It is always an adventure when the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series (NiCAS) rolls into Talladega, Alabama for seventy laps of drafting, and Week Ten of the tour lived up to expectations. With the championship hanging in the balance, as well as a coveted spot in the 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series (NiPS), the stakes have never been higher. With so many drivers in contention this late into the season, it made the always constant fear of “The Big One” even scarier knowing it could put an end to their NiPS hopes.
Where there is risk, there is reward, and it was Dylan Duval who was able to steer clear of the big wreck and take home 359 points for top honors of the week. Although already having a spot clinched for the 2012 NiPS, this gave Duval much needed momentum heading into the challenging Pro season. Overall points leader Joey Brown continued his stellar season earning 354 points at the 2.66 mile “D” shaped oval, placing him second overall on the week behind Duval. Although Brown beat all of his competition on the track, he saw his points lead shrink as the hard charging Landon Huffman utilized a drop week and his 331 points were enough to move him into second overall in the standings, trimming Brown’s lead to just over 100.
Brandon Kettelle is another driver already locked into the 2012 NiPS, but will be entering with some momentum as he went third overall in Week Ten at Talladega with 341 points. In fifth behind Huffman was the former NiPS race winner and NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship (NiSWC) driver Jason Burstein. The solid week for Burstein was vital as he now sits seventh in the standings, but still not comfortably inside the top ten which will transfer to the NiPS.
Participation soared as the playing field was leveled from the draft, making all the races of the week not only jam packed, but extremely fun to be a part of. John Cordon of the Florida Club made his mark on the week with twenty eight starts and ten top fives. Two other drivers started twenty or more races on the week, Corey Hefley and William Roberts. Hefley took his twenty five starts and turned them into eight wins, leading the way of all the 1,095 drivers who took parts in the weekly racing. Adrian Duncan was second overall on the week with three wins, ahead of Frank Buschini and Kyle Robinson who were the only drivers with over two wins.
With the points battle tightening up the NiCAS will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for 110 laps around the mile and a half speedway. A trip back to the intermediate sized track is exactly what the doctor ordered for a few bubble drivers hoping to claw their way into the NiPS, while for others these tracks have been a struggle to this point in the season. Brown heads in with the points lead and momentum but he has a hard charging Huffman and Dustin Montgomery in his rear view mirror. Charlotte will be the second to last race of the season, so the time is now for any driver hoping to make a late season charge. As always check back at inRacingNews.com for a full recap of the week’s racing action!