Cormier comes to checkers first in top split race.
While Derek Cormier2 was celebrating as the winner of the top split NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series race, Royce Valley had reason to smile after Round Four of the series at Iowa Speedway. Cormier may have taken the race victory but with additional starts added in over the week, it was Valley who left the new track with the highest point total of the week – scoring 199 points for his second place effort to Cormier.
Cormier led just 11 tours in the 100-lap affair en route to the biggest online race win of the week for the New York Club sim racer. Valley crossed the line in second with Ray Farlow, 2011 Season Two champion Herb Engelhart and Bob Winslow completing the top five in the 12 car field. Jeremy P Bogdanovitch led the most laps of the race (38), which was slowed by yellow four times. Farlow’s 179 point performance for third place in this race was good enough to put the Carolina driver into third overall for the week. Meanwhile, Cormier put 219 points on the board for his win but would go on to start six additional races, taking the win in two of those to go with his big win in the top split race. As a result, Cormier came home ninth overall for the week out of 155 drivers with a 147 point score.
The second big race of the week took place on Thursday in which a 17-car field, rated at 3172 sof took the green flag. Valley was the big winner in this one, but with the point leader only scoring 198 points in this race, his point total will come from his second place run to Cormier. Nevertheless, Valley led 39 laps in the win at Iowa, defeating Jerold John, Anthony Collins, Jamie Collier and Brandon Salvatore for the big victory. This race had a big bearing on the week long standings as John (185), Collins (173) and Collier (160) ended up second, fourth and fifth respectively with their point totals earned in this race.
Matthew Close answered the most calls to the grid, starting 11 races on Week Four while Cormier’s three win effort was joined by Brayton Round’s three victories as the series’ leading total for the week. David Jaques (2), Bogdanovitch, Andrew Morrissey, Chad Hawthorne, Shawn Bagby, Mike Daniel, David Colley, Kevin Walker, Trevor Edwards, Christian Olsson, Gary Holbrook, Collier, Paul Wisniewski, David McGuire and Valley each visited Iowa Speedway victory lane during Round Four. Bogdanovitch was the man to beat in qualifying, stopping the clocks at 22.830 seconds on the speedy Iowa oval. Engelhart, Salvatore, Valley and Troy Talman completed the top five in those sessions. Jaques was the class of the field in the ten-lap, single car Time Trial competition over fellow Untamed Motorsports driver Shane Kline. Completing the top five in Time Trials for Week Four included Salvatore, Farlow and John Minotto.
Valley’s series lead now stands at 37 points over John heading into Round Five. With his run at Iowa, Brandon Salvatore has solidified his third place overall position as the field crosses the one quarter distance mark in the 2011 Season 3 campaign.
The next event for the NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series is Week Five at Stafford Motor Speedway. The northeast gem is a favorite of the Tour Modified drivers and it will look to shake up the standings with the halfway mark in the 12 week season looming. Find out who comes out on top here next week at inRacingNews!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!