William Byron eSports’ John Gorlinsky sliced through one of the wildest last-lap wrecks in iRacing history to score the victory in Wednesday night’s Clash at Daytona International Speedway, the preseason test event for the 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season. Held just hours after the announcement that Coca-Cola would sign on as the series’ new title partner and that the final six races of the year would be shown on NBCSN, Gorlinsky backed up his Daytona win in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series with an unlikely triumph in the NASCAR Cup Series car despite starting the last lap in 16th place.

Wednesday’s race may have just been for bragging rights, but the 38 drivers who took the green flag put on quite the show nonetheless in the 50-lap battle. The first 49 laps were a masterclass in superspeedway driving, with restrictor plate standouts like polesitter Nick Ottinger leading a race-high 27 laps in the other Byron car and rookie Kollin Keister pacing the field late for Roush Fenway Racing. When the white flag flew, Keister, Joe Gibbs Racing newcomer Malik Ray, and 2014 eNASCAR champion Michael Conti were in the top three spots, each poised to go for the victory.

Heading towards Turn 3, however, calamity struck. With Conti pushing him, Ray slid up and scraped the outside wall. Casey Kirwan and Ray Alfalla attempted to avoid rear-ending Conti and Blake Reynolds, who had been behind Ray, and both made contact with other cars as the field went four wide. Alfalla bounced off of Kirwan into Bob Bryant and Garrett Lowe, Bryant spun Reynolds, and the slightest tap from Reynolds sent Keister into Conti.

From there, it was all about luck. Conti shot out of the wreck with the best chance of clearing it, but slid out of control into the outside wall. Gorlinsky and Lowe rocketed in behind him, but while Lowe slammed into the back of Conti’s machine, Gorlinsky only found the wall and was able to carry forward. Bent but not broken, the damaged #97 Chevrolet was still clear enough of the rest of the field to score a 3.252-second victory over JTG Daugherty Racing’s Christian Challiner, who had taken the white flag in 15th. Burton Kligerman Esports’ Logan Clampitt jumped from 30th to third.

Results of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Clash at Daytona were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Status

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

1 13 97 John Gorlinsky Running 50 0 1 45.000
2 6 37 Christian Challiner Running 50 -3.252 0 44.923
3 15 99 Logan Clampitt Running 50 -3.533 0 45.196
4 28 90 Zack Novak Running 50 -3.589 0 44.776
5 9 83 Bobby Zalenski Running 50 -5.958 0 45.006
6 2 1 Steve Sheehan Running 50 -11.654 5 45.088
7 33 55 Caine Cook Running 50 -11.658 0 44.841
8 18 54 Alex McCollum3 Running 50 -11.745 0 44.797
9 27 46 Jimmy Mullis Running 50 -11.915 0 44.750
10 1 25 Nick Ottinger Running 50 -12.252 27 44.758
11 23 10 Justin Bolton Running 50 -13.033 0 45.110
12 32 8 Michael Conti Running 50 -14.259 0 45.120
13 3 47 Jeremy R Allen Running 50 -15.562 0 45.093
14 5 2 Ray Alfalla Running 50 -16.369 0 44.699
15 19 41 Dylan Duval Running 50 -17.438 1 44.899
16 12 33 Michael Guest Running 50 -19.223 0 44.997
17 20 53 Ryan Michael Luza Running 50 -19.24 0 44.842
18 7 75 Phillip Diaz Running 50 -19.495 0 45.060
19 35 42 Bob Bryant Running 50 -20.198 0 45.112
20 21 21 Garrett Lowe Running 50 -21.143 1 44.811
21 22 24 Jake Nichols Running 50 -23.275 0 44.985
22 17 66 Jarl Teien Running 50 -23.756 0 44.895
23 8 16 Chris Overland Running 50 -24.125 0 44.972
24 4 32 Keegan Leahy Running 50 -24.635 1 45.089
25 36 4 Santiago Tirres Running 50 -25.313 0 45.119
26 25 18 Graham A. Bowlin Running 50 -25.519 0 44.732
27 10 14 Brandon Hayse Kettelle Running 50 -25.851 2 44.770
28 29 3 Blake Reynolds Running 50 -26.961 0 44.800
29 30 23 Casey Kirwan Running 50 -28.705 0 44.852
30 37 15 Michael Guariglia Running 50 -34.549 0 44.761
31 26 27 Corey Vincent Running 50 -34.778 0 44.816
32 38 5 Matt Bussa Running 50 -35.935 0 44.913
33 16 51 Malik Ray Running 50 -37.684 3 44.925
34 11 77 Ashton Crowder Running 50 -38.898 0 44.996
35 31 17 Kollin Keister Running 49 -1 L 9 44.834
36 14 9 Eric J. Smith Running 49 -1 L 0 44.861
37 34 36 Chris Shearburn Running 49 -1 L 0 44.898
38 24 6 Nathan Lyon Running 49 -1 L 0 45.063

 

The 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season officially starts on February 11 with another round at Daytona. The race will be streamed live on iRacing’s Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube channels at 9PM ET/6PM PT. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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