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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.

Get to Know: Dylan M. Schmidt

by David Ifeguni on March 24th, 2014

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Dylan Schmidt iracing car

A member of iRacing since October of 2009, Iowa’s Dylan Schmidt has crafted some pretty impressive career statistics, with multiple victories on ovals and road courses alike. He has 48 career oval victories and six official road course victories, with his first coming in this month of 2011 at Lime Rock Park. Father of a four year old daughter, Schmidt does more than race when he is on the site. You can regularly see him painting cars and posting them and now you, can learn more about him in this week’s edition of Get to Know…on forums or on Trading Paints for anyone to use. Schmidt definitely goes the extra mile when it comes to contributing to the iRacing community. Q:        How long have you been sim racing? A:        [...]

Get to Know: Al Smith Jr

by David Ifeguni on January 6th, 2014

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Al Smith Jr iRacing late model

Al Smith Jr has been an iRacing member since April of 2012, but his racing career started well before that. Before iRacing, he raced and won in go-karts for three years. He did not stop improving in his transition from real world racing to sim-racing.  With nearly 400 online starts, he has 16 career oval victories to his credit  on iRacing – so far. The 26 year old from upstate, New York also competes in the Upstate Racing League on iRacing where he races his Late Model.  In addition, Smith currently hosts and produces a New York-based racing league called the Upstate Racing Show. You can learn more about Al Smith Jr in this first edition of Get to Know for 2014… Q:    How long have you been sim-racing? A:   [...]

iRacer Profile: Bruce Perry

by David Phillips on October 26th, 2013

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When considering Bruce Perry’s iRacing career, depending on your perspective, it’s either 4038 down, 962 to go or 2439 down, 2561 to go.  It’s 4032 down, 962 to go for the New Yorker who counts the day his oval iRating topped the 4000 mark as the best day of his sim-racing career . . . and is now aiming for 5000.  He has a little further to go on the road side but, hey, you gotta have goals, right?  And with a couple of GrandAm Series divisional championships to his credit, it’s not like he can’t turn left and right. If Perry’s goals include championships he added one in 2013 Season 3, when he added the NASCAR iRacing.com National Series Division 1 title to his resume, taking six poles, ten [...]

Get to Know: Jesse Atchison

by David Ifeguni on August 12th, 2013

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Although he has been King of the Hill in Class A, B and C, Atchison prefers racing the "un-aerodynamic" Silverados.

This week, I interviewed someone who could be considered one of the original iRacers. He joined the iRacing service on June 26, 2008 and has since started 1,129 official oval races, and 172 road races. On the oval side of iRacing, he has 252 career wins and has finished in the top five 67% of the time. On the road side of iRacing, he grabbed 29 checkered flags and has 103 top five finishes. It’s safe to say that, in the five years he’s been on iRacing, 27 year old Jesse Atchison from Prince Frederick, MD has been a top competitor on the service Learn more about Jesse Atchison in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:     How long have you been sim racing? A:     I started playing N2 [...]

Circle Track School: Lessons From A Champion

by George Wood on May 22nd, 2013

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Tony Stewart: A champion's champion.

The great thing about going to the local short track is that you’re never really sure who is going to show up, and especially so when it’s a special event. Here in Pennsylvania, my local track, Selinsgrove Speedway, hosted their annual 358/360 Sprint Car National Open last week, drawing several touring drivers as well as some from Canada, Michigan, and New York. However, the biggest surprise of all came from Indiana. Tony Stewart decided to fly up to the track from Martinsville, Virginia, to have some fun and race against the Pennsylvania sprint car drivers around a moderately banked and wide surface that is considered the fastest on the East Coast. With qualifying speeds expected to be around 17.5 seconds on a cold April night, everyone was excited about the [...]

Get to Know: Joshua Laughton

by David Ifeguni on February 11th, 2013

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online racing

If you want to talk about quick learners, then you’ve come to the right place. The driver I interviewed for this week’s Get to Know joined iRacing in mid-2008, but did not start using iRacing competitively and full time until 2010. When he got serious in 2010, he really got serious. How serious?  He went from a Class C license to an oval pro license in less than half a year. He then went on to compete in the second season of the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship, running in 16 of the 18 total races. This week’s featured driver is Joshua Laughton. The 29 year old Laughton, who currently lives in California, has accomplished a lot on iRacing. In his case, appearances are deceiving.  From a glance at his [...]

Lessons from a Veteran “Up ‘n Comer”

by Andrew Mitchell on July 20th, 2012

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Sansone has long been a force in iRacing Silver Crown and Sprint Cars. Here hs battles Jake Stergios's Sprint Car at Bristol.

Vinnie Sansone is one of those up and coming drivers you don’t want to miss because many believe, in the next year or so, he can contend for a NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship title. Vinnie has been iRacing since 2008 and has put up some great numbers. For example, in only 111 oval starts this season, he has won 39 races and finished in the top five 80 times, with an average finish of sixth place. To this point in 2012 he has completed 7773 laps on the oval side. Of those 7773 laps, more than 1300 were run in the 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship where Sansone has completed ten races with an average finish of 25th.  At first glance, you may think that those stats aren’t [...]

Sandt Dominates (Again) at Stafford

by Craig Walker on July 16th, 2012

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Pilon closed the points gap on Smith, but is running out of time.

While all the focus of the NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified Series may be on the championship battle between Richard Smith and Marc Pilon, Robert Sandt is quickly emerging as the driver to beat. As the series headed to Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway, Sandt drove to a solid victory for the second consecutive week and declared himself king of the half mile track. An extremely competitive field saw Pilon and Sandt line up one/two on the front row, while Pilon’s championship rival, Smith started in the fourth position. As the green flag fell. Pilon led the charge  followed by Sandt, Mike Keirstead, Brett Osborn, and Smith respectively. After ten laps, Osborn, knowing Smith had the faster car, let the championship leader by and settled into cruise control in fifth place. [...]

Win Big in the iRacing.com Daytona 500

by David Phillips on February 22nd, 2012

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motorsport simulations

Want to get a jump on “Smoke,” Carl, Dale Jr., JJ & Co in 2012? And get a crack at a new gaming computer, NASCAR Superstore cards and a subscription to iRacing.com in the bargain? Here’s your big chance. “How big” you might ask? Round 3 of the iRacing.com World Tour — aka the iRacing.com Daytona 500 — is so big we’re running it on Thursday, February 23 AND Saturday, February 25. Each day’s online racing action will be split into two classes. Thursday’s Oval Rookie and D License race starts at 7:30 PM EST (00:30 GMT Friday) with the green flag waving on the Oval C – Pro License race at 8:30 PM EST (01:30 GMT Friday). Similarly, Saturday’s racing starts at 5:00 PM EST (23:00 GMT) with the [...]

iRacer Profile: Bill Brown

by David Phillips on July 2nd, 2011

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For a self-described “old, broke, washed-up, wanna-be racer,” Bill Brown isn’t doing too badly.  The 30-something Floridian holds-down top ten positions in Division One of both the iRacing.com Street Stock and SK Modified Series and, at the time of this writing, stands P15 in the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series, again in Division One.  And while he’s not an imminent threat to knock Klaus Kivekäs, Hugo Luis, Greger Huttu and Jesse Nieminen from top spots in the iRacing World Championship Series Road Racing, the Panama City resident did collect a Mazda MX5 win at Lime Rock last season and recently followed that up with a fifth place finish in an NVIDIA Cup race at Okayama International Circuit. All this, as Brown notes in his profile, for less than he used [...]

iRacer Profile – Joshua Laughton

by David Phillips on May 28th, 2011

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If you tend to think of the name “Tyler D Hudson” when you read the name “Joshua Laughton” there’s a reason.  The twosome battled for the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series title in two of the past three seasons.   And don’t look now, but Hudson and Laughton are a familiar one-two in the NASCAR Class C 2011 Season 2 standings. A little too familiar for Laughton for, as it was in 2010 Season 3 and 2011 Season 1, Hudson is out front.  Fierce as their rivalry may be, however, Laughton counts Hudson as a “great friend.” But what else would you expect from a sim racer who says he was motivated to become an iRacing member by the opportunity to competing with online racing’s top talents in the NASCAR iRacing.com [...]

A Wise Voice for iRacing

by David Phillips on March 10th, 2011

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A Wise Voice for iRacing

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Josh Wise is the latest pro racer to tout the benefits of iRacing.com, both for the fun factor and as a serious tool for helping him improve his “game.”  The youngest champion in USAC history, Wise caught the eye of another USAC champion – Tony Stewart – who helped him break into stock car racing in ARCA and, later, NASCAR where he drove in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series for Michael Waltrip Racing, Fitz Motorsports and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.  The California-native joined JR Motorsports this season and will split time with Danica Patrick in the #7 Chevrolet in Nationwide Series competition. See what Josh has to say about iRacing (and a few other things) here: http://www.jrmracing.com/news/2011/03/09/get-to-know-josh-wise While you’re at it, check-out an impressive JR [...]

JGR Celebrating 20th Anniversary

January 31st, 2011

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JGR Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Tony Stewart (left) jokes with Joe Gibbs during a surprise apperance at Joe Gibbs Racing as part of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The final stop on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour Thursday at Joe Gibbs Racing was a reunion of sorts with former JGR drivers Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart making special appearances

Hamlin Leads Daytona Draft Pack

January 21st, 2011

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Hamlin Leads Daytona Draft Pack

Jimmie Johnson (48), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (88), Brian Vickers (83) and Kasey Kahne draft together during the second day of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Daytona Int'l Speedway Friday. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images Photo) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

NASCAR Considering Point System Change

January 20th, 2011

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NASCAR Considering Point System Change

Chad Knaus (left) and Jimmie Johnson celebrate winning their fifth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., last November. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

Alleged Altercation Has Stewart In Hot Water

January 15th, 2011

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Alleged Altercation Has Stewart In Hot Water

Tony Stewart (HHP/Alan Marler Photo) PARRAMATTA, Australia – An alleged physical altercation with a track official had police questioning two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart on Saturday.

Drivers, Team Owners Remember Jim Hunter

November 2nd, 2010

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Drivers, Team Owners Remember Jim Hunter

SHOW OF SUPPORT: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars sported decals remembering NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter, who passed away Friday. (Jason Smith/Getty Images Photo) TALLADEGA, Ala

Stewart Inspects Daytona Surface

October 29th, 2010

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Stewart Inspects Daytona Surface

Daytona Int'l Speedway President Joie Chitwood III and two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart Thursday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (DIS photo). DAYTONA BEACH, Fla

NASCAR Notes: Ethanol Blend Coming In ’11

October 19th, 2010

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NASCAR Notes: Ethanol Blend Coming In ’11

CLINT CLONES: Clint Bowyer signs cardboard cutoffs of himself during a race week function prior to Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500. (HHP/Greg Ellman Photo) CONCORD, N.C

NASCAR Notes: Chevy The Top Manufacturer

October 12th, 2010

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NASCAR Notes: Chevy The Top Manufacturer

CHEVY THUNDER: Tony Stewart (14) battles Clint Bowyer (33) for position as Mark Martin gives chase Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (HHP/Erik Perel Photo) FONTANTA, Calif. — Tony Stewart’s victory in Sunday’s Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway wrapped up the NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturer’s Cup for Chevrolet for the 34th time since the inception of the award in 1950.