Givoanni Mungin and Taylor Meyn are quickly making their bids to become NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified champions in 2012 Season One as they both took weekly wins in the past two rounds of the series. Mungin was the top driver when the series went to the Richmond International Speedway while Meyn was the main man in Round Three’s visit to Lanier National Speedway. Both sim racers are looking for their first NiTM overall title.
Mungin’s win for the week at Richmond actually came by way of a second place run to Derrick Cormier2 in a 3962 Strength of Field race on February 8th. The 100-lap race featured four cautions and saw Cormier2 lead a quarter of the laps in the event. Mungin was second, followed to the line by David Markham, Samuel Dick and Meyn. Defending series champ Brandon Salvatore led the most laps in this race, pacing the field for 67 laps before falling to seventh in the running order. While Cormier2 went on to make three additional starts for the week (winning two of those), Mungin (228), Markham (210) and Dick (193) each settled their weekly point total with this race. The three aforementioned drivers found themselves in first, third and fifth respectively when the dust settled at Richmond.
Meyn’s triumph during Round Two netted him 227 points for the week after pulling into victory lane in a 3670 sof race on February 8th. This race saw just two caution flags and two lead changes amongst the top two finishers in the event. Meyn led 84 laps of the event while second place driver Rich Zimmerman led the other 16 circuits in the race as he crossed the line on Lap 100 ahead of Jamie Collier, Brett Osborn and Richard Smith5. Zimmerman’s point score of 209 was enough to put him fourth overall for the week.
Rick Webster made the most starts of the week at Richmond with seven while Adam Gordon (4) and Cormier2 (3) were the only two drivers of the 110 turning laps at Richmond to win multiple races. James Hearns, Brandon Munroe, Shane Kline, Trey Tomaino, Mike Daniel, Salvatore, Larry Pyrtle and Meyn each won once over Round Two. Salvatore was the top driver in qualifying with a 20.450 second lap, followed by Mungin, Dick, Meyn and Osborn. Osborn was the top in Time Trials with Meyn, Marc Pilon, Hearns and Trent Hullum not far behind.
Round Three at Lanier saw Meyn take the top spot in the weekly points. Meyn’s win in a 3880 sof race gave him 244 points for the week. The race saw seven cautions over the 120-lap duration and five leaders exchanged the lead six times in the event. Meyn outran Paul Wisniewski, Troy Talman, Herbert Engelhart and Josh Fox for the win. While Wisniewski went on to make a total of four starts (and one win) at Lanier, Talman (215) and Engelhart (200) would go on to place third and fifth in the weekly standings based on this race.
As was the case with the second round of the series, the winner of the top split race did not top the weekly point charts due to the driver making multiple starts. That top split of the week at Lanier ran on Thursday when Dick went to victory lane in a 4075 sof race. Two cautions slowed the tempo of the race, in which Dick led all but 17 laps of. Former NiTM champ Robert Sandt finished second, followed by Meyn, Osborn and Jerold John. Sandt’s 234 point effort placed him second overall for the week while Dick’s record of three starts, two wins and 204 points for the week put him fourth at Lanier.
Cormier2 made the most starts for the week, answering the call to the green flag five times. Dick was the only driver to take multiple wins on the week with two while Mark Tischler, Zimmerman, Justin Chase, Noel Parker, Carl Sundberg, Ray Farlow, James Poleske, Wisniewski, Smith5 and Meyn each took a trip to victory lane during Week Three. Nathan McGee was the pole sitter for the week with a 12.738 second lap, which was quicker than the lap turned in by Dick, Mungin, Salvatore and Sandt. Salvatore was the top in Time Trials, besting the run put up by Osborn, Hearns, Farlow and Gary Holbrook.
Meyn will take the lead of the series by 68 points heading into Round Four over Mungin, 662 to 594. Dick sits third overall with 506 points, followed by Wisniewski (493) and Cormier2 (481). Divisional leaders include Markham, Parker, William Kabela, David Schamp, Timothy Finnegan, Sebastian Taylor, James Falcon Pratt, Curtis Berleue and Dale Yontz.
Next up for the NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series is Round Four at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. Will we see Meyn continue to lead the series or will someone else step up to the challenge? Find out here at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!