FAIRDALE, Ky. — Story by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman — Steel Horse Racing photo —
Those who watched Jeff Ward’s championship run in Real Sim Racing’s Asphalt Assault XFINITY Series knew that the veteran was good all season long.
But just how good was he?
Below is a look “by the numbers,” taking you inside the run that led to a first-career =RSR= title for a veteran of the sim that has had no shortage of bright moments as of late.
1: Ward’s final position in the Asphalt Assault points standings.
1.8: Ward’s average starting position over the eight-race season, best among all drivers. His worst starting spot? Fourth, at Talladega.
3: The number of wins that Ward accrued over the course of the season, at Iowa, Dover and Homestead. No other driver scored more than one.
3.4: Ward’s average finishing position over the eight-race season, best among all drivers who ran more than one race. His worst finish? 10th, during the season’s penultimate race at Michigan.
4: The number of poles that Ward scored during the Asphalt Assault season, at Fontana, Las Vegas, Iowa and Michigan. No other driver scored more than one.
6: The number of top-five finishes for Ward during his championship run, best among all drivers.
8: The number of top-ten finishes for Ward during his championship run. Ward was the only driver to have a perfect record of top-10 finishes during the season.
9: Ward’s Asphalt Assault Series car number.
37.5: Ward’s winning percentage en route to his historic first title.
50: Ward qualified on the pole an incredible 50% of the time during the season — a one in two record.
382: The number of laps Ward led during the 2015 Asphalt Assault season, best among all drivers.
969: The number of laps Ward completed during the season, second only to Scott Simley’s perfect record of 970 laps completed. The only lap Ward did not complete was at Michigan, when he finished a lap down after late race problems in the 180-mile event.