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Brown comes up clutch in first NiSWC victory

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Heading into Week 7 of the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship season Joey Brown found himself outside the top 25 in points despite some promising runs. The NiSWC rookie had shown flashes of brilliance through the first six races, but had his good runs undone by mistakes largely of his own making. That all changed at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Brown broke through for his first NiSWC victory, outdueling Marcus Lindsey in a fantastic battle for the win.

Brown, who started from the pole but lost ground to Lindsey during the first round of green flag pit stops, erased more than a two second gap during the second half of the race. With ten laps to go, Brown was right on Lindsey's bumper and made a move for the lead on the inside entering Turn 3 and cleared Lindsey off Turn 4.

Brown was not in the clear yet, though. Lindsey fought back off of Turn Four when Brown got a bit loose on exit and the two were side-by-side yet again into Turn One. For the next two laps they battled door-to-door, neither wanting to back down. Finally, with seven laps remaining, Lindsey got tight in the middle of Turns One and Two, giving Brown the opening he needed to take the lead for good.

"Oh man I'm speechless after that race," said Brown, relieved he held on for his first victory. "Those last 10 laps seemed to take forever, by far the most fun I've had in a race."

The victory moved Brown into the top 25 in points, though he still has work to do if he wants to crack one of the top twelve paid positions.

Even though he was passed for the lead with the checkered flag in his sights after leading the most laps, Lindsey was pleased with his runner-up position.

"Solid race overall, happy with a second place," explained Lindsey. "(I) tried to defend as long as possible, but I think we all knew what the outcome was going to be."

"I think we all knew what the outcome was going to be." ? Marcus Lindsey

Jason Karlavige was strong all day and finished third, but did not have the pace of the top two. Brandon Kettelle was fourth and Tyler Hudson held-off Michael Conti and Thomas Lewandowski in a tightly contested battle for fifth.

Only three yellows, all before Lap 50, slowed the field for 12 laps. The first caution flew on Lap Nine when Nick Ottinger, winner of the last three NiSWC races, and Landon Huffman made contact entering Turn One. The contact sent Ottinger spinning up the track and into the outside wall, inflicting serious damage to the #05 Chevy SS. Ottinger pitted for repairs, but lost several laps in the process. He limped around the rest of the night and finished thirty-sixth.

The biggest incident of the evening developed on Lap 38 when Landon Harrison got into the wall on the backstretch and lost control. John Gorlinsky had nowhere to go and slammed into Harrison's crippled car, sparking a melee into Turn Three. Other drivers involved in the aftermath included Josh Berry and Jake Stergios.

With Husdon's fifth place run and Ottinger's crash, Hudson extended his points lead to nine over Brian Schoenburg, who suffered early damage but rebounded for an eleventh place run. Lindsey climbed to third with Ottinger slipping to fourth, now 33 points behind Hudson. Ray Alfalla is fifth in the standings, but lost positional points when he sped down pit road on his last stop of the day, relegating him to a seventeenth place finish.

Next up for the NiSWC is the yearly visit to Pocono Raceway. The Tricky Triangle, as it is often called, is made of three unique corners, providing a challenge for rookies and seasoned veterans alike. Brown will be looking to start a winning streak of his own as the rest of the field looks to position themselves in the standings as the 2013 season closes in on the midway point.

Can Brown make it two in a row? Or will Ottinger or Lindsey make another visit to victory lane? With Pocono's unpredictably, it could even be time for another first time winner. In any case, be sure to catch the action from Pocono on iRacing Live and MRN.com in two weeks!

        Average Lap Time Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes      
        32.756 200 3 12 16      
Fin Pos Driver Start Pos Car # Status Interval
Laps Led
Average Lap Time
Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap #
Laps Comp
Pts
1 Joey Brown 1 12 0 49 32.756 27.834 15 200 47 Running
2 Marcus Lindsey 2 1 -0.152 137 32.756 27.812 2 200 44 Running
3 Jason Karlavige 3 60 -6.071 0 32.785 27.812 2 200 41 Running
4 Brandon Kettelle 10 80 -8.016 0 32.791 27.838 2 200 40 Running
5 Tyler D Hudson 14 1 -9.408 1 32.796 27.82 153 200 40 Running
6 Michael Conti 12 5 -9.622 0 32.798 27.895 100 200 38 Running
7 Thomas Lewandowski 30 16 -9.743 0 32.788 27.937 2 200 37 Running
8 Danny Hansen 16 20 -11.391 0 32.805 27.941 149 200 36 Running
9 Dustin Montgomery 9 8 -13.524 0 32.515 27.812 2 200 35 Running
10 Patrick Baldwin 6 52 -13.622 0 32.821 27.827 2 200 34 Running
11 Brian Schoenburg 8 55 -16.375 0 32.61 27.864 149 200 33 Running
12 Peter Bennett 7 69 -16.571 8 32.835 27.834 103 200 33 Running
13 Carson McClelland 5 24 -17.549 0 32.841 27.815 101 200 31 Running
14 Carson Downs 41 97 -17.846 0 32.819 27.963 101 200 30 Running
15 Alex Warren 43 82 -24.452 0 32.85 27.921 102 200 29 Running
16 Adam Gilliland 20 81 -26.528 0 32.838 27.941 149 200 28 Running
17 Ray Alfalla 15 2 -28.882 5 32.819 27.896 49 200 28 Running
18 Robert Hall 18 30 -1 L 0 32.922 27.964 101 199 26 Running
19 Matt Bussa 32 34 -1 L 0 32.915 28.042 100 199 25 Running
20 Michael J Johnson 36 39 -1 L 0 32.999 27.907 97 199 24 Running
21 Paul Kusheba 31 32 -1 L 0 32.605 28.115 2 199 23 Running
22 Bryan Blackford 34 33 -1 L 0 32.998 28.017 148 199 22 Running
23 Chad Coleman 42 28 -1 L 0 32.999 28.209 2 199 21 Running
24 Kevin King 19 29 -1 L 0 33.038 27.968 2 199 20 Running
25 Chad J Laughton 26 26 -2 L 0 33.091 28.018 49 198 19 Running
26 Dylan Duval 29 42 -2 L 0 33.108 27.946 149 198 18 Running
27 Jake Stergios 13 41 -2 L 0 33.13 28.073 2 198 17 Running
28 Landon Huffman 17 75 -2 L 0 33.139 28.157 102 198 16 Running
29 Brandon Schmidt 4 3 -2 L 0 33.161 27.848 2 198 15 Running
30 Brad Davies 21 11 -2 L 0 33.178 27.922 159 198 14 Running
31 Rob Ackley 38 22 -3 L 0 33.25 28.189 87 197 13 Running
32 Andrew Fayash III 35 157 -3 L 0 32.332 28.094 160 197 12 Running
33 Jon Adams 22 40 -7 L 0 34.025 28.189 2 193 11 Running
34 Casey Malone 25 92 -7 L 0 33.149 28.071 101 193 10 Running
35 Cyril Nousbaum 33 99 -13 L 0 32.957 28.082 2 187 9 Running
36 Nick Ottinger 23 5 -15 L 0 34.571 27.981 87 185 8 Running
37 Steve Sheehan 24 6 -27 L 0 33.718 28.057 49 173 7 Running
38 Byron Daley 28 93 -34 L 0 36.739 28.07 2 166 6 Disconnected
39 Landon Harrison 39 89 -39 L 0 32.202 28.348 4 161 5 Running
40 John Gorlinsky 27 21 -160 L 0 35.265 28.056 2 40 4 Running
41 Josh Berry 37 91 -162 L 0 35.036 28.045 2 38 3 Running
42 Derek Crone 40 7 -163 L 0 35.049 28.059 2 37 2 Running
43 Richard Dusett 11 96 -168 L 0 35.137 27.773 2 32 1 Running

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