Nick Ottinger raced to a win Tuesday in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoff race at a virtual Talladega Superspeedway, and his William Byron eSports teammate Logan Clampitt took second place to clinch a berth in the four-driver championship round.
Ottinger, in the No. 25 Chevrolet, came in 0.059 seconds ahead of Clampitt in the No. 97 Chevrolet.
Playoff race winners Bobby Zalenski (Aug. 31 at a virtual Darlington Raceway) and Keegan Leahy (Sept. 14 at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway) had already sealed spots in the final four. Mitchell deJong, who came in eighth place in the Tuesday race, and Clampitt snagged the last two positions based on the points standings.
The victory was the 18th on the Coca-Cola iRacing Series for Ottinger.
“I’m so ecstatic to get our team in victory lane,” said Ottinger, of Claremont, N.C. “We’ve had so many opportunities this year. ... We finally put a race and result together. We’ve been so fast all year. We had high expectations pretty much from last year and we didn’t make the playoffs, but the fact of the matter is we’re a team for a reason. ...
“It’s hard to win these races. I hated to be in a spotlight that to kind of have to control a lot of our team’s alliance, but it’s just awesome to get ... to victory lane, awesome to get Logan into the final four. He’s deserving of a final-four spot.”
Clampitt, of Concord, N.C., had to hang on to second place to seal his final-four position.
“I was stressing, man,” he said. “It is such an awkward position to be in. I was playing to try to stay glued to Nick as much as possible, and big picture was to make the final four.
“I’m just speechless. I never thought I’d be fighting for a championship again. This is our first time since 2017 doing it. We got second in 2017 and hopefully we can do one position better.”
The title will be decided in the series finale at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 12.
--Field Level Media