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Brown Wins Atlanta in Fantastic Finish

September 04, 2013, Jason Lofing, NASCAR.com

Brown (left) survived a frantic battle with Hauck (right) and Hudson for the win at Atlanta.

After a long, tumultuous NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship season, Joey Brown was not about to let another win slip away. Two weeks after dominating at Michigan only to lose due to fuel strategy, Brown found himself out front once again, this time at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  And this time he made sure he came out on top in a spectacular last lap battle with Brandon Hauck and Tyler Hudson.

Brown dominated the race, never being challenged for the lead until the last round of pit stops were in the book. Hauck, who had been matching Brown’s pace but was trailing by a couple seconds, decided to short pit and took the lead. Brown pitted nine laps later and caught Hauck with 22 laps to go, but by then his fresher tires did not have enough of an advantage to complete the pass quickly. Instead he found himself locked in a side-by-side battle with Hauck, with Hudson in third slowly reeling-in the two leaders.

“Craziest race ever . . . don’t really know what to say.” – Joey Brown

Hauck and Brown stayed door-to-door for seven laps before Brown tried to look for another way by. Two laps later, he got a good run to the inside of Hauck and completed the pass. Hauck looked inside a lap later, but could not make it stick and it looked as if Brown had the race won. Despite his inexperience in the NiSWC however, Hauck would not go quietly. With three laps remaining, he made one last try at the lead, diving low on Brown entering Turn Three. The two ran side-by-side once again, with Hauck ahead by a nose as the two took the white flag.

“Craziest race ever . . . don’t really know what to say.” – Joey Brown

Then things got interesting.

Entering Turn One the final time, Hauck took a higher line than Brown expected and the two made contact. The hit shot Brown into the outside wall and slowed Hauck enough for Hudson to get a run at him. Hudson looked low and Hauck tried to shut the door . . . too late.  They made contact, sending Hauck into the outside wall and out of the race with a twenty-third place finish.  The contact also cost Hudson, who slowed enough that Brown roared around him on the outside exiting Turn Two. Hudson, still seeking his first NiSWC victory, tried one last desperate move in Turn Three. He got to Brown’s back bumper and gave it a shove, but Brown held on for his second win of the season.

“Craziest race ever,” said Brown. “Had a fast car but overall I think Hauck was a tad quicker. Really good race overall; don’t really know what to say. I would have been content finishing third.”

“Phenomenal car, big thanks to everyone on One Up.” said Hudson who settled for second. “I wanted that really bad, and did all I could do. There are so many things that could have gone differently and I would be in victory lane.”

Jared Crawford finished third, more than four seconds behind Brown, with Kevin King taking fourth ahead of Ray Alfalla.

“I wanted that really bad, and did all I could do.” – Tyler Hudson

The race had major implications on the NiSWC championship fight. Alfalla, whose win two weeks ago at Michigan already put him in control, pulled even further ahead after Brian Schoenburg finished a distant P11 and terrible nights effectively ended the championship hopes of both Nick Ottinger and Marcus Lindsey. Lindsey went too aggressive with his grille tape and blew his motor in the opening laps. He finished forty-first. Ottinger had connection issues all race and ended up 38 laps behind in thirty-sixth place.

Alfalla now leads Schoenburg by 38 points with Hudson slotting into third, 55 points out of the lead. A twelfth place finish moved Michael Conti into the top five, 74 points behind Alfalla. He sits five points in front of Lindsey with Ottinger an additional 16 markers back.

With only four weeks remaining in the season Alfalla looks to be on his way to a third straight title. The only driver within one race of him in the points is Schoenburg, but he has shown no sign of being able to gain 38 points in the remaining four races. Everyone else has to hope Alfalla makes a mistake or has terrible luck; otherwise the battle is for second.

Chicagoland Speedway is next on the schedule and starts the season’s stretch drive. The first of three online races held one week apart instead of the customary two weeks, it will challenge drivers to use their testing time wisely, especially those who are still in the running for a top five position in the points. Alfalla won both races at Chicagoland in 2012, but with Brown riding his current hot streak, everyone – the championship leader included — will have to be on the top of their game to keep pace. Catch all the action on iRacing Live and MRN.com!

        Average Lap Time Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes      
        31.120 163 1 4 15      
Fin Pos Driver Start Pos Car # Status Interval Laps Led Average Lap Time Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Pts
1 Joey Brown 1 12 Running 0 144 31.12 28.254 2 163 48
2 Tyler D Hudson 21 1 Running -0.25 1 31.106 28.421 2 163 43
3 Jared Crawford 4 83 Running -4.284 3 31.144 28.263 27 163 42
4 Kevin King 12 29 Running -6.44 0 31.152 28.293 27 163 40
5 Ray Alfalla 7 2 Running -6.856 1 31.157 28.231 27 163 40
6 Joshua Langton 16 40 Running -8.41 2 31.161 28.536 27 163 39
7 Byron Daley 22 93 Running -9.09 0 31.161 28.474 64 163 37
8 Ashley Miller 10 7 Running -9.191 0 31.17 28.532 137 163 36
9 Thomas Lewandowski 8 16 Running -14.068 0 31.202 28.416 2 163 35
10 Carson McClelland 23 24 Running -16.573 0 31.205 28.382 70 163 34
11 Brian Schoenburg 3 55 Running -16.77 0 31.221 28.317 115 163 33
12 Michael Conti 6 5 Running -17.84 0 31.227 28.288 60 163 32
13 Nicholas Morse 19 9 Running -18.307 0 31.219 28.413 67 163 31
14 Brian Day 9 4 Running -18.591 0 31.226 28.439 83 163 30
15 Jake Stergios 31 41 Running -19.507 1 31.215 28.555 84 163 30
16 Brandon Kettelle 26 80 Running -20.545 0 31.228 28.477 83 163 28
17 Benjamin Burmeister 18 25 Running -20.883 0 31.236 28.434 82 163 27
18 Landon Harrison 36 89 Running -20.937 0 31.221 28.48 78 163 26
19 Tom Moustakas 39 10 Running -22.858 0 31.228 28.542 27 163 25
20 Danny Hansen 14 20 Running -22.96 0 31.253 28.332 63 163 24
21 Michael J Johnson 11 39 Running -23.41 0 31.255 28.508 74 163 23
22 Bryan Blackford 32 33 Running -25.909 0 31.255 28.378 70 163 22
23 Brandon Hauck 13 53 Running -1 L 8 31.117 28.495 127 162 22
24 Rob Ackley 20 22 Running -1 L 0 31.303 28.52 81 162 20
25 Brad Davies 5 11 Running -1 L 0 31.263 28.459 2 162 19
26 Brandon Buie 30 54 Running -1 L 0 31.335 28.427 114 162 18
27 Andrew Fayash III 34 157 Running -1 L 0 31.332 28.577 140 162 17
28 Dylan Duval 24 42 Running -1 L 0 31.419 28.41 63 162 16
29 Tyler Laughlin 28 51 Running -1 L 0 31.47 28.648 28 162 15
30 Jon Adams 33 84 Running -2 L 0 31.309 28.44 2 161 14
31 Charlie Foster 41 13 Running -2 L 3 31.46 28.614 84 161 14
32 Paul Kusheba 29 32 Running -2 L 0 31.538 28.384 78 161 12
33 Chad Coleman 35 28 Running -4 L 0 31.988 28.616 2 159 11
34 Kevin Burris 37 45 Running -5 L 0 32.146 28.466 27 158 10
35 Patrick Baldwin 38 52 Disconnected -27 L 0 31.343 28.436 83 136 9
36 Nick Ottinger 2 5 Running -38 L 0 32.781 28.18 124 125 8
37 Josh Berry 40 91 Disconnected -68 L 0 32.14 28.408 84 95 7
38 Peter Bennett 27 69 Running -86 L 0 32.645 28.384 71 77 6
39 Adam Gilliland 17 81 Disconnected -94 L 0 33.145 28.362 63 69 5
40 Alex Warren 25 82 Disconnected -129 L 0 38.606 28.547 24 34 4
41 Marcus Lindsey 15 1 Disconnected -144 L 0 29.138 28.583 2 19 3
42 Carson Downs 42 97 Disconnected -163 L 0 0     0 2