Burton Kligerman eSports’ Ashton Crowder prevailed in an intense late-race battle in Tuesday night’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race from Auto Club Speedway. Crowder scored his second career eNCiS win by getting the best of Wood Brothers Racing’s Garrett Lowe, as the two drivers traded the lead multiple times in the final laps of Round 2 of this year’s championship.

The early stages of the race suggested that pit strategy would be a huge factor, as only a handful of drivers elected to try a riskier one-stop gameplan while most of the field pitted around Lap 30. With track position at a premium, their gamble looked to pay off perfectly when Joe Gibbs Racing’s Graham Bowlin made contact with JTG Daugherty Racing’s Christian Challiner just after the pit cycle completed, bringing out the first yellow flag of the race, and the season, on Lap 53.

All of the two-stop drivers pit under yellow, giving the one-stop drivers important track position with just a handful of extra laps on their tires and fuel runs. But that strategy went out the window as the race restarted on Lap 57, as Jim Beaver eSports’ Michael Guariglia got loose in Turn 3 and then took contact from Team Dillon Esports’ Blake Reynolds. The resulting incident collected a number of other front-runners, including Williams Esports’ Ryan Luza and California native Logan Clampitt of Burton Kligerman eSports, who had combined to lead 20 laps.

The second restart of the day went more smoothly, and fellow Californian Bobby Zalenski of Virtual Racing School and Jake Nichols of Mode Motorsports had a prolonged battle for the lead before Crowder found his way to the point for the first time on Lap 79. Lowe, meanwhile, had been carving his way through the top 10, climbing eight spots in 12 laps to grab onto second place on Lap 89. He made a pass for the lead with five laps to go, but Crowder reclaimed the top spot two laps later and held on for the win.

Full results from eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series action at Auto Club Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Led

Interval

Best Lap

Pts.

1 17 77 Ashton Crowder Toyota 100 16 0.000 40.145 45
2 10 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 100 2 -0.128 40.027 40
3 5 83 Bobby Zalenski Chevrolet 100 13 -0.599 39.968 39
4 33 24 Jake Nichols Ford 100 13 -1.203 40.384 38
5 37 16 Chris Overland Ford 100 0 -1.374 40.324 36
6 8 97 John Gorlinsky Chevrolet 100 2 -1.547 40.314 36
7 7 23 Casey Kirwan Toyota 100 2 -1.756 39.996 35
8 21 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 100 0 -2.019 40.008 33
9 22 3 Blake Reynolds Chevrolet 100 0 -2.218 40.243 32
10 25 66 Jarl Teien Chevrolet 100 0 -2.601 39.899 31
11 32 2 Ray Alfalla Chevrolet 100 13 -2.923 40.183 31
12 9 5 Matt Bussa Ford 100 0 -2.934 39.946 29
13 23 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 100 0 -3.171 40.050 28
14 35 75 Phillip Diaz Ford 100 0 -3.309 40.226 27
15 40 47 Jeremy R Allen Chevrolet 100 0 -3.557 40.059 26
16 27 55 Caine Cook Ford 100 0 -3.779 40.228 25
17 31 54 Alex McCollum Chevrolet 100 0 -3.931 40.021 24
18 14 42 Bob Bryant Chevrolet 100 0 -4.146 40.099 23
19 39 4 Santiago Tirres Chevrolet 100 0 -4.523 40.270 22
20 6 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 100 1 -4.657 40.034 22
21 38 14 Brandon Kettelle Ford 100 0 -4.896 40.092 20
22 1 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 100 13 -5.121 40.093 20
23 13 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 100 1 -7.218 40.198 19
24 12 10 Justin Bolton Ford 100 0 -7.306 40.021 17
25 20 27 Corey Vincent Ford 100 0 -7.633 40.210 16
26 16 18 Graham A. Bowlin Toyota 100 0 -7.715 40.062 15
27 24 17 Kollin Keister Ford 100 0 -10.148 40.134 14
28 4 1 Steve Sheehan Chevrolet 100 0 -12.616 40.079 13
29 36 9 Eric J. Smith Ford 100 0 -16.682 40.076 12
30 15 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 100 0 -16.721 40.191 11
31 29 41 Dylan Duval Ford 100 0 -26.034 40.144 10
32 2 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 100 4 -37.400 39.959 10
33 26 33 Michael Guest Chevrolet 100 0 -38.598 40.220 8
34 30 51 Malik Ray Toyota 99 0 -1 L 40.240 7
35 19 37 Christian Challiner Chevrolet 99 0 -1 L 40.132 6
36 3 53 Ryan Michael Luza Ford 98 8 -2 L 40.139 6
37 34 79 Brian Schoenburg Ford 96 0 -4 L 40.158 4
38 11 99 Logan Clampitt Toyota 69 12 -31 L 40.323 4
39 28 15 Michael Guariglia Ford 67 0 -33 L 40.458 2
40 18 90 Zack Novak Toyota 58 0 -42 L 40.146 1

 

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season continues on March 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race can be streamed live at 9PM ET/6PM PT on eNASCAR.com/live and iracing.com/live. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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