Jeff Stabnow

Jeff Stabnow

Tonight we kick off our 2020 racing season with season 1 of the Northwest Cup Series with our first of 35 cup races scheduled for this season; a 200-mile superspeedway shootout at Daytona International Speedway. 

With several new drivers in the fold this season and a new car in play, we are not quite sure what to expect to tonight but we have a sneaking suspicion that whatever happens, it won't be boring.

We added 40 Northwest drivers to the league since this time last year. So what does that all mean for tonight? I have no clue, your guess is as good as mine but in previous years we have seen anywhere from 28 to 36 cars show for the season opener.

We don't anticipate a full field tonight but in the unlikely event we think we might exceed the number of pit stalls for the race tonight  it will be handled as follows:

1. Top 20 drivers in points from last year's fixed series are guaranteed a grid spot. 
2. We will hold a separate standalone qualifying session and the remaining pit stalls will be filled based on the results of that session. 
3. There will be a qualifying session in the attached race session to determine grid positioning 
4. If there are enough interested drivers who did not make the cut, we will throw up another race session for that split and let iRacing officiate it.

The practice server opens up at 6:00 pm Pacific tonight and the green flag drops at 8:30 tonight.

The race will be broadcast on LSRTV tonight with pre, post and in-race interviews.  Cody Wooten and Justin Prince of LSRTV will call the race tonight.   The broadcast will be run off our TeamSpeak server so if you wish to make yourself available for an interview you will need to be in the TeamSpeak server.

If you need any assistance or have any questions please reach out to the driver's committee or admins for assistance.  We'd like to thank this year's drivers committee volunteers Chris White, Ray Fournier, Corey Walters, Jon Ottenbacher, Tom Green, and Dan West Jr. for all their hard work in helping us plan and launch our 2020 race season.

 

Tonight's Schedule (All Times Pacific)

5:30 to 7:30 Detached Practice

7:00 to 8:10 Attached practice (dynamic weather and track, the track carries over)

8:10 to 8:20 Drivers Meeting (session will switch to a 20-minute lone qual at 8:10 the first 10 minutes will for a drivers meeting after which qualifying will begin.

8:20 to 8:30  Lone qualifier

8:30 The Race Grids 

 

 

Northwest Xfinity Series @ Darlington Speedway Tonight - Live on VRN



It's throwback night in Darlington. The Northwest Xfinity Series heads to Darlington tonight for some more fixed Xfinity racing action at a track which has earned not just one but two nicknames.

The Lady in Black or the Track too tough to tame, both equally foreboding names and both well deserved. Darlington is easily the toughest oval on the Northwest Racing Series schedule and with playoff pressure ramping up, it couldn't come at a worse time for all those drivers sitting on the playoff bubble. Both nicknames are reminders to drivers that Darlington’s rough, tough, hard-to-conquer characteristics will be a challenge.

Those challenges include a preferred groove that is right up next to an irregular shaped wall rather than along the bottom like most other tracks. A banking transition that makes the lower 2 lanes nearly undrivable in the corners, dip a tire below that middle grove in turn 2 and you are sure to go around. Making Darlington even more difficult to navigate is the unique egg-shaped configuration and decreasing radius corners. With 19 races already in the books and several playoff spots already on lockdown this season the pressure is mounting for the remaining drivers to secure a playoff spot.

The Highline at Darlington is the fast line and sure to test the nerves of all the drivers who need a good finish tonight to keep their playoff hopes alive. Whatever happens, we expect to see some great racing and as always Cody Wooten will be there to cover it all live for Virtual Racing network.

Pos. Driver - Above Cut
1 Bryan Barns 219
2 Seth Frazier 183
3 Jason Berg 168
4 Jeff Stabnow 163
5 Christopher D White 129
6 Travis McKinney3 73
7 Dan West Jr 70
8 James Thurston 69
9 Jesse Gray 59
10 Casey Tillman2 31
11 Shawn Breitzman 4
12 Steven Paulissen 0
13 Daniel Masters -6
14 Jon Ottenbacher -8
15 Frank Harris -61
16 Rob Stewart -106
17 James Vining -113
18 Justin McClure -125
19 Josh Culley -127
20 Gary Nichols -165
21 Bill Ross Jr -193
22 Corey Walters -201
23 Kaiden Anderson -227
24 Steve Seilstad -232
25 Dana Rogers -245
26 Brian Lambert -249
27 Donovan Barr -255
28 Jade Williams -261
29 Bret A Johnson -273
30 William Fletcher -280
31 Dillon Huffines -281
32 Case Hinkins -297
33 Tom Hammond -309
34 Bj Tidrick2 -324
35 Dee Palmer -326
36 Gerald Hefley -331
37 Roy Grande -333
38 Darrell Tidrick -346
39 Bruce Lee Weaver -368
40 Chris Walters -375
41 Scott Mann -383
42 Jerrod Wakefield -392
43 Adam Halm -407
44 Joshua M. Cushman -415
45 Scott Hutchison -417
46 Christopher Cornell -420
47 Jackson Steiner -423
48 Devin Pettey -426
49 Jason Bortles -429
50 Josh Robinson -432
51 Mark Walz -437
52 Ryan Mains -438
52 Dan Stussi -438
54 AJ Williamson -442
55 David Appelgate -444
56 Shane Quinn2 -445
57 Bryan Beech -448
58 Charles Larr -449
59 Chris Torres -453
60 Joshua Biehl -454
61 Todd Walters3 -460
62 Dale Wennerberg -519

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

What: 100 laps of Northwest Xfinity Series Racing at Darlington Speedway
When: Tonight! Practice server opens at 6:45 pm and the race grids @ 8:15 pm All times Pacific
Who: iRacing Northwest Club members who have joined the Northwest Racing Series
Monday, 08 April 2019 20:34

NWXS Week 6 Atlanta Preview

Northwest Xfinity Series Round 6 @ Atlanta Tonight - Live on Virtual Racing Network



The Northwest Xfinity Series heads to Atlanta tonight for some more fixed Xfinity racing action. An afternoon race at Atlanta or Hotlanta is sure to be a test of skill and patience for the drivers tonight as Atlanta is known for its overall lack of grip and rough surface that just eats tires. Add to that a track temperature in excess of 104 degrees and it should be a fun race to watch.

Past Atlanta Winners
Xfinity S1 - Chris White

Reminder Top 20 in points are guaranteed a grid spot

Pos Driver
1 Seth Frazier
2 Travis McKinney3
3 Case Hinkins
4 Bryan Barns
5 Tom Hammond
6 Casey Tillman2
7 Jason Berg
8 Justin McClure
9 Daniel Masters
10 Josh Culley
11 Jeff Stabnow
11 James Thurston
13 Kaiden Anderson
14 Jon Ottenbacher
15 Dan West Jr
16 Corey Walters
17 Gary Nichols
17 Jade Williams
19 Steven Paulissen
20 Donovan Barr

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

What: 150 laps of Northwest Xfinity Series Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway
When: Tonight! Practice server opens at 6:45 pm and the race grids @ 8:15 pm All times Pacific
Who: iRacing Northwest Club members who have joined the Northwest Racing Series

Monday, 11 March 2019 20:31

NWXS Texas Winner

The Northwest Xfinity Series visited the Texas Motor Speedway this week for some exciting action. The turnout was fantastic, plenty of close racing took place. The number #32 driven by Seth Frazier found his way to victory lane this week, congrats!

Monday, 11 March 2019 19:45

NWXS Texas Preview

Tonight it's round 2 of the Northwest Xfinity Series as we head to Texas Motor Speedway for 150 miles of fixed Xfinity Series racing. Last week 38 drivers showed up at Daytona and 36 took the green flag but ultimately it was series Newcomer Donovan Barr who survived the 200 mile battle of attrition to come away victorious in a photo finish (Caution ended the race).

This week we put the superspeedways behind us and head to Texas for a mile and a half of race in the afternoon sun. With track temperatures approaching 110 degrees throttle control will be the theme of this race

There are a lot of new drivers this season and last week we saw a first-time winner in victory lane. Will we see another one tonight? With a hot track and a short fuel load, this car will be a handful to get around the track 100 times so whoever drives it to victory lane tonight will have earned it.

Last Season Shawn Breitzman who took the checkered flag but it was Jason Berg who closed out his championship run last season with 2 dominant wins on 1.5 miles tracks, which I think makes these 2 drivers the favorites out there tonight. But with so many new faces in the field, it is anything but a foregone conclusion. Good luck to all tonight!

Past Texas Winners 
Xfinity S1 - Corey Walters
Xfinity S2 - Shawn Breitzman

 

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

What: 200 miles of Northwest Xfinity Series fixed racing at the Daytona International Speedway 
When: Tonight! Practice server opens at 6:15 pm and the race grids @ 8:15 pm All times Pacific 
Who: iRacing Northwest Club members who have joined the Northwest Racing Series 
Where: Virtual Racing Network will be there to cover all the action live!

 

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 19:42

NWXS Daytona Winner

The Northwest Xfinity Series hit the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2019 season. There were many new faces among the action as one of the new comers found his way to victory lane! Congrats to the #98 of Donovan Barr on getting the win!

Thursday, 07 March 2019 19:25

NWTS Season 6 Daytona Preview

Season 6 of the Northwest Truck Series is here! Tonight we kick the seasons off Superspeedway style. This will be the first of 33 races this season; a 200-mile slugfest at Daytona International Speedway. 


Last year's championship hung in the balance all the way to the final laps of the final race but Mark Walz hung on to win his 2nd consecutive championship. Tonight Mark Walz begins his campaign to make it three Championships in a row. Who will step up to the podium and take the crown this season? With and expanded playoff field and the potential for up to 24 drivers to win their way into the playoffs over the course of the 24 race regular season, which includes 3 Superspeedway races, 2 road races, and 1 dirt race, everybody has a good shot at making the playoffs. And once the playoffs start, we know anything can happen.


With several new drivers in the fold this season we are not quite sure what to expect to tonight but if the Xfinity Series in an indicator, then expect a some long green flag superspeedway racing with a with somewhere in the neighborhood 40 Northwest drivers. 


In the unlikely event we do have to turn some drivers away we will put the same grid rules in effect that we had in place for the race on Monday.
1. Top 20 drivers in points are guaranteed a grid spot but to claim a top 20 spot those drivers must either be in the practice session or inform an admin/driver's committee member of your intent to race at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled green flag start time (Let us know by 8:30 pm Pacific Thursday).
2. For the first 3 races this season we will use the previous season's point standings to determine the top 20 drivers.
3. 30 minutes prior to the race we will determine if we have more drivers than pit stalls. If it looks like we might be short on pit stalls we will put up a separate standalone qualifying session and any drivers without a guaranteed grid spot will need to run a qualifying time in that session to determine which drivers can advance to the feature event.
4. There will be a separate qualifying session in the attached race session that will be used to determine grid positioning
5. If there are enough interested drivers who did not make the cut for the featured event. we will throw up another race session for that split and let iRacing officiate it.


Top 20
1 Mark Walz
2 Jeff Stabnow
3 Shawn Breitzman
4 Josh Culley
5 Bryan Barns
6 Christopher White
7 Brian Bennett
8 Stephen Seilstad
9 Jon Ottenbacher
10 Ray Fournier
11 Ryan Mains
12 Tom Green
13 Joshua Cushman
14 Corey Walters
15 Bret A Johnson
16 Gary Nichols
17 William Fletcher
18 Andy Vogt
19 Frank A Harris
20 Rick Hefley

The practice server opens up at 7:00 pm Pacific tonight and the green flag drops at 9:00 tonight.


We have been blown away by the interest in both the Xfinity and Truck series this season especially considering it is restricted to Northwest drivers. This is a testament to the quality of the drivers, the racing and the good people in the Northwest Racing Series Community. So a big Thank you goes out to all of you that have been a part of that.
We would also like to thank all of the people behind the scenes that make it all happen, in response to the uptick in membership we have also grown our driver's committee. We'd like to thank Stephen Seilstad, Corey Walters, Jon Ottenbacher, Christopher White, and Ray Fournier for pitching in and helping out this season as members of the driver's committee and of course Shawn Breitzman for taking on the thankless task of series Admin once again! 


There are a lot of new drivers in the series this season and as with all things there are sure to be some growing pains but we are pretty proud of what have and can't wait to get this thing started tonight!
It should be another great race tonight in the Northwest Racing Series and as always Charles Wooten and Virtual Racing Network will be there to cover it live. The live broadcast pre-race show kicks off at 8:30 pm tonight!

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

What: 200 miles of Northwest Truck Series fixed racing at the Daytona International Speedway 
When: Tonight! Practice server opens at 7:00 pm and the race grids @ 89:00 pm All times Pacific
Who: iRacing Northwest Club members who have joined the Northwest Racing Series 
Where: Virtual Racing Network will be there to cover all the action live!

Monday, 04 March 2019 10:42

NWXS Daytona Preview

Tonight we kick off Season 3 of the Northwest Xfinity Series with the first of 33 races; a 200-mile superspeedway slugfest at Daytona International Speedway.

With several new drivers in the fold this season we are not quite sure what to expect to tonight but we have a sneaking suspicion that tonight's turnout could be our biggest yet!

We have 115 Northwest drivers signed up to compete in the series this season and of those more than 70 have requested numbers. So what does that all mean for tonight? I have no clue, your guess is as good as mine but In past seasons turnout for the first race has been in the 28 to 32 car range so with 20 new drivers on board we would not be too surprised if we approached the pit stall limit tonight.

We believe it is unlikely but should we exceed the number of pit stalls for the race tonight it will be handled as follows:

1. Top 20 drivers in points are guaranteed a grid spot. ( for the first 3 races this season we will use the previous season's point standings) 
2. We will hold a separate standalone qualifying session and the remaining pit stalls will be filled based on the results of that session. 
3. There will be a qualifying session in the attached race session to determine grid positioning 
4. If there are enough interested drivers who did not make the cut, we will throw up another race session for that split and let iRacing officiate it.

The practice server opens up at 6:15pm Pacific tonight and the green flag drops at 8:15 tonight.

We are blown away by the interest in both the Xfinity and Truck series this season especially considering it is restricted to Northwest drivers. This is a testament to the quality of the drivers, the racing and good people in the Northwest Racing Series Community. So a big Thank you goes out to all of you that have been a part of that.

In response to this growth spurt, we have also grown our driver's committee. We'd like to thank Stephen SeilstadCorey WaltersJon OttenbacherChristopher White, and Ray Fournier for pitching in and helping out this season as members of the driver's committee and of course Shawn Breitzman for taking on the thankless task of series Admin once again!

There are a lot of new drivers in the series this season and as with all things there are sure to be some growing pains but we are pretty proud of what have and can't wait to get this thing started tonight!

It should be another great race tonight in the Northwest Racing Series and as always Charles Wooten and Virtual Racing Network will be there to cover it live. The live pre-race show kicks off at 7:45 tonight and the race broadcast will be simulcast on both Facebook and Youtube!

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

What: 200 miles of Northwest Xfinity Series fixed racing at the Daytona International Speedway 
When: Tonight! Practice server opens at 6:15 pm and the race grids @ 8:15 pm All times Pacific
Who: iRacing Northwest Club members who have joined the Northwest Racing Series 
Where: Virtual Racing Network will be there to cover all the action live!

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