Traveled back down to Anderson Motor Speedway on Friday, 9/11. There were 18 cars in the field. The #99 was fast and Justin qualified on the outside pole. The track inverted for the race so Justin lined up p. 4. There was a quick caution on the first lap at the start. Lining up for the restart in p. 6, Justin drove up to p. 3 by lap 6 and p. 2 by halfway. The second half of the race saw 4 cautions. On lap 12 with Justin and the #8 side by side a caution came out. Lining up p. 2 for the restart there was a quick caution on lap 12 again. Starting p. 2 and running on the outside another caution flew on lap 13. Lining up again on the outside in p. 2 they were able to run 2 laps this time before a car’s engine let go. After a lengthy cleanup, Justin started p. 2. Going into turn 1 the car hit oil and spun. Justin was able to keep it out of the wall but would line up in the rear for the last 5 laps of the race. Drove up to finish p. 8. The #99 was the fastest car in the race as recorded in Race Monitor’s lap times. Had it not been for the oil left on the track, it would have been a great battle to the finish with the #99, the #50 and the #8. Watch the in-car video of the race here.
Another fun weekend of racing. Justin was in the #99 Legend Car at Anderson Motor Speedway in SC for the 30 lap US Legend National Qualifier. The first practice run went well but a lug nut got stuck on the right rear. Thanks to Justin Ashley we were able to get that fixed and be on the track in time for qualifying. Justin qualified p. 5 out of 16 cars. After the first caution early in the race, Justin quickly moved up to p. 3 and chased down the front two cars. With two laps remaining, the second caution came out closing up the field. It was a close battle between the top 3 with Justin coming across the finish line p. 2. Congrats to Justin Ashley on the win. Farbo Motorsports took p. 1 and p. 2 again. Photos from the race and from the NASCAR Bristol race are on the Photos Page. Watch the in-car video of the Legend race on Justin’s YouTube Channel here.
Justin was back in the #99 Legend car Friday, 8/14, racing at Anderson Motor Speedway in SC. There would be two 25-lap races. Justin qualified p. 11 for the first race out of a field of 25 cars. Justin steadily moved forward avoiding trouble with the six cautions of the race. By lap 23 Justin had driven from p. 11 to p. 5. A caution came out setting up a 2-lap shootout to the end. Running in p. 4 coming into turn 4, two cars collided in front of Justin causing Justin to spin to avoid hitting into them. All three cars had to go to the rear. With only two laps remaining, Justin crossed the finish line the last car on the lead lap.
At the beginning of the first race, all competitors’ tires were marked because the same tires were to be used for both races. The line-up for the second race was set by the finishing order of the first race. Justin lined up p. 19 out of 21. At the start of the race they could not get past lap 1. It was wreck after wreck. Finally, they were able to race to lap 4 before yet another caution. At this time, it seemed that things had settled down some and Justin started his run to the front. By lap 10, Justin was in the top 5. Just as the first race, a caution came out with 2 laps to go. Justin crossed the finish line p. 4. Farbo Motorsports finished p. 3 and p. 4 with both drivers coming up through the field using the same tires for both races. Photos from Friday are on the Photos page. In-car video from Race 1 can be seen here.
Round 12 of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series on 8/11/2015 was 50 laps around the 2.45 mile road course at Watkins Glen International. Justin qualified p. 10 and kept the Alliance Garage Doors / C.H.I. Overhead Doors car in the top 10 the entire race. The road courses on iRacing take complete concentration for the entire race due to the fact there are no cautions. The only break the drivers get is the one green flag pit stop for 4 tires and fuel half way through the race. It’s 50 laps of left and right turns with no errors to keep your position. Justin finished p. 9. Watch the race here.
Bolton is Back . . .
You can’t keep a good driver away from the track. Friday, 8/7/2015, Justin brought out the #99 Legend Car again to run atAnderson Motor Speedway in SC. It had been over 3 years since Justin was behind the wheel of the Legend Car at an ovaltrack. However, you would never know that. After a couple practice runs Friday morning, Justin was up to speed as if he had been driving all season. A small rain shower came through later in the afternoon that delayed the start of practice and qualifying by an hour. Justin would line up p. 3 out of 17 cars for the race. It was 20 laps of green flag racing. Justin kept the #99 in 3rd until, with two laps to go, Justin made the pass to finish 2nd. It was a fun day being able to see Justin behind the wheel again with Farbo Motorsports. See the in-car video from the race here.
On May 19, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Round 7 of the Series. Justin in the #36 Alliance Garage Doors / C.H.I. Overhead Doors car qualified in p. 11 and in the first couple laps of the race quickly moved up to p. 6. The first half of the race went green except for one caution on lap 4. Justin ran in the top 5 cycling through two green flag pit stops. The second half of the race had three cautions within 29 laps. At the restart on lap 148, the inside line had a slow start and the drivers behind Justin pushed forward creating a huge wreck catching Justin and ending his night. Justin and the other members of The TEAM again were extremely fast but ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Watch the race here https://youtu.be/PQA1aZN-fRQ. June 2 will see the series at Dover International Speedway.
Justin earned his first Pole of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series on Tuesday night, 4/7, at Texas Motor Speedway. The race went green for the most part with only one caution late in the race at lap 139. On lap 35, Justin surrendered the lead to teammate Chad Laughton and stayed up front running in the top 5 for the entire race. Teammate Chad Laughton would go on to win with Justin crossing the line in p. 5. You can watch the race at https://youtu.be/a6NeOTw7h-Y. Tuesday, 4/21, will see some short track racing on the ¾ mile D-shaped oval at Richmond International Raceway.
The third race of the iRacing NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series at Auto Club Speedway was on Tuesday, 3/24. This was the first race for the cars with the new build of less downforce and less horsepower to coincide with the changes NASCAR made to the Cup cars. Justin and Cody Byus moved from Cody Byus Racing to join The Team.
The race would be 125 laps around the 2 mile superspeedway. Justin qualified p. 3. The Alliance / C.H.I. Overhead Doors car was fast and Justin was able to keep it up front for the entire 125 laps.
The first caution came early on lap 9 with a second caution at lap 22. Each time Justin pitted for 4 tires and fuel. On the restart at Lap 26 there was a big wreck catching 16 cars mid pack. After this, the drivers were able to get a long green flag run. Justin led a lap prior to his green flag pit stop for 4 tires and fuel. The last caution came on lap 96 saving the race from ending with fuel strategy. It was green to the checkered flag with Justin crossing the line in p. 3 on his birthday and The Team sweeping positions 1-3 with 2 others teammates in the top 7. Watch the race here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scSK45FzSqI.
The next race will be on 4/7 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The iRacing 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series (NPAS) starts tonight, Tuesday, 2/24. The top 50 iRacers will compete every other week for 16 races to become the next iRacing NASCAR Champion.
Having finished last season’s NPAS in the top 10, Justin is locked in for each of the 16 races. iRacing will use single-car qualifying to set the field for each race. Watch live starting at 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, 2/24, at http://www.iracing.com/live.
iRacing offers drivers an authentic real-life racing experience with laser-scanned cars and tracks. Every type of racing can be a spring-board to someday racing in one of NASCAR’s higher series. So if you watch these races and wonder why Justin is iRacing instead of real racing? It is simple: money.
Marketing is the life-blood of NASCAR. It starts in the lower tiers all the way through to the Cup Series. Teams look for “funded drivers.” Drivers who can bring companies with them for a race or for the season. It is a constant push to find companies willing to use Justin and his racing as part of their marketing budget in order for him to get back to real-world racing.
We are continually looking for companies that will invest in Justin and use him and his racing as part of their marketing plan. There are advertising opportunities through the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, the K&N series or the ARCA series. Please visit the Marketing Page for more information.
Tonight, enjoy the iRacing at Daytona – tune in at 9 p.m.
The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series (NPAS) powered by iRacing begins Feb. 24, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway.
Before the start of the series, the iRacing Pre-Season Thunder exhibition race will run Feb. 3 with coverage starting at 8 p.m EST at http://www.webracingnetwork.com/. The race will be 25 laps at Daytona showcasing the drivers eligible for the NPAS.
The starting line-up for the Pre-Season Thunder is determined by fan votes. Vote for Justin at http://timscorner.ca/archives/8262#.VMJ3xRDRMjw.facebook.
What is iRacing and how do the drivers such as Justin make it to the premier NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series (NPAS)? It does not happen overnight.
iRacing is the only racing simulation sanctioned by NASCAR. iRacing uses officially licensed cars engineered from the ground up in cooperation with real-world race teams and using real-world physics, CAD data, laser scanning, weighing and measuring specific parts and a physics engine. iRacing offers in the NASCAR series: Sprint cup Gen 6 cars, Xfinity Series cars, Camping World trucks, K&N cars, tour modifieds, SK modifieds, late models and Legend cars. All these cars can be adjusted like the real-world cars to find the ideal setup for the tracks.
The drivers can choose from 70 officially licensed, laser scanned exact replicas of road and oval tracks.
On iRacing, there is an official license class progression system for oval and road racing based on your skill and clean driving. The eight classes are: Rookie, Advanced Rookie, Class D, Class C, Class B, Class A, Pro and World Championship.
Every iRacer is held to a Sporting Code. Beginning as a Rookie, you progress through the classes based on your safety rating which is determined by incidents per race. You receive incident points for hitting the wall, spinning out or hitting other cars. The more incident points the lower your license. It is easier to lose a license than gain one.
Once you achieve a Class A license, most drivers are members of a team to work on adjusting the car’s setup for each track. It takes hours of practice laps and time trials to adjust the cars.
Each season, the top 50 drivers who have their Class A licenses compete for a Pro license. The drivers compete in a 10-week series with the races broadcast live on YouTube under the LSRTV channel. The top 20 at the end of the series receive their Pro license and are automatically entered in the NPAS.
When the NPAS starts in February, it consists of 20 World Championship drivers who finished 1-20 in the previous season’s NPAS race. The drivers who finished 1-20 in the Pro 10-week series are locked in for the NPAS. The drivers who finished 21-30 in the Pro 10-week series must qualify in for the remaining 3 available spots for a total of 43 drivers entered in each NPAS race.
Last season Justin finished the 10-week Pro series in position 21. He qualified in for each of the NPAS races in 2014 and finished the NPAS in the 10th spot giving him a World Championship license for 2015. To see the complete standings from last season’s PEAK Antifreeze Series click here.
This season’s NPAS starts Feb. 24, 2015. All races will be broadcast live at http://www.iracing.com/live/. The winner will be recognized by NASCAR at the last NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and receive a check for $10,500. The winner is also invited to the banquet during Champions Week in Charlotte, NC.