For the second week in a row, Ray Alfalla put his name on the top of the leader board in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series. This week the series shifted gears from the “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway, to the “Great American Speedway” in Forth Worth, Texas — Texas Motor Speedway.
Alfalla only did one race, in contrast to his half dozen at Pocono the previous week, but that is all he needed to stamp himself firmly at the top for the week. Fellow NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship sim racer Thomas Lewandowski finished second in points, fifteen markers behind the surging Alfalla.
Rafael Doninelli and Charles Cosper tied for the most wins on the week with three a piece, six other drivers had two. Gabriel Solis and Alvin Bailey could not get enough of the fast track as they both raced a staggering seventeen times in only seven days. Solis did not find victory lane, but managed twelve top fives, while Bailey had one win and eleven top fives.
The second batch of Pro Series hopefuls are becoming ever clearer as the season is almost into drop weeks. Patrick Baldwin is the favorite to grab the number one seed of Season 2, but has a few drivers on his heels. Roland Ehnström and the center of attention as of late, Carson McClelland, are hanging close with Baldwin and Eddie A. Smith not far behind.
The top twelve Class A drivers in points from Season 2 will join the Season 1 inductees, and the Season 3 drivers in the 2011 NASCAR iRacing Pro Series. These thirty six drivers will combine with the bottom twenty five from the current World Championship drivers, making up a sixty-one driver free-for-all to race their way into next year’s NiSWC. Along with competing for the opportunity to be crowned the best oval sim racer in the world, the NiSWC offers a cool $10,500 to the winner of the season long standings.
Next week will be a huge test for Class A and Pro drivers alike, as they attempt to get a grip on the slick Michigan International Speedway. As the track has aged, the grip has gone down, and getting the 3,450 pound, 750+ horsepower car to stick to the track will be a task only few can manage. As the weeks wind down on the season, it is vital for a good points week to help Pro hopefuls solidify their rankings among the top, but it will be no easy task at MIS.