April 20th, 2020 by Chris Leone
For the second time in three races, William Byron found himself looking to defend the lead from a hard-charging Timmy Hill in the closing laps of an eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event. But unlike the finish at Texas Motor Speedway a few weeks ago, this time Byron wasn’t giving the top spot up.
Carrying on the trend of repeat winners in iRacing this week after Mitchell deJong’s second straight rallycross triumph on Friday and Simon Pagenaud’s IndyCar win on Saturday, Byron scored the win at Richmond Raceway on Sunday in the Toyota Owners 150 presented by Toyota. After taking the lead from polesitter Ryan Preece in the middle portion of the race, the Hendrick Motorsports driver took his second victory in as many races while carrying a special Axalta paint scheme on the iconic #24 Chevrolet.
Hill hung on for second place, with Parker Kligerman, Landon Cassill, and two-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch completed the top five. With drivers no longer able to reset their cars after an incident this week, cautions were down, although past champions like Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick found themselves on the wrong side of the pit wall after getting caught up in wrecks. Clint Bowyer, racing from FOX studios in Charlotte, also found himself on the sidelines early after losing an engine.
The final caution came with four laps to go after contact between Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick set off an extensive chain reaction that tangled up Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman, among others. Byron and Hill lined up side by side, with the former NASCAR Xfinity Series champion looking for a good start to prevent Hill from being able to move him out of the way. Byron got a good restart, claimed the low line, and put on just enough of a gap to keep Hill from being able to make the winning move.
Click here for full results from the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Toyota Owners 150 presented by Toyota.
The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series continues next Sunday with a visit to Talladega Superspeedway, the first track longer than two miles on the series’ calendar. Follow along with the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, and more at www.enascar.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.