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Ottinger puts on a show with Texas iRacing win

April 17, 2013, Jason Lofing, NASCAR.com

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Nick Ottinger was in dominant form at Texas Motor Speedway

Nick Ottinger dominated Round Four of the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship from start to finish at Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday night, cruising to a comfortable victory over two time champion Ray Alfalla.

Ottinger, who started from the pole, led 128 of 167 laps and was only passed for position once on the track as the race went caution-free. Ottinger’s victory makes it four different winners thus far in the 2013 NiSWC season.

“Feels great to break through and get a win! Starting up front helped, however, we knew the car was stout and had a blast going caution-free,” said Ottinger after picking up his third career NiSWC win.

Ottinger beat Alfalla to the checkers by 3.4 seconds, with Marcus Lindsey finishing third, six seconds behind. Teammates Chad Laughton and Dustin Montgomery rounded-out the top five finishers.

"We knew the car was stout and had a blast going caution-free."

-- Nick Ottinger

Despite not getting the victory, runner-up Alfalla was pleased with his result, “That was awesome. It was nice to see the whole race go green, as it makes it quite interesting seeing what people’s cars do and how pit strategy plays out.”

Alfalla was the only driver who could keep up with Ottinger’s blistering pace, but even he fell short in the end. At the start, Alfalla looked to move up from his seventh place starting position and found it slow going as most of the field was running laps within a tenth of a second of each other. With passing being extremely difficult, Alfalla tried to use pit strategy to his advantage.

Instead of pitting with Ottinger, Alfalla stayed out on the track for three extra laps before making his stop. This put him behind initially as other drivers had two or three laps on fresher tires, but Alfalla’s slightly newer tires started to pay off as he sliced back through the field.

As the race approached the halfway point, Alfalla was in pursuit of Ottinger and slowly started to reel him in thanks to his slightly fresher tires. Finally on Lap 80, Alfalla took the lead from Ottinger and it looked as if the tide had turned. There was, however, still one more pit stop left in the race.

Ottinger once again pitted three laps before Alfalla, giving him a chance to overtake the defending champ with fresh tires. When Alfalla hit pit road for the final time, his crew let him down with a slow stop, dropping him far behind Ottinger with no chance to catch him without the help of a caution flag. Alfalla clawed his way back to second, but could not reel-in the leader.

“Unfortunately my final pit stop was slow, and I lost a ton of time,” explained Alfalla. “I managed to get back to second, but Nick was four seconds ahead. I just rode the rest of the way.”

While good finishes helped Alfalla and Ottinger gain in the points standings, Tyler Hudson still leads the way after another solid run. The points leader finished seventh at Texas and holds a slim six point lead over Lindsey. Despite finishing 20th last night, Brian Schoenburg now sits third in points, 25 points back. Peter Bennett is another two points behind in fourth while Jason Karlavige rounds-out the top five after four online races.

For Week Five, the NiSWC heads to Richmond International Raceway for the second short track race of the season. Richmond has been one of the most unpredictable tracks on the schedule in recent years and usually has its fair share of carnage. Qualifying will be of upmost importance as drivers will try to position themselves to be in front of the trouble.

Steve Sheehan was the winner at RIR last year and has looked strong in recent weeks, but he will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to repeat under the lights. Ottinger and Hudson were also stout last year and are off to a great start in 2013, so look for them to be the favorites. As always when it comes to Richmond, expect the unexpected. Remember that last year’s Pro Series race went caution free; something no one thought was possible.

With such a competitive and close start to the season, this might be the week someone makes a big step toward taking control of the championship. Be sure to tune into iRacingLive and MRN to catch all the action from Week Five of the NiSWC from Richmond!

        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 1 5 Running 0 128 30.028 28.556 116 167 48
2 Ray Alfalla 7 2 Running -3.4 38 30.042 28.558 2 167 43
3 Marcus Lindsey 2 1 Running -6.007 0 30.062 28.584 2 167 41
4 Chad J Laughton 17 26 Running -6.115 0 30.052 28.734 59 167 40
5 Dustin Montgomery 16 8 Running -6.343 0 30.057 28.613 2 167 39
6 Steve Sheehan 13 6 Running -6.415 0 30.081 28.658 58 167 38
7 Tyler D Hudson 12 1 Running -8.164 0 30.07 28.584 2 167 37
8 Patrick Baldwin 4 52 Running -10.824 0 30.09 28.665 60 167 36
9 Jared Crawford 20 83 Running -14.309 0 30.1 28.648 59 167 35
10 Kevin King 5 29 Running -14.823 0 30.113 28.62 2 167 34
11 Jason Karlavige 15 60 Running -15.744 0 30.11 28.829 3 167 33
12 Carson Downs 32 97 Running -15.829 0 30.1 28.927 2 167 32
13 John Gorlinsky 24 21 Running -16.685 0 30.11 28.717 114 167 31
14 Thomas Lewandowski 35 16 Running -16.804 0 30.102 28.72 114 167 30
15 Michael Conti 19 5 Running -18.537 0 30.125 28.771 112 167 29
16 Matt Bussa 9 34 Running -21.089 0 30.146 28.623 60 167 28
17 Joey Brown 3 12 Running -21.271 0 30.153 28.59 2 167 27
18 Richard Dusett 10 96 Running -25.54 0 30.175 28.829 3 167 26
19 Cody Byus 11 27 Running -26.501 0 30.177 28.776 113 167 25
20 Brian Schoenburg 28 55 Running -29.598 0 30.185 28.62 116 167 24
21 Carson McClelland 34 24 Running -29.749 0 30.179 28.774 58 167 23
22 Derek Crone 30 7 Running -1 L 0 30.207 28.682 2 166 22
23 Casey Malone 8 92 Running -1 L 0 30.234 28.642 2 166 21
24 Michael J Johnson 25 39 Running -1 L 0 30.223 28.833 58 166 20
25 Peter Bennett 29 69 Running -1 L 0 30.235 28.743 61 166 19
26 Jake Stergios 40 41 Running -1 L 1 30.226 28.809 2 166 19
27 Cyril Nousbaum 37 99 Running -1 L 0 30.234 28.784 61 166 17
28 Byron Daley 27 93 Running -1 L 0 30.243 28.858 112 166 16
29 Matt Whitten 18 18 Running -1 L 0 30.295 28.791 117 166 15
30 Alex Warren 22 82 Running -1 L 0 30.291 28.701 61 166 14
31 Landon Huffman 39 75 Running -1 L 0 30.281 28.624 116 166 13
32 Landon Harrison 38 89 Running -1 L 0 30.295 28.804 2 166 12
33 Chris Main 41 38 Running -1 L 0 30.344 28.838 60 166 11
34 Danny Hansen 21 20 Running -2 L 0 30.383 28.715 60 165 10
35 Chad Coleman 42 28 Running -2 L 0 30.432 29.007 119 165 9
36 Andrew Fayash III 43 77 Running -2 L 0 30.465 28.936 2 165 8
37 Adam Gilliland 36 81 Running -4 L 0 30.918 28.801 47 163 7
38 Jon Adams 26 84 Running -5 L 0 30.994 28.79 138 162 6
39 Rob Ackley 33 22 Running -9 L 0 31.79 28.798 41 158 5
40 Joshua Laughton 23 40 Running -11 L 0 32.139 29.091 110 156 4
41 Brandon Schmidt 14 3 Disconnected -43 L 0 35.823 28.893 3 124 3
42 Paul Kusheba 31 32 Running -57 L 0 37.352 28.733 2 110 2
43 Brandon Kettelle 6 80 Disconnected -137 L 0 30.101 29.269 3 30 1



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