Davies Second, Conti Sixth in Rapid eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Run at Dover

JR Motorsports | 4/30/2020

Brad Davies Dover iRacing Michael Conti News TrueTimber WR1 Sim Chassis

Brad Davies and Michael Conti both impressed Tuesday night as iRacing took to the virtual Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway.

Track Specs: 1-mile oval / 200 laps
Davies’ finish: 2nd 
Conti’s finish: 6th      

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 30, 2020) – In a race that featured just two caution periods, JR Motorsports teammates Brad Davies and Michael Conti had good speed and were near the front on Tuesday night at the virtual Dover International Speedway in the sixth race of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series. (Watch the full race.)

Davies finished second in his No. 88 TrueTimber® Camo Chevrolet and Conti was sixth in the No. 8 WR1 Sim Chassis Camaro for the JRM team.

Davies started the 200-lapper in 10th spot and rode there for the first stint, getting really good drive off the corners but battling a tight condition in the center. On the ensuing pit stop, crew chief Derek Wood made some adjustments designed to free the car up in the middle of the corner and put on four tires. Once back at speed, Davies was able to maintain position in the top 10 and the overall handle was better, but he could not close on the top five.

At lap 129, Davies and Wood hit the tricky pit road at Dover a few laps before the rest of the frontrunners and took tires and fuel on the TrueTimber Chevrolet in an effort to get to the front. At lap 144, the caution flag waved with Davies in the fifth position. Wood called his driver down pit road again and put a big swing on adjustments to free it up some more. It worked, as Davies restarted sixth and drove his way up to second in the remaining laps, chasing eventual winner Nick Ottinger when the checkered waved.

Conti started sixth in his No. 8 WR1 Sim Chassis Camaro, using a setup he drove to victory in 2018 at Dover. While he had good speed and stayed within the top seven most of the night, the New Jersey native fought tight-center, loose-off most of the distance. The handling issues meant that Conti’s tires did not last quite as long, and he was never able to push the issue.

Following the second—and last—caution flag of the night at lap 144, Conti was able to surge up the order to run third, but the tire wear eventually caught up and forced him to back off a bit. He faded back to sixth and finished the 200-lap event there.

Ottinger won the event over Davies, Dylan Duval, Ryan Luza and Keegan Leahy, with Conti close behind in sixth at the finish.

After six rounds of the eNCCiS, Conti remains sixth in points, 38 points behind the leader, and Davies jumped from 11th to seventh in the order after his runner-up finish, his best result of the young season. Both drivers are now inside the playoff field.

Next up for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is a race at the virtual Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 12, streaming at 9 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com and twitch.tv/iracing.

Brad Davies, driver No. 88 TrueTimber® Camo JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“Had we started the race a little freer, I think we would have had something for Nick at the end. We were the only car on track matching his lap times at the end of the race. We were just too tight to start the race and couldn’t make any headway towards the front in the early stages but we managed to get it mostly figured out by the end and we’ll certainly take second. Also, it was a great night in the points for JRM as our teammate Michael came in sixth. Really proud of the effort that went into the JRM cars this week and really thankful to have TrueTimber on board with us this year. Can’t wait to get to Charlotte in a couple weeks because I think we’ll really have something for them there.”

Michael Conti, driver No. 8 WR1 Sim Chassis JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“Going into tonight, I told myself that I'd be disappointed if we weren't competing for a spot in the top-five, So, I'm happy to say that we were in contention all night and up where I think we should've been. Early in testing, I found a lot of comfort in the setup we ran back in 2018, so Hastings (crew chief Brandon Hastings) and I solely focused on making that work. Ultimately, I think Brad and fellow Team Chevy driver Nick Ottinger definitely had the upper hand on us as far as pace was concerned. However, we learned a ton last night and have a lot of great notes to review over the coming days. The JRM cars were fast. The Camaros were fast. Even though we would've liked to finish better than sixth, it was a solid points night and puts us in a decent position going into this next stretch of intermediate tracks. Our No. 8 WR1 team is performing just as well, if not better, than we did at this same point last year, and I'm feeling pretty good about things. I'm excited to see how much ground Brad and I have made up in the standings the last several weeks. Brad's pace has been impressive this year so shout out to him! We'll go to Charlotte in two weeks' time gunning for another good run on our path to the playoffs.“



XFINITY Series Schedule

  • June 1 07:00 PM ET
    Cheddar’s 300 presented by AlscoBristol Motor Speedway
  • June 6 04:30 PM ET
    EchoPark 250Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • June 13 03:30 PM ET
    Homestead-1Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • June 14 12:00 PM ET
    Homestead-2Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • June 20 05:30 PM ET
    MoneyLion 300Talladega Superspeedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Alsco 300 at Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway | 5/25/2020
1Chase Briscoe2510
2Austin Cindric243-8
3Ross Chastain239-12
4Harrison Burton #234-17
5Noah Gragson232-19
6Justin Allgaier218-33
7Ryan Sieg192-59
8Brandon Jones186-65
10Michael Annett169-82