iRacing: Temples Cuts into Points Lead with SoBo Win

Phillip Temples takes the backwards victory lap in the #19 Triad SK Modified.

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 racing and is a perfect venue as the BRL Outlaw Modified title chase goes down to the wire with only three races remaining.   Phillip Temples was sitting second in the points and looking to make a move.

John Holcomb led the field to the green flag in the blue #69 Indianapolis Colts SK Modified.  Temples jumped into the second spot by holding his position on the inside line behind Holcomb.  Temples was quickly able to take advantage of his position early in the race and slipped under Holcomb to take the race lead on lap two.

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Ronald Henrie gets loose in the #75.

Temples held the race lead with Mike Holloway in the #4 running in the second position for an extended green flag run.  Temples and Holloway were able to break away from the field and put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field.  Points leader Donny 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 pole-sitter John Holcomb lost traction coming out of turn 2.  Points contender Ryan Edwards-Kiss in the #20 also lost traction and came together with the #69, pushing him back out into the racing line causing a large wreck.  Holcomb managed to collect Brian Neff in the #60.  Neff would end up on his roof requiring a tow to the pits for his fast-repair.

When the race restarted on lap 40, Donny Moore found himself running in the 5th position with Temples back in striking distance.  Moore began working the outside groove and moved into the third position with 20 laps to go.

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Donny Moore (#26) and Mike Holloway (#4) head out of turn 2 in pursuit of race leader Phillip Temples.

The caution would fly for the last time on lap 60 for a crash involving Ernie Brown, Lowell Jewell, and Ryan Edwards-Kiss.  The accident would send REK to the garage area for the remainder of the event.

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Lowell Jewell (#55) and Ryan Edwards-Kiss (#20) get together heading into turn 1.

The green flag would fly for the final time with 11 laps to go.  Donny Moore attempted to take advantage of his inside second row starting position to stay on Temple’s bumper and take the second spot.  Mike Holloway would have none of it and used the fast, outside line to keep Moore back in third.  Temples would take the win in convincing fashion with Holloway in second and Moore coming home in third.

Temples would cut into the points lead by taking the win, reducing the points margin to two points with two races remaining.  The BRL heads 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!

Here is a link to the GSRC broadcast of the action at SoBo – https://youtu.be/qJCvF0LJ7Rs

Be sure to check out the Bootleg Racing League at www.bootlegracingleague.com.