While Brandon Salvatore continued to add to his point total in the NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series (NiTMS) on Week Ten, it was veteran sim racer Shane Kline who showed the way in Round Ten. The Untamed Motorsports driver captured the top split race of the week at the USA International Speedway to take the overall win for the week.
Kline took the win in Saturday’s 3476 Strength of Field affair by just over one second. Kevin Walker came home as the runner-up, edging-out Derrick Cormier2, Carl Sundberg and Mitch Miller. Kline led 90 laps en route to the win. The race featured just a single caution period and just two lead changes between Kline, who started on the pole, and Walker. Kline gained 217 points for the win.
Though the top split provided lots of action, the second highest rated race of the week provided finishers second through fifth for Week 10. The race in question tipped the scales at 3229 sof and featured a full field of 20 NiTMS drivers. In the end, Troy Talman led 37 laps, including the final one, to take the win over former champ Herb Engelhart, Taylor Meyn, point leader Salvatore and Bill Brown. Salvatore started on the pole for this race and led 29 laps before falling to fourth. The flagman was busy as he displayed the yellow silk eight times while the leaders swapped the lead thrice. Talman (202), Engelhart (191), Meyn (180) and Salvatore (170) used the strength of this race to give themselves top five finishes at USA International.
A total of 84 drivers ran races at the Florida track with nine visiting the winners circle, including Talman (2), Jason Brown2, Paul Wisniewski, David Jaques, Phillip Loy, Jerold John, Walker, Cormier2 and Kline. Salvatore was the quickest in qualifying, clocking-in with a 19.725 second lap, just three thousandths of a second quicker than Jaques. Engelhart, Kline and Talman completed the top five in qualifying. When it came to the Time Trial competition, Salvatore proved he was quick there too, besting Jaques, Kline, Robert Sandt and John Minotto for the weekly victory at USA International.
Salvatore upped his point total to 1489, 135 points better than that of Engelhart, who has amassed 1354 points. Meyn (1339) is just 16 points behind Engelhart while John sits four markers behind Meyn for the third overall position. Walker (1257) completes the top five overall. Divisional leaders from Divisions Three to Nine include Jeremy P Bogdanovitch, Shawn Bagby, William Kidd, Timothy Finnegan, John Christman, Dave Rudd and Jeffery Haddock. The closest battle is Division Six as Finnegan and Brad Sanford have just seven points between them with two weeks to go.
Next up for the NiTMS drivers is the “Magic Mile” of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Who will come out on top in New England? Find out here next week at inRacingNews!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!