The first season of the Speed51 Elite SK Modified® Series is in the books, with the four-race championship being decided Tuesday on the sim version of the real-world "Home of the SK Modifieds®", Stafford Motor Speedway. Ironically the same two drivers going for the title also ended up going for the 75-lap race win.
In another "North vs. South" duel of real world race drivers, it was polesitter Devon Morgan leading all 75 laps over Ryan Doucette, with the South Carolina multi-class driver taking the race and title over the Massachusetts Tour-type Modified pilot. However, the flag-to-flag performance was by no means a dominating one for Morgan, as a string of yellow flags kept Doucette in play all race long.
“For whatever reason, I didn’t have any short run speed there. It took about three or four laps and we started inching away from him there," Morgan said on the Speed51 broadcast. "Then all of those cautions just kept hurting me and kept giving him shots at me over and over again."
Ultimately, Doucette could not get a good enough opportunity that he could capitalize on.
“Devon did what he needed to do to win that championship. He got the pole and he just ran consistent all race long. There were a few windows of opportunity, but I couldn’t really take advantage of it, and this in my opinion was the best setup we’ve had all season. It was getting loose off the corners and forced a few mistakes from pretty much every driver, which probably led to a lot of those cautions. But it was a blast to drive,” Doucette explained.
Now, both drivers are in prime position to move up to the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour, which resumes with a new season on March 17. While SK Series champion Morgan will be new to the Tour, he is plenty familiar with the drivers he will be going up against on other sim series.
“I definitely think I’ll be good in that, looking at some of the drivers that won from last season. I generally outrun them any time I go up against them. I think I got a good chance. The SK’s I don’t really like the lack of power and drive in them. I’m looking forward to the Tour Mod where it’s going to put me back in the driver’s seat.”
Overall, Morgan is looking forward to continuing on Speed51.com what he started here in the 51 SK Modified® Series.
“It’s a great experience, Speed51 has a great deal going with the sim racing here, and it’s only going to continue to grow. Sim racing as a whole is going to continue to grow, it’s exciting being able to race on the 51 Network. I look forward to continue to race on there and going for more wins.”
A full replay of Tuesday night's race at Stafford can be viewed for free by visiting www.speed51.com/elitemodifiedtour.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT