Daley Dominates Kentucky
February 14th, 2014 by JaimeB
With Week One of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series now in the history books, the drivers now look forward to 35 laps at the fast and wide Kentucky Speedway. With nearly 2,000 sim racers making at least one start during the week in the Bluegrass State, it’s easy to see that Kentucky is one of the most popular oval racing circuits on the iRacing.com service. With its fast speeds and wide corners, the track makes for great racing that brings in sim racers from all across the globe.
One of the proudest moments for a sim racer during a particular week of sim racing is being able to win the week’s top strength of field event. This week, Luke Christian (Georgia) was able to capture the victory in event after leading 32 of the race’s 35 laps and cruising to a 2.749 second margin of victory over Nick Shelton (Mid-South). Shelton started from the pole and led the opening three laps before relegating the lead to Christian who never looked back. Rounding out the podium was Georgia native Chad Coleman, he started from the fourth spot in his No. 5 Red Bull Silverado and had a battle with Shelton back to the finish line, but ultimately lost his battle to finish second. The No. 1 Silverado driven by Cole C Anderson (Midwest) started from the eighth position and quickly worked his way into the top five to end the race in the fourth spot. The final position in the top five went to Dru Wilke (Indiana) who started from the second spot in his No. 16 Silverado, but fell back throughout the event to finish fifth. The 4123 SoF was slowed just one time for caution for a total of three laps and saw one lead change among two drivers.
Although he did not win the week’s top SoF event, NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship competitor Byron Daley (New York) ended the week on top of the weekly standings with a total of 253 points. Daley started three events during the week, each of which resulted in a victory for the Nootelligence Silverado. Last week’s top SoF victor Jarl Teien (Scandinavia) was once again near the top of the weekly standings after making four starts and earning a victory in three of those events, netting him 249 championship points for his efforts. NASCAR iRacing Pro Series competitor Dylan Duval (Canada) ended Week Two in the third spot after starting seven events, earning the victory in four of those, and accumulating 237 points. The fourth spot in the standings was held down by New York native Tom Moustakas who made only one start during the week, but was able to capitalize and finish in the top five and earn 234 points. The final spot in the weekly standings is filled by SoF winner Christian who started an incredible 27 events during the week, having 10 of those result in a victory and the adding of 226 points.
For the second week in a row, Teien was on top of the qualifying chart with a blazing fast time. Teien’s lap of 31.924 seconds was just four thousandths of a second faster than second place qualifier Ryan Lowe (Virginias) who turned in a time of 31.928 seconds. The third spot was held down by Jason Jacoby (Georgia) with a time of 31.955 seconds around the 1.5-mile speedway. Position number four was filled by NiPS competitor Cody Byus who ended the week with a time of 31.958. The final spot in the top five was occupied by Gregory Lewis who turned in a time of 31.966. Out of 804 total qualifiers, only 12 of those were in the 31.9-second bracket, which put the top five qualifiers in an elite group.
With two excellent weeks of sim racing under their belts, the championship battle is currently a two man race. Teien holds a four point lead over Matthew Wright2 heading into next week’s action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Jordy Lopez Jr (New Jersey) occupies the third spot and is only 38 points behind. The remainder of the top five is filled by Coleman and Jacoby who are 46 and 61 points out of the top spot, respectively.
After two weeks of online racing at two unique venues, the streak will continue once again as the NiCCF Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for 35 laps around the 1-mile racing venue. Check back in a few days for a full recap of the action from the Magic Mile!