Recently in iRacing, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series visited Richmond, Michael Conti stamped his authority!
The 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series visited Richmond recently as Michael Conti of JR Motorsports chalked up his second win, the sites and sounds of these cars amongst great drivers and teams is something to behold.
When you think of great racing, for me at least one of the classes and series that spings to mind is NASCAR, even though i like many motorsport disciplines, NASCAR always puts on a great show.
If JR Motorsports’ Michael Conti had any fear that one win might not be enough to secure his 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoff berth, he removed all doubt on Tuesday night at Richmond Raceway. The 2014 series champion, already a winner in Las Vegas, became the first driver to visit the winner’s circle twice this year, giving himself an additional tiebreaker if the series sees more regular season race winners than playoff spots once again.
Conti led a race-high 53 of the race’s 130 laps, surviving caution after caution in the late stages and holding off Charlotte Phoenix’s Graham Bowlin in the final handful of green-flag laps. 2020 series champion Nick Ottinger of William Byron eSports was third, while Team Dillon Esports’ Corey Vincent and Jim Beaver eSports’ Michael Guest, the latter of whom came from 38th on the grid, completed the top five. Polesitter Taylor Hurst, Vincent’s Team Dillon Esports teammate, led 48 laps and finished sixth.
Richmond is traditionally a high-attrition race with numerous cautions, and with double-digit yellow flags, Tuesday night was no exception. Despite all the incidents, however, 35 of the 40 starters were able to stay on the lead lap with damaged cars. Among the only drivers to call it quits early were RFK Racing’s Parker Retzlaff and William Byron eSports’ Logan Clampitt, who tangled to set up the final restart of the night, and XSET’s Casey Kirwan, who led 29 laps on an alternate pit strategy but couldn’t parlay the track position into a win.
Tuesday’s action also tightened up the points race, with the top five in series standings now separated by just nine points. Atlanta winner Steven Wilson of Stewart-Haas eSports leads Conti by one point, Ottinger by three, and Daytona winner Femi Olatunbosun of Clint Bowyer Racing by four, while Bowlin completes the top five. In the team standings, Jim Beaver eSports is the new leader, as Guest (sixth) and Blake Reynolds (tied for ninth) make them the only team with both drivers in the top 10.
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from Richmond Raceway were as follows
|1||6||8||Michael Conti||JR Motorsports||130||0.000||53||22.010||40|
|2||7||48||Graham A. Bowlin||Charlotte Phoenix||130||-0.268||0||22.005||35|
|3||13||25||Nick Ottinger||William Byron eSports||130||-0.666||0||22.076||34|
|4||3||3||Corey Vincent||Team Dillon Esports||130||-0.888||0||22.134||33|
|5||38||9||Michael Guest||Jim Beaver eSports||130||-0.879||0||22.141||32|
|6||1||33||Taylor Hurst||Team Dillon Esports||130||-1.304||48||22.078||31|
|7||8||46||Jimmy Mullis||Rise eSports||130||-1.592||0||22.179||30|
|8||21||75||Matt Bussa||Mode Motorsports||130||-1.580||0||22.092||29|
|9||16||43||Kollin Keister||Charlotte Phoenix||130||-1.859||0||22.135||28|
|10||36||21||Garrett Lowe||Wood Brothers Racing||130||-1.897||0||22.038||27|
|11||20||10||Steven Wilson||Stewart Haas Racing||130||-2.017||0||22.115||26|
|12||17||19||Vicente Salas||Williams eSports||130||-2.102||0||21.940||25|
|13||10||5||Zack Novak||Rise eSports||130||-2.206||0||22.139||24|
|15||19||20||Donovan Strauss||Williams eSports||130||-2.319||0||22.140||22|
|16||15||79||Femi Olatunbosun||Clint Bowyer Racing||130||-2.460||0||22.134||21|
|17||11||18||Bobby Zalenski||Joe Gibbs Racing||130||-2.497||0||22.172||20|
|18||34||7||Malik Ray||iRacing Motorsports||130||-2.629||0||22.058||19|
|19||29||15||Blake Reynolds||Jim Beaver eSports||130||-2.670||0||22.121||18|
|23||30||2||Liam Brotherton||Elliot Sadler eSports||130||-3.069||0||22.155||14|
|24||32||36||Brian Mercurio||Letarte Esports||130||-3.186||0||22.107||13|
|25||35||17||Kaden Honeycutt||Roush Fenway Keselowski||130||-3.238||0||22.108||12|
|26||33||54||Kyle Peddle||Space Station Gaming||130||-3.445||0||22.234||11|
|27||37||40||Dylan Ault||Letarte Esports||130||-3.593||0||22.197||10|
|28||27||88||Briar LaPradd||JR Motorsports||130||-3.628||0||22.135||9|
|30||26||51||Ray Alfalla||Joe Gibbs Racing||130||-3.922||0||22.049||7|
|31||39||14||Nickolas Shelton||Clint Bowyer Racing||130||-4.024||0||22.255||6|
|32||40||12||Derek Justis||iRacing Motorsports||130||-4.050||0||22.196||5|
|33||25||41||Dylan Duval||Stewart Haas Racing||130||-4.158||0||22.155||4|
|34||14||24||Cody Byus||Mode Motorsports||130||-4.254||0||22.107||3|
|35||12||31||Garrett Manes||Elliot Sadler eSports||130||-4.395||0||22.216||2|
|36||31||6||Parker Retzlaff||Roush Fenway Keselowski||126||Disqualified||0||22.127||1|
|37||4||97||Logan Clampitt||William Byron eSports||123||-7L||0||22.100||1|
|39||22||16||Blade Whitt||Wood Brothers Racing||96||-34L||0||22.237||1|
|40||18||55||Allen Boes||Space Station Gaming||77||DNF||0||22.141||1|
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points through four rounds are as follows
- Steven Wilson, 115
- Michael Conti, 114
- Nick Ottinger, 112
- Femi Olatunbosun, 111
- Graham Bowlin, 106
- Michael Guest, 102
- Bobby Zalenski, 100
- Matt Bussa, 98
- Jimmy Mullis, 93 (tie)
- Blake Reynolds, 93 (tie)
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season makes history two weeks from now at Bristol Motor Speedway, when the series takes to the dirt for the first time. Broadcast coverage begins on Tuesday, April 12 at 8:30PM ET with Countdown to Green before the 9PM ET green flag. Live coverage of all the action can be seen at enascar.com/live.