JRM iRacing Teams Caught in eNASCAR Tornado at Kansas

JR Motorsports | 5/9/2019

Brad Davies eNASCAR FilterTime iRacing Kansas Michael Conti News The Dale Jr. Foundation Win Dale Jr.’s Ride

Promising starts ended in disappointment Tuesday night for JRM's iRacing duo of Mike Conti and Brad Davies at Kansas Speedway.

Track Specs: 1.5-mile oval / 134 laps

Davies’ start/finish: 17th/15th

Conti’s start/finish: 9th/24th          

            

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 9, 2019) – Tuesday night’s eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series event at Kansas Speedway offered some hope to the JR Motorsports duo of Brad Davies and Michael Conti, but those hopes did not materialize the way either driver wanted them to in the 134-lap race on the 1.5-mile speedplant.

Michael Conti, in his first race with sponsor FilterTime on his No. 8 Chevrolet, started ninth and had advanced to the top five in short order before being caught up in a crash. Davies, with Win Dale Jr.’s Ride on his No. 88 Camaro for the first time, dug an early strategy hole and spent the remainder of the event getting it fixed.

For Davies, just getting to lap 20 was a major milestone, as three quick yellow-flag periods stalled the early going, and two of them very nearly swept Davies’ No. 88 Win Dale Jr.’s Ride Chevrolet up in them. Given the slow pace, Davies elected to stay out for track position after starting 17th, but as fate would have it, the race went green the rest of the way and lack of fresh tires meant that Davies was at a disadvantage.

He slid back as the laps ticked off, running around 30th place until it was time for green-flag stops. Once he reported to pit lane for tires and fuel, Davies was able to put the hammer down and gain positions, even leading a lap as the rest of the field cycled through. By the end of the second stint, he was 20th. As the laps ticked down, Davies continued his climb and was locked in a heated battle with Jake Nichols for 14th place when the checkered flag waved. He eventually crossed the line in 15th position, ending a streak of two straight top-10 finishes.

Conti started the race on the inside of the fifth row and decided to pit for tires and fuel on the second of the three early caution periods. That put him 11th when the green waved again, but any forward progress ended when his FilterTime Chevrolet was swept up in the third caution.

Eric Smith grazed the wall off Turn 4 and bounded into the side of Bobby Zalenski’s No. 18 machine down the front straightaway. Both cars bounced into the right side of Conti’s machine, doing heavy damage to Conti’s Chevrolet. After pitting for repairs, Conti raced the remainder of the event at the rear of the field, but used strategy to bolt up to 24th by the finish. It was the second straight race in which Conti had been the victim of a mess not of his making, and his advantage above the cut line shrank to just three points heading to Charlotte in two weeks.

Conti slid to seventh in the points, with a slim margin above the cut. Davies stayed 12th in points, and is 22 points off the cut line after seven races.

Zach Novak won the race, leading 81 laps. Garrett Lowe was second, followed by Blake Reynolds, Michael Guest and Talladega winner Nick Ottinger.

Brad Davies, driver No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“The goal tonight was to stay out of trouble knowing how chaotic everything would be on the start and restarts. We accomplished that, but we did make the mistake of staying out early in the race on older tires to try to gain track position. Once we got on equal tires with everyone, we were equaling the leaders’ pace. In fact, the last 10 to 15 laps of each run, we were consistently out-pacing the leaders. The No. 88 Win Dale Jr’s Ride Chevy was certainly hooked up on old tires tonight.  I just wish we had the track position early on to be able to show it. Overall, I was very happy with the car’s performance and very proud to have The Dale Jr. Foundation on board with us. I’ll be eager to get back at it again in two weeks because I think a lot of what we learned on the setup will transfer to the 1.5 mile oval in Charlotte.”

 Michael Conti, driver No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“Tonight's result was really unfortunate for all of the guys on our No. 8 FilterTime Chevy. We put a lot of effort into this race and 24th definitely isn't indicative of all we did to prepare for tonight. The race was wild early on and felt similar to our last race at Talladega. When you're in the middle of the pack and everyone is driving super-aggressive early on, chaos is bound to ensue. Sometimes you're the bat and sometimes you're the ball. We were the ball tonight. Overall though, we did have a lot of speed, so that gives us some hope going into our next race at Charlotte. Entering the race only three points above the Playoff cutoff line, a solid finish will really do us wonders in securing our spot in the eNPAiS post-season. Thanks to Blake [Koch], Dale, and everyone else who put this deal together to showcase FilterTime on the car this week! We had so much support on Twitter and I'm proud to say that we got a lot more eyes on the company over the last two weeks—that was our goal and we were successful in achieving it.”

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