Reynolds blames lack of respect between some drivers for crashes in Coca-Cola iRacing Sequence
After late-race cautions and crashes plagued the finishes to the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Sequence from Pocono and New Hampshire, some drivers have been left annoyed with their opponents. As time runs out to both make the playoffs or stay within the high 20 in factors to safe a spot within the sequence subsequent season, these sorts of incidents may grow to be extra widespread.
Whereas there are a variety of things that contribute to those incidents, McLaren Shadow’s Blake Reynolds sees the shortage of respect amongst choose drivers as a number one one.
“Some drivers have respect for some drivers and others don’t. I’d say it’s similar to the truck sequence racing in actual life at Knoxville,” Reynolds mentioned. “Some drivers actually don’t respect anybody. I really feel like I respect 95% of the sector, there are most likely two or three the place I’m like, ‘I don’t care the place you end.’ However, for essentially the most half, I genuinely care about most people within the subject.
“In the event that they run nicely, I’m completely satisfied for them and in the event that they run dangerous, I’m like, ‘oh, that sucks, let me ship them a message.’ There are some individuals the place they solely speak to about 5 individuals, and can solely speak to these 5 individuals. It’s a complete mixture of issues and I feel it was an ideal storm for New Hampshire.”
Reynolds was one among plenty of drivers who have been caught up in a crash coming to the checkered at New Hampshire. The Houston native was operating nineteenth on the exit of Flip 4 on the ultimate lap and ended the race thirtieth after crossing the road backward. That consequence stung much more as Reynolds is one among plenty of drivers on the bubble of the highest 20 in factors.
Together with the battle to make the playoffs, there’s the battle to make it into the highest 20, which leaves drivers extra wanting to combat for positions additional down the order.
Ending the season exterior of the highest 20 would ship a driver all the way down to the Highway to Professional sequence, leaving them with their again towards the wall and needing to race their manner again into the Coca-Cola Sequence.
“The playoffs are arising quickly, I’d possibly attest [the crashes] to that,” Reynolds mentioned. “However there’s additionally the highest 20, and sadly, I’m in that combat, I’m twenty third within the factors and 20 factors behind the minimize, and there are solely 5 or 6 races left. It’s unlucky, however now we have to race like this.”
The character of New Hampshire additionally performed an element as drivers have been in a position to make use of just about each line on the monitor – and even the apron if issues received determined late within the operating.
‘It’s after we get to the ends of those races and there are such a lot of lanes to run and everybody fills each gap,” Reynolds mentioned.
The ultimate contributing issue is the truth that, in contrast to in the actual world, all the drivers are racing the identical automotive with the identical high quality of apparatus. The one variations between automobiles comes all the way down to setup and people variations are rarely obvious on the quick runs to the checkered flag now we have seen in latest races.
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