While the stars of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) jockey for positions in points, it was a driver outside the top ten in the standings who made the biggest move on Week Ten as Ricky Hardin was the overall winner at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hardin, who finished 27th overall in 2011 Season One, captured the victory after a big win on Wednesday.
The Greenville, South Carolina driver took the victory in Week Ten with 203 championship points, which was recorded in his one start for the week at the “Magic Mile.” The race featured seven cautions over the 90 lap duration and tipped the scales with a 3240 sof rating. Hardin, who drives with the Trinity Tattoo Company emblazoned on most of his iRacing rides, led 27 laps en route to the win over Michael Laughton, who sat on the pole and led the most laps (59). Mike Bass came home in third followed by Michael and Pete Sweeney. By garnering 191 and 179 points respectively in the race, Laughton and Bass would wind up in second and third places for Week Ten in the NiCCS.
Fourth for the week belonged to iRacing Pro Series driver Kevin King. King’s 178 points were obtained by winning a 2850 sof race on Thursday. King, who started from the first spot in the 18 truck field and led a majority of the laps, outran Kelley Ryan for the win. Billy Wease, Tyler Burgess and Brett Gutschow completed the top five in the race which featured 11 yellow flags.
Completing the top five of 971 drivers who competed at New Hampshire was Jeremy R Allen. The rookie in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship won in each of his four starts on the week, leading 292 of the 360 laps completed in the four races. The biggest of his wins came on Friday as he won a 2808 sof, six caution race. Allen started from the pole and led wire-to-wire in the event and finished ahead of Wease, Brandon Buie, Blake Brown and Ryan. The race featured 18 trucks, a dozen of which were running at the checkered flag.
Hal James posted some impressive numbers this week, including 27 starts and seven wins, the most of any driver in the series for the week. 101 drivers took a checkered flag this week. Allen was the fastest driver in qualifying with a 30.413 second lap around the one-mile Loudon oval. Ashley Miller, King, Patrick Baldwin and Ricky Small completed the top five of 337 drivers who attempted a qualifying lap. In the Time Trial contest it was Small taking the big win on Week Ten over Thomas D Smith, Bob Bieber, Raymond Mooney and David Geske. The Time Trial competition is close and with just two weeks remaining the title that Jared Crawford won one season ago is wide open for the taking.
Joshua Laughton looks to have the NiCCS title in his grasps with two weeks left to go in the season as he continues to lead Tyler D Hudson by 293 points. Crawford, Dylan Duval and Timmy Hill complete the top five and with Crawford just seven points up on Duval, the battle within the top five overall is far from over!
Tyler Dalton takes the lead in Division Two after Week Ten while it is a triple digit lead for Chase Elliott in Division Three. Division Four sees Shelvin Johnson and Mike Quayle deadlocked at 921 points each after ten weeks of racing while Edward Smith2 has a comfortable lead in Division Five over Brandon Kettelle with two weeks to go. While Kevin Sockow enjoys an 88 point lead, Divisions Six through Nine have their leaders only out by 29 points or less including Adam Gilliland (29 point lead), Marten Tett (nine point lead), Willy Auer (12 point lead) and Chris A Wood (20 point lead).
The series now head to the Michigan International Speedway for Week Eleven of the series. “MIS” is a popular destination for the series and is slated to play home to nearly 2,000 iRacers over seven days of racing. Be here at inRacingNews to find out who comes out on top in the NiCCS and who takes the biggest jump towards their divisional championship!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!