After a wild season opener in Daytona, the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series heads to the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway for race no. 2 on the 18-race calendar. Fresh off a win in his debut race for Roush Fenway Racing, Zack Novak will look to go back-to-back and extend his early championship lead while the likes of Ryan Luza and defending champion Ray Alfalla aim for their first win of 2019.
Here’s a look at where we rank the top iRacing competitors heading into Round 2:
12. Jimmy Mullis
Comment: Mullis came just one position — well, more like one foot — short of his second-career victory Tuesday at Daytona. He’ll have momentum on his side.
11. Nickolas Shelton
Comment: Despite a disappointing season opener, Shelton heads to a track where he finished third last year. Shelton hasn’t scored a top five since his win at Charlotte last May, but there’s no better place to turn around his luck than Vegas.
10. Logan Clampitt
Comment: After missing Daytona, Clampitt looks to get his season on track in Las Vegas, despite starting the year in the hole.
9. Christian Challiner
Comment: Christian Challiner finished fifth at Daytona after starting 30th, so he clearly knows a thing or two about passing cars.
8. Nick Ottinger
Comment: Ignoring when he’s run into issues, Nick Ottinger’s last four Las Vegas finishes have been 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. A 13th-place wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world after a solid showing at Daytona.
7. Zack Novak
Comment: The Daytona winner heads to the desert, where he’s showed speed in the past, including scoring the pole position last year.
6. Matt Bussa
Comment: The 2017 Las Vegas pole-sitter had an average showing at Daytona — but that consistency is what led to success in the 2018 postseason.
5. Bobby Zalenski
Comment: Has anybody ever noticed the guy named Bobby is driving the No. 18 Interstate Batteries car for Joe Gibbs Racing?
4. Michael Conti
Comment: Las Vegas isn’t one of Conti’s best tracks, with a 20.14 average finish in seven starts.
3. Keegan Leahy
Comment: Keegan Leahy led 45 laps in his first Las Vegas outing last year until his untimely departure. Coming off a podium at Daytona, we expect Leahy will contend again in his sophomore season.
2. Ray Alfalla
Comment: Despite four top fives at Las Vegas, a win has eluded Four-Time in the desert.
1. Ryan Luza
Comment: Luza managed to avoid trouble at Daytona and score his career best finish — sixth — and now heads to a track where he’s undefeated. We see no reason Luza can’t go 3-for-3 in Vegas.