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Salas Leads Every Lap in Dominant eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Win at Richmond

Salas Leads Every Lap in Dominant eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Win at Richmond

There must be something in the air in southern California right now that breeds excellence. Just a few short days after San Diego Padres pitcher and El Cajon native Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in team history, Temecula’s Vicente Salas set an eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series record on Tuesday night by becoming the first driver to lead every lap of an oval race with a dominant win at Richmond Raceway. The Spacestation Gaming rookie gave the team its first win in its first season of competition in the series, securing his space in the eNASCAR playoffs in the process.

“I don’t even know what to say,” said Salas. “We put in thousands and thousands of laps this week. For it to pay off like this, I couldn’t be happier for everybody.”

Elliott Sadler eSports’ Garrett Manes qualified and finished second after running behind Salas all night, while two-time defending Richmond winner Ryan Luza finished third for XSET. In stark contrast to last year’s 16-caution battle of attrition, this year’s Richmond event was marked by long stretches of green flag racing. The first caution didn’t fly until Lap 50, exceeding last year’s high of 36 green-flag laps, and the second didn’t come until roughly halfway. While the final quarter of the race saw a few more incidents as drivers fought for whatever they could get, the final tally still came in at only seven cautions, less than half of the previous year.

The lengthy green flag runs meant that drivers were unable to get out of pit sequence with one another, and an incredibly closely matched field meant most drivers struggled to make passes. Seven of the top 10 starters also finished in the top 10, and of the other three drivers, Roush Fenway Racing’s Steven Wilson had the toughest climb from 17th to eighth. By far the biggest mover on the night was Jim Beaver eSports’ Michael Guest, who overcame a last place starting spot to pass 27 cars and finish 13th.

With six different winners to start the season, the 2021 eNASCAR field is just one race short of tying the record of seven that was set in the series’ inaugural season of 2010. It also means that, in the first year where wins will predominantly set the playoff grid, more than half of the 10 spots are set before the halfway point of the regular season. With multiple 2020 race winners like Ashton Crowder, Jimmy Mullis, Casey Kirwan, Bobby Zalenski, Chris Shearburn, and even defending series champion Nick Ottinger still shut out of the winner’s circle, there’s a very real chance that some big names won’t have the chance to race for a title this fall.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from Richmond Raceway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

1 1 55 Vicente Salas Ford 203 203 21.489 40
2 2 2 Garrett Manes Toyota 203 -0.336 0 21.450 35
3 5 4 Ryan Michael Luza Ford 203 -0.686 0 21.534 34
4 11 44 Isaac Gann Chevrolet 203 -0.797 0 21.681 33
5 3 83 Bobby Zalenski Chevrolet 203 -1.008 0 21.578 32
6 6 97 Logan Clampitt Chevrolet 203 -1.025 0 21.617 31
7 12 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 203 -1.199 0 21.592 30
8 17 17 Steven Wilson Ford 203 -1.209 0 21.647 29
9 8 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 203 -1.376 0 21.721 28
10 9 75 Matt Bussa Ford 203 -1.458 0 21.683 27
11 13 90 Zack Novak Toyota 203 -1.493 0 21.659 26
12 15 3 Corey Vincent Chevrolet 203 -1.607 0 21.605 25
13 40 9 Michael Guest Ford 203 -1.688 0 21.661 24
14 32 10 Graham A. Bowlin Ford 203 -1.823 0 21.649 23
15 16 77 Bob Bryant Chevrolet 203 -2.080 0 21.760 22
16 14 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 203 -2.174 0 21.738 21
17 18 14 Blade Whitt Ford 203 -2.197 0 21.721 20
18 27 66 Blake Reynolds Chevrolet 203 -2.374 0 21.737 19
19 4 33 Taylor Hurst Chevrolet 203 -2.374 0 21.688 18
20 10 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 203 -2.492 0 21.655 17
21 7 23 Mitchell deJong Toyota 203 -2.520 0 21.742 16
22 35 41 Dylan Duval Ford 203 -2.707 0 21.624 15
23 28 51 Ray Alfalla Toyota 203 -2.996 0 21.698 14
24 26 67 Allen Boes Chevrolet 203 -3.038 0 21.686 13
25 31 15 Caine Cook Ford 203 -3.128 0 21.679 12
26 37 29 Zack Nichols Ford 203 -3.268 0 21.738 11
27 36 16 John Gorlinsky Ford 203 -3.444 0 21.593 10
28 22 24 Jake Nichols Ford 203 -3.590 0 21.743 9
29 19 11 Malik Ray Ford 203 -3.907 0 21.636 8
30 30 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 203 -3.964 0 21.718 7
31 39 79 Ryan Doucette Ford 203 -3.983 0 21.591 6
32 29 37 Derek Justis Chevrolet 203 -4.108 0 21.582 5
33 20 52 Jake Matheson Ford 203 -4.144 0 21.657 4
34 25 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 203 -4.467 0 21.655 3
35 34 38 Casey Kirwan Ford 203 -4.953 0 21.681 2
36 21 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 203 -5.019 0 21.694 1
37 23 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 203 -5.116 0 21.788 1
38 38 18 Femi Olat Toyota 203 -5.174 0 21.679 1
39 33 47 Brian Schoenburg Chevrolet 196 -7 L 0 21.684 1
40 24 1 Ashton Crowder Toyota 96 -107 L 0 21.836 1

 

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoff grid is as follows:

  1. Keegan Leahy, 1 win
  2. Logan Clampitt, 1 win
  3. Ryan Luza, 1 win
  4. Michael Conti, 1 win
  5. Vicente Salas, 1 win
  6. Bob Bryant, 1 win
  7. Michael Guest, 148 points
  8. Steven Wilson, 144 points
  9. Bobby Zalenski, 144 points
  10. Nick Ottinger, 141 points

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series team points are as follows:

  1. William Byron eSports, 298
  2. 23XI, 285
  3. Letarte Esports, 274
  4. XSET, 269
  5. Kligerman Sport, 243
  6. Team Dillon Esports, 232
  7. Mode Motorsports, 232
  8. Roush Fenway Racing, 230
  9. JR Motorsports, 227
  10. Jim Beaver eSports, 225

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season continues on April 27 at Kansas Speedway, where Ottinger won last year on the way to his first series title. Coverage will kick off at 8:30PM ET with iRacing Countdown to Green, while the race will begin at 9PM ET on eNASCAR.com/live, iRacing.com/live, and NASCAR and iRacing social media channels.

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

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