With the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series (NiCAS) now past half way into 2012 Season 3, it is time for NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series (NiPS) hopefuls to make a charge for the final stretch. Week Seven at Chicagoland Speedway was the perfect opportunity for Class A licensed drivers to step up. With the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship (NiSWC) drivers giving the strength of field a boost, the racing promised to be intense. With NiSWC drivers fine tuning their setup for Tuesday’s big race, points would be sky high and for the taking after 110 laps around the unique mile and a half speedway.
Taking full advantage of the opportunity for big points, Class A licensed Dustin Montgomery (Paintsville,KY) came up clutch among the best drivers iRacing.com has to offer, snagging the top split of the week and the 364 points to go with it. The great week was a huge boost for Montgomery as he currently sits outside the top twenty five in points, but with only four weeks counted he has a great shot and moving into the top ten with drop weeks, if he can continue the solid runs.
The top split of the week won by Montgomery was dominated by Kevin King who led 93 of the 110 laps, but faded to sixth in the closing laps. Defending NiSWC Champion, and current points leader Ray Alfalla brought it home third, with NiPS hopeful Joey Brown the next highest finishing Class A driver.
Participation was up as iRacing.com members took to the high speed mile and a half in great numbers. In total 412 drivers took on the challenges presented by Chicagoland Speedway, with some having a more enjoyable trip than others. Eight drivers started ten or more races on the week, with the overall leaders being James Robinson and Guy Vandiver with sixteen starts to their credit. Although neither driver was able to drive his Chevrolet Impala into victory lane, Robinson had the more successful week with six top fives. Surprising no one on the service, it was sim racing veteran and current NiSWC driver Kevin King bringing in the most hardware on the week, winning four of his six starts, and leading well over half of the laps he completed.
Matt Bussa is still riding high from his great week in Richmond, and currently holds the overall points lead for the NiCAS. A change near the top this week as former NiPS competitor Joey Brown slides into second ahead of Brandon Coppinger and Peter Bennett. Another driver hitting mid season form as of late is Landon Huffman as he now edges his way into the top five with only five weeks of racing remaining.
Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule as they continue their Chase for the Cup, the NiCAS haulers will head northeast for a trip to the always eventful New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The relatively flat NHMS is always a nightmare for setup gurus, as the seemingly endless corners make getting the Chevy Impala to turn in the center, without over rotating on the exit nearly impossible. This gives bubble drivers a fighting chance to make up points and front runners if they can get their cars handling to their liking. Be sure to check back at inRacingNews next week for a full recap of all the ups and downs at the always challenging New Hampshire Motor Speedway