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2019 PEAK iRacing Series Year in Review: 11th–20th

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 11th through 20th in final series standings.

20. Phillip Diaz, No. 75, Mode Motorsports
0 Wins
0 Top 5s
1 Top 10
20.3 Average Finish
77 Incident Points

Third-year driver Phil Diaz started out the season undrafted, but was quickly snagged by Kyle Long’s Mode Motorsports when the upstart team joined the series in March. Diaz’s 2019 performance was enough — barely — to keep him locked top-20 in points, meaning he’s guaranteed a spot to compete in next year’s series, even with just a lone top-10 finish on the year.

19. Matt Bussa, No. 5, Williams Esports
0 Wins
1 Top 5
5 Top 10s
15.9 Average Finish
97 Incident Points

It’s safe to say 2019 wasn’t the season 2018 championship finalist Matt Bussa expected. The series veteran was drafted early by Williams Esports, but bad luck plagued the Illinoisan all year long, it seemed, ending numerous promising top-10 runs. Still, with a lock to start 2020, he’ll look to rebound in his eighth full-time season competing at iRacing’s highest level.

18. Malik Ray, No. 90, Richmond Raceway Esports
0 Wins
1 Top 5
4 Top 10s
17.5 Average Finish
92 Incident Points

Malik Ray’s rookie season was certainly a success — and a memorable one if you count off-sim experiences made possible by his team and sponsors. Not everybody gets to race legends cars with Bubba Wallace, after all. Ray proved he can compete with the best of them — and, by finishing 18th in points, he’s guaranteed to build on his solid foundation in 2020.

17. Dylan Duval, No. 42
0 Wins
0 Top 5s
3 Top 10s
19.8 Average Finish
117 Incident Points

A rough start to the season for Nova Scotia’s Dylan Duval turned into an impressive turnaround — including two top 10s in the last three races — that landed the No. 42 car in the final season top 20. He’s the lone independent driver guaranteed a spot to race in 2020, making him a top prospect for a team looking to sign a driver.

16. Brad Davies, No. 88, JR Motorsports
0 Wins
1 Top 5
3 Top 10s
17.8 Average Finish
104 Incident Points

The man with the second-most starts in series history — 159 of them — didn’t add a seventh victory to his win count in 2019, but he sure came close at Talladega, losing the lead just before the finish line in a wild finish. While Davies found himself in playoff contention at times throughout the season, the second half of the season went a bit off the rails, where he collected just a single top-15 finish in the final seven races. Still, the sim racing legend will return next year, maybe with a new trick or two up his veteran sleeves.

15. Logan Clampitt, No. 99, Burton Kligerman Esports
0 Wins
5 Top 5s
6 Top 10s
17.8 Average Finish
88 Incident Points

It’s really a wonder Logan Clampitt didn’t find Victory Lane in 2019 given his speed throughout the year. The season never started on the right track for Clampitt, who missed the first race at Daytona and was forced to dig out of a points deficit right off the bat. His five top-five finishes ranked him sixth-best in the series, however, tied with heavy-hitters Garrett Lowe and Nick Ottinger. We certainly expect the 2017 championship runner-up to return with a vengeance in 2020, his fifth season, and add to his win count once again.

14. Jarl Teien, No. 66, G2 Esports
0 Wins
0 Top 5s
5 Top 10s
17.3 Average Finish
108 Incident Points

Jarl Teien, the 25-year-old Norweigan sim racer, put together a solid second-career season, finishing the year 14th in points. Teien led 39 laps throughout the season, and 40 laps in 2018 — so, he’s consistent, at least. We’re sure that first victory is coming. And we hope it’s at Darlington so we can use the headline “Jarlington,” sort of like Carl Edwards’ famous 2015 “Carlington” win.

13. Jake Nichols, No. 20, Joe Gibbs Racing
0 Wins
1 Top 5
2 Top 10s
15.7 Average Finish
67 Incident Points

After a year away from the PEAK iRacing Series, Jake Nichols returned to the ranks in 2019 and quickly established himself as a model of consistency. Even though a top-10 finish eluded the Joe Gibbs Racing driver until he notched a 10th-place finish at Pocono in July, he scored half his total finishes in the 11th–20th-place range, enough to land 13th in points at year’s end. If Nichols can improve those numbers by a few more positions — and not by many — he’s a surefire playoff contender.

12. Christian Challiner, No. 37, JTG Daugherty Racing
0 Wins
2 Top 5s
5 Top 10s
15.5 Average Finish
52 Incident Points

Speaking of consistency, it was the theme of Christian Challiner’s third season in the PEAK iRacing Series. His 52 incident-point count was a series low — and 32 of those came from just three of the 18 races (it’s OK — everybody has bad races). While the UK’s Challiner didn’t lead any laps in 2019, he made it a habit to remain in contention for a good finish at any type of track, showing thoughtful, methodical racecraft that landed him just shy of a top-10 points run.

11. Corey Vincent, No. 27, Team Renegades
1 Win (Indianapolis)
4 Top 5s
9 Top 10s
16.6 Average Finish
74 Incident Points

Something clicked for Corey Vincent when the PEAK iRacing Series switched from the Ford Fusion to the Ford Mustang. In the first eight races of the season where Vincent sat behind the wheel of a Fusion, he earned a dismal 24.9 average finish. Then, when the Ford Mustang arrived, he went on a tear, earning eight top-10 finishes in the final 10 races — an average finish of 9.9. The Team Renegades driver broke through to score a win at Indianapolis (wheeling a Mustang, of course), his first series win since 2016. If you believe in momentum, believe Corey Vincent will contend for the playoffs in 2020.

Catch our season review of the top 10 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series drivers on eNASCAR.com next week.