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Ryan Michael Luza scores second eNPAiS win of 2019 at Texas Motor Speedway

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Ryan Michael Luza (53) holds off Keegan Leahy (62) at the line to win at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo: Justin Melillo / TRE

A one lap dash determined the winner of the fourth round of the 2019 eNASCAR Peak AntiFreeze iRacing Series on Tuesday night.

Ryan Michael Luza took home the checkers once again, holding off Keegan Leahy and Corey Vincent at Texas Motor Speedway.

Luza, who won at Las Vegas earlier in the season, becomes the first driver to win multiple races on the season, and is now an 11-time winner in the series all-time.

Starting from the fourth position, Luza worked his way up to lead by lap 27, making his way around pole sitter Michael Conti for the top spot.

Strategies differed between drivers, with some electing to take two pit stops, and others electing for three. Luza made his bed with the two-stop strategy, while Conti hoped to make the three-stop strategy pay off.

In the closing laps, it seemed like Luza had made the right call, as he led the field, and Conti was mired back in seventh position.

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Christian Challiner (37) wrecks on the frontstretch after contact with Matt Bussa in the closing laps. The caution set up the race for a short dash to the finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo: Justin Melillo / TRE

A late race caution with just over ten laps to go changed the complexion of the race, sending all drivers on all strategies down pit road one last time.

A quick second yellow bunched up the field once again, leading to the one lap dash to decide the race.

On the final lap, Luza held the low lane, as Leahy was unable to make it stick on the top.

In two weeks, the series returns for it’s fifth installment at Richmond Raceway.

 

RACE RESULTS:

  1. 53 – Ryan Michael Luza – FlipSid3 Tactics
  2. 62 – Keegan Leahy – G2 eSports
  3. 27 – Corey Vincent – Renegades
  4. 28 – Garrett Lowe – Renegades
  5. 8 – Michael Conti – JR Motorsports
  6. 17 – Michael Guest – Roush Fenway Racing
  7. 7 – Ryan Lowe – Independent
  8. 19 – Casey Tucker – Independent
  9. 46 – Jimmy Mullis – Richmond Raceway eSports
  10. 47 – Nick Ottinger – JTG Daugherty Racing
  11. 21 – Ray Alfalla – Wood Brothers Racing
  12. 30 – Blake Reynolds – Team Dillon eSports
  13. 5 – Matt Bussa – Williams eSports
  14. 88 – Brad Davies – JR Motorsports
  15. 33 – Benjamin W. Nelson – Team Dillon eSports
  16. 79 – Nickolas Shelton – Clint Bowyer Racing
  17. 20 – Jake Nichols – Joe Gibbs Racing
  18. 16 – Chris Overland – Wood Brothers Racing
  19. 3 – Michael Guariglia – Independent
  20. 55 – Brian Schoenburg – Williams eSports
  21. 66 – Jarl Teien – G2 eSports
  22. 90 – Malik Ray – Richmond Raceway eSports
  23. 31 – Logan Kress – Independent
  24. 24 – Cody Byus – Mode Motorsports
  25. 80 – Brandon Hayse Kettelle – Independent
  26. 83 – Adam Benefiel – Independent
  27. 42 – Dylan Duval – Independent
  28. 14 – Casey Kirwan – Clint Bowyer Racing
  29. 75 – Philip Diaz – Mode Motorsports
  30. 36 – Chris Shearburn – Letarte eSports
  31. 4 – Nathan Lyon – Letarte eSports
  32. 99 – Logan Clampitt – Burton Kligerman eSports
  33. 51 – Eric J. Smith – Independent
  34. 6 – Zack Novak – Roush Fenway Racing
  35. 18 – Bobby Zalenski – Joe Gibbs Racing
  36. 77 – Ashton Crowder – Burton Kligerman eSports
  37. 37 – Christian Challiner – JTG Daugherty Racing
  38. 2 – Caine Cook – Independent
  39. 63 – Timmy Hill – FlipSid3 Tactics

DNR: 74 – Taylor Hurst – Independent

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Justin Melillo View All

Columnist / Reporter / Photographer / Webmaster for TheRacingExperts.com

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