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PEAK Series: Ranking the Playoff Contenders

The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series begins its four-race playoffs Tuesday, August 27 at Darlington Raceway (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com). Eight drivers look to duke it out after a points reset, knowing a win over the next three events will lock them into the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway — not to mention a piece of the series’ $100,000 winnings.

 

Jimmy Mullis (No. 46, Richmond Raceway Esports)

Rank: 8 (–)

Whew, that was close. An up-and-down summer still brought Jimmy Mullis to the playoffs with this first season at Richmond Raceway Esports, but without an off-week between Bristol and Darlington, there’s very little time to catch your breath.

 

Bobby Zalenski (No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing)

Rank: 7 (-2)

Darlington? Pssh. Indianapolis? Nah. Road course master Bobby Zalenski’s got the Charlotte road course circled as his way to get to Miami.

 

Garrett Lowe (No. 28, Team Renegades)

Rank: 6 (-3)

Rookie Garrett Lowe has certainly exceeded his early-season goal of remaining in the top half of the points. He’ll look to brush off an eventful Bristol and move forward to the track too tough to tame. Man, that sounds intimidating.

 

Zack Novak (No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing) 

Rank: 5 (+2)

Zack Novak’s near-win at Bristol was enough to secure a spot in the playoffs after a hit-and-miss regular season. After the points reset, his three wins tie him for the top spot — and maybe those nine bonus points will come in handy at Darlington, where he has an average finish of 17th.

 

Michael Conti (No. 8, JR Motorsports)

Rank: 4 (+2)

Keep an eye on the No. 8 at Darlington — last year’s race winner. He’s finished first, second, third, fourth and fifth at Darlington dating back to 2012 (plus a 28th and 30th, but we don’t talk about those).

 

Blake Reynolds (No. 30, Team Dillon Esports)

Rank: 3 (+1)

Regular season champ — not too shabby for the PEAK iRacing Series Mr. Consistency. The win-and-in playoffs would be a dandy time for Team Dillon to score that first victory.

 

Ryan Luza (No. 53, FlipSid3 Tactics)

Rank: 2 (-1)

In two starts at Darlington, Ryan Luza has never finished worse than third. Or better than third. What I’m trying to say is Ryan Luza always finishes P3 at Darlington.

 

Keegan Leahy (No. 62, G2 Esports)

Rank: 1 (+1)

Keegan Leahy showed speed just about everywhere this season — though, in recent weeks, he hasn’t earned the finishes to prove that speed. Still, the start of the playoffs is a time to reset and rise to the occasion. Expect G2’s No. 62 to do just that.

 

Tune in to Round 15 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Tuesday, August 27 at 9 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com.