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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.

NiS Open Garage: Richmond

by Don Scott on April 24th, 2014

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Regardless of rules changes, Richmond will always be a drivers track.

This week’s column might have been titled “Changes” as we have seen a few changes in iRacing’s sim model to replicate the recent rules changes in NASCAR. Changes to the spoiler, ride height and — most importantly — the tire model have some cheering while others are scratching their heads wondering how they are going to change their thinking on setup design to remain competitive. I would be in the latter group, but I am confident in my crew. This is not unlike what you would experience in real life. Rules changes in NASCAR can leave a crew chief and everyone in the garage scrambling to evaluate how the new rules will affect the car and which adjustments to the setup will work best to keep the driver and the [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage

by Don Scott on April 21st, 2014

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Editor’s note — Later this week we will debut a new series of articles from veteran NASCAR mechanic Don Scott designed to offer some basic set-up tips to participants in NASCAR iRacing Series Open competition.  Read on to learn a little more about Don and what you can look forward to in the NiS Open Garage. There are a host of adjectives one might use to describe walking through the door of a NASCAR team as a young mechanic. Getting a spot at any race shop can be a daunting task. You want to display confidence in your knowledge of mechanics, express your willingness to learn, while remaining humble in your demeanor. But most of all you want to keep your mouth shut and listen, you are going to learn [...]

Hudson Tames Darlington

by Tom O'Leary on April 17th, 2014

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The Lady in Black hosted Round of tthe 2013 NASCAR iRacing Series.

Darlington Raceway welcomed the sim-racers of the NASCAR iRacing Series for Week 8 of the open and fixed championships.  Call it “The Lady in Black” or “The Track Too Touch to Tame,” Darlington has become a popular track in this series due to it being one of the toughest racetracks of NASCAR, with many of the greats earning multiple wins here in real life – including Dale Earnhardt Sr. winning an amazing 10 times. The egg–shaped oval provides a test for sim-racers in terms of driving skill and technical setup, with both being crucial to gaining good points at Darlington. In the first of the Fixed online races this week NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series drivers made their respective ways to the front of the field, with Ray Alfalla taking the [...]

Majeski Wins (Again) at Richmond

by Stan Bragg Jr on April 10th, 2014

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Richmond Virginia played host to the iRacing.com Super Late Model Series Week 10 action.  The largest track the Super Late Model visit this season showcased high speed and great sim-racing.  Coming in at .75 miles with 14 degrees of banking in the corners, center roll and speed off the corner were key to success here.  In the 3180 Strength of Field seventeen sim-racers took the field, with Ty Majeski leading the field to the green with Casey Pierce to his outside. Majeski would be contested but lead majority of the laps, Pierce would take himself out of contention on Lap Two by over-driving the exit of Turn 4 and snapping loose, correcting it and finding the outside wall.  Fast forward to Lap 51 when Majeski slipped-up exiting Turn 2 opening [...]

King Wins Texas Calamity

by Jason Lofing on April 9th, 2014

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King (29) heads to the win from Conti (5) and Laughton (26) as Alfalla (2) exits stage left.

In a race at Texas Motor Speedway that saw crashes and tempers take half the field out of contention, Kevin King kept his nose clean just long enough to score his first win of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. King, who had a fifteenth place car by his own admission, made a late gamble on pit road, then took advantage of contact between Ray Alfalla and Chad Laughton to squeeze by into the lead just as the caution flew to end the online race. Michael Conti finished second while Laughton settled for third after his run-in with Alfalla. Trey Eidson led late before fading to fourth and Adam Gilliland rounded-out the top five. With six laps to go, King was sitting in third just a couple [...]

Majeski in Control at Langley

April 3rd, 2014

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Langley SLM

Week 9 saw the NASCAR iRacing.com Super Late Model Series venture to Hampton, VA to take-on Langley Speedway.  Langley is one of the flattest tracks in the area with just 6 degrees of a banking and measuring at just .395 miles in length.  Turning 90 laps here tested the sim-racers, especially on a night when weather conditions were more of a factor then car contact.  In the 2650 SoF feature race of the week Ty Majeski would share the front row with Richard Bruce. Lead changes would not be a factor in this race as Majeski took control from the drop of the green flag to the checkers, leaving his fellow sim-racers to decide who was gonna play second fiddle.  Early on it was a tight three car battle with [...]

Richmond Fight to Hill

by Brian Tate on March 24th, 2014

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Kusheba Retains Control of Championship A visit to the Richmond International Raceway kicked-off the second half of the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series.  The historic 3/4-mile oval located provides some of the best-short track action on iRacing and Week Seven visit did not disappoint, as Tyler Hill racked-up 211 points to put his name in the hat of championship contenders. Hill earned his win in Wednesday night’s 3335 SOF (Strength of Field) race, albeit by less than a second win over Jordan Werth and series points leader, Paul Kusheba.  Hill started on the outside of Kusheba in the 50-lap feature event of the week and was able to snag the lead on Lap 21 bringing Werth along with him in second.  Hill finished the remaining 29 laps by holding-off [...]

Mann Up at Richmond

by Jake Cameron on March 19th, 2014

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Mann had Walker in his mirrors from start to finish.

Week Seven saw the iRacing.com Street Stocks Series sim-racers take to the short but tricky Richmond International Raceway.  The grid this week saw Scott Mann in pole position ahead of Jammey Walker, Robert Dykstra and Darrin Isenberg, with the rest of the 10 car field sorted by their iRatings. The green flag flew and the field was off to the races.  Going three wide into Turn One, Isenberg got turned around in front of the pack to bring out the first caution of the race.  The restart everyone got off to a great start with Caleb Geist gaining two spots being followed by Kenneth Lane. Further back in the field came the off-the-pace cars of Randy Bledsoe and the damaged Chevy of Isenberg, who doesn’t look like he’ll be able [...]

PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series: Edwards Wins at Darlington, Kusheba Extends Points Lead

by Brian Tate on March 11th, 2014

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iRacing.com’s PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series completed its toughest stretch of the schedule with a date with the infamous Lady in Black, aka Darlington Raceway.  Coming on the heels of the challenging Bristol and Thompson short tracks, the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval finished-off a three week stretch that tested the sim-racers’ skill and patience. Acworth, Georgia’s Tyler Edwards did not manage a win in either of his two races, but his runner-up finish to Carolina’s Ethan Lane scored him enough points (145) to take the top honors for the week.  Lane scored 157 points in a head-to-head win over Edwards and picked-up a pair of second place finishes from five more starts.  However, his results in other races dragged his total down to 134, dropping him to third place for [...]

Photo Finish Pays-Off for Brooks

by Philip Thompson on February 18th, 2014

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Brooks had just enough left to stave-off Korkorian's late bid for the win.

Week 3 of  the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Tour saw the teams visit a popular NASCAR venue: Richmond International Raceway. This .750 mile, D-shaped oval is the longest circuit on the series, but can still be just as tricky as any short track. As drivers and teams keep learning the new build and tire model, the racing continues getting better and better. This week’s highlight race proves the setups are improving and the racing is great. The fifty lap battle was contested on Wednesday night, and showed 2371 as the Strength of Field, with Justin Brooks and David Krikorian leading the thirteen car field to green. The race started quietly, as the drivers had plenty of room to give and take while the tires came up to temperature. Brooks took [...]

Patience Pays-Off at Lanier

by Philip Thompson on February 11th, 2014

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Schrader (2) kept his cool under pressure from Kudlick to take the win.

The NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Tour made its second stop of 2014 in Braselton, GA at the famous Lanier Speedway. The 3/8th mile, (almost) flat oval encourages great door-to-door sim-racing. Drivers have to stay on their toes for the entire sixty laps, which can be both physically and mentally exhausting. This week, we take a look at a 2233 strength of field race, that would not disappoint. The 11:15 pm EST start time saw Scott Schrader and Andrew Simmons share the front row, with Paul Kudlick, James Linkiewicz, and Joshua Rich rounding-out the top five on the grid. As the pace car hit the apron, Schrader set the pace and the race was on with the pole-winner leading the first circuit from Simmons. A blanket could have covered the top [...]

Kusheba Crushes Richmond

by Jordan Hightower on January 7th, 2014

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Week 3 Richmond Fixed P1

Week Ten of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brought almost 1,800 sim racers from all around the world to the virtual Richmond International Raceway for 55 laps of action around the 3/4-mile venue. After spending last week on the high banks of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there were a plethora of racers eager to get back to short track racing. Under party cloudy skies, Chris M Hall (Florida) wheeled his way to victory in the week’s top SoF event, leading 54 of the event’s 55 laps en route to a 0.608 second margin of victory over Maxime Paquette (Canada). Paul Kusheba brought his No. 6 Silverado home in the third position after starting deep in the field and avoiding carnage. Josh Weinrich (Plains) started from the fifth position, [...]

Berg Victorious at Richmond

by Stan Bragg Jr. on January 7th, 2014

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Berg harries Howell moments before the winning pass.

Week 10 of 2013 S4 saw the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series venture to Virginia’s Richmond International Raceway.  The biggest track the Late Models see this season, the .75 mile oval posed some serious challenges with handling playing a huge factor as the cars tightened-up late in the runs.  Thus consistency would be one of the biggest keys to running well and maintaining speed late in the run. As for the shorter qualifying run, Scott Howell posted the fastest time to grab the pole position from Scott Schrader and Bill Martin, with Joel Wood completing the second row of the starting field. As the pace car pulled-off, Howell hit the gas and quickly pulled four car lengths going into Turn One with Schrader clearing Martin as he tried to close [...]

Plante Takes the Checkers at Langley

by Stan Bragg Jr. on December 31st, 2013

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Push comes to shove between Lamberti, Bragg and Sundberg.

Hampton, Virginia’s Langley Speedway hosted the Week 9 showdown of the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Tour.  The relatively flat, .355 mile track would provide a “handling” challenge for the drivers — as in the handling of the cars and the handling of their tempers.  Although this week’s featured race ran on Christmas Day, holiday cheer was in short supply as tempers flared, bumpers were abused and revenge was the theme of the online race. The 1629 Strength of Field race had Stan Bragg Jr in pole position with Carl Sundberg starting outside ahead of a second row featuring Tony Mangini and Joshua Hicks.  As the green flag dropped Bragg jumped to a commanding lead over the field and instantly started stretching his advantage over a slow-starting Sundberg who had to [...]

Bricks and Sins

by Jordan Hightower on December 31st, 2013

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Week 8 Indy P1

Week’s eight and nine of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brought 4,153 sim racers from all around the world to the virtual circuits of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While these speedways are both very fast, that’s where the prestige and characteristics stop. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the most famous speedway in the United States and one of the most famous tracks worldwide. Las Vegas is a relatively new speedway which has undergone a facelift since its initial construction in 1995. While Las Vegas Motor Speedway does not hold the same respect in the auto racing community as Indianapolis, it is still a very good race track that can produce exciting racing and finishes. Indianapolis (Strength of Field) Justin Fuller (New York) took his No. [...]

Humpe Stays Hot in Richmond

by Jason Lofing on December 18th, 2013

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Humpe (58) managed to keep Berry (91) at bay -- just -- at Richmond.

Kenny Humpe made his second trip to Victory Lane in as many NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series races, this time getting the best of the field at Richmond International Raceway. Humpe held-off Josh Berry on a late-race restart and took the win when the caution came out just as he was about to take the white flag with Berry right on his bumper. Chris Overland was third, Justin Trombley finished fourth, and Brandon Schmidt came home fifth. Humpe started from the outside pole and hung around the front of the field all race, showing good pace on both short and long runs.  When it came down to getting the win though, it was pit strategy that helped him the most. When the caution waved on Lap 164, Humpe was third behind [...]

Humpe Dominant at Michigan

by Jason Lofing on December 11th, 2013

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Byus (27) had the pole and the fastest car on the short runs, but couldn't stay with the likes of Humpe (58) and Hunt (19) in a race slowed by a single caution.

Kenny Humpe started the second half of his NASCAR.com iRacing Pro Series season with a bang scoring a dominant win at Michigan International Speedway.  Humpe was simply the class of the field and drove a flawless race en route to his first victory of the season. “Car was good, pretty much the entire race. I just had to watch the right rear off of (Turn) 4 to keep it from overheating,” said Humpe. Brandon Schmidt was second, 2.2 seconds behind Humpe. Chris Overland, last week’s winner, finished third. Richard Dusett ran up front all evening and finished fourth while Mitchell Hunt continued his strong season with a fifth place run. “I took a big risk by pitting early on the last pit stop . . . Other than that it [...]

Majeski Reclaims Late Model Crown

by Ray Kingsbury on October 23rd, 2013

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Majeski's late charge carried him to the Late Model title.

After the first three or four weeks of the season it seemed as if Ty Majeski was still licking his wounds from being unable to retain his NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series title in Season Two.  Majeski had won the first season, but was dethroned by Kevin Burris in Season Two after a long fought battle that came down to the final week. With Burris opening the NiLMS Season 3 with strong points totals and Majeski nowhere to be seen, it appeared claiming a second straight Late Model title was just a formality for Burris. However, as the weeks wore on, Heath Smith moved to the fore even as Burris started drifting back in the points and Majeski had reemerged in dominating fashion. The opening weeks of the season were [...]

Harrison Gains Ground Under the Lights

by Aaron Grosskopf on September 9th, 2013

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Richmond proved a dynamic setting for Week 24 of the NiS.

Last week the NASCAR iRacing Series was back in action at Richmond International Raceway for Week 24 of the 2013 season. Coming into the week points leader Tyler D Hudson found himself in the lead in a big way only 2654 points over 2nd place Landon Harrison. Hudson has been hot over the last few weeks leading up to Richmond and is looking to add to that lead with some wins this week. Thursday was the first night of racing the week at the .75 mile oval and EJ ORourke grabbed the first pole of the week with Matt Bussa on his outside. Getting the pole did not go as planned for ORourke, as he only led one lap in the race and came home in the ninth spot. But [...]

Storm Before the Calm

by Matt Kingsbury on September 9th, 2013

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Doyle avoided the early carnage to take the SoF win at Richmond.

The fifth week of the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Oval Series (fixed setup) saw action at Richmond International Raceway. The 0.75 mile, four turn oval is used to hosting extremely intense racing, but on the NASCAR circuit as it closes out the regular season heading into the post-season Chase.  In the IndyCar this is just midseason thunder at its finest as all 602 sim-racers got close and very personal at the short track. The weekly Strength of Field race saw four cautions, three of which were in the opening laps. Pole position was taken by Matt Lambertson (PA) who got a good start . . . fortunately for him as Niall McBride (UK & I) spun his tires and collected the point leader and the only race winner of the SoFs [...]