A new stop on the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series was just what the doctor ordered for Kenny Humpe. The former Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge champion fought his way to the front from his eighth place starting position in the top split of the week to take the overall victory at Iowa Speedway to keep himself well within the championship picture after seven rounds of truck racing.
Humpe took home 220 points in Saturday’s 3520 sof race on at the 7/8-mile oval. The field of 16 trucks produced six cautions and the lead was exchanged 14 times with Humpe leading 61 of the 100 circuits in the event. Finishing second was Kevin McAdams with Michael Guest, Steven ORourke and Alex Ciambrone completing the top five in the event.
Second for the week belonged to New York sim racer Michael Tasillo. Tasillo had the field covered in a 3326 sof race on Tuesday as he started from the pole, whipped off the fastest lap and led 85 circuits in the race en route to the win. Tasillo finished nearly three seconds up on Thomas D Smith while Scott Simley, Chris J Miller and Jesse James weren’t too far back within the top five. Tasillo and Smith had plenty of reason to celebrate after the race as their point totals, chiming in at 208 and 195 respectively were good enough for second and third overall for the week.
Brandon Buie came home fourth for the week after gaining 194 points in a second place run to Adam Gilliland on Friday. The race, rated at 3290 sof featured six cautions and saw Gilliland lead just over half (52) of the 100 laps in the race. Finishing behind Buie included ORourke, Guest and Ciambrone. Gilliland would go on to start a total of ten races over the seven days, winning in three and wrapping up Round Seven with 176 markers.
North Carolina sim racer Nick Ottinger came home in fifth overall out of 1,243 drivers to race in Week Seven. Ottinger started six races over the week and emerged victorious in half of those runs. The biggest of his victories came on Sunday during a 3178 sof race where he led 83 laps en route to the win over G Allen Lewis, Chris Overland, EJ ORourke and Guest. Ottinger earned the victory after starting 13th in the race and took the lead for the first and final time on Lap 18.
Jeremy Poole2 saw the most green flags of the week, making 33 starts at Iowa and picking up five wins, one off the pace of the win leaders for the week. Christopher Arndt, Jim Collins and Brian V Macklin each brought back six checkered flags, tops of the 140 drivers who paraded at least one checkered flag throughout the week. British Columbia, Canada’s Dustin Lengert topped the charts in qualifying with a 24.088 seconds over Smith, Ashley Miller, Justin Fuller and Lewis. Miller was the head of the class in the Time Trial competition, besting Smith, Mark Russell, Tasillo and Jason Martin3.
Smith takes the lead after seven weeks on the NiCCS, taking the top spot over Miller by just three points, 1273 to 1270. In with 1212 points is Jesse James, who holds a one point advantage over Guest for the spot. Completing the top five is Chris Overland, three points out of fourth. Christopher Arndt, Dusty Routh, Tommy Lark, Jonathon Mohon, Ben Atcher, Brian Manchester, Jason Wallen, Jason VanKleeck and Herve Heydt hold the leads in Divisions Two through Ten respectively.
Next up for the NiCCS is the only super speedway on the 2011 Season Three docket at Talladega SuperSpeedway. Labeled as a “wildcard” to some chasing the championship, the big track is sure to present some intense racing in Week Eight of the 12 week campaign. Find out who comes out on top here next week at inRacingNews!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!