One of the all time leaders in wins on the GSRacing.net Truck Series notched his 13th series victory on Thursday when Tyler Hudson took the checkered flag first in the Fastrac Sports Marketing 125 at Dover International Speedway. This was the first victory at the one-mile Delaware oval for Hudson and the AdaSignWraps.com Chevrolet in the Truck Series. The NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship driver took the lead from Richmond winner Jason Karlavige with 15 laps remaining in the 125 lap online racing event and held on from there for the win in the first “Chase to the GSRacing.net Truck Series Championship” race of the 2011-12 season.
Karlavige eventually finished second after a scuffle on the back straightaway with Kevin King saw the latter plummet from third to 14th in the final running order. Jordan Hightower and Josh Connors scored their best career Truck Series finishes by placing third and fourth at Dover respectively. Completing the top five in the race was Danny Hansen the top Chase driver in the field.
Point leader Thomas Hazard led the most laps (57) of the race before getting swept up in one of the event’s 11 caution flags. Hazard finished 16th in the Fastrac Sports Marketing 125 and lost the point lead for the first time this season. Six leaders swapped the lead eight times in the event. Karlavige started from the pole position with a qualifying time of 23.729 seconds. Mark Bratcher gained the most positions in the Fastrac Sports Marketing 125 as he moved from his last row starting spot to finish seventh on the evening. Chad Coleman took the lead in the Tim’s Corner Challenge, a contingency bonus between drivers who run the Tim’s Corner logo on their GSRacing.net Truck Series entries. Coleman leads by six points over Richard Beasley with four races to go. The Fastrac Sports Marketing 125 took one hour, 25 minutes to complete.
Hazard’s misfortunes move Talladega winner Brandon Kettelle into the top spot in the standings after the first of five chase events. Hansen and Hazard are tied for second, three points behind Kettelle. Chris Overland and Coleman complete the top five in the standings, just six and seven points behind the #80 Justin Brooks Designs Chevrolet.
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The next race for the GSRacing.net Truck Series is the Mason Baker Designs 150 at the Kentucky Speedway. How will the first of two new Chase venues on the series affect the Chase? Find out on Thursday, January 10th, starting at 9pm Eastern on the Web Racing Network (www.webracingnetwork.com).
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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 Series World Championship. Races throughout the 2011 season are conducted on Thursday nights with select races with live flag-to-flag coverage on ETV and WebRacingNetwork.com.