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Ashton Crowder (77) celebrated his first eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series win on Tuesday night at Darlington Raceway.

2019 PEAK iRacing Series Year in Review: 21st–30th

With the 2019 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series in the books, we’re reviewing each of the 40 sim racers’ seasons in a four-part series. This week, we take a look at drivers who finished 21st through 30th in final series standings.

30. Brian Schoenburg, No. 55, Williams Esports
0 Wins
1 Top 5
1 Top 10
21.4 Average Finish
90 Incident Points

Series veteran Brian Schoenburg didn’t have the season he’d hoped for Williams Esports, adding just one top-10 finish to his 55 career total — though he put on quite a show on the NBCSN-televised iRacing All-Star Race in July.

29. Benjamin W. Nelson, No. 33, Team Dillon Esports
0 Wins
1 Top 5
2 Top 10s
21.4 Average Finish
100 Incident Points

While Ben Nelson’s rookie season in the PEAK iRacing Series showed what a challenge the series can be, the 24-year-old turned things around in the second half of the season: his 27.0 first-half average finish turned into a 20.8 second-half average after a pair of strong finishes at Kentucky and Darlington.

28. Caine Cook, No. 2
0 Wins
0 Top 5s
1 Top 10
21.7 Average Finish
75 Incident Points

Peel the rookie stripes off that No. 2 car. With his first season in the books, Caine Cook didn’t have the results to make the top 20 in final points, but the Missourian showed speed potential, scoring three top-10 qualifying efforts, including an impressive third at Kentucky.

27. Ryan Lowe, No. 7
0 Wins
1 Top 5
2 Top 10s
20.1 Average Finish
106 Incident Points

Virginia native Ryan Lowe had flashes of speed in 2019, particularly on larger, aero-heavy tracks — he led 18 laps at Kansas and snagged top 10s at Indianapolis and Texas — but he’s still chasing career win No. 1. Perhaps next year — his sixth in the series, should he qualify — is the one.

26. Chris Shearburn, No. 36, Letarte Esports
0 Wins
1 Top 5
4 Top 10s
18.9 Average Finish
66 Incident Points

With his depth of experience, it’s a wonder Chris Shearburn hasn’t yet scored a victory in the PEAK iRacing Series. He came awfully close this year at Charlotte, winning the pole and leading 106 laps, but ended up coming home third. When Shearburn can back up his qualifying speed — he started seventh or better in half the races in 2019 — he’ll contend for the playoffs.

25. Chris Overland, No. 16, Wood Brothers Racing
0 Wins
1 Top 5
4 Top 10s
20.5 Average Finish
115 Incident Points

The 2019 season had its ups and downs for Chris Overland, who started the season winning the pole at Daytona for Wood Brothers Racing, a driver-team match made in heaven for the Paul Menard fan. While he struggled for results — and luck — for much of the season, the Texan came just a half car length short of a win at Michigan in a three-wide thriller with race winner Garrett Lowe and Blake Reynolds. Overland also crossed the 100-start mark in 2019, moving to ninth on the all-time list.

24. Michael Guariglia, No. 15, Jim Beaver Esports
0 Wins
0 Top 5s
2 Top 10s
20.1 Average Finish
98 Incident Points

Michael Guariglia showed improvement throughout his rookie season in the PEAK iRacing Series — climbing out of a run of 30-something-place finishes to become a regular top 15 contender, catching the eye of upstart Jim Beaver Esports along the way. For Guariglia, the improvement wasn’t enough to make the top 20, so he’ll look to re-qualify through the iRacing Pro Series in the off-season.

23. Michael Guest, No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing
0 Wins
2 Top 5s
7 Top 10s
20.7 Average Finish
54 Incident Points

Indiana’s Michael Guest started out the season strong for Roush Fenway Racing, starting on the outside pole and leading 19 laps at Daytona before bad luck struck. Regularly a top-10 contender, a few bad finishes through the summer months and playoff races left him short of the top 20 by the end of the year. His 54 incident-point count is tied for second-fewest in the series. With a little bit more consistency next year, Guest can likely contend for a playoff position.

22. Ashton Crowder, No. 77, Burton Kligerman Esports
1 Win
1 Top 5
3 Top 10s
18.6 Average Finish
69 Incident Points (nice)

A race win as a rookie isn’t too shabby when you’re dealing with the level of competition in the PEAK iRacing Series. The highlight of Ashton Crowder’s season — perhaps in addition to being drafted by Burton Kligerman Esports — was his impressive effort at Darlington, surviving a late-race battle to claim his first career victory.

21. Ray Alfalla, No. 21, Wood Brothers Racing
0 Wins
1 Top 5
5 Top 10s
19.6 Average Finish
83 Incident Points

The 2019 season was a humbling one for Ray Alfalla. Coming off the heels of a historic fourth PEAK iRacing Series championship, the winningest series driver was a hot commodity, selected first in the pre-season draft, naturally, by Wood Brothers Racing. However, the entire season seemed like a mix of struggling for speed and rotten luck week after week, miring Alfalla below the top-20 cutoff, forcing the series’ G.O.A.T. to the iRacing Pro Series to prove himself again in the off-season. A winless season for Alfalla, incredibly, was the first in the 10-year PEAK iRacing Series history.

Catch our season review of eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series drivers 11th–20th on eNASCAR.com next week.