DAYTONA COASTLINE, Fla. – The story going into Monday evening’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Clash at the online Daytona Int’l Speedway was the numerous motorist as well as group adjustments in advance of the brand-new period.
But while lots of points were various, one point continued to be continuous at the end of the non-points, preseason exhibit race at the World Center of Racing: the No. 97 William Byron eSports Chevrolet Camaro in triumph lane.
Logan Clampitt took the entrance to its second-straight Clash win in a thrilling overtime surface, never ever leading in law however enduring a myriad of collisions throughout the evening to be ready when it counted.
Clampitt aligned 2nd for the two-lap sprint to the surface, after a multi-car crash in the rear of the area concerning 2 to go established the added range, after that rose to the factor after getting a substantial press from Garrett Manes.
After that, Clampitt protected the dual yellow line for a lap as well as a fifty percent for the surface, enduring get in touch with from his brand-new colleague – safeguarding collection champ Nick Ottinger – entering the tri-oval on the last lap to hang on for the win in an image surface.
The margin of triumph for Clampitt over Ottinger was a little .013 secs, noting a one-two surface for the eSports group possessed by Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series routine William Byron.
“Man, that whole last lap was complete chaos,” stated Clampitt after the race. “I was mirror driving at that factor, however that was … child, what a means to start the period that was. That was a great deal of enjoyable as well as truly amazing. It’s truly amazing to have Nick obtain 2nd there, with me signing up with William Byron eSports this year.
“It doesn’t pay points, but this is still a great way to kick off the season,” Clampitt included. “Obviously, this isn’t the true season opener, but it was a fun race and gives us some momentum going into the real thing next week.”
Clampitt tipped that the group chemistry in between himself as well as Ottinger – rollovered from previous undertakings on the iRacing solution – bodes well for their opportunities of success throughout the period.
“I believe we’ve obtained an actually excellent group under our hands for this year. To have the safeguarding champ as well as myself collaborating, we collaborated with each various other on Team Conti in the past … so we’ve currently obtained an excellent relationship as well as I believe that it’s mosting likely to be truly remarkable to proceed that in the Coke Series.
“I think we’re going to do really well and I’m looking forward to the season and spending my time over here at William Byron eSports.”
Ottinger took a crack at to compose previous Clampitt outside coming with turn 4 to the surface, however was marked by Malik Ray – that attempted to make a 3rd lane versus the outdoors wall surface – as well as wound up knocking right into the side of Clampitt’s cars and truck coming towards the goal.
“It’s hard to gauge what you could have done differently, when it comes down to a small margin like that,” Ottinger clarified. “In transform 3, we understood it was generally mosting likely to be a 2- or three-horse race as well as practically whichever among us obtained the press from Malik (Ray) was mosting likely to remain in an actually excellent shot. I took a jump to attempt as well as obstruct Malik, which simply obtained me a little loosened attempting to remain bizarre as well as it simply pitched the cars and truck directly right into Logan as well as eliminated our energy.
“All in all, though, a one-two for WB eSports and a great showing for Logan … can’t ask for much more.”
New England’s Jake Matheson went across the line 3rd for Williams eSports, with Jake Nichols completing 4th in the 2nd Williams entrance as well as Richmond Raceway eSports’ Jimmy Mullis filling in the leading 5.
Seven multi-car events pared the area down throughout the race, prior to a set of collisions on the last lap produced the turmoil that caused Clampitt as well as Ottinger’s intense fight to the checkered flag.
Daytona holds the factors opener for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series on Monday, Feb. 8.
1. 97-Logan Clampitt , 2. 25-Nick Ottinger , 3. 52-Jake Matheson , 4. 24-Jake Nichols , 5. 46-Jimmy Mullis , 6. 6-Nathan Lyon , 7. 11-Malik Ray , 8. 2-Garrett Manes , 9. 29-Zack Nichols , 10. 75-Matt Bussa , 11. 37-Derek Justis , 12. 33-Taylor Hurst , 13. 32-Keegan Leahy , 14. 66-Blake Reynolds , 15. 79-Ryan Doucette , 16. 88-Brad Davies , 17. 55-Vicente Salas , 18. 38-Casey Kirwan , 19. 23-Mitchell deJong , 20. 8-Michael Conti , 21. 10-Graham Bowlin , 22. 41-Dylan Duval , 23. 44-Isaac Gann , 24. 67-Allen Boes , 25. 83-Bobby Zalenski , 26. 16-John Gorlinsky , 27. 14-Blade Whitt , 28. 1-Ashton Crowder , 29. 15-Caine Cook , 30. 77-Bob Bryant , 31. 18-Femi Olat , 32. 4-Ryan Luza , 33. 9-Michael Guest , 34. 51-Ray Alfalla , 35. 3-Corey Vincent , 36. 21-Garrett Lowe , 37. 17-Steven Wilson , 38. 47-Brian Schoenburg , 39. 90-Zack Novak .
Lead Changes: 16 amongst 8 motorists
Lap Leader(s): Nick Ottinger 1-3, Graham Bowlin 4-5, Nick Ottinger 6-7, Graham Bowlin 8-10, Nick Ottinger 11-12, Graham Bowlin 13-16, Nick Ottinger 17-20, Ashton Crowder 21-23, Nick Ottinger 24, Blade Whitt 25, Femi Olat 26-27, Graham Bowlin 28-35, Michael Conti 36-37, Keegan Leahy 38-43, Graham Bowlin 44, Keegan Leahy 45-61, Logan Clampitt 62-63.
Laps Led: Keegan Leahy 23, Graham Bowlin 18, Nick Ottinger 12, Ashton Crowder 3, Femi Olat 2, Michael Conti 2, Logan Clampitt 2, Blade Whitt 1.
Hard Charger: 6-Nathan Lyon (+33)
Caution Flags: Seven for 21 laps
Margin of Victory: .013 secs
Time of Race: One hr, 8 mins, 42.314 secs
Average Speed: 137.544 miles per hour
Pole Winner: 25-Nick Ottinger, 47.919 secs (187.817 miles per hour)
Fastest Lap: 6-Nathan Lyon, 44.385 secs (202.771 miles per hour, lap 2)