Duval takes top split race.
The stars of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) took to Michigan International Speedway this past week for Round Eleven of the series. The popular race track brought-out over 1,700 sim racers, all of whom were gunning for the glory of obtaining a checkered flag in the virtual “Irish Hills.” In the end, it was MidSouth sim racer(and stalwart inRacingNews contributor) Jordan Hightower took away the overall victory for the week after a second place run in the top split race of the week.
Hightower scored 261 points in a 4452 sof race on Friday when he crossed the line behind Dylan Duval. Duval, who led the final four laps of the race en route to the victory, would go on to start five additional online races which left the Halifax, Nova Scotia resident with 229 points at the end of the week. Jeremy Nieland, Dustin Montgomery and Randy Hockaday completed the top five in the top split race which featured four cautions and six lead changes among six drivers. Eighteen drivers started the race.
Coming home in second for the week was Dylan Slepian. Slepian started four races during the seven day span and earned two victories. His biggest triumph came in a 4245 sof race on Friday when he topped a 19 car field. Slepian led six laps and crossed the line ahead of Jeremy R Allen, Chris Seymour, Jason Burstein and Brandon Buie. While Slepian’s point total for the week was 246 points, Allen’s total wound up at 236 after he started ten races over the week, winning four of those and placing fourth in points for the week. Seymour’s third place finish in this race was good enough to nail-down fifth overall for the week with his 235 points.
Third for the week was Ashley Miller. Miller, who represents the Carolina Club took home 244 points after a victory in a 3903 sof race on July 12th. Miller led 44 of the 80 laps at Michigan in the 20 truck field which saw Jameson Spies, Jesse Atchison, Scott Simley and Bryan Blackford post top five finishes.
Alan Jones started the most races of the week, answering the call to the green flag a total of 32 times over the seven day period. Rob Munoz won seven races for the week, the most of any other driver at Michigan. A total of 243 drivers took a checkered flag during the Week Eleven festivities. The fastest qualifier for the week was Stephan Pottier, as the Frenchman piloted his truck around the two-mile track in 39.868 seconds — a few ticks quicker than Miller, Adam Gilliland, Wyatt Foster and Taylon Center. Foster was the man when it came to the Time Trial competition. however, as he bested Bob Bieber, Marty Sponsler, Travis Adams and Ricky Small at MIS.
In terms of the big picture , Joshua Laughton has the NiCCS championship wrapped-up with one week to go. The Californian takes a 303 point lead into the final week of competition over Duval and Tyler D Hudson, who are tied for second place overall. Jared Crawford is fourth followed by Timmy Hill. Three divisions see close point battles between the top runners, including Division Four (Shelvin Johnson over Mike Quayle by 40 points), Division Eight (Willy Auer besting Shawn Sage by 23 points) and Division Nine (Colt Christian up over Chris A. Wood by 16 points). All other division leaders boast point leads of 74 points or more and they include Tyler Dalton (Division Two), Chase Elliott (Division Three), Edward Smith2 (Division Five), Gilliland (Division Six), Marten Tett (Division Seven) and Kevin Sockow (Division Ten).
The NiCCS heads into competition for the final time in 2011 Season Two this week at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Who will win the final week of racing and who will be crowned divisional champions in the most popular oval series on the series? Be here to find out!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!