Who will bump their way into the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series?

As we get closer to the finish of the 2013 Season 2, the battle to get into Elite Eleven of the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series intensifies. This past week drivers were at Kentucky Speedway and some drivers leapt into the cut as others  fell out.   When all is said and done, drivers are positioning themselves to set-up a run for the last quarter of the season.

The Magic Number has gone down from 2655 to 2599 points. Again as we close-out the season this number will go down again but, as of right now, these sim-racers should be targeting the latter number to clinch mathematically.

No one was able to clinch at Kentucky Speedway, but some of the top 50 were eliminated from obtaining 11th place or better.

ALMOST SAFE

POS NAME PNTS DROP CLINCH # IN?
1 Randy Hockaday 2453 252 398 IN
2 Tom Moustakas 2409 262 452 IN
3 Simon Crochart 2369 0 230 IN

Simon Crochart did not participate last week so it made for Randy Hockaday to get the top spot in the standings. Although Simon now has a week to give and a strong week can not only clinch but put him back on top and in great position for the championship. Simon can clinch with a point total of 230 this week.

Tom Moustakas and Randy Hockaday can not mathematically clinch this week but with that said if Tom and Randy both have strong weeks and the Magic Number goes down, you could see these two clinch this week.

THERE BUT NOT THERE YET

POS NAME PNTS DROP CLINCH # IN?
4 Kwame Adjei 2220 230 609 IN
5 Charlie Foster 2218 171 552 IN
6 Steven Gilbert 2214 218 603 IN

Still in a strong postion, these drivers need to have a good week to set them selves up for next week to be in a clinching position. None of these drivers can clinch this week but very strong weeks and they will soon be in position to clinch.

My apologies to Steven Gilbert, when I was switching the stats over from my spreadsheet to the article, I missed his name. I told him I’d give him a shout-out this week. Steven can have a very strong week and he will be in contention for even a top 5 in the series.

ON THE BUBBLE

POS NAME PNTS DROP CLINCH # IN?
7 Kyle Wicka 2146 202 655 IN
8 Nicholas Goertzen 2093 153 659 IN
9 Brandon Hauff 2089 207 717 IN
10 Sascha Wesler 2080 165 684 IN
11 Nicholas Morse 2076 55 578 IN

These are your bubble drivers. Drivers who may have a bad week in this category can fall out of the Elite Eleven, but a strong week here and they can set themselves up. Nicholas Morse is an interesting situation as his drop is low enough that he can gain a significant amount of spots if he has a solid week.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

POS NAME PNTS DROP CLINCH # IN?
12 Kory Henry 2060 215 754 IN
13 Brandon Hauck 2048 0 551 IN
14 Dwayne Vincent 2038 205 766 IN
15 Armando Vargas 2025 114 688 IN
16 Chris Overland 2011 183 771 IN
18 Benjamin Burmeister 2003 59 655 IN
23 Nolan Scott 1799 0 800 IN

These guys have a great chance of getting in, but they need strong weeks to finish out the season to get in. Brandon Hauck, Benjamin Burmeister and Nolan Scott are in this category because their drops are either relatively low or they have weeks to give. Look for these guys this week to catapult up the standings if they have stong weeks at Daytona.

LIVING ON A PRAYER

POS NAME PNTS DROP CLINCH # IN?
17 Mitchell Hunt 2009 158 748 IN
19 Brandon Coppinger 1992 198 805 IN
20 Alex Scribner 1992 201 808 IN
21 Ashley Miller 1939 94 754 IN
22 Steven Eszenyi 1877 97 819 IN
24 Shane Dougherty 1789 163 973 IN
25 Matt Spangler 1718 165 1046 IN

Most drivers in the top 40 are still in the running to get into the Elite Eleven.  Here though is the balance of the Top 25. These racers need to have very strong weeks and lots of help from the guys ahead of them to have a chance. Ashley Miller and Steven Eszenyi have very low drop weeks and could push up to the Outside Looking In category but they need very strong weeks and help to move up.

ELIMINATED

POS NAME PNTS DROP CLINCH # IN?
39 Todd Hendrick 1357 131 1373 ELIM
40 John Schweickart 1343 98 1354 ELIM
41 Brenden Koehler 1339 94 1354 ELIM
42 Smith Waller Jr 1338 108 1369 ELIM
44 Scott Ickes 1296 85 1388 ELIM
45 Edward Burch Jr 1268 125 1456 ELIM
46 Rob Pendleton 1259 146 1486 ELIM
47 Cody Vincent 1251 0 1348 ELIM
49 Randall Robertson 1228 55 1426 ELIM
50 TJ Thompson 1202 71 1468 ELIM

These drivers in the top 50 have been eliminated from obtaining their black stripe. There are not enough points remaining for them to move up. If a driver is in the top 50 but not on this list they do have a very outside remote chance. They are not mathematically eliminated.

So that’s the way I see it as sim-racers head to Daytona. Stay locked-in for a post Daytona update next week on inRacingNews.

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