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Luza Hits Jackpot With eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Triumph in Las Vegas

Luza Hits Jackpot With eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Triumph in Las Vegas

When the cards were laid down in the closing laps of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series’ return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Spacestation Gaming’s Malik Ray went all in, but XSET’s Ryan Luza ended the hand with all the poker chips.

We’ll spare you too much more of the analogy, but it was Luza who played his cards perfectly in the third round of the 2021 season to take his first win of the year, and fourth at this track in the past five years. The former series champion and his team called the right pit strategy, getting back onto the lead lap on fresh tires and eventually reclaiming the lead after pitting under green flag conditions. Ray tried his best to hang on and save fuel while hoping for a caution to either lock in his track position or give him a chance to pit and come back through the field on fresh tires, but he lost the top spot with six laps to go while in conservation mode.

“I was terrified of a yellow,” admitted Luza. “We were just sitting there praying for no yellow, because we were confident that no one could make it, and I was hoping that Steven (Wilson) would kind of stall out when our tires evened out, and he did. Luckily, the caution didn’t come out.

“It’s such a huge relief to have a win and be in the playoffs now. I’ve been stressing about it every week, because we’ve been missing speed, but we were pretty quick tonight. It’s really great to not have so much stress on the line, because we’re locked in now. So now it’s just coming out and trying to win more races.”

Not many people probably would’ve taken the bet that the second half of the race would go green to the finish, after the first six cautions of the entire season flew in the first 69 laps. But after early incidents that eliminated top veterans like Ray Alfalla and Garrett Lowe and promising rookies like Mitchell deJong and Isaac Gann alike from winning contention, the field calmed down for the later stages, and got to Lap 134 without the need for overtime.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Steven Wilson finished second, the best performance of his rookie campaign so far, while XSET’s Casey Kirwan, Jim Beaver eSports’ Caine Cook, and Wilson’s teammate Nathan Lyon completed the top five. On the other side of the coin, Williams Esports’ Jake Matheson and Clint Bowyer Racing’s Blade Whitt each tried to follow Ray’s strategy of getting to the finish without an extra pit stop, but each would lead just one lap out of the final six before needing to pull off.

Results from Tuesday’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

1 9 4 Ryan Michael Luza Ford 134 46 29.645 40
2 10 17 Steven Wilson Ford 134 -1.644 40 29.590 35
3 6 38 Casey Kirwan Ford 134 -4.801 0 29.681 34
4 19 15 Caine Cook Ford 134 -6.431 0 29.721 33
5 5 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 134 -6.553 0 29.684 32
6 17 18 Femi Olat Toyota 134 -10.258 0 29.779 31
7 25 24 Jake Nichols Ford 134 -10.350 0 29.744 30
8 20 97 Logan Clampitt Chevrolet 134 -11.788 5 29.856 29
9 28 47 Brian Schoenburg Chevrolet 134 -11.956 0 29.724 28
10 15 33 Taylor Hurst Chevrolet 134 -12.566 0 29.690 27
11 8 66 Blake Reynolds Chevrolet 134 -12.968 0 29.780 26
12 18 83 Bobby Zalenski Chevrolet 134 -13.260 0 29.707 25
13 38 37 Derek Justis Chevrolet 134 -13.419 0 29.611 24
14 34 1 Ashton Crowder Toyota 134 -14.681 0 29.753 23
15 22 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 134 -15.407 0 29.762 22
16 21 9 Michael Guest Ford 134 -16.167 0 29.728 21
17 12 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 134 -16.353 0 29.713 20
18 35 29 Zack Nichols Ford 134 -16.613 0 29.679 19
19 7 10 Graham A. Bowlin Ford 134 -16.693 0 29.683 18
20 29 75 Matt Bussa Ford 134 -19.030 3 29.726 17
21 23 55 Vicente Salas Ford 134 -21.588 0 29.748 16
22 33 16 John Gorlinsky Ford 134 -24.949 0 29.689 15
23 16 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 134 -26.920 0 29.726 14
24 40 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 134 -37.473 0 29.649 13
25 3 3 Corey Vincent Chevrolet 133 -1 L 5 29.732 12
26 39 52 Jake Matheson Ford 133 -1 L 1 29.760 11
27 32 14 Blade Whitt Ford 133 -1 L 1 29.795 10
28 13 67 Allen Boes Chevrolet 133 -1 L 0 29.679 9
29 14 90 Zack Novak Toyota 133 -1 L 0 29.761 8
30 24 77 Bob Bryant Chevrolet 133 -1 L 0 29.826 7
31 31 11 Malik Ray Ford 133 -1 L 26 29.610 6
32 1 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 133 -1 L 7 29.729 5
33 27 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 133 -1 L 0 29.781 4
34 26 44 Isaac Gann Chevrolet 132 -2 L 0 29.745 3
35 11 51 Ray Alfalla Toyota 130 -4 L 0 29.674 2
36 30 2 Garrett Manes Toyota 126 -8 L 0 29.813 1
37 36 79 Ryan Doucette Ford 101 -33 L 0 29.715 1
38 2 23 Mitchell deJong Toyota 83 -51 L 0 29.724 1
39 37 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 72 -62 L 0 29.608 1
40 4 41 Dylan Duval Ford 60 -74 L 0 29.705 1

 

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

  1. Casey Kirwan, 88
  2. Keegan Leahy, 80 (1 win)
  3. Ryan Luza, 76 (1 win)
  4. Chris Shearburn, 76
  5. Corey Vincent, 76
  6. Jake Nichols, 75
  7. Femi Olat, 74
  8. Michael Guest, 73
  9. Michael Conti, 71
  10. Logan Clampitt, 68

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

  1. XSET, 164
  2. Team Dillon Esports, 138
  3. Letarte Esports, 136
  4. 23XI, 133
  5. Mode Motorsports, 129
  6. William Byron eSports, 127
  7. Jim Beaver eSports, 126
  8. JR Motorsports, 125
  9. Roush Fenway Racing, 124
  10. Kligerman Sports, 105

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is back in action on March 16 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where four-time series champion Alfalla took the checkered flag last year. 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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