November 19th, 2015 by Chris Wolfson
The Bootleg Racing Series Saturday Night Series headed to red-hot Lakeland, Florida and the fast pavement of USA International Speedway. Donny Moore brought an ever-so-slim points lead into Round 7 of the 2015 season. Contenders Ryan Edwards-Kiss and Phillip Temples were looking to make an impact on the points championship and unseat Moore with only a few races to go.
Matt Hoose would be starting on the pole for the 75 lap Outlaw Modified Series feature race with Matt Shinoski on outside of the first row in the #35.
Hoose quickly stepped away in his #21 over Shinoski, Vern Bradley, and Ryan Nuss. The first caution of the night came out on lap 17 as the #69 of John Holcomb got into the #55 of Lowell Jewell. Several other cars were involved in the incident.
The field restarted on lap 23 with several cars bunching up. Points leader Donny Moore would loop the #26 machine to avoid a loose car in front of him. Unfortunately for Moore, the caution did not come out and he fell back deep into the field.
The field restarted on lap 23 with several cars bunching up. Moore would loop the #26 machine to avoid a loose car in front of him. Unfortunately for Moore, the caution did not come out and he fell back deep into the field.
The second caution of the night came out on lap 29 when Ralph Conner Jr. spun after slight contact with another car.
Hoose continued to lead the race as the laps wore on with Ryan Nuss, Matt Shinoski, and Phillip Temples contending for the front spot at various times. Eventually, Hoose and Nuss would break away from the field and continue the battle for the top spot.
With 18 laps to go, Ronald Henrie crashed hard into the inside retaining wall to bring-out the caution and bunch-up the field for the third time. On the ensuing restart, Phillip Temples managed to get around Matt Shinoski and break into the top three.
The final caution of the evening came out on lap number 67 when Vern Bradley in the #14 spins collecting several cars in the tail end of the field.
The green would wave for the final time on lap 72 with Matt Hoose holding off Phillip Temples and Ryan Nuss to take the wire-to-wire victory. “I didn’t think I had the car to win tonight due to the practice times” said Hoose in the post-race interview. Ultimately, Hoose did have the car to win as he notched his first win of the year in the Outlaw Modified Series.
The points battle tightend-up significantly with Donny Moore’s bad luck at USA. Phillip Temples takes over the points lead with a one point lead over both Ryan Edwards-Kiss and Donny Moore. The Bootleg Racing Series sim racers travel to tricky Thompson International Speedway next Saturday night.
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