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eNASCAR Silly Season 2020 – What to know entering Free Agency

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Picture from Homestead-Miami Speedway eNASCAR iRacing Series finale in 2019. Jimmy Mullis (46) leads Zack Novak (6), Keegan Leahy (62), Ryan Michael Luza (53), Bobby Zalenski (18), Blake Reynolds (30), Ray Alfalla (21), Malik Ray (90), and Dylan Duval (42). Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE via iRacing.com.

On Thursday afternoon, iRacing announced the eNASCAR iRacing Series team lineup for the 2020 season that will begin on February 11th, 2020.

15 of the 16 teams from the 2019 season will return to the fold, with only FlipSid3 Tactics not returning for the 2020 season.

Five new teams have been added to the mix, making the total teams 20, and with two drivers on each team, all 40 eNASCAR iRacing Series competitors will have a team to call home next year.

Free Agency starts on Friday. Teams and drivers can begin to come to agreements on partnerships for the 2020 campaign. There will be no draft this season, as compared to 2019 when the 12 original teams drafted 24 drivers in a live streamed event on YouTube.

Here is how things stack up for the “silly season” entering free agency tomorrow. 2019 drivers are not guaranteed to return to the same team in 2020, but every driver is guaranteed to be on a team.

Editors note: All drivers on the 2020 roster enter Friday as “Free Agents” until they come to an agreement on partnership for 2020. The teams and drivers listed below are from the 2019 season.

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2019 teams that have both drivers returning to series competition in 2020 – teams can re-sign or release current drivers during Free Agency:

Burton Kligerman eSports
#77 Ashton Crowder (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)
#99 Logan Clampitt

G2 eSports
#62 Keegan Leahy
#66 Jarl Teien

Jim Beaver eSports
#15 Michael Guariglia (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)
#51 Eric J. Smith (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)

Joe Gibbs Racing
#18 Bobby Zalenski
#20 Jake Nichols

JR Motorsports
#8 Michael Conti
#88 Brad Davies

JTG Daugherty Racing
#37 Christian Challiner
#47 Nick Ottinger

Letarte eSports
#4 Nathan Lyon (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)
#36 Chris Shearburn (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)

Richmond Raceway eSports
#46 Jimmy Mullis
#90 Malik Ray

Roush Fenway Racing
#6 Zack Novak
#17 Michael Guest (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)

Team Renegades
#27 Corey Vincent
#28 Garrett Lowe

Williams eSports
#5 Matt Bussa
#55 Brian Schoenburg (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)

Wood Brothers Racing
#16 Chris Overland (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)
#21 Ray Alfalla (advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)

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Teams coming into Free Agency with one or more openings, teams can re-sign or release current driver during Free Agency:

Clint Bowyer Racing
#14 Casey Kirwan
(Second Driver TBA – Was #79 Nickolas Shelton who did not advance from 2019 Pro Series)

Mode Motorsports
#75 Philip Diaz
(Second Driver TBA – Was #24 Cody Byus who did not advance from 2019 Pro Series)

Team Dillon eSports
#30 Blake Reynolds
(Second Driver TBA – Was #33 Benjamin W. Nelson who did not advance from 2019 Pro Series)

Stewart Haas eSports
(First Driver TBA – New team in 2020)
(Second Driver TBA – New team in 2020)

William Byron eSports
(First Driver TBA – New team in 2020)
(Second Driver TBA – New team in 2020)

Denny Hamlin Racing
(First Driver TBA – New team in 2020)
(Second Driver TBA – New team in 2020)

Kyle Larson Racing eSports
(First Driver TBA – New team in 2020)
(Second Driver TBA – New team in 2020)

Virtual Racing School
(First Driver TBA – New team in 2020)
(Second Driver TBA – New team in 2020)

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Free Agents entering Free Agency Period:

  • Ryan Michael Luza (was on FlipSid3 Tactics, team not returning in 2020)
  • Dylan Duval (was Independent in 2019 eNiS)
  • Caine Cook (was Independent in 2019 eNiS, advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Brandon Hayse Kettelle (was Independent in 2019 eNiS, advances back in from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Graham A. Bowlin (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • John Gorlinsky (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Bob Bryant (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Jeremy R. Allen (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Alex McCollum (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Kollin Keister (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Justin Bolton (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Steve Sheehan (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
  • Santiago Tirres (advances from 2019 Pro Series)
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Columnist / Reporter / Photographer / Webmaster for TheRacingExperts.com

3 thoughts on “eNASCAR Silly Season 2020 – What to know entering Free Agency Leave a comment

  1. Hey Justin, Randy from the Racespot and iRacing Esports Network Broadcast crew here!

    Drivers are not locked into teams coming into this year, so while many drivers are returning you will very likely see a large percentage of them swap teams. The free agency period is quite literally a total free for all and all drivers are technically free agents entering 2020. Gonna be exciting!

    • Hey Randy, thanks for the reply! I am aware that it is a complete free agency, and I hope my wording wasn’t too confusing, because sometimes I confuse myself.

      The way I have it written here and how it was explained to me is that there is a free agency period that starts tomorrow. All drivers and teams will be able to negotiate 2020 partnerships, returning and new.

      So I listed the 2019 teams and drivers and made sure to note that these teams may not sign these same drivers back. Yes, it’s going to be a complete free for all, but i do expect there to be some familiar faces in familiar places as well!

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