It’s race number four for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series from virtual Richmond and the Toyota Owners 150.
Thirty NASCAR Cup Series drivers will compete in 150 laps around the three quarters of a mile short track for bragging rights. So far this season there have been three different drivers in the previous three races.
In the qualifying race early Sunday morning Bobby Labonte wins the race with Landon Cassill coming in second; Daniel Suarez, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Corey Lajoie round out the top five.
This week there are no resets, the drivers will have to run the race with any accident damage they get.
The races are virtual but the traditions are not, each racing event begins with the prayer and national anthem before the command to start the engines. There’s even a virtual flyover after the anthem.
After qualifying Ryan Preece won the pole with Landon Cassill starting alongsside on the front row.
Christopher Bell and Clint Bowyer are starting from the back of the field after Bell had issues with his racing rig and Bowyer missed qualifying due to a personal issue.
Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Landon Cassill for the lead.After the first 10 laps, the leaders are single file with Ryan Preece leading the way; William Byron, Timmy Hill, Landon Cassill, and Dale Ernhardt Jr round out the top five. Byron and Hill were the winners of the last two races. Homestead-Miami winner Denny Hamlin is in tenth place.
The first caution flag of the race comes out when Chris Buescher has an issue with his car and makes contact with Kevin Harvick. The steering came disconnected on Buescher’s simulartor rig.
Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 but the caution flag comes out quickly when Ross Chastain and Alex Bowman make contact and get into the wall. Bubba Wallace and Clint Bowyer make contact causing damage to Bowyer’s car.
While there are no resets, the drivers can come into their pit stall and make repairs. Like the real NASCAR, there are mandatory repairs and optional repairs.
Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 40 and holds on to his lead but the caution comes out right away when Kurt Busch gets turned around making contact with Joey Logano. Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon were also involved in the wreck.
Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 and holds on to his lead. Preece has led every lap so far. Timmy Hill has moved into second putting William Byron back to third with Dale Earnhardt Jr in fourth and Brad Keselowski in fifth.
Lap 60, Clint Bowyer reports that his engine has expired.
Lap 61, William Byron gets around Ryan Preece to take the lead for the first lead change of the race.
Halfway, William Byron leads the race; Ryan Preece has dropped to fourth. The top five are William Byron, Timmy Hill, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, and Dale Earnhardt Jr with 24 cars on the lead lap.
Clint Bowyer has joined Jeff Gordon and Mike Joy as commentators for the race after his engine blew up.
Ryan Preece spins out bringing out the caution flag after falling through the field after losing the lead to William Byron.
On pit road, Brad Keselowski gets rear ended in his pit box.
William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with 48 laps remaining in the race. Byron holds on to his lead with Parker Kligerman in second; Timmy Hill Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.
The caution flag comes out with 36 laps remaining in the race. Matt Dibenedetto and Ryan Preece make contact…twice. After being warned by iRacing, Matt DiBenedetto has been parked.
William Byron, Christopher Bell, Parker Kligerman, and Erik Jones stay out on the track.
iRacing rookie Kevin Harvick is sitting on pit road waiting for repairs; while waiting, he is eating his lunch.
William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with 29 laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead as drivers get three wide across the track.
Garrett Smithley goes around after making contact with Daniel Suarez but the track stays green.
With 15 laps remaining in the race William Byron is in the lead with Erik Jones, Timmy Hill, Parker Kligerman, and Christopher Bell rounding out the top five.
Ten to go, William Byron has a one second lead on Timmy Hill; Parker Kligerman, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones round out the top five.
The caution flag comes out with only four laps remaining in the race when Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick get into a wreck that collects a number of other drivers including one driver flipping his car.
With less than five laps remaining in the race, the finish will be an overtime finish.
William Byron leads the race with Timmy Hill in second – a repeat of Texas where Hill pushed Byron out of the way to win the race. Could there be a repeat of that finish today???
William Byron brings the field down for the overtime restart and gets out in front for the lead.
William Byron takes the white flag with Timmy Hill on his bumper but William Byron takes the win to become the first multi win driver in the Pro Invitational Series.
Next week it’s on to Talladega!