Brandon Salvatore continued his march to the 2011 Season Four NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series (NiTMS) title during Round Four of the series as he edged-out the weekly win at the Iowa Speedway. Salvatore’s win was good for just one more point than the race which was taken down by Jamie Collier when it came to looking at the strength of fields (sof), which locked-down the win for the Georgia sim racer.
Salvatore’s win came on Thursday’s 3246 sof online race. The 100-lap race was slowed by four cautions and Salvatore led the most laps (71) of any of the three leaders. Herb Engelhart finished in Salvatore’s tire-tracks in second, followed by Jerold John, Kevin Walker and Derrick Cormier2. The win garnered Salvatore 202 points, which was tops on the point standings for the week at Iowa. Walker’s 161 point performance slotted him for the week in fifth overall. Engelhart (11th) and John (9th) would go on to make additional starts on the week, relegating them to positions in the weekly standings outside the top five.
Meanwhile it was Collier scoring the very next race later on Thursday, one which tipped the scales at 3223 sof. In this affair, Collier had to hold- off Cormier2, Dave Peterson, Nathan McGee and Salvatore. Collier (36) and Cormier2 (38) combined to lead nearly three quarters of the laps in the race, which featured three cautions and four lead changes. When the weekly numbers were crunched, Collier fell just short of the weekly win with 201 points, while Peterson’s 174 point performance here locked-down third overall for the week. Cormier2 made five additional starts on the week, coming home with a total of six top five finishes, one win and 167 points.
Brett Osborn and John each made the most starts for the week, seeing 11 green flags each. John turned five of those starts into wins – the most of any of the 147 competitors from the week at Iowa. McGee was the week’s top qualifier and the only racer to dip under the 22.8s bubble with a 22.796 second lap around Iowa. Osborn, Salvatore, Engelhart and James Zimmerman rounded-out the top five in qualifying, while Osborn took the win in the Time Trial competition for the week, besting Curt Hunter, McGee, David Jaques and John.
Despite his disappointing points haul in the Hawkeye State, Engelhart maintains the point lead after four weeks of racing with 732 points, 111 points to the good of Walker. Salvatore (602) sits third with Taylor Meyn (578) and Cormier2 (537) rounding-out the top five overall in points. Jamie Damgar (461) leads Ray Farlow (447) by 14 points in Division Two with Bob Winslow holding court in Division Three. Craig Weagle moves into the Division Four lead over John Christman while Jeremy Poole2 has the edge by eight points over Joe Gauthier in Division Five. Kyle L Moquin leads Division Six with Brian Lowe holding the advantage by 13 markers over Kevin Sockow in Division Seven. Jeffrey Glenn leads Division Eight with Jeffrey Haddock having a 74 point lead in Division Nine after four weeks of competition.
Next week the NASCAR iRacing Tour Modified Series had a return engagement with Stafford Motor Speedway. Who will be able to take the top spot in the heartland of Modified racing? Find out here, next week at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!