The best in virtual stock car racing return to battle at the Magic Mile this Tuesday night as the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series roars to the virtual New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 12th round of the 2021 campaign.
The series is moving on from the second road course race of the season two weeks ago at Road America, where Mitchell deJong for 23XI became the first driver this season to be a repeat winner (COTA, Road America). He’ll need to bring some luck to the granite state however, as both of his wins are at road courses and all of his poles are at tracks 1.5 miles and greater. DeJong, although being a rookie this season in eNASCAR, is no stranger to the top step of virtual racing – he’s a veteran and 2018 champion of the iRacing Rallycross World Championship powered by Yokohama and has competed in the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series as well as the Porsche eSports Supercup.
Heading into the 12th round of the season, it’s deJong’s teammate who has the lead of the championship. Keegan Leahy, with one win at Homestead-Miami and a total of 275 points, leads the standings and is locked in to the playoffs. Steven Wilson, while currently winless this season, sits in second place only a mere seven points behind.
Current Points Standings (Top 15):
Current Playoff Grid:
*2nd in Points
New Hampshire has been a mainstay on the eNASCAR schedule since 2010 – being on the schedule every season except for 2015 and 2019. Michael Conti and Jimmy Mullis have both gotten back-to-back victories at the Magic Mile, with Conti winning in 2012 & 2013, and Mullis earning the last two victories at the virtual speedway in 2018 & 2020.
Past Winners at New Hampshire:
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series has only been to one other short track this season – Richmond Raceway for Round 6 of the campaign. Spacestation Gaming’s Vicente Salas captured the win (his first all-time) and is looking to capture that same fire on Tuesday night. With the series being majority intermediate to superspeedway tracks, this will be a shakeup to the drivers and could be the last opportunity for drivers struggling to earn good finishes to catapult themselves up the standings before the playoffs begin.
You can tune in to the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series from the virtual New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Tuesday night, July 13th, with Countdown to Green beginning at 8:30pm eastern time and race coverage beginning at 9:00pm eastern time. Broadcasts will be on iRacing’s Twitch and YouTube pages as well as NASCAR’s YouTube and eNASCAR.com.
iRacing’s Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/iracing iRacing’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPEcqkRG-kf2Vk6Rn_2WZSQ NASCAR’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOfficialNASCAR https://www.enascar.com/
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