NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship driver Josh Berry spent one of the first “off weeks” of that season by lightning up the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series during the first round of the 2011 Season Four campaign. Berry took the big online racing win of the week at Texas Motor Speedway and will go into Week Two as the point leader in the series.
In fact, seven of the top eight spots on the week were occupied by “black stripes,” topped by Berry and his 250 point performance on Thursday in a 4007 Strength of Field (sof) race. Berry took the win by leading 33 of 90 laps after working his way up from the sixth position. Daniel Pope II was second, followed by Brad Wright, Heath Hindman and Thomas D Smith. Seven cautions slowed the event, which saw 14 lead changes amongst eight drivers. Berry (first, 250), Pope II (second, 236) and Wright (sixth, 223) all recorded top eight finishes this week with their efforts in this race.
Third place overall for the week at Texas was the only Class A license holder in the top eight: David Comstock. The California driver finished second to former NiCCS champ Tyler Hudson in a 3920 sof race on Monday. Hudson led 34 laps in the four caution affair, defeating Comstock, Smith, Greg Evans and Scotty MacMichael at the checkers. The win was worth 247 points for Hudson, but the Mississippi driver went on to record three more starts (each of which resulted in victories), which brought his point total for the week down to 223, leaving him in fifth place for the week. Comstock’s 234 points left him in third overall for the week.
Coming home in fourth overall amongst 1682 sim racers at Texas was Alex Warren. Warren’s points came from a 3553 sof race on November 5th in which Warren led just 20 of the 90 laps after starting in the 12th place. Coming home second was Ben M Bando, with G Allen Lewis, Kelly Ryan and Chad Coleman completing the top five. Kenny Humpe led the most laps of the race (42) but fell to sixth place. Four cautions flags slowed the pace of the event. Warren left the Fort Worth based track with 224 points.
Kevin King, Carson McClelland, John Highside and Bando completed the top ten overall for the week with 2011 Season Three champion Ashley Miller not too far behind in eleventh with 212 points. Maxx Harris started the most races of Week One with 31 while Brian Geudesse3 took away the most checkered flags with 10 over the seven day period. Warren set the fast time in qualifying with a lap of 29.970 seconds around the 1.5-mile configuration of Texas. Cody Byus was second in qualifying, ahead of Smith, Mike Koch and Lewis. Arthur Lucas topped the charts in the Time Trial competition, besting efforts of Marty Sponsler, John Paquin, Mark Russell and Smith in that discipline of NiCCS racing.
Next up for the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series is the Michigan International Speedway. This 2-mile oval always presents high speed excitement and will surely play a role in determining the 2011 Season Four champ. Who will come out on top? Find out here, next week at inRacingNews.
Until next time, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!