Conti Earns Top-10 Finish, Davies Crashes Late in eNASCAR iRacing Tilt at Michigan

JR Motorsports | 8/8/2019

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An up and down night was the story Tuesday for JRM's iRacing duo of Michael Conti and Brad Davies at the 2-mile virtual Michigan International Speedway.

Track Specs: 2-mile D-shaped oval / 100 laps

Conti’s start/finish: 12th/7th 

Davies’ start/finish: 4th/32nd  

            

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2019) – JR Motorsports drivers Michael Conti and Brad Davies faced different struggles in Tuesday night’s eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series tussle on the virtual 2-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway.

Conti, driver of the No. 8 FilterTime Chevrolet for JRM, had to make up for a lack of testing time over the break between races, and Davies had to account for a lack of downforce in his No. 88 Win Dale Jr.’s Ride Chevrolet on the high-speed facility. Both drivers managed to overcome the early problems and be in position for solid finishes, but only Conti was able to make it pan out, finishing seventh in a hard-fought battle. Davies made the best of a bad situation, charging forward on the final restart with fresh tires, but a huge crash off Turn 2 coming to the checkered flag sealed his fate.

Conti started 12th after qualifying with a new setup forged in the final days of testing, but found himself running in the top 15 as the laps wound down. After a yellow flag slowed the action with seven laps remaining in the 100-lap event, Conti ducked to pit road for fresh tires and fuel. Restarting 12th, the young driver was on his way forward when leaders Chris Overland, Keegan Leahy and Jimmy Mullis tangled off Turn 2 coming to the checkered flag. Squeezing through a disappearing gap in the melee, Conti made up five spots over the final two corners to earn a seventh-place finish. It was a good result for the No. 8 team, as it propelled him to a 34-point cushion over the playoff cut line with just the next race at Bristol remaining before the postseason begins.

Davies had no troubles in qualifying, lining up fourth for the initial start after electing to go with a more trimmed-out setup that fostered pure speed. Early in the event, this played to Davies’ advantage as his No. 88 Camaro was a “rocket ship.” On the initial start, Davies moved forward and ended up leading 11 laps on the night. After 10 laps or so, however, the lack of grip and downforce made it difficult to hold on to positions and Davies faded into the pack to cars that could not match his speed but had a better handle. Once in dirty air, the handling woes compounded, and he fell through the field.

That put Davies on a strategy of hanging on and hoping for a late-race caution flag. He got it with seven laps remaining, and was in position to drive up the order when the accident among the leaders in Turn 2 ended his night in 32nd place. That left the Florida driver 14th in points, 57 points off the cut line with just one race remaining before the playoffs.

The regular-season finale remains for the JRM team at Bristol in Round 14 of the eNASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series on Aug. 20.

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

“Last week, I said that I hoped luck would be our side tonight, and when push came to shove, it was. Due to some personal commitments, I was unable to attend most of our team's testing for tonight, so first and foremost, I have to thank the guys for getting the car prepared and race-ready. We were a bit concerned with our car after a less than optimal practice race last night, but remained confident after making some gains on the car before the race began. Rolling off 12th, we aimed to get track position and keep it, knowing full and well that passing was going to be tough. Unfortunately, we quickly realized that our pace was still not where it needed to be. Luckily, we had plenty of opportunities to adjust the car under caution tonight; (crew chief) Hastings made some fantastic adjustments that kept us in the hunt. The caution that came out with seven to go really shook things up, and could've turned our solid night on its head, but fortunately for us, we had some luck and made it through the last-lap crash. While seventh isn't a win, it does put us in a comfortable spot going into the cutoff race at Bristol in two weeks. We still need to get this FilterTime car a victory and hopefully Bristol is where we can make that happen!”

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

“Coming into today’s race I actually felt pretty good about our chances, especially after qualifying fourth and getting to the lead early. Unfortunately, I think we underestimated the pace tonight and mistakenly ran a setup that simply didn’t have enough downforce built into it. It’s a tough pill to swallow especially when you see most everyone else had it figured out but all we can do is move on to the next race and learn from our mistakes. The next race is Bristol which is good and bad. The good part is, we won’t have to worry about trying to build a setup that is trimmed out there. We already know we’re going to need to focus on handling and handling only. The bad part is the simple fact that it can be so easy to get caught up in a wreck if you’re not careful. Nevertheless, we’ll pick up the pieces and go after it again at Bristol.”

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