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Bowlin Dominates eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Debut at World Wide Technology Raceway

Charlotte Phoenix driver Graham Bowlin scored his first win of the 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season on Tuesday night, taking the checkered flag in the inaugural eNASCAR round at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Rise eSports driver Zack Novak took his second straight runner-up finish behind him, while 2021 series runner-up Logan Clampitt scored a season-best third place for William Byron eSports on his birthday.

Kyle Long’s Mode Motorsports started exactly where it finished in last week’s Coca-Cola 150 at Charlotte, but this time it was Cody Byus instead of teammate Matt Bussa in P1. Byus yielded the lead to XSET’s Casey Kirwan, who held it for most of the first quarter of the race before Bowlin made the pass for the top spot. The only close call of the event came when Jim Beaver eSports’ Blake Reynolds and eRacr’s Darik Bourdeau made contact on the frontstretch, threatening a caution period, but both drivers kept moving forward and didn’t collect anyone else.

The first caution didn’t come until Lap 60, a few laps after some of the front runners had already pit, when Rise eSports’ Jimmy Mullis hit Elliott Sadler eSports driver Garrett Manes from behind in Turn 1. The yellow flew just after Bowlin made it onto pit road, allowing him to finish his stop. However, those who entered behind him weren’t quite so lucky and were black flagged for entering a closed pit.

Bowlin kept the lead as the race stayed green from there, building a buffer of more than two seconds at race’s end. Behind Novak and Clampitt in second and third, Malik Ray earned redemption from last week’s Charlotte strategy gamble in fourth place while former series champion Ryan Luza completed the top five for XSET in fifth.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway were as follows:

FIN. ST. NO. NAME TEAM LAPS INTERVAL
1 4 48 Graham A. Bowlin Charlotte Phoenix 120 0.000
2 19 5 Zack Novak Rise eSports 120 -2.822
3 6 97 Logan Clampitt William Byron eSports 120 -6.177
4 30 7 Malik Ray iRacing Motorsports 120 -6.615
5 23 4 Ryan Luza XSET 120 -6.831
6 39 75 Matt Bussa Mode Motorsports 120 -9.032
7 11 21 Garrett Lowe Wood Brothers Racing 120 -9.732
8 5 19 Vicente Salas Williams eSports 120 -9.872
9 9 25 Nick Ottinger William Byron eSports 120 -10.307
10 27 3 Corey Vincent Team Dillon Esports 120 -11.276
11 8 45 Keegan Leahy 23XI 120 -11.391
12 13 41 Dylan Duval Stewart Haas Racing 120 -11.891
13 12 18 Bobby Zalenski Joe Gibbs Racing 120 -13.886
14 32 51 Ray Alfalla Joe Gibbs Racing 120 -14.808
15 21 6 Parker Retzlaff Roush Fenway Keselowski 120 -15.666
16 2 95 Casey Kirwan XSET 120 -16.832
17 26 46 Jimmy Mullis Rise eSports 120 -18.133
18 3 55 Allen Boes Space Station Gaming 120 -19.173
19 16 23 Mitchell deJong 23XI 120 -19.729
20 35 20 Donovan Strauss Williams eSports 120 -19.918
21 31 17 Kaden Honeycutt Roush Fenway Keselowski 120 -20.695
22 20 8 Michael Conti JR Motorsports 120 -21.441
23 29 88 Briar LaPradd JR Motorsports 120 -21.802
24 1 24 Cody Byus Mode Motorsports 120 -22.628
25 33 10 Steven Wilson Stewart Haas Racing 120 -23.378
26 17 31 Garrett Manes Elliot Sadler eSports 120 -24.597
27 14 69 Collin Bowden eRacr 120 -25.121
28 24 43 Kollin Keister Charlotte Phoenix 120 -26.594
29 22 36 Brian Mercurio Letarte Esports 120 -27.168
30 7 40 Dylan Ault Letarte Esports 120 -27.620
31 18 79 Femi Olatunbosun Clint Bowyer Racing 120 -28.431
32 15 16 Blade Whitt Wood Brothers Racing 120 -28.652
33 10 33 Taylor Hurst Team Dillon Esports 120 -29.627
34 36 14 Nickolas Shelton Clint Bowyer Racing 120 -30.933
35 38 12 Derek Justis iRacing Motorsports 120 -31.501
36 25 15 Blake Reynolds Jim Beaver eSports 120 -33.003
37 28 2 Liam Brotherton Elliot Sadler eSports 120 -34.749
38 37 9 Michael Guest Jim Beaver eSports 119 -1L
39 34 42 Darik Bourdeau eRacr 34 DNF

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points through nine rounds are as follows:

  1. Matt Bussa, 250
  2. Nick Ottinger, 245
  3. Steven Wilson, 241
  4. Femi Olatunbosun, 220
  5. Casey Kirwan, 220
  6. Graham Bowlin, 213
  7. Corey Vincent, 208
  8. Zack Novak, 200
  9. Garrett Lowe, 193
  10. Michael Guest, 193

The 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season resumes in three weeks’ time at Nashville Superspeedway, which trades last year’s All-Star Race for its first-ever eNASCAR points race in 2022. Broadcast coverage begins on Tuesday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green before the 9 p.m. ET green flag and can be seen at enascar.com/live.

For more information on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, visit www.enascar.com or www.iracing.com/enascar. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.