The 2019 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series season hits its halfway point tonight at Dover International Speedway, with just four rounds between now and the cementing of the next 20 drivers to move up to iRacing’s eNASCAR World Championship for next season. The first three weeks have produced plenty of surprises all the way down the running order, and there’s no reason to expect anything different from the Monster Mile.
Graham Bowlin became the series’ most recent winner at Richmond Raceway last Tuesday, and used the victory to climb to the top of the series standings. He joined Daytona winner John Gorlinsky and Atlanta winner and four-time eNASCAR champion Ray Alfalla as the third driver to take a checkered flag in 2019, and his 11-point cushion over second place thus far gives him a strong chance at earning his World Championship license for next season.
Bowlin may have earned the victory, but it was Cody Byus who dominated in Richmond for most of the way before losing the lead and later taking contact from Alfalla that set up overtime. The good news for the Mode Motorsports driver is that he was last year’s winner at Dover, a huge contributing factor to his second place finish in last year’s Pro points. Eric J. Smith and Ashton Crowder, last year’s second and third place finishers at Dover, will also be looking for similar results after scoring top-10 results in Richmond.
Every driver in the top 10 in the current standings is 15 points or more ahead of the current cut line, meaning that a solid Dover run could help them breathe a lot easier heading into the final three races of the season. That only adds to the drama that fans will see further down the running order. Logan Kress sits on the 20th place bubble in the standings, with four of last year’s other World Championship drivers—Byus, Brian Schoenburg, Michael Guariglia, and Casey Tucker—and 2020 hopeful Brad Mahar all within six points of him.
eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series action from Dover International Speedway will air tonight at 9PM ET/6PM PT on the iRacing eSports Network on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. After Dover, the series will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Kress clawed his way up from the 33rd starting spot to beat 2019 eNASCAR championship contender Blake Reynolds last year.