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Ryan Luza wins third consecutive Coca-Cola iRacing race

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Ryan Luza overcame a 37th-starting spot and a pair of overtime restarts to win Tuesday night’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at a virtual Richmond Raceway.

The win was Luza’s third in a row, making him the first driver in the series to win three consecutive races since 2013. His three victories have come in the first five races of the season. Also his win was the second in a row at virtual Richmond. Luza ranks second in all-time series wins with 15.

The race, scheduled for 200 laps, was slowed by 16 cautions.

The series returns to action in two weeks at virtual Dover International Speedway.

RESULTS

  1. Ryan Luza
  2. Michael Conti
  3. Nathan Lyon
  4. Bobby Zalenski
  5. Zack Novak
  6. Jarl Teien
  7. Blake Reynolds
  8. Malik Ray
  9. Corey Vincent
  10. Graham Bowlin
  11. Steve Sheehan
  12. Logan Clampitt
  13. Matt Bussa
  14. Nick Ottinger
  15. Jake Nichols
  16. Phil Diaz
  17. John Gorlinsky
  18. Alex McCollum
  19. Michael Guariglia
  20. Brian Schoenburg
  21. Bob Bryant
  22. Dylan Duval
  23. Keegan Leahy
  24. Brandon Kettelle
  25. Garrett Lowe
  26. Kollin Keister
  27. Chris Shearburn
  28. Santiago Tirres
  29. Justin Bolton
  30. Ray Afalla
  31. Michael Guest
  32. Brad Davies
  33. Christian Challiner
  34. Jimmy Mullis
  35. Ashton Crowder
  36. Caine Cook
  37. Eric Smith
  38. Jeremy Allen
  39. Chris Overland
  40. Casey Kirwan

Zack Novak conquers The Rock to win second NASCAR America’s iRacing All-Star race

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Zack Novak held off a strong last lap challenge by Michael Conti to win the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series All-Star race held live Thursday on NASCAR America and televised on NBCSN.

Novak, who drives the No. 6 Ford Mustang for the Roush Fenway Racing esports team, claimed the win on a virtual Rockingham Speedway, forcing Conti, who drives for JR Motorsports, down low coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap of the 90-lap event and was able to hang on to take the checkered flag.

 

The 16-year-old Novak, from Clinton, Connecticut, leads the Peak Series points standings — he won last year’s Ignite Series championship — and goes for the $100,000 prize pool on October 10, which will also be televised on NBCSN.

I don’t even have a driver’s license yet. — Zack Novak

“I don’t even have a driver’s license yet,” Novak told NASCAR America analysts Krista Voda, Parker Kligerman (who also competed in the race in the NBC Sports simulator in Stamford, Connecticut) and former NASCAR Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger. “It was extremely hard to pass but Conti is a very good driver and kept putting pressure on me.

“I just tried to hold the top as much as I could and make it hard for him. The top line came in real good there, a lot better than I expected, and we luckily had a real good finish for everybody watching and it was really fun to race him and battle side-by-side.”

Finishing third through fifth in the 32-driver field were 2017 series champion Ryan Michael Luza (Flipsid3 Tactics), Logan Clampitt (Burton Kligerman Esports) and Nathan Lyon (Letarte Esports).

Sixth through 10th were Ashton Crowder (Burton Kligerman Esports), Matt Bussa (Williams Esports), Chris Overland (Wood Brothers), Bobby Zalenski (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Brian Schoenburg (Williams Esports).

The race was the second iRacing event broadcast on national television, and included NASCAR On NBC analyst Parker Kligerman and teams owned by real NASCAR organizations, tracks and drivers, including fellow NBC analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.

“The return of iRacing eNASCAR action to live television on NBCSN for a second All-Star race provides viewers with a unique outlet to enjoy simulator racing at its best,” said Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production, NBC Sports. “The growth and popularity is impressive on many fronts, and with a variety of NBC announcers moonlighting as owners, fans will get first-hand, expert analysis during the broadcast.”

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