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Wide World of Esports: Four-Wide PEAK Finish, Pre-Esports Throwback, and Heat Pro League Drivers at ‘Dega

Kligerman Blows Up

In the past, we’ve shamed NASCAR driver and iRacing team owner Parker Kligerman for causing a massive crash in the virtual world — and, well, today, we’re doing it again.

Following an iRacing race at Talladega Superspeedway Wednesday, Kligerman tweeted that the engine of his overheating car finally gave up near the front of the pack, triggering a multi-car crash.

Kligerman’s hope of getting a crash out of the way earlier in the week was fulfilled, at least: in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega, he brought the No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Toyota home in one piece — something that’s not typically a safe bet for anybody at ‘Dega.

Introducing JTG Daugherty Throttlers

NASCAR team JTG Daugherty Racing announced the formation of their esports arm, dubbed the JTG Daugherty Throttlers, competing in the upcoming eNASCAR Heat Pro League.

Gragson’s Streaming Habit

If you’re not watching NASCAR Xfinity Series racer Noah Gragson stream his iRacing escapades, you’re missing out.

In a Time Before Esportsโ€ฆ

Twitter savant @ElijahWhosoever shared a blast from the past — a time before esports as we know it. At Talladega in 2002, fans competed against each other on the NASCAR Thunder 2003 video game, the winner earning a shot at some cash and a shot to race against Dale Earnhardt Jr.

A young Derek Wood, who’d go on to win four eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series races nearly a decade later, won the challenge.

Hendrick GC’s VIP Treatment

Hendrick Motorsports GC racers stopped by the NASCAR Productions HQ to get a behind-the-scenes look at the NASCAR Heat Pro League broadcast studio with the 704 Games team.

We’re digging the personalized driver quarter-zips, too. It’s clear Hendrick doesn’t do anything halfway.

Heat Pro League Drivers Visit Talladega

Several racers from the eNASCAR Heat Pro League visited Talladega Superspeedway for an unforgettable experience with their new race teams.

Hero Card-Official

eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series rookie Malik Ray (running for Richmond Raceway Esports) has officially hit the big time — he’s got his own hero cards.

Sunday: Heat World Challenge Finals

On Sunday, May 5, 20 fast racers who competed in weekly speed challenges will face off in the first NASCAR Heat World Challenge Finals at the virtual Charlotte Motor Speedway in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-styles cars.

Meanwhile, the second edition of the Heat World Challenge is underway, featuring dirt cars and tracks. Players can compete against each other to win weekly prizes and work to earn a spot in the World Finals.

Last-Lap Pass Earns Ottinger Talladega Victory

The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series produced yet another thriller of a race Tuesday, this time at Talladega Superspeedway.

Nick Ottinger, racing for JTG Daugherty Racing, scored the victory in an insane four-wide battle. It looked like the checkered flag belonged to JR Motorsports driver Brad Davies until Ottinger, Cody Byus, and points leader Ryan Luza all made moves around the No. 88 at the line.

Watch the finish on eNASCAR.com

iRacing Paint Scheme of the Week

Ben Horton recreated Chris Buescher’s Tide Ride from Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega. If you race it on iRacing, hopefully you’ll have a little better luck than Buescher, who crashed late in Sunday’s race.

Buescher Tide Replica

Video of the Week

Redditor u/TheSturmovik unleashed this creation on the world and we really don’t have any words. Crank up that sound.