Virginias Club sim racer Trey Jarrell started-off the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) in 2012 Season One with a boost of momentum. After hitting the ground running in Week One at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jarrell followed-up with an overall weekly victory during the Week Two stop at the Richmond International Raceway. With only twelve weeks comprising this season, Jarrell has made a quick, but impressive bid in a short period of time to take away the popular oval series crown this season.
The season started with over 1,600 sim racers taking to the virtual track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Scotty MacMichael escaped the 1.5-mile oval with the most points of his peers following a win in a 3481 Strength of Field (SoF) race on February 1st. MacMichael led a dozen of the 90 laps in the race en route to the win over John Gregorio, Tucker Wingo, John Gibson and NASCAR Nationwide Series 2011 Rookie of the Year Timmy Hill. The win for MacMichael was worth 219 championship points.
The top split race of Week One took place on February 4th when Justin Brooks went to victory lane following a caution free affair. Brooks led 44 laps and finished over a second ahead of DJ Lyon, Heath Hindman, Brandon Hauck and Brandon Buie. Five leaders exchanged the lead five times with Brooks leading the most laps in the race. Brooks scored 221 points in the event but would go onto made four additional starts and completed the week with 202 points, two behind the week’s second place driver, Brett Renfrow.
Completing the top ten overall for the week at Charlotte included Brodie Kostecki, Chad Pruitt, Wes Weidman, Jeremy Gannon, Joshua Daniels, Peter Bennett and Jarrell. Mike Connelly made the most starts of the week with 28 while Tom Nicholas took seven wins, the most of any other driver at the Concord, North Carolina track. Kenny Humpe took the pole for the week with a 28.745 second lap over Pruitt, Kostecki, Brooks and Hauck. Hauck was the top dog in Time Trials as he defeated Bill Brown, Chaseton David, John Broussard and Tom Moustakas.
Jarrell’s big win to open the season came during Round Two at Richmond. The 120-lap race featured seven cautions and two lead changes amongst three leaders with third place finisher Brooks leading the most laps at 67. Finishing in the runner-up spot was Alan Jones while Pruitt and Devan Hall completed the top five. The race was rated at 3593 SoF, which was the top split of the week, and Jarrell collected a225 points for the victory.
Brooks was second for the week after four starts resulted in one win and 189 points. Mark Lambert was third, followed by Kevin Jones, Jukka Savolainen, Justin Trombley, Allen Lewis, Cody Kutzner, Pruitt and Phil Juhring. Maxx Harris took the green flag 32 times at Richmond while Hall held the checkered flag eight times – leading their respective categories for the week. Humpe once again took the pole for the week with a 20.425 second lap, besting David Krikorian, Pruitt, Juhring and Hall, while Krikorian set the pace in Time Trials over Darryl Sutherland, Jason Martin3, Bill Brown and Derrick Stone.
Jarrell exits the first two weeks of the 12 week campaign with a 22 point lead on Brooks, 413 to 391. Pruitt is third with 372 points, with Savolainen (366) and Juhring (355) completing the top five overall after Richmond. Divisional point leaders after Round Two include Kevin Jones, Ian Hann, Michael Atkins Jr., Rock Harris, Michael Valentin, Douglas Miller2, John Cordon, Kevin Smith5 and Jesse Streit.
The next race for the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series will take the tailgaters to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. You can follow along with the series here at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track.