May 10th, 2016 by Chris Wolfson
Saturday night short track thunder descended upon Kenly, NC and Southern National Motorsports Park as the Bootleg Racing League’s premier Outlaw Modified Series rolled into town. Southern National provided the Outlaws a formidable test as they set to conquer the 4/10 mile layout with 17 degree banking and slippery transitions.
Donny Moore entered Week Five with a two point lead over Matt Shinoski. As a result of his eighth place finish from the week before, Ralph Conner Jr. started the race from the pole.
Brian Neff (#60) quickly took the lead from his starting spot on the outside of row one with pole-sitter Conner Jr. falling into the second position as Philip Temples (#19) and Tim Knott (#41) battled for third. The caution flew early and often with the first coming out just two laps into the event when contact turned Ben Wolfson (#37) to slow the field.
The simracing action continued at a hot and heavy pace with the caution coming out again on lap 16 when series contender J.R. Shepherd (#98) was turned into the outside wall.
Neff continued to be the class of the field with strong restarts that continuously yielded comfortable leads. Conner Jr. continued to roll in second with Knott comfortably holding the third position. Comfortable though he may have been, Knott was not satisfied with P3 and began pressuring Conner in search of an opportunity to relieve him of second spot. Conner slid up the track slightly and, when Knott went for the small opening, contact between the cars sent Conner around, ending his run at the front of the pack.
Point leader Donny Moore (#26) benefited from the caution, moving into the third place for the restart. At the halfway point, it was still Neff, Knott, and Moore pacing the field with Jewell (#5) in fourth and looking to challenge for the podium and Ryan Nuss (#13) rounding-out the top five simracers.
The action behind Neff was furious as Moore and Jewell looked to move around Knott and challenge for the lead.
The points battle suffered a major shakeup on lap 73 when Nuss made contact with Jewell, turning him around and collecting multiple cars in the resulting accident. Shinoski was among those involved in the incident, suffering a blown motor.
With 20 laps to go, the green flag was out for the run to the finish. Neff picked-up right where he left off and began to step away from the field. Moore managed to move into the second spot and looked to increase his points lead over the unfortunate Shinoski with a strong finish. Neff would hang on for a smooth win with Moore finishing second and Matt Hoose (#21) coming home in third.
The Bootleg Racing League heads to Hampton, VA next week and Langley Speedway for race six of the season. Be sure to tune in to the Global SimRacing Channel’s live broadcast on iRacing Live to catch all the action at 9:15PM EST next Saturday night.
You can check out the Bootleg Racing League at www.bootlegracingleague.com.