The first round of the four-race Speed51 Elite SK Modified Series took the green flag on the sim version of New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday night. A roster of drivers looking to prove themselves in front of a national audience on Speed51, while hunting for a spot in the upcoming season of the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour, went door-to-door over the 75-lap distance at “The Magic Mile.”
After it was all said and done, following some hard wrecks and close side by side racing, it was sim racing regular Joshua Banks who topped the hungry field of SK drivers. Banks took advantage of a late yellow that saw the race end under caution after slicing and dicing with a number of drivers.
“Oh man, that was hard short track racing with the SK’s. This is fun, enjoyed it a lot,” Banks stated. “I know a couple of guys don’t like me very much out there. The way this car was, the way the track was, it was tight and you had to move somebody. I don’t know what else you could’ve done; it was hard to pass. I had to do something, and I wasn’t going to sit there on the bottom to ride it out. Once we got the lead, the caution fell, and come out with a W.”
With five laps to go, fellow sim driver Conor Horn had Banks all lined up, just waiting for the white flag, but his one chance at a move evaporated with the wave of the yellow.
“I think I could of, I think I might have gotten a run on the inside. I was planning to move him up the track late,” Horn explained. “I was waiting for the last lap. I know that was a risk I was willing to take because I knew we wouldn’t get a green-white-checkered. But, I knew if I went early I was going to get freight-trained. In the end it didn’t go green, still got second, just hard to pass on the bottom. I had to go to the back with some damage, which hurt a little.”
The highest finishing real-world racer on the night was South Carolina driver Devon Morgan, the same man who also won the Speed51 Elite Chili Bash two weeks prior. His chances were also curtailed by the difficult passing conditions on the night.
“It was a factor of how the race track raced with that car. The setup was way too tight, there wasn’t really any passing,” Morgan said.
Massachusetts Modified driver Ryan Doucette led early on, but settled to finish fourth after a couple of close calls on track, ahead of Michael Goodman in fifth.
Justin Carey, Dave Greenslit, Lyal Christensen, Daryl Canfield, and Kenny Zeames completed the top 10.
An on-demand replay of Tuesday night’s broadcast can be viewed by clicking here.
The Speed51 Elite SK Modified Series returns next Tuesday for round two, this time at Concord Speedway. The current 2020 Speed51 sim racing broadcast schedule can be viewed by clicking here.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT