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Pro Invitational Nascar Results

Eckes outduels Smithley to win iRacing Pro Invitational

Christian Eckes executed a textbook bump-and-run to move to pass Garrett Smithley in the final laps of the eNASCAR Gander Outdoors iRacing Pro Invitational on Tuesday night at the virtual Martinsville Speedway.

Eckes, the Kyle Busch Motorsports developmental driver, held onto the top spot after the move on Smithley, who wound up second. Derek Kraus surged in the closing laps to finish third, while Christopher Bell and Max McLaughlin rounded out the top five.

Despite being bumped from what looked like a possible win late, Smithley was a good sport.

Guest commentators Michael Waltrip and Kaitlyn Vincie added an extra layer of authenticity in the race, announcing for the same NASCAR stars they’d normally cover during a traditional race.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. watched from the grandstands — well, his desk. Free admission!

All in all, the drivers put on an exciting show and had a little fun with no points on the line.

Between two eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze team owners — NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long — Long came out on top with a seventh-place finish over Kligerman’s 11th.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series rookie Anthony Alfredo, who placed ninth, experienced a first — racing against an NFL player. Kyle Long said he had fun racing Alfredo, but maybe that’s because Long finished two spots ahead of him.

Just remember the most important rule, as John Hunter Nemechek learned: don’t try to race using a WiFi hotspot. It won’t end well.

Results:

  1. Christian Eckes
  2. Garrett Smithley
  3. Derek Kraus
  4. Christopher Bell
  5. Max McLaughlin
  6. Todd Gilliland
  7. Kyle Long
  8. Austin Hill
  9. Anthony Alfredo
  10. Will Rodgers
  11. Parker Kligerman
  12. Tyler Ankrum
  13. Ryan Vargas
  14. Myatt Snider
  15. Noah Gragson
  16. John Hunter Nemechek
  17. Justin Haley

Watch the replay: eNASCAR Gander Outdoors iRacing Pro Invitational