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2019 Apr 30 Steveluvender Iracing Power Rankings 1 Cover

Power Rankings: There’s no place like… Kansas

With a six-figure purse on the line this season, the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series continues its 2019 season at the virtual Kansas Speedway for the seventh race of the season Tuesday, May 7 (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com). Keegan Leahy is the defending race winner.

 

Ray Alfalla (No. 21, Wood Brothers Racing)

Rank: 12 (-3)

After a disappointing ending to what looked like a promising race at Talladega, it’s now or never for the four-time champ if he wants a shot at defending his title. Since joining Wood Brothers Racing this season, he’s mired 15th in points with just one top-10 finish (Auto Club).

 

Jake Nichols (No. 20, Joe Gibbs Racing)

Rank: 11 (–)

Though still top 10-less after six races, Nichols is only two points away from a provisional playoff spot. A solid finish at Kansas could put him closer in line to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Bobby Zalenski.

 

Garrett Lowe (No. 28, Team Renegades)

Rank: 10 (NR)

The rookie has scored top-five finishes in two of the last three races. While it’s too early to know if he’ll contend at Kansas, Lowe has impressed us so far.

 

Blake Reynolds (No. 30, Team Dillon Esports)

Rank: 9 (+3)

In his third year competing in the PEAK iRacing Series, Reynolds may have hit his stride — he’s scored his two best career finishes in the last two races and finds himself well within the playoff conversation.

 

Nick Ottinger (No. 47, JTG Daugherty Racing)

Rank: 8 (+2)

The Talladega race winner also boasts a victory at Kansas, where he dominated in 2013. Had he not missed Richmond last month, it’s certainly possible he’d be as high as third in points.

 

Bobby Zalenski (No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing)

Rank: 7 (+1)

After winning the pole and surviving to finish seventh at Talladega, it must be a breath of fresh air for Joe Gibbs Racing to finish a race without major issue for the No. 18 team. Zalenski has run well nearly every race this year, but often finds himself the victim in others’ messes. It’s crucial for Zalenski to stay out of trouble in the races leading up to the playoffs.

 

Michael Conti (No. 8, JR Motorsports)

Rank: 6 (-1)

In two starts at Kansas, Conti has finished 24th and 34th and hasn’t led a single lap, statistically his worst track besides Talladega. However, he snagged a top-five finish earlier in the season at Texas — the new aero package may prove to suit Conti’s style.

 

Zack Novak (No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing)

Rank: 5 (-1)

Novak led the most laps at Kansas last year, but he is riding a streak of suboptimal finishes. It’s worth keeping an eye on the No. 6.

 

Matt Bussa (No. 5, Williams Esports)

Rank: 4 (-1)

An average finish of 10.5 at Kansas isn’t too shabby for the series veteran who looks to rebound after unfortunate luck at Talladega.

 

Jimmy Mullis (No. 46, Richmond Raceway Esports)

Rank: 3 (+3)

Mullis has quietly climbed to third in points and hasn’t finished outside the top 15 all year. He finished ninth in last year’s Kansas race, and at this point in the season, there’s something to be said about consistency.

 

Ryan Luza (No. 53, FlipSid3 Tactics)

Rank: 2 (-1)

Yes, the FlipSid3 Tactics No. 53 has dominated much of the 2019 season and nearly claimed a fourth win of the season at Talladega — but it’s worth noting Luza has never made a PEAK iRacing Series start at Kansas. He will chase his 21st consecutive top 10 in the series.

 

Keegan Leahy (No. 62, G2 Esports)

Rank: 1 (+1)

Defending Kansas winner Leahy may have snapped his streak of top-10 finishes in 2019 at Talladega with a disappointing 34th-place finish, but that’s typical Talladega. G2 Esports hasn’t visited Victory Lane yet in 2019, but Kansas may be the team’s best shot yet, considering Leahy’s stellar record at 1.5-milers this season.

 

Tune in to Race 7 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 7 on eNASCAR.com.