February 2nd, 2016 by Chris Wolfson
The Bootleg Racing League rolled into Maine for round three at the 3/8 mile Oxford Plains Speedway. Matt Hoose was off to a strong start for the 2016 season and brought a 1 point lead into the third round over Brian Neff. Oxford Plains would prove to be a formidable challenge for the field with the inside line being the only viable line on the race track. Restart position would prove crucial for online racing success at Oxford Plains.
Starting position in the Outlaw Modified Series is determined by inverting the top 10 from the previous week. Chris Wolfson would lead the field to the green in the #17. Tim Knott started alongside on the outside of row one.
At the drop of the green, Wolfson jumped out to an early advantage with Knott dropping to the inside in the second spot. Points leaders Hoose and Neff were on the move early from their mid-pack starting positions.
Multiple on-track incidents on lap 6 brought out the first caution of the evening. Phillip Temples (#19) made heavy contact with Lowell Jewell, sending the #55 off the top side of the banking. John Holcomb (#69) made contact with Ernie Brown (#8) on the same lap to ultimately bring out the yellow flag.
Wolfson brought the field back to green on lap 11. Matt Hoose used his inside row starting position to unseat Knott from second. Neff would follow Hoose on the bottom to take over the third position.
As the race reached lap 16, Hoose took advantage of Wolfson’s mistake and put the #21 into the lead heading into turn one. Neff would again attach his car to Hoose’s rear bumper and take over the second position.
Caution slowed the field on lap 19 as Wolfson caught the inside curbing at the exit of turn two and spun to the infield. Several other sim racers were collected as they made evasive maneuvers. Wolfson’s bad luck continued on lap 31 bringing out the caution again after contact with Ryan Nuss in the #13. The caution reared its head again on lap 40 with Nuss coming together with Ernie Brown and Matt Shinoski.
Hoose and Neff took the green flag on lap 44 for what turned into an extended green flag run. By lap 60, Hoose managed to stretch his lead to a full second over Neff. Neff managed to stretch a full second advantage over third place Donny Moore in the #26.
Hoose extended his advantage over Neff to almost two seconds with 10 laps remaining. Neff was busy with a rear-view mirror full of Donny Moore’s #26 as Moore looked for a way around the #60 Winn Dixie SK Mod in the closing laps.
The caution flag would bring the race to an end with four laps remaining as the #20 of Ryan Edwards-Kiss found himself facing the wrong direction after a battle with Ryan Nuss (#13) for the seventh position. Hoose would cruise comfortably to victory with Neff holding off a hard-charging Moore to take the second position. “Matt did his job tonight. He kept it on the bottom” said Neff after the race.
Hoose’s victory pushed his points lead to two over Brian Neff as the Outlaw Modified Series tackles Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucana, North Carolina using the world’s best racing simulator. Don’t miss the sim racing action on Saturday, February 6th at 9:15PM EST. Be sure to tune in on the Global SimRacing Channel and iRacing Live.
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