iRacing Off-Road: Nicholas Dachelet, Keaton Swane score victories at Crandon

iRacing’s Off-Road Championship returns for 2023. In the third and fourth races of the new season, Nicholas Dachelet and Keaton Swane were winners at Crandon.

Rounds 3 and 4 of the iRacing Off-Road Championship Series took place at the long Crandon course on Wednesday night (5th July) and with that, we saw the first two “Land Rush” starts of the season, both of which led to a lot of contact and upset drivers.

Another new winner emerged from the pole position in the first race of the night. While in a Land Rush start, the first 10 trucks are all lined up on the same row, the pole still gets some bit of an advantage by being able to take the inside line. Nicholas Dachelet scored the pole and took the win, but he most definitely had to earn it.

A four-pack of previous winners in the series were all breathing down his neck through the race. Last week’s winner in the second race, rookie Jarrett Liebert, was in prime position to steal another one, but opted to take a less aggressive attitude, allowing the others to catch up.

Jakob Rafoss eventually won that battle out for the runner-up spot as Liebert had to contend with the defending champion and the current points leader in Connor Barry and Keaton Swane, respectively. Liebert was able to hang on for it as Barry moved Swane for fourth, allowing rookie Joel Blewitt to exact some revenge from the previous week and take fifth.

Swane would end up seventh, but essentially in the second best starting spot for the second race, starting alongside Quentin Dall’olmo who finished eighth. Up front, it was Dachelet taking the easy win, the first of his career.

The second race had a second crazy Land Rush start, and this time, Blewitt and Tyson Miller would end up going crowd surfing after decent runs in the first race. Pole sitter Dall’olmo was able to get away cleanly with Swane alongside and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and Off-Road rookie Parker Retzlaff in pursuit.

Just after halfway, Swane made his move to the top spot, taking the point from Dall’olmo in the hairpin corner about halfway through the lap. This also allowed Retzlaff to catch and pass for second, but by that time, Swane was gone.

Blewitt, who had the early flip, recovered to finish in eighth. Barry wound up fifth and through four races, he’s the only driver to say that he’s got all four finishes in the Top 5, despite none of them being a win. Swane’s two wins have him at the top of the standings by seven over Barry.

Crandon Race #3 – Top 10 Results:

1115Nicholas Dachelet10 LAPS105055
2410Jakob Rafoss+1.625 sec04850
3225Jarrett Liebert [R]+1.757 sec04650
451Connor Barry+3.135 sec04445
51227Joel Blewitt [R]+3.492 sec04242
6922Trenton Briley+3.747 sec04040
772Keaton Swane+3.961 sec03838
81114Quentin Dall’olmo+4.626 sec03636
9149Alex A Bergeron+5.765 sec03434
10620Tyson Miller+8.654 sec03232

Crandon Race #4 – Top 10 Results:

122Keaton Swane10 LAPS55088
21526Parker Retzlaff [R]+1.425 sec04870
3114Quentin Dall’olmo+3.653 sec54682
4815Nicholas Dachelet+4.862 sec04499
551Connor Barry+6.792 sec04287
6204Josh Edmundson+7.216 sec04052
71112Josh Fox+7.936 sec03868
8427Joel Blewitt [R]+11.888 sec03678
999Alex A Bergeron+12.002 sec03468
10322Trenton Briley+12.220 sec03272

2023 iRacing Off-Road Championship Series Standings:

12Keaton Swane188LEADER234
21Connor Barry181-7044
325Jarrett Liebert [R]166-22123
427Joel Blewitt [R]159-29024
515Nicholas Dachelet153-35123
614Quentin Dall’olmo141-47012
74Josh Edmundson133-55023
822Trenton Briley126-62003
919Crystal King125-63012
1020Tyson Miller121-67013

2023 iRacing Off-Road Championship Series Schedule

128-JuneWild West Motorsports Park16 | 16
25-JulyCrandon International Raceway10 | 10
312-JulyBark River International Raceway11 | 11
419-JulyWild Horse Pass Motorsports Park16 | 16
All-Star26-JulyCrandon International Raceway – SHORTTBA
52-AugustWild West Motorsports Park16 | 16
69-AugustBark River International Raceway11 | 11
716-AugustWild Horse Pass Motorsports Park16 | 16
823-AugustCrandon International Raceway10 | 10
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