eNASCAR Coke: Michael Conti’s retirement tour captures back-to-back Las Vegas wins

Justin Melillo
Michael Conti may be retiring at the end of the 2023 season, but the goal to go out on top continues to build following his second win of 2023 on Tuesday night at Las Vegas.
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Already a winner on the 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season, Michael Conti (JR Motorsports) continued to pad his virtual Hall of Fame-worthy stats on Tuesday night (2nd May) as he claimed his second victory of the season, and second-in-a-row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

From the eighth starting position, Conti worked his way up swiftly to challenge for the lead about a quarter distance in. After a slew of cautions which saw fuel strategies come into play, Conti was able to save enough during the pace laps to win once again, the 15th race win of his career.

In what is being touted as his #ItsBeenGr8 Retirement Tour in 2023, Conti now ties with Bobby Zalenski (Joe Gibbs Racing) for the most wins on the year at two, and outright leads the standings by 15 points over Nick Ottinger (William Byron Esports) who is without a win this season, but like at Milwaukee, finished runner-up again at Las Vegas.

The race saw four cautions on the night, three different leaders, and one of them wasn’t the pole sitter Keegan Leahy (23XI Racing). Leahy hung around the Top 5 for most of the night, but slipped back to finish 12th. This marks the halfway point of the 2023 Regular Season—only seven races left to decide five more playoff spots.


It was Jordy Lopez Jr (Team Dillon Esports) taking the early lead from Leahy as the race went underway. A quick caution re-racked the field, but again on the restart, Lopez Jr was able to pull away. Conti, who worked his way up to restart second on that ensuing caution, waited patiently, striking for the lead at Lap 24.

Eight laps later, the caution flew again, this time for a massive incident involving the most recent winner on the season before tonight, Casey Kirwan (XSET), among others. Malik Ray (Jim Beaver Esports) opted for a different strategy, staying out to lead a few after narrowly avoiding the previous incident.

After two more quick cautions, Ray finally pitted. Before that, Conti was able to pull back by for the lead. The final restart came with about 56 laps to go, and from there, Conti led the remainder of the way. Ray managed to get back up to finish eighth with his off-strategy call.

The night belonged to Conti, however, the winner of the same event one season ago. Now with two wins, his playoff ticket is double punched and should be a sure lock for a final run for a final championship.


The two big players on Tuesday night at Las Vegas were the Team Conti and Altus Esports backend teams. The Conti crew of Conti, Ottinger and Jimmy Mullis (Rise Esports) ran 1-2-3 for a good portion of the end of the race, with Mullis losing the podium finish to Lopez Jr at the line.

Altus drivers Lopez Jr, his Team Dillon Esports teammate Tucker Minter, as well as Michael Cosey Jr (Front Row Motorsports) and Ryan Doucette (Pittsburgh Knights) all showed speed through the night as well. Doucette, who qualified fifth, was unfortunately involved in an incident with Bobby Zalenski that ended both of their nights.

For the rest of the Altus guys? Lopez Jr had yet another incredible drive, scoring a deserved third place. Minter drove up from 21st starting spot to finish fifth, extending Team Dillon Esports’ team lead as a result. Cosey Jr started 25th and worked his way up to finish seventh.


For the restarts at Las Vegas, the 38 drivers who took to the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval in Nevada were all over one another, creating many tense moments.

The initial caution, which involved Garrett Lowe (Jim Beaver Esports), Ryan Luza (XSET) and Zack Novak (Rise Esports) was caused due to four-wide racing on the frontstretch.

Caution two was the result of close quarters racing when Dylan Duval (Stewart-Haas Esports) gave a shot to Casey Kirwan who gave a shot off-centered to Allen Boes (Front Row Motorsports), sending the three sideways in front of multiple cars. On the ensuing restart, Duval struck again as he ended up bumping Collin Bowden (eRacr) after a massive checkup on a restart.

The final caution was a late block in a pack of cars that were multiple cars wide in various spots. Bobby Zalenski thought he was clear, but unfortunately, Garrett Manes (FGR Accel eRacing) was down there about three lanes below. That hooked the two-time winner on the season straight up into Doucette in a violent incident.

On the final restart, there were some close calls, but as they were able to all save it and continue, this forced the pack to split up just enough that it could go green until the end. Fuel was close for some, but it was just what Conti ordered as he crossed the line with some virtual gas to spare.


188Michael ContiJR Motorsports100 LAPS6940
2425Nick OttingerWilliam Byron Esports-0.842035
323Jordy Lopez JrTeam Dillon Esports-0.9372334
41046Jimmy MullisRise Esports-0.977033
52133Tucker MinterTeam Dillon Esports-2.313032
63412Garrett ManesFGR Accel eRacing-2.562031
72538Michael Cosey JrFront Row Motorsports-3.823030
8337Malik RayJim Beaver Esports-4.176829
91415Garrett LoweJim Beaver Esports-4.633028
103148Graham A. BowlinCharlotte Phoenix-6.377027


18Michael ContiJR Motorsports210WIN233
218Bobby ZalenskiJoe Gibbs Racing160WIN223
333Tucker Minter [R]Team Dillon Esports179WIN133
495Casey KirwanXSET176WIN134
510Steven WilsonStewart-Haas Esports131WIN112
625Nick OttingerWilliam Byron Esports195+35034
73Jordy Lopez Jr [R]Team Dillon Esports179+19022
838Michael Cosey Jr [R]Front Row Motorsports178+18024
848Graham A. BowlinCharlotte Phoenix178+18025
107Malik RayJim Beaver Esports167+7034
1123Keegan Leahy23XI Racing160-7022
1241Dylan DuvalStewart-Haas Esports147-20003


13 | 33Team Dillon Esports358155
28 | 88JR Motorsports322-36233
325 | 97William Byron Esports319-39036
434 | 38Front Row Motorsports306-52026
523 | 4523XI Racing286-72034
610 | 41Stewart-Haas Esports278-80115
77 | 15Jim Beaver Esports277-81035
811 | 66Kanaan Esports259-99004
94 | 95XSET235-123134
1046 | 75Rise Esports216-142023
Joe Gibbs Racing: P14, 2 wins


  • Four cautions for 16 laps in 100 completed laps
  • Three lead changes among four drivers
  • Pole sitter: No. 23 Keegan Leahy (29.544 secs)
  • Most laps led: No. 8 Michael Conti (69 laps led)
  • Lap Leaders:
    • #23 Keegan Leahy (0)
    • #3 Jordy Lopez Jr (1-23)
    • #8 Michael Conti (24-32)
    • #7 Malik Ray (33-40)
    • #8 Michael Conti (41-100)
  • Fastest lap: No. 14 Joey Brown (Lap 4, 29.991 secs)
  • Hard charger: No. 12 Garrett Manes (Started 34th, Finished 6th | +28 spots)
  • Hard luck: No. 77 Ryan Doucette (Started 5th, Finished 37th | -32 spots)
  • Fewest incidents: Ten drivers with 0x (including winner)
  • Most incidents: No. 45 Michael Guest (16x)
  • Rookie of the race: No. 3 Jordy Lopez Jr (3rd place)
  • Team(s) of the race:
    • No. 8 / No. 88 JR Motorsports (66 points, 1st and 11th)
    • No. 3 / No. 33 Team Dillon Esports (66 points, 3rd and 5th)
  • Winning Club: Carolina


The second half of the 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Regular Season begins with a throwback night, the theme of the upcoming virtual and real-world racing events at Darlington Raceway. Spoiler alert—there will be throwbacks, so expect to see many different liveries in two weeks when the action returns on 16th May..

Things will kick off with the eNASCAR Countdown to Green, now presented by Wendy’s, which begins at 8:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 a.m. BST. The race itself starts at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 a.m. BST. Evan Posocco, Blake McCandless, Alan Cavanna, Camille Salazar Hadaway and James Pike are expected to be on the call.

The 120-lap event 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 Raceway120
930-MayCharlotte Motor Speedway100
1013-JunWorld Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway120
1127-JunChicago Street CourseTBA
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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