eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Coverage Resources and News & Notes - Virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway

Friday, May 08 105

eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

Next Race: North Wilkesboro 160

The Place: Virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 9

The Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: FOX (where available and subject to change), FS1 and FOX Sports App

Distance: 160 laps

 

Friday Night Thunder

The Place: Virtual Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Friday, May 8

The Time: 8 p.m. ET

Online: enascar.com/live, NASCAR’s YouTube Channel

Distance: Four heat races – 10 laps each; one LCQ – 15 laps; Main Event – 125 laps

 

 

Wrapping up the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at North Wilkesboro

With one more weekend until NASCAR returns to the real track, drivers and fans are continuing to turn to the virtual world of iRacing to see some of the best racing competition around.

 

This weekend’s race at the historic virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway wraps up the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series as the NASCAR Cup Series returns to action on May 17 at Darlington Raceway.

 

NASCAR, iRacing and FOX Sports teamed up to deliver the first-ever eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event, the Dixie Vodka 150, at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway after all national pro sports were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic several weeks back. The event produced a wild finish that saw Denny Hamlin just barely beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the line. Fans responded with an overwhelming reaction setting records in eSports viewership, and as a result FOX Sports committed to covering the remainder of the eNASCAR iRacing season.

 

The second eNASCAR iRacing event took place at virtual Texas Motor Speedway and again was a success with the fans. Longtime iRacing veteran and rising NASCAR star Timmy Hill won the race with an aggressive move on William Byron to take the win.

 

The third race of the Pro Invitational Series was at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where iRacing veteran William Byron showed off his talents dominating the event and taking the checkered flag. Next, the series went to virtual Richmond Raceway, where Byron once again took the checkered flag and won back-to-back races. The virtual race at Talladega Superspeedway was won by Alex Bowman and last weekend’s race at virtual Dover International Speedway was won by Byron. In total Byron leads the series with three wins.

 

This Saturday, May 9, the series heads to virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway for the series finale the North Wilkesboro 160 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX (where available and subject to change), FS1 and the FOX Sports app.

 

History of North Wilkesboro Speedway

North Wilkesboro Speedway in Wilkes County, North Carolina, has a wide and renowned history in NASCAR dating back to 1949. The last time the venue hosted a NASCAR national series race was in 1996 when NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Cup Series event before the track closed.

 

The .625-mile short track was built in 1946 and became a North Carolina racing staple while hosting 93 NASCAR Cup Series races. The inaugural race, the 1949 Wilkes 200 on October 16, was won by Bob Flock. The track was known for being one of the fastest short-tracks in racing and in the 1950’s speeds reached up to 73 mph.

 

The track’s unique layout featured an uphill backstretch and downhill frontstretch with 14 degrees of banking in the turns and three degrees of banking on the straightaways.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty led the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at North Wilkesboro Speedway with 15 victories. NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip led the series in poles at North Wilkesboro Speedway with nine.

 

Last December, Dale Earnhardt Jr. led a group of drivers and NASCAR broadcasters in an effort to clean the track surface at North Wilkesboro Speedway. The cleaning allowed iRacing to scan and map the historic venue.

 

Among those that helped Earnhardt clean the speedway were Speedway Motorsports Inc. president Marcus Smith, iRacing executive vice president and executive producer Steve Myers, NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Myatt Snider, NBC Sports’ Rick Allen and Marty Snider, William Byron’s spotter Tab Boyd, and Austin Dillon’s spotter Andy Houston.

 

This weekend will mark the debut of North Wilkesboro Speedway virtually and will feature 28 drivers, including Earnhardt.

 

Aric Almirola’s Mother’s Day iRacing paint scheme

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, Aric Almirola will run a paint scheme that his wife Janice colored using the Stewart-Haas Racing coloring sheets. Janice was coloring with their children a few weeks ago when she told Aric that her coloring page would be a cool paint scheme. So as a surprise, Aric requested that Smithfield and his team run her paint scheme on Mother’s Day weekend. When the No. 10 Ford hits the track on Saturday for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series North Wilkesboro 160 at virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway (3 p.m. ET on FOX, FS1, FOX Sports App), Janice’s blue and pink paint scheme with “Happy Mother’s Day” on the front will be seen by everyone watching. You can check out Aric’s video here.

 

Friday Night Thunder at virtual Martinsville Speedway

With such a big response from competitors to join the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, NASCAR and iRacing introduced Saturday Night Thunder in the beginning of April to allow drivers from all series to compete on the platform during the real-time racing postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend the event returns, but this time the action will take place on Friday night, at virtual Martinsville Speedway.

 

The Friday Night Thunder entry list includes drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. 

 

There will be single-car qualifying to set the heat race grids. From there, the format will feature four 10-lap heat races to set the first 24 spots for the main feature.

 

Then, there will be one 15-lap last chance qualifier to fill out the six remaining spots in the 30-car field.

 

The event will be live streamed at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, May 8, on enascar.com/live, and on NASCAR’s YouTube channel.

 

The main event will be a 125-lap feature that will allow for one reset, with manual cautions and three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish.

 

The format will be as follows (all times ET):

 

7 p.m.: One-hour practice session

8 p.m.: Stream starts on eNASCAR.com/NASCAR YouTube Channel

8:05 p.m.: Three-minute, two-lap single-car qualifying session. Sets the starting grid for the heats.

8:08 p.m.:   

  • Heat 1 starts. All heats will be 10 laps with no cautions and one reset. There will be four heats and 26 cars will advance.
  • Heats will set the starting grid for main race with a field of 26 cars.
  • Heats will be followed by a 15-lap last chance qualifier with six drivers advancing to the main event (30-car field).
  • Main event will be 125 laps with manual cautions and one reset. There will also be three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish.

 

Saturday’s run of show and race format 

Saturday’s North Wilkesboro 160 will wrap up the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series as NASCAR is set to resume racing next weekend at Darlington Raceway. This weekend’s iRacing event will feature a two-lap, single-car qualifying session with the top 10 inverted to set the grid for the main feature event.

 

The main race will be a total of 160 laps with double-file restarts and lapped cars will go to the rear. There will be three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, if necessary. The field will consist of a 28-driver entry list. The top-three finishers from Dover (William Byron, Christopher Bell and Timmy Hill) will be relegated to the back of the starting lineup and will not make a qualifying attempt.

 

Drivers will be allowed one reset this week at virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway with manual cautions. If a car is damaged, drivers must drive back to their pit stall and come to a complete stop. This will automatically apply the fast repair and give the driver a new car.

 

The below times are approximate and subject to change:

2 p.m. – Practice session goes live

2:50 p.m. – Qualifying (Two laps, single-car with top 10 inverted)

3:00 p.m. – FOX, FS1, FOX Sports App broadcast begins

3:13 p.m. – Green flag (160 laps)

 

 

Statistical Notes

A wide range of drivers with various experience at North Wilkesboro Speedway and in iRacing will be contending in this Saturday’s North Wilkesboro 160 in the seventh race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series (3 p.m. ET on FOX – where available and subject to change, FS1 and the FOX Sports app).

 

Below is a list of anticipated participants (listed numerically), their statistics, and career highlights. Please note, the participant list is subject to change.

 

Note on iRacing stats below:

The stats are cumulative lifetime stats for each driver in public oval events in stock car disciplines (ranging from top-level Cup cars to Legends) on iRacing. It doesn’t include stats from private leagues. Statistics for drivers who have starts in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series include those races run.

 

Entered Drivers (Listed in numerical order):

Austin Dillon – iRacing #3

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Won the 2018 Daytona 500
  • 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion
  • 2012 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • 2011 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion
  • 2010 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 6 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 27th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 29th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 15th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 28th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 24th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 23rd at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Kevin Harvick – iRacing #4

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Champion and 2007 Daytona 500 winner
  • Qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 five-times in the last six seasons.
  • Has made 13 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff appearances, tied for second-most all-time
  • 2001 and 2006 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion
  • 2007, 2009 and 2011 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion owner with wife DeLana Harvick
  • 2001 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year
  • 1998 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion 

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 3 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 29th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 12th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 18th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Ross Chastain – iRacing #6

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • This year, he has filled in for Ryan Newman in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series for three races
  • In 2019, he completed 19 races in the Xfinity Series and posted a win at Daytona with Kaulig Racing
  • In 2018, he made the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs and won his first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; driving for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • In 2011, he made his NASCAR national series debut in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 543 starts, 67 wins, 196 top fives and 64 poles
  • Finished 14th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 22nd at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 16th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 13th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 29th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 17th at virtual Dover International Speedway



Dale Earnhardt Jr. – iRacing #8

Current Series/Occupation: Retired NASCAR Cup Series driver, NBC Sports Analyst
 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Made his debut as an NBC broadcaster in 2018
  • Retired from full-time racing at the end of 2017
  • Won the NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award for 15 straight years (2003-2017)
  • Won the 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship
  • 1999 NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver of the Year
  • Team owner of Xfinity Series team JR Motorsports, collecting 47 wins since 2005

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 420 starts, 194 wins, 334 top fives, 188 poles
  • Finished 2nd at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 6th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 22nd at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 8th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 30th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 26th at virtual Dover International Speedway



Aric Almirola – iRacing #10

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Had a career best fifth place finish in the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series championship
  • In 2014, won first career NASCAR Cup Series race (Daytona-2) on the 30th anniversary weekend of team owner Richard Petty’s 200th career win.
  • Made first career NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2014, ultimately finishing 16th in the standings.
  • Has won at least one race in all three NASCAR national series. 

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 18th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 10th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Denny Hamlin – iRacing #11

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Won the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Three-time Daytona 500 champion (2016, 2019, 2020)
  • 2006 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • Has 38 NASCAR Cup Series career wins
  • Finished runner-up in the 2010 NASCAR Cup Series championship standings
  • Has 17 NASCAR Xfinity Series career wins

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 169 starts, 31 wins, 76 top fives, 31 poles
  • Won the race at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 24th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 4th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 6th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 39th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 6th at Dover International Speedway

 

 

Ty Dillon – iRacing #13

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Has made 130 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series posting one top five and five top 10s
  • Finished runner-up in 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings
  • Won the 2013 Most Popular Driver Award for the Gander Trucks
  • 2012 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 6 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 19th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 16th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 25th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 15th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 23rd at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 32nd at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Clint Bowyer – iRacing #14

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • In 2019, he qualified for the Playoffs on points and finished ninth in the series standings
  • Finished a career-best runner-up in the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series championship
  • 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion
  • Multiple winner in all three NASCAR national series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 16th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 11th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 11th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 30th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 33rd at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Did not compete at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

Brennan Poole – iRacing #15

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Made his Xfinity Series track debut in 2015 and finished 12th
  • Best finish of fifth at the track in 2017 in the Xfinity Series
  • 2020 marked his first full season in the Cup Series, making his debut at the Daytona 500
  • He finished runner-up at Charlotte Motor Speedway last season in the Gander Trucks, a career-best finish  

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 poles
  • Finished 7th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 11th at virtual Dover International Speedway

Chris Buescher – iRacing #17

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Buescher joined Roush-Fenway Racing for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season
  • In 2016, he won first NASCAR Cup Series race (Pocono-2) in his rookie season; first driver since Joey Logano (2009) to accomplish the feat
  • One of three drivers in NASCAR Cup Series history to make the Playoffs in their rookie season, joining Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin
  • Won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2015
  • Was the 2012 ARCA Menards Series champion

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 6 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 28th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 18th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 23rd at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 21st at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 27th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 25th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Kyle Busch – iRacing #18

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion also won championship in 2015. One of two (Jimmie Johnson) active drivers with multiple Cup championships
  • Has made the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs the last five consecutive seasons
  • Won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2009
  • In 2010, set all-time single-season record with 24 victories across NASCAR’s three national series
  • Currently has most all-time NASCAR national series wins with 208 (56 Cup, 96 Xfinity, 57 Gander Trucks)
  • Record seven-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner champion (2010, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17 and ‘19) and one driver championship (2015)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 6 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five and 0 poles
  • Finished 29th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 17th at Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 18th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 5th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 8th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 15th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Bobby Labonte – iRacing #18

Current Series/Occupation: 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee

 

Highlights:

  • Has eight starts at North Wilkesboro Speedway with a best finish of 10th in 1996
  • Labonte was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020. He joins his brother, Terry, with the prestigious honor
  • He won the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series championship
  • Labonte has 21 NASCAR Cup Series wins, 10 Xfinity Series and one Gander Trucks win
  • He is one of 27 drivers to have a win in all three of NASCAR’s national series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 81 starts, 7 wins, 31 top fives, 5 poles
  • Finished 18th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 13th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 13th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 14th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 31st at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 13th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Martin Truex Jr.  – iRacing #19

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion
  • Won the Xfinity Series championship in 2004 and 2005
  • Named Most Popular Driver in the Xfinity Series in 2004 and 2005
  • Got his first Cup Series win at Dover International Speedway in 2007

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 10 starts, 5 wins, 7 top fives, 5 poles
  • Making eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series debut this weekend at North Wilkesboro Speedway

 

 

Erik Jones – iRacing #20

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona in July of 2018
  • 2017 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year - becoming the first driver to earn the award in all three of NASCAR’s national series
  • 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • 2015 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Champion and Sunoco Rookie of the Year - the youngest champion in series history

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 6 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 0 poles
  • Finished 10th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 21st at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 31st at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 7th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 37th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 4th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Jon Wood – iRacing #21

Current Series/Occupation: Senior Vice President, Co-Owner of Wood Brothers Racing
 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Made four NASCAR Cup Series career starts in 2007 and 2008
  • Has made 85 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with a best finish of runner-up in 2005 at Talladega
  • Has two Gander Trucks wins from 2003 at Kansas Speedway and Martinsville Speedway

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 22 starts, 3 wins, 11 top fives, 5 poles
  • Making eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series debut this weekend at North Wilkesboro Speedway

 

 

Jeff Gordon – iRacing #24

Current Series/Occupation: 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee; FOX Sports NASCAR analyst

Highlights:

  • Has made eight NASCAR Cup Series starts at North Wilkesboro Speedway posting one win (1996), one pole (1995), four top fives and five top 10s
  • Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion (1995, 1997-1998, 2001)
  • Three-time Daytona 500 winner (1997, ’99, 2005)
  • Five-time Brickyard 400 winner (1994, ’98, 2001, ’04, ’14)
  • Third on all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list with 92 

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 38th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway

 

 

Tyler Reddick – iRacing #31

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (2018-2019), and first driver to do it with two different organizations (JR Motorsports 2018, Richard Childress Racing 2019).
  • 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year; just third driver in series history to win the title in his rookie season joining Chase Elliott (2014) and William Byron (2017).
  • In 2017, captured his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, at Kentucky, while running a partial schedule.
  • In 2015, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, winning his first race and finishing runner-up in the championship standings.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 poles
  • Finished 28th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 8th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 12th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 22nd at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 25th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Corey LaJoie – iRacing #32

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 32 GoFas Racing Ford

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • In 2019, LaJoie posted career-bests in starting position (16th, Kansas), finishing position (sixth, Daytona) and final points position (29th in points).
  • In 2014, he made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motorsports Speedway.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 start, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 pole
  • Started from the pole at virtual Talladega Superspeedway in his eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series debut and finished second
  • Finished 20th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Michael McDowell – iRacing #34

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Xfinity Series debut was in 2009, finishing 11th for JTG Daugherty Racing
  • McDowell is currently in his 13th season in the NASCAR Cup Series
  • Finished a career-best 26th in the 2017 and 2018 NASCAR Cup Series standings
  • Earned his lone NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2016 at Road America

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 105 starts, 25 wins, 46 top fives and 25 poles
  • Finished 23rd at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Finished 12th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 10th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 34th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 5th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Ryan Preece – iRacing #37

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Finished runner-up in 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle in the NASCAR Cup Series
  • Won first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa in 2017
  • In 2013, he was the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, youngest champion in series history

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 257 starts, 42 wins, 104 top fives and 15 poles
  • Finished 33rd at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Finished 2nd at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 6th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 19th at virtual Richmond Raceway and won the pole award
  • Finished 3rd at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 29th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

John Hunter Nemechek – iRacing #38

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • 2020 is Nemechek’s first fulltime season in the NASCAR Cup Series
  • Earned his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2018 at Kansas while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Won his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015, driving for NEMCO Motorsports
  • Has tallied six career Gander Trucks wins

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 294 starts, 29 wins, 98 top fives and 37 poles
  • Finished 30th at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Finished 8th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 2nd at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 16th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 25th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 27th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Cole Custer – iRacing #41

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Currently in his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series with Stewart-Haas Racing
  • In 2018, he made his NASCAR Cup Series debut for Rick Ware Racing. He made three starts for the team posting a best finish of 25th at Las Vegas
  • Has made 104 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts posting nine career wins
  • In 2014, he became the youngest driver in NASCAR national series history to win a race at the age of 16 years, seven months, 28 days (NGROTS, New Hampshire)
  • In 2014, he became the youngest driver in NASCAR national series history to win a pole at the age of 16 years, four months, 22 days (NGROTS, Gateway)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 26th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 12th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Chad Finchum – iRacing #49

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 13 Motorsports Business Management Toyota

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • In 2019, competed in his second full season for MBM finishing the year a career-best 26th in the standings

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles.
  • Finished 21st at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 22nd at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Garrett Smithley – iRacing #51

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway 
  • Finished a career-best 18th in the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series standings
  • Has a NASCAR national series career-best finish of fifth at Daytona in the NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,231 starts, 146 wins, 538 top fives and 131 poles
  • Finished 5th at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Finished 3rd at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 9th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 16th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 4th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 9th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

JJ Yeley – iRacing #52

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Yeley has competed for various teams throughout the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series
  • 2003 United States Auto Club (USAC) Triple Crown (Silver Crown, sprint, midget) champion
  • Won 2001 USAC sprint car championship, 2002 USAC Silver Crown championship
  • In 1995 became youngest driver to win Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) feature

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 15th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 19th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

Joey Gase – iRacing #53

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2014 for GO FAS Racing
  • Has over 200 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 20th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 24th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Timmy Hill – iRacing #66

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Won the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished third in the 2020 Xfinity Series season-opener at Daytona, his career-best NASCAR national series finish
  • Owner of Hill Motorsports, fielding the No. 56 Chevrolet in the Gander Trucks

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,681 starts, 674 wins, 1,208 top fives, 456 poles
  • Finished 3rd at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Won the race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 3rd at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 2nd at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 11th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 3rd at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Parker Kligerman – iRacing #77

Current Series/Occupation: NBC Sports TV Analyst and part-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Has made 28 NASCAR Cup Series starts since 2012
  • Finished a career-best ninth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings in 2013
  • Finished a career-best fifth in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship points in 2012

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 420 starts, 57 wins, 190 top fives and 11 poles
  • Finished 13th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 12th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 7th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 3rd at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 16th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 34th at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Landon Cassill – iRacing #89

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 89 Shepherd Racing Chevrolet

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • In 2014, he scored a NASCAR Cup Series career-best fourth-place finish at Talladega
  • In 2010, he made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Michigan
  • In 2008, he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 48 starts, 4 wins, 28 top fives and 2 poles
  • Finished 12th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 4th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 20th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 4th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 5th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 21st at virtual Dover International Speedway

 

 

Christopher Bell – iRacing #95

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 96 Leavine Family Racing Toyota

 

Highlights:

  • Has never competed at North Wilkesboro Speedway
  • Has posted a total of 16 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins
  • Set the rookie single season Xfinity Series wins record with seven victories in 2018
  • 2017 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion
  • Has a total of seven career Gander Truck wins

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,032 starts, 237 wins, 557 top fives and 132 poles
  • Finished 27th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Finished 34th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 12th at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Finished 24th at virtual Richmond Raceway
  • Finished 13th at virtual Talladega Superspeedway
  • Finished 2nd at virtual Dover International Speedway

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