Kansas Speedway is up next on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series schedule. Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday night’s event.
Race 7 of 18
Kansas City, Kansas
Previous Kansas winners
Kansas has only appeared on the schedule four times in Coca-Cola iRacing Series history — and Nick Ottinger’s won half those races.
2020: Nick Ottinger
2019: Zack Novak
2018: Keegan Leahy
2013: Nick Ottinger
Last year: Ottinger clinches a championship spot
Eventual 2020 series champion Nick Ottinger clinched his spot in the championship race with a big win at Kansas in an eventful playoff race. Keegan Leahy had the car to beat, but late-race contact with Ottinger knocked Leahy out of championship contention.
— William Byron (@WilliamByron) October 21, 2020
Last race: Vicente Salas is perfect at Richmond
Spacestation Gaming rookie Vicente Salas shattered Coca-Cola iRacing Series records two weeks ago, winning his first career series race by leading every single lap from the pole at Richmond Raceway. It was the only time in history a driver has led flag-to-flag on an oval, and the first time a driver has broken the 200-laps-led barrier in the series’ 12-season history. The Salas victory meant the sixth different winner in six races in 2021.
— Spacestation Gaming (@SpacestationGG) April 14, 2021
Points picture after six races
1) Keegan Leahy (1 win)
2) Logan Clampitt -13 (1 win)
3) Michael Guest -22
T4) Steven Wilson -26
T4) Bobby Zalenski -26
6) Nick Ottinger -29
7) Ryan Luza -30 (1 win)
8) Matt Bussa -35
9) Michael Conti -38 (1 win)
10) Corey Vincent -39
11) Chris Shearburn -40
12) Casey Kirwan -41
Other playoff-eligible drivers:
14) Vicente Salas (1 win)
15) Bob Bryant (1 win)
Ten drivers will compete in the playoffs and fight for a championship beginning in August.
What to expect at Kansas
Last year’s Kansas race was a wild one, but that’s to be expected in a playoff race. This year, however, the event returns to the regular season — though that’s not to say we’re not expecting our fair share of action.
Intermediate-track races have often featured green-flag pit stops and some degree of strategy, so expect a little more “smart” racing Tuesday. Only eight cautions have flown in the past three Kansas races combined.
In our Power Rankings, we’re keeping an eye on a mix of familiar names and newcomers, like Richmond winner Vicente Salas. We’ve got Keegan Leahy circled for this one after last year’s Kansas heartbreak.
How to watch
Round 7 of the season airs live at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 27.