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Josh Berry Makes Stronger Case for a National Championship Run by Sweeping races at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – With the season winding down, and national points coming down to the wire, Josh Berry and Peyton Sellers made their way to Langley Speedway this past weekend to go head-to-head. Berry coming into the weekend with a 26 point lead – how fitting we might add – over Sellers, looked to keep his momentum up and pull even further away from the National champ. A full field of 17 Late Models – and an almost clean sweep of the weekend – showed up for a pair of 50-lap features.

Brenden Queen, the youngster from Chesapeake, VA, entered the weekend as the points leader over former track champion Danny Edwards and continued his great season by winning his third pole of the season. While Connor Hall looked to turn his bad luck around after qualifying second. Greg Edwards, Josh Berry, and Peyton Sellers rounded out the fast five.

As the green flag dropped, Brenden Queen charged ahead down the backstretch, only for Connor Hall to take the lead on lap 2. Berry and Sellers made their way around Greg for third and fourth. Queen wasn’t letting Hall get too far ahead as he began to battle for the lead again. Berry would also join in on the fray and take second away from Queen. Sellers would also get a piece of the action as Hall and Berry pulled away from the field. Sellers eventually got around Queen for third and went after Berry and Hall. On lap 31, Berry went to Halls inside and took the lead down the backstretch. The first caution of the night came on lap 32 for a spinning Bubba Johnston out of two.

Hall and Queen took the outside for the restart. Berry would get a great start and cleared the field out of turn two. Sellers would go on to take second from Hall and make a move to the inside of Berry to take the lead on lap 35. Sellers would put a small gap between him and Berry until lap 45. Berry got a strong run into turn two and moved Sellers up the track to retake the lead. Hall followed through with Berry and looked to take the lead away from him as well. Sellers would get back around Hall for second. Josh Berry would go on to pick up the victory in the first twin 50 lap feature.

With the eight car invert, Craig Eastep and Casey Wyatt inherited the front row. Wyatt, who entered the weekend third in points, would drop to the rear of the field before the race started. Green flag flew and it looked that Greg Edwards might earn a second win of the 2020 season as he took the lead going into turn one. Hall would go to second and Berry, after having to start eighth, was up to third in just one lap. Meanwhile, Sellers was stuck in eighth. Sellers second race would come to an end as he pulled his machine to pit road with issues.

Berry went to the outside line to pass Hall for second as well as Greg for the lead on lap 12. The first caution would be displayed for a spinning Casey Wyatt in turn four. Berry would restart on the outside by his own choice with Greg to his inside. Berry would clear Greg out of turn to and set the pace for the field. With just four laps to go, the second caution came out for Adam Medek and Bubba Johnston tangling in turn one. Josh Berry would go on to hang on to the lead and sweep the twin 50 lap features.

Taylor Waste Services Late Model’s Race 1;

  1. #88 Josh Berry; 50
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  6. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  7. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  8. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  9. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 50
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  13. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  14. #8 Tyler Hughes; 50
  15. #29 Adam Medek; 50
  16. #36 Chris Johnson; 45
  17. #91 Justin Carroll; 25

Taylor Waste Services Late Model’s Race 2;

  1. #88 Josh Berry; 50
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  6. #8 Tyler Hughes; 50
  7. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  10. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #19 Bubba Johnston; 46
  13. #29 Adam Medek; 45
  14. #36 Chris Johnson; 40
  15. #29 Casey Wyatt; 34
  16. #91 Justin Carroll; 12
  17. #26 Peyton Sellers; 10

Ep. 03 – NASCAR Changes Race Format: Bang or Bust?

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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.

iRacing To Host 2nd Annual 24 Hours of Daytona: How Sim Race Is Like Real Race

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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.

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iRacing: All Good Things Must Come to an End, NASTRACK Won the Battle, More Wins the War

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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.

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iRacing: Maiato Steals The Win in Thrilling Fashion in Round 4

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NASTRACK -vs- More Challenge coming to the green flag for Round #4 at Michigan.

After a week away from the simulators the stars and cars of the NASTRACK & More Sim Racing leagues packed up their haulers, don’t worry all cars and motors were accounted for, and headed towards the Midwest track that is Michigan International Speedway. On deck The Kirsten’s Dream 150, a 75-lap feature placing some of the best sim racers on the very rough, very quick, 2-mile D-shape oval. A very special event as we hit the track not only to crown a winner but in my mind to pay tribute and raise awareness for childhood cancer. Fellow sim racer Randy Hughes lost his daughter to the courageous battle with cancer. We hit the track in her honor and I suggest everyone hit the Facebook page created in her honor Kirsten’s Dream Foundation.

Right out of the gate familiar names from both leagues found their names nestled at the top of the leaderboard. Keith Maiato would top the charts as the only car to post a time in the mid two’s (40.257), the rest of the field found themselves running three’s & four’s. You know you are going to have a barn burner when the top sixteen of twenty-eight cars that took time were only separated by two tenths of a second.

Though Maiato was fastest in practice he was not able to duplicate those results in qualifying, posting a time only tenth fastest on the field. Don’t worry though I will just go ahead right now and let you know not to count him out just yet! Travis Wall, sporting a new color scheme again this week, posted the fast time of the session with a 40.337 (178.5 mph) to grab the pole. Todd Marcotte, Shawn Pierce, Steven Burnett, and Chris Simard would round out the top five all posting times within a tenth of a second of the top spot!

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