March 16th, 2020 by Chris Leone
Top real-world NASCAR drivers, champion iRacers, and casual race fans will all get together this Thursday night to take part in eTruck Series Night in America Powered by FilterTime. Organized by NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Vargas, the event will feature heat races leading into a 100-lap feature event on a track to be announced, and will be run to benefit multiple charities. It will stream on Thursday on the iRacing Twitch channel (twitch.tv/iracing), with production by Podium eSports and Speed51 providing additional coverage of the event.
Thursday night’s event was organized after an overwhelming response to a tweet Vargas made after the postponement or cancellation of multiple events in the world of sports, including multiple NASCAR event weekends, in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Vargas will be joined in the event by a group of racers that includes NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Brown, NASCAR Truck Series driver Christian Eckes, ARCA Menards Series drivers Ty Gibbs, Connor Hall, Chase Cabre, and Ruben Garcia, NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman, and four-time eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series champion Ray Alfalla, with a number of other professional racers expected to commit in the coming days. The rest of the spots on the entry list will be open to fans. Podium eSports will provide coverage of the race, with James Pike and Davey Segal joined in the booth by ARCA Menards Series driver Hailie Deegan.
eTruck Series Night in America Powered by FilterTime will be run to benefit the National Craniofacial Association (FACES) and Cranio Care Bears. In addition, the event winner will be able to donate $100 to the charity of their choice courtesy of Carolina Sim Works.
“This all has been really amazing,” said Vargas. “I sent out that tweet as a half-joke, and with the sheer amount of people and star-power that got behind it and I knew I found something special. None of this would be possible without my buddies Jon Palmieri and Austin Blair for helping get this put together and Blake Koch with FilterTime hoping on board. I’m really excited that all benefits from this race go to charity as well, as raising awareness for Craniosynostosis and other Craniofacial differences means a lot to me.”
“As soon as I saw the tweet about this race from Ryan I immediately messaged him that I wanted FilterTime.com to sponsor it,” said Blake Koch, owner and founder, FilterTime. “FilterTime is well branded through the iRacing industry and it’s something Dale Jr. and I really love to be involved with whenever possible.”
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More information on eTruck Series Night in America Powered by FilterTime, including additional drivers and the track, will be revealed closer to the event. The event will stream on twitch.tv/iracing on Thursday night at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT. For more information on Ryan Vargas, visit www.ryanvargasracing.com. To learn more about FACES or to make a donation, visit www.faces-cranio.org. To learn more about Cranio Care Bears or to make a donation, visit www.craniocarebears.org.