- Vernon Margheim
- Taylor Hurst -38
- Vern Hawkins -51
- Mason White -56
- Max Handly -59
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The Current Rookie of the Year Standings after 7 of the 15 events in the 2014C ARC Truck Series Season:
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Last Sunday and Monday, we took a trip to the famed oval, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to the twist and turns of the Sonoma Raceway for Road Masters V. Indianpolis was a good race for many drivers as the racing was intense. However, Joseph Pisciotta came out on top, claiming his first victory of the season and locking himself into the Chase grid. Monday night we went out to Sonoma California for the only road race of the season. This race was mainly dominated by Blade Whitt and Ty McWhirter with a paint swapping battle for the lead, which changed several times. Blade Whitt was declared the winner at the end of the intense last lap battle but after further review from the administrators, the win was revoked and given to the 2nd place finisher, Ryan Lowe.
Dover, the Monster Mile, an absolute concrete jungle. To conquer this beast, you have to have absolute control of your vehicle. Drew Carroll was able to take down this beast. The race started as any other usual ARC race would, with tons of excitement from each competitor. Ryan Lowe lead the field to the green after running a stellar lap. The race had 43 laps under green flag conditions until the caution flag flew. 4 more cautions would fly throughout the event. However, the event would come down to the wire with TJ Thompson and Drew Carroll getting a tie for the win! Unfortunately for TJ, he would not receive the win.
On Tuesday night, we headed down to Florida for the Midsummer's Classic at the USA Int'l Speedway. To say the least, the short track tempers were shown tonight in the summer heat. Blade Whitt lead the field to the green with Drew Carroll to his outside. The race would be a thriller with several lead changes and lots of beating and banging. However, the victor of the event would be TJ Thompson, a first time winner this season locking himself into the Chase.
A frustrating night for some, an astounding night for others. A mixed bag is the best way I can describe last night's Daytona 125, as tempers flared and emotions swelled. I'll do my best to break it down for you right here.
The race started off pretty clean. I qualified 3rd, and after the outside line sort of fell apart we went single file on the inside. The first caution flew on lap 15 when Christian Pitmann and Preston Perlmutter got together off Turn 4.
The next caution flew just laps later, as Christopher Demeritt got turned out of third position, right in front of the pack. This turned into the night's sole 'big one', collecting eight cars. One fast repair was issued for the night and so each of the drivers were able to continue.
A lap 35 restart kicked off a long green flag run, and driver's just outside the fuel window began to formulate strategies to try to make the fuel last to the end. Those plans were all dashed, however, when the caution flew again 25 laps later on lap 61. With the fuel worries over, it was time for some racing.
...Or pacing as the last 15 laps of the race would have a lot of that. Several cars stayed out, others pit, and everything seemed to go fine on the restart. That is, at least, until a lap later when Chandler Hoyle turned Daniel Archer up into me. Thanks to iRacing's amazing damage model, after just a tag in the left rear and a spin through the grass, I need three minutes of repair and my truck was crabwalking. Race over for me. But the field had one more restart left in it, and Ty McWhirter was leading the way.
As the green flag let them loose again, nine cars took the green for the final restart on lap 71. Ty got quickly separated from his race-long partner Trevor Perry, while Ryan Lowe and Drew Carroll looked to be in great position to capitalize. However, coming off Turn 2 a lap later, Drew bumper-hooked on Ryan's rear end and slid across the track into Chris Demeritt's nose. Drew went around, pulling the last caution of the night. As all that happened behind them, Ty and Ryan had a drag race going down the backstretch. When the caution flew, Ty edged Lowe out and was able to pick up his first career ARC Truck Series victory.
"It was a great race," Ty said after the victory "It was a really close race with Ryan and I'm really glad to have taken home my first ARC victory." When asked about the new points format and how this affects his mindset going forward, Ty responded "It's going to be a lot more relaxing for me personally. I'll just be able to dial myself in for the Chase." We now move on to a double header at Phoenix and Martinsville next week. Until then, I'll be trying to get over this less-than-stellar performance.
Well the first race of the ARC Pro Tour is over after a spectacular event at Daytona! Just to let everyone know this is David writing the recap not TJ for this race, so im going to try to be unbiased for the recap.
The event started off very nicely as the race went green for the first 44 laps.The high lane seemed to be just as good as the low lane, with both of the switching off as the preferred line in the open part of the race. That included greenflag pitstops around lap 25 which split the main pack up between two different smaller packs. The yellow came out on lap 44 when 2 or 3 cars got together going through the tri-oval. The race restarted around lap 47 and with that you could feel the intensity picking up. Battles for the lead became a lot more common place after Logan Sheets dominated a large part of the first half. Christopher Shella took the lead for a wile around lap 55. On lap 51 the top to spots changed place with David and Connor taking over the top two spots. Around lap 64 green flag pitstops started with practically everyone but the top 3 cars along with 2 or 3 lapped cars stuck in the lead pack pitted. 4 laps later on lap 68 The top three leaders came to pit road. David Brownell won the race off of pit road however the main pack was coming quickly and the 3 who had just pit were still getting up to speed. However that is when a yellow flew which kept David and Connor in the top two spots. The race then saw intense 3 and 4 wide racing for over three laps when on lap 75 the ''Big One'' broke out. It was one of the biggest incidents in ARC racing in quite some time, with 10 cars involved, those involved in the big one included: Ryan Wells, Joe Pisciotta, Michael Hungerford, Greg Ellis, Barry Hines, Christopher Shella, Ty McWhirter, Drew Carroll, Brendan Burcroff, and Ryan Lowe. That setup a Green White Checkered, which when it went green, the yellow quickly flew again ending the event with a wrecking involving Joe Pisciotta, Barry Hines, and Michael Hungerford. David Brownell ended up getting the win, Breaking his ARC Losing streak dating back to March 12 2013 when he won at NHMS in the truck series. Patrick Crabtree, Connor Cross, Blade Whitt, and Allen Boes rounded out the top 5.
With so much excitement floating around in the league I cant with for the 6th Annual Brickyard 125 This Friday night for the truck series, and of course the Kobalt 107 @ Lasvegas on Saturday night for the 2nd race of the pro tour.
'Murican Motorsports leads the team standings along with Chevy leading the Manufactor standings over Ford 10 - 5.
Also be sure to check ethier the Front page or the record book page shortly for a list and possibly a video of the biggest ARC wrecks of all time based on cars involved and see were the one we had last week at Daytona in the 1st Annual Daytona 200 ranks up!
See you guys at Indy and Vegas!
Well, I'm glad that mess I behind us. Now two bad weeks for me personally and I'm glad we're headed to a place where I've had some good runs. Congrats to Ryan, it was obvious that either you, Shella, or Blade that were going to pick up the win. Now to the recap.
The race went fairly well for a while, until Brendan Burcroff got into TyMcWhirter and sent him around for the first caution. We then had a very long green flag run, at which time Drew Carroll dropped connection. This lasted until lap 80 when then race leader Chris Shella tangled with the lapped car of Ryan Nuss. Once things got back green, another 40 lap run was to follow.
That run was ended when Brandon Hastings got into the back of me into Turn 3 and turned me around, it wasn't anything big and everyone was cool afterwards. Unfortunately this would kick off a flurry of cautions and tempers, one of which ended the day for myself and Ty McWhirter.
Lap 157 kicked off the final long run of the race, which was ended when Brandon Hastings and Brendan Burcroff got together on lap 193. One final short run would shuffle Blade Whitt (who lead the majority of the second half of the race) out of the lead and hand it over to eventual winner Ryan Lowe. Then on lap 201, Whitt was spun by David Brownell which pulled the caution again and ended the race.
Again, I'm really glad that's over and happy that we're heading to someplace that I've historically done well at. Looking forward to the second half of the season and a turn-around from the past three weeks.
The ARC Truck Series invaded Dover international speedway last Friday night for the 4th Points Race of the season. Ryan Lowe Grabbed the Pole along with Christopher Shella dn Brandon Hastings rounding out the top 3 starting positions. As the race got started Ryan Lowe and Christopher Shella checked out from the field which got spread out quickly in groups of 2 and 3 trucks racing hard for position all over the track. The Race went green for a very long time. Around lap 78 green flag pit stops started, with almost everyone taking 4 tires as everyone needed a full tank of fuel to make it too the end. Brandon Hasting's Pulled off first to short pit to try to gain some time on the front to runners, who had a out standing battle with Christopher shella leading for about 30 laps and Lowe leading for about 40 before the time of green flag stops. When the stops were all done, Lowe came out with the lead followed by Shella, Drew Carroll, and Brandon Hastings, everyone else had been put at least one lap down. Around lap 90 Trevor Perry self spun and brought out the only caution of the race. TJ Thompson got the lucky dog, and Ty McWhirter along with David Brownell stayed out to both get the wave by. That put TJ and Ty back on the lead lap, and put David only 1 lap down. On the ensuing restart Ryan Lowe got a great start over Shella, who both pulled away, as Hastings was able to pass Carroll for 3rd. Ryan Lowe was able to hold off a hard charging Christopher Shella for his 3rd Career win, 2nd of the season, and 2nd in a row.
Biggest Mover: Ty McWhirter Started 12th Finished 7th +5 Spots
N.E. Gaming move of the race award: Ryan Lowe, on a great finale restart.
Ryan Lowe is the only driver to lead laps in all 4 points races this season.
Joe Pisciotta is the only driver to have 0 Incidents in all 4 races.
POINTS STANDINGS: (after 4 of 10 Regular Season Races)
1.Ryan Lowe +1 (Chase Spot)
2.TJ Thompson -1 (Chase Spot)
3.Drew Carroll +1 (Chase Spot)
4.Christopher Shella +1 (Chase Spot)
5.Ty McWhirter -2 (Chase Spot)
6.Joe Piscioitta X
7.Brandon Hastings +3
8.David Brownell X
9.Brendan Burcroff -2
10.Sean McFadden +1
15.Garrett Smithley -3 (Wildcard)
Great Racing everyone, ill see you all next Friday at Stafford!!!
Tonight's qualifying session and race came and went pretty calm, as 15 drivers took to the track to battle it out for their starting position. Myself and Christopher Shella picked up the front row and locked ourselves into those spots, so long as we kept our noses clean in the Duel. We decided to drop back on the first lap of the race to stay out of trouble.
That handed the lead over to the rest of the pack, lead by Brendan Burcroff and Greg Ellis. The leaders raced side-by-side for just under four laps, until both the lead tandems needed to switch. That handed the lead over to Garrett Smithley and Brandon Hastings as the field eclipsed the halfway point.
When Smithley and Hastings had to switch on lap six, it gave the lead back to Joe Pisciotta and Greg Ellis. During the whole switch madness, David Brownell caught a good piece of the wall that would affect him for the rest of the race. Coming to lap eight Drew Carroll and Ryan Lowe came into the picture, starting a run up the outside after coming from the back of the pack.
As the field took two to go, the race for the lead saw a three-wide battle with Joe Pisciotta and Greg Ellis on the inside, Ryan Lowe and Drew Carroll in the middle, and Garrett Smithley and Brandon Hastings on the outside. Then coming to the white flag, Greg Ellis and Blade Whitt bumper hooked and it sent Ellis around. The only wreck of the race collected four cars, including Blade Whitt, Greg Ellis, Brandon Hastings, and Garrett Smithley.
Joe Pisciotta held the lead as the caution flag flew and was able to pick up the win. Ryan Lowe and Drew Carroll finished second and third after making a late-race rally to the front. Chris and I just ended up riding around about 10 seconds back to solidify our front row positions. And so with that, the field is set for the 11th Annual ARC Daytona 188. Congratulations to Joe on his win tonight and to Shella on picking up that front row start. Big thanks to all the guys on SuperNova Racing for getting this great setup to sit on the pole with!
Well, we're down off the high of last season's championship and quickly brought back to reality. I went from hero to zero pretty quickly tonight. Got a really good qualifying run in, and started P3. Drew and my strategy had us drop right to the back, where we rode for most of the race. Usually it's a good call, but didn't really work out tonight.
The first caution didn't fall until lap ten, and the race was really tame to that point. The caution flew for a single car spin on the backstretch. That's when we though it was going to get really sketchy. At this point we were around 16th-17th.
The next caution came only a few laps later when Shawn Bailey and Trevor Perry got together going into Turn 3. This put both of them out of the race and set up a five lap shootout for the rest of the field. Drew and I still sat around 16th-18th.
The restart almost got messy, but everyone got away and we went to work. We decided to swap coming to three to go and just have me push to the end. It was looking like we were going to have a serious shot at it, until they started piling it up the next lap in Turn 3. Looked like Jason Rendell got loose off Chris Shella's bumper and just set off a huge mess...directly in front of Drew and I.
We knew this was going to end the race, so we 'Days of Thundered' it, trying to make up what we could. Drew was able to keep it straight, but I got tagged and sent around at some point in the melee. I think Drew picked up 8th or 9th, but I ended up in the inside fence and finished 16th.
Big congrats to Connor Anton and Logan Clampitt, the winning pair. Connor sat on the pole and the two of them really put on a dominating performance tonight. Look at them to be major contenders come the Daytona 188 this Friday. But then again, they still have to go through Drew and I! ;)
Results from the arc Magic Mile 101:
1) Trevor Perry
2) Taylor Hurst
3) Joe Pisciotta
4) Drew Carroll
5) Ty McWhirter
The ARC Truck Series Primary Mission is to become the best league on iRacing.com and will not stop improving until we accomplish that goal.