Ottinger Wins eNASCAR Tilt in Talladega as Clampitt, deJong Secure Championship 4 Berths

Ottinger Wins eNASCAR Tilt in Talladega as Clampitt, deJong Secure Championship 4 Berths

Defending eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series champion Nick Ottinger may not have the opportunity to defend his title two weeks from now, but he got the best consolation prize he could ask for on Tuesday night: a win at Talladega Superspeedway in the penultimate round of the 2021 season. The William Byron eSports driver led a large group of drivers who pit early, took advantage of the track position, and led much of the race to take his 18th career victory, and help teammate Logan Clampitt secure a Championship 4 berth with a team 1-2 finish.

Going into the night, Letarte Esports’ Bobby Zalenski and 23XI’s Keegan Leahy had already guaranteed their spots in the Championship 4, but seven of the other eight playoff drivers could have earned their way in on points. Only JR Motorsports’ Michael Conti, the only previous superspeedway winner of 2021 at Daytona, was restricted to a mathematical win-or-go-home scenario. Spacestation Gaming’s Vicente Salas would draw first blood by qualifying on the pole, becoming the only playoff driver in the top 10 on the grid and one of just a handful in the top 20.

Like most eNASCAR superspeedway races of late, there would be only one caution; unlike most of those races, it would come at the very start of the race, not the very end. Jim Beaver eSports’ Michael Guest would attempt to merge into the bottom lane as Lap 1 drew to a close, but Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ray Alfalla would have none of it, leading to contact and spins for both cars. But the 40 best stock car sim racers in the world would avoid further contact, turning what could have been the Big One into a relatively harmless yellow.

When the next green flag flew, it would never let up, forcing drivers to play pit strategy. Multiple distinct groups would establish themselves early on, with Ottinger, Clampitt, Conti, Mode Motorsports’ Matt Bussa, and Kligerman Sport’s Bob Bryant among the pack that pit earliest and Roush Fenway Racing’s Steven Wilson pairing up with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Femi Olat to stay out late. When the first cycle drew to a close, the early pitters had a nine-second lead on the second pack.

That group would remain clear out front through the final stops and into the closing laps of the race as the urgency turned up. Conti would jump to the outside after taking the white flag in hopes of making a run, but Bryant would stay in line to advance to third, ending Conti’s hopes of a win and a second career eNASCAR title. In the end, nobody would be able to make a move on Ottinger, who led Clampitt, Bryant, and Bussa across the line in that order. Alongside Zalenski, Leahy, and Clampitt, 23XI’s Mitchell deJong would secure the final Championship 4 berth with an eighth place result.

Full results from Tuesday’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at Talladega Superspeedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

1 40 25 Nick Ottinger Chevrolet 94 48 47.819 40
2 28 97 Logan Clampitt Chevrolet 94 -0.058 0 47.831 35
3 31 77 Bob Bryant Chevrolet 94 -0.161 0 47.825 34
4 23 75 Matt Bussa Ford 94 -0.204 0 47.830 33
5 26 8 Michael Conti Chevrolet 94 -0.827 0 47.819 32
6 34 88 Brad Davies Chevrolet 94 -0.942 0 47.802 31
7 18 83 Bobby Zalenski Chevrolet 94 -4.308 0 47.823 30
8 11 23 Mitchell deJong Toyota 94 -4.390 9 47.877 29
9 14 32 Keegan Leahy Toyota 94 -4.481 0 47.869 28
10 5 2 Garrett Manes Toyota 94 -4.557 0 47.840 27
11 15 17 Steven Wilson3 Ford 94 -4.646 0 47.800 26
12 10 18 Femi Olat Toyota 94 -22.912 10 47.876 25
13 13 10 Graham A. Bowlin Ford 94 -22.940 0 47.870 24
14 2 24 Jake Nichols Ford 94 -23.028 26 47.738 23
15 4 41 Dylan Duval Ford 94 -23.055 0 47.866 22
16 3 51 Ray Alfalla Toyota 94 -23.084 0 47.728 21
17 30 90 Zack Novak Toyota 94 -23.119 0 47.561 20
18 27 46 Jimmy Mullis Toyota 94 -23.238 0 47.532 19
19 8 9 Michael Guest Ford 94 -23.280 0 47.657 18
20 19 3 Corey Vincent Chevrolet 94 -23.461 0 47.501 17
21 6 21 Garrett Lowe Ford 94 -24.071 0 47.814 16
22 22 14 Blade Whitt Ford 94 -24.305 0 47.508 15
23 24 67 Allen Boes Chevrolet 94 -24.924 0 47.573 14
24 39 4 Ryan Michael Luza Ford 94 -28.013 0 47.972 13
25 21 15 Caine Cook Ford 94 -28.084 0 47.680 12
26 33 66 Blake Reynolds Chevrolet 94 -28.150 0 47.957 11
27 35 44 Anthony Burroughs Chevrolet 94 -28.306 0 47.810 10
28 37 52 Jake Matheson Ford 94 -28.360 0 47.783 9
29 25 33 Taylor Hurst Chevrolet 94 -28.524 0 47.626 8
30 16 36 Chris Shearburn Chevrolet 93 -1 L 0 47.589 7
31 12 79 Ryan Doucette Ford 93 -1 L 0 47.616 6
32 29 37 Derek Justis Chevrolet 93 -1 L 0 47.612 5
33 38 29 Zack Nichols Ford 93 -1 L 0 47.868 4
34 1 55 Vicente Salas Ford 93 -1 L 0 47.803 3
35 9 11 Malik Ray Ford 93 -1 L 0 47.782 2
36 7 38 Casey Kirwan Ford 93 -1 L 1 47.879 1
37 17 6 Nathan Lyon Ford 93 -1 L 0 47.637 1
38 36 47 Brian Schoenburg Chevrolet 92 -2 L 0 47.852 1
39 32 16 John Gorlinsky Ford 86 -8 L 0 47.833 1
40 20 1 Ashton Crowder Toyota 64 -30 L 0 47.555 1

 

The 2021 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season concludes on Tuesday, October 12 at Texas Motor Speedway, where Zalenski, Leahy, Clampitt, and deJong will battle for the $100,000 championship prize. 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. Evan Posocco, Steve Letarte, and Parker Kligerman will be on the call for the remainder of the 2021 season. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iRacing.com.

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