Racing for actual NASCAR teams and professional esports organizations — and not to mention a six-figure purse — the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series continues its 2019 campaign at the virtual Auto Club Speedway for the third race of the season Tuesday, March 12 (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com).
Rank: 12 (NR)
After a season away from the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, Jake Nichols of Joe Gibbs Racing has had a quiet but solid start to the year. Consistency just may be the name of the game for a run to the playoffs in 2019.
Rank: 11 (-3)
The 2014 Fontana winner has had a solid start to 2019 — a fourth-place and an 11th-place finish to open up the season — and he’ll use that momentum to recover from last year’s disappointing 36th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway.
Driver: Matt Bussa
Rank: 10 (-4)
Matt Bussa’s 8.6 average finish dating back to August shows impressive consistency that made a solid playoffs effort in 2018, but he’s going to need some luck at Auto Club Speedway, where Bussa hasn’t finished in the top 30 in the past three races.
Driver: Logan Clampitt
Rank: 9 (+1)
In his first race of 2019, Logan Clampitt scored a podium finish, but he’s going to need to make up some points to contend for the playoffs. The Burton Kligerman Esports driver has finished second and sixth in his two races at Fontana, so keep an eye on the No. 99.
Driver: Ray Alfalla
Rank: 8 (-6)
Ray Alfalla’s first two races for the Wood Brothers have been uncharacteristic of the four-time champ, who finds himself mired 27th in points with a best finish of 19th at Daytona. Luckily for Alfalla, he boasts an insane 3.6 average finish in his five races at Auto Club Speedway — where he’s never finished worse than seventh — including a win in 2016.
Rank: 7 (+2)
Christian Challiner has brought his JTG Daugherty Chevrolet home without a scratch on it in both races this season and now heads to Fontana with a new aero package he’s prepared to master.
Driver: Michael Conti
Rank: 6 (-2)
An anomaly on the schedule for the usually-solid Michael Conti, the JR Motorsports racer has never finished better than 12th and has never led a lap in his five starts at Auto Club Speedway. His two top-10 finishes this year after two races shouldn’t be ignored, however.
Rank: 5 (–)
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Bobby Zalenski hasn’t led a lap this season and hasn’t finished a race without incident, but it hasn’t stopped him from scoring two top 10s, including a fourth-place run at Las Vegas. Plus, an average finish of seventh at Fontana isn’t too shabby.
Rank: 4 (+8)
After consecutive top-10 finishes to open up the season and a fourth-place finish last year in Fontana, it could be a very Mullis week in California.
Rank: 3 (–)
After scoring two top-five finishes to kick off his sophomore season, Keegan Leahy returns to the site of his first-career pole.
Rank: 2 (+5)
Roush Fenway Racing’s Zack Novak has been on fire so far in 2019, after winning in Daytona and coming up a car length short of going two in a row at Las Vegas. Novak led laps and finished a solid sixth at Auto Club Speedway last year.
Rank: 1 (–)
After going three-for-three at Las Vegas, there’s no reason to expect anything less than another Luza-like performance at Fontana, where he’s never lost a race and he’s never started any deeper than the front row in his two starts.