2010SE Race 4 – iRacing Talladega 312

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Talladega Superspeedway has been my favorite place to watch a race since I first discovered NASCAR in 1994: I could not believe racing of this type existed and after watching a few seasons of Formula One that had bored me to tears or drove me to them with death and ram-happy Germans; I latched onto the sport and have yet to let go.

My method of discovering NASCAR is probably quite unusual: I’m British and with abysmal TV coverage in Europe, I actually first saw the NASCAR logo on the box of a racing game that we all now know as NASCAR Racing 1 by Papyrus (largely the same people I now work with at iRacing). It’s amazing to think that a chance picking up of a box off a shelf can convert someone from a lifetime fan of F1 to someone who has been asked “how do you know that?!” by people who have actually worked for Cup teams. The first race I actually saw at Talladega was in 1996, before that I had simply read about the races in Autosport, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I still describe NASCAR racing in the same way I did back then: It’s a Marathon! You just have to be in a position to win at the end of the race.

So with that in mind coming into Talladega you have some tough decisions to make: Do you lay back and try to stay out of trouble, but risk getting too far behind if the race stays green? Do you stay in pack and figure that you probably wouldn’t be able to stay out of trouble anyway? Or, do you try to push your way to the front, hoping to stay ahead of the trouble? In the 312 and 499 races at Talladega this past weekend we saw every possible combination.

I had qualified with a 52.319s using the setup which Gregg Granello had posted in the forum. After a slight modification to the setup to help it stabilize through the tri-oval I figured it would work equally as well as a race setup and after joining the race – along with 652 others – found myself in the seventh iRating split of sixteen and in ninth-place in the starting order.

The iRacing Talladega 312 gets under way!

The iRacing Talladega 312 gets under way!

For this race I had decided to try to stay as close to the front as possible. I got a great start and held the inside, gradually moving up and down but held seventh-place on lap five. On lap six I decided to pull out and drop back, changing my race tactic to one where I could stay out of trouble, but on lap seven – with me at the back of the lead pack – a car got on the apron and caused a chain reaction which led to me having an extreme near-miss in turn one. I suffered no damage, but figured I would pit under the caution and try to be last off pit road.
A very close call on lap seven.

A very close call on lap seven.


Crossing the line in 16th for the lap eleven restart, I still wanted to hang around at the back, but when the high line opened up it looked far too tantalizing and like a moth to a light bulb I could not resist… I pulled high and over the next two laps went from 15th to eighth on the outside. Our progress was so good on the outside that it worried the low lane and someone came up to block as the leader of our lane went down to side-draft. Contact was made and this set off a chain reaction which wrecked my car among others – on lap 14 of 117.
Lap 14 - The big one.

Lap 14 - The big one.

I ran the rest of the race either in the back of the lead pack or in the chasing pack. I was still pretty fast but my car just wouldn’t turn like it should and I was having to pull hard on the wheel. So I was a good drafting buddy for some people but always had to lift out of two and three-wide situations for the rest of the event.

I ran tenth starting the last lap (all positions were gained due to attrition) and frankly would have been delighted with that, but a last lap incident on the backstretch saw the first and second-place cars spin into the inside wall entering turn three as Paul Grimsley went by on the outside. Paul was also very lucky to hold on for the win when the person who inherited the lead into turn three also got spun. Paul’s incredible sideways drift along the apron and his ability to stay pointed in the right direction is what won him the race, and the last lap melee among the leaders allowed me to leapfrog them and move into seventh-place.

Pos Driver Start
Pos
 
Out
Interval Laps
Led
Fastest
Lap Time
1 Paul Grimsley 4 Running   32 51.739
2 Brian Tedeschi 7 Running -00.250 19 51.787
3 Robert Jensen 16 Running -00.624 0 51.656
4 Robert Edwards Jr. 6 Running -00.952 0 51.781
5 Larry Pitts 25 Running -01.992 2 51.607
7 Timothy Wheatley 9 Running -15.952 0 51.575


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So, moral of the story for me in this one is that you probably shouldn’t give up on a car that still has four wheels and an engine – even if the wheels aren’t all pointing the same direction. After being wrecked on lap 14 I am absolutely delighted to come out of the event with a top-ten finish.

62 thoughts on “2010SE Race 4 – iRacing Talladega 312

  1. [..YouTube..] Why r u lifting OMG u are horrible and if you are ever in a race with me im dumping your ass first chance i get

  2. [..YouTube..] @ironbull993 and you’ll be duly protested for your driving. Great mark of intelligence for you to threaten a member of iRacing staff. Good job. :)

  3. [..YouTube..] and you’ll be duly protested for your driving. Great mark of intelligence for you to threaten a member of iRacing staff. Good job. :)

  4. [..YouTube..] @ironbull993 hes lifting so he doesnt plow into the guy in front of himits people like you who ruin SS racing for the rest of us iracers

  5. [..YouTube..] @ironbull993 hes lifting so he doesnt plow into the guy in front of him
    its people like you who ruin SS racing for the rest of us iracers

  6. [..YouTube..] hes lifting so he doesnt plow into the guy in front of him
    its people like you who ruin SS racing for the rest of us iracers

  7. [..YouTube..] @HendrickFan2488548 You cant plow into the car infront of you when you are 3 car lengths back

  8. [..YouTube..] the wreck that ended the race, thats why you dont force someone below the line and keep pushing them down.

  9. [..YouTube..] @malcolmyoungi yeah it’s amazing the ones who do it are never the ones who look at the replays and see it like the rest of us. :)

  10. [..YouTube..] yeah it’s amazing the ones who do it are never the ones who look at the replays and see it like the rest of us. :)

  11. [..YouTube..] @TimWRacing lol yeah. i want to join this racing series but what are all the things you need to join?

  12. [..YouTube..] @malcolmyoungi The site says gamepad, but I’d always advise a steering wheel and pedals (google fanatec or logitech wheels). Then if you have a gaming pc just go to the site and sign up, the software is then downloaded.

  13. [..YouTube..] The site says gamepad, but I’d always advise a steering wheel and pedals (google fanatec or logitech wheels). Then if you have a gaming pc just go to the site and sign up, the software is then downloaded.

  14. [..YouTube..] @18sux29rox My site? There’s a link in the video info and at the end of the video it says the domain. You can’t put links in comments, so you’ll have to either visit the link from the vid, or click the one just above where the comments are.

  15. [..YouTube..] My site? There’s a link in the video info and at the end of the video it says the domain. You can’t put links in comments, so you’ll have to either visit the link from the vid, or click the one just above where the comments are.

  16. [..YouTube..] The same Tim Wheatley from GPL? I remember using some of your your setup’s :). Is Iracing mainly oval racing? It looks pretty good.

  17. [..YouTube..] @toggsuk Yes, that’s me! It’s 50/50. They do have all the major oval cars but are producing Williams F1 and already have Lotus 79, Riley Daytona Prototype, Corvette C6R, Aussie V8 and more, so lots of other stuff.

  18. [..YouTube..] Yes, that’s me! It’s 50/50. They do have all the major oval cars but are producing Williams F1 and already have Lotus 79, Riley Daytona Prototype, Corvette C6R, Aussie V8 and more, so lots of other stuff.

  19. [..YouTube..] @AMPLIGHTNING What are you talking about? Anybody is free to protest, that’s not a staff thing… Staff language and driving are held to a very high standard. If we wrecked someone we lose access to something we need for our job, a severe reprimand. If this guy dumped me for lifting, something you HAVE to do, I’d protest him, damn right I would. I don’t want to drive around people like him.

  20. [..YouTube..] What are you talking about? Anybody is free to protest, that’s not a staff thing… Staff language and driving are held to a very high standard. If we wrecked someone we lose access to something we need for our job, a severe reprimand. If this guy dumped me for lifting, something you HAVE to do, I’d protest him, damn right I would. I don’t want to drive around people like him.

  21. [..YouTube..] @jeffg24LT21 The software? Click the link in the video info, you’ll see a banner for $20 off which explains what iRacing is.

  22. [..YouTube..] The software? Click the link in the video info, you’ll see a banner for $20 off which explains what iRacing is.

  23. [..YouTube..] @TimWRacing why would you protest for a guy running into you now if he wrecked u on purpose sure i would protest but if a guy accidently wrecks you dont do that happened to me once and i was suspended for no reason thats why im never resubscribing on there again bc whoever the people that do the bans are fucking retarded and dont make any right calls!

  24. [..YouTube..] why would you protest for a guy running into you now if he wrecked u on purpose sure i would protest but if a guy accidently wrecks you dont do that happened to me once and i was suspended for no reason thats why im never resubscribing on there again bc whoever the people that do the bans are fucking retarded and dont make any right calls!

  25. [..YouTube..] @AMPLIGHTNING “Why r u lifting OMG u are horrible and if you are ever in a race with me im dumping your ass first chance i get”

    That’s not only on purpose if he did it, it’s a premeditated threat to do it.

    I’m sorry you feel wronged but I don’t see how that gets you angry with me, I didn’t do anything to you. I think if you spoke to them in the same way you’re commenting they probably suspended you for that. It’s like any sport where you have to respect the referee, right or wrong.

  26. [..YouTube..] @AMPLIGHTNING “Why r u lifting OMG u are horrible and if you are ever in a race with me im dumping your ass first chance i get”

    That’s not only on purpose if he did it, it’s a premeditated threat to do it.

    I’m sorry you feel wronged but I don’t see how that gets you angry with me, I didn’t do anything to you. I think if you spoke to them in the same way you’re commenting they probably suspended you for that. It’s like any sport where you have to respect the referee, right or wrong.

  27. [..YouTube..] “Why r u lifting OMG u are horrible and if you are ever in a race with me im dumping your ass first chance i get”

    That’s not only on purpose if he did it, it’s a premeditated threat to do it.

    I’m sorry you feel wronged but I don’t see how that gets you angry with me, I didn’t do anything to you. I think if you spoke to them in the same way you’re commenting they probably suspended you for that. It’s like any sport where you have to respect the referee, right or wrong.

  28. [..YouTube..] i respected all there rules i go into an atlanta race in the impala class b and get loose under a guy and we both wreck it he reports me and i got banned for 2 weeks for getting loose sorry but i have no more respect for iracing!

  29. [..YouTube..] @AMPLIGHTNING I understand you being upset about that. As far as I know there’s just one person who does the protest stuff so he maybe saw something different. Like I said, I do understand though, and I was recently told my contract is ending at the end of September with the company, so this isn’t loyalty talking to you. If they made a mistake, I’m sure that’s all it was.

  30. [..YouTube..] I understand you being upset about that. As far as I know there’s just one person who does the protest stuff so he maybe saw something different. Like I said, I do understand though, and I was recently told my contract is ending at the end of September with the company, so this isn’t loyalty talking to you. If they made a mistake, I’m sure that’s all it was.

  31. [..YouTube..] @TimWRacing yea and its what cost them one customer bc they make to many of them i used to love iracing until this. i even told him what happend and they just ignored me so yea thats life

  32. [..YouTube..] yea and its what cost them one customer bc they make to many of them i used to love iracing until this. i even told him what happend and they just ignored me so yea thats life

  33. [..YouTube..] @AMPLIGHTNING That’s a shame. :( I can only really say I’m sorry that happened and that I hope you try it again, but if you don’t, you don’t. Have you tried sending a nice email to contact at iracing dot com just to say what happened? Some honest feedback is always useful…

  34. [..YouTube..] That’s a shame. :( I can only really say I’m sorry that happened and that I hope you try it again, but if you don’t, you don’t. Have you tried sending a nice email to contact at iracing dot com just to say what happened? Some honest feedback is always useful…

  35. [..YouTube..] @TimWRacing yea i tried contacting every one of their emails trying to figure out why i was banned for 2 weeks for no reason thats why im never getting it

  36. [..YouTube..] yea i tried contacting every one of their emails trying to figure out why i was banned for 2 weeks for no reason thats why im never getting it

  37. [..YouTube..] ok thanks and can you tell me about that racing setup for 329 is it the same price and do i still have to buy my own wheel or does it come with it

  38. [..YouTube..] @jeffg24LT21 You have to buy your own. The company does have some that they sell but they’re fairly cheap wheels just to give you an introduction. Look into prices where you are of a Logitech G25 or Logitech G25. I personally use Fanatec products. The G25 and G27 come with wheel AND pedals. The 329 setup I have linked is just the cockpit frame.

  39. [..YouTube..] You have to buy your own. The company does have some that they sell but they’re fairly cheap wheels just to give you an introduction. Look into prices where you are of a Logitech G25 or Logitech G25. I personally use Fanatec products. The G25 and G27 come with wheel AND pedals. The 329 setup I have linked is just the cockpit frame.

  40. [..YouTube..] @jeffg24LT21 You don’t pay to race, but you do have to buy the tracks that aren’t given free. You can earn up to $40 per year though by racing, so if you take your time you don’t have to spend much. If you want to get all that content sooner you do have to pay a bit for it. :(

  41. [..YouTube..] You don’t pay to race, but you do have to buy the tracks that aren’t given free. You can earn up to $40 per year though by racing, so if you take your time you don’t have to spend much. If you want to get all that content sooner you do have to pay a bit for it. :(

  42. [..YouTube..] @TimWRacing so im planing on getting a year sub and im wanting the nationwide car, talladega, indy car, and VIR how much would that cost

  43. [..YouTube..] so im planing on getting a year sub and im wanting the nationwide car, talladega, indy car, and VIR how much would that cost

  44. [..YouTube..] @jeffg24LT21 Cars are 11.95 i think, tracks either 11.95 or 14.95 i think. I don’t really know which is which price, but 3+ items is 10% price reduced, 6+ is 20% reduction.

  45. [..YouTube..] Cars are 11.95 i think, tracks either 11.95 or 14.95 i think. I don’t really know which is which price, but 3+ items is 10% price reduced, 6+ is 20% reduction.

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I grew up in a household where waking up at 2am to watch races in Australia or Japan were the norm. We were huge fans of motor racing, so playing racing games seems like a natural extension of that.

My first racing game addiction was with Geoff Crammond's 'Formula 1 Grand Prix' released in 1992 on the Commodore Amiga. This game kept me going for a long time thanks to various editing tools which were available, and I continued to play it until I owned a PC. After that, I played through most of the Papyrus and Image Space Inc. titles, but have most fond memories of Grand Prix Legends.

I founded a major sim racing site that led to my employment at iRacing, Image Space Inc. and later on, Studio 397. The difficulty in working in the industry is how little time you often have to play your own games. Quite often I escape with space games instead!

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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.