Who will flip the switch at kansas?
It has become a Lionheart tradition, this is the 4th annual GSRC/Big Joe Show Spectacular. Every year, Lionheart regular “Big” Joe Hassert sponsors an event and chooses the track that the series will be racing on. This year it is Kansas Speedway, the trick 1.5 mile oval in the Mid-West.
Last time out, Adam Blocker won the event at Montreal. Andrew Kinsella had an uncharacteristically strong road course race, starting and finishing 2nd to keep pace with Blocker in the championship hunt. Dan Geren made it a 1-2-3 for the top 3 in points, while James Krahula finished a strong 4th and Connor Harrington recovered from a lap 1 spin to finish 5th. Blocker increased his point lead over Kinsella to 38 points. Geren sits 102 back with Michael Goodman still mathematically in contention 165 back. Goodman, who finished 8th in Montreal, would need some major help and most likely win out the remaining 4 races in order to bring this years title.
4 rounds remain in the 2018 Season. With 3 of those 4 events being ovals, it certainly sets the stage for a terrific battle for the championship. Blocker has shown his dominance this season on the road circuits but with just one road race remaining it allows room for the contenders Kinsella and Geren to re-assert themselves and narrow the margin heading into the finale at Auto Club. The Auto-Club finale will pay double points and is the final leg of this season’s triple crown.
Kansas, for the first time ever in Lionheart history, will be a day race. The last time the league ran Kansas was back in season 4 and saw Chris Stofer win in a dramatic photo finish over Big Joe Hassert. The finish was so close that initially Lionheart announcer Bill "Soup" Zahn called it wrong. The difference was just .011. Stofer came on strong late in the race and led just 3 laps before clamming victory. The season 4 event saw 9 different leaders, 30 lead changes and 5 cautions for 20 laps. So much will be on the line for the top 3 in points that it will be exciting to see how they deal with the excitement.
The Rookie of the Year battle has been hotter than ever. The duo of Laarkamp and Weaver have been locked in the closest rookie battle in league history. They have been squaring off on each round and have remained ever so close in the standings throughout the season. Currently Weaver has broke away from Laarkamp slightly and has a 15-point advantage by way of his 6th place finish at Montreal, with
Laarkamp finishing 7th. The two will likely continue to battle all the way to the finale where again the Rookie of the Year winner will not be decided till the checkered flag flies for the last time in 2018.
Krahula continues to lead the cleanest driver standings after 20 rounds with just 30 incs on the year for an average of 1.50 incs per race. Matt Mercer has once again asserted himself late in the season for Iron Man honors and leads the league with the most laps and miles completed. Mercer has ran 2,417 laps for a total of 3,777.35 miles.
It appears that at this point Adrenaline Motorsports has all but clinched the Team Championship title for 2018. There still seems to be some movement in the team standings however with Synergy Motorsports holding off No Name for P2 by 33 points. 8 Ball Motorsports has moved up after Montreal into the Top 5.
Dustin Wardlow was the biggest mover after Montreal gaining 3 spots and moving into 22nd overall. Tyler Graaf, Jason Galvin and Connor Harrington gained two positions in the standings. 7 drivers gained a position. Brandon Limkemann lost 4 spots after missing the Canadian race with an injury.
The Series is also currently in discussion on selecting its schedule and car for its upcoming Challenge Series. The Challenge Series is the league’s annual off-season series aimed at giving drivers an opportunity to compete on tracks that the league normally may not run, all while doing it with cars other than the L79 or IR18. In season past the league has ran the MX-5, Radical, Nissan, Porsche, and V8 Holden. The series is also the final proving ground for new hopefuls looking to find rides in 2019.
Catch the GSRC/Big Joe Show Spectacular from Kansas Speedway Wendesday November 14th at 10:35pm eastern only the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC.
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