Mike Clay’s Full-Contact Pass
ESPN NFL analyst Mike Clay may describe himself as an “iRacing hazard,” but he scored a victory in a race at Martinsville Speedway after a full-contact final lap, according to a video he tweeted. Clay’s driving the white and green No. 13.
Just scored my first career K&N win in @iRacing in dramatic fashion. Led 59 of 60 laps with the 4 right on me. He tagged me at the white flag, I got him back in 4 and won (sorry – no post-race brawl – just racing – we’re cool) #pumped pic.twitter.com/IMHxrKeDL6
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) March 22, 2019
Well executed, we say.
New Rigs for Racers
Christopher Bell showed off a new iRacing chassis to elevate his game.
— Christopher Bell (@CBellRacing) March 20, 2019
Not to be outdone, Kyle Larson shared a new rig of his own. Check out the size of that monitor.
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) March 22, 2019
Even Dale Jr.’s impressed.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) March 22, 2019
Oh, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s ready to get in on the action, too — as soon as he builds a new computer.
I do waiting on a new computer pic.twitter.com/hE7ojqbo34
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) March 20, 2019
A New Larson on the Rise?
There’s no doubting Kyle’s skill behind the wheel, but it was another Larson turning heads this week. Katelyn, Kyle’s wife, jumped on the sim rig to spin a few laps on iRacing’s digital Chili Bowl track. Look out.
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) March 25, 2019
Now she’s a know it all like the rest of us racers! pic.twitter.com/alPQb4bjze
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) March 25, 2019
Eckes Wins Gander Outdoors iRacing Pro Invitational
The Gander Outdoors iRacing Pro Invitational took place Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway, gathering some of the most notable rising NASCAR stars into equal Gander Outdoors Truck Series-style trucks on iRacing.
Christian Eckes made a late bump-and-run pass on Garrett Smithley to take home the victory and a pile of bragging rights.
— Christian Eckes (@christianeckes) March 20, 2019
— Garrett Smithley (@GarrettSmithley) March 20, 2019
No word if Eckes received a virtual grandfather clock for the win.
Michael Waltrip and Kaitlyn Vincie joined the RaceSpot TV broadcast as guest commentators.
— Michael Waltrip (@MW55) March 20, 2019
Alfalla, the G.O.A.T.?
When Kyle Busch scored his 200th NASCAR national series victory at Auto Club Speedway, it sparked debate on the Internet about which NASCAR-sanctioned series count toward the victory total.
By some definitions, could four-time eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series driver Ray Alfalla — a highly-decorated winner among the iRacing ranks — be considered the greatest racer of all time, despite never racing a physical race car?
momma we made it https://t.co/2LHE7SUnC7
— Ray Alfalla (@rayalfalla) March 21, 2019
Letarte eSports Joins PEAK iRacing Series
NASCAR on NBC analyst and former crew chief Steve Letarte has thrown his hat into the growing iRacing ring, announcing the formation of his new team, Letarte eSports.
Rookie Nathan Lyon and third-year racer Chris Shearburn will drive for the team.
Super pumped to join the 2019 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series ….. LETARTE Esports will compete with drivers Nathan Lyon and Chris Shearburn …. @iRacing and @NASCAR have a great thing going here and I’m excited to be a part of it. pic.twitter.com/WeQwqDhdxY
— Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) March 23, 2019
Tonight: PEAK iRacing Series at Texas
The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing series makes its fourth stop of the season at Texas Motor Speedway tonight (3/19, 9 p.m. ET, eNASCAR.com).
This season, the stakes are higher. ⬆️💰
With over $100,000 on the line in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, the competition has never been tighter. Who will #ReachThePEAK?
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) March 21, 2019
One final test session scheduled tonight for Tuesday's #eNASCAR @peakauto @iRacing Series race @TXMotorSpeedway. First practice yesterday was a great success for our @kroger @JTGRacing group. Race set feels dialed in, but we have work to do for qualifying trim tonight. pic.twitter.com/OhgAP4QiDS
— Nick Ottinger (@NickOttinger) March 25, 2019
NASCAR Heat World Challenge Continues
The second week of the NASCAR Heat World Challenge is underway. This week, five fast drivers per console on NASCAR Heat 3 will compete at Eldora Speedway and add their names to the list of finals qualifiers.
Last week, at Daytona International Speedway, 10 drivers solidified their positions in the finals qualifiers:
4. D4C STRING33
5. DELTA 3 ROCKET
The series offers more than 50 prizes to eSports racers and culminates in the World Finals on Sunday, May 5.
— 704Games NASCAR Heat (@704NASCARHeat) March 20, 2019
— sterloooooo (@sterloooooo1) March 25, 2019
Even if you’re not the fastest racer (like the author of this blog, for instance), 704 Games is offering prizes to randomly selected players, too.
iRacing Paint Scheme of the Week
Using an older iRacing K&N Pro Series body, Justin Rowden re-created Kevin Harvick’s famous 2001 paint scheme from Harvick’s rookie season.
NASCAR Heat 3 Video of the Week
NASCAR Heat 3 eSports racer FrozenToes24 showed how to avoid trouble on a chaotic start at Daytona during the NASCAR Heat World Challenge. Nicely done!
— FrozenToes24 (@TheFrozenToes24) March 24, 2019