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August 30, 2017

Ben Kennedy captures victory in iRacing debut event


RELATED: New iRacing league kicks off

Ben Kennedy brought home the checkered flag in the debut event of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series on Tuesday night at Iowa Speedway. The new series, which consists of four races over an eight-week span, features some of the brightest young stars of NASCAR racing virtual versions of the NASCAR XFINITY Series cars in a 30-lap shootout.

Pole-sitter Ty Majeski, a Toyota development driver and longtime iRacer, immediately set the tone by leading the opening eight laps. He held a commanding lead through the opening portion of the race while Christopher Bell ran into trouble with some contact on Lap 4 and retired his car early.

Afterward on Twitter, Bell playfully accepted his fate as payback for a late-race incident with Kennedy in the spring race at Martinsville in 2016.

Kennedy, who had worked his way up to second after starting fourth, took the lead when Majeski’s car got loose coming out of Turn 2 on Lap 9. Majeski kept the car off the wall but lost multiple spots as he recovered and brought his Ford Mustang back up to speed.

Kennedy kept the hammer down in his Menards Chevrolet Camaro and didn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way en route to capturing the victory in the opening race of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational series. Chase Briscoe came home second in his Ford Mustang followed by Parker Kligerman in his Toyota Camry.

The drivers all compete on the most competitive online e-Sports racing game available, iRacing.com, and the series is part of NASCAR Night on iRacing. The first round of the playoffs in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series immediately followed the race broadcast on iRacingLive.

Final results:
1st – Ben Kennedy
2nd – Chase Briscoe
3rd – Parker Kligerman
4th – Ryan Truex
5th – Garrett Smithley
6th – Todd Gilliland
7th – Ty Majeski
8th – Harrison Burton
9th – Raphael Lessard
10th – Jodie Robinson
11th – Christian Eckes
12th – Gracie Trotter
13th – Christopher Bell

The next race of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 8 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in and watch the action live at www.iRacing.com/live or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/iracingtv.

Learn more about the new iRacing league and its NASCAR-sanctioned participants.

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