NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Kicks-Off at Daytona

Just as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ kicks off at Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series will start the 2018 season on the same high banks of Florida. NASCAR’s top-tier online racing series returns to the virtual racetrack on February 20th at 9 p.m. et. All races are broadcast live at NASCAR.com, iRacing.com/live and Facebook.com/iracing.

The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series features the world’s top online racers in virtual replicates of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race cars. Races are held every other week throughout the course of the year at virtual tracks like Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and culminates with a four-race playoff featuring the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 23rd.

The 2017 series champion Ryan Luza is back to defend his title, as are perennial favorites and past champions Ray Alfalla (2016, 2012, 2011), Kenny Humpe (2015) and Michael Conti (2014). Several newcomers recently qualified for the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series through the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series and are looking to make their mark including Casey Kirwan, Colton Davis and Nickolas Shelton.

Since 2010, iRacing has awarded over $135,000 in cash and prizes to participants.

 

Full Series Schedule:

Round             Date                            Track

Round 1          February 20th             Daytona International Speedway

Round 2          March 13th                 ISM Raceway

Round 3          March 27th                 Auto Club Speedway

Round 4          April 10th                   Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Round 5          April 24th                   Richmond Raceway

Round 6          May 8th                      Kansas Speedway

Round 7          May 22nd                    Charlotte Motor Speedway

Round 8          June 12th                    Michigan International Speedway

Round 9          June 26th                    Sonoma Raceway

Round 10        July 10th                     Chicagoland Speedway

Round 11        July 24th                     New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Round 12        August 7th                  Pocono Raceway

Round 13        August 21st                 Bristol Motor Speedway

Round 14        August 28th                Darlington Raceway

 

Playoffs:

Round 15        September 11th          Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Round 16        September 25th          Atlanta Motor Speedway

Round 17        October 9th                 Dover International Speedway

Season Finale October 23rd               Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

You can follow the eSport series throughout the year at http://www.iracing.com/nascar-peak-antifreeze-series/

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COMMENTARY: Time For Dillon Bashers To Call It A Day

Perhaps now, Austin Dillon will finally get the respect he’s due.

The Welcome, NC native, grandson of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, has spent most of his adult life dodging allegations of nepotism leveled by those who believe his place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owes more to genetics than talent.

“Born with a silver spoon in his mouth,” they say. “Born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.”

Those critics willfully ignore the dozens of formative wins Dillon claimed on dirt tracks across the south.

They discount his seven Camping World Truck Series victories and his 2011 Truck Series championship.

They overlook his eight NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and the 2013 title.

None of that matters, they say. It’s nothing more than a handout from a deep-pockets team owner to his spoiled, rich-kid grandson.

In the aftermath of Sunday night’s career-defining victory in the 60th annual Daytona 500, it may finally be time for the Dillon bashers to pipe down.

Dillon’s Daytona win was his second as a MENCS driver. The first — in last year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – was a fuel-mileage win, allowing the critics to persist in their view that Dillon had not earned his place at the NASCAR table. But with wins in two of the sport’s most prestigious events now on his resume, the outgoing Dillon has all the ammunition he needs to tune-out the Negative Nellies, once and for all.
"I did what I had to do there at the end," said Dillon of a chaotic final lap that saw leader Aric Almirola spin after attempting to block Dillon’s fast-closing Dow Chevrolet in Turn Three. "I hate it for (Almirola’s) guys. We had a run, and I stayed in the gas. It is what it is here at Daytona.”
While some viewed Dillon’s last-lap tactics as underhanded, Almirola was not among them.
"It was the last lap and we’re all trying to win the Daytona 500," he said, after limping his damaged racer home in a disappointing 11th-place. "It’s the biggest race of the year and it’s a career-changing race, so we were racing really aggressively. I used every move I knew to try and stay in the lead. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t able to hold on.
"I saw him come with the momentum, and I pulled up to block and did exactly what I needed to do to try to win the Daytona 500. I wasn’t going to just let him have it. He got to my back bumper and was pushing and just hooked me. He’s not driving too aggressively, he’s trying to win the Daytona 500, just like I was.”
Dillon acknowledged his critics during a raucous Victory Lane celebration, saying, "My grandfather has done everything for me. Everybody knows it. There is a lot of pressure on me to perform… but I like that pressure. The same with the No. 3. There is a lot of pressure behind that.
"But I’m willing to take that and go with it. I’m just thankful for all the people that support us along the way; Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family for letting us bring this number back. It comes full circle. I just can’t thank the Lord enough for this opportunity."
Sunday’s Daytona 500 triumph – authored 20 years to the day after the legendary Dale Earnhardt, Sr. drove Childress’ iconic No. 3 to Victory Lane in the Great American Race – should be enough to finally extinguish the bonfire of second-guessing that has plagued Dillon from Day One.

Sure, “Pop Pop” has provided the best possible equipment to both of his racing grandsons over the years. But what grandparent would do anything less? Don’t we all devote every resource at our disposal to help our children and grandchildren succeed in their lives and careers? Devotion to family should be applauded, not condemned.

A driver who has now won major races in all three NASCAR National Series – and championships in two of them – deserves better treatment than Dillon has received to date from the sport’s often-overcritical railbirds.
Austin Dillon has earned his place. At a level of the sport where every top contender enjoys world-class equipment and technological support, Dillon has won races. 
The records do not lie.
And as Dillon posed for a series of celebratory photos with his jubilant team and the Harley J. Earl Trophy Sunday night, he had the satisfied look of a man who had finally answered his critics.
Silver Spoons no longer required.

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