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Wide World of Esports: Heat World Challenge, Pro Invitational, and PEAK Series Driver Dale Jr.?

Dale Jr.: Road to Pro?

Former eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series driver (oh, and 26-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winner and two-time Xfinity Series champ) Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t competed at the top level in a few years, but did he tease a return to the PEAK iRacing Series?

 

Everybody wants an eNASCAR team

 

With the buzz around NASCAR eSports, NFL quarterback AJ McCarron and musician Tim Dugger expressed interest in throwing their hats (well, helmets and cowboy hats) in the ring.

 

 

 

Smith Surprises at Auto Club Speedway

 

eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series rookie Eric J. Smith pulled off the upset of upsets Tuesday at Auto Club Speedway, winning his first career race as an undrafted independent racer in a thrilling finish.

 

Full recap on eNASCAR.com

 

Tonight: eNASCAR Gander Outdoors 100 iRacing Pro Invitational

 

On an eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series off-week, the real-world stars come out to play.

 

Tonight, 15 pros — 14 racers and a pro football player — take to Martinsville Speedway for 100 laps of action in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series-style trucks.

 

Rising NASCAR stars Noah Gragson, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Haley, Todd Gilliland, and plenty of others will join Chicago Bears guard and PEAK iRacing Series team owner Kyle Long for a big pile of bragging rights in the eNASCAR Gander Outdoors 100 iRacing Pro Invitational (9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com).

 

 

Read more on eNASCAR.com

 

Racing with Austin Hill and Hattori Racing

 

It appears Hattori Racing has turned their weekly iRacing sessions into a weekly fixture.

 

 

Austin Hill practiced his bump-and-run for tonight’s eNASCAR Gander Outdoors iRacing Pro Invitational, too.

 

 

NASCAR Heat World Challenge Launches

 

The heat is still on for drivers that didn’t land a ride in the Heat Pro League — the NASCAR Heat World Challenge has launched. Racers will compete in a four-week series of events, leading up to the World Finals Sunday, May 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the top five weekly drivers on each console.

 

 

More info on NASCARHeat.com

 

iRacing Paint Scheme of the Week

 

Want to race like Rowdy? Of course you do. Brantley Roden created a pixel-perfect rendition of Kyle Busch’s Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry that cruised to Busch’s 200th NASCAR victory Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.

Kyle Busch Replica Scheme

 

Video of the Week

 

Chip Ganassi Racing shared a video detailing the No. 1 Heat Pro League draft pick Greg Matarazzo’s day at ISM Raceway.