NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS)
Following on from a very successful week in the NASCAR iRacing Series at Texas Motor Speedway (followed by a week break), the team was feeling confident and still looking to eke out a bit more speed. However, it would be just as much about luck this week as setup (if not more so). High-banked, tight turns and a small racing surface, Bristol Motor Speedway provides a challenge like no other – it’s called The Last Great Colosseum for a reason.
The first set of gladiators went into the race on Wednesday 9pm EDT/Thursday 2am BST where there were six splits with 35/34 drivers per split. Missing out marginally on the top split, Apex Driver Development Program member Joshua Witherspoon won the second split, after fellow Apex DDP member Thomas Keene was wrecked out of the race from the lead by a lapped car – Keene had led the most laps (136 of 250) up till that point. In the fourth split, Apex Academy member Mark Nadeau won the race in dominant fashion by taking pole, setting the fastest lap of the race and leading the most laps (135); he was followed closely by Apex DDP member Tom Dreiling in second, only 1.4 seconds adrift at the chequered flag. The top ten was rounded out by Apex DDP member Steven Parks in 10th. Congratulations to Joshua Witherspoon and Mark Nadeau on their wins.
Next into the arena was on Thursday 3pm EDT/8pm BST race which had only three splits. Nevertheless, the top split was fairly packed and Apex Racing UK’s full team driver Nigel de Jong finished fifth after a tough race where the real strength in the car’s long-run pace just couldn’t be brought to bear on the results, despite some large adjustments from crew chief and spotter Matt Dalton trying to pick up more short-run speed. Special mention also to Apex DDP member Tyler Armstrong who was running a really strong race until a late-race mistake saw him and Nigel clash, leaving both with significant damage. Behind in ninth, Apex DDP member CJ LaVair had a good overall result after starting back in 23rd. Over in the second split Andrew Anthony Ward beat fellow Apex DDP member Michael McLain to the win after leading 60 laps to McLain’s 110. Further back in fifth place, Mark Murphy ran a solid race chased home by Apex DDP members Austen Giacobone and Andreas Traub in sixth and seventh – the only cars one lap down with fellow member Vic Greenwood finishing ninth after starting back in 23rd. In the third split, Steven Parks finished up in third place. Congratulations to Andrew Anthony Ward on his well-deserved win.
Onto the Friday 9pm EDT/Saturday 2am BST race, there were six splits once again. In the 3rd split, although many Apex Racing members ran well, it was only Mark Nadeau who survived to the end, bringing his car home in second place after leading the most laps again. The fourth split had Apex DDP member Adam Meier finishing third, only 2.6 seconds behind the leader with fellow member Raymond Barcomb also finishing top 10 in the sixth position.
The final battle commenced on Sunday 10am EDT/3pm BST with a total of five splits. In the top split, Apex Academy driver Jacky Lotterman started 8th and survived to finish 4th after being in the top five all race. Over in the second split Nick Robie was up in sixth at the chequered flag after starting outside the top 10, just 1.3 seconds from the leader. The fourth split was won by Tom Dreiling as he went on to lead 109 of 250 laps. Congratulations to Tom Dreiling on his win.
Next week is another tricky track with little room for racing side by side: Richmond International Raceway!
Categories: NASCAR iRacing Series