Less than ten minutes ago, iRacing.com’s NASCAR Peak Anti-Freeze Series concluded Week 14 of their schedule at Darlington Raceway, with Landon Harrison taking home the victory. The relatively clean race was decided in the closing laps, with Harrison absolutely decimating then-race leaders Chris Overland and Ray Alfalla with a car that caused a few users in the chatbox to question the legitimacy of the race winning pass – not accusing Harrison of cheating, but drawing attention to issues within the iRacing software itself.
GlacierRacing driver Jere Seppala (not to be confused with the finnish hockey player of the same name) began discussing an issue where one driver in a hosted session was suddenly subjected to what appeared to be wildly different track conditions, and blew away the field in a way that did not indicate his driving skill alone allowed him to open up such a gap on the rest of his competitors. This would indicate a problem with the newly released New Surface Model in a manner similar to the dynamic weather problems iRacing had been dealing with earlier this year, and gives a bit more credibility to the rumor that iRacing have been purposely withholding information about the New Surface Model so users cannot discover its flaws.
As we’re able to see the actual laptime charts, both Harrison and Overland took four fresh tires during their pit stop on the same lap. Ray Alfalla was on a newer set of tires, which are obviously faster. Despite this, Harrison was three to four tenths quicker and easily distanced himself from the former race leaders despite a less than stellar start to the race.
As you can see above, those spectating became curious as to what would cause this huge discrepancy between the three lead cars. Could this be an issue with the New Surface Model? Possibly, although complaints about the NSM are not just reserved for performance oddities. Drivers such as Dillon Raffurty have already begun making videos displaying them running flat out at mile and a half tracks like Chicagoland.