NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS)
After three wins at Richmond in the NASCAR iRacing Series, it was time for high-speed racing as we moved onto Talladega Superspeedway. With the draft model favouring pack racing, it meant drivers would have to deal with running two, three or even four-wide in close quarters all the way around the track. An added test for the week was for drivers to avoid bumping the car in front in the turns, which had proven deadly in practices.
The first attempt at Talladega brought in nine splits on Wednesday 9pm EDT/Thursday 2am BST. In the top split, Apex DDP member Tyler Armstrong secured 10th place after a tough race where he was involved in a few wrecks but also leading six laps. Second split was won by Apex DDP member Thomas Keene, who had had a bad run of races leading up to Talladega; starting seventh, he went on to lead 15 laps. In the third split, Apex DDP member Erik Haag started eighth and finished fourth after leading 25 laps and being up front all race. Scotty Rienschield had a successful race too after starting back in 33rd but ending up in the top ten in eighth. Over in the fourth split, Apex DDP member John Ehlers was second after starting dead last in 37th, losing out to the leader by a mere 0.028 seconds. Apex DDP member Justin Prince finished fourth in the fifth split, wrapping up the notable finishers for the race slot. Congratulations to Thomas Keene on a deserved win.
Onto the next race on Thursday 3pm EDT/8pm BST had four splits. The top split had a total of eleven Apex Racing drivers/members! Jacky Lotterman for Apex Academy, Nigel de Jong and Matt Dalton for Apex Racing UK full team, and CJ LaVair and Tyler Armstrong for Apex DDP ran up front for the entire race. On an exciting late race restart with three to go (following the race’s only caution), the drivers were shuffled around: Lotterman won the race after leading 21 laps, beating Armstrong (in the outside lane) to the start/finish line by 0.066. Behind them, de Jong finished third with Sahil Mustac for Apex Racing UK full team ended up fifth (after starting 20th), in front of LaVair who finished sixth – both in the outside lane. Dalton lost out on the restart, dropping back to ninth after restarting in the top 5 due to having no help on the outside lane. In the second split, Apex DDP member Andrew Anthony Ward finished where he started in fourth, ahead of fellow Apex Academy member Yuri Nikulin who was seventh and collected the fastest lap of the race. Apex Academy driver Mark Murphy was up front for a lot of the race, even leading 19 laps, however got wrecked late in the race. Also bad luck to Apex Academy member Dave Smith and Apex DDP member Andreas Traub who started 1st and 2nd respectively, but were caught up in wrecks. Congratulations to Jacky Lotterman on the win.
The third attempt at superspeedway survival on Friday 9pm EDT/Saturday 2am BST accumulated ten splits. Over in the second split, Apex Academy driver Carl Heighes drove a clean race to get from 25th all the way up to fifth. Third split meanwhile, was won by Erik Haag leading a race-high of 40 laps. The fourth split saw Apex Academy members Dave Smith and Mark Nadeau finished seventh and ninth respectively, being split by Apex DDP member Josh Buckman who finished eighth. Midway, in the fifth split, Apex DDP member Raymond Barcomb started in 14th and finished up in second whilst also taking the fastest lap. Apex Academy member Steven Parks finished eighth even though he lead 23 laps. Rounding out the top 10 were Apex DDP members Austen Giacobone and Joshua Thornton. Congratulations to Erik Haag on his win.
Sunday’s 10am EDT/3pm BST race had seven splits. Apex Racing UK full team drivers Rob Read and Nigel de Jong ran up front, before de Jong was wrecked out the race in the last ten laps. Rob Read held on on a white flag restart to win a tense race; Apex DDP member CJ LaVair recovered to fourth. Second split had Apex DDP members Nick Robie and Justin Duckworth finishing up in third and fourth. In the third split Apex DDP member Tom Dreiling finished second having led 15 laps 0.058 seconds to the leader. Apex Academy member Greg Carter also collected a top 10 in seventh after starting 20th. Apex DDP member Alex Sturm over in the fourth split finished in tenth having started front row outside lane. In the fifth split, Rich Jamison for Apex DDP started on pole, led 18 laps and took the chequered in fifth. Sixth split saw Apex Academy member Will Westmoreland limped home to tenth after taking some damage late in the race. Congratulations Rob Read on the win.
The upcoming week we have an extremely fast 1.5 miler at Kansas Speedway where the top line almost always prevails.
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