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Lowe, Wood Brothers Conquer eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Action in Kansas

Lowe, Wood Brothers Conquer eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Action in Kansas

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Garrett Lowe snapped a nearly three-year eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series win drought on Tuesday night, taking the checkered flag in a high-attrition 100-lapper from Kansas Speedway. The Wood Brothers Racing driver used four fresh tires to put himself in the fight for the lead, before holding off a late charge from Daytona winner Femi Olatunbosun of Clint Bowyer Racing, to score the second victory of his eNASCAR career and punch a ticket into the 2022 series playoffs.

Many Kansas races in years past have come down to fuel mileage, with an average of just two or three cautions, but the field hit that quota before the halfway point of the race—and no level of talent was spared. Two-time 2022 winners and past series champions Michael Conti and Nick Ottinger were caught up in the same incident early in the race; four-time champion Ray Alfalla spun on his own to cause a caution before the halfway point. Defending champion Keegan Leahy, 2021 runner-up Logan Clampitt, and multi-time Championship 4 finalist Bobby Zalenski all had issues of their own.

The incident that collected both Clampitt and Zalenski started when championship frontrunners Graham Bowlin and Steven Wilson, the latter of whom had led 38 laps earlier in the race, came together, giving Wilson damage that took him out of the late running for the win. A few laps after the subsequent restart, four new tires would allow Lowe to reel in the leaders after they took two, and when Bowlin went to block Lowe the way he’d blocked Wilson, he’d end up in the wall himself the second time. The last wreck collected both Bowlin’s Charlotte Phoenix teammate, Kollin Keister, and polesitter Mitchell deJong of 23XI.

Controlling the final restart, Lowe would time the green flag perfectly, while the field split deJong’s battered car as it restarted from the second row. Olatunbosun would get past XSET’s Casey Kirwan for second, but the two couldn’t link up quickly enough to go for the top spot. Lowe’s win marked the first for the Wood Brothers in their fourth season of eNASCAR competition, and his first since Michigan in August 2019.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from Kansas Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Team

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

1 28 21 Garrett Lowe Wood Brothers Racing 100 0.000 10 30.786 40
2 14 79 Femi Olatunbosun Clint Bowyer Racing 100 -0.381 0 30.792 35
3 11 95 Casey Kirwan XSET 100 -1.117 1 30.709 34
4 34 19 Vicente Salas Williams eSports 100 -1.118 0 30.795 33
5 12 20 Donovan Strauss Williams eSports 100 -1.187 0 30.858 32
6 24 5 Zack Novak Rise eSports 100 -1.529 0 31.034 31
7 10 33 Taylor Hurst Team Dillon Esports 100 -1.572 0 30.989 30
8 21 9 Michael Guest Jim Beaver eSports 100 -1.561 0 30.901 29
9 35 2 Liam Brotherton Elliot Sadler eSports 100 -1.715 0 31.102 28
10 22 88 Briar LaPradd JR Motorsports 100 -1.892 0 31.005 27
11 25 7 Malik Ray iRacing Motorsports 100 -2.073 0 30.893 26
12 26 51 Ray Alfalla Joe Gibbs Racing 100 -2.144 0 31.032 25
13 15 46 Jimmy Mullis Rise eSports 100 -2.221 0 31.001 24
14 31 31 Garrett Manes Elliot Sadler eSports 100 -2.422 0 31.085 23
15 20 3 Corey Vincent Team Dillon Esports 100 -2.549 3 31.084 22
16 9 75 Matt Bussa Mode Motorsports 100 -2.683 0 30.973 21
17 5 8 Michael Conti JR Motorsports 100 -2.820 0 30.998 20
18 23 41 Dylan Duval Stewart Haas Racing 100 -2.811 0 31.062 19
19 3 45 Keegan Leahy 23XI 100 -3.123 0 30.943 18
20 1 23 Mitchell deJong 23XI 100 -3.475 21 30.768 17
21 27 15 Blake Reynolds Jim Beaver eSports 100 -3.703 0 31.024 16
22 38 12 Derek Justis iRacing Motorsports 100 -3.872 0 31.028 15
23 8 10 Steven Wilson Stewart Haas Racing 100 -3.951 38 30.819 14
24 32 6 Parker Retzlaff Roush Fenway Keselowski 100 -4.143 0 31.083 13
25 36 4 Ryan Luza XSET 100 -4.152 0 30.945 12
26 37 14 Nickolas Shelton Clint Bowyer Racing 100 -4.181 0 31.149 11
27 30 16 Blade Whitt Wood Brothers Racing 100 -4.199 0 31.099 10
28 7 24 Cody Byus Mode Motorsports 100 -6.714 0 31.010 9
29 33 36 Brian Mercurio Letarte Esports 100 -13.938 0 31.115 8
30 4 25 Nick Ottinger William Byron eSports 99 -1L 0 30.977 7
31 18 42 Darik Bourdeau eRacr 92 -8L 0 30.774 6
32 19 43 Kollin Keister Charlotte Phoenix 92 -8L 0 30.905 5
33 16 48 Graham A. Bowlin Charlotte Phoenix 91 DNF 23 30.764 4
34 29 17 Kaden Honeycutt Roush Fenway Keselowski 85 -15L 0 31.100 3
35 6 18 Bobby Zalenski Joe Gibbs Racing 79 -21L 4 30.967 2
36 2 97 Logan Clampitt William Byron eSports 78 -22L 0 30.935 1
37 39 69 Collin Bowden eRacr 43 DNF 0 31.004 1
38 17 40 Dylan Ault Letarte Esports 35 DNF 0 31.205 1
39 13 55 Allen Boes Space Station Gaming 25 DNF 0 31.128 1

 

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

  1. Femi Olatunbosun, 203
  2. Nick Ottinger, 199
  3. Steven Wilson, 198
  4. Matt Bussa, 179
  5. Casey Kirwan, 178
  6. Blake Reynolds, 169
  7. Taylor Hurst, 168
  8. Corey Vincent, 162
  9. Michael Guest, 158
  10. Michael Conti, 157

The 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series resumes in two weeks’ time at Charlotte Motor Speedway for one of its staple events the week before Memorial Day. Broadcast coverage begins on Tuesday, May 24 at 8:30PM ET with Countdown to Green before the 9PM ET green flag. Live coverage of all the action 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.

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