William Byron gets an iRacing win at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

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 was really awesome."

Byron is an iRacing veteran, but his first win of the series came on Sunday. He finished in seventh place last week at virtual Texas Motor Speedway and did not finish the first race of the Pro Invitational at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway after crashing out.

John Hunter Nemechek and Timmy Hill finished in second and third place, respectively, at the Food City Showdown. Hill, who is also an experienced sim driver, won last week's iRacing event. Nemechek won his heat race to gain a front-row starting position, which was critical on the half-mile track.

After as many as seven cautions by lap 72, iRacing moved the field to single-file restarts. Twelve cautions were called throughout the race following a series of dramatic moments.

On lap 11 for example, Clint Bowyer and Bubba Wallace made contact running in the middle of the pack. Wallace wrecked out and decided not to return to race.


"I got Bubba'd," Bowyer told FOX Sports while serving as an in-race analyst for the network.

Wallace had a different reaction.

"That's why I don't take this s -- -- serious," Wallace said over his Twitch live stream.

Wallace then turned off his stream and exited the race.


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