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Casey Kirwan Survives Wild 2 OT Finish to Win eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing at Michigan

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Before the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series dropped the green flag at virtual Michigan International Speedway, the broadcast team noted how the package made it similar to a superspeedway. The drafting and tight packs looked like it all night, but the expected chaos only materialized at the very end of the race. It took two overtimes …

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5 Points to Ponder: This Is Denny Hamlin’s Year — No, for Real This Time

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1. This is Denny Hamlin’s Best Chance Ever for a Championship, Right? Just when the NASCAR Cup Series appeared to be veering toward chaos thanks to back to back surprise victories by Cole Custer and Austin Dillon, Kansas Speedway marked a return to normalcy — albeit in a Thursday night affair with no fans in …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cole Custer Shakes Up Rookie, Playoff Races

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1. Cole Custer Pulls a “Where Did He Come From?” in More Ways Than One As Quicksilver said in The Avengers in his one truly memorable line, “bet you didn’t see that coming.” By that, I mean Cole Custer making his thrilling late charge to win his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. …

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5 Points to Ponder: What Will it Take to Get Pocono Right?

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1. Still Searching for Cup Series Excitement at Pocono Raceway Quite a few people, famous and otherwise, took to social media over the last week and a half to say they were giving NASCAR their first real shot heading into Talladega Superspeedway. Some of them might even have come back for more after the GEICO …

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5 Points to Ponder: Harvicking, Long, Hot Races and the Road Ahead

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ONE: Harvicking is Real It’s easy and completely justifiable to roll one’s eyes when FOX gets a little too into whatever their theme du jour is during a NASCAR Cup Series broadcast. This past Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the cringe in question was “Harvicking,” the idea that Kevin Harvick knows a line around the …

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Even With a Little Added Pressure, William Byron Stays Calm for Bristol iRacing Win

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Even though he’s just 22 years old, William Byron is in his third full-time NASCAR Cup Series season. He hasn’t made it to victory lane yet at the sport’s top level, and driving for Hendrick Motorsports, there’s going to be unavoidable pressure to remedy that if he doesn’t get that first win fairly soon. In …

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Rig Life: Will iRacing Grudges Carry Over to Real NASCAR Races?

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Maybe the best part of this unusual time when virtual racing is the only game in town is that on-track accidents are virtual too. When cars collide in iRacing, it doesn’t mean tangles of twisted metal with hard work and money down the tubes. More importantly, the racers are in no danger. That doesn’t mean, …

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eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Ryan Luza Goes Back to Back With Bristol Win

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As often happens at the physical Bristol Motor Speedway, there was carnage early and late in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at the Last Great Colosseum’s virtual counterpart. In-between, there was just enough of a long green flag run for Williams eSports’ Ryan Luza to make his way to the front, and once he …

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Where and When to Watch iRacing This Week: NASCAR, IndyCar and More

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While the racing world anxiously looks forward to a time when NASCAR, IndyCar and other series return to tracks everywhere, fans are slowly growing accustomed to the next best thing: iRacing. The incredibly realistic computer sim has been a source of entertainment and discussion over the past few weeks, helping to fill some of the …

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The Equalizer: Timmy Hill, Others Get Time to Shine in eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

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The first eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event featured a nail-biting dash to the checkered flag between two racers known to people well outside hardcore NASCAR fandom, Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. At the virtual Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, things were a little different. Yes, Dale Jr. was in the mix again, leading …

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Denny Hamlin on eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series Invitational: ‘If we got 5 new fans … it’s a success’

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With NASCAR currently paused due to the coronavirus outbreak, almost everything going on with the sport is unprecedented. That includes Sunday’s inaugural race in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, won in thrilling fashion by Denny Hamlin as he slipped by Dale Earnhardt Jr. to claim the checkered flag. By all accounts, it was well …

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Ryan Luza Owns Homestead Again, Becomes 3rd Different 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Winner

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When the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway, there’s a pretty good chance Ryan Luza will finish in the top five something he’s done every time he’s raced there. Sometimes he does even better, and Tuesday was one of those times. Luza made the night’s most important pass on lap 105, diving his …

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