The stars of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Tuesday for the 10th race of 2020. Here’s who we’re watching at the Magic Mile as 40 racers look to claim their slice of a $300,000 pie.
Chris Shearburn, LETARTE eSports
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
We see you, Chris Shearburn. The veteran driver has posted consecutive top-five finishes for the first time in his career with a fourth-place finish at Atlanta and a runner-up in Indy. He’s jumped to the top 10 in points and well within the playoff conversation, nine points shy of the top eight.
Jimmy Mullis, Richmond Raceway Esports
Rank: 9 (previously not ranked)
No, it’s not been Jimmy’s year. Plagued by bad luck and poor results, a run to the playoffs has become an uphill battle – he’s currently 32 points out of eighth. However, he’s scored back-to-back top-dozen finishes for the first time since March, and is poised to continue the streak at the track where he’s the defending race winner. It’s not out of the question for Mullis to work some magic over the summer.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
Rank: 8 (-3)
Nick Ottinger’s going to need to step up his summer if he wants to maintain a spot in the playoffs. A win at Dover in April has propped up his season, but he hasn’t shown usual Ottinger-level results otherwise. His best finish at New Hampshire is a third-place effort in 2014.
Bobby Zalenski, Team VRS
Rank: 7 (+1)
Whew! After falling from the points lead following three consecutive disappointing finishes, Bobby Zalenski made his way back to top-10 territory at the Brickyard. His record at New Hampshire isn’t too shabby – an average finish of 9.5 won’t turn heads, but it’s all he needs to keep his playoff points cushion.
Graham Bowlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
Rank: 6 (–)
If you take out Atlanta – Graham Bowlin’s first and only Coca-Cola Series DNF – you’ll notice he’s been awfully solid in recent weeks, recording an average finish of 7.25 in four races. The rookie’s had above-average speed on smaller tracks, and he might be a surprise in his first outing to New Hampshire.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 5 (-1)
Expect Michael Conti to run up front Tuesday. He’s led 305 laps in his career at New Hampshire, and won twice (2012 and 2013). Surely the last Loudon race in 2018 is on his mind, where he led nearly half the race until fading to a ninth-place finish.
Ryan Luza, Williams Esports
Rank: 4 (-1)
Luza’s a solid bet for New Hampshire. In his two Loudon races, he qualified on pole and led laps. He won in 2017 on his way to the championship title, and he’s looked awfully sporty in the one-mile-and-under tracks this year.
Garrett Lowe, Wood Brothers Racing
Rank: 3 (-1)
Garrett Lowe is 6-for-9 in top-five finishes so far in 2020. Nice.
Ray Alfalla, Team VRS
Rank: 2 (+5)
Despite leading the most laps at Indy, 4-Time’s winless streak extended to, uhh, one race last week. Darn, guess we can’t really use that storyline anymore. Ray’s solid at New Hampshire, where he’s never won, but has an average finish of 5.0 in eight races.
Keegan Leahy, Denny Hamlin Racing
Rank: 1 (–)
Everybody knew it was just a matter of time until Keegan Leahy showed back up in Victory Lane following his Daytona season-opener win. We expect he’ll keep the momentum rolling at the Magic Mile.
Catch the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race from New Hampshire Tuesday, July 14, at eNASCAR.com/live.