eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race Preview: Race 7- Las Vegas

Justin Melillo
The seventh points paying race of the 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season will take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 2nd May.
Michael Conti wins Las Vegas, collects 12th career victory

Two weeks removed from what was the first ever fixed setup race in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series at Talladega, that of which followed a six race stretch to open the season which included three superspeedway style tracks, two brand new tracks and, oh yeah, Richmond, things are getting back to normal tonight. Maybe.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the next stop on the 2023 schedule and while this course offers more normalcy among the rest of the previous races, it may still prove to be another wildcard race with less off-throttle time than perhaps desired.

Casey Kirwan (XSET) scored the most recent victory, adding his name to the list of Bobby Zalenski (Joe Gibbs Racing), Steven Wilson (Stewart-Haas Esports), Michael Conti (JR Motorsports) and Tucker Minter (Team Dillon Esports) as winners on the season.


Kirwan wins talladega

The first-ever fixed setup Coke race was one to remember, for sure. Lead changes were plentiful, the package was competitive, and you didn’t really know who was going to win until the final few feet.

Off of Turn 4 on the final lap, Malik Ray (Jim Beaver Esports) had it. He ended up getting separated from his help, however, which allowed Kirwan and Collin Bowden (eRacr) to both get a run.

Kirwan moved in front of the bullet that was Bowden and received a shot so precise, so exact that it catapulted him just ahead of Ray coming to the line. Kirwan took the spoils and Ray was once again left thinking what could have been with yet another second place finish. Bowden managed to take home third.


12595Casey KirwanXSET71 LAPS1140
2237Malik RayJim Beaver Esports+0.034 secs935
33569Collin BowdeneRacr+0.076 secs634
42620Wyatt TinsleyKansas City Pioneers+0.104 secs033
5142Kollin KeistereRacr+0.177 secs032
632Corey VincentPittsburgh Knights+0.179 secs131
71445Michael Guest23XI Racing+0.232 secs030
83041Dylan DuvalStewart-Haas Esports+0.255 secs229
92217Kaden HoneycuttRFK Racing+0.380 secs028
101797Matt BussaWilliam Byron Esports+0.405 secs027


Michael Conti wins Las Vegas, collects 12th career victory

Another one of those tracks that, if you’ve ever watched a full season of eNASCAR competition at any point previously, you would have come across Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the schedule.

Part of the inaugural season in 2010, the second-ever race in series history was one of legend as Sandeep Banerjee was able to take an incredible victory at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval.

From 2011 through 2016, the likes of Brad Davies, PJ Stergios (twice), Marcus Lindsey, Kenny Humpe and Corey Vincent (Pittsburgh Knights) were able to score wins at the facility. When 2017 rolled around, and the rookie Ryan Luza (XSET) showed up, Las Vegas was, in actuality, Luza Vegas, scoring four wins in a five year stretch, including his first three-in-a-row.

Jimmy Mullis (Rise Esports) was the one to break the initial streak in 2020 and in 2022, it was Conti taking the most recent checkered flag.


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

While Luza didn’t get a fifth victory last season at the track, he did still score a fourth place finish. His track record speaks for itself, despite his recent sour luck. When you talk odds in Vegas, Luza would be an easy bet.

So would Conti and the rest of the Team Conti crewmates. While Ottinger doesn’t have a win here, two of his backend teammates in Conti and Mullis do. Ottinger needs a win and Las Vegas could be the place where he can win big.

Vincent, also a past winner, will be looking to keep his momentum going. He currently sits in 13th in points after six races, and a win could boost him into the playoff talks immediately.

There are also the usual suspects to watch out for. Kirwan, Zalenski, Wilson and Graham A. Bowlin (Charlotte Phoenix) are all looking to get back to that championship race for the second straight season. A win at Las Vegas could prove to be the winning ticket.


118Bobby ZalenskiJoe Gibbs Racing159WIN223
28Michael ContiJR Motorsports170WIN122
395Casey KirwanXSET158WIN134
433Tucker Minter [R]Team Dillon Esports147WIN122
510Steven WilsonStewart-Haas Esports107WIN112
625Nick OttingerWilliam Byron Esports160+25023
748Graham A. BowlinCharlotte Phoenix151+16024
838Michael Cosey Jr [R]Front Row Motorsports148+13023
93Jordy Lopez Jr [R]Team Dillon Esports145+10011
107Malik RayJim Beaver Esports138+3033
1123Keegan Leahy23XI Racing135-3022
1241Dylan DuvalStewart-Haas Esports133-5003


Michael Conti wins Las Vegas, collects 12th career victory

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 100-lap event at Las Vegas.

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 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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