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Ottinger Clinches 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Title, Shearburn Wins Finale

Ottinger Clinches 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Title, Shearburn Wins Finale

Two long-awaited firsts were in store for Nick Ottinger and Chris Shearburn on Monday night, as the 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season wrapped up at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Shearburn scored his first career victory in his 71st career start, but Ottinger outdueled Bobby Zalenski, Michael Conti, and Ryan Luza to become the first $100,000 series champion, finally shedding the label of winningest driver in series history without a title and taking home the largest share of the $300,000 series purse.

“I’ve got a good team behind me, man,” Ottinger, overwhelmed by emotion, told NBC Sports’ Parker Kligerman after crossing the line fourth. “We got bit by the tire strategy a little bit, but we had to try something. We had the third best car, probably. I couldn’t have predicted that! All the hard work this year, to have William (Byron, team owner) believing in me this year… it’s the real deal.”

The first half of the race was clean and green, with the Championship 4 all qualifying in the top 10 and running in the top five early on before Conti attempted to go for an alternate strategy and stayed out longer. As most of the field, including Luza and Zalenski, began their second set of green flag pit stops, the first caution flew for Alex McCollum and Brad Davies, and not long after, a spin for Jarl Teien directly in front of Michael Conti led to the second caution.

Conti and Ottinger stayed out, saving a set of tires and establishing premier track position in third and ninth while Zalenski and Luza pitted, until a second spin for Teien caused an immediate third caution. Three, four, and five wide were the norm after the next green flag, as Zalenski rocketed to the front of the pack with his fresh tires.

With 15 laps to go, Luza clawed his way up to fourth, following Zalenski, Keegan Leahy and Ray Alfalla. He got past Leahy, but stalled out running side by side with Alfalla until making contact with seven laps to go, nudging Alfalla into the wall. That allowed Luza to finally get to Zalenski’s bumper, where he’d take the lead with four laps to go.

But a straightaway later, it all went wrong. Luza began to block, trying to keep the spot, but right as Zalenski tried to turn into Turn 3 and Luza tried to move up a lane, Zalenski’s left front fender clipped Luza’s right rear, sending him careening into the outside wall.

With the first attempt at overtime looming, Conti and Ottinger pit for their final set of tires. A frenetic first attempt ended with a caution just short of the finish line thanks to a multi-car accident in Turn 4, with Ottinger and Conti getting up to 12th and 13th. The cars with fresher tires were less successful at gaining spots in the second attempt, but another caution for an incident that put Brandon Kettelle on his roof kept them from getting to the white flag a second time.

But Shearburn, another driver on fresher tires, took the lead from Zalenski before the third and final attempt at a green flag finish, stealing control of the last restart. Despite scraping the wall earlier in the race, Ottinger had the better car than Conti, and was the stronger challenger. He muscled through the middle in the first corner, pulling to Zalenski’s bumper and going three wide in the final corner to make the $100,000 pass. Shearburn, Chris Overland, and Eric Smith crossed the line in the top three spots, as Ottinger became the first driver since 2016 not to win the title by winning the finale.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Shearburn of his first career victory. “I feel like I’ve let a lot of wins slip through my fingers, especially this year, and the luck certainly hasn’t been on my side. But for once, one time, I finally caught a break. The traffic on the first restart probably let me get the win more than anything. It’s amazing.”

Full results from the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Led

Interval

Best

Pts

1 7 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 147 7 0.000 30.806 44
2 37 16 Chris Overland Ford 147 0 -0.339 30.839 39
3 16 9 Eric J. Smith Ford 147 3 -0.921 30.999 39
4 9 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 147 0 -1.115 31.143 37
5 26 55 Caine Cook Ford 147 0 -1.242 31.176 36
6 15 37 Christian Challiner Chevrolet 147 0 -1.370 31.199 35
7 3 83 Bobby Zalenski Chevrolet 147 46 -1.817 30.968 35
8 27 33 Michael Guest Chevrolet 147 6 -2.069 31.113 34
9 23 23 Casey Kirwan Toyota 147 0 -2.089 31.096 32
10 4 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 147 14 -2.090 31.168 32
11 20 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 147 0 -2.172 31.057 30
12 1 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 147 0 -2.227 31.053 29
13 24 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 147 0 -2.293 31.044 28
14 29 3 Blake Reynolds Chevrolet 147 0 -2.371 31.234 27
15 2 2 Ray Alfalla Chevrolet 147 0 -2.478 31.025 26
16 11 77 Bob Bryant Toyota 147 0 -2.543 31.178 25
17 33 79 Brian Schoenburg Ford 147 0 -2.569 31.213 24
18 12 27 Corey Vincent Ford 147 0 -2.599 31.098 23
19 17 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 147 0 -2.635 31.207 22
20 21 90 Zack Novak Toyota 147 13 -2.777 31.099 22
21 13 18 Graham A. Bowlin Toyota 147 0 -2.787 30.984 20
22 35 54 Alex McCollum Chevrolet 147 0 -2.922 31.305 19
23 14 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 147 0 -3.163 31.170 18
24 31 75 Phillip Diaz Ford 147 0 -3.771 31.165 17
25 10 5 Matt Bussa Ford 147 0 -4.682 31.228 16
26 8 97 John Gorlinsky Chevrolet 147 0 -4.839 31.124 15
27 19 24 Jake Nichols Ford 147 0 -5.364 31.059 14
28 6 41 Dylan Duval Ford 147 0 -5.740 31.135 13
29 18 10 Justin Bolton Ford 147 0 -5.843 31.155 12
30 34 47 Steve Sheehan Chevrolet 147 0 -7.600 31.320 11
31 5 53 Ryan Michael Luza Ford 147 58 -7.864 30.984 12
32 22 17 Kollin Keister Ford 147 0 -8.017 31.236 9
33 30 51 Malik Ray Toyota 141 0 -6 L 31.233 8
34 32 14 Brandon Kettelle Ford 140 0 -7 L 31.097 7
35 28 66 Jarl Teien Chevrolet 136 0 -11 L 31.124 6
36 36 4 Santiago Tirres Chevrolet 17 0 -130 L 31.236 5
37 25 15 Michael Guariglia Ford 15 0 -132 L 31.622 4

Unofficial final eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series standings are as follows:

Pos.

Driver

Pts.

St.

Wins

Top 5

Poles

Laps

Led

1 Nick Ottinger 3037 20 2 9 1 2666 173
2 Bobby Zalenski 3035 20 3 10 4 2751 254
3 Michael Conti 3032 20 1 7 4 2662 269
4 Ryan Michael Luza 3012 20 3 6 0 2694 383
5 Jimmy Mullis 2120 20 2 5 1 2747 229
6 Keegan Leahy 2117 20 3 8 4 2775 385
7 Garrett Lowe 2115 20 0 6 0 2774 12
8 Ray Alfalla 2087 20 1 3 1 2721 142
9 Corey Vincent 505 20 0 1 1 2767 8
10 Logan Clampitt 501 19 0 7 0 2597 68
11 Graham A. Bowlin 490 20 0 2 2 2677 90
12 Brad Davies 484 20 0 2 0 2776 117
13 Chris Shearburn 460 20 1 5 1 2771 53
14 Blake Reynolds 453 20 0 1 0 2672 7
15 Caine Cook 446 20 0 2 0 2585 19
16 Bob Bryant 446 20 0 2 0 2778 43
17 Jake Nichols 437 20 0 1 0 2776 13
18 Christian Challiner 409 20 0 3 1 2711 5
19 Casey Kirwan 405 20 1 1 0 2681 32
20 John Gorlinsky 405 20 0 0 0 2773 7
21 Zack Novak 395 20 0 3 0 2660 27
22 Nathan Lyon 394 20 0 1 0 2634 4
23 Matt Bussa 392 20 0 1 0 2588 2
24 Dylan Duval 392 20 0 1 0 2751 2
25 Michael Guest 387 20 0 0 0 2715 21
26 Eric J. Smith 382 20 0 3 0 2714 3
27 Chris Overland 379 20 0 2 0 2703 14
28 Kollin Keister 377 18 1 2 0 2443 174
29 Brandon Kettelle 363 19 1 1 0 2538 36
30 Michael Guariglia 345 19 0 1 0 2515 58
31 Justin Bolton 341 19 0 0 0 2651 2
32 Malik Ray 334 20 0 1 0 2565 29
33 Phillip Diaz 328 20 0 1 0 2769 3
34 Alex McCollum 314 20 0 1 0 2599 4
35 Jarl Teien 304 20 0 0 0 2609 66
36 Steve Sheehan 282 18 0 0 0 2247 0
37 Santiago Tirres 265 20 0 0 0 2541 0
38 Brian Schoenburg 225 20 0 0 0 2355 8
39 Ashton Crowder 210 10 1 1 0 1596 16
40 Jeremy R Allen 113 10 0 0 0 1172 0

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway will air as a one-hour condensed broadcast on Sunday, November 8 at 7:30PM ET, directly after the real-world NASCAR Cup Series champion is crowned at Phoenix Raceway. For more information

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