May 30th, 2020 by Chris Leone
Four-time eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series champion Ray Alfalla become the first driver in series history to score 25 victories on Friday night when he took the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Virtual Racing School driver snapped a winless streak dating back to the end of his most recent title-winning season in 2018, and propelled himself into the thick of playoff contention.
For Alfalla, Friday night’s win may not have been much of a surprise. In last fall’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series, the series that completes the eNCiS grid, he took his first win of the season here, on the way to winning that series championship and qualifying back into the premier division. After working his way up from the 26th starting spot, he led a race-high 75 of 167 laps, extending a lead of more than two seconds in the final green flag run on Garrett Lowe, his replacement for 2020 at Wood Brothers Racing.
While a stretch of four back-to-back cautions slowed down the early stages of the race, the lap 55 yellow flag for former Atlanta winner Steve Sheehan was the final one of the night. That left drivers with a stretch of well over 100 green flag laps to end the race, meaning green flag pit stops would play a factor. Alfalla, who took the lead from Dover winner on Nick Ottinger on lap 70, pit with just over 50 to go. He finally inherited the spot back from JR Motorsports’ Michael Conti on lap 138 and never looking back.
Lowe’s runner-up finish matched a season best and allowed him to climb to third in the championship standings. Renegades’ Caine Cook scored his own best finish of the season in third, while Letarte Esports’ Chris Shearburn and new points leader Keegan Leahy of Denny Hamlin Racing completed the top five. Kollin Keister, who won the series’ most recent round at Charlotte, finished sixth after leading 53 laps, while polesitter Corey Vincent led only the first lap and faded to 16th at race’s end.
Full results from eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series action at Atlanta Motor Speedway were as follows:
|26||34||79||Brian Schoenburg||Ford||166||2||-1 L||29.304||16|
|27||25||33||Michael Guest||Chevrolet||166||0||-1 L||29.517||14|
|28||15||3||Blake Reynolds||Chevrolet||166||0||-1 L||29.677||13|
|29||16||97||John Gorlinsky||Chevrolet||166||0||-1 L||29.530||12|
|30||9||88||Brad Davies||Chevrolet||166||0||-1 L||29.559||11|
|31||6||15||Michael Guariglia||Ford||166||2||-1 L||29.527||11|
|32||35||54||Alex McCollum||Chevrolet||166||0||-1 L||29.379||9|
|33||29||9||Eric J. Smith||Ford||166||0||-1 L||29.510||8|
|34||31||53||Ryan Michael Luza||Ford||165||0||-2 L||29.692||7|
|35||8||37||Christian Challiner||Chevrolet||162||0||-5 L||29.544||6|
|36||38||47||Jeremy R Allen||Chevrolet||140||0||-27 L||29.548||5|
|37||30||4||Santiago Tirres||Chevrolet||120||0||-47 L||29.615||4|
|38||24||51||Malik Ray||Toyota||113||0||-54 L||29.606||3|
|39||4||18||Graham A. Bowlin||Toyota||66||0||-101 L||29.452||2|
|40||39||1||Steve Sheehan||Chevrolet||55||0||-112 L||29.514||1|
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points after eight rounds are as follows:
- Keegan Leahy, 264
- Ryan Luza, 254
- Garrett Lowe, 252
- Bobby Zalenski, 240
- Michael Conti, 227
- Nick Ottinger, 214
- Brad Davies, 210
- Jake Nichols, 209
- Ray Alfalla, 207
- Graham Bowlin, 192
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series takes a month off of points-paying competition before returning to the track on June 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Until then, fans can look forward to the series’ all-star race on June 16, with race information to be unveiled soon. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.