Grand National Series
Sparta – Jeff Ward came into the race leading the points, and still with only 1 win on the season back in Auto Club. Consistently picking up the most halfway bonus points was the key to his early season points lead. He got a good look at the field as he put his #89 Ford Mustang on pole by a scarce .009 over Tyler Dalton.
The race started out a little choppy, as two early cautions slowed the pace of the field down. Jeff Ward was staying out front after fighting off challenges from Tyler Dalton and Drew Carroll. Jeff showed why he was able to grab that early season points lead with the early pace of his race.
Scott Eckrich, and Brian Yaczik both started out back. Scott’s car was found with two tires leaking air, and had to start at the back, Yaczik didn’t complete a lap. Both cars didn’t stay back in the back very long. Through a few pit stops and strategy, they were able to work their way up to the top 5 as the race progressed.
A caution flag flew on lap 31, which sent all the field down to pit road.
After the caution was withdrawn, and the Green fell back into the air. Jeff Ward, Drew Carroll and Scott Eckrich maintained a stranglehold on the front of the field. Swapping the lead of the race amongst themselves for the remainder of the event.
A late race caution with 6 laps to go set the field onto pit road one final time. Eckrich took 2 tires because of overshooting his pit stall, and the rest of the field took 4 fresh tires.
On the restart, Ward was able to maintain his 2nd position, as Eckrich found 2 tires to be entirely too loose. Coming out of turn 2 Ward sailed by Eckrich and never looked back to pick up his 2nd win on the season.
Yaczik finished p2, with Tyler Dalton in 3rd, Drew Carroll 4th, and Kevin Pearson rounding out the top 5.
The Sim Racing Apps Grand National series wraps up segment 1 next week on the road course of Mid Ohio.
jeff Ward grew his points lead to 9 over Yaczik with the Segment 1 finale next week at Mid Ohio.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The SIM Racing Apps Grand National Series showed up to Daytona International Speedway 60 cars strong for the NP3 Designs 200 and the first race of the season. With only 43 spots on the grid, qualifying had a extra level of intensity heading into race one. Tanner Stoops would top them all by winning the NP3 Designs Pole Award, with Tony Showen making the lost spot on the grid by only .004 over Sean Ambrose who was attempting his first Premier Racing League start.
Come race time though, the Loud Pedal Motorsports Mustang of Paul Pepper would survive the wreck filled event, gaining his 2nd straight Sim Racing Apps Grand National win at Daytona after starting 27th. Pepper would finish ahead of his former teammate Tommy Rhyne by only a few feet. Jordan Hightower, Adam Jurski, and John Sterling would survive to finish in the Top 5. Tyler Dalton finished 14th after winning the American Pool Supply Halfway Leader bonus.
Rhyne leads the points after the first race thanks to bonus points early in the event over Pepper by 4. Hightower will sit 3rd in points while Dalton, Jurski, and Josh Skroupa will all sit tied for 4th.
15 drivers would participate in the consolation race after missing out on the main show, where Travis McQuistion would take home the victory.
Next week the SIM Racing Apps Grand National Series heads south to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Miami 175 on February 28th.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Speedweeks and the 2017 season for the Premier Racing League kicks off this Thursday, February 9th, at Daytona International Speedway with NP3 Designs Qualifying for the Daytona 300. Drivers will also need to survive the Patriot Fire Duel’s at Daytona on the 16th to make it to the starting grid of the Daytona 300 on February 23rd. All three of these events will be shown on iRacing Live courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel at 9pm ET.
2017 marks the 2nd year for the Premier Racing League, and the 2nd year the league has worked with Coastal Safety Auditors and Patriot Fire. This year, Patriot Fire will join the Cup Series as the title sponsor on Thursday nights for the 37 race season. The Patriot Fire Cup Series will include three segments as well as a overall season championship. Last year, Scott Eckrich took home the honor in the inaugural season.
The Patriot Fire Cup Cars will not be the only series tackling the high banks of Daytona this month. The American Pool Supply Truck Series will be taking the track on February 19th on the Global Sim Racing Channel with coverage again beginning at 9pm ET. 23 events from the 31 race season will be aired live this year. Two days later, the SimRacingApps Grand National Series (iRacing B Class cars) will take their turn. Currently 70 drivers are registered to try and qualify for the 43 car field.
New to the Premier Racing League in 2017 is the V8 Supercar Series. Holden’s and Falcon’s will try their hand at the famous Daytona road course under the lights on February 12th. Qualifying will begin at 6pm ET with the 100 mile event starting at 7pm ET. The nine race season will companion the other three Premier Racing League Series and their visits to some of the world best road courses. The V8’s only stand alone event will be Mount Panorama on August 27th. V8 Supercars will be open to the public, e-mail PremierRacingLeague@gmail.com for more information.
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HAMPTON – AdvoCare We Build Champions week continued at the Atlanta Motor Speedway with the AdvoCare We Build Champions 150, and 3 drivers within 5 points of a title. Jeff Ward would head into Atlanta with a 2 point lead over Brian Yaczik and a 5 point lead over Tommy Rhyne. Strategy came into play early in the event after the yellow flag flew for the only time on lap 3. Yaczik pitted and was able to make it on one less stop than both Ward and Rhyne and that would prove to be the difference in the end. Yaczik came home with an impressive 3rd place finish over Ward in 7th and Rhyne in 8th. Yaczik would become your 2016 Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Series Champion by only 2 points over Ward. Continue reading
NEWTON – Iowa Speedway hosted the first race of the Coastal Safety Auditors Grand National Series Round of 8 after virtual rain postponed the event earlier in the season. Ricky Hardin came home with the victory after a 21st place starting position on Monday night over Chad Coleman and Chase driver Jeff Ward. Woodrow Mahan and DJ Beverly round out the Top 5.