Gomez Gallops at Chicago
April 30th, 2013 by JaimeB
The final week of Season One brought sim racers from all around the world to the Joilet, Illinois for 35 laps of intense racing around the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway. Racing the Silverado on the wide, fast tracks is a favorite among both real and virtual NASCAR racers. Over 2,050 sim racers took to the track for at least one race during the week, but of those 2,050+ racers, only one could lay claim as the top driver for the week in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Fixed Series.
Lance Gomez Jr (New York) took home top honors for the week by earning 261 championship points for his efforts during the week. Gomez made 11 starts during the week, collecting eight top five finishes to go along with six wins. Jose Gonzalez (Atlantic) had a great week overall, starting four races and collecting one win, netting 253 points. Adam Gilliland (Texas) finished off the final week in the third position, making 12 starts and earning six wins in the process and earning 251 points for the week. Kollin Keister (Atlantic) took the green flag an incredible 24 times during the week (all from the pole!) and earning 247 points as Brandon Atkinson (Carolina) rounds out the top five with 245 points after making two starts and earning one victory during the week.
While qualifying isn’t as important here as some tracks, it usually never hurts to start near the front. Jason Jacoby (Georgia) put down the fastest qualifying time of the week with a time of 31.661 seconds, exactly two-hundredths of a second faster than second place qualifier Keister. Gilliland, Bill Brown (Florida), and Joe Slama (California) fill remainder of the top five.
After 12 weeks of intense racing, a champion will finally be crowned. Kenneth O’Keefe (Canada) had an incredible season, making 79 starts, earning 54 wins, and 71 top five finishes, while leading 2,315 of a possible 3,286 laps. JR Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry (Mid-South) brought home the hardware for a second place finish after making 22 starts, earning 5 wins, and finishing in the top five 14 times. Matthew Wright2 (New York) chiseled his name into the final podium spot after making 121 starts during the season, collecting 18 wins and 70 top fives in the process. Gomez Jr made an even 100 starts during the season and collected 38 wins during those starts and finishing in the fourth position overall. Keister completes the top five after making 111 starts and earning 60 victories.
1. Kenneth O’Keefe – 1774
2. Josh Berry – 1759 (-15)
3. Matthew Wright2 – 1717 (-57)
4. Lance Gomez Jr – 1710 (-64)
5. Kollin Keister – 1700 (-74)
With the conclusion of Season One, that only means one thing. Season Two is just around the corner! Check back with inRacingNews in a week’s time to see a full recap of the first week of Season Two which begins with a trip to New England and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.