The most recent NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) champion was back to his winning ways in Week Four at Richmond International Raceway. Tyler Hudson was one of a slew of top drivers who capitalized on a major sof race on Tuesday to gain championship points. As seemed to be the case in 2011 Season One though, Hudson not only got the upper hand on track but on the point sheet as he extended his point lead over the rest of the 3500 sim racers competing for the NiCCS crown.
The main event of the week was the May 24th, 5330 sof race at the tight confines of Richmond. To compare, the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship (NiSWC) race at the same track over a month ago carried a 5725 sof rating. Hudson led exactly half of the 120 laps in the trucks at Richmond and bested team mate Joshua Laughton for the win. Laughton led fifty-nine laps of a race which featured three leaders (including Dylan Slepian) and three lead changes. Josh Berry finished in third with Brad Wright over three seconds behind him in fourth. Wright had fifth place driver Jared Crawford under a second behind him at the finish. Completing the top six was Patrick Fogel. Because of the magnitude of the high sof race, the top six in this race ended- up as the top six for the week, with Hudson taking away a whopping 333 points for his win!
Of the weekly top seven, which included Bryan Blackford after he won in his only start at Richmond, six are holders of a Pro/WC license on the service. Crawford, who has put together a solid NiCCS season thus far, is the only pilot in the top seven from Richmond who does not hold a license enabling him to compete in NiSWC races.
Chris Vogel and Robert Bland saw the most green flags in Week Four with twenty-eight a piece. Sergey Zeon came home with the checkered flag eight times, one more than Eastern Canada Club’s Dylan Duval. Greg Harvey completed the most laps (2117) while Vogel led the most circuits at the Virginia speed plant with 892. The fastest qualifier for the week was Division Four’s Tom LaRose as he put a lap down in 21.808 seconds. Kevin King, Laughton, Cody Kutzner and Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge II champ Kenny Humpe completed the top five. AJ Wood won the Time Trial competition for Week Four over Justin Thomas, Ronald Quesenberry, Thomas D Smith and Steve Lutz.
The overall racing point standings picture sees Hudson atop the standings with 1075 points, sixty-two more than Laughton. Jody Green maintains third but Crawford has closed within four points of Green for the spot. NASCAR Nationwide Series freshman Timmy Hill completes the top five overall.
Jim Johnston leads after four weeks in Division Two while James Audi holds the advantage in Division Three. Buddy Higgins has only twenty points on Shelvin Johnson in the Division Four chase. Edward Smith2, Patrick Davis, Steven Mcgarrity, Steven Wiesner, Christopher Hoyle and Kevin Sockow lead in their respective Divisions after Week Four in 2011 Season Two.
Upcoming this week for the NiCCS is the Chicagoland Speedway. Will Hudson be able to stretch his lead further or will another driver step up to the plate in the battle for the season long championship? Catch the results from Week Five right here at inRacingNews next week!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!