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Thread: NARS Season 2 - Only 2 Races To Go!

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    Default NARS Season 2 - Only 2 Races To Go!

    With only two more races to run in this second season of NARS in 2017, there's so much to talk about in each class...winners, consistency, new members that have joined during the course of the season, it has created not only a tight battle for the championships, but also some great racing and overall fantastic experiences throughout the field!

    Looking back at Race 7, run at the famed Laguna Seca circuit, lets sum up each division separately with both a race report and a look at the point standings.

    The Prototype Division saw JT Tami take the pole position, edging out Kyle House who started next to him on the front row. Right behind them in 3rd was Angelo Dos Santos, the P2 points leader heading into the race, and Colin Moore next to him. At the start, Tami's cold tires caused trouble exiting T1, and House went by to take the lead spot. From this point, the prototypes had to determine fuel and tires for the 60 minute race, and while some would pit, most would not. In the end, House would make a pass for the lead on Dos Santos late to take his second win in a row. Dos Santos with yet another podium finish retains the points lead, and Moore would beat Tami to the line for the 3rd step on the podium. Alex Coutie finished in 5th, with Jerry Hamilton in 6th and the last prototype driver to finish the race.

    After 7 races, here's the Prototype points standings:

    Position Driver Points Behind Leader
    1 Angelo dos Santos 155
    2 Colin Moore 118 37
    3 Alex Coutie 114 41
    4 Jerry McComas 110 45
    5 Jerry Hamilton 97 58
    6 Eric Klister 71 84
    7 JT Tami 68 87
    8 Kyle House 62 93
    9 Steve Davis 56 99
    10 Tom Montjoy 47 108
    11 Chris Hamilton 20 135

    Positions 1-4 are still mathematically in the hunt for the Prototype Championship title, and down through position 7 can finish in the Top 3! It's still anybody's Championship at this moment!!


    The GTE class has been one that's seen how ebb and flow, as well as streaks, come and go. This is the division that typically has the most drivers in each race, therefore a bad race will cost you dearly. At Mazda Raceway, it was the "usual suspects" starting at the front of the field with Greg Hall, making his return after a couple of races away, taking the pole position over Norm Graf, the points leader entering the race, with Sebastian Rodriguez and Matt Horst starting just behind them. The start was clean, but it didn't take long for the racing to heat up. Hall had a distraction just before halfway, looping the car for a DNF, putting Graf into the lead. The racing between the Top 4 was intense, and mistakes were made, and as always consistency will provide great results. In the end, Jon Uyan would move from 5th at the start to take the class win, with Horst finishing in second a couple of seconds behind. Rodriguez took the 3rd spot in a great run, and Graf finished 4th to grab critical points on a bad night.

    This class has seen 3 different winners in 7 races, and the points standings reflect the tight competition:

    Position Driver Points Behind Leader
    1 Jon Uyan 150
    2 Norm Graf 148 2
    3 Matt Horst 148 2
    4 Sebastian Rodriguez 105 45
    5 Tom Nasella 98 52
    6 Don Baumbach 93 57
    7 Tim Collier 86 64
    8 Greg Hall 60 90
    9 John Nelson 40 110
    10 Matthew Overton 38 112
    11 Christopher Snow 27 123
    12 Brette Brooks 12 138
    13 Paul Nadeau 11 139
    13 Scott Beck 11 139
    15 Aaron Warz 9 141

    After 7 races, only 2 points separate the Top 3! This is amazing!! And with his win at Laguna Seca, Jon Uyan takes over the points lead. Only Sebastian Rodriguez has a shot at the title with the three drivers ahead of him, and only Tom Nasella has a chance for the final podium step. This week's race will make a big impact on the points as we head to the finale!


    The GTC class, another class that has had close competition all season long, has seen a win streak by driver Fahn Thomas since joining the series in Week 3. Heading into Laguna Seca, the lap times in this class had closed up and set the stage for a great night of racing. Thomas would take another GTC pole position edging out points leader Don Fryman. Behind them, Eric Elliott and Thomas DeLibero and newcomer Spencers Battersby would give chase early, but by the end it was Thomas taking his 4th win in 5 races this season, followed by Fryman with a great run, and Battersby with his second podium finish in as many races. DiLibero would beat out Elliott for the 4th spot, and all five GTC entries would finish the race, gaining important Championship points.

    Fryman has held the points lead all season, and after 7 races that's still true. However, the gap is closing....

    Position Driver Points Behind Leader
    1 Don Fryman 156
    2 Fahn Thomas 118 38
    3 Eric Eliott 113 43
    4 Tom DiLibero 110 46
    5 Frank Speer 68 88
    6 Chad Bartrum 57 99
    7 Spencer Battersby 40 116
    8 Ray Nelson 33 123
    9 Doug Atkinson 30 126
    10 Marc Cohn 25 131

    With 2 races left, the Top 4 all have a chance at the GTC class Championship, and the Top 5 have shots at a podium finish. With 25 points for a win, and no guaranteed points until halfway, this class, like the others, is still wide open.


    Heading into Road Atlanta, the 75 minute event will test strategies and patience and the bigger picture will be the focus for some, while others have only one goad....to go for it all.

    With some new drivers joining the ranks the past week, as well as the consistent core group of drivers we've had this season, expect a larger field these next two races as we follow the battle for the Championships!!
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    Can you feel the tension?

    Did you see the race this past Saturday, that was crazy exciting the entire race! True, we won't have wet conditions, or yellow flags, but 25 cars on track at Road Atlanta, across 3 classes, this is going to be 75 minutes of fun!!
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    I hope we can have AT LEAST 25 drivers.
    Or should I say...I can only hope we reach 25 ones...

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