In a thrilling flag-to-flag battle, AJ Digby edged out Tanner Sharpe this Monday night at Auto Club Speedway in the B-Car Series.
The current series champion started from pole and withstood the relentless pressure from Tanner all race long. On the last round of pit stops, Tanner came down for fuel early, only to be caught by a yellow flag.
AJ pitted under yellow and kept the lead. Tanner charged back through the field, but ran out of time to make a move.
Kevin Paskawych rounded out the podium. Billy Wise followed him with a solid 4th place finish, climbing six spots in the series standings. Nate Kotila played the tire strategy game on his way to 5th place.
With the win, AJ jumped to the top of the standings, capitalizing on a bad day for most of his closest competitors.
Next week, the B-Car Series heads to Phoenix for the last leg of the east coast swing.
17 cars, 16 starters
2 cautions (7 laps)
6 lead changes
Hard Charger Award: James Efaw (13th to 9th)
Kyle Zimmer took his Protege Racing Mustang to victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the second Cup Series race in SPRL history.
Kyle decided to take two tires in the final green-flag stop, while his closest rivals took four. The gamble worked like a charm, allowing him to leap the field and control the four back-to-back restarts late in the race.
The event began with a hard-fought 65-lap green-flag run, only interrupted by an incident involving Billy Wise and Johnny Berardi that brought the entire field to pit road for fresh shoes. What followed was a race of attrition, constantly broken up by multiple wrecks.
Billy recovered to finish 2nd, continuing his podium streak, and Travis Zuidema followed in 3rd. WWR drivers AJ Digby and Fernando Mattos completed the top 5. Fernando’s last top 5 dated all the way back to the Charlotte Roval event in September 2019.
Travis, 2020 SPRL Winter Series Dirt champion, hard charged from 15th place in the grid and was the highest mover in the field. Brian Loughhead showed pace in his Wise Guyz Camaro, running most of the night in the top 10, only to hit bad luck late in the race.
Next week we go to Auto Club Speedway in California, where Kyle hopes to maintain his current points lead.
8 cautions (29 laps)
22 lead changes
Eddie Hawks grabbed his second SPRL win last night on round two of the 2020 B-Car Series at Las Vegas. This is Eddie’s first B-Car win.
In a race marked by attrition, drivers struggled to complete the full 67 laps without using fast repairs. When not dealing with damage, drivers had to watch those fuel gauges closely, with some cars running out across the line (like Kyle Zimmer) or a few laps short (like Thomas Wise and Fernando Mattos).
Eddie held off the current champion AJ Digby following a late restart. Kevin Paskawych completed the podium, finally kicking off his season on a positive note after bad luck in Daytona. James Efaw continued his consistent championship run, following his podium last week with a 6th place yesterday.
Your hard charger award goes to Doug McCollum, who wheeled his Camaro from 16th in the grid to a 4th place finish.
Our west coast swing continues next week with a trip to Auto Club Speedway.
The SimPossible family would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Ryan Newman, who is in the hospital after his horrific accident during the Daytona 500. Expect many of our drivers to display the #6 on their cars for this Wednesday’s Las Vegas race, round 2 of our Cup Series.
6 cautions (22 laps)
14 lead changes
Eddie Hawks has captured his maiden win at SimPossible Racing League in our inaugural Cup Series race.
SPRL held its first race August 2018 at Michigan International Speedway. Now we fast forward to ninety-four races later, for our first Cup event at Daytona International Speedway. SPRL has come a long way from the Truck Series, ARCA KN Series, Dirt Series and B-Car Series.
Tanner Sharpe and David Wilson led the field to the green. Dave Wilson led the most laps once again at Daytona (34 of 86 laps), but would come home 4th place. Eddie, who went down two laps early, would eventually get his laps back, lead 16 laps and take home the Daytona 200 race win! Protege Racing drivers dominated the top 5 (1, 2, 4). Billy Wise would take home the last the podium spot. Tom Johnson rounded out the top five.
The race would go 86 laps with five cautions for 22 laps. There were 21 lead changes and 8 different race leaders. The margin of victory of 0.024 seconds, the second closest finish in SPRL, only behind Monday's B-Car race (0.007 seconds).
Next week, we head to Las Vegas.
After a long wait, we finally kicked off season two of the B-Car Series at Daytona.
The day started off with your 2019 B-Car Champion, AJ Digby, winning pole position. We had double file racing for the first 10 laps, before the first caution flew out, as leaders wrecked out, causing the "Big One."
The field settled down after the first caution. Dave Wilson would go on to lead 34 of 50 laps. It came down to a couple green-white-checkers, and Tanner Sharpe would stay on Dave's bumper until the last corner of the race. It came down to side-by-side photo finish with Tanner Sharpe edging Dave by 0.007 seconds (the closest in SPRL history). James Efaw and Kevin Cochran from the KC Motorsports team settled in 3rd and 4th, respectively. Nate Kotila would round out the top 5 in his first outing for WWR.
This race would go for 50 laps, with four cautions for 15 laps, six lead changes and four leaders.
Now we go on a west coast swing for the next three weeks. First stop will be at Las Vegas, where Nate captured his first and only NASCAR win in SPRL. Kyle Zimmer won the 2019 Las Vegas fall race. After a pit road speed violation penalty late in the day, Kyle worked his way back to the front to pass Doug McCollum at turn 4 of the last lap to take the win.
Will Kyle continue his dominant performance at a track where he won twice already (2019 Spring Truck Series Season Two and B-Car Series in Fall 2019)? Will Tanner Sharpe find his way back to victory lane where he won in our the first ever trip to Las Vegas (2018 Fall Truck Series Season One) and continue his momentum off his win from Daytona? Can Nate go for spring back-to-back Las Vegas wins? Or will we see a first-time winner? Find out on 3WideTV's YouTube channel at 7 p.m. EST on Monday night.
The SimPossible Racing League headed back to USA Speedway for the third time of the season for the series finale race.
Travis Zuidema entered the race as the points leader. Kevin Cochran was 8 points behind in a must-win situation.
Eddie Hawks, once again, won the pole position for tonight's race. Hawks went on to lead all 10 laps in the first heat race. Kyle Zimmer did the same the second heat race.
Onto the main feature race, Eddie pulled away from Kyle and Billy Wise immediately, who were fighting for second place in the first five laps. It allowed Eddie to open up a one second lead. Kyle managed to settle in second place early on the race.
The race became a three way battle for third. Kevin Cochran started mid pack, worked his way up to third place and was hard charging on Zimmer for second place before the first yellow flag was waved at lap 31.
The race restarted on lap 34, and Eddie pulled away quickly. Kevin passed Kyle for second place and would battle with Eddie for the race win. Kevin and Eddie traded paints in turn four with 6 to go. It allowed Kyle get back in the battle and it a became three-way battle for the race win in the final five laps of the race. Eddie was able to hold off both drivers to take the race win, leading every lap of the race. Tim Masters hard charged back to the top five and finished 4th. Travis finished 5th, capturing his first championship in SimPossible Racing League Dirt SS Series.
Congratulations to both Eddie for the race win and Travis for the championship win!
The race had one caution, one leader and zero lead changes.
Dirt SS Series Post-Race: Eldora, Race #7
The SimPossible Racing League headed back to Eldora, Ohio for the third time this season. Travis Zuidema entered the race as the points leader.
Eddie Hawks nailed his qualifying lap, grabbing pole. He went on to win his heat, leading all 10 laps. In the second heat, Fernando Mattos and Kyle Zimmer traded the lead for six laps before Kyle accidentally spun Fernando. The chaos allowed Nate Kotila to sneak by Kyle for the win.
Eddie and Nate shared the front row for the main event. Eddie led for 48 of 60 laps tonight. He would lose the lead while fighting side by side with Tim Masters. Tim was able to get out in front in the final restart, and held off Eddie for his first Dirt SS Series win and his first SimPossible Racing League career win.
The race had nine cautions, six lead changes and four different leaders.
Next Week's Headline: Travis extended his lead to nine points over Kevin Cochran heading into the final race of the season in the Dirt Street Stock Series next week at USA Speedway. Travis and Kevin will fight for the very first Dirt SS Championship. Both drivers are fighting for their first championship in their SimPossible Racing League resumes.
SimPossible driver Billy Wise worked on a special Daytona promo video for the 2020 SimPossible Cup Series, which starts in two weeks. The off-season is ending and drivers are ready to get rolling.
You will see some of the schemes that drivers will run this year. Also, please subscribe to the SimPossible Racing League and 3WideTV YouTube channels, so you don't miss any SimPossible Racing League action throughout the 2020 season!
League founder Jeff Schmidt has officially announced the 2020 schedules for the B-Car and Cup Series. It can be found under the Series tab on the top of this page.
What things are new or different? The headline is the inaugural season of the SimPossible Cup Series, which will be racing NASCAR Cup cars on Wednesday nights. The B-Car Series will move to Monday nights.
We will follow the real NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series schedules once again. The B-Car Series will be our new "Development Series" and the Cup Series will be known as our "Premier Series". 3WideTV will be broadcasting all races once again for the third consecutive year.
Race lengths will be shorter in the B-Car Series, compared to last season. The Cup Series will race about 50% or more of an actual Cup race distance. The B-Car Series will have the same playoff elimination format as 2019. The Cup playoffs will field 16 cars, following the real-life Cup Series playoffs format over 10 races.
How about the schedule? Pocono will become the first double-header in SPRL history. Miami is no longer the season finale. Indianapolis moves to the 4th of July weekend, while Daytona will be the regular season finale for the Cup Series. Darlington will host the first playoff race for the Cup Series, and Bristol starts the B-Car Series playoffs. The Tennessee short track will host a playoff race for the first time ever, swapping dates with Dover. Phoenix will be home for the Championship 4 Race for both series, where we will crown our 2020 champions.
Fuel percentage will be new in 2020 and will affect all races. It will be shown on the schedule as a percentage off the maximum tank, making races more realistic.
After an entire day of racing, the SimPossible boys brought the Ferrari 488 GTE home in 16th place out of 51 registered teams! The last few hours weren't easy, but we rallied and finished the event, even after being several laps down.