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Conti Returns to NHMS Victory Lane

August 07, 2013, Jason Lofing, NASCAR.com

Conti charged past early leader Alfalla en route to another win on The Magic Mile.

Michael Conti scored his second victory of the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship season, taking the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the site of his first career victory in the series one year ago. Although he faces some stiff competition early in the online race from Ray Alfalla, Conti clearly had the fastest car and pulled away from the field to win by 3.8 seconds.

“The race was picture perfect for the the #5 team tonight,” said the New Jersey resident. “We steadily worked our way forward and once the car got clean air on the nose, there was no looking back. It’s exciting to pick up another win and even more exciting to go back-to-back at a track close to home.”

“Once the car got clean air on the nose, there was no looking back.” – Michael Conti

Marcus Lindsey used his great long run speed to finish second after starting twenty-seventh. “Extremely happy with the race,” he said.  “I was sure I was doomed once my qualifying lap went down and we ended up twenty-seventh.”

Alfalla faded a bit late and wound up third, ahead of Brian Schoenburg and Peter Bennett, who quietly put together a solid top five after dealing with some toe damage early on.

However, nobody had anything for Conti, who quickly moved up in the running order from his sixth place start. After four quick cautions, the race settled into a long green flag run which saw Conti hound Alfalla from the start of the run. After trying to pass Alfalla for more than 30 laps, Conti finally got the job done on Lap 73. The pass ended-up being the only lead change of the race.

Shortly after Conti took the lead, Brandon Schmidt lost it off of Turn Four, bringing out the final yellow of the race on Lap 81. This put the leaders in their fuel window and Conti’s crew rose to the occasion with a great pit stop, allowing their driver to retain the lead and pull away for the victory.

Notably missing from the top of the results page were Tyler Hudson and Nick Ottinger. The series points leader coming into the Granite State, Hudson was a no-show at NHMS — a move which could seriously hurt his championship hopes.

Ottinger’s quest for a championship also took a hit, but for a different reason. In the last race at Indianapolis, Ottinger was involved in an altercation which drew a one lap penalty for the start of the New Hampshire race. Due to the timing of the cautions, he was never able to get his lap back and finished twenty-fifth. Ottinger was disappointed on what could have been a great day. “Can’t say too much other than the car was great,” he offered.  “Again, just didn’t fall our way once we overcame the penalty lap. Car was wicked fast and did what we could.”

With Hudson and Ottinger having issues, the standings underwent a major change. Alfalla now leads the championship and is 13 points clear of Schoenburg, the new runner-up. Ottinger dropped to third, 25 points behind Alfalla and Hudson is now fourth, 27 points behind. Lindsey is fifth, just a single point behind Hudson, making for a tight three-way battle for third with only six races remaining in the season.

With New Hampshire complete, the NiSWC moves into the last third of the season with five of the last six races on tracks 1.5 miles or longer. With the championship still up for grabs, the team that figures out the 1.5 mile package first will have a distinct advantage as the season enters the home stretch.

Next up on the schedule are the wide open expanses of Michigan International Speedway. MIS has long been a favorite of NiSWC drivers due to its wide surface and multi-groove racing. It is also a place where track position is less important than normal thanks to the multiple lanes and passing opportunities.

Without a penalty this coming race, look for Ottinger to once again challenge Alfalla, Lindsey and Conti for the win.  As for Hudson, he now has a tough road to climb if he wishes to reclaim the championship lead. Be sure to catch all the action from MIS on iRacing Live and MRN.com!

        Average Lap Time Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes      
        34.648 150 5 20 1      
Fin Pos Driver Start Pos Car # Interval Laps Led
Fast Lap Time
Fastest Lap Time
Fast Lap # Laps Comp.
Pts
Status
1 Michael Conti 6 5 Running 0 78 34.648 29.03 86 150 48
2 Marcus Lindsey 27 1 Running -3.85 0 34.654 29.293 86 150 42
3 Ray Alfalla 1 2 Running -6.037 72 34.692 28.996 2 150 42
4 Brian Schoenburg 3 55 Running -7.519 0 34.7 29.148 86 150 40
5 Peter Bennett 10 69 Running -9.106 0 34.707 29.418 2 150 39
6 Kevin King 17 29 Running -9.451 0 34.701 29.424 2 150 38
7 Danny Hansen 5 20 Running -10.72 0 34.72 29.106 2 150 37
8 PJ Stergios 18 57 Running -11.465 0 34.713 29.435 2 150 36
9 Michael J Johnson 20 39 Running -13.352 0 34.724 29.43 26 150 35
10 Matt Bussa 38 34 Running -13.629 0 34.704 29.575 26 150 34
11 Josh Berry 21 91 Running -13.669 0 34.724 29.638 26 150 33
12 Justin Trombley 40 17 Running -14.878 0 34.711 29.636 2 150 32
13 Carson McClelland 9 24 Running -16.009 0 34.751 29.47 25 150 31
14 Thomas Lewandowski 41 16 Running -17.74 0 34.732 29.57 1 150 30
15 Brian Day 39 4 Running -18.028 0 33.656 29.595 27 150 29
16 Rob Ackley 33 22 Running -19.283 0 34.75 29.585 2 150 28
17 Tyler Laughlin 24 51 Running -22.481 0 34.781 29.489 2 150 27
18 Alex Warren 4 82 Running -24.061 0 34.809 29.387 85 150 26
19 Adam Gilliland 12 81 Running -24.258 0 34.805 29.453 26 150 25
20 Joshua Laughton 23 40 Running -26.195 0 34.806 29.447 88 150 24
21 Brandon Buie 32 54 Running -28.007 0 34.808 29.571 87 150 23
22 Andrew Fayash III 28 157 Running -29.349 0 34.824 29.691 2 150 22
23 Brad Davies 2 11 Running -1 L 0 34.941 29.048 2 149 21
24 Chad Coleman 26 28 Running -1 L 0 34.922 29.558 2 149 20
25 Nick Ottinger 11 5 Running -1 L 0 34.97 29.166 106 149 19
26 Paul Kusheba 16 32 Running -1 L 0 35.073 29.211 102 149 18
27 Byron Daley 7 93 Running -2 L 0 35.118 29.402 2 148 17
28 Patrick Baldwin 14 52 Running -3 L 0 35.403 29.498 2 147 16
29 Brandon Kettelle 15 80 Running -4 L 0 35.41 29.457 2 146 15
30 Bryan Blackford 25 33 Running -4 L 0 35.163 29.804 2 146 14
31 Brandon Schmidt 29 3 Running -22 L 0 39.413 29.705 2 128 13
32 Landon Harrison 37 89 Running -24 L 0 41.336 29.531 2 126 12
33 Joey Brown 8 12 Disconnected -38 L 0 36.253 29.427 2 112 11
34 Jason Karlavige 35 60 Disconnected -90 L 0 39.647 29.687 2 60 10
35 Jake Stergios 19 41 Running -101 L 0 41.785 29.492 2 49 9
36 Casey Malone 30 92 Running -106 L 0 42.595 29.535 27 44 8
37 Kenny Humpe 13 75 Running -129 L 0 01:34.2 29.493 2 21 7
38 Carson Downs 22 97 Running -130 L 0 52.817 29.497 2 20 6
39 Jon Adams 31 84 Disconnected -136 L 0 01:01.4 29.717 2 14 5
40 Richard Dusett 36 96 Running -138 L 0 52.758 29.466 2 12 4
41 Kevin Burris 34 45 Running -142 L 0 49.87 29.739 2 8 3