December 14th, 2015 by Chris Wolfson
The Bootleg Racing League was primed for an action packed show at Lanier Raceplex on Saturday night as Donny Moore held a narrow, two point lead over Phillip Temples in the Outlaw Modifed Series points battle. With only two races remaining, it was do or die time for Temples.
Brad Spidle led the field to the green flag but the caution would fly before the field could complete one lap. Tim Knott lost control of the #41 in turn 4 and collected Temples in the incident. Temples’ points championship hopes were hanging in the balance as he found himself in trouble early in the race.
Matt Hoose grabbed the lead shortly after the restart and stepped away from the field on what would be a long green flag run. Matt Shinoski followed Hoose in the 2nd position with points leader Moore falling into the third position.
As the laps clicked by, Temples began the long climb back through the field, running some of the fastest lap times on the track. Temples had climbed back to ninth by the time the caution finally came out again on lap 40 for an incident in Turn 1 involving the #17 of Chris Wolfson and the #14 of Vern Bradley.
Hoose paced the field back to the green, but chaos erupted back in the field with the #4 of Mike Holloway getting the worst of it finishing upside down and bringing out the night’s third caution.
With 20 laps to go, Moore found himself right on the back bumper of the #21 with Shinoski running in third. Then caution waved for the fourth time on lap 59 for heavy contact between Vern Bradley . . . Temples. Temples’ bad luck for the night continued as he found himself running in the 14th position with only 16 laps remaining.
On the ensuing restart, Shinoski looked to take advantage of his starting spot on the inside of the second row and put his #35 Rolling Rock SK Modified firmly on Hoose’s bumper. Knowing that every point counts, Moore fought back on the slippery outside line and was able to close the door on Shinoski’s attack and keep his #26 in the second position before the caution flew for the final time when Lowell Jewell in the #55 and Joe Marks in the #3 got together coming off of Turn 4.
The field formed-up and to take one more crack at it with three laps to go. Hoose got a great restart from the inside of the first row with Shinoski, once again, looking to the inside of Moore for P2. Although Shinoski cleared the #26 on the back straightaway of the final lap, there was no catching Hoose who took the win from Shinoski and Moore.
Moore’s third place finish will give him a comfortable points lead heading into the final race of the season at New Smyrna Speedway. Be sure to tune in at iRacing Live on Saturday, December 19 at 9:15 pm eastern to be a part of the excitement!
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