University of Maine at Machias’ Daniel Faulkingham scores eNASCAR College iRacing Series victory at Michigan

The second half to the 2023-24 eNASCAR College iRacing Series powered by NACE Starleague began with truck racing action from the Irish Hills of Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday night.

65 laps were scheduled for the top-40 collegiate level sim racers that qualified into the show, but a trio of eNASCAR Overtime attempts extended the race to 74 laps. On the final attempt, University of Maine at Machias’ Daniel Faulkingham was able to hold off a three-wide battle to the line to win his second race of the season over Sacramento State’s Dylan Ault and the defending series champion, Cal State Fullerton’s Logan Clampitt.

Clampitt led the field to the green alongside Michigan’s Matthew Zwack. Faulkingham, back in the third starting spot, quickly moved into the lead and held the top spot while positions shuffled behind. University of Iowa’s Steven Wilson worked his way up from the 16th starting spot to lead the second most laps, 20.

Last year’s event went caution-free in the Xfinity Series cars, but with the Craftsman Trucks allowing for more close proximity racing, cautions were plentiful through this year’s event, the race slowed seven times for 23 laps. At times, drivers took it three or four wide, sometimes even five, but often, those instances resulted in incidents.

As the laps wound down, the yellows flew more frequently. One late race spin setup for eNASCAR Overtime, and immediately on that first attempt, the field was frozen again for a restart incident. The second attempt got close, but Wilson wound up on the wrecker after a massive crash in the front shook up the standings. Faulkingham continued to maintain the lead through each attempt, but Clampitt got close on a few occasions.

The final attempt would see the race finish under green. Clampitt looked outside of Faulkingham while Ault looked low. Faulkingham had just enough momentum to hang on for his second win of the season. Two Michigan drivers, Sean Peleg and Zwack, rounded out the top-5.

eNASCAR College iRacing Series results from Michigan International Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

School

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

1339Daniel FaulkinghamMaine at Machias744339.359
2940Dylan AultSacramento State74-0.044039.297
3144Logan ClampittCal State Fullerton74-0.052639.375
42217Sean PelegMichigan74-0.220039.297
5218Matthew ZwackMichigan74-0.333239.351
6577James SciolyEastern Washington74-0.465039.444
7104Nate S StewartHopkinsville CC74-0.497339.174
82575Jose Solis JrManchester CC74-0.508039.380
973John ForbesSaddleback74-0.586039.436
10127Layne GravesWichita State74-0.612039.238
112827Elliot WhiteMaryland74-0.620039.385
12431Matthew L MortonOhio State Newark74-0.838039.379
13381Benjamin A. WhitePensacola State74-0.843039.474
14687Austin GreenERAU Daytona74-1.238039.524
15215Abraham E VelaSan Jacinto College74-1.302039.228
163722Joe M ArmstrongReynolds CC74-1.333039.286
171812Ar Muhammad AleefBall State74-1.443039.477
183513C.L. SmithAuburn74-1.502039.695
193124Alexander HeiderSt Johns River74-1.531039.399
203372Jeremy O. BurnsLongwood74-1.591039.568
212414Aaron Mulrooney JrKent State74-1.726039.352
223415Garrett VitonArizona State74-2.712039.602
231570Coleson PhelpsIowa State74-2.716039.428
242976Jason WalatDrexel University74-2.796039.778
253288Blake KinkennonColorado Springs74-4.201039.518
262030Daniel NanneyBall State74-4.452039.365
271137Charles WimbleyGuilford College74-7.220039.634
281771Douglas NewbiggingKing’s College73-1 L039.406
293625Jack A ClemonsVirginia Tech72-2 L039.647
301328Kaleb BryanMissouri S&T71-3 L039.940
31899Mario MerendaOklahoma70-4 L039.596
321610Steven WilsonUniversity of Iowa69-5 L2039.333
332734Andy TrupianoDetroit Mercy68-6 L039.417
342354Arron BrownEastern Shore CC65-9 L039.672
353086Zach SprouseGeorge Mason61-13 L039.553
361452Jack CoyneRensselaer Poly.61-13 L039.434
372600Kealoha HankinsUNC at Charlotte23-51 L039.873
381926Tyler GareyPalm Beach State11-63 L039.887

eNASCAR College iRacing Series racing will return next month, back in the NASCAR Xfinity cars, with the sixth round of the season from Darlington Raceway. Qualifying will run from January 31st to February 13th, and the main event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20th, live at 8 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com/live and across iRacing social media channels. 

The eNASCAR College iRacing Series Powered by NACE Starleague is supported by Coca-Cola, Logitech G, and DBOX. For more information on the series and how to compete, visit https://playfly.com/enascar-college-iracing-series/. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

About the Series: The eNASCAR College iRacing Series gives college students from the United States and Canada the opportunity to compete for their share of $60,000 in scholarships. Using machines from the NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, 40 drivers qualify for the event by registering here and posting their fastest lap times in a two-week Time Attack through the iRacing UI. With hundreds of colleges and universities represented in each Time Attack and only one representative per school, drivers are competing not only against the greater iRacing community, but also their own classmates, for a spot on the prestigious grid.