Olatunbosun Wins eNASCAR iRacing Series Opener at Daytona

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Femi Olatunbosun has won his first eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race in the 2022 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

A day to remember for Femi Olatunbosun as he claimed his very first victory in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, setting a grandstand finish at Daytona International Speedway.

In his first race driving for Clint Bowyer Racing, Femi Olatunbosun survived not only numerous cautions, but also an intense green-white-checkered charge to the finish, to earn his first career eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series victory from Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday night. As long as he can remain in the top 20 in series points through the regular season, the win all but guarantees the Revere, Massachusetts native a spot in the 2022 series playoffs.

Elliott Sadler Esports’ Garrett Manes was second and Stewart-Haas eSports’ Steven Wilson was third, with Olatunbosun just .009 and .011 seconds ahead of them at the line, respectively. After Manes tried to isolate the leading duo from the pack and make it a drag race to the line, Wilson pushed Olatunbosun just enough before taking his own stab at the checkered flag to help counter Manes’ momentum on what would have been the winning move.

Unlike recent previous years, including last year’s caution-free running, the herd was much thinner at the finish thanks to a number of incidents that took out everyone from series debutants to past champions and playoff drivers. With the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car making its superspeedway debut in the series, even the 40 best virtual stock car racers in the world faced an adjustment period, and the cautions started flying as soon as six laps into the 80-lap race.

After a number of yellows piled on as the race continued, the biggest one came with just a handful of laps remaining. Malik Ray, well-known for being one of the top superspeedway drivers in the series, took a push from Charlotte Phoenix driver Kollin Keister that went awry, spinning him from the bottom lane into the front of the field and collecting many of the top remaining racers. That set up the first of three possible overtime finishes, and with drivers taking the white flag, it was a mad—yet clean—dash to the finish from there.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from Daytona International Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

1 11 79 Femi Olatunbosun Ford 84 15 46.212 40
2 17 31 Garrett Manes Chevrolet 84 -0.009 0 46.194 35
3 20 10 Steven  Wilson Ford 84 -0.011 0 46.191 34
4 2 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 84 -0.115 18 46.473 33
5 25 46 Jimmy Mullis Chevrolet 84 -0.207 0 45.845 32
6 13 15 Blake Reynolds Ford 84 -0.219 2 45.993 31
7 9 41 Dylan Duval Ford 84 -0.253 0 45.891 30
8 12 43 Kollin Keister Toyota 84 -0.692 18 46.160 29
9 3 45 Keegan Leahy Toyota 84 -0.757 0 46.214 28
10 31 33 Taylor Hurst Chevrolet 84 -0.883 0 46.254 27
11 5 18 Bobby Zalenski Toyota 84 -0.995 0 46.260 26
12 6 23 Mitchell deJong Toyota 84 -2.358 0 46.347 25
13 40 6 Parker Retzlaff Ford 84 -2.532 0 46.175 24
14 14 95 Casey Kirwan Chevrolet 84 -2.548 0 46.328 23
15 26 2 Liam Brotherton Chevrolet 84 -3.036 0 46.339 22
16 38 14 Nickolas Shelton Ford 84 -3.112 0 46.225 21
17 23 40 Dylan Ault Chevrolet 84 -3.224 0 46.392 20
18 34 4 Ryan  Luza Chevrolet 84 -6.516 0 46.151 19
19 28 16 Blade Whitt Ford 84 -6.616 0 46.226 18
20 7 75 Matt Bussa Ford 84 -11.498 0 46.192 17
21 32 55 Allen Boes Toyota 84 -12.257 0 46.027 16
22 10 24 Cody Byus Ford 84 -13.361 0 45.910 15
23 39 51 Ray Alfalla Toyota 84 -13.877 0 45.961 14
24 35 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 84 -17.817 2 45.831 13
25 8 48 Graham A. Bowlin Toyota 84 -19.816 0 46.231 12
26 19 7 Malik Ray Ford 84 -22.186 6 46.322 11
27 1 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 84 -25.948 23 46.213 10
28 36 19 Vicente Salas Toyota 83 -1 L 0 46.091 9
29 22 54 Kyle Peddle Toyota 82 -2 L 0 46.662 8
30 21 9 Michael Guest Ford 81 -3 L 0 46.191 7
31 29 36 Brian Mercurio Chevrolet 78 -6 L 0 46.349 6
32 27 12 Derek Justis Ford 78 -6 L 0 46.310 5
33 30 3 Corey Vincent Chevrolet 76 -8 L 0 46.247 4
34 37 17 Kaden Honeycutt Ford 66 -18 L 0 46.143 3
35 4 97 Logan Clampitt Chevrolet 56 -28 L 0 46.582 2
36 16 69 Collin Bowden Chevrolet 15 -69 L 0 46.831 1
37 15 42 Darik Bourdeau Chevrolet 12 -72 L 0 46.846 1
38 33 5 Zack Novak Chevrolet 11 -73 L 0 45.932 1
39 18 20 Donovan Strauss Toyota 10 -74 L 0 46.807 1
40 24 88 Briar LaPradd Chevrolet 6 -78 L 0 46.717 1

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points after one round are as follows:

  1. Femi Olatunbosun, 40
  2. Garrett Manes, 35
  3. Steven Wilson, 34
  4. Michael Conti, 33
  5. Jimmy Mullis, 32
  6. Blake Reynolds, 31
  7. Dylan Duval, 30
  8. Kollin Keister, 29
  9. Keegan Leahy, 28
  10. Taylor Hurst, 27

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season continues in two weeks’ time, as drivers head west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where XSET’s Ryan Luza is the defending winner. Broadcast coverage begins on Tuesday, March 1 at 8:30PM ET with Countdown to Green before a 9PM ET green flag, and can be seen at enascar.com/live.

For more information on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, visit www.enascar.com or www.iracing.com/enascar. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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