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Enascar Power Rankings Coke Series Bristol 2021

Power Rankings: Breaking down playoff drivers for Bristol battle

Let’s stack up the 10 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series championship contenders heading into Bristol Motor Speedway, site of the second race of this year’s playoffs. A win for one of these 10 will guarantee they’ll race for $100,000 in Texas next month.

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Bob Bryant, Kligerman Sport
Rank: 10 (-1)

A 16th-place day at Darlington isn’t necessarily a bad day, but it doesn’t help Bob Bryant’s playoffs season to finish ninth of 10 contenders, beating only a crash-stricken Keegan Leahy. Bryant finished 11th at Bristol last year, and he might need to think about taking some strategy risks to snag a win soon.

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Graham Bowlin, Stewart-Haas eSports
Rank: 9 (-4)

Since his New Hampshire win, Graham Bowlin has averaged a 19th-place finish and heads to Bristol, where he finished 17th last year as a rookie. It’s too soon to count him out, but he’ll need to squeeze some more speed out of the No. 10 car if he wants to make the Championship 4.

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Keegan Leahy, 23XI Racing
Rank: 8 (-6)

His bad luck can’t last forever, can it? Following the Kansas race in April, Keegan Leahy has finished every race in a position that’s worse than where he’s started — never mind the fact that he’s led laps in three races since that point. He’s going to need a big-time rebound at Bristol or Talladega … tracks where luck is a big part of success.

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Vicente Salas, Spacestation Gaming
Rank: 7 (+1)

A ninth-place run at Darlington for a rookie isn’t too shabby at all. Give ‘Chente a look at Bristol — let’s not forget who led every single lap at the last short track race.

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Logan Clampitt, William Byron eSports
Rank: 6 (-3)

Logan Clampitt kicked off the playoffs with a top 10 at Darlington; he’s now six for six in terms of top 10s at the trickiest oval track on the circuit. His Bristol record, on the other hand, doesn’t match: his best finish is a 21st-place effort last year.

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Matt Bussa, Mode Motorsports
Rank: 5 (+5)

Matt Bussa’s hitting his stride in recent weeks, following up his Michigan win with a top 10 at Darlington. He logged a top 10 at Bristol in 2019 and, technically speaking, he’s holding one of the Championship 4 spots (by one point) heading into the second race of the playoffs.

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Jimmy Mullis, Richmond Raceway eSports
Rank: 4 (+2)

A top-five run at Darlington was a good way for Jimmy Mullis to open the playoffs. Remember, at least one Championship 4 spot will go to a driver on points — though Bristol and Talladega don’t exactly lend themselves to points racing.

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Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 3 (-2)

Despite missing the top 10 at Darlington, we’re still feeling good about Michael Conti’s odds about making the Championship 4 — and Bristol might be the spot for him to clinch. He qualified on pole and led a bunch of laps last year, after all.

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Mitchell deJong, 23XI Racing
Rank: 2 (+2)

Another deJong-Zalenski battle? Yep, it happened. We haven’t seen what the rookie can do at Bristol, but if he can lead the most laps in the Darlington playoff race, we’ve got a good feeling for him Tuesday.

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Bobby Zalenski, Letarte Esports
Rank: 1 (+6)

We’ve always talked about Bobby Zalenski’s ability on road courses, but this year he hasn’t won on a road course … and now just scored his second victory of the season on an oval. Zalenski’s now reached the Championship 4 for the fourth time in five seasons, and his win at Darlington ties him with 2015 champ Kenny Humpe for fifth-most in all-time series victories.

Catch the second round of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Playoffs at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 14 at eNASCAR.com/live.