eNASCAR Coca-Cola: Steven Wilson wins Chicago Street All-Star event

Justin Melillo
Steven Wilson won the 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series All-Star Race on Tuesday night (2nd August 2022) at the Chicago Street Circuit.
eNASCAR Coca-Cola: Steven Wilson wins Chicago Street All-Star event

Fresh off of the announcement that the NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to the streets of Chicago next season, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series took to those same streets virtually on Tuesday night (2nd August 2022) for the 2022 eNASCAR iRacing All-Star Race.

After a full night of racing, including an All-Star Open, a heat race with an invert and the 16-lap feature event, Steven Wilson (Stewart-Haas Esports) was once again victorious after a night of turning both left and right.

Wilson was able to pass Matt Bussa (Mode Motorsports) before the competition caution and hold off Bobby Zalenski (Joe Gibbs Racing) afterward to win the top spot. The win earns Wilson four tickets to a NASCAR race of his choice plus a chance to drive a stock car in the NASCAR Racing Experience.


The Chicago Street Circuit will be the NASCAR Cup Series’ first official venture into street course racing as it was added to the 2023 schedule. A joint effort from iRacing, NASCAR and the City of Chicago allowed for the venue to be laser scanned and built into the simulation last year.

Last year, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series put what once was the fictional Chicago course on display, a race dominated by James Davison. On Tuesday, the eNASCAR pros were all given the chance to take on the 12 corner course.

Garrett Manes (Elliott Sadler Esports) took the pole in the 15-driver All-Star Open. The field was comprised of at least 21 eligible drivers that were not already locked into the All-Star Race, but six drivers were unable to attend.

On the start, Dylan Duval (Stewart-Haas Esports) was able to take advantage and control the race. Parker Retzlaff (RFK Racing) followed through into the second spot as Manes fell back to third. Blake Reynolds (Jim Beaver Esports) and Brian Mercurio (LETARTE Esports) rounded out the Top 5.

The Top 5 drivers would advance to the All-Star Race, but for the most part, it looked as though those five would move on. Zack Novak (Rise Esports), Michael Guest (Jim Beaver Esports) and Corey Vincent (Team Dillon Esports) all came into the race hoping to advance, but were all caught up in some wrecks.

After the competition caution, the five drivers again pulled away from the field. On the final lap, however, Manes and Duval made contact, allowing Retzlaff to take the win. Manes fell back to fourth behind Reynolds and Mercurio and would still advance. Duval, however, fell too far back and Dylan Ault (LETARTE Esports) took the final transfer.


16Parker Retzlaff*RFK Racing12 LAPS1
215Blake Reynolds*Jim Beaver Esports+0.338 secs0
336Brian Mercurio*LETARTE Esports+1.531 secs0
431Garrett Manes*Elliott Sadler Esports+1.705 secs0
540Dylan Ault*LETARTE Esports+1.970 secs0
62Liam BrothertonElliott Sadler Esports+2.589 secs0
741Dylan DuvalStewart-Haas Esports+6.449 secs11
816Blade WhittWood Brothers Racing+8.642 secs0
95Zack NovakRise Esports+9.181 secs0
1055Allen BoesSpaceStation Racing+9.257 secs0
1142Darik BourdeaueRacr+13.126 secs0
129Michael GuestJim Beaver Esports+1 lap0
1317Kaden HoneycuttRFK Racing+1 lap0
143Corey VincentTeam Dillon Esports+1 lap0
1569Collin BowdeneRacr+7 laps0
#7 Malik Ray, #12 Derek Justis, #14 Nickolas Shelton, #20 Donovan Strauss, #43 Kollin Keister and #54 Kyle Peddle did not race
* = Advanced to 2022 All Star Race


While Duval was none to happy with Manes, vowing to pay back the favor later down the line, Manes would be racing for the top honors in the All-Star Race. Mitchell deJong (23XI Racing) took the pole position for the heat race, the results of which would invert the Top 8 finishers for the main race later.

The heat was the tamest race of the night, although some favorites did find themselves in trouble through the eight lap showdown. Bob Bryant (formerly Kligerman Sport) made his return to eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series competition, but found his time in the race more difficult that he expected.

About halfway into the event, Vicente Salas (Williams Esports) got a run on Bryant in one of the fastest sections of the track. Bryant couldn’t slow down in time and barreled into the tire wall, ending his chances at a good starting spot for the main.

Other hopefuls like Garrett Lowe (Wood Brothers Racing) and Ault found themselves lapped as well after sustaining damage during the heat. While deJong went on to dominate, the real battle came down to the final invert spot in eighth place.

Steven Wilson found himself in seventh, but behind him, Bussa and Casey Kirwan (XSET) were battling hard for position eight. On the final lap, the two made contact multiple times. Near the end of the lap, their battle allowed Manes to catch them and show his nose for the battle.

Bussa held strong and was able to take the final invert spot, moving him to the pole position for the main event, a 16 lap finale (with a lap 11 competition caution) for all the marbles.


Despite an admitted lack of practice, Bussa was able to take his No. 75 Ford Mustang to the lead on the start of the main event and hold it there longer than anyone expected, even himself. The invert didn’t work out for deJong as he was out early on, caught up wrecked with Michael Conti (JR Motorsports).

Behind Bussa, Wilson and Zalenski were battling hard to set themselves up to be able to take the lead. Wilson stayed patient behind Bussa, but Zalenski was chomping at the bit to get around them both and set sail around the virtual Chicago streets.

With a competition caution coming at the end of Lap 11 and thus one last restart with everything on the line, Wilson made his move that very lap. Entering Turn 6, Wilson went left and made up nearly two car lengths entering on Bussa. He didn’t quite clear, but Wilson squeezed Bussa and the pass was made.

The caution restocked the field for one last go. Bussa didn’t get off the line, and before too long, his chances of winning were over. Zalenski leap frogged into the runner-up spot and put all of the pressure on Wilson.

On the final lap, Zalenski was able to make up enough for one final run in the final two corners. Off of Turn 11, Zalenski had a monster run and took it to the right. Wilson anticipated it and blocked it perfectly. Not giving up, Zalenski was able to get back to the left for a better entry into the final corner.

Off of the 12th and final corner, Wilson’s shallow entry allowed Zalenski to get alongside. The two stayed off of each other, and Zalenski’s tires slipped just enough for Wilson to take the advantage back and cross the line first, winning the 2022 eNASCAR iRacing All-Star race.


110Steven WilsonStewart-Haas Esports16 LAPS6
218Bobby ZalenskiJoe Gibbs Racing+0.212 secs0
395Casey KirwanXSET+0.405 secs0
448Graham A. BowlinCharlotte Phoenix+1.677 secs0
531Garrett ManesElliott Sadler Esports+4.780 secs0
615Blake ReynoldsJim Beaver Esports+5.114 secs0
723Mitchell deJong23XI Racing+5.575 secs0
836Brian MercurioLETARTE Esports+7.347 secs0
940Dylan AultLETARTE Esports+7.509 secs0
1046Jimmy MullisRise Esports+8.138 secs0
1151Ray AlfallaJoe Gibbs Racing+10.334 secs0
126Parker RetzlaffRFK Racing+10.618 secs0
1353Bob BryantIndependent+18.192 secs0
1425Nick OttingerWilliam Byron Esports+23.616 secs0
1575Matt BussaMode Motorsports+23.762 secs10
1624Cody ByusMode Motorsports+1 lap0
1733Taylor HurstTeam Dillon Esports+1 lap0
1888Briar LaPraddJR Motorsports+1 lap0
1919Vicente SalasWilliams Esports+3 laps0
2045Keegan Leahy23XI Racing+8 laps0
218Michael ContiJR Motorsports+13 laps0
2221Garrett LoweWood Brothers Racing+15 laps0
#4 Ryan Luza, #79 Femi Olatunbosun and #97 Logan Clampitt did not race


eNCCiS: Graham Bowlin Upsets, Wins At Watkins Glen

It’s back to points racing again in two weeks when the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series returns for Race #13 at Watkins Glen International. Last season, Graham A. Bowlin was able to hold off the likes of both deJong and Zalenski for his first career win and his ticket into the 2021 playoffs.

With only one spot left at the moment and two races remaining, the 2022 Playoff picture could get even crazier with folks like deJong and Zalenski still looking for their first win of the season, which would also be their punch into the 2022 playoff grid. With the Regular Season finale at Darlington in four weeks, many winners still can’t call themselves safe, especially if WGI produces a 10th winner of 2022.

Tune in at 8:30 p.m. ET on 16th August to see the final road race of the season. The penultimate Regular Season event will kick off with the Countdown to Green for a half-hour before the main cast starts at 9:00 p.m. ET. The broadcast will be available at eNASCAR.com/live or on the iRacing Social Channels.


DateRace #TrackLaps
01-Feb-22~Clash~LA ColiseumCasey Kirwan25/50/120
15-Feb-221Daytona Int’l SpeedwayFemi Olatunbosun80
01-Mar-222Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMichael Conti100
15-Mar-223Atlanta Motor SpeedwaySteven Wilson100
29-Mar-224Richmond RacewayMichael Conti130
12-Apr-225Bristol Motor Speedway DIRTNick Ottinger25/120
26-Apr-226Dover Motor SpeedwayNick Ottinger120
10-May-227Kansas SpeedwayGarrett Lowe100
24-May-228Charlotte Motor SpeedwayMatt Bussa100
31-May-229World Wide Technology Raceway Graham A. Bowlin120
21-Jun-2210Nashville SuperspeedwayRay Alfalla100
05-Jul-2211Road AmericaSteven Wilson25
19-Jul-2212Pocono RacewayCasey Kirwan60
02-Aug-22~All-Star~Chicago Street CourseSteven Wilson12-8-16
16-Aug-2213Watkins Glen International35
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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