NORTHWEST CLUB

Dirt to Daytona Series

Hutchison Wins Chicagoland; Beck Takes Championship

July 02, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The final round of the Spring 2018 season of the NW Club Monster Cup Fixed series was held Tuesday night at Chicagoland Speedway. A huge field of 6 cars showed up for the 70 lap race but still provided good racing and some different strategies as the race went green the entire distance.

Qualifying saw Ray Partridge take the pole, with Scott Kukas on the outside of the front row. Wayne Hutchison and Nick Kuhn grabbed the 2nd row while Drew Lalonde and Bruce Lawson filled out row 3.

At the green flag Partridge took off into the lead while Kukas dropped to the back and Drew Lalonde started to move forward. By lap 20 the order was Partridge, Hutchison, Lalonde, Kuhn, Lawson, and Kukas. Around lap 25 Kuhn pitted for fresh tires and fuel. By lap 32 Lalonde had taken the lead and Partridge had slid back to 3rd. The rest of the field stayed out until around lap 35 when Lalonde, then Hutchison, then Partridge and Lawson pitted 1 lap apart. Lalonde got caught speeding on entry to pit lane, Partridge got stop and go for re-entering the track a few feet too early, and this left Hutchison to chase down Kuhn who was about 7s in the lead at this point. With fresh tires Hutchison was able to catch and pass Kuhn by lap 50 and was never seriously threatened from that point forward. The final results was Hutchison with the win, Lalonde in 2nd, Lawson 3rd, Kuhn 4th, Partridge 5th, and Kukas 6th.

The final championship standings were: 1st Chris Beck 439 pts, 2nd Wayne Hutchison 428 pts, 3rd Dee Palmer, 408 pts, 4th Bruce Lawson 397 pts, and 5th Nick Kuhn 391 pts. Congratulations to Chris Beck on his 7 wins and the championship!

Everybody Wrecks, Hutchison Wins Darlington

June 25, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

A short field of 9 drivers braved the "Lady in Black", the "track too tough to tame", Darlington Raceway, on Tuesday night for the penultimate round of the NW Club Monster Cup Fixed Spring season. The top 6 in points were all there and it would prove to be a very difficult 70 laps for almost everyone.

The track was slick for qualifying and that resulted in only 6 cars recording a time. Wayne Hutchison (Toyota) took the pole with a 28.471s lap while Chris Beck (Toyota) was right beside him with a 28.487. The second row held Nick Kuhn (Ford) at 28.674 and Ray Partridge (Ford) at 28.677. Row 3 was home to Bruce Lawson (Toyota) and Cole Hooper (Ford) while Scott Kukas, Drew LaLonde, and Robert Decker rounded out the field.

The race got off to a quick, but shaky, start with the field stretching out but also with a couple of yellows for single car spins early on. When the caution flag flew on lap 21 everyone dove into the pits to take new tires, except for Cole Hooper. This put Hooper on the pole for the restart, which he quickly regretted. As the green flag flew, Hooper dropped down to the inside of the front straight creating a 3-wide situation going into turn 1. Needless to say, you can't run 3-wide at Darlington! Something had to give, and it did, with Beck, Hutchison, Kuhn, Lawson, and probably others getting some damage and losing track position. And all with no yellow flag! The race continued on from there with some cars pitting for tires around lap 50 and others staying out. By the time the final yellow flew on lap 64, there were only 3 cars on the lead lap - Beck, Hutchison, and Partridge. With fresh tires and any necessary repairs, the 3 took the green flag with 3 to go and a sprint to the finish. It looked like Beck had another win in the bag until he slipped a little high coming of turn 2 on the last lap, caught the wall, and lost control down the back straight. Hutchison and Partridge managed to avoid his spinning car and raced to the finish line, with Hutchison taking the win. The final order was Hutchison, Partridge, Beck, Kuhn, Decker, Hooper, Lawson, LaLonde, and Kukas.

With just 1 race to go in the season, and drop weeks starting to take effect, the points standings look like this: Beck in 1st at 439, Hutchison 2nd at 422, Dee Palmer 3rd at 408, Bruce Lawson 4th at 392, Scott Kukas 5th at 353, and Nick Kuhn 6th at 350.

Next weeks' season finale is at Chicagoland Speedway. Rumor has it that it'll be a little chilly and cloudy for this one so the track should be really fast! Let's see how many cars we can get out for this last race - 20? 30? 40? See you there!

Everybody Wrecks, Hutchison Wins Darlington

June 25, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

A short field of 9 drivers braved the "Lady in Black", the "track too tough to tame", Darlington Raceway, on Tuesday night for the penultimate round of the NW Club Monster Cup Fixed Spring season. The top 6 in points were all there and it would prove to be a very difficult 70 laps for almost everyone.

The track was slick for qualifying and that resulted in only 6 cars recording a time. Wayne Hutchison (Toyota) took the pole with a 28.471s lap while Chris Beck (Toyota) was right beside him with a 28.487. The second row held Nick Kuhn (Ford) at 28.674 and Ray Partridge (Ford) at 28.677. Row 3 was home to Bruce Lawson (Toyota) and Cole Hooper (Ford) while Scott Kukas, Drew LaLonde, and Robert Decker rounded out the field.

The race got off to a quick, but shaky, start with the field stretching out but also with a couple of yellows for single car spins early on. When the caution flag flew on lap 21 everyone dove into the pits to take new tires, except for Cole Hooper. This put Hooper on the pole for the restart, which he quickly regretted. As the green flag flew, Hooper dropped down to the inside of the front straight creating a 3-wide situation going into turn 1. Needless to say, you can't run 3-wide at Darlington! Something had to give, and it did, with Beck, Hutchison, Kuhn, Lawson, and probably others getting some damage and losing track position. And all with no yellow flag! The race continued on from there with some cars pitting for tires around lap 50 and others staying out. By the time the final yellow flew on lap 64, there were only 3 cars on the lead lap - Beck, Hutchison, and Partridge. With fresh tires and any necessary repairs, the 3 took the green flag with 3 to go and a sprint to the finish. It looked like Beck had another win in the bag until he slipped a little high coming of turn 2 on the last lap, caught the wall, and lost control down the back straight. Hutchison and Partridge managed to avoid his spinning car and raced to the finish line, with Hutchison taking the win. The final order was Hutchison, Partridge, Beck, Kuhn, Decker, Hooper, Lawson, LaLonde, and Kukas.

With just 1 race to go in the season, and drop weeks starting to take effect, the points standings look like this: Beck in 1st at 439, Hutchison 2nd at 422, Dee Palmer 3rd at 408, Bruce Lawson 4th at 392, Scott Kukas 5th at 353, and Nick Kuhn 6th at 350.

Next weeks' season finale is at Chicagoland Speedway. Rumor has it that it'll be a little chilly and cloudy for this one so the track should be really fast! Let's see how many cars we can get out for this last race - 20? 30? 40? See you there!

Hutchison Takes Checkers at Daytona

June 14, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

An extremely small field of cars showed up for Tuesday night's Monster Cup race at Daytona. Bruce Lawson took pole with a 47.980 while Wayne Hutchison grabbed 2nd starting spot with a 47.993. Eric Boulton started 3rd and Nick Kuhn 4th. The 3rd row was filled by Dee Palmer and Gerald Hefley while the final spot on the grid went to Drew Lalonde.

The 45 lap race went caution free as there were multiple lead swaps with 5 of the 7 drivers leading at least 1 lap. The pivotal moment of the race came at the end of lap 21 as most of the leaders peeled off for fuel, leaving Boulton to lead the race by himself for the next 17 laps. At the time of this green flag pit stop, Hutchison was in 1st, Kuhn 2nd, Palmer 3rd and Lawson 4th. With Kuhn coming in hot and spinning at pit entrance, and the other 3 all taking different amounts of fuel and tires, nobody left the pits with a "partner". Soon enough, however, they were all back together and, once Boulton finally stopped, fighting for the lead. Dee Palmer took the lead on lap 44 and looked good for the win but a last lap pass by Hutchison, with a little help from Hefley, gave Hutchison the win by 0.081s! There may not have been a lot of cars but there was certainly a lot of racing going on!

After 11 of 13 races the standings show Hutchison in 1st place with 415 pts, Palmer 2nd with 408, Chris Beck 3rd with 398, Bruce Lawson 4th with 385, and Scott Kukas 5th with 318.

Next week's race is 70 laps at Darlington - the Track Too Tough to Tame!. See ya'll there

Beck Wins Both Pocono and Michigan

June 10, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Over the last two weeks the NW Monster Cup Fixed series has visited both Pocono and Michigan for a pair of 100 mile races. Fields sizes averaging 10 drivers provided some good racing throughout the pack.

At Pocono Chris Beck took pole position with a lap of 52.184s. Wayne Hutchison started 2nd at 52.231 while Ray Partridge, Scott Kukas, and Scott Hutchison filled out the top 5. There were 2 cautions that scrambled the field a little bit as some drivers had already pitted when the first yellow flew, but no one was caught a lap down and eventually the starting order became almost the finishing order. After 40 laps, the winner was Chris Beck by 0.190s over Wayne Hutchison. Ray Partridge finished 3rd with Scott Hutchison and Dee Palmer rounding out the top 5.

A week later at Michigan we saw some really close racing, both in qualifying and in the race. Chris Beck again took the pole with a time of 38.676s while Marcus Tracy started second at 38.780. Carl Burk, Wayne Hutchison, and Michael Peterson rounded out the top 5 qualifiers. The race saw a lot of changes for position and a lot of cars running a lot of different lines, which made it quite interesting. In the end, however, Beck led all 50 laps to take the win for the 7th time in 10 races. Wayne Hutchison again finished 2nd, 0.486s back, while Bruce Lawson, Mike Ouellette, and Scott Kukas finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively.

With just 3 races left in the season, Wayne Hutchison holds a slim lead in the points standings with 405 points, 6 ahead of Dee Palmer and 7 ahead of Chris Beck. Bruce Lawson sits 4th at 343 and Scott Kukas holds onto 5th with 318 points. From here on out we start dropping driver's worst weeks so expect a little bit of shuffling in the standings as we work our way to the finale in Chicago on June 26th. One note on an upcoming schedule change: Week 12 at Atlanta has been moved to Darlington. With the new iRacing build for 2018 Season 3 we no longer have a FIXED setup for Atlanta but we do have a setup for Darlington. The "Lady in Black" should make for a great race on June 19th. The next race in the season is June 12th at Daytona. This will be a 45 lap restrictor plate race under the lights. Should make for some great pack racing!

Hutchison Wins Charlotte 120

May 24, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Two days after the Majors Series Sarges Place World 600, some of the diehard drivers returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway to contest round 8 of the NW Club Monster Cup Fixed Series. Thirteen drivers unloaded for practice where Tylor Howard showed some nice speed as the only driver to drop into the 28s bracket. When it came time to qualify, Ray Partridge (Ford) grabbed top spot with a blistering 28.909s lap. Dee Palmer (Chevy) was just behind him at 28.937, while Dogbear teammates Wayne Hutchison (Toyota) and Nick Kuhn (Ford) filled out the 2nd row. Five-time winner Chris Beck (Toyota) started 5th beside Shawn Freeberg (Ford) in row 3. Scott Kukas (Chevy) and Bruce Lawson (Toyota) Q'd into row 4 while the last row showed Mona Lehman (Chevy) and Tylor Howard (Chevy).

At the drop of the green Partridge sprinted away, chased by Palmer, Kuhn, Hutchison and Beck. After a caution part way through the race, Palmer assumed the lead with a faster pit stop and led for 35 laps before being overtaken by Partridge. With 8 laps to go Hutchison started to make his move to the front, passing Kuhn for 3rd place on L72, Palmer on L73, and then running down Partridge to get to his back bumper by L77. A slight bobble in T4 allowed Hutchison to get a run down the front straight and complete the pass for the lead, and the win with 2 laps to go. The finishing order was Hutchison, Partridge, Palmer, Beck, Kuhn, and Scott Kukas in 6th. The rest of the field had retired earlier in the race.

Points standings after 8 of 13 races show Dee Palmer in 1st place with 321 points, Wayne Hutchison in 2nd with 319, Chris Beck in 3rd with 308, and Shawn Freeberg and Nick Kuhn tied for 4th with 271.

Next week's race will be 40 laps / 100 miles at Pocono Raceway. Looking forward to a huge field of drivers for that race!

Beck Nabs 5th Win at Indy

May 19, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The middle race of the 13 race Monster Cup Fixed series was at Indy on Tuesday night and saw 10 drivers show up for the 100 mile race. Chris Beck (Toyota) took the pole with a 51.313, followed by Wayne Hutchison (Toyota), Ray Partridge (Ford), and Shawn Freeberg (Ford).

The race started out with some great side-by-side racing before spreading out into more single file. There was just 1 caution period right at the end and two leaders - Beck for 38 laps and Partridge for 2 laps during the green flag pit cycle. At the end Chris Beck took the checkers for his 5th win of the season, followed by Partridge, Hutchison, Freeberg, Lawson, and Palmer.

At the mid point of the season Dee Palmer leads the points with 280, Hutchison sits 2nd at 275, Beck 3rd at 267, Freeberg 4th at 236 and Nick Kuhn 5th at 232.

Next week's race is 80 laps under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hope to see you all there!

Beck Wins Again at Kansas

May 11, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Race 5 of the Monster Cup Fixed series took place at Kansas Speedway under the lights on Tuesday night. Twelve cars showed up for qualifying and Chris Beck led the way with a 29.869s lap to take the pole position. Ray Partridge lined up outside the front row with a 29.870, just .001s off the pole time. The second row was filled by Dee Palmer and Justin McClure while row 3 held Michael Peterson and Wayne Hutchison.

The 70 lap race was slowed only once for a wreck on lap 3 between Peterson and Hutchison as they got together in the tri-oval. Hutchison's motor blew and he was 2 laps down before the racing got going again, for good. From there it became a tactical race with some drivers trying to stretch fuel and tires and others running as hard as they could and planning to stop for fuel/tires. In the end, Chris Beck was able to outlast Dee Palmer for the victory by just over 2 seconds. Ray Partridge brought his car home 3rd and Steven Paulissen finished 4th, with Bruce Lawson rounding out the top 5.

Looking at the points standings we have Dee Palmer leading the way with 241 points from 6 races, with Wayne Hutchison just 7 points behind. Chris Beck sits 3rd with 222 points from just 5 races and is looking strong with 4 wins so far. Scott Kukas moved up 2 spots to sit 4th, pushing Shawn Freeberg back to 5th.

Next week's race is 40 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Should be a challenge after all this high-banked racing the last few weeks!

Paulissen Stretches Fuel for Win at Dover

May 05, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Round 5 of the NW Club Monster Cup Fixed series visited Dover International Speedway on Tuesday night for 100 laps of "Monster Mile" action. Fourteen cars unloaded for the event with Scott Mann (Chevy) taking pole with a 23.835s lap. Wayne Hutchison (Toyota) grabbed 2nd on the grid at 24.052, while Corey Walters (Ford) and Leslie Stratton (Chevy) occupied the 2nd row. Carl Burk (Chevy) and Dee Palmer (Chevy) filled the 3rd row with Steven Paulissen (Ford) and Michael Peterson (Toyota) completing row 4.

There was some shuffling of the lineup just before the start as Mann and Burk both disconnected after qualifying. This moved Walters up to the front row and when the green flag dropped he sped away. Hutchison spun up his tires and luckily didn't collect anyone as he struggled to keep the car straight. There was 1 caution very early allowing everyone to pit for tires and fuel. After that we had about 80 laps of green flag racing, all the way to the checkers. The long green run brought different strategies into play as Walters decided to pit for fuel and tires with about 30 laps to go while others tried to stretch it as long as they could. Eventually Steven Paulissen assumed the lead and was being hassled by Dee Palmer until Palmer had to pit for fuel with 2 to go. In the closing laps, Paulissen was doing everything he could to save fuel while Hutchison and Walters were chasing hard. At the finish Paulissen crossed the line on fumes, with Hutchison 1.6s behind and Walters just 2.3s back. Shawn Freeberg (Ford) managed a respectable 4th place finish on the lead lap while Dee Palmer finished 5th, 2 laps down.

With 8 races left in the season, Wayne Hutchison took the points lead with 200 points. Dee Palmer sits second at 198 and Shawn Freeberg is 3rd at 195. Matt Pollard is 4th with 179 and Chris Beck, who missed this race, fell all the way to 5th place with 177 points.

Next Tuesday's race is 70 laps at super smooth Kansas Speedway. Come on out and give it a try!

Beck Survives the Big One to Win at Dega

April 27, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Race 4 of the Monster Cup Fixed series took place at Talladega on Tuesday night. Qualifying was extremely close with oldtimer-newcomer Bryan Pajer (Chevy) grabbing the pole at 51.911s. Bruce Lawson (Toyota) took the outside of row 1 with a 51.936 while Leslie Stratton (Chevy) and Matt Pollard (Ford) started in the second row. Points leader Chris Beck (Toyota) and Wayne Hutchison (Toyota) filled the 3rd row with Shawn Freeberg (Ford) and Michael Peterson (Toyota) starting just behind them.

The race got off to a fast start with Pajer leading many laps of 2-wide racing and shuffling of positions as gaps opened up. Finally, on Lap 27, the "Big One" happened with multiple cars getting together in T3/4 and many of them having to pit for fast repairs. This allowed Chris Beck to take over the lead which he managed to hold for the rest of the race. Final results have Chris Beck winning over Bryan Pajer, Shawn Freeberg, Bruce Lawson, and Leslie Stratton. Thirteen cars were still running at the end, on the lead lap.

Chris Beck contnues to dominate the points standings after 4 of 13 races with 177 points. Dee Palmer sits 2nd at 159 while Wayne Hutchison is tied for third with Nick Kuhn at 157.

Next week's race is 100 laps at Dover - the Monster Mile. Should be a ton of fun!

Beck Leads Flag to Flag for Second Win in a Row

April 20, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Round 3 of the 13 round Monster Cup Fixed series was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday night. Nineteen cars showed up for qualifying with Chris Beck (Toyota) setting the pace at 28.686s. Outside front row was taken by Dee Palmer (Chevy) with Nick Kuhn (Ford) and Leslie Stratton (Chevy) filling row 2. Recent returnee Scott Brown (Toyota) took 5th spot on the grid with Carl Burk (Chevy) starting beside him.

The race itself was very clean and fast, with just 1 caution for 3 laps. There was lots of side-by-side racing and passes for position throughout the field. Honorable mention goes out to Drew Lalonde for working his way all the way up to 2nd place from 17th on the grid before a late race spin in the tri-oval ended his chances of victory. When it was all said and done, Chris Beck led every lap to grab the checkers by 1.7s over Nick Kuhn. Palmer finished 3rd and Stratton 4th. Wayne Hutchison (Toyota) and Bruce Lawson (Toyota) were 5th and 6th. Lawson also gained the hard charger bonus point, finishing 8 places ahead of where he started.

The standings after 3 weeks show Chris Beck in first place with 132 points, followed by Dee Palmer at 124, Nick Kuhn at 123, Wayne Hutchison at 119 and Shawn Freeburg at 111.

Next week's race should be a lot of fun - 40 laps at Talladega Superspeedway! Come out and try your luck, won't you?

Beck Good To the Last Drop to Win at Auto Club

April 12, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Auto Club Speedway was the venue Tuesday night for race #2 in the Monster Cup Fixed series. This track is wide, and a little bit bumpy, and provides for some great side-by-side racing. In qualifying, Ken Huber continued his run from Week #1 by taking pole with a time of 39.316s. Chris Beck Q'd second at 39.425 while Dee Palmer and Nick Kuhn filled out row 2. Wayne Hutchison and Brian Young were in row 3 with Michael Peterson and Matt Pollard in row 4.

The 100 mile race was just long enough to bring two different strategies into play: some would try to make the whole distance without pitting while others would pit for tires and fuel around the mid-way mark. At the start Huber jumped out to the lead with Beck and Palmer in close pursuit while the next 5-6 drivers diced back and forth for spots 4 thru 9. Drew Lalonde once again started at the back of the pack and was working his way to the front when he became the first to take the 1-pit strategy and dove into pit lane for freshies and fuel on lap 22. Typically, if races like this go green the whole way, the first guy to pit wins. Lalonde was banking on that clean race. A lap later leader Huber suddenly disappeared - victim of the internet. This handed the lead to Chris Beck who then put strategy #1, no-stop, into play. As the race wore on a few more cars pitted - Hutchison, Shawn Freeberg, Nick Kuhn. With new tires these cars were a lot faster than Beck and Palmer but were over 1 lap behind. Lap after lap the stategy #2 guys were catching and passing the no-stop cars until late in the race it looked like Lalonde would overtake Beck for the win. That is, until he became a victim of Windows Update! Disconnected with 5 laps to go, that cleared the way for Chris Beck to save enough fuel to not run out until just as he took the checkered flag. Dee Palmer almost made it, running out on the last lap and having to coast home for 5th while helplessly watching Freeberg, Hutchison, and Kuhn drive by him for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Michael Peterson finished 6th, Brian Young 7th, and Bruce Lawson 8th, the first car a lap down. An amazing race by all and a cliff hanger right 'til the end!

After two races of 13, Chris Beck holds the points lead with 87 points. Shawn Freeberg sits second on 84, while Dee Palmer is 3rd at 82 and Nick Kuhn 4th at 80.

Next Tuesday's race is 70 laps at Las Vegas. If these first two races are any indication we're in for a real treat. Won't you come out and share in the fun???

Huber Win Monster Cup at Texas

April 07, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The first race of the new NW Club Monster Cup Fixed series was at Texas on Tuesday, under sunny skies that gave somewhat slippery conditions. Nineteen drivers unloaded their cars and took to the track. It was apparent pretty quickly that Ken Huber and Chris Beck were the class of the field with both topping the charts in practice, and then again in qualifying. Huber grabbed the pole with a time of 30.046s while Beck was 2nd at 30.154. The second row showed Dee Palmer at 30.211 and Carl Burk at 30.240. Bruce Lawson and Nate Little made up row 3. The race started slowly with a couple of early cautions that caused the retirements of Mona Lehman and Daniel Porovich, then things settled down a bit for some longer runs. Yellow flag pitstops around half way gave everyone fresh tires and enough fuel to finish the 70 laps and there was some great racing from there to the end. Taking the checkered flag was Huber, having led all 70 laps. Beck finished 2nd, just .677s behind while Dee Palmer and Justin McClure were 3rd and 4th respectively. Drew Lalonde got the bonus point for hard charger, moving up 6 spots to finish 12 overall. The next race is 50 laps of Auto Club Speedway on April 10th. Practice at 7pm Pacific, Qualifying at 7:50, Green flag at 7:55. Race ends at 9pm regardless of laps run. Look for the race in League Sessions on iRacing. Hope to see you all there!

Huber Win Monster Cup at Texas

April 07, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The first race of the new NW Club Monster Cup Fixed series was at Texas on Tuesday, under sunny skies that gave somewhat slippery conditions. Nineteen drivers unloaded their cars and took to the track. It was apparent pretty quickly that Ken Huber and Chris Beck were the class of the field with both topping the charts in practice, and then again in qualifying. Huber grabbed the pole with a time of 30.046s while Beck was 2nd at 30.154. The second row showed Dee Palmer at 30.211 and Carl Burk at 30.240. Bruce Lawson and Nate Little made up row 3. The race started slowly with a couple of early cautions that caused the retirements of Mona Lehman and Daniel Porovich, then things settled down a bit for some longer runs. Yellow flag pitstops around half way gave everyone fresh tires and enough fuel to finish the 70 laps and there was some great racing from there to the end. Taking the checkered flag was Huber, having led all 70 laps. Beck finished 2nd, just .677s behind while Dee Palmer and Justin McClure were 3rd and 4th respectively. Drew Lalonde got the bonus point for hard charger, moving up 6 spots to finish 12 overall. The next race is 50 laps of Auto Club Speedway on April 10th. Practice at 7pm Pacific, Qualifying at 7:50, Green flag at 7:55. Race ends at 9pm regardless of laps run. Look for the race in League Sessions on iRacing. Hope to see you all there!

Monster Cup Fixed Series - Kicks Off 4/3/18

March 31, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Calling all would be NASCAR drivers. The Northwest Club League Monster Cup Fixed series will be kicking off this coming Tuesday night at Texas Motor Speedway. This first season will be 13 races long and run from 4/3 through 6/26. All tracks will be 1 mile or longer in length:

1 mile: Dover

1.5 mile: Texas, Vegas, Kansas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago

2 mile: Auto Club, Michigan

2.5 mile: Talladega, Indy, Pocono, Daytona

All races will use the same weather and setups as the NIS Fixed series, and many of the races are on the same weeks as that series. Races will be approximately 100 miles in length.

All races will start with a 50 minute practice session at 7:00pm Pacific, followed by 2 lap qualifying at 7:50, and the green flag at 7:55. All races will end at 9:00pm regardless of laps completed. All races can be found in the League Sessions section of iRacing but will only show up for you if you're a member of the NW Club League http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/LeagueView.do?league=19 . Click on this link and then click on "Apply to this League" if you're not already a member.

Hope to see you all on the track on Tuesday night!

Hutchison Wins Silver Crown Super Series

March 17, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The 3rd and final race in the Silver Crown Super Series at Phoenix saw 15 drivers show up for 75 laps of wheel-to-wheel action. Wayne Hutchison set the pace in qualifying with a 25.692 to grab pole position. Chad Barker took second just .007s back while Dee Palmer was third and Bryan Barns fourth.

Hutchison took the early lead only to be passed on the outside by Palmer on one of the early restarts. Palmer led for 49 laps before tire wear caused a little bobble and allowed Hutchison to retake the lead and the win. Palmer finished 2nd, Barker 3rd and Barns 4th.

Final standings for the Super Series have Hutchison winning with 129 points, closely followed by Palmer with 127 and Nick Kuhn with 120. Bryan Barns grabbed the 4th spot with 119.

Hutchison Squeaks Out a Win at Phoenix

March 10, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Week 2 of the 3-race Silver Crown Super series again saw a short field show up at Phoenix for the second last tune-up race before the Majors Copper Classic. Wayne Hutchison grabbed the pole position with a 25.821, while Dee Palmer's 25.925 was good enough for outside front row. The second row featured Bryan Barns and Nick Kuhn.

As the green flag dropped Palmer got the jump on the outside and held the high line through turns 1/2 to take the lead from Hutchison. He held that lead for 90% of the race until a late restart gave Hutchison the opportunity to take the lead back and get to the checkers first by .113s. Nick Kuhn finished 3rd, 1.2s back and Bryan Barns just nipped Drew Lalonde to the line for 4th, 1.9s behind the leader. Even though it was a small field there was some great racing and everyone learned a little something that will help them better prepare for the big race on the 18th!

Palmer Figures out Phoenix

March 03, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Round 1 of the Silver Crown Super Series was held at Phoenix on Wednesday night. Turnout for this race was very light, which isn't surprising given the difficulty level of this car/track combination. That's why it's on the Majors Series schedule - because it ain't easy!. Chad Barker led qualifying with a lap of 25.749 and Wayne Hutchison was 2nd at 25.788. The race went caution free for all 50 laps and when the checkered flag fell Dee Palmer too the win by 1.7s over Barker and 1.9s over Hutchison. Bryan Barns also had a good run until he ran out of fuel late in the race.

Next week's race will be 60 laps at Phoenix, and hopefully more NW drivers will be ready to tackle the tricky Silver Crown by then!

Kuhn Wins Daytona - Pollard Takes Championship

March 03, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The final race of the Daytona Super Series brought out 27 drivers to the high banks of Daytona for 50 laps of Daytona "Duel" action. Drew Lalonde led a Dogbear Racing 1 thru 6 in qualifying with a time of 47.198 to take the pole. Chad Barker grabbed second with a 47.204. Third through sixth were Wayne Hutchison, Nathan Little, Scott Kukas, and Dee Palmer.

After 50 laps of tight pack racing, Nick Kuhn beat Hutchison to the line by 0.023s to take the win! Barker finished 3rd and Micky Edmundson 4th.

Super Series final standings have Matt Pollard as the champion with 118 points. Dee Palmer finished 2nd with 116, Nick Kuhn and Richard Mascarello tied for 3rd with 112, and Barker grabbed 5th place with 106.

Barns Wins with Late Surge - Palmer Retains Points Lead

February 17, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The second race in the Daytona Super Series saw 15 drivers take to the high banks to chase glory, and maybe even prepare a little bit for the upcoming Majors Daytona 500...

Chad Barker grabbed pole position with Dogbear Racing teammates Wayne Hutchison, Nick Kuhn, Scott Kukas, and Dee Palmer grabbing positions 2 thru 5. The first non-Dogbear qualifier was Donovan Johns, making his first appearance in the series but showing he was on pace.

The race started out a little bit messy with a lot of racing for position and some cars struggling to hold a line in the corners, but it worked itself out for the most part. Four of the Dogbear team got in line and jumped out to a 5 second lead over 5th place and all was looking swell until 2nd place Barker bump drafted leader Nick Kuhn right into the backstretch wall about lap 15. The ensuing caution mixed up the field a bit and we had a fair amount of good pack racing, although the outside line continues to struggle with this year's cars. Later in the race, while under caution, one of the drivers lost his internet connection, but not before his car pretty much wiped out the front 5 or 6 cars! Leader Nick Kuhn took the heaviest damage but Dee Palmer, Hutchison, Eric Boulton, and others were slowed down because of it. Palmer still held on to fight the good fight but he just didn't have enough to handle a surging Bryan Barns who took the lead with 5 laps to go and held on for the win. Palmer had to settle for 2nd, with Leslie Stratton surviving for 3rd, and Richard Mascarello working his way up to 4th from 10th on the grid. Great race guys!

After 2 of 3 races in the series, Dee Palmer holds the lead with 86 points. Matt Pollard moved into 2nd place with 81, and Mascarello made a 5 place jump to 3rd overall with 76 points. Big mover on the night was Stratton who jumped 15 places to sit 5th overall with one race to go.

Next week's race will be on Tuesday night (Feb 20) as the Majors Daytona Duels are on Wednesday night. Come on out and get in one last practice race before it gets "real"

Date Change for 3rd Race in Daytona Super Series

February 11, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Due to the Majors Series Daytona Duels being scheduled on Wednesday, February 21st, we'll be moving the 3rd race in the Daytona Super Series to Tuesday, February 20th. It'll be the last chance to get in a good practice race before it all gets real!

Palmer Survives The Chaos to Win Daytona Super Series Race 1

February 10, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Week 1 of the 3 race Daytona Super Series saw 23 drivers unload at the World Center of Speed to race for glory and to get in some much needed practice for the Majors Daytona 500.

Qualifying was very close at the top with Bryan Pajer laying down a 46.1 to take pole. Nick Kuhn, Chad Barker, Wayne Hutchison, and Dee Palmer round out the top 5, all in the 46.2s.

The race had some longish stretches of green flag racing, with lots of shuffling within the pack as drivers were trying to figure out the new Cup cars and the draft model. Many tried the high side, few successfully... There were 3 cautions for 12 laps, 2 of those cautions being the "big ones" which took out multiple cars. In the end, Dee Palmer survived the carnage and had the speed to take the checkered flag for the win! Matt Pollard finished 2nd with Bryan Pajer 3rd and Marcus Tracy in 4th.

Next Wednesday's race will be 75 laps at Daytona where we'll try it all over again.

Monster Cup at Daytona - 3 Week Super Series

February 02, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The Dirt to Daytona series will be returning for a "Super Series" 3-week season starting on Wednesday, February 7th. All 3 races will be at Daytona in the Monster Cup cars and these races will serve as excellent practice/development sessions for the Majors Series Daytona 500 on February 25th

All setups will be OPEN and race lengths will vary from 50 to 75 laps in length. Sessions start with practice at 6:00pm Pacific, qualifying at 7:30pm, and green flag at 7:40pm. Look for the sessions in the "League Sessions" area on iRacing.

This series is open to all NW Club League members so come on out for some white-knuckle racing on the banks of the "World Center of Speed"

Young Wins Daytona; Barns Clinches Championship

January 26, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Last week of the Dirt to Daytona series finds us at, not surprisingly, Daytona Speedway, the World Center of Speed! We had a great turnout, with 20 drivers unloading their cars and trying their hand on the high banks. Qualifying was extremely tight, with Drew Lalonde sneaking up on everyone with a stout 47.835 to take the pole. Bret Johnson started 2nd, with Chad Barker and Nick Kuhn making up row 2.

Race Highlights: There were 9 different drivers who led at least 1 lap, with Chad Barker leading many of the early laps for 35 total. The long green flag runs saw a lot of single file racing early on as it was difficult to make the outside line work unless you had more cars with you than were on the bottom. Green flag pit stops around mid race broke up the lead pack a bit as several drivers had difficulty hitting their pit stalls correctly. Shortly after those stops were completed, the lead pack came upon a lapped car. Moments later, we had the "big one" with most of the leaders heading to pit row for repairs. As the race wore on, a small group of 4 cars, including Marcus Tracy, Bret Johnson, Gary LaViolette, and Wayne Hutchison were able to gap the field and were racing 2x2 down the back straight on the last lap when they got together and wrecked each other out. This let Tyler Young squeeze by for the win with Bryan Young taking second. LaViolette was able to limp home in 3rd. Great first win Tyler!

The final standings have 6-time winner Bryan Barns taking the championship with 380 points. Chad Barker finished a strong second with 360 and Wayne Hutchison clinched 3rd with 347.

While the Dirt to Daytona series started off slowly in the early weeks, participation grew as we got into the Trucks, Xfinity, and ultimately the Monster Cup cars. With this in mind, and with the Majors Daytona 500 coming up on 2/25, the next few Wednesdays will focus on Cup cars at Daytona:

1/31: No race (practice/qual for Majors 2.4 Hours of Daytona this week)

2/7: Cup cars at Daytona 50 laps "Duel" practice race with open setups

2/14: Cup cars at Daytona 75 laps practice race with open setups

2/21: Cup cars at Daytona 50 laps "Duel" practice race with open setups

Note: Majors Daytona 500 Duels will likely be run on Thursday night 2/22 for the Pacific Region.

Barns Takes Win #6 at Michigan!

January 21, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

Finally, we've reached the Cup car portion of the Dirt to Daytona schedule. Week #9 saw 12 drivers unload their Fords, Chevys and Toyotas at Michigan International for 200 miles of racing. The revised Cup car physics, aero, and tires made these cars very driveable and racy. Chad Barker grabbed pole position while Dee Palmer started outside row 2. Andrew Williams and Nick Kuhn made up row 2.

The early stage of the race saw Andrew Williams take the lead and get away a little bit from the pack. He led the first 29 laps before internet gremlins caused him to disconnect and lose 3 laps. Bryan Barns took over the lead and led most of the rest of the race, except during green flag pit stops. This race went green for all 100 laps! Final results show Barns winning by a margin of 19 seconds over Corey Walters, with Wayne Hutchison in 3rd and Dee Palmer in 4th.

Points leader Bryan Barns got his 6 win of the season and holds a 30 point lead over Chad Barker going into the season finale at Daytona. Wayne Hutchison sits in 3rd, just 3 points behind Barker and Brian Young has moved up to take over 4th place.

Next week's (1/25) race is 80 laps at Daytona Speedway in the Monster Energy Cup. 10 weeks ago we started in the lowly street stock at USA Dirt and here we are, Monster Cup stars heading to Daytona! Come join us for a ton of fun.

Barns Goes Last to First for 5th Win of Season

January 13, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The last Xfinity race of the season saw a field of 12 cars challenge the 1.5 mile oval at Homestead Miami Speedway on Wednesday night. Drew Lalonde showed everyone he had it figured out by taking pole position. Corey Walters started 2nd with Chad Barker and Nick Kuhn on row 2.

The early part of the race saw 5 drivers break away from the pack and race bumper-to-bumper and side-by-side for over 35 laps before green flag pit stops broke up the fun. Five different drivers led multiple laps (Barker 27, Lalonde 17, Walters 6, Hutchison 2, and eventual winner Bryan Barns 22). After the green flag stops the field strung out and Bryan Barns brough it home for his 5th win of the season. Drew Lalonde finished 2nd, 2 seconds back, and Corey Walters fought his way to 3rd. Wayne Hutchison almost ran down Walters for 3rd but ran out of laps and had to settle for 4th.

Points leader Bryan Barns extended his lead and now has 373 points. Chad Barker holds on to second place with 306 and Wayne Hutchison is third with 302. Drop weeks start to take effect next week...

Next week's (1/17) race is 100 laps at Michigan Speedway in the Monster Energy Cup. Who'll be able to make the final transition from Dirt back in week 1 to the top of the pyramid in weeks 9 and 10? Has Barns done enough to win the Championship? Show up on Wednesday and be part of the story!

Hutchison Saves Tires for Big Win at Charlotte

January 13, 2018 | Wayne Hutchison

The first Xfinity race of the season saw a field of 11 cars take the green flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday night. The new tire wear and physics changes made the Xfinity cars very stable, but very hard on tires. Once again, Chad Barker proved too fast for everyone else in grabbing another pole position. Brian Young took outside front row with Drew Lalonde and Tyler Young making up row 2.

Chad Barker led lap 1, but was then overtaken by Drew Lalonde who led up until the one and only caution, on lap 16. Everyone but Tyler Young stop for tires and fuel. On the restart Young spun the tires a little bit allowing Wayne Hutchison to shoot between him and Barker to take the lead. Hutchison and Barker raced side by side for several laps but eventually Barker dropped in behind and Hutchison slowly built a lead. Some drivers tried the strategy of pitting for new tires around laps 45-50 but Hutchison was able to keep up enough pace to finish the race on worn out tires and still get the win! Final results showed Hutchison winning by 14 seconds over Chad Barker and Corey Walters. Drew Lalonde was the first of the "new tires" drivers, finishing 4th 1 lap down. Big mover of the week was Bryan Barns, starting 11th and finishing in 5th.

Points leader is Bryan Barns with 323 points. Chad Barker holds on to second place with 265 and Wayne Hutchison moved up to third with 258. Scott Kukas drops 2 spots to sit 4th.

Next week's (1/10) race is 75 laps at Homestead Miami Speedway in the Xfinity cars. Who'll have the pace and who will struggle? Time will tell...

Barns Builds Big Lead with Win at Dover

December 30, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

The last truck race of the season saw a small field of just 7 trucks unload at Dover on Wednesday night. Once again, Chad Barker proved too fast for everyone else in grabbing another pole position. Drew Lalonde took outside front row with Stephen Seilstad and Brian Young making up row 2.

Three different drivers led laps at Dover (Bryan Barns 38, Lalonde 31, Barker 6) and it was Bryan Barns who led the final lap to take the win by 14 seconds over Drew Lalonde. Brian Young was the 3rd driver on the podium. Great drive by Barns to come from last spot on the grid to take yet another Dirt to Daytona win!

As we shift to the Xfinity portion of the schedule the points leader is Bryan Barns with 282 points. Chad Barker moved up two places to sit tied for second overall with Scott Kukas at 218 points.

Next week's (1/3) race is 75 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Xfinity cars.

Barns Baffles Competition for 3rd Win!

December 16, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

The first of two truck races is in the books - and went off without a hitch. 85 laps at Iowa speedway and not even 1 caution flag the whole night. Great racing by everyone!

The new truck physics / tire model and the updated fixed setups proved to be a challenge for everyone to adapt too early in practice but by the time qualifying started nearly everyone was feeling racy. Bryan Barns took the pole with Wayne Hutchison outside front row. Row 2 had series newcomver Kinnis Gilbert on the inside with Nick Kuhn in 4th place.

The green flag dropped and Barns / Hutchison / Gilbert were able to separate themselves from the pack and have some fun racing at the same time. Further back, Drew Lalonde was making a charge through the field from his 12th starting spot. The racing was clean and fast and it soon became time for strategy. Lalonde was the first to pit for tires around lap 35, and he was soon followed by most others. After a few more laps it became obvious that Barns, Hutchison, and Kukas weren't going to pit and planned to wear their right front tires to the chords in hopes of top 3 finishes. The race was on as the drivers on fresh tires were much faster but had about one and a half laps to make up. In the end the "no tire" gamble paid off with Barns taking the win by over 16s and Hutchison finishing 2nd, 7s ahead of Kinnis Gilbert in 3rd. Lalonde won the hard charger award, moving up 8 spots to 4th, the last car on the lead lap.

Five races down, five to go, and the points leader is Bryan Barns with 233 points. Wayne Hutchison sits 2nd with 210, and Scott Kukas grabbed 3rd place with 179.

Next week's (12/20) race is 75 laps at Dover Speedway in the Trucks. High speed, high banking, and slipper exits off T2 and T4 should make for an extremely interesting race!

LaViolette wins at Lanier, Barns stretches points lead

December 08, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Our last short track race of the season had us racing SK Modifieds at Lanier on Wednesday night. 11 drivers showed up and when qualifying was done the one lap wonder, Chad Barker, was on the pole. Bryan Barns started 2nd, with Wayne Hutchison 3rd and Gary LaViolette in 4th.

The race itself saw some very close wheel-to-wheel racing throughout the pack. At one point the leaders came up on a lapped car, who happened to spin just as they got there. Bryan Barns was in the lead and plowed into the spun car. Barker plowed Barns and Hutchison piled in too. This let Gary LaViolette take the lead, which he held for the final 44 laps to take his first series win. Barns finished 2nd with Tyler Young taking the last spot on the podium.

After 4 weeks, Bryan Barns is in 1st place overal with 184 points, Hutchison sits 2nd with 165, and Scott Kukas is 3rd with 141. Big mover for the week was LaViolette who moved up 4 places to 10th with his big win.

Next week's (12/13) race is 85 laps at Iowa Speedway in the Trucks. Should be very interesting given all the aero and tire changes that iRacing made this week. Hope everyone will join us in the fun!

Barns Extends Lead with Big Win at South Boston

December 02, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Ten drivers took the green flag at South Boston in their Late Models on Wednesday night to challenge for the win in the 3rd round of the Dirt to Daytona series. Bryan Barns came into the race with a slim 4 point lead over Nick Kuhn, looking to extend his lead as much as possible. Chad Barker was looking for a big win after the big disappointment in Tuesday's short track race, and new driver Matt Hackathorn was also eager to make up for what could have been a great finish the night before. Qualifying saw Barker take the pole with a 14.953s lap, with Hackathorn taking the outside front row, and Kuhn and Barns occupying row 2. Barker once again led most of the laps (61) but Bryan Barns was in front when the checkers fell to take his second win in a row in the series, and extend his lead to 9 points over Kuhn. The race was a relatively clean, fast affair with just 2 cautions and lots of great racing for positions.

Next week's (12/6) race is 75 laps at Lanier Speedway in the SK Modifieds. Should be a blast. Will be even better if YOU join us!

Barns Keeps it Clean on His Way to Winning in Lakeland

November 23, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Congratulations to Bryan Barns for taking the checkers at USA Speedway in the Dirt Street Stock tonight! Bryan started on the front row and was in the fight for the lead all night long, finally taking the lead with 11 laps to go. And he finished with 0 incidents - amazing! Dylan Vose was in the hunt all night and finished second, with Corey Walters taking 3rd place. Pole sitter Chad Barker led the first 59 laps and set fastest lap, but had a little trouble as the track slicked up and wound up in 5th place.

Great turn out tonight, with 15 cars taking the green flag and 9 still running at the finish - not bad for a dirt street stock race! After 2 races Bryan Barns is leading the points with 91, followed closely by Nick Kuhn with 87. It's only going to get tighter from here.

Now for something completely different, next week we're in the Late Models at South Boston. Should be a blast!

Hutchison Lucks into Win at USA Dirt

November 18, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Week 1 of the new Dirt to Daytona series saw 11 cars take to the dirt at USA Speedway in the Dirt Legends car. Nick Kuhn got out to the early lead and was pulling away from the field when an untimely caution (brought out by a Wayne Hutchison solo spin) bunched the field back up with about 30 laps to go in the 65 lap race. The spin dropped Wayne back to 10th place and seemingly out of contention for the win. However, a series of incidents at the front of the field kept sending the faster drivers backwards in the order while Hutchison managed to stay out of trouble and hold on for the win! Second place went to Nick Kuhn wtih third to Bryan Barns, both of whom had to fight their way from the back after getting together earlier in the race.

Next week's race is 70 laps in the Dirt Street Stock at USA Speedway. That will be the final dirt race before our careers "advance" to short track racing in the Late Models and Modified for weeks 3 and 4.

Dirt to Daytona Series

November 11, 2017 | Wayne Hutchison

Ever wanted to race in a series where your career progressed from entry level to the top rung throughout the course of the season? Well, the NW Club League would like to introduce our latest oval racing series: Dirt to Daytona

In this 10 race series you will begin racing Legends and Street Stocks on dirt, and gradually progress throughout the season until you finally make it to Daytona in the Monster Energy Cup cars for the last race.

Some details:

Cars: Legends, Street Stocks, Late Models, SK Modified, Trucks, Xfinity, Monster Energy Cup Tracks: USA Speedway, South Boston, Lanier, Iowa, New Hampshire, Charlotte, Homestead, Michigan, Daytona

Dates: Wednesday starting 11/15 Times: Practice 7:00pm Pacific, Qualifying 7:50, Race 8:00 Race Length: Varies from race to race Setups: iRacing Fixed Weather: iRacing Default

All races will show up in the "League Session" tab in iRacing.

The complete schedule is attached. Participation will be on a first come, first served basis to begin with. If we have more people wanting to race than we can fit into 1 session, we'll look at running more than 1 race per week.

Results and Standings will be available at http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_schedule.php?season_id=7144

Please join us for some enjoyable racing and networking. And to see if you can be the one to go from Dirt to Daytona Champion!