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Nick Ottinger wins Coca-Cola iRacing event at virtual Dover

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Nick Ottinger scored his 15th career eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series win Tuesday night, winning at virtual Dover International Speedway.

Ottinger, who drives for William Byron eSports, started second.

Brad Davies finished second and was followed by Dylan Duval, Ryan Luza and Keegan Leahy, who started 29th.

Luza was seeking to win a series-record fourth consecutive race.

The 200-lap race featured a track-record two cautions.

The next series race will be May 12 at virtual Charlotte Motor Speedway.

RESULTS

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

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

Ryan Luza wins NASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at Bristol

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Ryan Luza won Tuesday night’s NASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race held on a digital Bristol Motor Speedway.

Luza, who competes for Williams ESports, claimed the win in a three-lap overtime finish over Garrett Lowe and Zack Novak.

Then event was slowed by five cautions in the last 48 laps of regulation, with the last one occurring with four laps left and forcing the overtime finish.

Luza is the first repeat winner of the season after winning consecutive events.

“We just had an amazing long-run car,” Luza said. “I had a pit stop malfunction on the first pit stop after we got to third on the first run. I was pretty upset. But we got another long run and we came flying through the field after about 30 laps. … I think we pretty much had the field covered on the long run there.”

The series’ next race is scheduled for April 14 on a digital Richmond Raceway.

Results

  1. Ryan Luza (Williams eSports)
  2. Garrett Lowe (Wood Brothers Racing)
  3. Zack Novak (Richmond Raceway eSports)
  4. Michael Conti (JR Motorsports)
  5. Bobby Zalenski (Virtual Racing School)
  6. Brad Davies (JR Motorsports)
  7. Alex McCollum (G2 eSports)
  8. Michael Guest (Team Dillon eSports)
  9. Caine Cook (Renegades eSports)
  10. Justin Bolton (Stewart-Haas eSports
  11. Bob Bryant (Kyle Larson Racing eSports)
  12. Keegan Leahy (Denny Hamlin Racing)
  13. Nick Ottinger (William Byron eSports)
  14. Jake Nichols (Mode Motorsports)
  15. Ray Alfalla (Virtual Racing School)
  16. Christian Challiner (JTG Daugherty Racing)
  17. Graham Bowlin (Joe Gibbs Racing)
  18. Steve Sheehan (Kyle Larson Racing)
  19. Matt Bussa (Williams Esports
  20. Kollin Keister (Roush Fenway Racing)
  21. Logan Clampitt (Burton Kligerman eSports)
  22. Michael Guariglia (Jim Beaver eSports)
  23. Chris Shearburn (Letarte eSports)
  24. Jarl Teien (G2 eSports)
  25. Phil Diaz (Mode Motorsports)
  26. Brian Schoenburg (Clint Bowyer Racing)
  27. Casey Kirwan (Denny Hamlin Racing)
  28. John Gorlinsky (William Byron eSports)
  29. Ashton Crowder (Burton Kligerman eSports)
  30. Brandon Kettelle (Clint Bowyer Racing)
  31. Malik Ray (Joe Gibbs Racing)
  32. Jimmy Mullis (Richmond Raceway eSports)
  33. Chris Overland (Wood Brothers Racing)
  34. Santiago Tirres (Letarte eSports)
  35. Corey Vincent (Renegades)
  36. Dylan Duval (Stewart-Haas eSports)
  37. Jeremy Allen (JTG Daugherty Racing)
  38. Eric Smith (Jim Beaver eSports)
  39. Nathan Lyon (Roush Fenway Racing)
  40. Blake Reynolds (Dillon eSports)

 

NASCAR drivers to take part in iRacing Pro Invitational Series

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NASCAR announced Tuesday night the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, an exhibition series featuring NASCAR drivers.

The multi-week series begins at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Remaining race and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

NASCAR has postponed all races through the May 3 Cup race at Dover International Speedway because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exhibition series will feature: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell. The series will have drivers from the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series.

“Until we have cars back on track, the entire NASCAR community has aligned to provide our passionate fans with a unique, fun and competitive experience on race day,” said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR, in a statement. “Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an incredible product and we are excited to see how many of our best drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of competitive racing.”

The announcement was made before Tuesday night’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. That series features 40 of the top sim racers competing for more than $300,000. Ryan Luza, driving for Williams eSports, scored his second career Homestead win. Logan Clampitt, driving for Burton/Kligerman eSprots, finished second. Third was Keegan Leahy for Denny Hamlin Racing. Garrett Lowe, driving for Wood Brothers was fourth. Chris Shearburn finished fifth, driving for Letarte eSports. The next race is March 31 on the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

Nick Ottinger wins NASCAR America’s iRacing All-Star race

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Nick Ottinger won the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series All-Star race held Thursday on NASCAR America.

He claimed the win on a virtual Iowa Speedway after a last-lap pass and side-by-side finish with Ryan Luza, the 2017 series champion.

Ottinger, a 24-year-old from Claremont, North Carolina, competes in the No. 47 car for JTG Daugherty Racing.

The race, which was the first iRacing event broadcast on national television, included NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kilgerman and teams owned by real NASCAR organizations, tracks and drivers, including Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer.

Ottinger and Luza swapped the lead multiple times over the last three laps after Luza led most of the 70-lap race.

“I just had to bide my time for a straight exit and really research which line to run to get a better run on him,” Ottinger told NASCAR America after the race. “He set up the door for a crossover so I just had to keep my foot to the floor.”

Ottinger, who is currently eighth in the PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, has won more than 350 iRacing races including 13 at the pro level.

Following this week’s event, iRacing will return to NASCAR America on NBCSN on the last Thursday of every month for a four-race series. More information on the three future iRacing events on NBCSN will be revealed in the coming weeks. Need more video? Check out our YouTube page here.