NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship driver Thomas Hazard took home the overall victory during Week Eleven action in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) at the Texas Motor Speedway. Hazard, point leader in the GSRacing.net Truck Series, grabbed the NiCCS victory by taking control of the top split online race of the week at the popular Texas oval.
Hazard’s win in the 3809 Strength of Field race on October 17th didn’t come easilyy for the sim racing veteran as he started 13th in the 20 truck field. Hazard wasted no time climbing through the pack though, capturing the lead on Lap 13 and holding the position for 42 of the 90 total laps in the race. Second in the race belonged to Byron Daley with David Krikorian, Chris Overland and Ryan Luza completing the top five. Three cautions slowed the pace of the event, which saw a dozen lead changes. Hazard would score 238 points for the win while Daley’s 225 point total was good enough for him to capture third overall for the week among 1,450 drivers who took a green flag in the Lone Star state.
Second for the week was point leader Ashley Miller. Miller was successful in his one and only start for the week on Tuesday as he bagged the win in a 3771 sof race. Miller led 73 laps in the race while his nearest championship rival — Thomas D Smith — finished second on the night ahead of Travis Laukhuf, Justin Brown and Jesse Atchison. Miller recorded 238 points in the race, which featured just one caution and three lead changes. In an attempt to keep pace with Miller, Smith pocketed 221 points from this race, which resulted in a fourth place overall finish for the week.
Fifth overall for the week belonged to Dustin Lengert. Lengert scored 211 points in a second place run to Atchison in a 3616 sof race on Tuesday. Atchison led 75 of the 90 laps in the race which saw four yellow flags and nine lead changes. Lengert led three circuits in the event before falling to second, ahead of Krikorian, Overland and Heath Hindman.
Robert Bland made 29 starts on the week, the most of any other NiCCS competitor. The Florida Club sim racer also took the most wins of the week, coming home victorious no less than nine times. Krikorian was the quickest in qualifying as he posted a time of 30.427 seconds around the 1.5-mile Texas configuration. Michael Guest, G Allen Lewis, Alex Warren and Brian Viola rounded-out the top five in qualifying. Krikorian also took top Time Trial honors for the week ahead of Smith, Lewis, Miller and Mark Russell.
The point standings see Smith trailing Miller by 64 points, 1686 to 1622. Jesse James is third with 1535 points, ahead of the battle for fourth, which features Michael Guest (1488) just fifteen points up on Chris Overalnd (1473) for the position with just one week remaining on the schedule. Lewis leads Division Two while Dusty Routh has a firm grip on Division Three. Tommy Lark, Jonathan Mohon, Brian VanMierlo, Brian Manchester, Jason Wallen, Devin Chapman and Herve Heydt also lead their respective divisions after eleven weeks of racing.
Next up for the NiCCS is the season finale for 2011 Season Three at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Miller appears to have the title wrapped-up, but can Smith somehow shock and win big in Florida? Find out here, next week at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!