In the longest race of the 2019 campaign, Keegan Leahy endured to find victory lane for the first time at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Utilizing the newest version of iRacing’s Charlotte Motor Speedway, Leahy fought through the day to night transition to claim the victory over Blake Reynolds, Chris Shearburn, Ryan Michael Luza, and Logan Clampitt.
“The car was super strong, that carried me to that victory for sure,” Leahy told RaceSpot TV post race. “I was happy with everything I did on track, I don’t think I made too many mistakes there, but pit road was killing me.
“The biggest thing, really, was the balance. We just got the balance just right for the draft. I was able to hold my position and then just, like, blow by people after a few laps when everyone else seemed to get tight.”
Chris Shearburn led the field to the start of the 200 lap event, with Leahy alongside.
Shearburn was the class of the field for the first half of the event, leading 106 of the first 110 laps before yielding to Bobby Zalenski in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Zalenski soon lent the lead to last week’s winner, Zach Novak, and not too long after, the pair of drivers began experiencing network connection issues.
While battling for the lead, Zalenski’s connection dropped, and after taking the lead, Novak was black-flagged for his poor connection. The network issues relegated the two hopefuls to 30-something place finishes.
While that was happening, series points leader Ryan Michael Luza made his way up to the front, and took the lead at lap 147.
Luza didn’t hold the lead for long, as Leahy, who had experienced a handful of pit road issues all night, worked back around to the lead at lap 168.
On the final stint of the long event, Leahy pulled out to over a second an a half lead over Luza. In the closing laps, it was Blake Reynolds chasing Leahy down.
Reynolds was able to bring it within a second, but as the laps ran out, it was Leahy celebrating his fourth career victory, and first on the 2019 season.
Luza continues to lead the standings by 34 points over Leahy. Reynolds moves up and into third, while Garrett Lowe and Novak round out the Top 5.
Defending series champion, Ray Alfalla, had made his way into the Top 5, but misfortune struck again as he was tagged by Casey Kirwin, sending the famed No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford into the inside SAFER barrier.
Another uncharacteristic finish now places Alfalla outside of the Top 20 in the standings, in 21st. Only the Top 20 are guaranteed a place in the 2020 eNASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series.
Six races remain before the Top 8 is set for the 2019 Playoffs. The series takes an extra week off and returns three weeks from now for the first road course of the season, the long course at Sonoma Raceway.
Leahy finds his first win of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series and is the 11th different driver to win at Charlotte in the 11 races run there. pic.twitter.com/fLcFkSeu91
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) May 22, 2019
- 62 – Keegan Leahy – G2 eSports
- 30 – Blake Reynolds – Team Dillon eSports
- 36 – Chris Shearburn – Letarte eSports
- 53 – Ryan Michael Luza – FlipSid3 Tactics
- 99 – Logan Clampitt – Burton Kligerman eSports
- 28 – Garrett Lowe – Renegades
- 17 – Michael Guest – Roush Fenway Racing
- 83 – Adam Benefiel – Independent
- 3 – Michael Guariglia – Independent
- 14 – Casey Kirwan – Clint Bowyer Racing
- 37 – Christian Challiner – JTG Daugherty Racing
- 88 – Brad Davies – JR Motorsports
- 7 – Ryan Lowe – Independent
- 2 – Caine Cook – Independent
- 42 – Dylan Duval – Independent
- 74 – Taylor Hurst – Independent
- 80 – Brandon Hayse Kettelle – Independent
- 77 – Ashton Crowder – Burton Kligerman eSports
- 24 – Cody Byus – Mode Motorsports
- 79 – Nickolas Shelton – Clint Bowyer Racing
- 20 – Jake Nichols – Joe Gibbs Racing
- 55 – Brian Schoenburg – Williams eSports
- 33 – Benjamin W. Nelson – Team Dillon eSports
- 8 – Michael Conti – JR Motorsports
- 66 – Jarl Teien – G2 eSports
- 16 – Chris Overland – Wood Brothers Racing
- 63 – Timmy Hill – FlipSid3 Tactics
- 46 – Jimmy Mullis – Richmond Raceway eSports
- 75 – Philip Diaz – Mode Motorsports
- 5 – Matt Bussa – Williams eSports
- 90 – Malik Ray – Richmond Raceway eSports
- 27 – Corey Vincent – Renegades
- 6 – Zack Novak – Roush Fenway Racing
- 21 – Ray Alfalla – Wood Brothers Racing
- 31 – Logan Kress – Independent
- 47 – Nick Ottinger – JTG Daugherty Racing
- 18 – Bobby Zalenski – Joe Gibbs Racing
- 4 – Nathan Lyon – Letarte eSports
- 19 – Casey Tucker – Independent
Did Not Race: 51 – Eric J. Smith – Independent
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