Williams Esports’ Ryan Luza continued his recent dominance of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series on Tuesday night by surviving 200 laps of wheel-to-wheel action at Richmond Raceway and taking the checkered flag. The 2017 series champion became the first driver since 2013 to earn three straight victories in iRacing’s premier NASCAR division, jumping to second in series points in the process.

Drivers struggled to find a rhythm on the challenging Virginia short track, and the relatively caution-free opening stretch of the season seemed a distant memory as 16 yellow flags slowed the field for a combined 77 laps. Jeremy Allen’s Lap 18 spin brought the field under its first yellow of the race, and a 36-lap green-flag run just before the halfway point proved to be the longest stretch of consecutive action, although the wrecks tended to steer clear of the leaders.

That meant a lot of alternative pit strategies for drivers throughout the field, with plenty of gamesmanship as some drivers faked moves to pit road under caution and others gambled on short runs by taking two tires for track position. The most successful of those moves late in the race would go to G2 Esports’ Jarl Teien, who led 37 laps in the closing stages despite running on older tires than the rest of the field.

Polesitter Jimmy Mullis, driving for Richmond Raceway eSports, led the first 49 laps of the race and seemed like the primary threat to win early on, but Luza would claw his way through the field from an abysmal 37th place starting spot to take the lead for the first time at lap 100. He would retake the lead for good from Teien on Lap 172 and hang on through two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, caused by cautions for four-time series champion Ray Alfalla and Mullis, respectively.

Full results from eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series action at Bristol Motor Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Led

Interval

Best

Pts

1 37 53 Ryan Michael Luza Toyota 207 70 21.090 45
2 8 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 207 0 -0.692 21.220 39
3 9 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 207 0 -0.730 21.220 38
4 2 83 Bobby Zalenski Chevrolet 207 0 -0.890 21.199 37
5 11 90 Zack Novak Toyota 207 0 -1.088 21.198 36
6 14 66 Jarl Teien Chevrolet 207 37 -1.297 21.233 36
7 35 3 Blake Reynolds Chevrolet 207 0 -1.310 21.307 34
8 23 51 Malik Ray Toyota 207 0 -1.427 21.228 33
9 38 27 Corey Vincent Ford 207 0 -1.507 21.311 32
10 5 18 Graham A. Bowlin Toyota 207 0 -1.562 21.280 31
11 28 1 Steve Sheehan Chevrolet 207 0 -1.740 21.335 30
12 3 99 Logan Clampitt Toyota 207 39 -1.897 21.217 30
13 16 5 Matt Bussa Ford 207 0 -1.963 21.399 28
14 7 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 207 0 -2.024 21.283 27
15 31 24 Jake Nichols Ford 207 0 -2.350 21.293 26
16 27 75 Phillip Diaz Ford 207 0 -2.392 21.285 25
17 39 97 John Gorlinsky Chevrolet 207 0 -2.538 21.279 24
18 4 54 Alex McCollum Chevrolet 207 0 -2.793 21.302 23
19 36 15 Michael Guariglia Ford 207 0 -3.115 21.245 22
20 24 79 Brian Schoenburg Ford 207 0 -3.590 21.427 21
21 17 42 Bob Bryant Chevrolet 207 0 -3.617 21.351 20
22 26 41 Dylan Duval Ford 207 0 -3.870 21.420 19
23 18 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 207 0 -4.000 21.337 18
24 33 14 Brandon Hayse Kettelle Ford 207 0 -4.149 21.289 17
25 19 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 207 0 -4.208 21.376 16
26 6 17 Kollin Keister Ford 207 0 -4.210 21.323 15
27 13 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 207 0 -4.556 21.334 14
28 20 4 Santiago Tirres Chevrolet 207 0 -4.952 21.511 13
29 30 10 Justin Bolton Ford 207 0 -5.044 21.366 12
30 32 2 Ray Alfalla Chevrolet 207 0 -5.622 21.314 11
31 34 33 Michael Guest Chevrolet 207 0 -5.997 21.325 10
32 29 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 207 0 -6.094 21.284 9
33 12 37 Christian Challiner Chevrolet 207 0 -6.202 21.257 8
34 1 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 207 56 -6.433 21.189 8
35 15 77 Ashton Crowder Toyota 207 0 -7.653 21.358 6
36 40 55 Caine Cook Ford 207 0 -7.904 21.312 5
37 21 9 Eric J. Smith Ford 206 0 -1 L 21.390 4
38 22 47 Jeremy R Allen Chevrolet 184 0 -23 L 21.313 3
39 25 16 Chris Overland Ford 166 5 -41 L 21.281 3
40 10 23 Casey Kirwan Toyota 154 0 -53 L 21.237 1

 

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season continues on April 28 at Dover International Speedway. The race can be streamed live at 9PM ET/6PM PT on eNASCAR.com/live and iracing.com/live. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series resumes on Sunday at 1PM ET on FOX and FS1 as real-world NASCAR Cup Series drivers take on Richmond International Raceway. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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