September 1st, 2011 by DavidP
Competitors in the NASCAR iRacing Class A Series put their boxing gloves on and did battle Week Four at Bristol Motor Speedway. While some sim racers battled the tricky track more than their competition, others were able to score a knock-out and tally big points at the half-mile oval. With many NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship drivers focusing on their dance with Dover the following week, it was the time to shine for Class A drivers at Bristol. It showed, as twenty-two of the top twenty-five overall drivers on the week had a blue stripe on their iRacing license.
Harrison Donovan was a pre-season favorite to lead the charge into the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series, but to this point has not done much to reinforce many peoples predictions. Donovan reminded people that he is a definitely a player in this points battle, as he led the way with 302 points on the week in Thunder Valley. Going undefeated is no small feat at any track, but doing it at Bristol is taking the accomplishment to an entirely new level. Donovan had two poles and two wins in his only two starts on the week, and led 232 of his 280 laps completed.
Other class A drivers having a great week included ever-strong Nick Ottinger, the surging Scott Heckert, Jake Stergios, points leader Alex Warren and former NiPS competitor Jon Adams. Making the jump from Street Stocks to the challenging Chevy Impala SS, Ottinger is the feel-good story of the season. Proving you can drive in lower class cars is one thing, but not always do the skill sets transfer to the higher horsepower cars. This is most assuredly not the case for Ottinger, as he finds himself second overall in points, trailing Warren by 56 points.
Tyler Hudson was one of the few NiSWC drivers who came to play at Bristol Motor Speedway, and Hudson did it in style winning five of the six races he entered. Only four other drivers scored multiple wins on the week: Donovan, Shane Walters, Brandon Buchberger, and Keith Welch. Hudson’s six starts tied him with Douglas Bell for the most starts on the week, while Gabriel Solis was one back at five starts.
Next week offers a very welcoming site for drivers who did not enjoy the tight confounds of Bristol, as the Series takes us to Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was only a little over a month ago that Atlanta hosted one of the best NiSWC races of the season, and it will likely be more of the same when the NiCAS takes to the high banks. Speeds will surpass the 200mph mark as online drivers sail their machines onto the twenty-four degree banked turns. Be sure to check back at inRacingNews next week, for a recap of all the weeks events.