NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS)
After racking up a total of four wins at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR iRacing Series, there were high hopes heading into Richmond International Raceway. A track where it’s easy to get caught up in wrecks not of your doing and tempers can flare due to the slow turns, it would prove to be another tricky week.
The first race took the green on Wednesday 9pm EDT/Thursday 2am BST with drivers being split into six splits. In the top split, Apex DDP member Tyler Armstrong was fast again, qualifying up in 2nd but dropping back to seventh when the chequered flag fell; Apex’s NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series Pro driver Alex Bergeron also started well in fourth, but dropped back to ninth. The second split had Apex DDP member Joshua Witherspoon finish in sixth after starting just inside the top ten. Over in the fourth split, Mark Nadeau bagged himself another win in the NiS this year by leading the most laps and setting the fastest lap. Fellow Apex DDP member Anthony Cianci drove up to sixth by the end of the race after starting back in 24th. Apex DDP member Raymond Barcomb ran extremely well early in the race in second, but was ultimately involved in a wreck which took away his chances. Congratulations to Mark Nadeau on a dominating win.
Onto the next race slot on Thursday 3pm EDT/8pm BST which had three splits. In the top split, Apex Racing UK’s full team drivers Nigel de Jong and Sahil Mustac were fast and up front all race, with de Jong racing for the lead for a good thirty laps. In the end they finished second and fourth respectively. Special mentions to Jacky Lotterman (Apex Academy driver), Rob Read and Will Tregurtha (Apex Racing UK full team drivers), who all ran in the top ten but were involved in wrecks – either ending their race or losing all speed (as was the case with Read). In the second split, Mark Nadeau went two for two by winning the race and leading the second-most laps. Behind him, Apex DDP member Scotty Rienschield and Apex Academy member Yuri Nikulin finished second and fourth respectively. Apex DDP member Austen Giacobone recovered to eighth after running really well early, but then being plagued by technical issues. The third split was also won by an Apex DDP member – this time it was Matthew P Coleman who took the win after leading the most laps in the race. Congratulations Mark Nadeau and Matthew P Coleman.
There were seven splits for the Friday 9pm EDT/Saturday 2am BST race. In the second split, Apex DDP member CJ LaVair finished seventh after starting in 19th but not taking very long to get into the top 10. Austen Giacobone was in the fourth split, starting back in 17th but taking the chequered flag in fifth after a strong race. In the fifth split, Apex DDP member Joshua Thornton finished second by 0.4 seconds to the leader; 0.5 seconds behind Thornton was Apex Academy member Steven Parks who finished third.
For the last race of the week on Sunday 10am EDT/3pm BST, there were five splits. Nigel de Jong took pole in the top split, but struggled with an ill-handling car before being taken out by another driver. Several other Apex members (DDP and Academy) were also involved in wrecks whilst running well. In the third split, Apex DDP member Vic Greenwood finished fifth after starting in 20th following a patient drive through the field. Yuri Nikulin started on the pole and led 72 laps, but was hit with a penalty late on which dropped him outside the top ten. The fourth split pole went to Apex DDP member Rich Jamison, who went on to lead 28 laps and finishing seventh after a late race mistake whilst in third. Apex DDP member Tom Dreiling started 16th but drove up to the front going on to lead 23 laps, finishing second by only 0.179 seconds to the leader.
Special mention to Apex Racing UK’s Arron Maspero who built such an amazing setup for the week.
The upcoming week is a challenge that comes around four times a year – a superspeedway. This time we’re off to Talladega Superspeedway for the first time, where three-wide and door-to-door racing is the only way to race.
Categories: NASCAR iRacing Series