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Alfalla Survives eNASCAR Overtime to Claim Checkered Flag in Nashville

Four-time eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series champion Ray Alfalla drove from 37th on the grid to score his first win of the 2022 season for Joe Gibbs Racing at Nashville Superspeedway on Tuesday night. Despite staying out on older tires late in the race, Alfalla got the jump on Jim Beaver eSports’ Blake Reynolds on two tires in the Restart Zone during eNASCAR Overtime to take the record-extending 27th win of his eNASCAR career.

After an immediate caution at the start of the race, things stayed green until the trickiest possible time for much of the field. During green flag pit stops just past the halfway point, RFK Racing’s Parker Retzlaff and Daytona winner Femi Olatunbosun made contact and spun through the tri-oval after trying to avoid Team Dillon Esports’ Taylor Hurst. Some of the drivers who had pit early, led by 23XI’s Mitchell deJong, stayed out, while early front-runners like Charlotte Phoenix driver Graham Bowlin were shuffled to the middle and others who were still a lap down after taking their pit stops needed to take wave arounds and start from the back.

While deJong had the oldest tires of anyone who stayed out, Atlanta winner Steven Wilson of Stewart-Haas eSports would take him side by side with 25 laps to go, and 2019 series champion Zack Novak of Rise eSports would make it a three-wide battle a lap later before eventually taking the spot. Soon after, a stack-up on the backstretch led to a multi-car incident, with polesitter and local hero Briar LaPradd of JR Motorsports getting the worst of it.

The field would only make it one lap before another multi-car wreck, this time including the two most recent eNASCAR race winners in Garrett Lowe and Bowlin, but not before Alfalla took the lead. He’d begin to pull away before another caution with four to go would lead to overtime. But despite having drivers behind him with two or four tires, Alfalla took advantage of the Restart Zone’s debut in the series to take control of the green flag in his own hands. Novak would get past Reynolds for second, while Michael Guest and two-time 2022 winner Michael Conti completed the top five.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from Nashville Superspeedway were as follows:

 

Fin.
St.
No.
Name
Team
Laps
Interval
Led
Best
Pts

1

37

51

Ray Alfalla

Joe Gibbs Racing

103

0.000

15

29.873

40

2

3

5

Zack Novak

Rise eSports

103

-0.227

7

29.769

35

3

19

15

Blake Reynolds

Jim Beaver eSports

103

-0.447

0

29.884

34

4

16

9

Michael Guest

Jim Beaver eSports

103

-0.748

0

29.972

33

5

25

8

Michael Conti

JR Motorsports

103

-0.944

0

30.039

32

6

21

10

Steven Wilson

Stewart Haas Racing

103

-0.959

4

30.065

31

7

14

95

Casey Kirwan

XSET

103

-1.033

0

30.046

30

8

20

3

Corey Vincent

Team Dillon Esports

103

-1.441

0

30.053

29

9

39

75

Matt Bussa

Mode Motorsports

103

-1.515

1

30.237

28

10

9

41

Dylan Duval

Stewart Haas Racing

103

-1.575

0

30.149

27

11

7

55

Allen Boes

Space Station Gaming

103

-1.848

1

30.117

26

12

5

48

Graham A. Bowlin

Charlotte Phoenix

103

-1.880

37

30.119

25

13

29

69

Collin Bowden

eRacr

103

-1.950

0

30.309

24

14

32

97

Logan Clampitt

William Byron eSports

103

-1.989

4

30.239

23

15

15

6

Parker Retzlaff

Roush Fenway Keselowski

103

-2.046

0

30.149

22

16

26

23

Mitchell deJong

23XI

103

-2.058

16

30.165

21

17

28

4

Ryan Luza

XSET

103

-2.058

0

30.243

20

18

30

18

Bobby Zalenski

Joe Gibbs Racing

103

-2.151

0

30.151

19

19

22

42

Darik Bourdeau

eRacr

103

-2.228

0

30.111

18

20

1

88

Briar LaPradd

JR Motorsports

103

-2.367

18

30.135

17

21

4

24

Cody Byus

Mode Motorsports

103

-2.379

0

30.106

16

22

17

79

Femi Olatunbosun

Clint Bowyer Racing

103

-2.386

0

30.230

15

23

6

20

Donovan Strauss

Williams eSports

103

-2.454

0

30.232

14

24

2

43

Kollin Keister

Charlotte Phoenix

103

-2.472

0

30.121

13

25

33

36

Brian Mercurio

Letarte Esports

103

-2.501

0

30.182

12

26

40

12

Derek Justis

iRacing Motorsports

103

-2.637

0

30.111

11

27

36

16

Blade Whitt

Wood Brothers Racing

103

-2.690

0

30.206

10

28

27

40

Dylan Ault

Letarte Esports

103

-2.782

0

30.226

9

29

38

14

Nickolas Shelton

Clint Bowyer Racing

103

-2.894

0

30.168

8

30

18

25

Nick Ottinger

William Byron eSports

103

-2.997

0

30.119

7

31

34

2

Liam Brotherton

Elliot Sadler eSports

103

-3.025

0

30.349

6

32

35

45

Keegan Leahy

23XI

99

-4L

0

30.340

5

33

31

54

Kyle Peddle

Space Station Gaming

95

DNF

0

30.185

4

34

24

31

Garrett Manes

Elliot Sadler eSports

95

-8L

0

30.236

3

35

23

21

Garrett Lowe

Wood Brothers Racing

89

DNF

0

30.305

2

36

8

33

Taylor Hurst

Team Dillon Esports

83

-20L

0

30.040

1

37

10

46

Jimmy Mullis

Rise eSports

81

-22L

0

30.063

1

38

12

7

Malik Ray

iRacing Motorsports

2

DNF

0

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1

39

11

19

Vicente Salas

Williams eSports

0

DNF

0

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1

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points through 10 rounds are as follows:

  1. Matt Bussa, 278

  2. Steven Wilson, 272

  3. Nick Ottinger, 252

  4. Casey Kirwan, 250

  5. Graham Bowlin, 238

  6. Corey Vincent, 237

  7. Femi Olatunbosun, 235

  8. Zack Novak, 235

  9. Michael Guest, 226

  10. Michael Conti, 218

The 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season resumes in two weeks at Road America, where Mitchell deJong scored his second win of the season in 2021. Broadcast coverage begins on Tuesday, July 5 at 8:30PM ET with Countdown to Green before the 9PM 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.