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Ottinger steals Richmond for second straight iRacing win

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After the smoke cleared from the Richmond carnage, Nick Ottinger found himself in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship victory lane for the second straight race.  Unlike two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, where Ottinger had the dominant car from start to finish, his victory at Richmond International Raceway was achieved with good strategy and some timely accident avoidance.

"Two in a row! Wow, I had a great car for the long run," said Ottinger. "I really can't explain how we survived it all; however we had the right strategy and it kept playing into our favor late in the race."

Ottinger started twenty-second and wasted no time cutting his way through the field. By the time the first caution flew on Lap 48, Ottinger had already cracked the top ten. When halfway came at Lap 100, he had moved up to seventh, managing his tires and keeping his nose clean.

Then with less than 20 laps to go, the third-placed Ottinger got his chance. Michael Conti, who had led a race-high 74 laps, was leading on a restart with John Gorlinsky starting on his outside. Gorlinsky dove into Turn One a bit too hot and made contact with Conti, sending both cars up the hill as more cars got collected in the aftermath. The wreck was just what Ottinger needed as the driver of the #05 Chevy ducked to the bottom and came away with the lead.

From there all Ottinger had to do was hit his marks and not spin his tires on restarts, both of which he handled with no issues at all and led the final 18 laps en route to his second win of the season.

Gorlinsky held-on for second, with Brian Schoenburg taking third after starting way back in thirty-third.

Schoenburg was pleased with his effort.  "My team did a great job all night. We had to overcome several obstacles throughout the race to earn that third place finish. It was probably one of the best drives I've ever had. It was definitely a nice reward for never giving up."

Josh Berry finished fourth and, much like Schoenburg, came from deep in the field to score his top five. Ray Alfalla rounded-out the top five after starting from pole position, continuing his strong rebound from a disappointing start to the 2013 NiSWC season.

After a relatively tame first half of the online race, the last 100 laps were riddled with crashes, broken cars and hot tempers. Among the casualties were Tyler Hudson and Marcus Lindsey, the first and second place drivers in the championship standings coming into the race. By the end of the race, the yellow had flown 13 times for 63 laps. The carnage left only 22 of 43 starters on the lead lap by the checkers.

Despite being involved in more than one incident, Hudson managed to limp home with a nineteenth place finish and, by doing so, remain atop the point standings. He now leads by just nine points over Schoenburg, who is quietly putting together a solid season. Ottinger continues his rapid accent up the standings and now sits third, eight points behind Schoenburg. Lindsey slipped to fourth, another eight points back. Kevin King is now fifth following his seventh place run at Richmond, with Alfalla and Peter Bennett hot on his heels.

After a tough race at Richmond, the NiSWC field heads to quite possibly the toughest track of all: Darlington Raceway. The track known as The Lady in Black leaves drivers no room for error as her narrow racing surface and punishing walls make even the most daring racers think twice before trying to get that extra tenth. Darlington is a track that usually favors veterans but with the talent of the NiSWC, a newcomer could steal the show. Can Ottinger make it three in a row or will we have our fifth different winner in six races? Tune into MRN.com and iRacing Live in two weeks' time to find out!

        Average Lap Time Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes      
        30.028 167 0 0 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 22 5 0 18 29.984 20.22 155 200 47 Running
2 John Gorlinsky 14 21 -0.254 0 29.956 20.155 97 200 42 Running
3 Brian Schoenburg 33 55 -0.96 0 29.982 20.254 96 200 41 Running
4 Josh Berry 35 91 -1.902 0 29.985 20.306 96 200 40 Running
5 Ray Alfalla 1 2 -2.156 50 30.053 20.016 2 200 40 Running
6 Brandon Kettelle 19 80 -2.537 0 30 20.268 171 200 38 Running
7 Kevin King 21 29 -3.155 0 30.002 20.307 96 200 37 Running
8 Paul Kusheba 37 32 -3.671 0 29.992 20.461 196 200 36 Running
9 Patrick Baldwin 17 52 -4.154 0 30.009 20.36 96 200 35 Running
10 Byron Daley 7 93 -4.599 0 30.017 20.173 3 200 34 Running
11 Casey Malone 34 92 -5.198 0 30 20.557 63 200 33 Running
12 Joshua Laughton 29 40 -5.85 0 30.01 20.237 154 200 32 Running
13 Chad Coleman 39 28 -6.343 0 30.001 20.399 63 200 31 Running
14 Thomas Lewandowski 24 16 -6.925 0 30.017 20.259 96 200 30 Running
15 Michael J Johnson 38 39 -7.305 0 30.009 20.475 100 200 29 Running
16 Joey Brown 3 12 -7.662 58 30.034 20.078 2 200 29 Running
17 Rob Ackley 42 22 -8.314 0 30.008 20.512 97 200 27 Running
18 Michael Conti 8 5 -8.835 74 30.038 20.066 97 200 28 Running
19 Tyler D Hudson 15 1 -9.581 0 29.913 20.357 62 200 25 Running
20 Brad Davies 10 11 -10.804 0 30.047 20.201 2 200 24 Running
21 Adam Gilliland 9 81 -12.184 0 29.699 20.236 96 200 23 Running
22 Andrew Fayash III 40 77 -14.912 0 29.836 20.352 154 200 22 Running
23 Steve Sheehan 5 6 -1 L 0 30.096 20.136 2 199 21 Running
24 Cyril Nousbaum 16 99 -2 L 0 29.817 20.284 98 198 20 Disconnected
25 Jake Stergios 4 41 -2 L 0 30.255 20.149 2 198 19 Running
26 Danny Hansen 6 20 -5 L 0 30.787 20.12 2 195 18 Running
27 Matt Bussa 18 34 -6 L 0 30.916 20.467 96 194 17 Running
28 Brandon Schmidt 25 3 -7 L 0 31.118 20.386 96 193 16 Running
29 Alex Warren 12 82 -8 L 0 30.228 19.981 70 192 15 Running
30 Carson McClelland 31 24 -10 L 0 31.611 20.402 144 190 14 Running
31 Peter Bennett 36 69 -13 L 0 28.958 20.301 97 187 13 Disqualified
32 Bryan Blackford 30 33 -13 L 0 28.961 20.343 155 187 12 Disqualified
33 Landon Huffman 13 75 -16 L 0 28.969 20.349 62 184 11 Disconnected
34 Chris Main 43 38 -16 L 0 29.948 20.355 96 184 10 Disconnected
35 Carson Downs 27 97 -18 L 0 28.956 20.353 172 182 9 Running
36 Landon Harrison 23 89 -18 L 0 29.42 20.382 97 182 8 Running
37 Richard Dusett 41 96 -20 L 0 28.995 20.371 154 180 7 Running
38 Marcus Lindsey 2 1 -54 L 0 26.863 20.106 2 146 6 Running
39 Chad J Laughton 11 26 -54 L 0 26.872 20.367 4 146 5 Disconnected
40 Dustin Montgomery 32 8 -127 L 0 25.071 20.349 62 73 4 Disconnected
41 Jared Crawford 20 83 -149 L 0 22.563 20.496 4 51 3 Disconnected
42 Cody Byus 28 27 -153 L 0 21.084 20.468 4 47 2 Disconnected
43 Derek Crone 26 7 -186 L 0 21.056 20.709 6 14 1 Running


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