After winning the last race two weeks ago at Bristol, William Byron made it back-to-back victories, capturing Sunday’s Toyota Owners 150 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event at a virtual Richmond Raceway.
There were only two leaders in the 150-lap (112.5 miles) race: Ryan Preece led the first 59 laps, while Byron set the pace for the final 96 laps.
Timmy Hill finished second, continuing his run of success in the series as the only driver to have top-3 finishes in each of the first four races, including a win in the second race at Texas three weeks back.
Hill tried to punt Byron on the final lap but couldn’t get close enough to do so. Hill punted Byron at Texas three weeks ago to take the win.
Even a late caution with three laps left following a significant crash that included Ryan Blaney and several other drivers did not rattle Byron, who is one of the most veteran drivers on the iRacing platforms.
Byron got a great jump on the restart and held on to take the checkered flag.
“Probably not, honestly,” Byron told FOX Sports when asked if he’d even be in NASCAR if it hadn’t been for all his iRacing experience. “I wasn’t in a racing family growing up, so this was really the avenue to cut my teeth in, obviously a much different way than most guys.
“I feel like in my generation, it was pretty normal. I was real concerned that we were going to have old tires on that restart but we were able to get good exits off the corner, have a decent restart and get the win.”
After originally being announced at just 26 drivers, the field was expanded and a last chance qualifier was implemented Sunday. Transitioning to the field to make it 30 cars was NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte (substituting for Martin Truex Jr.), Dale Earnhardt Jr., Landon Cassill and Daniel Suarez.
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