Week Ten of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brought sim racers from all over the globe to the virtual Martinsville Speedway for 55 circuits around the 0.526-mile paperclip. Martinsville is a track that can be feast or famine depending on which end carnage you’re on. If you escape the almost inevitable multiple car pileups that happen, you can usually find yourself racing near the front of the field when the checkered flag falls.
One fortunate racer who escaped all the carnage was Kenneth O’Keefe (Canada). O’Keefe drove his No. 2 www.kennethokeefe.com sponsored Silverado to victory after starting from the pole and leading all but one lap in the 4365 Strength of Field. The remainder of the top five was filled with NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship competitors, which makes O’Keefe’s victory very impressive. Joshua Laughton (California) started from the second position and that’s exactly where he finished as well. Michael Conti (New Jersey) started deep in the field, 17th to be exact, and worked his way up to the top five, finishing in the third position. Illinois native Alex Warren started from inside row three, but fell back to fourth in the final finishing order. Rounding out the top five was Danny Hansen (Midwest) who also started deep in the field (18th) and cautiously worked his way into the top five as the checkered flag flew.
Although Conti did not win the week’s top SoF event, he did earn the most championship points with 259 points for the week due to O’Keefe making an incredible 35 starts during the week. Christian Pedersen (New England) made two starts during the week, collecting one time and 256 points for his efforts. Cody Dusty (Texas) netted 252 points during the week after making four starts and finishing in the top five one time. Fourth place O’Keefe’s stats for the week are very, very impressive. He made 35 starts, all from the pole, finished in the top five 31 times, and drove his truck into victory lane 26 times and earned 246 in the process. Filling the remaining spot in the top five is NiSWC competitor Brian Schoenburg (California) who only made on start during the week which resulted in a victory and 240 championship points.
To put the icing on the cake, O’Keefe was the fastest driver in qualifying for the week with a time of 19.524 seconds. Warren ended the week in the second position, just 22 thousandths off the top time. Brodie Kostecki (Carolina) capped off Week Ten in the third position, followed by Kyle Crump (Michigan) and Charles Wood4 (Texas) who rounded out the top five.
Michael Guest (Indiana) continues to hold down the top spot by 57 points with just two weeks remaining in the season over Josh Berry (Mid-South). Kollin Keister (Atlantic) is the last driver within 100 points of the top spot (-73) as Wes Weidman (Plains) and Jason Jacoby (Georgia) fill the remaining spots in the top five.
At the conclusion of Week Ten, many drivers leave Martinsville with a feeling of emptiness as they were not able to capitalize on opportunities that could have put them into victory lane. The good news is that the season continues next week at Iowa Speedway. Check back with inRacingNews to see who was able to master Iowa.