While “Smoke” was dethroning Jimmie Johnson at Homestead-Miami Speedway, iRacing.com members had races of their own taking place every two hours around the 1.5 mile track. Much like their physical world counterparts, NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series sim racers had to find the balance between a strong setup speed wise, all the while not eating-up those all important tires. With that being the case, it offered the chance for veterans to school the newcomers on how to balance their setup correctly, while driving it to perfection. However, some newcomers to the series did not stand idly by as the big boys drove to the front.
NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship race winner Steve Sheehan started only one race on the week, but that one start was in a high enough strength of field (SoF) to earn himself top honors for the week. Sheehan started twelfth in the 3731 SoF race and picked his way through the field, taking the lead late and edging Joshua B Gerrald for the win. John Gregorio dominated the race, leading 85 of the 100 laps, but could not hold-off the charging veteran when it mattered. Brian Macklin had a solid race finishing fourth, while Todd Witkowski rounded-out the top five.
The story of the week was Pro, and former Pro, drivers clustering at the top of the leader board, and the standings look much the same way. Kevin King finished second to Sheehan overall on the week, with his teammate Thomas Hazard slotting in behind him. Former NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series driver, and current NiCLAS points leader, Nicholas Morse put in another solid week in fourth, tying the always lively Brian Schoenburg.
Terry Garska not only could not get enough of Homestead Miami Speedway, he just cannot get enough of iRacing.com as he once again leads the way with starts on the week. This week Garska notched twenty-two starts as he continues to improve. Carolina’s Ivan Garcia wracked-up fourteen starts on the week, while Dwayne Vincent notched twelve. Vincent was the only driver of the three to capture a win, Vincent had one win and eight top fives in his twelve starts. Nobody threw-down a ridiculous number of wins on the week at HMS, witness the fact that only two drivers scored three wins (Joni Hagner and Jukka Savolainen), while eight drivers found victory lane two times.
King and Morse have quite the points battle taking shape, although it’s still early in the season. While Morse tries to put together solid races, King simply tries to hand it to his competition. With King winning seven of his eight starts thus far, he currently sits atop the season standings.
Next week while NASCAR’s top three series will be starting their vacations and off-season moves, The NiCLAS will still be working hard, this time at Bristol Motor Speedway. Although since the repaving the track has seemed to cool down a bit, aggression will still be a must for the drivers who want to muscle their way into victory lane.