The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series rolls into Atlanta Motor Speedway next Friday – yes Friday, May 29, shifting from the usual Tuesday time slot due to a clash with the real-world truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Here’s who we’re watching for Round 8:
John Gorlinsky, William Byron eSports
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
John Gorlinsky started out 2020 with a pair of sixth-place finishes, but hasn’t cracked the top 10 again since. However, Atlanta might be the place for that to change in his Coca-Cola iRacing Series return tour – in his last two trips to Atlanta, in 2012 and 2011, he won both races.
Ray Alfalla, Team VRS
Rank: 9 (previously not ranked)
Somehow, Four-Time’s never won at Atlanta, despite starting all seven races in the track’s Coca-Cola iRacing Series history. That’s not to say we should ignore him, however; he hasn’t finished outside of the top five since 2011.
Graham Bowlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
Rank: 8 (+1)
After a slow start to the season, rookie Graham Bowlin’s put together some solid races that have been more in line with preseason expectations – he’s riding a momentum wave of three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a career-best fourth-place finish last race at Charlotte.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
Rank: 7 (-3)
Series veteran Nick Ottinger, for reasons unknown, hasn’t been mega-successful at Atlanta like many of his other tracks. He’s led just one lap across his five series starts and has a 19.2 average finish. Still, he’s Nick Ottinger, so a second 2020 victory wouldn’t shock us Tuesday.
Bobby Zalenski, Team VRS
Rank: 6 (-1)
Our once-points-leader has fallen another position in the standings to third following his second consecutive finish outside the top 10. Still, assuming it’s not too early to keep an eye on the playoffs picture, he’s got a 48-point buffer over ninth place.
Brad Davies, JR Motorsports
Rank: 5 (+2)
Brad Davies climbed to fifth in series points coming out of Charlotte after yet another solid run. He might have climbed even higher had it not been for a last-lap crash just a few hundred feet from the finish line. The Coke Series elder statesman hasn’t had much luck at Atlanta in recent years; since a pair of second-place finishes in 2010 and 2011, he hasn’t cracked the top 20. Still, 2020 is a weird year and anything can happen.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 4 (+2)
While he hasn’t added any marks to the wins column at Atlanta, Michael Conti’s come close, finishing on the podium three times in five races. Perhaps more impressively, he’s led double-digit laps in four of those starts, including leading 118 of 163 laps in 2014. He’s a solid bet for this year’s trip to the Peach State.
Keegan Leahy, Denny Hamlin Racing
Rank: 3 (-1)
Driver No. 32 is doing exactly what he needs to do at this stage in the season: keep scoring consistently good finishes to build a points buffer over the top eight. Leahy’s coming off back-to-back fifth-place finishes, and he’s always a contender at intermediate tracks like Texas.
Garrett Lowe, Wood Brothers Racing
Rank: 2 (+2)
Is it cruel to rank Garrett Lowe second after he scored his third second-place finish of 2020 at Charlotte? Maybe! A win is coming soon for Wood Brothers Racing.
Ryan Luza, Williams Esports
Rank: 1 (–)
Ryan Luza’s got a healthy 20-point lead in the standings over the rest of the field, but don’t expect the security net to stop him in Atlanta. In the Coca-Cola Series, he’s had a 2.0 average finish since the calendar’s page turned to March.
Catch the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race from Atlanta Friday, May 29, at eNASCAR.com/live.