Gale Force Racing’s Jason Karlavige is quickly making a name for himself on the iRacing service. The sim racer who has made selected starts in the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series and who is a winner in the GSRacing.net Truck Series put another big stamp on his resume by winning Week Ten in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series at the Kentucky Speedway.
The Pennsylvanian’s week-winning victory came during Friday’s 3426 Strength of Field race, as he led 27 of the 90 laps to defeat Allen Lewis, Greg Spears, Mason Weitzel and Heath Hindman. The race featured nine cautions and saw 15 lead changes amongst ten drivers with Karlavige leading the most laps after starting on pole. Karlavige took away 215 points for the win.
Chad McCumbee came home second for the week after he topped Tuesday’s 3342 SoF race. McCumbee led 39 laps of the race and finished five seconds ahead of Michael Guest, William Dick, Scotty MacMichael and Michael Taylor. The tempo of the race was slowed by six yellow flags and saw six lead changes amongst three drivers with pole-sitter MacMichael leading half of the 90 laps in the online race. McCumbee scored 210 points for the win while Guest’s197 points was enough to put him in fifth for the week amongst the 838 sim racers who made the virtual tow to the Bluegrass state.
Lewis also made headlines by winning a 3360 SoF race on January 7. Lewis paced the field for 56 laps in defeating Neal Dobson, Mark Lambert, Aaron Easler and Austin Ogonoski. Hindman started from the pole and led 12 laps but slipped to 14th at the finish. Six cautions slowed the race which had eight lead changes. Combined with his other start, Lewis managed to snag 205 points for his efforts at Kentucky.
Alex Warren kept his title hopes alive in Week Ten by finishing second to Dylan Duval on Monday in one of the highest ranked races of the week. Duval led 34 laps in the 3477 SoF event en route to the win. Warren started from the pole, led 49 laps and finished second, followed by Richard Dean, Thomas D Smith and Alex Ciambrone. The top four exchanged the top spot amongst themselves six times while four yellow flags slowed the race. Warren collected 200 points for second place while Duval would go on start two more races on the week, which brought his point total down to 11th best in the series during Week Ten.
Hal James christened the new venue for the series by making 25 starts, the most of any driver over the seven days of racing. Jesse James took home the most checkered flags, winning nine times at Kentucky. Pro Series driver Jukka Savolainen was the quickest driver in qualifying as he posted a pole time of 31.610 seconds. Brodie Kostecki, MacMichael, Jamie Teague and Ashley Miller completed the top five in qualifying. Thomas D Smith scored the win in the Time Trial competition, coming out in front of Dominic Krischke, Michael Tasillo and Eric Hoggarth.
The point gap atop the standings is now nine points as the series heads into the final two races at Pocono and Bristol. Brandon Buchberger leads Warren by just nine markers (1700-1691) while Smith sits in third, 42 points behind the leader. David Krikorian and Miller complete the top five overall in the series. Greg Evans, William Dick, Austin Lamberth, Milt Matice, Morgan Schooley, Kevin Sockow, Dan Hass, Adrian Bennett and Frank Hudson top the Divisonal standings
Next week for the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series is the Pocono Raceway. Who will be able to tame the tricky triangle and who can take the advantage atop the point standings? Find out next week, here at inRacingNews!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!