December 10th, 2015 by Chris Wolfson
Donny Moore held a slim, four point lead as the Bootleg Racing League headed to Halifax, Virginia and the tight confines of the fifty year old, 4/10 mile South Boston Speedway, affectionately known as SoBo, for Round 9 of the Outlaw Modified Series. South Boston is known to produce excellent, door-to-door sim racing and is a perfect venue as the BRL Outlaw Modified title chase goes down to the wire with only three races remaining with Phillip Temples was sitting second in the points and looking to make a move on Moore.
John Holcomb led the field to the green flag in the blue #69 Indianapolis Colts SK Modified with Temples jumping into the second spot by holding his position on the inside line. Temples quickly took advantage of his position and slipped under Holcomb to take the race lead on lap two.
Temples held the race lead with Mike Holloway in the #4 running second for an extended green flag run, as the twosome put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Moore was slowly working his way through the field and hoping for a caution to bring the leaders back in striking distance. At the 25 lap mark, Moore found himself in the sixth position.
The yellow flag Moore was looking for came out on lap 35 as Holcomb lost traction coming out of turn 2. Points contender Ryan Edwards-Kiss in the #20 also lost traction and came together with Holcomb, pushing his #69 back out into the racing line causing a large wreck. Holcomb managed to collect Brian Neff in the #60 in the process, sending Neff on his roof and requiring a tow to the pits for his fast-repair.
The race restarted on lap 40 with Moore running in the 5th position and Temples back within striking distance. Moore began working the outside groove and moved into the third position with 20 laps to go.
The caution flew for the last time on lap 60 for a crash involving Ernie Brown, Lowell Jewell, and Ryan Edwards-Kiss that sent REK to the garage area for the remainder of the event.
The green flag flew for the final time with 11 laps to go. Moore attempted to take advantage of his inside second row starting position to stay on Temple’s bumper and take the second spot. Holloway would have none of it and used the fast, outside line to keep Moore back in third. The final 10 laps unwound with close racing but no changes at the top as Temples took the win in convincing fashion with Holloway in second and Moore coming home in third.
Temples cut into Moore’s points lead with the win, reducing the margin to two points with two races remaining. The BRL sim racers head to the Lanier Raceplex in Braselton Georgia on Saturday, December 12th. The green flag drops at 9:30PM. Be sure to tune in at iRacing Live!
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