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Ottinger stays hot, gets third straight iRacing win

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It's official: Nick Ottinger is on a roll. The second year NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship
driver captured his third win in a row Tuesday night at Darlington Raceway with yet another dominating performance. He becomes the first driver in the four year history of the NiSWC to win three straight races. Ottinger started-off the night by capturing his second pole position of the season, then capped it off by leading 173 of 183 laps at what many consider the most demanding track on the circuit.

"Three straight for the #05 Rheem Chevrolet! Can't believe it!" said Ottinger. "After the third or fourth caution I barely scraped the wall off (Turn) Four and it hurt my right front toe, however I had such a lead I had to just fight it out and try and run a slower line." Even with the slight damage, Ottinger's lead grew to more than three seconds during the longest green flag run of the race.

Two-time champion Ray Alfalla finished second, 1.3 seconds behind and fellow NiSWC veteran Brad Davies finished third. Michael Conti finished fourth, completing an impressive charge from his dead last starting spot, with Steve Sheehan rounding-out the top five.

The Lady in Black gobbled-up drivers early . . . and in bunches. It only took 13 laps for the first incident to unfold when Alex Warren and Joey Brown got together off of Turn Two. The wreck blocked the track and collected many more cars in the aftermath including those of Chad Laughton and Jason Karlavige.

On Lap 34, there was more carnage entering Turn Three as Richard Dusett made contact with Adam Gilliland, sending both cars spinning and crashing into the wall. Once again, a secondary wreck developed behind as drivers scrambled to avoid the melee.

The evening's largest wreck was sparked when Jon Adams lost control of his car off of Turn Two and crashed hard into the outside wall. Since the crash happened right after a restart, the whole back of the field piled into the crash, leaving the race with less than 20 damage-free cars.

These cautions enabled drivers to try a variety of differing pit strategies, but nearly everyone opted for four tires on every stop due to the timing of the cautions. Combine that with great pit stops from Ottinger's crew and the rest of the field had no chance to overtake him on pit road.

From there, the last 104 laps of the online race went caution-free. Ottinger steadily pulled away from the field throughout the run and gained even more with a great green flag pit stop. A few drivers including Jake Stergios and Brandon Schmidt tried to stay out longer than the rest of the field in hopes of catching a beneficial caution. With the field so spread out, that caution never came and both drivers ended-up losing track position without enough time to recover.

Ottinger's third straight win vaulted him into second place in the points. He is now a single point behind series leader Tyler Hudson, who had a mediocre race at Darlington resulting in a twelfth place finish. Brian Schoenburg fell back to third in the standings despite a strong sixth place showing at Darlington, but is only two points out of the lead. Marcus Lindsey and Alfalla occupy the back end of the top five, but are 20 and 28 points behind, respectively.

With one third of the 18 race season complete, the battle for the top three could hardly be any closer as the series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Week Seven. Charlotte is one of the fastest 1.5 mile tracks on iRacing and rewards a balanced setup and a smooth driver. At 300 miles (200 laps), this is also the longest race of the season, so having speed on the long run will be critical for any driver hoping to compete for the win.

Will Ottinger continue his unprecedented run with a fourth straight win, or is it time for Alfalla or Hudson to finally break into victory lane in 2013? Make sure to tune-in to iRacing Live and MRN.com in two weeks time to catch all the action from Charlotte!

        Average Lap Time Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes      
        32.600 183 4 16 7      
Fin Pos Driver Start Pos Car # Status Interval
Laps Led
Average Lap Time
Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap #
Laps Comp
Pts
1 Nick Ottinger 1 5 0 173 32.6 27.609 40 183 48 Running
2 Ray Alfalla 2 2 -1.336 1 32.606 27.637 40 183 43 Running
3 Brad Davies 10 11 -4.761 0 32.619 27.739 40 183 41 Running
4 Michael Conti 43 5 -6.555 0 32.606 27.759 40 183 40 Running
5 Steve Sheehan 5 6 -7.135 0 32.635 27.579 40 183 39 Running
6 Brian Schoenburg 7 55 -9.263 2 32.645 27.687 2 183 39 Running
7 Marcus Lindsey 6 1 -10.061 0 32.694 27.54 2 183 37 Running
8 Michael J Johnson 11 39 -19.22 0 32.698 27.602 40 183 36 Running
9 Byron Daley 32 93 -19.463 0 32.688 27.823 129 183 35 Running
10 Peter Bennett 30 69 -21.467 0 32.416 27.81 80 183 34 Running
11 Josh Berry 21 91 -22.217 0 32.709 27.74 40 183 33 Running
12 Tyler D Hudson 27 1 -22.495 0 32.704 27.774 80 183 32 Running
13 Casey Malone 15 92 -25.323 0 32.73 27.831 80 183 31 Running
14 Cyril Nousbaum 8 99 -26 0 32.736 27.798 19 183 30 Running
15 Carson McClelland 24 24 -26.041 0 32.665 27.709 2 183 29 Running
16 Paul Kusheba 34 32 -28.427 0 32.734 27.906 20 183 28 Running
17 Thomas Lewandowski 19 16 -1 L 0 32.772 27.836 80 182 27 Running
18 Brandon Schmidt 36 3 -1 L 4 32.793 27.873 138 182 27 Running
19 Jake Stergios 35 41 -1 L 1 32.869 28.021 80 182 26 Running
20 Joshua Laughton 33 40 -1 L 1 32.821 27.833 2 182 25 Running
21 Landon Harrison 31 89 -2 L 1 32.997 27.958 142 181 24 Running
22 Landon Huffman 18 75 -2 L 0 33.049 27.78 19 181 22 Running
23 Adam Gilliland 12 81 -2 L 0 32.846 27.743 19 181 21 Running
24 Brandon Kettelle 16 80 -4 L 0 32.542 28.076 3 179 20 Running
25 Chad Coleman 40 28 -4 L 0 33.381 27.823 18 179 19 Running
26 Derek Crone 23 7 -4 L 0 33.471 27.936 20 179 18 Running
27 Danny Hansen 25 20 -8 L 0 34.194 27.833 20 175 17 Running
28 Matt Bussa 17 34 -13 L 0 34.931 27.963 3 170 16 Running
29 Andrew Fayash III 41 157 -21 L 0 36.017 28.179 42 162 15 Running
30 Rob Ackley 37 22 -25 L 0 33.8 28.036 42 158 14 Running
31 Alex Warren 4 82 -29 L 0 33.682 27.837 3 154 13 Running
32 Jon Adams 39 84 -56 L 0 40.003 28.15 22 127 12 Running
33 Philipp Geiss 28 66 -83 L 0 36.419 28.154 4 100 11 Disconnected
34 Kevin King 29 29 -102 L 0 43.184 28.049 43 81 10 Running
35 Dustin Montgomery 3 8 -103 L 0 40.785 27.612 40 80 9 Disconnected
36 Carson Downs 38 97 -110 L 0 34.702 28.234 43 73 8 Disconnected
37 Jared Crawford 42 83 -116 L 0 33.576 27.866 41 67 7 Disconnected
38 Dylan Duval 22 42 -140 L 0 44.397 28.087 3 43 6 Disconnected
39 Richard Dusett 14 96 -148 L 0 33.687 27.717 19 35 5 Running
40 Patrick Baldwin 26 52 -154 L 0 34.336 27.861 19 29 4 Disconnected
41 Jason Karlavige 20 60 -165 L 0 40.882 28.051 3 18 3 Disconnected
42 Chad J Laughton 13 26 -168 L 0 32.94 27.783 2 15 2 Disconnected
43 Joey Brown 9 12 -171 L 0 28.398 27.858 3 12 1 Disconnected


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