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Adams Fights-off Alfalla's Indy Charge

July 24, 2013, Jason Lofing, NASCAR.com

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Adams kept Alfalla at bay to take the win at Indy

Jon Adams might not run every NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship race, but he drove like a seasoned veteran on Tuesday night in holding-off two-time defending series champion Ray Alfalla at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to score the second World Championship win of his career.  Adams took advantage of a timely yellow flag on Lap 68 when he was on pit road for a scheduled stop and came out in front of Alfalla, who had led nearly the entire race up until that point.


Alfalla restarted fourth with 28 laps remaining and had to deal with Marcus Lindsey and Michael Conti just to get to Adams. The next dozen laps were mostly run under the yellow flag as a pair of crashes slowed the pace and ate away at Alfalla’s chances for a victory.


Now with only 16 laps remaining, Alfalla had little time to waste if he hoped to keep Adams in his sights. Within two corners of the final green flag Alfalla passed Lindsey and began closing on second place. Conti gave way within two laps, leaving Alfalla with 13 laps to erase a one second deficit to Adams.  Alfalla was just a bit faster and started to close, but as he neared Adams’ rear bumper, his Ford Fusion began running hot. The rising engine temperatures forced Alfalla to duck out behind Adams on the straights for fresh air, blunting his ability to take advantage of the draft and leaving the champion a couple car lengths short at the finish.

Behind the race for the win, teammates Brian Schoenburg and Conti had a battle of their own, with Schoenburg getting the best of Conti by just .003 of a second and Lindsey just behind in fifth.

Throughout the first half of the race, Alfalla appeared to have the race in the bag. He started from the pole and led 63 of the first 67 laps before Adams took control. Still, Alfalla has to be happy with second on a day when his two biggest rivals, Nick Ottinger and Tyler Hudson, had less than stellar results.

Ottinger started fourth and ran in the top five for most of the race. His online race took a turn for the worse with 15 laps remaining when Brandon Kettle made contact while trying to pass Ottinger entering Turn One. The contact sent Ottinger up the track and into the wall, dropping him to fifteenth. Although he was able to work his way back to tenth at the finish, Ottinger was disappointed. “Had a race winning car and the race kept playing into the hands of other drivers this week,” he said. “Had fun and was nice to be able to have a capable car of winning again this week.”

Hudson also ran into trouble late in the going.  He inherited sixth after Ottinger and Kettle got together, but was destined to suffer problems of his own.  With just nine laps remaining, he hit the wall off Turn Four and dropped to fourteenth.

Despite his poor result, Hudson maintained his lead in the championship. He now leads Alfalla by 15 markers, with Ottinger slipping to third, 17 off the lead. Schoenburg is fourth, 16 points out and Lindsey rounds out the top five but is 43 points, nearly a whole race, behind Hudson.

With the 2013 season approaching the two-thirds mark, the series heads to the final short track on the schedule: New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Last year, Conti and Schoenburg had the dominant cars with Conti picking-up the win. Will the teammates be the drivers to beat this year as well, or will Alfalla and Ottinger duel for yet another victory?  Can Hudson rebound from his Brickyard bobble?  Tune-in to iRacingLive and MRN.com to catch the action from the Magic Mile!

        Average Lap Time Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes      
        1:09.971 100 6 24 4      
Fin Pos Driver Start Pos Car # Interval Laps Led
Fast Lap Time
Fastest Lap Time
Fast Lap # Laps Comp.
Pts
Status
1 Jon Adams 10 84 0 31 01:10.0 49.954 86 100 47 Running
2 Ray Alfalla 1 2 -0.128 63 01:10.0 49.926 86 100 44 Running
3 Brian Schoenburg 11 55 -1.573 0 01:10.0 50.013 46 100 41 Running
4 Michael Conti 5 5 -1.576 0 01:10.0 49.928 46 100 40 Running
5 Marcus Lindsey 9 1 -1.634 0 01:09.3 49.99 46 100 39 Running
6 Kevin King 16 29 -4.232 0 01:10.0 50.174 46 100 38 Running
7 Thomas Lewandowski 7 16 -4.484 0 01:10.0 50.061 2 100 37 Running
8 Brandon Kettelle 12 80 -5.623 0 01:10.0 50.268 10 100 36 Running
9 Brad Davies 6 11 -5.728 0 01:10.0 49.902 46 100 35 Running
10 Nick Ottinger 4 5 -6.295 6 01:10.0 49.912 2 100 35 Running
11 Brian Day 13 4 -6.322 0 01:10.0 50.567 46 100 33 Running
12 Jason Karlavige 18 60 -7.701 0 01:10.0 50.309 2 100 32 Running
13 Peter Bennett 36 69 -7.869 0 01:10.0 50.572 3 100 31 Running
14 Tyler D Hudson 35 1 -10.121 0 01:10.0 50.264 10 100 30 Running
15 Patrick Baldwin 33 52 -10.375 0 01:10.0 50.436 2 100 29 Running
16 Brandon Schmidt 23 3 -10.527 0 01:10.1 50.31 10 100 28 Running
17 Byron Daley 19 93 -10.709 0 01:09.1 50.402 3 100 27 Running
18 Brandon Buie 28 54 -11.355 0 01:10.1 50.469 9 100 26 Running
19 Danny Hansen 3 20 -13.594 0 01:10.1 49.994 46 100 25 Running
20 Joey Brown 2 12 -17.506 0 01:09.8 50.028 2 100 24 Running
21 Matt Bussa 8 34 -18.523 0 01:10.2 50.376 2 100 23 Running
22 Dylan Duval 17 42 -20.54 0 01:09.3 50.321 2 100 22 Running
23 Landon Harrison 34 89 -20.642 0 01:10.1 50.463 2 100 21 Running
24 Carson McClelland 21 24 -50.887 0 01:09.7 50.56 3 100 20 Running
25 Andrew Fayash III 30 157 -3 L 0 01:12.5 50.548 10 97 19 Running
26 Jake Stergios 20 41 -4 L 0 01:07.2 50.486 8 96 18 Running
27 Chad Coleman 31 28 -6 L 0 01:14.4 50.489 2 94 17 Running
28 Joshua Laughton 25 40 -9 L 0 01:11.9 50.482 10 91 16 Disconnected
29 Michael J Johnson 14 39 -10 L 0 01:17.5 50.356 2 90 15 Running
30 Adam Gilliland 22 81 -12 L 0 01:08.4 50.366 3 88 14 Running
31 Chad J Laughton 26 26 -21 L 0 01:11.1 50.191 46 79 13 Disconnected
32 Casey Malone 32 92 -27 L 0 01:08.4 50.48 10 73 12 Disconnected
33 Josh Berry 37 91 -27 L 0 01:08.4 50.448 10 73 11 Running
34 Paul Kusheba 27 32 -48 L 0 01:09.3 50.405 10 52 10 Disconnected
35 Bryan Blackford 29 33 -54 L 0 01:09.2 50.447 10 46 9 Running
36 Alex Warren 15 82 -95 L 0 50.684 50.206 2 5 8 Running
37 Richard Dusett 24 96 -97 L 0 50.789 50.458 3 3 7 Running