Thomas Hazard entered the JoeTheShoe 120 at Phoenix International Raceway leading the GSRacing.net Truck Series on Thursday night by a single point. At the end of the night, he not only left with his point lead intact but also with the checkered flag. Hazard captured his league-leading fourth victory of the season by taking the win in the penultimate online race of the 2011-12 campaign. 2011 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Champion Ray Alfalla chased Hazard to the line at the finish, ending-up two tenths off Hazard at the completion of the 120-lap affair. Kevin King rebounded from an earlier accident to finish third, besting Jon Adams and Brandon Buchberger at the checkered silk.
Brian Schoenburg started the JoeTheShow 120 from the pole position with a time of 27.442 seconds while Alfalla led the most laps of the event as he paced the field for 49 of the 120 circuits. Eight leaders swapped the lead eight times while the caution flew a total of 11 times. Alfalla advanced his 28th starting position by 26 positions to take the Hard Charger Award, while Schoenburg was the top driver running a Tim’s Corner Motorsports logo on his truck as a part of the Tim’s Corner Challenge. Chad Coleman leads the standings in that six race miniseries over Richard Beasley with just one race to go. The JoeTheShow 120 took one hour, 22 minutes to complete.
With just one race to go in the GSRacing.net Truck Series itself, Hazard leads the point chase by 12 points over Danny Hansen following the latter’s seventh place finish at Phoenix. Brandon Kettelle falls to third, 14 points behind Hazard while Dylan Duval (Halifax, NS) sits 25 points behind the point lead heading into the season finale at Atlanta. Kettelle and Duval finished 11th and 18th respectively in the JoeTheShow 120.
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The final event for the fourth GSRacing.net Truck Series season takes the field to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Massingill Expert Services 200. This race has been a classic in the past and with a championship on the line and a new titlist to be crowned, the race comes with great importance within the sim racing community. Practice opens at 8pm Eastern on Thursday, February 10th with the live broadcast of the season finale going live with qualifying at 9pm Eastern on WebRacingNetwork.com.
About the GSRacing.net Truck Series:
The GSRacing.net Truck Series is one of iRacing’s premier independently hosted series. The Truck Series is in its third full season and is frequented by the top drivers in the sim community, including those from the NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship. Races throughout the 2011 season are conducted on Thursday nights with select races with live flag-to-flag coverage on ETV and WebRacingNetwork.com.