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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.

Cooke Masters the Tricky Triangle

by Seth Eggert on March 4th, 2014

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Week Five of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond Pennsylvania. Only 53 drivers took part in trying to master the Tricky Triangle, with troublesome Turns One and Two the story(s) of the week. Randy Crossno (California) started on pole, with Brad Sanford (Texas) on his outside. Vick Caudill (Michigan) started third, with Denis Garese (France) fourth, and Matt Cooke (Canada) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Crossno got off to a great start as he opened up a three car-length lead going exiting Turn One. Cooke made the pass on Garese allowing Cristopher Demeritt (New Jersey) to attempt a pass on Garese off of Turn Three. Meanwhile, further back in the pack, Loïc Boussiquet (France) went wide off the [...]

Warren’s Magic Mile

by Jordan Hightower on February 18th, 2014

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Week 1 New Hampshire P2

With visits to Pocono Raceway and Kentucky Speedway to start the season, the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brings together over 1,700 sim-racers for 35 laps of action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New Hampshire is a 1.058-mile flat oval with banking ranging from two to seven degrees in the turns. Since opening its gates in 1990, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has hosted many events including the top three NASCAR touring series as well as Global Rallycross and IndyCar. In many stick-and-ball sports, athletes have a favorite arena or field they like to play in as it seems to bring out the best in them and this theory applies to auto racing as well. Drivers have tracks they love and tracks they hate, but the ones they love seem [...]

Doing it the Wright Way

by Jordan Hightower on February 5th, 2014

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Week 1 Pocono P1

With Paul Kusheba claiming the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed championship for the last season of 2013, thousands of sim racers are eager to hit the virtual Pocono Raceway to begin Season One 2014 with a bang. With over 1,700 racers attempting at least one race during Week One, it was easy to see that many racers were enthusiastic about starting the season with a good finish at the Tricky Triangle. Regarded among both real and sim racers as one of the most difficult oval tracks on the NASCAR circuit, it’s always a struggle for some and a success story for others. One success story for the week took place during the week’s top strength of field event, which saw Jarl Teien (Scandinavia) drive his No. 7 Silverado into Pocono’s [...]

Pocono Comeback

by Wil Vincent on January 30th, 2014

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Cooke rebounded from his pit-lane blunder at Pocono to take the win.

Round 11 of the 2013-14 16th Street Racing League will go down as one of the greatest races in league history. Excitement, close battles, drama, and pure driver dedication abounded throughout the field, and for Matt Cooke, this was perhaps the most determined comeback drive of his iRacing Career. Down in P16 after a pit road speeding violation mid-way through the race, he somehow found a way to the front when it mattered, to retake the lead in the championship. The day started well for the Cooke, placing his Aero-X Racing Dallara IndyCar on pole position, and bouncing back from his DNF at Watkins Glen a week previous. Brad Sanford’s Banshee Autosport car lined up alongside him, and with Cooke’s championship rivals back in P5 and P8 on the grid, [...]

Overland, Uusi-Jaakola Top Pro Series

by David Phillips on January 27th, 2014

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Chris Overland and Aleksi Uusi-Jaakola took somewhat different paths in the recently concluded iRacing Pro Series, but both arrived at their destinations: iRacing Pro Series champions trophies, $300 in iRacing credits . . . and berths in the 2014 iRacing World Drivers Championships. Overland was the soul of consistency in the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series, scoring a win, three top fives and averaging a tenth place finish to outdistance  himself from his nearest rival, Richard Dusett by some 47 points.  With a record like that, it’s hardly a surprise to learn which race the Texan rates as the season’s highlight. “The highlight of the season for me was definitely the win at Pocono,” he says.  “Before that win I had never really performed well in a Pro or World Championship [...]

Unexpected Twists in Season Finale at Concord

by Stan Bragg Jr. on January 21st, 2014

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Berg finally gets past Majeski as Spearman looks to follow suit.

The final week of the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series traveled to Midland, North Carolina to race at Concord Speedway.  This unique track is easily comparable to Pocono due to its triangular configuration, but with one very significant twist: it’s only a half mile in length, shorter than 2.5 mile Pocono’s front straightaway alone. Sim-racers were tested all week in the setup department and tire management area; if you over-drove the track or had an ill-handling machine you either burned-up the right front tire or melted-off the right rear.  The final featured race of the 2013 season saw a couple Tys in the front row with Ty Majeski starting P1 and Ty Spearman on his outside, while Kevin Berg gridded in P3 ahead of William Harrington. Majeski got a clean [...]

2013 iRacing World Cup of iRacing Preview

by Wil Vincent on January 17th, 2014

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The field is set for the fifth annual World Cup of iRacing, in what looks to be the most competitive club competition to date. Five clubs will battle over four races on January 18 to determine who will have bragging rights for the next 12 months, being able to call themselves World Cup Champions. The road race element of proceedings sees the Ford GT take on the twists and turns of Interlagos, in a thrilling 50-minute battle. The oval side of proceedings challenges drivers on one of the world’s most demanding NASCAR venues, as they head to Pocono, and have 70 laps to try and tame the ‘Tricky Triangle’ in the Gen 6 Chevrolet SS and Ford Fusion. The World Cup is unique in that all drivers from a club, [...]

New Jersey Head Last Chance Qualifiers as World Cup Ramps-Up

by Katier Scott on January 9th, 2014

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New Jersey headed the leaderboard as six clubs booked their places in the iRacing 2013 World Cup finals. The US club was joined by four other North American clubs – Ohio, Carolina, Michigan and Midwest — as well as the European, Scandanavia clubs. Participation for this final chance event was disappointing as smaller clubs often perceive they have little chance competing with “the big boys.” World Champions Finland, one of the smaller clubs, prove this to be wrong and hopefully some of the other “minnows’ will take inspiration and pull- off some giant killing of their own. The six last chance clubs joined Brasil, UK&IRL, Australia/NZ, Texas, Florida, Finland, Canada, Northwest, Italia, Asia, DE-AT-CH, West USA, Iberia, Virginias, New York, France, CEE and California in the 24 club finals starting [...]

Overland Conquers Tricky Triangle

by Jason Lofing on December 4th, 2013

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Overland (46) got the drop on Laughton (26) and Schmidt (3) on a late restart to grab the win at Pocono.

Chris Overland had the restart of his life at the perfect time, outrunning Brandon Schmidt into Turn One on a green-white-checker finish to score his first NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series win at Pocono Raceway. Overland only led two laps, but they were the last two of the race as he set sail after passing Schmidt, who became locked in a battle with Chad Laughton for second. Laughton got the best of Schmidt to come home second after having a dominant car, but falling short on the pit strategy. Schmidt was third followed by Nicholas Morse and Cody Byus. The online race began with several familiar faces pacing the field. Laughton started on pole and looked to have the car to beat, but Kenny Humpe, Mitchell Hunt and Josh Berry also [...]

Gorlinsky Grabs Daytona Thriller

by Jason Lofing on November 27th, 2013

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A late yellow ensured that Gorlinsky crossed the stripe ahead of

John Gorlinsky scored his first win of the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series season at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday night, and along with it he might have saved his shot at returning to the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship for 2014. Gorlinsky was just ahead of Tom Moustakas when the fourth yellow flag of the event flew with just three laps remaining, ending the race under caution. Moustakas settled for second with Lee Herron following in third. Chad Laughton was fourth and Brandon Hauff finished fifth after both drivers started outside the top 35, showing that qualifying position means very little at a superspeedway. The lead officially changed 39 times in 100 laps as racing for the top spot was close all night, especially with the new rules package that makes [...]

Cooke Cooks at Pocono

by Matt Kingsbury on October 15th, 2013

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Week 10 took the iRacing IndyCar Series to the Poconos.

Week 10 of the iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series saw action at Pocono (aka The Tricky Triangle) as teams battled in a pivotal round for the championship. The triple crown event venue did not disappoint as 67 sim-racers took part in the week’s online racing. The 2878 strength of field event saw a field of 20 Dallara IndyCars take to a grid featuring  Martin Miller2 (Mid-South) on pole alongside Matt Cooke (Canada). The race started cleanly as drivers picked passes apart and lined-up single file. By the tenth lap the top two had pulled away as Miller set the pace from Cooke with Randy Crossno (California) all alone in third and doing all he could to reel-in the leaders.  Miller pitted on lap 35 with a good stop but Cooke stayed-out [...]

Monge Masters The Triangle

by Jordan Hightower on August 6th, 2013

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Week 1 Pocono P1

After a short break between Season Two and Season Three, the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series is once again back in action. Up first for the competitors is a trip to 2.5-mile tricky triangle known as Pocono Raceway. The track provides a very unique racing experience with each of its three turns offering a different degree of banking from the previous. Each turn is modeled after turns at three different tracks across the United States. Turn One (14 degrees) replicates the now defunct Trenton Speedway, Turn Two (nine degrees) is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the final turn, Turn Three (six degrees) is a replica of The Milwaukee Mile. With the challenges this track provides, it is a favorite among sim racers in the iRacing.com community as 1,999 racers [...]

Hudson on the Rebound

by Aaron Grosskopf on July 29th, 2013

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Hauck leads the field into Turn One to start the NiS race week at Indy.

After a much-needed week off, the NASCAR iRacing Series was back in action at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering the service’s top stock car racers a chance to kiss the bricks. Coming-in to the week Tyler D Hudson stood atop the series standings by 843 points over Landon Harrison. Thursday was the first race of the week and the field was packed with the world’s best stock car sim-racers due to the fact that it coincided with Week 13 – aka Fun Week – enabling the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series competitors to come out and play. When it was time for the first grid of the week Brandon Hauck found himself-sitting on the front row on pole alongside of Ashley Miller. Hauck wasted no time showing how he [...]

iRacing Pocono 400

by David Phillips on July 3rd, 2013

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iRacing celebrates IndyCar racing’s return to Pocono Raceway with the iRacing.com Pocono 400 on July 12 and 13. Rookie to Pro, the newest addition to the World Tour of iRacing calendar brings iRacers of all license levels together in their Dallara IndyCars (open setup) for 160 laps of the 2.5 mile tri-oval known affectionately as The Tricky Triangle. The event features two distinct online races, the first taking the green flag on Friday, July 12 at 9 pm ET (01:00 GMT Saturday) and the second on Saturday, July 13 at 2 pm ET (18:00 GMT). Fields in both races will be divided into Pro-C and D-Rookie licenses.  Practice and qualifying for the iRacing.com Pocono 400 begin on Monday, July 8. See the iRacing.com Pocono 400 series page for complete details.

NiS Daytona Tune-Up

by Aaron Grosskopf on July 2nd, 2013

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The NASCAR iRacing Series heads to the beaches of Daytona on this holiday weekend as the series gears-up for Week 16 of the season. Daytona generally attracts one of the biggest fields of the season as the track is among sim-racing’s most popular tracks. I put together some fast facts and history about the famed oval and also sat down and talked with iRacing vet Harrison Widelitz about his races in the season in NiS. Q: What do you think of the NASCAR iRacing Series up to this point in the season? A: The NASCAR iRacing Series has been pretty fun to be a part of. With the high number of entries and the long race lengths, people are usually pretty good about being patient and most of the races [...]

Alfalla Finds Victory Lane at Pocono

by Jason Lofing on June 12th, 2013

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Alfalla got the best of Ottinger at Pocono to score his first win of the season.

It took eight races and a lucky break, but Ray Alfalla is finally back in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship victory lane. Alfalla survived the early carnage and took advantage of a huge mistake by Nick Ottinger with 11 laps to go en route to his win at Pocono Raceway. It looked as if Ottinger had sealed-up the win when he passed Alfalla with 20 laps remaining, but Alfalla tried his best to keep the pressure on. With 11 laps to go, Ottinger pushed it a little too hard and slid into the wall on the exit of Turn Three, allowing Alfalla to retake the lead. Ottinger quickly tried to close back in, but a yellow flag would trap him in second position and set up a three lap [...]

Lukaszka is Dover’s “Top Monster”

by Tom Moustakas on June 10th, 2013

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Close-quarters racing + Dover's challenging racing surface often equals sheet-metal damage.

Week Five brought the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series (fixed setup)  to the first state in the Union and Dover International Speedway.  With its unique combination of concrete surface and steep banking, it’s no wonder the track has earned the nickname “The Monster Mile.” Qualifying: For the second week in a row, Pro-licensed drivers topped the qualifying charts in the NiCAS (fixed setup). NiSWC competitor Brian Schoenburg (California) wheeled his Gen6 car to a 22.796 second lap around the concrete mile. New Pro driver Brian Day (Mid-South) was second best with a 22.808s lap, and NiSWC driver Danny Hansen was third at 22.809s. Kevin King (California) was fourth best at 22.820s and Matt Bussa (Illinois) was fifth at 22.833s. High SOF Race: The top SOF race of the week happened [...]

Brown Comes up Clutch in First NiSWC Victory

by Jason Lofing on May 29th, 2013

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Brown outdueled Lindsey to score a dramatic win at Charlotte.

Heading into Week Seven of the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship season Joey Brown found himself outside the top 25 in points despite some promising runs. The NiSWC rookie had shown flashes of brilliance through the first six races, but had his good runs undone by mistakes largely of his own making. That all changed at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Brown broke through for his first NiSWC victory, outdueling Marcus Lindsey in a fantastic battle for the win. Brown, who started from the pole but lost ground to Lindsey during the first round of green flag pit stops, erased more than a two second gap during the second half of the race. With ten laps to go, Brown was right on Lindsey’s bumper and made a move for the [...]

iRacer Profile: Dylan Duval

by David Phillips on May 4th, 2013

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Racing always has and always will be a numbers game.  Lap times and speeds, points races and championships, chassis set-ups, engine settings, gear ratios, margin of victory . . . you name it, if it counts in racing, there’s a number attached to it. And when it comes to racing, no number matters more than One.  Whether it’s a 24 hour race or short sprint, a qualifying or practice session, the whole point of the exercise is to be Number One. With 154 wins in 868 starts on iRacing, Halifax Nova Scotia’s Dylan Duval is certainly no stranger to Number One.  But he earned a unique first in 2013 Season One when he took ten wins from 30 starts to finish Numero Uno in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series [...]