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Zack Novak dominates at Kansas for second win of 2019 season

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Zack Novak celebrates at Kansas Speedway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE via iRacing.com

Zack Novak found redemption on Tuesday night at Kansas Speedway.

Almost exactly one year ago, Novak came short of victory after leading the most laps.

This time, Novak was able to hold off Garrett Lowe in the closing laps to win his second race of the 2019 eNASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series campaign.

“Clean air was huge,” Novak told RaceSpot TV during post race availability. “I felt really comfortable in clean air, through practice, and we were able to work our way to the front really quick with those cautions and everybody being on old tires in front of us.

“We worked our way to the front, and man, it was just a rocket ship.”

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Michael Guest (17) making moves low to gain track position early at Kansas Speedway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE via iRacing.com

Lowe used strategy to initially pass Novak during the final round of green flag pit stops, but couldn’t hold on through the cycle.

In the closing laps, Lowe was able to close the gap to about a full second, but it was too little too late, as Novak went on to take the checkered flag.

Blake Reynolds, Michael Guest, and Nick Ottinger rounded out the Top 5.

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The third and final caution of the day occurred at lap 14 and ultimately ended Ryan Michael Luza’s chances of winning on Tuesday at Kansas Speedway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE via iRacing.com

Series leader Ryan Michael Luza suffered extensive damage in an incident on lap 14, and wound up coming home 36th.

Keegan Leahy, who sits second in the points standings, didn’t have much better of a night. Leahy was involved in an incident on lap 9 and the damage relegated him to a 29th place effort.

Lowe posted his second straight Top 5 finish after losing a Top 5 finish at Richmond Raceway on the final lap. Lowe now sits fifth in the standings, one point behind Reynold for fourth.

With Kansas in the books, Luza takes his point lead of 40 over Leahy into Charlotte Motor Speedway in two weeks. Novak moves into third in the standings, only one point behind Leahy for second.

 

RACE RESULTS:

  1. 6 – Zack Novak – Roush Fenway Racing
  2. 28 – Garrett Lowe – Renegades
  3. 30 – Blake Reynolds – Team Dillon eSports
  4. 17 – Michael Guest – Roush Fenway Racing
  5. 47 – Nick Ottinger – JTG Daugherty Racing
  6. 79 – Nickolas Shelton – Clint Bowyer Racing
  7. 66 – Jarl Teien – G2 eSports
  8. 36 – Chris Shearburn – Letarte eSports
  9. 21 – Ray Alfalla – Wood Brothers Racing
  10. 90 – Malik Ray – Richmond Raceway eSports
  11. 55 – Brian Schoenburg – Williams eSports
  12. 99 – Logan Clampitt – Burton Kligerman eSports
  13. 77 – Ashton Crowder – Burton Kligerman eSports
  14. 20 – Jake Nichols – Joe Gibbs Racing
  15. 88 – Brad Davies – JR Motorsports
  16. 37 – Christian Challiner – JTG Daugherty Racing
  17. 18 – Bobby Zalenski – Joe Gibbs Racing
  18. 42 – Dylan Duval – Independent
  19. 75 – Philip Diaz – Mode Motorsports
  20. 3 – Michael Guariglia – Independent
  21. 14 – Casey Kirwan – Clint Bowyer Racing
  22. 16 – Chris Overland – Wood Brothers Racing
  23. 24 – Cody Byus – Mode Motorsports
  24. 8 – Michael Conti – JR Motorsports
  25. 7 – Ryan Lowe – Independent
  26. 19 – Casey Tucker – Independent
  27. 5 – Matt Bussa – Williams eSports
  28. 83 – Adam Benefiel – Independent
  29. 62 – Keegan Leahy – G2 eSports
  30. 31 – Logan Kress – Independent
  31. 63 – Timmy Hill – FlipSid3 Tactics
  32. 2 – Caine Cook – Independent
  33. 80 – Brandon Hayse Kettelle – Independent
  34. 33 – Benjamin W. Nelson – Team Dillon eSports
  35. 46 – Jimmy Mullis – Richmond Raceway eSports
  36. 53 – Ryan Michael Luza – FlipSid3 Tactics
  37. 4 – Nathan Lyon – Letarte eSports
  38. 74 – Taylor Hurst – Independent
  39. 27 – Corey Vincent – Renegades
  40. 51 – Eric J. Smith – Independent

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Justin Melillo View All

Columnist / Reporter / Photographer / Webmaster for TheRacingExperts.com

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