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eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race Preview: Race 2 at Las Vegas

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race Preview: Race 2 at Las Vegas

After a wild start to the 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season at Daytona two weeks ago, 40 of the best oval drivers on the iRacing platform will take to the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight for 100 laps to contest the second race on the calendar.

Daytona’s 80 lap opener ended in a three-way photo finish at the line in favor of Clint Bowyer Racing’s Femi Olatunbosun. Along both sides of Olatunbosun, Garrett Manes (Elliott Sadler Esports) and Steven Wilson (Stewart-Haas Esports) we’re both inches short of taking the season-opening victory. Both Wilson and Manes will be looking for their first career victories in the first intermediate race of 2022.

LAS VEGAS COKE SERIES HISTORY

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race Preview: Race 2 at Las Vegas

In total, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series has had 12 prior events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway dating back to the first season in 2010. That opening year, Las Vegas was the second race on the calendar and was won by Sandeep Banerjee. Since then, seven more drivers have found victory lane in the eleven following races.

Ryan Luza is the unofficial king of Las Vegas, having collected four victories in five career races, including in his rookie-slash-championship season in 2017. Luza also is the most recent victor, claiming the victory for XSET last season. He’ll be back in the same colors in 2022 as he looks to get back to victory lane for the first time since last season’s win.

Other drivers in the field that have Las Vegas wins include 2016’s winner Corey Vincent (Team Dillon Esports) and 2020’s winner Jimmy Mullis (Rise eSports).

THE NEXT GENERATION

eNCCiS: Femi Olatunbosun opens 2022 season with three-wide photo finish win at Daytona

In total, the top level of eNASCAR competition only has a small sample size of races in this NASCAR NEXT Gen vehicle. Their first race last season for the All-Star race was a D-shaped intermediate, albeit a concrete 1.3-mile oval in Nashville. This is truly the first taste of cookie-cutter racing we’ll get to witness in this series as the other races have been Daytona and the LA Coliseum.

Subjectively speaking, the cream always seems to rise to the top. It was on display this past weekend in the real NASCAR race when the defending champ Kyle Larson took the Auto Club victory. With that in mind, expect the expected, and you’ll likely find names like Keegan Leahy and Mitchell deJong from 23XI Racing on the top of the board.

Other names to keep an eye out for are the Team Conti drivers like Michael Conti (JR Motorsports) and Nick Ottinger (William Byron eSports), as well as those Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Bobby Zalenski and the four time champ himself, Ray Alfalla.

WHERE TO WATCH

eNCCiS: Femi Olatunbosun opens 2022 season with three-wide photo finish win at Daytona

The race itself will kickoff at 9:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 a.m. GMT following the pre-race festivities, which kick off a half-hour earlier. That would be the Countdown to Green at 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. GMT featuring Camille Salazar Hadaway, Alan Cavanna and Brandon Kettelle. Once the race kicks off, you’ll hear the voices of Evan Posocco, Blake McCandless and James Pike down on pit road.

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

POINTS ENTERING RACE #2 – LAS VEGAS

POSCAR #DRIVERTEAMPOINTS
179Femi OlatunbosunClint Bowyer Racing1 WIN
231Garrett ManesElliott Sadler Esports35 pts
310Steven WilsonStewart-Haas eSports34 pts
48Michael ContiJR Motorsports33 pts
546Jimmy MullisRise eSports32 pts
615Blake ReynoldsJim Beaver eSports31 pts
741Dylan DuvalStewart-Haas eSports30 pts
843Kollin KeisterCharlotte Phoenix29 pts
945Keegan Leahy23XI Racing28 pts
1033Taylor HurstTeam Dillon eSports27 pts

2022 ENASCAR COCA-COLA IRACING SERIES SCHEDULE

DateRace #TrackLaps
01-Feb-22~Clash~LA Coliseum25/50/120
15-Feb-221Daytona Int’l Speedway80
01-Mar-222Las Vegas Motor Speedway100
15-Mar-223Atlanta Motor Speedway100
29-Mar-224Richmond Raceway130
12-Apr-225Bristol Motor Speedway DIRT25/120
26-Apr-226Dover Motor Speedway120
10-May-227Kansas Speedway100
24-May-228Charlotte Motor Speedway100
31-May-229World Wide Technology Raceway120
21-Jun-2210Nashville Superspeedway100
05-Jul-2211Road America25
19-Jul-2212Pocono Raceway60
16-Aug-2213Watkins Glen Int’l35
30-Aug-2214Darlington Raceway120
13-Sep-22PO1 | 15Bristol Motor Speedway175
27-Sep-22PO2 | 16Talladega Superspeedway70
11-Oct-22PO3 | 17Homestead-Miami Speedway100
25-Oct-22C4F | 18Phoenix Raceway110
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