Heads of the Class
January 15th, 2013 by DavidP
Week Eleven of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Series took the cars and stars of the series to the two mile oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan: Michigan International Speedway. Known for its long green flag runs, Michigan allows drivers to test the tires and see who can control their race car for a fuel run. 828 sim-racers took the green flag during the week, with 268 of them laying-down a lap in a qualifying session.
Ryan Luza (Texas) has been the class of the field when it comes to qualifying in the B Series. He continued that trend at Michigan, claiming the overall pole for the week with a lap of 38.980 seconds. Luza was the only driver to break the 38 second bracket. Brandon Buie (Atlantic) would take the overall outside pole with a time of 29.071 seconds with Bill Brown (Florida) and Greg McKinney (Carolina) claiming third and fourth respectively. Veteran sim-racer, David Cater (Carolina), rounded-out the top five for the week.
The weekly Strength of Field (SoF) race on Friday night saw 29 drivers take the green flag. Luza led the field to green and also led the most laps. After two early cautions, the field would run the final seventy laps clean and green. After green flag pit stops, the race boiled-down to Luza v Danny Hansen (Midwest). Hansen closed to within a half a second of the lead, but was unable to get any closer as Luza claimed his second Friday night SoF win in a row. Hansen would finish that same half a second back in the second place with Dylan Duval (Eastern Canada) coming home third ahead of NiCBS points leader Brandon Jerrell (Atlantic) while Armando Vargas (California) closed-out the top five.
Hansen went on to claim the most points during Week Eleven (334) in three starts, with Duval claiming 322 points in his lone start for the week. Jerrell started two online races during the week and took home 309 points during the Friday night event. Armando Vargas claimed 297 points with SoF winner Luza earning 281 points in a dozen starts over the course of the week.
Division 1 driver Billy Weeks started the most events at Michigan with 24 total starts, claiming one win and eight top five finishes for his efforts. Luza collected nine checkered flags in his 12 starts to lead the “Wins” category for the week, while being part of a three way tie for “Top 5s” as he, Brian Day (Mid-South) and Matthew Cole (Georgia) all took 10 top five finishes. With his overall pole for the week, Luza also would take home the most poles for the week with 12.
With one week left in the chase for the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series points chase, Jerrell holds a 165 point lead over new second place man Luza. With eight weeks counted and drop weeks factored in, the race at Milwaukee this coming Friday night will decide who takes home the trophy. Tyler D Hudson (Mid-South) sits in third, 382 points out of the lead while Cater moves to fourth with Vargas sitting fifth with one week left in the season.
It all comes down to The Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin. Who will claim the NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Championship? Can Luza continue his hot streak and pick up his most important victory of the season? Can Jerrell keep Luza in check and take home his first championships? Find out only on inRacingnews.com.