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Apex Racing NASCAR Blog Ed. 14

NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS)

The 19th round of the NASCAR iRacing Series headed for Loudon for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, nicknamed the Magic Mile. With a maximum banking of seven degrees, this shorter, flat track with its bumpy surface gave the team setup headaches all week. However as with all shorter tracks, the cars run closer which means that there is more probability for cautions and less track surface to avoid wrecks. Survival would be key.

The first race slot on Wednesday 9pm EDT/Thursday 2am BST ended up with seven splits – the most of the week and with the SOF race. We would have to travel to third split to find the first of our notable finishers: Apex Academy members Tyler Pinsonneault and Tom Dreiling finished eighth and ninth respectively, closely followed by Apex Academy Gold’s Michael McLain in tenth. In fourth split, Apex Academy member Mark Nadeau finished tenth, leading five laps but getting caught out by a caution just after he had pitted.

The next race slot on Thursday 3pm EDT/8pm BST had three splits. In top split, Apex Academy member CJ LaVair and Apex Academy Gold member Jake Forster survived late race carnage to finish up seventh and ninth respectively after a start at the back of the grid. Apex Academy Gold member Mark Murphy in the second split scored a second place finish, behind the winner by just under 4 seconds; Apex Academy member Jonathan Rex finished tenth. Third split was dominated by Apex Academy member Steven Parks who missed out on pole, but went on to lead 137 of 151 laps and putting down the fastest lap of the race. Congratulations Steven Parks on the dominating performance to the win.

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Steven Parks (#4), Jeff Walton (#22), and David Thompson Jr. (#24) through turn 4

For the Friday 9pm EDT/Saturday 2am BST race, there were five splits. In top split, CJ LaVair started dead last and spent most of the race there, strategically staying out of trouble. When trouble struck, he capitalised to end up ninth in a field full of hard hitters. Over in second split, Apex Academy’s Joshua Witherspoon started 27th, finishing in eighth once the chequered flag fell. Fourth split was dominated again by an Apex Academy member, this time Adam Meier started second, going on to lead 107 laps and taking the fastest lap. Steven Parks also ran well, having to settle for third. Congratulations go to Adam Meier on his win.

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Carnage in the final laps. CJ LaVair (#15) with a brilliant save to avoid taking damage

Four splits attempted the final race slot on Sunday 10am EDT/3pm BST. In top split, CJ LaVair re-enacted his previous run by staying at the back, getting to the front when it counted and improving his finish with a sixth place. Apex Racing UK’s Nigel de Jong was seventh after struggling with the handling at the start and picking up some damage. In the second split, Tom Dreiling also bettered his previous finish with a second position in a race where he led 21 laps and finished 0.153 seconds behind the leader. In third split, Mark Murphy broke the trend of improving finishes with a third after losing second in the closing stages, following the second from the previous race. Finally, in fourth split, Apex Academy members Jeff Walton and Kyle Fleischman finished second and fourth respectively in a race which would see Walton (led 35 laps) lose out on the win by a mere 0.043 seconds, getting passed on the final lap.

Next we’re onto one of our full length races at the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400.

Categories:   NASCAR iRacing Series