eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Power Rankings: Michigan
The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series makes stop 13 in its 18-race season Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Michigan International Speedway (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com). Points leader Ryan Luza is the defending race winner.
Brad Davies (No. 88, JR Motorsports)
Rank: 12 (-1)
JRM’s Brad Davies isn’t too shabby at Michigan — he’s scored four top-five finishes in the Irish Hills over the years. And by years, we really mean years. Davies made his first start at Michigan in the PEAK iRacing Series in June 2010.
Casey Kirwan (No. 14, Clint Bowyer Racing)
Rank: 11 (NR)
His first-career win was in grasp at Pocono Raceway, but Casey Kirwan was still thrilled with a career-best second-place finish — even though his crash avoidance during the Big One might have been even more impressive.
Christian Challiner (No. 37, JTG Daugherty Racing)
Rank: 10 (–)
JTG Daugherty Racing’s Christian Challiner had a promising run going at Pocono until a late-race crash marred his efforts, effectively — but not mathematically — ending his playoff hopes. Still, the No. 37 car is running well, and Challiner has an average finish of 7.0 at Michigan.
Nick Ottinger (No. 47, JTG Daugherty Racing)
Rank: 9 (–)
The good news: Nick Ottinger won the televised eNASCAR iRacing All-Star race Thursday. The bad news: It was a non-points event.
Blake Reynolds (No. 30, Team Dillon Esports)
Rank: 8 (-4)
In our last edition of Power Rankings, we pointed out Blake Reynolds’ impressive seven-race top-10 streak. Naturally, since we mentioned it, the streak snapped with a 24th-place result at Pocono. Our bad, Blake.
Garrett Lowe (No. 28, Team Renegades)
Rank: 7 (–)
It’s been an impressive rookie season for Garrett Lowe, and he’ll look to build on his current swing of momentum. He’s stayed out of the win column for now, but maybe he’s saving his first victory for the playoffs — you win one of those races and you’re in the championship race.
Jimmy Mullis (No. 46, Richmond Raceway Esports)
Rank: 6 (+2)
Jimmy Mullis did exactly what he needed to do at Pocono — score a victory and claw back into the playoff conversation. After a second-place effort at Kentucky and the Pocono win, he’s now in by 21 points — comfortable, but not quite safe.
Michael Conti (No. 8, JR Motorsports)
Rank: 5 (+1)
The 2017 Michigan winner holds a narrow 13-point cushion in the provisional playoff grid. He’ll hope to channel some of that 2017 magic Tuesday by busting out that Salt Bae fidget spinner.
Zack Novak (No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing)
Rank: 4 (+1)
Despite three wins this year, Zack Novak finds himself one point out of the playoffs with two races before the regular season ends. Luckily for Novak and Roush Fenway Racing, it’s time for Michigan, where the Connecticut native has two second-place finishes in two races.
Bobby Zalenski (No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing)
Rank: 3 (–)
With a fourth-place finish at Pocono, Bobby Zalenski is coming alive at the right point of the season — now riding a streak of four finishes seventh or better.
Keegan Leahy (No. 62, G2 Esports)
Rank: 2 (-1)
G2’s Keegan Leahy scored back-to-back disappointing finishes, and it seems his luck didn’t improve much in Thursday’s eNASCAR iRacing All-Star event on NBCSN. His lone start at Michigan was a third-place effort last year after leading 20 laps.
Ryan Luza (No. 53, FlipSid3 Tactics)
Rank: 1 (+2)
Ryan Luza reclaimed his spot atop the standings, and heads to Michigan where he has a perfect record — one start, one pole, one win.
Tune in to Round 13 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com.