Last week the NASCAR iRacing.com Series made its second stop of the season to the world’s fastest half mile: Bristol Motor Speedway. Tyler D Hudson is still the man on top of the points in the series over Landon Harrison.
Thursday night was the first of the week’s four online races and Rafael Doninelli and Garry Loney made up the first front row of the week. You had to look deeper into the starting grid to find the real class of the field, namely Hudson. The points leader started from the 16th spot, and after working through a lot of traffic in the early laps, took the top spot. He went on to lead the most laps (142) in the 250 lap race to bring home the win, holding off Jeremy Thornton for the victory. What’s more, Hudson added to his big points lead over Harrison who was a no-show for the first race of the week.
Week 22 of the NASCAR iRacing.com Series continued on Saturday with a packed day of sim-racing featuring a pair of 250 lap races. In the first event, Jason Jacoby grabbed the pole with Marko Penttinen starting on his outside. Jacoby started the race on a high note leading 67 laps before some bad luck cut his race short and he finished 168 laps down. His bad luck became good luck for the guy who started on his outside, Penttinen. The Finn went on to lead just 17 laps, but he was out front when the checkered flew taking the win from countryman Aleksi Elomaa and France’s Simon Crochart.
Soon it was time for race two of the day. When it became time to grid for race three of the week, Crochart would be the man on the point with Hudson going for his second win of the week from the outside of the front row. Crochart and Hudson would battle back and forth for the entire 250 lap race. But when it was down to the last laps Hudson was the man on top adding to his points lead over Harrison by picking up his second win is as many starts.
Sunday was the last day of racing in Thunder Valley for Week 22 of the NiS and Hudson was looking for the third win in as many starts. When it was time to grid he did just that from the second spot on the grid, outside of pole-sitter Brenden Koehler. Hudson played a strategic game, pitting every chance he got early in the race, then took the lead for the first time on Lap 106. He never looked back. When the checkered flew Hudson had held-off a late charge by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Timmy Hill to grab his third win of the week.
With his three wins, Hudson added some 300 points to his already hefty lead over the absent Harrison and is red hot going into week 23 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.