2011 Season 3 of the highly competition NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series got started with a bang on Week 1 as Untamed Motorsports drew first blood with Shane Kline topping the point charts after three days of online racing at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. Kline, who represents the Carolina club, led a top five which featured three Untamed drivers.
Two starts for Kline equated to two wins for the veteran of the Tour Modified ranks. The biggest came in a 3173 sof race on Tuesday which saw Kline nail-down 198 points for the week after leading wire-to-wire in the 100-lap affair. Untamed Motorsports had a strong presence in the race with Jerold John, Royce Valley, Paul Wisniewski and Dave Peterson completing the top five in the 15 car field with nearly half of the entries in the race being fielded by the team. The race featured one yellow with the margin of victory being just a half second.
John finished second for the week with a point total of 186. Though he had no wins on the week, he did fire his Tour Modified engine for four races which resulted in three podium finishes.
Division Two driver Ray Farlow was third for the week. The Carolina club driver ran in four events and scored one win, which also came on Sunday. Farlow led all but 14 laps in the race which featured three caution flags. John brought his car home in second followed by Samuel Dick, Jamie Collier and Aaron Likens. The race was rated with a 3361 sof rating and brought Farlow 210 points before his other top finish was factored in. When the dust settled, Farlow wound up with 173 points for the week.
Brandon Salvatore and Paul Wisniewski each finished up the first week of Tour Modified competition with 170 points. Each of the drivers started two races with Salvatore besting Wisniewski in the win category with his one checkered silk. Salvatore’s win came on August 2nd, leading 14 laps en route to the victory. Last season’s champ (and Salvatore’s teammate) Herb Engelhart came home with second in the event with John, Farlow and Derrick Cormier2 completing the top five.
Wisniewski scored his 170 points as the runner-up to Kline in his other victory for the week. Kline bested Wisniewski by over two seconds in the one yellow, 2899 sof race which saw the winner lead all but one lap in the event. Jeremy P Bogdanovitch finished third, closely followed by John Minotto and Mitch Miller.
Cormier2 came home with the most checkered flags of the week with three. Kline and Shannon Holbrook also took multiple trips to Victory Lane on Week 1 with two a piece while Andrew Mitchell, SJ Golembeski, TJ Johnson, Brayton Round, Jeffrey Haddock, Alex Ciambrone, Caleb Shelton, Blake Hart, Taylor Meyn, Richard Jordan, Austin Benson, John Gablinske, CJ Conneally, Engelhart, Royce Valley, Salvatore, Timothy Finngegan, Travis Henderson, Jeffrey Ledford and Farlow all won one official race for the week. Week 1 saw 194 drivers take a green flag, which is one of the highest weekly turnouts the Tour Modifieds have seen in recent seasons.
Former Tour Modified titlist Robert Sandt toured Irwindale the fastest in qualifying as the Pennsylvanian put in a time of 16.701 seconds. Corey Riley, Engelhart, Salvatore and Kline completed the top five in qualifying while Salvatore was tops in the Time Trial contest. Salvatore, who is a Divison Two Time Trial driver bested Rick Webster, Minotto, Keith Melhiser and Mike Pratt2 in the first of twelve rounds of Time Trials for the Tour Modifieds.
Next up for the Tour Modifieds is Richmond International Raceway. With lots of room to race under the lights, who will end-up shining in Virginia? Find out here next week at inRacingNews!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!