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Power Rankings: PEAK drivers ready for short-track showdown

With a six-figure purse on the line this season, the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series continues its 2019 campaign at the virtual Richmond Raceway for the fifth race of the season Tuesday, April 9 (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com).

 

Jake Nichols

Rank: 12 (-1)

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Jake Nichols hasn’t had a particularly bad race yet this season — or a particularly stellar one — but it’s enough to keep him in the playoffs conversation. Nichols has never made a start at Richmond.

 

Garrett Lowe

Rank: 11 (NR)

Things are on the upswing for rookie Garrett Lowe, who scored a career-best fourth-place finish at Texas. He’s currently hanging tough at eighth in points after four races.

 

Logan Clampitt

Rank: 10 (-1)

After a bad race at Texas, Clampitt’s going to need a solid stretch of races to unbury himself from a points deficit. He’s currently tied for 20th with Burton-Kligerman eSports teammate Ashton Crowder.

 

Nick Ottinger

Rank: 9 (+1)

JTG Daugherty Racing’s Nick Ottinger has scored two wins at Richmond Raceway, but he hasn’t finished in the top five there since his 2014 victory.

 

Michael Conti

Rank: 8 (-3)

While Michael Conti has put together a rock-solid start to his first season at JR Motorsports, including two poles and four top-10 finishes, it’s tough to ignore his uncharacteristic record at Richmond Raceway. In seven starts, he’s never scored a single-digit finish and has a 21.14 average finish.

 

Jimmy Mullis

Rank: 7 (-1)

Jimmy Mullis is riding a wave of ninth-place finishes — three in a row, in fact — but he’s never cracked the top 20 at Richmond Raceway, home base of his race team.

 

Bobby Zalenski

Rank: 6 (-2)

Did we rank Bobby Zalenski, who had a nasty crash on the final lap at Texas, sixth on purpose because he finished sixth in his two prior starts at Richmond? Well, yes. You got us.

 

Zack Novak

Rank: 5 (-2)

While Zack Novak’s solid start to the season hit a snag at Texas, the Roush Fenway Racing driver can take pride in the fact he’s led laps at Richmond in the past — 65 circuits in 2017, in fact.

 

Matt Bussa

Rank: 4 (+4)

Mr. Consistency has scored an impressive five consecutive top-10 finishes at Richmond. Plus, he’s led laps in the past two Richmond races.

 

Ray Alfalla

Rank: 3 (+4)

Wood Brothers Racing’s Ray Alfalla boasts quite a Richmond record. In addition to winning the previous two races, he’s riding a streak of six consecutive top-five finishes at the track. He’s also led laps in eight of nine Richmond starts. What better place than in his team’s home state to turn his 2019 season around?

 

Keegan Leahy

Rank: 2 (–)

Keegan Leahy has managed to score top-five finishes in all four races this season — an incredible feat given the diversity of tracks, a new aero package, and multiple one-lap shootouts to end races. Leahy finished third in his only Richmond start as a rookie last year.

 

Ryan Luza

Rank: 1 (–)

FlipSid3 Tactics race Ryan Luza has won half the races this season — and while he hasn’t yet scored a victory at Richmond Raceway, the trends indicate this could be the year. In his two starts, Luza finished third and second, and won the pole last year.