Last time out, Bobby Zalenski spanked the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series field on the Daytona International Speedway road course with the largest margin of victory in series history.

This time, on the oval, couldn’t have been any more different.

Zalenski nipped birthday boy Eric Smith at the finish line by .029 seconds as the field wrecked behind them to wrap up the unprecedented third visit to Daytona of the season on Tuesday night. Known more recently for his road racing prowess, it was Zalenski’s first oval victory in three years, came from the pole, and helped further assert his position as one of the drivers to beat in this year’s championship.

Unlike the season opener in February, the return to Daytona under the lights saw four caution flags for 12 laps, kicked off by the “big one” on Lap 22. That wreck knocked a number of top drivers out of contention early, including past series champions Michael Conti, Ryan Luza, and Ray Alfalla, with the four-time eNASCAR title winner flying in the carnage. Another caution came just as green flag pit stops were getting started, as a bottleneck of cars unsure about who was pitting ended solid runs for both Brian Schoenburg and Steve Sheehan, running his first race for JTG Daugherty Racing.

The field calmed down enough in the closing laps for nearly 20 laps of clean driving, alternating between two and three-wide pack racing throughout the final stint. Zalenski and defending series champion Zack Novak worked the low line, with Smith and Corey Vincent above them and a third line occasionally popping up with drivers like Nick Ottinger and Caine Cook fronting it. Contact between the upper two lines in the tri-oval coming to the checkered flag led to a repeat of February’s finish, with only a handful of drivers getting over the finish line cleanly.

With the cutoff for the eight-driver playoffs looming, Zalenski’s win allowed him to seize the points lead from Keegan Leahy, who finished a disappointing two laps down in 26th. Garrett Lowe, Luza, Conti, Ottinger, Logan Clampitt, and Alfalla complete the current grid, with Graham Bowlin 15 points on the outside looking in. After getting caught up in an incident with Brandon Kettelle, Michael Guest dropped to 20th in points, just five points clear of John Gorlinsky to retain his license for the 2021 season. Smith, meanwhile, jumped to 26th in his bid to remain in the series next year.

Full eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from Daytona International Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Led

Interval

Best

Pts

1 1 83 Bobby Zalenski Chevrolet 100 43 44.261 45
2 21 9 Eric J. Smith Ford 100 0 -0.028 43.811 39
3 34 90 Zack Novak Toyota 100 4 -0.057 43.813 39
4 14 27 Corey Vincent Ford 100 1 -0.084 44.283 38
5 36 77 Bob Bryant Toyota 100 0 -0.107 43.829 36
6 5 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 100 39 -0.108 43.940 36
7 2 99 Logan Clampitt Toyota 100 5 -0.137 44.147 35
8 18 5 Matt Bussa Ford 100 0 -0.150 43.868 33
9 35 54 Alex McCollum Chevrolet 100 0 -0.166 43.798 32
10 30 55 Caine Cook Ford 100 1 -0.193 43.906 32
11 31 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 100 0 -0.218 43.922 30
12 17 51 Malik Ray Toyota 100 0 -0.234 44.016 29
13 15 3 Blake Reynolds Chevrolet 100 0 -0.322 43.894 28
14 24 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 100 0 -0.327 43.936 27
15 19 16 Chris Overland Ford 100 0 -0.372 44.234 26
16 4 66 Jarl Teien Chevrolet 100 6 -0.386 44.197 26
17 7 4 Santiago Tirres Chevrolet 100 0 -0.423 44.248 24
18 8 18 Graham A. Bowlin Toyota 100 0 -0.431 44.240 23
19 23 15 Michael Guariglia Ford 100 0 -0.506 44.197 22
20 28 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 100 0 -0.581 44.219 21
21 26 97 John Gorlinsky Chevrolet 100 0 -0.591 43.798 20
22 13 75 Phillip Diaz Ford 100 0 -0.669 43.945 19
23 11 33 Michael Guest Chevrolet 100 0 -22.481 43.889 18
24 29 41 Dylan Duval Ford 100 0 -22.675 43.833 17
25 10 24 Jake Nichols Ford 99 0 -1 L 44.331 16
26 9 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 98 0 -2 L 44.079 15
27 6 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 96 0 -4 L 44.319 14
28 27 37 Christian Challiner Chevrolet 95 0 -5 L 43.825 13
29 25 23 Casey Kirwan Toyota 93 0 -7 L 44.223 12
30 20 14 Brandon Kettelle Ford 73 0 -27 L 43.951 11
31 33 79 Brian Schoenburg Ford 62 0 -38 L 44.207 10
32 37 47 Steve Sheehan Chevrolet 62 0 -38 L 43.839 9
33 3 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 59 1 -41 L 44.408 9
34 32 53 Ryan Michael Luza Ford 50 0 -50 L 44.311 7
35 12 2 Ray Alfalla Chevrolet 48 0 -52 L 44.423 6
36 22 10 Justin Bolton Ford 46 0 -54 L 44.322 5
37 16 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 30 0 -70 L 44.395 4

 

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points after 13 races are as follows:

  1. Bobby Zalenski, 427
  2. Keegan Leahy, 399
  3. Garrett Lowe, 388
  4. Ryan Luza, 373
  5. Michael Conti, 364
  6. Nick Ottinger, 361
  7. Logan Clampitt, 344
  8. Ray Alfalla, 342
  9. Graham Bowlin, 327
  10. Jimmy Mullis, 325

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series returns to action in two weeks’ time with throwback paint schemes and wheel-to-wheel action from Darlington Raceway. As always, the race can be seen at 9PM ET on eNASCAR.com/live, iRacing.com/live, and the iRacing Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube pages. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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