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Power Rankings: PEAK Series races on to Kentucky

The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series makes stop 11 in its 18-race season Tuesday, July 9 at Kentucky Speedway (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com). The series last raced at Kentucky in 2016, when Kenny Humpe held off Michael Conti for the win.

 

Michael Guest (No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing)

Rank: 12 (NR)

Although he’s 42 points out of the playoffs, it’s worth giving a nod to Michael Guest of Roush Fenway Racing. He’s scored six top 10s this season — tied for third-most — but he’s mired 12th in points after three finishes of 34th or worse. If Guest can keep the gremlins away, it’s not unreasonable to consider a playoff run in the four races ahead.

 

Corey Vincent (No. 27, Team Renegades)

Rank: 11 (NR)

Though not in the playoff hunt, expect Corey Vincent to make some noise at Kentucky. Coming off an impressive second-place run at Chicagoland, he’s headed to a track where he’s scored one of his two career victories.

 

Christian Challiner (No. 37, JTG Daugherty Racing)

Rank: 10 (+2)

It might be too little, too late for Christian Challiner’s run to the playoffs, but things are trending in the right direction for the No. 37 — a 9.3 average finish in the past three races isn’t too shabby.

 

Jimmy Mullis (No. 46, Richmond Raceway Esports)

Rank: 9 (–)

Jimmy Mullis is just 11 points out of the playoff picture for Richmond Raceway Esports. His eighth-place run at Sonoma was his lone top 10 since Texas in March — meaning it’s time to right the ship for a shot at some serious cash.

 

Zack Novak (No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing) 

Rank: 8 (-5)

After looking like a lock for the playoffs with two wins early in the season, Zack Novak’s unfortunate luck as of late has pushed the No. 6 to just 12 points safe of a shot at the championship. He’ll look to rebound from three consecutive finishes outside the top 10.

 

Nick Ottinger (No. 47, JTG Daugherty Racing)

Rank: 7 (+1)

The 2013 Kentucky winner finds himself holding the final of eight playoff spots despite missing a race at Richmond earlier in the year. He’s six for nine when it comes to top 10s this season, which is a nice stat.

 

Garrett Lowe (No. 28, Team Renegades)

Rank: 6 (–)

Garrett Lowe might technically be a rookie on paper, but his 4.8 average finish in the last five 1.5-mile tracks is veteran-like. Expect Garrett Lowe and Team Renegades teammate Corey Vincent to make some noise at Kentucky, another 1.5-miler.

 

Blake Reynolds (No. 30, Team Dillon Esports)

Rank: 5 (-1)

A new Mr. Consistency? Blake Reynolds has scored six consecutive top-10 finishes and eight top 15s in a row. The Wins column is still empty, but maybe he’s holding out to score career victory No. 1 for the playoffs.

 

Michael Conti (No. 8, JR Motorsports)

Rank: 4 (+3)

With two runner-up finishes at Kentucky, including the last time the PEAK iRacing Series visited the Bluegrass State, expect JRM’s Michael Conti to continue his current-season streak of top-five finishes.

 

Bobby Zalenski (No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing)

Rank: 3 (+2)

Back-to-back poles and back-to-back podiums means the No. 18 is heating up at just the right time in the season. A good time to PEAK, am I right? Sorry, sorry.

 

Ryan Luza (No. 53, FlipSid3 Tactics)

Rank: 2 (-1)

Kentucky race day will mark a three-month winless drought for the man who went three-for-five to open up the season — though it’s worth noting he’s only finished worse than fourth once this season on a 1.5-mile track (36th at Kansas).

 

Keegan Leahy (No. 62, G2 Esports)

Rank: 1 (+1)

With two wins in the past three races and taking over what seemed like an insurmountable Ryan Luza points lead, Keegan Leahy is unstoppable right now.

 

Tune in to Round 11 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Tuesday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com.