Shepherd Finds Victory Lane at Lanier
June 22nd, 2016 by DavidP
The Bootleg Racing League Outlaw Modified Series was set to do battle in Georgia as the sim racers pulled into Lanier National Speedway on Saturday night. With two races remaining, Donny Moore held a five point advantage over JR Shepherd in the standings. The Outlaw Modified championship hung in the balance as the cars rolled off on the small (.375 mile) short track.
Jeff Sharp jumped out to the early lead with Moore sliding into the second position from his starting spot on row two. Showing the necessary urgency, Shepherd was on the move early from his fifth place starting spot, finding himself on Moore’s rear bumper. On lap 21, Shepherd made the pass on Moore to take the second position.
Fortunes began to turn as Moore slowly dropped several positions. Shepherd was very strong in the early running and on lap 41, took the lead from Sharp.
With only 11 laps remaining, Moore found himself in a battle for the fourth position. Ryan Nuss was able to work his way underneath Moore dropping him to the fifth position. During the ensuing battle, contact between John Holcomb and Moore sent the points leader into a spin with devastating points implications. Moore would recover to finish the race in seventh position, but the incident dealt a blow to his title hopes.
Shepherd cruised to his second victory of the season while claiming a narrow points lead heading into the series finale at New Smyrna. “I felt really good after that one. It was a fun race,” said Shepherd from victory lane. “It worked out pretty good.”
Be sure to tune into the Global SimRacing Channel’s broadcast on iRacing Live next Saturday night for the final race of the season to see all the sim racing action. Check out the Bootleg Racing league at https://bootlegracingleague.com/www.bootlegracingleague.com.