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Viva Las Vegas: Coca-Cola iRacing Series takes on LVMS

It’s the last intermediate-track race of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series regular season. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the last stop on the schedule before the Talladega Superspeedway regular-season finale, and time is running out to determine which eight drivers will compete for the champion’s six-figure prize in the playoffs.

Race info

Race 15 of 20
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
1.5-mile tri-oval
134 laps

Previous winners at Las Vegas

For years, Las Vegas was the track that provided quite a variety of different winners – until Ryan Luza came around. Since joining the Coca-Cola iRacing Series full-time in 2017, Luza’s never lost a race.

2019: Ryan Luza
2018: Ryan Luza
2017: Ryan Luza
2016: Corey Vincent
2015: Kenny Humpe
2014: Jake Stergios
2013: Marcus Lindsey
2012: Jake Stergios
2011: Brad Davies
2010: Sandeep Banerjee (Best. Race. Ever.)

Last race at Las Vegas: Luza hits the jackpot

In 2019 – which feels like way more than a year ago – Ryan Luza won his third consecutive race at Las Vegas, holding off eventual series champ Zack Novak in a 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. It was the final event of the previous high-horsepower, low-downforce package in the series at an intermediate track.

Last race: Leahy snags his third win of 2020 at Darlington

Keegan Leahy had ’em covered two weeks ago at Darlington, winning in a throwback paint scheme reminiscent of Ricky Craven’s famous Darlington-winning car from the 2003 NASCAR Cup Series. Leahy led a dominant 152 laps of the event’s 184 circuits, holding off polesitter Michael Conti for the win. It was Leahy’s third victory of the season, following wins at the Daytona season opener and Indianapolis.

Points picture after 14 races

Just two races remain in the regular season: Las Vegas and the always-unpredictable Talladega. Bobby Zalenski and Keegan Leahy continue to fight for top honors in the regular-season championship, while Zalenski’s teammate Ray Alfalla holds a 20-point cushion over a cluster of four hungry drivers looking to make up ground.

1) Bobby Zalenski, 446 points
2) Keegan Leahy, -2 points
3) Garrett Lowe, -32
4) Michael Conti, -41
5) Ryan Luza, -42
6) Nick Ottinger, -47
7) Logan Clampitt, -65
8) Ray Alfalla, -79
9) Brad Davies, -99 (20 points from eighth)
10) Corey Vincent, -101 (22 points from eighth)
11) Graham Bowlin, -103 (24 points from eighth)
12) Jimmy Mullis, -106 (27 points from eighth)

The top eight drivers in points after the regular-season finale on Sept. 29 at Talladega Superspeedway will make the playoffs. The series champion will win $100,000.

What to expect

What to expect? Come on, it’s the last intermediate track before the playoffs!

The stats suggest it’s Ryan Luza’s race to lose – after all, he’s won all three Vegas races he’s entered – but the Williams eSports driver has cooled from his season-opening hot streak where he won three races in a row. Plus, Keegan Leahy’s always a decent bet on intermediate tracks.

Of the drivers on the outside of the playoff bubble, we’ve got our eyes on former Vegas winners Brad Davies (ninth) and Corey Vincent (10th), as we note in our Power Rankings. Davies has had a steady season flirting with the playoff bubble, while Vincent has gone full-steam-ahead in recent weeks in his march toward eighth.

Vegas, like many intermediate tracks in recent seasons, typically offers at least one round of green-flag pit stops, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if the intensity of the looming playoffs brings out the bumpers – and cautions – a little more than usual.

How to watch

Round 15 of the season airs live Tuesday, September 22 at 9 p.m. ET.

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