The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series makes stop 10 in its 18-race season Tuesday, June 25, at Chicagoland Speedway (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com). Zack Novak is the defending race winner.
Christian Challiner (No. 37, JTG Daugherty Racing)
Rank: 12 (NR)
Though quite a way back from the top eight, don’t ignore Christian Challiner for a solid finish at Chicagoland. He’s improved his finishing positions in the past three consecutive races, including back-to-back top-dozen finishes.
Brad Davies (No. 88, JR Motorsports)
Rank: 11 (NR)
At Sonoma, Brad Davies made his 150th PEAK iRacing Series start, the second-most all-time. The 2011 Chicagoland winner, who’s just 12 points out of a playoff spot, has scored an impressive six top-15 finishes in a row, dating all the way back to Texas in March.
Logan Clampitt (No. 99, Burton Kligerman Esports)
Rank: 10 (+2)
Logan Clampitt is doing exactly what he needs to do: finish solidly each week to make up for missing Daytona. Following twin fifth-place finishes at Sonoma and Charlotte, Burton Kligerman Esports is just 15 points away from a spot in the postseason.
Jimmy Mullis (No. 46, Richmond Raceway Esports)
Rank: 9 (–)
If you want to get an idea of the competitiveness of this year’s run to the playoffs, Jimmy Mullis finished eighth at Sonoma — his second-best finish of the season — but fell two points positions to ninth, outside the playoff picture.
Nick Ottinger (No. 47, JTG Daugherty Racing)
Rank: 8 (–)
After a podium at Sonoma, Nick Ottinger’s officially back in the playoffs. Sure, he’s only got a one-point cushion, but he’s on the right side of the cutoff line.
Michael Conti (No. 8, JR Motorsports)
Rank: 7 (–)
A P2 finish at Sonoma was just what Michael Conti needed to snap a streak of nasty finishes and put his name back in the playoff conversation — though Chicagoland hasn’t been kind to him lately, with an average finish of 30.3 in the last three races.
Garrett Lowe (No. 28, Team Renegades)
Rank: 6 (–)
Garrett Lowe understandably wasn’t pleased with his finish at Sonoma. Driver No. 28 has a 6.75 average finish at 1.5-milers this year, so expect the rookie to rebound in the Windy City.
Bobby Zalenski (No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing)
Rank: 5 (–)
Death, taxes, and Bobby Zalenski winning at Sonoma. Send over a bottle of bubbly with a bucket of ice and a card.
Blake Reynolds (No. 30, Team Dillon Esports)
Rank: 4 (-2)
Team Dillon’s Blake Reynolds has quietly put together a string of five consecutive top 10s and climbed to third in points. And any finish he scores Tuesday is better than his race last year at Chicagoland. Really — he finished dead last. There’s a lot of room for improvement.
Zack Novak (No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing)
Rank: 3 (+1)
The defending Chicagoland race winner’s earned just one top-10 finish since March — but it was a win at Kansas, a track with some similarities to Chicagoland. Expect Novak’s breakout season to get back on track Tuesday — and maybe he’ll even hook us up with some of those Oscar Mayer sponsorship perks if he wins his third race of 2019.
Keegan Leahy (No. 62, G2 Esports)
Rank: 2 (-1)
Even though the result doesn’t show it, Keegan Leahy had a solid showing in last year’s Chicagoland race, starting on the front row, leading 21 laps and setting the fastest lap of the race before ending up 27th. G2’s top dog is just five markers away from the points lead, too.
Ryan Luza (No. 53, FlipSid3 Tactics)
Rank: 1 (+2)
Sure, Luza just scored his second DNF in the past three races, but Luza’s admittedly no expert at Sonoma. Look for the points leader and 2018 Chicagoland runner-up to rebound on his bread-and-butter, a 1.5-mile track.
Tune in to Race 10 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Tuesday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com.