmendinger displaced the initial benchmark set by Jeff Gordon, who ended up fifth behind Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson when his rivals improved late on. Larson had made the top 12 shootout after besting his Ganassi team-mate Jamie McMurray’s lap record from the [...]

NASCAR tweaks package to help racing

June 17th, 2015

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NASCAR has announced a new rules package for next month’s Kentucky Speedway round that aims to create closer racing at the venue and potentially improving overtaking levels elsewhere too. A lower rear spoiler, shorter front splitter and tyres with more grip are all being implemented after an 18-month test programme. NASCAR is hoping the changes will produce more overtaking, as the drivers will be off the throttle for longer through the corners thanks to the reduced downforce. The teams will be allowed extra testing time on the Wednesday before the race to work with the set-up, as the testing of the rule tweaks so far has not Kentucky specific. Although the changes are just for Kentucky, where the quality of racing has been criticised since it joined the Cup series [...]

Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened race

June 14th, 2015

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Kurt Busch was declared the winner of the Michigan 400 in a stop-start NASCAR Sprint Cup race that was blighted and ultimately cut short by rain delays. Busch benefited from a well-timed green-flag pitstop to head Dale Earnhardt Jr and Martin Truex Jr by just over two seconds when the rain brought out what turned out to be the fourth and final red flag of the race. Kevin Harvick had dominated the majority of the running but the Stewart-Haas driver clipped the wall with the right front of his car shortly after his pitstop on lap 122 of the 138 that ultimately took place. Harvick had fought polesitter Kasey Kahne for the lead at the start of the race but both were passed by Carl Edwards and they formed an [...]

Kahne takes first pole since 2012

June 12th, 2015

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Kasey Kahne claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole position since 2012 as he denied an in-form Kevin Harvick in qualifying at Michigan. Prior to the final shootout, points leader Harvick had dominated by going quickest in the first two rounds of qualifying after topping practice. He then went to the top of the times in the decisive round, but was pipped by Kahne by 0.067 seconds. Kahne’s pole time matched what Harvick had managed in round two – 35.645s Brad Keselowski was third ahead of Carl Edwards, while Ryan Blaney was a surprise fifth for Wood Brothers Racing. Kahne’s Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson – the two winners at Michigan last year – had to settle for sixth and eighth respectively, split by Austin Dillon. [...]

Truex seals breakthrough victory

June 7th, 2015

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Martin Truex Jr and Furniture Row finally took their first victory of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Pocono after a run of near-misses. Truex had led the most laps in each of the last three Cup rounds but could not turn those performances into victories. His Pocono win was his first since the 2013 Sonoma race and Furniture Row’s first since Regan Smith took its only previous Cup victory at Darlington in ’11. Champion Kevin Harvick was Truex’s main opposition, the pair taking turns in the lead. But Truex took control in the final stages and pulled clear as Harvick lost ground at restarts during a run of late yellows. By the time Harvick got back through to second, Truex was long gone and he maintained a 1.3-second [...]

Bayne punished for walking on track

June 3rd, 2015

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NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Trevor Bayne has been fined $20,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year after walking across the track following a crash last weekend. Bayne, the youngest ever Daytona 500 winner in 2011 at his first attempt, aged 20, was involved in a crash with Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett shortly before the race’s midway point. The Rousch Fenway Racing driver thought he had cleared Annett and moved in front of him, but Annett clipped Bayne’s rear right quarter panel and spun him into the wall. Allgaier was collected in the aftermath. Bayne proceeded to walk across the race track after the crash, before he was greeted by the emergency services. Drivers are prohibited from leaving their cars after an accident until the emergency [...]

“Tough Trucks” – The Monster Mile!

by Scott Smith on June 1st, 2015


From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Monster Mile! Monsters: As a youngster, most deal with the terrifying thought of some kind of evil doer lying dormant under one’s bed or in a closet waiting for the perfect time to pop out and cause harm.  Usually, the natural progression of moving into adulthood takes care of these pesky creatures.  Sadly, iRacers, along with our real-world counterparts still have one of these “monsters” to deal with.  Miles the Monster and Dover International Speedway aren’t lying dormant, and they aren’t under your bed or in your closet.  Instead, they look over the capital city of Delaware with a mile of Concrete, and open arms inviting racers from around the country to ride the high-banks and challenge The Monster Mile for a [...]

Earnhardt’s grandson in Euro NASCAR

June 1st, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt’s grandson Jeffrey Earnhardt will race in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series at Brands Hatch this weekend. Earnhardt currently competes in NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series. The 25-year-old’s Brands Hatch outing will be the first time that a driver from one of NASCAR’s three main American championships has competed in its European arm. “This is my first time racing in England and I’m really excited to have this opportunity,” said Earnhardt. “Should be a lot of fun to see all the race fans in England.” Earnhardt’s appearance follows NASCAR Euro champion Anthony Kumpen’s recent outing in a round of NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series regional championship in America. NASCAR Euro Series chief Jerome Galpin added: “The Earnhardt family is one of the most famous in motorsport and it demonstrates, once again, [...]

Johnson denies Harvick at Dover

May 31st, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson scored his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of 2015 in the 400-mile race at Dover. Johnson took the lead away from Kevin Harvick at a restart with 17 laps to go, when the pair had been the only leading drivers not to head to pitlane after Kyle Busch had crashed out of third place while trying to lap Brian Scott. Johnson kept hold of the lead through two further caution periods – the first when Denny Hamlin was tapped into a spin and into the outside wall by Clint Bowyer, and the second with two laps to go when Greg Biffle ran into a slow Casey Mears and left AJ Allmendinger with nowhere to go. Points leader Harvick had been relegated from second to fourth at the [...]

Hamlin beats Truex to Dover pole

May 29th, 2015

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Denny Hamlin earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole position of the 2015 season at Dover, in a top 12 shootout separated by just 0.260 seconds. Although Hamlin had taken pole for the non-championship All-Star race, which he won, his Dover result was his first top spot of the year in a standard qualifying session at a championship round. He pumped in a 22.483s lap to fight off strong competition from home favourite Martin Truex Jr. Truex is second in the Cup standings heading into Sunday’s event, having led the most laps over the last two races, but is still searching for his and Furniture Row’s first win of the season. Kyle Larson was consistently near the top of the timesheets through the various sections of qualifying and will [...]

Edwards claims first win for Gibbs

May 25th, 2015

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Carl Edwards stretched his fuel mileage to the finish to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in the 600-mile Sunday night event at Charlotte. Edwards was foremost among a group of seven drivers who dived in for fuel during a yellow when Ricky Stenhouse Jr hit the wall with 62 of the 400 laps left. The leaders after the restart all had to subsequently come in under green and try to fight their way back through the fuel-conserving drivers ahead. Long-time leader Martin Truex Jr headed this pack, but could only make it through to fifth, finishing right on the tail of the battling Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth. Edwards was comfortably out of reach in the lead, extending his advantage over fellow [...]

Gordon rules out part-time campaign

May 24th, 2015

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Jeff Gordon has ruled-out occasionally returning to the cockpit after he retires from racing at the end of the current NASCAR season. The four-time Cup champion announced earlier this year that this will be his last in full-time competition, although at the time he also left the door open for the possibility of making occasional appearances in the future. But speaking at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he will drive the pace car at the start of the Indy 500 before flying to Charlotte for the Cup race, he said that he now plans to walk away for good. “I’ve known too many drivers that I respect and have raced with that have said, ‘OK, I’ve retired’ and then they come back – “oh, I’m not quite ready” – and want [...]

Charlotte pole goes to Kenseth

May 22nd, 2015

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Matt Kenseth put his Joe Gibbs Toyota on pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s longest race as he topped Thursday evening’s qualifying session at Charlotte. Kenseth was quickest in round one of qualifying, a close second to Kevin Harvick in round two, and then produced a 27.861-second lap in the pole shootout to beat Joey Logano’s Penske Ford to first on the grid for the 600-mile event by 0.204s. With Carl Edwards and All-Star race winner Denny Hamlin third and fifth – split by Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle – JGR had three of the top five places. Kyle Busch starts 17th in its fourth car. Harvick could only manage eighth in the final round, though that still made him top Chevrolet. He starts behind Brad Keselowski and recent Michael Waltrip [...]

Hamlin hangs on for All-Star victory

May 17th, 2015

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Denny Hamlin held off champion Kevin Harvick to take a first NASCAR All-Star win for himself, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. While Hamlin celebrated his $1million prize from the annual non-championship race, Brad Keselowski and Penske were left bitterly ruing a pitlane speeding penalty that squandered his chances. The five-part, 110-lap race was broken down into four 25-lap segments, the average results of which decided the running order going into a final pitstop and subsequent 10-lap shootout. Topping segments two (somehow hanging on in the lead with just two fresh tyres compared to rivals’ four) and three gave Keselowski ‘pole’ for the final part. But he broke the pitlane speed limit racing to beat Hamlin – whose JGR crew had thrust him up [...]

Biffle and Bowyer earn All-Star spots

May 16th, 2015

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Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer earned places in NASCAR’s $1million All-Star race by winning the two segments of Friday evening’s Showdown qualifying heat at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Previous Cup series champions, Cup race winners since the start of 2014 and past All-Star winners all qualified directly for Saturday’s main event, leaving a 29-car field vying for the three grid spots available through the Showdown. In previous years the top two finishers had gone through, but for 2015 the driver at the front at the end of the first 20-lap segment took the first All-Star position and was then allowed to retire while the rest fought it out in a further winner-takes-all 20-lap run. Roush Fenway Biffle jumped polesitter Paul Menard at the start of the first part and was never [...]

Kyle Busch set for NASCAR return

May 12th, 2015

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Kyle Busch will return to NASCAR racing in this weekend’s All-Star event at Charlotte, three months after his leg-breaking Daytona crash. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was sidelined with a compound fracture to his lower right leg and a fractured left foot following an accident in the Nationwide Series race the day before the Sprint Cup opening Daytona 500. He required two operations on the injuries and has not raced since. Busch announced his comeback in the annual non-championship invitation race by posting a video on his Twitter feed. A variety of drivers have occupied Busch’s #18 JGR Toyota during his absence. Regan Smith stood in for the Daytona race and Atlanta, before David Ragan moved across from Front Row Motorsports as a longer-term substitute. Ragan then secured a season-long [...]