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Intro: 2017 iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona
NASCAR Makes Huge Changes to Raceday Format
· Races will now consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. · The top-10 finishers of the first two stages will be awarded additional championship points. · The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to his or her reset total following race No. 26, if that competitor makes the playoffs. · All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the playoffs (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title. · Championship points following the first two stages will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second receiving 9 points, and so on. · The race winner following the final stage will now receive 40 points, second-place will receive 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on.
Coming up: We talk with Chris Ragle from the CARS Tour. Spotter Anthony Warren as well as a few drivers from the Ice Breaker at Myrtle Beach.
Alright, so there has been plenty of time by now at least to get updated on what all is going on around the NASCAR community. Other than the fact that we are just a few short weeks away from racing – makes your heart all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it! If you have been keeping up with Race Hub, or NASCAR Radio, or even following along on various social media you have seen quite a few changes to the sport we love. Chase formats for the second and third tier, caution clocks, rules package changes, and the most recent change, the charter system.
We all knew this was coming at some point in time. If you didn’t then you probably live under a rock or, simply just did not want to accept the fact. 36 teams were issued what NASCAR is calling a “Charter,” this is a 9-year agreement between the teams and NASCAR and it guarantees you a starting position in EVERY race on the Cup circuit.
The foundation of the system was built on three key components, as stated by Rob Kaufmann in a press conference earlier this week, participation, economics, and governance. The teams that were issued a charter were done so based on evaluation over the last three’s of the teams performance. Yes, team owners had a say in the system itself, but not who were given the charters. The charters, much like any type of business or property in the world, can be bought, sold, and even transferred (only once per car per five year period). See folks, before you jump on he high horse of “NASCAR is going down the shitter,” or “All these changes are stupid,” take a step back, and a deep breath and realize there are people in place to think of this stuff. In addition teams will have to remain competitive to keep these charters as NASCAR has made that clear that is one of the stipulations.
Every year the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is the first official, major race of the new year. If you have never watched the race it is something that I highly recommend doing. It’s something you don’t have to block off your entire day to watch, watch some during the morning when you wake up, hit the town for some errands, watch some more in the afternoon, have a fun time out on a Saturday, come back home and watch some more!
For the second year in a row iRacing.com, the worlds premier online racing game, will host its rendition of the famed 24-hour endurance race. In 2015 the service was proud to boast its new Team Driving option. Drivers from all over the world really can come together and race one car on multiple different computers, all running for the same goal – the checkered flag. 2016 is no stranger to new additions, as the sim racing company is always working to improve their product. This year teams will run the night setting at Daytona, which has already caused a learning curve adapting to cold tires. This year will also feature the new Corvette C7 Prototype for the races top tier division.
The Weekly Racer again has the privilege of not only running this year’s race, along with returning teammates; Brenden Queen (LMSC Driver), Charlie Alexander (King Charles Photography), and my father Mickey Kern, but also being one of the primary sponsors on the car. This year the team has added one hell of a driver/team owner, South Carolina’s own Steven Burnett. Owner of Excel Sim Racing, Burnett has spent most of, if not all of his time as an oval racer but has shown early in testing he will be one of the major driving forces for the team.
The season finale was finally upon us this past Monday evening as the driver from the NASTRACK & More league took to the banks of Daytona International to settle the “ole score.” Nothing about this night of racing said “let’s go out there and conserve. Both the team and driver championships were up for grabs, oh and its Daytona so anyone could come from tenth to first in the final lap to steal the win.
Time to break some scenarios down for you; More went into the race leading the team points, NASTRACK would need to sweep the top ten to be able to steal the title. Steven Burnett & Kieth Maiato were tied for the driver points and with each position on the track being one point it came down much like how the 2014 Sprint Cup title did, finish ahead of the other guy and the championship is yours.
The garage opened for practice promptly at 6:45 EDT and drivers from both teams wasted no time putting laps into the books. Things were shaping up to be a barn burner too with the top ten split dead even in times during practice. Back for just his second race of the season, #92 Guy Driggers Red Six Camaro set the fastest time of the entire night with a 45.825 (196.4 MPH).
Moving ahead to qualifying it was the #40 car of Andrew Burton capturing the pole for NASTRACK. Posting a time of 48.770 seconds, which comes out to about 184 mph, which is pretty sporty for the Xfinity style cars here on iRacing. What made things really fun was the fact the top 22 cars were only separated by a tenth of a second! The remainder of your starting five were, #27 Chris Simard (48.775), #92 Guy Driggers (48.776), #37 Parker Traves (48.779), #30 Steven Burnett (48.781). On the flip side to that, there were a few cars who either missed qualifying or decided not to lay a lap down, those drivers were Keith Maiato, Bruce Boyer, Jesse Call, Gary Maiato, Kevin Cornelius, Laurie Meson and Michael Almand.
With the field set and the cars finally on track we were all but ready to get things underway for the fifth and “final” round of the NASTRACK –vs- More Challenge. However, the electronic world thought other wise as the #07 of Billy Howard just takes a hard right into the wall just past the start finish line and jolts back down the track causing a train reaction of carnage. “I don’t know what happened,” Howard said on his way back to the garage. “It’s the second week where when we get the restart it feels like as if I have a flat tire.” He was able to drive his car around to the attention of his crew and use is one and only free reset of the evening and rejoin the field.
Daytona Speedweeks… I think its safe to say that this has got to be one of every NASCAR fan’s favorite weeks of the year, maybe second to the one week leading up to a NASCAR race in their home town. There is plenty to see, plenty to cover, and plenty to talk about. Now I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, hell it’s what made me want to start this website in the first place. Some people bring up some great points, some people just argue for the sake of arguing, some people weigh in because they don’t like or don’t know the sport.
For the first time in a few years I was able to keep up with a lot of what was going on during speedweeks thanks to a couple of things. My in-laws actually packing up and heading down their for the week and allowing us to house sit and use their cable for one, plenty of activity on social media, as well as the Fox Sports Go app that I was glued to either on my iPad or phone for two! Over the past week I have seen a good amount of people ranting over all kinds of things on Facebook & Twitter. Now over the past year I have learned how to distinguish between my friends and colleges posting things for the simple fact to get people fired up and talking and when hey actually don’t like things. So that is what I am going to do today; some of my rants are truly things I was yelling at my screens this past week, while some things I just want to see how people react.
Issue With Group Qualifying on Super Speedways
Traffic piling up on I-64 EB at the HRBT… I mean the end of pit road (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Group qualifying… Euro qualifying, or what ever you want to call it should never have been introduced to Super Speedway racing! PERIOD! End of story! Back in 2014 when this method was introduced the VP of competition and racing development Robin Pemberton was quoted as saying the changes to the qualifying procedure was to engage the fans watching on various forms of media, not only that but creating even greater competition for the drivers and teams going into the event.
We believe the timing is right for a new Coors Light Pole Award Qualifying format across our three national series. –NASCAR.com
Kinston, NC – The accomplishments keep pouring in for the 19-year-old Limited Late Model driver. Just a few short months ago Moody was crowned track champion in Southern National Motorsports Park Limited Late Model division. Now she has something else to add to her already growing resume as she has been chosen to receive the 2015 NASCAR Diverse Driver Award. Haley will be accepting this award down at Daytona International Speedway later on this month at the 8th Annual NASCAR Diversity Awards Luncheon.
This award is to recognize her on and off track performance as well as her contributions to encourage participation in NASCAR by other woman as well. This award does not come lightly as the 2014 winner is Daniel Suarez, who recently just signed with Joe Gibbs racing to run full-time in the Xfinity series come 2015. Just goes to show that no matter what level of competition you have to leave it all on the track because you never know who might be watching.
Moody is coming off a record-setting season for her self where she earned 16 Top 5’s – 23 Top 10’s – 3 victories all coming from Southern National – in her rookie season mind you! When talking with Haley this afternoon she expressed her excitement for being chosen for this award telling us that she knows this means a lot and she knows this is a big thing for her. Going forward into 2015 Moody told us she is looking forward to travel a little bit more, as well as looking to find herself in victory lane.
Newport News, Va – As the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona as been etched in the books; the ever popular iRacing simulation software has set to host their first official 24 hour race in program history. With that being said sim racing enthusiasts from all over the WORLD have been gearing up for what should be one crazy event. Modeling much of the event after that of the 24 hour race at Daytona, iRacing will utilize its relatively new Team Driver format to complete this feat. A pair or group of friends from all over the United States have the opportunity to run the same car at the same track against… well against the whole nation.
iRacing introduced Team Driving I believe in the final season of 2014. The way this works is Driver A takes the car out completes X amount of laps. When it is time to switch, that driver takes the car down pit road and into their box. That driver then exits the car as they usually would and the next person clicks the button to enter the car. Assuming the pit stop is complete at that time the second, or third driver then takes off for his set of time.