Huge points totals were once again the story of the week as, arguably, the most competitive NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series headed south to Homestead-Miami Speedway. The first two weeks of the season have beyond anyone’s expectations, and Week Three stayed the course. With the battle to transfer into the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series heating up, Class A drivers are stepping up their game to unheard of levels.
With Class A drivers being the focus, it was a NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship driver taking top honors on the week. Past champion Robert Hall edged-out fellow NiSWC competitor Josh Laughton for his 334 point win. This win is just adding to Hall’s incredible start, one that saw him score 306 points Week Two at Atlanta, and 308 points in the opening week at Chicagoland Speedway.
Former NiPS driver and current Class A licensed Jeremy Thornton squeezed-in between Hall and Laughton in the week’s standings, winning his only start. Jared Crawford and the impressive Casey Malone rounded-out the top five, both with over 300 points on the week. Philipp Geiss had another strong week putting himself sixth overall, while former NiSWC driver Justin Trombley had 297 points, good for seventh. Jason Karlavige, Adam Gilliland, and last season’s Champion Kile Gottula completed the top ten with 274 points.
The NiCAS continues to roll, with another impressive week of participation. In total, 520 drivers took to the 1.5 mile South Florida oval. Michigan’s Larry Richardson blew everyone away in total wins on the week with eight, easily topping four drivers tied at two wins a piece. George Tertrou led the way in starts with twenty, finding victory lane once and scoring eight top fives. Not surprisingly, the week’s leader in wins, Richardson, was second in total starts with eighteen, tied with Rick Savage. Many drivers could not get enough of the fun, fast, HMS, thirty seven competitors took to the track five or more times.
Although early in the season, a few drivers have put themselves in position to be favorites come season’s end. To nobody’s surprise, Jared Crawford has come storming out of the gate, and seems to be a clear favorite to transfer into the NiPS. Unlike Crawford, some may be surprised at Adam Gilliland stepping-up his game, proving he can run with the best of the best thus far in the season. Other drivers strong out of the gate are Jeremy Thornton, Jason Karlavige, Richard Dusett, and last season’s champion Kile Gottula.
Next week will be one for the record books as the series heads to the freshly released, freshly repaved Daytona International Speedway. Two car tangos, aka “Tandem Drafting” will be in effect for drivers who choose to do it, which adds an entirely new level of suspense to the iRacing.com experience. Just as with their physical world counterparts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, tandem drafting is challenging, and accidents seem more frequent with this style of drafting. However if done correctly, it gives many drivers a shot at running up front, with a chance to win at the biggest venue in stock car racing. It is sure to be ground breaking, and you can hear all about it, next week, here at inRacingNews.com