Allen Boes earns first win of 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway
RELATED: See the complete iRacing schedule Allen Boes scored his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win of the 2017 season at Texas Motor Speedway, ending Ryan Luza's two-race winning streak as the erstwhile championship leader found trouble late in the going. Boes held off Cody Byus after a restart with seven laps to go. Byus was keeping pace with Boes, but a caution with three laps remaining ended his shot at making a late-race move for the win. Kenny Humpe was third, followed by teammates Bobby Zalenski and Chris Overland. Boes and Luza had the best cars for much of the event with Luza leading 73 of 167 laps while Boes led 72. However, Luza's chance to win evaporated when he got caught back in traffic after a pit stop and had a run-in with Kenny Humpe. The collision with Humpe, and then the wall, caused significant damaged to Luza's car and he wound-up nineteenth. The night began with Michael Conti leading the field to the green flag but the yellow was back out before the field made it to Turn 3. Phillip Diaz got sideways off Turn 2 before being hooked into the wall, causing a huge stack-up halfway back in the field. While most of the pack saw the crash, a couple drivers further back seemed not to and collected nearly a dozen cars. When the dust cleared and the green waved again the lead was hotly contested among several sim racers. Byus wasted little time passing Conti for the lead on Lap Seven only to see Logan Clampitt take the lead for himself one lap later. By Lap 20 the groove had widened and Boes, who was running the middle lane, took his first turn at the front after getting by Clampitt off Turn 4. Boes could not lead for long either as Luza took the top spot on Lap 26, right as the second yellow of the race slowed the action. Luza won the race off pit road and build a decent lead once the race went green. Boes and Byus were quick enough to keep in touch, but not quite quick enough to challenge Luza for the top spot. The field would get another shot at him though, as a caution on Lap 65 slowed the pace right before many of the leaders were planning to pit under green. Once again, Luza was first off pit road and held the lead as the laps wore on after the restart. Byus kept in closer contact this time, never letting Luza get more than a few car lengths ahead. The two ran in the same fashion until both hit pit road under green on Lap 100 for tires and fuel. Boes inherited the lead and before he could pit Bryan Blackford was spun by Nick Ottinger, causing the yellow to fly which trapped many drivers a lap down, necessitating a wave-around. Although he was not among those trapped, Luza did pit again under the caution and restarted third behind Boes and Brian Schoenburg with Byus to his outside in fourth. Boes held off Luza who had fallen to fifth before a crash involving Schoenburg, Ray Alfalla, and several others brought the leaders to the pits again on Lap 120, putting them well within their fuel window. Boes maintained the lead off pit road but it was Luza who was on the move when the race returned to green. Luza quickly moved from fifth to second and looked a bit quicker than Boes on the long run but on Lap 144 yet another caution stopped his progress. The two pitted and maintained their positions, leading to a 19-lap shootout. Luza did not have the best short-run speed and lost second position to Byus after the restart. On Lap 155 Humpe tried to move around Luza in Turn 4 which is when the two got together, sending Luza for a spin and setting up the final dash to the finish. Luza's poor finish cost him the championship lead, as Clampitt now leads by seven points over Luza as the regular season has reached the one-third mark. Zalenski is now third, 18 points behind and three in front of Alfalla, who like Luza, finished mid-pack as the result of his crash. Darik Bourdeau recovered from an early spin to finish and holds down fifth in the standings. After three races at tracks 1.5 mile or more, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series returns to a shorter track as the 1-mile Phoenix Raceway plays host for Week Five. Phoenix takes a much different setup than the downforce tracks, making it somewhat of a sim racing wildcard. Can Luza rebound for his third win, or can Alfalla or Clampitt visit Victory Lane for the first time in 2017? Find out in two weeks on iRacing Live!
Brendan Gaughan gets nod from NBA star Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement speech got emotional quickly Friday as the 2001 NBA MVP and 11-time NBA All-Star thanked Georgetown coach John Thompson "for saving my life." Amid heartfelt, tearful, joyful, thanks to his family, his Georgetown family, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson (yes, that MJ), Jadakiss, Larry Brown, Julius 'Dr. J' Irving, his wife, Tawanna Iverson, and many more, A.I. also thanked Brendan Gaughan . Yes, that Brendan Gaughan , the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver of the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Iverson made NASCAR drivers proud in his thanks to his sponsor, too. "Gotta thank Reebok. A lifetime contract? Whoo!" The Gaughan-Iverson connection goes back to the 1990s. Gaughan was a Hoya, too. Thompson tapped him specifically to make Iverson work hard and gain mental toughness in practice – by bumping him, beating on him. A bit like racing – banging doors, putting on the bump-and-run. " Allen Iverson's a lot quicker than me, and I was told to stop him [in practice] any way possible,” Gaughan told Philly.com in 2003 . "Hold him, push him, punch him, bite him. ... My job was to annoy the hell out of [Iverson]." Gaughan offered that quote while defending his former teammate after Iverson missed a pair of free throws in a Philadelphia 76ers playoffs loss to the Detroit Pistons. He also said simply, "Lay off Allen Iverson." " Allen is one of the nicest guys I've ever met, and one of the smartest men I've ever met," said Gaughan, who joked with the Inquirer that he himself averaged "0.2 points" before graduating from Georgetown with a business management degree in 1997. That's the kind of friend who gets a shoutout in a Hall of Fame enshrinement speech . As the NASCAR XFINITY Series gets ready to launch its inaugural Chase, with Gaughan locked in, it bears remembering the No. 62 driver knows how to guard and bump and bang with the best.
An abundance of drivers at CMS GarageCam
This week's edition of GarageCam is full of Camping World Truck Series drivers preparing for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
Truex Jr. wins the first two stages, Larson gets the win
Martin Truex Jr. earns the first two Stage wins, but it's Kyle Larson that receives the ultimate Father's Day gift by winning Sunday's race at Michigan.
GarageCam rolls into the Irish Hills
Host Matthew Dillner gives you a behind-the-scenes look inside the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage at Michigan International Speedway.
Preview Show: Michigan
Chris Rice and Marty Snider look back at Ryan Blaney's Pocono win and look ahead to who could best the field at Michigan International Speedway.
From The Vault: Junior snaps 143-race drought at Michigan 2012
Relive Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2012 win at Michigan International Speedway, where he snapped a 143-race winless streak.
Tricky Trivia: MENCS GarageCam takes over Pocono
Watch as NASCAR.com invades the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage on this episode of GarageCam
Bell edges Briscoe for win in Lone Star State
Christopher Bell celebrates in Victory Lane after edging Chase Briscoe at Texas Motor Speedway, but not before sending well wishes to Timothy Peters.
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