The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series heads to Kansas Speedway Tuesday for the seventh round of the 2021 season. These are the drivers to watch.
Isaac Gann, Kligerman Sport
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
We’re feeling like it’s heating up for Isaac Gann this season after a stout fourth-place run at Richmond Raceway, inching the rookie closer to playoff contention heading into Kansas. It’s also worth noting that Gann won two 1.5-mile races over the winter in the iRacing Road to Pro Contender Series. He’s got chops!
Vicente Salas, Spacestation Gaming
Rank: 9 (previously not ranked)
How about Vicente Salas? His Richmond victory set two insane records: the most laps ever led in a single Coca-Cola iRacing Series race (203), and the first time a driver has led every single lap on an oval. He’s looking to keep the momentum rolling into Kansas.
Bobby Zalenski, Letarte Esports
Rank: 8 (+1)
While Bobby Zalenski hasn’t found Victory Lane yet this season (not to worry, we’re headed to Circuit of the Americas soon), he’s quietly emerged as a consistent contender, racking up solid finishes — like a fifth-place effort in Richmond. We’re expecting more of the same at Kansas.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 7 (-4)
Sure, a victory essentially guarantees a driver a spot in the 10-race Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoffs, but if there are more than 10 winners in the regular season, points will come into question. For Daytona winner Michael Conti, he’s got to stop the bleeding quickly. A 30th-place finish at Richmond dropped him to ninth in points, which is safe for now, but a few more races like that could spell disaster.
Michael Guest, Jim Beaver eSports
Rank: 6 (+2)
Talk about a pleasant 2021 surprise! While Michael Guest is still winless, he’s continued to impress with his consistency — he’s third in points after six races, a notable uptick from past years. It’s not unreasonable to think we’ll see the No. 9 in Victory Lane before long.
Steven Wilson, Roush Fenway Racing
Rank: 5 (–)
It’s fair to say Steven Wilson has exceeded expectations so far in 2021. The rookie, who made the Coca-Cola Series cut after a fortuitously-timed retirement by Christian Challiner left an extra transfer spot from the Road to Pro Contender Series, has established himself as a fixture of the top 10 regardless of track type.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
Rank: 4 (+2)
The only driver with multiple wins at Kansas Speedway? Nick Ottinger, defending series champion. He’s yet to win in 2021, but expect the No. 25 to contend for his first of the year Tuesday.
Logan Clampitt, William Byron eSports
Rank: 3 (+1)
It’s been a great year for Logan Clampitt so far, and it might just continue at Kansas. The current runner-up in the points standings finished runner-up at the track last year; he’ll want to do one better this time around.
Ryan Luza, XSET
Rank: 2 (-1)
We’ll be shocked if Ryan Luza’s name isn’t printed in the top five of the results rundown at the end of the night Tuesday. He hasn’t won at Kansas, but you never know when the next Luza victory will happen; he strikes when it’s unexpected.
Keegan Leahy, 23XI Racing
Rank: 1 (+1)
Kansas Speedway owes Leahy one. He had the car to beat in last year’s trip to the track, but the night ended up sour, knocking him out of the championship hunt. The current series points leader has won once in the Sunflower State, and he could add to his win total Tuesday.
Catch the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series live from Kansas Speedway Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET, at eNASCAR.com/live.