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eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Keegan Leahy Claims Victory at Virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday night (June 30). In the end, Denny Hamlin eSports driver Keegan Leahy kissed the virtual bricks and won his second race of the 2020 season.

Leahy used a strategic pit stop to ensure fresher tires toward the end of the race. He pitted on lap 52, about five laps after Ray Alfalla did, and late in the race caught up to Alfalla and pass him for the lead.

”That was crazy,” Leahy said after the race. “What an amazing car, first of all. What a pleasure to drive … honestly I don’t want to leave. I’m beat, you can probably tell I’m a little bit sweaty. This wheel is awesome, this saved me so many times during the race, and I don’t think I would’ve won without it.

“There was some really crazy battles there all through the whole race. Chris Shearburn, who I knew was going to be my main competition — probably the whole night, I called it by lap one — because I knew we had a really strong car and we worked together on setup this week. He did a great job, specifically him, putting this thing together for race trim, and it was great.”

Alfalla also incurred some damage after he hit the wall, which probably caused his car to become a bit slower in those final laps. He still was able to finish third behind Leahy and Shearburn. Garrett Lowe was fourth and polesitter Michael Conti rounded out the top five.

Williams eSports driver Ryan Luza was sixth, while All-Star Race winner Graham Bowlin ended in seventh. Leahy’s Denny Hamlin eSports teammate Casey Kirwan was eighth, Bobby Zalenski ended in ninth and Nick Ottinger completed the top 10.

There was just one caution period for a lap 18 incident involving Brandon Kettelle, Matt Bussa and Jeremy Allen. All three slid into each other and into the grass. However, the caution flag didn’t wave until they slid back on the track, blocking traffic.

The next eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET. You can view it on eNASCAR.com/live and on NASCAR’s YouTube page.

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