It was an evening to remember for William Byron eSports as Logan Clampitt led teammate Nick Ottinger to a 1-2 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Tuesday night, shattering a years-long winless streak and scoring the team’s first top-two sweep.
Mitchell deJong started on pole for the second time this season in just his fourth start. The rookie paced the field in his 23XI Racing Toyota in the opening run of the race ahead of teammate Keegan Leahy — and while the action looked calm up front, it was a wild one throughout the pack, as multiple grooves proved viable throughout the evening, setting up for plenty of side-by-side racing action.
As the fuel tanks ran dry and Atlanta’s infamous tire-eating track surface did a number on some virtual Goodyears, green-flag pit stops were poised to begin after 50 laps. However, as Kligerman Sport’s Bob Bryant pulled off to pit, 2020 champ Zack Novak missed the note and piled into Bryant’s Chevrolet, also snarling Malik Ray. The incident brought out the caution and put an end to green-flag pit strategy — at least early.
As the race progressed, Clampitt quickly emerged as a contender, grabbing the lead after the restart — the only one of the 134-lap event. Clampitt, who joined William Byron eSports for the 2021 season, started the evening riding a 44-race winless streak — he last visited Victory Lane at Indianapolis in 2018.
Rookie Isaac Gann, the 2020 iRacing Road to Pro Contender Series champion, showed speed throughout the night, particularly on long runs. But with a long green-flag run to complete the second half of the race, it meant a perfect pit strategy was just as important as long-run speed.
Once pit stops cycled through, defending series champ Nick Ottinger of William Byron eSports found himself at the front of the pack after ducking to pit road a bit earlier than fellow leaders. Not long after, however, Clampitt, Ottinger’s teammate, reclaimed the top spot — and never looked back.
— William Byron eSports (@WBeSports_) March 17, 2021
With tears in his eyes, Clampitt crossed the finish line to claim his third-career Coca-Cola iRacing Series victory, also ensuring a playoff spot for a shot at the $100,000-to-win championship prize. Clampitt came up just short of making the playoffs for the past three seasons.
Now, he’ll reset the 44-race winless streak to zero.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 17, 2021
Ottinger held on to finish second, completing the 1-2 William Byron eSports sweep for the first time in team history. Rookie Zack Nichols survived to finish third, while hard-charging Michael Conti and Steven Wilson rounded out the top five.
— William Byron (@WilliamByron) March 17, 2021
Like the NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 trend of parity, four different winners have won the opening four races. Clampitt joins Michael Conti, Keegan Leahy and Ryan Luza as winners — and presumptive playoff contenders — with still plenty of time before the regular season ends in August.
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series heads next to Southern California on March 30 at Auto Club Speedway.
ClampNation shows up at Atlanta!@LoganClampitt_ finds victory lane for the 3rd time in his eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series career, and you could tell this one felt GOOOOOD!! pic.twitter.com/uB7b2W684A
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) March 17, 2021