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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.

Demeritt Wins Richmond Thriller

by Seth Eggert on March 19th, 2014

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The starting stand gets a close-up view of the Crossno/Kingsbury crash.

Week Seven of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Richmond International Raceway. Only 41 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week, marking a low in participation for the season. Restarts and tire wear would be the key stories throughout the week. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started Sunday’s 2729 Strength of Field race on pole with Erick Davis (Canada) on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) qualified third, with Connor Cross fourth, and Randy Crossno (California) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Demeritt got off to a good start, avoiding any wheel spin and opening up a several car length lead. Davis, however, did experience wheel spin and nearly made contact with Cross. Turn One proved to be tricky as several drivers including Crossno, [...]

Williams’ Richmond Redemption

by Brooks Westfall on March 18th, 2014

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Brandon Buchberger went for the gap, leading to contact between him and Vinnie Sansone.

After an unexpectedly clean race at Indy last week, the iRacing.com Silver Crown Cup headed south to Richmond International Raceway for a grueling 100 lap contest. Only two different leaders featured in the brawl and just a single caution flew the 75 virtual miles of online short track racing. Paul Williams shared the front row with pole sitter Thomas Wargula, who led the first 30 laps of the race. Series points leader Brandon Buchberger started in a dismal eleventh place, having to work his way up the field for the entire sim-race. Wargula jumped to the lead quickly, only to have Williams hunting him down on Lap 10. For the next 20 laps, Paul was setting up his move, while Thomas was driving the wheels off his ‘Crown. However, after [...]

Kingsbury Flies in the Lone Star State

by Seth Eggert on February 25th, 2014

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Stock cars and Talladega don't have a monopoly on The Big One.

Week Four of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Only 48 drivers took to the track this week. The story of the week however would be the attrition rate. Troy Eddy (Atlantic) started on pole, with Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) starting on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) started third, Georg Naujoks (DE-AT-CH) fourth, and Hermann Pfander (DE-AT-CH) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Troy Eddy got off to a good start as every driver from third through ninth spun their tires. This botched start by many put sim-racers such as Pfander, Seth Eggert (Carolina), and Gary Borkenhagen (Midwest) in some very tense situations. Eggert tried to make the most of his opportunity to pass Pfander, while [...]

Can’t Stop Rocking At Rockingham

by Jake Cameron on February 25th, 2014

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Simmons leads the way from the start.

Week 4 of the iRacing.com Street Stock Series, see us head to the high banks of Rockingham International Raceway. This week’s attendance and official races where on the down low this week, with only seven races counting towards the Championship.  These online races saw the top seven in the championship take part with only 60 points separating them all. The race got off to a great start for Andrew Simmons, continuing from his previous week’s form. Everyone got off to a good start with the pack singling out into one line all following the leaders Simmons and Shane Parish. A few laps in we already saw two groups forming of the faster drivers and the slower drivers, with Stephan Raughton and Jay Hollingsworth fighting it out near the back but [...]

Silver Crowns Rumble The Rock

by Brooks Westfall on February 3rd, 2014

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Try as he might, Williams3 (3) just couldn't get by Reynolds (15) in the closing laps

Rockingham is considered to be one of the most challenging oval tracks on iRacing, and the Silver Crown one of the most challenging oval cars on the service. With this kind of combination, drivers not only need to be on top of their game, but have a little bit of luck. This week proved no different. At the start of the week, iRacing encountered multiple server problems causing SOF races across the site to be wiped out. Luckily on Thursday night the Silver Crowns were smooth sailing, server wise. The race, however, featured constant battles and carnage over the 100 lap contest. Kyle Sterk (4) started on pole position beside Marc Pilon (1). After a slow start by Pilon, Sterk jumped to an early lead over Brett Reynolds (15) and [...]

Britton Takes Demidov Innovations Round One

by Charles Harris on January 29th, 2014

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Britton Takes Demidov Innovations Round One

26 members of the Australian and New Zealand club turned up to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Wednesday night  for the opening round of the Demidov Innovations Nationwide Championship. Formerly known as the SimInstruments Trucks Series, the championship has found a new sponsor and some new cars to race. Nathan Britton took the first split win by a quarter of a second from Timothy Jackson2 and Ian Ford. Jackson started on pole and led 13 laps. Britton only led two laps, but led the most important one. Ian Ford finished third while Ray Schroder, who led the bulk of the laps, finished fourth. In the second split, Leo Graae won by over half a second from Aaron Pearce and Colin Kennedy. American Joseph Persinger led from the pole for [...]

How to Cooke the Egg

by Matt Kingsbury on October 7th, 2013

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Judson managed to keep Dock at bay in the closing laps.

Week Nine of the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Oval Fixed Series brought the drivers to Japan to do battle at the Twin Ring Motegi oval. The egg-shaped circuit is one of the most challenging on the schedule as it asks drivers to transition from (right) foot-to-the-floor on one end to slowing down 50 miles per hour in the other end. As expected, the sim-racing was very good as some of the 334 drivers mastered the circuit and others struggled. The weekly Strength of Field race of 3024 saw 16 drivers in a top split that was slowed by only one caution flag. Matt Cooke (Canada) started the field off on the pole position, followed by Dave Judson (Ohio) and Matt Lambertson (PA). It did not take long for the one and [...]

Racecraft Trumps Strategy at Indy

by Matt Kingsbury on August 29th, 2013

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Miller2 leads more than two dozen Dallara IndyCars to the green flag.

Week 4 of iRacing.com’s premiere open-wheel oval racing series saw the IZOD IndyCar Oval Series pound the bricks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only 58 teams made the virtual journey across town, but more than two dozen of them sought the ultimate prize in the weekly Strength of Field race, with drivers and teams in search of victory at the venerable Speedway. The Strength of Field event registered an average iRating of 3263 with 26 Dallara IndyCars on the grid – a full field. The race featured only three cautions for 11 of the 60 laps and saw the top six positions in the starting lineup locked-up by the Banshee and Aero-X team sim-racers. Defending series champion Martin Miller2 (Mid-South) was the man to beat from the start and led the [...]

Stroud Takes Milwaukee

by Tim Doyle on February 16th, 2012

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Stroud cruising to victory!

The Milwaukee Mile, the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, hosted Round 3 of the 2012 Season 1 iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Series.  The one mile track is one of the toughest the series travels to and usually provides great short track action.  29 drivers showed-up to do battle, with the Top Split comprising 15 of the higher iRated drivers. Shaun Stroud led qualifying to earn the pole position with a 21.702 second lap, while Tim Doyle’s 21.767s lap earned him a  spot on the outside of the front row.  Chris Cahoe, Matthew Lambertson and Niles Anders rounded-out the top five in a starting field blanketed by just over half a second. The start of the 135 lap race saw Stroud jump out to the early lead with Doyle and [...]

Two Straight For Stewart In 360 Nationals

August 7th, 2011

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Shane Stewart made it back-to-back ASCS Knoxville Nationals championships by taking the $10,000 winner’s share in Saturday night’s 25-lap Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters feature event atop the half-mile Knoxville Raceway clay oval. Stewart held off a mid-race bid from Sammy Swindell and then slipped away in the final circuits aboard Paul Silva’s Wesmar-powered Rockstar Energy Drink No. 57 A.R.T

IndyCar Going Double-File, More Changes

January 11th, 2011

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INDIANAPOLIS — Double-wide restarts will begin with the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 – the first oval race of the season. The race director will instruct drivers to line up according to running order on the final caution lap, with the race leader taking the inside position of row one.

No. 50 For Carl Edwards

November 6th, 2010

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No. 50 For Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards, signing autographs at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. FORT WORTH, Texas — Carl Edwards scored his third NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season while Brad Keselowski’s third-place finish gave him his first Nationwide championship. It is also the first NASCAR championship for team owner Roger Penske.

Busch Wins Three-Wide Finish

October 30th, 2010

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Busch Wins Three-Wide Finish

Kyle Busch, shown earlier this season, won Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona Int'l Speedway. TALLADEGA, Ala. – Kyle Busch’s late drive toward the finish line netted a victory in the Mountain Dew 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, in the process tying the NASCAR record for closest margin of victory.

Perley King Again At Thompson

October 18th, 2010

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Perley King Again At Thompson

Chris Perley picked up his eighth victory in the ISMA portion of the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson (Conn.) Int'l Speedway Sunday.

Bloomquist Locks Up Lucas LM Title

October 10th, 2010

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Scott Bloomquist clinched his second-straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship by winning his fifth Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Saturday night at Dixie Speedway

Sheltra Claims ARCA Championship

October 9th, 2010

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Sheltra Claims ARCA Championship

Ty Dillon captured his second-straight ARCA Racing Series victory Saturday at Rockingham Speedway. (Adam Fenwick Photo) ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Ty Dillon bagged his second-straight ARCA Racing Series triumph Saturday during the American 200 at Rockingham Speedway while Patrick Sheltra claimed his first ARCA Racing Series championship

Strategy Key For Agnew At North Wilkesboro

October 3rd, 2010

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Strategy Key For Agnew At North Wilkesboro

Jeff Agnew celebrates his victory in the USARacing Pro Cup Series Brushy Mountain 250 at North Wilkesboro Speedway Sunday. [Adam Fenwick Photo) NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C.

Wild Time At Eldora

September 25th, 2010

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Wild Time At Eldora

ROSSBURG, Ohio — Jac Haudenshild added another chapter to his legacy at Eldora Speedway Friday night, using a textbook slide job in on the 23rd lap to take the lead from Sammy Swindell en route to winning for the fifth time this season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Chase Ace’s North Wilkesboro’s Return

September 5th, 2010

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Chase Ace’s North Wilkesboro’s Return

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Chase Elliott accomplished something Saturday that his father Bill Elliott never accomplished during his NASCAR career: Win at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Elliott overcame a late-race mistake during a restart to win the Pro All Stars Series South Labor Day Classic late-model event at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the first race held at the historic .625-mile asphalt oval in 14 years.