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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 8

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Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

Sure, The Virtual Frontstretch is a weekly collection of updates regarding the simulated racing world. But what happens when you take a virtual racing series and turn those drivers loose on a real track?  Monday Night Racing answered that question this past week with a go-kart endurance race at GoPro Motorplex on Wednesday night (April …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 7

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Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

With the Easter holiday upon the motorsports world, there’s not a lot happening this weekend in the real world. Some sim racing leagues are also taking off as well, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about this past week on iRacing, full of its share of short track racing on both the asphalt and …

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Scott McLaughlin Wins Virtual Sebring; Alex Palou, RC Enerson Sprint to 2nd

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(Photo: Justin Melillo via iRacing)

Scott McLaughlin pulled off a daring pass on Alex Palou late in Thursday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge finale at Sebring to take the lead, and eventually the win.  The victory was McLaughlin’s third in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge after wins at Barber Motorsports Park and Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year. He was also 2020’s champion in …

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eNASCAR Coca Cola iRacing Series: Bob Bryant Strikes Gold in Fontana for 1st Win

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Round Five of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series found the tour at the virtual Auto Club Speedway on Tuesday night (March 30). After a tense race at Atlanta Motor Speedway just two weeks ago, drivers returned to an intermediate track, this time a two-mile oval with a wornout surface and multiple grooves. After a tame …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: eNASCAR Issue 6

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Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It’s all about Atlanta Motor Speedway this week in this issue of The Virtual Frontstretch. All three of the leagues covered this week all went down to virtual Hampton, Georgia for three vastly different events. They weren’t the biggest races of the week, but they did provide drama and excitement in their respective communities.  The …

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Sage Karam’s Fuel Strategy Propels Him to Win in IndyCar iRacing Challenge at Homestead

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(Photo: Justin Melillo)

Sage Karam played the fuel strategy game perfectly, saving just enough to do burnouts after the IndyCar iRacing Challenge event at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 25. “We did it,” Karam said after the race. “That was crazy, literally saving from the beginning and we saved enough fuel to do donuts.” For much of …

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eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series: William Byron Claims Win at Virtual Bristol Dirt

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(Photo: NASCAR Media via Justin Melillo)

Wednesday night (March 24) marked the return of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series. After the successful run last year during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR and Fox decided to bring it back for another year with all of the Cup drivers for the 2021 season, plus a few special guests. While the world …

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Chicago Street Circuit Coming to iRacing and eNASCAR Pro Invitational

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A new street course based in Chicago, Ill. is coming to iRacing and the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series, NASCAR announced Wednesday, March 24. The Chicago Street Circuit, set in the Chicago Loop, will debut later this spring and host the league on June 2. The current configuration is about 2.2 miles long. Several groups, including …

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Timmy Hill to Race for Penske in Pro Invitational Series at Virtual Bristol Dirt

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Timmy Hill will race in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track after all, subbing for Austin Cindric in Team Penske’s No. 2 car, Hill tweeted March 24. Cindric, who was taking the place of Brad Keselowski in the event, suggested in a tweet early Wednesday morning that Hill …

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Entry List: eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at Bristol Dirt

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(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There are 38 drivers entered for Wednesday’s (March 24) eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. The series that first began last year during the pause in competition due to the COVID-19 outbreak returns in 2021 for 10 races. FOX will cover the first five events, while NBC …

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