NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS)
Apex Racing drivers/members from full team, Academy and DDP won four races last week in the NASCAR iRacing Series. Heading into the first night race of the season where the racing line is up against the wall, whilst doing speeds in excess of 195mph at Kansas Speedway.
On Wednesday 9pm EDT/Thursday 2am BST the first split garnered seven splits. In the second split, Apex DDP member Doug George finished second just over 0.5 seconds behind the winner, having led the most laps and the fastest lap. Fellow Apex DDP members Thomas Keene and Joshua Witherspoon ran in the top five but lost out late in the race – Witherspoon spun whilst Keene was disqualified due to exceeding the incident limit. The fourth split had altogether six Apex Racing members: Apex Academy member Dave Smith finished third after missing the start but driving into the top five 40 laps into the race. Behind him, Apex DDP members John Ehlers and Justin Prince (led five laps) fourth and seventh respectively; the top seven were just over a second apart following a late race restart resulting in a ten lap shootout. Apex Academy member Steven Parks finished second in the fifth split, under 0.5 seconds behind the leader even though he dropped out of the top 20 early in the race. The sixth split had Apex Academy member Lonnie Skipper starting on the pole, going on to lead 17 laps and finishing fourth.
Thursday 3pm EDT/8pm BST race had four splits. There were a total of eight members from Apex Racing in the top split. Although all eight drivers ran in the top 10 at some point, the notable finishers were: Apex Racing UK full team driver Nigel de Jong finished second after chasing the leader for most of the race, followed by Apex DDP members Doug George, CJ LaVair and Ian Layne finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively. Meanwhile in the second split, Apex Academy member Jacob Adams had a clean sweep by taking pole position, leading second-highest 42 laps, setting the fastest lap and taking the chequered flag in first. Dave Smith finished third after starting near the back in 28th. Apex Racing drivers and members accounted for 11 of 29 cars in the third split. The race was won by Apex DDP member Blake L Neese after leading 53 laps and running only as bad as third place overall. Apex Academy driver Stuart Pomfrey ran aggressively in the race to finish third having started 14th. In fourth and fifth were Apex DDP member Justin Prince and Apex Academy member Yuri Nikulin. Special mention to Apex Academy member Mark Nadeau who put it on pole, had the fastest lap and led 42 laps, but was taken out in an incident. In the fourth split, Steven Parks finished second again, leading the most laps (91) and losing out on the win in a photo finish to the line by just 0.018 seconds! Congratulations go to Jacob Adams and Blake L Neese on their wins.
There were again seven splits for the Friday 9pm EDT/Saturday 2am BST race. CJ LaVair in the top split finished sixth after having to recover from the back of the field. In the second split, Jacob Adams took the chequered in 10th after having an up and down race. Over in the fourth split, Apex DDP members Vic Greenwood, Josh Buckman and Joshua Thornton finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively after a late race restart – Greenwood also leading 13 laps of the race; Apex Academy member Michael Knight followed the DDP members with a seventh place finish. In the sixth split, Apex Academy member Will Westmoreland started in 15th, patiently working into the top five at the half way mark, going on to finish up in second.
Onto the final race slot of the week, there were five splits in the Sunday 10am EDT/3pm BST. In the top split, it was a win for Apex Racing UK’s full team member Nigel de Jong. Having started in eighth, he quickly took the lead and went on to lead 48 laps, never dropping lower than second through restarts and beating second place by over eight seconds! Apex Academy member Greg Carter finished fifth after getting through a late race incident which gained him nine positions. Vic Greenwood started 22nd, led five laps and skipped home to eighth having been involved in the late race incident. The third split saw six Apex Racing members/drivers in the race, with the notable finishers being Apex Academy members Jeff Carter (finished fourth) and Yuri Nikulin (finishing seventh). Fifth split had Apex DDP member Rich Jamison starting and finishing second, with a race where there was a rare green flag pit stop. Congratulations to Nigel de Jong on his big win.
Next week is an off-week as per the real life series, which is much needed as everyone prepares for the longest race of the season – the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That’s 400 laps full distance race which is as taxing physically as mentally.
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