March 17th, 2021 by Chris Leone
William Byron eSports came out of Tuesday night’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the week’s big winners, as teammates Logan Clampitt and Nick Ottinger finished first and second at the end of the fourth round of the 2021 season. Clampitt’s third career series victory snapped a 44-race winless streak, and marked his first time in the winner’s circle since relocating from California to North Carolina.
“It’s been two and a half years,” an emotional Clampitt said after the victory, which will guarantee him a berth in the 2021 playoffs if he can maintain a top 20 position in series points at the end of the regular season. “I moved down here with Michael (Conti) to change my life, and (iRacing) has changed my life so much. It’s my first win being away from home, and I’m glad I have my friends to celebrate with—they’re like family.
“We put so much time into this, and so much has gone on the past two and a half years. When I was crossing the line to take the white flag, it didn’t even feel real.”
23XI’s Mitchell deJong qualified on the pole, as he did in his series debut at Daytona International Speedway last month, and hung onto the lead through the night’s only caution, when Kligerman Sport’s Bob Bryant and Richmond Raceway eSports’ Zack Novak made contact as Bryant attempted to make a green flag pit stop. After the restart, Clampitt got past deJong to take the lead for the first time, establishing himself as the dominant driver throughout the middle section of the race.
Despite occasional contact between drivers in the rest of the event, the race remained green from Lap 53 forward. The front-runners split the remaining portion of the race in two with a round of green flag pit stops, with Ottinger eventually coming out up front and Clampitt cycling into second. But the #97 car wouldn’t be denied, making the decisive pass on Lap 121 to lead the rest of the way. Clampitt would eventually lead 97 of 163 laps to match his car number and effectively secure his spot in the 2021 playoffs after narrowly missing a berth in the postseason last year.
Full results from the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series round at Atlanta Motor Speedway were as follows:
|8||9||4||Ryan Michael Luza||Ford||163||-14.176||0||29.968||29|
|12||20||10||Graham A. Bowlin||Ford||163||-16.194||0||29.937||25|
|30||21||67||Allen Boes||Chevrolet||162||-1 L||0||30.099||7|
|31||40||52||Jake Matheson||Ford||162||-1 L||0||30.087||6|
|32||31||15||Caine Cook||Ford||162||-1 L||0||30.292||5|
|33||19||3||Corey Vincent||Chevrolet||162||-1 L||0||30.175||4|
|34||16||47||Brian Schoenburg||Chevrolet||162||-1 L||0||30.181||3|
|35||11||37||Derek Justis||Chevrolet||162||-1 L||0||30.037||2|
|36||23||18||Femi Olat||Toyota||161||-2 L||0||30.150||1|
|37||27||66||Blake Reynolds||Chevrolet||161||-2 L||0||30.020||1|
|38||5||16||John Gorlinsky||Ford||161||-2 L||0||30.098||1|
|39||6||44||Isaac Gann||Chevrolet||137||-26 L||1||29.845||1|
|40||25||1||Ashton Crowder||Toyota||94||-69 L||0||30.203||1|
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points through four rounds are as follows:
- Casey Kirwan, 116
- Keegan Leahy, 110
- Logan Clampitt, 108
- Ryan Luza, 105
- Michael Conti, 104
- Steven Wilson, 98
- Chris Shearburn, 97
- Michael Guest, 97
- Nick Ottinger, 94
- Jake Nichols/Brad Davies (tie), 85
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is back in action on March 30 at Auto Club Speedway, with Elliott Sadler Esports’ Ashton Crowder coming in as the defending winner. Coverage will kick off at 8:30PM ET with iRacing Countdown to Green, while the race will begin at 9PM ET on eNASCAR.com/live, iRacing.com/live, and NASCAR and iRacing social media channels.