Martinsville Speedway played host for Week Ten of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (fixed setup). Since hosting its first event in 1948, the speedway has been one of the most anticipated weekends in all of racing. The very unique “paperclip” design makes the track like no other on the circuit, which promotes a classic short track racing atmosphere that many fans enjoy.
Paul Kusheba (Connecticut) drove his No. 5 Silverado to victory lane during the week’s top Strength of Field event, toping Brandon Atkinson (Carolina) by 1.499 seconds. Alex Warren (Illinois) finished in the third position after starting seventh and turning the fastest lap of the race. Adam Gilliland (Texas) ended the event in fourth after starting third while Stephen Moore (California) rounded out the top five after leading ten laps in the 4758 SoF.
By taking the victory in the top SoF event, Kusheba netted 298 championship points for his great effort during the week. Atkinson’s second place finish earned him 280 points after leading 18 laps during the event. Kenneth O’Keefe (Eastern Canada) finished third overall, scoring 277 points after starting an amazing 20 events during the week and winning 16 of them. Mitchell Hunt (Carolina) made two starts during the week, earning one top five finish, and earning 271 points while Trey Jarrell (Virginias) completes the top five.
Taking a break from his normal duties behind the wheel of the No. 52 Zeno Controls/Verve Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship, Patrick Baldwin (Connecticut) laid down the fastest qualifying time of the week with a time of 19.536 seconds, just one hundredth of a second faster than O’Keefe. Two time NiSWC champion Ray Alfalla (Florida) continued the one hundredth of a second trend as he was exactly 0.01 seconds behind O’Keefe for the second position as Jarrell and Michael Conti (New Jersey) fill out the top five.
Matthew Wright2 (New York) holds a 22 point lead over JR Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry (Mid-South) after ten weeks of online racing. Lance Gomez Jr (New York) is currently 70 points behind Wright, but has the capability to make a late charge to boost himself into championship contention with two weeks remaining. Wade Hustad (Midwest) and Kollin Keister (Atlantic) are further back in the standings, each over 100 points behind. With just two weeks remaining, it will be a difficult task for either of these drivers to have a legit shot at earning the Season One championship.
The end of Season One is coming upon us, but there is still plenty of racing to come. The NiCCS (fixed setup) heads back to North Carolina for 40 circuits around Rockingham Speedway. The Rock is notoriously known as one of the most challenging tracks on the NASCAR circuit and is sure to provide excitement for those who attempt to take on the challenge.