Shafer & Hustad’s Bluegrass Bonanza
February 5th, 2013 by JaimeB
A new season of online racing started across the iRacing.com service this past week and what better place to kick it off than at one of NASCAR and iRacing’s newest racing venues? Kentucky Speedway played host to almost 1,500 sim racers during Week One of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (fixed setup), all of which were eager to hit the ground running in hopes of claiming victories as well as the 2013 Season One Championship.
Wade Hustad (Midwest) started off the season on the right foot as he took the checkers first in the week’s 3566 Strength of Field event. Hustad started from the pole position and led the most laps en route to a 0.431-second margin of victory over Benjamin Truflandier (France). Georgia native Jason Jacoby finished a very respectable third after starting from the same position and leading eight laps in the process. Daltyn England (Illinois) was the hard charger for the race after starting from the 13th position and bringing his Silverado home in the fourth position. Rounding out the top five was Nathan Smith4 (Mid-South) who started from the ninth position to work his way up into the top five.
While Hustad had a spectacular week behind the wheel, he did not earn the most championship points for the week due to how iRacing calculates points. The best 25% of a driver’s race performances (based on points scored) in a given race week will be averaged at the conclusion of each race during the week. The final average at the conclusion of the week will be the driver’s point total and count towards the season championship. Hustad ran an astounding 33 races during the week compared to top scoring driver Paul Shafer Jr’s four. Shafer Jr made the most out of his four starts on the week, earning 209 points, three victories, as well as three top five finishes. Byron Daley (New York) was just a sliver behind Shafer Jr for the week, coming just short of the top spot. Competing in four races during the week, Daley earned 207 points for his efforts. Kyle Wicka (California) made two starts during the week and was fortunate enough to pick up a victory in one of those races, bringing his point total for the week to 205. Alex Warren (Illinois) also competed in two events during the week, earning a victory in one of those as well and earning 204 points in the process. Connecticut native Christian Pederson took the green flag in four events during the week, earning 203 points after finishing in the top five three times.
Last season’s champion picked up right where he left off. Ray Alfalla (Florida) set the fastest overall qualifying time for the week, with an incredible lap of 31.953 seconds. His closest challenger was Ryan Luza (Texas) who ended Week One with a time of 31.972 seconds. Third place qualifier Hustad was over a full tenth of a second behind Alfalla with a time of 32.076 seconds. Wicka and Brandon Slong (Atlantic) completing the remaining spots in the top five overall standings.
Keep it locked to inRacingNews as Week Two will take a trip to Darlington, South Carolina for action at The Lady in Black. Be aware, though, The Lady is known to be very temperamental, so you must always be on your best behavior when lapping the famed raceway.