Justin finishes the 2014 iRacing NASCAR Drivers' World Championship Series in 10th place, guaranteeing him a spot in the 2015 iRacing NASCAR Drivers' World Championship Series.
1/26/15 - The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series
(NPAS) powered by iRacing begins Feb. 24, 2015 at Daytona International
Before the start of the series, the iRacing Pre-Season Thunder exhibition race will run Feb. 3 with coverage starting at 8 p.m EST at http://www.webracingnetwork.com/. The race will be 25 laps at Daytona showcasing the drivers eligible for the NPAS.
The starting line-up for the Pre-Season Thunder is determined by fan votes. Vote for Justin at http://timscorner.ca/archives/8262#.VMJ3xRDRMjw.facebook.
What is iRacing and how do the drivers such as Justin make it to the premier NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series (NPAS)? It does not happen overnight.
iRacing is the only racing simulation sanctioned by NASCAR. iRacing uses officially licensed cars engineered from the ground up in cooperation with real-world race teams and using real-world physics, CAD data, laser scanning, weighing and measuring specific parts and a physics engine. In the NASCAR series iRacing offers: Sprint cup Gen 6 cars, Xfinity Series cars, Camping World trucks, K&N cars, tour modifieds, SK modifieds, late models and Legend cars. All these cars can be adjusted like the real-world cars to find the ideal setup for the tracks.
The drivers can choose from 70 officially licensed, laser scanned exact replicas of road and oval tracks.
On iRacing, there is an official license class progression system for oval and road racing based on your skill and clean driving. The eight classes are: Rookie, Advanced Rookie, Class D, Class C, Class B, Class A, Pro and World Championship.
Every iRacer is held to a Sporting Code. Beginning as a Rookie, you progress through the classes based on your safety rating which is determined by incidents per race. You receive incident points for hitting the wall, spinning out or hitting other cars. The more incident points the lower your license. It is easier to lose a license than gain one.
Once you achieve a Class A license, most drivers are members of a team to work on adjusting the car’s setup for each track. It takes hours of practice laps and time trials to adjust the cars.
Each season, the top 50 drivers who have their Class A licenses compete for a Pro license. The drivers compete in a 10-week series with the races broadcast live on YouTube under the LSRTV channel. The top 20 at the end of the series receive their Pro license and are automatically entered in the NPAS.
When the NPAS starts in February, it consists of 20 World Championship drivers who finished 1-20 in the previous season’s NPAS race. The drivers who finished 1-20 in the Pro 10-week series are locked in for the NPAS. The drivers who finished 21-30 in the Pro 10-week series must qualify in for the remaining 3 available spots for a total of 43 drivers entered in each NPAS race.
Last season Justin finished the 10-week Pro series in position 21. He qualified in for each of the NPAS races in 2014 and finished the NPAS in the 10th spot giving him a World Championship license for 2015. To see the complete standings from last season’s PEAK Antifreeze Series click here.
This season’s NPAS starts Feb. 24, 2015. All races will be broadcast live at http://www.iracing.com/live/. The winner will be recognized by NASCAR at the last NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and receive a check for $10,500. The winner is also invited to the banquet during Champions Week in Charlotte, NC.
1/7/15 - Justin was featured in the Latrobe
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The 2014 season saw Justin entered in the Big 10 Challenge Series at Hickory Motor Speedway. Each of these 10 races were 100 laps for the late models and saw the addition of two Jr. Motorsports cars entered as part of the field. Justin ran with Lee Faulk Racing, the same team as last season, however, this year saw the team with two additional late model cars. With three late models, the team needed to add a new crew chief who they teamed up to work with Justin for the 10 races.
The expectations were high starting the 2014 season. Justin was coming off of a very successful 2013 season winning 2 times at Hickory Motor Speedway including the Fall Classic 100. Justin ran 6 races with 2 wins, 5 top 5's, and 1 top 10 and did all this with $0 in damages to the car.
The first half of this season Justin had 4 top 10 finishes out of the 5 races. Justin was able to drive through the field each race, even coming from the back of the field of 24 cars after a spin during one race to finish p. 7. The second half of the season, however, Justin had one top 10 finish and struggled to find the rapport with the crew chief to find that setup from the first half.
Even though the season did not go as we had expected, Justin ran all 10 of the 100 lap races. Justin was able to complete all 100 laps, except for one race when the weight came off the car in front of his and it went through the radiator. That was over 950 laps of intense late model racing with minimal cosmetic damage to the car. In this economy, car management is essential and to have a driver like Justin who can race hard but drive the car to the finish line each race is a huge advantage. The team never had any major repairs to make on Justin's car before the next race.
Overall, Justin gained a lot of experience this season. He raced with drivers who had more seat time and who brought their best equipment to Hickory Motor Speedway. Justin held his own against these drivers, drove hard and always drove with respect on the track.
We would like to thank Best Western of Hickory for their support. We really would have liked to get the car in victory lane but Justin was able to keep the car in one piece every race and keep the Best Western logo out there for all the fans to notice this season. It was an honor to represent Best Western and the accommodations are always first class. It is "The Best place to stay for race day."
We would also like to thank all the followers on Facebook and Twitter as well as all the fans who came to Hickory Motor Speedway. The fans are so important and we hope you appreciated the Hero Cards, the magnets, the flags, the Best Western Gift Bags, and the Activity Booklets that Justin was able to give out this season.
To continue to race and advance at this level is going to depend solely on support from business partners. The top teams out there want drivers who come to them with sponsor support. That is what opens the doors for these drivers. Justin has the talent and in order to continue with a good team and advance he needs a business to believe in him and use him as part of their marketing strategy. Justin is willing and able to market a business through his racing. For more information, please contact Sherri at TurnLeft@AllianceRacing.net.
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Excited to announce Best Western Hickory as a sponsor for the 2014 season. Glad to have them return to support Justin's racing. They first sponsored Justin for the Hickory Motor Speedway Classic 100 race at the end of last season that Justin won.