eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race Preview: Race 10 – WWT Raceway

Justin Melillo
The tenth points paying race of the 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season will take place at WWT Raceway on 13th June.
eNASCAR Coca-Cola: Graham Bowlin dominates at WWT Raceway

Halfway through the entirety of the 2023 season for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, with only five races until the eNASCAR Playoffs, the 40 best oval iRacers head to St. Louis, specifically World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, for the 10th race on the calendar.

Through nine races, there have been five winners, the most recent being the rookie Tucker Minter (Team Dillon Esports) who scored his second victory of the season and career in only nine career starts. The win also allowed for he and his teammate Jordy Lopez to extend their point lead in the Team Standings.

Minter joined Points Leader and 2014 Series Champion Michael Conti (JR Motorsports), Defending Series Champion Casey Kirwan (XSET) and Mr. Championship 4 Bobby Zalenski (Joe Gibbs Racing) on the list of two-time winners this season. Talk about good company. Steven Wilson (Stewart-Haas Racing) also has a lone win.

Two weeks ago at Charlotte

mullis kirwan crash charlotte

Benefitting from a decent starting position, Minter kept his name in the hat throughout the entirety of the Coca-Cola 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, looking at a possible Top 5 or better when suddenly, he was the leader.

Just ahead, Jimmy Mullis (Rise Esports) and Casey Kirwan were going hard for the lead, neither willing to give an inch. Matt Bussa (William Byron Esports) gave it a shot, taking the lead momentarily before falling back. Behind, both Bobby Zalenski and Corey Vincent (Pittsburgh Knights) were there on a two tire call.

Also on four tires was Garrett Manes (FGR Accel eRacing) and after Mullis and Kirwan wrecked out, it was Minter and Manes on the front row. Manes gave Minter a shot on the final lap, but Minter held on for the victory.

Race 9 at Charlotte – Top 10 Results

1733Tucker MinterTeam Dillon Esports103 LAPS740
22012Garrett ManesFGR Accel eRacing+0.178 secs035
3697Matt BussaWilliam Byron Esports+0.191 secs1434
4128Michael ContiJR Motorsports+0.528 secs133
552Corey VincentPittsburgh Knights+0.533 secs3532
63755Vicente SalasWilliams Esports+0.677 secs031
71742Kollin KeistereRacr+0.689 secs030
8257Malik RayJim Beaver Esports+0.769 secs029
9438Michael Cosey JrFront Row Motorsports+0.788 secs028
10113Jordy LopezTeam Dillon Esports+0.821 secs027

Second race at WWT Raceway in series history

eNASCAR Coca-Cola: Graham Bowlin dominates at WWT Raceway

This is only the second time in eNASCAR history that the Coke Series will take on the egg-shaped 1.25-mile oval in St. Louis. Last season was the first, and the spoils belonged to Graham Bowlin (Charlotte Phoenix) as he scored his second career win.

Bowlin was able to outlast Zack Novak (Rise Esports) for the win, as well as Logan Clampitt, Malik Ray (Jim Beaver Esports) and Ryan Luza (XSET) who rounded out the Top 5.

One of the more unique venues that’s been added in recent years, the track formerly known just as Gateway includes a heavy braking zone into a slow Turn 1, where you’ll need to keep your momentum up to get a good run off of Turn 2. It’s not as heavy into Turn 3, but it’s also more carousel-like as it connects back to the long straight.

Who to watch for

eNASCAR Coca-Cola: Graham Bowlin dominates at WWT Raceway

Looking for his first win of 2023 to secure his place in the race for the title, Bowlin will also be aiming for back-to-back wins at the venue. He hasn’t quite had the season he’s hoped for while his Deadzone teammate Kirwan continues to rake in the spoils as of late.

Kirwan will also likely be a great pick, close two weeks at at Charlotte and a threat it seems every week. They’ll both have to go up against the powerhouse that has been Team Conti, drivers like Conti, Nick Ottinger (William Byron Esports), Mullis and Bussa have been top runners nearly every week.

Another driver looking for that first win of the year is Keegan Leahy (23XI Racing). His qualifying pace has been extremely good, but his race finishes haven’t mirrored that. He sits outside the playoff picture after another uncharacteristic finish, likely needing a win for a run in the playoffs.

Playoff Seeding after Race #9 at Charlotte

18Michael ContiJR Motorsports277WIN255
233Tucker Minter [R]Team Dillon Esports247WIN245
395Casey KirwanXSET217WIN245
418Bobby ZalenskiJoe Gibbs Racing195WIN224
510Steven WilsonStewart-Haas Esports169WIN112
625Nick OttingerWilliam Byron Esports251+50045
73Jordy Lopez Jr [R]Team Dillon Esports233+32024
87Malik RayJim Beaver Esports228+27046
938Michael Cosey Jr [R]Front Row Motorsports227+26025
1048Graham A. BowlinCharlotte Phoenix216+15036
1112Garrett ManesFGR Accel eRacing201-15025
1297Matt BussaWilliam Byron Esports188-28014

Where to Watch

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race Preview: WWT Raceway at Gateway

The Countdown to Green, now sponsored by Wendy’s, starts at 8:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 a.m. BST to bring you up to speed on everything you need to know going into the event. The racing will go green shortly after 9:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 a.m. BST for the 120-lap event at Gateway.

The broadcast will be available at eNASCAR.com/live or on the iRacing social channels.


CLASH31-JaneNASCAR Clash at the LA Coliseum | Winner: CASEY KIRWAN20/40/70
114-FebDaytona International Speedway | Winner: TUCKER MINTER80
228-FebThe Milwaukee Mile | Winner: MICHAEL CONTI100
314-MarAtlanta Motor Speedway | Winner: STEVEN WILSON100
428-MarRichmond Raceway | Winner: BOBBY ZALENSKI130
511-AprAutodromo Nazionale Monza | Winner: BOBBY ZALENSKI30
618-AprTalladega Superspeedway | Winner: CASEY KIRWAN70
72-MayLas Vegas Motor Speedway | Winner: MICHAEL CONTI100
816-MayDarlington Raceway | Winner: CASEY KIRWAN120
930-MayCharlotte Motor Speedway100
1013-JunWorld Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway120
1127-JunWatkins Glen International45
1211-JulNashville Superspeedway100
1325-JulNew Hampshire Motor Speedway101
141-AugPocono Raceway60
15 – PO115-AugMichigan International Speedway60
16 – PO229-AugDover Motor Speedway120
17 – PO312-SepPhoenix Raceway120
18 – C426-SepHomestead-Miami Speedway100
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