As the regulars of the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour fought amongst themselves Tuesday night on iRacing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it was invader Devon Morgan who rose above it all for the victory after 100 laps. The race saw many favorites fall by the wayside, but Bryan Narducci managed to remain a thorn in Morgan’s side in the final laps.
Morgan dominated most of the race, but Narducci and Michael Christopher Jr. managed to keep him honest, working together to pass Morgan twice over the event. But, the alliance was off in the final 10 laps, with Christopher running Narducci up, costing him track position. When a late crash eliminated many contenders, including Christopher, it set up a green-white-checkered finish.
Narducci on the last lap would swerve from behind then-second-place Marcus Fruchtenicht to get right on Morgan’s bumper in turn three. But, it was not enough as Morgan held on for the win.
“I just tried to get as far away from them as I could, I drove it in deep and mashed the throttle, just making sure he didn’t clip me in the left-rear. He ran up and ran completely out of the bottom groove before then, doored me to get the lead, and Christopher gave it back to him. It was a free range of racing, so I gave it back to them,” said Morgan after the race.
Originally on the overtime restart, Fruchtenicht was in second, but an illegal lane movement on the restart saw the No. 84 drawing a penalty. Though he did not give way until turn three of the last lap, it very nearly played into Narducci’s favor running third in line.
“The thing that killed me was the 82 (Christopher) a few laps before that getting into one," said Narducci. "We worked together the whole race, I thought we’d be good together towards the end, and then he decided to nerf me out of the way. So that put me back. Then on the green-white-checkered, I saw Marcus had the lane change violation and saw he was going to the back. I was hoping he would stay there so I could use the draft, then get of the way like he did, so that was perfect. I just needed another lap. Good points day though.”
Indeed, with Narducci’s runner-up he extended his points lead, albeit slightly over Ryan Doucette who finished the race in third position. Vincent Isabella came home fourth with Ken Zeames rounding the top five.
The Speed51 Elite Modified Tour is back in action next Tuesday night for 125 laps of racing on iRacing at Langley Speedway. Click here to see upcoming sim racing broadcasts on Speed51.
Click here to watch a replay of Tuesday night's Speed51 Elite Modified Tour event.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT