After leading huge portions of the first two eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series races, William Byron finally took the checkered flag with a win in Sunday’s Food City Showdown from Bristol Motor Speedway. The driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet had a nearly perfect day, qualifying first, winning his hear race, and leading much of the 150-lap main event to avenge last week’s loss to Timmy Hill in Texas.

A new race format saw the series take on Bristol with an invite-only list of 32 current and former NASCAR Cup Series drivers, with drivers from other NASCAR and ARCA series competing instead in their own race on Saturday night. A pair of 50-lap heat races set the grid for the feature race, and while Byron was relatively unchallenged in the first, John Hunter Nemechek just barely nipped Ryan Preece at the finish of the second.

From there, chaos was the rule of the day, as the half-mile Bristol bullring made things difficult for many real-world pros who are still adapting to iRacing. 12 cautions, including one within the final 10 laps of the race, slowed the field, and few drivers didn’t use one (or both) of their resets. However, in spite of the turbulent on-track action, 22 drivers managed to complete all 150 laps.

Alternating pit strategies shuffled the field, enabling Chris Buescher and Landon Cassill to spend time at the front of the pack, but Byron was the class of the field with a dominant 116 laps at the front of the pack. Nemechek shuffled back to second place, while Texas winner Timmy Hill, Homestead winner Denny Hamlin, and Matt DiBenedetto completed the top five.

Food City Showdown Results

Full results from the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Food City Showdown at Bristol Motor Speedway were as follows:

Fin

Str

Car

Driver

Mfr

Laps

Interval

Led

Status

Best

1 1 24 William Byron Chevrolet 150 116 Running 14.848
2 2 38 John H. Nemechek Ford 150 -1.372 0 Running 14.824
3 10 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 150 -1.405 0 Running 14.858
4 26 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 150 -1.436 0 Running 14.895
5 21 21 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 150 -1.773 0 Running 14.929
6 4 37 Ryan Preece Chevrolet 150 -1.978 0 Running 14.896
7 11 77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 150 -2.421 0 Running 14.849
8 13 31 Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 150 -2.994 0 Running 14.905
9 14 51 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 150 -3.219 0 Running 14.886
10 9 34 Michael McDowell Ford 150 -3.383 0 Running 14.901
11 32 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 150 -3.832 0 Running 14.903
12 3 95 Christopher Bell Toyota 150 -4.135 0 Running 14.886
13 30 19 Bobby Labonte Toyota 150 -4.308 0 Running 14.941
14 7 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 150 -4.396 0 Running 14.881
15 24 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 150 -4.505 0 Running 14.945
16 20 6 Ross Chastain Ford 150 -5.421 0 Running 14.872
17 15 22 Joey Logano Ford 150 -5.554 0 Running 15.033
18 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 150 -5.661 0 Running 14.819
19 17 1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 150 -7.834 0 Running 15.004
20 12 89 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 150 -9.176 4 Running 14.913
21 25 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 150 -11.983 0 Running 14.910
22 5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 150 -12.810 0 Running 14.845
23 28 17 Chris Buescher Ford 146 -4 laps 30 Running 14.962
24 22 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 141 -9 laps 0 Running 14.963
25 18 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 132 -18 laps 0 Running 15.007
26 19 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 126 -24 laps 0 Running 14.910
27 23 96 Daniel Suarez Toyota 72 -78 laps 0 Disconnected 14.971
28 29 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet 72 -78 laps 0 Disconnected 15.166
29 8 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 71 -79 laps 0 Disqualified 14.954
30 27 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 31 -119 laps 0 Disconnected 15.129
31 31 20 Erik Jones Toyota 14 -136 laps 0 Disconnected 30.457
32 16 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 9 -141 laps 0 Disconnected 15.363

 

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