Brandon Buchberger’s name may not quite be synonymous with the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series, but that’s not for wanting of trying – or a lack of results – on the part of the Sugar Grove, IL resident. Consider that, since first running the NiCCS seriously in 2009, Season 4, Buchberger has never finished worse than ninth in the overall standings; or that he’s amassed nearly 80 wins in that stretch.
True, the NiCCS title has been elusive – so far – the 24 year old Buchberger wheeled his Silverado into the series points lead in the early going on the strength of three wins in six starts, to enjoy a narrow edge on rivals Alex Warren and Tyler D Hudson. A frontrunner in the GSRacing.net Truck Series league, Buchberger is also making a run at qualifying for the 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship. He currently sits 31st in the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series standings, six places shy of the cut-off mark to qualify for the third edition of the NiSWC . . . not bad, considering he missed the NiPS season opener at Texas Motor Speedway.
With a NiCCS title and a spot in the 2012 NiSWC in his sights, it’s safe to say 2011 Season 4 is an important one in Buchberger’s sim racing career.
Q: How long have you been sim racing?
A: Since 2000.
Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: I played NR2K3 and my friend Jamie Macari gave me an invite before iRacing went public.
Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: Nationwide COT is my favorite car. Bristol and Dover are my favorite tracks.
Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: The competitiveness.
Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: Rating systems for IR and SR.
Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s). hi
A: Tanner Stoops and Mason Baker painted-up all my cars. They are mostly remakes of my favorite cup driver, Matt Kenseth.
Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Tourismo, etc.) do you do?
A: Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 3.
Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: iRacing, Battlefield, Driver
Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: Making Pro for the 2011 Pro Series.
Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: Every time I wreck.
Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: I would love to see super late models and either Slinger Speedway or Madison International Speedway.
Q: What person, living or dead, do you most admire? Why?
A: Alan Kulwicki. He ran things how he wanted to, and his Cup championship proved that he could do it his way.
Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: Sprint Cup Series
Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: The Golden Age of Wisconsin Auto Racing.
Alan Kulwicki . . . ran things how he wanted to, and his Cup championship proved that he could do it his way.
Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: How I Met Your Mother.
Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: Probably about 3.
Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: Nope, I come home and race to have fun and get away from the stresses of my job.