by David Ifeguni on January 6th, 2014
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: [...]
by David Phillips on October 26th, 2013
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 [...]
by David Ifeguni on August 12th, 2013
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 [...]
by George Wood on May 22nd, 2013
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 [...]
by David Ifeguni on February 11th, 2013
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 [...]
by Andrew Mitchell on July 20th, 2012
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 [...]
by Craig Walker on July 16th, 2012
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. [...]
by David Phillips on February 22nd, 2012
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 [...]
by David Phillips on July 2nd, 2011
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 [...]
by David Phillips on May 28th, 2011
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 [...]
by David Phillips on March 10th, 2011
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 [...]
January 31st, 2011
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
January 21st, 2011
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.
January 20th, 2011
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.
January 15th, 2011
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.
November 2nd, 2010
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
October 29th, 2010
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
October 19th, 2010
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
October 12th, 2010
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.
July 27th, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya once again had victory within his grasp at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.