Denny Hamlin (NSCS) and Aric Almirola (NCWTS) were not the only drivers to win at Michigan International Speedway this week. The NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series stormed into MIS for some of the best online racing of the season. The high banked 2.0 mile oval provided for excellent side-by-side sim racing, and some surprise winners.
Marc Wulf led twenty laps in the top split of the week, en route to his first career NiPS win. Wulf edged-out the hard-charging Charles Cosper, who is having himself a stellar season thus far. Cosper now finds himself up to thirteenth in the points, well inside the cut-off for the next iRacing.com Drivers World Championship Series.
In one of the most exciting races of the week, Josh Berry slid around the outside of Parker Kligerman to take the Wednesday night win. Berry, who all but dominated the race, made the choice to pit for two tires with five laps remaining, while Kligerman rolled the dice by staying on track in seventh position. Klilgerman’s strategy worked, as he was able to hold on for second, but could not hold off Berry.
“My car really wasn’t that great I thought,” Berry said after his win. “I could never seem to get the balance where I wanted it. Of course, we had a late race caution like I was afraid of, and I actually made the right call by taking two tires. I got a good start and was able to get around Parker on the outside…. ”
Steve Sheehan, Ben Sexton and Theo Olson were also able to find victory lane this week at Michigan. For Sheehan it was a turn in the right direction, as he has had cars capable of winning all season but has never had the luck to go with them. On the other hand, Sexton’s win was a bit of a surprise as he conceded after the race. He didn’t have much better than a tenth place car, but made the right calls and closed the deal for his first NiPS win.
Justin Trombley continued his impressive season, taking over the points lead from Brad Davies. Davies had a bit of misfortune, which slid him down to fifth in points. However it’s early, and it’s still anyone’s guess who will be on top at the end of the season.