By all accounts, it’s been a tough season for Phillip Temples, driver of the #19 Ford Ecoboost SK Modified. Registering multiple DNFs because of connection issues and racing incidents, Temples best finish in the 2016 Season Two campaign to date was a sixth place at Oxford Plains.
Starting on the pole as a result of his eighth place finish the week before, Temples looked to get the proverbial monkey off his back at Five Flags Speedway – and he did just that. Temples became the seventh different winner in seven races as the Bootleg Racing League’s Outlaw Modified Series marched towards conclusion.
Temples set the early pace as the online race started on a long green flag run. Points leader Donny Moore slotted into the second position early, looking to distance himself from J.R. Shepherd running two points behind in the championship battle.
Temples successfully navigated several late race cautions with solid restarts to hold-off a charging Ryan Nuss and secure his first win of the 2016 season. “We’re gonna put the hammer down now,” said Temples after the race. “At this point, we’re just looking for wins.”
“We’re gonna put the hammer down now.” — Phillip Temples
Points leader Moore had an up and down evening running as high as second place early in the race. With a narrow, lead over Shepherd in the standings, Moore worked hard all night to keep the #26 ASPCA SK Modified moving in the right direction towards the front of the field. Moore’s resilience would pay off with a sixth place finish, and more importantly, managing to keep Shepherd behind him in the points race. Despite not having a win on the season, Moore maintains a two point advantage over Shepherd with four races remaining.
The Bootleg Racing League heads into an off week for Memorial Day Weekend, but is back at it the following week, Saturday, June 4th at Thompson Speedway. You can tune into the Global SimRacing Channel broadcast of the simracing action on iRacing Live at 9:15PM EST. The green flag drops at 9:30.
Be sure to check out the Bootleg Racing League at www.bootlegracingleague.com.