Tyler Hudson captured the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series last week in dramatic fashion, taking a third-place finish in the online racing season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to dethrone two-time champion Ray Alfalla in the closest point race in series history. Hudson will receive a check from iRacing.com for $10,000 for his efforts, along with a trip to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale and a NASCAR championship ring, which will be awarded in ceremonies honoring NASCAR's 2013 champions at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Dec. 11.
“Hats off to Ray . . . you'll always be a champion,” said Hudson, of Brandon, MS. “Thank you, iRacing! This is a great opportunity for all of us who compete here and it wouldn't be possible without this service. This means the world to me. I've always been a hard core sim-racer and I've always wanted to win this series. I never thought it was realistic, but we did it!! Thank you, thank you thank you.”
Alfalla hardly went away empty handed. The series runner-up collected $3,000, bringing his NiSWC winnings to $23,000 over the past three years. Nick Ottinger, who led all NiSWC competitors with six wins this season, finished third in the standings and will pocket $1500 while fourth- and fifth-place finishers Michael Conti and Brian Schoenburg will receive $1000 and $500, respectively.
The $16,000 in NiSWC cash awards, coupled with a similar prize structure in the sister series for virtual Formula One cars -- the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series – brings the total cash payout in iRacing's two world championships to $32,000 this year. Last month, Greger Huttu of Finland earned $10,000 by claiming his third iRacing.com World Chmapionship Grand Prix Series title ahead of The Netherlands' Atze Kerkhof and 2011 champion Hugo Luis of Brazil, who collected $3000 and $1500 respectively. Jake Stergios earned $1000 for finishing fourth in the iWGPS standings and Martin Krönke received $500 for his fifth place finish.