Byron Edges Out Hill For eNASCAR Win At Richmond

Byron Edges Out Hill For eNASCAR Win At Richmond

William Byron became the first ever multi-time winner in the eNACSAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series with his win this past Sunday at Richmond Raceway. The race was pretty exciting with all of the great racing the drivers had on Sunday. Even though the field was the smallest it has ever been with having 30 cars, it was still entertaining to watch.

Byron continued to show that he was the heralded master of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series alongside NASCAR Cup Series regulars. He has dominated with leading 319 laps of the four iRacing events in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Byron was easily the class of the field in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 150, holding the point for 94 laps in the 154-lap race.

Despite several new entries this week, the Richmond race had the real competitive feel NASCAR fans have come to expect at the .75-mile oval. And Byron, who partly got his competitive start in iRacing years ago, again put on a master class while holding off a group of competitors with fresher tires on a final race restart with three laps to go. 

Matt DiBenedetto was parked late in the race after iRacing officials disapproved of avoidable contact he made crashing Ryan Preece in the closing laps. It was a tough ending to a promising day for Preece, who won the pole position in qualifying. Preece also held a virtual meet and greet with his sponsors and fans before the green flag. He was the only other driver to lead multiple laps. His No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet led the field for 59 laps, second only to the race winner. 

One of the day’s most impressive runs came from Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski. He kept his No. 2 Ford among the top ten for much of the race before a pit road miscue forced him to play catch-up again in the final laps. It was only Keselowski’s 34th iRacing start compared to Byron, for example, who has more than a thousand. Top ten finishers such as Kyle Busch, who finished fifth after starting 27th along with Jones, who started 24th and Wallace, who started 28th had to feel a strong sense of accomplishment in the afternoon with their strong performances. 

Ultimately, strategy played a big role in the dramatic final stretch to the checkered. A caution period with four laps remaining in regulation created an urgency for Byron. He had to hold off Hill whose No. 66 Toyota was on fresher tires in the frantic overtime finish. Byron and Hill have a virtual history. Byron was leading at Texas Motor Speedway when Hill moved him on a late-race restart to snatch the victory. On Sunday, it was just a clean fair sprint to the checkered flag.

Overall, another great eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race in the books. It provided many exciting moments in the race. One was where driver of the No. 95 Toyota Christopher Bell went flipping after contact with Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney. Amazing finish between Byron and Hill while both of them were trying to go for their second Pro Invitational Series win. Watch the next eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series next Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway at 1 P.M. EST on Fox Sports 1.

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