Caruth First Late Model Win 2020

Wide World of Esports: Caruth’s real-world win, iRacing Happy Hour, and Max Verstappen takes to Talladega


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.

Bubba Wallace sent congratulations to the 18-year-old. You love to see it.

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.

Iracing Happy Hour Refreshed By Coke

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 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

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.

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!

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?

iRacing paint scheme of the week

Scott Pierchorowicz painted a replica of William Byron’s Hendrickcars.com machine from Talladega — duct tape not included.

Byron Scheme Enascar Wwoe Oct7 2020

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.

Wow.