Monroe, WA’s Trenton Moriarity has established himself as an early favorite in the iRacing.com Late Model Tour (iLMT) division in 2011 Season 4. Moriarity scored the overall victory on Week 2 of the series at the South Boston Speedway, defeating 671 other sim racers in the quest for glory on the popular iRacing short track car.
Moriarity tipped the scales his way with a victory on Thursday during a 3009 Strength of Field (sof) race. The 65 lap affair saw Moriarity gap second place Kevin Burris by over three seconds at the finish. Joshua Van Winkle was third in the race, followed by Dylan Roe and Late Model hotshoe Kevin J Myers. David Rattler started on the pole and led the first 24 circuits before relinquishing the lead to Moriarity in the event’s only lead change. Moriarity took home 184 points for the victory, which set him up for the overall Week 2 win while Burris and his 167 point total locked down second overall for the week.
Rattler would rebound to take third overall for the week as he took the victory in a 2576 sof race the following day. Rattler led the final 49 laps in taking the victory, but had to hold-off Bradley Skusa who closed to within four car lengths at the finish. Trey Jarrell started on the pole and led the first 16 laps before falling to third in this race, just in front of Greg McKinney and Jim Donahue at the finish. Rattler ended the week with 161 points.
Taylor Meyn captured fourth overall for the week at South Boston. The Virginias Club driver took his win on Saturday during a 2419 sof race in which Meyn led wire-to-wire in the 65 lapper. Nathan Smith brought his Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS home in second, followed by Cody Dusty, David ter Stal and Gil Abobeleira. Meyn pocketed 148 points for his win.
Completing the top five in Round Two was Nancy Smithson. The Division Three driver who hails from the Carolinas went to victory lane in a 2309 sof race on Wednesday, picking-up 143 points on the trip. Smithson led 14 laps after starting in the 10th spot and defeated Jason Gaines by one second. CJ Lavair was credited with third place, followed by Paul Williams3 and Jack Sedgwick. Stephen Halligan led the most laps in the race (34) from the outside pole but would wind up two laps down in 9th place at the finish.
Edwin Bolanos made 19 starts on the week, the most of any iLMT driver in Round Two. Nathan R Smith punched his ticket to South Boston Speedway victory lane six times over the seven days. Tommy Burns topped the field in qualifying with a 15.32 second lap around South Boston Speedway. Jarrell, Chad Hubbell, Rattler and Bernie Taft completed the top five in qualifying. Jeff Bye Jr topped the Time Trial competition at “SoBo,” besting Miles Crabbe, Rattler, Gary Dangelo and Moriarity in the ten lap, beat the clock competition.
Next up for the iRacing Late Model Tour is the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. This track is plenty wide for three abreast and can provide some exciting short track racing. Who will come out on top, find out next week, here at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!