Conti 10th, Davies 13th in eNASCAR iRacing Round at Kentucky

JR Motorsports | 7/11/2019

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An ill-timed caution and dirty air kept JRM's iRacing duo of Michael Conti and Brad Davies from challening for the win Tuesday night at Kentucky Speedway.

Track Specs: 1.5-mile oval / 135 laps

Conti’s start/finish: 14th/10th 

Davies’ start/finish: 2nd/13th

            

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 11, 2019) – Dirty air and an ill-timed caution flag spoiled a chance at better finishes for JR Motorsports drivers Michael Conti and Brad Davies on Tuesday night at the virtual Kentucky Speedway. Conti rallied for a 10th-place finish and Davies was 13th in Round 11 of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series on the 1.5-mile oval in horse country.

Conti, driving his No. 8 FilterTime Chevrolet out of the JRM stable, started 14th despite having much more raw speed in the car than at past races on 1.5-mile venues. As the race unfolded, Conti found that dirty air was a huge impediment to moving forward, saying the conditions were as bad as he had seen. The long runs were helpful to Conti, as he was able to put pressure on those ahead, but the young driver was unable to improve his track position. A late-race caution flag waved with 10 laps remaining bunched the field, and through two restarts, Conti was unable to advance farther and finished 10th.

Davies had much better results in qualifying, posting the second-fastest speed and putting his No. 88 Win Dale Jr.’s Ride Chevrolet Camaro on the outside of the front row. At the start, however, a lack of grip caused Davies to slide five spots over the initial 20 laps to seventh place. Davies gathered it up at that point and gapped the eighth-place car easily, but the dirty air conditions made it difficult to advance up the running order.

Short-pitting at lap 40, Davies was able to get away from a couple of the cars that were holding him up, but that advantage was short-lived. The first caution of the night waved at lap 46, and that allowed the cars that hadn’t stopped yet to come in for service. On the restart, Davies rode in 10th place and soon after the race went back to green, two cars in front of him got tangled up. Taking evasive action, Davies managed to miss the melee, but lost 10 spots in the exchange. That put him in the unenviable position of having to battle the dirty air again. He was 15th when the final caution waved with 10 to go. A second caution flag several laps later forced the first green-white-checkered situation of the season for the series, and Davies was able to pick off two rivals over the two-lap run to end in 13th spot.

Zach Novak was the winner, with Jimmy Mullis, Taylor Hurst, Christian Challiner and Blake Reynolds rounding out the top five.

Despite his top-10 finish, Novak’s victory dropped Conti one spot to sixth in the point standings, 13 points above the Playoff cut line. Davies remained in 10th place, 30 markers off eighth-place Nick Ottinger.

Next up for the JRM team is the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle at Pocono Raceway on July 23.

Michael Conti, driver No. 8 FilterTime JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“Tonight was tough on the No. 8 FilterTime crew. We worked extremely hard on the setup for Kentucky and our efforts definitely translated into much better race pace than we've had at other intermediate tracks this year. Like we see in real-racing, there are a lot of variables that come into play in the sim world as well. In qualifying, we took to the track at the mid-point of the session and laid down a solid lap. Unfortunately for us, the track cooled down after we completed our lap and a lot of other guys took advantage of that. Just bad luck is all that is - nothing we could do to foresee the track cooling down that much. From there, we faced an up-hill battle. Traffic and dirty air were killer tonight, so getting to the front from mid-pack was a tall order. On the long runs, we made up a lot of ground on those in front of us, but we could never overcome the hole we started in. While finishing 10th isn't what we hoped for, it was a solid night in the points. We still find ourselves inside the top eight in points, so our Playoff outlook is still looking good. Pocono in two weeks will be critical for us, though. We need to make up points on those ahead of, and behind us. I've won at Pocono in the past, albeit on a different surface and with a much different race car, but I'd still like to think I can get it done there this time around!”

Brad Davies, driver No. 88 Win Dale Jr.’s Ride JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“The progress we’ve made the past week or two on setups for the intermediate tracks has been huge. I think we’re finally headed in the right direction in that department. There is still work to be done on our short-run speed but after a few laps we’re right there with the fastest guys. We finished 13th tonight but we had a better car than that so I’m still really pleased with how the car drove. With our finish, we still maintain 10th in points but are about 30 points out of the eighth and final Playoff spot. There’s still a lot of racing left to do so we’ll keep digging because I’m confident that once we find that short-run speed, we’ll be in great shape to contend for wins and get back into the Playoff hunt. Pocono is in a couple of weeks and it’s one of my favorite tracks so we’ll be working hard to make sure we have good pace there.”

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