NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS)
After another one week break in the NASCAR iRacing Series, this week we headed into the longest race of the season which would see the drivers attempt 600 miles (400 laps) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This race falls on the same week as other prestigious races in real life of Indy 500 and the Monaco GP and so it is always a big week in the motorsports world.
First attempt as always was on Wednesday 9pm EDT/Thursday 2am BST, which gathered seven splits. Apex DDP member Joshua Witherspoon had a great run in top split, having started from the pits, to drive up to the top 10 and stay out of trouble throughout the race, ending up eighth. In the third split, Apex DDP member Scotty Rienschield had to settle for sixth even though he had been running second for most of the final laps, but getting caught up in an incident with three laps to go. Although these were the only top ten finishers, many other Apex Racing members/drivers took part, however being victims of the perils of long races – wrecks which can’t be avoided.
For the Thursday 3pm EDT/8pm BST race, there were four splits. In the top split, Apex Racing UK’s full team driver Nigel de Jong was forced to start at the back, but after a patient drive and green flag running made his way into the top ten; towards the end of the race, de Jong was contending for the lead but a caution ended his strategy advantage. Nevertheless, he led 24 laps, had the fastest lap and finished second after a late race restart. Apex DDP member Harry Tiller also survived just enough to make the top ten (even after a late race incident), the first car a lap down in 7th. Apex Academy driver Carl Heighes had a good recovery in eighth, having to deal with being two laps down after being caught out by a caution following a pit stop cycle. In the second split, Apex DDP member Raymond Barcomb starting from the pits, took the chequered in 8th. Apex Academy member Will Westmoreland finished fourth in the third split, leading 29 laps mid-race following a late race restart. The fourth split meanwhile, was won by Apex DDP member Adam Meier, who started 20th but quickly made it into the top 5. He then went on to lead a race high 155 laps and had a lead of 26 seconds due to a long green flag run to the chequered flag. Congratulations to Adam Meier on his win.
The next race on Friday 9pm EDT/Saturday 2am BST had a week-high of 8 splits and included the SOF race for the week. In the second split, Apex DDP’s CJ LaVair started in the pits, having a patient first stint to make it into the top 10, ending up eighth at the chequered flag. Third split was won by Apex Academy member Christian Antonio who led 26 laps, taking the lead with 11 to go. Over in the fifth split, Austen Giacobone for Apex DDP finished fifth after spending all race in the top ten, even running as high as second though the top spot eluded him. The 8th split saw Apex DDP member Justin Hirst have a dominating race, leading 366 of the 400 laps, only ever losing the lead during the pit cycles. Congratulations to both Christian Antonio and Justin Hirst on seeing out 400 laps with a win each.
The final 600 mile attempt on Sunday 10am EDT/3pm BST had five splits. In the top split, Apex Racing UK full team driver Sahil Mustac finished seventh after finally getting green flag runs at the end to make use of the long run speed in the car. Second split had Apex DDP members Tom Dreiling and Andrew Anthony Ward finish third and sixth respectively, with Dreiling only 10 seconds off the leader. Austen Giacobone took part again, this time ending up in the third split where he finished sixth after again spending most of the race in the top ten.
Next week it’s onto the tricky, banked Dover International Speedway where the wall comes up very quickly on the exits of both ends of the track.
Categories: NASCAR iRacing Series