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Alfalla Returns to eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Winner’s Circle in Charlotte

Alfalla Returns to eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Winner’s Circle in Charlotte

After a first half of the season to forget thus far in 2021, Ray Alfalla finally found his way back to the front of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series field on Tuesday night.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver scored his record-extending 26th career series victory in the Coca-Cola 300 from Charlotte Motor Speedway, outdueling Spacestation Gaming’s Malik Ray in the late stages to take his first win in almost a full year, and the first for the familiar #51 Rowdy Energy Toyota. After entering the night a disappointing 36th in points, Alfalla’s path to the playoffs is much clearer now: find a way into the top 20 in the next five races, and use that win as a way to bid for his fifth series title.

Last year’s edition of this race saw just one caution, but Tuesday’s event took only a single lap to equal that as Derek Justis went around. The first half of the race stayed green after that, but as the night wore on and tempers flared, cautions began to breed cautions, with a number of multi-car wrecks impacting drivers on the cusp of decent finishes, and changing around pit strategies.

What had initially looked to be a battle of drivers on two and three stop plans changed when Ryan Doucette caused the second caution of the night on Lap 104. Not long after, back-to-back cautions involving Jake Matheson and a multi-car incident that took Garrett Manes out of the top five bunched the field again. Just as the field settled into more green-flag runs, three more yellows came out—first for a multi-car wreck as Ashton Crowder looked to pit with less than 40 laps to go, second as Chris Shearburn got into Brad Davies after taking evasive action and losing control while re-entering the track on the ensuing restart, and third as Isaac Gann found himself the center of a multi-car wreck.

When the action finally went green again for good in the last 20 laps, Ray had already gotten around polesitter Keegan Leahy of 23XI, who dominated the race with 116 laps led but lost the top spot with a slide in the race’s late stages. He’d trade the lead briefly with XSET’s Ryan Luza, already a race winner this season, but Alfalla would find a way around Ray in Ray’s former ride with less than 10 laps to go.

Full results from Tuesday’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Coca-Cola 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

1 8 51 Ray Alfalla Toyota 200 8 29.613 40
2 11 11 Malik Ray Ford 200 -1.913 17 29.623 35
3 30 4 Ryan Michael Luza Ford 200 -2.208 5 29.595 34
4 1 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 200 -2.405 116 29.635 33
5 21 90 Zack Novak Toyota 200 -2.484 0 29.523 32
6 22 9 Michael Guest Ford 200 -2.717 0 29.669 31
7 6 41 Dylan Duval Ford 200 -2.836 0 29.668 30
8 3 38 Casey Kirwan Ford 200 -3.374 30 29.658 29
9 35 10 Graham A. Bowlin Ford 200 -4.801 2 29.718 28
10 10 17 Steven Wilson Ford 200 -4.893 14 29.694 27
11 4 55 Vicente Salas Ford 200 -5.739 6 29.822 26
12 9 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 200 -5.886 0 29.851 25
13 19 77 Bob Bryant Chevrolet 200 -6.126 0 29.923 24
14 36 3 Corey Vincent Chevrolet 200 -6.419 0 29.957 23
15 39 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 200 -6.777 0 29.872 22
16 13 15 Caine Cook Ford 200 -7.166 0 29.875 21
17 31 37 Derek Justis Chevrolet 200 -7.343 0 29.991 20
18 25 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 200 -7.377 0 29.896 19
19 5 18 Femi Olat Toyota 200 -7.408 0 29.675 18
20 40 75 Matt Bussa Ford 200 -7.473 1 29.890 17
21 29 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 200 -7.789 0 29.853 16
22 2 23 Mitchell deJong Toyota 200 -8.210 0 29.816 15
23 28 47 Brian Schoenburg Chevrolet 200 -9.146 0 29.692 14
24 16 97 Logan Clampitt Chevrolet 200 -9.223 0 30.004 13
25 34 66 Blake Reynolds Ford 200 -9.847 1 29.877 12
26 17 14 Blade Whitt Ford 200 -10.380 0 29.845 11
27 26 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 200 -11.310 0 29.849 10
28 24 79 Ryan Doucette Ford 200 -12.407 0 30.028 9
29 14 67 Allen Boes Ford 200 -12.862 0 29.805 8
30 15 83 Bobby Zalenski Ford 200 -12.876 0 29.854 7
31 33 33 Taylor Hurst Chevrolet 200 -13.459 0 29.867 6
32 37 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 200 -13.488 0 30.114 5
33 27 52 Jake Matheson Ford 200 -16.900 0 29.934 4
34 32 16 John Gorlinsky Ford 199 -1 L 0 30.226 3
35 23 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 191 -9 L 0 29.996 2
36 20 24 Jake Nichols Ford 190 -10 L 0 29.847 1
37 7 44 Isaac Gann Chevrolet 173 -27 L 0 29.767 1
38 38 1 Ashton Crowder Toyota 163 -37 L 0 30.039 1
39 12 2 Garrett Manes Toyota 138 -62 L 0 29.829 1
40 18 29 Zack Nichols Ford 130 -70 L 0 29.672 1

 

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

  1. Keegan Leahy, 1 win, 264 points
  2. Logan Clampitt, 1 win, 219 points
  3. Michael Conti, 1 win, 205 points
  4. Ryan Luza, 1 win, 198points
  5. Chris Shearburn, 1 win, 188 points
  6. Vicente Salas, 1 win, 185 points
  7. Bob Bryant, 1 win, 183 points
  8. Mitchell deJong, 1 win, 172 points
  9. Michael Guest, 221 points
  10. Corey Vincent, 205 points

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series takes the next three weeks off before returning to action on June 22 at Pocono Raceway. As always, coverage begins with iRacing Countdown to Green at 8:30PM ET, with the racing action picking up at 9PM ET on eNASCAR.com/live and iRacing’s social media channels. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iRacing.com.

Images via Justin Melillo

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