iRacing Blog – 7/28/15 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Indianapolis Motor Speedway

iRacing Blog – 7/28/15 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Round 11 of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series was 7/28/2015 for 100 laps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Justin was unable to set a qualifying time for the race due to internet issues at his apartment. He was forced to start p. 39. Starting in the rear, Justin steadily moved up through the field into the top 15 dodging several wrecks in the process. However, with 20 laps to go the luck ran out and Justin was again in the wrong place at the wrong time and was clipped sending the Alliance Garage Doors / C.H.I. Overhead Doors in the inside wall. After a very lengthy pit stop to fix the extensive damage, Justin was able to get back out on the track to finish the race in p. 31. Watch a replay of the race here.

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iRacing Blog – 7/14/15 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Kentucky Speedway

Such an up and down season so far in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series. Coming back from the break, Round 10 was 167 laps around Kentucky Speedway. The race on 7/14/2015 saw Justin qualify p. 6 and keep the Alliance Garage Doors / C.H.I. Overhead Doors car in the top 10 for the entire race. With the one and only caution happening early on lap 52, the race came down to fuel mileage. After a green flag pit stop on lap 109, Justin stretched the fuel the 58 laps to the end to cross the finish line in p. 9. See the race here.

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Justin Bolton Cracks iRacing Top 10 Driver Standings Worldwide

Charlotte, NC- (December 12, 2014) During the day Justin Bolton is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina Charlotte majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a motorsports concentration.

At night the 20 year old Latrobe, PA native hones his racing skills behind the wheel of his No. 36 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series race car at his desk in his apartment right off the campus of UNCC. You see Bolton along with 40,000 other racers are a part of iRacing, a hyper-realistic racing simulation that allows drivers of all skill levels to compete in different types of race cars, at different types of race tracks against those of the same skill level.

“I started iRacing about four years ago in their lowest series, the Legends cars,” stated Bolton. “I was actually looking into racing a Legends car and found that I could train in the car online and it helped me prepare for my launch into the series.”

Justin excelled in Legends cars winning the Rookie of the Year at Lake Erie Speedway and the National Semi-Pro Race of Champions and credits his winning the Race of Champions due to practicing online at Atlanta before he ever saw the track.

The road for Justin over the next three years saw him rapidly advancing up the iRacing ladder winning nearly 22 % of the races he entered. During this time Bolton’s racing career also advanced going from Legends cars to Limited Late Model to the NASCAR Late Model series within that time frame.

“I saw a definite correlation with my iRacing success with my actual racing career, “added Bolton. “I joined a team with the 2013 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series World Champion and I knew I had to step up my game.”

In early 2014, Justin participated in a 10 week “Pro Series” season which was one step below the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series and had one win. This made him eligible for the 2014 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series. Over the 32 week 16 race season Justin recorded two Top 5’s and 6 Top 10’s giving him an incredible 10th place finish in points and the highest finishing rookie in the world. Justin can compete in more than the NASCAR Peak Series which includes races in Class C (Trucks), B (Nationwide Cars) and A (Cup Series).

“I ran 244 races in all of the divisions and won 67 times which put me 8th in overall total points in the world,” said Justin. “I know it sounds confusing but the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series is the pinnacle of iRacing but I am also allowed to race in lower tiered divisions. To finish 10th in the NASCAR Peak and 8th overall in the world is something I am very proud of.”

In 2015, Justin will compete in the entire 16-race NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series as well as another 200 races with high hopes for an even better season. Bolton believes that they are a championship caliber team and if they go out and race for wins the points will take care of themselves.

“I want to go after the championship,” exclaimed Justin. I would win $10,500, a championship ring, a trophy, a trip to the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and be introduced on stage prior to the race as well as be recognized as the best in the world. I guess the most fun part of 2014 was that Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is an avid iRacing enthusiast finished below me in the points standings. My goal is to race against him in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and hopefully someday I will live that dream.”

To achieve the goal of racing in the NASCAR series, a driver must have corporate support. Justin is actively seeking corporate partners for 2015 in order to continue to race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. For more information, please contact Justin at jbracing99@comcast.net or Rolfe Schnur Motorsports Marketing at 954-224-8661.

Justin Wins iRacing Pro Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway

Justin won the iRacing Pro Series race on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Bolton Captures Improbable Win at Phoenix

 

by Jason Lofing on November 13th, 2013

 

Bolton holds-off Kusheba,Chubirko, Buie, Harrison and Adjei for the win.

 

Justin Bolton captured his first career NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series win on Tuesday night, coming back from an early crash to take the victory. Bolton, the winner of Hickory Motor Speedway’s Fall Classic for Limited Late Models, chose to stay out under a late-race yellow — which appeared to be a strange call, to say the least.  In what had already been a yellow-filled race, however, the closing laps got even crazier with several crashes taking-out nearly all the top cars.  The yellows helped Bolton maintain the lead and he did the rest, holding-off Paul Kusheba on a green-white-checker shootout for the win.

 

Kusheba, who made a valiant effort on the last lap, settled for the runner-up spot.  Brandon Chubirko was third from Brandon Buie, Landon Harrison and Kwame Adjei as the top six were covered by .756s.

 

No less than a dozen cautions slowed the field for 55 laps and, in any other event, many of the wrecks might have been considered “The Big One.” By the end of the 156 lap online race, only a handful of cars were still running in reasonable condition, with only 11 cars finishing on the lead lap.

 

Phoenix has long been known for a track that produces its fair share of cautions and it did not take long for the first yellow to fly.   On Lap One, outside polesitter Kenny Humpe got a bit too aggressive entering Turn Three and spun, causing a major stack-up in his wake. When the smoke cleared, a half-dozen cars had sustained damage with Humpe getting the worst of it.

 

With Humpe out of the picture, Kusheba assumed control of the race after taking four tires under during his first pit stop. Though he took four tires while some drivers took just two, Kusheba made quick work of everyone in front of him and took the lead. Although he later lost the lead under caution when Dylan Duval stayed out, Kusheba once again used his fresher tires to reclaim the lead.

 

The first of a dozen cautions involved Humpe (#58), Tom Moustakas (#10) and Richard Dusett (#96) . . . among others.

 

The first Big One developed on a Lap 91 restart when everyone stacked up as the green waved. The inside line acccordioned together, sending Josh Berry spinning in front of the back half of the field. Jeremy Lukaszka, Brian Day, Brandon Hauck and PJ Stergios were also involved in the crash.

 

Laughton caught Kusheba with 30 laps remaining, but passing had proven to be difficult on worn tires. For nearly ten laps Laughton was right the bumper of Kusheba’s Chevy SS, waiting for a mistake. Kusheba finally made one off of Turn Four and Laughton dove to the inside in Turn One. The two ran door-to-door through Turns One and Two and were still side-by-side as they braked for Turn Three. As both drivers fought for ground in the middle of the corner, they made contact which sent both cars into the wall. Kusheba was able to continue with minimal damage but Laughton nosed hard into the front-stretch wall, ending his night.

 

The next two restarts saw two more large crashes unfold at the front of the field, eliminating nearly every competitive car except for Kusheba. The final wreck set up the one lap shootout and Bolton used a superb restart to come away with the victory.

 

After the 12-caution mess at Phoenix, NiPS drivers will likely enjoy seeing Homestead-Miami Speedway next on the schedule. The 1.5 mile oval normally has long green flag runs, which will be a welcome sight for drivers needing a good finish after crashing (or being crashed) at PIR. Look for Laughton to be strong once again if he can stay out of trouble . . . although after the first two races we have seen that is no easy task. Be sure to tune in next Tuesday night to catch Week Three of the NiPS from Homestead on ETV Live!