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Wide World of Esports: Youth iRacing League, eNASCAR recaps, rain delay photo finish

Youth iRacing League Collaboration in St. Louis

NASCAR, through its Drive for Diversity program, and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway have partnered with the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation to bring iRacing to youth in St. Louis. The new program, which includes a summer-long racing league with three age brackets, is designed to generate STEM interest for young people in the community — while having fun, of course.

Read more on NASCAR.com

NBC Sports’ Long Documents Caruth’s Quest

Dustin Long of NBC Sports took a deep dive into the up-and-coming career of Rajah Caruth, who started on iRacing and now races Legends cars. It’s well worth the read.

Leahy Wins PEAK iRacing Series at Chicagoland

Keegan Leahy picked up his second victory of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series season — plus the points lead — at Chicagoland Speedway. Leahy dominated the race, leading 87 of 134 laps and finishing 6.2 seconds ahead of second-place Corey Vincent.

The race featured a 126-lap green-flag run to the finish following an early incident that took out playoff hopeful Logan Clampitt.

Read our takeaways on eNASCAR.com

The PEAK iRacing Series heads next to Kentucky Speedway on July 9.

Roush Fenway Gaming, GoFas Gaming Win at The Glen

For the first time in eNASCAR Heat Pro League history, the series visited a road course. WowTHATSgarbage of Roush Fenway Gaming edged mrTRACKBAR33 of JTG Daugherty Racing in the final turn to win on Xbox. On PlayStation, FasFed32 of GoFas Gaming brought home the victory.

Chad Knaus even stopped by the broadcast booth.

The next stop on the Heat Pro League tour is July 10 at the virtual Chicagoland Speedway.

Paint Scheme of the Week

Jordan Erickson painted a car Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove before he signed with Hendrick Motorsports for the 2008 season. Kyle Busch raced the No. 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2007, and crashed early in the race at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch thought the car was toast, so he left the track — but the team actually repaired the car. Dale Earnhardt Jr. fell out of the race, and was available to make some laps in the No. 5 car to pick up some points, so he hopped in Busch’s repaired car for the remainder of the race.

Now you can race Dale Jr.’s first Cup Series ride with Hendrick Motorsports, technically, for iRacing.

Busch Dalejr Paint Scheme Of The Week Iracing

Video of the Week

Sloppy_Joe_YT of RCR eSports spent Sunday’s Chicagoland rain delay streaming some NASCAR Heat 3 racing online, and it’s a good thing he did.

Check out the last two laps of this one.