The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series makes its next stop March 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway after a rare extra week off. As the 40 drivers march toward claiming their slice of the $300,000 purse, we’ve got our eye on 10 contenders.
Casey Kirwan, Denny Hamlin Racing
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
Our statistical analysis (we use the term loosely) tells us Casey Kirwan is going to lead exactly two laps in Miami. Stick with us. He led two laps at Auto Club Speedway en route to a seventh-place finish in the last race, and he led precisely two laps in each of his previous two efforts at Homestead. Yeah, that’s all we’ve got, but a trend is a trend.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
Rank: 9 (-4)
Nick Ottinger is winless in eight Homestead starts, though he has five top 10s to his name. We expect more of the same — not a blockbuster victory, but perhaps a solid points-building result — in this year’s running. Although, he did say he’d wreck his grandma to win a championship, so we have to keep that in consideration.
Zack Novak, Richmond Raceway eSports
Rank: 8 (-5)
The 2020 season hasn’t started out the way the defending series champ would have liked. Mired 35th in points, Zack Novak finished dead last at Auto Club to follow a 20th-place run at Daytona International Speedway. He’ll look to shake the bad luck at the site of his last series win that earned him a giant payday.
Jimmy Mullis, Richmond Raceway eSports
Rank: 7 (+1)
Homestead might be a circled date on the calendar for Jimmy Mullis. Back in October’s championship race, he led 27 laps and finished third behind the championship battle. Don’t sleep on the No. 46 in Miami.
John Gorlinsky, William Byron eSports
Rank: 6 (previously not ranked)
We see you, John Gorlinsky. The veteran, returning to the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series after six seasons away, has scored a pair of sixth-place finishes to kick off his reunion tour. He boasts a Homestead win to his name, too — way back in 2011, where he led 124 of 133 laps.
Ray Alfalla, Team VRS
Rank: 5 (+2)
The rebound is fully in motion for “Four-Time,” who’s fifth in points early in the year — and more importantly, no flips so far. The better news for the next race? Ray Alfalla is crazy good at his home track, where he has won twice and has gone 6-for-9 in terms of top fives. Nice.
Ashton Crowder, Burton Kligerman Esports
Rank: 4 (previously not ranked)
Points leader and race winner two rounds into the season? Surely 2020 is exceeding all expectations so far for the No. 77 Burton Kligerman Esports driver. Ashton Crowder qualified fifth and finished 14th in his lone Homestead start in October — so, combined with early-season momentum, it’s possible he improves this time around.
Ryan Luza, Williams Esports
Rank: 3 (-1)
A 36th-place result at Auto Club will certainly weigh down Ryan Luza’s old 1.7 average finish, but he’s hoping to rebound at a track that’s been quite kind to him: His three starts at Homestead break down into a win, a second-place finish and a fifth-place run.
Bobby Zalenski, Team VRS
Rank: 2 (+2)
In two races, Bobby Zalenski is the only driver to score two top-five finishes and heads to a track where he has an average finish of 7.3. We expect another low-key top five for the No. 83 in Miami.
Keegan Leahy, Denny Hamlin Racing
Rank: 1 (–)
Daytona winner Keegan Leahy sustained damage in a mid-race mix-up at Auto Club, where he started from the pole. He now returns to the site of the famous scene where he finished runner-up in last year’s championship finale to Novak — a race Leahy started from the pole and led more than half the race.
Catch the March 17 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race from Homestead-Miami Speedway on eNASCAR.com.