Nick Ottinger scored his 15th career eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series victory, and the first points-paying win for William Byron eSports, on Tuesday night by dominating the action at Dover International Speedway.
Ottinger led a race-high 105 of 200 laps, spoiling Ryan Luza’s bid to make history as the first driver to win four consecutive races in series history and maintaining a solid lead over Brad Davies coming to the finish.
Despite fears that a first-lap accident that sent Chris Shearburn sideways in Turns 1 and 2 would set the tone, Tuesday night was the cleanest Dover race in series history. Just two cautions for eight laps slowed the pace, giving drivers a chance to show their long-run speed and allowing green-flag pit stops and tire management to make the difference. A number of drivers had trouble with pit road, including incoming points leader Bobby Zalenski, who at one point missed the pit entry, lost a lap, and eventually finished 32nd.
That opened the door for Luza, who started third and took over the lead from polesitter Ray Alfalla on Lap 10. The Homestead, Bristol, and Richmond winner led 64 laps, but made contact with the wall in an unforced error and eventually came home fourth. Nonetheless, Luza’s strong run of results have enabled him to not only take over the points lead, but also the team championship lead for Williams Esports alongside teammate Matt Bussa.
In spite of the unique challenges of Dover, the Monster Mile proved friendly to a number of drivers who had been unlucky earlier in the season. Dylan Duval’s third place was his best run of 2020; ditto for Eric J. Smith in seventh, who also turned the race’s fastest lap. Veteran sim racers Bob Bryant and Steve Sheehan rounded out the top 10 after playing a role in some exciting late-race battles for position. In the end, 22 of the 37 starters finished the race on the lead lap, with fast drivers like Alfalla and Justin Bolton among the top drivers one lap down after encountering various issues during the race.