After a couple weeks break from writing about the NASCAR iRacing Series, it’s time to catch-up on all the sim racing action, as the series is continually moving towards the endpoint – at Homestead. The NiS has driven a variety of tracks as of late – from short track racing at New Hampshire, to the 2-wide action at Chicagoland with high speed driving at both Dover and Kansas, the range of tracks on the calendar provided different challenges for the sim-racers. With ‘Fixed’ setups being applied to all cars be they Chevy, Ford or Toyota, the emphasis is placed on the driver’s skills as opposed to tweaking the car setup.
Chicagoland Speedway provided the racing for Week 27, with many drivers from the recently concluded Open Series transferring to the Fixed series – since it is 10 weeks longer. Michael Conti took the most points from the week, with a win in the only race he entered. With 12 more points than P2 in the standings that week (331), Conti was the victor of the SoF race of the week. Adam Gilliland also scored a win, but the SoF wasn’t high enough to earn him enough points to overtake Conti. Matt Bussa also gained 319 points – the same as Gilliland — but since Bussa only got a P2 finish in his highest points finish, he loses out to Gilliland on countback. Ryan Michael Luza got the fourth highest points haul with 308 points – with Jordy Lopez Jr claiming a nice top five finish in his race to round out the top five overall in Chicagoland.
The next stop was New Hampshire Motor Speedway – a favorite among many of the drivers due to its short track nature. Justin Bolton took advantage of this, competing in a pair of races and getting a victory in the high SoF – scoring a decent 321 points, 11 more than his competitors. Ryan Lowe’s runner-up finish in his race got him the second best points haul of the week, beating Alles Boes’ points scoring finish for his win in the second-highest SoF race at New Hampshire. Jordan Westfall narrowly missed the 300 point marker with 299 – still managing however to get in the top five at NHMS, always an achievement considering it is a tricky track to get right. Luke Christian rounded out the top five point scorers this week, earning 298 points from his one and only race Christian.
Tyler Hudson found himself at the front of the field after taking part in three of the four races the Fixed Series had to offer at Dover International Speedway. Hudson managed to win two of those races – with one crucially being the high SoF race of the week – meaning that he collected the most points of any driver in Week 29. Gilliland also managed to grab a win, however his race provided a slightly smaller SoF, giving him 335 points against Hudson’s 339. Chad Laughton made his way to the top end of the race results once again, with a second place finish in the SoF race rewarding him with 327 points. Jordan Werth was just behind Laughton, with 316 points – putting him fourth in the standings for the week, narrowly ahead of Brian Schoenburg who rounds out the top five at the Monster Mile on 312 points!
Kansas always provides fast racing although — with its uniquely designed layout – passing is always tricky here. Ryan Michael Luza took advantage of this! Starting his one and only race on the front row, he seized the opportunity, winning the High SoF race – capturing 347 points in the process. Jason Karlavige also scored a win out of the 2 races that he competed in, however the W only netted him 335 points, not quite enough for the most points this week. A popular YouTuber amongst the iRacing community, Michael Abrams placed himself towards the top of the standings with a great second place finish in the SoF race. It must be some achievement for him to scored one point more than former NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion Hudson, who collected 322 points from his highest scoring race of the Kansas week. Dylan Jones completed the top five points finishers at Kansas, with a very handy top five finish in his lone race of the week putting him just 10 points shy of Hudson.
Matt Bussa is still high and dry at the top of the standings, as the only competitor above 7000 points made-up from his 25 weeks of racing. At 7005 points, Bussa is 320 points clear of second placed Dwayne Vincent, who has a very handy gap of his own back to the rest of the field. Kris Kelley is currently third after the Kansas week, albeit just over 600 points behind Vincent. Drop weeks won’t be a factor inside the top five as second through fifth all count 30 weeks of racing; however, if a driver has a bad week, it’s still counted but can be discounted if the driver gets a better finish. Joshua Filyaw is just behind Kelley in fourth, with just under 100 points between them; this could be a fight to watch come the latter stages of the season. William Green rounds out the top five in the standings; just under 300 points behind out of fourth, he can still improve on his position — but it’s going to be mighty tough to do so!
Next week, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the NASCAR iRacing Series as we move into Week 31 of the championship. With Charlotte being base-content for all iRacing members, we should see some great participation over the next four races! Check back here at iRacingNews for a roundup for all the action at CMS!