Flipsid3 Tactics’ Ryan Luza captured his third eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series victory of the season, and second in a row, winning from the pole at Richmond Raceway. A late caution set up a one-lap shootout for the second race in a row, and once again Luza executed to perfection, easily pulling away from Team Dillon Esports’ Blake Reynolds to win by .512 of a second.
G2 Esports driver Keegan Leahy came from 32nd on the grid to finish third, extending Leahy’s top-five streak to five races. Brian Schoenburg finished fourth for his first top-five for Williams Esports with Burton Kligerman Motorsports driver Logan Clampitt rounding out the top five.
Luza was dominant early, comfortably leading the first 57 laps despite frequent cautions bunching the field up. Leahy inherited the lead on Lap 58 and controlled much of the mid portion of the race before Luza reclaimed the top spot on Lap 174.
Even with the late-race cautions building pressure on the championship leader, Luza managed to nail the restarts and control a comfortable lead ahead of Reynolds and Leahy, as neither driver was able to mount much of a challenge over the last 25 laps.
With yet another win, Luza continues to build his early championship lead, which was extended to 26 points over Leahy. Conti is in third but is 43 points adrift. Jimmy Mullis and Matt Bussa complete the top five and both are within 11 points of Conti in the battle for third.
While Luza has looked unstoppable through the first five races of 2019, the equalizer is coming – Talladega Superspeedway. The second restrictor-plate race of the season should be as unpredictable as the first, which saw Roush Fenway Racing’s Zack Novak find victory lane.
Coverage from the virtual Talladega Superspeedway begins at 9pm ET/6pm PT on April 26th – live on eNASCAR.com and Twitch.TV/iRacing.