Round 2 of the playoffs is afoot for the eight eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series championship contenders Tuesday, September 10 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com). With over $100,000 in prizes on the line, the stakes are the highest ever — especially when a win this week guarantees a shot taking home the prize in the winner-takes-all finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Logan Clampitt is the defending Brickyard winner, though he’s not competing in this year’s playoffs — we’ve stacked up the eight who are in, however.
Jimmy Mullis (No. 46, Richmond Raceway Esports)
Rank: 8 (–)
Richmond Raceway eSports’ shot at a championship took a serious hit at Darlington when bad luck bit Jimmy Mullis and his sweet throwback paint scheme, finishing a disappointing 26th after starting deep in the field. He’s 31 points out of the lead, meaning he’ll need to either win a race or have some really, really good luck in the next two races.
Garrett Lowe (No. 28, Team Renegades)
Rank: 7 (-1)
It’s been a rough go for Garrett Lowe since his Michigan victory, finishing 32nd and 20th in the last two races. The Team Renegades rookie has no series starts at the Brickyard.
Bobby Zalenski (No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing)
Rank: 6 (–)
We refuse to talk about Bobby Zalenski’s performance until it’s time for the Charlotte road course, where he’s the favorite to race his way to a shot at the title.
Blake Reynolds (No. 30, Team Dillon Esports)
Rank: 5 (-2)
Darlington wasn’t the playoff opener the regular season champ expected, dropping to the bottom of the playoff standings after a rough race. Still, give credit to the Team Dillon driver’s consistency: he’s either finished in the top 10 or finished 24th (precisely 24th) in every single race following Texas in March. He’ll probably want to do more of the top 10s instead of the 24th-place finishes moving forward, though.
Ryan Luza (No. 53, FlipSid3 Tactics)
Rank: 4 (-2)
Ryan Luza won three races in a 42-day span earlier in the season, but he’s been quiet since April. Too quiet. In Luza’s two prior starts at Indy, he’s finished second and third, making it a potential place for a rebound.
Keegan Leahy (No. 62, G2 Esports)
Rank: 3 (-2)
It’s not a speed problem with Keegan Leahy, who started on the front row and led laps in the last four races, yet his average finish in that span is 20.5. Indianapolis isn’t a particularly bright spot in Leahy’s record book, though he’s been fast on bigger tracks in 2019.
Michael Conti (No. 8, JR Motorsports)
Rank: 2 (+2)
With an 8.9 average finish in the last seven races, Michael Conti has been consistent, though a win has eluded the 2014 champ this season. It’s worth remembering Conti stepped up his game in last year’s playoffs after a winless regular season, however, scoring victories at Darlington and Dover.
Zack Novak (No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing)
Rank: 1 (+4)
OK, we’ve done it. We made Zack Novak No. 1 in the power rankings. It feels like as soon as we start to discount the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6, he wins another race. The runner-up from the last two races won Thursday’s NBCSN iRacing All-Star Race, plus he finished P2 at the Brickyard last year. Oh, and he’s leading the points. We hope Novak is running the Oscar Mayer hot dogs paint scheme this week because right now he’s hot.
Tune in to Round 16 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Tuesday, September 10 at 9 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com.