July 14th, 2021 by Chris Leone
He may drive for Richmond Raceway eSports, but there’s something about the Magic Mile that really agrees with Jimmy Mullis.
For the third straight time, an eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series event from New Hampshire Motor Speedway ended with Mullis taking the checkered flag on Tuesday night. He scored his first career victory from the track three years ago, dominated in his return in 2020 after the series skipped the year before, and survived a flurry of late-race restarts and overtime once again this year to hold off Mode Motorsports’ Jake Nichols and JR Motorsports’ Michael Conti. Matching the real-world NASCAR Cup Series total, Mullis is now the 11th different winner in the 2021 season so far, guaranteeing that at least one race winner won’t make it into the playoffs simply by virtue of scoring a victory.
At just over a mile but with flat corners, NHMS isn’t technically a short track, but most drivers agree that it tends to race like one. That’s why, for the second year in a row, there were quite a few cautions in the planned 151-lap race; while the field managed to get the total count down to 32 yellow flag laps from last year’s 53, thanks in part to lengthy green-flag stretches in the first half of the race, there were multiple wrecks that involved large portions of the field, including one coming to the checkered flag.
Many drivers in the playoffs, or on the cusp of a berth, took their share of lumps in those late-race wrecks. Among those impacted by the late-race carnage was Las Vegas winner Ryan Luza of XSET, who was involved in the biggest wreck of the night after trying to blend back into the field coming off of Turn 4. Top rookie Steven Wilson of Roush Fenway Racing, who is still looking for his breakthrough win to establish a playoff berth, also took damage from multiple incidents, while Atlanta winner Logan Clampitt of William Byron eSports was involved in the final yellow flag of the night to set up overtime.
Full results from eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series action at New Hampshire were as follows:
|5||8||10||Graham A. Bowlin||Ford||152||-0.709||0||29.555||32|
|33||5||4||Ryan Michael Luza||Ford||152||-6.921||0||29.523||4|
|35||28||52||Jake Matheson||Ford||143||-9 L||0||29.744||2|
|36||29||6||Nathan Lyon||Ford||135||-17 L||0||29.378||1|
|37||34||16||John Gorlinsky||Ford||93||-59 L||0||29.548||1|
|38||17||79||Ryan Doucette||Ford||44||-108 L||0||29.837||1|
|39||26||11||Malik Ray||Ford||43||-109 L||0||29.782||1|
|40||20||1||Ashton Crowder||Toyota||24||-128 L||0||29.903||1|
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoff grid after 12 races is as follows:
- Mitchell deJong, 2 wins, 272 points
- Keegan Leahy, 1 win, 297 points
- Bobby Zalenski, 1 win, 270 points
- Michael Conti, 1 win, 266 points
- Vicente Salas, 1 win, 247 points
- Bob Bryant, 1 win, 241 points
- Logan Clampitt, 1 win, 241 points
- Jimmy Mullis, 1 win, 229 points
- Ryan Luza, 1 win, 227 points
- Chris Shearburn, 1 win, 210 points
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series heads into its All-Star Race in two weeks’ time, visiting Nashville Superspeedway for a showdown in the NASCAR Next Gen cars on July 27. As always, coverage begins with iRacing Countdown to Green at 8:30PM ET, with the racing action picking up at 9PM ET on eNASCAR.com/live and iRacing’s social media channels. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iRacing.com.