Thomas Hazard (Rochester, MN) took the lead in the Trading Paints 150 for the first and final time on Lap 38 en route to the victory in Round Five of the GSRacing.net Truck Series. Hazard, who claimed his third win of the season, out-dueled Josh Berry (Mooresville, NC) and Kevin King (San Diego, CA) for the victory in the late stages of the 100-lap online race. Most of the field fought against their fuel tanks at the end of the race after a 60 lap green flag run to the finish left many of the front runners saving gas at the end . . . including Hazard, who ran out of fuel on the cool-down lap. Tyler Hudson (Brandon, MS), who along with King was making his first start of the season, came home in fourth while Brandon Williamson (Powder Springs, GA) completed the top five.
Hazard led the most laps of the race, pacing the field for the final 63 laps. Seven leaders swapped the lead eight times in a race which was slowed only four times by caution. The Trading Paints 150 took one hour, seven minutes to complete. Thirty-six iRacing Chevrolet Silverados started the race with three drivers failing to finish. Nick Ottinger (Claremont, NC) took the pole for the event with a time of 29.886 seconds around Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval. Byron Daley (Bronx, NY) gained 16 positions en route to picking up the Hard Charger Award. Daley wound-up finishing sixth on the night. Josh Parker (Cranston, RI) locked himself into the race with a time of 29.949 seconds in the “Go or Go Home Qualifying” while Jeremy Allen (Indianapolis, IN) punched his ticket to Monday’s race at Watkins Glen with his win in the Consolation Race.
With his win, Hazard assumes possession of the point lead by 28 points over Jon Adams (Hiram, GA). Brandon Buchberger (Sugar Grove, IL) is three points behind Adams for second with Rod Merritts Jr (State College, PA) and Williamson completing the top five.
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The next event for the GSRacing Truck Series is Monday, November 14th when the series visits Watkins Glen International Raceway. With a majority of the series drivers heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend to toast Ray Alfalla’s (Cape Coral, FL) NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship crown, officials made the decision to move the race to a Monday evening. Racing gets underway at 9pm Eastern and can be seen live on Elite Sim Racing Television.
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.com Series World Championship. Races throughout the 2011 season are conducted on Thursday nights with select races with live flag-to-flag coverage on WebRacingNetwork.com.