With only a few races left before the 2019 eNASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series playoffs, the cutoff for the eight-driver championship battle has tensions higher than ever leaving Pocono Raceway.
One of those bubble drivers, Jimmy Mullis, did exactly what he needed to do to find his way to victory lane on Tuesday night.
On the final restart in eNASCAR Overtime, Mullis made his way around Casey Kirwan for his first victory of the 2019 season, and second of his eNPAiS career.
Keegan Leahy started on the pole position, and looked to be one of the favorites early on. That didn’t last too long, however, as Leahy was collected in the second caution of the event, after he and Nick Ottinger made contact after a three-wide battle for the lead with Zack Novak on the inside.
The early damage for Leahy, Ottinger, and the majority of the other cars involved in the incident took them out of contention for the victory, and gave the advantage to Novak.
Pit strategy would become the story in the middle of the race. During the longest green-flag stint of the event, Novak, along with Ryan Michael Luza and others, elected to take a two pit stop strategy. Meanwhile, Bobby Zalenski, Corey Vincent, Jarl Teien, and others would try to make the finish on one more pit stop.
Luza, along with Novak, looked to be the favorites for the majority of the event, but it was seeming that the one stop strategy would prevail for the trophy.
After Leahy and Luza made their final stops of the day, the caution flag was thrown, leaving a wrench in the strategies. The two stayed out, along with others on a similar strategy, while those on older tires decided to pit.
From that point on, the race was marred by contact and yellow flags. Many of the final incidents were multi-car incidents, and would set up for the final run of the race.
Luza took over the lead from Novak on one of the restarts, and then Kirwan took the lead from Luza on an ensuing restart.
Eventually, the race was called into eNASCAR overtime. Kirwan looked to have a great restart, but Mullis was able to real him in and take the victory for his Richmond Raceway eSports team.
Luza reclaims the top spot in the drivers standings over Leahy. Garrett Lowe moves around Blake Reynolds for third, while Zalenski sits fifth.
Mullis moves from ninth to sixth, while Michael Conti and Ottinger round out the Top 8 playoff positions. Novak, who faltered to a 35th place finish, falls outside the Top 8 by a single point.
The series heads to Michigan Int’l Speedway in two weeks, the second to last race before the playoffs are set.
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) July 24, 2019
- 46 – Jimmy Mullis – Richmond Raceway eSports
- 14 – Casey Kirwan – Clint Bowyer Racing
- 90 – Malik Ray – Richmond Raceway eSports
- 18 – Bobby Zalenski – Joe Gibbs Racing
- 28 – Garrett Lowe – Renegades
- 53 – Ryan Michael Luza – FlipSid3 Tactics
- 16 – Chris Overland – Wood Brothers Racing
- 27 – Corey Vincent – Renegades
- 66 – Jarl Teien – G2 eSports
- 20 – Jake Nichols – Joe Gibbs Racing
- 83 – Adam Benefiel – Independent
- 21 – Ray Alfalla – Wood Brothers Racing
- 15 – Michael Guariglia – Jim Beaver eSports
- 7 – Ryan Lowe – Independent
- 74 – Taylor Hurst – Independent
- 2 – Caine Cook – Independent
- 8 – Michael Conti – JR Motorsports
- 31 – Logan Kress – Independent
- 55 – Brian Schoenburg – Williams eSports
- 5 – Matt Bussa – Williams eSports
- 42 – Dylan Duval – Independent
- 47 – Nick Ottinger – JTG Daugherty Racing
- 79 – Nickolas Shelton – Clint Bowyer Racing
- 30 – Blake Reynolds – Team Dillon eSports
- 51 – Eric J. Smith – Jim Beaver eSports
- 33 – Benjamin W. Nelson – Team Dillon eSports
- 62 – Keegan Leahy – G2 eSports
- 36 – Chris Shearburn – Letarte eSports
- 99 – Logan Clampitt – Burton Kligerman eSports
- 75 – Philip Diaz – Mode Motorsports
- 17 – Michael Guest – Roush Fenway Racing
- 19 – Casey Tucker – Independent
- 24 – Cody Byus – Mode Motorsports
- 37 – Christian Challiner – JTG Daugherty Racing
- 6 – Zack Novak – Roush Fenway Racing
- 80 – Brandon Hayse Kettelle – Independent
- 63 – Timmy Hill – FlipSid3 Tactics
- 4 – Nathan Lyon – Letarte eSports
- 77 – Ashton Crowder – Burton Kligerman eSports
- 88 – Brad Davies – JR Motorsports
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