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Crowder Captures iRacing Win at Auto Club


Burton Kligerman eSports’ Ashton Crowder prevailed in an intense late-race battle in Tuesday night’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race from Auto Club Speedway. Crowder scored his second career eNCiS win by getting the best of Wood Brothers Racing’s Garrett Lowe, as the two drivers traded the lead multiple times in the final laps of Round 2 of this year’s championship.

The early stages of the race suggested that pit strategy would be a huge factor, as only a handful of drivers elected to try a riskier one-stop gameplan while most of the field pitted around Lap 30. With track position at a premium, their gamble looked to pay off perfectly when Joe Gibbs Racing’s Graham Bowlin made contact with JTG Daugherty Racing’s Christian Challiner just after the pit cycle completed, bringing out the first yellow flag of the race, and the season, on Lap 53.

77 21 Auto ClubAll of the two-stop drivers pit under yellow, giving the one-stop drivers important track position with just a handful of extra laps on their tires and fuel runs. But that strategy went out the window as the race restarted on Lap 57, as Jim Beaver eSports’ Michael Guariglia got loose in Turn 3 and then took contact from Team Dillon Esports’ Blake Reynolds. The resulting incident collected a number of other front-runners, including Williams Esports’ Ryan Luza and California native Logan Clampitt of Burton Kligerman eSports, who had combined to lead 20 laps.

The second restart of the day went more smoothly, and fellow Californian Bobby Zalenski of Virtual Racing School and Jake Nichols of Mode Motorsports had a prolonged battle for the lead before Crowder found his way to the point for the first time on Lap 79. Lowe, meanwhile, had been carving his way through the top 10, climbing eight spots in 12 laps to grab onto second place on Lap 89. He made a pass for the lead with five laps to go, but Crowder reclaimed the top spot two laps later and held on for the win.

Results

Finish Start Driver Points Laps Led Status Team
1 17 Ashton Crowder 45 100 16 Running Burton Kligerman
2 10 Garrett Lowe 40 100 2 Running Wood Brothers
3 5 Bobby Zalenski 39 100 13 Running Virtual Racing School
4 33 Jake Nichols 38 100 13 Running Mode Motorsports
5 37 Chris Overland 36 100 - Running Wood Brothers
6 8 John Gorlinsky 36 100 2 Running William Byron eSports
7 7 Casey Kirwan 35 100 2 Running Denny Hamlin Racing
8 21 Jimmy Mullis 33 100 - Running Richmond Raceway
9 22 Blake Reynolds 32 100 - Running Dillon eSports
10 25 Jarl Teien 31 100 - Running G2 eSports
11 32 Ray Alfalla 31 100 13 Running Virtual Racing School
12 9 Matt Bussa 29 100 - Running Williams eSports
13 23 Brad Davies 28 100 - Running JRM
14 35 Phillip Diaz 27 100 - Running Mode Motorsports
15 40 Jeremy R Allen 26 100 - Running JTG
16 27 Caine Cook 25 100 - Running Renegades
17 31 Alex McCollum 24 100 - Running G2 eSports
18 14 Bob Bryant 23 100 - Running KLR eSports
19 39 Santiago Tirres 22 100 - Running Letarte eSports
20 6 Nick Ottinger 22 100 1 Running William Byron eSports
21 38 Brandon Kettelle 20 100 - Running Clint Bowyer Racing
22 1 Keegan Leahy 20 100 13 Running Denny Hamlin Racing
23 13 Nathan Lyon 19 100 1 Running Roush Fenway
24 12 Justin Bolton 17 100 - Running Stewart Haas
25 20 Corey Vincent 16 100 - Running Renegades
26 16 Graham A Bowlin 15 100 - Running JGR
27 24 Kollin Keister 14 100 - Running Roush Fenway
28 4 Steve Sheehan 13 100 - Running KLR eSports
29 36 Eric J Smith 12 100 - Running Jim Beaver eSports
30 15 Michael Conti 11 100 - Running JRM
31 29 Dylan Duval 10 100 - Running Stewart Haas
32 2 Chris Shearburn 10 100 4 Running Letarte eSports
33 26 Michael Guest 8 100 - Running Dillon eSports
34 30 Malik Ray 7 99 - Running JGR
35 19 Christian Challiner 6 99 - Running JTG
36 3 Ryan Michael Luza 6 98 8 Running Williams eSports
37 34 Brian Schoenburg 4 96 - DNF Clint Bowyer Racing
38 11 Logan Clampitt 4 69 12 DNF Burton Kligerman
39 28 Michael Guariglia 2 67 - Running Jim Beaver eSports
40 18 Zack Novak 1 58 - DNF Richmond Raceway