Ashley Miller took one big step forward in his bid to win the 2011 Season 3 NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) title this past week. Miller took the overall victory of the week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Week Ten and outscored his nearest competitor in the championship chase, Thomas D Smith, by 61 points.
Miller’s 251 point total came from the top split race of the week on Tuesday. Miller led all but five of the 90 laps in the 4023 sof race en route to the win over John Highside, Jesse James, Parker Kligerman and Tanner Stoops. Twenty drivers started the race, which featured six cautions and just two lead changes. In fact, the field was so strong in this single race that Highside (237), James (224) and Kligerman (211) each scored enough points to be in the top five for the week, placing second, fourth and fifth overall respectively.
The only other driver appearing in the top five overall for Week Ten amongst 1,736 other competitors was third place Alex Warren. Warren, who is competing for his Pro license in 2011 Season 3 made four starts in the NiCCS division this past week, winning in three of those events. His biggest point total came from a 3729 sof race on October 5th in which he took the win over Joshua B Gerrald, Alex Ciambrone, Adam Gilliland and Brandon Kettelle. Warren led 60 laps in the event which featured six lead changes and just one caution period in the 90 lap duration. When the dust settled for the week, Warren was awarded with 230 points.
Making the most starts for the week at Charlotte was Mike Kirby as he saw 32 green flags over the seven day span. When it came to grabbing checkered flags, the most successful sim racers were Scotty MacMichael and former series champion and NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship pilot Tyler D Hudson – each of whom grabbed eight wins at CMS. Gilliland was the fastest driver in qualifying for the week, lapping the 1.5 mile Charlotte oval in a time of 30.531 seconds. G Allen Lewis was second ahead of Miller, David Krikorian and Carson McClelland. Miller was also tops in the Time Trial competition for the week, besting his nearest racing championship rival Smith, Mark Russell, Marty Sponsler and Bill Brown for the top honor on Week Ten.
Miller (1631) now leads Smith (1571) by 60 points with just two weeks remaining in the NiCCS season. James (1526), Michael Guest (1475) and Chris Overland (1451) complete the top five overall at the end of Week Ten. Lewis leads Division Two while Dusty Routh holds the advantage in Division Three. The gap is over 100 points back from Division Four leader Tommy Lark while Jonathan Mohon has a 92 point cushion in Division Five. Brian Manchester (Division Seven), Jason Wallen (Division Eight), Devin Chapman (Division Nine) and Herve Heydt (Division Ten) each hold comfortable leads while the closest battle comes in Division Six as Brian VanMierlo leads Ben Atcher by just 28 points.
Next up for the NiCCS is the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Can Miller keep up the momentum towards the 2011 Season 3 title or can Smith step up his game and make up the points he lost last week? Find out the answers to those questions and more next week at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!