After a brief early-summer break, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series returns for its second half of the season, starting Tuesday at Pocono Raceway. Here’s who we’re watching.
Honorable mention: Malik Ray, who finished a career-best second at Charlotte and scored third place in last year’s Pocono race.
Graham Bowlin, Stewart-Haas eSports
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
Don’t look now, but Graham Bowlin’s starting to hit his stride. After coming home ninth in Charlotte, the series sophomore put together four consecutive top-15 finishes for the first time in his career, though he’s still seeking that first victory.
Corey Vincent, Team Dillon eSports
Rank: 9 (previously not ranked)
Welcome to the Power Rankings, Corey! The No. 3 has climbed to sixth in the standings; combined with his points total, a win would go a long way in breaking a tie for the playoffs if the unique-winner trend continues. It’s certainly possible at Pocono, where Vincent’s typically a top-10 car.
Steven Wilson, Roush Fenway Racing
Rank: 8 (previously not ranked)
The rookie continues to impress. Steven Wilson follows only points leader Keegan Leahy in top 10s this year. If there’s a series newcomer who will take to the “Tricky Triangle” quickly, he’s the guy.
Michael Guest, Jim Beaver eSports
Rank: 7 (+2)
Few would have guessed Michael Guest would have the second-highest points total at the halfway point in the season, but it’s been that type of year for the No. 9. He’s still got a Big Green Egg in the wins column, however and he’ll need to either break through quickly or hope for some repeat winners if he wants a shot at making the playoffs.
Ray Alfalla, Gibbs Gaming
Rank: 6 (previously not ranked)
Just when we started to wonder if Four-Time’s lost his luster, he reminds us why he’s the Coca-Cola iRacing Series G.O.A.T. Nearly a year after his last win, Ray Alfalla put together a very Ray Alfalla performance to snag a win out from under Malik Ray at Charlotte — but it was also just his second top-20 finish of an impossibly rough season. Alfalla’s a past Pocono winner (2013) and he could keep the momentum rolling.
Logan Clampitt, William Byron eSports
Rank: 5 (-2)
Logan Clampitt doesn’t have a stellar track record at Pocono, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that historical stats don’t matter much for him. That being said, two of his three wins have come on flatter tracks — Indianapolis and New Hampshire — which could help at the lower-banked Pocono Raceway.
Jimmy Mullis, Richmond Raceway eSports
Rank: 4 (+1)
Jimmy Mullis may be mired below the relegation cutoff line, but he’s undoubtedly one to watch Tuesday. He’s the most recent winner at Pocono (2019) and finished fourth in 2018 — the best average finish of all drivers in the two races in iRacing’s repaved version of the track. The No. 46 should be considered a favorite.
Ryan Luza, XSET
Rank: 3 (-1)
A win at the “Tricky Triangle” has eluded the 2017 champ, who needs to find Victory Lane again soon to keep an ultra-impressive stat alive: at least three wins every season since joining the series. He’s got one in the bag this year, so he’ll need to turn it up in the second half of the year. There’s still plenty of time.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 2 (+2)
Michael Conti’s cooled off a bit throughout the spring — he hasn’t finished top five since Atlanta in March — but he trends better-than-average at Pocono, where he won in 2014.
Keegan Leahy, 23XI Racing
Rank: 1 (–)
The points leader is awfully quick at Pocono. He backed up his 2018 win at the track with a pole position in 2019, and he’s poised to become the first driver to pick up his second win of the season. Though, whether that happens is anybody’s guess.
Catch the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series live from Pocono Raceway Tuesday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET at eNASCAR.com/live.