Williamson shines at Atlanta
While Joshua Laughton was spraying the champagne in celebration of his 2011 Season Two championship in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS), nearly 1,400 other sim racers took to the track to gain one last shot at glory in the season. The Atlanta Motor Speedway played the host to Round Twelve of the NiCCS with Brandon Williamson and Thomas Hazard emerging with the same point totals (240 points), with each taking a different path to the top of the mountain during the final week of racing.
Williamson started four races and took home a trio of victories. His biggest win came during a 4050 sof race on Tuesday as “B-Dub” bested a 20 truck field. The race, which carried the top rating of the week, featured five yellow flags and saw Williamson lead just five laps en route to the win over Jeremy Thornton, Cody Hackl, Justin Brooks and Jeremy Nieland. The race featured eight leaders swapping the lead nine times between them with Jon Adams leading the most laps with 36. Thornton and Hackl amassed 239 and 226 points respectively in the race which gained them the third and fourth spots overall for the week.
Hazard’s only start for the week resulted in a victory on Monday. The 3839 sof race featured 19 trucks and saw six yellow flags over the 90 lap event. Hazard led an all-NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship top four with Josh Berry, Daniel Pope II and Brad Wright following him to the checkered flag, while Zach Rupcic came home with a fifth place run. Hazard led 11 laps in the race while Pope II paced the field for the most laps with 42. Berry’s point total of 226 points in this race was good enough to seed the Mid-South Club driver with fifth overall for the week.
Tony Ruberti started the most races of the week with 42 while Brooks took home the most checkered flags with 11. Brooks was also the fastest driver in qualifying, besting 529 other drivers with a 30.289 seconds. Adam Gilliland came second with Marty Arnett, Daniel Williamson and Dylan Duval completing the top five in qualifying at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
At the completion of the eleventh season of NiCCS racing on the service, Laughton comes home as the champion with 2080 points. His mark of 2080 points is third all time mark when it comes to most points scored in a single season in the series, behind Ray Alfalla’s 2312 in 2009 Season Two and Berry’s 2127 in 2010 Season One. Dylan Duval’s performance in Week Twelve gained the Halifax, Nova Scotia driver enough points to edge Tyler D Hudson by nine points, 1786 to 1777 for the runner-up spot. Jared Crawford came home with fourth overall (1724 points) with NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year contender Timmy Hill (1694 points) rounding-out the top five overall. Berry, DJ Lyon, Ashley Miller, Brandon Buchberger and Chris Seymour will have the distinction of being a top ten overall driver in the NiCCS in 2011 Season Two of 4,686 drivers to compete over the twelve weeks of competition.
Tyler Dalton brought home the Division Two championship by 98 points over Satoru Ohno. Georgia’s Chase Elliott handily defeated his competition in Division Three. Mike Quayle’s victory in Division Four meanwhile was by just a single point over Shelvin Johnson (983-982). Edward Smith2 took top honors in Division Five with Gilliland taking the Division Six title. Thirty-four points was the difference between Marten Tett and TJ Thompson in Division Seven. Shawn Sage took the championship in Division Eight while Chris A. Wood edged Colt Christian by 13 points in Division Nine. Kevin Sockow completed an impressive season in Division Ten by winning the divisional title in the last of the skill-matched divisions.
Andrew Berger took top honors in the Time Trial competition by just four points over Thomas D Smith. Bob Bieber, David Geske and Michael Tasillo completed the top five overall with Bieber, Jason Martin3, Quayle, Alan Kossek, Andy Varewyck, Mike Koch, Edward Szigeti, Steve Vayanos and William Burton taking Divisional championships in the ten-lap, beat the clock contest. Ashley Miller took top honors for Week Twelve at Atlanta.
The twelfth season of the NiCCS will go green on August 2 at Pocono Raceway and is expected to be one of the biggest seasons in the history of iRacing. Be here at inRacingNews to find out who takes the top honors each week en route to the 2011 Season Three title!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!