A virtual trip to sweet home Alabama is on tap for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, with William Byron aiming to continue his hot streak at treacherous Talladega Superspeedway.
Byron has won the last two races on the invitational iRacing circuit, created with real-world racing on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hendrick Motorsports driver will bring his No. 24 Chevrolet to the virtual 2.66-mile high banks for Sunday’s GEICO 70 (1 p.m. ET, FOX, FS1, FOX Sports App).
“I mean, it’s going to be a tough race,” Byron said after last Sunday’s triumph at virtual Richmond Raceway. “I think virtually you’re going to see a lot of aggression and things of that nature.”
In a twist this week, Byron will start at the rear of the field. New for Talladega is an inversion of 10 cars, and specifically the top three finishers from Richmond starting at the tail end of the field, with the winner — Byron — starting last.
The event is the fifth race in the series for current and former NASCAR Cup Series standouts. Byron is the only multiple race winner; Denny Hamlin and Timmy Hill have each won once.
Qualifying for Sunday’s race will consist of single-car runs of two laps apiece. The race will be 70 laps, with manual cautions, one reset and a maximum of three green-white-checkered finish attempts. A field of 40 cars is expected.
The weekend will also include a preliminary tilt with Saturday Night Thunder for drivers from other NASCAR series. That race is set to start at 8 p.m. ET, broadcast on eNASCAR.com/live and streamed live on NASCAR’s YouTube Channel.
Qualifying for Saturday Night Thunder will consist of two-lap, single-car runs to set the grid for the two heat races. Each heat race will be 10 laps long with 20 cars transferring to the feature event for a total of 40 cars in the feature. The feature will be 150 miles or 57 laps, with one reset, manual cautions and a maximum of three green-white-checkered finish attempts.
Here are the preliminary entry lists for both events, which are subject to change. Jeff Gordon announced that he plans to take part in Sunday’s race:
eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series at Talladega
|8||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Invitation|
|21||Matt DiBennedetto||Wood Bros.|
|34||Michael McDowell||Front Row|
|38||John Hunter Nemechek||Front Row|
|47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG|
|52||JJ Yeley||Rick Ware|
|53||Joey Gase||Rick Ware|
|96||Daniel Suarez||Gaunt Bros.|
Saturday Night Thunder
|Joe Graf Jr.||80|
|Spencer Boyd||0 2|
|Tommy Joe Martin||44|