By Brandon Butler – The focus of many fans have been towards the points battles between drivers in all three of NASCAR’s top sanctioned series. At the same time, NASCAR’s “other” series only has one race to go before deciding its champion.
As some might not be aware, the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series is an officially sanctioned series recognized by NASCAR that is powered by the iRacing.com Software. The NASCAR sanctioned series was recognized in 2010 through the sport’s licensing partnership with iRacing.com Motorsports Simulations. The iRacing.com Software allows sim racers to drive laser-scanned versions of the Sprint Cup Series’ Gen-6 race car and virtual counterparts of all 23 tracks on the NASCAR schedule.
After 16 races in the 17-race schedule for the NPAS, it all comes down to one race to win it all.
For three drivers, they have the chance to win a check for $10,500 dollars, a all-expense paid trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Ford Championship Weekend (to celebrate the NPAS championship like the real drivers do), a championship ring, as well as bragging rights.
Michael Conti, two-time NPAS Champion Ray Alfalla, and Nick Ottinger come into Homestead-Miami Speedway with a chance to be crowned the 2014 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series champion.
Conti is the current points leader heading into the season-finale. At the same time, he has been the most dominant car all season long. He has three wins, nine top-5’s, 11 top-10 finishes, as well as 3 poles. While Conti is in the catbird’s seat, do not count out two-time NPAS champion Ray Alfalla. Alfalla has two wins, 8 top-5’s, 9 top-10’s, and 4 poles. Alfalla is only 13 points behind Conti heading into Homestead. Nick Ottinger has had himself a good season, notching 2 wins, 6 top-5’s, 10 top-10 finishes and 1 pole. While he is still mathematically still in the championship battle, he has a very slim chance of taking the title.
For Conti, this race will be all about survival. Given that he has been very dominant throughout the season, he is in a great position to take the title.
For Ray Alfalla, he tells POPULAR SPEED that while he is ready and confident, he also knows Homestead is a must-win race. “Homestead is basically a must win scenario for us. We are ready to give Michael Conti a run for his money, and think we have a good shot at coming out on top.”
For Nick Ottinger, he has a very slim chance at winning the title realistically. He would need for a miracle to happen in order to capture the title, nevertheless be in contention.
For all three drivers, this is going to be a nerve-wracking, stress-inducing, mind-numbing race. For Michael Conti, this race will be the most important race in his career. Can he have another dominating performance and take home the title? Will he make a mistake that allows for Ray Alfalla to take his third NPAS title in four years? Or will Nick Ottinger provide us with a cinderella story and pull off the impossible?
All of these questions will be answered on October 7th at 9 P.M. EST. Tune into the live broadcast by PSR TV, and you can also hear/view the race live on the Motor Racing Network.
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