iRacing eNASCAR COTA: Davison gets it done

Over the first three rounds of the 2021 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, James Davison had been one of the most dominant drivers not to take a victory.

Running upfront on the dirt banks of Bristol Motor Speedway in iRacing and leading most of the series’ return to Talladega Superspeedway, it felt like only a matter of time until the Australian would breakthrough with a win.

That time finally came on Wednesday evening. Much like Tuesday night’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race, where Mitchell deJong led every lap, Davison ran away with the first road course event in Pro Invitational history at Circuit of the Americas.

Yielding the top spot for only a handful of the race’s 32 laps thanks in part to the pit cycle, Davison thoroughly beat the field of top NASCAR Cup Series stars, posting a margin of victory of more than 18 seconds on Anthony Alfredo at race’s end.

William Byron was third, with Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher completing the top five. Timmy Hill and Denny Hamlin would get into it heavily in the final laps of the race battling for sixth, with Hill prevailing as Hamlin went off track, while Josh Bilicki finished eighth, Ross Chastain charged from 30th on the grid to finish ninth, and 2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell completed the top 10.

The closest that Davison came to any real peril was during mid-race pit stops, as the lapped car of Clint Bowyer made a late attempt at entering the pits and grazed Davison’s right side as he snuck past.

However, Bowyer was far from the only driver to run into some sort of trouble on the famed Texas road course; of the 39 starters, only 23 would finish on the lead lap, with past series champions Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott the first drivers out of the race after just two laps apiece.

Full results from Wednesday’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event at Circuit of the Americas were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

1 1 15 James Davison Chevrolet 32 26
2 2 38 Anthony Alfredo Ford 32 -18.191 6 2:13.861
3 5 24 William Byron Jr Chevrolet 32 -37.180 0 2:14.691
4 3 8 Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 32 -38.617 0
5 13 17 Chris Buescher Ford 32 -40.075 0
6 8 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 32 -49.111 0 2:18.459
7 11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 32 -54.138 0
8 7 52 Joshua Bilicki Ford 32 -56.012 0
9 30 42 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 32 -59.421 0 2:15.499
10 4 34 Michael McDowell Ford 32 -1:00.804 0 2:17.925
11 6 5 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 32 -1:04.606 0
12 10 18 Kyle  Busch Toyota 32 -1:16.817 0
13 18 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 32 -1:32.883 0 2:15.512
14 12 77 Justin Haley Chevrolet 32 -1:36.336 0
15 36 99 Daniel  Suarez Chevrolet 32 -1:48.315 0
16 23 51 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 32 -1:54.661 0 2:18.681
17 9 14 Chase Briscoe Ford 32 -1:54.912 0
18 22 21 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 32 -1:55.974 0
19 15 3 Austin  Dillon Chevrolet 32 -1:56.593 0 2:16.566
20 14 20 Christopher Bell Toyota 32 -2:01.870 0
21 19 41 Cole  Custer Ford 32 -2:02.066 0
22 17 0 Quin Houff Chevrolet 32 -2:11.265 0 2:15.903
23 16 48 Alex W Bowman Chevrolet 32 -2:55.999 0
24 31 23 Bubba Wallace Toyota 31 -1 L 0
25 35 7 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 31 -1 L 0
26 32 19 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 31 -1 L 0 2:19.229
27 21 22 Joey Logano Ford 31 -1 L 0
28 38 43 Erik Jones Chevrolet 31 -1 L 0
29 39 53 Joey Gase Chevrolet 31 -1 L 0
30 26 78 Kyle Tilley Ford 31 -1 L 0
31 20 4 Kevin  Harvick Ford 31 -1 L 0
32 24 1 Kurt  Busch Chevrolet 31 -1 L 0 2:21.039
33 27 87 Jesse Iwuji Chevrolet 31 -1 L 0 2:17.424
34 29 79 Clint Bowyer Ford 30 -2 L 0 2:19.509
35 34 6 Ryan  Newman Ford 29 -3 L 0 2:17.595
36 37 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Chevrolet 13 -19 L 0
37 33 10 Aric Almirola Ford 8 -24 L 0
38 25 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 -30 L 0
39 28 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 2 -30 L 0

The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series wraps up the first half of its season on Wednesday, June 2 with a visit to the virtual streets of Chicago. Tune in at 8PM ET on FS1 to watch NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup Series cars barrel past Buckingham Fountain on a brand new circuit. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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