Rajah Caruth wins first-career late model race
Check another achievement off the list.
Rajah Caruth, iRacer-gone-real-racer, scored his first Late Model win Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, driving for Rev Racing. We suspect it’s the first of many for the talented up-and-comer.
— Rev Racing (@RevRacin) October 4, 2020
A night I?ll never forget. Thank you everybody!! pic.twitter.com/CJojD8YE2b
— Rajah Caruth (@rajahcaruth_) October 4, 2020
Bubba Wallace sent congratulations to the 18-year-old. You love to see it.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) October 4, 2020
Tonight: iRacing Happy Hour refreshed by Coca-Cola
Join Bubba Wallace, Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez as they hang out with crew members and select eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers Wednesday night to preview what’s in store for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
The iRacing Happy Hour refreshed by Coca-Cola streams Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET and offers a fun way to go "inside the huddle" with the drivers and their crews as they get ready for the Roval. Look for coverage on eNASCAR.com, NASCAR.com and NASCAR’s YouTube channel.
Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Kettelle wins at Talladega; playoffs set
After 63 attempts dating back to 2012, Brandon Hayse Kettelle is a winner in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, capturing a nail-biter of a race at Talladega Superspeedway to finish the regular season. Kettelle, driving for Clint Bowyer Racing, held off Eric J. Smith and Bob Bryant for the victory.
The Coca-Cola @iRacing Series delivers again!
Watch as tonight's regular season finale ends in dramatic fashion. pic.twitter.com/6ysD4WD0cE
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 30, 2020
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) September 30, 2020
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 30, 2020
High stakes on high banks!
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) September 30, 2020
The race also set the eight-driver playoffs field. Logan Clampitt, who entered Talladega with a 24-point cushion, crashed out of the race, making room for a hard-charging Jimmy Mullis to grab the eighth and final playoff spot.
The eight drivers competing for the $100,000 first-place prize in the four-race playoffs:
– Bobby Zalenski
– Michael Conti
– Keegan Leahy
– Nick Ottinger
– Garrett Lowe
– Ryan Luza
– Ray Alfalla
– Jimmy Mullis
WE MADE IT!! THIS TEAM NEVER GIVES UP!! Led the most laps, finished 5th and we are into the playoffs for the next 4 rounds. My mind is all over the place, honestly just speechless. Thank you everyone that supports our group, we are going for 100k!!@RReSports x @SunocoRacing pic.twitter.com/TgZ4rP7tWC
— Jimmy Mullis (@jmullisracing) September 30, 2020
The playoffs begin next Tuesday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, where Bobby Zalenski is the defending winner. Tune in to eNASCAR.com, NASCAR.com and NASCAR’s YouTube channel for coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET.
A congratulations from a broadcasting legend
With his big win last Tuesday, Brandon Kettelle earned congratulations from Mike Joy of NASCAR on FOX. Joy, alongside Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer, worked with Kettelle to get up to speed on iRacing for FOX’s network broadcasts when Cup Series action was halted.
Congrats @BrandonKettelle. When @FOXSports decided to televise Cup drivers on @iRacing this spring, Brandon spent countless hours with Clint, Jeff and me, helping us understand how it all worked. Thanks and congrats!
— Mike Joy (@mikejoy500) September 30, 2020
More iRacing in the future?
We sure loved the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series this spring — where real-world NASCAR drivers competed against each other using iRacing — and NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell hinted there may be a return next year at some level. Let’s hope it’s true!
Steve O'Donnell: Daytona, Bristol, Coke, Nashville, COTA, Road America, Indy road course, Phoenix will be traditional practice-qualifying-race … he indicated others will be 1-race shows. Said he hopes could have some iRacing events with Cup drivers on those weekends.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 30, 2020
NASCAR to the Max (Verstappen)
Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen shared how he’s spending time between races — and apparently it’s racing NASCAR Gander Trucks at Talladega on iRacing.
How about the real thing next?
Come join us, Max.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 5, 2020
iRacing paint scheme of the week
Scott Pierchorowicz painted a replica of William Byron’s Hendrickcars.com machine from Talladega — duct tape not included.
Video of the week
Four-Time Coca-Cola Series champ Ray Alfalla is slotted in seventh in this year’s playoffs — in dangerous territory to missing championship contention — and that may be in part due to this insane dodging of a massive final-lap crash at Talladega.
— Ray Alfalla (@rayalfalla) September 30, 2020