While many drivers struggled with difficult track conditions at the virtual version of Tulsa’s River Spirit Expo Center, Devon Morgan charged to the front and doubled up on Speed51 Elite Series special events by winning the 2020 Chili Bash sim race.
After winning the virtual version of a traditional January event using dirt midget cars, Morgan said that the track surface was very tricky by the end of the 75-lap event.
“It gets really slick really fast and you have to find the line before anyone else and time your passes perfectly to move forward,” Morgan stated. “The car takes a lot of throttle control to keep it sideways but still trying to find traction.”
The tricky surface led to issues for contender Zane Scott, who led 65 laps before disaster stuck. With only a few laps to go, Scott missed his line, hitting the wall and collecting several other drivers on the rebound.
Scott, who compared running dirt midgets at River Spirit Expo Center to flying “jet fighters in a gymnasium,” knew he was going to have to hold off Morgan, but pushed his luck a bit too far.
“I just went a little too hard into turn three and tagged the wall. Was able to save it, but on the far end I wasn’t set up correctly and unfortunately piled some guys up. At first I was upset about the contact but ultimately that was a position I put myself in.”
For Morgan, who previously won the 2019 Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby, the change of pace from super late models to dirt midgets was a welcome challenge.
“It always feels good to show up to a different atmosphere and win with drivers I don’t usually get to race against. It felt great to win on dirt.”
Morgan won $85 for besting the 18-car field. The event paid the top 10 drivers.
Speed51 and Elite Racing Leagues will be announcing the schedule for its second season of the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour soon. Visit https://www.eliteracingleagues.com for more information on the upcoming development league and future special events.
The Western Super Series continues to air its Premier series Tuesday nights on Speed51 at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET, following the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour.
For a full schedule of 2020 sim races streamed on Speed51, click here.
-Story by: Patrick Hahe, Speed51 eSports Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51