Dylan Duval breaks eight-year drought with eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series win at Talladega

Nearly eight years ago, Dylan Duval scored his maiden eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2016. It took longer than he would have hoped, but on Tuesday night, Duval broke back into the virtual winner’s circle after triple eNASCAR Overtime ended under caution at Talladega Superspeedway. The win not only marked Duval’s second career victory, but also comes as Nitro Circus Sim Racing’s first win as an official eNASCAR team in just their seventh event.

On the final restart, Duval lined up on the outside of the front row, alongside RFK Racing’s Collin Bowden on the bottom. As the field rounded Turn 2, as it played out in the previous three cautions, the field fell apart, triggering a race-ending caution flag. Bowden was sent spinning in the fracas, while Duval was sent up into the outside wall. William Byron eSports’ Tucker Minter and BS+COMPETITION’s Garrett Lowe both got alongside Duval as the field wrecked behind. While both Minter and Lowe passed Duval, scoring at the time of the caution determined Duval remained ahead of them both.

“Man, it’s been a long time coming,” Duval said post-race. “Last year was a huge confidence boost for me. I felt like I could have, and maybe should have, won a couple of races last year, and it just didn’t happen. I’m happy that we were able to turn it around and win tonight. I don’t know if this puts us in the top 20, but it sure helps. I feel like I called my shot this week… Well, damn right, we did it.”

The victory does place Duval above the cut line, which makes his first victory in 2,841 days currently count for a spot in the 2024 eNASCAR Playoffs. He’s only eight points ahead of another winner on the season, Spire Motorsports’ Malik Ray, in 21st. To utilize a win towards playoff contention, drivers must finish the regular season above 20th. Duval is also the sixth different winner in seven races, so should there be more than 10 winners, he’d have to be ahead of a couple of them to also take a place in this year’s fight for the title.

Duval started in the 24th position, but if there was one constant through the night at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, it didn’t matter where you ran up until the very end. Malik Ray scored his first career pole position, but by the end of the first lap, he fell to seventh. The pack was volatile, with the running order in constant flux. As a result, a single-race record number of drivers led at least one lap, a total of 24 drivers. There were even a few drivers that made their way to the front of the field, but were unable to lead the lap. Virtual chess at 200 miles per hour.

The event went caution-free for the first 58 laps, which included a round of green flag pit stops around halfway in the scheduled 70-lap contest. Once the yellow rag came out, it didn’t stop. Treacherous Turn 2 turned into the hot spot for incidents, with the deck shuffling after every demolition derby. Ahead of the fray was Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Faulkingham, who led right up until the final restart. Bowden and Duval both managed to sneak by before the second-to-last caution set the field up for a final attempt.

The third and final attempt at eNASCAR Overtime was not a guarantee that the race would finish under green flag conditions. Sure enough, the field exploded one final time on the backstretch, involving Bowden and many more. Duval was barely ahead when scoring was taken for the caution, and after a lap and a half of pacing under yellow, Duval crossed the line for his first win of the year.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Race 7 at Talladega Superspeedway results were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Team

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

12441Dylan DuvalNitro Circus Sim Racing800.000247.68840
22897Tucker MinterWilliam Byron eSports80-0.145047.40435
32689Garrett LoweBS+COMPETITION80-0.456047.51634
42718Bobby ZalenskiJoe Gibbs Racing80-0.713047.99533
52954Daniel FaulkinghamJoe Gibbs Racing80-0.8501448.29032
617Malik RaySpire Motorsports80-1.415648.04731
7529Jimmy MullisKevin Harvick Inc.80-1.608247.66830
83645Michael Guest23XI80-1.834047.98429
9466Kollin KeisterKanaan Esports80-2.269147.94728
103211Vicente SalasKanaan Esports80-2.900047.10827
113769Ray AlfallaeRacr80-3.224147.81626
12358Kaden HoneycuttJR Motorsports80-3.519047.34225
131453Parker WhiteWilliams Esports80-4.112448.38524
141880Ryan LuzaM8080-5.062048.25023
151790Jordy LopezBS+COMPETITION80-5.310048.09922
16193Jonathon DulaneyTeam Dillon Esports80-6.047148.04621
173112Garrett ManesfgrAccel eRacing80-6.515148.18820
1876Timothy HolmesRFK Racing80-7.282148.46319
192042Tyler GareyeRacr80-7.635147.88218
202133Taylor HurstTeam Dillon Esports80-8.717048.11417
21920Wyatt TinsleyQuikTrip Pioneers Gaming80-9.056248.08616
22399Matthew ZwackNitro Circus Sim Racing80-9.873248.25515
231625Nick OttingerWilliam Byron eSports80-10.559048.36414
241088Briar LaPraddJR Motorsports80-10.963347.38113
252262Matt BussaKevin Harvick Inc.80-11.267048.12812
262348Graham A. BowlinQuikTrip Pioneers Gaming80-11.792748.08611
273010Steven WilsonM8080-12.3491448.26810
283317Collin BowdenRFK Racing80-12.555647.3539
29638Michael Cosey JrFront Row Motorsports80-13.098347.2368
303422Femi OlatunbosunOXYGEN Esports80-13.777248.1397
311136Quami ScottLetarte eSports80-14.269147.5076
321240Dylan AultLetarte eSports80-14.660048.3175
33827Cody ByusPittsburgh Knights80-14.962048.4144
342514Seth DeMerchantfgrAccel eRacing79-1L048.1683
353951Donovan StraussWilliams Esports77-3L048.3232
36155Zack NovakOXYGEN Esports76-4L248.1881
371377Casey KirwanSpire Motorsports74-6L248.3511
383834Darik BourdeauFront Row Motorsports69-11L047.9521
39223Keegan Leahy23XI63-17L148.1431
404055Ryan DoucettePittsburgh Knights57-23L148.0131

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Driver’s Standings through Round 7 are as follows:

  1. Steven Wilson, 204 (2 WINS)
  2. Vicente Salas, 198
  3. Nick Ottinger, 194
  4. Parker White, 183
  5. Bobby Zalenski, 181 (1 WIN)
  6. Tucker Minter, 177
  7. Casey Kirwan, 177
  8. Kaden Honeycutt, 160
  9. Donovan Strauss, 151
  10. Jimmy Mullis, 149
    T-18. Wyatt Tinsley, 135 (1 WIN)
    T-18. Dylan Duval, 135 (1 WIN)

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Segment 2 Standings through Segment Race 3 are as follows:

  1. Bobby Zalenski, 109
  2. Tucker Minter, 107
  3. Vicente Salas, 93
  4. Parker White, 92
  5. Steven Wilson, 86
  6. Jordy Lopez, 83
  7. Nick Ottinger, 78
  8. Dylan Duval, 75
  9. Ryan Luza, 74
  10. Daniel Faulkingham, 70

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Team Standings through Round 7 are as follows:

  1. William Byron eSports (#25/#97), 371
  2. Kanaan Esports (#11/#66), 341
  3. Spire Motorsports (#7/#77), 338
  4. Williams Esports (#51/#53), 334
  5. Joe Gibbs Racing (#18/#54), 326

Talladega marked the final superspeedway-style event for 2024. From here on out, the series will visit a multitude of intermediates, such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway later this month.

M80’s Steven Wilson didn’t have the result he had hoped for, even after tying for leading the most laps at 14. Regardless, he maintains the overall points lead over Kanaan Esports’ Vicente Salas by six points. Salas, who spent most of the race lapped after serving a pit road start penalty due to a pit road infraction at Dover, made his way back to finish 10th.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Bobby Zalenski wound up finishing fifth to keep his Segment 2 lead heading to Charlotte, but just barely. Minter, who is second in the segment points, is only two points behind after knocking off yet another podium finish. He was victorious at Charlotte last season, so the remaining two races there and at Darlington could be pivotal to a possible segment victory. Minter’s recent successes, along with teammate Nick Ottinger’s consistent pace, places the William Byron eSports outfit on top of the team standings halfway through the 2024 regular season.

The 40 top-rated eNASCAR drivers will return in two weeks for the eighth race of the 2024 season at Charlotte. A week after that, the series will visit Darlington to conclude the month of May, along with Segment 2.

Tune in on Tuesday, May 21st, at 7:30 p.m. ET for the Countdown to Green. Race coverage at Charlotte begins at 8 p.m. ET at eNASCAR.com/live and across iRacing social media channels.

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