eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race Preview: Race 2 – DBOX 100 at Milwaukee

Justin Melillo
The second points paying race of the 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season will take place at The Milwaukee Mile on Tuesday 28th February.
The Milwaukee Mile DBOX 100 graphic

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series returns for the second points paying race of the 2023 season on Tuesday night (28th February). For the first time in series history, the 40 best NASCAR oval iRacers are taking to The Milwaukee Mile for the DBOX at The Milwaukee Mile 100.

Together with the Monza Circuit in April, Milwaukee is part of the two new additions to the 2023 schedule. So far in 2023, the series has been West to Los Angeles with the L.A. Clash at the Coliseum exhibition and Southeast to Daytona Beach with the Regular Season-opening Daytona 200 mile event.

This week, the series heads north to Wisconsin to take on the 1.015-mile (1.633-kilometer) oval located on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

LAST WEEK AT DAYTONA

eNASCAR Coke: Tucker Minter takes first career win in first career race

One of the big stories from the off-season was the level of competition as high as it has ever been, and that came to fruition when a rookie driver in Tucker Minter (Team Dillon Esports) went to victory lane two weeks ago at Daytona.

It came down to a last lap, last corner, heck, even a last straightaway move by Minter to stick his nose low on the defending Series Champion Casey Kirwan (XSET) just barely, which sent the No. 95 sideways coming to the line.

It may have been a Superspeedway race, but Minter scored one for the rookies right away, a promising sign for others like Michael Cosey Jr (Front Row Motorsports), Timmy Holmes (RFK Racing) and Parker White (Kanaan Esports) who have also shown similar promise so far through Daytona and The Clash.

RACE 1 AT DAYTONA – TOP 10 RESULTS

FINSTACAR #DRIVERTEAMINTLEDPTS
1833Tucker MinterTeam Dillon Esports87 LAPS1440
2387Malik RayJim Beaver Esports0.085 secs035
3201Darik BourdeauElliott Sadler Esports0.212 secs134
41195Casey KirwanXSET0.220 secs533
5638Michael Cosey JrFront Row Motorsports0.418 secs1132
61025Nick OttingerWilliam Byron Esports0.514 secs031
73166Tyler GareyKanaan Esports0.616 secs130
81248Graham A. BowlinCharlotte Phoenix0.824 secs029
91934Allen BoesFront Row Motorsports0.864 secs2628
10282Corey VincentPittsburgh Knights0.936 secs027

MILWAUKEE HISTORY

Probably more well known for its Champ Car and IndyCar days, The Milwaukee Mile also has a storied stock car history within the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and most recently with the ARCA Menards Series.

The track opened all the way back in 1903 and held racing events every year up until 2015. In 2009, NASCAR stopped coming up to the weirdly-shaped mile track. Up until that point, drivers like Ron Hornaday Jr, Greg Biffle, Dale Jarrett, Carl Edwards and even Dale Earnhardt Jr had won among the ranks.

From 2010 until 2020, National Stock Car racing was not seen at The Milwaukee Mile, but in 2021, ARCA made its return to the track as Ty Gibbs was victorious. ARCA also ran in 2022, with Sammy Smith taking that win, but in 2023, NASCAR Trucks will return to the venue in later on in the season, in August.

With NASCAR’s return, that comes with eNASCAR’s debut. One of the early tracks added to the iRacing roster was The Milwaukee Mile, but because it wasn’t a NASCAR Cup venue, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series never ran there. 2023 will mark the inaugural event.

WHO TO WATCH FOR

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Perhaps the closest comparison track to The Milwaukee Mile would be New Hampshire Motor Speedway, another venue on the 2023 schedule but a track that hasn’t seen any NEXT Gen racing yet as the last race took place in 2021.

Jimmy Mullis (Rise Esports) was the winner that day, and if New Hampshire is the closest thing we’ve got, I would say he’s got a great chance. Another common venue that has seen NEXT Gen racing is WWT Raceway at Gateway. The inaugural race there was won by Graham A. Bowlin (Charlotte Phoenix).

I would argue that there isn’t much data out there, however, that can give us a solid pick. With that said, the usual suspects have got to be Kirwan, Steven Wilson (Stewart-Haas Esports), Michael Conti (JR Motorsports) and Nick Ottinger (William Byron Esports) as the favorites to pick in big unknowns.

This may also be a great opportunity for the Rookie Class of 2023. Guys like Minter, Holmes, Cosey Jr, White and more can make a statement against the pros by taking another early victory in the season at a track nobody has been to in this car or in this series.

WHERE TO WATCH

The Countdown to Green starts at 8:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 a.m. GMT 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. GMT for the DBOX at the Milwaukee Mile 100 race event.

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

2023 ENASCAR COCA-COLA IRACING SERIES SCHEDULE

RACEDATETRACKLAPS
CLASH31-JaneNASCAR Clash at the LA Coliseum | Winner: CASEY KIRWAN20/40/70
114-FebDaytona International Speedway | Winner: TUCKER MINTER80
228-FebThe Milwaukee Mile100
314-MarAtlanta Motor Speedway100
428-MarRichmond Raceway130
511-AprAutodromo Nazionale Monza30
618-AprTalladega Superspeedway70
72-MayLas Vegas Motor Speedway100
816-MayDarlington Raceway120
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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