The Irish Hills of Michigan await the 40 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers as the march toward the playoffs — and a six-figure payday — continues. Here are the 10 drivers we’ve got our eye on for Tuesday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.
Logan Clampitt, Burton-Kligerman Esports
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
Logan Clampitt’s sixth-place finish at New Hampshire was just his third top 10 of 2020, but he may be one to watch at Michigan. He’s led laps in all of his Michigan starts, and tends to find himself in the mix at big, fast tracks. And, with a 24-point deficit on a playoff spot, he needs to perform well during the rest of the summer.
Bobby Zalenski, Team VRS
Rank: 9 (-2)
Bobby Z’s back to “top-10-ing them to death.” He’s fourth in points, and while he hasn’t led a ton of laps lately, he’s been racking up the points. Besides, the road-course expert is probably saving his season’s first win for the newly announced Daytona road course.
Jimmy Mullis, Richmond Raceway Esports
Rank: 8 (+1)
His New Hampshire win continues the now-three-year trend: Jimmy Mullis only wins races in July. The good news for ‘Jimmy July’ is that Tuesday’s race takes place before the calendar flips to August, meaning he just might score his second win in a row.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
Rank: 7 (+1)
Michigan hasn’t been too kind to Nick Ottinger. He’s winless at the track — a rarity for the veteran driver who’s tied for second on the all-time wins list — and has an average finish of 18.6 in seven races. Regardless, with a 38-point cushion on a playoff spot, a solid top-10 day would be just what he needs.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 6 (-1)
The 2017 Michigan winner continues to rack up the top fives, but we know he’s itching for a win. His winless streak stands at 29 races, and he’d probably like for us to stop talking about it already.
Ryan Luza, Williams Esports
Rank: 5 (-1)
While Luza’s early-season hot streak has cooled, he’s not totally out to lunch, racking up top 10s nearly every week. He won from the pole at Michigan in 2018 in dominating fashion, and while the track has since changed with a repave on iRacing, Ryan Luza’s still Ryan Luza.
Graham Bowlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
Rank: 4 (+2)
Aside from a DNF in May at Atlanta, rookie Graham Bowlin’s been solid since April, finishing in the top 10 on a weekly basis. He’s now found himself with a 19-point cushion on a playoff spot, which seems like a far cry from flipping in the air at Daytona.
Keegan Leahy, Denny Hamlin Racing
Rank: 3 (-2)
With a shrinking points lead and facing a track where he finished 34th last season, is there cause for concern for Keegan Leahy? We doubt it. He can afford a mulligan or two at this point in the season before turning up the heat in the playoffs.
Ray Alfalla, Team VRS
Rank: 2 (–)
It had been two years since Ray Alfalla scored three consecutive top-10 finishes — that is, until last week’s race at New Hampshire where he notched his third in a row again. With newfound momentum, 4-Time’s headed back to a track where he’s won twice, in 2013 and 2016.
Garrett Lowe, Wood Brothers Racing
Rank: 1 (+2)
Though he’s finished runner-up four times already, Garrett Lowe’s been locked out of Victory Lane so far in 2020. Michigan just might be the place to change that stat — it’s the track where he scored his first-career win last year.
Catch the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race from Atlanta Tuesday, July 28, at eNASCAR.com/live.