NASCAR Drive for Diversity racer and 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year candidate Rajah Caruth led 20 laps, including the final three, to claim the last win of the DBOX eNASCAR International iRacing Series powered by Digital Motorsports season on Tuesday night at Darlington Raceway. Caruth, whose real-world racing career started after finding success on iRacing, tracked down Jean-Philippe Bergeron in the closing laps to take the checkered flag, his second across three seasons of action for NASCAR’s global driver contingent, while fourth place finisher Treyten Lapcevich of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series claimed the championship after five races.
Caruth’s victory came after he and Lapcevich were the two last drivers to pit, electing to come in on Lap 46 from first and second while much of the field chose to pit halfway through the 70-lap race. Even without a caution, that gave him plenty of time to catch Bergeron, who had inherited the lead, on tires that were 10 laps fresher. Caruth made up a 14-second deficit to the lead in just over 20 laps, making the winning pass with three laps to go and putting two seconds on Bergeron before the checkered flag. Bergeron would remain second after leading 38 laps.
Lapcevich wrapped up the International season with a 13-point advantage over NASCAR Mexico Series driver Victor Barrales. The Canadian became the first driver in series history to win on both an oval and a road course when he took a home race victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in November, and also represented the series live on stage at the ADAC SimRacing Expo earlier this month when he drove to a third place finish at Daytona. When all was said and done, Lapcevich had four top-five finishes in five starts, and never finished worse than sixth in a race.
DBOX eNASCAR International iRacing Series powered by Digital Motorsports results from Darlington Raceway were as follows:
|3||5||21||Justin T Campbell||Chevrolet||70||-3.544||4||30.591||34|
|11||16||14||Alex de Alba||Ford||69||-1 L||0||30.207||26|
|12||15||148||Gordon Barnes||Chevrolet||69||-1 L||0||30.472||25|
|13||13||9||Arthur Gama||Chevrolet||69||-1 L||0||30.444||24|
|14||11||51||Jake Cosio||Ford||68||-2 L||0||30.307||23|
|15||10||18||Aaron Cosio||Ford||67||-3 L||0||30.598||22|
|16||14||75||Giancarlo Vecchi||Ford||67||-3 L||0||30.732||21|
|17||17||1||Andres Perez de Lara||Ford||16||-54 L||0||30.595||20|
DBOX eNASCAR International iRacing Series powered by Digital Motorsports points after five rounds are as follows:
- Treyten Lapcevich, 171
- Victor Barrales, 158
- Jean-Philippe Bergeron, 151
- Miguel Gomes, 148
- Ulysse Delsaux, 145
- Jake Cosio, 144
- Giorgio Maggi, 143
- Paul Jouffreau, 123
- Gordon Barnes, 123
- Alex de Alba, 121
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Images via Justin Melillo