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Hudson a NiSWC Winner... Finally

September 18, 2013, Jason Lofing, NASCAR.com

Hudson (01) battles Daley (93) and Laughton (40) en route to his maiden NiSWC win.

After nearly four full seasons of trying, Tyler Hudson finally scored his first NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship win, holding-off Joey Brown and Byron Daley at Chicagoland Speedway. The victory came just one race after Hudson nearly won at Atlanta, coming-in second to Brown after a wild last lap.

This time around, Hudson turned the tables, with Brown finishing second and Daley, who tried a daring pass on the outside with a handful of laps remaining, taking third. Joshua Laughton was fourth and Ray Afalla finished fifth, notching his series-leading eleventh top five in fifteen online races.

“The last two weeks have been unbelievable. We’ve had such fast cars that it has been so much fun to race. After last weekend and being so close I thought maybe it would never happen, because in four years that’s the closest I’ve ever been.” Hudson explained. “Fortunately we brought another hot rod to the track this weekend and were able to FINALLY get that first win.”

"Fortunately we brought another hot rod to the track this weekend" - Tyler Hudson

“After last weekend and being so close I thought maybe it would never happen . . . Fortunately we brought another hot rod to the track this weekend.” — Tyler Hudson

The NiSWC veteran qualified mid-pack in twentieth, but took two tires under the first caution then drove up through the rest of the field, taking second position on Lap 74. With Brown in his sights, Hudson began slowly closing the gap and passed him for the lead on Lap 111. Hudson looked poised to run away with the race, but as green flag stops approached he decided to stay out a bit longer than the other leaders which put him back in traffic.

With his slightly newer tires, Hudson began slicing his way through the field yet again but, in the meantime, Laughton had built a comfortable lead. That lead was erased when the yellow flew with 34 laps remaining for Brian Schoenberg’s spin. Hudson and the rest of the leaders opted to pit for tires under the caution, but Hudson’s crew let him down and three cars beat him out of the pit lane. Daley tried two tires for track position and emerged as the leader with Laughton and Baldwin in second and third ahead of Hudson.

When the green dropped it only took six laps for Hudson to regain second and begin to hunt down Daley. Hudson passed Daley with 20 to go and once again it looked as if he had the race in the bag. However, Daley had other plans. Despite his worn left side rubber, Daley stayed right in Hudson’s tire tracks and slowly started reeling him in. With five laps remaining, he latched-on to the rear bumper of Hudson’s Ford Fusion. got a strong run off Turn Two and looked to the inside.  Hudson blocked his run and Daley chose to attempt the pass on the outside into Turn Three. Unfortunately for Daley, the second groove did not have the grip he needed, thus he was unable to complete the pass and lost second place to Brown in the bargain.

With his win, Hudson moved to second in the championship standings with only three races remaining. Alfalla leads Hudson by a comfortable 48 point margin and still appears to be in control. Schoenburg fell to third after finishing a distant 26th and is now 60 points back of the lead. Marcus Lindsey rebounded nicely after his blown engine at Atlanta to finish seventh at Chicagoland and move into fourth place in the standings. He sits 22 points back of Schoenburg, but just five markers in front of Michael Conti, who fell to fifth on the heels of a 17th place finish at Chicagoland. Nick Ottinger (sixth last night) remains sixth overall, 10 points out of the top five.

Next up on the schedule is the NiSWC’s first trip to Kansas Speedway. The 1.5 mile oval has a very fast top groove, which will likely make passing very difficult, so qualifying and pit strategy will be more important than normal. With only one week to prepare instead of the normal two, drivers who find a good baseline setup quickly will have an advantage, which should show come Tuesday evening. It is hard to bet against Hudson, Brown or Alfalla at this stage, but a new track and unique racing line may have a surprise in store. Could the NiSWC see first time winners in back-to-back weeks?

        Average Lap Time Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes      
        37.357 167 5 20 7      
Fin Pos Driver Start Pos Car # -- Status Interval Laps Led Average Lap Time Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap # Laps Comp Pts
1 Tyler D Hudson 20 1 0 Running 0 30 37.357 29.946 123 167 47
2 Joey Brown 3 12 0 Running -0.19 90 37.37 29.872 123 167 44
3 Byron Daley 1 93 0 Running -0.307 32 37.372 29.962 58 167 42
4 Joshua Laughton 8 40 0 Running -0.589 11 37.369 29.947 58 167 41
5 Ray Alfalla 6 2 0 Running -0.778 2 37.372 30.001 69 167 40
6 Nick Ottinger 2 5 0 Running -0.914 0 37.375 29.912 2 167 38
7 Marcus Lindsey 17 1 0 Running -1.655 0 37.37 29.933 120 167 37
8 Brad Davies 11 11 0 Running -1.657 0 37.373 30.047 17 167 36
9 Patrick Baldwin 7 52 0 Running -1.876 0 37.418 29.869 120 167 35
10 Matt Bussa 27 34 0 Running -2.962 0 37.369 29.984 17 167 34
11 Brian Day 18 4 0 Running -3.975 0 37.381 30.081 17 167 33
12 Thomas Lewandowski 32 16 0 Running -4.138 0 37.372 30.108 17 167 32
13 Brandon Schmidt 5 3 0 Running -4.378 0 37.394 29.957 58 167 31
14 Peter Bennett 10 69 0 Running -4.602 2 37.392 30.047 17 167 31
15 Kevin King 9 29 0 Running -6.526 0 37.404 29.979 121 167 29
16 Rob Ackley 29 22 0 Running -6.623 0 37.389 29.957 118 167 28
17 Michael Conti 4 5 0 Running -6.993 0 37.411 29.928 78 167 27
18 Carson McClelland 12 24 0 Running -7.345 0 37.406 30.162 3 167 26
19 Adam Gilliland 28 81 0 Running -7.517 0 37.395 30.016 17 167 25
20 Kevin Burris 19 45 0 Running -7.687 0 37.405 30.054 116 167 24
21 Alex Warren 26 82 0 Running -8.216 0 37.478 30.029 17 167 23
22 Josh Berry 41 91 0 Running -8.27 0 37.388 30.117 121 167 22
23 Benjamin Burmeister 30 25 0 Running -8.453 0 37.4 30.081 58 167 21
24 Justin Trombley 39 17 0 Running -8.64 0 36.98 30.147 2 167 20
25 Charlie Foster 22 13 0 Running -9.342 0 37.411 30.184 17 167 19
26 Brian Schoenburg 13 55 0 Running -9.87 0 37.422 29.916 2 167 18
27 Landon Harrison 38 89 0 Running -10.086 0 37.401 30.12 2 167 17
28 Tom Moustakas 40 10 0 Running -11.25 0 37.406 29.978 122 167 16
29 Michael J Johnson 31 39 0 Running -16.169 0 36.878 30.021 2 167 15
30 Chad Coleman 36 28 0 Running -17.78 0 37.041 30.02 122 167 14
31 Simon Crochart 21 48 0 Running -1 L 0 37.297 30.235 2 166 13
32 Nicholas Morse 35 9 0 Running -1 L 0 37.675 30.099 115 166 12
33 Bryan Blackford 33 33 0 Running -3 L 0 37.292 29.994 2 164 11
34 Brandon Buie 34 54 0 Running -8 L 0 36.68 30.121 17 159 10
35 Brandon Kettelle 15 80 0 Running -14 L 0 36.742 30.151 17 153 9
36 Sascha Wesler 23 31 0 Running -15 L 0 36.001 30.132 59 152 8
37 Jake Stergios 25 41 0 Running -34 L 0 38.103 30.105 17 133 7
38 Jared Crawford 14 83 32 Disconnected -40 L 0 38.098 30.019 2 127 6
39 Steven Gilbert 37 37 0 Running -76 L 0 40.162 30.056 17 91 5
40 Danny Hansen 16 20 0 Running -104 L 0 42.645 30.302 2 63 4
41 Chad J Laughton 24 26 32 Disconnected -163 L 0 30.502 30.27 3 4 3
42 Andrew Fayash III 42 157 32 Disconnected -165 L 0 31.315 30.915 2 2 2