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Shearburn Burnout Kansas Win Coca Cola Iracing Series Enascar 2021

Chris Shearburn becomes seventh winner in seven races

Chris Shearburn just became the seventh winner in seven races in this year’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.

The Letarte eSports driver picked up his second career victory at sim racing’s top level Tuesday night at the virtual Kansas Speedway after leading 70 laps.

Ryan Luza started on the pole but quickly faced a challenge from Shearburn, the 39-year-old series veteran, who raced the polesitter side-by-side in an attempt to wrangle away the top spot.

A variety of pit strategies began to unfold in the first half of the race — some drivers opting for a three-pit-stop plan, while others went for a more conservative two-pit-stop race. Blade Whitt, the last-place starter, attempted to cut the race in half and make a single pit stop on Lap 68 — a bold attempt to snag a win in a championship format that rewards victors.

Strategy, however, went out the window with 57 laps to go when John Gorlinsky went for a spin, collecting Bob Bryant and bringing out the caution.

With Shearburn still in the lead, chaos erupted behind him on the ensuing restart in a major way.

William Byron eSports driver Logan Clampitt and 23XI Racing’s Mitchell deJong made contact near the front of the pack, sending deJong’s Toyota spinning — and collecting nearly 20 cars. The crash ended the night for Luza, defending series champ Nick Ottinger and plenty of other favorites.

Shearburn restarted as the leader again — the field a bit more thinned — but faced a challenge from Kligerman Sport rookie Isaac Gann, who’d made his way up toward the front. With 43 laps to go, Gann cleared Shearburn for the lead and set sail — or so it seemed.

Three laps later, Shearburn’s No. 36 car caught Gann’s No. 44 after a bad corner, putting the veteran back on point.

It turned out, the pass on Gann was the pass for the win.

Shearburn held on for the remaining 40 laps, racing to his second victory in his 78th-career race by 1.839 seconds over Keegan Leahy.

Gann came home third, tying his best-ever finish, while Clampitt and Graham Bowlin rounded out the top five.

Shearburn’s win secures his place in the 10-driver championship playoffs — at least for now. The win makes him the seventh different winner in seven races this season, and a victory means playoff eligibility — and a shot at a six-figure payday for winning the championship.

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series makes its next stop May 18 for the first-ever trip to Circuit of the Americas.

Race Results

Kansas 2021 Enascar Coke Series Results 2021