Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR retirement is uncertain, but he's all-in on being an iRacing pro

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The NASCAR world celebrated the No. 48 driver's 20-year career Wednesday, but the old dog is still learning new tricks.

NASCAR deemed April 4, or 4/8, "Jimmie Johnson Day" in honor of the Hendrick Motorsports driver. But Johnson, who was set to retire from full-time racing after this season, didn't field many questions about his legacy during a...Read more

Texas Motor Speedway will not host its June IndyCar race if fans cannot attend

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Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said Thursday that the IndyCar race his track is scheduled to host the first weekend in June would only occur if fans were allowed to attend.

"At some point we have to make a decision, but it's not time yet," Gossage said. "We wouldn't consider running IndyCars without fans in the stands."

The ...Read more

Meet the man who's keeping NASCAR and live sports on your TV through the pandemic

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Coronavirus is hitting sports hard, but through the many event postponements, whispers of rescheduled dates and fan prayers, the virtual world is kicking into overdrive to fill the gap in live entertainment. iRacing is at the epicenter.

The sim racing game, which launched its first eSports series -- the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series -- in ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards headline NASCAR's Hall of Fame ballot

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On Tuesday, NASCAR announced the 15 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Class of 2021, which includes names such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards. All three former Cup Series drivers are all first-time nominees and join seven other individuals in their category.

In February, NASCAR announced the Hall of Fame ballot ...Read more

William Byron gets an iRacing win at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway

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William Byron won the third race of eNASCAR's Pro Invitational Series after clinching a pole starting position and leading 116 laps at the caution-filled short track race at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.

"It was just frustrating because we hadn't closed one yet and we'd led the most laps," Byron said. "So to finally close the deal this week ...Read more

Not everyone is happy about NASCAR's new iRacing format. Some Cup drivers are left out.

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Last week's virtual NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway drew 1.3 million viewers on Fox and FS1, according to Nielsen. The cable network began broadcasting live iRacing after the official NASCAR season was postponed over three weeks ago to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the sport's sanctioning body, the networks and the iRacing community, ...Read more

There's a lot of iRacing on television, but Sunday's race is still the one to watch

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NASCAR is expanding its iRacing presence beginning this weekend with Saturday's eNASCAR series for Truck, Xfinity and ARCA drivers. That will be followed by Sunday's marquee Pro Invitational race and a slew of other virtual races announced earlier this week.

Almost every day of the week, live racing will air on either Fox Sports or NBC Sports ...Read more

NASCAR's iRacing format brings excitement of virtual track to TV

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As he drove to Fox Sports' Charlotte studios Sunday morning, Jeff Gordon felt that familiar buzz of race day.

"I got excited when I woke up," the retired NASCAR legend and current television analyst said. "Knowing that I was going to get to go see a race, I was going to get to broadcast a race, be a part of it."

Not a real race, of course. Not...Read more

NASCAR pushes back NextGen car debut until 2022 due to delays caused by coronavirus

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NASCAR announced Thursday that it will delay the debut of its NextGen car to 2022. The car was originally set to be used by teams at the start of next season at the Daytona 500, but its release has been pushed back due to development delays as a result of COVID-19.

"The decision was made in collaboration with the OEMs and team owners," NASCAR ...Read more

How NASCAR drivers are spending their time off and fighting the spread of COVID-19

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NASCAR drivers like to go fast, but social distancing practices and North Carolina's stay-at-home order have forced them to slow down to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. For longtime Cup Series drivers, "time off" is an unprecedented concept.

"It's really like my first-ever offseason," Kyle Larson said. "I always stay busy racing, so ...Read more

Timmy Hill won NASCAR's second iRacing weekend. Here's what we learned.

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The names that dominated the leaderboard during Sunday's second eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race were ones casual fans probably wouldn't recognize. Rather than names like Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson (all of whom were entered), it was Timmy Hill, John Hunter Nemecheck, and Garrett Smithley who settled into the top 10 at...Read more

iRacing is coming to Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway isn't hosting its opening race weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. At least in real life.

But TMS will be featured as the virtual home track for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 125 is scheduled for noon on Sunday and will be broadcast on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and ...Read more

Ty Dillon sees the 'silver lining' in the coronavirus and a postponed NASCAR season

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Ty Dillon hadn't sat behind a simulator rig in 10 years until he prepared to compete in Sunday's iRacing event against NASCAR's stars. Despite Dillon's last-minute entry and scramble to find the proper equipment, the Cup Series driver finished 19th in a field of 35 drivers, proving his real-life driving skills carry over into the virtual world. ...Read more

Sports are about connection and NASCAR delivered that with its virtual race

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Sunday's virtual NASCAR race at Homestead-Miami Speedway wasn't about the racing. (That part was pretty much a wreck-fest.)

The iRacing event was about the fact that Mike Joy's voice described the weather conditions and turnout before the race, even if both were simulated and Joy sat six feet away from his FOX NASCAR co-host Jeff Gordon. It was...Read more

'An amazing alternative.' Auto racing turning to esports and racing virtually.

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NASCAR is going racing again. Well, virtually, at least.

With the sports world on pause amid the coronavirus pandemic, leagues such as NASCAR are finding new avenues to reach fans. Esports is a natural avenue given the current crisis that recommends social distancing, leading to NASCAR creating the iRacing Pro Invitational Series.

It's being ...Read more

Here's how you can still enjoy NASCAR and racing until the Cup Series comes back

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Live sports have gone dark in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, but that doesn't mean racing fans are lacking consumable content. NASCAR fans can still engage with the sport through a variety of media, including video games (as both players and viewers), podcasts and broadcast alternatives.

On Tuesday, for example, ...Read more

Earnhardt Jr. among drivers competing in iRacing, broadcast by FOX in place of real races

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Times are far from normal, but one thing bringing regularity to the sports world is the fact that there will be NASCAR drivers racing at Homestead-Miami this Sunday. The race will be virtual, but it will air on television and feature Cup Series drivers. In an effort to deliver racing content to viewers, Fox Sports announced Thursday that it will...Read more

NASCAR isn't coming back until May. Five more races have been postponed.

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Monday, NASCAR announced it is postponing five more races through May 3 in accordance with recent CDC guidelines for containing novel coronavirus. NASCAR said it plans to return to racing at Martinsville on May 9.

"The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority," NASCAR said in a ...Read more

iRacing can be a temporary substitute for NASCAR, but the viewing experience needs work

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Drivers never entered their cars Sunday, but the virtual race at Atlanta Motor Speedway still allowed the NASCAR community to get their racing fix for the weekend. Former and current Cup Series drivers -- including Dale Earnhardt Jr., William Byron, Alex Bowman and Bubba Wallace -- participated in a 37-driver field on the 1.5 mile-track, ...Read more

NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway 'still scheduled' despite Fort Worth's state of emergency

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway isn't ready to postpone its opening race weekend yet amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Track president Eddie Gossage said on Friday night that the NASCAR races from March 26-29 are still scheduled even after Forth Worth Mayor Betsy Price declared a state of emergency earlier Friday.

Price issued a ...Read more