eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Championship 4 Confirmed as Wilson Wins at Homestead

Stewart-Haas eSports driver Steven Wilson entered the 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoffs as the winningest driver of the regular season, but he headed into Tuesday’s Championship 4 cutoff race at Homestead-Miami Speedway needing another victory to be sure of his chance to battle for the series’ $100,000 championship at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte later this month. Finishes of 10th at Bristol and 31st at Talladega had him on the outside of the cutoff looking in, needing to fight for one of the three remaining open spots after Bobby Zalenski and Joe Gibbs Racing punched their ticket with a win at Talladega.

But despite a number of late race cautions that extended the race into overtime, Wilson wouldn’t be denied. The dominant driver on the night, he qualified seventh, worked his way into the lead for the first time on Lap 22, and led a race-high 50 laps to earn the win and his first career Championship 4 berth. He hung on to beat Jim Beaver eSports’ Michael Guest and XSET’s Casey Kirwan, the polesitter and other top lap leader on the night with 36 laps out in front.

Kirwan’s back-to-back top-three finishes made him the clear-cut third Championship 4 driver, as each driver’s best two out of three scores in the playoff round were kept. But behind him, the fourth driver would be anyone’s guess. With a more than 50-lap green flag run from Lap 37 to Lap 93, drivers would be tasked with managing fuel mileage and tires to get to the closing laps. Back-to-back cautions, first for RFK Racing’s Parker Retzlaff and then for a multi-car wreck that collected playoff driver Garrett Lowe of Wood Brothers Racing, would send the race into overtime.

After the first overtime attempt went awry, the field would take the white flag on the second attempt to make the race official. While the leaders took the checkered flag unscathed, a massive wreck coming off of the final corner would collect much of the field, with JR Motorsports’ Michael Conti narrowly evading the mess as William Byron eSports’ Nick Ottinger, Charlotte Phoenix’s Graham Bowlin, Clint Bowyer Racing’s Femi Olatunbosun, and Matt Bussa of Kyle Long’s Mode Motorsports were among those caught in the carnage.

When all was said and done, Bowlin would survive the battle of attrition and secure the final playoff spot over Conti by three points thanks to his finishes of 11th at Bristol and fifth at Talladega. No playoff drivers aside from Wilson or Kirwan managed to take two top-10s on the round, and only five of them managed a top-five: the four who will be heading to Charlotte, and 23XI’s Mitchell deJong, who finished fourth at Homestead.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from Homestead-Miami Speedway were as follows:











1710Steven WilsonStewart Haas Racing1100.0005033.01640
2129Michael GuestJim Beaver eSports110-0.162033.01835
3195Casey KirwanXSET110-0.3803633.06934
43723Mitchell deJong23XI110-0.8121033.18933
5643Kollin KeisterCharlotte Phoenix110-0.913033.21932
6278Michael ContiJR Motorsports110-0.969033.18831
73551Ray AlfallaJoe Gibbs Racing110-1.241033.23130
8185Zack NovakRise eSports110-1.265033.19229
93336Brian MercurioLetarte Esports110-1.448033.21128
10441Dylan DuvalStewart Haas Racing110-2.111033.25727
111618Bobby ZalenskiJoe Gibbs Racing110-2.310633.03326
12579Femi OlatunbosunClint Bowyer Racing110-2.340033.25725
132055Allen BoesSpace Station Gaming110-2.352032.99824
143954Kyle PeddleSpace Station Gaming110-2.357033.35723
152669Collin BowdeneRacr110-2.426033.19522
16344Ryan LuzaXSET110-2.456033.19421
172146Jimmy MullisRise eSports110-2.609033.24420
182917Kaden HoneycuttRoush Fenway Keselowski110-2.645033.10819
19325Nick OttingerWilliam Byron eSports110-2.704033.36018
202340Dylan AultLetarte Esports110-2.732433.19017
21219Vicente SalasWilliams eSports110-2.790033.26516
22252Liam BrothertonElliot Sadler eSports110-2.785033.11215
231745Keegan Leahy23XI110-2.829033.24214
242816Blade WhittWood Brothers Racing110-2.891033.37213
251997Logan ClampittWilliam Byron eSports110-2.948033.19312
261448Graham A. BowlinCharlotte Phoenix110-2.958033.43611
271588Briar LaPraddJR Motorsports110-2.994033.16410
283621Garrett LoweWood Brothers Racing110-3.134033.3249
293131Garrett ManesElliot Sadler eSports110-3.513033.3678
302442Darik BourdeaueRacr110-3.766033.1757
31117Malik RayiRacing Motorsports110-4.125433.3186
321333Taylor HurstTeam Dillon Esports110-4.209033.2465
333224Cody ByusMode Motorsports110-4.387033.4424
342275Matt BussaMode Motorsports110-5.902033.2183
35920Donovan StraussWilliams eSports110-7.433033.2612
361015Blake ReynoldsJim Beaver eSports104-6L033.2881
373812Derek JustisiRacing Motorsports99-11L033.4301
3883Corey VincentTeam Dillon Esports99DNF033.2481
39306Parker RetzlaffRoush Fenway Keselowski91-19L033.2661
404014Nickolas SheltonClint Bowyer Racing12DNF033.4881


The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Championship 4 drivers are as follows:

  • Steven Wilson, Stewart-Haas eSports (4 wins, 8 top-5s, 11 top-10s)
  • Casey Kirwan, XSET (1 win, 7 top-5s, 11 top-10s)
  • Graham Bowlin, Charlotte Phoenix (1 win, 7 top-5s, 7 top-10s)
  • Bobby Zalenski, Joe Gibbs Racing (1 win, 4 top-5s, 7 top-10s)

The 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season concludes on October 25 from the virtual Phoenix Raceway, with the Championship 4 drivers traveling to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte to compete in a live finale. The eNASCAR broadcast team of Evan Posocco, Steve Letarte, and Alan Cavanna will be on hand to call the action, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. will present the all-new series championship trophy that bears his name to the champion. Broadcast coverage begins on Tuesday, October 25 at 8PM ET with an extended edition of Countdown to Green before the 9PM ET green flag. Live coverage of all the action can be seen at enascar.com/live.

For more information on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, visit www.enascar.com or www.iracing.com/enascar. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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