While there is a battle for the championship with three weeks to go in the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series (NiLMS), it was the strength of the Main Performance PC-sponsored drivers that made the story at Martinsville Speedway in Week Ten of the online racing series. NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series (NiPS) driver Richie Davidowitz led the charge with a big win on Thursday to capture the overall win during Round 10 of 12 in the popular series.
The win which put Davidowitz on top for the week was rated at 3263 Strength of Field (SoF) and saw the pole-sitter lead wire-to-wire en route to victory lane in the 50 lap event. Daniel Pope II placed second, nearly three seconds behind Davidowitz. Clay Jones was third, followed by Patrick Fogel and Rick Ricketts. Davidowitz would score 200 points for the win.
The battle for the point championship was evident in the 3190 sof race on January 5th in which Kevin Burris put his car in victory lane after 50 laps on “the Paperclip.” It wasn’t easy for Burris though, as he started third and rallied from behind to lead the final 14 laps to take the win. Bobby Anthony was second while pole-sitter Daniel Williamson settled for third after leading the first 36 laps of the race. Trenton Moriarity came home in fourth with Lauri Happonen finishing the event in fifth place. Burris scored 196 points for the win, which slotted him second overall for the week amongst 700 drivers who saw the green flag at Martinsville.
For those not having to worry about points and a championship, the checkered flag is the only thing that matters. Just ask Josh Skroupa. Skroupa won an incredible 14 races on the week, missing the checkered flag just once in his 15 starts for the week. His biggest win came during a 3378 SoF race on Saturday in which he led every lap from the pole. Berry was second by over three seconds, followed by Williamson, Jordan Erickson and Scott Burlovich.
The top split of the week also took place on Saturday when Brad Wright took command of a 3477 SoF event. Wright led 42 of the 50 laps in the race, finishing seven tenths of a second up on Berry. Pope II, Erickson and Andrew Grigg rounded-out the top five as pole sitter Kenneth OKeefe led eight laps in the race before fading to seventh at the finish. The performances by Berry and Pope II over the week put them third and fourth for the week with 195 and 181 points respectively.
Taylor Meyn completed the top five for the week. The NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified standout put 180 points up on the board after a win during Wednesday’s 3024 SoF race. Meyn started on the pole and led every circuit in the event before crossing the line three tenths of a second up on Aleksi Elomaa. Benjamin Harste, Kyle Porter and Satoru Ohno also posted top five finishes in this race.
Doug Kaster made the most starts of the week, answering 33 calls to the green flag at Martinsville. Skroupa’s 20.079 second qualifying effort topped the charts to take the overall pole for the week over OKeefe, Wright, Davidowitz and Pope II. Week Ten in the Time Trial competition also went to Skroupa as he defeated Burlovich, Burris, Gary Dangelo and Moriarity in that discipline of Late Model racing on the iRacing service.
Burris will take a 50 point lead into the final two weeks of the online racing season as he leads Moriarity by 1332 to 1282. Kevin J Myers sits third with 1170 points, five points up on Trey Jarrell. Division Two leader Mark Wilsey completes the top five overall with 1124 points. Divisional leaders from Divisions Three to Ten include Alex Scribner, Jeremy Ahlum, Sean Sewell, Brody Hays, Kevin Sockow, Travis Swaim, Brett Newberry and Christoher Curtis.
Next up for the Late Models are the high banks at Bristol Motor Speedway. Can Moriarity close the gap or will Burris take another step closer to the iRacing Late Model Tour title? Find out, next week, here at inRacingNews!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!