For the first time this season the sim racers of the iRacing.com Street Stock Series headed to the Oxford Plains Speedway located in Oxford, Maine for Week Nine in the online racing series. A total of 747 sim racers took part in the online racing during the week, but Andrew Grigg (Connecticut) was the top dog after it was all said and done.
Weekly High Strength of Field
Grigg was the man during the week’s highest Strength of Field (SoF) as he claimed the victory by 1.797s over second place driver Bradley Skusa (Michigan). Steven Peterson (New York) finished in the third position followed by Joey Gayski (Texas) and Richard Chapman (Carolina) who rounded-out the top five for Week Nine’s high SoF.
Following Grigg’s successful week of online racing, I was able to get his perspective on the track as well as some thoughts on his high SoF win:
“I still don’t care for Oxford”, says Grigg. “It is essentially a circle and I hate that off-camber pavement defines the edge of the track instead of walls. [I am] looking forward to getting back to a more traditional track next week.
“In the high SOF race I got a little bit lucky. I was running third when the top two drivers got into a little bit of a disagreement and sent each other spinning. I was in the right place to capitalize and run away for the win.”
“I was in the right place to capitalize and run away for the win.” — Andrew Grigg
With the victory in the week’s highest SoF event, Andrew Grigg earned the most championship points for the week with 175. Second overall for the week was Michael Vaughn (West) who earned 142 points for his efforts. Bradley Skusa finished off the week in the third postion followed by Robert Williams8 (Northwest) and Josh Wronkowski (Florida) who finished in the fourth and fifth postions.
Although Josh Wronkowski didn’t have the best of weeks as far as championship points are concerned, he is still atop the championship standings by 18 points over Ron Thomas (Florida). Bill Brown (Flordia) currently holds down the third position followed by Nicolas Moreau (Eastern Canada) and Michael Vaughn.
Nick Ottinger (Carolina) was Mr. Hotlap for the week as he was able to conquer the other drivers in weekly qualifying. Ottinger’s time of 17.561s was good enough to place him in the lead over second place Stevie Minson (Virginias). Kevin Tourigny (New England) finished in the third postion followed by Michael Vaughn and Robert Williams8.
Weekly Time Trial
AJ Wood (Plains) was the time trial master for Week Nine as his 10-lap average was the best of any driver who attempted to turn during the week. Wood’s average time of 17.714s was just barely enough to beat former Sprint Cup driver Doug Heverson (Florida) by four-thousandths of a second. Stevie Minson ended the week in the third position followed by Mark Dahlgren (Plains) and Bill Brown who rounded-out the top five.
Please check back next week as the iRacing.com Street Stock Series online racers make a trip back to the Lanier National Speedway for some tight door-to-door racing on one of the southeast United States’ famous short tracks. As always, be sure to visit www.iracing.com to become part of the largest motorsports simulation community.