Top five moments from the 2019 PEAK iRacing Series season

first_imgNo. 2: A wild finish at TalladegaAt a track famous for its wild finishes, the PEAK iRacing Series’ visit to Talladega Superspeedway lived up to the hype. Nick Ottinger cruised past leader Brad Davies on the final stretch, while Garrett Lowe ducked to Davies’ inside. With slowed momentum and the finish line in sight, Davies’ JR Motorsports machine was swallowed up by faster cars behind, setting up for a wild pack of spinning cars for the race win. Ultimately, JTG Daugherty Motorsports claimed its first win in the PEAK iRacing Series with series veteran and superspeedway ace Nick Ottinger.  No. 1: Blake Reynolds and Garrett Lowe battle for the final transfer spot at the Charlotte RovalWith a shot at the Championship 4 (read: a $40,000 top prize) within sight, the final transfer spot came down to Blake Reynolds and rookie Garrett Lowe at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Heading into the race, both drivers were tied for third in points — and, with Bobby Zalenski poised to snag one of the top-four spots for himself, it meant the higher finisher between Reynolds and Lowe would advance (of course, assuming second-place driver and fellow championship hopeful Michael Conti didn’t make up more points than the two). For most of the race, the two drivers battled nose-to-tail, but action heated up in the closing laps as desperation grew. Reynolds and Lowe turned the play-it-safe, follow-the-leader battle into a side-by-side, crossover-over-crossover fight that lasted several laps. Lowe’s hopes came to an end when his out-of-control car skidded through the final chicane on Lap 52 following contact with Reynolds, earning the No. 28 a time penalty that was insurmountable in the closing laps.  Though Reynolds walked away with the better finish, advancing to the Championship 4, Garrett Lowe proved throughout his rookie-season effort he’s no slouch. Honorable mention: Corey Vincent wins at Indianapolis after Blake Reynolds runs out of fuel From an action-packed season opener at Daytona to a finalist-clinching walk-off, Season 10 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series has been one to remember. (Maybe it’s the $100,000 in prizes on the line — just a thought.) Before crowning a champion on national television Thursday, we’re counting down the best five moments of the season — and trust us, it was tough to pick just five. And, yeah, we’ll probably have to add to this list following Thursday’s championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which airs live at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. RELATED: eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series championship finale to air on NBCSNNo. 5: Bobby Zalenski advances to Championship 4 with a clutch win at the Charlotte RovalHeading into the Charlotte Roval — the last chance for a playoff driver to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a win — Joe Gibbs Racing driver Bobby Zalenski found himself mired eighth of eight in the playoff standings. His only hope was to win at the difficult 17-turn road course — and that’s exactly what he did, in dominant fashion, leading every single lap from the pole and solidifying himself as one of the four championship finalists. Garrett Lowe wins his first race in a three-wide finish at Michigancenter_img No. 3: Eric J. Smith, an unlikely winner at Auto ClubUndrafted series rookie Eric J. Smith was probably not considered a favorite by most heading into an early-season race at Auto Club Speedway, but, following a last-lap spin up front, he bested the entire field — including series heavyweights Keegan Leahy and Bobby Zalenski — in the debut of iRacing’s new NASCAR-mimicking aero rules in a thrilling side-by-side finish. When Car No. 51 took the checkered flag on the final lap, it was his first lap led in his PEAK iRacing Series career. Not a bad way to start.  No. 4: Blake Reynolds makes an impossible save at Las VegasYou probably won’t see something like this again. After contact racing in a cluster at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Blake Reynolds’ car nearly hooked nose-first into the wall, until the now-championship-finalist Reynolds somehow regained control of the car and continued racing without further incident. Shortly after, Team Dillon Esports joined the PEAK iRacing Series and drafted Reynolds. Probably no coincidence there. Casey Kirwan wins Race No. 1 after battling Zack Novak in the closing laps at BristolCatch the winner-takes-all finale for the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Thursday, October 10 on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Healthcare attorney Stacie Gram sworn in as new Overland Park city councilmember

first_imgStacie Gram, a lawyer who defends healthcare providers against medical malpractice claims, will become the new Ward 4 representative on the Overland Park City Council.Gram was sworn in and had her first vote Monday night. She was one of two finalists. The other was Patty Markley, former Prairie Village City Council member who served in the Kansas House of Representatives.Stacie Gram was sworn in to fill the remainder of Gina Burke’s term on the Overland Park City Council. Photo via LinkedIn.Council members interviewed the two finalists before selecting Gram. They said both candidates were well qualified to do the job. The two finalists were narrowed down from an original field of twelve.Gram has also served on the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce board of directors as well as on parent and school groups in the Blue Valley School District.The council faces a challenging time with the coronavirus and the damage it will wreak on the city budget, Gram said. “I entered the application process with some trepidation because of that,” she said. “I also am not one who stays away from challenges. I always think that when there are challenges there is opportunity to add value and do something meaningful.”Gram fills a vacancy left by former Councilmember Gina Burke, who moved out of the district.last_img read more

Road reseal complete

first_imgAn $875,000 investment to re-seal 96,000 square metres of road on the Pakenham Bypass is now complete. The re-sealing works…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke last_img