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Justin Douglas (1) leads a group of racers through Turns One and Two.

Richmond International Raceway plays host to Week Three of the NASCAR Class C Series (open setup), which is a favorite track among many sim racers within the service. The track is one of the fastest short tracks in the country which allows for drivers to get the best of both worlds when it comes to racing–the sense of speed as well as the beating and banging that short track racing generally provides. A total of 635 racers attempted at least one race during the week, but the fastest sim racer in Texas brought home the checkered flag in the week’s high Strength of Field and earned the most championship points as a result.

Ryan Luza took the checkered flag first in the 3803 Strength of Field by 1.010 seconds over Tyler D Hudson (Mid-South) after leading 80 of the race’s 100 laps. Joshua Laughton (California) brought his Wheelmen Inc/Hoosier Tire Silverado home in the third position after also starting from third. Jason Karlavige (Pennsylvania) continued the trend of starting where you qualified as he finished in the fourth position after starting in that same spot. Brian Viola (Mid-South) rounds out the top five, finishing 9.613 seconds back after starting from the seventh position.

With the victory in the week’s high Strength of Field event, Luza earned 237 championship points. Hudson made six starts during the week which included five wins and six top five finishes and allowed him to earn 228 points for the week. 2012 Season Four champion Kenny Humpe (Ohio) made 15 starts during the week, finishing in the top five in each of the races, and winning an incredible 14 times, amassing 207 points in the process. Laughton’s third place effort in the week’s high SoF event earned him 205 points, which slotted him into the fourth position overall for Week Three and Brenden Koehler (Pennsylvania) completes the top five.

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A group of racers battle down the frontstretch.

Luza continued his hot streak into qualifying as he put down the fastest lap of the week over Humpe (20.283 vs 20.317 seconds). Hudson ended the week in the third position with a time of 20.341, which proved to be very beneficial to his success during the week. Laughton’s time of 20.360 was good enough to place him in the fourth position and filling the remaining of the top five was Johnny Housley (Mid-South).

After three weeks of online racing, Humpe now leads Alex Scribner (Texas) by 30 points in the season standings. Nick Neben’s season is off to a good start as he sits in the third positon, just 36 points behind teammate Humpe for the top spot. Carl Taylor (Mid-South) and Viola complete the remainder of the top five.

Next week, the sim racers will head to Daytona International Speedway for 2.5 miles of superspeedway action. Check back next week for a full recap of the action that is the NASCAR Class C Series (open setup).

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