The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series heads to Richmond Raceway Tuesday for the sixth round of the 2021 season. These are the drivers to watch.
Bob Bryant, Kligerman Sport
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
How about Bob? The sim-racing veteran finally grabbed the most important win of his career, joining the elite list of winners in the Coca-Cola iRacing Series. He may not have been on the radar for many entering Fontana, but it’s hard to count out experience.
Bobby Zalenski, Letarte Esports
Rank: 9 (previously not ranked)
While Bobby Zalenski’s 2021 season hasn’t exactly been the sequel to his breakout 2020, it’s by no means lousy, clinging to ninth in points — not enough for a playoff spot when taking winners into consideration. Zalenski’s finished in the top half-dozen in three of the last four Richmond races; we’re expecting more of that Tuesday.
Michael Guest, Jim Beaver eSports
Rank: 8 (previously not ranked)
Michael Guest has put together a sneaky-solid season in his first year at Jim Beaver eSports, climbing to fifth in points after several impressive races. He’ll want to find Victory Lane soon, though; those playoff spots are going fast.
Casey Kirwan, XSET
Rank: 7 (-4)
Fontana wasn’t a great race for Casey Kirwan, who entered as the points leader and left as the runner-up. The good news for Kirwan, at least, is that there’s nowhere to go but up at Richmond — he finished dead-last there in 2020.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
Rank: 6 (–)
The defending champ is still winless after five races this season, but that could change soon: Ottinger’s a two-time winner at Richmond Raceway. It seems, at least, the defending-champ curse hasn’t struck Driver No. 25 quite as hard as it hit Zack Novak and Ray Alfalla before him.
Steven Wilson, Roush Fenway Racing
Rank: 5 (–)
Steven Wilson’s top-five streak snapped at Fontana, but we still like what we’re seeing out of the Roush Fenway Racing rookie early in the season. Plus, once he grabs that first win one of these weeks, we’ll look like total geniuses.
Logan Clampitt, William Byron eSports
Rank: 4 (–)
Logan Clampitt didn’t back up his Atlanta win with another trip to Victory Lane last week at Fontana, but Richmond might be circled on his calendar. He led 85 laps in the last two Richmond races combined, but only managed to convert those strong runs to an 8.5 average finish.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 3 (+4)
Despite a sour night at Fontana, Daytona winner Michael Conti’s still in the points-lead conversation. And let’s not forget that he finished second at Richmond last year, nearly snapping a winless streak at the time.
Keegan Leahy, 23XI Racing
Rank: 2 (–)
While Leahy’s risky pit strategy didn’t pay dividends at Auto Club in the way he’d hoped, he managed to put himself in the points lead after an off night for Casey Kirwan. Leahy’s never won at Richmond, but it’s hard to count him out anywhere.
Ryan Luza, XSET
Rank: 1 (–)
Look out for Luza at Richmond. He’s won the past two races there, and after getting KO’d early at Fontana, he’s ready to rebound and score some points.
Catch the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series live from Richmond Raceway Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET, at eNASCAR.com/live.