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Dylan Duval in First Place at Right Time for eNCCiS Victory at Talladega

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For Dylan Duval, his nearly eight-year-long wait to get back to eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series victory lane is finally over.

Duval only led two laps at Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday night (May 7), but it was the last two laps on the way to his second career eNCCiS win. Duval’s first career win took place 2,842 days ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2016.

“It feels incredible,” an emotional Duval said during the Sunoco Post Race Report. “I can’t thank everyone enough who stuck with me through this journey all of these years.”

Tucker Minter escaped the streak of late crashes, cautions, and three overtimes to finish second, followed by Garrett Lowe in third. The Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Bobby Zalenski and Daniel Faulkingham placed fourth and fifth, respectively.  


Malik Ray led the field to green from the pole, and it did not take long for the action to pick up throughout the 40-car field. From lap one, drivers went three or four-wide to improve their track position, with several drivers taking their turn at the point. Meanwhile, Vicente Salas served a pass-through penalty at the start, stemming from a pit road violation two weeks ago at Dover.

Despite the aggressive racing and tight quarters in the pack, the first half of the race stayed caution-free. Nick Ottinger had a close call on lap 17, getting pushed out of the pack on the backstretch but saving his car from spinning or getting any damage. However, Ottinger, the 2020 eNCCiS champion, did go a lap down later in the race.

On lap 26, Casey Kirwan’s No. 77 Spire Chevrolet sustained significant damage while trying to make his way through the pack. The 2022 eNCCiS champion pulled down pit road under green for repairs, losing both the draft and the lead lap.

With 34 laps to go, the green-flag pit cycle commenced with four or five cars coming down for service. Some drivers took two tires, while others put on four fresh Goodyears. The green-flag pit sequence came and went without any incidents or penalties, though Timmy Holmes nearly wrecked entering pit road on lap 39.

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