Davies Rallies for 7th, Conti 12th in Richmond eNASCAR Race

JR Motorsports | 4/11/2019

Brad Davies eNASCAR iRacing Michael Conti News Richmond

Brad Davies rallied for a top-10 finish while Michael Conti scored a top-15 effort Tuesday night in iRacing competition for JRM at Richmond Raceway.

Track Specs: .75-mile oval / 200 laps

Davies’ start/finish: 37th/7th

Conti’s start/finish: 8th/12th          

            

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 11, 2019) – Tuesday night’s eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series event at Richmond (Va.) Raceway offered a split-screen of sorts for the two-car JR Motorsports contingent, as Brad Davies rallied from shotgun on the field to earn a top-10 finish, his second of 2019, while Michael Conti got caught out by an untimely caution and some of the late-lap action that the .75-mile oval is known to provide. He finished 12th, his first finish outside the top 10 since the middle of last season.

Davies had a problem in qualifying and was not able to complete a lap, which relegated him to the inside of the last row for the start. Conti, on the other hand, worked quickly when the green flag waved and jumped to second place by the time the first caution flag waved on lap 22.

As the laps ticked off, Conti held serve at the top of the field and Davies was digging from the far reaches, eventually tagging the top 20 with a little more than 60 laps complete. On lap 69, however, Davies spun the tires off Turn 2 and wound up tangling with the No. 66 of Jarl Teien and the No. 3 of Michael Guariglia. The resulting spin added damage to Davies’ No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and forced the Florida driver to pit road.

After fixing the damage to the front and back of his machine and adding fuel, Davies returned to the track with a key bit of strategy already in hand. A long green-flag run commenced, and by the time the leaders began to hit pit road for fuel and tires, Davies still had about 25 laps left and stayed out. A caution flag came out for contact involving Casey Kirwan before Davies had to hit pit road again and he wound up restarting in 14th spot after changing four tires and getting a few adjustments.

Conti, meanwhile, was cruising. His car was good on both the short run and the longer, 30-40-lap stints, and he stayed in the lead serial much of the race. During a cycle of green-flag stops, where he was slated to come out third once the field had completed its service, Conti was caught out by the same caution that played into Davies’ strategy.

Conti had come down pit road with the rest of the leaders on lap 134, and Davies, stretching his fuel and tires as far as he dared, had the opportunity to pit under yellow from seventh spot. That put Conti in the mid-teens in the lineup, and he had to scramble to gain spots over the final run to the checkered flag. He made it to 12th by the time the checkered waved.

Davies, taking advantage of further adjustments from his crew chief, worked his way back to seventh by the time the checkered flag waved. Davies recorded his best finish of the season and his first top-10 finish since the season opener at Daytona back in February.

Ryan Luza won the event, his second straight victory in the series. Blake Reynolds was second, followed by Keegan Leahy, Brian Schoenburg and Logan Clampitt. Phillip Diaz headed the second five with Davies, Matt Bussa, Michael Guest and Malik Ray in the top 10.

Conti stayed third in the series points with his 12th-place run, and Davies’ top-10 run pushed him to a tie for 15th heading to Talladega on April 23. 

Brad Davies, driver No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“I was disappointed with our qualifying effort but knew our car was going to be fast in the race. I think that showed when we drove up towards the top 20 from 37th in the first 60 laps or so. Unfortunately, the right-front damage that we acquired set us back just a bit but with a little bit of strategy and great adjustments by Prather (crew chief John Prather) throughout the race, we were able to get back up into the top 10. I think if we could just get through an entire race without some sort of mishap, we’d really be in contention for some wins. At the same time, it was Richmond. The racing was incredibly close, door-to-door for most of the race. You have to expect some setbacks with short-track racing, it’s just the nature of the beast. In two weeks you’ll see even closer racing but on a much different scale at Talladega and with this new superspeedway aero-package, I’m not sure anyone knows what to expect.”

Michael Conti, driver No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“We had another awesome JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet at Richmond tonight. Ultimately, we finished 12th on the night, but there are a lot of positives to take away from the evening. Our pace was undeniable and arguably race-winning. Unfortunately, there are some things in racing, real and virtual, that you cannot control from the driver's seat and the timing of cautions is one of the those uncontrollable variables. With that being said, we sit third in points and have a comfortable 37-point gap to the cutoff, so we're pretty comfortable there. Next week is Talladega - it's going to be wild! That 37-point cushion may be used up. We’ll see.”

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