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Graham Bowlin takes the checkers in the Esports Racing League All Star Race

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Graham Bowlin stole the show on Wednesday night in the Esports Racing League All Star Race at Iowa Speedway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE via iRacing.com.

Wednesday night was supposed to be the fifth round of the Esports Racing League’s Premier Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into the real world plans, and ERL’s founder, Anthony Alfredo, decided to change it up for this week’s event.

Instead of Round Five, it turned into All-Star Night at the virtual Iowa Speedway. Alfredo gathered a slew of real world racers, such as himself, Josh Berry, Christian Eckes, Tyler Ankrum, and Ty Gibbs.

Alfredo also invited some of the best that eNASCAR has to offer, with Ray Alfalla, Zack Novak, Nick Ottinger, Blake Reynolds, and a handful of others currently competing at the top level of NASCAR eSports on the iRacing platform.

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A slew of drivers navigate the corners in the Esports Racing League All Star Race at Iowa Speedway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE via iRacing.com.

Mix them all together with the top drivers in the Esports Racing League, and a 36 car field was made, battling it out at the 7/8th mile oval.

Graham Bowlin was the victor on Wednesday night after a full three attempts at overtime, and an added 17 laps to the original 100 lap distance.

“That was a long back half of the race,” Bowlin said to Podium eSports in the virtual victory lane. “I wish it had gone more green, but I’ll take a win any way I can get it.”

Bowlin led every single lap on Wednesday evening, holding off charges from Alfalla, Reynolds, and Novak throughout the event.

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Graham Bowlin celebrated victory in the Esports Racing League All Star Race at Iowa Speedway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE via iRacing.com.

There were 12 cautions for 56 laps, the majority of them coming in the final half of the event.

To most viewers tuning into the event, many might consider the race as a classic short track brawl.The race had it’s share of green flag racing, but it also had it’s share of yellow fever.

Only three drivers in the Top 30 finishers walked away without any incident points, and that group consisted of the pros, Reynolds, Novak, and Ottinger.

RACE RESULTS:

  1. 18 – Graham A. Bowlin
  2. 2 – Ray Alfalla
  3. 3 – Blake Reynolds
  4. 90 – Zack Novak
  5. 88 – Josh Berry
  6. 17 – Braxton DeWeese
  7. 25 – Nick Ottinger
  8. 19 – Christian Eckes
  9. 81 – Max Mclaughlin
  10. 11 – Tyler Ankrum
  11. 13 – John Midgett
  12. 8 – Jean-Philippe Bergeron
  13. 34 – Nic Kesler
  14. 24 – Brandon McKissic
  15. 44 – Lucas Cram
  16. 35 – Ty Gibbs3
  17. 21 – Anthony Alfredo
  18. 22 – Steve Durham
  19. 98 – Alek Chamberlin
  20. 39 – Todd Smith
  21. 57 – Alexander Krahnke
  22. 33 – Roger Gregory
  23. 6 – Rajah Caruth
  24. 36 – Nick Olsen
  25. 32 – Darin Mock
  26. 4 – Colby Wells
  27. 12 – Greg Maconi
  28. 46 – Jimmy Mullis
  29. 30 – Jeffrey Maconi
  30. 9 – Nicholas Hughes2
  31. 47 – Jeremy R Allen
  32. 5 – Matt Bussa
  33. 31 – Sammy L Smith
  34. 75 – Jose Solis Jr
  35. 20 – Harrison Burton
  36. 29 – Landon Huffman

 

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Columnist / Reporter / Photographer / Webmaster for TheRacingExperts.com

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