NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series veteran Jerold John sent a powerful message to his online racing competitors on track during Week Three of the season by scoring the overall win at Lanier National Speedway. John, who has racked up multiple checkered flags a week in the past got the most important one of the week during a 3184 strength of field race on Saturday, which brought the Connecticut sim racer 199 points when he crossed the stripe first.
The event featured just two yellow flags over 120 laps and saw 11 cars answer the call to the green flag. Troy Talman finished second with Paul Wisniewski coming home with the final podium spot. Brandon Salvatore led the most laps of the race (102) but had to settle for fourth, just in front of Kevin Walker. Talman’s finish in this race brought him home fourth overall for the week with a total of 179 points.
That race wasn’t the highest rated of the week though as Salvatore came up big about 48 hours earlier in a 3224 sof race. Salvatore led wire-to-wire in the caution free race and defeated John by 3.8 seconds at the checkered flag. Herb Engelhart and Derrick Cormier2 finished in third and fourth on the lead lap while Ray Farlow brought his Tour Modified home in fifth, one lap down. Though Salvatore put 201 points on the board, he also made four starts for the week, meaning his next best point total was factored-in to give him a grand total of 186 points for the week, second best of 184 drivers.
Untamed Motorsports would bookend the podium for the week with Royce Valley coming home in third at Lanier. As Salvatore did in his big win, Valley led every lap en route to the victory over Salvatore, Taylor Meyn, Engelhart and Farlow. Seventeen drivers started the 2939 sof race, which saw the field slow once for caution. Valley’s win garnered the Mid-South Club driver 184 points.
Rounding-out the top five for the week was Meyn. His top of two starts for the week resulted in a 172 point winning effort on Tuesday. Meyn led 89 laps en route to the victory in the race which saw four yellow flags slow the tempo of the event. Former NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series titlist and current NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship driver Tyler D Hudson came home in second with David Oliver, Darrell Pyrtle and Brandon Munroe each getting a top five spot. The race was rated with a 2749 sof.
Bob Eszenyi and David Chmura made the most starts of the week with seven while Chmura and Cormier2 punched their tickets to Lanier National victory lane thrice – the only two drivers to win more than once. James Ambrose, Clint Smith, Harley Lays, Albert Kaiser, Samuel Dick, Andrew Mitchell, Tom Sullivan2, Brayton Round, Shane Kline, Carl Sundberg, Rick Webster, Caleb Shelton, David McGuire, Salvatore, Meyn, Valley, Horace Knight and John each recorded one victory in Week Three. Salvatore was the fastest qualifier with a time of 12.804 seconds around the Georgia oval. Dick, Engelhart, Shelton and John rounded out the top five.
Valley enters Week Four with a 23 point lead over John while Salvatore, the Division Two leader is third overall, just a single point out of second. Kline and Engelhart complete the top five just three weeks into the season. Brent Thompson finds himself atop Division Three while McGuire, Richard Adair, Timothy Finnegan, Richard Jordan, Terry Garska, Jeffrey Haddock and Thermon Shinholster Jr pace Divisions Four through Ten after three weeks of racing.
Iowa Speedway plays host to Round Four of 12 on the NASCAR iRacing Tour Modified Series. With the top teams bunched together at the top of the standings, anyone could easily walk out of the new addition to the service with the win and point lead.
Until next time, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!