May 21st, 2019 by Chris Leone
The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series prepares for its longest event of 2019 tonight, as 40 of the world’s top eSports competitors prepare for 300 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The start of the second half of the series’ 2019 regular season coincides with the real-world NASCAR Cup Series’ longest round of the season, the Coca-Cola 600, and the sport’s homecoming week in Charlotte.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Zack Novak became the series’ most recent winner two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, surviving a flurry of early cautions and besting the field in the final 115-lap green flag period to take his second victory of the year after opening the season on top in Daytona. The win elevated Novak to third in the championship standings, where he sits just one point behind Keegan Leahy for second.
But the field continues to chase Ryan Michael Luza, whose three victories and five top-fives in seven races so far have him 40 points clear of Leahy for the championship lead. Drafted second overall by Flipsid3 Tactics in the inaugural Driver Draft, Luza picked up where he left off in 2018, when he fell just three points short of Ray Alfalla for a second consecutive championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
While rotating liveries have been commonplace in PEAK action this season, this week’s event will see an extra patriotic flair, as more than a dozen drivers will swap in new liveries to commemorate Memorial Day. Be sure to check out this week’s Spotter Guide to see who’s running what!
eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series action from Charlotte Motor Speedway will kick off on Tuesday at 9PM ET. Be sure to tune into the iRacing eSports Network on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube to watch! Following Charlotte, the series will return to action on June 11 with the first road course event of the season at Sonoma Raceway.
Driver Profile: Nickolas Shelton
Last year’s eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series winner at Charlotte, Nickolas Shelton was drafted ninth overall by Clint Bowyer Racing in the series’ inaugural Driver Draft this winter. As a rookie, the Arkansas native placed eighth overall in 2018 points with three top-five finishes.
Shelton kicked off the 2019 season with a 12th place finish in the non-points Clash, but remains in search of his first top-five of the year heading into the site of his inaugural victory last year. Coming off of a season-best sixth place in Kansas, Shelton looks to carry his momentum from one mile and a half oval to the next in the longest race of the year.