Brandon Salvatore added 229 points to his historic season on Week Eleven of the NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series (NiTMS) by notching the overall win at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Nicknamed “the Magic Mile,” New Hampshire brought out 95 of the best sim racers to battle for the top spot but it was the point leader who struck gold with the most points in the penultimate round of the series.
Salvatore’s win came during a 3657 sof race on Thursday. Salvatore led wire-to-wire from the pole in the caution-free affair and defeated last season’s champ Herb Engelhart by nearly four seconds at the completion of the 75-lap race. Third in the race belonged to Taylor Meyn while Jason Brown2 and Caleb Shelton completed the top five. Engelhart (206) and Meyn (183) earned the second and third place positions for the week with their performance in the highest rated race of Round Eleven.
One of Salvatore’s closest competitors in Division Two also scored a big win during Week Eleven. Troy Talman paraded the checkers in a 2846 sof race on Saturday. This race featured just one caution and saw three lead changes with Talman leading the most laps (47). Shane Kline was second followed by Gary Holbrook, Jerold John and Derrick Cormier2. The win was worth 178 points for the Massachusetts Club driver while Kline’s 160 points gained from this race sloted the Modified veteran in fifth overall for the week, one spot behind Talman.
Brown2 was the busiest driver of the week, racking-up five wins in eight starts – the highest numbers of any driver in those two categories. Salvatore topped the charts in qualifying as he posted a blistering time of 28.538 seconds around the one-mile oval. Engelhart, Ray Farlow, Brown2 and Collier completed the top five in qualifying while Salvatore inched his way one step closer to a double title in 2011 Season Three by winning the week in the Time Trial competition. He was chased to the line in the weekly standings by Farlow, John Minotto, Kline and Brad Sanford.
The champion has been all but crowned in the series as Salvatore now has a 141 point advantage on Taylor Meyn, 1555-1414, with just one wek to go. Meanwhile, Meyn’s lead on third is just eight points and it is the former champ Engelhart in that third place spot with 1406 points. John (1349) looks pretty safe in fourth in the standings with Kline (1265), Kevin Walker (1257), Farlow (1227) and Talman (1207) all trying to nail down fifth with one week to go. Divisional leaders include Jeremy P Bogdanovitch (Three), Shawn Bagby (Four), William Kidd (Five), Brad Sanford (Six), John Christman (Seven), David Rudd (Eight) and Jeffrey Haddock (Nine).
The final week of the NiTMS season takes the teams back to Connecticut and Thompson International Speedway. Who will come away with the win on the high banks and who will occupy the top five overall spots in the series when the checkered flag falls on the 2011 Season Three season? Be here at inRacingNews next week to find out!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!